Sunday, May 31, 2009

San Diego Has A Music Scene?

I was just going to kinda let the whole Rolling Stone article about San Diego pass by without a mention, however a few things happened and I guess I would tie them all together. I'll start off by saying if you haven't heard about the article, you can find a scan of it on the CityBeat blog here, along with Seth Combs' take on the article.

I heard about the article being written via a publicist who asked me if I knew bands in San Diego "that sound like Wavves and Crocodiles". I told her some bands and she responded by saying she forwarded my list to her friend at Rolling Stone who was writing an article about San Diego. To be honest, I kinda cringed. To put our entire music scene in this little pigeonhole seemed pretty lame to me. This entire site exists because of the vibrant music scene that exists in San Diego and one little article could never cover what is going on in this town.

That said, I decided to mention it because while in San Francisco I was being entertained by @PitchforkMedia and their coverage of Wavves at the Primavera Festival in Spain and because the Street Scene lineup was announced today, including performances by Crocodiles and Wavves and Grand Ole Party. If you haven't been paying attention, Wavves is the project of Nathan Williams that blew up in the blogosphere thanks to an 8.1 rating on the coveted/despised Pitchfork site. Subsequently Wavves have been all over the place, including a full US tour, SXSW, and were starting a behemoth tour of Europe when there was a total breakdown.

Here's the Twitter feed from @PitchforkMedia at the Primavera Festival:

5:42 PM May 28th: Wavves' Nathan giving ultra pissy performance, drummer Ryan pours a beer on his head. And someone throws a shoe. Well deserved.

5:57 PM May 28th: Holy shit, Wavves! Ryan runs off stage, throws drumstick at Nathan who shouts, "No! Come back here MF we're not done yet!" He doesn't.

6:00 PM May 28th: Crew comes up and breaks down drumset. Nathan tells them to stop, they don't. He tries to continue on... They cut his mic. Disaster city.

6:01 PM May 28th: Bottles thrown. Verdict: Spain hates Wavves. Spectacular.

The thing about the whole fiasco is that Pitchfork curated the stage, so they kinda have to do damage control. I don't personally know Nathan and I've not seen Wavves perform live, so I can't speak to his behavior, but it just sounds like he was launched into a world that he wasn't mature enough or mentally prepared to handle. The internet will shoot you down just as quickly as it can launch you into (relative) stardom.

Anyway, if you wanna follow along, here's the complete story of the breakdown, the subsequent cancellation of their next show, some coverage and comments on Stereogum, and a cached apology from Nathan's blog which has been removed. I hope that if Nathan is having drug/alcohol issues that he deals with them and I hope that his story isn't over because he does some interesting music, but I'm here to say that the San Diego music scene is alive and kicking with or without Wavves, and we don't need Pitchfork, Fader, Spin, or Rolling Stone telling us so.

Street Scene 2009 Lineup Announced

This year's Street Scene lineup was announced today while I was recovering from my trip to SF.
The festival will once again be in the East Village on August 28 & 29, 2009. For full info, go to They're also very active on twitter with announcements and giveaways: @street_scene it is:

Black Eyed Peas
Thievery Corporation
The Dead Weather
Modest Mouse
Silversun Pickups
Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band
Girl Talk
Band Of Horses
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Donald Glaude
Devendra Banhart
Shooter Jennings
West Indian Girl
No Age
Ra Ra Riot
Grand Ole Party
Matt and Kim
Los Campesinos
LA Riots
Blue Scholars
Anya Marina
Black Joe Louis & The Teddybears
Holy Fuck
Zee Avi
Extra Golden
Blue Scholars

Friday, May 29, 2009

New Metric Video "Sick Muse"

Independence Jam is just around the corner and I'm getting pretty excited. Coincidentally, Metric has a new video. I'm moving it after the jump because the fact that it auto starts is driving me nuts. Sorry for that.

"Sick Muse"

Things to Do In San Diego: May 29-31, 2009

Turns out I don't have much access to wi-fi while up in SF, and frankly I'm having too much fun to spend time online, so here are all the weekend listings.

Friday, May 29, 2009:

  • Transfer, Stripes and Lines, Helen Earth Band @ Belly Up
  • Che Underground presents The Answers,The Gay Dennys (featuring members of the Tell-Tale Hearts and the Crawdaddys),Manual Scan,Everybody Violet, DJ Tony the Tyger @ Casbah
  • The Spits, Personal & The Pizzas, The Points @ Ken Club
  • The Spits, Atoms, Personal and the Pizzas, The Points, Braaiins!, Francis Bacon @ Che Cafe
  • A Scribe Amidst the lions, Bella Novela(longbeach), Vinyl Film, Someday Assassin @ Radio Room
  • Jamuel Saxon, Sex Mannequin, Wallpaper, DJ Groundfloor @ Beauty Bar
  • Trashcan Fires, Primitive Noyes, SunInWinter @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Bartenders Bible @ Whistle Stop
  • The Drowning Men, Cat Party @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Happy Hour with Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (5:30p)
  • Critical Mass Footdown, Fatlip @ Ruby Room
  • Feel The Noise: DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q, Sparrow Love Crew, Roy G. and the Biv. @ U-31
  • The New Fidelity, Wooden Bird, The New Trust @ Bar Pink
  • Inmost, Disaster Magnet, IDS @ O'Connell's
  • Heads Down For Takeoff (CD Release), Society Setback, All Star, Dress To Kill, The Spill @ Epicentre
  • L.A.O.S. (Finland), Whizard b2b Circuit (LA), Rebellion b2b Shawnliu, DJ Intrigued, MC Dino @ Brick By Brick
  • C Money & The Players Inc. @ Winston's
  • Blackbone Child, Ralphene, Gran Sasso @ Soda Bar
  • West of Memphis @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Ryan Calhoun, Kim Divine (CD Release), Kim Garrison @ Lestat's
  • Tragedy and Triumph, Casino Madrid, Hello Marquee, Imperil, Eighth Round, Forever Ends Now @ Soma
  • Official, Black Bone Child, Sutton from The Wagon, Jesse Johnson, Joe Tran @ Dream Street
  • Shooter Jennings @ Viejas Dreamcatcher
  • Arm The Angels, Flight To Athena, Goodnight Caulfield @ 710 Beach Club
  • Hot August Night (Neil Diamond Tribute), Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones Tribute) @ Canes
  • Dennis Jones @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Panterad, Diary of Ozz @ 4th & B
  • EvoPro Underground with DJ Professor CC & DJ Brother Darkness @ Stout House
  • The Flatlanders @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Of Mice and Them, The Elephant Project, The Somatree, The Phantom Tollbooth, Unknown Motive @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Plow, Grand Canyone Sundown @ Portugalia
  • Faded Chroniclez @ Surf n Saddle
  • Bunny (Rabbit In The Moon) @ Spin
  • Dane Cook @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • DJ Ramsey @ True North
  • FilmOut San Diego 11th LGBT Film Festival @ Birch North Park Theatre

