Category Archives: Local Music

Didley Squat

   Sacramento’s late great Didley Squat started out as a fun project for four high school junior nerds: David Mohr (vocals), Stuart Nishiyama (keyboards), Jacob Barcena (guitar), and Casey James (drums). After getting their feet wet at a few open-mic … Continue reading

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Public Nuisance / David Houston

      Public Nuisance was one of the great lost bands of the Sixties, having built up an admirable reputation in the Sacramento area through live performances while never releasing any recordings during its time beyond a failed single.  It … Continue reading

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Pets

    When rock duo Pets recorded their first album Pick Up Your Feet (2006), Derek Fieth and Allison Jones came by their signature sound by playing guitars in unison while letting a drum machine fill in the beats. Despite … Continue reading

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Phono Select

        Once upon a time, Tower Records was the place to go for aural satisfaction throughout much of the world and was an important part of my life beyond my own overwhelming love for music. I worked … Continue reading

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Agent Ribbons

     I’ve been procrastinating for the better part of a year, but I’m finally ready to announce that I’m head over heels for Natalie Gordon, the extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Sacramento’s Agent Ribbons. She’s so damn groovy and … Continue reading

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Knock Knock

    My introduction to Sacramento pop band Knock Knock began with an inside joke at a SAMMIES Showcase I attended in 2006. Just before getting started, lead singer Allen Maxwell announced that he and his band would be performing … Continue reading

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The Dutch Falconi Orchestra

    Dutch Falconi and His Twisted Orchestra was one of Sacramento’s most popular live acts during the 1990s. Taking the big band dynamic to its logical extreme with up to 32 members performing onstage or on the sidelines, these … Continue reading

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Daisy Spot / Mike Farrell

     Daisy Spot has been one of Sacramento’s most interesting and exciting bands for the past two decades even though they’ve released only one CD to date. Fortunately, their self-titled debut album (released in 2005) was well worth the … Continue reading

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Anton Barbeau

     Let me begin by stating that Anton Barbeau was the first local artist I fell in love with way back in the late ’80s, and he remains my favorite despite some fairly stiff competition. He was Sacramento’s resident pop … Continue reading

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