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!







Let's face it; along with the many gems out there, we are surrounded by junk. There are crappy bands, terrible coffee houses, lame restaurants, bunk movies, awful places and generally a lack of quality. This pervasive atmosphere of junk leads many to operate with a sense of lower expectations. As my old friend Al Hansen used to say when confronted with any sub par situation, "Keith, when you lower your expectations, a whole new world awaits." Well, that may work for one person's desperate inner martyr but, come on, life is too short! With this in mind I've decided to provide a primer for all of you seekers of experience. Each month I'll take some topic and compose a list of 10 examples that shouldn't be overlooked or forgotten. Many of these things won't be new. They may also be local to San Diego . If you live here, great! Use this list to experience some parts of your hometown you either didn't know about or had forgotten. If you don't live here, come visit some time! Either way, not to worry as most of the lists will focus on stuff available everywhere. With that being said I hope you find the time to tune in every month and check it out. This month's topic is, 10 MOVIES YOU SHOULDN'T FORGET ABOUT.

  1. In the Heat of the Night : This movie has it all! Racist cops, chase scenes, nympho-hillbilly women and a few amazing character studies to boot. The righteous Sidney Poitier plays Virgil Tibbs, "They call me MR. TIBBS!" and is generally on fire from the get go. He is a big city detective who gets mixed up in a small Southern town murder. He is of course the only one with the skills to figure the whole thing out and he is beset with problems from every side as he attempts to do so. Rod Steiger plays Police Chief Bill Gillespie and he must have owned stock in a gum factory as he chews it from the beginning to the end. The movie also has an awesome soundtrack and Ray Charles theme song. Given the 1967 release of this movie they were tackling, in an unflinching manner, some very topical, hot-button themes.
  2. Taxi Driver : What can you say about this movie? Let's just start with Travis Bickle. The mowhawked, taxi driving, gun wielding vigilante that this movie revolves around is amazingly acted by Robert De Niro. He gives us the classic line, "You talkin' to me?" and just rivets your eyes to the screen as he slowly descends into madness. The story is about Bickle, a Vietnam vet, who drives a cab and fantasizes about (then acts on) cleaning up the crime and politics of New York City . Ultimately this movie is a portrait of a particularly American version of loneliness and alienation. We're confronted with how even in our most crowded cities; many people have no one and nothing to hold on to. It is also a parable of misguided idealism.
  3. El Topo : The first thing I want to tell you about this film is that if you choose to watch it be prepared. What with the blood and naked malformed dwarves it can be a lot to take in. El Topo is director Alejandro Jodorowsky's psychedelic/spiritual western. The plot is about a gunfighter and his son and well, it's really hard to say what else it's about. The visuals of this film are captivating and stunning. You can't turn away. Rather than a traditional plot line arc this film is more concerned with spiritual truths. An amazing feast for the eyes and a strong visionary experience.
  4. Mediterraneo : An absolutely charming film. This movie has an emotional lightness that never descends into the sappy. It concerns a misfit platoon of Italian soldiers during the waning days of World War 2. They end up cast shore on a remote and beautiful Greek island and there the fun begins. At first they are adamant about maintaining their military routine. Once they discover that the island is actually occupied however, they slowly drop the routine and assimilate into the village. As the film moves different characters have a chance to develop parts of their personalities and pursue activities such as fresco painting and poetry. The light touch gives this movie an easy and seductive brilliance.
  5. Rear Window : Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock. Enough said!
  6. Being There : Peter Sellers is amazing as the Zen style holy fool Chance or Chauncey Gardener. This film shows us a portrait of the lengths people will go to when trying to assign a meaning to everything they encounter. Chance is a "simple" gardener who's employer has died and as he leaves the home where is has lived and been sheltered his whole life, he encounters the greater world. He bounces from one mishap to the next and in the face of every corrupting influence in society maintains his gentle and calm approach to life. His simple utterances about gardening are mistaken for a philosophy of life and he slowly becomes a member of Washington , D.C. 's power elite. The ambiguous nature of Chance is a major element of the story. Is he a philosopher, a saint, mentally retarded or an angel? Perhaps he's all of them rolled into one?
  7. Seven Samura i : In 1954, Akira Kurosawa made film history with Seven Samurai. Everything about this film is just terrific. The film lasts around 3 1/2 hours, and every minute of it is unbelievable filmmaking. Kurosawa's blend of stellar craft, captivating cinematography, ravishing art direction, and unforgettable characters makes this one of the most intelligent films ever made. The first hour is devoted to developing and fleshing out the characters that inhabit the film throughout. While watching, the audience cares for, trusts, mourns and ultimately believes in every character. Samurai set up the way that many action films are made today; films like Predator and Alien still work within its boundaries. Many of the Clint Eastwood 1960's Westerns used this film as a template. The battle scenes are terrific and the fast-paced editing is ground-breaking. If people have a problem with subtitles and long movies, then see this and your opinions will change. Also, if you have a problem with subtitles and long movies, get over it! Most of the world doesn't speak English!
  8. The Godfather : This is one of the all time great films! It has been such a cultural touchstone for so many years that most people feel they have seen it even if they actually haven't. That is a pity because it is simply a wonderful movie. The cast, the script, the cinematography, the music.Everything! Francis Ford Copolla lingers over details and scenes that many directors would cut. These long shots really serve to surround us in the world being depicted. We are presented with a classic story and allowed access to the rich pageantry of the Italian experience in America .
  9. Hud : This is one of those movies that while remaining a small tale of a few individuals manages to tackle larger and more universal themes. Hud is the story of a family of Texas ranchers and the conflicts that tear them apart. It is also a story of the general conflict between older and younger generations. In telling the tale of the Bannon family we are presented with the never ending story of youth and age as they struggles to come to terms with life and choices. Hud is brilliantly played by Paul Newman and his performance leaves one truly pondering the nature of a hero and also the psychology of hero-worship.
  10. O Brother, Where Art Thou ? : I simply love this movie. The Coen brothers retelling of Homer's "The Odyssey" is delightful fun from the beginning to the end. The cast is packed with excellence but perhaps the focal point is George Clooney as Ulysses Everett McGill. The "Dapper Dan Pomade" using ring- leader of a trio of escaped convicts is a universe unto himself. Before seeing this movie (and Syriana) I would have never guessed just how deep of an actor Clooney is. The comedy is both overt and subtle. While this movie comes right out of the box funny, it is also one that tends to grow on people. A visual and verbal treat.

Well, that's it for now folks! I hope this list gives you a few nights of viewing pleasure. Enjoy and remember, in this universe of crap and crème, choose the later.

BSD Ten Films not to Forget

1. Once Were Warriors - Director Lee Tamahori recently picked up in drag for prostitution in LA.
2. Papillion and/or Midnight Cowboy - Dustin
3. Hearts of Darkness - Documentary on the making of Apocalypose Now by Eleanor Coppola
4. Grizzly Man - Werner Herzog and Richard Thompson!
5. The Thin Red Line - ah, the beauty of war
6. Cool Hand Luke - Cool Newman
7. Warriors and/or Escape From New York - adolescent pleasure
8. Country Boys - PBS Documentary, very special
9. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask - Woody
10. Eraserhead - For the soundtrack alone


    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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