Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stream new Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog has (or is it have?) a new record, Be The Void, dropping on February 7. That same night, they'll be gracing the Belly Up. Get tickets now because it will likely sell out. And while it's cool that you can pre-order the record, I'd suggest listening to the free stream and waiting until the night of the show since most bands get their biggest merch cut when you buy it from them while they're on tour. I've only gotten through three tracks and I already love this record.

Jeffs Weekly Pick: Eleanor Friedberger @ The Casbah Thursday Feb. 2, 2012

As the shortest month of the year approaches (leap) one can become overwhelmed with all the live music shows happening in San Diego. This is the time of year when many albums are released and artists tour to promote their records. There are exceptions, however, case in point: Eleanor Friedberger , one half of The Fiery Furnaces duo, released a solo effort last summer. Titled appropriately Last Summer, Eleanor opened for The Kills here in San Diego last September. I asked her about her infrequent visits to our city and she agreed. Well, she is kicking off a West Coast tour right here at The Casbah this Thursday (Feb. 2). She will be joined by a backing band of Matt Asti (MGMT), Ahmed Gallab (Yeasayer, Caribou) and John Eatherly (Be Your Own Pet, Turbo Fruits). Needless to say, her music shows her quite comfortable in her own skin. While The Fiery Furnaces are original and somewhat experimental in their songs, Eleanor has shown the ability to write songs and create something new and essential on her own. If you are a fan of The Fiery Furnaces, there is plenty to like on this solo record. For those who want to see Eleanor in a somewhat different light (cast out of her brother’s shadow), Thursday’s intimate show promises to deliver a night of great music.

Dominant Legs set the stage.

Watch a video of Heaven below.

Eleanor Friedberger - Heaven from Merge Records on Vimeo.

Rosey's Diary: January 12-30, 2012

It has been a while since I've posted a diary post, so I thought I might as well start one off, even if my wine is gone before I can finish and have to pick it up on another day. I mean, I kinda already know that this post is going to come in parts because I would like to post separately about NAMM, Alabama Shakes, Nada Surf, and a couple other things that have come up over the month, but this is gonna be the abbreviated version of my month. I dare you to keep reading after the jump.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: January 30-February 2, 2012

This past weekend was crazy to say the least. My housing situation, it was pretty phenomenal, so let's focus on that and get on with this week the best we can, shall we? I can't believe it's already going to be February! That said, there are so many great shows coming this month, your head just might explode a few times. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: January 27-29, 2012

This week has been slightly insane, no? I slacked and didn't get weekend listings done, so I thought I should at least get tonight's done and then I can get onto the rest of the weekend and maybe do next week's too. Tonight there are some great shows around town and apologies to the Styletones, but I have to be at the Casbah for The Howls CD release, but both promise to be awesome.   Weekend archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Starfucker w/ Pal & Drome + Painted Palms @ Casbah- 01.09.12

Earlier this month at the Casbah the anti-Monday league played host to a sold out show of electronica-based music to dance to.  Local act Pal & Drome opened for San Francisco-via-Lousiana trio Painted Palms who set the stage for Portland, OR indie synth rockers Starfucker.  Continue reading below.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

San Diego: Dialed In Turns 5,000!

I was just about to start working on a project when I looked at my screen and saw 4,999 POSTS at the top of the screen.


This is my 5,000th entry on San Diego: Dialed In. I really wish I had something epic to say or I could go into a fake-Oscars speech and start thanking people and being subtly self-congratulatory but really, I just want to thank everyone who continues to read my site. I've been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster lately and I seriously would lose my mind if I didn't have such amazing friends and family and music to feed my soul.

I will use this opportunity to be super-promo girl, however, and remind you of some upcoming shows.

