Monday, April 30, 2012
Forgive me if I fall off the radar for a bit. It might be for a week, it might be a couple weeks, I can't really say. I'm hoping that this potential new place works out this week, and if so, I'm going to be moving as quickly as possible to get out of this place which is gonna come with a whole shit-ton of physical and emotional baggage that I am not looking forward to. If it doesn't work out, I'm on the mad hunt for something to get outta here before the end of May. Hate is a really strong word, but I've never hated someone more than I hate my neighbor and my landlord for this major interruption in my life. It is just absolutely astonishing that after 11 years, my dog is suddenly a problem. Hopefully my contributors will pick up the slack while I bury myself for awhile. Anyway, Monday archives are after the jump.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
This event is taking place the same day as 91X's X-Fest and is an interesting way to go head to head with the station. It is my understanding that the two-stage Independence Jam, which normally takes place in the middle of summer at the Oceanside Pier, will instead be held sometime in September.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Andrew Bird's 2012 tour will take place in July and August in support of his 12th record, Break It Yourself. For more information on the tour and the record, check out Andrew's site here.
I thought I was going to come home from Coachella and relax and such, and I definitely attempted to get caught up in daytime sleep, but poor Chase felt like house/dogsitting was a sentence for house arrest, so on Monday night we walked over to Triple Crown for some foosball (he won 2 of 3) and ping pong (I won 2 of 3) and then meandered over to Eleven and finished the night there. My computer froze, which made editing these videos more time consuming, but I felt it was worth it to post them. I still need to post a bunch of other stuff and upload photos and such, but in the meantime, this is the video I captured of James at Coachella. I hear they're being strict on things, so it is quite possible that these videos might be pulled from YouTube, but I hope not because even though I couldn't even see what I was shooting, I'm pretty proud that they came out so well considering how far I was from the stage and how I couldn't see a goddamn thing in my viewfinder as I was recording, and I'm going to maintain that even though there were several great performances over the weekend, for me, James was the best performance of the whole shebang.
The youtube playlist below is as follows:
Born Of Frustration
Ring The Bells
Out To Get You
Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
For good measure, check the playlist from the House of Blues San Diego from the night before (with even shoddier camera work). After the jump.
Monday, April 23, 2012
I'll give the short rundown because I hardly took phone photos so I can't upload anything until I'm home. (Did I mention this is the first time I've ever traveled without my laptop??)
Our day started at the pool of the MiraMonte. I ordered lunch and the boys had cocktails. At noon they had a $5 Heineken special, which is only important to mention because too many day beers meant a very lazy night for my friends. They also had 10 minute massages for $10. Pure heaven.
We caught our shuttle to Coachella, but the treatment is so ridiculously awesome that they had us wait on the Heineken party bus to have beer so they could cool down the van before transporting us. The shuttle drop off and pickup was in the artist parking lot, with an easy access to the back of the main VIP area. Like I said, completely ridiculous and amazing. You have no idea how lucky I felt.
We arrived during We Are Augustines and since we were already a few beers deep, we just kept it going. Perhaps a mistake in the heat, but we were certainly enjoying ourselves. We stayed through part of Childish Gambino. I really don't understand the appeal, but whatever.
We crossed the field to the Mojave tent for The Big Pink but the sound was terrible. I mentioned gear overheating and perhaps that was part of the problem, but something was off, which was disappointing because you could tell they were giving their all to the set. Disappointed, we decided to chill in the Rose Garden VIP area which had a large air conditioned beer tent, and a large group of people sprawled out in a corner watching Grace Potter on a flatscreen TV, so we joined them.
After some reprieve from the sun, we returned to the Mojave tent where we all agreed that The Head and The Heart gave the best set of the day (that we witnessed). "Sound Like Hallelujah" literally gave me chills and I had my first "Coachella moment" where the collective enthusiasm was overwhelming. I understand that this is why people return to festivals year after year, event after event, but it isn't really my thing, so when it does happen, it is pretty special.
When they finished, we returned to the main VIP area and caught part of the Kaiser Chiefs before deciding that we needed to break from the sun. We returned to the party bus until a shuttle arrived to take us back to the MiraMonte. Eli and I made a food run to Rubio's while the boys napped, and after a couple hours and everyone freshening up, we shuttled back and pretty much stayed in the VIP section for the rest of the night.
