Friday, December 31, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: December 31, 2010-January 2, 2011

You better do it up big tonight because the rest of the weekend has slim pickins'. Weekend listings are after the jump.

Friday, December 31 , 2010:

  • Transfer, Rafter, The Shape of Future Frames, Low Volts (Atari Lounge) @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • Crocodiles, Heavy Hawaii, Raw Moans, Mrs. Magician @ Soda Bar ($12)
  • NYE Extravaganza feat. Wet Bandits, Cuckoo Chaos, Fingers Missing, Chairs Missing, Space Nature @ The Treehouse (3380 C St. between 33rd & 34th. $5 "donation" get you in and all you can drink keg beer. This is a private residence.)
  • NYE 2011 feat. DJ Ryan Hand, Lights On, Dudes, D/Wolves, The New Kinetics @ Tin Can (No Cover)
  • The Mother Hips, Billy Midnight, Nicki Bluhm and The Gamblers @ Belly Up
  • Manchest & Her @ The Ould Sod
  • Swami's New Years Heave feat. The Creepy Creeps, The Swami Sound System @ Bar Pink
  • Ziggy ShuffleDust and The Spyders from Mars, Geezer (as Weezer/The Beastie Boys) Dubstep & Glitch by Hannibal Selektor & Free Mace @ Ruby Room ($20 Cover, Free Wells from 9-11pm)
  • The Zeros, New Mexico, The Dabbers, Gun Runner, Wild Weekend DJs @ Eleven ($13 adv/$15 door)
  • DJ Lethal Ethan & Guests @ Whistle Stop ($5 cover)
  • Nihilist, Eukaryst, The Bastards, DJs Old Man Andy & Sam Hitz @ The Shakedown (Benefit for Washington St. Skatepark Assoc.)
  • NYE Party with Chango Rey and His Broken Heart Beat, Thee Nottinghams, DJs Mikey Ratts, Juliancito, Chango Rey @ Til Two Club (No Cover)
  • Samiam, Tiltwheel, The Situation @ Ken Club
  • Cash'd Out @ Gallagher's
  • White Riot: NYE Rager with DJs Ayla Simone, Havok, Richy the Kid @ U-31
  • DJ Beatnik & Guest DJs @ The Office
  • NYE 2011 Victory Nightlife Block Party @ House of Blues
  • NYE Celebration @ The South Park Abbey
  • The Devastators @ Winston's (No Cover)
  • Boom Snap, The Chimney Fish @ 710 Beach Club (No Cover)
  • NYE Bass Odyssey feat. Whizard, Skandar, Bren-ton, Mateo, Delano, Austin Speed, Wallkrawler, Vagitron, Arkon, Pure Boom Hi-Fi, Argyle @ Kava Lounge
  • Dance Party with Saul Q @ Livewire (No Cover)
  • South American NYE Party feat. The Bossa @ Prohibition (No presale, $20 at the door)
  • Moonshake NYE feat. Mark E Quark, Dr Indulgent, Bob Dazzla, Billa @ Kadan (No Cover)
  • Clay Davis @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Candye Kane @ Belly Up (Happy Hour, 5:30 pm)
  • Giant, L.E.D., & Lifted Entertainment present NYE 2011 feat. Dirty South, LA Riots, Yusef, Jason "Idol" Videna, Paul Najera, Cris Herrera, Sean Wilson, Tony Lee, Alan B and more @ 4th & B (additional after hours hosted by Fortune party til 4am)
  • Sky Ladd Quartet Jazz Dinner Show @ Anthology (Early Show 5:30pm)
  • Feelin Alright NYE with Dave Mason @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Cherries Jubilee (jazz band, cabaret, vaudeville) @ The Marble Room (early show 7pm, late show sold out)
  • Designer Drugs, Brazzabelle @ Voyeur
  • DJs Smooth, Ramsey, & Adam @ PB Bar & Grill
  • Omo Ache feat. Saoco Son, Omo Ache Cuban Dance Co., DJ Vidal Cordova @ Tango Del Rey
  • NYE feat. Super Karaoke & DJ Cheyenne Giles @ Analog
  • Zenbu Fridays with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff
  • NYE Prom feat. Groundfloor, Adam Salter, Hosted by May*Star @ El Dorado
  • Hot Rod Lincoln, The Heroes @ Valley View Casino
  • DJ Jim Blair @ Urban Mo's
  • NYE 2011 with Twisted Dee & Phil B, Casey Alva & Luis Perez @ Spin
  • Sid Vicious & Rico DeLargo @ Fluxx
  • No Cover NYE Party feat. Fingers, Billy O, Chris Joslin, Mateo @ Ripassi Rooftop (Porto Vista Hotel, Little Italy)
  • NYE MMXI feat. Travis Howe @ Bar West (PB)
  • NYE Extravaganza feat. The Royal Polynesian floor show @ Bali Hai
  • West Coast Club Life Presents Eyes Wide Shut @ Pacific View South Mesa Club, Camp Pendleton
  • Resolve feat. DJ Sach-a-mo @ Arterra ($75 with dinner/$35 Party Only)
  • NYE Beach Party 2011 feat. Chris Cutz, Fresh One, Mikey Beats, DJ Who, Paolo da Rosa, DJ Demon, DJ Niques @ The Catamaran Resort
  • NYE @ Quality Social (All inclusive food & drink available)
  • NYE Live feat. DJs Nick G, Josser & Eddy Santana from Ghetto House Radio, Alex Dreamz, Este, Andy D'arrigo, Chris Loisi, J-Sin @ Ivy at Andaz Hotel
  • Epic NYE 2011 feat. Moby, Afrojack, Ferry Corsten, Jason Ross, DJ Homicide, Hyper Crush, Don Santino, Johnny James, Cowboy Mike, Stir Crazy @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
  • Big Night San Diego feat. Scooter & Lavelle, Happee, Edgartronic, Mike Czech, Mike G, Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, The Metro Band, Jet West and more @ Hilton Bayfront
  • NYE 2011 Anthony Ross, Yan Lehert, Hyena (live), Pleasure Victim & Av One, Gabe Vega, Erick Diaz, Colour Vision, Qenoe and more@ W Hotel
  • NYE 2011 feat. Robbie Rivera & Danny Love, Eric D-Lux & Craig Smoove, Chris Garcia & Tony Arzadon, Jon Dadon, Kurch, Al Squared, Erik Till & RI @ Hard Rock Hotel
  • Downtown Countdown NYE 2011 feat. N.R.G., DJ Apaulo8, DJ Carlo, DJ Osal8 @ Horton Plaza Event Space
  • NYE Yacht Party 2011 feat. The 80'z All Stars Band, dance club deck, smooth tunes open air deck @ Hornblower
  • NYE 2011 feat. DJ Angle, DeeJay O, Tara Brooks, Matt Natoli, Conner Shean, DJ BDP and UCSD DVC DJ@ Se San Diego Hotel
  • Bottoms Up NYE 2011 feat. DJ Rooster, DJ Ramsey @ San Diego Marriott Gaslamp
  • Party Your Pants Off feat. DJ JCee, Dave Booda & Generic @ The Local
  • NYE feat. DJ Dik, DJ Rags @ Boudoir

Saturday, January 1, 2011:

  • Pato Banton with Now Generation featuring Kelly Love Jones, Cootdog from Mystic Roots Band, I-Levi from Rising Son, April "Harmony" Waller, Professor Einstein and Empress Akua @ Belly Up
  • Bobby Pena and The Stowaways, The Heart Beat Trail, The Cetaceans @ Tin Can
  • Cozy Corners @ Eleven
  • May*Star's Fashion Whore (Black Swan Ballet Theme) feat. DJs Mustache, David Afterlife, Do It Digital @ Ruby Room
  • BrokenBeat Night @ Kadan
  • Andy Clockwise & guests @ Soda Bar
  • The Gregory Page Show @ Lestat's
  • John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • Anthology House Band Motown Revue @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Radio Latina Salsa Party @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Ascension feat. Robin Roth & Tom King @ Kava Lounge
  • DJ Mac Luv @ Fluxx
  • Salute To Vienna New Year 2011 @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, January 2, 2011:

  • Salsa Sunday with Orquesta Primo @ Belly Up
  • Todd Day Wait & The Golden Hills Blues Band, solo sets by Residents of 23rd St. @ Soda Bar
  • Cactus Jacks & Friends @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Open Mic Rap @ Kadan
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Common Ground (Funk remixes, reggae edits, hip-hop mashups) feat. Danny Massure and friends @ The Office
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnson @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • SoloVox @ Kava Lounge

The Dresden Dolls & Jason Webley @ House of Blues San Diego, 11.30.2010

Last night I had the pleasure of attending my first ever Dresden Dolls show. While familiar with the band's catalog, I've personally never really connected with their punk cabaret, but after seeing the show last night, with diehard fans singing along, wearing costumes, and feeling part of their own community, it was impossible not to feel joy and warmth at the show.

