ELVIS & THE BEATLES

Was looking up Elvis thangs for the ABC’s of Rock and ended up finding lots of goodies relating to the Beales.  They only met once, at Elvis’ Bel Air home in 1965.  Beatles press agent Tony Barrow remembers them jamming on “I Feel Fine” and Cilla Black’s “You’re My World” but memories are conflicting and hazy. There’s a page of great Beatle quotes about that night and photos at Elvispresleynews.com but it leaves out the Ringo line from Anthology about how E eventually tried to have them banned from America

Ridiculous recreation….

Playing endlessly on Elvis’ jukebox that night…

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Photos from beatlephotoblog.com and solotravelerblog.com.

More great quotes about that night from Beatles, Memphis mafia, Priscilla and more at
Elvis.com.au “Elvis Presley Meets the Beatles : August 27, 1965″
Elvis-history-blog.com “Elvis and The Beatles … What They Really Thought of Each Other”
ScottyMoore.net “Elvis Meets the Beatles”

FIRST…SHOW…EVER: THE POSTAL SERVICE at the Casbah, San Diego 4/4/03

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℅ SDReader.com/archives

In February of 2003, the Postal Service released the album Give Up after recording remotely and separately for two years. With that comfortable pace and Death Cab For Cutie’s popularity soaring, I was hoping to see them tour but wasn’t counting on it.  The album was a huge, immediate success and a tour of small clubs was announced.  It sold out almost immediately. From the sound of things, they could’ve played places two or three times bigger.

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DCFC at Casbah circa 2000 ℅ Modern Fix

Just our luck, the very first show was here in San Diego on April 4th at the tiny Casbah (capacity 220). Ben Gibbard was no stranger to the club.  Death Cab played their first San Diego show there in 1999 to about five of us.  When they came back a year or two later with Pedro the Lion,  it was sold out. Ben remembered their first show onstage…
Ben: The last time we were here, there were only about five people.
Me: and it was awesome!
Ben: You weren’t there!
Me: Yeah, I was!
Ben: (seeing it’s me) Ok, YOU were.

The Postal Service sounded amazing, despite a couple of first-show technical delays in-between songs, and looked stunning thanks to the visuals of Def Cab bassist Nick Harmer. I can still the words WHERE I AM floating in space being projected. Most of the beats were pre-recorded but Ben hopped on the drumkit a few times.  I’m sure I didn’t know which songs Jenny Lewis sang on the album but she sounded great and got a huge cheer when she strode out to do her part on “Nothing Better”. They played everything off the record and encored with a cover of Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds”, complete with slow-motion scenes from the movie projected over them.

Lee Meredith got some great shots, per always, for her Colored Lights website.
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Ska Parade's Tazy Phyllipz with Ben and Jimmy at Casbah, 2003

Ska Parade’s Tazy Phyllipz with Ben and Jimmy at Casbah, 2003

Short Subpop video for the 10 year anniversary, mentioning starting in San Diego

Check out Ben remembering that first show when the band played the SDSU Open Air Ampitheater in 2013…

MTV news report posted the night of the first show
Recently reuploaded 2003 KCRW footage 
Postal Service 2003-2004 gigography from Rilo Kiley fansite.
Owl & Bear’s review and great photos from their 2013 return to San Diego

BACK TO BEST…DEBUT…FAREWELL…REUNION…SHOW…EVER

ALSO SEE CONCERT SCRAPBOOK (1984-94), SHOW MEMORIES 1994 TO SEMI-RECENTLY AND TOO OLDE FOR SHOWS

BEST…DEBUT…FAREWELL…REUNION…SHOWS…EVER

Through accidents, coincidence and ridiculous prioritizing, I’ve ended up seeing a few first/last shows.  I’ve been meaning to put this page up just to talk about a few times I saw a few alt-rock bands’ debut performances. Typically, it turned into more when I started thinking about some farewell and reunion shows plus some American debuts I caught. I know I’m forgetting some.  You’ll understand when you’re my age. Click to see pics and memories.

FIRST…SHOW…EVER
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PORNO FOR PYROS at Hollywood Palladium, LA 4/4/92
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THE POSTAL SERVICE at the Casbah, SD 4/4/03

plus
BEN FOLDS at Belly Up, Solana Beach 7/16/01
(more comin’ soon)

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Sting at SDSU Open Ampitheater 8/13/85
Soho at KROQ Acoustic Xmas, Universal Ampitheater 12/21/90
Morrissey at San Diego Sports Arena 5/30/91
Cast at SOMA, San Diego 3/30/96

LAST…SHOW…EVER (until the inevitable reunion)
Oingo Boingo at Hollywood Ampitheater, 10/31/95
The Loved Ones at Great American Music Hall, SF 1995
Redd Kross at Brick By Brick, San Diego 7/19/97
The Posies at Bottom of the Hill, SF 9/19/98
Rocket From The Crypt at Westin Hotel Ballroom, San Diego 10/31/05

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Love Jones  at the Mint, LA 2000
Love at the Knitting Factory, LA 5/1/02
that dog. at the Troubadour, LA 8/26/11
Drive Like Jehu at Spreckels Organ Pavilion 8/31/14
I’m sure there’s others I’m forgetting.  Um….er…..

ALSO SEE CONCERT SCRAPBOOK (1984-94), SHOW MEMORIES 1994 TO SEMI-RECENTLY AND TOO OLDE FOR SHOWS

FIRST…SHOW…EVER: PORNO FOR PYROS at Hollywood Palladium, LA 4/4/92

(posted a month ago for the ABC’s of Rock)

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℅ Beastiemania.com

P is for pre-cellphone horror story. My good friend Andy was ready to come down from Santa Barbara for this 1992 benefit, so I got up early on a schoolday with donuts and coffee and headed to the Palladium box office to buy two tickets. Around 1000 people were already there waiting for me. While we waited to see if we’d make the cut, I talked to different groups of people around me, wondering who Porno For Pyros was. “I wonder if it’s Perry’s new band,” someone pondered. Not a bad guess. We inched forward when tickets went on sale but not that much before angry people started heading our way, yelling that it had already sold out. As we stood there in shock, a spaced-out looking man walked towards a group of us and said, “I ended up with extras-” and was immediately swarmed by people waving cash. I was only able to get one. I told Andy he could have it and we’d go to the show early to scalp another.

