With so many great musicians and projects coming out of San Diego, I decided to put together a little guide to giving San Diego Music for everyone on your holiday shopping list. There’s a bit of something for any music-loving recipients to shop for (I hope).
Beyond the Lights by Nena Anderson (signed copy with a logo decal gift-wrapped in handmade felt envelopes by the songstress herself!)
Who you’re shopping for: Aunt Susie who has a penchant for bourbon and bad boys, fans of pure vocal ability, or anyone who needs a good ol’ fashioned crush on a sweet gal.
Style: Americana, folk-y, country-tinged, classic- feel.
The Styletones by The Styletones
Style: Old-school soul.
Who you’re buying for: Your granddaddy who still grooves, fans of music you can dance to, or anyone with a record player.
Love Have Mercy by Old Tiger
Style: Retro, surf-rock-pop.
Who you’re shopping for: Your vinyl-collecting dad, fans of sock hops, and folks who like to get back to basics.
Third Album Presale for The Heavy Guilt’s upcoming release
Style: Indie-rock, alternative-rock, basically rock with something special added in.
Who you’re shopping for: Your BFF Marni who loves local music, fans of experimental indie-rock with bitchen lyrics, or me.
How much and where to buy: $10. Order this baby right here… no muss, no fuss and you can support an album-in-the-making. I love the interwebs.
Any studio compilation by The Lost Ark Studio
Style: All over the map: jazz songs, twangy country numbers, hard rock, indie-alternative, etc, etc.
Who you’re buying for: Your hard-to-buy-for-brother, music fans with eclectic tastes, and anyone you don’t wanna spend money on.
How much and where to buy: $0. Download here and hand your lucky recipient a flash drive or burned CD. Or just send them the link, but where’s the fun in that?
Old Blood by John Meeks &
From My Grave by John Meeks and Joanie Mendenhall
Style: Alt-country, soulful twang.
Who you’re buying for: Your cousin Donny who still has a Willie Nelson bandana from a concert circa 1979, fans of real country music, or yourself.
How much and where to buy: $11 total – $7 for Old Blood, $4 for From My Grave. Buy both online here. Seriously you need both.
“+/-“ by The Paragraphs
Style: Rock ‘n’ roll tinged with pop.
Who you’re buying for: Fans of fast-paced rock ‘n’ roll with stellar vocals, my mom (no seriously, “Trash Talk” is her favorite song right now, or anyone who needs a good ol’ fashioned crush on some sweet guys.
Tickets and a hotel room for NYE at The Lafayette Hotel featuring Little Hurricane, Get Back Loretta, Shake Before Us, The Creepy Creeps and more.
Style: A bit of SD’s finest – a blues-rock duo, a pop ensemble, southern-tinged rock ‘n’ rollers and all kinds of in-between.
Who you’re buying for: Your newly single sister who needs to dance her way to 2013, those looking forward to the end of the holidays (i.e. everyone), or party people who want a cushy spot to pass out after the party.
How much and where to buy: All pricing info for tickets and hotel packages here.
Happy Holidays San Diego Music-Lovers!