Four More Packed Days of San Diego Music

I've been a bit unfaithful to my blog here since I've been so busy lately, but hopefully my breadcrumbs on other social media platforms have sufficed until I can include more detail regarding my music projects these days.

What I can say is that while I'm keeping busy and working hard, the fun and reward have more than made up for the toil. 

This past Thursday kicked things off in grand fashion. My show with Javier and the City Lights at Bar Pink in North Park was one of my favorites with that band yet. Besides playing Javier's brilliant cd, City Lights, in its entirety, we also delved into the classic Zeros archive, bringing the punk rock masterpieces "Wimp" and "Cosmetic Couple" to new and eager ears. I've been very vocal about how much fun I have playing with Javier, and I feel honored every time I get to play music on the same stage as him. The multi-faceted and seriously talented David Robles (guitars/keyboards) captured the evening on video here: 

On Friday evening, I hustled on down to my one of my all-time favorite watering holes and venues, the historic Tower Bar in City Heights, for a rehearsal with the 105ers. This band includes two good friends of mine, Mick Rossler (proprietor of the Tower Bar, Til Two Club, and now an elected local official!), and Matt Parker (long-time musician and proprietor of  one of my favorite San Diego haunts, the Black Cat Bar). It's always a pleasure spending time with these two great guys, and even more of a treat when we are playing music together. Incidentally, we'll be playing a show on Sunday, November 30 at the Black Cat for my birthday bash, so that's yet another reason I'm really looking forward to that evening.

Photo by Tasha Parker

Photo by Tasha Parker

From the Tower, I went straight over to my friend Ryan Sinn's home studio to set up my drums for a recording session the following day. Ryan has a stellar and well-deserved reputation as being a major talent, both based on past involvement with the likes of the Distillers, and his current exciting work with BhorelordE (a band I feel very strongly is on a trajectory of something resembling world domination. Hyperbole aside, though, I love that band!). I'm sure I can't spoil the surprise of the music to which I was lucky enough to add drums, but I will say it was a pure pleasure to be a part of such dynamic and inspiring music, and reluctantly leave it at that (for now!). The minute any of those epic sounds are available for public consumption, however, I will assuredly be letting you know.

Photo by Stacey Brookshier

Photo by Stacey Brookshier

On Saturday night I headed down to Prohibition in the Gaslamp District to play with Lady Dottie and my longest musical collaborator and childhood friend, Joe Guevara (who also plays with me in Gary Wilson's Blind Dates). The club was at capacity all night, with a line outside the door, and the dance floor packed for the duration of the  four-hour gig. Not much more to say than that really, other than shows like that invigorate me to no end, and remind me why I do what I do.

Sunday was spent recording drum tracks with my friend Dean Reis, assisted by another one of my friends, John Cota. Both of these two musicians/engineers are exceptionally gifted, and I learn something new every time I get to spend time with them. I'm going to have more details on these sessions throughout 2014 and 2015, and yes - I am being intentionally cryptic. Especially exciting stuff will be emerging, though --I can promise you that!

Photo by Ashley Montoya  

Photo by Ashley Montoya

 

I'll definitely keep the updates coming as these and other projects evolve. Thanks, as always, for staying tuned in!