Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Laura Marling @ Casbah, February 3

Though not primarily recognized as a singer/songwriter venue, The Casbah hosts the talented British songstress Laura Marling this Wednesday February 3.

Laura burst onto the UK scene at the tender age of 16, joining Noah and The Whale, an up and coming indie folk band in their own right. She performed on their debut album and had a romantic relationship with lead singer Charlie Fink. Laura has personally moved on to focus primarily on her solo career. Her debut full length, Alas I Cannot Swim, was well received, resulting in a Mercury Prize nomination in 2008 (a great honor indeed).

Her sophomore effort, I Speak Because I Can, is scheduled for a March release. After a brief stint in Australia, Laura will be making her 2010 US debut at The Casbah on Wednesday. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Wheel set the stage.

Watch “Devil’s Spoke” from her upcoming album, below.

Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke

Laura Marling | MySpace Music Videos

Things To Do In San Diego: February 1, 2010

Oh, man, is this week gonna be good (and busy). I cannot wait to see The Soft Pack return to Tower Bar (and I imagine the line will be insane)...hope the Angelinos stay home on that I get to see a preview of Cirque du Soleil's Kooza, check out Bowerbirds at The Loft (already looking forward to the California Dreamin cheese plate), Rhett Miller shakes his booty at the Belly Up, and I'm trying to work in another viewing of Whisper House, because apparently there have been some tweaks in the script and stage direction since I saw the preview.

Monday February 1, 2010:
  • Bowerbirds, Julie Doiron @ The Loft
  • Anti Monday League presents Supervillains, Mike Pinto, guests @ Casbah
  • Pyrate Punx Mayhem Mondays: Clocked In, Verbal Desecration, Ad Seg, A.P.E.S.T.E @ Radio Room
  • Family Wagon, Ox Eyes @ Soda Bar
  • Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • China Clippers @ Ruby Room
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Greg Watson @ Athenaeum Music Arts & Library
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Missy Anderson @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Chet Cannon @ Patrick's II
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Karaoke @ Second Wind Navajo

Ingrid Michaelson: Live at Indigo Hotel

Last week I was invited to see Ingrid Michaelson at the Hotel Indigo in East Village. I was looking forward to the show that was supposed to take place on the 9th floor deck bar, but as the day got colder and the chance of rain increased, it was clear the hotel would probably have to make other accommodations. I wish that was all that went wrong...

Having seen Ingrid several times before, I agreed to do an interview, something I generally don't do at all, but I guess I got that feeling you get with some very accessible artists...I've met her at least twice before, I've seen her perform a handful of times and three of those times were in "private listener" type performances, and we've even "talked" to each other via Twitter. I just imagined it would be relaxed and easy. I got to the hotel and had no problem getting in and finding Robert, the publicist for the hotel. We waited a few minutes and chatted before going to the suite where Ingrid was getting ready.

I suppose it's my fault for not clarifying things in advance, but until now, when I'd get invitations for special events, it was always because of this site, or back from relationships I made while in advertising. Now I'm working with SoundDiego, and though I'm only contributing listings to the site, there was some confusion about me submitting more content. We're figuring it all out and with any new site, we'll build as we move along, but Ingrid's people were clearly under the impression that I was "a reporter from NBC" and not "a blogger", which I would've clarified if the next thing they said to me wasn't, "Ingrid is losing her voice, so try and keep it brief." An interview. Brief. Really? So suddenly I felt more like I was at a press junket, get your question in and get out. I basically gave Ingrid a topic to speak to and if we don't use it over at SoundDiego, I'll post it here later.

In the meantime, I'll say that for a guest of the event, the night was pretty great...amazing tray-passed appetizers, waitresses with champagne, wine, and little mixed cocktails made with ginger infused vodka and orange juice, and in the corner of the room, a stand with Fortaleza tequila where there were tastings and pomegranate margaritas being generously poured. On the other hand, for the band and anybody who actually wanted to see and hear the music, it was less than ideal, with bar patrons talking the entire set. I recorded the whole performance which you can see in the playlist below, including Ingrid's attempt in quieting the audience with no results, which when all is said and done, is a bit of a bummer, because I dig the record, I like seeing Ingrid perform live, and Hotel Indigo is stunning. Maybe they'll continue the "artist in the spotlight" series and make some tweaks to make the events better all around.

Local Natives Release Video For Airplanes

This video was sent to me last week, but I still wanted to post it because I love this band. I've now seen Local Natives live about half a dozen times and they're performances are energetic, their multipart harmonies are spot on, and they're just all such sweet guys. You may or may not know that we tried to book them last year at North Park Music Thing, but they had to cancel at the last minute because of a scheduling their full length has been released in the UK and will be released in the US on February 16 on Frenchkiss records. I have their EP with several of the songs that became the record, and I highly recommend checking out Gorilla Manor when it is released. You can even preorder the record here.


Local Natives | MySpace Music Videos

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 28-31, 2010

Thursday January 28, 2010:

  • Apes of Wrath, The Hot Moon, Circus Minor @ Casbah
  • Manuok, By Sunlight, Confessions of a Corn Silo @ Ruby Room
  • Irradio, Get Down to Brass, Marquez! @ Soda Bar
  • Dead Meat, Black Hondo @ Bar Pink
  • Harry Connick Jr. @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Little Fowl, John Foothills, The Gentlemen Bastards @ Tin Can Ale House
  • San Diego's Ultimate Band Competion: Stealing Love Jones, Mad Traffic, Watch Us Burn, The Amalgamated, Rough and Steady, Psycho TropiCo, Two Worlds Connest @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Janiva Magness @ Anthology
  • Mike Hood @ Lestat's
  • C-Money and The Players @ Winston's
  • Timbaland, Honor Society @ House of Blues
  • Shelle Blue @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage
  • Sharon Hazel Township, Subliminal Trip, Simple Green, Front Yard @ Brick By Brick
  • Reggae Nights: Stranger, DJ Le Chud @ Belly Up
  • The Bertos, Slow Trucks @ Radio Room
  • 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop with DJ Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31
  • Reni Lane, Perfect Blue, Ellama, DJ Miss Lady D @ Beauty Bar
  • Attila, Within The Ruins, We Are The End, Cherish Your Blessings @ Epicentre
  • Nena Anderson @ Vin De Syrah
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • Metro @ Valley View Casino
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Jason Weiss @ Bluegrass Jam @ Todays Pizza (Encinitas)
  • Clay Colton and The Bad Blokes, DJ Swoll @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Rob Deez, Grown Folk Shit @ Java Joe's @ Cafe Libertalia
  • Designer Drugs, Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur
  • Track Jacket Music with DJ's Ala, El Dee, Mikeytown @ El Dorado
  • Jackson & Jesus @ McP's Irish Pub
  • The Pheromones @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • Sandy, Burnett, John Guillano, Marty Waak @ Cafe La Maze
  • The Lifters @ 710 Beach Club
  • Nihilist, Open Wound @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Jefferson Jay @ Portugalia
  • Buick Wilson @ Patrick's II
  • The Unruly Bangs, Cantankerous Grandma @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Deaf Zero @ Aztec Center @ SDSU @ noon
  • Jacqueline Grace @ Onyx Room

Friday, January 29, 2010:

  • Benefit for Matt Kelly feat. All Leather, Magical Fuckers, Chaz, Caravels, Life Deposits, Beatless and Cousins. Stand up comedy by Gordon Downs and Justin Decker @ "Piano Shop" (4237 Kansas Street, 2pm-midnight, $5)
  • Casbah presents An Evening with The Residents @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Transfer, Wirepony, Hong Kong @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • The Drowning Men, Midnight Rivals @ Bar Pink
  • Feel Free, Chasing Claymores, Crushed on You, Red Devil Squadron, Treasure Mammal @ Radio Room
  • Happy Hour with The Credentialed @ Belly Up (5:30 pm)
  • Syndicate, The Attack @ Ken Club
  • Stepping Feet (Dave Matthews Tribute) Rob Carona @ Belly Up
  • Someday Assassin, Amongst the Lost, Cabeza de Gallo, DJ Cobian (TJ) @ Beauty Bar
  • Into The Presence, Audible Mainframe, Mad Martigan, Auras @ Ruby Room
  • George Winston @ La Paloma Theatre
  • Angela Patua, DJ Justin Cota @ Wit's End
  • Jack Tempchin @ Museum of Making Music (sold out)
  • Deaf Zero and more @ Queen Bee's
  • Helen Earth Band, By Sunlight, Cousins, Addison May @ Soda Bar
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Skyline Union, Recordable Colors, Days of Anomie @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Gregory Page @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • SupaJen™ Presents…A Pretty Mess (LA), Raging Bettie, Londons Falling, The Regime @ O'Connell's
  • West Of Memphis @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • New Found Glory, Saves The Day, Hellogoodbye, Fireworks @ House of Blues
  • Catherine Feeney, Jordan Reimer @ Lestat's
  • Agnostic Front, Death By Stereo, Systematic Abuse, San Deviants @ Brick By Brick
  • OB Comics with Ari Shaffir, Nick Youssef, Mack Lindsay, Steven Kendrick and more @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • The Pimps of Joytime, Jerry Joseph @ Winston's
  • Uproot, Full Blown Stone @ 710 Beach Club
  • Rats Eyes, Duel Of The Century @ Whistle Stop
  • Four Year Strong, Strike Anywhere, This Time Next Year, Title Fight @ Soma
  • Roxy Blue and the Handful, The Grey Beards, Southern Storm @ Dreamstreet
  • Gary LeFebvre & Joe Marrillo @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Laurie Morvan Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (6-8p)
  • John Lee Hooker, Jr. @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30pm)
  • Count Basie Orchestra with vocalist Carmen Bradford @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Tom Chapin @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Winter Breakdown '10 feat. Thy Kingdom Come, Vivera, The Subtle Way, A Shattered Hope, Look Alive, I Am The Heart Attack, Mid-Air Crisis, Oh! Vanquished Foe @ Epicentre (6pm)
  • Arkaik (CD Release), To Violently Vomit, Ossification, Bedlam of Cacophony, Downspell, Perdition, Imbalanced @ Ramona Mainstage

