News and Trivia from San Diego’s Music Scene

by Bart MendozaSeptember 2011

News and Trivia from San Diego’s Music Scene and Reviews from Here, There and Everywhere

SDMT Music Conference & Festival 9/9 — 9/10

The fourth annual San Diego Music Thing takes place on September 9-10, at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park. Daytime panels on everything from touring to merchandising, nighttime shows from over 100 artists in over a dozen venues. Speakers include Jello Baifra, Pennywise frontman Jim Lindgren, Public Image drummer Martin Atkins and many more.

Staring at the Sun CD Release Sept 16
On Sept. 16, Lestat’s will be site of a special CD release show for Staring at the Sun Vol. 9, featuring 321 Stereo, Scott Mathiasen, Scott West, Wendy Bailey, Joey Harris and Marie Haddad. A portion of the proceeds will go to Mighty Joe Longa to help with medical expenses. Attendees will receive a free, collectable 22 track CD featuring San Diego music; including the nights performers (except Joey) and tracks from Gregory Page, Berkley Hart, Colin Clyne, Echo Revolution, SO3, Skid Roper, The Cardiac Kidz, The Very, Death On Mars, Neon Cough, The Red Fox Tails, Old Tiger.

Hillbilly Fest 2

They face a bit of competition from the Adams Avenue Street Fair, but Hillbilly Fest 2, taking place at the Del Mar Fairgroounds, has an amazing line up: Wanda Jackson, Junior Brown and Big Sandy. Plus Thee Bad Jacks, The Rocketz, Cash’d Out, The Palominos, Buzz Campbell and Hot Rod Trio. Plus a car and bike show, and MC Mojo Nixon. If you don’t want to brave the crowds on Adams Avenue, this is a more than acceptable alternative!

Jack and Ace M-Theory instore 9/30

Jack and Ace, the new project from Bob Nanna, formerly of Braid, will have an instore appearance at M-Theory Records on September 30, 2011 @ 6PM.


Jason Mraz’s Other Album

Jason Mraz’s catalog may only be a few albums deep, but fans know there is also over an albums worth of rarities out there for collector’s to seek out. And that’s not even taking into account the scads of live recordings on the net. Notably, a bunch of very cool covers are in the mix. Here are the albums that contain those exclusive tracks, adding up to an excellent rarities album you can sequence yourself. Bonus Soundtrack entries and guest appearances are also included. Cover tunes in bold.


Movie / TV Show Song Title Misc. Info
New York Minute Curbside Prophet Starring The Olsen Twins!
50 First Dates / 2004 I Melt With You Modern English cover
Everwood / 2004 Summer Breeze Seals & Croft cover
Songs for Children Rainbow Connection Muppets cover
Chasing Liberty Who Needs Shelter  
Cheaper By The Dozen 2 Express Yourself  
Happy Feet / 2006 The Joker / Everything I Own Steve Miller Band / Bread covers
Betty A La Mode: The Ugly Betty Soundtrack   Bootleg album of music from the TV show
American Dreams Ruby Baby Dion cover – Bootleg only

Tribute Albums

Title Song Title
Killer Queen: A Tribute To Queen Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Listen To Bob Dylan: A Tribute to Bob Dylan A Hard Rains Gonna Fall
Sounds of the Season: The NBC Holiday Collection Winter Wonderland


Artist Song Title Album
Raul Midon   State of Mind / 2005
Tristan Prettyman Shy That Way Twentythree / 2005
Mandy Moore Slummin in Paradise Wild Hope / 2007
Grooveline Horns Fun st  /2010

Con Funk Shun cover

Hope Love, Love, Love Single / 2010


Title Song Title
Aspasia Aid Only Love in Sadness, Most Unusual, When You Wish Upon A Star (Disney classic with Gregory Page, Toca Rivera and Bushwalla)
Live From Bonnaroo You and I Both (Bonnaroo Style)
Alice @ 97.3 – This is Alice Music 7 The Remedy (Live)
Hear Music XM Radio Sessions Volume 1 /2005 Unravel (Bjork cover), The Boy’s Gone, and Plain Jane
Gap Favorite Songs Fall 2005 One Love (Bob Marley cover)
Influences Exclusive Mraz album for Target includes a new version of the tune, “Rainbow Connection” (Muppets cover) – it’s a duet with the songs writer Paul Williams!


For completist’s sake here are some other comps with more standard fare:

Title Song Title
Karaoke Pop Hits 166 You and I Both
Totally Hits 2003 The Remedy


Prolific to a fault, there is an incredible amount of live material on the net, as well as countless demos – here’s are a few of the over 130 covers he has performed in concert, some incorporated into other bits:

Original Version Song Title Found on
Christina Aguilera Beautiful  
The Beatles In My Life  
Bushwalla Ghettoblaster  
Bob Dylan A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall  
The Foundations Build Me Up, Buttercup  
Norman Greenbaum Spirit In The Sky  
Guns & Roses Sweet Child of Mine  
Hall & Oates I Can’t Go for That, *Maneater *Outro only
Michael Jackson Billie Jean  
Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin’ Something Part of a medley
Etta James At Last  
Elton John Rocket Man Live at Schubas Tavern 01/15/03
Tom Jones  It’s Not Unusual  
The Kooks Seaside  
Luc and the Lovingtons Freedom Song  
Madness Our House  
Bob Marley No Woman No Cry, Three Little Birds  
The Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop  
Kenny Rankin In The Name of Love  
Lionel Ritchie All Night Long, Stuck On You  
Bob Schneider Gypsy MC  
Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon  
Sonny & Cher I Got You Babe With Colbie Caillat Grammy Event / 2010
Steely Dan Peg  
Turin Brakes Future Boy  
Andy Williams Music To Watch Girls Go By  
OST Mario Brothers Theme  
OST Love Boat Theme Part of a medley
VA The Star Spangled Banner  
VA Winter Wonderland  



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