Saturday, July 31, 2010

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Manuok @ Wonderhaus Building August 5, 2010

Scott Mercado is a very creative and talented guy. He designs websites and can literally perform all the instruments on his albums. That in and of itself is no small feat. In addition, his songs are so emotionally charged that it is easy to see the passion he has for his trade. The band is called Manuok and will be performing at the Wonderhaus Building downtown this Thursday. I have not personally seen the performance space, but I have heard it suits intimate shows quite nicely. Manuok is releasing their latest full length, The Old Horse, this week. Having seen Scott play drums, keyboards and guitar in his band and other bands as well, it will be fun to see him playing lead guitar this time around. Get out of the house and go see one of San Diego’s best kept secrets this Thursday. For directions and general info, click here.

Drew Andrews sets the stage.

Watch a video of Serves You Right below.

Final Comic-Con Photos: Sunday

While Sunday might've been the day of the already blown Comic-con wad, it was also a really fun day for me because I got to hang with my Seattle friends that I met last year at the True Blood happy hour. If Kathy Griffin can have her Gays, then I get to have My Nerds. And I wouldn't say so were it not with total affection (and confusion at their topical geek fights which they would alert me to...'um, here we go again...x vs. y in the neverending fight over who would win z battle').

Before I met up with them, I roamed the Comic-Con floor and visited Randall at his Bear vs Fox table. I discovered he was just across the aisle from the creator of Wow Wow Wubbzy (*love*) and bought a children's book for $5. I also happened across Geoff Peterson, the robot from Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show?), and I asked an awkwardly stupid question of the robot just to get the signed glossy of him and Craig. Fortunately being last in that line put me first in the line to grab a free copy of Shit My Dad Says which I've already finished reading and is entirely worth the hype. As the Con wrapped up, I met My Nerds at the Marriott, and when they asked for a place to chill and eat, I suggested Analog, which has a killer happy hour, even on Sundays, and we ate and drank to our hearts content. When all of that was done, there was a free show at the House of Blues with The Spinto Band and Miniature Tigers that was awesome, so I got that much more time with my Seattle friends. I really hope that I get to see the boys again before next Con, and I have a good feeling that they have some magic brewing with their start-up. To be continued on that aspect, but as a finale, I have to say I was really sad when the Con came to an end, and admittedly spent some time physically recovering, but also had to spend some time recover mentally from the buzz and the high that I experienced all week. Till next year, I'll go back to my regular programming here, but not without hope that I am fortunate enough to participate again next year. More pics if you 'keep on reading'.

More Comic-Con Photos: Saturday

If Wednesday and Thursday were characterized as a wild party, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Comic-con, at least for me, were a bit of a let down. Mostly because while I'm "press", I'm just more of a pawn, chasing non-celebs and sweating my ass off through the Convention Center. Still, I can't think of a better way to spend my time. I posted my Friday photos, which consisted of some random party shots with a few celebs, but Saturday was more about the Con, and trying to hunt down the Community cast (which I never found), but meeting a really nice Warner publicist along the way. So there you go. Here are my Saturday photos.

I finally checked out Britt Reid's Garage, with a bunch of cool classic cars, a shot up Black Beauty, and honestly, not much else. Some bobble heads and costumes and such, but a quick in and out was all that was necessary.

These costumed fools were passing out comics with coupons for Chik-fil-a. I've still never had a taste, so I can't say if declining the comic/coupon was a mistake or just heart healty.

Tim Pyles was waiting to interview some peeps, so we spent a lot of time around the Nickelodeon booth. Apparently these kids are a big deal. And the kid on the right plays "Spencer" on iCarly (which I've actually watched on the few shifts I've helped at my mom's daycare). He's moving up to another Nick show or something. And supposedly he's from San Diego. I guess I'll find out one day.

Costumed Batman. And Olivia Munn on the right, getting primped after a shoot. Maxim's hottest woman? From G4? I only know as the latest correspondent on The Daily Show.

Pyles interviewed the voices of some show, and the only familiar face to me was Jaime Kennedy, who kept looking at me as I took photos like I was a crazy papparazzo. Maybe I was. Sorry, Jaime. Wasn't trying to freak you out.

Ron Perlman and Katey Segal of 'Sons of Anarchy' did a signing at the Fox booth. I got a couple pictures, but what I thought was really funny was this hostile photo of Ron as he sort of scolded anyone, "I've been trying to get a goddamn drink for the last two hours. " You and me both, Mr. Perlman.

Below is C.S. Lee from Dexter (apparently). Look, I can barely afford HBO, and I'm sure as hell not gonna watch a made for cable show like Dexter on network TV (though I tried). Did I ever mention that as a kid I thought I was Ms. Piggy, at the same time hating her and believing Kermie was my boyfriend? Yep. My first music crush was the singer of The Rainbow Connection.

Later, at Analog, there's Rob from New Mexico (formerly Apes of Wrath), pouring a stiffie. Even later, the Zombie Walk.

That was just the first half of Saturday night. I went to the Comedy Central show at House of Blues, but I have to say I wasn't really captivated by the comedy.

Eventually I left and went to the Casbah and then the Ken Club. Not the brightest plan ever, but I needed my music and I needed my peeps. I survived to make it back to Comic-con on Sunday. More pics later.

Things To Do In San Diego: July 31-August 1, 2010

Today my niece Johanna turns three years old. I don't know if that's the end of the "terrible twos" or just an extension, as I'm told she is my curse for being a jerk of a kid...but regardless, I'll be spending the day at her birthday party with family and friends that remind me just how important friends and family are. While a three year old might love me one second with an endearing, "Tia Rose" in her slight but husky voice, she just as easily turns and wants nothing to do with me. I can handle that. Still, that all means I'll be spending the day web-free. See you at the Casbah later...but until then, just know that my niece has the Comic-con exclusive My Little Pony. And that...that puts her on another geek-brat level entirely.