Saturday, May 30, 2009:

  • St. Vincent, Pattern is Movement @ Casbah (Early Show, Doors 5:30p)
  • School of Rock Presents The Music Of Black Sabbath @ Portugalia (1pm $8 adv/$10 door)
  • Thread/Summerbeat @ Wonderhaus Bakery
  • Hotel St. George, Fever Sleeves, Team Abraham, Satellite Crush @ Soda Bar
  • Che Underground presents Hair Theatre, Noise 292, The Wallflowers, The Mirrors, DJ P-Man @ Casbah
  • Villains @ El Dorado
  • Common Sense, Guava Belly @ Belly Up
  • Tippy Canoe, Madame Pamita, Zach Lupetin @ Bar Pink
  • Ale Mania @ Ken Club
  • People Under The Stairs @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Propagandhi, Bridge And Tunnel, Strike Twelve @ Soma
  • Mere Mortals, Xu Xu Fang, Fing, QQC @ Beauty Bar
  • Bill Cardinal & The Canyon Band (10" Vinyl Release Show) Hard Fall Hearts, Brian Holwerda @ O'Connell's
  • Don't Stop Believin @ Ruby Room
  • Forgive Durden, You Me and Everyone We Know, Anarbor, Silent Armada @ Epicentre
  • Satan Dance Party, Trash Axis @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Fishbone, Ricerokit @ Winston's
  • Jagermeister Tour with Pennywise, Pepper, Big B @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • Duane Peters Gunfight, Primadonna, The Screamin Yeehaws, Knock ’em stiffs @ Radio Room
  • Hillsdale Middle Music Department Benefit Concert @ House of Blues
  • A Fork In Time, Steve Garber: A Night of Poetry & Music @ Lestat's
  • Kurt Young, Katie Leigh & the Infantry @ Brick By Brick
  • Way Cool Jr., Dirty Frank @ 710 Beach Club
  • Trouble In The Wind, Duchess @ Dream Street
  • DJ Claire's End Of the Month Happy Hour @ Whistle Stop (5-8p)
  • Caboose Dance Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Community Coaching Center Presents Autism Benefit Beach Bash: Major Healey, Says Rally, West of Memphis, Bombay Status, @ Canes
  • Warcry, A.I. @ Che Cafe (Early show, 5 pm sharp)
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor, Riververb, Aquapuke, Beware We Are the Werewolves of Belial and Fortress of Amplitude @ Che Cafe
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Turn The Page (Bob Seger Tribute), Uncle Daddy, Slang @ 4th & B
  • Stepping Feet (DMB tribute) @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Spring Halloween @ Portugalia
  • Underground Lounge @ Surf n Saddle
  • Joe Wood & The Lonely Ones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • VHS or Beta DJs @ Spin
  • EvoPro RetroFit with DJ Brother Darkness & DJ Professor CC @ Stout House
  • DJ Trevor Young/Steele @ True North
  • FilmOut San Diego 11th LGBT Film Festival @ Birch North Park Theatre

Sunday, May 31, 2009:

  • Thread/Summerbeat @ Wonderhaus Bakery
  • Rock N Roll Marathon (click here for bands/locations)
  • School of Rock Presents The Music Of Black Sabbath @ Portugalia (5pm $8 adv/$10 door)
  • RnR Marathon Concert feat. The English Beat, Bedford Grove @ MCRD Finish Line Village
  • The Local 94/9 Presents A FREE SHOW - Demasiado (CD release party), QQC, The Secret Seven, Brian Holwerda of The Blackout Party, LIVE broadcast of The Local 94/9, Free food from Lucha Libre Taco Shop @ Casbah
  • JR Richards, Dynamite Walls @ Belly Up
  • Fleetwood Mac Unleashed: Hits Tour 2009 @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • Stereo House by Stir Crazy, ElectroKids, Richy the Kid, Hurricane Katrina and more @ Beauty Bar
  • Fol Chen @ The Loft, UCSD, 6pm
  • Etes (SF), Followers (Kenseth & Brent et al), The Free Stars, Lion Cut @ Ruby Room
  • Sir Richard Bishop and His Freak of Araby Ensembl, Oaxacan @ Bar Pink
  • Breaker Breaker One Niner, Behind The Wagon, Landmine Lullaby(LA) @ Radio Room
  • Zombie Surf Camp, Crimson Ghosts (Boston) @ O'Connell's
  • Special Delivery @ Dream Street
  • Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Withered @ House of Blues
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Dat Phan Variety Show Comedy & Music @ Lestat's
  • The Kingfish Jones Band @ Winston's (5-8p)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Reggae Sundays - Love & Groove @ Cane's (4-6p, free)
  • Stoned Senses @ PB Bar & Grill
  • KBD (Ohio) @ Soda Bar
  • Too Many Creeps @ Whistle Stop
  • Senior Art Liquidation @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Tribute to the music of Joni Mitchell featuring Robin Adler vocals, Dave Blackburn guitars/vocals, Britt Doehring vocals, Barnaby Finch piano, Dave Curtis bass, & Jeff Olson drums @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Vertice Williams @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (11a-1:30p, 8p-12m)
  • "Fresh Faces" feat. Megan Combs, Ean Greene, Carl D, Nancy Truesdale @ Portugalia
  • FilmOut San Diego 11th LGBT Film Festival @ Birch North Park Theatre

