Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Photos: Rachel Platten at The Observatory North Park, 2.9.2016

I had no intention of going to see Rachel Platten perform at the Observatory, but then I was texting our production manager about set times and then he offered for me to shoot, and so an hour later, there I was. Rachel Platten is not the typical artist that I'm into, but for a pop artist, the woman has some serious pipes. Her songs lean more toward strong female messages and girl power that spoke to the hundreds of young girls who were screaming in the room. I promised Nova I'd be home before her bedtime, so I didn't stay for the whole show which meant that I wasn't there for the hit, "Fight Song", but I can be pretty sure that the entire room sang word for word right along with Rachel. More pictures after the jump.

Set List:
Beating Me Up/ Dog Days mash up
Lone Ranger
Stand By You
Love Yourself (Justin Bieber cover)
You Don't Know My Heart
Angels in Chelsea
Better Place
Don't You Worry Child
Fight Song

Monday, February 08, 2016

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents (Updated 2.8.2015)

This week didn't have quite as many announcements as last week, but all of the new Casbah shows are marked with an X below. It should be noted that the Kaleo show at Soda Bar on March 12 sold out so fast, they decided to move the show to House of Blues. Your old tickets will be honored, but if you didn't get em before, get your tickets via the Livenation link. There are some exciting shows coming through town. Mid-February and beyond is after the jump.

Mon Feb 08 - RVIVR, Western Setting, Bainbridge, Tiltwheel @ Casbah

Tue Feb 09 - Taking Back Tuesday @ Casbah

Wed Feb 10 - Supersuckers, The Yawpers, Charlie Overbey and the Broken Arrows @ Casbah

Thu Feb 11 - The New Kinetics, The Slashes, Gloomsday, DJ Mike Delgado @ Casbah

Thu Feb 11 - Tiger Army @ The Observatory North Park

Fri Feb 12 - The Knocks, Cardiknox, Sofi Tukker @ Casbah

Fri Feb 12 - STRFKR, Com Truise, Fake Drugs @ The Observatory

Sat Feb 13 - Drag the River, John Meeks, Ypsitucky @ Casbah

Sun Feb 14 - LOGIC, Dizzy Wright @ Soma (SOLD OUT)

Sun Feb 14 - Built to Spill, The Hand, Iceberg Ferg @ Casbah
Mon Feb 15 - Built to Spill, The Hand, Iceberg Ferg @ Casbah

Upcoming Observatory Shows (Updated 2.8.2016)

I keep chatting with my industry friends and they're telling me that this is still the slow season, but I'll tell you in no way does it feel that way to me. I'm definitely going out less, but that's got a lot more to do with having Nova full time, me being old, working too many jobs (4 plus this site), and taking advantage of sleep when I can get it, than it does with an overall slow down of the music scene. It will definitely be getting much, much busier, so if this is slow, enjoy it while you can. This week, The Observatory announced new shows with XXYYXX (3.11), Young Thug (3.13), FKJ (3.19), The Front Bottoms (4.18), and X with Los Lobos (5.8). Ticket links are all below. February midmonth shows and beyond are after the jump.

2/9 Rachel Platten, Star Night Red Edition, 7pm, All Ages

2/10 Tyga, 6pm, All Ages MOVED TO MARCH 2

2/11 Tiger Army, 6pm, All Ages

2/12 STRFKR, Com Truise, Fake Drugs, 7pm, All Ages

2/13 Lettuce, ProbCause, 7pm, All Ages

2/14 Beats Antique, 8pm, 18+

2/15 Tribute to the Reggae Legends Festival 2016 featuring Mykal Rose, King Yellowman, Ken Booth, 12pm, All Ages

2/16 The Growlers, Jonathan Richman, 7pm, All Ages
2/17 The Growlers, Jonathan Richman, 7pm, All Ages

2/19 Bag Raiders, Plastic Plates, 7pm, All Ages

2/20 Dr. Dog, 7pm, All Ages

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 8-Sunday, February 14, 2016