  • Thursday Night is SoundDiego Live at McFadden's featuring Stephen Rey and the Slicks, Kera & The Lesbians, and the Garage To Glory winner. It's FREE and you can RSVP here and come hang out with me and the rest of the SoundDiego team.
  • This Friday is The Howls CD release party at the Casbah with Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels, Family Wagon, and Old Tiger. Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek will be joining The Howls for some songs and it promises to be a really good night. The record is phenomenal and you're gonna want to get your hands on a copy.
  • Saturday night is the big Bring On The Bright Lights show at 4th&B featuring one of my all time favorite bands, Nada Surf. The Soft Pack, Cuckoo Chaos, and Republic of Letters will open the show. Grab tickets here.
  • The last event is a 'save the date'...Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels have their album release show at the Casbah on February 18. They'll be joined by The Blackout Party, Black Sands, and The Fire Eaters in the Atari lounge. I can't wait for you all to hear this record because I feel like I've been a part of the band's process for the last year. You can buy tickets in advance here.

Finally, my friends over at Cantaloop Media interviewed me and made me their Local Spotlight. Check it out and support the local scene, not just in San Diego but in Tijuana, too!

thank you. all of you.


Monday, January 23, 2012

San Diego Radio Shake-up

On Friday I was crammed in the back of my friend's truck on my way to NAMM when I got a press release from 91X with the subject "91X Begins Hunt For New Program Director". Here's the press release.

San Diego’s Heritage Alternative Rock Station
91X Begins Hunt For New Program Director

91X announced this week the departure of Program Director and afternoon drive host Garrett Capone, who has accepted a position as VP of Promotion at Crush Management. Capone ends his almost 5 year run at 91X, leaving the station in the top position in ratings in multiple demographic categories among rock stations in San Diego. Capone’s final day will be February 29th.

91X has already begun the search for his replacement.

“Over the years Capone has made tremendous contributions to the success of 91X on numerous fronts,” says Gregg Wolfson, Vice President and General Manager of Local Media San Diego. “91X and LMSD are grateful to have had him at the helm of 91X during very competitive times.”

91X is owned and operated by Local Media San Diego, a privately held San Diego-based company. LMSD also operates Z90.3 (XHTZ-FM) and Magic 92.5 (XHRM-FM).
This will be an interesting twist at 91X. Now that Halloran is back on the air, will he step back into the position? Will someone jump ship from another local station to fill the slot? Will someone come in from another market to takeover the position? Should I email Wolfy and throw myself into the running? More importantly, will there be sweeping changes at the station or will the new PD just be a figurehead to keep things more or less status quo? As stations have moved further from specialty programming to focus-group decided playlists, will anyone even notice?

As for Capone, I wish him well in his future endeavors with Crush Management. Here's a blip about Crush, according to the company tagline on a recent press-release about a partnership with Crush and Grooveshark:
Jonathan Daniel and Bob McLynn are two former musicians who have been through the major-label wringer and lived not only to tell, but to apply what they've learned to creating one of the most successful and innovative music management companies in the business. They brought the public Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum global superstars Fall Out Boy, reignited Train's success with a Grammy-winning, multiplatinum best selling song of 2010, and have had worldwide hits with Travie McCoy as a solo artist as well as with his band, Gym Class Heroes, not to mention multiple hits from Cobra Starship and more.
In other local radio news, over the weekend John Reis took to Facebook to announce his final show on FM 94/9. After seven years of hosting the Saturday night specialty show, Swami SoundSystem, the reasons for the end are as yet unannounced. Of the 207 comments left on the thread, speculation and snark took over, from people joking that Mikey must've demanded a raise to Reis leaving to focus on a Rocket From The Crypt world tour. It is possible that it is just another of the specialty cuts that took away features like "The Local Member of The Day" and "Desert Island Discs". Let's hope these were just compromises to make the extra hour of commercial free radio from 9-10am possible and that the rest of the station's specialty shows (FTP, The Local Pyle, Big Sonic Chill) stay intact.  Additionally, the stirrings that Reis is focusing on Swami Records and a Hot Snakes tour make me believe that this was a mutual parting.

New Video: Low Volts "History Told Me"

Back during Rocktoberfest, I was standing with the guys in Everest while Low Volts was onstage. They were commenting on how good looking and great sounding he was, and when I said, "he's also amazingly creative and a brilliant designer," they looked at me and said, "Man, I hate that guy."  To call Tim Lowman a triple-threat is to undervalue just how talented and all around awesome he is. He's got a new video for your eyeballs and earholes, so check it out.