Saturday, January 30, 2010:

  • Polysics, Beaters @ Casbah (Early Show, 6pm)
  • Che Underground presents Town Criers 20th anniversary reunion, Manual Scan, Blues Gangsters (members of SD legends the Wallflowers, the Rockin' Dogs, the Answers and Everybody Violet), DJ Louis Mello @ Casbah
  • Drew Andrews, Paulo, Roll Film @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Firehouse Swing Matinee with Hi-Lo Playboys@ Belly Up (3 pm)
  • Atomic Punks with I-90 and Generator (Tribute to Bad Religion) @ Belly Up
  • Vinyl Film, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, The Deadlies @ Ruby Room
  • Normandie, Night Horse @ Bar Pink
  • Haiti Fundraising Concert feat. Bredren, Cualli, Through The Roots, River Bottom Rockers, One Drop, Stranger (acoustic), Jaam Kwest, Madvise, Piracy and more @ Worldbeat Center
  • Mia Valentine, The Flowerthief, The Mashtis, The Queens Guard @ Soda Bar
  • Gregory Page @ Templar's Hall, Old Poway Park (14134 Midland Rd)
  • Vokab Company, DJs Adam Salter and Carlo @ U-31
  • Okay At Best, Broken Dreams @ Wits End
  • Dannicus Live @ Gallaghers
  • Duane Peters Gunfight, The Strikers, Die Sabotage, Pass The Axw @ Radio Room
  • Bushwalla @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Moxie, Lisa The Lush @ O'Connell's
  • Weatherbox, Boomsnake, Caravels @ Che Cafe
  • Burnsville Blues Band @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Tainted Love @ House of Blues
  • The Hinges Improv Comedy Show @ Queen Bee's
  • Under The Stone, Streamview, In Every Breath, Aghori @ Brick By Brick
  • Naked Funk, Blackbird McKnight @ Winston's
  • Deaf Zero, Radiostar, Thrillrazr @ 710 Beach Club
  • Caboose! Dance Party @ Whistle Stop
  • Wheat Stone, Soul Of The River, Bad Craziness, Roadside Coyotes @ Dreamstreet
  • Thomas Connors @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (6-8p)
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30pm)
  • Count Basie Orchestra with vocalist Carmen Bradford @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • San Diego Symphony Presents: Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Critical Me, Counter Launch, Flagship Armada, Adam Balm, Rapscallion @ Epicentre
  • Caustic Felon, Her Bed of Thorns @ Ramona Mainstage

Sunday, January 31, 2010:

  • The Local 94/9 Presents a FREE show w/ The Return of Firethorn, Heavy Glow, Boyscout, Nautical Disaster @ Casbah (Free, Doors at 7pm, Free food from Lucha Libre and Live Broadcast on FM 94/9)
  • Patrick Yandall @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (8pm)
  • Pat Todd and The Rank Outsiders, The Neighborhood Bullys, The Cheatin Kind @ Radio Room
  • Nathan James Blues Matinee @ Belly Up (4:15 pm)
  • Salsa Sunday @ Belly Up (8pm)
  • North Park Craft Mafia @ Queen Bee's (11a-7p)
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's
  • Official NIN film screening "This One Is On Us" @ Ruby Room
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Happy Ron's Open Mic feat Adam Jones @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Gorilla Productions Presents Battle of The Bands feat Recovering The Anesthetic, Good Sir, Endure The Fall, For The Legends, The Snooze Button, Murph and the Blackouts, Joe and The Jungle, Shadow of The Locust and more @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents...TBA @ O'Connell's
  • Nile, Immolation, Krisiun, Rose Funeral, Dreaming Dead @ House of Blues
  • Danny Malone, John Nolan, Mansions @ Lestat's
  • DJs Barnesey & Mike Reed @ Kadan
  • Matt Cook @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Music Industry Night feat. Northwest Sons @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps @ Whistle Stop
  • Hank Easton @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch (10a-2p)
  • The Funny Side of Music: A Family Festival Concert @ Copley Symphony Hall (2pm)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 25-28, 2010

January 25-27 archives after the jump.

I'm slowly but surely uploading all the videos I've shot this month to my Youtube page, so check the link to the right if you wanna see some new stuff from AA Bondy, Martian Horses, and Willy Mason among others. I know I only post the next few days of shows so that doesn't really help you plan out in advance, but I just wanted to note that lots of the Casbah shows have been selling out, so if there's something coming up that you don't wanna miss, I'd recommend looking at buying advance tickets (translation: Transfer on Friday will sell out). Their full schedule is always up here and fingers crossed, the new site I've been helping out with should be up soon. Listings for W-Th are after the jump.

Monday January 25, 2010:
  • Anti Monday League Presents Jemina Pearl, Mermaid, The Littlest Viking @ Casbah
  • Ear, Nose and Throat, J Lesser, Wobbly with Thomas DiMuzio @ Sushi Performance & Visual Art
  • The Fascination, Vinyl Film, Save Amos @ Ruby Room
  • Pyrate Punx Mayhem Mondays: Back Alley Hooligans, Eskera, San Deviants, To Walk The Night @ Radio Room
  • The Upright Citizens Brigade Tourco @ The Loft
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Mananaland @ Bar Leucadian
  • Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • Medavog Couture Fashion Show @ Soda Bar
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • David Landon @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Rhythm Jacks @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill

Tuesday January 26, 2010:

  • Terrible Tuesdays: Mission:Valley, Dead Ghosts, Gravatorium, DJ Gabe Serbian @ Casbah
  • The Canton Mudders, The Jasper Dickson Revue @ Soda Bar
  • Brawley, Adeian Demain @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Maryanne McSweeney, Claire Daly @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • 52nd Street @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Parachute, Safetysuit @ Price Center Ballroom East @ UCSD
  • Hey! Ho! Lets Go! , Punch Card Drunk @ Winston's
  • Yeah Buddy Tuesdays @ Radio Room
  • Too Cool For Karaoke @ Ruby Room
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • NSD Presents: TBA @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • The Burnsville Band @ Patrick's ll
  • Jim Moore @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Joe Marson @ Tiki House
  • Lindsay White, The Bigfellas @ Bare Back Grill
  • Soul Ablaze @ RT's Longboard Bar & Grill
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop

Wednesday January 27, 2010:

  • Neil Hamburger, Optiganally Yours, JP Incorporated @ Casbah
  • Alyssa Jacey, Jasmine Commerce, Josh Damigo @ Belly Up
  • Miss Erika Davies, Brooke Brown Saracino @ The Boat House (2939 Monroe Ave)
  • 91X Presents The Used, Drive A @ House of Blues
  • Grey Ghosts, Greg Gibson @ Soda Bar
  • Rio Peligroso @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Waco Fuck, Clocked In, Dea, Captain Planet, DJ Barnesey @ Radio Room
  • That 1 Guy, Schmaltz @ Brick by Brick
  • Broke Soul with DJ Selektacon & Cota Pop @ Tin Can Ale House
  • DJ Beatnik @ Bar Pink
  • Secret Seven, Social Studies, Longstay, Writer DJ set @ Beauty Bar
  • Brothers Cooley, Four Minutes To Midnight, Westfire @ U-31
  • Extinct Animals, Neon Cough, The Duke Wants Me Dead @ Ruby Room
  • Sophie Milman, Samir Zarif @ Anthology
  • Alan Land, Regina Leonard, Rusty Jones @ Lestat's
  • Billy Watson & Friends @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Help I'm Alive, guests @ Winston's
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Ignacio Berroa Quartet @ Athenaeum Music Arts & Library
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallaghers
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Knockout Bell, Electric People, The Moons, The Western Set, DJ Gonzo @ O'Connell's
  • Gilbert Castellanos @ Super El Camino
  • The Dabbers, DJ's & more @ Whistle Stop
  • Boneyard @ Coyote Bar
  • 145th Street @ Patrick's ll
  • The Durges, Skip Jack, Grim Luck @ Dreamstreet Live
  • The Watchmen @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Laguna @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Burnett's Bliss @ Cafe La Maze
  • Jesse Lamonaca @ Hennessey's PB
  • Cat Family @ The Stage Saloon
  • NSD Presents: Live Local Bands @ 710 Beach Club
  • Dan Dragon @ The Kraken
  • Michael Tiernan @ En Fuego Cantina
  • Jonathan Fleig, John Kalb, T.K. Plummer, Dave Winter @ Sunshine Brooks Theatre (Oceanside)
  • Hot Rod Lincoln @ Valley View Casino

Monday, January 25, 2010

Catch Jasper Dickson Revue at Soda Bar this Tuesday

It's no secret that the longer I've had this little website the actual time I spend writing has gone down while my time spent actually going to shows and reading e-mail from bands, publicists, and labels has gone through the roof. Not a complaint or bragging, just a statement of fact. There's a formula that most of these contacts follow in telling me about the next big thing and with so much information, I have to have my own filters, like no matter how great a band, if San Diego isn't on the tour dates, it pretty much goes unread and filed and referenced later if they finally do add San Diego. I'm not big on album reviews either. I'll listen to your record, but (1) what I like is not the same as what you like and (2) there are few record reviews I've ever read that actually convince me to buy a record. Mine wouldn't be any different.

