Saturday, October 31, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Saturday, October 31- Sunday, November 1, 2015

I had to update listings because in case you haven't heard, Rocket From The Crypt had to cancel their show tonight at Bar Pink. The Heartaches will still be there for a free show, and if you had a ticket, show it for a free RFTC poster. Meanwhile, the Casbah is sold out with No Knife. I also wanted to share my excitement that San Diego is finally getting a showing of the award winning documentary, The Glamour and the Squalor, about our dear friend and Rock n Roll Hall of Famer Marco Collins. The film will play at The Irenic on December 5 with Octagrape and Big Bad Buffalo playing after (thus the pic of Jordan of BBB from Thursday's "Halloweezer" cover band). The event will be $25 and you can already get your tickets here. Saturday and Sunday archives are after the jump.

Upcoming Observatory Shows (Updated 10/31)

No changes to the calendar this week besides the addition of Mike Gordon in January. November is going to be a busy month, so grab your tickets early. Remember, you can avoid many of the service charges if you buy tickets at the box office which is open two hours before doors on any show night. Box office purchases are cash only.

10/30 Ghost, Purson 8pm, All Ages (moved to 11/2)

10/31 Soja, J Boog, Dustin Thomas, 7pm, All Ages
11/1 Soja, J Boog, Dustin Thomas, 7pm, All Ages

11/2 Ghost, Purson 7pm, All Ages

11/3 Antemasque, Eureka The Butcher 7pm, All Ages

11/4 King Diamond: Abigail In Concert 2015, Holy Grail, 7pm, All Ages

Friday, October 30, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, October 30, 2015

I have to say that this has been a really great week. I saw a couple great shows including DIIV and Failure, and Darren got to see one of his favorites, Tennis, on Wednesday. It was also relatively mellow for work, which is always nice, and we had a fun time going to La Jolla Cove earlier this week. It's also interesting watching Nova get into this groove with school and just growing up into this interesting individual. I feel like watching a kid grow up, you see these small subtle changes and advances all of the time, and then sometimes you just see these leaps and bounds and you're left scratching your head on how this little person just grew up right in front of your face. So yeah, things are really great right now and I'm looking forward to a fun-filled Halloween weekend. Friday archives are after the jump.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Cantore + Woods: Radio Wars

I work very closely with 91X and FM 94/9 on a daily basis, and I'm friends with pretty much everyone I work with, so I'm going to just leave this podcast from Cantore + Woods.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 26-Thursday, October 30, 2015

It was definitely a great weekend. On Friday night I got to catch Kero Kero Bonito at Soda Bar and Bully at the Hideout as I'd planned, and then I worked for Mudhoney on Saturday and Rozzi Crane on Sunday. My niece had an awesome belated birthday at Mission Bay, so everyone took their turns on kayaks and paddleboards and I think everyone is looking forward to the next time we can do that. This week slows down a lot, but obviously picks up this weekend for Halloween and all the awesome Dia De Los Muertos celebrations around town, too. Monday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Upcoming Observatory Shows (Updated 10/23)

I mostly stayed out of any discussions why ICP canceled yesterday, but I have to say that I actually cried when the show was booked because I was horrified about what the damage to the building would be, so I was definitely not sad that the show was pulled. You can read about the ritual in Santa Ana and understand the concern. Some new shows were added this week, including Dr. Dog, Slightly Stoopid, and two more nights with Tribal Seeds. A bunch of shows changed times sllightly, but one of note is that Tokimonsta is now at 11pm, after the Mayhem show clears out.  Shows from mid-November and beyond after the jump.