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: May 28, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009:

  • The Death Eaters, The Moviegoers @ Bar Pink
  • HFICLSI, Fing! Suga n Buta w/ Jorge Luna & Disc-O @ Beauty Bar
  • Riverboat Gamblers, Revenge Club, Braiins and guests @ Casbah
  • Leisure Suit, Echo Revolution, Fudge House Trunk Baby@ Ken Club
  • Laura Roppe, Love You Moon, The Painkillerz @ Belly Up
  • Lady Sovereign, Chester French, Hollywood Holt @ House of Blues
  • Greg Friedman, Kelly Dalton, Kenny Eng @ Lestat's
  • more super art event @ Ruby Room
  • DJ Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31
  • Club Purple @ Radio Room
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Comedy Show feat Ian Edwards, Adam Ray, Mal Hall, Eric Knowles @ Bitter End Backstage
  • Paul Roberts (of the Stranglers), guests Josh Damigo, Daymen Toussaint, Kenny Eng @ Brick By Brick
  • Boombox Thursday feat. DJ Edgartronic @ A/C Lounge
  • Love N Groove @ Winston's
  • Citizen Video Local Film Fest Volume 5 @ Whistle Stop
  • Parker & Numberman, Makeshift, Pac 10, Santos @ Canes
  • Day Sleeper @ Dream Street
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club (7-10p)
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club (10p-close)
  • South East Asian Collective Benefit Concert @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Modern Day Moonshine @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Trombone for Two - a tribute to JJ Johnson & Kai Winding featuring Mike Fahn valve trombone, Scott Kyle trombone, Rick Helzer piano, Bob Magnusson bass, & Duncan Moore drums @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Rhythm & The Method @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Graham Parker, Tom Freund @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • FilmOut San Diego 11th LGBT Film Festival @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • 2007 24hrs of Free Music DVD Release @ Portugalia
  • Irish Night feat Skelpin @ Hensley's Flying Elephant

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Coup d'Etat Weekend Announced!!!

94/9 has announced another Coup d'Etat weekend for their insiders. Anyone who sits around and says "Oh the radio sucks they don't play the kind of music that expresses my emotional intellect" now is your chance to submit your playlist to play across the San Diego air waves; so we all can see how "dark" you really are.

If your a true FM 94/9 listener you might have a playlst already fishing around your head of songs your dying to hear on Brunch w/ Bob, Big Sonic Chill, Swami, or New Wave Nation. You can submit your playlist for these shows if it follows the general programing.

Press Release Below

Once again, we're looking for FM 94/9 Insiders who can lead a radio Coup d'Etat. We need your music to takeover FM 94/9 for the weekend of June 26th - 28th. Submit the 10 songs that you'd play if you ran FM 94/9 for an hour. We'll review and select people who we feel are able Coup leaders. Good luck. The people of San Diege are counting on you.
Please list your selections as follows:
Artist - Song Title

Things To Do In San Diego: May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009:

  • KCRW presents Little Dragon, Genius of Soul, DJ Thumbprint @ Casbah
  • Matt Haeck and the Quiet Light, Joanie Mendenhall, Nighty Night @ Beauty Bar
  • Commune Wednesday feat. Lights On and DJ Andrew Decade, + Fashion/Art @ Bar Pink
  • Beaters, Spirit Photography, Julian Lynch, Mark Lewis @ Soda Bar
  • knives, Action Friend (Denver), Beat-Less, volts @ Ruby Room
  • Westfire, The Snooze Button, Fate Under Fire @ O'Connell's
  • Rock 'N Roll Karaoke feat. Steel Rod @ Belly Up
  • Veronica May & The To Do List, Bitter Sober, Nicole Torres @ U-31
  • Hillhaven Raven(Iowa), The Syncope Threshold(LA), Lindbergh Skies @ Radio Room
  • Halifax, Cyanide Vogue, Thrillrazr @ Brick By Brick
  • Robin Trower, The Riders @ House of Blues
  • Gabricello @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Lydia, Play Radio Play, Eye Alaska, Brave Citizens @ Epicentre
  • Dave Booda, Jen & Abby, JT Spangler @ Lestat's
  • Manwhore Wednesdays feat the Bug Nasties @ Ken Club
  • Garaj Mahal @ Winston's
  • I Am The Heart Attack, Welcome To Nothing @ Dream Street
  • Strike the Design, One Inch Punch, Aizen, Escape Notes @ Canes
  • The Real Rugatubs are not Dead. (Improv Comedy) @ Che Cafe
  • Trivia Plus hosted By Ed Decker @ 710 Beach Club (6-9p)
  • Strive Roots, Drive By Jones, Upright Position @ 710 Beach Club
  • Will Paynter, Paul Cannon, Miff Laracy @ Bitter End Backstage
  • Rhythm & The Method, Arrebol @ Portugalia
  • Joe Wood & The Lonely Ones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Comedy @ 4th & B (Free)
  • Bill @ PB Bar & Grill
  • Benefit Concert for Grossmont Music Dept @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)

San Diego Hate Crime/ Prop 8

In light of the California State Supreme Court upholding Prop 8, I found this video of local musician Rhythm Turner of Rhythm And The Method and thought it should be shared.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Better Than Ezra "Just One Day" & More, Live at Arterra

Better Than Ezra performed a free show for Sophie 103.7 on Memorial Day at Arterra, the poolside bar at the Marriott Del Mar/Carmel Valley. I recorded a bunch of videos. This is "Just One Day" from their new album Paper Empire. For more videos, click 'keep on reading'.