It's been a long time since I've had hard and fast deadlines approaching, and I'm not really dealing with the pressure. It was a great weekend and I allowed myself to step away from my laptop most of the weekend, but that only means this week is like full on pressure cooker status. On Friday, we used our Museum Month pass and went to the Japanese Tea & Friendship Garden ($11.50 for the three of us with the discount) and had an awesome dinner at West Coast Tavern before I had to work for Jhene Aiko at the Observatory. I made it down to Saintseneca after work, and had some Ken Club time, too, but as it turns out, that was my only night out all weekend. On Saturday we mostly lounged around until I got called to work at Music Box last minute. On our way down, I was canceled, so we had dinner at The Balboa, which might be Nova's new favorite burger. PMS knocked me down that night and I just curled up at home watching Bad Words on HBO Go. On Sunday morning, Nova had soccer, then we grabbed lunch at Grand Ole Asado & BBQ before taking Ficus to OB dog beach, which wasn't empty but definitely nice and wide open during the game. This week has a lot going on--West Coast Tavern is doing an Industry New Years, there are a ton of great shows, and we're having our first DoSD event at the Whistle Stop. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump. 

Monday, February 8, 2016:
  • RVIVR, Western Setting, Bainbridge, Tiltwheel @ Casbah
  • Emily King, Moorea Masa @ Soda Bar
  • Jesse Cook @ California Center for The Arts Escondido
  • Industry (Chinese) New Year @ West Coast Tavern (Hosted Cocktails 7-9pm)
  • Wreckord Mania feat. DJ @Large @ Bar Pink
  • Pump House, Subtropics @ The Office
  • Electric Waste Band - 24 Year Anniversary Party @ Winston's
  • Unsung Genius: Trivia & Karaoke @ The Merrow
  • 80s with Junior theDISCOpunk @ The Brass Rail
  • Metal Mondays @ Brick By Brick
  • Bayou Bros @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Trivia @ Whistle Stop
  • Real Live Mondays with Shane Hall @ El Dorado
  • Dancing with the Stars Live @ Balboa Theatre (SOLD OUT)
  • Trivia with Shantih @ The Bancroft
  • Mic Check Mondays with Decimal, Locness and more @ Gallagher's
  • Velvet Cafe @ Alexander's (30th & Upas)
  • Wheels of the Industry @ Live Wire
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Night/Industry Night @ Henry's Pub
  • Karaoke @ Tower Bar
  • Industry Night @ U-31
  • Industry & Local night presented by Mark Rondeau @ 710 Beach Club

Friday, February 05, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, February 5-Sunday, February 7, 2016

I have been a bit out of sorts this week. Nova stayed home sick from school two days this week, and that certainly throws a wrench in things when you work from home. Plus it seems I spent most of my time in meetings and on calls instead of actually getting work done, which is super frustrating. Tonight I'll be working at the Observatory for Jhene Aiko and in spite of the fact that you can't get tickets online, I heard that they held some for box office sales, so I'd recommend getting there at 5 if you need to snag tickets at the last minute. I haven't gotten out much this week, but I did go to the Cure tribute on Wednesday at the Office. It was a pretty rad night and I look forward to some of the other upcoming tributes and Undercovers. Below is a photo shot from my Samsung Note 5, because my camera isn't within my reach at the moment. See? Out of sorts. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump. 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Macy's & San Diego Museum Council Team Up for Museum Month

As anyone with a family can atest, the museums of San Diego can often feel out of reach. Basic entry can be pricey, add the extra charge for special exhibits, and then the negotiating with the kids that it will be fun! when they feel like a 10 minute walk through is sufficient, and well, good luck getting museums in your life. Of course, you can brave the hoards on free Tuesdays at Balboa Park, but with museums closing before most people's workdays end, you're basically enjoying the arts with every stroller toting stay-at-home mom. Enter Museum Month, an attempt to make these institutions more accessible. The pass is free at any Macy's register just for the asking (I picked one up yesterday) and each pass is good for up to four admissions at half price. Below is the official (less-cynical) description of Museum Month. Bonus: Every museum month pass has a coupon for Macy's and a discount code to get an annual subscription of San Diego Magazine for only $8.

EVENT DATE: February 1-29, 2016

LOCATION: Participating museums

COST: 50% off admission with pass

Arts, entertainment and culture collide for Macy’s Museum Month in San Diego. This February the San Diego Museum Council and Macy’s have teamed up again for Museum Month, giving patrons a chance to discover what’s new at more than 40 area museums with savings only seen once a year.