10/23 Mac DeMarco, Alex Calder, Walter TV, 7pm, 18+ (SOLD OUT)

10/25 Owl City: On The Verge Tour, Rozzi Crane, 7pm, All Ages

10/28 Shakey Graves, Tennis, 7pm, 18+

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Things to Do In San Diego: Wednesday, October 20-Sunday, October 25, 2015

This week hasn't exactly gone as planned but I'll take it anyway. I missed MMJ on Monday because Darren was ill, and Tuesday almost worked out with Darren at Yacht and me at Ought, but in reality by the time he was home and I went, I only caught two songs. Not a big deal, I certainly get to see my share of shows. We did, however, spend the afternoon at the zoo, which is totally my happy place--though you can see it in the eyes of the animals that they know it is October and can't wait till all the little terrorizing children are at least back to regular attendance levels. We had fun, though, and met up with Nova's friend from school. Anyway, still lots of great shows this week and one terrible one. I'll let you figure that one out. Wednesday through Sunday archives are after the jump.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 19-Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I think I earned my stripes this weekend. I'll start by saying that I stayed home on Friday and Sunday night- The Districts cancelled their Irenic show after getting caught north of the I-5 road closures- and I had already told Observatory I had to work elsewhere, so I was off the hook, but it was nice being home and hearing Darren and Nova come home so excited after the Echosmith/TwentyOne Pilots show at OAT. We had been to a private show at 207 with Echosmith earlier in the day so I got my fill then. On Saturday, it was my night on the town. I started at the Besties at the Fleet to collect the awards for The Casbah and Observatory, then headed to The Observatory just in time for FIDLAR. I stayed for the first half hour or so of their set, dropped by Bar Pink, then saw the remainder of Hinds' set at The Irenic. From there, I went to Soda Bar for Horse Feathers then caught Chad Valley at The Hideout, before closing the night at the Ken Club. Sunday was a manic day but we spent some time at Mission Trails which was beautiful with overcast skies, but by the time we were home and having dinner, I just couldn't get my work done fast enough to muster the trip up to the Belly Up for Givers. So, I'm super bummed I had to miss them, but family is first and we needed a powwow together before Nova returned to school from fall break. This week has some great shows- I'll be a MMJ on Monday, then Darren will be at Yacht on Tuesday, and if he's home in time, I might run out to see Ought. I might try to catch Small Black on Wednesday, stay home on Thursday, and then see Kero Kero Bonito and Bully on Friday before slinging merch for Mudhoney on Saturday and Rozzi Crane on Sunday. Not a bad week at all. Tuesday through Sunday listings are after the jump.

Hinds performed at The Irenic on Saturday, October 17

Friday, October 16, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, October 16- Sunday, October 18, 2015

It has been another doozy of a week. Nova's second week of fall break had us running all over town. In the past three days alone, we had a morning at Lake Murray, an afternoon swim party, dance class, hit the Waterfront Park, a Halloween party, and a birthday party at Urban Jungle, all the while trying to make sure I stayed caught up with work (I am the jerk that takes a laptop to Urban Jungle), including a Casbah meeting and my usual bazillion emails. My nights were pretty busy, too, with Wolf Alice on Monday, Other Lives on Tuesday, A Silent Film on Wednesday, and Jose Gonzalez on Thursday. Today we'll be catching a private party with Echosmith, then I'll either be working at The Irenic or The Observatory while Darren takes Nova to OAT for 21 Pilots and Echosmith. I'm not sure exactly where I'll end up on Saturday with the Besties at the Fleet, Hinds at the Irenic, and FIDLAR at the Observatory, but on Sunday I'm going to make every effort to see Givers at the Belly Up. Here's to hoping we see some of the rain that hit LA, minus the destructive landslides. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Jesse from Other Lives at the Belly Up

