Local singer-songwriter Peter Bolland had a bit part on last week's episode of FX-TV's The Todd Show as part of the Grant Langston Band. The reality show focuses on the life of "Todd," with the viewing audience voting on how he should date, dress or whatever the question might be.
This episode featured Todd starting a rock band with Poison's Brett Michaels as his advisor. The show's producers selected eight groups during an audition two weeks ago at Hollywood's Knitting Factory.
"My lap steel attracted a great deal of attention, as it always does," said Bolland. "I was talking to Todd, showing him a few things on the lap steel, and then you realize that about nine cameras and boom mics are on you and that everything you say is potential mass consumption television. Cool."
Unfortunately, lap steel wasn't enough to win the day, Bolland explained. "We lost to some Green Day wannabes called B-9. But the whole thing was of course filmed. The best part was Brett Michaels taking us aside afterwards and saying he'd love to have us open for his sold-out shows at the House of Blues. It's either true, or rock star talk.
"We'll see. Every rose has its thorns."
Man exposes penis, loses member
If you've ever witnessed a Subterranean Horses show, chances are you've caught a peep of lead "singer" (screamer, antagonist and showman are more fitting titles) David Buck's penis. Fans in the front rows have likely exchanged a few bodily fluids with him as well-spit, drool, snot, sweat and, for those at the most recent Horsies outing at the Ken Club, blood. At the show, Buck sliced open his hand, later requiring eight stitches and racking up a nearly thousand-dollar emergency room bill.
But it's not wild stage antics-or, as the band bills itself, "Full Contact Rock 'n' Roll"-threatening the band's existence. It's the imminent departure of guitarist Karl Lintvedt, who wants to leave the band due to artistic differences. The remaining members will carry on with their current name and most of their catalog (five recorded, five unrecorded originals) and are currently auditioning guitarists.
The Subterranean Horses (Buck, Lindvedt, drummer Marlon Matthews and bassist Andy Brown) started just under a year ago and were originally an instrumental band, heavy on complicated math-rock, although an admittedly heavier vein of the subgenre than most indie-dorks with a fetish for odd time signatures ever dreamt of churning out. The band moved in a different direction with the addition of Buck's live performance, and the mixture works-a rare, perfect blend of indie-rock precision, outstanding musicianship, punk angst and a confrontational live act.
Since first galloping onstage March 20, 2003, the band has become a staple in the scene, playing more than two dozen shows and attracting a fervent following. Lindvedt intends to stay on enough to record the remaining songs he wrote and play a few shows, but the band and fans are appealing to local axemen to saddle up and make sure the band doesn't ride off into the sunset.
Interested parties (influences range from Jesus Lizard to The Birthday Party to Slayer) can contact the band at www.subterranean horses.com.
Mean magazine says mean things
Buddyhead.com-the online home of the L.A.-based record label and delightfully mean-hearted e-zine, recently released its "Best and Worst of 2003" list. Unfortunately, no local albums made the best of list alongside outings from The Shins, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Evaporators (and obligatory "Best of 2003" listmakers like Outkast and Radiohead).
Poway pop stars blink-182 did, however, have the dubious honor of making the "Worst of 2003," placing them among the likes of Hoobastank, Staind and Metallica, not to mention a grand fuck-off to the normally-irreproachable Iggy for collaborating with Sum 41 on the Santana's Superstition-esque Skull Ring. Sayeth Buddyhead: "For further comedic enjoyment, check out the liner notes for the album, where each band member talks about recording the album with different guitars and recording techniques like it's a brand new concept. I suppose what we have here is like the Pet Sounds of Warped Tour albums."
Couldn't have sayeth-ed it better myself.
Jesus digs Switchfoot, too
Switchfoot's breakout year continues. The Beautiful Letdown, already certified gold (500,000 copies sold) in December, has been No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart for the first five weeks of 2004. Now comes word that the band has been nominated in the 35th Annual Dove Awards, the Grammies of Christian music. The group is nominated in six categories including song, artist, group and rock contemporary/ album of the year. Their song "Ammunition" has been nominated in the Best Rock category, while "Meant to Live" and " Gone" will compete in the Best Contemporary song category.
Our "getting some on the side" award goes to: Bobby Shaddox. First Shaddox formed Bobby Fantasy, his solo side project from alt.country group, Billy Midnight. Now his side project has a side project. Look for the lion-maned singer to debut a Led Zeppelin tribute group, Bustle in the Hedgerow, on Feb. 20 at the new Java Joe's.
The city's top jazz trumpeter-bandleader Gilbert Castellanos has added a new regular night to his already busy schedule. He'll host a free-admission Afro-Cuban Salsa Party every Thursday the U.S. Grant Hotel. 619-232-3121.
The local chapter of the American Cancer Society is looking for band to play from 15-minute to two-hour sets at the ACS's "Relay For Life" event, scheduled to take place May 15-16. Call 619-846-5759; or e-mail Susan Noverola at relayfor firstname.lastname@example.org.
After nearly two years offline, KCR, San Diego State University's free-form radio station, is once again streaming its signal over the Internet (www.kcrlive.com). The station can now be heard on the web, on AM 1620 near SDSU and on Cox or Time-Warner digital cable channel 956.
Even though he got the identity wrong, we'd like to commend Ken Leighton, the honorable music columnist for The Reader, for attempting to expose the identity of Bob Ugly in last week's issue. Ugly is one of the main forces behind San Diego's pirate radio station, Free Radio San Diego (96.9FM). If exposed, he could face serious federal charges by the FCC. Leighton apparently felt it was his moral responsibility as an alternative journalist to expose a fellow alternative media advocate for his crimes against the government.