Monday, November 30, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 30-December 1, 2009

For show listing archive of 11/30-12/1, click 'keep on reading'.

Monday, November 30, 2009:
  • The Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Brendan B & The Breaks, The Western Set, Rob Deez @ Soda Bar
  • The Calypso Benefit with Shoreline Rootz, Eve Selis, Cactus Twang, Candye Kane, Jack Tempchin, Rocket Science, Jeff Moore @ Belly Up
  • The Tighten Ups @ Ruby Room
  • Adam G's Musical Pursuit @ Whistle Stop
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Chet Cannon & The Committee @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Rock en Espanol @ Cafe Sevilla
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Charlie Cheney @ Rodney Amphitheatre @ SDSU

Tuesday December 1, 2009:

  • J. Tillman, Pearly Gate Music, Joel P West and guests @ Casbah
  • Distilled Spirits, Kera and The Lesbians, Danica and The Dusty Highway Band @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Hey! Ho! Let's Go! @ The Stage Saloon
  • Izzy & The Kesstronics, Peg Leg Love @ Beauty Bar
  • Songwriters Showcase Competition @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Blue In The Face, The Otisturbine @ Radio Room
  • Too Cool For Karaoke @ Ruby Room
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Adrian Demain's Exoticatronica @ Bar Pink
  • G.E. Stinson @ Sushi Performance & Visual Art
  • Romena Arena @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Zimbeat @ Soda Bar
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Peter Puffington & The Rocketship Explosion @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Ken Club
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Gilbert Castellanos Quintet @ Onyx Room
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Travis W. Daudert @ Smith Recital Hall @ SDSU
  • Joe Marson @ Tiki House

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday Night: UCSD is the place to be

Friday, December 4th - The Moviegoers, Girls, We Live Inside, Beaters and more: A night of goodness at UCSD!

If you're looking for something to do to unwind after all that Thanksgiving madness, come up to UCSD Friday, December 4th for a night of art and music. First, stop by the Visual Arts Facility to see the first-year MFA group show, We Live Inside, at the VAF Gallery just off Russell Lane. A reception will be held from 6 - 8, and The Moviegoers are playing a free show in the Performance Space at 7:30. So come grab a drink to start out your night! It's FREE!

Next, you can head off to The Loft to see Girls, the righteous San Francisco indie rock group and SPIN magazine's best new band of 2009. The show starts at 9 and The Morning Benders will be opening. $10 advance, $12 at the door (UCSD students: $5 or pay as you can at the door)

If Girls isn't up your alley, or you want to try and do double duty, you can wander over to the Che Cafe because they've got a full night of music lined up. Abe Vigoda, Blessure Grave, Beaters, No Paws (No Lions), and The Preteens are all on the bill. $8, doors at 8:30, bands at 9.

WHAT: a rad night of art and music at UCSD
WHEN: 6 - 8 for a free art show (think free drinks), 7:30 for The Moviegoers, and 9 for other music/dancing
WHERE: UCSD (VAF Gallery, VAF Performance Space, The Loft, Che Cafe)
HOW MUCH: art show/The Moviegoers free, other shows $8-$12
PARKING: Gilman Parking Structure is your best bet, but if you are broke (or some kind of fitness nut) you can park on Villa
La Jolla Dr. (or other places off campus) and hike it, but give yourself extra time of course.

NOTE: If you're really into experimental sound/video/performance art, you should come by the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space Thursday, 12/3 at 8:00 for 90 minutes of temporal works. Again, it's FREE!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Art Fag Fest

Congrats to contest winners Travis T & Jenn R for winning a pair of tickets to Art Fag Fest. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest! Tickets will still be available at the door at the Woman's Club. See you there!

Things To Do In San Diego: November 27-29, 2009

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend it with family... whether by blood or friendship...I know I did and I'm so grateful for the friends I have. My Nana passed on Wednesday at 102 years old, which means the next week is going to be a bit crazy and I may or may not get proper updates in, as most of my extended family will be in town leading up to the funeral on Friday. For anyone interested in a preview, I uploaded a bunch of videos from The xx, Friendly Fires, Fanfarlo, Freelance Whales and more if you wanna check them out on my YouTube page. Otherwise, I'll eventually post them all here. In the meantime, here are all of the weekend listings. If I missed anything, leave a comment, shoot me an email, or send me a message via Twitter (@sddialedin) and I'll update. As always, thank you all for supporting this site. Words cannot describe how much I appreciate all of you.

Friday, November 27, 2009:

  • Art Fag Fest: No Age, Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, Ganglians, Grass Widow, Ty Segall @ San Diego Woman's Club (3rd & Maple, Hillcrest, All Ages, $15)
  • The Blackout Party, Brawley, Bill Cardinal, Wire Pony (Atari Lounge) @ Casbah
  • Josh Damigo, JT Spengler @ Lestat's
  • grampadrew, The Moons, Elysa Everson & her Gentleman Bastards @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Get Back Loretta, Jerimiah (The Silent Comedy) @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Happy Hour with Candye Kane @ Belly Up (5:30 pm)
  • The Aggrolites, with Stranger, The Earful, DJ King Cannon @ Belly Up
  • Normandie, DJ Bad Andy @ Bar Pink
  • Brothers Cooley, Perry Edwards Band, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Foot Down (Critical Mass After Party) @ Ruby Room
  • KPRI Homegrown Friday presents Lee Coulter, My Friends Sweetooth, Veronica May @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • The Yiffs, Mexico City Rollers @ Ken Club
  • Chargers 50th Anniversary Block Pary @ Gaslamp District (5th & J)
  • The Gizzards, The Rib Cages @ Soda Bar
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance LIVE show w/ members of Transfer & Crash Encore @ U-31
  • KISS, Buckcherry @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • The Chop Tops, The Strikers, Hard Fall Hearts, The Watchmen, Los Duggans @ Radio Room
  • Revenge Club, Yabutifuda, F*** Yeah, The Kabbs, Loose Nuts @ O'Connell's
  • West Coast Funk @ Tio Leo's
  • Agua Dulce @ Winston's
  • Higher Minds, Clay Pigeons, Nigel, DJ Sinn @ 710 Beach Club
  • "F%#king In The Bushes" britpop feat Northern Towns, DJs Rob Moran & Daniel Sant @ Whistle Stop
  • Japandi, Snuffaluffagus, Bro Zen .. (Census, Israel Putnum, George Pritzker), Ancestor Worship @ Che Cafe
  • Eclipse 79, Nods To Nothing, Bewilderness, Yttrium @ Dreamstreet
  • Quintero Caballero @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Rockola (A Hard Days Night) @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Chill Boy & The Firebirds @ Tiki
  • Gene Perry and His Orchestra @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Sebastian Ingrosso, Kim Fai, Anthony Ross @ Voyeur
  • Judge Jules @ Spin

Saturday, November 28, 2009:

  • DJ Claire's End of the Month Happy Hour @ Whistle Stop (5-8pm)
  • KPRI Acoustic Christmas feat. David Gray, Tyrone Wells, A Fine Frenzy @ The Abbey (SOLD OUT)
  • The Transit War, Spell Toronto, The Strangers Six @ Casbah
  • Apes of Wrath, Shark Attack, DJs Bob Dazzla, Jan & Cory @ Beauty Bar
  • Tiltwheel, Sunnyside, Breaker Breaker One Niner, Turkish Techno @ Tin Can Ale House
  • The Cured, Rio, Long Duk Dong @ Belly Up
  • The Force Field @ Tower Bar
  • Into The Presence, Suicide Chords, Transit Studio @ Ruby Room
  • Ojos Rojos, Sidro Punks @ Soda Bar
  • Genius of Soul, JNatural, reception for photographer Jeff Dojillo @ The Office
  • Red, Hot, & Cool feat DJs Trevor Young and Charlie Rock @ Bar Pink
  • "Students of the Bass" (Bass n Drum Night) @ Radio Room
  • Larry Robinson, Evan Robinson, Mountain Ghost @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • One I Red, The Morning On Fire, Canton Mudders @ O'Connell's
  • Sycuan Presents Papa Roach, After Midnight Project, The Last Vegas @ House of Blues
  • So We Say It All @ Lestat's
  • Mike Wofford New York Trio @ Athenaem at the Neurosciences Institute
  • 8 Ball Rack, Ricksha @ Brick By Brick
  • Cash'd Out @ Winston's
  • The Loons & The Green Stamps @ Tio Leo's
  • Red Not Chili Peppers, Stick Figure, Roots Vision @ 710 Beach Club
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Impending Doom, Oh Sleeper, A Plea For Purging, The Great Commision, As They Burn Alive @ Soma
  • 16, Downspell, Tainted Society, Neblina @ Dreamstreet
  • Gilbert Castellanos & Graham Dechter @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • The Morphs @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30pm-1:30am)
  • Dokken, Lynch Mob @ 4th & B
  • Electric Valentine, The Crush, Aerodrone, Love You Long Time, Supergroupie, Talk Cute and more @ Epicentre
  • Brian Culbertson, Michael Lington @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Po Girl @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • L.E.D. Saturdays presents NROTB, Deth Hertz, Mr. White @ Voyeur
  • MILK MONEY FUNDRAISERfeaturing DJ Luis Perez, DJ IDeaL, DJ Marcel, DJ Taj, Lil Chris @ Spin

