Sunday, September 17, 2017

Marie Haddad Interview

Bart Mendoza interviewed Marie Haddad for the Peninsula Beacon Newspaper

Friday, September 15, 2017

RG Magazine Article

Bart Mendoza is profiled by Sandra Castillo in the latest issue of New York's RG Magazine


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Article about the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre in Balboa Park

Bart Mendoza wrtoe a feature for the Peninsula Beacon about the historic Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre in San Diego's Balboa Park

True Stories Studio News

True Stories has posted the title track of their forth coming 12 track album, Who Will Play Us In The Movie? to their Reverbnation page. The band has just about wrapped up basic tracks with more titles recorded than will end up on the finished album. Tracks taped include "Just To See Your Face Again," "Skywriting", "Windmills" and "The First Thing." Plans are for the band to feature guest musicians on some tracks.

New FYI in The San Diego Troubadour



The latest edition of Bart Mendoza'a FYI column for the San Diego Troubadour is just out with details "on what is possibly the greatest concert to ever to take place in San Diego, with Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers and more. Plus favorite TV Soundtrack with Jonathan Lea of the jigsaw seen, Joe Macaskill of Pony Death Ride, Fernando Perdomo, Doriot Lair of The Dinettes, Sarah Rogo and Brian Reilly as well as record reviews of Plasticsoul, Skytone from The Beautiful Music and Thee Strawberry Mynde"

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sarah Rogo Interview for Peninsula Beacon

Bart Mendoza interviews singer-songwriter Sarah Rogo in the August 31 edition of the Peninsula Beacon Newspaper

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

New Review in Goldmine Magazine

John Borack has reviewed Bart Mendoza's album, Paris Yesterday, for Goldmine Magazine! You can read the review at the link below. The collection of demos was released earlier this year via Spain's SNAP! Records.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Manual Scan Set List The Casbah August 15 2017

Manual Scan opened for legendary combo, The Alarm at the Casbah on August 15. Here's what they played at the sold out show:

I Can’t Don’t Want to Faster
American Way
For Those
She Said It’s Late
Ain’t Got You
I Can Only Give You Everything
And We Still Feel The Same
Fire
New Difference
Jungle Beat
Nothing You Can Do
Like Wow Wipeout
All Night Stand
She May Call You Up Tonight
Innocence Becomes You
Nothing Can Be Everything
Plan Of Action
Come See Me



Photo by Vania Zamora

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New FYI July / San Diego Troubadour

The latest edition of Bart Mendoza's "FYI" column is out:
"My latest for the San Diego Troubadour, with details on every David Bowie appearance in San Diego, including set lists, A bio-pic wish list from Andy Rasmussen, Alfred Howard, Blanca Lucia Bergman, Beston Barnett and Ed Kornhauser plus reviews of Paul Kelly, The Paladins, Peter Himmelman, John January and Linda Berry, Andy Robinson , Carsickness and the The Jangle Band with Joe Algeri"

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

True Stories Set List August 2 2017 OC Fair

Here's what True Stories played at the Orange County Fair on August 2:


1)      Can’t Seem To Make You Mine
2)      In Your Arms
3)      Hearts On Sleeve
4)      Who Will Play Us In The Movie?
5)      Clouds All Day
6)      Bleeding
7)      You Still Take My Breath Away
8)      The Last Time Life Was Perfect
9) San Diego  Medley

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Alicia Previn Cover Story

Bart Mendoza has penned a cover story for the August Edition of the San Diego Troubadour, on fiddler Alicia Previn, who has played with a legion of artists including General Public, Richard Thompson, In Tua Nua, Cracker, The Communards and many more
Read: "Alicia Previn - Born to Make Music"


Saturday, July 29, 2017

True Stories on new Knack Tribute album!

Australia's Zero Hour Records is releasing a tribute album celebrating the music of The Knack, focusing on the bands acclaimed first three albums. True Stories, featuring Bart Mendoza, David Fleminger and Danny Cress contribute their own take on the classic song "Your Number Or Your Name", with other bands including Nine Times Blue, Jim Laspesa and Rob Bonfoglio, The Eddies, Brixton Riot, sparkle Jets UK, Brian Jones Was Murdered,  and many more!