Sure enough, they actually released some tickets that night and I was able to get one easily for just $35. I practically danced through the door but stopped dead in my tracks as I heard security holding back Andy behind me. COUNTERFIT TICKET!? As they pushed him back, he yelled, “I’ll try to get another one!” and I slunk into the hall. I was feeling too guilty to think, even when Porno For Pyros hit the stage for the first time ever. I’d fallen for Perry hard after seeing Jane’s Addiction less than nine months before at Lollapalooza. The new stuff wasn’t as bombastic but it was slinky and dark and cool and the crowd went nuts for it. Because of their namesake song and “Black Girlfriend”, I always thought they got their name from what Perry thought of the LA riots but those fires were still 25 days away.

92-magic-n-rsI spent the whole Rollins Band set looking everywhere for Andy but he was nowhere to be found. I can’t remember if I left during Fishbone or Primus, but they returned together to the Palladium later that year. I just couldn’t enjoy myself knowing Andy had come all the way from Santa Barbara and was outside in the frigid California spring air. Of course, Andy was nowhere to be found outside either. He’d gone to the nearest bar to drown his sorrows, leaving me to sadly listen to the Beastie Boys from the parking lot. A year earlier, Andy and I were at the Palladium watching the BBoys do their first real show in years. They’d only done a few shows since then but it was their first big show playing instruments. Someone tell me it was terrible. The end. Best…night….ever.

BACK TO BEST…DEBUT…FAREWELL…REUNION…SHOW…EVER

ALSO SEE CONCERT SCRAPBOOK (1984-94), SHOW MEMORIES 1994 TO SEMI-RECENTLY AND TOO OLDE FOR SHOWS

POSIES, ZOMBIES, CANDLES & SUMMER

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As part of the ABC’s of Rock, I’ve been posting about my years of fanning and friending with the Posies.  Check out the BIG POSIE STARS photo album to see most of the posts. I had to mention how nice they were to let us use a track for the Songs For Summer charity album and found what I wrote about them for the album’s website back in 2000 on Archive.org.

Ah, the Posies. Without them, who knows where we’d be? We might never have heard Big Star. I might never have had the pleasure of seeing Summer sing “Who gives a shit?!” If I hadn’t joined their online mailing list, we would never have met some very cool people, including Cari, who designed this site, and Patrick, who appears with Pansy Division on the record, and Andie, who has really cool red hair right now. We wouldn’t have had a free place to stay on our New York vacation (listmember Drew and his girlfriend, Karen, let us stay with them, even though we’d never met them). Luckily, we weren’t without them.

frostingSummer loved Frosting On The Beater so much that she broke the cd case. “Solar Sister” was one of her favorite songs ever, even before I knew her. For some strange reason, I owned every Posies album and single on cd EXCEPT for FOTB. In a move that SCREAMS commitment, we agreed to combine certain bands within our collections. So, she gave me her copies of Frosting and #1/Radio City while I gave her my Cocteau Twins and Bjork cd’s so they’d all be in one place in our apartment. Sick, innit?

After we started dating, Summer started hearing and falling in love with the rest of the Posies’ tunes. She also grew to love the bands that they covered and were influenced by (Big Star, the Zombies, the Bee Gees). We were going to film ourselves in polyester outfits singing a lounge version of “Everybody Is A Fucking Liar” but never got around to it. We also never got around to seeing them together because she was always being underaged. Lucky me (no pun intended), she insisted I go see them without her and was treated to three stellar performances in as many years. I managed to get a few videos of their shows, which she loved watching.

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 9.02.30 PMPeople on the band’s online mailing list, Dear 23, had been reading me blab about Summer for a couple of years. Out of the hundreds of people on the list, no one knew the name of anyone’s boyfriends or girlfriends, except for me and the girl who ran the list. When I asked if anyone wanted to send Summer a get-well note, they poured in. Many of the first people to sign the guestbook on the See Summer Swing Dance website were Dear 23 listmembers. A few of them even sent donations, even though they’d never even met her. Many of them told me that they felt like they did know her, just from reading my posts.

After Summer passed away, I decided to make a video to give to friends. It consisted of three parts, one of videos of her with a Stan Getz song playing behind it, one of photos of her set to “Where’s Summer B?” by Ben Folds Five and one of her artwork, in time with the Posies “Paint Me” (hopefully coming to Youtube soon). After the band’s first farewell concert in San Francisco in 1998, I had the pleasure of watching them watch this video. They tapped their feet, smiled, laughed and totally loved it.

For some reason, I got it in my head that I wanted to get up and sing some of Summer’s favorite songs with them up in Seattle. I ended up cancelling the trip but at their next show in LA, Ken said, “I thought you were going to sing with us!” Gulp. They said I could sing “Every Christian Lionhearted Man Will Show You” by the Bee Gees with them the next night in Santa Barbara, even though they’d never played it before. I couldn’t even remember the words, so Jon told them to me and I walked around all day saying them to myself. Brian and Joe had never heard the song before and, as luck would have it, I had a tape of the Bee Gees’ version. It was on a mixtape made by our friend Tom Morgan, who I’d met at a Posies show and would be quick to tell you that he makes the best mixtapes on earth. Of course, he made this tape using our cd’s but I digress…

So, I got up and, wearing a “That Summer Feeling” t-shirt, dedicated the song to “the girl upstairs”, sang the only live version the band ever did of the song, and gave them all kisses. I thought I sang ok but the resulting videotape proved otherwise. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to destroy all of the existing copies because people keep trading it. I know she’s up there laughing at me. After the show, I asked them if it was ok if I added their name to the list of bands who were committed to being on Songs For Summer. I wasn’t sure if they’d end up on volume one or two but they said they were in.