Friday, October 16, 2015:
  • CANCELED: The Districts, Sun Club @ The Irenic (The band got stuck in NoCal due to mudslides and I-5 road closures at Grapevine. Refunds will be issued via Ticketfly)
  • Marian Hill, Heavy Mellow @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)
  • 21 Pilots, Echosmith, Finish Ticket @ Open Air Theatre, SDSU (SOLD OUT)
  • Misterwives, Cruisr @ Observatory North Park
  • Rock The Boat Cruise with Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Ease Up, Grizzly Business, The Verigolds, Digital Lizards of Doom, Kid Wilderness, DJ Mancat, DJ Raychill Frank @ William D. Evans Riverboat on Mission Bay (Use promo code for discount "verigolds" or "rocktheboat"
  • Voodoo Glow Skulls, Phenomenauts, China Wife Motors, Oceanside Sound System @ Soda Bar
  • Joe Rogan @ Balboa Theatre
  • The Wind Playing Tricks @ Ken Club
  • Sarah McQuaid @ Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
  • Luke Bryan: Kick The Dust Up Tour 2015 with Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
  • Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen @ AMSD
  • Abstracter, monochromacy, Dead Ghosts @ The Treehouse
  • Junior The DiscoPUNK @ Bar Pink
  • The Garden - "Haha" (Album Release) @ Che Cafe
  • Spotlighting Art Blakey with Matt Witek & Christopher Hollyday @ Dizzy's
  • Atomic Groove Pink Girlz Night Out Happy Hour @ Belly Up (5pm)
  • Fishbone & Monophonics @ Belly Up
  • Spazzkid @ The Loft, UCSD
  • The Village Squares, The Casey Hensley Band, Vida Blue @ Music Box
  • Musica en La Plaza @ California Center for the Arts Escondido
  • Cult Vegas, Mars & The Massacre, Plastik Deer @ The Balboa
  • Acid King, Giant Squid, Mala Suerte, Trapped Within Burning Machinery @ Brick By Brick
  • America, Lisa Sanders & Brown Sugar @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
  • Daisy O'Connor, Lindsay and the White Lies @ Java Joe's
  • Common Kings, Sammy J, Tribe of Kings Soundsystem @ House of Blues
  • Jonny Craig, Travis Garland, Kyle Lucas @ Voodoo Room, House of Blues
  • Behind the Wagon, The Sickstring Outlaws, Abe West @ The Merrow
  • Kitty Plague (CD Release), Jovi & The Issues, Swords of Fatima @ The Bancroft
  • Lee Churchill @ U-31
  • Teagan Taylor @ Croce's Park West
  • Monette Marino @ Humphrey's Backstage Live
  • Timeshares, Signals Midwest, Western Settings @ Tower Bar
  • Ocean Beach Comedy w/ Matt Lockwood @ Winston's (6-9pm)
  • Project out of Bounds, Rubbish, Revival @ Winston's (9:30pm)
  • Walter Lure of the Heartbreakers, The Zeros, Dirty Eyes @ Til-Two Club
  • F#ing In The Bushes with Rob Moran @ Whistle Stop
  • DIRTCAPS @ Fluxx
  • EC Twins @ Omnia
  • Tiga @ Bang Bang
  • DJ Spryte @ Parq
  • Junior theDISCOpunk @ Henry's Pub
  • Funks Most Wanted @ Tio Leo's
  • Liquid Geometry presets Something Different @ Kava Lounge
  • Ent. Kings, DJ R2 @ Gallagher's Irish Pub
  • Club Musae @ Boar Cross'n
  • B Foundation, Reeform & Sandollar @ 710 Beach Club
  • Jack Russell's Great White, Sledd, Di Vad, Big Toe @ Ramona Mainstage

Upcoming Casbah & Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 10/16)

If you look at the next couple weeks, you'd think Tim Mays went on a booking bender. Honestly- 4 shows tonight, 3 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday, 2 on Monday and so forth until October 25, when there is finally only one Casbah show, and that is William Fitzsimmons. No amount of begging or bribery could get Yacht & Ought to play together at the same venue- no, instead I have to choose one or the other! Tonight I'm supposed to work at The Districts and Misterwives. I don't know what I'm going to do. Why all these lunatics don't just wait to tour the west coast when we're in our November/December/January lull, I'll never understand. But whatever, too many great shows is a good problem to have. I'm going to go ahead and post this, but just know that there are new show announcements today at 10am, so I'll try and update those when I can. Complete Casbah bookings are after the jump.