That said, last week I got an email from a band that's playing Soda Bar on Tuesday night and it was straightforward, to the point, but crafted so you know it was somewhat personal and that is something that doesn't happen often so I'm paying it forward.

The Jasper Dickson Revue is a soul garage band out of Echo Park. They're playing with Canton Mudders and there's no cover for the show. Had I not already planned on seeing Mission: Valley at Casbah I'd totally be there, and might try to maneuver to do both. Aside from the e-mail, watching the videos below, I was totally sold.

Backstory on the videos:

Also my buddy JC Chamboredon from Milan Records shot a couple of videos of
my band that I wanted to share with you. One of which was shot with us inside
the "Let's Be Frank" hotdog truck that parks outside of Silverlake Wine, where I
work. The other two take place inside Silverlake Wine. The idea behind them is
that they are all one creative take, all natural light and natural live sound
and all one continuous shot in an uncontrolled impromptu setting. We had a blast
doing them and I hope you enjoy them as well.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Mindy Smith & Landon Pigg @ Anthology, 1.21.10

Before making my way to Casbah for Sezio's big night on Thursday, I went to Antholigy to see Landon Pigg and Mindy Smith. Jeff bought tickets so we decided to make our way down early to have some dinner before the show. I'd been to Anthology for a few happy hours and had some snacks, but having a full dinner was phenomenal, and I recommend it to anyone heading there for a show. Anthology is tied in with the SoundDiego project, and as such I mentioned I'd be there and was super grateful for the complimentary appetizer...goat-cheese stuffed medjool dates wrapped in bacon. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

But enough about the food. The show, too, was excellent. Landon Pigg started the night and while I wasn't familiar with his music, I happened to recall that he was the first musician to ever friend request me on MySpace. I guess the name just always stuck out. Over the years he's played San Diego a handful of times but I'd never listened to his music until he played this song, and he solved the mystery of "who sings that one sing in that one commercial" for me:

He was cute and awkward about the seated crowd eating dinner, but his music was great and the piano accompaniment was perfect for the venue.

After Landon finished, there was a quick break (less than 10 minutes) before Mindy Smith came out. I had been turned on to her music by my old boss, Jack Poe, who loved her voice and told me to get over the Jesus stuff and hear it for what it was, and he was right. I listened to that CD endlessly for a period and so I was pleased, since that was almost 6 years ago, that I still knew that music and she still played it. She was also cute and awkward, explaining that she hadn't packed a hairbrush for the trip and then telling stories about her songs, trying to compensate for the sadness and melancholy of her songs with funny stories between songs.

But there were sad songs that also got sad stories, like the one below, which was written for her mother who died in 1991 from Breast Cancer. Apparently the song has been adopted by many breast cancer organizations and I always admire singers who can tell such stories, even with time passed, and not totally lose their shit onstage, because I know were I in their shoes, my voice would quiver, the tears would pour, and I'd be done.

But the night wasn't all somber and she played a lot of songs in a little over an hour long set and I was glad that I had the opportunity to go (Thanks, Jeff!). I don't really do the jazz stuff, but Anthology has some shows that veer from the jazz and blues that I'm considering checking out, like Mike Doughty or Toad The Wet Sprocket. The show ended early and I made it in time to catch the full set from the opening band at the Casbah which worked out perfect for someone like me that isn't satisfied with just one concert in a night. Here are a couple more videos and there are some more photos after the jump (click 'keep on reading')

Friday, January 22, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 22-24, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010:

  • Hyena @ X1FM (7pm, Free, All Ages, BYOB, 2434 Southport Way, Ste. A by the InNOut)
  • Ozomatli, Rey Fresco @ Belly Up
  • Dave and Deke Combo, The Bedbreakers, The Rumblers, Bill Cardinal and the Canyon Band in the Atari Lounge @ Casbah
  • The Creepy Creeps, Northern Towns @ Ken Club
  • The Paddle Boat, Black Mamba @ Whistle Stop
  • MYTH (feat. Addiquit & Pall Jenkins), Illuminauts, Inspired Flight @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Secret Apollo (CD release), Knives!, Joanie Mendenhall @ Soda Bar
  • Maren Parusel, Maus Haus @ Bar Pink
  • Dance For Haiti feat. Gina Rene; DJs: Bassmechanic (Funk The System, Bat Country), Baquai? (Goodghost), Eric Yo! (Deep, Propaganda, Pacific Foundation Radio), Puppy Kicker (Rogue Dubs, Broken Beat), Ghost MD (12 Monkeys, TSTV), Jon Wesley, Mateo Bambaataa, Brenton; Artists: Billy Martinez, Martin Sklar, Bryen Beglinger; Sound by: Bassmechanic V.S. SounD (Funktion One); Lighting by Cali Toxic @ Kava Lounge (Minimum $5 suggested donation. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Haiti Relief & Development Fund)
  • The Mar Dels @ Belly Up (Happy Hour, 5:30pm)
  • Swerve Presents: reggae legends Carlton Livingston, Lady Ann, Carl Meeks @ Ruby Room
  • House Junkie w/ DJ Ali Ghanavi, Arvisu, Tim Tech, Ar-O!, Autodrone (live) @ Beauty Bar
  • ROAR Theatre Haiti Benefit @ Twiggs ($5; all proceeds benefir Doctors Without Borders)
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Nothington, Breaker Breaker One Niner, Sunnyside, Honest Iago @ Radio Room
  • Lisa Olsen, Gregory Page @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Napolean Complex, Incomplete Neighbor, The Shakers (LA) @ O'Connell's
  • 145th Street @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall, God Forbid, 2 Cents @ House of Blues
  • Anna Bell, Robert Bondurant, The Heavy Guilt @ Lestat's
  • Lexington Field, Giant Peach, Washing Matilda @ Brick By Brick
  • Ugandan Children's Choir @ Worldbeat Center
  • SuperUnloader, Justin Werner & Co, Wise Monkey @ Winston's
  • Pau Hana, Irieside @ 710 Beach Club
  • For The Fallen Dreams, Suffokate, Your Demise, Aphotic Murder, With Liberty, Dark Lay Still @ Soma
  • The Hope Conspiracy, Touche Amore, Lewd Acts, Nails @ Che Cafe
  • Felix da Housecat, DJ Riley Hilliard @ Spin
  • Steampower Giraffe (comedy) @ Queen Bee's
  • Nods To Nothing, Plane Without a Pilot, The Morning Glass @ Dreamstreet
  • The Riders @ Robbie's Roadhouse (534 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas)
  • Gilbert Castellanos & his New Latin Jazz Trio @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Rockola @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Metal As Art Tour feat. BINARY code, Hypno5e, Revocation, Black Se7en, Gannendorf, Green To Black @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Ann Hampton Callaway @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Abrina (CD release) @ Anthology (Late Show 10 pm, FREE!)
  • Trace Bundy, Sungha Jung @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Andy Moor, Victor Dinaire, Sharky @ Voyeur
  • DJ Pretty Penny @ Wit's End
  • Notas Antiguas @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • JT Moring, Shady Side Players @ It's A Grind (Encinitas)
  • San Diego Symphony presents A Night At The Academy Awards @ Symphony Hall
  • Private Domain @ Harrah's Oasis Lounge
  • Blizzard @ Bar Leucadian
  • Dave Booda @ Java Jones (Downtown)
  • Parker Ainsworth @ Mueller College
  • The Fooks @ Dublin Square
  • Missy Andersen @ Patrick's II
  • Jesse LaMonaca @ Bondi
  • Illfonix @ Kadan
  • The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal, Tori Roze and The Hot Mess @ Sidebar

Saturday, January 23, 2010:

  • Steve White Benefit feat. Jim Earp, Shawn Rolf, Rick Kaestner, Berkely Hart, Vladamir Yarovinsky, Gregory Page, Ignacio & Luisa, KEV-Kevin Rones, Robin Henkle, Joe Rathburn, Lisa Sanders. Cici Porter, Paul Hormic, Allen Singer, Suzane Reed, Tom Baird & David Silva, Paul Scwebel, Rusty Jones, Alan James, Chuck Perrin, Larry Robinson, Steve Mendoza, Ben Powell, Folding Mr. Lincoln, Phil Borrof, Jefferey Joe Morin, and Steve White @ San Diego Old Time Music (2852 University Ave, 11a-9p, $10 donation or $20 w/t-shirt, musician's yard sale, raffle, silent auction, bluegrass jam, and more)
  • The Dragons, Uncle Joe's Big Ol' Driver, The Drips, Spitfires @ Casbah
  • Riviera Supper Club 1 year Anniversary Party feat. Bartenders Bible @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Ozomatli, Rey Fresco @ Belly Up
  • Lisa the Lush, The Stone Foxes, Wendy Darling, DJ Bob Dazzla @ Beauty Bar
  • Astra Kelly (EP release), Medicine for Madison, Republic of Letters, Evan Robinson, DJ Myron Eugene, Hosted by Jon Block @ Ruby Room
  • Benefit for Invisible Children feat. Deadbeat Nightlife, Miss Leota, Under Siege, AeneA, Favor The Guilty @ Epicentre
  • Trophy Wife video release party for "Move to the Desert", live set by Trophy Wife @ Bar Pink. (6pm)
  • Red Hot and Cool feat. DJs Charlie Rock and Trevor Young @ Bar Pink (10pm)
  • Michael Klayman jazz photography presentation, Karin Carson CD release show (w/ Grammy nominated bass player Christian McBride) @ Tango Del Rey (3567 Del Rey Street, Photo presentation 6pm, 2 performances 7:30/9:30pm)
  • Geezer, Bobby Fantasy @ North Park Vaudeville (7:30 show)
  • Geezer, Wally Bunting @ North Park Vaudeville (9:30 show)
  • Justin Froese, La'Tim(e) @ E Street Cafe (Encinitas, 6:30pm)
  • Grown Folk Music w/Husky Boy All Star DJs Buddha & Duse @ Wit's End
  • Postals (CD Release) @ Ken Club
  • Riverberb, Joke, Sixes, Sudden Infant @ Soda Bar
  • Aquarius Party with Saul Q @ U-31
  • The Displaced, The Bayside Club @ Radio Room
  • MC JRE and the E TEAM, Rockstar Albatross, Nothingful @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Sara Petite @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents...The Chop Tops, The Strikers, Black Sheep Reunion, Embalmers @ O'Connell's
  • Burnsville Blues Band @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Bonfire (AC/DC Tribute), Aeromyth (Aerosmith Tribute) @ House of Blues
  • Aaron Barnhart, Chad Farran, Cindy Santini @ Lestat's
  • Ruins of Abaddon, Dead Serial Killers, Drownswerve, Squirrely Arts @ Brick By Brick
  • Cubensis (Plays Dead) @ Winston's
  • 321 Stereo, Stained Glass Saints @ 710 Beach Club
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Anti-Flag, Aiden, Cancer Bats, Trash Talk, The Mayors Of Sexy Town @ Soma
  • KSDT/Che Benefeit Show with: Love Beats War, Trinitron Meets the Mars People, Eskera, Breaker Breaker One Niner, Caxton, Fritz Sender @ Che Cafe
  • Health, Tape Deck Mountain, Grand Tarantula @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Leather Nun America, Obsidian, Comfort In Rage, Logans Theory, Stella @ Dreamstreet
  • San Diego Latin Jazz Collective @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Plato Soul @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7p)
  • Viva Santana @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (9:30 pm)
  • Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen Tribute) @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Majesty Coronation 2010 @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Trippin' The Sixties w/Barry McGuire & John York@ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • Classixx, Brazzabelle @ Voyeur
  • Alexander @ Spin
  • San Diego Symphony presents A Night At The Academy Awards @ Symphony Hall
  • Dennis Jones Band @ Patrick's II
  • HYPE w/DJs Heather Hardcore and adamnation @ Kadan

Sunday, January 24, 2010:

  • Black Lips, Nobunny, Slab City @ Casbah
  • An Evening with Stanley Clarke Band (seated show)@ Belly Up
  • Machete, Speeches, Schitzophrenics, Ryan Blue @ Radio Room
  • Death On Mars, Melodic Destruction and more tba @ Ruby Room
  • The Sunday Cruisers and Friends Super Show @ Soda Bar
  • Matt Cook @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Salsa Sundays @ Queen Bee's
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Big Fat Soul @ Cabo Cantina
  • Happy Ron's Open Mic feat. Raquel V Lipsky @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents... Warring States of Mind @ O'Connell's
  • Elliott Yamin, DJ Furee @ House of Blues
  • Jason Reeves, Joe Brooks, ZSuzsanna @ Lestat's
  • Against All Will, The Get Down Automatic, Gametes @ Brick By Brick
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Music Industry Night @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps with Mario O and friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Disconnected w/ djs barnesey & mike reed @ Kadan
  • Nils @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch, 10a-2p
  • Nils @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (7-11pm)
  • Music Mixer feat. Folding Mr. Lincoln, Shant, Dave Howard, 3 Degrees off Center, XIV @ The Onyx Room
  • Itzhak Perlman Recital @ Copley Symphony Hall

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Joel P. West at Casbah

Earlier this week I posted about the Sezio show tonight at the Casbah. While I was up super late last night, or early this morning, depending on how you view the world, I realized I never posted the videos from their December show with J Tillman, so I put it in a little playlist and decided to share with you.

See you tonight at the Casbah!

Rosey's Diary: A Long December 2010

I should definitely be sleeping right now but I have way too much swirling in my brain, so I might as well enjoy the sound of the rain outside (and the bonus, no construction or salon noise when it rains!) and get to posting this long promised recap of December. I'm gonna put it all after a jump so you if you're the kind of person that doesn't like the rehash of the past, you can just skip this post entirely.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 21, 2010

January 21 archives if you 'keep on reading'.

I know it's really hard to motivate to leave the house when the weather outside is icky. While most San Diegans can appreciate our need for rain, all of it coming down in one week means it won't have a huge impact on reservoirs, the areas affected by fires are at a high risk for mudslides, and all the muck that we toss out of our cars and stays in the storm drains is going straight into our bay. Good times. If you rely on public transportation as I sometimes do, you're even less inclined to leave the house, but I'm telling you, tonight is the night to get out. I mean, the whole weekend is gonna be pretty awesome, but tonight you can get out and support my dear friends over at just by going to a killer show at the best venue in San Diego. win-win-win.

Thursday January 21, 2010:

  • Sezio Presents: Jamuel Saxon (Remix Set),Writer, Tape Deck Mountain, Black Mamba, Joel P West, Martian Horses @ Casbah
  • Mindy Smith, Landon Pigg @ Anthology
  • Penny Sledge, The Preteens, The Symbolic Jews @ Soda Bar
  • Pure Prairie League, Kenny Newberry, Shawn Rohlf Band @ Belly Up
  • Jehova's itness, Koalacaust, Muscle, Blood, & Something Else @ Che Cafe
  • Eric Lindell @ Winston's
  • Owl Eyes, Serengeti Rocks, The Paragraphs @ Ruby Room
  • Nadastrom @ House of Blues
  • Labour of Love, High Tide, Shoreline Roots @ Brick By Brick
  • Patrick Dennis and Friends @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Jackpot Junkies, Trouble in the Wind, Michael McGraw @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Michelle Lewis, Nate Donnis, The Winchester Friendlies @ Lestat's
  • TRC Sounds @ Radio Room
  • Snake Babies, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra @ Ken Club
  • 321 Stereo, SO3, Wendy Bailey @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Aggronauts, Lead Burns Red, Aizen, In Silence, Medius @ Second Wind Santee
  • 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop with DJ Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31
  • Imperial Court Corination Show @ Ruby Room @ 5 pm
  • Blue Rockit @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Tori Roze and the Hot Mess, Ellamae, Kera and the Lesbians, DJ Miss Lady D @ Beauty Bar
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • The Mighty Untouchables @ Valley View Casino
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Jason Weiss @ Bluegrass Jam @ Todays Pizza (Encinitas)
  • Plato Soul, DJ Swoll @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Rob Deez, Grown Folk Shit @ Java Joe's @ Cafe Libertalia
  • Da Perv, Kid Wonder, Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur
  • DJ Profile & Iron Mike's All Things Rad @ El Dorado
  • Harmony Road @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Chimney Fish @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • Whiskey Shift @ Tiki House
  • Sandy, Burnett, John Guillano, Marty Waak @ Cafe La Maze
  • The Concrete Project @ 710 Beach Club
  • Tommy Dubs, Seismic Leveler @ Boar Cross'n
  • The Pieces @ The Kraken
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • Craig Sherman @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Dornob @ Portugalia
  • Bill Magee Blues Band @ Patrick's II

SoundDiego Launches Today

I mentioned briefly last week that I'll be working with NBC San Diego and their new project SoundDiego. I want to assure you, things won't change around here. I'll continue to post photos and videos from shows a month or two late (har.har.) and you'll still get random pictures of my world, like these of my nieces:

This spring I also hope to get some more tour diaries from bands headed to SXSW, I plan on promoting a few more shows, and I'll still have content exclusive for this site, so San Diego: Dialed In is still going to exist as you know it. If anything, having a name like NBC behind me might open some new doors for my broke and (still technically) unemployed ass. I'll be doing my listings here as usual, and they'll be over there, too, with a recommendation or two each day, but the listings there won't have some of the smaller bars with 'house bands', art openings, karaoke & DJ nights, or the house parties, so the listings here will still be the most comprehensive in San Diego.

SoundDiego has other contributors I'm excited to work with, too, like Chris and Tristan from Owl and Bear and Chris Cantore from Legit Radio, as well as some other really talented and enthusiastic people behind the scenes. I'll also be blogging there on behalf of the Casbah, and there will be content from the other venue partners including The Belly Up and Anthology, so you will get content there that you won't get anywhere else.

I hope you enjoy the new platform and hopefully it can add to San Diego's musical landscape. Anyway, I'm not even sure what the web address is, but since I'll probably be sleeping when it launches (since I'm sitting here working at 4am), I think you can find the site here. If not, go here and dig around a little bit.

And, if you've read this far, I also wanted to share that this year, I have been asked to curate the mainstage for the North Park Festival of The Arts. The event takes place on Sunday, May 16 from 10a-6pm. I have the duty of booking six local, family friendly bands who are willing to play for pesos to a festival crowd. I'm bravely going to open up to email submissions, but know that I have a strong grasp of the San Diego music landscape and already have an idea of who I'd like to book.

Send me an email (sddialedin AT gmail) with subject "NPFoA" if you're interested. Include a contact person and phone number, a band bio (including band members names, instruments, and what you're about), a link to your social media (myspace, facebook, twitter, youtube), and at least 2 MP3s attached in the email. Band photos are also helpful. You have to be willing to play any slot between 10am and 5pm. ONE email will suffice. I don't have a firm deadline for submissions, but the sooner the better, and I'll probably solidify the lineup mid-February.