Sunday, November 29, 2009:

  • The Local 94/9 Presents a FREE show w/ Lualta, The Shambles (CD release party), Skelpin, The Shamey Jays, The Canton Mudders (Atari Lounge) @ Casbah
  • Long Live Logos, Dynamite Walls, Polaris at Noon, Entice @ Radio Room
  • Salsa Sunday @ Belly Up
  • Serengeti Rocks, Blacklist Alumni, Our Dear Friends @ Ruby Room
  • Them Hills, Neal Morgan, plus special guest @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/ Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Happy Ron’s Open Mic Night @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • delaney Davidson, 357 Magnum & The Julio Pillado Experience, Ramblin Outlaws @ O'Connell's
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Carlos Blues Experience @ Winston's (5-8pm)
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps @ Whistle Stop
  • Gregory Michaels @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (10am-2pm)
  • Eldridge Jackson @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8pm-12am)
  • The Full Measure Carolers 20th Anniversary Special Holiday Concert & Sing-Along @ Birch North Park Theatre

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Friday: Art Fag Fest + Win FREE Tickets

Art Fag Fest with No Age, Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast, Ganglians, Grass Widow, Ty Segall @ San Diego Woman's Club, 3rd & Maple in Hillcrest, 5pm, All Ages $15

This Friday, Art Fag Records in conjunction with the Casbah, brings together some of the most buzzed about bands on the interwebs for our San Diego enjoyment. This is an all ages show at the San Diego Woman's Club and I have TWO PAIRS of tickets to giveaway. Just shoot me an e-mail with subject NO AGE. Include your full name and a phone number and I'll pick a winner sometime after Thanksgiving dinner.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Art Brut, Princeton, Northern Towns @ Casbah, 10.28.09

Let me just say from the start, there are some shows I go to because I really love the bands, and other times I go because I want to understand why everyone else really loves a band. The latter could very well explain my attendance at the Art Brut show.

Northern Towns kicked off the night. I suppose I'd call them Irish Punk, and reminded me of all those Boston Taang!! records releases that Curtis has given me over the years. They're definitely more of a Ken Club/Tower Bar band and I'm sure they tear up house parties, but it just wasn't what I expected for an opener for this specific show. Not an insult or complaint, just a little random.

The same can probably be said for Princeton. They're sweet guys, I've seen them several times, and I really like their pop tunes, but they seemed like a weird tour opener for Art Brut.

I guess the magic of all of that, is that when Art Brut hits the stage, you really can't imagine anyone that should open for them. I tried listening to their latest release and just couldn't make myself get past a couple songs. Still, there I was, front row with Natalie hoping to 'get it'. And holy cow, consider me converted. From the first note to the very last, I was entertained. Eddie Argos is hilarious, energetic, and with his stature and bravado, commangs the stage and the crowd. I was only going to grab a couple songs, but ended up just going with it... so here's a video; the rest are after the jump if you click 'keep on reading'. Again I had issues with the lighting, but their lighting was full on darkness to full power lights, and a whole lot of flashing in between, so hopefully you can enjoy these to some degree.

Setlist (as written):
Formed A Band
Little Brother
Summer Job
Good Weekend
Rusted Gun of Milan
Modern Art
St Pauli
Slap Dash
Pump Up The Volume
Alcoholics Unanimous
Emily Kane
The Passenger
SC Comics
Bang Bang Rock and Roll
These Animal Menswear
Post Soothing Out

Things To Do In San Diego: November 24-26, 2009

For show archives, click 'keep on reading'

So I know it's Thanksgiving week which means many people are leaving town, but it should also mean a lot of visitors in town, and San Diego has some good things in the pipeline for the week, so go easy on the turkey and stuffing and enjoy what this city has to offer. For one, don't miss Fanfarlo and Freelance Whales tonight at Casbah. Both have incredible records and you may not see them back in San Diego for a while.

Tuesday November 24, 2009:

  • Fanfarlo, Freelance Whales @ Casbah
  • 91X Loudspeaker Showcase: The Death Eaters, Apes of Wrath, Boyscout @ Belly Up
  • Nena Anderson, Brawley, Adrian Demain @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Sir Splendid, Miss Erika Davies @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Simian Mobile Disco, JDH and Dave P, Deth Hertz @ Voyeur
  • The Canton Mudders @ Soda Bar
  • Justin Nozuka, Elizabeth and The Catapult, Sam Bradley @ Porter's Pub
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Natives, The Pre-Teens, Aristides, Eskera @ Radio Room
  • Shaimus, Thirteen Rabbits @ Winston's
  • Too Cool for Karaoke: Pants hosts Girl You Know It's... @ Ruby Room
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Craig Pryor @ Bar Pink
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistlestop
  • Paul Viani & the San Diego Jazz Cats @ Dizzy's
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Never Say Die Presents: Desolace, Ass to Mustache, Fish Tacos @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Ken Club
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Gilbert Castellanos Quintet @ Onyx Room
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Gene Warren @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Through The Roots, Seedless @ The Stage Saloon
  • Lindsay White, Spud Davenport @ Bare Back Grill
  • Tori Roze and The Hot Mess @ The Office
  • Gospel Choir @ Mandeville Auditorium @ UCSD
  • Bekker @ SDSU
  • Electric Acoustic Music Festival @ Palomar College

Wednesday November 25, 200:

  • Japandroids, Surfer Blood @ Casbah (early show 7:30pm)
  • EXA 91.7 presenta CafĂ© Tacuba 20th Anniversary @ House of Blues
  • Buck-O-Nine, Skanic, High Tide @ Belly Up
  • "Chris B-day" The Old In Out, Shapes Of Future Frames, Sus Hijos @ Radio Room
  • Commune Wednesday @ Soda Bar
  • Graceland @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Chula Vista Soldier Club @ Gaslamp Tavern
  • Broke $oul Night with DJs SelectaKON and Cota Pop @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Thanksgiving Bash w/ DJs Gabe Vega, Adam Salter, Saul Q, Shark Attack! @ Beauty Bar
  • Immovable Objects, The Hundred Days, Mexico City Rollers @ Ruby Room
  • The Stalins of Sound, 357 Magnum, Chango Rey @ Ken Club
  • Pre-Thanksgiving Dance Party! :DJ Mario Orduno & Friends @ Whistlestop
  • Buckfast Superbee @ Vin De Syrah
  • The Bi-National Mambo Orchestra @ Dizzy's
  • Pre Thanksgiving Bash with Memo Rex, Dj Schoeny, and Andrew Decade @ U-31
  • Eve Selis, Tim Flannery @ Anthology
  • Linnzi Zaorski @ Bar Pink
  • The Dickies, Systematic Abuse @ Brick by Brick
  • Joe Wood & The Lonely Ones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Dueling Pianos @ Winston's
  • Scott West, The Winchester Friendlies @ Lestat's
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Blue Four @ Patrick's II
  • Jeff Moore & The Witch Doctors, Jeff Snider, ESP @ The Kraken
  • Bill Magee @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Private Domain @ Dick's Last Resort
  • Southern Storm @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Boneyard, DJ Neko @ Coyote Bar
  • One Inch Punch, New Day Mile, Method Rising @ O'Connell's
  • Michael Tiernan @ En Fuego Cantina
  • Burnett's Bliss @ Cafe La Maze
  • Tori Roze and The Hot Mess @ Portugalia
  • Lorelei Riturban, Roxy Blue, B Violin @ The Bitter End
  • The Pheromones @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • Triston Palma, Cualli, Bredren Band @ Worldbeat Center
  • Rifat Ziadeh @ Voyeur
  • Doc Martin Quintet @ Spin
  • Tommy Price @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Ricky Small @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Lead Burns Red, Six Reasons, Bed of Nails @ Second Wind Santee
  • Starline Theory @ Kava Lounge
  • San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival @ Town & Country Hotel
  • Justin James Band @ Urban Bar & Grill