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Symea Solomon & True Stories - "What Good Am I"

Symea Solomon & True Stories featuring Normandie Wilson and Jason Hanna perform the soul classic "What Good Am I (Without You)" at Sounds Like San Diego VIII on July 8, 2017. The event was at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad California, hosted and curated by Bart Mendoza. True Stories is David Fleminger, Bart Mendoza, Greg Smith and Lee Smith. Video by Vania Zamora edited by Bart Mendoza.


The Alarm / Manual Scan August 15 The Casbah San Diego

Here's the poster image for the upcoming show featuring the Alarm with Manual Scan, August 15 at the Casbah.


Pony Death Ride / A Tribute to RATT - live at Sounds Like San Diego VIII

On July 8, husband and wife musical comedy duo, Pony Death Ride was part of the fun at the semi-annual Sounds Like San Diego event held at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California- they performed a comedy skit, "A Tribute To Ratt," you can see the video below:


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1984 Manual Scan "American Way" video surfaces

A video shot in 1984 for Manual Scan's song "American Way," has been posted online. Taped for a San Diego music program, it's one of five that were recorded that day, all from the debut "Plan of Action," though only "New Difference" is still known to exist. While the quality isn't 100%, it's discovery lends hope the other clips will surface eventually.
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2012 Soundboard video - Exile on Kettner "B-Team"

Here is soundboard audio and video of the 2012 Christmas Eve Exile on Kettner show at the Casbah in San Diego. "The B-Team" , consisting of singer Mario Escovedo (The Dragons), drummer Paul Brewin (Ypsitucky, Drip Tank, Uncle Joe's Big Ol Driver, Manual Scan), bassist Michael Halloran (radio legend), lead guitarist Ian Trumbull (Ypsitucky, El Monte Slim) and rhythm guitarist Bart Mendoza (True Stories, The Shambles, Manual Scan) played a five song set of sixties Rolling Stones covers during the intermission. The whole show has been posted in parts - Part 12 kicks things off with renditions of "The Last Time" and "It's All Over Now." The following clips include versions of  "Get Off My Cloud" and "Let's Spend The Night Together" where the band is joined on lead vocals by Robert Lopez aka El Vez and Maren Parusel. The segment ends with Steve Poltz joining the band for a rendition of "Satisfaction."



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sounds Like San Diego VIII July 8 - Set List



Here's the set list for this year's Sounds Like San Diego Show, held at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California - the names after the songs are the lead vocalists. The event is curated and hosted by Bart Mendoza. For this show, True Stories consisted of Bart Mendoza (vocals/guitar), David Fleminger (vocals/guitar), Normandie Wilson (vocals/keyboards), Greg Smith (vocals/drums), Lee Smith (bass) Symea Solomon (vocals) and  Jason Hanna (trumpet).


SET 1

San Diego Medley (Jack Tempchin / Stephen Bishop / Iron Butterfly / The Cascades / Switchfoot / The Monroes) – True Stories

David Gates (full band)
Saturdays Child – David Fleminger /  True Stories
Guitar Man – Bart Mendoza w/ Johnny Vernazza / True Stories
Goodbye Girl – Bart Mendoza / True Stories

Jack Tempchin (acoustic solo)
Already Gone – Peter Hall
Slow Dancin’ (Swayin to the Music) – Scott Mathiasen

JJ Cale- (blues trio)
Call me The Breeze– The Shifty Eyed Dogs

Mickey Champion (full band)
What Good Am I  - Symea Solomon / True Stories

Jesse Davis (with True Stories)
Stormy
Ebb Tide
Gonna Hang On In There 

Set 2

Wayne Riker (solo electric)
Original
Time In A Bottle

Switchfoot (solo acoustic)
Dare You To Move – Nina Francis

Ratt (acoustic comedy duo)
Round & Round – Pony Death Ride

The Dinettes (full band)
Song 1
Song 2
Song 3
Motor Queen

91X July 2 Playlist

Here's the playlist for Bart Mendoza's appearance on 91X's Loudspeaker program alongside Doriot Lair of the Dinettes on July 2. They were promoting The Dinettes reunion at sounds Like San Diego VIII at the Museum of Making Music.