David Bazan House Show, 1.16.2010

On Saturday David Bazan performed two house shows in South Park. Jeff bought tickets and I joined him. I still don't know who's house it was, but it was a small cozy livingroom, with hardwood floors and limited seating, so I was quite happy that I followed instructions and brought my own floor pillow (and beer). The show was fantastic and David Bazan was friendly and warm. Before they started I double checked that photos and video were allowed and they quietly thanked me for asking. Below is the playlist of the entire show. I didn't record all of the Q&A moments, and I haven't gotten around to putting titles on each song yet, so if you wanna help me, leave comments and I'll update. Until then, enjoy the videos.

Jason Mraz to Perform at "Cord Progression"

Sadly, I know too many people with spinal cord injuries and the subject has always been close to me personally. This came from the Jason Mraz fan club (though I've edited it slightly to remove 86 exclamation points):

We are excited to announce Cord Progression, a special night of music in support of Jesse Billauer’s motivational speaking tour, Life Rolls On and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness.

This exciting evening will take place at the Long Beach Terrace Theatre on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 and features a special acoustic performance by Jason Mraz. Good friends Timmy Curran (with full band), The Makepeace Brothers, and Bushwalla will also perform with more performers to be announced.

Pre-sale begins Wed. Jan 20th at AM PST via Ticketmaster and ends Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 10pm PST. The password is "LIFE." Regular tickets go on sale this Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at 10am via ticketmaster.

This event is paperless (and anti-scalping). Ticket holders will go directly to the door at the venue, present a valid photo ID, and swipe the credit card used to purchase tickets for entry. It's fast, easy and good for the environment. The entire party must enter the venue at the same time since tickets are non-transferable.


Things To Do In San Diego: January 20, 2010

Our mayor testified in the Prop 8 case, a Republican took the seat left by Kennedy in Massachusetts, and a tornado watch was issued in LA, Orange County, and San Diego. Are these things related? I don't know, but if it is the end times, I'd prefer to go out in a bar listening to good music. Just sayin.

January 20, 2010 archives after the jump if you 'keep on reading'.

Wednesday January 20, 2010:

  • Christmas Island, Beaters, Heavy Hawaii, Nude Boy, DJs Mario Orduno, Brandon Welchez & Charles Rowell @ Casbah
  • Guitar Legend Dick Dale, Forever Came Calling, The Heavy Guilt @ Belly Up
  • El Monte Slim @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Luce, guests @ Brick by Brick
  • Joe Firstman, The White Buffalo @ Lestat's
  • Artist In Residence: Iva Gueorguieva, Music by Tood Pyke @ Lux @Night (1550 S. El
  • The Howls, RNRS, Tin Can Notes, Longstay @ Beauty Bar
  • Camino Real, Encinitas, 7-9p, Free)
  • DJ Shoeshine @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Napolean Complex, Michael Logen @ Soda Bar
  • Gilbert Castellanos Quintet @ Bar Pink
  • The Farley Overdose, Danny The Champion of The World, Eskera & John Wayne Gacy Daycare @ Radio Room
  • The Brothers Cooley, Elliot Szabo @ Ruby Room
  • Habanot Nechama @ The Loft
  • The Long Run @ Anthology
  • Billy Watson & Friends @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Labour of Love, Safety Orange, The Squirming Coils @ Winston's
  • The Soul Persuaders @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Michael Tiernan, Mike McGill @ En Fuego Cantina
  • The Rebecca Kleinmann Sextet @ Dizzy's
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallaghers
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Agua Dulce @ U-31
  • SuperJen Presents: Change and The Movement, The Vinyls @ O'Connell's
  • Northstar @ Coyote Bar
  • Michele Lundeen@ Patrick's ll
  • Welcome to Nothing, I Am the Heart Attack, Vera Psing @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Southern Storm @ Second Wind Navajo
  • A Dull Science, Stella, Strike Twelve, The Ramies @ Second Wind Santee
  • Tommy Price @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Burnett's Bliss @ Cafe La Maze
  • Chad Cavanaugh Music@ Hennessey's Gaslamp
  • Black Ace Audio @ The Stage Saloon
  • NSD Presents: Blow Me Down, Inside Switch, The Watchmen @ 710 Beach Club
  • Rhythm Turner @ Portugalia
  • Frankie Dee @ The Kraken

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Coachella 2010 Full Lineup

Kristian took care of the whozits and whatzits for Coachella, but here is full the official lineup if you haven't seen it:

FRIDAY APRIL 16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17: Muse, Faith No More, Tiƫsto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ's, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO


It's that time again...

Today is a very, very special day. Not because the town is flooding and all the rats/roaches are drowning and there are tornado watch warnings, but because today Paul Tollett and the crew over at Golden Voice have finally posted the line-up for COACHELLA! For music aficionados, hipsters, scenesters, and music snobs in general, the Coachella line-up jump starts the excitement for what has become, for many, the replacement of Christmas, Halloween, New Years and birthdays all rolled into one.

I know that I speak for many when I say that the 5 days I spend in the desert every summer watching all my favorite bands try to out rock each other while I sweat and chase a buzz I will never catch, has become the highlight of my year. Once it's over I start speculating again how on Earth will Golden Voice top this year, who will headline next year and who is booking the house/hotel for next year. But let's not talk about next year, let's talk about this year.

As soon as I woke up this morning I was pleasantly surprised to see the barrage of emails and texts I received, all raving about the Coachella 2010 line-up. So obviously, I grabbed my laptop to see what all the fuss was about (follow along please: AND BOY WERE THEY RIGHT!!!! As a self described music snob, it is very easy to bitch and moan about the Coachella line-up each year. It's sort of like living in San Diego and bitching about the weather (stupid cloud!). While I'm not thrilled about the headliners, I will say that this year's line-up is as close to perfection as possible. There is literally something for everyone. Big names, little names, really obscure names, surprise reunions and of course, the beloved curve balls.

As much as I want to analyze, consume, digest and regurgitate what I think about the entire line-up, I'll spare you all the garble and just give you, in my opinion, what should not be missed.

DAY 1 - Friday April 16th
I'm not crazy about Jay-Z, in fact I plan on skipping him, but I'm sure he'll bring his NYC swagger along with some special guests to perform. Who I'm most excited to see this day is LCD Soundsystem. Their last album was near perfect and about as close as you will ever get to combining punk and house into a beautiful blend of deliciousness. They're coming out with a new album this year so I expect some new stuff to shake your booty along with their usual audio assault of awesomeness. I also plan on seeing Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Grace Jones (c'mon, she's practically a living legend), The Whitest Boy Alive, Lance Rock (Yo Gabba Gabba's DJ, bring your toddlers!), Aeroplane, Sleigh Bells, and Little Dragon. Keep in mind I generally lean to the electronic laced, 4 on the floor type of music. Right Rose???

Day 2 - Saturday April 17th
Again, I'm not crazy about Muse, I just don't see what the big deal is, but they're selling out stadiums all over the world so what do I know? In my opinion, this is the weakest day of the event, but that's like saying Jessica Alba is not as hot Latetia Casta and Alessandra Ambrosio. So, with that said, I plan on seeing Hot Chip (I've got their new album, it makes me smile), 2ManyDjs (some say they're the innovators of tasteful mash-ups), Major Lazer (think reggae/dancehall themed M.I.A., but better, and without M.I.A.), Dirty Projectors, The XX, Flying Lotus, Pretty Lights, The Girls and Beach House. I'm ok with some days not being as awesome as others. It gives you a chance to sleep in that day and you don't have as many conflicts between bands you want to see playing at the same time.

Day 3 - Sunday April 18th
The Gorillaz are awesome. I saw them in Chicago about 8 or 9 years ago and it was really cool. They projected cartoons of themselves on a screen while they played behind it, which was not that cool, but they still sounded awesome. Seeing as they are headlining the last day though, I'm sure they plan on bringing their "A" game as far as showmanship and aesthetics go. Plus they have an arsenal of hits and I can only imagine there will be a surprise guest or four. In my opinion, this day is amazing, this day was made for me, in fact I think they raided my iTunes library to make this day, but anyhow, with conflicts abound, I pray I can catch all these amazing groups: Pavement (reunion baby!), Thom Yorke ???? (apparently he has jazzed up The Eraser and he is playing it in order from front to back...WOW), Phoenix (duhhh...), Spoon, Sly and The Family Stone (if you miss this, you are a fucking idiot), De La Soul, Gary Numan (I'm curious, what can I say), Club 75 (French super group including members of Cassius, Justice, plus Busy P and DJ Medhi), Big Pink, Miike Snow (these guys killed it at Spaceland and The Echo up in LA last year), Florence and the Machine, Little Boots (wasn't thrilled about the album, but friends say she was amazing live at Lollapalooza last year), Owen Pallet (or Final Fantasy, same guy, rocks the fiddle) and of course The Soft Pack.

So there you go SD, I hope that was not too painful. If you are on the fence this year and you are a bit overwhelmed by all these groups you don't know, I suggest you hop on MySpace or YouTube and start checking some of these groups out because if you are going to go to Coachella, this is the year to go. There truly is something for everyone this year and I take my hat off to Golden Voice for really giving the fans the line-up they've been waiting for. See you Indio, drink lots of water!

Things To Do In San Diego: January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010 archives after the jump if you 'keep on reading'.
The 2010 Coachella lineup is being announced today and after sitting on the edge of my seat and seeing rumor posters for the last couple years (before that you could never convince me that a concert in the desert was a good idea, so I didn't really care), I'm just gonna sit this one out and I'll post it when I see it. More importantly, we still have San Diego music to think about, so on to the shows.

