"I'm gonna miss him," said Joey Harris about the impending departure of longtime cohort Jerry Raney from local rockers Powerthud. Raney and the band's final performance will be at Tio Leo's on Dec. 26. Harris and Raney have been bandmates ever since 1985, when Harris replaced Buddy Blue in the Beat Farmers.
"It's been 18 years since we began playing together," Harris said. "He was always my second harmony, so all the songs will be different. It's going to feel different just being on stage."
Ironically, Raney will devote his energies to performing alongside Blue in the new group The Flying Putos. Rounding out the Putos is another former Beat Farmer, bassist Rolle Love. Harris and the rest of Powerthud will now go under the moniker The Joey Show, which will make its debut at Tio Leo's on Jan. 17.
"We're going to mix it up a bit," Harris said of the revamped group. "One of the things we'll definitely be doing is a showcase spot at midnight at each of our gigs where we'll back a surprise musical guest for a set."
Longtime followers of Harris' career will be thrilled that he also plans to start performing songs from his pre-Beat Farmers groups, including '70s punk band Fingers and early-'80s MCA signees, The Speedsters.
For a Friend
Dec. 26 is also the night for the annual Steve Foth: The Songs of C.L.A. tribute show at The Casbah. Carnivorous Lunar Activity (C.L.A. for short) was a sort of sister act to The Rugburns, and Foth co-wrote their turntable hit "Hitchhiker Joe." Foth was murdered four years ago, but the surviving members of C.L.A. refuse to let his memory diminish, reuniting annually for a bit of acoustic guitar-based mayhem and a run through the band's catalog of tongue-in-cheek tunes.
Look for Whistle Stop owner Sam Chammas behind the drums, along with regulars Dennis "The Menace" Borlek and Sharon Simons, with Foth's place taken by none other than budding yoga master Steve Poltz. All the proceeds from the show will go to the Home Start, a counseling program for victims of violent crime.
Now serving: licorice pizza
Taang Records in Mission Beach is renowned for its great collection (few other stores keep Barracudas and Television Personalities albums in stock), but digging through the clutter has always been a chore-it looked more like your grandma's attic than a record store.
Part of the problem was that the small store was also home to Taang's record label operations. But now the record store has moved upstairs into the space formerly occupied by a pizza parlor-and the record label is staying on the bottom floor.
"It's a lot better in here. It looks more like a record store," says Taang employee Dave Buck. "It's actually smaller, but everything fits well."
Taang owner Curtis Casella had been in talks to buy out the North Park space occupied by The Muse, which is shutting down on Dec. 26. But it seems a lack of communication between Casella and Muse owner Carolyn Tipton resulted in that deal failing. When Casella was contacted by CityBeat two weeks ago to confirm his interest in the store and inform him that it had been sold, he replied: "What? I hope that's not true."
It is true, but it seems it worked out for everyone.
The alternative to mallternative
Hot Topic has successfully strapped a studded belt around the waist of every Britney-bopping 12-year-old girl and put the CBGB's logo on the chest of more than one frat boy who thinks OMFUG is something you do after one too many hits from the beer bong. More than a few true blue-blooded rockers resent the mallternative-ization of their subculture, and wistfully remember the days when the only place to get a DK shirt was at a DK show or the rare rock 'n' roll boutique store.
"Fuck the Topic," said Pete Brown, who, with business partner Taylor Steadham, just opened such a store in University Heights (1815 Adams Ave.), called Jinx Proof. "This is the store for everyone that's just ashamed they ever had to go to Hot Topic."
Jinx Proof has band T-shirts spanning every subgenre of rock and punk, as well as other clothing, accessories and custom furniture designed by Steadham. The store is the end result of the relatively young (30 and 29, respectively) entrepreneurs' scrimping and saving for two years to get the space. Both partners still work other jobs and run the store themselves.
Brown has big plans for the store, and said it will be a more fully realized vision within a month:
"Right now, we have a lot of work from local artists, which is cool. But by the end of January some of the more artsy fartsy stuff will disappear. This place is gonna be rock 'n' roll as all fuck."
The January 2004 issue of Britain's Q magazine features a two-page review of The Thrills' Nov. 30 show at The Casbah, with multiple photos of the club and even a crowd shot with Anya Marina standing up front. The Irish band famously spent four months in town during 2000. Their new single "Til the Tide Creeps In" copiously name-drops San Diego in the lyrics. The same Q issue features a five-page spread on blink-182's clothing empire.
Sam Goody is closing its Grossmont Center location, and everything down to the racks must go. The local store is one of about 110 Goody locations closing nationwide. The music retail chain was formerly owned by Best Buy and is now under the management of Sun Capital Partners, which is shutting down the least profitable stores.
Jazz guitarist Patrick Yandall has signed to New York jazz label Apria records. Look for his next album, Out of the Ashes, out in April.
Beat Farmers fans rejoice. This spring Rhino Records will reissue the band's acclaimed debut album, Tales of the New West. It will still be a single-disc affair, but it'll sport a whopping 29 songs. Included as bonus tracks are the entire "Glad and Greasy," live tracks and unreleased material.