Monday, November 13, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, November 13-Sunday, November 19, 2017


I'm definitely enjoying my homebody lifestyle lately. Ever since I had pneumonia, I've been laying low. Our soccer season is coming to an end, and it gets so dark so early that I've been thinking a lot about the holidays. In fact, it might seem like I've been a slacker, but I put together a pretty extensive Holiday Event Guide, which I haven't done in a couple years but was feeling in the spirit this year. I'll keep updating as more events roll in. I got to go to the Safari Park on Friday with my family and even my mom got out of the house for a few hours. We're hoping to take advantage of the week before Nova flies out to St Louis on Sunday. I'm still not really going to many shows, but The Heavy Guilt record release was pretty fun on Friday. Not sure if I'll be able to escape the asylum this week, but it would be pretty great to see Frank Lee Drennen on Wednesday at Java Joe's and I'll be trying to catch Speedy Ortiz on Thursday at Casbah, and maybe Diarrhea Planet on Friday at Soda Bar. I would love to get out to Pappy & Harriet's on Saturday, but with Nova leaving Sunday morning, it's just not in the cards for us. Monday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, November 6-Sunday, November 12, 2017

I'm still taking it easy, but Saturday night at the Livewire Anniversary Party was pretty amazing. I was selling merch for Livewire, so it was a lot of work, too, but it was pretty sweet because Nova had a derby sleepover in Murrieta, so Darren was able to cover my shift at the Irenic then come to the Observatory to help me when he was done. The bands were amazing and it was great to see so many people who have made the San Diego music scene so vibrant for the last two decades and beyond. After we counted our stuff out, we went to Livewire where it was nuts to butts but super fun. The Amplified Ale Livewire IPA is pretty darn good, too, and it was nice to have my first beers in over two weeks. I'm still kinda taking it easy, but hopefully I'll be getting out a little more little by little. There are some awesome Beer Week events and for most working people, we have a three day weekend with Veterans Day observed this Friday, so enjoy the week. I included a San Diego Derby Doll link for a bout this weekend that Nova rostered for if anyone is interested in checking it out. I'm posting an older pic from the Safari Park because I'm hoping to get up there on Friday. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.



Monday, November 6, 2017 (San Diego Beer Week Events):
  • Fundraiser for Omar Passons, candidate for SD County Board of Supervisors @ Uptown Tavern (6pm)
  • Boychick, Slowkiss, AJ Froman @ Casbah 
  • Naked Giants, Acid Tongue @ Soda Bar
  • Noname, Arima Ederra @ The Observatory
  • Free Kittens And Bread, Se Vende, Watashi Wa Dance Party @ Tower Bar
  • Kerry-Oke Pizza Party @ The Holding Company 1502
  • Cracked LCD: Neon Day of the Dead @ The Office
  • Motown on Monday @ Bar Pink
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Makossa Mondays with DJ Tah Rei @ Seven Grand
  • Philip Wesley, Doug Hammer, and Christine Brown @ Encinitas Library Concert Hall
  • Bjork vs Radiohead Dance Party @ Blonde
  • Eloteria! #3 Build Your Own Elote w/ Boogieman & DJ Josexx @ Space
  • Aloud @ De Oro Mine Co
  • Musical Monday @ Martini's Above Fourth
  • Karaoke @ Navajo Live
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Movie Night with Beau @ Pour House (Oceanside)
  • Mercedes Moore @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Electric Relaxation: Underground 90s & Chill Hip-Hop @ Whistle Stop
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Salsa & Bachata Dancing @ Tio Leo's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • All That! A Mostly 90s Thang @ U-31

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, November 2-Sunday, November 5, 2017


Hanging with some friends at Balboa Park
 Holy shit. I cannot believe it is already November. Yet here we are and there are so many rad shows this weekend I can't believe I'm still in isolation for the most part. I'll definitely be slinging merch at the Livewire shindig on Saturday, though, so come by and pickup your Livewire swag. I wish I could hit this year's Brewers Guild events, but the way I feel, it looks like I'm sitting out this San Diego Beer Week 2017. But there's also tons of exciting news, like the Casbah 25th Anniversary Hoodies are now available in a zip hood and Tim + Eric are opening a record shop in South Park! I wonder if I can pick up some shifts there? Anyway, it's a big weekend, so I thought I'd clean these up a little and repost. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Tim Mays + Vinyl Junkies Partner to open Vinyl Junkies Record Shack in South Park

I've been sick with pneumonia and haven't been out or had a drink in nearly two weeks, so just about any news is good news, but this is perhaps the best news I've heard all year. I've always wanted the Casbah to have a ticket outlet, and when I was hired at the North Park Theatre, we tried to work out a deal, then it was bought by the Observatory and they used a different ticketing company, so we could never quite work out a ticket outlet. So anyway, a new record store, a new place to pick up Casbah tickets, and I can only imagine, a great new spot for in-stores or listening parties or acoustic performances. We shall see. In the meantime, here's the big news:

Vinyl Junkies Announces South Park Retail Location & Casbah Partnership

Eric Howarth of Vinyl Junkies is proud to announce a new partnership with Tim Mays of The Casbah in the Vinyl Junkies venture.  The mobile record shop and bi-monthly record swap (held at the Casbah) has been in existence for over 4 years, and will now add a brick and mortar location to its repertoire called the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack!

Located in the heart of South Park at 2235 Fern Street, directly across the street from the Whistle Stop Bar, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack will bring music retail back to the neighborhood.  After lease issues forced Howarth’s former shop, M-Theory Music, to leave South Park, it is with excitement that we come full circle back to this unique and vibrant, independent community.

The focus of the record store will be on used records and cassettes, with a selection of new reissues on vinyl across all genres.  From Funk to Punk, Soul to Garage, Jazz to Heavy Metal, and everywhere in between, the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack prides itself on having a knowledgable, friendly staff who can turn the most discerning collectors or those new to the vinyl world, on to their latest favorite album.

The “Record Shack” will also be the exclusive ticket retailer for Casbah shows, with minimum service charges, and will carry other useful items for the neighborhood like guitar strings, turntables, vinyl cleaning/collecting supplies, and related items.

The store will celebrate its Grand Opening on Record Store Day, Friday November 24th, with festivities going on through Saturday the 25th. Special guest DJs and bands will be performing, drinks and food will be had, and thousands of records will be for sale.  Further details will be announced soon.

Vinyl Junkies is also actively buying record collections for the store.  Those interested with records to sell can email records@vinyljunkies.net or call 619-816-1830.

We look forward to talking further about the Vinyl Junkies Record Shack and know your readers/listeners/viewers will take interest in not only the store, but the recent resurgence in the vinyl record format!

UPDATE: Check out this more in depth article on SoundDiego about the partnership.

BACKGROUND:

-Tim Mays has been a pillar of the San Diego music scene for decades.  Having started promoting punk rock shows back in 1980, that passion has continued with 29 years of owning and operating the city’s most beloved venue, The Casbah, and putting on larger shows at various venues by Casbah Presents.  Mays has also added “Restauranteur” to his resume, as co-owner of awarding winning Mission Hills restaurant Starlite and Golden Hill cafe Krakatoa.  

-Eric Howarth’s involvement in the music world has been extensive as Founder of Vinyl Junkies & M-Theory Music, Record Label Owner (Hi-Speed Soul), Band Manager, Tour Manager, Concert Promoter, and DJ.  In the past few years, Howarth has followed a new passion in the film industry as Cinematographer for the Records Collecting Dust II documentary (to be released early 2018), filming music videos, shooting live bands for SoundDiego on NBC, and taking on roles in various short films. Howarth’s current project focus is a documentary based TV show he co-created and hosts that will soon be pitched to the networks, along with his involvement in the feature length film Fanboy.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

groove pigs share tracks...finally! This Is Halloween & Throne Games

You might recall that Darren and I visited his mom this summer. It was our first time going without Nova (she was in St. Louis) and so it was a true vacation in that we'd spend days with his mom and nephews and then had the nights to run around the East Bay/Oakland/SF area. One of the things he really wanted to do was meet up with his old band.

So the really quick history is that Darren was in a band called groove pigs back 20 plus years ago. Darren and Joe Heavey went to high school together and played music for years, and then had rehearsal space adjacent Dan Jewett, with whom Darren went to SFSU, and eventually they formed groove pigs as a fun side project from all their other endeavors. I'm not exactly telling this right, but they all moved a lot, had different bands, blah blah, but they were a party band and played house shows and bars and clubs and art spaces and basically anywhere they could at the time. But then life happened and they all moved on.

Darren resurfaced in San Diego and then little by little they reconnected over the magic of Facebook (though Dan and Joe live just a short distance from one another), thought they should start tooling around with music again, and became an internet project, each recording parts and sending them to the others to record. They have a whole record of original songs. (By the way, you should check out Dan's other project, My Little Hum.) I don't know what will become of it or if they'll release it or whatever, but while we were in the area, the guys all played together in the same room at the same time for the first time in at least a couple decades and many craft beers and shots of tequila were consumed and it was awesome. One day they'll let me release those videos.