Tuesday January 19, 2010:

  • The Burning Of Rome, Run Run Run, Little Fowl @ Casbah
  • Space Nature, Des Roar, Serengeti Rocks @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Life in Orbit, The Broken Column, Ape Machine @ Soda Bar
  • The Neverout @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Blow By Blow (Jeff Beck tribute) @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Tiki Two's Day feat. Adrian Demain, special guest @ Bar Pink
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Yeah Buddy Tuesdays @ Radio Room
  • Too Cool For Karaoke @ Ruby Room
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • NSD Presents: Sinizen, The Hounds, Rough and Steady, Irusalem @ O'Connell's
  • The Aggronauts @ Winston's
  • Jasper's Ain't Misbehaven @ Patrick's ll
  • Jackson & Jesus @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Joe Marson @ Tiki House
  • Ringo Jones @ The Stage Saloon
  • Holding Air Hostage @ RT's Longboard Bar & Grill
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sezio receives 501(c)(3) Status, Plans Celebration / Fundraiser at The Casbah 01.21.2010

After a year's worth of paper work, and contemplation of whether we really have the energy to do this for the next decade... Sezio applied for and was granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. We'll soon be announcing our four programs designed to fulfill our mission statement of providing resources, exposure and community support to emerging artists and musicians, but for now it's time to celebrate.

We've booked The Casbah for Thursday, January 21st to host a special night of live music and to fund raise a bit for our fledgling non-profit. Tim Mays has generously offered to donate the night's cover plus a percentage of the bar. Jamuel Saxon will headline the evening, joined by special guests Writer, Tape Deck Mountain and Black Mamba. Martian Horses and Joel P West will open up the evening.


When: Thursday, January 21st
Where: The Casbah
What: Concert / Fundraiser
Who: Jamuel Saxon, Joel P West & Martian Horses
Time: 9pm
Cost: $10

Congratulations, Zack and friends! San Diego is a better place to live because of people like you and organizations like Sezio.

Whisper House at The Old Globe

David Poe and Holly Brook in the World Premiere of Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow’s Whisper House at The Old Globe, Jan. 13 – Feb. 21, 2010. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Tony and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Duncan Sheik follows up his Broadway sensation, Spring Awakening, with this haunting new musical. It’s 1942 – at the height of World War II – and Christopher, an imaginative young boy, is sent to live with an aunt he’s never met: Lilly, a reclusive woman who serves as the keeper of a remote lighthouse. Not yet comfortable in his surroundings, Christopher begins to hear strange music no one else can hear seeping through the walls. It doesn’t take long for him to suspect the lighthouse may be haunted, and these ghosts tell him that Yasujiro, a Japanese worker that Lilly has employed, should not be trusted. Is Christopher’s imagination getting the best of him? Or are these ghosts warning Christopher about the very real dangers that lie ahead? Whisper House is a touching and beautiful story about how we should embrace, rather than fear, the unknown.

I mentioned last week that I went to see Duncan Sheik perform a concert at The Old Globe and was in complete awe of the show. A few days later I followed up by seeing the production of Whisper House and I cannot stress enough that everyone should go see this show. I don't really consider myself much of a theatre person mostly because, lets face it, it's not the cheapest form of entertainment. I tend to be skeptical when the word "musical" is attached, and even more so when child actors are involved. I know that is really weird, but the former makes me think of grating repetitive songs like "Oklahoma!" and the latter because they can be kind of annoying if their cuteness overpowers their stage skills. That said, this show is fantastic, and Eric Zutty, who plays Christopher, plays off his aunt Lilly's character perfectly (played by Mare Winningham who is a recognizable tv, film, and theatre actress). Since I don't want to be one of those people that tells you the ending, I really won't go more into the story than is described above, but truly, the ghosts and the songs they sing are the stars of this show. I felt the show presented a WWII story I hadn't heard before, but was also really relatable to the wars we are in today and how our leaders and lawmakers create a culture of fear. Additionally, though I saw the show four nights ago, the songs are still in my this case a good thing... and they work in the story or as stand alone pieces of music. The simple set, the full band, the outstanding casting, and the beautiful soundtrack make for a perfect show that I would definitely see again.

For info on tickets, click here.

“Better to Be Dead”
“We’re Here to Tell You (Part 1)”
“We’re Here to Tell You (Part 2)”
“And Now We Sing”
“The Tale of Solomon Snell”
“Earthbound Starlight”
“Play Your Part”
“You’ve Really Gone and Done It Now”
“How It Feels”
“I Don’t Believe in You”
“Better to Be Dead”
“Take a Bow”

Listen to Whisper House

Things To Do In San Diego: January 18, 2010

For January 18, 2010 archive, click keep on reading.
Football season is officially over for San Diego fans, so let's kick off the week with some good music, shall we? I know it's supposed to rain, but fortunately for you, not a single one of these shows are outside.

Monday January 18, 2010:
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. day festival feat. Chuck Fenda, Pato Banton, Bredren, Jaam Kwest @ World Beat Center (11a-7pm, Free, All Ages)
  • Anti Monday League & FM94/9 Presents Hockey, Asa Ransom, DJ Skullcrusher @ Casbah (Sold Out)
  • San Francisco Water Cooler @ Soda Bar
  • Putrid Feedback, Abject, Nuclear Tomorrow, Revenge Club @ Radio Room
  • Musical Charis @ Ruby Room
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Backwater Blues Band @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Bayou Brothers @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • The Jazz Pigs @ Lyceum Theatre @ noon

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 16-17, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010:

  • The Builders and The Butchers, Little White Teeth @ Casbah (Early Show, 5pm)
  • Creedle, Upsilon Crux, Rats Eyes @ Casbah
  • Adam Franklin, Tape Deck Mountain, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar
  • Sight & Sound feat. MC Flow, Jamuel Saxon, Rob Deez and more @ Architecture
  • David Bazan House Concerts, 5pm & 8pm, Sold Out
  • Castanets, Tiger Saw, Alps of New South Wales, Kenseth Thibideau (Rumah Sakit, Tarentel, Prints, Sleeping People) @ Che Cafe
  • School of Rock: AC/DC @ Queen Bee's 7pm
  • John Cougar Concentration Camp, Shark Pants, Tiltwheel, The Phuzz @ The Ken Club
  • Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers Band @ Belly Up (Sold Out)
  • Booker T @ Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • The All Wait, Echo Echo, Eclipse 79 (CD release) @ Beauty Bar
  • Sharron Hazel Township, Chad Cavanaugh @ Wit's End
  • Descarga Cubana + Amazing Cuban Food featuring Gilbert Castellanos, Bill Caballero, Irving Flores, Danny Weller, Charlie Chavez, Tommy Aros,Giancarlo Anderson, Dan Reagan @ Speakeasy (email for location/password)
  • Cindy Lee Berryhill, Mary Dolan @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Touch of CAS (of Rare Form Live), Calculon, MC Kemo @ Ruby Room
  • Zodiac Cartel, Virgin Tears, DJ Krassy @ Voyeur
  • Neon Beat 80s Dance Party feat. Junior the Discopunk and Mr. Atari @ Bar Pink
  • ZAPP, Egyptian Lover, JJ Fad & Twilite 22 @ The DreamCatcher at Viejas
  • Fall Out (Industrial Night) @ Radio Room
  • Nards @ Tiki House
  • Gajah, Graves @ Kava Lounge
  • She Productions with DJ Kiss @ Kadan
  • The KABBs, Butterfly Bones (SF), Neat Beats Cost @ Tin Can Ale House
  • NSD Presents...Bristol To Memory, The Getdown @ O'Connell's
  • Between The Buried And Me with Cynic, Devin Townsend, Scale the Summit @ House of Blues
  • Allison Lonsdale @ Lestat's (6-8pm)
  • So Say We All @ Lestat's
  • The Intense Individual Party 6 (Benefit for 826LA) @ Brick By Brick
  • The Red Not Chili Peppers, Concrete Project @ Winston's
  • Likewize @ 710 Beach Club
  • Mavis Staples @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Good Morning Milo, Stereo Summer, Chasing Claymores, Add The Color, Vivera, The Rhetoric Sound @ Soma
  • Without Papers, Hula Guns, Her Bed Of Thorns, Lindsey Hail @ Dreamstreet
  • Simon, Mitchell, & Joel: Singer/songwriters Joe Rathburn, Cahill & Delene, & John Foltz play the music of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, & Billy Joel @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • The Smokin Knights @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge (5-7pm)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Free Comedy Show feat Bob Golub (from the movie Goodfellas) @ 4th & B
  • La Jolla Music Society Dance Series feat. Momix @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Mobile Deathcamp, Cribwall Prison, Social Spit, Draind @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Blue Heat @ The Kraken
  • Tony Moran @ Spin
  • San Diego Symphony presents Silent Film Night: The General (1927) @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, January 17, 2010:

  • School of Rock: Motown Stax 1pm, Talking Heads 7pm @ Porter's Pub, UCSD
  • The Silent Comedy, Mississippi Man @ Bar Pink
  • White Denim, Brazos, Big Bang @ Casbah
  • Kris Kristofferson @ Calif. Center for Arts
  • House Party: Creedle, Nothingful, Samhears @ 3223 Haller (clu-de-sac at east end of Thorn, walk down alley to house, yard is open. FREE, open to anyone, 7pm)
  • Songwriters Acoustic Nights Chris Carpenter, Bill Hartwell, Larry Robinson, Amber Tope, Lindsay White, Brenda Xu @ Swedenborg Hall (1531 Tyler Ave)
  • The Sunday Cruisers and Friends Super Show @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • My American Heart (Final Show), AJ Raphael, Misdelphia, The Material, The Authors Notes @ Epicentre
  • Disconnected with DJs Barenssey & Mike Reed
  • Happy Ron's Open Mic featuring Bushwalla @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents...Bianca Paras, Musical Charis @ O'Connell's
  • Petteri Sariola, Seth Horan @ Lestat's
  • Luscious Noise @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Primer 55 @ Brick By Brick
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • San Diego Jazz Musician's Guild presents Alison Adams Tucker @ Tango
  • Music Industry Networking Night feat Hillside Fire @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps with Mario Orduno and friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Blues Jam hosted by the Blues Brokers @ The Kraken
  • Mount Righteous, Red Pony Clock, Golden Red, The Preteens @ Che Cafe
  • The San Diego Drum Summit - including Duncan Moore, Steve Schick, Russell Bizzett, Richard Sellers, Bob Weller, Tom Aros, David James, Jon Szanto, Mike Hoguin, Kevin Koch, & Tim McMahon @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch, 10a-2p
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Jazz Festival @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge

Friday, January 15, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 15, 2010

For Friday, January 5 archives, click 'keep on reading'.

