The Guy Who Got No Doubt Discovered Needs Your Help With His New Book

Tazy Phyllipz

Tazy Phyllipz has literally made a career out of helping unknown bands grow their audiences. If you don't believe me, just ask No Doubt, Sublime and Maroon 5 - three groups who received airplay on Phyllipz's radio program The Ska Parade long before corporate America knew what a hollaback girl was. But now it's time for that good fortune to come Phyllipz's way as the radio host - who broadcasts The Ska Parade on Phoenix, Ariz.'s KUKQ from his home studio - has created an Indiegogo campaign to fund a book he is writing that will detail his experiences in the music industry. The Irvine resident has a goal of $35,000 and hopes that money will cover expenses for things such as a page designer and a copy editor.

 The Ska Parade has been on the air for more than 20 years, which means Phyllipz has a lot of potential stories to include. Because of these numerous tales and his financial situation, the would-be author says his book is not yet finished, but explains that more money equals more chapters. As of this writing, Phyllipz's campaign has 31 days remaining and has earned a total of $816, so if it's ska stories you want, you best be donating! We caught up with Phyllipz via email to talk about his book and his motivation for wanting to spill the beans.

See Also:
*No Doubt in Their Own Words
*Sublime vs. No Doubt?
*Sophie Muller on Filming No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom Days

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9.23 Questions With Jimmy Reyes, the New Morning Guy From Hot 92.3

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 Whittier native Jimmy Reyes is about to achieve the dream that many aspiring, silky-voiced radio jocks are striving to achieve--taking over for Rick Dees. Reyes was recently named heir to the legendary jock's morning time slot from 5-9 a.m. Proving that hard work pays off, Jimmy appears all over the county meeting the Hot 92.3 listeners with giveaways and events all while holding down the successful "Old School Saturday Night" show from 7p.m.-12a.m. 

With Dees exiting his morning shift on Hot 92.3, it's the perfect time for the veteran radio man to slide in and crack jokes on the morning mic. It shouldn't be too much of a stretch for him to become a sunrise sensation because he's earned and maintained a huge fan base while spending the past 13 years at the station. We recently spoke to Reyes about his new gig.

1. When did you get your start in radio?

Jimmy Reyes- I got into radio by going to the good ol' Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach in 1998. I was sitting at home one day and I heard a commercial for it and I just called and went through the whole program. After I graduated I went in and applied at was used to be Mega 100 "jamming oldies" because they had an opening for either a morning show assistant or a night producer. I went with the morning show assistant and what I did there was basically answer phones, make copies...I was like a gopher. Whatever they needed, I did it.

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New Anaheim-based Podcast Aimed at Rockeros Debuts!

For all you rockeros and rockeras out there in Southern California, a new podcast show debuted yesterday just for you! Co-hosted by Christian Mejia, a local music promoter and Hector Robles, a musician on the scene, "Talking Rock en Español" is all about supporting local talent and engaging in a dialogue about the music industry. The once-a-week podcast is recorded in Anaheim and serves up a fresh episode every Monday.

"We will be talking about our local scene, finding ways for bands to be discovered, gaining a fan base, the business aspects of music, marketing, branding and many topics that are important to performers and music listeners," writes the show's website. Mejia, as loyal readers will recall, organized a number of great shows in OC giving stage time to exciting acts Latin Alternative acts from around the block and across the border. More »

Happy Birthday, Howard Stern! Top 4 Gift Ideas for You

Today is Howard Stern's 58th birthday and that means time for gifts. But what do you get the man who maybe doesn't have everything but most certainly can afford it? I sure as hell don't know, but here are four suggestions for the King of All Media, who in case you didn't know, broadcasts at SiriusXM and will soon become a judge on America's Got Talent.

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two Last Night

Andrew Youssef
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night Two
December 11, 2011

After barely surviving Night One of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, my endurance was tested with another stellar line-up for Night Two. The Gibson Amphitheater seemed to be busier around the early start time of 5:30 as the audience was well aware that the line-up was solid from start to finish.

Grouplove seemingly have come out of nowhere. Appearing in a commercial for the iPod Touch with their song "Tongue Tied," their profile has significantly risen as lots of fans were singing along. It was easily the most impressive set from an opening band at a KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show.
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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One Last Night

Andrew Youssef
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Night One
December 10, 2011
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Starting off 22 years ago as a one-night affair with a handful of acoustic performances, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has swelled into a two-night, predominately plugged-in festival. Night one, usually billed as the hard rock night, boasted the line up of Blink-182, 311, Social Distortion, Sublime with Rome, Bush, Chevelle, Young The Giant and New Found Glory. 

Boldly wearing a jacket that read "Pop Punk Isn't Dead," Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory enthusiastically bounced around the stage like it was the year 2000. Vocalist Jordan Pundik was in a Santa suit running around wildly, engaging the crowd. New Found Glory, touring in support of their latest album Radiosurgery released on the venerable Epitaph records, gave those unfamiliar with their catalog a chance to sing along during their cover of The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop."

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Dublab's 24-Hour "No Sleep Session" Marathon Broadcast Starts Now!

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Our favorite 501(c)3 internet radio station dublab is deep into their Proton Drive fundraiser and they need your help to reach their $20,000 goal!

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Ryan Adams at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica Last Night

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Jeremiah Garcia
Ryan Adams at KCRW taping last night
Having witnessed Ryan Adams at the Balboa Theater in San Diego nearly a month ago, It still ranks as one of my top shows of the year. Ryan Adams's latest album Ashes & Fire smolders with intensity as it is packaged nicely into a batch of songs that showcase why Adams is such a brilliant songwriter. It would have been insanity to pass up on the recording of an intimate session in front of 150 people that was taped for KCRW to be aired on December 2nd. 

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Our Almost-Sure KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Lineup Prediction

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With the announcement of San Francisco's Live 105 Not So Silent Night and San Diego's 91X Wrex The Halls concerts, one can easily forecast who will most likely appear at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas to be held on December 10th and 11th at Gibson Amphitheater.

Live 105 Not So Silent Night will be held on December 9th and includes Janes's Addiction, Florence and The Machine, Bush, Mumford and Sons, and Young The Giant.

91x Wrex The Halls is a two night affair to be held on December 10th and 11th. The December 10th line up includes Florence and The Machine, Death Cab For Cutie, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Cage The Elephant, The Airborne Toxic Event and The Naked and Famous. The December 11th line up includes Blink 182, Social Distortion, Pennywise, Switchfoot, MuteMath, Everlast and DMC. 

Therefore...the predicted lineup for KROQ, after the jump!

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Predicting the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Lineup: Jane's Addiction, Rise Against and A Day to Remember

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In November of last year, we took a shot at piecing together the lineup for KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas before it was announced, and we weren't far wrong. We're going to attempt the same feat this year.

It's traditionally held at the Gibson Amphitheater, and the venue's concert calendar is empty on Dec. 10 and 11, so we're guessing those are the dates KROQ is going for. This makes sense when you take into account the announcement of Las Vegas Radio Station 107.5 Holiday Havoc shows on Dec. 7 and 8 that will feature Jane's Addiction, Rise Against, The Joy Formidable, A Day to Remember, and The Naked and Famous. We're willing to bet at least half those bands will also be on KROQ's bill.

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