Leave a comment

7 Days of Soundsmas in San Diego – Day 1 featuring Al Howard & Paul Moffat

In honor of the holiday season I posed a question to some of my favorite musicians, writers, and fans in the San Diego music scene:

What gift would you like to give to which San Diego musician, or band, and why?

I present to you, starting today, the 7 days of Soundsmas in San Diego. As is common with this type of thing the answers run the gamut from insanely funny to wildly creative to deeply poignant. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed compiling them. Take a look and feel free to leave your own gift ideas in the comments below (most creative comment will win a prize!)

Also click around the links of our panelists and their gift recipients. So many good musicians represented- find your new favorite!

Happy holidays to all my readers- may your year’s end be filled with love, laughter, and music. 


Al Howard

Multi-instrumentalist and lyricist for The Heavy GuiltThe Midnight PineThe Black Sands, and Rebecca Jade and The Cold Fact.

12 Days of SoundsmasAL

I’d buy Brian Holwerda  (Blackout Party) and Matt Molarius (Transfer) some high heels cause obviously those dudes aren’t tall enough, then they’ll be able to get all the cats out of trees.

I’d get Megan Liscomb from Boy King a cat calendar, probably featuring a bunch of cats saved by the previous two dudes.

I wouldn’t get Erik Canzona (The Heavy Guilt) anything cause he gets to both be in a band with and live with me and what more gift could you possibly want.

I’d get handsome Tim Lowman (Low Volts) a normie mask so he could walk around and know what it feels like to not be able to pay for his coffee with a smile.

I’d get John Meeks an El Zarape gift card cause I like that dude.

I’d get Drive Like Jehu a gig cause I’d like to watch that shit.

I’d get Greg Peters (Dead Feather Moon) some 32″ 34″ pants cause I know how hard they are to find.

I’d get Little Hurricane a TLC Waterfalls 12″ ’cause we had a moment.

Though I’m on record store wages, so realistically it’s cards for everyone.


Paul Moffat  

Bassist for Neighbors to the North.

If I could ever find two, and if I could ever afford them, I would give vintage Hasselblad 500C’s with Mamiya Leaf Aptus II-12 80mp digital conversion kits to Paul Ryu and Kara Peterson.


Also known as Paul Mitten, guitarist for the band Mittens, Paul and Kara are currently among the vanguard of photo-documentarians of the San Diego underground indie and rock music scene.  Avid supporters of a very wide spectrum of artists, their portraiture have become the de facto and many times only record of many amazing shows.  Their eyes and techniques are improving exponentially, as a cursory review of the concerts of 2013 will reveal – yet it is their enthusiasm and willingness to memorialize fellow musicians, which are their greatest attributes.   Without these two, too many shows might only be remembered through grainy, out-of-focus phone grabs; poorly-filtered and poorly-framed with undiscerning eyes.  Of course, the Hasselblad 500C isn’t the most practical for from-the-pit stage shots, so I might also have to get them matching Nikon D4’s with satchels full of lenses and memory cards.  I should get a kickstarter kickstarted.


Stay tuned for more gifting tomorrow with posts from two of my favorite local music podcasters. 

For more interviews, song obsessions, and musical musings with Sounds in San Diego follow along on Facebook or get tweety with us on Twitter.


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.

Sound Off!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: