What jerks: In a past story about local singer-songwriter Jamie Reno, we erroneously stated that Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy played on Reno's new album, All American Music. While Reno said having a Lizzy play on his album would indeed be special, that wasn't the case.
Reader prefers pull-out method
Louis Mello, owner of Mission Beach's rock dive, The Liar's Club, was a bit surprised when an advertising executive from The Reader told him the bar's ad was inappropriate.
"I thought it might be inappropriate if it was 1950, but I couldn't figure out what the problem was," Mello said. The bar's print advertisements always feature some sort of popular lie. The specific ad in question featured a picture of a woman and the text, "I'm on the pill."
When Mello asked what was so reprehensible about the ad, The Reader ad exec responded that publisher Jim Holman disapproved of such content. Holman is a devout Catholic who also helms another San Diego publication, San Diego News Notes, a religious magazine capable of making Pope-lovin' Catholics blush. Holman often writes guest editorials in News Notes, including pro-life rants.
"I looked through a few issues worth of articles and realized they are against women's rights, against reproductive rights and against gay rights," Mello said. A good example of the publication's particular slant is apparent in the lead of a June article by Allyson Smith-"Children as young as 12 years old and dance students from Carlsbad High School mingled with gray-haired homosexuals and transvestites amid booths hawking erotic gay magazines, free condoms, and anal lubricant samples during the second annual San Diego Youth Pride festival Saturday afternoon, May 1, at the taxpayer-funded Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center in Hillcrest."
Mello was torn, realizing that The Reader-San Diego's largest weekly and the nation's largest "alternative" weekly-reaches a lot of potential customers.
"When it came time to submit another ad, I felt sick to my stomach at the thought of giving these people my money," Mello said. "I couldn't do it."
Mello decided to stop advertising in The Reader altogether.
"I felt like it was a moral issue," he said. "I'm really only bummed it took me so long to find out. Had I known, I would've never given them any money or advertise there in the first place."
Symphony has cake, eats it too
4:15 p.m.-Scarlet Symphony is forced by Street Scene organizers to start their set, despite the four-block-long line that's outside festival gates because the event is behind schedule.
4:45-The erotic-melodics of Scarlet Symphony lure the masses as they are let inside, a few songs into the band's set. On the other side of Street Scene, local band Louis XIV is luckier-their stage manager let them wait until the event opened.
5:10-Drumstick supplies exhausted, strings broken and guitars returned mis-tuned, the audience remains transfixed. A mod squad of hipsterettes use large black sunglasses to mask their angsty desire. Twin Peak-spawned melodies move the crowd in a classically awkward and rhythmless indie-rock fashion. The crowd is successfully smitten, erotically enraptured.
5:14-A guy repeatedly begs the band to remove their shirts.
6:07-Backstage at Scarlet Symphony's trailer. They are celebrating their first performance at a world-renowned musical festival. Around them are the trailers of minor gods: A Tribe Called Quest. Patti Smith. Ben Harper. They have free food. Free beer. The best view in the whole damn house. And they're in their hometown.
6:10-A guy tells the story of his forced removal from Street Scene 10 years prior. Today he is vindicated by the all-access pass stuck to his shirt, thanks to his brother.
6:20-Four men meet their muse. Patti Smith performs, with a reverent Scarlet Symphony looking on.
7:06-Beer runs dry.
7:14, 7:30, 7:54, 8:12-Beer from various unknown origins arrives.
8:00-A lawyer drops by the trailer, passing a card to befuddled frontman Gary Hankins.
9:06-The party grows as Scarlet's greatest groupies converge. In the face of massive technical difficulties-CDs skipping left and right-witty guitarist Aaron Swanton keeps the crowd entertained. He rightly comments on the "motherf#@in' party" within. Scarlet Symphony is the envy of Street Scene's backstage area, as a young band who hasn't been there before should.
9:58-Two young boys, claiming their dad "owns Street Scene," sit on the couch and gaze longingly at Scarlet Symphony.
