From the Ashes of Disappointment: A Fertile Spring and Summer of Music in Southern California

Today I was meant to be on a plane with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates, headed to Manchester for the world-renowned festival All Tomorrow's Parties. This installment of the musical happening was curated by Drive Like Jehu, and looked to be a highlight of the year. What a heartbreak and shock it has been for many of San Diego's musicians and for me then, to receive word only days ago that the entire festival is cancelled. I'll take this moment, however, to quote my friend and colleague Gary Wilson, and simply sum up the situation by saying "that's showbiz". Onward and upward!

  'cause EVERY drummer is a band VIP, no? Photo: Nick Lane, 2016

'cause EVERY drummer is a band VIP, no? Photo: Nick Lane, 2016

Onward and upward indeed. In fact, not only do Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates have a San Diego show booked in May, we also will be appearing at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in October. Details on both coming soon.

  Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates at home in Southern California. Photo: Leva Ann, 2016

Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates at home in Southern California. Photo: Leva Ann, 2016

That's not all on the Gary Wilson front, though. Far from it, in fact. Yours Truly is applying the proverbial pedal to the metal on the upcoming R. Stevie Moore/Gary Wilson collaborative album, and the work is evolving into something truly remarkable. Aided by my friends and colleagues Ryan Sinnott and Dean Reis, with generous and inspiring contributions by world-renowned artists dear to my heart and soul, it's not hyperbole to call this endeavor a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. A late 2016 official release is looking likely, and I assure you weirdos there will be copious videos, photos, artwork, social media posts, and write-ups to accompany the recordings.

  Saturday evening Balboa Park gigs at  Panama 66  with Erika Davies & the Men are always a pleasure. Photo: Jeremy Eikam, 2016

Saturday evening Balboa Park gigs at Panama 66 with Erika Davies & the Men are always a pleasure. Photo: Jeremy Eikam, 2016

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I also like to keep it local, and indeed, I am staying busy in America's Finest City, filling the spring and summer calendar already. Musical appearances on the near horizon include: Weird Night, Erika Davies & the Men, Gary Hankins & the Summer Knowledge, Lady Dottie & the Diamonds, the 105ers, and more.

  Photo: Nick Lane, 2016

Photo: Nick Lane, 2016

I'll be posting photos, music, art, and write-ups in the coming weeks and months as these creative explorations grow, of course. Thanks, as always, for tuning in to my little corner on the cultural map!

Gary Wilson's Early, Rare Lord Fuzz Project to be "Re-released" on Cleopatra Records in 2016

2016 brings big news for fans of DIY/Outsider legend Gary Wilson. While some of his most dedicated admirers may have stumbled across a reference to Lord Fuzz at some point, it is highly unlikely that they have actually heard Lord Fuzz. This is because the band, a childhood musical endeavor of the genius, only pressed a handful of copies of their sole release nearly 50 years ago.  That's all about to change in 2016, however, with the help of Cleopatra Records.

After repeated requests and increased interest from Gary fans around the globe, the master tape reels have been located, and Cleopatra Records will be "re-releasing" this rarest of gems in 2016. While hanging out with Gary at his home the other day, we found ourselves talking about Lord Fuzz, and I wanted to share Gary's background to the latest addition to his DIY archive of genius. 

As always, more continuing details on this project, as well upcoming Gary Wilson releases and shows as the exciting information becomes available. 

  At home with Gary, talking Lord Fuzz and more

At home with Gary, talking Lord Fuzz and more