Participants can pick up a Museum Month Pass at any area Macy’s store to enjoy half-off admission to all of the participating museums through the entire month of February. Plus, with 2016 being a leap year, you get an extra day to enjoy museum going.

Passes will be available beginning February 1 at all San Diego, Temecula and Imperial Valley Macy’s. Click here to find the store nearest you.

Guests with a pass can bring up to three people to participating museums to receive half-off admission for the entire party. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions. Each pass also features an exclusive $10 coupon off any $30 or more at Macy’s.

Remember to keep your pass all month long and LEAP to a few new museums!

(participating museums after the jump)

Monday, February 01, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, February 1-Thursday, February 4, 2016

It was a pretty mellow weekend compared to the past few weeks. I sold merch for Hood Internet on Friday night and then for Mike Gordon on Saturday. The latter was rough...18 boxes of merch and I had to be there two hours before doors, so all told it was almost an 8 hour shift and I had to miss The Silent Comedy at the Casbah, but I gotta do what I gotta do. I will say the best thing I did all weekend was stopping by The Balboa for burgers on Sunday. I hadn't been for ages, and it passed Nova's particular palate and I'm stoked to add it into the rotation of restaurants where she'll eat.

It's the first of the month, so I'll have to update these listings when I get them from Bar Pink, Gallagher's, Che Cafe, and Whistle Stop. Unfortunately, the national religion of football seems to be sucking all of the nightlife out of the city, so you'll see there aren't a whole lot of shows this week compared to normal, but there are still some gems if you feel like braving the wild weather. I'm not saying that in a "nobody knows how to drive in the rain" kind of way, but of legitimate concern with all of our now dying and dead trees that haven't been watered toppling over, branches snapping off of eucalyptus, and palm fronds flailing all over the roads. Be safe out there and condolences to the Carano family who lost San Diego drummer Nicki Carano today as a tree toppled and crushed her car in PB on Sunday. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Photos: Ty Segall at the Belly Up, 1.13.2016

I was working last night and decided I needed to post more pictures. I might as well since I bother carrying my heavy camera around with me on the daily, just need to get over photographer insecurity, I guess. So here are some pictures of Ty Segall from the Belly Up a couple weeks back. The show was sold out, I was only familiar with him in as much as Sirius XMU worships him, and I was shooting from the seated area over by the smaller side bar instead of trying to be up front. It was a fun night, but it went a little later than expected, so I only made it to the Casbah in time for 2 songs from the Bowie memorial show. Shout out to Rachel Frank of, who was up front with her panda costume for the majority of the show until she was kicked out for crowd surfing, but was in good spirits about it. A small selection of photos are after the jump.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Video: The Donkeys Unveil "Hurt Somebody"

It has been a long time since I posted a video release, but I kinda love this one, and since it's by our hometown buddies, The Donkeys, I thought I'd share. This is "Hurt Somebody", off their forthcoming EP, Midnight Palms (Is that the opposite of Midnight Pine?), which is out on February 12. They're actually playing the night before--February 11--at Soda Bar, and you can probably get your hands on the EP a night early. Tickets for that show are available here, and you can pre-order the EP on iTunes.

About Midnight Palms:

Tracked largely live-in-the-studio with veteran producer, longtime friend, and fellow traveler Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart), Midnight Palms was recorded at the end of one of the bands blitzkrieg road runs (which might see the band playing as many as 28 shows in 29 days).  The collection's lived-in live feel should surprise few.

The core founding trio of Tim Denardo, Anthony Lukens, and Sam Sprague drive the proceedings.  The fourth Donkey on Midnight Palms is The Hold Steady's Steve Selvidge, stepping in after the (amiable) departure of long-time guitarist Jesse Gulati.  Selvidge hopped on stage with the Donkeys during a show in TX and would end up joining the band for a fair number of those 150 RTBW shows. His pointed, tasteful leads are peppered throughout Midnight Palms.