Saturday, July 31, 2010:

  • Transfer, Lights On, Mister Loveless, Aaron Swanton @ Casbah
  • 91X Loudspeaker Presents White Apple Tree, Stripes and Lines, The New Archaic @ Ruby Room
  • ArtFag Presents Heavy Hawaii, Sleepover, Pure Ecstasy, DJ Mario Orduno @ Tin Can
  • Bryan Ingraham's Kidney Kickoff Matinee featuring Jon Swift and Band, RedFoxTails and Rob Machado @ Belly Up (4 pm)
  • Old Tiger, High Rolling Loners @ Chico Club
  • Nero's Day at Disneyland, Mincemeet or Tenspeed, Bubblegum Octopus, Takeup Serpents, Nerfbau @ Che Cafe
  • Conceptus, The Last Years, Dead Animal Mod @ Ken Club
  • Atomic Punks, I-90 @ Belly Up
  • Wendy Bailey and True Stories, The Answers, Bombast @ Bar Pink
  • The Vibe Out with Smalls Uno, Broken Dreams, OPhrap&%thP, DJ InDJnous, Universal Greetings, Fifty Fathms, Rock Bottom, DJs Zole, Deprave, W Steele @ Beauty Bar
  • Caboose with DJs Trail Mix-A-Lot & Mane 1 @ Whistle Stop
  • The Tattle Tales, The Maxies, The Bertos, JJCnV @ Soda Bar
  • Sleeping Giant Music/Giants Arise Takeover @ U-31
  • Office Twins, Saul Q @ El Dorado
  • Rio Peligroso @ Riviera
  • Zack Thompson @ House of Blues (5th Avenue Sidestage)
  • Christopher Titus, Jason Lawhead @ House of Blues (doors 7pm, show 8pm)
  • Joe Rogan @ House of Blues (Doors 10pm, Show 11pm)
  • Jake Newton, Jamie Drake, Leila Broussard @ Lestat's
  • Self Employed & Breaking Ground present Savior Self, The Seed, Deigo Brown, DJs Pound and Adikt1 @ Brick By Brick
  • Electric Waste Band @ Winston's
  • Boom Snap, The Sun Doctors @ 710 Beach Club
  • Bucket of Fish, The Sank Agents, The Skains, Rude Tuna, The Mayors of SexyTown @ Soma
  • A Shattered Hope, Monsters Scare You, Abandon The Harbor, Sound of Victory, So Much for Heroes, Bridgeburner @ Epicentre
  • Southern Storm, Bread & Bruises, Buckshy, Wheatstone @ Dreamstreet
  • Tribute to Lee Morgan feat. Gilbert Castellanos, Brian Levy, Mikan Zlatkovich, and Kevin Kanner @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Detroit Underground @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Paula Poundstone @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • extrABBAganza (San Diego Gay Mens Chorus) @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Pauli P, Myron Eugene, Jayson Summers @ Voyeur
  • Joe Gautreaux @ Spin
  • DJ Gusto @ Fluxx
  • Natural Incense, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • Molly Hatchet @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Motown's Greatest Diva feat. Radiance @ Summer Pops at the Embarcadero
  • Adam Lambert, Orianthi @ Copley Symphony Hall

Sunday, August 1, 2010:

  • The Nervous Wreckords, Scarlet Symphony, The Stationary Set, Vegetarian Werewolf @ Casbah
  • The Go West Young Kinky Tour feat Kinky Friedman, Mojo Nixon @ Belly Up
  • Cuali @ PB Bar & Grill
  • School of Rock West Coast All Stars @ Queen Bee's (Noon)
  • Dawn Mitschele, Alex Woodard @ Jitters (510 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. $15)
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnston @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blood, American Lies, Bonsai @ The Office
  • Happy Ron's Open Mic @ Java Joe's at Cafe Libertalia
  • The Electric Waste Band @ Winston's (6-9 pm)
  • Alysse Fischer, Chad Cavanaugh, Parker Ainsworth @ Lestat's
  • Otep, The Birthday Massacre, Beneath The Sky, The Agonist, Unset @ Brick By Brick
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Too Many Creeps DJs feat Mario O & friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Cool & Casual Comedy feat. Chip Nicholson, Bryan Loven, Cate Gary, Josh Nelson, Michael Delvey, Willy Wilson, Daniel Storrow, Mindy Lipton, Cean Houston @ Dreamstreet
  • Jerome Dawson @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch, 10a-2p
  • Norman Connors @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • extrABBAganza (San Diego Gay Mens Chorus) @ Birch North Park Theatre
  • Tiempo Libre @ Summer Pops at the Embarcadero
  • Vaski, Hive, Focus of Basic Operations, Mr. Biggs vs Headshake @ Voyeur
  • Soilwork, Death Angel, Augary, Swashbuckle, Mutiny Within, Sicarus @ Ramona Mainstage

Video: Rocky Votolato House Show

So I know I have a ton of really old shows that I need to catch up on and I still have some cool Comic-Con celeb photos and whatnot, but I went up to Huntington Beach earlier tonight and caught up with Rocky Votolato playing a house show. I think YouTube rejected a couple of the videos because they exceeded their limit, but I captured the whole show. (Thanks to Jeff for making this happen)

I promise next time (probably next summer) that Rocky is looking for house shows I will make sure he plays in San Diego, whether it's my backyard, or if I have to move all of my furniture out of my living room, or if we have to do it at my parents' house in Chula Vista...we will get him to San Diego. These are amazing shows and I apologize for the awkward camera angle. I also have to say that there were at least three times that I had to suck back tears because it's one thing to connect to music...another entirely to actually have it played acoustic, without mics and amps, right in your face. Hearing Sunlight, or the cover of Let It Be or Montana made me fight that shit back. I've been a fan of Rocky's for a long time, but there's also something incredible about being able to call April and Rocky friends that makes the music touch me even more.