A year later, the making of the album had dragged on long enough and I was all too happy to give up on trying to cut the more popular groups’ red tape so that some of Summer’s favorite lesser known groups could be on the album too. I got in contact with Jon and Ken and I proposed a few ideas for songs we could use: “Solar Sister” (her favorite), “Open Every Window” (her second favorite), “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You” (their ONkey version), “Fall Apart With Me” (because of the Summer references), and the song they chose, their cover of the Zombies’ “Brief Candles’.

world of zombiesShe first heard their version on the Zombies tribute album, World of the Zombies. The album also has Zumpano’s version of “Changes”, one of her absolute favorite recordings ever (mine too). Summer didn’t know much 60’s pop music when we met, but, in our years together, we both grew to love lost masterpieces by bands like the Kinks, the Left Banke and the Zombies. I finally bought the Zombies album Odessey and Oracle after having it recommended to me by numerous people over the years. Summer and I both fell in love with it instantly.

Getting the song on Songs For Summer wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. The company that had swallowed up the record label that the Posies were signed to when they originally recorded the song thought they wouldn’t be able to get in contact with the band in time for our everchanging deadline and said we couldn’t use it. They didn’t realize I’d already talked to the band and after a quick panic and an e-mail from Ken, who was on tour with REM in Europe, we had their ok 24 hours later. Phew. Then, no one knew where the master tape was and we couldn’t take it off of the World of the Zombies cd because you could hear the song before it still fading out at the beginning. Conrad Uno from Popllama came through with a DAT. Thanks, Conrad!!!

It was worth it. The song is beautiful and very appropriate. The title says it all, doesn’t it?

Ah, the Posies.

sfs artworkPlenty of copies of Songs For Summer to be found on Amazon

More Summer tales here.

ROOKIE CARD SHOWS 2001-2006

rc-headerI end up checking our archived website on Archive.org sometimes to check a date  and thought I might has well have it online for real.  Wow, we played with a ton of great bands. Indiepop faves (Lilys, Mazarin, the Waxwings, Pernice Brothers), Elephant 6 family (Apples In Stereo, Beulah, Essex Green, Elf Power), 80’s vets (ABC, General Public, Dramarama, Bow Wow Wow, Violent Femmes) plus the Mother Hips, Soul Asylum, David J, the MC5/DKT.  What a blast.  Most of the links are dead.  To keep in the loop, dig the Rookie Card Facebook page.  We didn’t play for a long while but nowadays, we get together every year or two for fun.

11.10.06 The Casbah w/The Rugburns, AM Vibe

10.02.06 Molly Malone’s (Los Angeles) w/Trading Yesterday & Caitlin Crosby

10.01.06 Hotel Utah (San Francisco) w/Lakes, Vavak, The Procrastinistas

09.30.06 The Bolt (Sacramento) w/Hedwig & The Angry Inch cast

09.29.06 Fagan’s Irish Pub Alice Radio presents Kristi Warner‘s cd release
show

09.28.06 The Gypsy Lounge w/Pawn Shop Kings

09.15.06 Belly Up w/THE MOTHER HIPS, TRUCKEE BROTHERS, JAMIE ROBB

09.09.06 Southern Comfort Music Experience w/Flogging Molly, Cowboy Mouth,
Family Force Five, Beatin Path, Holiday & The Adventure Pop Collective, GRAND OLE PARTY, TRANSFER, RYAN FERGUSON, DIRTY SWEET

09.01.06 at O’CONNELLS, LOCAL ACTS COVER BOB DYLAN’S “HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED” ALBUM w/Kite Flying Society, Old Man Hands and the Modlins

08.13.06 The Casbah w/HARVEY DANGER, LET’S GO SAILING

07.11.06 Casbah w/The Lilys

07.09.06 Belly Up w/Soul Asylum

06.17.06 Dizzy’s Paul McCartney 64th birthday tribute show

06.03.06 North Park Vaudeville Candy Shoppe w/Joanie Mendenhall & Angela Correa

06.02.06 Lyceum Theatere, fundraiser for First Avenue Counseling Centre w/Ben Caldwell, Delta Blues Dogs, Joanie Mendenhall, Aimee Zakrewski & Jason Clark

05.26.06 Casbah “WHAT’S ON SECOND?” CD RELEASE SHOW w/
UNSTEADY, THE CANKLES and that one band. (report & photos)

05.18.06 House of Blues San Diego w/North Star Session, The Shambles, Blizzard

05.10.06 House of Blues San Diego, Rookie Card as The Cover Me Badd Alphabet Show w/ABC

04.23.06 Earth Fair in Balboa Park (first band to ever play with the Spreckles Organ!) accompanied by Spreckles organist Carol Williams. (photos), (a few short SUPER lo-fi cameraphone videos) SDcitybeat.com article

04.21.06 Porter’s Pub UCSD FREE show!

03.23.06 THE ROOKIE CARD TELETHON/BAKESALE/RUMMAGE SALE at the Casbah with
THE BLIND BOXERS, ALTA VOZ, BOBBY FANTASY, GREGORY PAGE, THE FREAK SHOW, Ophelia Handful from SULTRY SAVAGE BURLESQUE. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: The Casbah http://www.casbahmusic.com, Fox Rox, 94.9FM, Village Hat Shop, Mesa Reprographics See photos here