Grand theft audio
Via Satellite recently fell victim to vandalism and robbery in two cities on their nationwide tour. The rear window of their van was smashed in New York City, and $4,000 worth of musical equipment was stolen. Showing true grit, the band continued on tour using borrowed gear, with zero cancellations to their credit.
While the band does have some insurance, it won't cover the cost of the theft or the glass. To help out, Via Satellite's label Loud & Clear has placed a link on their website to a Paypal account, for anyone who may want to donate funds to help get the group back on its feet.
On a much brighter note, the quartet has just released a four-song, self-titled EP featuring two songs from their upcoming album Cities as Temples. While this EP and the pending album are both issued on Loud & Clear Records, Atlanta label Luminal will release a 7-inch single of outtakes from the same sessions. www.loudandclearrecords.com
At a party at Buddy Blue's La Mesa home on Aug. 28, someone broke into the vehicle of Ross Nichols, aka "Ross D'Boss," and stole his custom-made guitar rack. "The rest of my tech tools and personal possessions were still in the car, untouched," said Nichols. "I'm presuming that someone thought they were scoring an instrument, 'cause my rack is built into an old [Fender] P-bass case. When you open it up and unfold it, it holds seven guitars upright." Nichols built the thing himself and explained it has serious sentimental value; he's offering a $100 reward and "no questions asked" for the return of the case. If you have any info, e-mail email@example.com.
Yes, that's Unwritten Law singing "Home in Paradise," the theme to Fox-TV's new hour-long drama North Shore. After a successful test run in June, 22 more shows have been ordered which begin airing Sept. 6.
Blues vocalist extraordinaire Earl Thomas holds a CD-release party for his new live album, La Casa Di Caffe Calabria Sept. 5 at Dizzy's. Thomas will perform with guitarist Heine Andersen.
The Casbah will also be the scene of another CD-release night Sept. 2, this time a tripleheader. Indie favorites Tailgunner, Hot Like (A) Robot and First Wave Hello will all be celebrating new discs, with Safety opening up the proceedings.
Finbarr Massi is the winner of last month's DJ Idol contest held at Rich's in Hillcrest. Massi, who has done remixes for the likes of Lenny Kravitz, will join DJ Derek as resident DJ at the club's Wednesday night event, Heaven.
P.O.D.'s last-minute cancellation at this year's Street Scene was technically the fault of Street Scene owner Rob Hagey. Hagey was forced to move the band's time slot to accomodate the Foo Fighters, but he failed to inform P.O.D. in a timely fashion. It then became a pride issue, involving piddly politics between the Foo and P.O.D. camps.
Considering the once arena-worthy San Diego band failed to sell out the 2,800-capacity Soma a few months ago, it seems the smart move would've been to swallow the pride and play the gig anyway, if only for the few thousand fans who were there to see 'em.
Pistolita is in the studio this week with producer Alex Newport, best known for his work with Mars Volta and The Locust. The band hopes to record an EP's worth of material.
Also working with a name producer, indie quintet Roosevelt has been recording with Tobias Miller, who has worked with Unwritten Law and Korn, to name just a few.
A new bootleg out this week, The Beatles with Bob Dylan Vol. 3, includes the rare Dylan collaboration with Beat poet Allen Ginsberg titled "Going to San Diego." The song was written about protesters coming to San Diego to protest the 1972 Republican National Convention.
Due to distributors refusing to stock hard rockers Cattle Decapitation's latest album, Metal Blade Records will replace the cover of the band's latest album Humanure, using the former back cover as the new front. It appears the original cow defecating a corpse cover will now be a collectable.
A new local supergroup, Operator X has signed with German indie label Darkwings. The industrial hard-rock band includes Mark Monteith (ex-aMiniature) Joe Guevara (ex-Jejune and Lovelight Shine) The Locust's Gabe Serbian and Jesse X of The Deere Johns. In July, the band spent two weeks in Berlin to record their debut album Digital Defamation, set for release later this summer.