Silversun Pickups on Interface

Silversun Pickups recorded a session on Spinner. You can watch all the videos and download the podcast by going here. For now, here's the clip with "Panic Switch".

Things To Do In San Diego: May 26, 2009

Tuesday, May 26 2009:
  • Brightblack Morning Light, Rio en Media, The Focus Group @ Casbah
  • Sycuan Presents The Crystal Method, LA Riots @ House Of Blues
  • Jens Lekman, Tig Notaro @ The Loft
  • Jack Tempchin @ Calypso Cafe
  • The Gladstone Bags @ Tin Can Ale House
  • The Freeze, Cabron!, Pass The Axe, The Fuckloardz @ Radio Room
  • Chotto Ghetto, Letlive, Breaker Breaker One Niner, The Prostitutes, Eskera @ Che Cafe
  • An Evening of Steve Stopper Music: Stopper Acoustic Set, San Diego Zombie Theatre Jam Contest @ Belly Up
  • Ishmael & The Peacemakers @ Winston's
  • Too Cool For Karaoke @ Ruby Room
  • Mechanical Bull Riding, DJ Andrew Decade @ U-31
  • Basshaters, Peninsula Project, Swanwelder @ Soda Bar
  • Tiki Tuesday with Adrian Demain's Exoticatronica @ Bar Pink
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Tyler Bryant, The Grass Heat @ Brick By Brick
  • Blue Four @ Patrick's II
  • Taryn Donath @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • State of the Union, Samoan Irok @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Born of Fire @ Second Wind Santee
  • Dance Party, DJ John Phillips @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Doug Allen, The Mar Dels @ The Kraken
  • P.R.I. @ Bar Leucadian
  • Rockin' The Locals @ O'Connell's
  • Dubba Deez @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Kevin Misajon @ Hennessey's Tavern Carlsbad
  • Last Stone @ Stage Bar & Grill

Monday, May 25, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: May 25, 2009 (Memorial Day)

Monday, May 25, 2009 (Memorial Day):
  • Better Than Ezra @ Arterra (see below for details)
  • Syndicate, The Fascination @ 2136 Boundary St. (Free, Noon, Open Party/BBQ, BYOB)
  • Anti Monday League presents Da Bears, Red Cortez, Beter Class Of Flying Men @ Casbah
  • The Styletones, DJ Eddiekon @ Ruby Room
  • R.I.S.E., Behind The Wagon @ Bar Pink
  • The Shake Ups, Black Party Politics, The Inheritance @ Brick By Brick
  • Lady Dottie And The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weeedon @ U-31
  • Musical Pursuit: Pop Music Trivia hosted by Adam Gimbel @ Whistle Stop
  • The Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Burnett's Bliss, Erika Davies, Trio Gadjo @ Soda Bar
  • Brake Vegas, Yayo @ Radio Room
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Blue Four @ Patrick's II
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Cactus Twang @Calypso Cafe
  • A 5th of Blues @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Heather Hardcore and Mayhem Mondays @ Club Kadan
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's

Also of note for Memorial Day Monday:

Party with Better Than Ezra poolside this Memorial Day! Sophie's Lounge welcomes
the band for an exclusive live performance this Monday, May 25th at Arterra
Restaurant, Bar & Outdoor Lounge! The event is free and open to the public,
so come by and enjoy live hot music, sip on a refreshing drink and taste
delicious appetizers while enjoying the unbeatable view! Doors are at 3pm,
performance at 4pm. Please note this is a 21+ event.

For more Memorial Day festivities, check out Discover SD.

Thanks again to Jeff for putting these listings together.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: May 23-24, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009:

  • Obits, The Lights, Drug Wars @ Casbah
  • Writer, Tapedeck Mountain, This is Not My Life @ Soda Bar
  • Red Pony Clock, Maren Parusel, The Dabbers, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Morrissey's 50th Unhappy Birthday Celebration with Sweet and Tender Hooligans and DJ Howie Pyro @ Belly Up
  • The Shamey Jays (CD Release), Joey Harris, Anna Troy Band, Bedpost Buzzards, Endoxi and circus performers from Technomania Circus @ Brick By Brick
  • 6x6, The Ex-Friends, Joanie Mendenhall, Floyd Elmore @ Andrews Gallery (free, all ages, 7pm)
  • Hercules & Love Affair (DJ Set), Pat Mahoney @ Spin
  • Dr. No’s Fantasy Lounge Experience, Schugariver @ Ruby Room
  • DJ John Johnson @ Bar Pink
  • Club Dead Line presents Death Rock DJs Marie & Carcass @ Radio Room
  • Barnyard Ballers, The Strikers, Knock'Em Stiff @ O'Connell's
  • Dan Padilla, Rich White Males, John Wayne Gacy Daycare @ Ken Club
  • Silverleaf, Billion Dollar Stimulus Package, Michael Sweetman/Stephen Nashef and Anton Haugen @ Che Cafe
  • The Chase, The Lanterns, New Age Heros, Jacks Last Bullet, 90% Nothing @ Soma
  • Giant Squid Records presents Rhetorik, Change + Je'July, Elum the Gelfling, Reason The Citizen, DJ Sets by Tactik, Jawn @ Kava Lounge
  • Ken Graydon, Stan Kruml @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park
  • The Burnsville Band @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Brodeeva, Bushwalla, Rob Deez @ Lestat's
  • Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes, Izabella @ Winston's
  • Acoustic Open Mic Night @ Epicentre (7pm, early sign up)
  • Chris Milk: The Future of Art, DJ sets by Chris Holmes @ W Hotel
  • Stroke 9, Flux Theory, Dave Perskie @ 710 Beach Club
  • Whiskey Rebellion, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • UFC 98 @ 710 Beach Club/Gallagher's
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • DJ Demon @ True North
  • SOJA, Mike Pinto, High Tide @ Canes
  • Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade) @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Makai @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Joe Piscopo @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • The Archtones Quartet feat. Mitch Manker @ Anthology (Late Show 10:00 pm)
  • Roy Zimmerman @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Code Red, Audrina, From The Top, Paint @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Cafe Moliendo @ Portugalia
  • Foo U @ Surf n Saddle
  • Red Octopus @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F: Jacobs' Masterworks Season Finale @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, May 24, 2009:

  • Alexis Gideon, Shelley Short, and Itai Faierman @ Habitat House (7pm, 1008 21st, Free, 21+, BYOB)
  • Writer, Tape Deck Mountain, Jamuel Saxon @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Detroit Cobras, Dex Romweber @ Casbah (Early Show, 7pm)
  • Gray Ghosts, Bunnygrunt, plus special secret guest @ Soda Bar
  • Misc. Ailments Foundation, A Scribe Amidst The Lions, Monsters From Mars, Life In Orbit @ 710 Beach Club
  • 4 Minutes to Midnight, Sista Otis @ Ruby Room
  • Jivewire - DJ's ATARI, T-Money, and guests @ Casbah (Free, 10:30pm)
  • The Tighten-Ups, Method Rising, Saint Vernon, Pocos Perro Locos, Vinly Vows @ Radio Room
  • Bredren, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's
  • Pink Floyd Tribute, Tom Petty Tribute, Fiffin Market @ Belly Up
  • Stereo House by Stir Crazy, ElectroKids, Richy the Kid, Hurricane Katrina @ Beauty Bar
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club (4-8p)
  • Tribe of Judah @ PB Bar & Grill
  • Halloween In May @ Kava Lounge
  • Killola, Kristeen Young @ Bar Pink
  • Atomic Punks (Tribute to Early Van Halen), Priest Heavy (Judas Priest Tribute), Dazed & Confused (Led Zeppelin Tribute), @ Canes
  • The Ratbirds, The Stalking Distance (Sacramento) @ O'Connell's
  • Reggae Sundays Kick Off "Tribal Theory" @ Canes (4 - 6 p.m. Free)
  • Victory Nightlife presents THE BLOCK PARTY ft. the Beat Freaks @ House of Blues
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Taylor Swift @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • Daygo Boyz, Static, T$P & Patrol, J4, M.Y.K. & DJ Fame, Heatt, Ghost Writer @ Brick By Brick
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Too Many Creeps Memorial Day Party @ Whistle Stop
  • The Power-chords, Beaters, Reverse Cowboys (7" Release), Platanos @ Che Cafe
  • Candy Dulfer @ Anthology (Early show, 7:30; Late show, 9:30)
  • Brandon Burrows (CD release), backed by Rob Whitlock keyboards, Mark Hunter bass, Kevin Koch drums, Brian Price guitar, Amber Whitlock vocals, & more @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Bill MacPherson @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Memorial Day Jazz Fest feat Patrick Yandell, John Rekevics, Janice Edwards, Trina Stewart Stellita Lindgren and more @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (4p-1a)
  • Katwalk Killers @ Surf & Saddle
  • The Volts, Jason Burleson, Andrew Lovely, Nancy Truesdale @ Portugalia
  • PJ Morton @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F: Jacobs' Masterworks Season Finale @ Copley Symphony Hall (2pm)

Elephant Odyssey Is Open At San Diego Zoo

I consider myself very lucky. I've had opportunities to do things in my life that make me geek out. Whether through jobs, through writing this blog, or sometimes just happenstance, I have had the opportunity to do some really cool shit. I'm not bragging by any means because I never take anything for granted, but I sometimes don't acknowledge how happy it makes me. And, of course, usually these posts are about some sort of music related event in San Diego. In this case, however, the coolness happened because Natalie was invited to the media preview of Elephant Odyssey at the San Diego Zoo. Sometimes lucky is just having an awesome friend who lets you be their plus one. And words fail at how much I love our zoo, and at just how cool the new elephant habitat is.

If you've been to the zoo, you know that there are tons of really great habitats...Gorilla Tropics...Polar Bear Plunge...Monkey Trails...but there were areas that felt old and outdated, and Elephant Mesa was a pretty sad sight, especially when you could see the elephant herds at the Wild Animal Park with so much space. So the Zoological Society did something about it, and upwards of $45 million dollars later, Elephant Odyssey is now open for all to see. Click 'keep on reading' for full post and photos.


First, apologies for the size of these photos, but I'm bailing town shortly and don't have time to fix them. Anyhow, I got to the media party around 4ish, which was probably too early because as with any massive event, there were last minute details that needed to be worked out. Natalie met up with me shortly thereafter and we waited in the media room for a while before we knew where and what we were supposed to do. At one point a woman gave Nats a swag bag and I made sad eyes and she ended up giving me one, too. I am a blogger and I want a bag with a stuffed woolly mammoth, too!

Anyhow, in all the chaos, we stepped outside for a bit and noticed this little guy just chilling and he was too cute not to shoot.


As you know, there are tons of wild animals that call the zoo home. We caught a couple bunnies running around, and then this guy screamed a bit to make himself known. I love the peacocks that roam around the zoo, and this was the first time I saw one that was left alone. For some reason I always seem to see them being chased by small children which is so. not. cool. Leave the peacocks alone. This one was pretty vocal, but nothing like at the end of the night when they really get their scream on.