"The Donkeys are a Californian band through and through. There's no escaping it. A four-piece from San Diego, they've spent the past few years developing a close relationship to distinctly homegrown source materials, bridging the gap between the Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, and the Grateful Dead."-  - Pitchfork

"Over the course of The Donkeys' more-than-a-decade-long career, the band has fallen into that special sort of Southern Californian sway. Percussive drum strokes sound like rustling palm fronds on Donkeys songs, and random psychedelic freak outs seem like the sonic equivalent of aimless driving through the Hollywood Hills.”  - Paste

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, January 29-Sunday, January 31, 2016

It's Friday and I've once again been up all night trying to get everything ready to go for all of today's onsales...which means lists and posts and links and since right now the Casbah is about to transition to a new site and since DoSD is in the preparation for our public launch, my work is a bit tedious. Darren and I were able to find a last minute sitter (THANK YOU, JULIA!!) so we could see David Cross on Tuesday, and I was stoked to have a photo pass, though my lens isn't quite powerful enough to shoot from the balcony. The rest of my week was nothing but work until Thursday afternoon when I insisted on some sunlight--my first real dose since the river cleanup over the weekend--and it was nice hiking around Oak Canyon in Mission Trails with my little family and our exuberant dog. It's gonna be a busy weekend, as I'm working for Hood Internet tonight and for Mike Gordon tomorrow, and hopefully get out in time to catch Silent Comedy at the Casbah. Lots of good shows, so get out and enjoy. Friday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 1.29.2016)

The number of shows added to the Casbah's calendar this week is kind of ridiculous. With that in mind, I left the X-s to mark new shows that were from Monday, but also added all the new shows through today. It's great to be busy and it's good knowing I've got some job security, but wow, that is a lot to take in. Shows from mid-February and beyond are after the jump. I'll be slinging merch for Hood Internet tonight, so come hang out with me!

Fri Jan 29 - The Hood Internet, Dino Soccio, KYWO, DJ Velvet Touch @ Casbah

Sat Jan 30 - Casbah 27th Anniversary Celebration feat. The Silent Comedy, Creature and the Woods, Robert Jon and the Wreck @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)

Sun Jan 31 - Corners, Wild Wild Wets, San Pedro El Cortez, DJ Holswagg @ Casbah

X- Mon Feb 01 - Blaise Guld and KillChord, The Montell Jordans, Svelte @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

X- Tue Feb 02 - The Hand Of Gavrilo, Headphone, Cloudside @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Thu Feb 04 - Hills Like Elephants, Bit Maps, Dani Bell and the Tarantist @ Casbah ($7 at the door)

Fri Feb 05 - SAINTSENECA, Des Ark @ Casbah

Sat Feb 06 - VINYL JUNKIES RECORD SWAP @ Casbah ($3 at the door)

Sat Feb 06 - Adolescents, Widows, The Touchies @ Casbah

Upcoming Observatory Shows (Updated 1.29.2016)

As I mentioned earlier this week, we had a ton of show announcements in town, many associated with Coachella. Not just at the Observatory, but the Casbah, Belly Up, Humphrey's, and the Irenicall get in on the action. I've included links to all of the onsales at the Observatory below, but in testing, it has been easier for me to get to Ticketweb through Firefox instead of Chrome and direct from the Observatory site over linking from here; but you might try the both browser trick from here and there, and maybe even Ticketweb from your mobile device, too. Also, make sure you have a Ticketweb account before you buy so you can try to add tickets to your cart. And, if you get the no tickets available message, refresh and refresh again. I can't see ticket sales so I won't be able to tell you when the shows sell out, but inevitably people's carts get dumped, sometimes tickets are added, etc. Also note that some of the new shows are on sale at 10am (Third Eye Blind & Charles Bradley), while the Coachella artists are on sale at noon (Chvrches Beach House, Foals, The Arcs., Deerhunter) Good Luck!! (All shows if you click "read more")

1/29 Bryson Tiller, 6pm, All Ages (SOLD OUT)

1/30 Mike Gordon, 7pm, All Ages

2/5 Jhene Aiko, 6pm, All Ages

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Show Preview: PWR BTTM @ The Hideout - Thursday, January 28

Queer garage punks, PWR BTTM, bring their raucous and glammy live show to the Hideout on Thursday night, January 28th. Best friends, Ben Hopkins and Liv Bruce, met at Bard College in New York where they bonded over a mutual interest in bringing elements of performance and drag artistry to DIY culture. Expect outlandish makeup and costuming, punchy power-pop riffs, and witty (often naughty) banter as they rip through their well received debut album "Ugly Cherries", released last Fall on Miscreant Records. The record sounds like early Weezer or White Stripes, but with lyrics that chronicle the experiences of young, genderqueer party boys. This one's gonna be FUN. Come early for support acts Gone Baby Gone and The End.

