In what has to be one of the most unique marketing ploys by a San Diego artist (The Locust's compact mirrors takes a close second), buxom blues singer and former porn star Candye Kane is now selling, on her website, pillows made from her bras.
"I was inspired to start making the pillows because porn fans would always ask to purchase my used bras and panties," says Kane [Editor's note: I only did it once.] "Although I could have made a lucrative business out of that, I decided to make art from my bras instead."
At $300 a "brallow," the suckers are expensive, but, Kane says, "they are each guaranteed [to have been worn] by me and no two are alike. There is some interest by stores to sell them, but each one is handmade and so it is quite time consuming. I think for now I will keep the orders on a per-request basis.
"If the fans want to take them apart to masturbate on, that's OK," Kane says of the many possible uses for her brallows. "But I make the pillows so beautiful that they would never want to take them apart. They are beautiful, one of a kind, conversation pieces and they are the next best thing to resting your head on my own 44GGs."
Best of all, she says, "They really are fun, soft, comfortable and add to the decor of any home!" (www.candyekane.com)
John Doe is recording his next solo album in a San Diego apartment with Gregory Page behind the board. "We've done nine songs so far," says Page. One of the most interesting aspects of the as-yet-untitled project is the inclusion of some old Doe favorites.
"He's redoing three tunes that he recorded with X," Page explains, "taking them back to the way he originally envisioned them as demos, including a great new version of "Burning House of Love.'" Look for an album from the sessions to emerge next year.
The long-awaited new album from P.O.D., Payable On Death, will hit stores Nov. 4, and diehard fans are advised to be quick on the mark. The first pressing will include a second disc with an exclusive version of the Play Station 2 video game Amplitude, which features an otherwise unavailable song, "Space." Adept fans will be able to remix the track, scratch and freestyle over the tune to their heart's content. The album will also include footage from a documentary on the band titled Inside P.O.D. Culture and a feature on artist Daniel Martin Diaz. Finally, one of three art cards will be included in early copies, with 500 of each signed by the entire band.
The latest graduate from the Java Joe's school of singer-songwriters, Jason Mraz, will appear on the Oct. 8 edition of ABC-TV talk show The View. Airing at 10 a.m., the program should elevate the local balladeer's profile even higher, as his hit song "The Remedy" picks up a second wind on radio. Remote controllers have been treated to a number of Mraz appearances in the last few months, though few top the exposure given him last week when he appeared on ABC-TV's Monday Night Football.
In a segment dubbed "Monday Night at the Mic," which pairs a musical artist with an NFL player in a musical head-to-head competition, Mraz teamed with Joey Harrington of the Detroit Lions and John Popper for a rendition of Blues Traveler's "Felicia." They were competing against San Diego Chargers' defensive lineman, Marcellus Wiley, who joined Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run DMC on a song called "Now, Now." Future rounds of competition will feature more collaborations. "If everything continues to go well, the next song will be one from Jason," Harrington says on his website.
Both Mraz and North County's Nickel Creek are featured on the new Live From Bonnaroo 2003 CD, alongside artists like James Brown, The Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree and The Allman Brothers. Taped during the huge annual music festival (held this year in Tennessee), Mraz contributes a sterling rendition of "Remedy" while the bluegrass trio chimes in with "I Should've Known Better." A DVD of the concert will be released Oct. 21. Local groove-jazz favorites Karl Denson's Tiny Universe donated the song "Check Out Your Mind" to the soundtrack of last year's festival and earned themselves a gold record for the contribution.
Local chanteuse Rachael Gordon is teaming up with The Bad Apples for a tour of Germany, starting Oct. 9 in Lucklum and finishing on Oct. 24 in Dresden. The Bad Apples will open the show and serve as Gordon's backing band (Stereotypes guitarist Mike Kamoo will perform drum duties). An exclusive vinyl tour EP will be released to coincide with the outing and feature both bands. Gordon's track "Almost" will also be included on a promotional Rolling Stone magazine compilation out this month in Europe.
All of the events surrounding this year's San Diego Music Awards promise to be entertaining, but the clear standout in the fun quotient will likely be "Rawkaraoke," held at the Casbah Oct. 8. For a small donation, would-be rock stars can take the stage with either Rookie Card or The Nards and sing any number of classic tunes, from new wave to classic rock. A host of local musical luminaries have already signed up-from the Cygnet Theatre cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch to Mike Stax of The Loons. Expect more surprise local starlets.
Singer-songwriter Anya Marina will release her debut EP Exercises in Racketeering this month, including tunes she co-wrote with Unwritten Law vocalist Scott Russo. She'll host two CD-release parties to celebrate the event-at the Belly Up Tavern on Oct. 18 and Kelly's Pub (soon to be home of the new Java Joe's) on Oct. 25.
Among the many notable shows in town this week, local '90s grunge favorites Lucy's Fur Coat are back for two nights (Oct. 10-11) at the Casbah.
Tenor saxophonist Joe Marillo-the Lifetime Achievement Award winner at this year's San Diego Music Awards-performs at Dizzy's on Oct. 11. Just three days before the local jazz legend picks up his award, the show should be as inspired as it is celebratory. If you haven't caught a set from this master musician, there probably isn't a better setting than Dizzy's.
Mark Hoppus shows off his Rancho Santa Fe mansion in the new episode of MTV Cribs. In shocking news, the bassist makes references to masturbation. (We don't even wanna guess who he calls on the phone that's in the crapper.)
The video for Switchfoot's new single, "Meant to Live," has been added to regular rotation on MTV2. The Encinitas-based group's debut album for Columbia Records, The Beautiful Letdown, has sold more than 300,000 copies so far.