Thursday November 26, 2009 (Thanksgiving Day):

  • Open bars: Ken Club (2pm), Bar Pink (8pm), Tower Bar
  • Closed: Casbah, Soda Bar, Beauty Bar
  • Acoustic Open Jam @ Ruby Room (Bring your own guitar!)
  • Blue Four @ Patrick's II
  • Club Purple @ Radio Room
  • Thanksgiving Yam Jam! : Acoustic Sets, Free Food (for customers) @ Ruby Room
  • Stelita, Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Red Lane @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Road Dogs, Joe Wilkinson @ The Kraken
  • Bency @ The Office
  • San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival @ Town & Country Hotel
  • Halloween Hallowdays, Head$hake, The Office Twins @ AC Lounge
  • Caliber @ Valley View Casino
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • Jason Weiss @ Bluegrass Jam @ Today's Pizza (Encinitas)
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Sandy, Burnett, John Guilano & Marly Waak @ Cafe La Maze
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop with DJ Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31

Land of Talk, Eulogies, Black Mamba @ Casbah, 10.26.09

You're thinking, "Hey Rosey! Your title would indicate this is a post about music, so why a picture of your niece?" The reason is simple. There was light. I have been having increasing problems with the lighting at Casbah and it's just not fun taking pictures there sometimes. So before the Black Mamba, Eulogies, and Land of Talk show, I spent the day with my family, with my uncle Willie who was visiting from Indiana, and frankly it's just cuter than anything I could've posted from the show.

It was actually pretty funny because I asked the sound guy if he could turn up the lights and he said that Aimee had requested them dim. Dim, not closet dark, I imagine. If you haven't yet seen Black Mambe, you should really remedy that soon. Aimee has a beautiful sweet voice and her onstage shyness is completely endearing, especially because it contrasts with her belting out her sweet melodies.

I encountered similar difficulties with Eulogies, who have the stage totally dark except for their retro photo slides that are projected onto the bass drum. I really love this band and I know I'm always talking about Dangerbird Records, but seriously, show me a single band on their roster that isn't great. Since photos and videos were a waste of time(and since I figured Natalie was standing right next to me shooting) I just enjoyed the band. They were showcasing music from their latest release, Here Anonymous, and since last time they were here, Peter wasn't feeling well, they could really get into the show a whole lot more. As did I.

Land of Talk was headlining the night and I was only slighly familiar with some random tracks, but knew of the Broken Social Scene connection and was looking forward to the show. Lead vocalist, Lizzie was quirky and quite funny in her comments between songs. Their Facebook bio says "Land of Talk is a female-fronted guitar rock juggernaut . They have been described as a destructive Stevie Nicks/Blonde Redhead mutant, Will Oldham meets Sonic Youth, and as a PJ Harvey-meets-Crazy Horse type creature," and I'm comfortable with that comparison. I didn't take photos of this band either, but I did shoot a couple videos, only because you could ALMOST see them onstage. Man, I have got to talk to Tim about those lights. Anyhow, enjoy the videos, at least the sound is decent. Here's one, the other two if you click 'keep on reading'.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 23, 2009

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Monday November 23, 2009:

  • Anti Monday League Presents Elefant, Long Live Logos, Lyon Crowns, DJ SkullcRusheR @ Casbah
  • Old Canes, The Paddle Boat, Black Mamba @ Che Cafe
  • Blackout Party @ Riviera
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • PB Dumpsters, DJ Josh Barnes, Hey! Ho! Let's Go! @ Ruby Room
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Chet Cannon's Blue Monday Blues Party @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Torture The Flag @ Club Kadan
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • 145th St. Deluxe Blues Band @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Teddy Fantastico’s Super Hot Nights Super Show @ Soda Bar
  • Rock en Espanol @ Cafe Sevilla
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo

Friday, November 20, 2009

Things To In San Diego: November 19-21, 2009

Listing archive if you keep on reading.

Friday, November 20, 2009:

  • Friendly Fires/Nylon Winter Tour featuring The xx, Holly Miranda, DJ Edgartronic @ Casbah SOLD OUT
  • The Dabbers, Lion Cut, Art By Kelsey Brookes @ Quint Contemporary Art
  • West Indian Girl, The Drowning Men, Red Octopus @ Belly Up
  • Hotel St. George, The Fascination, So Many Wizards, The Touchies @ Soda Bar
  • Bicycle Film Screening: "The Revival", Knives, The Preteens, DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Alpha Channel, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Bleed @ Ken Club
  • The Styletones @ Tio Leo's
  • Children of Nova, City Of Ships, Reason To Rebel @ Radio Room
  • Rob Deez, Lisa Olson, Nick Z. @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • The Mar Dels @ Belly Up (Happy Hour, 5:30pm)
  • Zindu, Get Down Automatic, Heavy Glow, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Remarc (UK), RAW (LA), Direct Feed, Stepkilla, Kyzer Soze, Eru, Whyno @ Ruby Room
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance W/DJ’s Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • The Science, Broken Dreams @ Bar Pink
  • Street of Little Girls, Reverend Mothers, Longsleeves @ Tin Can Ale House
  • SupaJen™ Presents…Raging Bettie, Break The Cycle, The Walking Toxins, Tim Raldo & The Filthy Fuks @ O'Connell's
  • Sycuan pres. How The West Was One: Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Nipsey Hussle, Dago Braves & The Hustle... @ House of Blues
  • Alex Depue, Miguel De Hoyos @ Lestat's
  • "PRE-THANKSGVING BASH" ft. Chelsea Girls (ft. members of Nashville Pussy, the Donnas & Hole), Electric Dynamit, My Elysian, Circa Now @ Brick By Brick
  • Red Dirt Country presents Stony LaRue, Abe West @ Winston's
  • Dubluva, Jet West, Ease Up @ 710 Beach Club
  • Winds Of Plague, Stick To Your Guns, Sleeping Giant, Circle Of Contempt, Upon A Burning Body, Vanguard @ Soma
  • Crown City Rockers @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Icky's Ego, Summer Circus, Hargo, Someday Saints, Life In Orbit @ Dreamstreet
  • Makai @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Moonshake with Mark E Quark @ Kadan
  • Joe Sample @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Hansel and Gretel - presented by Lyric Opera San Diego @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Rank 1, Victor Dinaire, Sharky @ Voyeur
  • Sue Palmer, Marcia Forman @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Treavor Moontribe (Iboga Records / INgrooves / LA)Petey Funkin Corn (Technique / Moontribe Family)Blackass (Monster Minimal)Skandar (8:39 Productions)J. Cush (Pocket Underground) @ Spin
  • Gran Bailazo Celebrando @ Harrah's Rincon Casino Pavillion
  • Mahler's Songs Of The Earth @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Opening Reception, Stephen Curry, K.V. Tomney @ Athanaeum 6:30-8:30PM

Saturday, November 21, 2009:

  • The Big Pink DJ Set @ M-Theory Music 5pm
  • The Big Pink, Crystal Antlers, io echo @ Casbah
  • Sight & Sound feat. Republic of Letter, Tropical Depression and more @ Architecture
  • The Whigs, The Features, The Dead Trees @ Soma
  • Stripes and Lines, Helen Earth Band, The Howls @ Belly Up
  • The Devastators, Bunny Mystic and the Mysticals, APR, Drumfoundead @ Ruby Room
  • Sara Petite w/ Linnzi Zaorski and Regina Leonard @ Belly Up Matinee Show 3:15 pm
  • Rockstar Albatross, XIV, Tiger City, Fmera, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Men of Worth @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church Hall
  • Say Anything, Eisley, Moneen, Miniature Tigers @ House of Blues
  • Revenge Club, The Mice, The Infants, Gurtrudestein @ Ken Club
  • We The Granada @ Soda Bar
  • Dance Party with Groundfloor, Edgartronic, and Hot Pink Delorean, UFC 106 ORTIZ vs. GRIFFIN 2 @ U-31
  • Neon Beat feat. DJ Junior and Mr. Atari @ Bar Pink
  • Fallout! (Industrial Dance Night) @ Radio Room
  • La Ballena de Jonas, Eskera DJ kon von kon and DJ Nigunim @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Peter Bolland, Folding Mr. Lincoln @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Never Say Die Presents...Tim & The 23's, JD Combs & The Soul Stealers, Jesse Lafica, Luke Kinney @ O'Connell's
  • Allison Lonsdale @ Lestat's (6-8pm)
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's
  • The Adolescents, Channel 3, Negative Trend, D.P.I. @ Brick By Brick
  • Signal Path, Skirt Alert @ Winston's
  • Chasing Claymores, Audrina, Another Day Away, Rapscallion, The Skains @ Epicentre
  • Chimney Fish, Uproot, Full Blown Stone, UFC 106 ORTIZ vs. GRIFFIN 2 @ 710 Beach Club
  • 80s vs 90s: Gabe Vega vs Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • Critical Me, Murder Majesty, The Bombpops!, Save The Swim Team, and Spreading Evictions @ Che Cafe
  • She Productions w/ DJ Kiss @ Kadan
  • Eighth Blackbird @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Mikan Zlatkivich & Kathy Farmer @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Comfort In Rage, Silence Betrayed, Sunday Girl, Beneath Lanston, The Watchlist, Then To Dust @ Dreamstreet
  • Rio Peligroso @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Brenton Wood @ 4th & B
  • Joe Sample @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Hansel and Gretel - presented by Lyric Opera San Diego @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Ambrosia @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Designer Drugs, Mighty Fools, Deth Hertz @ Voyeur
  • DJ Phil B @ Spin
  • Mahler's Songs Of The Earth @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, November 22, 2009:

  • Paddle Boat, Little Teeth, Red Pony Clock, Black Mamba @ Soda Bar
  • Erin McKeown, Jill Sobule @ Casbah
  • B.B. King, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real @ Belly Up SOLD OUT
  • Rhyme, Rhythm and Ragtime @ Balboa Theatre (2pm)
  • Tribe Of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Negative Eye, Louder With The Lights On, Vera's Veil @ Radio Room
  • Happy Ron’s Open Mic Night w/featured guest Eben Brooks @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents…Mad Traffic, The Lifters @ O'Connell's
  • The Black Crowes, Truth and Salvage Company @ House of Blues
  • Color Of Glass, Silverleaf @ Lestat's
  • D.O.S., The Beatnuts, Zoolay, Miki Vale & Kandy Cole, Brendan B @ Brick By Brick
  • Poison Ivy @ Winston's (Glam Rock Tribute, 5-8p)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Disconnected w/ DJs barnesey & mike reed @ Kadan
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps @ Whistle Stop
  • 2000 Tons of TNT, South Bay Wailers @ Dreamstreet
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Luscious Noise @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Hansel and Gretel - presented by Lyric Opera San Diego @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Mahler's Songs Of The Earth @ Copley Symphony Hall

Thursday, November 19, 2009

R.I.P. "Monkey"


There's a very long winded story as to how in a little over a year, I went from having no pets to being the owner of 3 cats and a dog, but such has been the case for nearly a decade. It feels strange now to say that I only have two cats and a dog. My poor little "Monkey" has gone to the catnip farm in the sky.

It's funny how I found "Monks". I used to have to walk my dog really late at night when few people were on the street because she was particularly skittish. One night, we were almost home from a midnight walk when I spotted what appeared to be a skunk popping out from under the library. It in fact turned out to be a feral or abandoned kitten, cute in a silly "my head is too big for my undernourished body" kind of way. My first thought was, "Why me?". At the time I had one dog and one cat and I did NOT want to be the single girl with a small animal farm. But so it was. I took Pascha home, grabbed a towel and some wet and dry cat food, went back to the library and spent an hour coaxing this kitten out from her hiding space and brought her home. She was mine and I was hers.

When I took her to the vet, they estimated she was 2 months old but the proper weight of a 1 month old cat. I believe this early starvation had a huge influence on her being the piggy of my pets, always there as soon as I put food in the bowl, mewing incessantly anytime I was near the kitchen. I named her Kensington, for the library where I found her, but over the years she got many nicknames, Monkey, Monks, Kenny, and as the neighbors once called her, Hitler. (Which later lead me to CTLLH, though Monkey was rejected for not being Hitler enough) She was a sweet cat, but very mellow, occasionally jumping on my lap to knead, but mostly doing her own thing. I'd come home at night and she'd be spooning with Kiwi at times, but mostly respected the boundaries laid out by Pascha and Boo Radley, the more dominant of my animals and generally avoided my bedroom.

I'll skip the details of her death, just that she was noticeably sick for less than a week and went quickly due to liver failure. Naturally this breaks my heart, but in her own way, Monkey said goodbye. On the day before she passed, I was taking a nap and she slept with me. On my pillow. her paws on top of my hands, her body curled around my head. For the first time ever, she was on my bed and Pascha didn't try to kick her off. Monkey had a good life and my life is better for having known her.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 18-19, 2009

Listing archive if you 'keep on reading'.

Wednesday November 18, 2009:

  • Casbah Presents Peter Bjorn & John, El Perro Del Mar, Lights On @ House of Blues
  • Municipal Waste, Off With Their Heads, Phobia, Cauldron @ Casbah
  • Joel P. West & The Tree Ring, Karli Fairbanks @ Soda Bar
  • Lux@Night feat art by Susan Hauptman, music by Karli Fairbanks @ Lux Art Institute 7-9pm
  • The Silent Comedy @ Riviera Supper Club
  • "Bianca Paras and Her One Night Stands"@ Skybox bar (4809 Clairemont Blvd)
  • The Free*Stars, Panther Pup, Lion Cut @ Tin Can Ale House
  • The Latent Print Party @ Whistlestop
  • David Lindley & John Hammond @ Belly Up
  • Gregory Page, Zosia @ Beauty Bar
  • Frank the Trash Man's Happy Hour Club @ Ruby Room
  • John Cleese @ Spreckels Theatre
  • Disco Biscuits, Blvd @ 4th & B
  • The Forrester/Daly Quartet @ Dizzy's
  • Live Wednesday's Presents: Bitter Sober, Veronica May & The To Do List, Run Honey @ U-31
  • The No Nos, Rodeo Drive, Orange Velvets, SO3 @ Radio Room
  • Charles McPherson @ Anthology
  • Gilbert Castellanos Quartet @ Bar Pink
  • Roots Vision, Social Green @ The Loft
  • MIMS, Skatterman & Snug Brim, Raider Dave @ Brick by Brick
  • Joe Wood & The Lonely Ones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Ruines Ov Abaddon, Within the Swarm, Moment of Silence, Imbalanced @ Dreamstreet
  • Dueling Pianos, Nathan Temby @ Winston's
  • Los Alacranes w/Chunky, Brenton Wood @ The Office
  • Carl Durant, Lindsey Yung, Sweet Joyce Ann @ Lestat's
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Missy Anderson @ Patrick's II
  • Frankee-Dee and the Funk-Natra Band @ The Kraken
  • Blue Rockit @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Private Domain @ Dick's Last Resort
  • Negative Void, Suspects of A Crime @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Northstar @ Coyote Bar
  • Chubby Dice, Richard Tater Funkestra @ O'Connell's
  • Hazmatt @ The Saloon (Encinitas)
  • Michael Tiernan @ En Fuego Cantina
  • Aleck Karis @ UCSD
  • Astra Kelly @ Dublin Square
  • Burnett's Bliss @ Cafe La Maze
  • Christopher Dale & Friends, Lindsay White, Spud Davenport, Charlie Imes @ Handlery Hotel
  • Sharon Hazel Township, Tony Pope, Rhythm & The Method @ Portugalia
  • Jesse LaMonaca @ Hennessey's PB
  • Trevor Davis @ Point Loma Nazarene University