www.91x.com/loudspeaker/loudspeaker-7-2-2017-playlist

LOUDSPEAKER 7.2.2017
 HOSTED BY TIM PYLES
CO-HOSTED BY ANDREW ROWLEY AND LOU NILES

 

 SPECIAL GUESTS:
THORN STREET BREWERY – DENNIS, TOM, JAY
SUPERUNLOADER – JIMMY LEWIS
BRIAN KARSCIG – CONVOY, LOUIS XIV, THE NERVOUS WRECKORDS
THE DINETTES – DORIOT LAIR
BART MENDOZA – SOUNDS LIKE SAN DIEGO SHOW

MOJO NIXON – LOUDSPEAKER THEME
MANUAL SCAN – LOUDSPEAKER THEME


MY REVENGE – KNOWING WONDERING WHY
PONY DEATH RIDE – BIKE
ROLLERS – GOING NOWHERE
WANTED NOISE – TIDES
SOMME – LONG TIME
PAT HILTON – SNAPCHAT GIRL
HIRIE – RENEGADE
MY AMERICAN HEART – BOY’S GRAB YOUR GUNS
DREAM BURGLAR – MELLOW FEVER
THESE WHITE PIGEONS – TAKE ME ALL APART
SUPERUNLOADER – SEA PLANE
SUPERUNLOADER – PALE AND BLOATED
SUPERUNLOADER – TWICE IN HALF
THE DRAGONS – BAD REPUTATION
LOUIS XIV – GOD KILLED THE QUEEN
LOUIS XIV – AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER
LOUIS XIV – YOUR SHOES ARE THE STAR OF THE SHOW
CONVOY – HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU
CONVOY – GONE SO QUICK TOMORROW
CONVOY –ELEVENTEEN
THE NERVOUS WRECKORDS – IVY
THE NERVOUS WRECKORDS – 8 TRACK (I’M COMIN’ BACK)
THE DINETTES – POISON
THE DINETTES – MOTORQUEEN
THE SHAMBLES & JEREMY MORRIS – IT’S GETTING BETTER
ALVINO AND THE DWELLS – CHOCOLATE MINT
MARUJAH – SHAME
SPLAVENDER – TIDE POOL
ABNER – MIND TAKES OVER
END OF SHOW…

91X June 4 Playlist

Bart Mendoza was guest on 91X program, Loudspeaker, on June 4 and July 2, promoting the Shambles & Jeremy Morris track, "It's Getting Better." Hosted by Tim Pyles and Lou Niles, on June 2 Bart was joined by Wayne Riker to talk about Guitar Workshop Plus, with other guest including Justin Pearson of the Locust, Retox, Dead Cross etc. Meanwhile, on July 2 Bart was joined by Doriot Lair of The Dinettes promoting Sounds Like San Diego, while the evenings main guest was Brian Karsig of Louis XIV, Nervous Wreckords, Convoy etc. Here's the playlist for June 4:

www.91x.com/loudspeaker/loudspeaker/playlist-6-4-2017

LOUDSPEAKER 6.4.2017
HOSTED BY TIM PYLES
CO-HOSTED BY LOU NILES

SPECIAL GUESTS
WAYNE RIKER - GUITAR WORKSHOP PLUS
BART MENDOZA - GUITAR WORKSHOP PLUS
JUSTIN PEARSON - DEAD CROSS, ALL LEATHER, RETOX, THE LOCUST

