Nate Fitzbutler did a remix to Kanye West’s and Kendrick Lamar’s “No More Parties in LA” called “No More Parties in SD”. He said, "we made this track to try to bring some national buzz to our city that’s always been in the shadow of the LA music scene."

Niko Sitaras from the San Diego based dream rock band Paper Days says, "We just released our new EP 'Fun For Family & Friends'. Our release party is on Feb 19th being hosted at the Irenic (with The Bash Dogs & Splavender). 

Panic Is Perfect is an indie-pop group from San Fran and they are touring in support of their new album, Cellspace, which drops tomorrow on Strange Loop Records. They'll be playing at The Loft @ UCSD on Feb. 12!






10 (well maybe a few more than 10) Albums You Need To Take A Listen To
Keith Boyd 6.7.7
It just so happens that great stuff can fall through the cracks. You're walking along in life and due to any number of circumstances (work, family obligations, hobbies, etc.) you walk right pat some precious and golden art. It's not your fault; it's just how things go. Were all busy and lazy at the same time. So, it's been awhile since I've taken the time compile a list of good stuff and here goes. This is a list of albums you just might have overlooked and now you need to take a listen to. They might not be everyone's favorite but they are all amazing and important.

1. Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi-Can

Now available in a totally remastered versions. These two are the krautfunk touchstones and blueprints for so much that came after. Both are hypnotic and danceable treats.

2. Beasts of No Nation-Fela

Two LOOOOONNNNGGG tracks of the real Afro-Beat. It's all here in the grooves.

3. Discipline-King Crimson

1980's version of the King. This album is wired and funky. It reels out patterns of pure undeniable power. The group finds grooves in the most unlikely places and invests them with intense focus.

4. Europe '72-The Grateful Dead

Ram packed with great music from a band in top form. The newer versions of this CD come with even more track not released on the original. The Dead range from folksy to spacey and everywhere in-between.

5. Ice Cream for Crow-Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band

This was the last album from the good Captain and it's a doozy.

6. Disciples of California- Skygreen Leopards

Wistful, melancholy yet hopeful, this Byrdsian masterpiece will catch your ear and heart with every listen.

7. Descending Moonshine Dervishes-Terry Riley

This disc has been in almost non-stop rotation in mi casa for the last year. Terry Riley exploits the quirks of early synth gear to create multiple voiced electronic mantras. I guarantee that a long loud listen to this disc will cure either a broken heart or cancer.

8. Sister Double Happiness- Sister Double Happiness

Gary Floyd from Texas punk rock weirdoes The Dicks formed this band in the mid eighties San Francisco . They channeled some HEAVY blues into their punk and kept things just freaky. The title track is a scorcher I first heard with a car load of good friends piled in a car and cruising around The City looking for kicks. Well worth the effort to find. The album and the kicks that is.

9. Up on the Sun, Huevos, Mirage, Monsters-Meat Puppets

Okay, okay that's a crammed full addition but THEY'R ALL GREAT!!! If all you know of the Puppets is their association with Kurt Cobain then shame on you. These 80's album had a real push and punch to them and believe it or not they were mining a deep ZZ Top vein.

10. Moby Grape-Moby Grape

Just a stunner. That's all you really need to know but the quality of musicianship and songwriting drive this psych-pop gem of perfection straight to the center of your mind.

11. The Slider-T-REX

T-REXSTACY LIVES! While not as splashy as the follow up, "Electric Warrior", I find this album to be the superior release. It's so dramatic and lovely and sexy and rocking while remaining elegant and fun.

12. Ogden 's Nut Gone Flake-The Small Faces

Never mind that this is number 12 on a list of ten. Genius will not be rushed! This storybook psych classic is a perfect Sunday record. I LOVE the track "Afterglow". So, so very lovely.

13. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music-Ray Charles

My Mom LOVES Ray Charles and I grew up hearing his gravel/honey voice. This album opened a lot of eyes and his version of "You Don't Know Me" will break your heart.

14. Funkadelic-Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow/One Nation Under A Groove

Deep. Funky. Aware. Fun. Bouncing. Couldn't decide on just one.

15. The Feelies-Higher Ground- I think that The Feelies would have made a bigger splash if They'd come out 5 or so years after they did. Their Velvets inspired hypnosis is a thing to behold. Lovely music with amazing and spare songwriting.

16. Double Nickels On The Dime- The Minutemen

Nothing needs to be said. It's all there. Go buy this.

17. The Slits-Cut

Love it. Love the cover. Love the fun and ferocity all blasting at your ears.

18. Fire of Love-The Gun Club

LA Punk Voodoo. Creepy and inspiring. Better than most Nick Cave stuff and noisier anyway.