If you still don't have Twist Shake Grind Break, check it out here and pick it up at the next show. If you live out of town, you can buy it from BandCamp, or I'm sure you can message him and paypal and he'll send you a physical copy.

Wilco at Symphony Hall, 1.22.2012

Last night I had the pleasure of joining a group of friends at the Wilco show at Copley Symphony Hall. I'm not sure how my friend procured such killer seats (8th row center) but I don't really care either. It was my first time paying for a concert ticket in a very long time and it was well worth the cost.

I've had the good fortune of seeing the band at least twice before as well as the Jeff Tweedy show at Spreckels, but it was really cool running into so many friends who were seeing the band for the first time.

There were 8 tickets in our group, so before the show we met at Stout where it was happy hour (which is GREAT on a Sunday) and watched the majority of the game. I haven't watched much football this season, but I still think it's a bummer when two East Coast teams go to the big game. SF should've had that.

Anyway, I left the group to catch White Denim open the show. Looking at the Casbah calendar archives, I think the first time I met them was when I was doing merch for Tapes n Tapes (2008), and they've played the Casbah three times since, so I was familiar with their sound. It was a bit boomy on the large stage and it was hard to make out the vocals, but it was still good and I was happy to see the band coming up. It's nice that the good things can happen to the bands who stick around, not just the flash in the pan overnight lo-fi bullshit we're Pitchforked with everyday.

I know I probably should've asked for a photo pass, but honestly it hadn't occurred to me. I just figured photogs would not be allowed, so of course I reverted to high school Rosey and smuggled in my cameras. I was trying to be respectful and mostly just recorded audio for myself (though you can hear two songs that I uploaded to the Casbah's Facebook page).  Here's the other thing and I know I sound lame and old and like a total whiner, but I was really looking forward to a seated show. When Wilco came out and the crowd stood for the majority of the show, I have to say I was pretty disappointed. For one, my favorite Wilco songs and moments are the quieter closed eye moments which are better experienced while seated. For another, I'm 5'3"! I had a great view from my seat as everyone is more or less the same height when seated. When everyone stood, I couldn't see a goddamn thing, especially behind the 5'10" woman in front of me. I was kinda pouting about this, but by the time the band got to California Stars (yes, it took that long...I told you I've been in a funk lately) I was finally in it.

By that time Jeff Tweedy had finally started addressing the crowd and the band seemed to be having a great time. Jeff showed off his history in San Diego by shouting out the Casbah. As an introduction to "Box Full of Letters", Tweedy said, "This song, um, I don't know if we played it the last time we were here. We might not...we might not have played it since the Casbah. Remember that place? Is it still going? " The crowd cheered and some dude in front of me kept yelling, "It's thriving!" They started the song and he stopped it for too much reverb. "That's exactly what it sounded like at the Casbah. One more time. Sorry." After the song, Jeff clarified. "Just to be clear, I wasn't saying that the Casbah sounded bad. Alright? Don't go tweeting that bullshit. I'm just saying that's what we sounded like when we played the Casbah. We have nothing but fond, fond memories of the Casbah. In fact. we're all going there right after the show."

I was sitting next to D.A. Kolodenko (read his funny article about the SD vs SF Burrito War) and after a while he realized I was in my Casbah hoodie and told me I should give it to Jeff. The thought had already crossed my mind, so after the band's last song of the set, "Shot In The Arm" I made my way up front where Erik & Jessica and their friends had seats and I chucked my Casbah hoodie onto the stage. After the band left the stage, a tech picked it up and when the band returned to the stage, Jeff was carrying the hoodie like a flag, then asked if I wanted it back and I shook my head, that it was for him, and  at one point he tied it around his waist and then he tried putting it on the bass drum, though it fell off as soon as Glenn started playing. Tweedy again commented on the Casbah. "You know what would be really embarrassing? If it turns out that we've never played the Casbah. Now I'm starting to have my doubts. I think it was Uncle Tupelo. Well, it was fun while it lasted." Indeed, it was Uncle Tupelo.