We decided to take the Skyfari to Hoof Mesa. It's such a cool view, unfortunately I was in the midst of a crisis and spent the whole trip texting to make sure the minor issue was handled. And it was. All was good, and we were off the skyfari. We passed the unlucky hoofed animals that didn't get a new habitat, but they didn't seem to notice.


Elephant Odyssey is huge. This is the sign that greets you on the south entrance.



The cool thing about Elephant Odyssey is that it's not just about the elephants, but about our region and animals that lived here in the Pleistocene Age. As you walk in to the Odyssey, you go through the fossil portal that is a recreation of one of the La Brea tar pits.




Throughout the exhibit, there are these ginormous statues of Pleistocene creatures, adjacent to their modern age descendants. Thanks to Ice Age, I will forever hear John Languizamo's voice anytime I see a sloth, especially the statue adjacent this little guy.


These are two of the elephants that came from the Wild Animal Park. The tusks were cut intentionally because in the wild, they normally break or wear down due to foraging and fighting. Obviously that doesn't happen in such a cush environment, so they trimmed them for the safety of the zoo elephants. I hear the herd is meshing well, though it seemed they were still segregated for now.


The trainers were giving tons of snacks to the elephants so that they would show off their behaviors and it seemed they were all about it. I don't know if you can really tell if an elephant is happy, but it felt like they were. There's this kind of air of calm about the exhibit that you have to experience for yourself. Maybe that's just the zoo in general. Nothing really matters when you're among animals.




So while we were hanging out, enjoying tasty tray passed hors d'ouevres and cocktails, the zoo's animal ambassadors were out in full force. I got to scratch an owl, and there were hawks, parrots, turtles, and this little crocodile.


The exhibit allows for a very up close experience with the elephants. there's about a 8 foot sidewalk between the railing and where the elephants are standing in this pool.


Can I say anything here except "I Like Turtles"?


This is Rick Schwatz, the Elephant Odyssey Ambassador. When he chatted with Nats and I in the media room, he said, "So, I hear you're our representative bloggers?" and it felt nice to have this medium acknowledged. He blogs for the zoo here.


This is Mark Steines from Entertainment Tonight. He hosted the ribbon cutting and was given some adopted elephants in Botswana for his participation. "I guess we don't have to get a dog now," he told his kids.



These are capybaras, the largest rodents in the world. Cute in an exhibit, probably not so cute if you found one in your garage.


He's shy.


Along with the elephants, there are several other animal enclosures. The cat enclosure wasn't finished which bummed me out because I love the jaguar and leopard of the zoo, but there were plenty of others to check out.


This was on the far side of the enclosure. The trainer can stand on this platform. This guy was hunting for alfalfa nuggets.


One really cool feature is the husbandry area. There are cages for the elephants (Wait...insert Cage The Elephant music here...) and there's a walking platform above, where people can view the trainers and vets when they take care of the animals. Pretty damn cool. We didn't actually walk the platform however because the bathroom was calling.


Cool but weird cat lady server.


The bathrooms had Dyson airblade hand dryers. AWESOME.


And the cat lady's counterpart...the lion man.


Mark did a cake cutting. Yes, that elephant is a cake.


Actually, both elephants were cakes. So tasty, too.


Anyway, that concluded our evening at the zoo. I cannot wait until Summer nights so I can spend more time among the creatures of the zoo. Thanks again to Nats.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: May 22, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009:

  • Great Northern @ X1FM Open Door (5pm, All ages, free, BYOB, or stream live at
  • The Dears, Great Northern, Eulogies @ Casbah
  • Manchester Orchestra, Audrye Sessions, Fun, Winston Audio @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage) SOLD OUT
  • River City, Or the Whale, The Silent Comedy, DJ Gonzobilly & Special Guest @ Beauty Bar
  • Long Live Logos, The Old In Out, Natalie Warner (Nashville) @ Ruby Room
  • No Doubt, Paramore, The Sounds @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (Sold Out)
  • The Virgins, Lissy Trullie, Anya Marina, DJ Adam Salter @ Belly Up
  • Sycuan Presents Cowboy Mouth, Dusty Rhodes & the River Band @ House of Blues
  • Northern Towns, Sunday Times, Roxy Jones, Pizza! @ Soda Bar
  • Thin Man (LP release), Earthmen and Strangers, The Anasazis @ Whistle Stop
  • Boomsnake, Jeff Hanson (K Recs), Nut/Crackers, Snuffaluffagus @ Che Cafe
  • Publicists!, Children of Nova, Thrash Unreal, Thee Armada, Select Start, A Dull Science @ Channel Twelve 25
  • Old Devil, High Rolling Loners, Nautical Disaster @ Gallagher's
  • Monsters From Mars, The Love Me Nots, The Wooly Bandits @ Bar Pink
  • Happy Hour with The Fabulous Pelicans @ Belly Up (5:30 PM)
  • Ferry Corsten @ Spin
  • Feel The Noise feat Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Dead as Dillinger, New Day Mile, Deliverance Machine, Aepnia @ Radio Room
  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner and guests @ O'Connell's
  • DJ Mark Sgarbossa's Pogo @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Punk Rock Bingo @ Ken Club
  • Vilma Palma & guests @ Brick By Brick
  • Allman Brothers Band & the Doobie Brothers @ Harrah's Rincon Casino, Open Sky Theatre
  • End of Eden, Victory of Reason, Fight The Shark, Phalanx, An End of Days @ Epicentre
  • Pimps of Joytime, The Styletones @ Winston's
  • BLITZ electro dance party @ Kava Lounge
  • Alyssa Jacey (CD Release), Blue Meridian, Macek @ Lestat's
  • The Higher, Misdelphia, Medford Falling, Faintly Macabre, Sky Harbor @ Soma
  • Eclipse Dance Party @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Justin James @ PB Bar & Grill
  • Sing or Die Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club (8p)
  • 40 Ounces to Freedom (Sublime Tribute), Frontyard, Rice Rokit @ Canes
  • Rondi Charleston with a Quintet featuring Pete Levin piano, Jay Leonhart bass, Alvester Garnett drums, Dave Stryker guitar, & Joel Frahm saxophone @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Cashious @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7p)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9p)
  • Kottak (James Kottak of Scorpions), Pushin Rope, Patrons of the Moon, Bed of Nails @ 4th & B
  • Joe Piscopo @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Anthology House Band Motown Revue @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Ian Tyson, Corb Lund @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Bocafloja & guests @ Portugalia
  • Good U Should @ Surf n Saddle
  • DJ Ramsey @ True North
  • Billy Watson @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F: Jacobs' Masterworks Season Finale @ Copley Symphony Hall