Fri Oct 16 - The Districts, Sun Club @ The Irenic (CANCELLED due to mudslides along I-5 in Grapevine. All tickets will be refunded via Ticketfly)

Fri Oct 16 - Misterwives, Cruisr @ The Observatory North Park

Fri Oct 16 - Voodoo Glow Skulls, Phenomenauts, China Wife Motors @ Soda Bar

Fri Oct 16 - Marian Hill, Heavy Mellow @ Casbah (SOLD OUT)

Sat Oct 17 - El Ten Eleven, Sego @ Casbah

El Ten Eleven Appear at the Cabsah on October 17 & 18

Sat Oct 17 - FIDLAR, Dune Rats, The Frights @ The Observatory North Park

Sat Oct 17 - Horse Feathers, River Whyless, Korey Dane @ Soda Bar

Sun Oct 18 - GIVERS @ Belly Up

Sun Oct 18 - El Ten Eleven, Sego @ Casbah

Sun Oct 18 - Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates @ The Observatory North Park

Mon Oct 19 - Dethsurf, Cochinas Locos, Los Shadows @ Casbah

Mon Oct 19 - Heartless Bastards, Slothrust @ Belly Up

Tue Oct 20 - YACHT, Larry Gus @ Casbah

Tue Oct 20 - Ought, Upset, Sextile @ The Hideout

Wed Oct 21 - Small Black, Painted Palms, DJ Keith Sweaty @ Casbah

Wed Oct 21 - Eagles of Death Metal @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)

Thu Oct 22 - Flipper with David Yow, Widows, Stalins of Sound @ Casbah

Thu Oct 22 - The Sword, Kadavar, All Them Witches @ Belly Up

Fri Oct 23 - Red Fang, Whores, Wild Throne @ Casbah

Fri Oct 23 - Bully, Heat @ The Hideout

Fri Oct 23 - Mac DeMarco, Alex Calder, Walter TV @ The Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)

Sat Oct 24 - Mudhoney, Tar Halos, The Grids @ Casbah

Sat Oct 24 - Natalie Prass @ Soda Bar

Sun Oct 25 - William Fitzsimmons, Jake Phillips @ Casbah

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 10/16)

Besides the massive Bernie Sanders Debate Viewing Party on Tuesday, it was a relatively quiet week at the Observatory. But with shows the next four out of five nights, it will certainly get a whole lot busier. I hear that FIDLAR is close to sell out, so grab your tickets in advance or it might be too late the night of the show. Other than that news, the only additions here are Ghostface Killah and Bone Thugs N Harmony.

10/16 MisterWives, Cruisr 6:30 pm, All Ages

10/17 FIDLAR, Dune Rats, The Frights, 7pm, All Ages

10/18 The Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates 7pm, All Ages

10/20 Lianne La Havas, Keenan O'Meara 7pm, 18+

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tonight! Other Lives at the Belly Up

Other Lives are playing at the Belly Up tonight. I love these guys and I have been waiting for a long time for their return. I know this week is crazy good for music but tonight with Other Lives and Sunday with Givers are easily my picks of the week.

Check out some of these newer videos:

WATCH - "Easy Way Out"
WATCH - "Reconfiguration" video
WATCH - "2 Pyramids" video
WATCH - Other Lives on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

From the press release:
Other Lives is comprised of Josh Onstott, Jonathon Mooney and Jesse Tabish. Rituals is a pure encapsulation of the band's relentless drive for precision.The trio relocated to Portland, Oregon from their hometown of Stillwater, Oklahoma to record the album. Tabish says the relocation had a direct influence that can be heard through Rituals.

"There was a spirit of change," Tabish offers. "We had done [2011's second LP] Tamer Animals, which was very close to us and about our home. So the next record was about the spontaneity of travel and being isolated. For the first times in our lives we were moving off on our own away from our families and kind of coming into our own. I wanted the songs to reflect that new spirit."

"This one was a real journey," Tabish says of the 18 months spent writing more than 60 songs for Rituals, a constant creative outlet for the relentless sonic architect amid a rigorous few years of touring their debut album. "It was a long time spent searching for a new identity," the soft-spoken singer continues of the writing process, "still trying to retain the past of our musical palate but also really trying to stretch ourselves into a new type of music." The album was produced by Mooney, Tabish and Joey Waronker (Eels, Atoms for Peace, Beck, etc.).

