Jacking other people?s stuff
Way back in a yonder day, some pubescent Poway High School pimple-rockers called blink got a letter from another blink who threatened to sue their ass if they didn?t think of something more original. So they added the -182 to their name, and the rest is pop-punk, dick-joke history.
Well, judging by a new lawsuit filed against the boys, originality is an ongoing struggle. A former roadie named Larry Palm (even their roadies have masturbatory monikers) is suing the three-chord millionaires, claiming breach of oral contract, fraud and unjust enrichment.
Palm claims that the band asked him for suggestions on album titles in early 2001. Having a 182 frame of mind, he suggested Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, which, of course, became the title of their next release. Palm claims that the guys made an oral agreement to pay him ?a reasonable value of the use of the slogan.? Yet while lil? Travis was out buying Bentleys and the other two were buying up Rancho Santa Fe estates with dirty rocker money, the group allegedly forgot all about their little roadie buddy and haven?t paid him a dime.
Question: You think Palm would be suing Tom, Mark and Travis if they were still just blink from the block?playing mediocre gigs at places like the Epicentre and working at pizza joints to pay the bills? Nah. But when you?re talking about the entourage of millionaires, disputes are usually seen through green-colored glasses. A deal?s a deal, though, and now Palm wants cash for jacking it.
Further proving that fatherhood and actinghood and side project-hood have dampened their creativity, the boys announced earlier this month that they?re going to call their upcoming album, Use Your Erection I & II, a play on the Guns ?n? Roses Use Your Illusion albums. Which woulda been kinda funny?seeing as Axl is the laughing stock of the industry right now?had Offspring not already named their newest album Chinese Democracy, thereby ganking Rose?s proposed album title. It?s like the guy at the party who doesn?t tell jokes?he just repeats the punch lines once other people tell ?em.
Björk scam artist pleads guilty
Eight months after DJ Robert Pollard first saw Aleso ?Alex? Conate carrying a suitcase up the street, the con artist has pleaded guilty to charges of grand theft. In January, Conate convinced Pollard that he knew Icelandic electronic queen Björk personally and could arrange an intimate show at Hillcrest?s lesbian bar, The Flame. After selling tickets at $40 a pop, Conate disappeared in December with $9,000. Police eventually tracked Conate down in Hawaii after he blew $1,900 tipping strippers in an adult establishment.
Last month, the court ruled that he was competent to stand trial, and, finally, last Monday, the 25-year-old pleaded guilty in a San Diego courtroom. The maximum sentence for his scam is three years in a state prison, although it?s predicted that Conate will get probation plus credit for time served when he?s sentenced on July 22. After that, Conate?s troubles don?t end?he?ll be handed over to authorities in San Luis Obispo, where he?s wanted for violating probation and an elder-abuse conviction.
Though not much is known about Conate?s background, we?re guessing by the fact that he only scammed $9,000 and then flushed one-fourth of his loot down the G-strings of pretty gals, that he wasn?t a business school graduate.
Local electronic-happy alternative rockers Via Satellite have dropped a member from the mothership. The band is now bassist-less, and guitarists Scott Mercado and Drew Andrews are taking turns on the keyboards to make up for the low-end, which reportedly sounds even better.
The original members of groove jazz band Price of Dope reformed Monday night for a one-off, impromptu show at the weekly open jam session at Scolari?s Office. Following a barking hardcore outfit, the other POD made the geriatric boomtown-cum-indie-watering hole sound eerily like Winston?s Beach Club. No word on whether the Price of Dope will continue to rise.
It makes sense that San Francisco exports electronica and New York is big on art-rock bands. For its part, San Diego?the sunny little burg that could?is finally ousting the coffeehouses of Boston as the acoustic capitol of the world. We?ve had the local legends like Steve Poltz, Gregory Page and Cindy Lee Berryhill. We?ve had the famous in Jewel. We?ve got the Next Big Thing in Jason Mraz. Now, with Mraz? help, young Encinitas surfer Tristan Prettyman is making a name for herself. Prettyman?an acoustic songbird who grew up surfing in San Elijo?is on tour with Mraz and was just featured in Surfer Magazine. Her new EP, called Love, will be out soon and available at local surf shops. www.tristanprettyman.com
Speaking of Mraz, he?s been slated to open up two stadium shows for the illustrious, permanently slippery-when-moist rockers, Bon Jovi. Obsessed Mrazdites may want to get a bootleg of the show, as I hear the wunderkind might be planning a little tribute to the headliner.
Convoy fans might wanna check out their new side project?Louis XIV?at the 91X Loudspeaker Showcase on Monday.
Local band Kut U Up has just been asked to play the Summer X Games, and they?ll also be featured in a new DVD called Riding in Vans with Boys, which shows them wreaking havoc on last year?s Pop Disaster Tour. The DVD will be released by Dreamworks Pictures and Atticus/Resting Bird Entertainment later this fall.
Expect a tighter, cleaner lip from local radio disc jockeys in the near future?a U.S. Senate panel passed a bill last week that forces the FCC to crack down on indecency on radio and television. If you thought 91X playing their cover of a Pavement tune was odd, Vista?s acoustic roots trio Nickel Creek have just seen their ?Smoothie Song? hit the top 10 of the AAA charts, which marks the highest spot ever for an instrumental. The Sundance Channel will also feature the band in an upcoming four-part series of original music documentaries. Airing every Thursday night in August, the second week focuses on the history and innovation of bluegrass music and uses Nickel Creek?who?ve been cast as the young, innovative lions of the genre?as the focal point for the music?s future. The show airs Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Electroluxe?the mish-mash electronic punk-new-wave-disco-fashion night at Rich?s every Thursday?celebrates its one-year anniversary this week. If you?ve got a thing for dance-punk, this is the trendy little place to be. Comical femme rapper Princess Superstar is headlining the anniversary gig. Happy birthday, hombres.