One of the longest running bar residencies in town comes to an end May 26 when roots rockers the Hatchet Brothers play a final Wednesday night gig at the Ould Sod.
"It's just time to do other things," said guitarist Gregory Page. "Jack [Reynolds] and Charlie [McRee] have Momma, and it's getting too much for Frank [Drennen] to drive down from Los Angeles each week." Page's own upcoming schedule also quickened the decision, as he's set to tour Australia with Marshall Crenshaw for two months.
"The bar will continue to book music on Wednesday nights, and we'll be taking our annual visit to Alaska, but that's it for a while," he said. For Page and the group's fans, Wednesday nights will never be the same. "We've been doing it for so long that I'm definitely going to miss it. It's kind of sad."
In other Page news, the prolific troubadour has co-written a song with X frontman John Doe for Doe's upcoming album. Page will release a new album of his own next month-his 12th-titled Happiness is Being Lonely.
Mighty Mouse ventures out
Guitarist-singer Rob Logic of ever-present local band The Mice has recently ventured into the recording arts, and has already racked up an impressive portfolio, with more than a half-dozen up-and-coming locals (including The Screaming Yeehaws, Pawnshop Cowboys and now-defunct Stripmall). While most of the tracks are intended as demos, he twisted the knobs on Sk8 or Die's upcoming album (Not in My Skatepark, scheduled to hit June 8 on local Hill Billy Stew Records). He also helmed a nine-song album for his own band, which they're currently shopping to labels.
The Mice officially formed in 1998, and are often compared to the Dead Milkmen or early Replacements, though Logic defines them more succinctly: "We get really drunk, make a lot of noise and talk a lot of shit." But Logic and drummer Raul Campuzano have been playing together the better part of 15 years, formerly as Billy Club and Cranial Vacancy. Bassist Travis Poe is a more recent addition.
The Mice also serve as the instrumental element of Major Threat, a Minor Threat cover band fronted by Dave Buck (ex-Subterranean Horses). Buck, still reeling from the promising band's split, decided against continuing as the Subterranean Pony (him writhing around and singing to karaoke recordings of the Horses). Covering "all the fast screaming [Minor Threat] stuff from 1981," as filtered through his full-contact rock 'n' roll" antics, seemed like a better idea. Major Threat debuts May 22 at The Ken Club.
The Mice play June 17 at Scolari's Office. www.micemusic.com
San Diego extreme metal band Cattle Decapitation's latest album, Humanure, has run into problems in Germany. Seems the cover art depicting a cow defecating on a mangled, bloody corpse, while OK'd by their label Metal Blade, has offended the sensibilities of their distributors, who have refused to stock German stores with the album.
Following up last year's spectacular local showcase, the Leucadian (1542 N. Coast Highway 101) will host the unimaginatively named Leudrock 2 this weekend. This year the event expands to two whole days, with 20 bands spread over May 21 (4 p.m. to midnight) and May 22 (2 p.m. to midnight). The lineup even tops last year's (not a small feat). First day highlights include The Buzzkill Romantics, Plastic Supermodel and The Makeout Boys. All the stops are pulled out Saturday, with sets by The Glossines, The Liquorice Quartet, Silver Sunshine, Thee Corsairs and The Stereotypes.
Mission Hills balladeer Dave Humphries has been a lifelong Beatles fan, and while his chances of working with either McCartney or Starr are unlikely, he has achieved the next best thing. This week Humphries releases his second album, Thirty Eight Days, with a 4 p.m. CD-release party at Claire De Lune May 23. The album features Beatles mentor Tony Sheridan sharing vocals and guitars on two tracks, which the pair collaborated on here last summer.
Another major CD-release event this week is on May 22 at O'Connell's for Tomcat Courtney's new album, Sundown in San Diego. Courtney is one of the most respected musicians in San Diego, and is considered the godfather of the local blues scene. The man's resumé includes stints with the circus, backing Bobby "Blue" Bland, and a Mercedes commercial. In his nearly six decades of performing, however, he's only recorded a pair of albums, and one of them was live. So this is a big event for local blues fans.
Reeve Oliver goes Disney this month, performing at Disneyland's Grad Night private parties, which are held each year for Southern California schools. The appearances are part of the promotion surrounding an upcoming compilation of rising talent put together by Ocean Pacific Apparel Corp. and Fender Records, dubbed Ops Emerging.
Quirky singer-songwriter Autumn in Halifax (aka Dave Merulla), has been based in San Diego for the past few summers, but has decided to return to his native New York. Fans have one last chance to catch a set before he goes, when his group performs a free in-store at Off The Record on May 21.
On a tour stop in Florida on May 6, former Grossmont High alum Dennis Hopper paid a surprise backstage visit to Rockola. No word if he rambled on about Italians having black blood. Lots of opportunities to catch local music on national TV this month. P.O.D. hasn't gotten a lot of love from radio this time out, but Fuse will broadcast an episode of Loaded devoted to the band on May 20. On May 22, it's the Java Joe's alumni on the tube-Jason Mraz on NBC's Today Weekend Edition and Jewel on ABC's The Nick & Jessica Show. Jewel will also be on Oxygen's Isaac Mizrahi Show on May 24. On May 27, blink-182 caps off the SD-TV month on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman. You can watch Switchfoot win an armload of trophies when the UPN network re-airs the DOVE Awards. If you include the May 13 appearance of Nickel Creek on PBS' Austin City Limits, it's been quite a month.
Blink-182 will also take part in an episode of the WB network's Pepsi Smash, due to air in June.
This year's multi-venue, multi-date X-Fest concert series celebrating 91X's birthday will include a June 9 show from the aforementioned Switchfoot at Soma.