While Rituals marks a new chapter in Other Lives' story, it's also a continuation of a decade-plus passage. "I feel really lucky to be able to have a band and people around me that have been so supportive and we've stuck together all these years and still don't hate each other," Tabish says. "All three of us are like brothers. I don't think that will ever go away. I loved those kids then and I love them now. There's that mutual feeling. If I want to go have a beer with anyone it would be those two guys. That kind of says something."

Here's some videos I shot of the band in Vegas during their residency at The Cosmopolitan in 2011.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Tuesday, October 13-Thursday, October 15, 2015

The overcast skies this morning were so promising, but now it's back to miserable heat, so we're going to run out to the beach or something before I have to work tonight, but since I did the rest of the listings for this week, I thought I'd get them posted. The Hideout and Lestat's have sites that are not currently working, but everything else should be fairly accurate. Here's another photo of TV On The Radio for good measure. Tuesday through Thursday archives are after the jump.

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 12, 2015

I feel like I need a weekend to recover from the weekend. On Friday we had a blast swimming most of the afternoon at a friend's pool in La Mesa up until I had to work at the Irenic for Gardens & Villa and James Supercave. It was a great- though sadly underattended- show. When it was over, I journeyed to Park & Rec for our SoundDiego Live event which is always fun, but even more so because it was my first time there, and also because Quel Bordell are an awesome local act. From there, Pyles and I went to the Ken Club to close down the night. On Saturday, we went to Law Street and the waves were absolutely insane, bigger than anything I've ever seen locally, so we spent several hours in the water before Darren dropped me at CRSSD Fest to catch St. Lucia, Jamie XX, and Flaming Lips. He dropped Nova and my niece at home, then joined me at CRSSD which turned out to be awesome. From the festival, we walked to Music Box and caught most of Ash's set, then closed our night at Bar Pink. By Sunday- and with Nova having fun with my nieces and family- we returned to CRSSD, but unfortunately missed Baio and only stayed long enough for Big Data before meeting up with the fam at Oktoberfest in El Cajon. After a couple hours there, we grabbed dinner and they dropped me back at the festival to see Banks and TV On The Radio. Jake got a nice shout out from the band and he and Daye dropped me home. Apologies that I didn't get to this week's listings, but here's what is going on Monday night and I'll spend Monday working on the rest of the week. I'll be at The Irenic and Casbah tonight, at Other Lives at the Belly Up on Tuesday, at A Silent Film on Wednesday, and at Jose Gonzalez on Thursday if I have any energy left.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11, 2015

Darren is constantly teasing me because at Christmas last year, he bought me a camera I wanted, not knowing that I'd get two others that same Christmas to add to my stash of cameras. But honestly, there is nothing I find more therapeutic than taking photos, so while I might not be the best photographer--it's been almost 20 years since my last legit photo class--I take a lot of photos every single day, and I try to alternate between cameras, practicing on my DSLR when I can, but relying on my point and shoot for shows and quick social media posts. With that in mind, we got to escape from work for a little while to catch Coleman Hell at Quartyard and did some shopping and running around until Nova came home, where we found the time to get to Mission Dam for some communing with nature before I had to sling merch at the Observatory. Ficus loves it there, and though we're probably asking for a scolding from the ranger, it was totally worth it to hang out for a little bit before the scorcher of a weekend is upon us. I'm looking forward to some beach time and some pool time today before working at Gardens & Villa and our SoundDiego party, and then I'll be studying set times for CRSSD so I can start to plan the rest of the weekend, too. Tons of good stuff this weekend-- stay cool and get out and enjoy this awesome San Diego weekend. Saturday and Sunday listings are after the jump.