MOJO NIXON – LOUDSPEAKER THEME
MANUAL SCAN – LOUDSPEAKER THEME

ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – HIPPY DIPPY DO
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – DON’T DARLENE
ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT – KILLY KILL
THE VERIGOLDS – WALK ON WATER
THE BURNING OF ROME – COWBOYS AND CUT CIGARS
VIA SATELLITE – FIGHTER PILOTS (LET IT OUT)
CREATURE AND THE WOODS – NEEDLE IN THE PINE
CREATURE AND THE WOODS – RISE
SPLAVENDER – TIDE POOL (SMALL CULTURE REMIX)
MANUAL SCAN – PLAN OF ACTION
THE SHAMBLES & JEREMY MORRIS – IT’S GETTING BETTER
WAYNE RIKER – SOUTHBOUND SHUFFLE
MANUAL SCAN – THE REAL ME
THE LOCUST – KILL ROGER HEDGECOCK
HEAD WOUND CITY – SCRAPER
DEAD CROSS – GRAVE SLAVE
INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ – POLKA FIST PUMP
PLANET B – WRONG UTOPIA
ALL LEATHER – AS THE HOG PISSETH
DEATH EYES – WASTED PRAYERS
B-SIDE PLAYERS – ROCKY ROAD
TIT WRENCH – GOD CONNECTS DOTS
SOME GIRLS – NO FUN
MIX MOB – CRUIZER LOVE
VOKAB KOMPANY – TURN ME OUT
THE VERIGOLDS – WALK ON WATER
SCHIZOPHONICS – TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN
ROB CROW’S GLOOMY PLACE – BUSINESS INTERRUPTUS
LIGHTING COLA – KIND GUIDANCE
CREATURE CANYON – LIFE I KNOW
TROUBLE IN THE WIND – PUMPKIN PIE
ABNER – MIND TAKES OVER
SUNDROP ELECTRIC – ANYWHERE BUT DOWN
END OF SHOW…

Sunday, June 25, 2017

True Stories OB Street Fair Set List June 24 2017

True Stories performed at the OB Street Fair  on June 24, playing a mix of originals and covers:

Set List:

Can't Seem To Make You Mine
In Your Arms
Eleanor Rigby
Twenty Flight Rock
Better Days
All Sorts
Bleeding
Who Will Play Us In The Movie?
Ticket To Ride
Roll Over Beethoven
You Still Take My Breath Away
Hearts On Sleeve
Comets Tomorrow
Surfin' USA
With A  Little Help From My Friends

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gabriela & La Buena Onda promo video

Singer-Songwriter Gabriela Aparicio's new promo video includes commentary from producer Alan Sanderson, award winning singer-songwriter Tolan Shaw and Bart Mendoza.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Manual Scan 1991 BBC John Peel Airplay - Listen Now!

Legendary BBC DJ John Peel played Manual Scan on his show on at least two occasions, both songs were from the Days & Maybes EP released on Minneapolis label, Susstones Records :

July 22 1991  "Of Heart & Soul"
September 28, 1991  "For Jamie"


You can download one of the shows in its entirety on the Perfumed Garden Blogspot here:
john-peel-28th-september-1991

Here's the playlist: 


PJ Harvey - Dress (Too Pure)
A Tribe Called Quest - Jazz (Jive)
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Geffen)
Thousand Yard Stare - No Score After Extra Time (Stifled Aardvark/Polydor)
Surgery - Brazier (Session)
Messiah - There Is No Law {Rap Edit} (Kickin')
Manual Scan - For Jamie (Susstones)
Moe Tucker - Blue All The Way To Canada (New Rose)
Heaven 17 - We Don't Need This Fascist Groove Thang (Virgin)
Captain Condoms - Great Captain (Public Bath)
Steely And Clevie - African Beat (Digital B)
Therapy? - Innocent X/Meat Abstract (Session)
Rum And Black - Wicked (Shut Up And Dance)
Babes In Toyland - Ripe (Strange Fruit)
Arthur Gunter - Baby Let's Play House (Stompin')
Surgery - Dear Sweet Laura (Session)
The Heart Throbs - Turn Away (One Little Indian)
Bass Kruncher - Keep Calm {Mare Street Mix} (Lafayette)
Moondog - Tugboat Toccata (Prestige)
Some Have Fins - Wherever (Eve)
The Jesus And Mary Chain - Just Like Honey (Strange Fruit)
Primal Scream - Slip Inside This House (Creation)
Gene Vincent - Maybe (Capitol)

