Oct. 10 2012 03:20 PM

Iacon Sound Studios set to launch in November-plus, more music news

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Mario Quintero
Photo by Mario Quintero

Golden Hill's Black Box Recording Studios has come under new ownership. Last week, owner Mario Quintero handed the keys of the nearly 3,000-square-foot studio and rehearsal space over to engineer Frank Torres and promoter Sulo King, who're renaming it Iacon Sound Studios.

Since Quintero opened Black Box with his friend Mike Pereira in 2005, the space has been a key spot for countless local bands, including big names like Transfer and Sleeping People. Quintero says he sold the studio to focus on his career as an engineer. He's doing freelance mixing and recording under the name AudioM/Q.

"I was starting to just kind of get sick of [Black Box], and starting to not like it," he says, noting that he had to worry about overhead costs and publicity. "It'll be really cool to see it take on a new life."

Quintero didn't want to sell Black Box to just anyone. He says he got a better offer from another prospective buyer, but they didn't seem as enthused as Torres and King. Torres recently got a degree in audio production, and Quintero says they have the "fire" that he had when he first opened the studio.

Torres says he and King will give Iacon—named after a city in the original Transformers franchise— new flooring and ceilings and a fresh paint job. Assuming the remodel goes as planned, they hope to reopen the studio on Nov. 1.

"We fell in love with it right way," he says. "I love the mojo of the place."


Lemon Grove-born noise icon Boyd Rice, aka NON, will release a new solo album, Back to Mono, via Mute on Nov. 6. It's his first album since 2002's Children of the Black Sun, and it features new material—made with the help of Cold Cave's Wes Eisold, New York producer Bryin Dall and longtime collaborator Z'ev—and unreleased recordings from the late 1970s.

Local country-rockers Hobo Torch will play at a benefit for Mama's Kitchen, a local nonprofit that delivers food to people affected by AIDS and cancer, at Ché Café on Friday, Oct. 12. The cover is $8, but it's $5 if you bring canned food. The Jergers, Undead Garden and All But Broken will also perform.


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