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 Places in SD You Shouldn't Forget 7.17.6 Keith Boyd
San Diego Rules! Okay, okay lots of cities can lay claim to that. I know, I know New York rules! San Fransisco Rules! Hell I guess even Chicago rules!
But hey, I don't live in any of those places. I live in San Diego and for the last 22 years I've found out many of its' hidden and amazing places. I guess what gives San Diego such variety starts literally from the ground up.
In terms of geography we're pretty blessed. We've got the ocean, deserts, mountains, canyons and rivers. In amongst all of this are great natural micro-climates that have produced amazing plant communities. Then there is the man-made San Diego. Not taking into account the recent overdevelopment of areas such as Poway, Eastlake and the SD Bay waterfront, there are some really beautiful and smallish communities. I''m thinking of OB, Kensington and South Park in particular. San Diego also boasts a great climate. For most of the year we range between 60-80 degrees and that's just good people living weather. So in light of my love for this city (and county) I'm presenting this month's list.

1. Queen Califia's Magic Circle : Designed by Niki de St. Phalle this homage to the mystical backstory of the land of California is just amazing. The fact that it's in a dry and dusty park in Escondido just adds to the charm.
It's hard to desribe what the magic circle is. It's part sculpture, part amusment park. Perhaps it' s best described as amn interactive mythilogical environment.

2. Sunset Cliffs: Go to the Olive Tree market  get yourself a sandwich and head out to the cliffs in OB for a sunset picnic. From the waves to the surfers to the fishing boats to the GREEN FLASH this is what San Diego is all about. Through the years I've seen these cliffs slowly weather and change. They are always interesting and inspiring.

3. Swami's Beach: At the Southern end of Encinitas is Swami's beach. named for the nearby Self-Realization Fellowship's founding guru, this beach is haven from the SD county beach. There are no bars, cheap restaurants or rentals joints anywhere. In fact the steep stairs tend to discourage musch visitation from crowds as well. That's the charm of this place. It is awash in good vibes and uncluttered by typical beach town nonsense.

4. Mount Soledad: Forget the whole cross/war memorial gig. haven't we San Diegans wasted enough time, money and energy on that one? Come here for the 360o view. It's an awesome spot. On clear days you can see from Tijuana to Catalina. The air is always fresh on Mount Soledad and to watch the coastal clouds slowly swarm in and lap up the sides of the hill is a wonder to behold.

5. Spruce Street Suspension Bridge: Located between Hillcrest, Downtown and Banker's Hill this bridge is just a trip. The 1st time I saw I couldn't believe that some government agency hadn't come in and shut it down for being too much fun. Standing mid-span on a windy day in a true surround sound/3-D experience.

6. Balboa Park: I couldn't narrow down one aspect of the Balboa Park so I'm including the whoile thing. From the hiking/mountain biking trails along the West side to the Koi pond at the Japanese Garden. From the various water fountains lit at night to the wild mushroom risotto at the Prado. Balboa Park has it all. Go their on Earth Day to play drums with 100 or so fellow freaks (see you there!). Go there to check the art. Go there on Mother's Day for a picnic and Frisbee toss. Balbos Park is the living, breathing heart of this city.

7. The Silver Strand: This strip of land between South Bay and Coronado is a seldom visited treat. For a bike ride, run or roller skate session it offers beautiful views and cool breezes. Amny a Sunday you'll find my family simply driving up and down it a few times enjoying some good music and each other's company.

8. Cowles Mountain: The whole Mission Trials Park is a jewel but Cowles is an extra special place. The view from the top is exhilirating and worth the effort. Cowles provides many things o many people. For some it's a trail running challenge, for others it's an introduction to hiking with some elevation gain. For whatever reason it's just a beautiful place to visit and a welcome touch of nature in the city.

9. Descanso Falls: Way out East on the way to Cuyamaca State Park is the little town of Descanso. Just past the town proper is the hike that leads to the falls. While these falls aren't enormous they offer a little swimming paradise in the backcountry. In fact I reccomend checking out "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County" by Jerry Schad as a guide to other falls and swimming holes.

10. The Badlands in Anza-Borrego: Wow! It's hard to give an accounting of this area. There are view points that look out ove rthe whole thing and those views ar hypnotic. Imagine those drippy sand castles you made when you were a kid. Now blow that up to monster size and extend it for miles on end and maybe you'll get the picture. Visit in the Spring for the added bonus of wildflower viewing.

     So there it is folks! If I've missed one of your favorites PLEASE email me . I always love learning more about this diverse and fun place we live in.
If you're an out of towner use this list to stray beyond the Sea World/Zoo routine and get a real sense of why San Diego rules!

BSD Ten Places in SD not to Forget

1. The OB pier. It's the longest pier on the west coast
2. Mount Helix. Watch the storms come in from the top of this peak you can drive to the top of.
3. Hillcrest. Check out the food at Taste of Thai and the drinks at Nunu's
4. The San Diego River. Walk it in Mission Trails park or as it enters the beach in OB
5. The Presidio Mission. It's right there in Mission Valley. Have a picnic, take the kids.
6. The runway at Lindbergh field. Or, the parking garage at Laurel and Kettner. Park your car and watch the planes take off.
7. The Cabrillo Monument. Check out the views of the city and sea from a different perspective.
8. La jolla Cove. Brave the rich folk and swim out to the buoys
9. Mission Bay Dinosaur Park. Take your kids to a place you can play to. right off of Sea World Dr and the 5
10. Julian. Have a coffee and a pice of apple pie. Wait until it snows, it's more fun.

10 Movies you shouldn't forget about

    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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