Here are all of the videos (again, except for the couple that YouTube rejected). Click the arrows to see each video. I'll try to upload the rejected videos. But I'll add Sunlight at the bottom from Rocky's last SD performance because the song is so amazing.

For the record, and because I dream of a Sony sponsorship, all of my videos are captured via Sony Cybershots. Best sound compressor ever.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sleep Lady, Drug Wars at the Casbah, 7/13/10

I really lagged on getting this show's photos up, but better late than never, right? Sleep Lady and Drug Wars were at the Casbah, and so was I.

Drug Wars at Casbah 71310 © Michael Klayman-001

Sleep Lady at Casbah 71310 © Michael Klayman-006

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Things To Do In San Diego: July 29-30, 2010

The month is coming to a close and that means certain slackers haven't updated their calendars. I will add shows as I find them but frankly I've got too much shit to do right now...See you at the San Diego Woman's Club tonight.

Thursday July 29, 2010:

  • Casbah Presents: Joanna Newsom, Robin Pecknold @ San Diego Women's Club
  • The Night Marchers, Obits @ Casbah
  • Dirty Sweet @ El Dorado
  • Kenseth Thibideau, Cry for us Black Swans, Immovable Objects @ Tin Can
  • The Very, Semi Sweet, Starcrossed, The Beautiful View @ Soda Bar
  • Rhythm Devils @ Soundwave
  • Guggenheim Grotto @ Lestat's
  • An Evening with The Steely Damned @ Belly Up
  • The Cliks, Killola, Hunter Valentine @ Bar Pink
  • The Screamin' Yeehaws, Ghost Town Deputies, Cabron! @ Ruby Room
  • The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I, Your Demise @ Soma
  • Sha Na Na @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • L.E.D. Presents: LA Riots @ Voyeur
  • Three 6 Mafia, N.O.T., Double Dragon, Money Makin Maniacs, 4 Deuace & Lady Lane, Stakz A Million, Bonehead & Natz @ 4th & B
  • Rachelle Ferrell @ Anthology
  • The Lyon Crowns w/ Atlantic Line, The Pilots @ Beauty Bar
  • Synbik Six, Social Task, The Stains, Social Spit @ Brick by Brick
  • Bombtracks N Cognac Starring Andre Nickatina, Bizzy Bone, Glasses Malone, tmills, Smoov-E & Dot Dot Curve @ House of Blues
  • Moksha @ Winston's
  • Manic Diffusion @ Winston's (Happy Hour, 5-8pm)
  • Riviera Jazz Jam @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Fire Corner @ Club Kadan
  • XIV (CD release), DJs Dan MAssure & Shugar @ Kava Lounge
  • Clay Colton Band, DJ Swoll @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Buick Wilson Band @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Generations Party w/ DJs Artistic, Felt1, Cros1, Mr. Hek, Da Beat Minerz @ U-31
  • Sandy, Burnett, John Guillano, Marty Waak @ Cafe La Maze
  • The Flock of 80's @ Henry's Pub
  • An Acoustic Evening w/ Jefferson Jay @ Portugalia
  • Paradise feat. Michele Lundeen @ Patrick's II
  • Aunt Kizzy's Boyz @ Valley View Casino
  • Unleashed, Secret of Boris, Patrick Lanzetta, Peter Merrit @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Shoreline Rootz @ Gallagher's
  • Karaoke @ O'Connell's
  • Rock Out Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • The Blues Wizards @ Tiki House
  • V.A.M.P. Presents:"Gay, Gayer, Gayest": stories fro Liz Morrison, Carl Sherlock, Aaron Heier, Dana Wax, Jonathan Standifird, Rob Williams, Andrew Printer, Ted Gideonse, DJs Myson King and Gospel of Fam Royal Crew @ Whistle Stop
  • Good Morning Milo @ The Stage Saloon
  • Tommy Price, Tina Star @ McP's Irish Pub
  • Soup @ Hennessey's Carlsbad
  • Gilbert Castellanos & The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ Croce's
  • Missy Andersen @ Marble Room
  • Benny Benassi @ Fluxx
  • Danny and The Tramp @ RT's Longboard Grill
  • The Blue Moonies, The School of Rock All-Stars @ Ocean House (Carlsbad)
  • The Wiggles @ Balboa Theatre (2:30 pm & 6:30 pm)

Friday, July 30, 2010:

