We suck: In our Sept. 15 story, "Poop covered gold," we incorrectly reported that Jose Sinatra hosts the open-mic at Java Joe's. In fact, it's C.J. Hutchins, not Sinatra. The guilty writer has been punished with a year of trying to make it as a journalist/college student in New York City. The editor was also fired, but we had to rehire him due to an unforeseen shortage of yes-men.
What's in the nonfat, no-whip, half-caf fraps, yo? Because San Diego's coffee-shop kids have a tendency to get all big and stuff.
On Oct. 7, sweet-voiced singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman signed a deal with major label Virgin Records. Prettyman first caught media attention in a 2003 article in Surfer magazine (she's a former model for the surf apparel company, Roxy). Her friendships with Jason Mraz and G. Love both resulted in songwriting collaborations, and bubbly-toed strummer Jack Johnson helped guide Prettyman's fledgling career.
She had previously been in talks with a few record companies, including Mraz' label, Elektra, but decided to stay independent rather than sign a deal that might force the laid-back sandal-gal into a teen-pop role.
From the road, on tour with G. Love and Special Sauce, she told CityBeat: "In January I'll start recording for my mega-pop album. Just kidding-we're keepin' it West Coast and very organic."
Prettyman won "Best Acoustic" at this year's San Diego Music Awards and performed at the ceremonies. Her only record so far is last year's self-released, seven-song Love EP. Looks like those songs, plus new ones, will get an update after the New Year-and it wouldn't be a surprise to hear her aforementioned friends on the debut.
An Oct. 7 entry on her website (www.tristanprettyman.com) titled "Born Again Virgin" told fans: "Don't worry... I won't be wandering the stage in pleather mini skirts and heels anytime soon! I figure as long as I can do it the way I want 95 percent of the time, it will be all good...."
Myspace the new MP3
A few months ago, we reported that Internet community site MySpace.com, created by 29-year-old Escondido native Tom Anderson, had updated its system to include band profiles. Before the update, local musicians had used the site to promote their bands, but it was a little hard to decide how to fill in the box asking "What kind of relationship are you in?"
Now, more than 1,000 San Diego bands have joined. San Diego Area Music (www.sdam.
com) boasts just over 1,000 artists and fledgling site SdMusicMatters.com also has several hundred. But the fact that MySpace is booming in popularity and lets bands easily post their own functional profile-complete with music, pictures and videos-suggests it's the peg that is filling the huge hole left when MP3.com went kaput.
Posting a MySpace bulletin has replaced good old-fashioned flyering in some cases, and it's easy to see why-there's more friggin' scenesters on the site than you'll find at free Pabst night at The Casbah.
Member bands range from legendary (Battalion of Saints) to next-huge-thing (Scarlet Symphony) to those looking for a first gig, plus more than a few spoofs. Punks and indie rockers were first to the medium and still dominate, but genres from honky-tonk to rap and screamo are also well represented.
Even big, national acts have recognized the program's potential. The Donnas were a recently profiled on the site, and right now R.E.M. is debuting its new album, Around the Sun, exclusively on MySpace.
Remember your first concert?
For music-history buffs, the San Diego Concert Archive (www.sandiegoconcert
archive.com) has long been an indispensable resource. Archivist Jon Moore has compiled a treasure trove of information on concert dates from 1930-1999, and this month he will unveil new features like vintage flyers, posters and ticket stubs.
"Led Zeppelin," Moore replied when asked for his inspiration. "I never got to see them in concert. I would ask folks if they knew when Zeppelin played [in San Diego], and every time I would get a different answer. One day I decided to find out for myself."
It's taken Moore more than a decade to gather the info, starting 12 years ago with a search through the city library's microfiche and periodicals.
"And I haven't stopped since," he explained. "It's important to recognize the valuable contributions our city has made to the world of rock 'n' roll. Anyone and everyone has once upon a time played in San Diego and I'm just trying make sure those shows aren't lost forever."