19. Art Attack-Marty Wilson Piper

One of the lead guys from The Church. This solo effort is lush, beautiful and lovely. Pretty and uplifting melodies.

20. Guadalcanal Diary-Why do the Heathens Rage?

Another group lost in the post REM Georgia. This debut album is a great piece of intelligent indie-pop from before there was such a phrase.

So there my fellow music geeks. A couple of handfuls of not so much lost as usually overlooked gems. You know you've got your own list just bubbling away in that evil little brain of yours. Do us both a favor and exorcise that demon. Put it down in an email and send it to us here at Blog San Diego. We'll publish it and then you too can say you're a rock journalist. Never mind all the others. They won't print you. We will. We're good and decent, right-living, God fearing, Bible thumping, gun toting, folk. Write to us.Please.


    Lotushouse MP3 Sampler
    Maquiladora - The Revenge of Becky Royal (New Piano)
    Tenniscoats + Maquiladora - Hours
    High Mountain Tempel - Processional (An Invocation to Thee Angelic Sister)
    Raagnagrok - HJD
    Beggars - Will We Call It Love
    Maquiladora - Termez 1936
    Maquiladora - Song 26
    Buzz or Howl - Sendhe Mortu Chin Rigore
    Earthling Tempel - Celestial Inhabitants of the Sun
    Buzz or Howl - The Sins Of The Flower Are Visited On The Shunned
    Maquiladora - Light of the Rain
    High Mountain Tempel - The Ascended Master (Hang Gliding in Heaven)
    High Mountain Tempel - Fluctuat Nec Mergitur
    High Mountain Tempel - Tempel Walk
    Buzz or Howl - 05 Oct 05
    Buzz or Howl - Sun as the Destroyer of Dreams
    Live version at the Make Room SF 2005
    Maquiladora - In This Life
    Maquiladora - Simply to See You
    Maquiladora with Kawabata Makoto - Nampasen
    Maquiladora Maquiladora - Drunk and Lighting Fires (A Waltz)
    Maquiladora Maquiladora - Ritual of Hearts
    Maquiladora Maquiladora - Ankle
    Maquiladora - Mayday
    Loraine Loraine - Pasqually Old Pasqually

    Beggars - S/T
    by Pierro Scaruffi

    Maquiladora's Eric Nielsen and Bruce McKenzie joined forces with Skygreen Leopards' Glenn Donaldson to form Beggars, whose double-disc Beggars (Lotushouse, 2013) is a tour de force of ecstatic Eastern-influenced freak-folk. Mostly these pieces lean towards the traditional song format, although inevitably deformed by the musicians' pedigrees.

    The ghostly hyper-dilated drones of Ghost Coyote are imbued with quasi-Morricone western-movie guitar twang and even harmonica. The sweet lullaby and the trotting pace of Eureka My Love as well as the romantic honky-tonking Justine (with a refrain a bit reminiscent of Dylan's Blowing in the Wind) hark back to the heydays of country-rock. 2-3-74 Floating evokes the martial laments of the young Neil Young although diluted amid discordant guitar jamming and lulled by waves of funereal vocal harmonies. Berserker's Boogie is a lively and poppy almost-bluegrass tune. They even intone the singalong Queen Anne's Lace with drums, banjo and all.

    Thankfully, the spaced-out yodeling of Lullaby de Bourbon (memories of Aoxomoxoa-era Grateful Dead), the free-form quasi-jazz guitar and vocal interplay of Will We Call It Love, the seven-minute dreaming psalm Big Pink Sun and its sublimely disintegrating coda, remind us of what Maquiladora are best at. The 23-minute Midget Decapitates Clownis an ambitious concerto for suspense and agony. Far from being just a droning piece, it piles up sonic event after sonic event, producing the trancey effect out of a multitude of traumatic sounds. The chirping and tweeting that accumulates half-way into the piece decays into a nervous organic filigree and dies away in the most cryptic manner; one of the high points of Maquiladora's career.

    Earthling Tempel - Pilgrimage To Thunderbolt Pagoda
    by Aquarius Records

    Not sure if this is part 4, or just the first in a new multi part epic, hardly matters, what does matter is, this is another glorious expansive collection of meditative psychedelic abstract dronefolk ambience. Every High Mountain Tempel disc we're reviewed thus far has gotten played to death here, and this one doesn't appear to be any different. Well, at least in that respect. In one distinct way it is very different, HMT are not going it alone this time. They've assembled a pretty impressive collection of sonic alchemists and musical conjurers to help with this ritual, Isis Aquarian from the Source Family, Charles Curtis from La Monte Young's Just Alap Raga Ensemble, and two crews from the UK we've never heard of, Earthling Society and Astarism, but even with all those cooks in the kitchen, HMT and friends have managed to weave another dark minimal masterpiece, all hushed barely there guitar shimmer, drifting whispered vocals, delicate crystalline melodies, dense swirls of piano, warm swells of tape hiss, mysterious voices and field recordings, whirring organ, bowed steel strings... so lovely.