12.09.05 Whistle Stop w/Emery Byrd

10.01.05 Pete Bayard’s wedding (private)

09.23.05 “ADAM’S” AVENUE STREET TOUR Ken Club w/Fifty On Their Heels, Red Channel Revue, Le Piquant

09.23.05 “ADAM’S” AVENUE STREET TOUR Lestat’s w/The Satisfaction, Jason Turtle, Andrew Foshee

09.23.05 “ADAM’S” AVENUE STREET TOUR Ould Sod w/Frank Lee Drennen

09.16.05 Casbah w/DKT/MC5 , THE HEARTACHES

08.28.05 San Diego Music Awards’ PB & JAM at Thrusters w/The Evergreens, The Truckee Brothers, Rookie Card, Operatic, Goodbye Blue Monday

08.25.05 Scolari’s w/The View From Space, Starless Nights (Canada)

08.14.05 Hillcrest Cityfest 2005

08.12.05 Acoustic at North Park Vaudeville Candy Shoppe w/Billy Shaddox

08.12.05 Acoustic at North Park Vaudeville Candy Shoppe w/Plural

07.23.05 INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW FESTIVAL at Club Good Hurt (West LA) w/Spookey Ruben, Kristi Callan, The Flairs, The American Professionals , The Power Cords, Monogroove, RED37 (featuring Matthew Nelson from Nelson)

07.18.05 Casbah SD Music Matters and Tim Pyles show w/AM VIBE, ARABELLA HARRISON

06.11.05 Mira Mesa graduation party (photos soon)

05.28.05 Brick By Brick w/DRAMARAMA,
FONO

03.31.05 Tangier w/TOM BROSSEAU, ANGELA CORREA (LA CD release),
THE CORAL SEA, SHANE ALEXANDER

03.05.05 Hard Rock Cafe La Jolla w/PURE PRIEST (RC as Geezer)

02.26.05 Private South Park party. Neighbors called cops after we soundchecked.

02.17.05 <http://www.martiniranchencinitas.com>Martini Ranch Encinitas w/
NIK FREITAS & THE HEADGATES, THE STEREOTYPES

02.14.05 North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe w/BART DAVENPORT,
THE EX-FRIENDS

02.06.05 The Casbah COVER ME BADD presents FOR THE RECORD: local bands covering entire albums. SCARLET SYMPHONY (Black Sabbath’s Paranoid), RC as “Geezer” (Weezer’s blue debut), BROTHER LOVE (The Jazz Singer soundtrack) Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center benefit. Why Weezer? (poster) (Geezer photos)

01.30.05 Dizzy’s SOUNDS LIKE SAN DIEGO/Folk Arts Records benefit with Joey Harris, the Shambles, Rookie Card, The Truckee Brothers, Mark Decerbo & Four Eyes, Jose Sinatra, The Coyote Problem, Berkley Hart, Lou & Virginia Curtiss, Derek Duplessie, Modern Rhythm, The Wild Truth, Billy Shaddox, AJ Croce

01.22.05 Ken Club w/Day & Age, Curse Carousel Pony

01.08.05 North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe Tsunami Aid Benefit w/GREGORY PAGE

12.31.04 BIG NIGHT SAN DIEGO 2005 at Jack Murphy Stadium w/VIOLENT FEMMES, LOUIS XIV, FLOCK OF 80’S. How we got the gig: THE TOP 10 REASONS WE SHOULD OPEN FOR THE VIOLENT FEMMES (click).

12.27.04 the Casbah Tim Pyles benefit. Adamrookie, Dylanrookie & Jeremy Cooke (Billy Midnight) w/Transfer, Mike Flynn, Ryan Ferguson

12.22.04 the Casbah w/EL VEZ’S MERRY MEXMAS SHOW, HUMAN HANDS

12.05.04 Jack Murphy Stadium 91X/BUDWEISER POWER PARTY (mostly rained out) Chargers pre-game tailgate

12.04.04 Brick By Brick THE BUZZZ TV SHOW TAPING

12.03.04 North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe w/MARIE HADDAD (B&W and color pics)

11.20.04 The Alibi w/THE VIEWMASTERS, DOWN WITH LEO

11.18.04 <http://www.martiniranchencinitas.com>Martini Ranch Encinitas w/
JOANIE MENDENHALL (cd release), SABA

11.12.04 Limbo Arts Gallery, private party with CHANNING COPE

11.10.04 Granite Hills High School, lunchtime quad show

10.22.04 Honey Bee Hive w/THE VERSO, SECRET APOLLO

10.21.04 The Independent (SF) w/CARBON LEAF, JOSH FIX

10.09.04 KCR REUNION Town & Country Hotel, Royal Palm Ballroom w/Free*Stars, Dee Ray

10.06.04 The Casbah PROGRESSIVE SAN DIEGO FUNDRAISER w/THE MORTALS, DAY & AGE, EX-MAQUINA

SHOW #100 09.28.04 Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge 2004 SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS AFTERPARTY w/Los Able Minded Poets

09.27.04 Sea Level Records (LA) instore

09.26.04 Grant & Green (SF) w/TOWNE DANDIES’ “Football Town” (a one man musical), JON CROCKER & THE CONTINENTAL LIGHT BRIGADE

09.25.04 Hotel Utah (SF) w/THE MOORE BROTHERS, BART DAVENPORT

09.24.04 The Mainzer Theater (Merced) INDEPENDENT MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL w/with DUNCAN BOOTH, NADINE, ROOKIE CARD, IAN MARTINEZ, CROSS TOWN RIVALS, FORGET ABOUT YESTERDAY, THE IVERS

