November is turning out to be a banner month for San Diego artists in the national spotlight. With a slew of new releases from local big guns, it'll be hard to avoid spotting local homies on the tube.
Following his appearance last week on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show and CBS- TV's Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Jason Mraz will be a presenter on ABC-TV's American Music Awards this Sunday night.
Meanwhile, look for blink-182's presence on MTV to reach truly frightening proportions throughout the month as the network airs reruns of Making The Video: Feelin' This, in addition to episodes of MTV Cribs, MTV Duets and other network series that feature the band. All this activity leads up to the premiere of MTV's Album Launch: blink-182, airing Nov. 21-the same night the band will be playing a sold-out homecoming show at SOMA. Each member of the band will also co-host an episode of ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live (Mark Hoppus on Nov. 24, Tom DeLonge on Nov. 25 and Travis Barker on Nov. 26), plus a live appearance from the trio.
P.O.D. are also out promoting their latest opus and will appear on both The Tonight Show and Kimmel. They next appear on the Nov. 13 edition of MTV's TRL and the Nov. 20 episode of NBC-TV's Last Call with Carson Daly.
San Diego gathers for Neil's birthday
"It puts a lot of the best singer-songwriters in San Diego in the same room," Peter Bolland said about "Neilfest," a birthday tribute to the music of Neil Young being held Nov. 12 at Dizzy's.
Bolland, who will be performing at the show with his band Broken Hills, is the main architect of the event. A selection of artists including Berkley Hart, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Gregory Page, Sven-Erik Seaholm, Dave Howard, Lisa Sanders and more, will perform brief sets of Young's material.
"Each of us has our own following, so this is an opportunity to put our audiences together in one room for some cross-pollination," Bolland said, noting that he plans to make it a yearly event. "It opens up our audience to a wider variety of San Diego talent. But mostly, it's about Neil Young.
"I've talked to singer-songwriters from all over the world about their influences. The one guy whose name keeps coming up is Neil. Something about the way he plays, the way he writes, the way he is, inspired more people to pick up guitars and give it a whack than anyone else. I wanted to create an opportunity for [artists] to share their love and respect for the master, and for an audience to benefit from the results."
The Leucadian's Leudrock 2003
Though it's been hosting shows for more than six years, The Leucadian (in, uh, Leucadia) has just recently arrived as a rare North County haven for cutting-edge acts. This is due largely to owner Marty Van Roosendaal allowing Stereotypes frontman John Finkbiner to take on some of the bar's booking. The Leucadian's real coming-out party is Nov. 15 with "Leudrock 2003," during which patrons can see 13 of the city's finest rock, punk and garage acts. Scheduled to perform during the 13-hour (noon to 1 a.m.) music marathon are Plastic Supermodel, Mike Flynn, Star Project, The Glossines, The Bad Apples, The Liquorice Quartet, California, Silver Sunshine, Checkers, The Loons, The Stereotypes, The Displaced and The Heartaches. It's not the first time the bar has hosted such a festival-Roosendaal said they raised about $13,000 with a day-long Sept. 11 benefit.
Local fans of alternative music knew it couldn't last forever-having three FM stations in San Diego dedicated to alternative music. According to SDradio.net, Jefferson Pilot, owners of country station KSON-FM, has bought out Premium Radio 92/1FM and is streaming KSON's content out of the 92.1 signal. The interesting aspect is that J-Pilot also owns alternative 94.9FM, which was a direct competitor of Premium Radio. So basically, papa came in and bought out the pesky competition. 91X was equally pleased with the buyout, welcoming 92/1 listeners right after Premium Radio switched to twang. On the night of Nov. 10, the alternative format of Astor Broadcasting moved to KCEO-AM 1000.
Billy "Bacon" Russell relocated to Austin, Texas this past week. Russell and his band The Forbidden Pigs have been lynchpins of San Diego's roots-rock scene since the mid-'80s. CityBeat tips "Una Mas Cerveza" to Russell and wishes him the best in his new home.
Locally filmed cinematic classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978) has been reissued on DVD by Rhino, with a soundtrack that features then-young Chula Vista native and pre- Pearl Jam/ Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron crooning a remastered "Puberty Love."
Any musician wanting to pick up tips on their craft should be sure to check out the "Rhythm Section and Groove Clinic," being held Nov. 15 at Lestat's Coffeehouse. From 1 to 3 p.m., guitarist Robin Henkel, Fattburger drummer Kevin Koch and Big Mo Band bassist Rodney Ratelle will give a clinic demonstrating how instruments work together to create a groove in genres from Latin to rock. Non-musicians are invited to attend, but whether you play or not, a rare opportunity to explore music with musicians of this caliber shouldn't be missed.
On Nov. 12, The Casbah plays host to a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research. Performers include Tomorrow's Sons, a.m. Vibe, Scarlet Symphony and Goodbye, Blue Monday . This is the perfect chance to see great bands and help pay for a few much-needed mammograms.
It's not quite as cool as a Grammy nod, but both local blues man Earl Thomas and local music-footage archival company, Reelin' in the Years-owned and operated by local boy David Peck-are on the ballot to be nominated for Grammies.
You can finally check the schedule of hard rock and alternative acts that are playing Bay Park venue Brick by Brick at www.brickbybrick.com. Congratulations to the club for getting a website and pulling its head out of the '80s.Fans of Pinback or any of Rob Crow's zillion other projects might want to check out his newest incarnation-My Band is a Mess, which plays at the Che Café on Nov. 14.
The Album Leaf has been chosen-along with Herbie Hancock, Nine Inch Nails and Stereolab-as one of the bands included on the soundtrack to an upcoming documentary about legendary synthesizer man Bob Moog.