Correction: Last week, I reported that Jamuel Saxon's new Time is Money EP features MC Scarub and The Album Leaf's Jimmy LaValle on the title track. In fact, LaValle is featured on a different track. I apologize for the error.
Dirty Sweet announced in November that they're taking a “little break” and will probably get back together in January or February. But they're still on hiatus—and they might break up. “Yes, we are taking a break(ing up),” singer / guitarist Nathan Beale writes to CityBeat in a Facebook message. “Basically, Dirty Sweet just became something none of us were interested in doing anymore. We are putting it down for a while. If it makes sense to, we will make a 3rd album. We have the material and it's good. But if we never play again, that's fine too.” Beale is currently working with producer Mike Butler at White Horse Recorders on some pop / folk material for a solo record. “I've been meaning to make a solo record for a long time and now just seems like the right time,” he says.
The past few years have been grueling for Eric Sanchez, a member of hip-hop duo Secret Service. He suffers from a hereditary kidney disorder, and, until recently, had been on dialysis for four years. In December, Sanchez had a successful kid ney transplant. The donor? Bandmate Derrick Santiago. Sanchez is still recovering, but things are looking up for the duo: Their single “GreenLight” has been getting play on seven different stations across the country, Sanchez says, and next month they'll perform at The Knitting Factory in Reno, Nev. “There was a lot of things I couldn't do because I had to stay in town for my dialysis,” Sanchez says. “This is completely a lease on life.”
Knockout Bell, Centerlight Pop, Day of Anomie, The Flowerthief and Andrew Armerding will perform a benefit at The Ruby Room on Thursday, Jan. 28, for the family of Diana Gonzalez, a San Diego City College student who was murdered in October. Gonzo and Room E will DJ.