09.19.04 Whistle Stop’s Keep It Like A Secret

08.30.04 The Casbah w/TOMMY STINSON, ALIEN CRIME SYNDICATE

08.13.04 Cane’s w/BOW WOW WOW, THE GLOSSINES

08.10.04 The Casbah w/THE WAXWINGS, THE FEVER

08.08.04 HILLCREST CITYFEST 2004 ((photos)

07.26.04 Knitting Factory (Hollywood) w/LOWCLOUDCOVER, THE VESTALS, TRAP2

07.25.04 M-Theory Music instore

07.22.04 RECORD RELEASE SHOW! The Casbah w/ANYA MARINA, LES SHELLEYS, THE VESTALS(photos)(photos and 2 videos)

07.18.04 Acoustic on THE LOCAL 94/9

07.03.04 San Diego Sports Arena’s Arena Club, San Diego Riptide arena football game

06.19.04 Manchester Grand Hyatt, Mighty 1090 post Padres game radio show

06.16.04 Blarney Stone w/BAD CREDIT(photos)

05.10.04 The Casbah w/THE CONSTANTINES, Campaign For Quiet

05.08.04 2004 PB BLOCK PARTY w/Agave, General Public & more

04.27.04 The Casbah w/TRAINWRECK (featuring Kyle Gass from TD),
SUPAFLOSS

04.25.04 EARTH FAIR 2004
91X’s Organ Pavillion stage in Balboa Park (
pictures)

03.27.04 Kensington Club ROOKIE REUNION SHOW w/THE FEW and someone rather forgettable

03.24.04 Casbah w/PLASTIC EXPLOSIVE &
ALASKA!

03.17.04 ST PATRICK’S DAY SHOW at The Belly Up w/ZOO-2, “ROOKIE O’CARD” & SKELPIN

03.13.04 Cane’s w/CALEXICO

03.06.04 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW Honey Bee Hive w/
BUSTLE IN THE HEDGEROW, HIGH SPEED SCENE

02.29.04 Whistle Stop/Keep It Like A Secret2/29 Leap Day party

02.07.04 Honey Bee Hive FINDING DANE: THE JONES SODA MOVIE PREMIERE w/PLURAL (filmed for DVD)

01.18.04 California Club SIDE PROJECT FESTIVAL w/THE BUZZKILL ROMANTICS, STATIC HALO, THE BLIND BOXERS

12.23.03 The Casbah w/THE STEREOTYPES, CAUTION CHILDREN, & DREAMING OF TANKS

12.21.03 Loudspeaker radio set (91X studios)

12.13.03 Nasr’s private party

12.10.03 Fox Rox taping (Fox 6 studios) w/Reeve Oliver and Bad Credit

12.06.03 California Club w/Billy Midnight and Bart Davenport

11.15.03 Private party(photos)

11.01.03 WOOKIE CARD at Ken Club w/Sensations & Towne Dandies, (photos)

10.16.03 at The Casbah w/Clem Snide & Califone

10.08.03 at The Casbah
SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS WEEK BENEFIT SHOWCASE. LIVE RAWKARAOKE w/THE NARDS, BAD CREDIT & the cast of CYGNET THEATER’S HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH! Pictures & video of us doing “Rock The Casbah” and Jenn Grinels singing “Mazzy Starship” with us.

09.27.03 2003 ADAMS AVENUE STREET FAIR

09.26.03 Jack Murphy Stadium (91X & Budweiser‘s TRUE MUSIC LIVE) w/THE PADRES & THE ROCKIES (from Denver), fireworks, San Diego Chicken

09.17.03 The Casbah w/CENTRO-MATIC,
THE LONG WINTERS Pictures & video

09.13.03 Miriya’s 2nd birthday party (private party) (photos)

09.13.03 The Belly Up w/FLOCK OF 80’s Pictures & video

08.09.03 The Casbah w/The Rugburns, Trophy Wife pictures/videos, more fotos by Steve Covault

07.26.03(day) Guitar Center (San Marcos) w/The Buzzkill Romantics, F.O.N.

07.26.03(nite) The Leucadian w/BILLY MIDNIGHT, Plastic Supermodel

07.20.03 Fahrenheit‘s Comicon booth (acoustic set) (video clip!)

07.14.03 Spaceland (Los Angeles) w/ALASKA, ON THE SPEAKERS, UNIVAC (read tour diary & see photos)

07.13.03 Club Smile (Hush Hush Lounge in San Francisco) w/THE MEEK and TRANSCENDER photos (read tour diary & see photos)

07.12.03 The Stork (Oakland) w/ THE MIRRORS, JOHN WILKES BOOZE and THE SPINNING JENNIES (read tour diary & see photos)

07.11.03 The Cannibal Bar (Catamaran Hotel) w/ANYA MARINA (read tour diary & see photos)

07.10.03 The Casbah w/BILLY MIDNIGHT and PLURAL

07.02.03 San Diego County Fair (photos)

06.29.03 Cannibal Bar w/Jenn Grinels (photos)

06.27.03 Dizzy’s w/THE SHAMBLES, DEREK DUPLESSIE, MARIE HADDAD, RACHEL GORDON, THE TRUCKEE BROTHERS, BERKLEY HART, THE BAD APPLES, JOSE SINATRA & other bands doing songs by San Diego artists (photos)

06.13.03 The Ken Club with PLURAL and Old Man Apple (photos)

06.04.03 Ould Sod w/the Hatchet Brothers

05.17.03 Semiprivate Mira Mesa house party

05.07.03 The Casbah with
Essex Green and The Oranges Band

04.27.03 Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park for the Earth Day Fair with Plural and the Windsor Hill Steppers and the Organ. (photo)

04.25.03 Sports Arena’s Arena Club with the San Diego Gulls vs. the Fresno Falcons in the Taylor Cup Finals (Gulls win!)

04.18.03 The Kensington Club with AM Vibe and Sweetness

04.09.03 M-Theory Music acoustic instore with The Shambles and Derek Duplessie (photos)

03.23.03 CD Re-release show @ The Casbah with Bad Credit and Cover Me American Idol (flyer by Gimetzco) (photos)

03.05.03 The Honey Bee Hive with Agave and Riboflavin’

03.01.03 SD Humane Society Telethon ($230K raised!)

02.27.03 ‘Canes with Rochelle Rochelle, Lualta and The Displaced (SDAM.com’s Review) (photos)

02.21.03 The California Club with The Baja Bugs and The Stereotypes

02.10.03 91X Loudspeaker showcase @ The Casbah w/ Caution Children, Plural and The Softe.Lightes (Rookie Card & Jianda backing Ron Fountenberry from The Incredible Moses Leroy!)