Friday, January 15, 2010:

  • AA Bondy, Willy Mason, The Paddle Boat @ Casbah (Early Show: 6pm)
  • Imaad Wasif, Vision Of A Dying World @ Bar Pink
  • Cash'd Out, Graceland @ Casbah
  • John Meeks and the New Mexicans @ Subtext Gallery
  • Asobi Seksu (acoustic set), Lady Danville @ The Loft, UCSD
  • Keb' Mo (acoustic solo show) @ Belly Up (Sold Out)
  • Mexico City Rollers, End of Power, The Mundy Nights @ Ken Club
  • Get Back Loretta, PAPA, Weatherbox @ Soda Bar
  • Curtis Peoples, Ernie Halter, Kenny Eng @ Lestat's
  • Adema, Unset, Silence Betrayed, Break The Chain, Mondays Alibi @ Brick By Brick
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (Happy Hour, 5:30)
  • Winter Colour, Lyon Crowns, War Tapes @ Beauty Bar
  • Shaun T. Morgan, El Monte Slim, Honkatonk @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Greg Gibson CD Release Party, Erika Davies, The Hundred Days (SF) @ Ruby Room
  • Feel The Noise Electro Dance w/DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31
  • Club Miggs @ Tower Bar
  • Save Amos, The Sweet Revenge, One I Red, Arson Academy @ Radio Room
  • Mavis Staples @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Dave Booda @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • Junior tha Discopunk @ AC Lounge
  • Another Zeke Productions Presents...Oh Air Night & Guests @ O'Connell's
  • Umphrey's McGee @ House of Blues
  • Seconds From Disaster, Murder On The Dancefloor (CD Release), The 25th Hour, Remains Forgotten, Forever Ends Now, Endure The Fall @ Soma
  • Army, Woven Roots, DJ Super Mario @ Winston's
  • Polynesian Underground Presents: Southtown Generals, Fortunate Youth, Cornerstone @ 710 Beach Club
  • Moonshake with Mark E Quark @ Kadan
  • SCREAM (electronic dance music party) feat Reid Speed with MC XYZ, Turbo Teen, Poogie, Baquai?, RFX, Snowlin, Ghost MD, WSTDUB, Randy V, Kombat, Cept @ World Beat Center
  • Laidback Luke, Anthony Ross, Brazzabelle @ Voyeur
  • Tornado Magnets @ Tiki Lounge
  • Dead Panic,Unknown Motive,Jakked Rabbits, Deadbeat Babies @ Che Cafe
  • Three Fifths Human, Alessa is Red, The Fucklordz, Dead Daze, Squirrelly Arts @ Dreamstreet
  • X Border featuring Jason Robinson saxophone, Rob Thorsen bass, & Paquito Villa drums, with special guest Anthony Smith vibes @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Makai @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Bill Magee @ The Kraken
  • YK2-2K9, Omegum Flegum, Misc. Ailments, Strange Fruit, Bermuda Trap @ Epicentre
  • Temptations Mania The Review, Funks Most Wanted @ 4th & B
  • Otis Taylor Band @ Anthology (Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Jon Bongiorno, Christine Brown, Michele McLaughlin @ Greene Music (7480 Miramar Road)
  • San Diego Symphony presents Silent Film Night: The General (1927) @ Copley Symphony Hall
  • Nihilist, Exmortus, Vektor, Satramote, Assault, Sergulath @ Ramona Mainstage

Thursday, January 14, 2010

ArtPower! at UCSD presents Elvis Costello at the Balboa Theatre

ArtPower! at UC San Diego Presents
Legendary Singer-Songwriter

Elvis Costello
Sunday, April 11, 2010 / 8:00PM
Balboa Theatre
868 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA
Regular: $65/$55/$38.50
Tickets: 858.534.TIXS (8497) or

Elvis is in the building! Legendary singer and songwriter Elvis Costello is regarded as one of the most influential players in the industry of modern music, whose versatility encompasses genres from British punk and new wave to classical, jazz and American roots. With a career spanning over three decades and counting, Costello celebrates the release of his latest album Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, paired with its Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album, with a concert at San
Diego¹s Balboa Theatre.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 13-14, 2010

What a crazy week, huh? And it's only Wednesday. Get over the hump with some fine San Diego music. Thursday is looking pretty swell, too...

Wednesday January 13, 2010:

  • Dual CD Release Show - Drew Andrews, Boomsnake, Writer, and Metrofique in the Atari Lounge @ Casbah
  • Stan Ridgway, Sara Petite @ Belly Up
  • Da Bears, Woodsman, Cousins, Charles Musket Is Dead @ Tin Can Ale House
  • 91X Loudspeaker Presents: After School Special, Long Live Logos, Missing Digits @ U-31
  • Bill Cardinal and The Canyon Band @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Mia Riddle, Useless Keys, Longstay @ Beauty Bar
  • Cannons and Clouds, Dave Booda, Aly Tadros, Douglas Jay Boyd @ Ruby Room
  • Holdsworth, Bozzio, Levin, Mastelotto @ Brick by Brick
  • Teddy Fantastico’s Super Hot Chilly Nights Open Mic Extravaganza @ Soda Bar
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallaghers
  • The Prey, tba, DJ Barnesey @ Radio Room
  • Phil Wiggins, Corey Haris @ Anthology
  • A Night of Belly Dancers and Music @ Lestat's
  • Billy Watson & Friends @ Hensley's Flying Elephant Pub & Grill
  • Love and Groove @ Winston's
  • Barfly Productions Presents @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Steve BB Paine and Friends @ Coyote Bar
  • Johnny Vernazzi @ Patrick's ll
  • Ruins Ov Abaddon, Sergulath, Within the Swarm, Black Warfare @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Austin Ross, Privatized Air, Hocus @ Second Wind Navajo
  • Taylor Harvey @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Burnett's Bliss @ Cafe La Maze
  • Jesse Lamonaca @ Hennessey's PB
  • Jacqueline Grace, Cindy Santini @ The Stage Saloon
  • Victoria Project @ The Saloon (Encinitas)
  • Tori Roze and The Hot Mess @ Queen Bee's

Thursday January 14, 2010:

  • Metrofique @ Whistle Stop
  • Dave Hillyard and the Rock Steady 7, See Spot, The Lifters @ Casbah
  • Sycuan presents State Radio, The Aggrolites @ House of Blues
  • Abandon The Raft @ Soda Bar
  • Behind the Wagon, Nautical Disaster, tba @ Ruby Room
  • Sunday Times, Old Man, Cub and Pony @ Tin Can Ale House
  • NSD presents: Black Resume, I-45, H.E.L.P., Eno, Unexpected, Gordo @ Brick By Brick
  • John Jorgenson Quintet @ Anthology
  • Jackie Greene, Truth and Salvage Co @ Belly Up
  • Chi McLean, Jordan Frye @ Lestat's
  • Mad Traffic @ Radio Room
  • The Burning Sage Band, Cory Wilkins @ Second Wind Navajo
  • 80’s and 90’s Hip Hop with DJ Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31
  • Scott Carter & New Breed @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Rob Deez and Friends @ Java Joe's @ Cafe Libertalia
  • Zosia, Distilled Spirits, Ellamae , DJ Robin Roth @ Beauty Bar
  • Dumpstaphunk, Cindy Santini @ Winston's
  • David "Honeyboy" Edwards @ Acoustic Music San Diego
  • The Pheromones @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • Matt Commerce @ Hennessey's PB
  • Hot Rod Lincoln @ Valley View Casino
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Jason Weiss @ Bluegrass Jam @ Todays Pizza (Encinitas)
  • Bozzani Brothers, DJ Swoll @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Buddy Akai, Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur
  • Mark E Quark's Sleeze Pleeze @ El Dorado
  • Big City Shaman @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Rob Hastings @ Tiki House
  • Sandy, Burnett, John Guillano, Marty Waak @ Cafe La Maze
  • Chad Cavanaugh Music @ Bare Back Grill
  • Althea & Co w/ Danny Dicarlo @ The Kraken
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • 145th St @ Patrick's II
  • Roots Covenant @ Gallagher's Pub
  • Iyaz @ Deco's

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Drew Andrews CD Release At Casbah 1.13.10

Casbah- Wednesday night- Dual CD Release Show - Drew Andrews and Boomsnake + Writer, and Metrofique in the Atari Lounge $8

I kinda suck at previewing shows, but since my friend and blog contributor (who owes me a tour diary post) is having a CD release, I thought I'd give you an extra nudge to come out to the Casbah on Wednesday night. For one, Drew Andrews has an EP being released digitally, so if you pay your $8 at the door, you'll get a digital download card a month before it's available at iTunes.