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 10/9)

The last time I updated the Casbah listings, it took me forever because I let too much time lapse since my previous update and I am not going to let that happen again because it is a pain in the ass. There are always show announcements each week- and this week shows were added with Spencer Moody, Andra Day, PAPA, Jared & The Mill, Half Moon Run and more. This month has been so crazy packed with shows, and it makes it really challenging to try and market this stuff because there's just so much good stuff rolling through town. So honestly, I don't care which shows you go to, but try and hit a show or 3 this weekend, won't you?

Fri Oct 09 - Telekinesis, Say Hi, Illuminauts @ Casbah

Fri Oct 09 - Gardens and Villa, James Supercave @ The Irenic

Gardens & Villa appear at The Irenic on Friday, October 9

Fri Oct 09 - Caspian, Circle Takes the Square @ The Hideout

Sat Oct 10 - VINYL JUNKIES RECORD SWAP @ Casbah (11am-5pm, $3)

Sat Oct 10 - And So I Watch You From Afar, Mylets, Blis @ Casbah

Sat Oct 10 - Nick Diamonds @ Bar Pink (Moved to 10/12 @ Casbah)

Sun Oct 11 - Youngblood Brass Band, G Burns Jug Band @ Casbah

Mon Oct 12 - Nick Diamonds, Lyla Foy @ Casbah

Mon Oct 12 - Wolf Alice, Drenge, Made Violent @ The Irenic (SOLD OUT)

Mon Oct 12 - Trivium @ The Observatory North Park

Tue Oct 13 - Superhumanoids, Rush Midnight @ Casbah

Tue Oct 13 - Other Lives @ Belly Up

Wed Oct 14 - A Silent Film, Flagship @ Casbah

Wed Oct 14 - Twin Shadow @ Belly Up

Wed Oct 14 - Bob Forrest (Thelonius Monster), Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin' Jack Elliott) @ Whistle Stop (FREE)

Thu Oct 15 - Deafheaven, Tribulation @ Casbah

Thu Oct 15 - Jose Gonzales, Riothorse Royale @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 10/9)

Not a whole lot of change or updates to the Observatory calendar this week, I think the only addition is Grouch & Eligh with Chali 2na, but also the Ghost show changed from 10/30 to 11/2. Everything else is more or less the same, though a couple of the age limits were corrected on the website. A lot of people seem to get confused about the age limits at the Observatory. There are a whole bunch of reasons to do one or the other, but the main issue is curfew. If a show can be mostly done by the legal curfew, the shows are generally all ages (which is where you see those 6 and 6:30 door times). For others, especially a Friday or Saturday night, where the crowd will be comingling with West Coast Tavern patrons, even to just use the bathroom, the shows have to be 18+ or 21+. It is also an issue of the types of performers, their fan demographic, and ultimately the promoter-- who has to pay for the security and insurance. So, I'm sorry to the mom who thinks her 17 year old kid is super special so she should be able to write a note granting permission to attend, but they're still not allowed if they're not meeting the age requirement.

10/9 Aer, Cody Simpson, Chef'Special 7pm, All Ages

10/11 Back to Basics with Jedi Mind Tricks, Hieroglyphics, Brother Ali, Andre Nickatina, Necro, Bizarre Ride II, Keith Murray, 2MEX, Ugly Duckling & MORE TBA!, 4pm, 18+

10/12 Trivium, 7pm, All Ages

10/16 MisterWives, Cruisr 6:30 pm, All Ages

10/17 FIDLAR, The Frights, 7pm, All Ages

10/18 The Black Lips, Ariel Pink, Gary Wilson & The Blind Dates 7pm, All Ages

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Things To Do In San Diego: Thursday, October 8

