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22 Day Song Challenge – Day 18: A Song That Makes You Laugh

If you need to catch up on what it is we’re doing here check out the post from Day 1 and meet our panel of rad here. Or click on their names below to see their band page or stalk them on social media. They like that.

Feel free to answer each prompt for yourself in the comments below. We love to hear about as many genres and bands as we can all around town. The only rule is you must use San Diego musicians/bands. To make it extra challenging try not to repeat a band as the days go by. If you want a look at the full list drop me a line. And you can view previous days and compare your answers here.

P.S. Lots of our picks are up for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards so don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

Here we go:


Day 18 – A Song That Makes You Laugh

Jen VT: “There is No God” by Mrs. Magician* – From the title to the lyrics – this one makes me giggle. The “la la la” accompaniment to the tongue-in-cheek chorus make it especially fun to toe-tap to this one.

Natalie Watson Webber“Riding Along” The Mittens – The song doesn’t make me “LOL” it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.  While drummer Tyler Shimkus, keeps the band on-track, the tree part harmony between  Ramona Mitten, Paul Mitten and Lia Mitten just make me feel like I stepped outta an episode of The Brady Bunch (one with music cause those were the best hands-down!) and into a bright and colorful episode featuring The Mittens!  The music is infectious, catchy and positive.  Perfect for the mid-century vibe that The Mittens so thoroughly personify.  “Riding along on a clear bright day, /Can’t say what it is about you that makes life OK.  But here we are in the sun, and I’ll say that I love you./You’re the only one that I want to see, /When the whole world comes crashing in on me./I’m in a rut, but it’s a rut with you, and I love you /Your kisses help me forget all the pain of living./Your kisses help me forget what life was like without you./Your kisses help me forget… /I know they say that nothing is free,  But I’d give up everything to have you with me./You’re my best friend, and I know that it’s true, and I love you.” Check out all the special goodness that is The Mittens on their facebook page here their cuteness is unparallel,-don’t say you weren’t warned.Like ‘em on Facebook and listen to them on Reverbnation.

Rick Ostop“Bloody Knuckles and A Hickey” by Low Volts* – Tim Lowman’s  twisted tale of a one-night-stand-gone-wrong is vintage hilarity. The slinky slide guitar riffs he buck shots all over shape this dirty blues song, ideal for singing about his “skin deep souvenir.”

Andrea Moore: “Norman Bates” by The Burning of Rome* -. The song and the video are so darn quirky. I giggle every time!

Paul Moffat“Ballad of an Onion Sprout” by Burning of Rome* – This song has been on this panel’s list plenty of times, and each panelist just loves it.  Me?  the song drives me nuts.  Musically, it’s perfect.  A gloriously off-kilter piece of instrumentation.  But, it’s a song about an onion sprout.  I don’t get it, and that’s okay.  It makes me laugh because of the frivolous eccentricity of the theme, and because confusing things make me giggle.  I still love the band.  And, yes, I read the lyrics and know it’s a love song or something and it’s a metaphor that you have to really dive into to understand…let it go.

Ryan Miller: “I Just Wanna Dance” by  AfroJazziacs*

Eric Blocker“Kamikaze” Teenage Burritos* – First of all, the name of this band is funny. I dig the retro sound. They could sing about the A bomb and still bring a smile to your face. Think of a cross between The Dead Milk Men and The Ronettes.

*Indicates San Diego Music Awards nominees. Vote here.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

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