City Sound Interia is the Bohemian‘s music blog, covering bands, shows, records, music news and reviews from Sonoma County and beyond. Now comprised of Bohemian staff and contributors, CSI was founded and solely helmed from 2008–2012 by Bohemian editor Gabe Meline, who still edits and writes here pretty often.
About Gabe Meline:
I’m the Editor of the North Bay Bohemian, an alt-weekly in Santa Rosa, Calif. If there’s anything you’d like me to remember, can you please phrase it in the form of a song? Otherwise, I’ll forget. Thanks.
I’ve played in Ground Round, Tilt, Mr. T Experience, Santiago and countless other bands and music projects, and have toured the country over ten times. I also self-published two zines in the early 1990s; Boy, Does High School Ever Suck and Positively 4th Street.
In addition to obsessing over records and going to shows, I love bike riding, making pizza, skateboarding, and researching local history. The first band I ever interviewed was Green Day, in 1991. I’m glad that I saw both Frank Sinatra and Mac Dre before they died. Oh, and Dave Van Ronk.
I worked at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa for 14 years, from 1994-2008. I live downtown with my wonderful wife Liz, my beautiful baby girl Lena and our piles of records in the third-greatest city in the world, Santa Rosa, CA.
Email me: gabe [at] bohemian [dot] com.
Those who shaped me: Whitney Houston, Joe E. Louis, Dorothy Ashby, Poster Children, Lungbutter, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Chivo Borraro, Charlie Louvin, Sonny Sharrock, Sis, The Rolling Scabs, Built To Spill, Elliott Carter, Free Orbit, Carlos Gardel, Raooul, Doctor Domenick, Born Against, Aceyalone, Soup, The Kuhn Brothers and the Mad Rockers, El Chicano, Tumbling Gnome, Chris Connor, Cursive, Ruth Ann Swenson, Jaki Byard, J-Rocc, Noel Coward, Mikah 9, Domenico Dragonetti, The Mick Nock Underground, Nino & April, Beans Hambone, Stikky, Jimmy Van Heusen, X-No-B, Martian Symphony Orchestra, The Highlands, Steve Earle, Christ on Parade, Chavez, Martha J. Weber, New York Eye And Ear Control, The Cribs, George Michael, Corrosion of Conformity, John Prine, The Hi-Hopes, A Tribe Called Quest, Jim Backus, Crimpshrine, John Jacob Niles, The Trinikas, Jawbreaker, Bjork, Neurosis, Harrell & Sharron Lucky, Camille, Arcade Fire, Ellen Burstyn, Total Naked Public Humping In L.A., Johnnie Ray, DJ Krush, Grand Funk Railroad, Ray Bolger, Honey Gordon, Operation Ivy, Blind Willie Johnson, Guy Mitchell, Divine Styler, Nuisance, Matti Oiling, Alexander Scriabin, Duke Ellington, Thes One, William Griffin Jr., The Pogues, Henri Rene, Tilt, Flipper, Judy Holliday, Smoking Popes, Helium, The Aristocrats Organization, Vi Redd, Green Day, Okko Bekker, Lucy Ann Polk, Mos Def, Amy Winehouse, Ralph Spight, The Clash, Jean-Claude Vannier, Bruce Springsteen, One Man Running, Frank Sinatra, Express Rising, Nomeansno, Edith Head, Dave Van Ronk, Three Finger Spread, John Coltrane, Kid Dynamo, Frank DeVol, Jets To Brazil, Tom Waits, T La Rock, Fridge, Hoagy Carmichael, Ripple, Rakim, Ornette Coleman, Ilsa Werner, Joanna Newsom, 100 Proof, Sunn o))), Albert Ayler, The Psychedelic Furs, I Am The Hamster, Superchunk, The Boswell Sisters, The Morticians, Gertrude Niesen, Surrogate Brains, Del Close, My Morning Jacket, DJ Shadow, Os Mutantes, Johnny Adams, The Blockheads, The Kangol Kid, D.R.I., Dorothy Shay, The H.B.’s, The Mr. T Experience, Phyllis Newman, The Cure, Nino Rota, Sean Forbes, Tajai, Julie London, Marc Ribot, Tony Martin, Gordon Jenkins, Wham, Mac Dre, M.I.A., Guided By Voices, Trikolon, Against Me, Wat Tyler, Honey Cone, Tha Skirts, My Morning Jacket, Leroy & the Drivers, Helium, Aids Wolf, Party of Helicopters, Bud Powell, The Velvet Teen, Page Cavanaugh, Gil Melle, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Philip Glass, Modest Mouse, Moondog, Sharon Jones, The Reliables, Anita O’Day, Desaparecidos, Last Chance, Ella Fitzgerald, Andrew Asp, Chumbawamba, Bill Evans, Los Tigres Del Norte, MF Doom, The Flaming Lips, Giorgio Moroder, Charles Mingus, Alan Silva and the Celestial Communion Orchestra, War, !!!, George Russell, Econochrist, The Smiths, Amalia Rodrigues, Bob Dylan, The Wonders, Sun Ra, D-Styles, Fugazi, Tony Bennett, Karate, Sonny Rollins, Subhumans, Ui, Depeche Mode, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Replacements, Giuseppi Logan, The New Trust, Kris Kristofferson, Bogus Ben Covington, Screeching Weasel, Legion Of Orb, Too Short, Sammy Cahn, New Order, Archeopteryx, Mel Torme, Pavement, Fingerprintz, Babs Gonzales, and various regional television and radio commercial jingles circa 1981-1988.