Thursday, March 14, 2013

Manual Scan on upcoming 20/20 Tribute Album!

Manual Scan will be providing the title track for the upcoming 20/20 Tribute album, Remember the Lightning. Also involved are Wednesday Week, Robbie Rist, Popdudes, The Eddies, The Spring Collection and more! More details tba...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

03 09 13 True Stories at Blindspot Records Party

True Stories performed at the Second Annual Blindspot Records Party. Taking place in a private home, other artists performing at the event included Patric Petrie, Mark DeCerbo, Dave Humphries, Liz Abbott and Kent Johnson, plus the Comeuppance featuring True Stories/Manual Scan multi-instrumentalist. Initially performers played a brief set each, two to five songs. Following Patric Petrie's closing set there was a jam session that lasted approximately an hour an a half, with guests joining in a sing-a-long. The event was recorded including the jam session.

True Stories performed:

You Still take My Breath Away
In Your Arms
Have You Seen Her Face (Byrds)

Bart, Mark DeCerbo and Liz Abbott joined Dave Humphries during his set for:

Things We Said Today (Beatles)
Bluebird (Wings)

Jam Session:

A few of the songs played included:
Nowhere Man (Bart, Mark, David, Dave)
I Call Your Name (Bart, David, Mark Dave)
I'll Be Back (Bart, Mark, David, Liz, Dave)

One After 909 (Bart, David, Mark, Dave)
Feel A Whole Lot Better (Bart, David, Kent, Mark)
Where Have All The Good Times Gone (Bart, David, Kent, Mark)
Sunny Afternoon (Bart, David, Kent, Mark)
The Letter (Bart, David, Kent, Mark)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Set List for Sounds Like San Diego Feb. 1 at the Museum of Making Music

The Fifth Edition of Sounds Like San Diego took place on February 1 at the Museum of Making Music, with current San Diego artists performing the songs of San Diego past hit makers. The night was hosted by Bart Mendoza, who delivered information about San Diego's music history and the songs being performed between artists. The use of a backline was key to the smooth running of the show. The bands selected their own songs from a master list with Jack Tempchin and Joey Harris performing their own classics. The show sold out. A big plus of the night was that audience members also had free access to the Museum of Music itself - amongst the highlights are Hal Blaine's drum kit! And there was free pizza and beer. A really fun night!

Here's the shows set list:

1)            Neon Cough - Stone Temple Pilots / Big Bang Baby
2)            Neon Cough -  Rosie & The Originals / Angel Baby
3)            Scott Mathiasen & The Shifty Eyed Dogs – Tom Waits / Ol’ 55
4)            Scott Mathiasen & The Shifty Eyed Dogs – The Crawdaddy’s / You’re Gonna Need My Love  Someday
5)            Scott Mathiasen & The Shifty Eyed Dogs -  John Stewart / Daydream Believer
6)            The Comeuppance – Smoky Rogers / My Chickashay Gal
7)            The Comeuppance – The Unknowns / Dream Sequence
8)            Marie Haddad – The Monroes / What Do All The People Know
9)            Marie Haddad with True Stories – Juice Newton / Loves Been A Little Bit Hard On Me
10)          True Stories – Chris Hillman (The Byrds) / Have You Seen Her Face?
11)          True Stories –  Iron Butterfly / In A Gadda Da Vida


12)          Joey Harris – The Speedsters / When You Call Me
13)          Joey Harris – Beat Farmers / The Girl I Almost Married
14)          Banda Patrizia with Patric Petrie & Tim Foley – The Cascades / Rhythm of the Rain
15)          Banda Patrizia, with Patric Petrie & Tim Foley  – Jim Croce / I’ll Just Have To Say I Love You In A Song
16)          Banda Patrizia, with Patric Petrie & Tim Foley  – The Kingston Trio / Scotch & Soda
17)          Kelsea Rae Little – Blink 182 / All The Small Things
18)          Kelsea Rae Little – Jewel / You Were Meant For Me
19)          Jack Tempchin - (co-write with Chris Hillman) Desert Rose Band / You Can Go Home
20)          Jack Tempchin - (co-write with Tom Waits) Tijuana
21)          Jack Tempchin – Slow Dancin’
22)          Jack Tempchin – Peaceful Easy Feeling

April 4 Bart Mendoza & True Stories at the Riviera Supper Club

The next gig from True Stories will be April 4 at the Riviera Supper Club - the band considers this one of their favorite haunts, so their shows at the Riviera are always special, and sometimes of epic proportion. Here they often play covers and old favorites they don't usually get to perform at their usual, mostly originals, gigs.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Shambles / True Stories Online Lyrics and Tablature Updated!

The chords and lyrics to another dozen songs written by Bart Mendoza  are now available online at:

Bart Mendoza Lyrics and Tablature For The Shambles, Manual Scan, True Stories and Rachael Gordon

New Books Power Pop Prime Volume 1 & 2 Feature The Shambles

Volume 1 of the Power Pop Prime book series from Bruce Brodeen is now out - it includes a free CD which features  The Shambles song "Days and Maybes" as well as an essay on the band (and a nice shout out from Adam Marsland of Cockeyed Ghost)

Meanwhile, Volume 2 of the series includes a free CD that features The Shambles song "Nothing Can Be Everything," and includes an essay on The Shambles "Clouds All Day" album as one of the Top 100 Powerpop albums of the 1990's.
Power Pop Prime Volume 1

Power Pop Prime Volume 2

June 9 The Fleshtones / Bart Mendoza & True Stories at the Casbah

On June 9, Bart Mendoza & True Stories will play two sets opening for The Fleshtones at the Casbah in San Diego! Tickets are on sale now. Bart last opened for the Fleshtones in 1987!

Tickets for the Fleshtones / Bart Mendoza & True Stories at The Casbah

New T-Shirts from Manual Scan and The Shambles

New clothing company, The Style has T-shirts available from Manual Scan and The Shambles, as well as Blindspot Records.

The Style Manual Scan & The Shambles T-Shirts

New Manual Scan Vinyl Collection from Cheap Rewards Records

Texas based Cheap Rewards Records will be issuing a special 19 song  Manual Scan collection this summer - on vinyl! Manual Scan was the precursor of the Shambles, circa the 1980's.

Cheap Rewards Records

June 1 Art Around Adams with Blindspot Records Stage

The 10th Annual Art Around Adams Music & Arts Festival will take place in San Diego on June 1, 2013. The free, all ages event will take place from 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Blindspot Records, the label helmed by Bart Mendoza will once again host the main stage, located at Smitty's Garage, 3441 Adams Avenue. The label will also host several side stages. This promises to be the biggest event yet, with dozens of musical performers tba.

Art Around Adams Website

Friday, March 1, 2013

April 27 Bart Mendoza and True Stories at Artwalk in Little Italy

 Bart Mendoza and True Stories will be amongst the performers at the annual Mission Federal Artwalk in Little Italy / San Diego on April 27 -28. The band performs at 11:15 a.m. on April 27, it's free and all ages. More info can be found here: Mission Federal Artwalk Performers