Thursday November 19, 2009:

  • Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Portland Cello Project, David Schultz @ Casbah
  • Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Citizen Band @ Belly Up
  • Little White Teeth @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Anthology
  • Elliot Levin, Seesaw Ensemble, Mutantspaceboy @ Soda Bar (early show @ 7 pm)
  • Glory Bound Presents: DJ Pretty Penny vs. Disc-O @ Bar Pink
  • 91X Presents Iration, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, B-Foundation @ House of Blues
  • Primitive Noyes, Moonbeams, The Barrett Trap @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Chris Velan, James Maddock @ Lestat's
  • Bless the Fall, Finch, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Of Mice and Men, Let's Get It @ Soma
  • New American Mob, Anarcock, Die Sabotage, Youth Envy @ Radio Room
  • 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop with DJ Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • MNML, Ishmael and the Peacemakers, Irradio @ Ruby Room
  • Ruby and the Red Hots @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Dirty Legs, Westfire, The New Assembly, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Len Rainey and the Midnight Players @ KPRI Ice Arena (grand opening)
  • Caboose @ Whistlestop
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • Bill Magee Blues @ Patrick's II
  • Bedlam of Cacophy, Chon @ Second Wind Santee
  • Flashback @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Audios, Grieves, The Looptroope Rockers @ Winston's
  • Michael Tiernan @ Indulge La Jolla
  • Firefly @ Valley View Casino
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Jason Weiss @ Bluegrass Jam @ Todays Pizza (Encinitas)
  • Pali Roots @ Gallagher's Pub
  • Clay Colton and the Bad Blokes @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's @ Cafe Libertalia
  • Eamon Carroll @ The Field
  • Peace of Mind Orchestra, The Jason Chase Trio @ Portugalia
  • Lee Coulter @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • 91X Presents Local Music Battle of the Bands @ 710 Beach Club
  • Michael Tiernan @ Tiki House
  • Johnny Stenbeck, OK at Best, Terence Brian, Heather Green, Alicia Lockett @ Dreamstreet Live
  • The Theory of Funkativity @ SDSU Aztec Center @ noon
  • Jackson & Jesus @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Sean Healy & NSD Presents: Raekwon, Skyzoo,Queen Yonasda, Daygo Boyz, Out of Control, The Even Keel, Balian, G Evans, Illitary @ Brick by Brick
  • Skelpin @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Irusalem, Rapscallion @ The Jumping Turtle
  • Night Vision: Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur
  • Sandy, Burnett, John Guilano & Marly Waak @ Cafe La Maze
  • Novamenco @ Little Italy Spaghetteria
  • Justin James @ Hennessey's PB
  • Halloween Hallowdays @ AC Lounge
  • Astra Kelly, Big Winners @ Dublin Square

o.m.g. New San Diego Music Project

This is really just too awesome not to post. You know Ben Johnson from behind the kit in Hostile Combover, or commanding the stage at the helm of The Long and Short of It...or maybe he's just that quiet dude behind the bar at the Casbah serving up the drinks that will knock ya on yer ass. Well, now, my friends, he's Grammatical B, and he and Microphone Mike recorded a hip-hop track that would still be hilarious even if it wasn't actually good. You can check it out on the MySpace page..."Do fries come with that walk of shame?"

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 17, 2009

archive if you 'keep on reading'

Tuesday November 17, 2009;

  • The Hidden Cameras, Gentleman Reg @ Casbah
  • They Might Be Giants, The Guggenheim Grotto @ Belly Up
  • Tape Deck Mountain (CD Release), Writer, The Fling @ Soda Bar
  • Taming The Fox, Tommy Graf, Don Julio @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Good Guys Tour @ The Loft
  • 145th St. Blues @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Nena Anderson @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Snake Mountain @ Radio Room
  • Too Cool For Karaoke: Strip Karaoke, Election Results @ Ruby Room
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Exotika, DJ set by Tim Hines @ Bar Pink
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Cartel, This Providence, The Summer Set, The Dares @ Porter's Pub
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistlestop
  • Daniel Jackso @ Dizzy's
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • The Staxx Brothers, Drive By Jones @ Winston's
  • Never Say Die Presents: South Bay Wailers @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Ken Club
  • Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Darek Oles, Bob Mintzer @ Neurosciences Institute
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Onyx Room
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Gene Warren @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Hey! Ho! Let's Go! @ The Stage Saloon
  • Trevor Davis @ SDSU
  • Justin James Band @ Gordon Biersch Brewery

Videos: Blind Pilot, The Low Anthem, Mimicking Birds @ Casbah, 10.25.09

I know it's really ridiculous how backlogged I am on posting all this stuff, but I've been to some great shows lately and I figure better late than never. Aside from having been looking forward to seeing Blind Pilot and The Low Anthem, even now, almost a month later, I can say this was one of my favorite shows in recent memory. The show sold out and I remember looking around and wondering how all these people knew Blind placement? a movie soundtrack? the bicycle tour? I dunno, but definitely not a regular Casbah crowd, which is great, except for the fact that people were incredible chatty throughout both openers. I don't know if it's happening more at shows or if my tolerance is just wearing thin, but it is very annoying. Still, I tried to block it out.

The show started with a band from Portland called Mimicking Birds. At the time they reminded me a bit of Fleet Foxes, and after the show I chatted with them and they said their full-length will be released in 2010 on Isaac Brock's label, Glacial Pace. Between songs the singer shyly looked to the bar and said, "I'm sorry, we just have a couple more songs, but we'll keep it down so we don't interrupt your conversations." The crowd was so loud, I don't think they heard him. Regardless, I thought they were great and bought their EP and look forward to seeing them again.

I've been listening to The Low Anthem since I was given their CD late this summer, and it was their first San Diego show ever, and hopefully they weren't too discouraged by the noise factor to come back. It took about 5 songs for the crowd to actually pay attention, which was a bit of a bummer because they played their quieter songs early in the set and the louder more rockin tunes toward the end. Perhaps if they'd flipped their set around they might've grabbed the crowd sooner, but I think they were trying to play their record somewhat sequentially as it plays like a movie soundtrack.

And last up was Blind Pilot, who are simply amazing. There's something so gentle and fragile about the music, and while I'm sure they were happy to play to a sold out room, I would've liked if the crowd didn't take it upon themselves to make every song a singalong. I guess the testament to a good show is that I woke up for the next week with their songs in my head, especially "Two Towns". From interviews I've read, the band would like to do another bicycle tour, so hopefully they keep San Diego on their radar for the next tour, and maybe a Tuesday night show is better for fans to avoid the weekend warrior behavior that was prevalent in the room.

I recorded several songs on video. Here's one of my favorites from the night, the rest are after the jump if you 'keep on reading'. Also, if you're interested in reading a great full review of the show, check out the story on SDNN.

The Heavy & The Styletones, Casbah, 10.23.09

I skipped the Why? show on Thursday night at the Loft so when Friday rolled around, I was rearing to go. There were a bunch of things going on that night, too, but I was committed to catching The Heavy once again, as well as seeing The Styletones for their debut Casbah performance. It was a fun Friday- I definitely prefer loud shows on the weekend so the warriors can get a bit more rowdy, and the dancefloor was bouncin. I have to be honest that I definitely enjoyed The Heavy more the last time around, maybe because that show sold out. Following The Styletones made it hard, too, because The Heavy plays to tracks whereas The Styletones have a full horn section. Tough to fill the room with backing tracks, but I'm sure bringing a horn section from the UK just isn't cost effective.

You can see two videos from The Heavy if you 'keep on reading'. That night ended up being a really good one, hitting up Nunu's after the show where I ran into some old friends. I love nights like that.

Noah & The Whale, Robert Francis @ Casbah, 10.21.09

I already posted about Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, and The Builders and The Butchers at the House of Blues on October 20, so if I'm gonna do this sequentially, I'll jump to Wednesday night. While most of my friends were at the sold out Grizzly Bear show at Belly Up, I was more interested in Noah & The Whale and Robert Francis at the Casbah, but it was certainly obvious that the former affected attendance at the latter.