Jason Webley kicked off the night. A solo performer, he only had about a thirty minute set and with the length of his songs coupled with his banter and orchestrating the crowd for singalongs, this translated to just about 6 songs, but he was truly captivating. He started his set with just his accordion and a lifted wood stage that had mics for percussive stomping effects. He is heading of on a pretty massive tour, and will play a show on January 6 at Park Gallery, which will definitely be a show worth catching. It's a tiny space and he'll be playing with The Burning of Rome. We'll make sure to have it in next week's listings as a reminder.

The Dresden Dolls came out and gave a very dramatic theatrical punk cabaret performance. Though I had to leave mid-set, they performed for nearly two hours and gave the all ages crowd exactly what they wanted. The duo isn't on a full tour, only playing San Diego and San Francisco, so dedicated fans came from far and wide to catch the show. When I arrived at the House of Blues just before 7, the line was snaking around the block. We had planned on dinner in the restaurant, but with a 45 minute to an hour wait, wandered to San Diego Berr Company instead. When we finished, the line was still wrapped around the building, but I used my best covert operation and got in with enough time to situate myself for photos. Amanda Palmer has quite famously embraced social media, so there was an open camera policy and those of us with photo passes were never asked to leave the pit. It was crowded with 7 photographers, but they only lasted a couple songs and I waited them out and was the lone person in the pit before deciding that I'd maxed out and gotten the shots I needed. I took 300 photos, below is a slideshow of the decent ones.

R.I.P. Stimy

The local music community is closing out 2010 with some sad news. Michael Steinman, who everybody knew as Stimy, has passed away. The singer of seminal San Diego bands Inch, Sub-Society, and Congress of The Cow was a legend around town but had been living in Colorado for several years. In October, he returned to San Diego for the Livewire Anniversary party and from what I'm told, blew everyone away in a way only he could. Details of his death have not been released but word spread like wildfire across Facebook and friends and family are reeling at the shocking news.

I didn't know Stimy personally, but as someone who followed the local music scene from a very young age, I had the opportunity to see Sub-Society and Inch numerous times and loved that they were open to playing all ages shows back then. The impact that this bands had on San Diego's music development are still felt today. If more details and information on services become available, I will post them here.

Stimy at Live Wire 10910 © Michael Klayman-002

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: December 30, 2010

I still have New Years Eve tickets for Casbah and Eleven up for grabs, so make sure you read my older post and shoot me an email. I'll pick a winner for each show before the Dresden Dolls show tonight at HoB, so that will be your deadline. I still have to scour for more weekend events, so I'll also be updating that later tonight.

Thursday December 30, 2010:
  • Casbah Presents: The Dresden Dolls, Jason Webley @ House of Blues
  • Meg & Bryan @ West Coast Tavern
  • Inspired Flight (with special guest Scarab of Living Legends), Jamuel Saxon, Griefshare @ Casbah
  • New Years Eve Eve Ball feat. The Wrong Trousers, The Smart Brothers, Kenny Eng @ Lestat's
  • B-Side Players, Arise @ Belly Up
  • Gatsby Nights w/ Mr. Gregory Page & His Imaginary Orchestra, Daniele Spadavecchia, DJ Douglas Leclair, DJ Danny Massure @ The Office
  • The Cigarette Bums, The Bloodflowers, The Shantyannes @ Soda Bar
  • Mystery Cave, Italic Indian, Joint Chief, T. Putnam Hill @ Tin Can
  • Jazz West @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Jure Grado, Manorlady, Of Sons and Ghosts @ Ruby Room
  • Particle, Quactus @ Winston's
  • Mad For Mary, Modern Radio @ Island Sports & Spirits
  • Smash Atoms @ Kensington Club
  • Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ El Dorado
  • Dave Mason @ Anthology
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's
  • Moonlight Serenade Orchestra @ The Lucky Star Restaurant (54th & University)
  • Million, BBM & Uncutt Music, H-Snipez, Kenny Vic, Kapz Tha Titan, Boogie B., Keymon Dial, O.F.I, DA P.H.A.M, Toni Mash, D' Poitt, J.Huss @ Brick By Brick
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Vamp: Holidays Vol: 2 @ Whistle Stop
  • L.E.D. Presents: Brodinski @ Voyeur
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Club 80's @ Club Kadan
  • Bill Magee Blues band @ Patrick's II
  • Social Green @ Boar Cross'n
  • Tower XVI, Rundown, Fat 20 @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Benny Hollman @ Valley View Casino
  • J.A.A.M. Kwest @ Gallagher's
  • Zack Carpenter @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Sandy Chappel @ Cafe LaMaze
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Therapy w/ DJs Serhat & Shane @ Kava Lounge

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

In the Red at Eleven, 12/17/10

In the Red at Eleven 121710 © Michael Klayman-001

In the Red is playing tonight at Soda Bar, along with Terremoto and Bastard. It should be a fun show. Here's some photos from their show at Eleven a couple weeks ago.

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In the Red at Eleven 121710 © Michael Klayman-010

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NYE 2011: Ticket Giveaway for Casbah & Eleven

I was up until 7am attempting to compile the most comprehensive NYE guide that I could. My listings are all here, but being a live music oriented site, I wanted to highlight two huge shows going down.

The first is taking place at the Casbah featuring Transfer, Rafter, The Shape of Future Frames, and Low Volts in the Atari Lounge. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if it doesn't sell out beforehand) and can be purchased HERE.

The other biggie is taking place at Eleven. The show features The Zeros, New Mexico, The Dabbers, Gun Runner and the Wild Weekend DJs. This show is $13 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased HERE.

There are plenty of other live music events that night, including a free show at Tin Can with DJ Ryan Hand, Lights On, Dudes, D/Wolves, The New Kinetics, so don't write off your usual music hotspots for your New Years Eve festivities.

The Casbah and Eleven have both generously given me a pair of guest list spots each to giveaway. Send me an email at sddialedin at gmail with the venue of your choice in the subject. Include your first and last name and a phone number. I will pick a winner for each show tomorrow evening and notify you via email. Must be 21 to enter. Tickets will be at will call and are non-transferable.

Update: Congrats to Mark A and Kevin K for winning the tickets.

Favorite Shows of 2010

For the past few weeks, I've had it in my head that I should compile some of my favorite shows and photos and records and songs of the year, but just like I hate "best of" awards, it's all very subjective and there were albums I couldn't live without and shows that changed my life and photo passes that got me super close to some amazing talent, but I still can't wrap my brain around a full post like that. Instead, I went the easy route and I went through all of the videos I've uploaded to YouTube this year and put some of them in a playlist. They're generally in order by date, though I posted the video I've watched the most first, Dawes "A Little Bit of Everything". You can click through the arrows on the right or left to jump through the videos. Most of these were shot in San Diego except for a couple in LA.

Miss Erika Davies at Riviera Supper Club, 12/13/10

A brat, a beer, MNF, and Miss Erika Davies, all for $8 at the Riviera? Why yes!

Miss Erika Davies at Riviera 121310 © Michael Klayman-005

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Dirty Gold Debut Show at Tin Can, 12.17.2010

I started this post a couple weeks ago and didn't realize I never got around to finishing. Sorry for that. I have been laying uber low (read:being lazy) during the holidays. On Friday (12/17) night I went to M-Theory for Fitz & The Tantrums, then went to The Pastorela at the Lyceum downtown (which was a great performance despite the asshole usher who treated us like shit), and finally got dropped off to catch Dirty Gold's debut performance at Tin Can.

When I arrived, the boys were outside with family and friends waiting to play. The three are all in high school and I have to admit that after all this time with the blog and stuff, I assume they've never heard of this site and I prefer to just hang out and do my thing and check them out so I didn't introduce myself. I just made sure I got a seat up close to capture the performance and take it in. For anyone who hasn't heard, the band has caught some blog love nationally and before even playing publicly, they were picked up by Aquarium Drunkard's Autumn Tone label. The band also got a great write-up on Crawdaddy. The show wasn't without it's bumps, and after playing two songs with vocals cutting in and out, Sarah asked them to wait, she changed the mic channel, and had them start their set all over again from the beginning, much to the pleasure of the crowd.