Monday, June 19, 2017

True Stories at the OB Street Fair - Free shuttle and parking info



If you are going to the Ocean Beach Street Fair (free!) this Saturday June 24, featuring True Stories, Jeff Berkley, Cardinal Moon, The Routine, The Moves Collective, Stone Horse and many more- Info on free satellite parking and free shuttles to the event can be found here:

OB Street Fair - Free Shuttle & Parking Info 

True Stories at the Ocean Beach Street Fair - June 24!

True Stories will be performing at the Ocean Beach Street Fair, this Saturday June 24 at 1:30 pm on the Bacon Sun Stage at the corner of Bacon and Niagara streets. The festival has five stages, with other artists on this stage set to include: The Routine, Jeff Berkeley, Stone Horse, Jefferson Jay, Cardinal Moon and The Millionaire Beach Bums.

True Stories included on new "Dizzy Spells" compilation

True Stories is one of 40 San Diego based bands included on the new compilation, Dizzy Spells. The album includes a new song, "The Last Time Life Was Perfect," recorded with producer Alan Sanderson, featuring Bart Mendoza (vocals / guitar), Normandie Wilson (vocals), David Fleminger (keyboards, lead guitar), Danny Cress (drums) and Orrick Smith (bass). Others tracks include songs by Schizophonics, The Bassics, Birdy Bardot, Buckfast Superbee, Creepseed, Bit Maps, Gloomsday, Oh Spirit, Geezer and many more! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FYI returns to the San Diego Troubadour!

After a six month hiatus, Bart Mendoza's FYI column returns to the San Diego Troubadour:

The latest edition includes a conversation with Gregory Page on his new album, 14 Jim Croce covers and misc with video links, a conversation with Elvis tribute combo, Graceband - and reviews of Dot Dash, Casey hensley, The Cherry Bluestorms, John McCutcheon, Kelly Ryan, Rob Martinez, Hullabaloo, The Big Stir Records compilation with Scott Samuels, Steve Rosenbaum, Fernando Perdomo, Super Buffet and more.  

Tonight in San Diego June 12 2017 - True Stories

Bart Mendoza sat in with the Tonight in San Diego band, The Mondaz, during a show taping on 
June 12. Guests on the show were David Moye, Zandra Rhodes and musical guest, Lisa Sanders. The Mondaz, featuring Trish Naval, Richard Galiguis and Nina Leilani, play theme music as well as for a few moments before and after segments (ie bumper music coming in and out of commercials / breaks). For this segment music played included two True Stories songs penned by Mendoza, "Can't Seem To Make You Mine" and "Hearts On Sleeve," as well as The Partridge Family classic, "I Woke Up In Love This Morning." During a break in taping towards the end, "Can't Seem To Make You Mine" was played again as part of an audience participation dance contest.
www.tonightinsandiego.com

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

True Stories at the Riviera Supper Club June 10 - Free!

True Stories will perform a free show at the Riviera Supper Club on June 10. The band will perform at least two sets, mixing originals and cover tunes


True Stories Set List: Riviera Supper Club May 26

Here are the songs that True Stories played at the Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa, California, on May 26 - a a set of originals and a set of covers:



Cant Seem To Make You Mine
You Still Take My Breath Away
Clouds All Day
Hearts On Sleeve
Bleeding
In Your Arms
Who Will Play Us In The Movie
I Can’t Don’t Want to Faster
Better Days
Comets Tomorrow

Mystery Train / Folsom Prison Blues 

Route 66
Twenty Flight Rock
Little Sister
Runaway
Ticket To Ride
High Heeled Sneakers
I Woke Up In Love This Morning
Mystery Dance
Honey Are You Straight or Are You Blind
I'm A Believer
Secret Agent Man
Outdoor Miner
Kissin' Cousins
Marie's The Name (Of His Latest Flame)
Walk Don't Run
Eleanor Rigby
Seventh Son