My darling friend Natalie Watson-Webber and I were kicking around the idea of doing a 30 day song challenge based on a Facebook page we were both familiar with.
After some brainstorming/conspiring we thought we should tailor it to San Diego and pick our favorite SD bands. Now, we’ve gone a step further and tied it in with the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. We’ve assembled a rad panel and we’re counting the days til SDMA voting closes. Some of our picks are current nominees and we encourage you to vote for your favorites here. Others didn’t get a nod this year but we hope to see them recognized in the future. (And of course, there’s always write-in votes, right?)
I’m enamored with the diverse group who decided to participate from writers to musicians to music-lovers or some combination of the three. If we can shine a light on our favorite talents, why not do it?
Feel free to leave your pick for each prompt in the comments below… choosing between so many great bands and great songs was not an easy task, but a damn good problem to have. Some are letting their choices stand on their own, others gave a little commentary (us writer types just have to get extra wordy sometimes, ya know?).
We love you San Diego and the music that makes us move. Join us for a 22 day journey and make sure to vote!
And now, please meet our lovely panel:
Jen VT: Yours truly has been running this site for over a year and a half and it couldn’t be a more rewarding labor of love. The rest of the panel are people I’ve met as a result of writing SISD and local community newspaper music pieces. I’m pleased to say I’ll add my first music feature in San Diego CityBeat to my portfolio soon. Hope you enjoy my picks! Keep up with me on Facebook or Twitter.
Natalie Watson-Webber: Natalie Watson-Webber has been a radio geek since she was a child and was involved in radio by age 14 and has no intention of stopping in spite of her mother’s dearest hopes and dreams that she find “proper employment”. Natalie has managed the Promotions and Marketing efforts for many radio stations. She also helmed the reigns of the national radio, MTV and FUSE promotions for the Civic tour for several years and enjoyed making life-long friends with radio peeps nation-wide. Natalie currently is an Independent Media and Marketing Consultant. Having growing up in San Diego she is thrilled to play a small part in the San Diego music scene as both a fan and a consultant,-if asked very nicely ;). Reach out to Natalie on Facebook or follow her on twitter and look for some exciting news coming soon!
Rick Ostop of SDRocknRoll.com: SD Rock ‘n’ Roll is a music blog magazine supporting the San Diego music scene, offering a platform for musicians to promote, discuss, premiere, and champion their music. Since 2010, we have provided in-depth content that gives voice to the artists and their creations. Keep up with SD Rock ‘n’ Roll on Facebook and Twitter.
Andrea Moore: I’m an Oceanside local who discovered the local music scene about 2 years ago. Since then I’ve tried to see as much live music that San Diego has to offer. I also enjoy seeing how many band members I can get to take a pic holding Petey the Prostate.
Paul Moffat of Neighbors to the North: 38 years old. Married with 2 kids. Been playing bass guitar for 22 years. BA English from Northern Arizona. Currently songwriting, lyric writing, & playing bass, synth and backing vocals for Neighbors to the North. I’d like to say that I am a good candidate for this, but even though I go to a lot of shows, I don’t have as much experience with a lot of the nominated bands. I’ll do my best. Oh, and I’m a scorpio. Keep up with Neighbors to the North on Facebook and Twitter.
Eric Blocker of Uniform Victor: Singer, songwriter, guitarist for Uniform Victor. San Diego native, sea captain, father, husband, gardener…I enjoy the great out doors, fine wine, and international travel. I enjoy cooking and I’m a Sagittarius. Keep up with Uniform Victor on Facebook.
Day 1 – Your Favorite Song.
Jen VT: “Never Gets Better” by Dead Feather Moon– I love everything about this song. Singer Justen Berge’s vocals on this are pristine and ethereal. The guitar licks beckon the listener to get cozy with the tune. The layers of this song demand repeat listenings and remind me of DFM’s talent at blending rock with alt-country. When DFM took home Best Alternative Album at the SDMAs last year I couldn’t have been more excited. The close knit group and their family looked pleased beyond belief. I hope they get a repeat this year with their nominee for Best Alternative.
Natalie Watson Webber: “Venus Transit” by Schitzophonics – I’ll let a pro do the honors here: “Pat Beers has managed to turn his Stratocaster into a Jimi Hendrix ouija board. Once the possession begins, the guitar throws itself into a frenzy, which Pat can hardly control. Like a large cat being strangled, it fights back and bites. Pat holds on for dear life, tossing Pat about like a rag doll,…The excellent rhythm sections keeps the supernatural exhibition together, as the shock therapy session continues. Powerful. I love these guys and their energy. Pat’s body being thrown back and forth, he is not under his own control. Move over rover and let Pat Beers take over, or is that Jimi… or Belphegor. Does it make a difference? Same source, just the guitar demons. The man walks with the devil. Caution: Do not stand in the front row when they play. That guitar could fly off the strap an impale you. I’m serious.” Kurt Shellenbach LA Reader 1/13 Wait till he catches them with the addition of new bassist, Tom Lord!!! WATCH OUT!!!
Rick Ostop: “Before the Fall” by The Heavy Guilt* – The first song couldn’t be any harder to choose. It’s like trying to pick my favorite nephew!!! I went with “Before The Fall” because their new record is so strong and “Before The Fall” encompasses everything the Guilt is live. There’s a fury in this song that the band whips up; there’s a vocal that sounds like Erik Canzona is preaching from some rock ‘n’ roll mountain top; and there’s a groove that’s lodged somewhere deep in my psyche and it continues to plague me since the first time I heard this song.
Paul Milichik: “Lame” by SXO.
Andrea Moore: “Do Better” by Chess Wars* – It’s always hard to pic a favorite, but lately I can listen this song all the time.
Paul Moffat: “Kiss You Goodnight” by Nena Anderson* – Oh my god, this song is so good. Amazing melody, and gets me right in the feels every time I hear it.
Ryan Miller: “Super Skeleton” by Cuckoo Chaos.*
Eric Blocker: “Wake to Sleep” by Transfer*. There are so many great bands with great songs. So hard to choose.
*Indicates San Diego Music Awards nominees. Vote here.