After the short set, and before the band could be ushered out of the 21+ bar, they were flooded with family and friends posing with them for photos on the stage, and you could here teachers and parents and friends all discussing their associations with the band. It was really cute, actually, and the boys were beaming, as they should be. I imagine you'll be hearing a lot from Dirty Gold and will have plenty of chances to see them in 2011. Below is their full set. You can click the right or left arrows to navigate the YouTube playlist.

Things To Do In San Diego: December 29, 2010

I'm really sorry I screwed up my listings last night. I've included as many NYE events as I could find in my normal sources, but if I missed anything, feel free to leave a comment and I'll update. Additionally, several venues that usually host music are taking he week off (Casbah will be closed from Saturday to Tuesday, for example), so if they're not listed, they either don't have shows or are closed...I can't always hold your hand. Venues have always been slow about posting calendars between months, so it's even worse at the end of the year. Again, if there are more shows updated this weekend, I'll add them as I find them. The final thing is that I have ad inventory available in the new year and this website is dependent on sponsorships. Hit me up if you're interested in sponsoring with banners, sidebar ads, donations, or sponsored listings.

Wednesday December 29, 2010:

  • The Growlers, Little Deadman, Writer, Jamuel Saxon (DJ set) @ Casbah
  • In The Red, Terremoto, Bastard @ Soda Bar
  • Red Hot Wednesday w/DJs Duse & Grimm of The Husky Boy All-Stars @ Bar Pink
  • Yard Dogs Road Show, Mutaytor @ Belly Up
  • Jesse LaMonaca @ Hennessey's (PB)
  • Mighty Mo Rodgers @ Anthology
  • Rock 105.3 and 101 KGB Present: Steel Panther, So Long Davey @ House of Blues
  • Logan Greene & The Bricks @ Park Gallery
  • Add The Color, Shining Through @ The Office
  • The 90 Proof Pissers @ Riviera Supper Club
  • The In Motion Trio + 2 @ Lestat's
  • MC JRE and The E Team, Midnight Jogger, DJ Gonzo @ Tin Can
  • Joy, Wendy Bailey, Hypnotic Odyssey @ Ruby Room
  • Deeper Than The Ocean, Jacqueline Grace @ Stage Saloon
  • Safety Orange @ Hennessey's Gaslamp
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallagher's
  • Christy Bruneau @ Portugalia
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Club Kingston w/ Quino of Big Mountain, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Len Rainey's Midnight Players @ Patrick's ll
  • Acoustic Fooks @ Dublin Square
  • Battle of The Bands @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet, Rob Thorsen @ Super El Camino
  • Airport 81 Reunion w/ Malaysian Bat Boy DJs @ Whistle Stop
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Frankie-Dee & Funk-Natra @ The Kraken
  • Buzz Campbell & Hot Rod Lincoln @ Valley View Casino
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Fuzzy @ Croce's
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • Noize, D-Ba2gs, No Face, Kadamac, Border City, Pedelay The Boss, Mac Dope @ Dreamstreet
  • Metal Fury @ Second Wind Santee
  • Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Steve Portillo & The Banditos @ Cafe LaMaze
  • Kwanzaa Celebration: Ujamaa @ Worldbeat Center
  • Tim Wray @ Cheers (Ramona)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: December 28, 2010

Tuesday December 28, 2010:

  • Winter Jubilee: The Smart Bros., Gregory Page, Sara Petite, The Wrong Trousers, John Meeks, Joanie Mendenhall, Miss Erika Davies, Suzanne Reed @ Casbah
  • Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven @ Belly Up
  • Smash Atoms, Paper Forest, Phen Swan @ Soda Bar
  • Dream Boat, Lumps, Obligerant @ Tin Can
  • April Ventura and The Magnolias @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Craig Prior @ Bar Pink
  • Just Another Snake Cult, Feel Free @ Park Gallery
  • Tommy Price & The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Karl Marx Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Gregory Page and His Make Believe Orchestra @ El Dorado
  • The Shantyannes, more @ Ruby Room
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • 145th Street @ Patrick's ll
  • Dave Booda Acoustic @ Tiki House
  • Worthwhile, In Her Own Words @ 5144 Sunnyside Dr, Bonita
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Sandollar @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hennessey's Vista
  • Kwanzaa Celebration: Ujima @ Worldbeat Center

The Wrong Trousers Return With Two End of the Year Shows

It's been a while since The Wrong Trousers have played around town, but they're playing a couple shows and I thought I'd give them an extra plug because they've always been such great kids.

First, you can see them tonight at the Casbah for The Smart Brothers Winter Jubilee featuring The Smart Brothers, Gregory Page, Sara Petite, The Wrong Trousers, John Meeks , Joanie Mendenhall, Miss Erika Davies, & Suzanne Reed. That is a pretty incredible lineup for $12...

Then on Thursday, December 30th, The Wrong Trousers will appear at Lestat's for their New Years Eve Eve Ball. They'll be joined again by The Smart Brothers and Kenny Eng.
The show is $8 and you get a prize for showing up dressed up.

The Wrong Trousers' New Year's Eve Eve Ball! from Joseph Lorge on Vimeo.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: December 27, 2010

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend...I know I sure did. It was great taking some time off and being with friends and family and still getting out to rock out, like on Christmas Eve for Exile on Kettner Boulevard which was so fun but I still never get over the Casbah having a line out the door! Last night was a blast as well. And to my holiday orphans (and one in particular---you know who you are!) I hope that San Diego didn't disappoint for the holidays.

Monday December 27, 2010:

  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Dash Jacket, Trap Gold, School Knights, The Lovely Bad Things @ Tin Can
  • Burn Your Life Down, Xibalba, Convulsions @ Che Cafe
  • Miss Erika Davies @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Teddy Fantastico's Broken (open) Mic Night @ Soda Bar
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Pyrate Punx Present: Live Bands @ Ruby Room
  • Musical Pursuit trivia w/Name That Tune by Uber Monk (School Of Rock) @ Whistle Stop
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Chet Cannon & The Committee @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • The Get Down @ Club Kadan
  • Dave Scott @ Croce's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Ron Bell @ Cafe La Maze
  • Manic Mondays feat. Junior theDISCOpunk @ Brass Rail
  • Kwanzaa Celebration: Kujichagulia @ Worldbeat Center

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Local Musicians Tristan Prettyman & Jason Mraz Affianced

Last week, there was a sold out Feeding The Soul Foundation benefit at the Neurosciences Institute feat. Bushwalla, Tristan Prettyman "and surprises", according to the press release. Naturally, anyone who is paying attention to the scene here would assume this meant an appearance by Jason Mraz because he's dated Tristan and is buddies with Bushwalla and they've traded appearances on their recordings many times over the years. As expected, he performed but the bigger news is that a few days later, Mraz announced his engagement to Tristan Prettyman via Twitter with a simple statement, "SHE SAID YES." Similarly, she tweeted "For Once, I am speechless" and later "i did good! holy crap! man of my dreams!!! for the rest of my life!!!" Following their tweets, the couple are camping for the holidays. You can read more about it here.

Congratulations to two well loved San Diego musicians.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: December 23-26, 2010

I feel so sorry for my non-Christmas celebrating friends because this weekend is dismal for options if you're not participating in the holiday. My best advice is to get out tonight and join me at West Coast Tavern. I won't begrudge you, however, if you'd rather catch Grammatical B et. al at the Casbah. I'm sure I'll be able to compile some bars that will be open this weekend for those of you who prefer not to partake in Christmas family fun, but for now, here's the short list. (Weekend listings are after the jump. If you work at a bar or restaurant open this weekend, please leave a comment or shoot me an email and I'll update. For holiday orphans, hit me up. We'll have plenty of holiday ham in Chula Vista and welcome all friends to witness our crazy family. Seriously. Nobody should be alone on Christmas and I love you all.)