Tickets are only $10 and not at risk for sell out, so save on service charges and just pay at the door.
Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Concert Announcements: CHVRCHES, Beach House, Foals, The Arcs. and More

Updated: I've added many of the ticket links for the new shows announced in market.

So I lied a little bit-- these aren't all "Localchella" shows, it's just a big announcement week along with many of the between Coachella shows. I'm giving you as much information as I know. I'll update links when I can. As far as I know, tickets for all of these shows go on sale Friday at 10am but you might be able to scour the web for artist presales. Obviously Casbah and Belly Up are all 21+.
(Updates: Purity Ring is NOT part of this list; I was given inaccurate information. Believe me, nobody is more disappointed about that than me. I also corrected the date for The Wild Feathers and Shelters and added Lord Huron.)

Mar 9 - Waka Flocka Flame @ Observatory (All Ages, Doors 6pm)

Mar 25- Napalm Death, Melt Banana, Victims @ Casbah ($25)

Apr 4 - The Wild Feathers, The Shelters @ Belly Up

Apr 8 - Third Eye Blind @ Observatory (All Ages, Doors 7pm - (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 13 - CHVRCHES @ Observatory ($35, All Ages,  Doors 7pm- (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 13-  Lord Huron @ Belly Up ($27, 21+, Doors at 8pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 15 - Beach House @ Observatory ($35, All Ages,  Doors 7pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Beach House
Apr 15- The Summer Set @ The Irenic ($17, All Ages, Doors 6pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 17 - Foals @ Observatory ($25, All Ages, Doors 7pm - On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12am PST)

Apr 17 - James Bay @ Humphrey's ($35, 21+ - On Sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 18 - Ex Hex @ Casbah ($13 adv/$15 day of show- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 18 - Protoje @ Belly Up ($20 adv/$22 day of show- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

Apr 19 - The Damned @ Belly Up ($28 adv/$30 day of show- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 20 - The Arcs. @ Observatory ($35, All Ages,  Doors 7pm- On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

The Arcs. (credit: Richard Swift)

Apr 21 - Parov Stelar @ Observatory (7pm, 18+, previously announced)

Apr 21 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Belly Up ($20adv/$22 day of -On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 22 - Deerhunter @ Observatory   ($25, All Ages, Doors 7pm- (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 12pm PST)

Apr 24- RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons @ The Observatory (All Ages, Doors 7:30pm)

May 2- The Subways @ Casbah ($20)

May 12 Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires, 8pm, 18+ (On sale Friday, 1/29 at 10am PST)

June 2- Brian Jonestown Massacre @ Belly Up ($16 adv/$18 day of)

Here are how some announces are shaping up in other markets:

4/18 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
4/19 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
4/20 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater - w/ Death Grips

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Apr. 13 - Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
Apr. 14 - Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Music Club
Apr. 21 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern

April 11     Vancouver, BC                              Commodore Ballroom
April 12     Seattle, WA                                     The Moore Theatre
April 13     Portland, OR                                       Roseland Theater
April 15     San Francisco, CA                                          The Fillmore
April 16     Indio, CA                                                       Coachella
April 19     Los Angeles, CA                              Henry Fonda Theatre
April 20     San Diego, CA                           The North Park Theatre
April 22     Pomona, CA                                        The Glass House
April 23     Indio, CA                                                       Coachella
April 25     Denver, CO                                             Ogden Theatre
April 26     Lawrence, KS                                               Liberty Hall
April 27     St. Louis, MO                                               The Pageant
April 29     Austin, TX                                                    Levitation
April 30     New Orleans, LA                                       House of Blues

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 1.25.2016)

Since I've just been up all night working, I'm going to go ahead and publish this one now. Obviously any new shows announced today will eventually get incorporated into this list, but there were plenty of new shows added last week that are worth looking over (indicated by the X in front of them.) February shows and beyond are after the jump. If you get the Casbah newsletter, you saw these last week. If you're not subscribed, make sure you have a Ticketfly account, and add Casbah in your email subscriptions. February shows and beyond are after the jump.

