In 1993, A&R reps were invading San Diego, and the Los Angeles Times had dubbed our city “the next Seattle.” Bands like Inch, Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver, Truman's Water, Rocket From The Crypt and Lucy's Fur Coat fueled the buzz. Venues like The Casbah and Café Chabalaba hosted the hype while labels like Headhunter, Cargo and Vinyl Communications put out the albums. On Oct. 20, Livewire, the North Park dive, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with DJ Motch and crew spinning music entirely from local indie labels from the early '90s. A rumor is afoot that Stimy, a longtime Livewire 'tender and Sub-Society and Inch singer, will return from his home in Colorado and treat the crowd to an Inch reunion show. MS/livewirebar.
A couple of unexpected fans appeared at the Zombie Lounge last Sunday. Writer, Swim Party, The Henry Clay People and Mia Valentine were sharing the bill when smokers outside were visited by two dogs that had apparently escaped from a nearby yard. They seemed friendly enough—a chocolate lab jumping up and licking people and his brindle boxer/pit bull buddy hanging around as people pet them. Before Swim Party took the stage, the pair stepped into the bar to explore. As the music started, the canines disagreed with the loud noise and attacked the crowd outside, biting at least four people. Writer singer Andy Ralph took it the worst with bites to his leg and hand: “I can't believe he bit me—twice!” Ralph said. MS/writer.
Thee Corsairs have pressed 500 copies of their new album, Tales of Rum and Whiskey—a limited-edition picture disc released by Inka, the label also behind The Creepy Creeps' first record. As they did with their last album, Thee Corsairs have coordinated a “treasure hunt,” posting clues on their blog about the location of treasure bottles. Be the first to find the bottle and redeem it for your very own copy of the album. MS/theecorsairs.
Dreamy indie-folksters Mountain Home just released their self-titled album on Philly label Language of Stone (distributed by Drag City Records). Joshua Blatchley and Kristin Sherer form the heart of the band and are joined by four other musicians on record, including guest vocalist Marissa Nadler. Mountain Home was recently named a “Band to Watch” on the indie tastemaking site Stereogum.com. MS/mtnhome.
The Seaport Fudge Factory was the inspiration for an instrumental song of the same name. On a recent visit, Irish musician Skully was so impressed by the Seaport Village attraction that he penned “Seaport Fudge Factory” for his new album, Without a Voice. Skully is best known for his theme song for the show E.R. and some original tracks on Madonna's 2005 film The Next Best Thing. The confectionary salutation is available on iTunes or can be downloaded from Skully's site. MS/skullymusic.