Thursday, December 23, 2010:

  • sd:dialedin orphan xmas feat. Josh Damigo, Jesse Lamonaca @ West Coast Tavern
  • D-Pain, Grammatical B, Microphone Mike, MC JRE & The Eteam @ Casbah
  • Cash'd Out, River City, Hell on Heels Burlesque @ Belly Up
  • Incomplete Neighbor, Ox Eyes, Samhears @ Soda Bar
  • Halcyonaire, Cascavell, Scruffles @ Tin Can
  • Schmaltz, Mutantspaceboy @ Bar Pink
  • El Monte Slim @ Riviera Supper Club
  • The Mar Dels Christmas Show @ Belly Up 5;30
  • Jordan Reimer, Chad Cavanaugh, Lakin, Scott West @ Lestat's
  • Shakey Legs and The Teardrops, The Unruly Bangs, Happy Zillion Volts @ Eleven
  • Snuffaluffagus, Witt, Miniature Tree, Bro Zen, Dirty Gold @ Che Cafe
  • Fish Out of Water @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage
  • Gatsby Nights w/ Mr. Gregory Page & His Imaginary Orchestra, Daniele Spadavecchia, DJ Douglas Leclair, DJ Danny Massure @ The Office
  • Psydecar @ Winston's
  • All Things Rad Presents: Iron's Xmas Party feat. Profile, Iron Mike, Jay Dread, Question @ El Dorado
  • Hiroshima @ Anthology 7:30 & 9:30
  • Soul Jazz @ Croce's
  • Moonlight Serenade Orchestra @ The Lucky Star Restaurant (54th & University)
  • Bill Magee @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Kyle Sorrell @ Tiki House
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Club 80's @ Club Kadan
  • Louis Fanucchi @ The Office
  • Len Rainey's Midnight Players @ Patrick's II
  • Tim and The 23's @ Hennessey's Carlsbad
  • The Speks, The Mega's, Random Gibberish @ Dreamstreet Live
  • The Heroes @ Valley View Casino
  • Pali Roots @ Gallagher's
  • Zack Carpenter @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Therealaod @ Queen Bee's
  • Sandy Chappel @ Cafe LaMaze
  • Octorox, Metal Priestess @ Second Wind Santee
  • Bankers Hill@ Second Wind Navajo
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Ikah Love & Mateo @ Kava Lounge
  • Rock The Bells with Colour Vision, Supertramp @ AC Lounge

Friday, December 24, 2010:

  • Exile On Kettner Boulevard feat. Los Maricones De Rock @ Casbah (FREE)
  • Xmas Eve Bonkers feat. Junior theDISCOpunk & Vaughn @ Bar Pink
  • Xmas Eve Party feat. Scott's hot toddies & mulled wines, Mario Orduno's Indie & Oldie Xmas vinyl, films, surprises and more @ Whistle Stop
  • Baby Jesus Christmas Party feat. Toothless George & Arkla Luz @ Eleven
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega & Friends @ U-31
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-o-ke @ Winston's
  • Pacific Beach Music Fest feat. Beatshop Allstars, Moment For Silence, Submission, Drayko, Dizzy Order, Point Blank, Golde Locks, F.A.B., Black Sancho & The Movement, Fiziks, Philly Phil (Album Release), S.H.E. Wrote It, Willie Psyco, Narcodics, Pablo, Fashow, T-Twise, M.K.A., SL500, MZChief, Mr. Dubie, Junkyard Dance Crew and more @ 710 Beach Club (1-8pm)
  • DJ John Phillips @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Future Organic @ Kava Lounge
  • Fish Out of Water @ Gallagher's
  • "Underworld" @ Kadan
  • Zenbu Fridays with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff

Saturday, December 25, 2010:

  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop (Bar opens 8pm)
  • Dead Technology feat. DJs Jason Esh One, The P Man, Beingstock, Hm.t.Dm.t. @ Kava Lounge
  • El Dorado Christmas Party feat. Groundfloor, Gabe Vega, DJ Afterlife @ El Dorado (Open at 9pm)
  • 11th Annual Christmas Club Party Club Karaoke (8pm), Club Marilyn's (11pm) @ Silver Dollar (341 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, a reunion for Chula Vista area high school grads)
  • Winston's (Open at 8pm)
  • Frankie Dee Live @ The Kraken (9pm)
  • "Illfonix" @ Kadan
  • Aubrey Fay @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (10am-2pm)
  • Fish Out of Water @ Gallaher's (Open at 5pm/Potluck!)
  • XXXMas Party feat. DJs Luis Perez & James Adams @ Spin

Sunday, December 26, 2010:

  • FM 94/9 & The Local Pyle present Lyon Crowns, The Loons, The Kabbs, Kera & The Lesbians @ Casbah (Free show, Doors at 7pm, Free food from Gaglione Brothers, Live broadcast)
  • Daft Punk'd Laser Show, Gabe Vega, ManCat, Flying Laura, DJ Amiks @ Belly Up
  • Night of the Cookers @ Whistle Stop
  • The Cactus Jacks @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Folding Mr. Lincoln, The Comforters @ Lestat's
  • Bohemian Rhapsody- Open Mic Rap @ Kadan
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnson @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • A homecoming concert for NYC bassist Danny Weller, with Joshua White piano, Jeff Miles guitar, Jason Robinson saxophones, & Duncan Moore drums @ Dizzy's (Culy Warehouse, 338 7th Avenue, Downtown)
  • Jose Serrano @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch (10a-2p)
  • Fattburger @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Reggae Xmas @ Spin

A Very SD:Dialed In Christmas

I know there are a lot of holiday orphans out there. Maybe your family lives elsewhere, maybe your family is crazy (who's isn't?), maybe you don't have family to go home to...My family is spending a few days at Harrah's Rincon Casino but since I can't abandon my work or my dog, I won't be back with them until Christmas. Last week, when Jesse LaMonaca played West Coast Tavern, I was blown away by his talent and I asked if he wanted to play again this week and when he said playing would be better than being alone for the holidays, it got me thinking about how many people experience the same sentiment during the holidays.

That said, let's celebrate the warm fuzzies of the holiday and forget the stressful, crazy, and sometimes lonely season. Thursday night, join me at West Coast Tavern for some good times, good food, good friends and strong drinks as Josh Damigo and Jesse LaMonaca play some tunes. It's free, starts at 10, and is the best way I know to kick of the holiday weekend. I'll bring the mistletoe.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Time To Submit Demos For CityBeat's Great Demo Review

Peter Holslin at CityBeat asked me to mention the 2011 Great Demo Review. Instead of rewording, here's the info:

Attention musicians: CityBeat’s Great Demo Review, our annual critique of local music, is set to hit the streets on March 2, 2011—that’s right around the corner. Got a demo you’ve been passing around? A new album you’ve been hyping? A bedroom project nobody knows about?

Send us a recording and we’ll review it. We accept CDs, DVDs and LPs. Please include your project’s name, an e-mail address or phone number and your website, Bandcamp or MySpace page. You can mail submissions to CityBeat Demo Review, 3047 University Ave., Suite 202, San Diego, CA, 92104. The submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2010. Good luck!
Note, there are no digital submissions, so burn some CDs (best to provide three copies of whatever you send), and make sure to label everything with your band/project name, your website/facebook/myspace/bandcamp url, and a contact email and phone number directly on the disc as well as the packaging. This is standard for any submission to any site, but this should be especially prominent here. Band bios and press kits can also be included, and keep in mind these submissions might also be helpful when it comes time for SDMA nominations. Also keep in mind, while it's called the "Demo Review", full pressed vinyl, CDs and DVDs are welcome.