The show was great and I want to give super massive thanks to Sean for getting the tickets, to Mocha Joe for the ride to and from the show, to D.A. for putting me up to chucking my hoodie, and to Justin Q for grabbing me a setlist. I heard at the end of the night that some usher had my hoodie though I hope somehow, some way, it got back to Jeff.

p.s. My shots are taken from 8 rows back with point and shoot Sony Cybershots. Owl & Bear had a photo pass so keep an eye out for some real pics of the show.

New Video: A Scribe Amidst The Lions "Fever Rose"

This new year has already been chock-full of new music releases. One such release was the split 7" put out by La Escalera Records featuring A Scribe Amidst The Lions and Sour Soul. Scribe made a video for their single, "Fever Rose" and you can check it out below.

You can stream the three tracks from the split 7" below.

You can also listen to/buy A Scribe Amidst The Lion's 2011 EP The Lidless Kind.

Things To Do In San Diego: January 23-26, 2012

I usually have something to say at the beginning of the week about the upcoming week of music and indeed, there are some great shows this week, but I have to admit, I have been in a bit of a funk lately and I just can't seem to shake it. I'm trying to keep my head up and keep afloat, and hopefully some good live music will do the trick.  I will try to get weekend listings up early, but keep in mind that on Friday night, The Howls CD release show is at the Casbah and The Styletones have their album release at Winston's. Then on Saturday night, Nada Surf return, this time to 4th & B and the new album is great so you don't wanna miss it.  Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nada Surf 'The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy' NPR First Listen

NPR is streaming the new Nada Surf record, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. The San Diego show is only a week out, so make sure you grab your tickets by clicking the flier below. The show is at 4th & B and features Nada Surf, The Soft Pack, and Republic of Letters.

Shit People Say At Concerts

Facebook has it's trends, and unless you've been under a rock, you've noticed that everyone has been posting "Shit People Say" videos. The trend is pretty annoying, to be honest, but when Meryl and Beau of the Belly Up made this video, I had to laugh and thought I'd share. They've been making some great Belly Up promo videos in general, so make sure you like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter to see their videos.

Unfortunately, they didn't capture the idiot drunk girl that I encounter at every show at the front of the stage throwing elbows in everyone's faces proclaiming "It's a concert and I'm just dancing!"

'I Am Not A Hipster' named in Top 10 Best Music Films at Sundance by Rolling Stone

While I've been up at NAMM, Sundance kicked off in Park City, Utah, and the local-project-that-could has been getting some attention. Destin Cretton's film, I Am Not A Hipster, was named one of the top 10 best music films at Sundance by Rolling Stone. Personally, I cannot wait to see the film and hopefully there will be a local screening at some point soon, but in the meantime, here's the trailer and the full soundtrack available for streaming.

I AM NOT A HIPSTER (the movie) from Destin Daniel Cretton on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: January 19-22, 2012

So I wasn't tech savvy enough to figure out how to blackout my site yesterday, but the online activism was incredibly successful. SOPA looks like it's dead for now but PIPA is still up for vote in the Senate, so stay on your senators and call everyday. I'm heading up to NAMM today so I won't be posting much the next couple days, but there's a whole lot of goodness in town for your earholes. It's also San Diego Restaurant Week, so go support local businesses. My braised shortribs at Banker's Hill were scrumptious and I definitely recommend checking that place out. Archives after the jump.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tuesday Night: Sundress at Soda Bar

There's a band from Denton, Texas, coming to San Diego this week and I have a small suspicion that Cullen sent them my way, so I thought I'd repost. Catch them at Soda Bar on Tuesday night.
From the press release:

Sundress is an American Psychedelic-Pop band, formed in 2010 by principle members Ryan McAdams, bassist Drew McCary and guitarist Kennon Talley. After several name and line up changes, the band added keyboardist Jim Harrington and drummer Derek Kocich to round out its current lineup. Sundress' brand of ethereal dream-pop marries many influences ranging from Pink Floyd and The Beatles to Slowdive and Sparklehorse.

