Tim Pyles is perhaps the most ubiquitous figure in San Diego music, which is why we chose him to so sexily grace this issue's cover. He hosts a weekly radio show on 94.9-FM, “The Local 94/9,” and assists with concert booking at The Casbah, where he presents a weekly showcase called “Anti-Monday League.” By all accounts, he's an overwhelmingly positive guy—the Ned Flanders of local music, if you will. Just be careful not to lend him your car. Here, he answers our probing questions:
At what point did you start to take part in what was going on with local music?
I've always been very interested in radio, and even acquiring degrees in broadcasting. After a few years of not achieving those goals—or really even trying, for that matter—I had to go for it. 91X was there when I landed, and very quickly, I realized my opportunities lied within the local music scene and [the show] Loudspeaker. That was around 1997. Prior to that, I was very supportive from a lot of different angles, experiencing a lot of the various underground scenes.
What brought about your move from Loudspeaker to Local 94/9 in late 2004?
Let's be honest here—I'm very lucky. Due to stupidity on my part, I found myself in a situation that left me out in the cold. Let's just say most companies have very strict rules regarding breaking the law in company cars. 'Nuff said. But thanks to Mike Halloran and Garett Michaels of FM-94/9, I was brought aboard about eight months after my demise at 91X, and my friends became my blessing in disguise.
What are the changes you've observed in the music scene since you were younger?
The positives: There are more venues, more bands, more cool bands, more diversity in sound and fans, more creativity, and 20 years of The Casbah. The negatives: We need more fans. The fan base for local music has grown, but we've gone from having one cool thing to do each night to having as many as five, and it spreads the base too thin.What was the last band from San Diego that you can truly say changed your life?Grand Ole Party.
Are there any bands in town right now that have the same sort of unrealized potential?
The Wrong Trousers, Nowhere Men, Endoxi, Mermaid, Crocodiles, All Leather, Apes of Wrath, MC Flow, Lights On, Maren Parusel, Deep Rooted, The Color of Glass, The New Archaic, Thieves and Liars, John Meeks, The Fascination, …students, Dynamite Walls—and the ones I haven't found yet.
How did the “Anti-Monday League” shows come about?
“Anti-Monday League” is a name my friend Steve Medico and I came up with as a play on the punk band Anti-Nowhere League. The theme song for the night is “I Don't Like Mondays” by The Boomtown Rats, a song written about a lady in San Diego who one day, back in 1979, decided she didn't like Mondays, so she proceeded to fire upon students, teachers and janitors, killing two people. It was a very sad day. The song was performed less than a month after the incident at Downtown's Fox Theater. Nobody really likes Mondays, but you don't need to go that far. Just join “The League” at The Casbah.
What is the latest local music trend that has caught your ear?
More like my eyes. The proliferation of skinny headbands since the arrival of Grand Ole Party. As for a trend or sound, it's awesome that there isn't one. Diversity, diversity, diversity.
What are three local bands that would be your best bets to blow up in 2009?
Crash Encore, Scarlet Symphony and Dirty Sweet. But on another level, Wavves and All Leather.
Do you shave your head every single morning?
Depending on the weather.