For Moore, his own first live music experience is indelible:
"It was a Dec. 26, 1984, concert at the Sports Arena. I was 14 and me and some of my buddies drove up from El Centro. Since it was the day after Christmas, there were a bunch of old Christmas trees in the parking lot, so we took one back to my friend's sister's house as a souvenir from the show. It was a wild night."
Jazz better than Xanax
In the Age of Terror, U.S. airports have done everything conceivable to make travelers (aka paying customers) feel more relaxed. At Lindbergh Field in San Diego, that means jazz.
The Terminal Jazz series of monthly concerts held in the Terminal 2 baggage claim area has been extended for another season. Held the second Friday of each month, the concerts showcase San Diego's top jazz talent.
"Basically, jazz was requested by the airport," explained Mary Jane Platt, who works with promoter Loren Smith. "Maybe it's because the music is cool and relaxing, something which a visit to the airport has been anything but ever since 9/11."
The shows attract a fluctuating crowd ranging from dozens to hundreds, depending not only on the caliber of artists, but also amount of arrivals and departures (delayed flights can get a jazz cat quite a big audience). Upcoming artists include flautist Lori Bell and saxophonist Joe Marillo.
"We showcase a wide variety of music, from standards to contemporary" Platt claimed. "If you're not into it this month, there's always another show coming up."
We might suggest eliminating "terminal" from the series' title, though. In fact, airports might do well to phase out that word altogether.
Tuesdays' Punk Rock Nights-where DJs spin standards and rarities that make bargoing record geeks drool with vinyl envy-has long been a coup for the Kensington Club. Now they've gone and done it-they've added free bingo, with prize packages sponsored by local businesses. Punk Rock Bingo is a hit. Ken Theater mainstay-cum-bingo caller Jen Van Barnes spearheads the event and keeps it lighthearted and fun-just like the third grade, only with beer and Blitzkrieg Bop.
SDSU radio station KCR got a big boost this weekend when former jocks gathered at the Town & Country Hotel for the first reunion of the station's alumni. The former college radio stars were so appalled at the crappy state of KCR's equipment that they rushed out and bought more than $800 worth of DJ-quality CD players, turntables, headphones and other accessories.
The rumor mill has spun off its axel again. Contrary to reports, a.m. vibe has not broken up. Original bassist Porter has been replaced by Tod Hoffman (making him the first band member to boast a surname). The band should be back in the studio within a month to record a new EP.
Piano -punks Pistolita have just finished recording their new album with Alex Newport (At the Drive-In, The Locust). CDs are being pressed right now, with a release party tentatively planned for late November.
Acoustic trio Little Big Men, featuring Dan Connor, Dan Byrnes and "Bongo" Bob Goldsand hold their CD-release party for their new album Live at Jimmy Duke's, Oct. 16 at the San Dieguito Methodist Church in Encinitas. With high ceilings and the Big Man as stage tech, this should sound great.
Gandhi Method songstress Cathryn Beeks-the new queen of San Diego open-mic nights-will be hosting a new one at Brick by Brick every Tuesday night. The event is open to all genres, but advance sign-up is required. www.cathrynbeeks.com
Rachael Gordon has signed with Japanese label Wizzard in Vinyl, with new releases set for this spring.
Rockabilly perennials Hot Rod Lincoln will perform a benefit show for the Leukemia Society Oct. 14 at Tio Leo's.
Tom Waits will only be playing one U.S. show this year to support his new album Real Gone, Oct. 18 in Seattle, but it appears the reclusive troubadour will emerge for a full tour in 2005.
Hard rockers As I Lay Dying will embark on a two-week tour of Holland, Germany and England running from Nov. 26 through Dec. 11.
Trumpeter and bandleader Gilbert Castellanos is hosting a new jazz night, Wednesdays at Excelsior in La Jolla (1025 Prospect). Castellanos performs two sets each night, and there's no cover. Sitting in with him on Oct. 13 will be Herbie Hancock drummer Willie Jones. Castellanos will head to Japan for a tour with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra later this month.
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