Sundress have self-released two EPs (Fever - 2010; Sundress - 2011) that led to enthusiastic praise from the likes of the Dallas Observer, Consequence of Sound, I Guess I'm Floating, Rawkblog, You Ain't No Picasso, Knox Road, Austin Town Hall, and more. Since their inception the band has played almost every major festival in Texas (SXSW, Nx35 Conferette) to supporting the likes of Tame Impala, Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Washed Out, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, and Ringo Deathstar

Things To Do In San Diego: January 16-18, 2012

I hope that you have the good fortune to have today off in honor of Martin Luther King Day. I've been so preoccupied with my landlord bullshit that I was really slacking on work lately, so I stayed up laptopping all night so as not to go into a Monday with 492 unread emails staring at me. I'm happy that I at least got that sorted out but I still have so many things that I've been putting off. I'm posting all of this week's listings (all the way through Sunday!) because NAMM is this week, and if things go as planned, I'm gonna cut outta town. I also might participate in the SOPA/PIPA web blackout on Wednesday, so I thought I'd give you the benefit of planning out your week just in case I pull the site offline for 12 hours. I haven't been to a show since Friday night, so I'm looking forward to the Casbah tonight. Last night was way sold out, but tonight (at least for now) has tickets available, so if you were on the fence about going, there's still a chance. Monday  through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: January 13-15, 2012

I have to say that tonight is one of those nights that I wish I had a jetpack to zoom me from bar to bar and show to show because there are so many rad bands playing around town tonight. For sure I'll be at the Casbah because I booked The Whiskey Saints to open for Everest and it feels like a proud mama moment. At the same time, I know my Guilts are gonna tear up the night at Winston's and maybe if I'm lucky I'll end up on the false peninsula. Who knows? Let's just get through the good stuff and let the rest fall into place, yeah?  Archives are after the jump.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

TRANSFER and The Silent Comedy Double Header

TRANSFER and The Silent Comedy play a double header on Sunday and Monday to celebrate The Casbah's 23rd Anniversary Concert Series. This epic flyer is for Sunday...
click on the image for TIX
And THIS epic flyer is for Monday.

San Diego Newsy Bits

Over the holidays, there were some newsy things that were Facebooked and Tweeted and such, so I thought I would just highlight a couple in case you missed them.
  • The New York Times highlighted San Diego in their 45 Places To Go In 2012. They highlighted our booming beer culture and some of our favorite haunts and put our fair city at number 14 among places like Tokyo, Cuba, and Glasgow, with Panama taking the number one spot. 
  • The San Diego Foundation awarded $285,000 arts grants among several local artists and musicians. Among them were musicians Joel P West and Gilbert Castellanos and artist Wes Bruce. You can read about their projects at the U-T, NBC, CityBeat, and Sezio.
  • This week The Guardian (London) named Psychic Dancehall their new band of the day. "Chuck Rowell and Hollie Cook's synth-pop noir is inspired by San Diego's seedy side – with a dollop of David Lynch". Check it in the player below.
Psychic Dancehall - Dreamers LP by wearesolidgold

Finally, this month the Casbah is celebrating 23 years. It's been an honor to be a part of the family for the past few years and if you haven't checked out the calendar lately, I added the remainder of January's shows in the sidebar. Several of this month's shows celebrate new releases, so be sure to check out new stuff from A Scribe Amidst The Lions, Black Box Studios, The Beautiful View, and The Howls. You're also going to want to stay tuned because with Coachella being two weekends this year, you can count on some of the bands playing shows in town. I can't spill the beans just yet, but you're gonna want to pay attention.

