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Acid Mother's Temple at the Casbah
Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Paraiso UFO at the Echo
Acid Mothers Guru Guru - Live at the Casbah
Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO at the Troubadour in LA
Acid Mothers Temple (2)
Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso at the Echo in LA
Acid Mothers Temple Includes MP3 of Pink Lady Lemonade from The Casbah!
Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Paraiso at Spaceland, Wednesday March 23, 2011
AC Newman and Dent May at the Casbah
Adams Ave. Roots Festival
The Album Leaf
Afriampo and Bogulta at Bears in Osaka
Arrested Development at the Belly Up
Astro and Junzo
The Avett Brothers w/ Magnolia Electric Co. at the Belly Up
Bachelorette, Pikelet, Adam and Eves (Adam Powell), and Endless Bummer at the Che Cafe

Eric Bachmann
Bateke Beat at PB Bar and Grill and Winstons
The Black Angels W/ Black Mountain
The Black Heart Procession
The Black Lips w/ Nobunny
The Blood Arm
Buzz or Howl pics from the Alibi
Buzz or Howl at the Casbah
Buzz or Howl pics live at KDVS in Davis
Caribou
Neko Case and Eric Bachmann at The Belly Up in Solano Beach
Cash'd Out at the Belly Up - Pics
Charles Curtis
Charles Curtis and Aleck Karis Play Feldman's Patterns in a Chromatic Field at UCSD
Chimaira and Black Tide at SOMA
Nikka Costa at The Belly Up
Cozy Corner at Dream Street
The Damned pics from SD Show
Deftones at Viejas
DeVotchKa and Eric Bachmann at the Belly Up
DeVotchka and Crooked Fingers
Dinosaur Jr. and Lou Barlow and the Missing Men Belly Up
Django Fest 2009 - The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Forum Theater - Jessica Fichot and Andreas Oberg with Gonzalo Berara
Thomas Dolby (2)
The Donkeys Pics from TNT
Drum Strong 2 Featuring San Diego Taiko and Super Sonic Samba School

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Eagle Rock Music Festival
Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, Titan and Earthless at The Kensington
Earthless and Howlin' Rain at the Casbah
The Editors at HOB
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Belly Up!
eSen and Dusty Rhodes at Scolari's Live Review
Snowden, Malajube, Fifty on Their Heels and The Fascination at The Casbah in San DiegoFischerspooner at House of Blues

Flaming Lips
Glee
Golden Hill Block Party and Monster Bash Photos
Grand Ole Party in University Heights
Grizzly Bear with the LA Philharmonic at Disney Hall
Robin Guthrie and Brendan Perry
Keiji Haino and Two Members of Les Rallizes in Shinjuku Japan
The Head Cat (Lemmy from Motorhead and Slim Jim Phantom from The Stray Cats) and Thee Corsairs - Brick by Brick
Head Cat at the Belly Up
High Mountain Tempel at June Gloom
Hockey Moms at South Park Walkabout
Incapacitants
Indian Jewelry, Residual Echoes, Riververb at Scolari's Office
Jack’s Mannequin – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Japanese New Music Festival 1 2

Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way

K-P
King Sunny Ade
Kronos Quartet w/Tanya Tagaq
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds
Ladytron & Great Northern in Hollywood
Ray Lamontagne w/ Yamagata
Aaron Lewis - 4th and B
Little White Teeth at the Casbah
Little White Teeth at the Casbah
Little World
Lion Cut
Lonsdale w/ Brooks
Mars Volta at SOMA
Massive Attack - Photos
Matisyahu at The Elemental Experience
Metallica at Cox
Miminokoto
Mogwai at the Belly Up
Nas
New York Dolls at the Belly Up Tavern
New York Dolls at the Belly Up Tavern #2
The Night Marchers and the Creepy Creeps at the Belly Up
Nortec Collective
Om at the Casbah
Tara Jane O'Neil pics from The Che Cafe
The Parish and Pony Come Lately Pics from Hotel Utah in San Francisco
Lee Perry pics from 4th and B
Pikacyu-Makoto and Mugu Guymen
Pinback and Mr Tube Pics and Vids
Pistolera Photos from Voz Alta
Prefuse 73
Projekt Revolution at Coors
Psychic TV

Q-Z
Rogue Wave
San Bernardino Smoke Out - Immortal Technique, Slipknot and Deftones

Sea and Cake at The Belly Up
Sessions Fest at Golden Hill Park - The Atoms and MC Flow
Rob Crow, MC Flow and Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects at Sight and Sound
Silversun Pickups and Kite Flying Society
Six Organs of Admittance and Master Musicians of Bukake Pictures
Gwen Stefani
SunnO))), Earth and Weedeater pics from the Casbah
SunnO))), Earth, Weedeater, Wolves in the Throne Room Show Review at the Casbah
The Swedish Models at the OB Street Fair
The Sword at Cox
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists Live at the Epicentre
Tender Buttons and Mr. Tube pics from the Casbah
Richard Thompson at The Belly Up in Solano Beach
Justin Timberlake: Learning to Expect the Expected 2007 FutureSex/Love Sound World Tour @ the Ipayone/San Diego Sports Arena
Tool - Live at Cox
John Vanderslice at M Theory
Rocky Votolato Youtube Instore
Three Mile Pilot at the Belly Up
Todo Mundo - OB Street Fair
Xerox Perform at CHOB
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Eagles of Death Metal, Imaad Wasif, Grand Ole Party
Lamonte Young and the Just Alap Raga Ensemble at the Guggenheim


    Lotus House Records MP3 Sampler
    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.


    Beggars - S/T
    by Naysayer at KFJC

    Released from Lotus House Records, this is psych country/psych folk territory. Heavy on acoustic guitar with background mandolin, organ and lots of harmonies, these songs are about lost relationships, missed chances and old secrets. They sound like they should be sung around the fire pit outside an old shack in Topanga Canyon. Dusty, weedy, afternoon sunlight that blurs the vision. Turn it on, kick back and look directly into the sun. Track 5 of CD B is a 22 minute deep listening style excursion.

    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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