Rosey's Diary: April 17, 2009- Coachella

I've made my feelings about festival shows well known on this website. I generally avoid them unless I get some cool hookup like a photo pass or something of the sort. I wasn't always this way but I'm old and cranky now and that's just the way it is. I especially NEVER thought I'd go to Coachella...I always thought too big, too expensive (even if tickets are comped), and most importantly too hot. But organizers bumped up the festival a couple weeks in the spring and Jonathan and I both won tickets from, and for once I was happy to NOT be "working". I was allowed to completely enjoy the whole event and you can consider me converted. I had an absolute blast. For REAL photos from Coachella, check Nats' photos here, but for my experience, click 'keep on reading'.

Jonathan wanted to leave really early in the morning but was cool when I suggested we take the longer way to Indio. I assumed with morning traffic and Coachella 3-day campers, we'd be better off taking CatDirt's back way all the way east on the 8 and then north along the Salton Sea. I've lived in San Diego my whole life and never saw the Salton Sea, so it was kind of a cool drive to take. We should've eaten before leaving San Diego county or packed a cooler with us because it was slim pickins along the way, but we managed.

We arrived in Indio then hunted for food and grabbed some ok but not exceptional Mexican food then made our way to the concert. The parking was kinda nasty, all dirt and smelling of horseshit much like the Del Mar Racetrack (duh: polo fields), but after walking a ways, we got to the crazy lines. It took us about half an hour to get in but once we did, my eyes were wide open. It was everything I expected but nothing like one could expect. I mean, I understood the general layout, with a couple main stages and some side tents and thousands of people and art structures and stuff, but when you see it, you really are kind of in awe. Not to mention the weather was amazing, right around 90 most of the day, with an occasional breeze.

Jonathan is a good friend, but let me just say that you learn a ton about a person at a festival show and Jonathan was my hero. He invesigated and was told that for $10, we could buy reusable Coachella water bottles and get free cold refills all day. On top of that, he had some bands he wanted to see but didn't have a rigid plan, he carried my backpack all day long, brought SPF 1000 sunscreen, and most important, he tolerated a whole day with me. This is all after he let me play my iPod the whole drive and let me choose the long route. Thanks Leah, for letting me borrow your boyfriend.

So as we entered, there was this giant bamboo structure. I thought I'd post the day vs night photos side by side. All the structures had some ecological/artistic reason, but I didn't really care to waste time reading about them. I figured it was all online anyway.

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I'm not really sure what this one is on the left. In fact, I don't remember where it was, but I'll guess it was near the bamboo and the mainstage. This is that stage early in the day.

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This is the DoLab, which would become my most loved and most hated place of Coachella. The area had misters and hoses and was between the mainstages and tents so I continually passed through to cool off, but I really, really HATE techno, and to me all I could hear all day long was that bass of techno music. And someone will probably correct me and say it wasn't techno, it was electro or drum and bass or jungle or world beat or something else, and to that I say, I don't care. I wish they would've shut off their music during bands on the main stage.

The first performer we caught was Ryan Bingham. I did merch for Ryan when he played the Casbah so I thought I'd check him out. I attempted to say hi to his manager but he couldn't see/hear me so we just chilled an enjoyed his tunes. There were a lot of people in the tent checking him out, so that made me pretty happy.


This was a giant mechanical claw. There were two control seats about 15 feet off the ground, and I guess they were pulling people from the crowd to maneuver the machine. The 'driver' would put their arm into a control sleeve/glove type thing and all their real hand movements would control the mechanical hand for the most part. It was pretty slow and I think one finger busted, but it was cool watching them pick up cars and drop them. Kinda makes you realize how cars are just tin cans in the scheme of things.

We wandered to the outdoor theatre stage and caught Noah and The Whale and I'd never heard the band but loved them instantly. Good, happy, mellow music to ease into the day.

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I couldn't not take a picture of this photographer's extension. A bit ridic but I'm sure it came in handy for him later. At Street Scene people brought their own mini ladders and shit for the big stages so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I'm gonna buy Natalie some stilts for Christmas so she can kick everyone's photo ass next year.

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We caught We Are Scientists on the mainstage and it was pretty clear my photographs were going to be lame but this maybe shows perspective for how massive the stage was. We wandered from WAS to Cage The Elephant because I knew I'd be seeing them at House of Blues the next day and wanted to see if they were worth it, but we missed their whole set. We did, however, see the singer stage dive into the crowd and get passed over them all the way to the sound board, which was enough evidence that I wanted to see them at HoB in the Delta Room.