Rosey's Diary: December 2011

I've been waiting for a good time to catch up on my diary posts, and the longer I waited, the more I dreaded sitting and writing. That being said, I ended up not going to Anthology and the Casbah tonight, so I'm catching up on my shows and figured it was time to purge all of this shit from my brain. I can't promise anything interesting or funny, but if you need some bathroom reading, you can read more after the jump.
photo courtesy The Visual Underground

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: January 11-12, 2011

You always surprise me, San Diego! When I booked last night at the Casbah, it was right around the holidays and I wasn't able to do much in the way of promotion, but between Finding Francis, NO, Tyson Motsenbocker and the great help of Invisible Children, last night was a great success, so thank all of you who came out to the show. Tonight at the Casbah, we have the return of Olin & The Moon and Maxim Ludwig and the Santa Fe Seven, and if you were here last week, you know that it was a great time, so I hope to see you all down again. Before the show, I'll be over at Anthology for the Milk Carton Kids, so it's a double whammy of great music. Archives after the jump.

Coachella 2012 Ticketing Instructions

If you're not signed up for the Coachella newsletter, here's the information regarding ticketing for the event.
We're excited to present to you the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival line up and on sale information.

Passes go on sale THIS Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time. Please visit the NEW www.coachella.com to get familiar with the types of passes available. After a successful layaway offer in June, the only festival pass left for Weekend 1 is the GA Festival Pass/Shuttle Pass Combo. All passes are available for Weekend 2. LAYAWAY IS NO LONGER AN OPTION FOR EITHER WEEKEND.

Between now and this Thursday, January 12th we strongly advise you to go set up your purchasing account to expedite the purchasing process. To set up your account for Weekend 1 go here or Weekend 2 go here (don't worry, if you decide to get passes for the other weekend you can easily have your account transferred to the other weekend when buying your passes). Already have an account? Go Here to sign in.

In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with the purchasing process ahead of time. You can review the step-by-step instructions on the HOW TO PURCHASE PAGE.
If you are not camping on site, please consider riding a shuttle. It will make entering and exiting the festival quick and easy. There are several convenient shuttle lines to choose from.

SD@140bpm Recommends...

SD@140bpm is a new column here at SDDialedin, trying to keep the San Diego community informed when the best producers, bands and DJ's are playing our great city.  Tonight SD@140bpm recommends that you head down to Dub Dorado at El Dorado.   SPL is coming to town from the emerging Portland,Oregon scene and DESTROY YOU with drum and bass.  The entire lineup will have you moving all night with local and national artists.  This event is free before 10:30 if you rsvp here, and $5 after. SPL - Terraform EP (Out Nov 29th) by SPL

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Coachella 2012

I remember a time when it was like a blogger's wet dream to be the first to post the Coachella lineup, but now with Facebook, you already saw the lineup 200 times on your wall as soon as it was made public. So yeah. Here's the lineup for Coachella. Keep in mind that Coachella is two weekends this year. While the festival has been strict in the past about bands not being allowed to perform in Southern California around the same time, some of those mid-level bands will have to play to make two weekends worth their while. Think about it. I'm just saying...you might be seeing some of these bands pop up in mid-April at a certain small local club.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tuesday Night at the Casbah!

I've been so fortunate over the past year or so to get the opportunity to book some great music lineups at the Casbah. I mean, back before I was working for the venue and even before I started this site, new music discovery was one of my favorite things about the club. I would look at the upcoming calendar and then listen to the bands on MySpace (we're talking six years ago after all!) and pick and choose the nights I would head down to Kettner for a night of great new music.

Nowadays, the way I discover music is a little different, but when I get the chance to book some of San Diego's latest talents or even get some out of towners to play down here, I jump at the opportunity to bring some new blood into the mix. On Tuesday night, I'm proud to partner with Invisible Children for a lineup of three bands, all popping their Casbah cherries. Locals Finding Francis recorded with Aaron Swanton over at White Horse Recorders, Los Angelenos NO have only played a handful of shows but are already being touted as a band to watch in 2012, and Tyson Motsenbocker and I have been talking about a show for a long time but he was on the road for so long that now I finally get the chance to bring him to the Casbah's stage. The show is only five bucks and I hope that you'll agree that sometimes the best shows are the ones where you unexpectedly discover your next favorite band.  I promise an early night with the first act kicking off at 9pm, so you'll get home just after midnight and get in those needed zzz's. 