I feel like it has just been non-stop go, go, go forever. Believe me, I take my time to slow down and take long naps and take time for myself and with my family, but even then, I feel like a break is so far off in the distance, I have to just take advantage of the awesome opportunities around me every day. As I've mentioned, Nova is on fall break right now so we've had some fun time at the zoo, at her piano class, at parks and playgrounds, and just lounging around the house. Monday night was the San Diego Music Awards which were so fun and I got to spend time with my friends and colleagues, and Tuesday I went to the incredible show by Beirut at the OAT, then had public transit drama waiting forever to catch the trolley to see Gayle Skidmore at the Casbah in possibly her final show before she leaves to The Netherlands. On Wednesday, Darren's phone crapped out, so we more or less spent the whole day deciding between $160 screen replacement, $175 insurance deductible for a new phone which would take two days to arrive, or just switching his phone plan to mine and getting a new unit at Costco. I'm only sharing this because the Costco insurance carrier, Squaretrade, is the best ever, and by getting a new phone, we'll get a $200 Costco gift card which definitely offsets buying a phone outright. And since we've finally merged plans, our bill will actually go down between the two of us by about $50. Once all that drama was resolved, we had a nice night out at The Hideout and Bar Pink because I'm pretty much non-stop working for the next week. I'll be at the merch table for Xavier Rudd tonight, working the door for Gardens & Villa at the Irenic on Friday before our SoundDiego party at Park & Rec, then at CRSSD all weekend. Next week is crazy, too, but I'll get to that next week. Thursday archives are after the jump.

Monday, October 05, 2015

San Diego Music Award Winners 2015

2015 San Diego Music Awards

Official Winners List

The following are the winners of the 25th annual San Diego Music Awards,

presented on Monday, October 5, 2015 at

Humphreys by the Bay in San Diego,CA.

Best Club DJ- DJ Claire

Best Cover Band- Lady Dottie & the Diamonds

Best Singer/Songwriter- Sierra West

Best Jazz- Gilbert Castellanos

Best Jazz Album- Danny Green Trio - After the Calm

Best Blues- Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact

Best Blues Album- Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - s/t
Best Americana- Sara Petite
Best Americana Album- Nancarrow- Simple Things

Best Hip-Hop- Vokab Kompany

Best Hip Hop Album- 1019 & J.Treel - Treel Tales of Number Running

Best Pop- Gayle Skidmore

Best Pop Album- Tolan Shaw - Chin Up

Best Alternative- Prayers

Best Alternative Album- Wild Wild Wets - 14th Floor

Best Rock- The Routine

Best Rock Album- Barbarian - Night Blooms

Best Hard Rock- Schizophonics

Best Hard Rock Album- Joy - Under the Spell of Joy

Best World Music- Todo Mundo

Best World Music Album- B-Side Players - Dos Generaciones

Best Local Recording- G. Burns Jug Band - The Southern Pacific & the Santa Fe

Best New Artist- The Bassics

Album of the Year- Slightly Stoopid - Meanwhile...Back at the Lab
Artist of the Year- Switchfoot

Best Live Performer- Schizophonics

Best Music Video by a San Diego Band- Slightly Stoopid - The Prophet

Song of the Year- Little Hurricane - Heart Skips a Beat

Lifetime Achievement Award– Peter Sprague

San Diego Music Industry Award – Deering Banjos

Upcoming Casbah and Casbah Presents Shows (Updated 10/5)

I'm so sorry it has taken so long to update this list. Casbah has been adding so many new shows that by the time I publish this, it will already be out of date, but there are so many amazing shows coming up in October that I wanted to make sure you had this fresh list. Everything booked by the Casbah and at the Casbah is listed below with ticket links. Mid-month and beyond are after the jump.

Mon Oct 05 - Toothless George and His One Man Band, Boondock Brothers, of Ennui @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Oct 06 - Gayle Skidmore, The Magnettes, Normandie Wilson @ Casbah ($6 at the door)

Tue Oct 06 - Paul Weller @ Observatory North Park

Wed Oct 07 - IAMX, Mr. Kitty @ Casbah

Wed Oct 07 - Lil Dicky, IAMSU @ The Observatory North Park

Thu Oct 08 - BRAIDS @ Soda Bar

Thu Oct 08 - The Sheepdogs, Radio Moscow @ Casbah

The Sheepdogs appear at the Casbah on October 8

Thu Oct 08 - Riverboat Gamblers @ The Hideout

Fri Oct 09 - Telekinesis, Say Hi, Illuminauts @ Casbah

Fri Oct 09 - Gardens and Villa, James Supercave @ The Irenic

Gardens & Villa appear at The Irenic on Friday, October 9

Fri Oct 09 - Caspian, Circle Takes the Square @ The Hideout

Sat Oct 10 - VINYL JUNKIES RECORD SWAP @ Casbah (11am-5pm, $3)

