Alex Conate, aka DJ Liquid Groove, shoulda shut his trap. After reportedly raking Björk fans for $16,000 in a ticket scam that even the store manager at Off the Record manager fell for (so did CityBeat), Conate flew to Hawaii to spend his dough. Like criminals often do, he apparently started bragging about his exploits to the wrong people. Word got back to Bryan Pollard-the San Diego promoter that Conate duped-and Pollard notified police. Conate was found and arrested on Jan. 22, and was extradited back to California, where he'll stand trial not only for fraud in the Björk scam, but also for two warrants that San Luis Obispo police have for the con artist. No word on whether Conate will spearhead a special Tori Amos concert for fellow Chino inmates.
As reported in our cover story, P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel has started a heavy metal side project with the rhythm section of Sprung Monkey called The Accident Experiment. Apparently, the whole camp is pretty excited about how good the new band sounds. Backstage at P.O.D.'s free "Bud Bowl" show last weekend, their tour manager pulled me aside before leaving to say, "Wait until you hear The Accident Experiment." Then, right before I reached the gate, Curiel-who had already told me about the band-ran up to me again and said, "Troy, seriously... wait until you hear The Accident Experiment." Figuring they're already part of a multi-million-selling band, Curiel and company might know what a winning sound is. We'll keep you posted.
Club Xanth put on its last show on Jan. 12, then shut its doors. After owning the club for nearly three years, owner "JayJ" said that an unsuccessful attempt to get a "change of occupancy" permit did his club in. He says that he plans to sue the former owners of the club, the city and the architect who was organizing the "change of occupancy" permit application for him. While he's not suit and tie-ing it in court, he'll be promoting punk shows at the Wabash Hall in North Park.
Jason Mraz will be shooting his first video for the new Elektra album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, around town in San Diego during the day of his sold-out show at Spreckels Theatre. ©