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. ♥
Multi-instrumentalist and lyricist for The Heavy Guilt, The Midnight Pine, The Black Sands, and Rebecca Jade and The Cold Fact.
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.
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.