Sat Oct 10 - And So I Watch You From Afar, Mylets, Blis @ Casbah

Sat Oct 10 - Nick Diamonds @ Bar Pink (Moved to 10/12 @ Casbah)

Sun Oct 11 - Youngblood Brass Band, G Burns Jug Band @ Casbah

Mon Oct 12 - Nick Diamonds, Lyla Foy @ Casbah

Mon Oct 12 - Wolf Alice, Drenge, Made Violent @ The Irenic

Mon Oct 12 - Trivium @ The Observatory North Park

Tue Oct 13 - Superhumanoids, Rush Midnight @ Casbah

Tue Oct 13 - Other Lives @ Belly Up

Wed Oct 14 - A Silent Film, Flagship @ Casbah

Wed Oct 14 - Twin Shadow @ Belly Up

Wed Oct 14 - Bob Forrest (Thelonius Monster), Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin' Jack Elliott) @ Whistle Stop (FREE)

Thu Oct 15 - Deafheaven, Tribulation @ Casbah

Thu Oct 15 - Jose Gonzales, Riothorse Royale @ Belly Up (SOLD OUT)

Things To Do In San Diego: Monday, October 5-Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What a week it was. I had a great birthday week, had some fun and great meals with Darren, had some good fun with family, and hit up some fun shows along the way. I worked at the Vintage Trouble show on Thursday, and Friday we went to 91X Homecoming, but left after Pinback and made it to Casbah in time for Vacationer. Saturday was kinda wasted by an invasive familial battle that is just out of control, but we dusted ourselves off and went out to my friend's post-wedding hang at the Shelter Island Sheraton, which was a nice change of pace. On Sunday we hit up a skateboarding birthday party and then the zoo, which we thought would be empty because of football and drizzle, but no such luck being that it was a Sunday and kids are free the whole month of October. Be warned about the zoo- the moving sidewalk to Elephant Odyssey is down for repairs, so to get to elephant mesa, you have to go up the hill via the Polar Bear Plunge or Skyfari there. Anyway, Nova is on fall break, so we're excited to take advantage of the two weeks ahead. I hope to see you all at the Music Awards tonight and SoundDiego Live on Friday and CRSSD fest over the weekend, and probably a lot of shows in between. Monday through Wednesday archives are after the jump.

Friday, October 02, 2015

91X Homecoming Set Times - October 2 at Oceanside Pier

Reason to Rebel: 3:30 PM
Mrs. Magician: 3:55 PM
Finch: 4:30 PM
Lucy's Fur Coat: 5:10 PM
Rocket From The Crypt: 6 PM
Cold War Kids: 7 PM
Pinback: 8 PM
Pepper: 9 PM

Upcoming Shows at The Observatory North Park (Updated 10/2)

October is super busy at The Observatory North Park, so take a look at all the cool shows coming up. If I wasn't going to 91X's Homecoming, I would for sure be at Ratatat tonight, and no doubt I'll be at Fidlar, Black Lips/Ariel Pink, Mac DeMarco, and Shakey Graves, just to name a few. Everything booked is here with a ticket link to keep it simple for your purchasing needs.

10/2 Ratatat, Hot Sugar, 8pm, 18+

10/3 The Gaslamp Killer Experience, 7pm, 18+ CANCELLED

10/4 Citizen Cope (Full Band) 7pm, 18+

10/6 Paul Weller 7pm, 18+

10/7 Lil Dicky, IAMSU, Alex Wiley & Young California, 6pm, All Ages

10/8 Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Chadwick Stokes, 7pm, 18+

10/9 Aer, Cody Simpson, Chef'Special 7pm, All Ages