Things To Do In San Diego: December 22, 2010

Wednesday December 22, 2010:

  • C.L.A., Behind The Wagon, Thee 90 Proof Pissers @ Casbah
  • Facebook Holiday Party w/ Endoxi, Josh Damigo, DJ Carlos Culture, DJ Digital Opinion @ Belly Up (Free, RSVP here)
  • The Get Down Automatic, Starcrossed, Monday's Alibi @ Soda Bar
  • 660HM @ Bar Pink
  • Stripes and Lines @ Stage Saloon (Encinitas)
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Flow Dimaggio, Okay!Okay!, The Rêves, Lonesome Sparrow, Holytigress, Hector Malvido @ Che Cafe
  • Rock Paper Tiger, Warring States of Mind, Dead Animal Mod @ The Office
  • Senor Interesante @ Riviera Supper Club
  • A.J. Croce @ Lestat's
  • Citizenfest 8 (Local films screening) @ Whistle Stop
  • Lands on Fire, The Lions Mouth, TBD @ Tin Can
  • HipHop Meets Reggae w/ DJ Artistic, Tribe of Kings @ Ruby Room
  • Dub Dorado Presents: Mr Biggs, Headshake, Austin Speed, Osal8 @ El Dorado
  • Comedy Night w/ Wes Sample @ Eleven
  • Blow Me Down, Jesse Nova @ Brick By Brick
  • Liquid Geometry, Sludge Butt, Natures Kid, Pilots, Kurly Burrito @ Kava Lounge
  • Safety Orange @ Hennessey's Gaslamp
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallagher's
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Club Kingston: Ishmael and The Peacemakers, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Missy Andersen @ Patrick's ll
  • Acoustic Fooks @ Dublin Square
  • Li Daiguo & RCA (live improv) @ Cafe Libertalia
  • Boneyard @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet, Rob Thorsen @ El Camino
  • Len Rainey and The Midnight Players @ Donovan's Circle of 5ths
  • Generation Jazz @ Dizzy's
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Jeff Moore & The Witchdoctors@ The Kraken
  • Buzz Campbell & Hot Rod Lincoln @ Valley View Casino
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Sue Palmer @ Croce's
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • Problumz, Submission, The Nutty Buddies, Noface, Ganja Queen, Don Elway w/Fudge @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Steve Portillo & The Banditos @ Cafe LaMaze

Fitz & The Tantrums- M-Theory Instore, 12.17.2010

I've been doing my best to refrain from talking about the rain because smalltalk about the weather makes me wanna poke my eye with a fork, but this has been a pretty extreme storm. A little rain is one thing and naturally everyone else is a shitty driver, but this really is a big deal...anytime the conditions surpass what our infrastructure can handle is when you see homes flooded, cars swept into creeks that normally don't exist, and massive sinkholes, and nevermind our refusal to house the homeless or provide adequate shelters. Just like anyone, when it rains I just wanna stay home in my pajamas, but then I'd miss out on the good stuff, like on Friday afternoon when I went to see Fitz & The Tantrums live at M-Theory. They brought the whole band, which I guess makes sense because they can't really break down their music acoustically, but I was surprised nonetheless. We had circled the blocks at least 5 times before finding parking 3 blocks away, so we walked in late and I immediately got to recording. Here's what you missed.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Bad Plus at Anthology, 12/8/10

All the music aficionados came out for The Bad Plus, who playing a long and fascinating set at Anthology.

Anthology 120810 © Michael Klayman-003

Anthology 120810 © Michael Klayman-010

Anthology 120810 © Michael Klayman-011

Anthology 120810 © Michael Klayman-031

For more photos, check my blog post on the show. If any SD/LA bands want some professional looking photos of a live show or promo shoot, let me know.

Things To Do In San Diego: December 21, 2010

I had several posts I wanted to write, but my head is cloudy with a cold and I'm gonna put the laptop down and enjoy my family. If you want to sneak peek some of my videos of Dirty Gold, Fluf, Radio Wendy, Middle Brother, Mountain Man and more, check my YouTube page...the link is to the right, and view my channel by "date added".

Tuesday December 21, 2010:

  • JP Inc, Devfits, Little White Teeth @ Casbah
  • Bantam Feather, Sticky Funk, guest @ Soda Bar
  • Skelpin @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Nena Anderson @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Local Brews Local Grooves: The Winters, Lenny Morris Music, James Morris, Defamation League @ House of Blues
  • Zapf Dingbats @ El Dorado
  • Tommy Price & The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Dornob (CD Release) @ Tango Del Rey
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Early & Often, Future You, St Ranger, Le Ra @ Tin Can
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Wag Halen Presents Beach Cities Jam: A Torrey Pines & San Dieguito High School Holiday Reunion @ Belly Up
  • LaForge, Spectra, more @ Ruby Room
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • The Burnsville Band @ Patrick's ll
  • Dave Booda Acoustic @ Tiki House
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Bateki Beat AfroBeat @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hennessey's Vista

Monday, December 20, 2010

Fire Eaters at Bar Pink, 12/1/10

There's a new all-star soul band playing around town, the Fire Eaters!

Fire Eaters at Bar Pink 120110 © Michael Klayman-011

Fire Eaters at Bar Pink 120110 © Michael Klayman-019

Fire Eaters at Bar Pink 120110 © Michael Klayman-029

Check out my blog post on the show for more photos!

Things To Do In San Diego: December 20, 2010

The holidays are here but there's still plenty to do. I'll be in LA tonight checking out Middle Brother, but there's a great free show at the Casbah. If you're in town, join me on Thursday at West Coast Tavern to celebrate the holidays with Jesse LaMonaca. He blew people away last week and will be throwing in some more holiday tunes this week.

Monday December 20, 2010:

  • Lesands, White Apple Tree, Sleepwalkers, DJ Qenoe @ Casbah (FREE!)
  • The Smart Brothers, Katie Leigh and The Infantry, Tori Roze and The Hot Mess @ House of Blues Delta Room
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • The Gromble, Goodnight Beast, Concept: Bravery @ Soda Bar
  • Miss Erika Davies @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Tina's Nightmare, Gun of A Son, more @ Ruby Room
  • Chet Cannon's Blue Monday Blues Party @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Lilan Kane @ Tiki House
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Blue Largo @ Patrick's II
  • Dirty Mondays feat. Gabe Vega, Pleasure Victim, Huy Believe @ The Saloon (Encinitas)
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Trivia Night (Kipper's Back!)@ Whistle Stop
  • Manic Mondays feat. Junior theDiscopunk @ Brass Rail
  • The Get Down @ Club Kadan
  • Dave Scott @ Croce's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Ron Bell @ Cafe La Maze

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"All I Want For Christmas Is $"- The Nervous Wreckords

A holiday delight from The Nervous Wreckords.

Things To Do In San Diego: December 18-19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010:

  • Casbah/Belly Up/Anthology- Closed for private parties
  • Black Box Vol 2 Complilation Listening Party & BBQ @ Black Box Studios (2-5pm)
  • Holiday Craft Bar-zaar @ Bar Pink (5-9pm)
  • Neon Beat feat. Vaughn Avakian & Junior theDISCOpunk @ Bar Pink
  • Primitive Noyes, Neon Cough, Dirty Legs @ Eleven
  • Death On Mars, Hot TV, Beta Lion, Marquez! @ Tin Can
  • Light FM, Maren Parusel, The Very @ Soda Bar
  • Isaac Cheong @ Lestat's
  • The Mau Maus, Cardiac Kidz, Northern Tigers, The Last Years @ Til Two Club
  • Angry Samoans, D.P.I., The Reservoir Tips @ The Shakedown
  • Jesse LaMonaca and The DimeNovels @ Chillers Showroom (4667 Cass St, PB, 5-10pm)
  • 80s vs 90s Gabe Vega vs Saul Q @ Whistle Stop
  • SD Union feat. Machete @ Ruby Room
  • Dipshit, International Dipshit, The Mice, Zillion Happy Volts @ Ken Club
  • Gary Hoey Ho Ho Holiday Show, Alyssa Jacey @ House of Blues
  • Allison Lonsdale @ Lestat's (6-8pm)
  • Pink Froyd (doing Animals, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here) @ Winston's
  • Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Warbringer, Philm, Cage @ 4th & B
  • The Devastators, Boom Culture, Shoreline Rootz @ 710 Beach Club
  • Allstar Weekend, The Scene Aesthetic, Stephen Jerzak, Action Item @ Soma
  • A Winter Solstice Concert feat. David Arkenstone and Friends @ AMSD (Acoustic Music San Diego)
  • Silent Vice, Anchors Above, Arise To Glory, Life Withheld, Nevertheless, NRB @ Epicentre
  • Toys For Tots Benefit feat. Awaiting Samsara, Empire State, One Inch Punch, The Overall, Southern Storm @ Dreamstreet
  • Night Dreamer- The Music of Wayne Shorter feat. Jason Robinson, Gilbert Castellanos, Joshua White, Rob Thorsen & Brett Sanders @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Trevor Minear @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths (5:30-8:30 pm)
  • Chris Pierce @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths (9pm)
  • Roxy Monoxide (Farewell Show) @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9pm)
  • Julz & EdRoc DJ Kanye Asada @ The Office
  • Clay Davis Trio @ Marble Room
  • Christmas Party feat. DJ Zac @ El Cajon Grand
  • Black Cherry Music Group feat. Dead 667's, Dying To Wake, Lyon Crowns and more @ Pure Platinum, Kearny Mesa
  • The Styletones, DJ Chelu @ Gallaher's
  • Liveband Super Karaoke feat. The Sidekicks, DJ Cheyenne Giles @ Analog
  • Funk Deluxe feat. QDup Foundation, Danny Massure, DJ Thumbprint, live percussion @ Kadan
  • Boys & Girls feat. RAC, Erick Diaz, Adam Salter, Andrew Decade @ El Dorado
  • Kava Lounge 6 yr Anniversary Part 3 feat. Three The Hard Way @ Kava Lounge
  • Mr. White, Dan Sena, Flinch @ Voyeur
  • Underwear Party feat. Kimberly S, Lil Chris @ Spin
  • Fluxx Chilled feat. Sid Vicious @ Fluxx
  • Holiday Pops with Brian Stokes Mitchell @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Traditions of Christmas Music Spectacular @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Nutcracker @ Civic Theatre
  • The Nutcracker @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Sunday, December 19, 2010:

  • Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, The Howls, The StyleTones, Old Tiger (Atari Lounge) @ Casbah (FREE)
  • The Art of Giving: A Christmas Experience feat. Meg & Bryan, Brian Chandler, Cantua & Sharina Nitza, Gill Sotu, DJs Vince Delano, Figueroa St., live art/art gallery, silent auction, all ages craft stations and more @ Culy Warehouse (335 6th Ave, 6-10pm, Free)
  • The Finches, Falling Trees @ Habitat House (1008 21st St, 7-10pm)
  • Art Fag/Zoo Music Xmas Party feat. DJs Brandon Welchez & Mario Orduno @ Whistle Stop
  • X-mas with X @ Belly Up
  • Miss Erika Davies, Joanie Mendenhall @ The Office
  • Sophie 103.7 Holiday of Miracles- A Benefit for Rady Children's Hospital feat. Lifehouse, Christina Perri @ House of Blues
  • Xmas Bash & Toy Drive feat. Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Jackpot Club @ The Shakedown (2pm, BBQ, Toy Drive, etc.)
  • Songwriters Acoustic Nights feat. John Foltz, Michael Tiernan, Jim Hinton, Jason Connors, Paulina, Mason James @ Swedenborg Hall (1531 Tyler Ave)
  • Winter Wonderglam feat. Fuzzy Baby, Muff Attack, Mermaid, Bastidas, Spider Problem @ Soda Bar
  • Gator By The Bay presents The Bayou Brothers Matinee @ Belly Up (2:15 pm)
  • Race Against Space, Top Hats and Monocles, Renegade @ Ruby Room
  • Cactus Jacks & Friends @ Winston's
  • The Crap Brimbo Jumper Contest @ Bar Pink
  • The Robin Henkel Band @ Lestat's
  • Brendan B, Tory T (Concrete Project) with DJR2 and guests @ 710 Beach Club
  • Winter Madness feat. Abstract Rude, Stevie1der, Chris Cutz, Artistic, Beatnick @ El Dorado
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnson @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Stelita @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch (10a-2p)
  • Reggie Smith @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8pm)
  • Reggae Sundays @ Spin
  • Ramona Town Hall Brass Band @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Holiday Pops with Brian Stokes Mitchell @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Traditions of Christmas Music Spectacular @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Nutcracker @ Civic Theatre
  • Orchestra Nova "Home For The Holidays" @ California Center For The Arts, Escondido

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Silent Comedy Participates in "Working Class" Documentary

The Silent Comedy's Brothers Grimm, Josh and Jeremiah, have been participating in a documentary called Working Class that is being shot by Jeffrey Durkin of Breadtruck Films. The film is loosely structured around Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities, and focuses on the artwork of Mike Maxwell and Mike Giant, as well as their respective cities, San Diego and San Francisco. In addition to the brothers' interviews, The Silent Comedy's music will score the San Diego portion of the film.

We love supporting, and collaborating with, different artists, especially our good friend Mike Maxwell. Check out a trailer for the film, and some screenshots below. Stay tuned to hear when the finished product will be available for viewing!

Working Class Trailer // 3 min from BREADTRUCK TV on Vimeo.

Things To Do In San Diego: December 17, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010:

  • Fitz & The Tantrums @ M-Theory (Free, All Ages, 5pm)
  • Ziggy Shuffledust and the Spiders From Mars, Chinese Rocks, Low Volts @ Casbah
  • The Greyboy Allstars, Fitz & The Tantrums @ Belly Up
  • Lights On, Grand Tarantula, Colony @ Soda Bar
  • d/wolves, Shining Through, The Speculators, Vandersteeze @ Che Cafe
  • Kenseth Thibideau, Aspects of Physics, Riverberb @ Til Two Club
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • The Heavy Guilt, Centerlight Pop, Gunrunner @ Winston's
  • F*ing In The Bushes feat. DJ Rob @ Whistle Stop
  • The Never Never, Catwalk, Dirty Gold, The Cloud @ Tin Can
  • Java Joe Presents Rob Deez, Kenny Eng, Isaac Cheong, OK at Best, Lisa Olsen, Juliet Hawk, CJ Hutchins @ Ideal Tea Room (540 Third Ave, Gaslamp District)
  • Lessons From Zeke, Jesse Nova, Stereofix, For Days @ Ruby Room
  • The Suicide Chords, One Eye Red, Useless Keys, The Beautiful View @ Ken Club
  • The Archons, In The Red, End of Power @ Eleven
  • The Red Onions, The Corvinas @ Tower Bar
  • El Monte Slim, Low Volts @ Riviera
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega, Audrey Napoleon, David Afterlife, Chuch Terror @ U-31
  • Latex Grenade, Bankers Hill, The Sun Doctors @ Soundwave
  • The Fabulous Pelicans @ Belly Up (5:30 pm)
  • Holiday Jam feat. Scott West, Happy Ron, Rick Raw, Mark Alexander @ Cafe Libertalia
  • D. Boy P Chase Mixtape Release Party feat. San Quinn and guests F.A.B., J-DUBB, Noire Ent., Problemz, Nuttie Buddies, Beat Shop All-Stars, KB, Dat Fella P.I., Fiziks, M.H.B., Light Green & G. Bomb, Dolla Ski, Pandamonium, Kalow Da Prince @ Brick By Brick
  • Van Jovi, Red Not Chili Peppers, Joker Face @ 710 Beach Club
  • Libido, Proteus Escape, Just Like Scarlett, The Bolts, James Morris, This Is Confusion, Vendetta Fish @ Epicentre
  • Casino Madrid, At The Skylines, Vanguard, For The Legends, Breaking The Aura @ Soma
  • Beneath Lanston, Aizen, Comfort In Rage, Black Widow Prophecy, Sounds of Aberration @ Dreamstreet
  • The Big 3- Saniel Jackson, Marshall Hawkins, Gilbert Castellanos @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Todo Mundo @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9pm)
  • Clay Davis Solo (5:30-8:30pm), Clay Davis Trio (9pm) @ Donovan's Circle of Fifths
  • Official 91X-Mas Resurrection Party- Legends of the 80s feat. The Cured, Blasphemous Rumours, Rio, INXS-ive, hosted by Steve West @ 4th & B
  • John Hull, Nena Anderson, Old Tiger @ Lestat's
  • Rosetta Stone @ Grand, El Cajon
  • Lady Luck Revue- Temptress Xmas Party, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's
  • John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • Starkillers @ Voyeur
  • DJ Trentino @ Analog
  • Jetwash @ Rosie O'Grady's
  • Fusion feat. Antwatic, Mike Primal, Calypso, Ener G, Digital Punk @ Kava Lounge
  • Zenbu Fridays with DJ Leif @ Zenbu Cardiff
  • Milk and Cookies vs. All Things Rad @ El Dorado
  • El Puro Party feat. Adam Salter, Huge Euge, Damn Jeulz @ Super El Camino
  • SDRM Charity event The Official "Unofficial" Tron Afterparty feat. DJ Huggie, Von Ukuf, DJ Jake, Mimi Raza, Lucky J, impera, Nomad, Bala @ Spin
  • Fluxx Chilled feat. Scooter & Rico DeLargo @ Fluxx
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ AC Lounge
  • Blends 6 yr Anniversary/Victory/MindzAlike Holiday Party @ Thin/Onyx
  • Ugly Sweater/Naughty Santa & Elves Party feat. DJs Lando & Myron Eugene @ Barfly (La Jolla)
  • Overtime feat. Beatnik & Mr. Mention @ The Office
  • The Machine Shop Art Show Afterparty feat. DJ Slowhand @ Se Hotel
  • Art: Flying Panther Art Show feat. art by Rob Benvides, Micah Caudle, Brian Walker, Jackie Dunn Smith, Chad Hartgrave, Dominic Vasquez @ The Fish Joint (Oceanside)
  • Aerial Revolution Entertainment @ Aerial Revolution (5370 Napa St., 7pm & 8:30pm)
  • Holiday Pops with Brian Stokes Mitchell @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Traditions of Christmas Music Spectacular @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Nutcracker @ California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Thursday, December 16, 2010