Don't Worry, You'll Be Here Forever by NO.

Things To Do In San Diego: January 9-10, 2012

I don't have much to say at the moment so I'm just gonna wish you a happy Monday.  Tonight's show at the Casbah with Starfucker is sold out. On Tuesday night, I'm partnering with Invisible Children to present a new music showcase at the Casbah and I'm super excited about the bands. Monday - Tuesday archives are after the jump.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Sunday Night at the Casbah: Black Box Vol 2 Release Party

Tonight is a FREE Casbah show to celebrate the release of Black Box Vol. 2. Sleep Lady, Archons, Gran Sasso, Swore, and Skyline Union will be performing. For the full artist and track listing, check it here.

I Miss You Every Day, Justin Jay

You were always one of my favorites. Your presence lit up a room. You made me laugh a million times and you connected so many people.  I feel roadblocked when I try to write because you've been on my brain so much lately. I passed by Gay Denny's the other night and remembered the night I found out you were gone. So many of your friends celebrated New Year's Eve at the Lafayette,  the last time many of us saw you a year before, and it wasn't quite the same without you. It's been a year since you left us, my heart is still broken and I think about you every day.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: January 5-8, 2012

It's so late and it's looking like I've ruined my own plans tonight but hopefully you still have time to get ready and hit the town for some great shows tonight. Archives after the jump.

Video: Josh Damigo "Pocket Change"

Since leaving 91X, Andrew Rowley has been busy over at Slacker, but somehow it appears he found time to start a side project with "A Trolley Show". The first video uploaded in what looks to be a promising series is Josh Damigo's "Pocket Change".

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Wednesday Night! Casbah Time!

It's the first Casbah show of the year! Come out tonight at Olin & The Moon and Maxim Ludwig and the Santa Fe Seven kick off a weekly residency. Tonight they'll be joined by Jesse LaMonaca and the Dime Novels. Jesse's record is finally done and being pressed before their big CD release in February, but just a warning, you're going to hear me go on and on about the record because it has been playing nonstop since I got my fat little fingers on a copy. But back to tonight...my DayQuil seems to not be doing the trick, so I'll be accepting shots of Bulleit to clear the noggin.


(please don't judge the show on my 5 minute flyer)

This isn't on Jesse's record, but here's a little free download of a song Jesse recorded over Thanksgiving while he visited Nashville.
The Deal by Jesse LaMonaca

CityBeat Great Demo Review: Time To Submit

It's already that time of year...hopefully the bruising of your ego has subsided and you've picked your pride off the floor and shaken it out a bit after last year's demo review. The CityBeat Demo Review of 2012 is just around the corner and submissions are now being accepted. Get your demos or albums together. Submissions MUST BE PHYSICAL, even if it's just a burned CD. (You should know the drill- label the disc with project name, tracklist, web link and contact info). For full details, click here. Submissions must be received by February 6 for the Demo Review issue that will hit streets on March 7.

CityBeat Demo Review
3047 University Ave., Suite 202
San Diego, CA. 92104

Things To Do In San Diego: January 4, 2012

I still sound like Snuffalufagus, but I'm feeling much better, and even if I didn't, there's no way I'd miss tonight's show at the Casbah. The lineup is stellar and I haven't been there since Christmas Eve which I think is the longest Casbah-free spell I've had in the last 3 years. I hope to see your pretty faces at the show tonight as the Casbah kicks off a whole month of celebrating 23 years of being the best venue in town. Wednesday archive after the jump.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Things To Do In San Diego: January 2-3, 2012

I realize I should've posted these earlier today, but I'm a little under the weather and focusing my eyeballs on the laptop screen only makes them all hot and watery. I'm not complaining though, because New Year's Eve was awesome and I really feel like this year is gonna be good. Since I'm fighting this thing, realistically my first show of 2012 will be on Wednesday night at the Casbah. Super awesome lineup that is not to be missed. Monday-Tuesday archives after the jump.