  • FM 94/9 presents Common Sense @ Del Mar Racetrack, Summer Concert Series
  • Transfer, Republic of Letters, The Paddle Boat, Sea of Cortez @ Casbah
  • Obits, Tijuana Panthers, Mrs. Magician @ Che Cafe
  • Sezio presents Beach Fossils, The Ferocious Few @ Bar Pink
  • Rockabilly Shakedown with The Side-Wynders, Roy Rapid & The Rhythm Rock Trio, dj Stack-Aly @ Soda Bar
  • The Western Set, Vanish Valley, Longstay, Grampadrew @ Tin Can
  • The Che Underground Rock n Roll Weekend feat. Jeffrey Luck Lucas, The Comeuppance, The Davefest Four, Wendy Bailey and True Stories, Thomas E Ward, Lou Damian, Photo show by Sean McMullen @ Lestat's
  • 70's tribute night with Dazed and Confused (Led Zeppelin), Wayward Sons, DJ Kid Jagger, DJ Coda & DJ Man Cat @ Belly Up
  • Atomic Groove @ Belly Up (Happy Hour, 5:30 pm)
  • Them Jeans, DJs Salter & Groundfloor @ El Dorado
  • 7th Day Buskers @ Riviera
  • Jesse Nova, Heavy Rotation, Lessons From Zeke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Sleepwalking with DJs Jeff Graves & Michelle @ Whistle Stop
  • The Northstar Session, Team Awesome, Hargo @ Beauty Bar
  • Geezer, Hey Ho Let's Go, Minor Talent @ Ruby Room
  • Frontier Ruckus @ House of Blues (Voodoo Stage)
  • Michael Jackson Tribute Party @ U-31
  • Tainted Love @ House of Blues
  • Sight Unscene (CD Release), Deadman Court, Etched In Red, Benvenue, Fifth One Down @ Brick By Brick
  • Fullblown Stone @ Winston's
  • High Tide, Split Finger @ Sound Wave
  • Mosh It Up Clothing presents Mosh-a-Hula feat. Sovereign Strength, Vanguard, Globe & Beast, Destruction of a King, Arcanum Effect, Flatline, Parallels @ Epicentre (doors at 6 pm)
  • The Forget Me Nots, Gregory Page @ Swedenborg Hall (1531 Tyler Ave, SD)
  • John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • Boom Box Renaissance, Nods to Nothing, C0DE, Vanity Theft, Bad Craziness @ Dreamstreet
  • Rising Star @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • E-40, Rio, Tommy Redding, Peoples, Bugsy English SL500 & the Wax Klik, DJ Ironic @ 4th & B
  • BT, Victor Dinaire @ Voyeur
  • John Foltz @ Marble Room
  • Radio Star, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's
  • Danielle Lo Presti and the Masses (CD Release Party) @ Queen Bee's
  • Ashley Cassale, Rich Cabral, DJ Ideal, Jon Dadon@ Spin
  • Junior theDISCOpunk, DJ Murdock @ AC Lounge
  • Sid Vicious with Rico Delargo (live trumpet) @ Fluxx
  • 1st Annual So Cal Hellbilly Fest & Car Show Three Bad Jacks, Deadbolt, Hard Fall Hearts, The Palominos, Embalmers, Graceland Mafia, Cold Blue Rebels, Zombie Cartel, Tommy and The Stilettos, and The Honkys, Burlesque by Caburlesque Kittens @ WC's Wagon Wheel (8861 N.Magnolia Ave. Santee, 2pm, 21+, $15 adv/$20 at the door)
  • Motown's Greatest Diva feat. Radiance @ Summer Pops at the Embarcadero

Todo Mundo performing tonight at Art Auction

Come for the art. Stay for the music.

Local artist Mark Jesinoski at Bridgeview Lofts is hosting an art-auction fundraiser in support of Barrio Logan College Institute.

Joining him in his cause, GREEN GODDESS GOURMET will be serving up mouth-watering organic appetizers while TODO MUNDO "blends the musical flavors of samba, rumba, reggae, and other South American and Caribbean styles into an irresistible groove that lifts the spirits of all who hear it."

Every dollar donated from art sales will be matched by a Match Grant up to $100,000. Come out and pick up an original painting*, enjoy some music, and support a great cause at the same time.

Thursday, July 29, 6-9
Bridgeview Lofts
1700 National Ave.
San Diego, 92113

(The event is free.)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: July 28, 2010

Wednesday July 28, 2010:

  • Save Skateworld Party @ Skateworld (6-9pm. Free admission/rentals. Bring signs and banners to save Skateworld)
  • SoundDiego LIVE: Vinyl & Vino Happy Hour with DJ Artistic spins Thriller (7-8 pm, Voodoo Stage) followed by Steel Panther and Ramshackle (8pm in the concert hall) @ House of Blues
  • Black Mamba, Aunt Dracula, D/Wolves @ Tin Can
  • Nathaniel Rateliff, Pearly Gate Music @ Bar Pink
  • Swingin' Utters, Cute Lepers, Hard Fall Hearts @ Casbah
  • Kelsea, The Smart Brothers @ Lestat's
  • Commune Wednesdays feat. The Kabbs, DJ Tomas Bohan and Ace, Art by Eric Wixon, Head-crazed trun show @ Whistle Stop
  • Normandie Wilson, The Preteens, The Endless Bummer, DJ Mawkus @ Soda Bar
  • Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo @ Humphrey's Concerts by The Bay
  • Skelpin @ U-31
  • Rachelle Ferrell @ Anthology
  • Level 42, Earful @ Belly Up
  • Gyptian, Judah Eskender Tafari, Tribe of Kings Soundsystem @ 4th & B
  • The Devil Wears Prada, Miss May I, Your Demise @ Soma
  • Comadre, Glasses, Maladie, Rogue State, Sleepwalk @ Che Cafe
  • The Band Perry @ Dreamcatcher @ Viejas Casino
  • Zuhg, The Squirming Coils @ Winston's
  • Some Kind of Nightmare, Foreign Film, Audio Out @ O'Connell's
  • Metro @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ Gallaghers
  • Open Source Music Night @ Ruby Room
  • Throwback Suburbia, Hypnotic Odyssey, Adam Bones @ Beauty Bar
  • Steamers @ Coyote Bar
  • El Monte Slim @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Len Rainey's Midnight Players @ Patrick's ll
  • Burnett's Bliss @ Cafe La Maze
  • MC Idol @ Dreamstreet Live
  • Ice Box, Wendy Bailey and True Stories @ Second Wind Santee
  • Jeff Moore & The Witchdoctors @ The Kraken
  • Gilbert Castellanos w/ The New Latin Jazz Quintet @ El Camino
  • Live Local Music @ 710 Beach Club
  • Wednesday Night Shakedown @ Henry's Pub
  • Knight Vision @ Club Kadan
  • Christopher Dale, Veronica May, JD Boucharde @ Postcards American Bistro @ Handlery Hotel
  • Laguna @ McP's Irish Pub
  • The Flounders @ Tiki House
  • June's Not Faking, Citizen Band @ The Stage Saloon
  • Dana Ralston, Shoreline Rootz @ The Saloon (Encinitas)
  • Fuzzy @ Croce's

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Casbah: New Shows Announced

Since I stayed up super late last night updating the Casbah calendar and since I wasn't very nice to commenter (blahblahblah) who complained that Jeff's Weekly Pick was stupid for highlighting an already sold out show, I thought I'd let you in on all the newly added shows at the Casbah. The new site was launched in January and it seems some people are still missing some things after all this time. When you go to there are several pull down menus. The one you should care most about is "Schedule" (though the grammar police told me that technically it should say Calendar). When you pull down the menus, "Extended" lets you look at the calendar with pop up bios, photos, and occasional links to photos and videos. "Simple" lets you just look at the basic calendar with clickable band links. You should always check the "Outside Casbah" and "Newest Added", too. Outside Casbah is where you'll find Casbah produced shows at other venues, like House of Blues, the Belly Up, The Loft at UCSD Price Center, The San Diego Woman's Club and more.