I'd been hearing a lot of buzz about Robert Francis, and after seeing him, it was obvious why. His hearttfelt songs were still gritty enough to give him an edge. The show was just a day after the CD was released and his excitement was palatable. This particular song struck me, and I was glad he'd taken my suggestion to turn off the fan.

I saw Noah & The Whale at Coachella and remembered being bummed that I missed most of their set, so for this show I was right up front to soak it all in, especially because their new record, The First Days of Spring, had been playing incessantly on my stereo since it's release on October 6. The band certainly delivered a stellar performance. They joked that they'd gone to the zoo while in town, but then were attacked by a Grizzly Bear, an obvious acknowledgement of the underwhelming attendance. It didn't matter, though, they still played an amazing set of music for those of us there to bear witness. I shot a bunch of videos and unfortunately the humming of the fan is a bit overpowering, but you can still tell how lovely a performance it was.

The rest of the Robert Francis and Noah & The Whale videos if you 'keep on reading'.

Videos: The Subjects, Bad Veins & Bear Hunter

It's been a while since I've written about any's been kind of a crazy month, but that doesn't mean I don't have a bunch of things to share so I'll try to knock out some posts today.

Reaching back to mid-October (October 19, to be exact), I was happy to catch Bad Veins at the Soda Bar. I've been digging their record out on Dangerbird and though they'd just played a little over a month before this particular show, I thought it was better than their first appearance at the Casbah, probably because their reel to reel was working that has some backing tracks for their songs. The two boys from Ohio seemed to be enjoying themselves, in fact, there was some banter about having gotten wasted the night before with their tourmates, but they still managed to pull off a great set of music.

They were joined for the night by The Subjects from New York, and I realized I'd not seen that band since they played the Casbah on tour with The Walkmen. They're super nice guys and I also very much enjoyed their set. The night was opened by Bear Hunter from Chico who hooked me up with a CD and I've actually been enjoying it quite a lot. I don't have very much luck taking photos at Soda Bar, but at least the videos can give you an idea of the show. There are a bunch if you 'keep on reading'.

The Subjects

Bear Hunter

Monday, November 16, 2009

Contest: Peter, Bjorn & John, Perro Del Mar, Lights On at House of Blues

This Wednesday, 'Casbah presents' is happy to welcome Peter, Bjorn and John to the House of Blues. The trio is currently on tour celebrating 10 years since the band's formation. The special tour features surprise guests, a special birthday light show, whistling contests for concertgoers, merch giveaways, and more. After this tour, PB&J will be going into the studio, so this is your last chance to see them until 2011. Additionally, in every city the band plays, they'll be playing rare old/brand new or never-before-heard songs.

(photo: Johan Bergmark)

Peter, Bjorn & John are also happy to welcome Swedish songstress El Perro Del Mar, critically acclaimed in her own right, along with them on tour. Her latest release, Love Is Not Pop was released on October 20. Download "Change of Heart"here (right click and "save target as")

And last but certainly not least, is an sd:dialed in local fave, Lights On, who are not only opening the show in San Diego, but in Los Angeles, too.

Tickets are still available for the show, but I've got a special package for one lucky winner and their guest. Since Peter, Bjorn and John are celebrating a birthday of sorts, email us at and tell us your worst birthday present ever and we'll pick one lucky winner to receive a pair of tickets to the show, a PB&J t-shirt, music, and a meet and greet with the band before the show, courtesy of Indigenous. Use the subject "Birthday" and a winner will be chosen by noon the day of the show, so include your full name and phone number so we can give you a call. Good luck!

Things To Do In San Diego: November 16, 2009

Monday November 16, 2009 :
  • Anti Monday League Presents Pinback, Bellini, Nothingful in the Atari Lounge @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Loch Lomond, Horse Feathers @ The Loft
  • A Fine Frenzy, Landon Pigg, Among the Oak and Ash @ Belly Up
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Breaker Breaker One Niner, RVIVR, The Bertos @ Radio Room
  • Pop Culture Trivia Contest @ Whistle Stop
  • Pokey LaFarge @ Soda Bar
  • Ancient History, Arms Entwined, The Notice @ Ruby Room
  • Mary Barringer, Harpsichord @ Athenaeum Music Arts & Library
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Dreadful Children, Ill Gotten Gainz, Back Alley Hooligans @ Club Kadan
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Michele Lundeen @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Rock en Espanol @ Cafe Sevilla
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • The Bigfellas @ Larry's Beach Club (Oceanside)
  • Caleb Jude Green, Trevor Davis @ Java Jones

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 14-15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009:

  • The Dutchess and the Duke, Greg Ashley, Christmas Island, Little Claw @ Casbah
  • Julian Plenti (Interpol) signing @ M-Theory Music (3-4pm)
  • FM 94/9 Presents Julian Plenti, I'm in You @ House of Blues
  • The Long and Short Of It, Solar Wimp, Fkenal @ Radio Room
  • Sunnyside, Boom Boom Kids, Thats Incredible (Toysthatkill, Soviettes), Pop Bottle Bomber @ Ken Club
  • River City, Whiskey Saints, The Western Set, DJ Gonzo @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Electric Tickle Machine, DJs Mikey Face and Angie @ Bar Pink
  • Exene Cervenka, A.M. Vibe @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Flobots, Kinetix, After School Special, DJ Kechup - Tomato Labz, Kid Without Radio @ Soma
  • "Voices" feat Heavy Glow, This Is Manic, Live Art, DJs & More @ Onyx Room
  • Bitter Sober, Lauren DeRose, Kera and the Lesbians, Saucy Monky @ Ruby Room
  • An Evening with Keller Williams @ Belly Up
  • Lisa the Lush, The Nightbirds, The Napoleon Complex CD Release, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Anni Rossi, Headlights, Boomsnake, Pomegrates @ Soda Bar
  • The Lyon Crowns, DJ Chris Cutz spinning Rock 80’s/Throwbacks Dance @ U-31
  • Tori Roze, Nicole Torres @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Exene Cervenka, A.M. Vibe @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • New Day Mile, Method Rising, Deliverance Machine, Logans Theory @ O'Connell's
  • Giant Peach @ Tio Leo's
  • Brenda Xu, Joanie Mendenhall, Terry Matsuoku @ Lestat's
  • JedX, Authentic Sellout, The Love Jones, Backdrifter, Band of Good Men @ Brick By Brick
  • Nectarine @ Tiki
  • C28 Presents The Crucified, xLooking Forwardx, Braveheart, Death Comes Fast @ Epicentre
  • The Watchlist, Warsaw @ Winston's
  • Fight: Pacquiao vs Cotto, Southbay Roots Presents Bredren, Roots Covenant, Maitland Roots, DJ Rude Roots, Bobby Dread @ 710 Beach Club
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Buddy Guy @ Dreamcatcher Showroom at Viejas
  • Gehenna, Crime Desire @ Che Cafe
  • Club Salsa @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Scour, Aghori, One Theory, Kavena, Middle Finger, Drain'd @ Dreamstreet
  • Chet Cannon @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Curtis Slagado @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9;30pm-1:30am)
  • Hiroshima @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Mater Natura @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Peter Mulvey, Krista Detor @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Tramps Like Us #2 Virgin Tears, Julien-K DJs, The Delta Fiasco (DJ Set) @ Voyeur
  • Club 80s @ Kadan
  • Edgar Winter @ Poway Center For The Performing Arts
  • Maren Parusel @ Wit's End
  • Mainly Mozart: This Land Is Your Land @ Kassebaum Theatre (Chula Vista)
  • The Ultimate Doo Wop Show feat The Drifters, The Flamingos, The Contours, Jimmy Clanton, Daddy G & The Church Street Five @ Civic Theatre
  • Jean-Philippe Collard Plays Saint Saens @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, November 15, 2009:

  • Supersuckers, The Last Vegas, Cockpit, Riot Brides @ Casbah
  • Pinback, Joe Jack Talcum @ Belly Up
  • Club NME launch party feat. The Drums, Dash Jacket, DJ Skullcrusher @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Fun., Dusty Rhodes & The River Band, White Apple Tree @ Soma
  • GWAR, Job for a Cowboy, The Red Chord @ House Of Blues (7:30 pm)
  • Lover!, Bass Drum Of Death @ Bar Pink
  • Acoustic Nights 1 yr Anniversary Show: Wendy Bailey, Peter Hall, Brooke Mackintosh,
  • Veronica May, Mike McGill, Gregory Page @ Swedenborg hall (1531 Tyler Ave)
  • Bomba Estereo - DJ Heber, Audio Treats. LFC Viewing Party @ Beauty Bar
  • Chrones Disease and ColitisFundraiser ( feat. Mad Martigan + more tba @ Ruby Room
  • Ape Machine, The Kabbs, Roxy Jones, Northern Lights @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe Of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Chaz, The Gladstone Bags, Honky Horn, Bad Mouth @ Radio Room
  • Mexican Switchblade with Djs Muchacho D-Hey and Lord Hammer @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Happy Ron’s Open Mic Night w/ featured guest Rusty Jones @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents an acoustic showcase @ O'Connell's
  • Selena Gomez, Allstar@ House of Blues (3pm)
  • Paul Zepol, Uncle Indie @ Lestat's
  • Comeback Kid, Mother of Mercy, Dead Swans, Ration The Truth, Days of Struggle @ Epicentre
  • Divine Hershey, Gigan, One Theory, Under The Stone @ Brick By Brick
  • Poison Ivy @ Winston's (5-8pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Dueling Pianos @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps feat. DJ Mario O and friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Stelita @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (10am-2pm)
  • Reggie Smith @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8pm-12am)
  • Disconnected with DJs Barnesey & Mike Reed @ Kadan
  • Hansel and Gretel (presented by Lyric Opera San Diego) @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • SUDS feat. Adam Salter (& Mike Delgado's B-day) @ Wit's End
  • Jean-Philippe Collard Plays Saint Saens @ Copley Symphony Hall

Friday, November 13, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 13, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009:

  • Andy Robillard’s Going Away Party feat. Rafter, Free*Stars, The Old In Out, and DJ The Night Rocker @ Soda Bar
  • Buraka Som Sistema, Inspired Flight, Dub Traffik Control @ Casbah
  • The Midwinters, Ellamae, Family Wagon, DJ Morgan Young @ Beauty Bar
  • Suicidal Tendencies, Sprung Monkey, Good Guys in Black @ House of Blues
  • Elijah Emanuel and the Revelations, World Anthem, Tommy Dubs and DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Team Abraham, Black Market @ Bar Pink
  • Scion Presents Feel The Noise Electro Dance Hosted By May*Star feat Little Red Radio w/DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Club Pussy Galore feat Syndicate, Buried Under Carrots, DJs Robin Roth & Terryn @ Whistle Stop
  • 4 minutes Til Midnight, Life in 24 Frames @ Ruby Room
  • Arson Academy, Secret Seven, My Elysian @ Ken Club
  • Rhythm and the Method , Loren LaRocca , and Grapes of Jade @ Radio Room
  • Peru (members of Doves and Desperados) Feat Dj Junior (from Sunday Times) @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Lisa Sanders, Mary Dolan, Annie Dru @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents Save Amos, The Atom Age, The Bombpops @ O'Connell's
  • BGP, Ernie Halter, Tony Lucca @ Lestat's
  • Sore Eyes, Trauma Deville, Her Bed Of Thorns, Dead Record @ Brick By Brick
  • Tornado Magnets @ Tiki
  • Epicentre 10 Year Anniversary feat. The Colourist, Goodnight Caulfield, This City District
  • Canobliss, Sunday Girl, Six Reasons @ Winston's
  • Happy Hour with Atomic Groove@ Belly Up (5:30 pm)
  • Stranger, Kapakahi, River Bottom Rockers @ 710 Beach Club
  • Gayle Skidmore @ Tio Leo's
  • DJ Ratstar @ El Dorado
  • Bedford Grove, The New Archaic, Pullman Standard, Westfire, The Cathedrals @ Soma
  • All Leather, Drug Wars, Aristides @ Che Cafe
  • Eclipse Club Dance Party @ The Loft, UCSD
  • One Dying Secret, Silshoda, On The Line, Pivotal Motion, Random Gibberish, Blue Marble @ Dreamstreet
  • Jaeryoung Lee @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Plato Soul @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30pm-1:30am)
  • Radio Exa Party @ 4th & B
  • Jon Mayer, Rufus Reid, Roy McCurdy @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Chris Pierce, Amber Rubarth @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Hansel and Gretel (presented by Lyric Opera San Diego) @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • SD Jumpoff w/ DJ Unite @ Kadan
  • Trent Cantrelle, Tara Brookes @ Voyeur
  • FRESH feat. Cowboy Mike, Alan B., DJ Ad, DJ Ricker, Paul Najera, Puga, John Discount, Monstak, Armand Van Rex @ Spin
  • Jean-Philippe Collard Plays Saint Saens @ Copley Symphony Hall

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 12, 2009

Thursday November 12, 2009:

  • Russian Circles, Red Sparowes, Young Widows @ Casbah
  • Raveonettes, The Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls presented by FM 94.9 @ Belly Up
  • Afro-punk presents "The Niggy Tardust Experience" featuring Saul Williams, American Fangs @ House of Blues Delta Room
  • Soda Bar 1 Year Anniversary Party with Apes of Wrath, Roxy Jones, Deatheater, The Old In Out, Bunky @ Soda Bar
  • Prize Country, Loom, Rats Eyes, Life Deposits @ Radio Room
  • The Sound of Quiet Punx 1 Year Anniversary Show feat Black Mamba, The Paddle Boat, Trashcan Fires, Derek Papa @ Whistlestop
  • Lover!, Weatherbox @ Bar Pink
  • Third Eye Blind, Grand Buffet @ House of Blues
  • Maren Parusel, The Daredevil Christopher Wright, Paper Forest @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Gin Blossoms, Mike Gardner @ Anthology
  • Vinyl Film, Shapes of Future Frames, Heavy Glow, Moonbeams @ Ruby Room
  • Earthmen and Strangers, Thin Man, Becky Lee & Drunkfoot @ Tower Bar
  • Sex Mannequin, Shark Attack @ Voyeur
  • David Choi, Kenny Eng @ Lestat's
  • 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop with DJ Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Rhythm & The Method @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • DJ Rainboh, Lion Cut, Microphone Mike, Sugar and Gold, DJ Head$hake @ Beauty Bar
  • Blackout Party, Bossmusik Entertainment @ 4th & B
  • White Tie Affair, Every Avenue, Stereo Skyline, Runner Runner @ Porter's Pub
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • The Bill Magee Blues Band @ Patrick's II
  • Double Standard @ Second Wind Santee
  • Deeper Purple, OU812 @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Better Chemistry @ Winston's
  • Grown Folk House Band @ El Dorado
  • Lisa Campbell @ Indulge La Jolla
  • Metro @ Valley View Casino
  • Allen Mautner, Big Fat Soul, John Sheppard @ Longboard's PB
  • Elements of Hip Hop @ The Loft
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Jason Weiss @ Bluegrass Jam @ Todays Pizza (Encinitas)
  • Roots Covenant @ Gallagher's Pub
  • Rhythm Method, DJ Swoll @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Java Joe's @ Cafe Libertalia
  • Zank Donavan Nugent, Jesse LaMonaca @ The Bitter End
  • Eamon Carroll @ The Field
  • Hoist the Colors @ Dublin Square
  • Ricky Small @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Hear No Evil @ Fenway's
  • 91X Prents: Local Music- Battle of the Bands @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Lifters, Eric Daniel @ Tiki House
  • Southern Storm, Deadline to Madison, IDS @ Dreamstreet
  • Scott Carter & New Breed @ Dick's Last Resort
  • Watch Us Burn, Guns For Children @ The Stage Saloon
  • Blessure Grave, Wet Hair, Talk Normal, Entertainment @ Music Trader (Sports Arena)
  • Full Blown Stone @ SDSU Aztec Center @ noon
  • Jenna Lacy @ Universal Hillcrest
  • Harmony Road @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Rockin' Johnny White presents: Bands TBA @ Brick by Brick
  • Skelpin @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Roots Vision, Subliminal Trip, Shoreline Rootz, Citizen X, POS @ The Jumping Turtle
  • The Rebecca Kleinmann Sextet @ Dizzy's

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Photos: SD:Dialed In 3 yr. Anniversary show @ Casbah, 11/9/09

(I was pretty busy running around on Monday night to focus on the task of taking photos for the anniversary show, so my friend Tim stepped up. Below his words and photos. -rosey)

What a great show at the Casbah, my favorite venue to see local music. My only small gripe (as with many of the clubs here in SD) are the harsh stage lights. They often set the proper vibe to listen to good bands, but tend to pose a challenge when taking photos. It was refreshing to see two out of the three bands brought their own creative lighting techniques.