We found a spot in the grass and didn't move. I loved The Shins, and I thought James Mercer did a great cover of "Helpless" which was nice since I'd been watching "The Last Waltz" just a couple nights before. (RIP Levon Helm) I also really loved Bon Iver who are so exceptional at commanding an audience through all of their quiet to thunderous instrumentation, and Justin, though a superstar at this point, just seems like a regular guy you'd wanna chill with at a neighborhood bar on a any night of the week.
Radiohead closed the night and maybe diehard Radiohead fans (Radioheadheads?) loved it, but I was hot and cold on their set. I got that "Coachella moment" thing a bit with The Shins and Bon Iver but it never hit with Radiohead which was just a little disappointed since I'd definitely felt that communal elation at their last San Diego show. Doesn't matter really, because it was still a great day.
We caught our shuttle home and Dustin and I decided to keep drinking our stash of Heineken, so we found a hammock on a lawn and gossipped like teenage girls. We heard loud talking and splashes and realized some people were in the hot tub after hours. We joined them and it turns out several of them work for RedLight Management, so we chatted a bit until I was toast and had to call it a night. Dustin, on the other hand, had a crazy night, but he'll have to start his own blog for those details.
It is now 1 am on Monday and Coachella is all wrapped up. We're leaving at 6 am so I'll have to catch you up on Day 3 later. This has been so amazing, sometimes I feel like I'm living someone else's life. I guess this weekend I was. Back to reality in the morning.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
So because I didn't really plan on Coachella, I never really even thought about who I would want to see. And an obvious perk of doing what I do is getting to see/work shows, so in the past two weeks alone I worked at the Rapture and Yuck and saw Housse De Racket, Band of Skulls, James, The Big Pink, M Ward, and Squeeze, and also passed on a significant amount of shows. So blah blah, stop bragging. Really all I knew was my group wasn't coming until late Friday, so while at the James show at the House of Blues, I took to Twitter and found an early ride with Jen (@JennyJenJen). I got to sleep at 3:30 am, David dropped off my wristband at 7, and Jen and I were on the road by 7:15, she checked into her air BnB around 10:30, we grabbed some Wendy's and got to Coachella early enough to get beat down by a full day of desert sun.
Since I'm not here with any press credentials, I didn't feel obligated to do or see or shoot anything specific, so my day kicked off with Other Lives, Givers, and James. Actually, that is not entirely true. I spent almost my whole first hour of Coachella between the "charging station" trying to charge my phone and waiting in the water filling lines.
Other Lives were awesome as ever and the crowd seemed to love it, with people around me associating the band with Radiohead and Bon Iver, since they've supported both on tour. When I'm home I'll post more video to add to my growing Other Lives archive. Sadly I think in the Josh's eyes I've turned into SuperGroupie and he couldn't be bothered to chat after the show, so I was on my way to Givers.
Givers were nearly done by the time I got to their tent and it was packed. It was pretty obvious from the first time I saw them at Sunset Sessions that they would be a band to watch with a big future ahead, so it's great to see them doing so well just a little over a year later. It was also great to see them maximize the use of their stage with their usual high energy.
I thought I was going to see Yuck, but the crowd was large and mostly I just wanted to say hi to their tour manager, so I moved along to get a spot for James.
I know I still owe you photos from Thursday (see videos on my YouTube channel), but you should know this is one of my top 5 all time favorite bands of all time. Anything I say comes with great bias because their music soundtracked so many personal ups and downs, loves and out-of-loves, great friendships and great friendships lost. I don't remember the setlist off the top of my head, but I do know it was a different set than last week and also different from Thursday. It kicked off with "White Boy" and followed with "Born Of Frustration", during which Tim Booth came into the security pit and jumped on the rail just by me (see photos). I'll have to go through my video for the rest of the setlist. They played "Sometimes", "Tomorrow", and of course "Laid". I'll upload those on Monday, but be warned...the sun was so bright and even though I was "front row" along the railing, I was still about 25 feet from the stage. The further I am, the closer I have to zoom, and thus the shakier the video becomes.
The rest of my day isn't really worth talking about because I totally crashed. I finally explored the VIP area, found an outlet and some grass, and I was in my own world. I listened to Jimmy Cliff and Arctic Monkeys and Pulp from the little VIP oasis, visiting with Kristian who is bartending here, as well as Vito, a friend and fellow SoundDiego contributor.