Drew will be performing with his full band, Spectral Cities.

Additionally, you've got Boomsnake releasing new music, and they're joined by Writer (one of my faves, duh) and Metrofique will be playing in the Atari lounge, and honestly, I can't stop listening to the stream of their record. So 4 awesome bands at $2 a pop...and free music to retrieve from the interwebs when you get home. Beat that!

I also wanted to give y'all a heads up...Drew Andrews and Spectral Cities will be performing on Thursday at Pappy & Harriet's out in Pioneertown, which from all accounts is a super fun bar in the middle of nowhere. Some people camp, some just brace the 3 hour-ish drive back to San Diego, but if you have time on your hands and can make it out, it is certain to be a killer time.

FM 94/9 + The Mikey Show

It's official. Mikey announced via Twitter, Facebook and his blog that he's going to be on FM 94/9.

SD Radio has the release:

“The Mikey Show” will air weekdays from 6:00-10:00 A.M. beginning on Monday, January 25, 2010.

I don't want to quote any more of that because the God talk just really annoys the shit out of me. Also, I wouldn't recommend actually clicking on Mikey's blog as it can be summed up with "God has a plan for me" accompanied by the most annoying music stream ever. I'm not religious. I also don't hate God. But I have a VERY hard time with people who think God gives a fuck about their careers. Everything doesn't happen "for a reason". This theologic-centrism irks the shit out of me. Good thing I don't listen to morning radio and won't be starting now.

Good things happen to good people and bad things happen to good people. Good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to bad people. Let's let God worry about the bigger picture and not so much about morning radio in San Diego.

Duncan Sheik at The Old Globe, 1.11.10

Dear Duncan Sheik,

I figured since you'll be living in my city for a while, I thought I'd say hi and thank you for the amazing concert you performed tonight at the Old Globe. I'm really glad it was well attended, too, because we kinda had to dig to find out about it. I guess it's not often that there are concerts at The Old Globe. Really, that's a shame, though, because the sound and lighting were amazing, the seats were comfortable, and let's face it, when the older demographic that subscribes to theatre tickets ages, they're gonna need younger people who appreciate theatre to become the subscribers of the future, and a concert to introduce a production was pretty genius. The set for Whisper House was simple but pretty and I look forward to seeing the performance.

I'm kinda spoiled, I have to admit, so I asked a radio friend if his station was promoting the concert and production and alas, they were, but I didn't find out until after another friend already bought tickets. It was cool though, because we were able to give the extra tickets to some North County folks from Twitter who probably wouldn't have otherwise been introduced to Whisper House. You should really get on Twitter...look how many people are always talking about you.

Oh, and I took my camera. I know that's probably frowned upon in the theatre, but it's kinda what I do. I was trying to take photos on the sly, which is why you kinda look like a ghost in the two pictures I did happen to capture before the guy behind me got irritated and without mincing words told me to cut it out.

Actually, I think he was more annoyed that the light from my phone kept turning on because I was taking notes on your set list, but fuck him, I wanted to remember every part of the night. Sometimes it's hard for me to just go to a show and sit and watch. Call me a.d.d. but that's why I don't ever go to the movies. Still, I stopped using my phone and camera anyway because I'm not a total bitch and I didn't want him to have an usher bounce me out, but luckily I had a small notepad and can write somewhat legibly in total darkness.

I loved that you started with an older tune. I saw you at Brick By Brick after your first record came out, and I also have Humming and Daybreak but I wasn't sure if you'd play stuff I knew. "Such Reveries" was a great way to kick off the show. I also appreciated that you introduced every song...I imagine much of the crowd was less familiar with your material than me, so the stories and titles helped. "Good Morning" got a laugh when you talked about George Bush and the line about being surrounded by 'fucking clowns'. Did you know in the last election that San Diego was actually blue? At least I think that's what I heard. I'm guessing the theatre-goers are all part of the 'liberal elite', so I'm pretty sure they weren't offended. "Come Out" was beautiful...I think you said that one isn't released?

Then you had Holly Brook come out and sing a song. I wasn't sure about the title, but I'll go with "Something Else". She was amazing and had a gorgeously haunting voice, I'm sure she's perfect for the production. I enjoyed your exchange after her song. "Now we go from the sacred back to the profane," and not taking your compliment, she replied, "That song is about vampires." Then you said, "Why must you contradict me? You clearly have your finger on the pulse of the cultural zeitgeist," to which the audience all laughed. Her voice was a nice touch on your classic "Barely Breathing" and I was totally blown away by your Psychedelic Furs cover of "The Ghost In You".

I had never heard "Half A Room" before, but your story made it easy to envision the Venice hotel and the metaphor was relatable. At that point you had David Poe come out (I think that's when the guy behind me got pissed) and not to be too cheesy, but that is one sexy man. I thought it was pretty funny how he entered the stage through the prop door, and also that he was chomping on gum while he sang his song that he called "The Naughty Folk Song". I'm glad he's on MySpace- I'll definitely check him out some more. You sounded great singing "Love Is A Sinner" together.

It was nice to get a taste of some tracks from the show, too. You played and explained "Solomon Snell" and "Earthbound, Starlight" and then you went back to the beginning and ended your regular set with "Home". Man, I really wish I had a recording of the version you played tonight because it was breathtaking. I've been thinking a lot lately about the idea of "home"...Have you heard Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' song of the same name? I think you'd like it.

Of course in theatre there's always an encore, and I couldn't tell if you were joking about the sing-along when you played the Radiohead classic "Fake Plastic Trees" because I'd venture to guess the majority of that crowd had never heard the song before. And fittingly, you finished the show with "Take A Bow", the final song in Whisper House to which you received a standing ovation.

It was an amazing show and when I'm not so strapped for cash I'll pick up some more of the CDs you've put out over the years...I noticed your Greatest Hits CD has a live version of "Home", so maybe it's similar to the version you played tonight. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your stay in San Diego...I list shows and stuff going on in this town and could also give you some good restaurant and bar recommendations if you're looking for suggestions. Maybe I'll see you some Tuesday night at Nunu's when they have dirt cheap drinks and we can chat about stuff.

Thanks for the music,

Things To Do In San Diego: January 12, 2010

Jan 12 archives if you click 'keep on reading'.

Tuesday January 12, 2010:

  • Minipax, Carney, Stripes and Lines @ Casbah
  • Zimbeat, Red Pony Clock, Nana Grizol @ Soda Bar
  • Cowboy Mouth's Rock N' Roll Mardi Gras, Junior Brown @ Belly Up
  • Pan Am, Jon Ji, Machete @ Tin Can Ale House
  • Brawley @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Toby Lightman, Aslyn @ House of Blues Salvation Alley Stage
  • Robin McKelle @ San Diego City College
  • Too Cool For Karaoke @ Ruby Room
  • Band Showcase Competition @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Tiki Tuesday feat. Exotiki @ Bar Pink
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • Dot, Red Hand @ Radio Room
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Jaimie Muehlhausen @ Hensley's Flying Elephant
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen @ The Kraken
  • Pillbox Remedy, Benjamin Myers, The John Tyler Band, Summer Mencher, John Lall @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Screaming Yeehaws, Flexx Bronco, Pushin Rope @ Winston's
  • The Burnsville Band @ Patrick's ll
  • Gene Warren @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Joe Marson @ Tiki House
  • The Highway Hawks @ Tio Leo's
  • Speaking Idly, Anna Bell @ Bare Back Grill

Monday, January 11, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: January 11, 2010

I'm sorry for the lack of updates on this site of late, things have been pretty crazy around the Dialed In HQ. I'm happy to report busy for my unemployed ass is very good. I've been helping build content for a new Casbah website and the launch will be happening very soon. The site allows for more show information, including band bios, photos, mp3s, and videos. The cool thing is that anybody can submit content and we will post it (upon approval), so if you have band photos or video you want to share, please feel free to send an email to Additionally I've teamed up with SoundDiego, a portal for all things music related in San Diego that will be launched next week by NBC San Diego. Show listings and recommendations will be featured there daily, though they'll still be here where you can always find a few days out. Hopefully I can get to that super-December wrap up so we can catch up on 2010 and stay on top of all the really great things happening in this town.

For January 11 show archives, click 'keep on reading'

Monday January 11, 2010:
  • Anti Monday League presents Alberta Cross, Hacienda @ Casbah
  • Duncan Sheik w/guest David Poe @ The Old Globe Theatre
  • Lymbyc Systym, Helios, Drew Andrews & the Spectral Cities @ Che Cafe
  • Salt of The Earth presents: Caskets On Parade, Tore Black, Mass Terror, Massakro @ Radio Room
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Blackout Party @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds, DJ Jason Weedon @ U-31
  • Golden Birthday, guests @ Soda Bar
  • Urban Drive @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • The Tighten Ups @ Ruby Room
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • The Road Dogs @ Humphrey's Backstge Live
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Rhythm Jacks @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Pro-Invitational Blues Jam Hosted By Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill

Friday, January 08, 2010

Ray At Night

This Saturday is the 100th Ray At Night and the last before Gustaf of Planet Rooth shudders his doors on Ray Street. Come celebrate and enjoy free local music.

Rubber Rose Lot:

6pm - 7:30 - High Wire
8:15pm - 8:45 - Tropical Depression
9:15pm - 10 - Dynamite Walls

Planet Rooth Backlot:

6pm - 7:45 - DJ Captain Red Eye
8pm - 9 - Gregory Page Band
9:15pm - 10 - The Hindu Pirates
10:15pm - 11 - Scarlet Symphony

Inside Planet Rooth:

DJ Lips