In the meantime, Darren has a Halloween tradition, playing the very complicated "This Is Halloween" with Nova, and so this year, the band decided to give it a whirl, and the mix came in after midnight, but we wanted to share it (you can even hear Nova singing in parts). The b track, Throne Games, is their twist on the opening them of the show (duh). I promise I'll be sharing more as they let me, but it's just a fun project for them, and I'll let them dictate how they want it shared with the world.






Monday, October 30, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 30-Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Ug. So I have been in bed a whole lot lately. The whole of last week, I didn't even step out onto my balcony until Thursday and didn't leave my house until Friday and that was for a doctor's appointment. Fortunately, I still have OBAMACARE and got to see a doctor and get an x-ray and an antibiotic for whatever lung infection I have and an inhaler so I can breathe again. On top of all that, because Kaiser kinda works like a health care buffet, my stuff was so speedy that it was done before the actual appointment time...I'd checked in on the kiosk 25 minutes in advance of my actual appointment time, was immediately called in, met with the nurse for weight, blood pressure, health screening, taken to a room, and checked by the doctor all before my actual appointment time. And in that time, made two more appointments for my annual lady parts checkup and for a mole I want removed. So yeah. The good news is by Saturday I was finally turning a corner and we coached our morning soccer game, hung around the house for a bit, and spent some time at Balboa Park and the Zoo before having dinner at Mona Lisa. So yay. I'm getting out of the house again. But it will definitely be a low key week for me until maybe the Livewire Anniversary party on Saturday.
I will try to get around to updating Bar Pink, Black Cat Bar, El Dorado, FLUXX, Sycamore Den, and Whistle Stop before the weekend but no guarantees. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 24-Sunday, October 29, 2017

I haven't been out with my camera this past week at all and I'm sick again and I feel like hell so I'll keep it short and use one of my old pics from The National. Last week was a good week, we were able to do Six Flags and soccer practices and went to Arcade Fire and Said The Whale and I worked at Cody Simpson and The Bronx and we had a soccer game and then I wasn't feeling great so I skipped Scallywag, but then I was feeling better so I caught Tei Shi and went to Park n Rec and Whistle Stop and then I went swimming on Sunday and all the sudden came down with a fever that I couldn't shake for 36 hours. So I don't know if it's just that I went way too hard last week or that this stupid weather change is making me ill but I feel like shit and I'm going to take it super easy this week. I'll be locked in my air conditioned room, if ya don't mind. Tuesday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 23, 2017


I'm burning up. I don't want to make a habit of just giving you Monday listings, but out of nowhere I've been blindsided with a fever. It's super weird because I was feeling mostly great all weekend. I'll tell you about my week when I get the listings up but for now, here's the clearest shot I could get of Win Butler from my seat at the amazing Arcade Fire show. I'll get the rest of the listings up by Tuesday morning. .

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 17-Sunday, October 22, 2017


Ok, so I told you I would get these done, and thankfully after a full day at Magic Mountain with Darrren, Nova, and Jo, Darren drove home so we could sleep and I could get my work done upon our return. Six Flags was fun, but I realized I'm in a new demographic: moms who hold stuff. I didn't go on a single roller coaster because I just couldn't psych myself up for that dizzy, spinny, nauseous feeling. So I held stuff while everyone else did the rides and I was totally okay with that. It was fun just to be there and see the kids faces light up before and after each ride. This week is pretty busy, too. I might still try to weasel a ticket for Cafe Tacvba, and we're going to Arcade Fire, and I'm working at the Cody Simpson show and The Bronx in the same night, and then working at JR JR on Friday, and maybe going to Ye Scallywag on Saturday if I can score a photo pass, and then Saturday night we'll check out Tei Shi at Soda Bar. So much good stuff. Tuesday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 16


Things have been really great, but really, really busy. On top of work and soccer coaching, last week I got to see Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, The National, worked at Nothing But Thieves, did Taste of North Park, shot Jason Mraz, went to Dirty Sweet & John Meeks, and sold merch for Oh Wonder where I worked a six hour shift (I think we sold over $15k in merch!!) and we're going to Magic Mountain for the day, so I hate to break it that I only have it in me to do Monday listings at the moment. I'll try to get the rest of the week up as soon as I have the time. Archives after the jump.