01.22.03 Lestat’s with Spirit of 76 (movie) and Marie Haddad. (Rookies in red, white & blue)

01.18.03 The Iceoplex ice skating rink band battle (Escondido) vs Bunky, Sought Out and Life For Christ(?). Victory!

01.09.03 The Honey Bee Hive with The Pinwheels and The Displaced

12.31.02 Tiki House with Agave

12.16.02 The Whistlestop with The Stereotypes and Billy Midnight (flyer)

12.14.02 House Party in a secret undisclosed Mira Mesa cul de sac (photos)

11.08.02 The Casbah w/CONvoy, CONgress of the Cow (photos)

10.23.02 San Diego Hard Rock Cafe w/Adam Marsland

10.18.02 Club Kensington w/The Banana Seeds?, Electrocrypt

10.18.02 Ken Cinema acoustic sets before SD premiere of Wilco movie “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”

10.02.02 The Casbah w/The Apples In Stereo, The Loons (CD release show). WATCH WEBCAST!

09.17.02 Juke Joint‘s Tuesday Night Beat Club w/San Diego Beat Organization (all covers for Adam’s birthday)

09.15.02 Rockefeller Lodge (Richmond) Pat & Dana Secor’s wedding

09.08.02 Friendship Festival at Swiss Park (Chula Vista)

08.07.02 Ould Sod w/the Hatchet Brothers

07.18.02 The Casbah w/The Prids, Science of Yabra, Evilado WATCH WEBCAST!

06.06.02 The Casbah w/Elf Power,
Masters of the Hemisphere WATCH WEBCAST!

05.10.02 Scolari’s w/Pure Milk, Ambush

05.09.02 CANCEL CANCER JAM at Blind Melons (Pacific Beach) w/Jianda, West of Memphis, Suckerface, Mad Hatters (benefit for
San Diego Professionals Against Cancer) flyer

04.30.02 The Casbah w/Beulah, Mazarin (controversial show flyer) WATCH WEBCAST!

04.22.02 Museum of Contemporary Art Surfrider Foundation/Cardiff Reef Benefit (Adam & Jason acoustic)

04.10.02 M-Theory Music w/The Dragons, Stickfigure (acoustic show)

03.16.02 Etta’s Place w/Release The Hounds (show flyer)

01.31.02 Blind Melons w/Dirtnap

08.05.01 The Casbah w/The Pernice Brothers, Slink (show flyer) WATCH WEBCAST!

06.13.01 The Casbah w/Jon Auer, SushiRobo, (show flyer), WATCH WEBCAST!

05.09.01 The Casbah w/Brothers Creeggan, Mabel Blaster, (show flyer), WATCH WEBCAST!

03.28.01 The Casbah w/El Destroyo, Bug Guts, (show flyer) HEAR TWO SONGS FROM THIS SHOW!

03.05.01 Brick By Brick (San Diego) w/The Rosenbergs

02.23.01 The Casbah w/David J, Ron Foutenberry (Incredible Moses Leroy) (Adam & John acoustic)

(all shows are San Diego and/or California unless we say so!)

MUSICAL PURSUIT #43 trivia quiz

Coming out of retirement to host trivia as Yer Doin’ Great’s first ever event was a blast last night.  13 teams including a mystified bachellorette party duked it out for bragging rights for the first time in three years.  It was so fun that I think we’re going to make it an annual event.  See you next year!

Dry t-shirt contest winner: Sasha Orman

Dry t-shirt contest winner: Sasha Orman

1st place: THIS TIME, IT’S PERSONAL (one of MP’s winningest team in history) 110 points $261 cash prize
2nd place: COME ON BABY, LET’S DO THE FIST (defending champs) 101 points (tiebreaker winners)
3rd place: THE UNFLATABLES (three YDG readers/strangers plus a Veronica) 101 points
Last place: THE JEAN MICHAEL VINCENT (free drinks, 100 copies of Rookie Card’s classic album What’s On Second? & more)

BEST TEAM NAME: Dead Kennedys’ All You Can Eat Buffet (Alex Zaragoza)

BEST HECKLE: “HASHTAG BEDTIME!” -David Rolland

MUSICAL PURSUIT #43
ONLINE VERSION FOR OUT-OF-TOWNERS
REMEMBER: THIS IS HARD BUT IT’S A LOT HARDER IF YOU’RE READING THIS BY YOURSELF.  Try it with a group of five people huddle around your computer in a dark room.  It’ll be easier.  Promise.

SECTION ONE: TOP TENURE (10 points)
Name the top 10 91X-FM acts of all-time based on their first 30 year end countdowns. Their two lowest charting songs (with years in parenthesees) are your only hints.

1. #10. 47. Josie (98) & 55. Down (04)

2. #9. 87. Siva (91) & 88. Mayonnaise (93)/88. Freak (11)

3. #8. 83. South Central Rain (84) & 89. Man In The Moon (93)

4. #7. 82. This Is A Call (95) & 88. Monkey Wrench (97)

5. #6 76. It’s No Good (97) & 89. Only When I Lose Myself (98)

6. #5 89. Not For You (94) & 79. In Hiding (98)

7. #4 90. Love Rollercoaster (96) & 77. Stadium Arcadium (06)/77. Monarchy of Roses (11)

8. #3 74. 2,000 Light Years Away (95) & 84. Jaded (96)

9. #2 76. Pictures of You (90) & 71. Maybe Someday (00)

10. #1 86. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (95) & 89. The Ground Beneath Your Feet (00)

SECTION TWO: BLOG IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD (10 points)
Answer questions about the ten most read stories from YerDoinGreat.wordpress.com.