When I finally charged my phone and ate and cooled down a bit, I decided to catch Mazzy Star. I love Hope Sandoval and remember my best friend playing a demo of She Hangs Brightly that she somehow acquired from a cousin and "Halah" being one of my favorite songs to sing-along to. She started the set with old songs, but requested near darkness onstage. I already couldn't see the band and you know I cannot stand a lightless stage, so after about 6 songs, I left to meet up with David and Dustin who had finally arrived. We had some Heineken then roamed, catching some Black Keys, some M83, more Heineken in the Rose Garden VIP area, laughed at the dance tent, then met up with Eli back at the main VIP area before we caught the shuttle to our resort.
Oh yeah...did I mention that? We're staying at this plush resort called the Mira Monte. There's a shuttle to and from Coachella and when we wait for the shuttle, there's a party bus stocked with Heineken for the taking...and we were taking. Me, the girl who might be homeless in a month, is doing it super fancy at Coachella 2012. Don't think that I don't know how lucky I am.
I guess I better charge up this phone and get ready for day two. Cheers!
Friday, April 20, 2012
In addition this is a great lineup for underground electronic dance music. The headliner Wyatt Purp is a bass music outlaw from Boomstone, Arizona, whose crunkadelic bangers will heat up the dance floor. More after the jump.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The tickets all go on sale Friday, April 20, at 10am. Humphrey's tickets will be on Ticketmaster. The Casbah shows are linked to Frontgate below.
- Gillian Welch @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay- May 30, 2012
- Motion City Soundtrack, The Henry Clay People, The Front Bottoms @ Casbah - June 14, 2012
- Friends @ Casbah - June 29, 2012
- Ledisi, Eric Benet @ Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, July 18, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
If you're at home, you can catch many of the Coachella bands live on YouTube. Call me a prude, but Azaelia Banks uses the N word about 8000 times per song and that is not okay with me. Don't need to stay on that channel so I flipped over to We Were Promised Jetpacks. Additionally, there were some funny memes, clips, and links that went viral this week, so if you missed them, here's a couple for you.
Texting Guy Almost Runs Into A Bear
Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You
7 Types of People At Coachella (Funny or Die)
And while I'm at it, ChristWire is like The Onion for Christianity, but in case you missed it last year, "Coachella is a Festival of Disease and Sin. Your Children Most Likely Will Die."
Last, I just wanted to say that I know things are tough economically for everyone, and most of you have real jobs, but there have been some amazing shows in town and you should try to get out of your comfort zone a little. Housse De Racket are from France and playing Coachella this weekend, but they stopped by the Casbah on Tuesday and were unfazed that they played to about 25 people. There are some bands that you see live and you just suspect they're going to be huge, and Housse de Racket is one of those bands.
Friday, April 13, 2012
|photo by James Lienhard|
For anyone who has been confused about The Irenic...Is it a club? Is it a venue? Is it a church?, CityBeat's Peter Holslin wrote about it in Notes From The Smoking Patio back in 2011, when I was hosting a holiday acoustic show at the venue.
"The venue is the same space used for the church’s Sunday services, but Missiongathering Executive Director James Lienhard says the shows won’t be Christian-themed. There are no rules against non-Christian music or profanity, and they plan to serve beer and wine, he says. What’s more, a retractable cross hanging over the stage can be moved out of view of concertgoers.
photo by James Lienhard
The church invested $300,000 to renovate the 450-person capacity space, he says, which is outfitted with sound and lighting systems and flat-screen TVs. The space also has a balcony, a green room and an overflow room for merchandise and art openings."
For full press release, keep on reading.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This is important!! If you have tickets to the first show, doors will be at 8:30pm and the show will start promptly at 9pm.
If you would like to attend the second show, tickets are on sale now. Doors will be at 10:30 pm with the show starting promptly at 11pm.
Tickets are $18 advance and $20 day of show (if it is not sold out.) Get your tickets here.
Anyway, here's San Diego, done South Park style. Even Mayor Jerry Sanders and the tortillas of Old Town get some props.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
First, Colin will be busking in the Port's "Mile of Music" along the Embarcadero this weekend. You'll have to follow him on Twitter to know where and when he's playing, but he'll have at least three 20-minute sets between 2 and 5 pm on Saturday, April 14.
On Monday, April 16, Colin returns to the Lincoln Room. If you still haven't been down there, they have free music several nights of the week, great happy hour specials, and one of the cutest bartenders in town. Plus, I haven't seen Hades anywhere else in town and it's a damn tasty beer. Colin will play around 9:30.
