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!





 

 

 

 

 

Rare/Collectible San Diego
Jay Allen Sanford 5.30.7

These auctions featuring local music memorabilia took place on eBay over the course of eighteen months. The list - compiled via weekly searches and archiving - represents only a fraction of the thousands of local-centric auctions monitored during this period.

VINTAGE PRINT

A guitar tablature book ("good condition") featuring songs from Stone Temple Pilots' 1992 debut album "Core" was auctioned by a New York based seller, drawing eleven bids before selling for $41.00.

An issue of Rolling Stone featuring blink 182 on the cover and autographed by the band was described by its seller in Atlanta Georgia as "Hand signed, custom framed and acid free double matted 16 X 20 piece.with Tom, Mark and Travis on the front and each of them have signed in bold sharpie." A copy of the band's CD "Enema Of The State" was included in the framed display, which sold for $199.87 and came with a certificate of authenticity from the seller, along with "a lifetime money back guarantee."

The Iron Butterfly concerts at Kaleidoscope in Hollywood on May 31 and June 1, 1968, (with opening acts Life and Things To Come) were promoted with an unusual round-shaped 18 ½" poster, mainly because that club had a circular stage. These posters have been hard to preserve in good condition were never reprinted. According to the auction description, "This is one of the rarest of the Kaleidoscope pieces, if not the rarest. Collectors trying for full sets of the series of posters often come up short on this one. Condition is excellent - there are two fairly light tape stains, one each top and bottom, and several pin holes and scratches throughout plus some tape on the reverse." The seller in West Palm Beach Florida placed an opening bid requirement of $279.00, which is what the poster sold for.

An original sixties concert poster from the San Francisco Fillmore/Bill Graham series (serial number BG141) featuring Iron Butterfly and the Sir Douglas Quintet was said to be a mint condition first printing. "This poster has been in my collection in a sealed box that I got from Winterland Productions in 1980," said the seller of the print, which was illustrated by surfer art icon Rick Griffin and underground comic book legend Victor Moscoso (Zap Comix, etc.). After opening at $48.88, the psychedelic relic attracted eight bidders, who placed ten bids before the auction closed at $191.38.

A 20" X 30" concert poster promoting Cheap Trick at the San Diego Sports Stadium, (August 5, 1979) featured a day-glo cartoon of the band barreling down a city street in a vintage pink and green Chevy, led by a police escort with a logo reading " San Diego 's Finest Get Cheap Trick!" The poster, originally produced by EMI/CBS Records and sent to area DJs and record stores, drew three bids and closed at $356.00.

A concert flyer was auctioned which promoted a 1981 appearance by new wave faves Gang Of Four, backed by then-unknown REM, at the Adams Avenue Theater. The B&W 8 ½" X 11" piece of paper was offset printed with no photo or illustration, only block text letters reading "Tim Maze Presents Gang Of Four with REM Saturday September 11 Adams Avenue Theater, 75 cents, $1.00 at door" along with several ticket outlets listed. "Tim Maze" aka Tim Mays currently owns the Casbah in Midtown. "Slight wrinkle on right edge of flyer, otherwise in great condition," described its seller. Six bids were placed, with the flyer selling for $89.99.

The Burbank-based seller of a 13" X 23" concert poster for a seventies performance by Gino Vannelli, at the UCSD Gym, was unsure of the item's origin. "I do not know the year [of the concert] but judging from the $5 admission price my guess would be 1972 - 1974." Vannelli's first album was released in 1973 but he didn't get any airplay until his sophomore release "Powerful People" in 1974 (the single "People Gotta Move" reached number twenty-two on Billboard's Hot 100 in October and garnered a Grammy nomination). Described as being in "near mint condition," the B&W relic featured a drawing of the Italian disco stud with a huge white-guy afro and wearing what appears to be a Karate uniform. The auction received sixty-one hits, opening at $24.95 and closing at $34.33.

The scan of an Allman Brothers concert poster from September 21, 1979 (San Diego Sports Arena), reveals disco-slickster Boz Scaggs opened the show and tickets were only $5.25, or $5.75 on the day of show - which included parking! The New Jersey seller said "The source is Lelands.com.the chairman is my brother. He has sold me [the poster] at a brotherly price." The poster opened at $9.97, attracting four bids and selling for $20.50.

An opening bid requirement of $7.99 was set for a 16" X 12" concert poster featuring Drive Like Jehu, Deadbolt and Fluf at the Doubletree Hotel in Horton Plaza (October 30, 1993). Said the seller, "This is an original single sheet printed paper poster advertisement (sometimes known as a flyer or print) for a concert movie performance gig by professional musicians at a live music venue that pictures Satan as a winged devil." A photo of the color poster shows the item has some wear and tear, including tack holes, but that didn't deter five bidders from placing eleven bids, with the poster selling for $20.50.

The poster promoting a concert by Drive Like Jehu at Jabberjaw in Los Angeles , August 13, 1993, was illustrated by famed Artrock Gallery designer Lindsey Kuhn, whose underground comic-inspired posters are now highly prized collectibles. Unfortunately, potential bidders couldn't view this art, because the seller in Seattle said "[I'm] trying to post a picture of it but [I'm] having camera problems." A description was instead offered, reading "Yellow and orange op-art-ish dragster design, mint condition." Despite the lack of an item scan, and the seller's refusal to accept online payments, checks or money orders ("bidder pays w/money"), the poster was only on the auction block for one day before someone exercised the seller's "Buy It Now" option and purchased it outright for $45.00.

An auction for "Two Super Rare STP Stone Temple Pilots Tickets" featured "Two tickets for the show that never happened back in 1996," according to a seller in Chicago . "The concert was to be at the Riviera Theater, which is a small club here in Chicago , when Scott Weiland had his drug rehab deal going on with the law and all they originally had like ten small club shows lined up across the country. Well here is the story. I won these off of the local station 103.5 at the time drove downtown to pick them up get back to work two hours later and the show was canceled [when] he got sent to rehab by the judge. These tickets are dated April 26, 1996, general admission ticket numbers 399 and 400, showtime 8 p.m. These are cool as hell and mint!" After opening at $10.00, two bidders fought it out with fourteen bids, before tix for the show that never happened sold for $51.00 (plus $3.00 insured shipping).

Two used ticket stubs from a December 16, 1977, Queen concert at the San Diego Sports Arena represented side by side upper level seats that originally sold for $5.50. "The shorter stub has wrinkles like it was in a back pocket, but second stub is in very good condition," according to the seller in Boise Idaho . Three bids were offered and, almost thirty years later, the pair was worth $36.00 to its buyer.

A 1981 first edition of "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" tells of Cameron Crowe's undercover adventure when, at the age of twenty-two in 1979, he posed as a senior at Clairemont Hight School . The auction opened at $9.99, until nine bids were placed in auction's final moments, driving the selling price to $101.01.

The book "A Whore Just Like The Rest" by former Reader contributor Richard Meltzer was described by its New York based seller as a "pre-read but good condition copy of 'gonzo' music journalist's finest work.some of this stuff is unbelievably funny. He was a friend of Lester Bangs, and his style was just as irreverent." Published by Da Capo in 2000, the book features 575 pages by Mr. Meltzer, tracing his music writing career from 1967 through 1999. Five bids were placed before the hardcover sold for $12.51.

 


    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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