11. #10 I’LL WRITE YOU A LETTER TOMORROW (a belated Replacements hometown tale)(1,296 views) What fellow Minneapolis band fronted by Craig Finn opened up the Replacements first hometown show in 22 years this past September?

12. #9 A HARD DAY’S NIGHT WASN’T SHOT IN A BLACK & WHITE WORLD!? (1,655 views) World’s largest collection of colour photographs from the set of the first Beatles movie. Speaking of which, who is the first character to sing after the Wizard of Oz goes from black and white to colour?

13. #8 The Last: words on the Replacements at… (1,694 views) What Chicago punk festival that expanded to Denver and Toronto in recent years was headlined by the Cure, Weezer and the National last year?

14. #7 JELLYFISH TALE #3: BELLYBUTTON track by track (1,933 views) Jellyfish’s first album (and second) was produced by Albhy Galuten, who also produced the best-selling soundtrack of all-time in 1977 (until it was overtaken by The Bodyguard). What movie was the soundtrack for?

15. #6 JOINING A FANPAGE: JELLYFISH TALES (2,313 views) I’ve slowly been trimming, editing & posting horribly written history pieces about the band that I wrote in 1996. At the time, what band featuring two ex-members of Jellyfish was enjoying a medium sized radio hit with “Boy Or A Girl”?

16. #5 HOW BLINK 182 SCREWED MY FRIEND OUT OF OVER $500,000 (2,639 views) Long story short. My old roommate paid to put out the band’s first full-length tape without a contract, as high school friends do in 1993. What name is that self-titled cassette commonly referred to (and titled when it was released on cd by their lawyer’$ label)?

17. #4 XXX: Thirty Years of 91X Year End Countdowns becomes The Top 888 Modern Rock Acts of All-Time (2,726 views) Thanks to some very questionable years at the turn of the century, what band came in at #138 on the countdown with the songs “Re-arranged”, “Crushed”, “My Way” and “Nookie”?

18. #3 FAMOUS ROCK/ROLL IMAGE OUTTAKES vol 2: RUBBER SOUL (4,962 views) What year was Rubber Soul released?

19. #2 THE GREATEST INTERVIEW OF ALL-TIME: GRAND ROYAL TALKS TO WEIRD AL YANKOVIC (PART 1 of 5)(5,152 views) Grand Royal Magazine was spearheaded by members of what well-known band?

20. #1 Everything you need to get excited about the Replacements, Keith Richards and 30 Rock (7,597 views) In the Replacements fan documentary, Color Me Obsessed, Tom Arnold tells the story of being on the set of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Tupac Shakur. Some folks, including Suge Knight, were trading crazy backstage tales when Arnold’s story about how the Replacements’ guitarist had shit in a cooler and sent it down the 30 Rock elevator ended the discussion in stunned silence. What was the lead guitarist’s name?

SECTION THREE: DON’T BLAME ME. I DIDN’T WRITE IT (10 points)
Answer these questions about lead singers that didn’t write the lyrics they famously sang.

21. This band’s songwriter left to form Yazoo and they were left to perform the first tunes ever written by their keyboardist.

22. Guitarist Rick Nielsen wrote or co-wrote most of what band’s well-known songs?

23. Manchester band the Rain had just replaced their singer who suggested they change their name, which they did.  When the new vocalist’s brother came back from touring as a roadie for Inspiral Carpets and insisted he be the new lead guitarist, songwriter and leader. Name them.

24. All of what famous metal band’s hit songs were written or co-written by bassist Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr. (not singer Vincent Wharton)?

25. Name any Lennon/McCartney song recorded by the Beatles but sung by George Harrison or Ringo Starr. Take an extra point if you can name all seven of them. (no one got all seven)

26. None of what band’s songs were written by their singer, Feargal Sharkey?

27. After one album, Neil Peart became the drummer and lyricist for what band?

28. When this band’s rhythm guitarist and lyricist, Richey Edwards, mysteriously disappeared in 1995, their bassist, Nicky Wire became the main songwriter.

29. This singer’s longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, usually writes his words in a room next to where the singer is playing the tune on piano.

30. The lyrics to what band’s classic 1970 album Paranoid were written by bassist Geezer Butler?

SECTION FOUR: YER DOIN’ GREAT, LITERALLY (10 points)
Ten questions about songs that have the word “Yer”, “Doin’” and/or “Great” in them.

31. Side three, track two on the White Album.

32. What Sublime song uses the jazz standard “Summertime” as its main hook?

33. This Tom Petty song went to #5 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Track chart in 1990.

STUMPER 34. British act Little Mix’s 2013 hit “How Ya Doin’?” features what guest female rapper?

35. #20 US hit for Led Zeppelin, titled after an old joke about the pronounciation of Jamaica.

36. Two years after his 1995 album Inside Out (featuring the gospel tinged “He Keeps Doing Great Things For Me”), what rapper was the subject of the second episode of Behind The Music?

37. Whose song “Busy Doin’ Nothin’” appeared on their 1968 album Friends?

38. What band’s guitarist Graham Coxon sang “You’re So Great” on their self-titled 1996 album?

39. “Doin’ The Best I Can” was featured in whose 1960 movie, G.I. Blues?

40. 1985 hit for the Eurythmics with Aretha Franklin, both of whom released it on their next albums.

