Musician SPENCER BARNITZ (Courtesy Photo: by Lara Cooper) – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Earlier today on “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, March 16th), producer/host Ted Coe welcomed musician Spencer Barnitz — of Spencer the Gardener and The Tan — to the KCSB studios for a live performance, interview, and guest-DJ set.

His group Spencer & the Worried Lads returns to SOhO Restaurant & Music Club tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, for their annual “St. Patty’s Day Bash” starting at 5pm.

On the music-and-cultural-arts radio program, Barnitz expounded upon his many decades creating music, starting with his first band The Tan, which formed while he was still at Santa Barbara High School in the late 1970s. In fact, the rockin’ New Wave/Power Pop quartet was once on the verge of a major career breakthrough, given associations with Robbie Krieger of The Doors and Robbie Robertson of The Band, a big record contract, their scoring of the Central Coast’s first surf movie, and a hit single in Peru.

But when that promise was not realized, after a relocation to the UK, Barnitz went on to form the eclectic Santa Barbara group Spencer the Gardener, which for nearly 25 years has created “California sun kissed, Latin tinged, genre bending, big band Surf Mariachi indie pop.”

This archival recording is available for streaming or download (via the player below), and features a slightly edited version of the program. Thanks to Spencer Barnitz and Joe Woodard (of Household Ink Records) for permission to podcast the songs included here.


“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays from 11am-12noon PST.