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Flies find port-a-potties, Michael Jackson finds daycare centers and the Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower finds controversy.
The noise-punkers' Oct. 5 gig in Seattle was well received, recalled guitarist Chuck Rowell-that is, right up to the point when lead singer Brandon Welchez drunkenly "stood cross-legged and arms outstretched in crucifix pose claiming to be the king of the Jews."
A few club goers apparently didn't take too well to the "king" and waited outside to attack Welchez.
"Everyone involved had been drinking, including the friends who elaborated on the incident," Welchez said. "I'm not sure what I did or said on stage, but these guys took offense. Chuck thinks three guys were waiting outside of the club-I remember it as two."
"Brandon was intoxicated," Rowell confirmed. "But not enough to impair him from slamming one [of the attackers] to the ground like a king."
Rowell said the fight had a unique ending.
"Vomit sprayed from [Welchez's] mouth onto the attackers [and] they fled," he explained.
"If I remember the guys right," Welchez added, "one looked like Alfred E. Neuman, and the other guy looked like a fat Buddy Holly."
Girls on film
Myspace has been creating a lot of new ways for bands to expose themselves-sometimes literally.
The adult website Supercult.com has started to use songs by indie bands to augment short clips of the girls on the site. A few dozen clips include snippets from San Diego's Silver Sunshine and the Esthas.
"The website's Chase Lisbon heard our song "Fuck It' at myspace, liked the song and messaged us," said Esthas frontman Anthony "Stanze" Arellano. "It didn't take any convincing. We like the site, so we said, "Go for it!'"
Arellano jokes that the band was offered "our way with any of the models or staff from Supercult." Not true, of course. But they do get one thing worth its weight in lube: a free password to view the films.
The Esthas play at Hot Monkey Love Café on Oct. 22.
San Diego Music Awards nominees and highly entertaining pseudo-cover band The Leper-Khanz have indefinitely ended their Sunday-night residency at Downtown's Dublin Square. Seems the band got into an argument with the owner regarding the volume last Sunday night. The debate ended with the old "You're fired!"/"Fuck you, we quit!" exchange. Singer Rhy screamed a few spirited parting shots into the microphone and urged all patrons to put down their beers and leave with them. A few did.
The ninth edition of music showcase "Acoustic Alliance" takes place on Oct. 25 at 'Cane's. A dozen performers will take the stage round-robin style, including Tim Flannery, Peggy Watson, Randi Driscoll, Alex Woodard, Aaron Bowen, Kev, Nathan Weldon, Mary Fromke, Jen Knight, Jonathan Lee and-making his first major appearance since retiring over a year ago-top San Diego songwriter Dave Howard. "I chose this show for my re-entry into the San Diego live scene because it seems to be the best place to meet all the new artists that have been emerging and developing since I started my hiatus last summer," Howard said.
P.O.D. will issue a new EP via Atlantic Records next month in support of the band's "Fall Brawl" tour with Staind and Taproot. The Warriors EP Vol. 2. will feature seven tracks, including demos and live songs. Their next full-length, called Testify, tentatively due out in January, with Hassidic reggae rapper Matisyahu among the cameos.
The ABC-TV show Grey's Anatomy will include the title track of Anya Marina's Miss Halfway album in the Nov. 6 episode.
Contemporary R&B singer and Tijuana native Frankie J earns a gold, platinum and double-platinum disc for the inclusion of his song "How To Deal" on Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 19.
Former Melanies frontman Victor Penalosa has signed to Parasol Records offshoot Bird Song with his current band, The Quarter After. The band's self-titled debut is out this month.
MTV's new show Score attempts to put a twist on dating and reality shows. Each week, a contestant has to write a song and perform it in front of a live audience using Ryan Cabrera's backing band. A hottie then has to pick her date using those songs as the standard, making the show a weird (and possibly very, very lame) cross between American Idol and Elimidate. On Oct. 24, two artists with San Diego connections will compete in the show-singer-songwriter Curtis Peoples and Blizzard frontman Chris Leyva. "It was a lot of fun," says Leyva. "But it was a real eye-opener as far as the industry goes-good and bad." Leyva lobbied to have his group back him on his own composition, but that ideas was vetoed by producers.
Megadeth frontman and North County resident Dave Mustaine has announced a "Megadeth Fainfair" set for 2006, a gathering of the metal band's faithful. A few lucky stiffs will even get the opportunity to jam with band. Dates were still unconfirmed at press time, but in a posting to his website, Mustaine said he's looking forward to the event. "A select few of you who come will be staying in my little town in San Diego County," he says. "We will hang out and do stupid stuff like pictures, signing, auctions of private collectables, trading and what not for the night. And then you Droogs can take turns getting up and jamming with us."
Tristeza releases a new single, "Bromas," on Oct. 25. Issued by Better Looking Records in advance of their upcoming album, A Colores, the band heads out on a month-long tour starting Nov. 2.
Dizzy's will be the site of a tribute concert to composer Michael Legrand on Oct. 20. On hand will be vocalist/violinist Jamie, pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Carlos Vazquez.
Former blink-182 vocalist-guitarist Tom DeLonge is in production on a new film project, Angels and Airwaves, which-not coincidently-is also the name of his new band. Early reports indicate the movie is set to be a tongue-in-cheek biopic detailing the last days of blink-182.
The Shankar family has two releases out this month. Sitar legend Ravi Shankar releases a career overview titled The Essential Ravi Shankar. Meanwhile, daughter Anoushka Shankar releases Rise, her fourth album for Angel Records. A joint North American tour is scheduled, but truth be told, the pair tour so much it's hard to tell where one tour starts and another ends.
Neo-psych rockers Silver Sunshine release their second album, A Small Pocket of Pure Spirit, via East Coast indie Empyrean Records on Oct. 25.
Filter magazine and Urban Outfitters have teamed up for The Hurricane Benefit Compilation, a limited edition double-disc set of rare or previously unreleased tracks. Among the 28 tracks are contributions from Beck, Gang of Four and Laura Cantrell, as well as an orchestral version of "Little Drop of Poison" by Tom Waits and "Micro Melodies" by The Album Leaf.
House of Blues will be the site of a Hurricane Katrina Benefit concert on Oct. 23. On hand will be Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra and Theo & The Zydeco Blues Patrol.
Former Greyboy All Star and Elgin Park frontman Mike Andrews returns to San Diego to play an intimate set at the North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe on Oct. 21. Joanie Mendenhall and Angela Correa open.