On to the shows:

8/4- The Bloodflowers, The Secret Seven, Get Your Death On
8/5- The Napoleon Complex, Misc. Ailments, Of Sons and Ghosts
8/10- The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Rafter
9/19- Ratatat & Guests @ House of Blues
9/22- The Jim Jones Revue & Guests
9/24- BLOWOFF with DJs Bob Mould & Richard Morel
9/27- The Felice Brothers & Guests
10/6- The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Mighty Regis
10/14- Frightened Rabbit, Plants and Animals, Bad Veins @ House of Blues
10/21- Azure Ray @ The Loft at UCSD
10/27- Seabear & Guests
11/10- Best Coast
11/13- Stars & Guests @ House of Blues

There are anywhere from 3 to 15 shows added in a week, and there's no regular day when the calendar is updated. The shows confirm and they go on the calendar. Check back frequently or you'll be like (BlahBlahBlah) complaining that Joanna Newsom is sold out.

Things To Do In San Diego: July 27, 2010

Tuesday July 27, 2010:
  • Breaker Breaker One Niner, London's Falling, Sic Waiting @ Casbah
  • Gayle Skidmore, Rheanna Downey, The Olive Grove, We Landed on the Moon! @ Soda Bar
  • Analog Wave, DJs Blk Pnts, Autumn Child Featuring: S.P.E.C. and Spirit Photography @ Tin Can
  • Wishbone Ash @ Humphreys Backstage Live
  • Secret Apollo @ Velodrome (Free, all ages, 7pm)
  • World Anthem, The Optimators, Ishmael and The Peacemakers @ Belly Up
  • Local Brews Local Grooves: Robin Salmon, Brian Band, Kenny Eng, Icebox @ House of Blues
  • Nena Anderson and friends @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Nerve Control, Final Summation, The Forum Walters, News From the Front @ Ruby Room
  • Tiki Tuesday featuring Craig Pryor @ Bar Pink
  • Anthology House Band @ Anthology
  • The Stilettos @ Henry's Pub
  • Darkwave Garden @ Club Kadan
  • Train of Thought feat. John Hull @ Queen Bee's
  • Comedy Night with Mal Hall @ Lestat's
  • Roxy Blue and The Handful @ The Office
  • Punch Card, Throat Closer, Hey! Ho! Lets Go! @ Winston's
  • Chet Cannon's Committee @ Patrick's ll
  • Matt Commerce @ Davina's Cabo Grill
  • Tomcat Courtney @ La Gran Tapa
  • Dropjoy, Red Lotus Revue @ The Stage Saloon
  • Open Mic w/ Jefferson Jay @ Gallagher's
  • Friends Chill @ Whistle Stop
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • Open Mic @ O'Connell's
  • Karaoke @ Cafe La Maze
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • Jackson & Jesus @ McP's Irish Pub

Free Music Roundup: July 20-26, 2010

Let me catch you up with my life for a second. After doing Comic-con all week (and at least one party or show every night), I was absolutely wrecked. Every muscle and bone in my body ached. I came home on Sunday night after 10:30 and my neighbors were having a party (that had started at 3 pm, by the way. And one that they promised "wouldn't be noisy".) I've created my share of noise over the years, so I tolerated the party for a while. Then it got later. I sent a text message. No reply. I called. No Reply. Then they really blew it by chanting/cheering during the True Blood repeat, which I was seeing for the first time. I actually went out of my apartment midshow and yelled to them so as not to miss my show. I believe it was something like, "[neighbor's name], It's 12:30! On a Sunday! Time to call it a night!" And then I slammed my screen door on my foot. FML.

I am officially that person. Their friends gathered their bibles and left and I was content because I was finally going to get sleep. And man, did I sleep. Well, until the big mouth salon chick opened up shop at 7 a.m. to catch her clients up on her slutty weekend rendezvous. The same time she starts, so does the construction that has that awful beeping that Caterpillers make when they're in reverse. All. Day. Long. *sigh* I remember when Kensington was quiet and I was the loudest one in the hood.

I attempted jumping right into catching up with updating the Casbah calendar and email and posts and job hunting and other "work" come Monday, but my apartment was frightening. So I cleaned. Three loads of laundry. Find places for all the Comic-con crapola. Go through mail. Put all CDs and press kits in one place. Clean the fridge. Clean the litter box. Do the dishes. Dust. More dishes. Vacuum. Make dinner. Do dishes from dinner. Recycle junkmail and magazines from 2009. Fold laundry. Put freshly laundered sheets on the bed. Play with cat while attempting to make bed. Bleed on freshly washed white sheets due to gushing cut from playful but overzealous cat.

It was well into nighttime before I felt like everything was in it's right place and I could finally get to business. I finally started to read the last few days worth of email, one by one. All 323 of them. Naturally, in all of that there was a lot of bullshit, but there were also a lot of free downloads to offer. I haven't listened to all of these though I did sample and they cover a spectrum of genres, so you're just going to have to listen on your own and see if you think they're worth downloading. Unlike last week, most of these bands are not touring through San Diego. I'm putting the locals and the touring bands at the top, but there will be a lot more if you click on 'keep on reading'.

For all downloads (except Fever Sleeves which is at Mediafire), right click and 'save as' or 'save link as' to download depending on your browser. These are all externally hosted by various official sites which have cleared for posting but reserve the right to remove the links at any time, so download them while ya can. This by no means covers all new music, this is just the music that was sent to me over the past seven days to share with my readers.