FM 94/9 Holiday Hootenanny 12.11.2010

Earlier this week, my photos from the Holiday Hootenanny were put up on SoundDiego, but I've got some more and haven't had the chance to write about the whole show. It was definitely a fun night. I took my friend Steve to the show, mostly because he's really easygoing and since I knew I'd be taking photos, he would be on his own for a lot of the night. What I didn't know is that he'd eaten a giant pot brownie, so within an hour of our arrival, he was telling me that we'd have to cab home. So much for my designated that point I pretty much left him to watch the show as I bounced back and forth between the photo pit and the VIP lounge. There was a little taco spread and they were serving complimentary wine and Guiness Black Lager, which is apparently test marketing in San Diego. It was good, but I'd gone big on Friday and wasn't really into drinking too heavily, so I took it easy and mostly just caught up with friends between bands.

Tokyo Police Club kicked off the night and sounded awesome on the big stage. It was fun shooting with awesome lighting so I just went with it.

Sleigh Bells was next onstage and though I was looking forward to seeing them since they were the only band on the bill that I hadn't seen before but I just wasn't feeling it. Their backing tracks were far more complex than their actual live performance. The lighting was mainly red lights and strobe so my photos really aren't worth posting. I spend most of the three songs in the pit trying to assess what part of the performance was actually live. To be honest, it didn't feel like much of it was live. Maybe that's fine for a club, but at a show like this, I want live music. I went back upstairs until The Temper Trap were on.

I've seen them twice before and this was better than the other two for me, maybe because of the energy of the crowd, but it also might be because this performance felt a little more wasn't that alto vox the whole way through the set.

I was really happy to see Against Me! again. The last time I saw the band was a few years back at Warped Tour, and since they played back to back with Rise Against, my brain had confused the two, but I really loved Against Me's latest record, White Crosses, and to be honest and slightly sexist, I really wanted some manly rock. I definitely got that with their performance and found myself forgetting to take pictures because I was so into the band's performance and Tom Gabel just really does it for me. He's super sexy and owns the stage when he's on it.

Between bands I went back upstairs. The VIP area traditionally shuts down before the headlining band, so I had a couple quick beers. While standing around with friends, a guy started talking to me. He was hilarious and told me that he has snuck into the VIP area (twice) and the second time his friends were too afraid to follow. He had a fun energy, but the band was about to start to I had to bail and get downstairs and slipped into the elevator as it was closing. The Black Keys are always fantastic and you just get the feeling that they love San Diego and that they love FM 94/9. They had also got their Grammy nominations just a few days before so there was this infectious energy in the arena.

After the three songs, I was wandering and bumped back into Patrick, the sneaky kid in the VIP area, and he convinced me that we had to SEE the show. I cannot tell you the last time I was at a big show and actually maneuvered through a crowd, but within 10 minutes, that's exactly what we were doing. We're on the floor surrounded mostly by kids and worked out way all the way back up to the front. It was hot and stinky and sweaty and I had crowdsurfers passing over my head and it was awesome. Patrick turned to be quite sheisty and was telling people all kinds of shit...that I was some reporter and needed to get "my story" and whatever and whispering to me, "just go with it." I did and the crowd was spastic and we got carried around as it shifted and though I felt like I'd been hit by a bus the next day, I felt like a kid when I was in it.

Things worked out in the end, thankfully Natalie offered to drive Steve and I back home and I closed my night out at the Ken Club.

I took almost 400 pictures but nobody wants to see that many photos, so here's a little slideshow of some of the rest of my shots. Huge thanks to FM 94/9 for another great show and I look forward to whatever is around the corner for 2011.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: December 16, 2010

I took a night off so I could get these done early because this weekend is gonna be nutso...I've got my God-sister coming in town and lots of family time planned, so here are the full weekend lisitings. Keep in mind some of our favorite venues double as rentals, so take note that Anthology is closed all weekend, the Belly Up and The Casbah are both hosting private parties on Saturdays.

Thursday December 16, 2010:

  • Jesse Lamonaca @ West Coast Tavern
  • The White Buffalo, Blackout Party, Ari Shine @ Casbah
  • Los Lobos, Los Fabulocos with Kid Ramos @ Belly Up
  • Leon Russell, Gregory Page, Joel Rafael, Arrowhead @ 4th & B
  • Kottonmouth Kings with (Hed)pe & Big B @ House of Blues
  • Science Fiction, Tim and the 23s, Ancient History @ Soda Bar
  • The Flower Thief, Jon Ji, TBD @ Tin Can
  • Gatsby Nights w/ Gregory Page & His Imaginary Orchestra, Daniele Spadavecchia, DJ Douglas Leclair, DJ Danny Massure @ The Office
  • Third Thursdays with Brawley @ Bar Pink
  • Jazz West @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Jackson Price, Paulina, Vinnie and Skinny @ Lestat's
  • The New Kinetics, Sabrosa Purr, Moving Picture Show @ Eleven
  • L.E.D. Presents: AC Slater, Drop The Lime, The Captain, Star Eyes @ Voyeur
  • Boom Culture @ Winston's
  • Hocus, The Mice, Unruly Bangs @ The Shakedown Bar
  • All Things Rad Presents: Saul Q Invades All Things Rad @ El Dorado
  • Lindsay School & Alberts of Einsteins Holiday Happy Hour @ Whistle Stop
  • The Trip @ Anthology
  • Gilbert Castellanos and The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ Croce's
  • Afton Presents: Dre Stone, D'Poitt, Joenigma, Curt Quinn, Cane Dubb, @ Brick By Brick
  • Moonlight Serenade Orchestra @ The Lucky Star Restaurant (54th & University)
  • Ruby and The Red Hots @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Mad Traffic, Chad Cavanaugh, Stealing Love Jones, Joalby, Joshua Napier @ Java Joe's
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Bill Cardinal & The Canyon Band @ The Harp
  • Pete Johnson @ Tiki House
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Club 80's @ Club Kadan
  • Papa's Garage @ Patrick's II
  • Billy Watson @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Trac, Not Machines, @ Dreamstreet Live
  • The Buckley's @ Valley View Casino
  • Tommy Dubs, Sinizen @ Gallagher's
  • Mean Dinosaur, Irieside @ Boar Cross'n
  • Sandy Chappel @ Cafe LaMaze
  • The Royal T's @ Second Wind Santee
  • No One Knows @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Live Band Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Galactic Reign w/ Jon Wayne, Elan, Griefshare, DJ Pound @ Kava Lounge

Things To Do In San Diego: December 15, 2010

Wednesday December 15, 2010:

  • Gene Taylor Blues Band (feat. Dave Alvin), The Bedbreakers @ Casbah
  • Behind The Wagon, Pushing Rope @ Bar Pink
  • Bagdad, Inkjet, Electric Healing Sound @ Soda Bar
  • An Evening with Billy Idol @ House of Blues
  • Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur @ Belly Up
  • The Trip @ Anthology (sold out)
  • Wreck Shop Wednesdays @ The Office
  • Wendy Bailey & True Stories @ Riviera Supper Club
  • The Triumph, Ari Herstand, Scott Mathiasen @ Lestat's
  • Salt of The Earth: Witchaven, Speedwolf @ Ruby Room
  • Klub Isolation, Erleen, Starcrossed @ Til Two Club
  • Mattson 2 @ El Dorado
  • Comedy Night w/ Wes Sample @ Eleven
  • Sheila Sondergard @ The Office
  • Joe Rathburn @ Folkey Monkey
  • Safety Orange @ Hennessey's Gaslamp
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallagher's
  • Laura Meyer @ Portugalia
  • Barfly Promotions Presents: Jaylen Green, Danny & The Tramp, Great White Buffalo @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Geezer, Wally Bunting, Allison Gill, Kyle Ray @ Tin Can
  • Jahmex, DJ Carlos Culture @ Winston's
  • Kyle Sorrell @ Tiki House
  • Local Showcase: Subliminal Trip, Ease Up, Mean Dinosaur @ Soundwave
  • Bill Magee Blues Band @ Patrick's ll
  • Acoustic Fooks @ Dublin Square
  • Northstar @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet, Rob Thorsen @ El Camino
  • Len Rainey and The Midnight Players @ Donovan's Circle of 5ths
  • Now.Hear.This.w/ guest DJs Rob Crow, Travis Ryan @ Whistle Stop
  • Scott Wilson and the Contradictions, Soup, Landis, Jessica Ball, Elaine Faye @ Stage Saloon
  • Sister Speak @ PB Bar & Grill
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Frankie-Dee & Funk-Natra @ The Kraken
  • Buzz Campbell & Hot Rod Lincoln @ Valley View Casino
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Fuzzy @ Croce's
  • Firehouse Swing Night @ Queen Bee's
  • Far From Average, JBM, No Face, Pook Deisel, K3, Fab, Kicki & The Mongloid, Cali Green, Beatshop Allstars, Boss Man Hog @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Karaoke @ Chico Club
  • Paisley Yankolovich's The Liberal Soul @ Vintage Religion (3821 32nd St)
  • Steve Portillo & The Banditos @ Cafe LaMaze

