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 San Diego Restaurants You Shouldn't Forget About 8.8.6 Keith Boyd

Who doesn't like going out to eat? I mean, what's not to love? The AC is always on, everyone's nice to you, you always have a full drink, and when you're done, someone else cleans up the mess while you roll yourself out to your car. San Diego has some great restaurants, but all too often, people fall into the rut of the same-old, same-old. In an effort to combat this trend and turn your attention and taste buds towards a new experience, I have compiled this month's list of 10 restaurants you shouldn't forget about.

1) The Big Kitchen: The Big Kitchen has been a part of my life for the last
21 years. Not only do they serve up wonderfully tasty and filling meals, they dish out a lot of love. Owner Judy (the beauty on duty) Foreman is a remarkable human being. She is so welcoming, accepting, and loving that not only do you leave her restaurant with a full stomach, but a full heart. Her smile, singing, and hugs (kisses if you're lucky) are a cornerstone of the San Diego community. We are elevated by the presence of this restaurant.

2) Cafe on Park: The Cafe on Park is like a little slice of San Francisco in San Diego. The contemporary and comfortable atmosphere is an excellent match for the food. The menu is eclectic and fun (Capt. Crunch pancakes!), the wait staff are remarkably helpful and friendly without being too in-your-face. The whole experience is relaxing and delicious.

3) Hodad's: Hodad's is the most quintessential of quintessential burger joints. The atmosphere is Ocean Beach to the extreme. There are old vanity plates from just about everywhere all over the walls. Any remaining space is filled with surfboards and surf memorabilia. The excellent and mountainous burgers and fries are the star attraction, and well worth a visit.

4) Sushi on the Rocks: Sushi on the Rocks is one of the least stuffy, yet upscale, sushi and Japanese places in town. The decor is hip and Asian inspired. Although there are plenty of other choices, the sushi here rules.
They have a wide variety of traditional items (eel, octopus, sea urchin) and wonderfully tasty original creations (the Bruce Lee, the Green Caterpillar).
It's a great place to sit at the bar, have a cold Sapporo, and watch the edible artistry at work.

5) Pei Wei: Pei Wei is one of the gems of the North County. It is a sister restaurant to P.F. Chang's but is more low key. The food is affordable, plentiful, packed with flavor, and served quickly. All ingredients have that tasty snap that speaks of freshness, and there is something for everyone.

6) The Prado: What can you say about The Prado? It embodies so much that is positive about San Diego. It is colorful, eclectic, casual, and delicious. To me, The Prado is a "high dining" experience without too much of the fuss. They have wonderful risotto, excellent sangria, and amazing fish tacos. The setting in Balboa Park can't be beat. In fact, the whole experience feels so wonderfully decadent, that you're surprised when the bill comes that there aren't any extra zeros on the total.

7) Bay Park Fish Company: BPFC is another local treasure. If you live in San Diego and don't in some way partake of the bounty of our ocean, then you are missing out. The owners cook with superb local ingredients and you can also buy fresh fish to go. They use shellfish from the Carlsbad Aqua Farms, and the quality and freshness shine through in their mouthwatering dishes.

8) Saffron: Saffron is one of the most exotic, yet unassuming, restaurants in San Diego. There are priceless Chihuly glassworks peeking out from high niches in the walls, and tantalizing aromas coming from the kitchen. The satay chicken with peanut sauce is a miracle of flavor. Every dish here feels as though it was cooked with care, tradition, and love.

9) Woodstocks: Woodstocks has been a college-area tradition for decades.
Simply put, they make some of the best pizza I've ever had. The tangy sauce and substantial crust are delicious. They do serve other items, but it's the pizza that keeps the people coming back years after graduation from State.

10) The Mission Cafe: The Mission Cafe has something tempting and satisfying for everyone. Breakfast here is a pleasing blend of spicy and sweet. They make their own breads and pastries, so a simple dish like french toast suddenly takes on a life of its own. One caution, this place gets crowded early and stays that way well into the afternoon.

Bon appetite!

    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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