Fever Sleeves Soft Pipes, Play On
For full album free download, click here.
NPMT at The Ruby Room, August 13

Eastern Conference Champions "Bloody Bells (M. Zero Remix)"
At Beauty Bar San Diego August 17

Fillagar "Gray Area"
Appearing at Soda Bar August 23

The Lights "new new"
Appearing at Soda Bar August 27

Little Gold "Completely Fucked"
Performing at Tin Can with Lovey Dovies, September 1

There was no logical way to organize these, so they're alphabetical.

A Lull "Weapons for War"

Arab Strap Daughters of Darkness"

Awolnation "Burn It Down"

Backwards Quilt "And Then The Sigh"

Blip Blip Bleep "Freak You Out"

Burnt Ones "Burnt to Lose"

Dana Falconberry "Singing Lullabies"

Darker My Love "Split Minute"

Drunken Barn Dance "A Winter's Tale"

FUR "Black Castles"

Gangcharger "Apparition"

Hooray For Earth "Surrounded By Your Friends" (Twin Shadow Remix) "Form" (Oh No Ono Remix)

Jesse Woods "Mind Drips" (Neon Indian Cover)

Jody Porter “Aurora

John Eichleay "Hideout"

Keegan DeWitt "Say La La"

Lazy "Who Could Break Your Heart"

Le Vice "Shy Guy"
Munk "Down In L.A." (Them Jeans Remix)

Nihiti "Black Cars" "The Return of Kind Ropes"

Pegi Young "Body Breaks" (Devendra Banhart cover)

Rusty Anderson "Where Would We Go?"

Shit Robot "I Found Love (TBD Remix)"

Snuffaluffagus "Brazil Wood Poetry"

Soars "Throw Yourself Apart"

Soft Metals "Love Or Music"

Sunset "Sunshine Hair"

Team Bayside High "No Sleeves Attached" (DJ Mix)

The Murdocks "Black Jesus Knocking"

Tucker Jameson & The Hot Mugs "Last Train Home"

Wartime Blues "Youth"

Woodsman "When The Morning Comes"

Yacht "Nausea" (X cover)

Young Man "Five"

Monday, July 26, 2010

Things To Do In San Diego: July 26, 2010

I know there were plenty of people just waiting for Comic-con to get out of town so life could go back to normal, but I wasn't one of those people. I had an absolute blast the last week, though I'm exhausted, my body aches, and my apartment is a disaster. I'll get some more photos up from the last couple days and hopefully get through the bulging inbox, too. I'll do my best to come up for air when I can, but consider me off the radar for at least another day or two.

Monday July 26, 2010:

  • Anti-Monday League Presents: Schitzophonics, The Mashtis, The Canton Mudders, Happy Ron @ Casbah
  • Snuffaluffagus, Fungi Girls!!!!!, Father Figures, Ben Lear @ Tin Can
  • Zombie Surf Camp, The Slow Poisoner, Nerve Meter @ Soda Bar
  • The Styletones @ Bar Pink
  • Reignition, Roam Alone, Boxing Day, The Effort, Choke Out and Capsize @ Che Cafe
  • Pyrate Punx Present: Raw Nerves, Age of Collapse, Fed to The Wolves, Death Crisis @ Ruby Room
  • Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ U-31
  • Melly Frances and The Distilled Spirits @ Riviera Supper Club
  • Michele Lundeen @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Blues Jam Hosted by Mystery Train @ O'Connell's
  • Club MAW @ Henry's Pub
  • Open Mic @ Lestat's
  • Doug Allen, Suzy Bongo @ The Kraken
  • 3rd Degree Blues @ Patrick's II
  • Electric Waste Band, Drunk Poet's Society @ Winston's
  • Ron Bell @ Cafe LaMaze
  • Karaoke @ Coyote Bar & Grill
  • The Get Down @ Club Kadan
  • Team Trivia @ 710 Beach Club
  • Dave Scott @ Croce's

San Diego Music Award Nominees Announced!

Congratulations to all the San Diego Music Award nominees.

This year's event will take place on September 12 at Humphrey's by the bay. Tickets are available now.

The night will be sprinkled with performances by The Night Marchers, The Nervous Wreckords, Maren Parusel, New Mexico, Miss Erika Davies, Transfer, and lifetime achevement honorees, Iron Butterfly.

See you at the awards!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Jeff's Weekly Pick: Joanna Newsom @ San Diego Woman's Club July 29, 2010

Suffice it to say, the harp and indie music would appear to be akin to oil and water. Enter Northern California's folk harpist (and pianist) Joanna Newsom. Though this talented and critically acclaimed artist recently released her third full length, Have One On Me, Thursday marks Joanna's second visit to San Diego (ed note:apparently Joanna opened for Sufjan Stevens at the Casbah. Thanks TDM for the info). She was scheduled to play here during one of her previous tours when she developed a throat infection which resulted in her cancelling that show and others as well. It also marked a changed vocal style from the one prior to the ailment. What hasn't changed are the song structures , which can last for as little as five but sometimes up to ten minutes and longer. The result is that the songs are greater in sum than in parts. That is a wonderful formula for the stage, which happens to be the intimate San Diego Woman's Club in Bankers Hill. I have been looking forward to seeing Joanna for some time. My wait will end this week. What will not end are the wonderful memories from what promises to be a stellar performance. Those can last a lifetime.

Robin Pecknold sets the stage.