Mon Jan 25 - Little Heroine, The Natives, Bad Kids @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Jan 26 - The Soft Moon, Sextile, Hexa @ Casbah
Tue Jan 26 - Killing Joke, Soft Moon @ The Belly Up (CANCELED)

The Soft Moon (photo credit: Vincent Arbelet)

Upcoming Observatory & Observatory Presents Shows (Updated 1.25.2016)

So I've decided I'll do two posts for the Observatory today. This post includes all the shows we added the past two weeks...since I thought I posted this on Friday. (whoops.) There are a ton of shows announcing today and tomorrow and going on sale this week-- not just in our market, but LA, Pomona, San Francisco, Vegas, and probably a couple at Pappy & Harriet's, too. If you have favorite artists, make sure you're following your favorites so you can jump on presales and whatnot. In the meantime, here's the usual update. Check back at 10 for the betwixt Coachella artists swinging through. The full list is after the jump (click "read more")

Jhene Aiko (2/5), DJ Quik with Warren G (2/6), Rachel Platten (2/9), Hippie Sabotage (2/25), Joyce Manor & Andrew Jackson Jihad (2/27) Andra Day (3/1), Anuhea & Through The Roots (3/3), Atreyu with Devil You Know (3/5), Ben Rector (3/18), Natalie Lafourcage (3/20), William Singe (4/2), moe. (4/7), Parov Stelar (4/21), Flatbush Zombies (4/30), Explosions In the Sky (5/3 & 5/4), Magic Man & The Griswolds with Panama Wedding (5/7), and J Boog (5/20), Moderat (5/27)

1/26 David Cross: Making America Great Again!, 7pm, 18+ (SOLD OUT)

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, January 25-Thursday, January 28, 2016

Another crazy week in paradise. Work has been so insanely busy, as you'll find out later today as we roll out a ton of shows happening in the week before, between, and after Coachella. In LA, they call it Localchella, but I think we're a little less catchphase-y around here. I got called in to work for Chuck Ragan on Thursday, only to arrive and find out 20 minutes before his set (after being there 3 hours), that his merch was stuck at FedEx. But I had my laptop and I suppose sitting at the merch booth with cocktails and live music beats sitting in my living room while the household sleeps and working to the white noise of the Lifetime Network, so I'm not complaining. On Friday I really wanted to be at the Casbah for SoundDiego Live, but Darren committed us to Saturday morning river cleanup and I couldn't let my family down. So Saturday rolled around and we were up at 5:30 am to canoe the San Diego River Estuary and pick up trash. Afterward, we unloaded our canoe at home, showered, packed our things and drove to Anaheim for NAMM. We ended up getting about 3 hours of walking the floor in, and it was cool that so many instrument manufacturers were cool with Nova tinkering with their instruments, and I'm afraid we've just turned this kid into a future gearhead. From there, we drove to Silver Lake to see my cousin's new house and have dinner, and then we made our way to Teragram Ballroom. The place is an amazing room with great sound, though the lighting & fog machine combo left a lot to be desired. Nova was right up against the stage the whole show and she was definitely a trooper, though the car naps hopefully helped. We lasted the whole show, then I drove us back from LA. No doubt it was a long day, and I pretty much spent the entirety of Sunday preparing for the massive work week ahead. I'm definitely looking forward to David Cross on Tuesday, and I'll be working for Hood Internet on Friday and Mike Gordon on Saturday. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, January 21-Sunday, January 24, 2016

I had to finally end my streak. After seven straight nights out/working, I did a three-stop night on Monday, working at the Irenic, shooting Josh Ritter at the Observatory, then catching Car Seat Headrest at the Casbah and closing the night down at the Office. So the rest of this week I've been laying low as far as shows go- a little bummed I missed Martin Courtney, but I was happy to stay home Wednesday so Darren could see James Supercave. I really can't call it laying low, however, as I feel like I've been online for the majority of the last few days trying to get all of my little projects in line. And, while I know I'm really still behind, I feel good about all the things this year is going to bring. I'm excited to share DoSD with all of you very soon, and this weekend I'm looking forward to a day trip to LA. Thursday through Sunday archives are after the jump...and don't forget to get on the list for SoundDiego Live on Friday at the Casbah to score comp beverages.

Josh Ritter at the Observatory 1.18.2016