Bye Brandy! *sniff* Since Chick Camp last month I've had the fortune of having my dear friend Brandy Torrisi stay with us at Gate's Rock and help me out with my events. Taking a break from the sea, she was testing the waters at Listen Local to see if she'd like to come on board. It was the busiest month in Listen Local history, I think, as we visited two new venues, prepared for the 10 year party and dressed up the Green Room for Halloween. Seriously, it was nonstop. And fun. Brandy has sailed off on the next chapter of her adventure but has promised to return to us soon. We love you Brands, be safe out there and may the sea sail you back to San Diego, asap! P.S. She lost these sunglasses, seen 'em?
HELP! We wanna make a big impression at The Griffin on Sunday, November 10th for our first "Homegrown Hour's HIGH 5 Sunday". 5 acts, 5pm, 5 bucks. The last band ends as The Homegrown Hour begins and we'll be interviewing them and having all sorts of fun so JOIN US, won't you?
The Game is November 24th and we are SUPER EXCITED this time since Jack Tempchin suggested the title WALKING WITH MY SHOE UNTIED. The alternate title is MAYBE IT'S ME. Write a song to either and show up at The Go Lounge November 24th at 2pm. 2 dollar cover. FUN! Check out the podcast when Jack gave us the title!
SAVE THE DATE! Listen Local Cooks Vol 2 will be available on November 15th at The Go Lounge, get your copies, they make great gifts for the holidays! Wait... you mean you LAGGED AND DIDN'T GET ME YOUR RECIPE?! I'll give you until Nov. 1st but that's IT. Recipe, photo of food and you, story...give it!
We asked Zack (lead vocals, electronic mixer and guitar), Phil (drums, electric guitar, piano) and Heather (vocals) some questions. Listen to their music while you enjoy learning about them.
ZACH: You mean money I earned myself? Or money given to me by my parents to spend? If the latter,I think it was Gun N' Roses Lies. If the former, then it was probably Dave Mathews Band or Dr Dre album.
PHIL: The Lion King soundtrack on cassette. But I pretty much listened to The Monkees nonstop when I was a kid.
HEATHER: Gosh this is a hard one. My mind takes me to Boys to Men, Mariah Carey and Journey...
What comes first – music or lyrics? Then what happens?
ZACH: Music is first. Starting with lyrics when writing a song is like
starting with frosting when baking a cake, at least for me. They seem
to be coming from two different places. Melodies are so much more
emotional whereas words are so much more cognitive in nature. So I find
it better to let the emotional side just run with a melody and work it
out by feel without having to worry about what it my mean. Since words
are so malleable-there are really many, many ways to say the same
thing-I find it easier to stretch and contort them into a written melody
rather than visa-versa.
PHIL: Always changes but usually a musical idea first. Then a pen, notepad and a couple spirits.
HEATHER: I get to play on vocals, so this question doesn't apply to me because I'm not the masterminds behind Spark Three, but originally I connect to their beats.
What’s the one thing that listeners would never guess about you?
ZACH: I am a computer programming nerd too and started GratitudeBucket.com, among other things. Or maybe they would guess that, at least the nerd part.
PHIL: Was bitten by the biggest German Shepard in the face and had to get stitches from lip to mid cheek.
HEATHER: One thing that listeners would never guess about me is that I quit my corporate job, bought a one way ticket to Costa Rica and lived off of $1200 for 4-1/2 months
If your fans had to write a sentence or two to describe your music, what would they write?
ZACH: Electronic hybrid that is kind of neo-disco.
PHIL: I'll put you in a glass case of emotion.
HEATHER: If fans were to describe Spark Three, I would say a beat to bop to.
Hey party people, one great show this week and your last chance to snag a unique, cheap, rewearable costume from The Green Room! See you at the show...
Don't miss this week's Lloyd Pest Control Artist of the Week, Rick Woltman, at HOB this Tuesday. Learn about him now.
Your absolute LAST CHANCE to submit for the Cookbook is TODAY. At midnight I begin assembling Vol. 2. Can't wait! Don't miss the release party on Nov. 15th where you can purchase codes to download your own copy. We'll have music and food at The Go Lounge, save the date!
The Homegrown Hour's High Five Sunday is November 10th and it's $5 bucks for 5 acts starting at 5pm. The show ends just as The Homegrown Hour begins and we'll be interviewing our last act, Troup. Don't miss this show and listening party!
1) What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Metallica's Black Album. I never really listen to them anymore but I still love the guitar work. It's what inspired me to start playing in the first place.
2) What comes first – music or lyrics? Then what happens?
They come separately. I have notebooks full of lyrics and ideas for song themes. The songs themselves usually start with the music though, then I add my words to a melody I usually come up with by humming or whistling to myself throughout the day. I probably come off as a crazy person.
3) What’s the one thing that listeners would never guess about you?
I started writing music with metal. The thrashing riffs and vocals aren't found in my current music, but sometimes I throw in a chuggy breakdown that might stem from those roots.
4) If your fans had to write a sentence or two to describe your music, what would they write?
Folk rock's nephew by marriage adopts a child with country western's bi-polar ghost; the music is the metaphorical child.
The Boundary Birds, Night Painting: A rustic combination of easy listening and poetic songwriting, The Boundary Birds present themselves as a lovably relatable band with a strong following.
Must Listen to Song: Miles Like Water
Mother Belle, These Old Ghosts: Mother Belle displays a variety of temperaments in their music, showing not only the versatility of their music but the talent of each member of the band.
Must Listen to Song: Black Thumb
Joshua Torrez, 7/11 Special Edition: The soulful music of Joshua Torrez brings your soul to life. He really produces great music that is inspiring but also makes you want to get groovin’.
Must Listen to Song: New Hope
Bigfella, Chubbed Up: Spirited, gifted, and a little unhinged, the musical talent and personalities of Bigfella make it hard not to love them. They also have one of the best album covers I have ever seen.
Must Listen to Song: Adam & Eve & Ted & Alice
Glenn Thomas Band: Bluesy and raw, the Glenn Thomas Band gets down to the nitty-gritty of a revamped rock. Must Listen to Song: Taller Than Trees
Hey friends, happy Sunday. Make it a great week, join us for live/local music!
Wed 10 16 is The San Diego Music Awards, see you there!
Thursday 10 17 - Jackson Browne at The Go Lounge. Ok, he's not going to be there but we'll be singing his songs. Join us! NO COVER good times. 7:00 Sven-Erik Seaholm 7:15 Jeffrey Alan Berkley 7:30 Renee Azzari 7:45 Francesca Valle 8:00 Charlie Recksieck 8:15 Tim Atkins 8:30 Bob Bobo Czarnowski
8:45 Dan Gindling 9:00 Nisha Catron 9:15 Steve Roche 9:30 Gaby Aparicio 9:45 Cathryn Beeks 10:00 full band TBA