Watch a video of 81 below.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

sd:dialed in: Comic-con Coverage 2010

My site is having some coding problem and I can't quite figure it all out right now, so here are some of my Comic-con related posts is if you missed them:

Weekend Show/Party Listings

Friday Photos

Thursday Photos

The Hoff Hits The Streets of San Diego

Saturday: Hollywood Stever presents Yacht Rock 12

Comic-con 2010: Meet Bob $tencil

Comic-con Preview Night: Just Dance 2

I Wanna Do Bad Things With You

Comic-con Additional Events

Geek-out: Comic-con Is Almost Here

Surviving Comic-con

Things To Do In San Diego: July 24-25, 2010

Here's the final list update for all weekend shows and parties. Going offline for the day. Have fun, kiddos! (Sunday listings are after the jump)

Saturday, July 24, 2010 (Comic-con 2010):

  • Tim & Eric's Awesomecon feat. DJ Doggpound, costume contest, Tim and Eric karaoke, trivia and more @ Embarcadero Marina Park North (Free, no tix required, 12-3pm)
  • Yacht Rock Screening with Hollywood Steve, Ascot, DJ Claire, nautical costume contest @ Whistle Stop (5-9 pm)
  • Vans presents JJ/Johnny Rad Fest feat. Stallions of Sound, Chango Rey, Dreamboats, Launch Ramp Skate Contest @ Tower Bar (Day Show)
  • Vans presents JJ/Johnny Rad Fest feat. The Spits, Tokyo Electron, Half Rats, Jungle Fever @ Ken Club
  • ICONS: A Pop Culture Music/Art/Fashion Explosion Part I includes pop culture vendors, themed performances, fashion show, film and web-series screenings with panels and cast Q&A @ Horton Grand Event Center (11a-5p, $5, All ages)
  • ICONS: A Pop Culture Music/Art/Fashion Explosion Part II costume dance party, performances by Bobby Fantasy, Fing, Canton Mudders, Marian Call, Higher Minds, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Inspired Flight, DJs, themed performances, Popular Naughty fashion tease, lounge, videos, and surprise guests @ Horton Grand Event Center (9 pm, $15, 21+)
  • Elton John @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
  • Red Bull King of the Rock 1-on-1 basketball battle hosted by Dale Seibert @ Embarcadero Marina Park South (9 am registration, competition at 10 am)
  • Comedy Central Live feat. Pete Holmes, Chris Gethard and Horatio Sanz, Nick Swardson, Adam Devine @ House of Blues (Free. Doors at 6 pm, show 7-9 pm)
  • Nerd City/Image Comics/Things From Another World Comic-con Afterpaty feat. The Burning of Rome, DJ sets by Red Sonya & Major Taylor, Live art by Jim Mahfood and friends @ Soda Bar (tickets $12 adv/$15 day of)
  • A Scribe Amidst The Lions, Gun Runner, Ryan Blue, Archery For The Blind, DJ Gonzo @ Ruby Room
  • Longsleeves, Bobby Pena & The Stowaways, Matt Haeck, David Ramirez @ Tin Can
  • Snoop Doog & Ice Cube: How The West Was One, Nipsey Hussle, Shulaced All Stars, Young Reef @ 4th & B
  • Video Games Live: Bonus Round @ San Diego Civic Theatre
  • Boris, Saade, Brainticket DJs @ Casbah
  • The Displaced @ The Riviera
  • Pine Mountain Logs, Los Chicharrones Guapos @ Belly Up
  • Red Hot and Cool Dance Party@ Bar Pink
  • Chrononaut/Steampunk Party/The League of Extraordinary Adventurers presents Voltaire @ Queen Bee's (7pm)
  • Boom Snap, Come on Go with Us, 5 to Midnight, Colour Vision DJs @ Beauty Bar
  • Booty Bassment @ Whistle Stop
  • Club Sabbat feat. Robin Roth, Adamnation, Tom King, Comic-con & Zombiewalk Costume Contest @ The Flame
  • Dance Party with Saul Q and Kid Wonder @ U-31
  • The Amalgamated, The Remedies, DJ Sugar Brown @ O'Connell's
  • The Adam Carolla Show @ House of Blues (9pm)
  • Tao Seeger @ Lestat's
  • The Villains, Groundfloor @ El Dorado
  • Secret 7 (CD Release), Unset (acoustic set), Governor Drive, The Secret Wizard Project @ Brick By Brick
  • IHeartComix & Popcult present Holy Ghost! (DJ Set) Mike Relm, Frank Chan @ Voyeur
  • SD Dubstep/Paperchase Press/Big Up Magazine present SubTerranean feat. Ill Kid, DJ Vent, Crix Saiz, Austin Speed, Puppy Kicker, Melotronix, Esh One, live performance by Recordable Colors, live art by Griffin One & Vent @ Kava Lounge ($5 with costume, $10 after 10pm)
  • Kahi Lofa @ Winston's
  • 91x Next Big Thing feat. New Politics @ 710 Beach Club
  • Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, Kittie, Stick To Your Guns, Impending Doom, Through The Eyes of The Dead, Greeley Estates, Periphery, Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin @ Soma
  • Tan Dollar, Weed Diamond, Dash Jacket, The Endless Bummer, Surveyor @ Che Cafe
  • The Dangerous Summer, The Morning Of, Places and Numbers, Jesse Barrera, Meseta, Ethnic Breakfast @ Epicentre (doors at 6:30, all ages)
  • Uncle Junkie, Baghdad Buddha, Retrolust @ Dreamstreet
  • Odyssey with host Snoop Dogg (4th & B concert after party), Melo D @ Fluxx
  • DJ Scooter, Chris Cutz, Cybershock, DJ Girth @ TwoOSeven, Hard Rock Hotel
  • The Jazz of McCoy Tyner & John Coltrane performed by Mikan Zlatkovich, Brian Levy, Bill Andrews, and Kevin Kanner @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Rockola @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • Barenaked Ladies, Angel Taylor @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • Ziggy Marley @ Open Sky Theatre, Harrah's Rincon Casino
  • Kris Allen @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm, Late Show 9:30 pm)
  • Border Radio @ San Dieguito United Methodist Church Hall
  • John Foltz @ The Marble Room
  • Recovery Party feat. DJ Ideal & Big Chris @ Spin
  • California Celts, DJ Chelu @ Gallagher's
  • Anti Human-trafficking Event feat. Keegan Smith, Bushwalla @ True North (3 pm)
  • Adema, In Silence, Bloodline, Drownswerve, Loked, Opium Bride, Interim Divine @ Ramona Mainstage
  • Harley Davidson BBQ, music by Willovealot @ San Diego Harley-Davidson (Kearny Mesa)
  • Explosion De Corridos 2010 @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • DJ Jesse Marco @ Eclipse Pool Experience, Harrah's Rincon Casino
  • Summer Pops: Michael Cavanaugh (sings the songs of Elton John) @ Embarcadero Marina Park South
  • Zombie Walk @ 4th & Broadway, (6 pm, don't be late)
  • Zombie Walk after-party @ Quality Social
  • X-Sanguin 9-Fail-Safe Party @ Horton Plaza
  • Syfy/EW Party @ Hotel Solamar (Invite Only)