Delta Spirit, Darker My Love, The Fling @ House of Blues, 12.10.2010

On Friday night, Delta Spirit played the final stop of their tour at the House of Blues. A bit of a homecoming show, it was a great night. It feels like the last few times I've seen the band were daytime shows, so it was nice seeing them at night, rocking out with cool lighting and jack-and-coke infused energy. Darker My Love and The Fling kicked off the night, making for a solid bill from top to bottom. I had one of those nights where the guest list was messed up, so while it was sorted out, I grabbed a quick dinner at The Local...hadn't been there in a while and their pesto tortellini was as good as ever. By the time we were done, the box office situation was handled and we made it into the venue on time for the start of the show. Here are a few pics, with the full slideshow at the bottom.

Darker My Love

The Fling

KPRI Presents Pete Yorn @ Bernardo Winery, 12.14.2010

Last night, KPRI hosted yet another free private listener show, this time at Bernardo Winery. Having never been there, I didn't know what to expect, but it was absolutely beautiful, with little village shops all dressed up for the holidays. If you have a chance, they have "Holiday Nights" from 4-8pm on December 16-19, with music and carolers and free family friendly activities.

I've seen Pete Yorn numerous times over the years and in his early days, I was mildly obsessed. I still have a VHS tape of the a taping I went to at the Knitting Factory in LA that was featured on HBO's Reverb (where you can see the back of my head in the front row for most of the show despite having the flu). Though I'm not quite so obsessed these days, I do love seeing him play live and it was really nice to see him in such a pretty space with a couple hundred people enjoying the brisk night. The performance was fantastic, though my butt froze while sitting on the ground to film. The entire set is below (click the right and left arrows to see the full playlist). The videos are in HD, so make sure you click for the highest resolution for the best picture. Get tickets for his show at the House of Blues on April 9. For more info, you can check out his site. As always, if you want to be invited to the private listener shows, you have to register to be a FREEq to receive email notifications.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: December 14, 2010

Tuesday December 14, 2010:

  • Concrete Blonde, Ravens Moreland @ Belly Up
  • Horse Feathers, Y La Bamba, Chairs Missing, Cry For Us Black Swans @ Casbah
  • David Liebe Hart, Flesh The Racist Crayon, The Yiffs, DJ Thomas K Bohan @ Soda Bar
  • Needtobreathe, The Daylights @ House of Blues
  • The Last Years, Conceptus, The Free*Stars @ Eleven
  • Brawley @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Local Brews Local Grooves: The Filthy Violets, Chad Cavanaugh, The Shrill, Scott West Band, Folding Mr. Lincoln @ House of Blues
  • Tommy Price & The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Dahga Bloom, Night Beats, Dimples, TBA @ Tin Can
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Band Showcase Competition @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Chris James, Patrick Rynn @ Lyman Saville Theater, San Diego City College
  • Gregory Page and His Make Believe Orchestra @ El Dorado
  • Train of Thought @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night @ Lestat's
  • Paradise feat. Michele Lundeen @ Patrick's ll
  • Dave Booda Acoustic @ Tiki House
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • Open Mic w/ Jefferson Jay @ Gallagher's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Todo Mundo @ Winston's
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hennessey's Vista

Monday, December 13, 2010

Video: Grand Tarantula "I'm Not Gonna Let You Go"

Grand Tarantula is easily one of my favorite new local bands this year and I got the chance to see them again last week at the Casbah. With tons of energy and a very loyal following, the show was a lot of fun and Marshall was nice enough to turn up the lights. They recently put out a 7" on Pretty Awesome Records with awesome art by Kelsey Brookes that benefits the Keep A Breast Foundation. You can buy the record here.

Red Fox Tails, Mattson 2 at Soda Bar, 11/27/10

Two of SD's top instrumental bands shared a night at the Soda Bar. Mattson 2 set the stage with their groovy surf rock.

Mattson 2 at Soda Bar 112710 © Michael Klayman-011

Mattson 2 at Soda Bar 112710 © Michael Klayman-009

Red Fox Tails after the jump.

Red Fox at Soda Bar 112710 © Michael Klayman-008

Red Fox at Soda Bar 112710 © Michael Klayman-001

Red Fox at Soda Bar 112710 © Michael Klayman-006

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Video: Grammatical B "Rules & Laws"

A few weeks ago, Ben Johnson, aka Grammatical B, invited friends to come to the Casbah for the filming of a video for "Rules & Laws", his take on bar behavior after years behind the bar at the Casbah. I missed out on the taping, but they put it together rather quickly and it's now up for everyone to see.

Douchebags beware! A scathing send up of people who do not get the art of ordering a drink in a bar!
Grammatical B & Microphone Mike give you the Rules & Laws!!
Starring Grammatical B, Microphone Mike, Owen Murphy, Monique Motley, Marisa Martinez, Ben Heyne, Jeffrey Haynes, Jaqueline Coulon, Jason Clifton, Michael Porter, Sophie Partridge, Rachel Partridge, Kevin Rudeness, Lo Renzo, and Rodney "the 'neesh for peesh" Foley.
Filmed by Abe Johnson with assist by Heath Edwards
Directed by Grammatical B & Abe Johnson
Produced by Abe Johnson & Grammatical B
Grammatical B is Ben Johnson

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Atlantic City - Our faithful friend and stage technician, Platinum Tom gets escorted from the stage of the dance floor at the Showboat Casino. "DJ needs room!", they say. It appeared that his milkshake brought all the security to the yard as there was evidently no more space for the Double Barrel Platinum Chicken Strut. This was post gambling all per diems at the craps table…some winning, some losing, all falling victim to the free jack and coke. Ah, Casinos…they really have the science.

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Philadelphia, PA

Before our show at The Electric Factory, with time to kill, we decided to head out on a search for the city's quintessential cheese steak. After parking, we ran across this mural by Shepard Fairey.
A reminder of home was cool to see in a random neighborhood in Philly.
On to Geno's. There was a line and we were told it was worth it, so we waited it out. I could sense the urgency of getting your shit together before you got to the window by the orders taken from the customers in front of me. , (side note - the window had stickers all over it that read things like, "I'M MAD AS HELL AND I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK!" and "THIS IS AMERICA. When ordering, SPEAK ENGLISH!!!" They also served FREEDOM FRIES). "You're next, GO!" "I'll take a Philly cheese steak, please."…"GIMME A WHIZZ WHIZZ WITH ONION! NEXT!!" I was fortunately able to sort my order in a speedy fashion. Rosey, on the other hand was not so lucky. He got yelled at twice and stood like a deer in the headlights. Philly patience has about as long of a shelf life as a fart in the wind. I think someone actually stepped in and ordered for Rosey as he stood there. Amazing.

The cheese steak was just OK but the hot sauce was extremelyfuckinghot and nearly burned my esophagus to a shredded ribbon. We'll hit Pat's next time.

The show at the Electric Factory was a good one and very well received. Great venue and guess what food was served after…yep.
Andy ate three that day. AMERICUH, FURCK YEAHRRR!!!

Queen Bee of Photography
This U.S. run provided so many incredible moments. We were lucky enough to be joined by amazing photographer and friend, Tessa Angus and will be posting some of her work with us in the coming weeks.
Here are a few that she captured.

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