Weatherbox “Pagan Baby” – Live at Braund

Summer heat makes the blood run hot.

That’s when you switch from “craft beer” to something in a can that comes in a six or twelve pack, not a bomber or four pack.

Hang up the sultry spring albums and bring out the records that sound great in a car without A/C.

Weatherbox season. Half-pipes and fun-boxes and never-landed kickflip varials. Frustratingly fun, even for my old bones.

Brian Warren. Dudes’ been writing hit songs for years in the criminally overlooked, under-appreciated Weatherbox for years. Lyrics are top notch too.

They’re new record Flies in All Directions was released this year from Triple Crown Records.

Standout tracks:

Pagan Baby

Kick-flips, with a nod to the refrain, “My Body is a Bomb.” Undeniably catchy.

91x Loudspeaker Show!

I’m going to take this soapbox opportunity to give a positive endorsement for Preston, who is currently a DJ for 91x’s LoudSpeaker show which airs Monday mornings from 1am-3am (I know, stupid fucking time slot, but hey its corporate radio). Anyway, Preston and his cohort, Rowley have been doing a great job of playing a lot of local bands, even if everyone is asleep while they are playing them. I’m attempting to have him play a little more Three One G and Gravity bands but nepotism* takes work and sometimes folks aren’t ready to hear “We Have Reached An Official Verdict: Nobody Gives A Shit” by the Locust.

You can hear this show by listening to it at a reasonable hour and you won’t even have to change your sleep schedule by downloading the latest at

They’ve also got a great line up picked out for their very own Loudspeaker side stage including The Sess, Weatherbox, The Material, The Burning Of Rome, and Shark Attack. 

Some of you may be wondering why I’m endorsing a 91x show after I lambasted them for their last live concert debacle during last years holidays–it’s because good music is possible on the radio. And the fact they’ve given an entire stage to some talented local San Diego bands adds to their sluggish climb to credibility. Tim Pyles has proved the positive aspects of intriguing local music on 94.9 for years and Swami has shown that different genre’s can be heard without pissing off some lame ass suits in the marketing department.

Now, if 91x would stop sitting on their hands and embrace multi-genre, free form radio, they might actually have something redeeming besides their best show that airs during the graveyard shift. Hows that for a backhanded compliment?

*With respect to disclosure, Preston and I are related, by blood. And no we didn’t cut our hands with a bowie knife then shake–that’s dangerous.