Sunday, July 25, 2010 (Comic-con 2010):

  • 91X X-Fest feat. 311, Offspring, Pepper, Cake, Unwritten Law, Paper Tongues, Civil Twilight (Cornerstone), Neon Trees, Authority Zero, Circa Survive
  • Miniature Tigers, The Spinto Band @ House of Blues, Voodoo Stage (Free, All Ages, 7 pm)
  • Sleepy Sun, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Miranda Lee Richards @ Casbah
  • CS Touring & Soda Bar present Sick of it All, 50 Lions, Alpha and Omega, Take Offense @ Che Cafe (Tickets $10)
  • Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Kat Edmonson @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
  • The Black Seeds, Stick Figure, The Hold Up @ Belly Up
  • Silian Rail, The Burning of Rome @ Bar Pink
  • Amber Pacific, Halifax, Victory In Numbers, City Lights, A Sky Harbor, Watch Us Burn @ Epicentre (doors at 6:30 pm, all ages)
  • Soul Food Sundays @ Tower Bar
  • Klub Isolation feat. DJs Bryan Pollard * AmBones@ Ruby Room
  • Karaoke with Daryl Johnston @ Soda Bar
  • Tribe of Kings/Reggae Vibes @ U-31
  • TRC Sound System @ O'Connell's
  • Ari Herstand, Gaia's Blues, Zsuzsanna @ Lestat's
  • Acoustic Alliance/Singers In The Round (artists TBA) @ Brick By Brick
  • Jose Sinatra's OB-O-ke @ Winston's
  • Luscious Noise (feat. members of San Diego Symphony) @ Anthology (Early Show 7:30pm)
  • Sing or Die Karaoke @ 710 Beach Club
  • Too Many Creeps DJs feat Mario O & friends @ Whistle Stop
  • Comicsonline Presents Random Gibberish, The Megas, Kirby Krackle , costume contest @ Dreamstreet
  • Double Bass Summit feat. Bertrum Turetzky, Marshall Hawkins, Bob Magnusson, Mark Dresser, Jeremy Kurtz, Rob Thorsen, Andres Martin, & Gunnar Biggs with Joshua White and Duncan Moore @ Dizzy's (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center)
  • Jesse Davis @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge Brunch, 10a-2p
  • Willovealot @ Humphrey's Backstage Lounge
  • L.E.D. Presents Toolroom Knights, Chris Lake, Anthony Ross @ Voyeur
  • Sunday Pub Quiz @ Gallagher's
  • Athenaeum Summer Festival feat. Gustavo Romero @ Neuroscientists Institute (4 pm)

Comic-con 2010: Friday Photos

While Thursday night was full of awesome, it also kicked my ass, making Friday a very lazy day. Not to mention I had to get my NBC listings in and a couple posts up, so I didn't actually leave the house until after 5 pm, grabbing a lifesaving sandwich from Clem's (the San Diegan is the bomb), and catching the bus downtown. I was heading to a party at Analog, though I understood that the doors were at 6:30 and The Good Listeners would be playing at 7, that was not the case. Doors were at 7 for media with the actual party starting at 8 and the band playing at 9. It was a good thing Aaron and Heather work there and they entertained me while I waited. We only stayed for a couple songs because the band didn't start until almost 9:45, though I did have a chance to meet Clark and he was a very nice guy. (I'm making up for it by watching their DVD, Don't Quit Your Daydream, right now.)

Pyles met me at Analog and we headed to a party at the Hard Rock Hotel, passing Stingaree on the way, where they had a photo/press line with the cast of Spartacus, took some photos, then got to the Hard Rock. Unfortunately, I think we arrived too late and most of the celebrities were gone, but there were a few and we snapped photos. I also have to say we met a couple guys who were outside the red ropes and they were awesome, so happy birthday to you, Paul P., I hope to see you again. And I'm confident with your charisma, charm, and personality that you won't be getting other people's coffee for long, though I'm still not entirely convinced you aren't an actor and tricked the hell outta me.

James Frain (plays Franklin Mott on True Blood)

From there, the night was kind of a bust...the line for the EA Sports line was long, Stingaree wouldn't let us in with shorts/sneakers, and most of downtown felt like, well, a Friday night in downtown, i.e. somewhere I didn't wanna be. After a quick stop in Ciro's, it was time to bid adieu to downtown to recharge the batteries for tomorrow. For more pics, click 'keep on reading'.

Bonus: Check out the True Blood trailer that was released at the panel:

Season 3: Comic-Con Second Half Preview

Analog Bar. They've been open a couple weeks, but the official grand opening is happening on Thursday, July 29.

Tim Pyles: Superhero

Seth Green got in on the superhero fun. The cast of Spartacus did a press line at Stingaree.

Corey Feldman (l) and Adam Scott were at the Hard Rock. I think Adam is promoting Piranha 3D, but I was a big fan of his role on the HBO series Tell Me You Love Me.

Thomas Jane plays Ray Drecker on HBO's Hung. He had some interesting footwear...

Ciro's was converted by the Cartoon Network. After 3 days of the Con, I bought some slices but was too exhausted to even eat them. Yikes. I'm going to bed. Hasta maƱana!