Lastly, next weekend, April 21-22, is Adams Avenue Unplugged, which has replaced the Adams Avenue Roots Festival. Colin will perform at the Ken Club (21+) at 4:30 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Anyway, big congratulations to Fiona and Colin and a huge welcome to Catherine. Make sure you check him out around town.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Last week the Belly Up played host to a triple header of guitar based rock and an enthusiastic Monday night crowd. Tuscon native Brian Lopez brought the Latin influenced folksy singer-songwriter tunes before Nashville-via-Michigan/ Chicago/ NYC's David Vandervelde and his three piece supporting band kicked it up a notch. Headliners Heartless Bastards finished up the night with an generous set, leaning heavily on their exceptional new album Arrow. More words and pix below...
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Wednesday, April 04, 2012
91X LOCKS IN HALLORAN ON AFTERNOONS
SAN DIEGO – Halloran is back hosting afternoons on 91X, 2:00 to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
This makes him the permanent host of the day-part he has filled since the departure of Capone in late February. Halloran will also remain the host of 91X’s show dedicated to local music “91X Loudspeaker,” which airs Sundays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
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).
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Rocky will be back at the Casbah on May 7. You can buy tickets here at Frontgate or try the new Frontgate Facebook app here. Full European and US Tour Dates after the jump.
On Thursday night, White Rabbits performed at the Casbah, with Gull, the one-man project of Nate Rappole. The show was sold out and I definitely enjoyed the music and hanging out with friends, though that one guy...if you were there, you know who I'm talking about, was so freaking obnoxious I kinda let it ruin some moments for me. If you don't know who I'm talking about, you can watch the videos. He's the bro with the distinct voice that sounds like the gutteral utterance of a burping Neanderthal. I didn't shoot too many photos because I had to squeeze up with Jeff who was kind enough to hold some space. Unfortunately, my camera was shooting from the guitar monitor, so the sound balance isn't great, but the videos are in a playlist. If you want to leave comments with titles on videos, be my guest. Photos and video after the jump.
You can read all about it and see more photos after the jump.
On Sunday night, The Polyphonic Spree performed at the House of Blues. Photos, video, and text after the jump.
Monday, April 02, 2012
What I can tell you is the simple part. Last week, I got an eviction notice and have 60 days to get out of the place I've called home for 12.5 years. According to the paper, my dog Pascha, whom I adopted with the landlord's permission in 2000, is suddenly (miraculously?) a nuisance. She's not, of course, anyone who has been near her for more than 3 minutes, including my landlord, knows that she is a sweet, loyal, and loving dog. Regardless, I'm tired of the constant harassment by my landlord and the feeling that we're hostages in my own apartment, not allowed to let the asshole neighbor see us, that I'm gonna have to just move. It isn't worth a fight anymore. A lot of you have known about this ongoing saga for months now and have offered to help me however possible. If you were serious and you really want to help me, click the jump. Or if you're just curious as to what kind of help I would ask friends and strangers for, click the jump.
Monday archives are after the jump.
|Photo by Pooneh Ghana|
Seriously please follow the DIRECTIONS or you may not be a winner.
Here's how to win. Since FACEBOOK made us switch to timeline, LIKE san diego:dialed in on Facebook, and leave a comment in which you mention (1) you want Sleigh Bells tickets (2) anything else. You can tell me why you love or hate the new timeline, advice on how to customize Facebook with cool tricks, why you love Sleigh Bells, or 4th&B, or Goldenvoice (supplier of the tickets for giveaway), whatever. Let's face it, it's hard to pick a "random" winner, so the better the post, the more likes your comment will get, and the higher consideration you'll get for tickets, but I'll try to make it as random as possible. *You must be 21+, you must be available to attend the show on Tuesday night, tickets are non-transferable. I'll pick a name on Monday evening at 6pm. If I message you and don't hear back within an hour, I'll pick someone else. If you don't have Facebook notifications on your mobile device, I dunno what to tell you.
Check out Sleigh Bells' performance on SNL after the jump.
left his post as Program Director at 91X, there was a lot of speculation about who would step up and fill his shoes. Christy Taylor was acting as the interim PD and from the many loud rumors in town, there were plenty of submissions from all over the map, and in range of experience and qualifications. It was announced on Friday that Christy Taylor was officially named Program Director for the station, a promotion from her previous post as Music Director.