The Moviegoers

Swim Party

Lights On

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 10-11, 2009

Thanks to everyone who came out to the anniversary show and made it such a special night. But as you know, this city doesn't take a on to the next show.

Tuesday November 10, 2009:
  • Electric Six, The Gay Blades, Millions of Brazilians @ Casbah
  • Warrior King and Gyptian, Lloyd Hemmings and the Aces, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up
  • Yellow Fever, Heavy Hawaii, Nude Boy, Jungle Fever @ Soda Bar
  • Nena Anderson @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Band Showcase Competition @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Aires and Graces, One Win Choice, Astpai, Youth Envy @ Radio Room
  • Too Cool for Karaoke: Election Night, Guilty Pleasures @ Ruby Room
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Exotiki @ Bar Pink
  • presents: Vulgarity, Sweet Tooth @ Brick by Brick
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Vokab Company @ U-31
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • The Tail Draggers @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistlestop
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • SD Local Radio. Com Presents @ Winston's
  • Her Bed of Thorns, guests @ O'Connell's
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Onyx Room
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • 2 Guys Will Move U @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Miki Vale @ Queen Bee's
  • Void808 @ The Stage Saloon
  • Acoustic Leo Rising, Amberly Palmer-Bailey @ Hennessey's Carlsbad

Wednesday November 11, 2009:

  • Dear and the Headlights, Kinch, Long Live Logos, Rajiv Patel @ Casbah
  • Prize Country @ X1FM Open Door Sessions
  • Loud & Rich: Richard Thompson & Loudon Wainwright III @ Belly Up
  • Everclear, Clayton Senne, Derek Evans @ House of Blues
  • Telegraph Canyon (early show), Soul Clap & Dance-Off with Mr. Jonathon Toubin & Ian Svenonious @ Bar Pink
  • Awesome New Republic, SO3, Inspired Flight, Ken Flagg @ Ruby Room
  • TBA @ Soda Bar
  • Maren Parusel @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Bedford Grove, Pullman Standard @ Active Ride Shop @ 3pm (Mission Valley)
  • Hot Buttered Rum @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Halfway House with DJ Thor @ Whistlestop
  • Live Wednesday's Presents: The Makepeace Brothers, Lee Coulter, Katie Leigh, Guava Belly @ U-31
  • Christ on Parade, Attitude Adjustment, Systematic Abuse, Captain Planet @ Radio Room
  • Great Big Sea, Jeremy Fisher @ Anthology
  • Kera & The Lesbians, Dutchess, The paragraphs @ Beauty Bar
  • Dynamite Walls @ The Saloon (Encinitas)
  • Attack Attack, I Set My Friends on Fire, Miss May I, Our Last Night, Color Morale @ Soma
  • Joe Wood & The Lonely Ones @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Vivera, Monkeys in Space, Ad-Seg, Counter Launch @ Dreamstreet
  • Dueling Pianos @ Winston's
  • Los Hollywood, DJ Rue @ The Office
  • A Night of Belly Dancers and Music @ Lestat's
  • Night Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Missy Anderson @ Patrick's II
  • Jeff Moore & The Witch Doctors @ The Kraken
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Private Domain @ Dick's Last Resort
  • Three Fifths Human, guest @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • King Fish Turner Band @ Coyote Bar
  • Dead to Me, Breaker Breaker One Niner, Prosthetic Arms, Strike Twelve @ O'Connell's
  • Intransit Audio, Phil Bellante, Bryan Bangerter, Wendy Bailey @ The Bitter End
  • Gene Warren @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Nena Anderson @ Firehouse American Eatery And Lounge (PB)
  • Michael Tiernan @ En Fuego Cantina

Monday, November 09, 2009

Things To Do In San Diego: November 9, 2009

It's finally here! 3 Years of San Diego: Dialed In. Hope to see everyone tonight!

Monday, November 9, 2009:
  • SD:Dialed In Anniversary Show - Lights On, Swim Party, The Moviegoers @ Casbah
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Sara Petite, Lisa Sanders, Chris Zach @ Athenaeum Music Arts & Library
  • Nothingful (Sasha’s B-Day Bash) @ Soda Bar
  • Bodhi, Cabuloan, Fractophone @ Ruby Room
  • Best Fwends, Totally Michael, Jehova's Fitness @ Che Cafe
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Chet Cannon's Blue Monday Blues Party @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • V.A.M.P. Presents: "Wanderlust" @ Whistle Stop
  • Salt of the Earth @ Club Kadan
  • Doug Allen, Suzzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Delta Heat @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Shawline Expression @ Red Fox Steakhouse
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Trai, John January @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Rock en Espanol @ Cafe Sevilla
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Jaeryoung Lee Jazz Trio @ Lyceum Theatre
  • Cetas Aspire, Alan Land @ Larry's Beach Club (Oceanside)

Friday, November 06, 2009

Get Ready For The Rumble!

There are a lot of people that I talk to that would love to see more shows and pay attention to what's happening in local music but who just can't because life gets in the, early morning day jobs, lack of disposable cash...what have you. For this reason, I'm really excited about this month's Rumble at Casbah happening tomorrow. The show is absolutely FREE, there will be free food and Trumer Pils drink specials, and a great lineup of music. The bands for this month's Rumble are Apes of Wrath, Awol Nation, and The Old In Out. Even if you're going to something later, the show is from 3-6pm which gives you plenty of time before heading off to the anniversary show at 4th & B, Transfer at Beauty Bar, Fashion Whore at Ruby Room, Beer Week activities, or any of the other great things going on in town.

As an added bonus, I will have a pair of VIP tickets to the sold out FM 94/9 Anniversary show happening the same night at 4th & B. I've been asked to sell merch for Matt Costa at the late Casbah show tomorrow night and so I won't be able to make the Fm 94/9 show after all. I'll have a raffle set up at the merch booth, just enter your name and phone number and I'll choose a winner before Apes of Wrath takes the stage and you can find me to grab your tickets. My loss is your gain. And Casbah matinee shows just rock. There's something just really fun about being there when the sun is still out on the patio. Hope to see everyone there.

Videos: Sea Wolf & Sara Lov at Belly Up, 11.5.09

Last night was busy. We started at M-Theory, went to dinner at Urban Solace (delicious but next time I'm getting the chicken), swung by Queen Bee's to say hi to the boys in Holy Rolling Empire, then went to Belly Up for Sara Lov and Sea Wolf. Not to mention after the show, catching the end of the Bloodflowers set at Bar Pink and me finishing my night with my friends at the Ken Club and then doing the weekend listings till 6 am. So there. Please don't ever tell me you're tired...but back to the Belly Up.

Sea Wolf always delivers a solid performance and I guess I've seen them about 4 times now and they're the kind of band that I may not listen to all the time around the house, then I see them and remember all of my favorite songs and then go back into a Sea Wolf phase. A reviewer said they were like Arcade Fire and I totally don't get that vibe at all. Alex reminds me more of Jeff Tweedy and Wilco circa- A.M. but maybe that's not entirely accurate either. Regardless, I love the band, and opener Sara Lov didn't disappoint either. She was actually pretty hilarious because she wasn't able to bring a backup band on the road, so she explained that she had them record their parts and then pressed them to vinyl. So aside from a couple songs with a couple Sea Wolf members, she played along with a record player. I'm a little bummed I didn't record her Arcade Fire cover of "My Body Is A Cage", but you can listen to it on her MySpace page.

Anyway, this was actually the last Sea Wolf video I recorded of the night, but I imagine there are gonna be a bunch of Twi-hards looking for this song, as it appears on the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack...(and I have to say, I haven't seen the 1st movie or read the books, but the soundtrack stands alone as a killer compilation of music). The rest of the videos from the night if you 'keep on reading'.

Sea Wolf "The Violet Hour"

(This was my favorite song of the night)