These pics are really awful, but I heart Airborne Toxic Event. I think it is pretty funny that the entire crowd that was at their House of Blues show could've fit in the photo pit of this show. If you used the whole width, 3 times the San Diego crowd could've probably fit. I love the band, but I wasn't really digging the main stage in the daytime. The heat was much more noticeable there and as in most things, I prefer the most intimate stages I can have. Still, they're awesome, and the mostly Angelino crowd actually cheered when they said "We're from Los Angeles". Not that San Diego boos, but usually the band will follow with, "you can boo if you want to."


Somehow we kept hopping around. from ATE, we watched The Hold Steady for awhile where I ran into Andy from The Henry Clay People (shocking!) Then back to the main stage we caught some of The Black Keys but from where I was, the DoLab couldn't be ignored. Jonathan wanted to see Silversun Pickups at their CD signing, so we bought copies of Swoon in the record store day tent. I think I've seen Silversun Pickups at every show they've played in San Diego (House of Blues sidestage, Belly Up About The Music show, X-Fest, and a couple others) and I've met Brian before and he's super nice and kinda always seems to remember my face. On this day, however, boy was lit. I mean, I'm sure he was overwhelmed with all the station interviews, people, the signing, what have you, but the boy was stoned. Good for him, I the dream, right?
After the signing, we wandered around, grabbed some food and I got another shot of the mechanical hand.

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We saw Conor Oberst & His Mystical Band but I was so far away from the stage that photos were a waste. I ran into Xander from Run Run Run and Angela, a music rep I've worked with for a while, and it was nice seeing them out and about. I also ran into Carlos from The Moviegoers at that stage. I was actually a little surprised by how few people I actually bumped into at Coachella but it was all good. I don't do well with herds of people anyway. So Conor was great. His voice kills me inside every time I hear it and this performance was no exception.

After Conor, we stayed at the stage for Leonard Cohen. Jonathan and I found a spot that I thought strategically would work out for photos since the stage lacked video screens (WTF??) but we had to fight people to hold our spots. I got excited when he was finally about to start because Conor was standing about 3 feet away from me in the photo pit area. In fact, the pit was full of Leonard's guests, bands, VIPs, etc. so Nats said the photo situation was a total cluster. Bummer. I used to listen to Cohen a lot when I was in high school but haven't so much over the years, but his voice was amazing and I was completely overtaken with emotion from the very first song, and when he played Hallelujah? Yes, I was there with tears streaming down my face. For as much as I dislike festivals, there is something to be said about thousands of strangers all singing along in unison, especially to a legend like Mr. Leonard Cohen. My pics are pretty grainy, but not bad considering I was probably about 50 feet away from him. Leonard Cohen's set went about 20 minutes over and there was penetration of Morrissey. I would've hated to be the sound man that had to yell "you have to stop" at Leonard Cohen through his monitors.

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So I was utterly impressed.

I wanna revisit the whole thing about Jonathan being my hero. From the moment he asked me if I wanted to go to Coachella with him, I tried to talk him out of going. I told him it was gonna be hot, miserable, crowded, loud, unorganized- pretty much everything to talk him out of it. He insisted on going, that it would be great. I didn't decide officially until Thursday night about 6 pm that I was actually going to go. And all day I was proved wrong at every turn. Unfortunately, I don't know that any amount of arm twisting or bribery could get Jonathan to go back. His glasses got stepped on by some chick, no matter where he stood, people were trying to push in front of him, and at the end of Cohen, some assholes tried to rush the stage in anticipation of SSPU and kicked his shoes. Then when he retaliated, some hippy dippy bitch told him some bullshit about the "loose ends" he was putting into the environment. He had a rough day. He decided to go watch Morrissey. I went with him to see where he'd be, but left to enjoy SSPU. I was really far from the stage for SSPU but they played a killer set with old favorites and new stuff from Swoon, and they were totally in awe of how many people were watching them. They also commented on the Morrissey vs. Cohen awkwardness. I chilled there for a while until Natalie was done shooting and she met me for the rest of SSPU. After the set, we found Jonathan and settled in to watch Sir Paul McCartney.

There is so much to say about that performance, but I should start by saying I had no desire to see him. I know he's one fourth of The Beatles, I get that, but I just kinda thought he'd be cheesy. I could not have been so wrong. Paul played about two and a half hours, an hour over the time Coachella was supposed to end. I mean, certainly there were some Wings songs I could've skipped, but the intensity and energy of the show were really like nothing I've ever seen. Plus, dude is a pro. He was engaging with the crowd, reading out signs that people were holding, and sharing that it was the 11 year anniversary of Linda's death, adding a heavy emotion to the night. Standouts for me were his newish single Dance Tonight that had the crowd on it's feet, Blackbird which will forever remind me of Steve Poltz, Give Peace a Chance and Let It Be which were crazy intense sing-alongs, Hey Jude which always makes me weepy anyway, and then I was just blown away by the encores. This set list has the show at two encored, but he left the stage again making it seem like three. It was amazing and I'm glad we stayed the entire time to experience it.

Drive My Car
Only Mama Knows
Flaming Pie
Got to Get You Into My Life
Let Me Roll It (with a coda of Purple Haze)
Honey Hush
The Long and Winding Road
My Love
Here Today
Dance Tonight
Calico Skies
Mrs. Vanderbilt
Eleanor Rigby
Sing the Changes
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Something / I've Got a Feeling
Paperback Writer
A Day in the Life > Give Peace a Chance
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

First encore: Birthday
Can't Buy Me Love
Lady Madonna

Second encore:
Helter Skelter
Get Back
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
The End


After the show, we got out of the festival pretty quickly and headed back south along the Salton Sea. At one point Jonathan's navigator told us to cut to a highway and he did, which took us some CRAZY long ass way through mountains and windy roads and Julian. I get really carsick so I had to sleep and I can say it was the only time Jonathan lost his cool with me, which considering how many hours he endured, still made him a hero that day. I got home sometime around 4 and passed out before my head hit the pillow.