Los Angeles-based post-punk alt-rock trio Shine So Hard lights up the Santa Clarita airwaves on the next all-new edition of “House Blend,” the WAVE award-nominated music-and-interview program on SCVTV hosted by veteran music journalist Stephen K. Peeples, debuting Saturday, March 23 at 10 p.m. Pacific Time.
In their first TV appearance as a group, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Mason (pictured at center), guitarist K.O. Saltsman (right) and bassist-backing vocalist Tina Colson (left) perform exclusive unplugged versions of four original songs. “Blame it on the Moon” is from Shine So Hard’s 2012 debut EP, “The Shoreline at Sunset,” while “Semiotics,” “Me + You” and the band’s latest single, “Beautiful Girl,” are more recent recordings. This “House Blend” show also marks the TV premiere of all four songs.
Between Shine So Hard’s performances, Peeples talks with Mason, Saltsman and Colson about their pre-group lives (Mason’s an audio engineer and fronted a groove-rock band called Seven Car Pileup in Arizona, where he’s from; Saltsman, from Austin, played in bands, earned a film degree and was a broadcaster; Colson is an L.A. artist/photographer friend of Mason’s who also plays bass); how they met in 2011 (there’s a CraigsList connection); and living the life in L.A.’s funky but hip Echo Park district.
The three bandmates also reveal where they copped the group’s name; how they write and record their original songs; and what legendary L.A. rock bands like The Doors, Buffalo Springfield and X have to do with Shine So Hard’s present-day “sonic pictures.”
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“House Blend” is booked, researched, written and hosted by Peeples, who also co-produces the series at the SCVTV Media Center in Newhall, Calif., with SCVTV studio director Megan Perez. She also directs the show, assisted by SCVTV’s Austin Dave, sound engineer Mike Mazzetti and the studio staff. Leon Worden, SCVTV president/CEO, is the series’ executive producer.
Now in its third season, “House Blend” premiered on SCVTV in September 2010 and airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. Pacific Time, with an encore Thursdays at the same time. The series is seen on Time Warner Cable Channel 20 in the Santa Clarita Valley, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.
The program also streams live everywhere via the Web at scvtv.com at the same times.
In addition, all “House Blend” programs produced to date — 30 original editions with music and interviews and a dozen all-music best-of compilations — are archived and viewable on demand; click here.
A series highlight is the May 2011 “House Blend” program featuring folk-country-bluegrass legends Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen, one of three finalists for a WAVE award from the Western Alliance for Community Media. Read more here.
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In addition to his “Peeples Place at KHTS” blog, Stephen K. Peeples is a features writer/reporter and photographer for KHTS Radio News (hometownstation.com) and SCVNews.com, and host, writer and co-producer of the weekly “House Blend” music and interview television show on SCVTV, community television for the Santa Clarita Valley (scvhouseblend.com). A former SCV music and entertainment columnist for The Signal (2004-2011) and drummer with SCV jazz group RainTree (raintreejazz.com, 2010-2011), Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” MIPF/Rhino, 1992), an award-winning radio producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” Westwood One, 1988-1990) and an award-winning online editor (The Signal website, 2007-2011). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit stephenkpeeples.com.
Photos: Stephen K. Peeples