    If the liner notes are to be believed, two of the tracks feature Earthling Society on their own, and those tracks do sound different, much less free and sprawling, a bit more structured, like seventies UK acid folk, swirling and melodic and quite lovely. The final two tracks find the two groups in full on collaborative mode, and the gears shift to something much more space rocky and Hawkwindy, all blissed out and heart-of-the-sun, until the final track which is a strummy, delicate, moody chill out closer, a sort of dour doom folk drift, that makes a perfect ending.

    Super nice packaging, silkscreened oversized 4 panel sleeve, white on black, with the cd-r affixed to the inside. And of course, SUPER LIMITED!

    High Mountain Tempel - The Glass Bead Game by Aquarius Records

    Part three in the ongoing series of limited cd-r explorations from mysterious drone combo High Mountain Tempel, and like the two before it, the band continue to delve into some murky sonic underworld, again presenting loooong songs, each separated by brief sonic interludes, this disc seems feature more actual vocals, the opening track features a processed voice, that sounds a bit like throat singing, or a Speak And Spell, intoning some arcane message, interwoven with long drawn out tones, and a thick ropy buzz, super dark and intense and atmospheric. Elsewhere sampled voices surface, there are bits of chanting here and there, all peppered throughout the disc. But even with the extra voices, the focus here is still on dark, lugubrious, extended dronescapes.

    The sound of High Mountain Tempel is probably closest to Expo '70, as their various permutations of dronemusic seem to have a definite krautrock vibe, that gives the sound a sort of spaced out quality, and a subtle propulsion, but unlike Expo '70, HMT seem to have a distinct Eastern influence, much of the music is meditative and subtly dramatic, a bit soundtracky, and some of it sounds like it could be Japanese. Especially the way field recordings are incorporated into the sounds. Giving everything a definite texture, some of it sounding like it was perhaps recorded live in some hilltop temple. Which we would imagine is the idea.

    Not sure what else to say actually. This is indeed fantastic, brooding and malefic, but also shimmery and dreamy, sonically it has much in common with the first two installments, so definitely check out those reviews to read more about their 'sound'.

    Needless to say, fans of the drone and folks into the current crop of cd-r soundscapers will for sure dig this, but like the other HMT discs, this is more than simple drone music, this is ritualistic alchemical soundwork, one can almost imagine stumbling across a group of cloaked figures huddled around a fire in a forest clearing, tossing various powders into the flames, causing the fire to change color and cast beastlike shadows on the branches above, and this is the sound filtering through the forest like a black moonlit fog...
    SUPER LIMITED of course, packaged beautifully in a foldover silkscreened sleeve, gold metallic on red on the outside, black on red on the inside.

    High Mountain Tempel - A Screaming Comes Across The Sky - The Faultline Scriptures
    by Aquarius Records

    Record number two from this mysterious drone-kraut styled duo. Their last disc was a huge hit around here, so we were pretty thrilled to get our hands on this one, a logical sonic extension of the first, delving deeper into some murky tripped out twilit soundworld.
    The disc opens with shimmering clouds of gongs and cymbals, whirring and sizzling, suspended over a deep distant rumble, a delicate intro to a record at once hypnotic and lovely, dark and dense.

    The record is arranged into three epic tracks, interspersed with short sonic interludes, ranging from field recordings of crickets, looped chants (Elizabeth Clare Prophet if we're not mistaken), spirituals and mysterious liturgical songs, whirring drones, and backwards percussion, but it's the long tracks where the duo get to spread out, let their dense soundscapes sprawl.

    The three long tracks sounds like movements of a greater whole, clocking in at 15 minutes, 11 minutes and nearly 17 minutes respectively, each rife with creepy delayed vocals, churning guitars and smeared chords, roiling muddy whirls, which often dissipate leaving streaks of fragmented melody and haunting slowed down voices. Buried amidst the drones and whirs, are lullaby-like melodies, skittery percussion, streaks of grinding distortion, hidden voices, more field recordings, thick swaths of cavernous rumbles, little bits of electronic glitch and lots and lots of low end buzz.

    Packaged in a fancy navy blue fold over sleeve, screenprinted in white ink, with a photocopied insert with liner notes and song credits.

    LIMITED TO 150 COPIES! Each one hand numbered.


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