SECTION FIVE: MUZAK/THIS & THAT (20 points)
41. What act had a 24 year gap between appearances on 91X’s year end countdown with 1987’s “Strap Me In” and 2011’s “Sad Song”?

The record for most consecutive appearances on 91X’s countdown? Coincidentally, two acts both charted for eleven years between 1995 and 2005. Name them.
42. One is a trio from Poway

43. The other is a five-piece act from Omaha, Nebraska.

44. What year was Taylor Swift born?

45. Gloria Gaynor won a 1980 Grammy for Best Recording in a category that was only given out once. What was it?

46. What Morrissey song that is the namesake for a San Diego hair salon namechecks Sloane Square in London?

47. Who are Dave Claibourne, Steven Andrew Miller, Eric Allen (RIP), Todd Beattie and Whistle Stop Britpop DJ Rob Moran?

48. What is the name of piano player Scott Bradlee’s popular Youtube act that does old-timey versions of current hits?

49. Name any regularly issued UK Beatles album that does not have the word “Beatles” on the cover. Take an extra point if you can name all four. (no one got all four)

50. What famous 1976 comedy film used George Bizet’s “Toreador Song” from Carmen as its theme song?

51. A regular feature of the olde Musical Pursuit was the ABC’s of Rock, with a question about whatever cd I brought in to work that day. Now a daily feature at Yer Doin’ Great, I’m currently listening to the Posies. What band that two of their members joined in 1993 recently released the DVD Live In Memphis, which had been sitting unedited in the filmmaker’s closet for 22 years?

52. What act that is playing Jack Murphy Stadium on July 9th, 2015 had a #1 UK single with a medley of Blondie’s “One Way Or Another” and the Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks”?

53. What new music festival will debut at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in September 2015?

54. What city is the Grand Ole Opry in?

STUMPER 55. Let’s see who the highest billed Coachella act is that I’ve never heard of. Swedish EDM producer Alessandro Lindblad, who’s never actually released an album. What’s his DJ name?

56. What kind of music originated in Jamaica around 1966 as a successor to ska and a precursor to reggae?

57. Tom Araya is the bassist/singer for what thrash metal band?

58. What is the name of Jennifer Lawrence’s recent #12 Billboard single?

STUMPER BONUS QUESTION: What American band wrote the music for it?

59. What rap act named their double-platinum selling first album after the 1978 martial arts film the 36th Chamber of Shaolin?

60. What band’s recent Belly Up performance inspired an oral sex performance from two concertgoers onstage?

BONUS SECTION SIX: BOTTOM OF THE BARREL (ONE POINT EACH)
Name the bottom ten acts tied for 878th place on the 91X 30th anniversary countdown. These are all artists that had one song on the countdown and it came in at #91. The song and year are provided for your viewing pleasure.
STUMPER Weekend’s Too Short (85)
I Don’t Know Why I Love You (90)
Baby Universal (91)
No Woman, No Cry (96)
Agenda Suicide (02)
STUMPER Who’s Gonna Save Us (04)
Nth Degree (05)
Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock (06)
STUMPER C’mon (10)
STUMPER Razorblad3 (11)

NAME THAT TUNE
Sorry, I’m not going to edit together the beginnings of the 20 songs I played.  See if you can name the original arists from the song title and the coverband from the artist’s initials since some of these songs have been covered by more than one act.

  1. Song: Ring of Fire
  2. Original artist:
    3. Coverband: WOV
  1. Song: Ripple
  2. Original artist:
    6. Coverband: JA
  1. Song: It’s All Over Now Baby Blue
  2. Original artist:
    9. Coverband: T
  1. Song: Wuthering Heights
  2. Original artist:
    12. Coverband:  WF
  1. Song: When The Levee Breaks
  2. Original artist (husband and wife, name either):
    15. Coverband: LZ
  1. Song: She Don’t Use Jelly
  2. Original artist:
    18. Coverband: BFF
  1. Song: Hotel California
  2. Original artist:
    21. Coverband: GK
  1. Song: Benny & the Jets
  2. Original artist:
    24. Coverband singer: BM
  3. Backing band:  BB
  1. Song: Breathless
  2. Original artist:
    28. Coverband: X
  1. Song: More Than A Feeling
  2. Original artist:
    31. Coverband: MC
  1. Song: Space Oddity
  2. Original artist:
    34. Coverband: LSMP
  1. Song: Enjoy The Silence
  2. Original artist:
    37. Coverband: NS
  1. Song:  Sweet Child O Mine
  2. Original artist:
    40. Coverband: L
  1. Song: Common People
  2. Original artist:
    43. Coverband:  WS
  1. Song: Sea of Love
  2. Original artist:
    46. Coverband:  CP
  1. Song: Swingin Party
  2. Original artist:
    49. Coverband: L
  1. Song:  Mrs Robinson
  2. Original artist:
    52. Coverband: The L
  1. Song:  Crimson & Clover
  2. Original artist:
    55. Coverband: JJ&TB
  1. Song: Father Figure
  2. Original artist:
    58. Coverband: SOF
  1. Song #1: Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
  2. Song #2: Lost In Love
  3. Original artist:
    62. Coverband:  F

SECTION EIGHT: WHO KNOWS THE MOST? (5 bonus points)
Who sang the top 10 pop singles from 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011?
(winning team This Time It’s Personal named 22 of them)

SECTION EIGHT: WHO KNOWS THE MOST? (5 bonus points)
Got this comment on our list of top 91X acts the other day…..
“I thought you may be able to help regarding a question about the 1989 chart – it appears everywhere I look number 88 is unknown. So, what is the song that squeezed between Lenny Kravitz and The Ocean Blue on the 89 year end chart?”
I looked it up and it was a song called “Primitive Love”.  Who sang it? STUMPER

Answers are….in my head. Some are in this Google Drive doc. Use LMGTFY.com for the leftovers or leave a comment if you really can’t find it.