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?
The 7 days of Soundsmas in San Diego continues (click here for past days). Just a few days left… be sure to leave your own gift ideas in the comments below for a chance to win a super special Sounds in San Diego prize.
DJ Brother Darkness and founder of San Diego Mixtape Society
For Jake Najor (Lord Howler, The Styletones, Chess Wars) & Dustin Lothspeich (Boy King, Chess Wars, Diamond Lakes, and Old Tiger): for their bands to become so successful that by fall 2014 I’m in the back of a sold-out show rolling my eyes dismissively and sniffing “You know, I was into these guys before they sold out”.
For Josh Damigo to release an EP of all acoustic vintage hip-hop songs that propels him to viral ubiquity.
For San Diego to get a real jazz club with Anthology & Croce’s closing.
And an all-vintage hip-hop radio station.
And a festival…maybe of assorted sounds…in San Diego…ah, that’ll never happen. OR WILL IT?!
For a downtown nightclub — any will do — to play anything that’s not EDM on a Friday or Saturday night.
And for The Frights to knock off that noise and go to bed! It’s a school night for crying out loud! (Ah, I’m just kidding. You guys rule. But the next time a Nerf football gets on my lawn I’M CUTTING IT, YOU PUNK KIDS! *shakes fist*)
Independent consultant & San Diego music super fan
Santa Claus Is Coming To SD
You better watch out/You better not cry/You better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to SD!
I’m helping with a list/I’ve checked it twice/I know who’s been naughty/ But I gotta admit it I also dig it when you’re not tooooo “nice”!
Santa Claus is coming to SD!
I know when you shoulda been sleeping but we had way more fun being awake/Sometimes being “bad” means good so let’s just be bad,-Cause that’s first rate!
For Shake Before Us: An autographed copy of “Every Picture Tells a Story” by Rod Stewart to hang in their practice room for inspiration and smiles all ‘round.
For Tom Lord (Duping The Public, Schitzophonics, The Nformals, and Badabing) AKA the Hardest Working Dude on the #SDMusicScene: A trip to the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland where the famous Dolly the sheep was cloned successfully in 1996. Reasons for this are obvious: Tom is rad and the world would simply be more rad with a “Tom-Tom (AKA Tom Two)”, and “Tom-Tree( 3)”. Just think how elated the original Tom would be were he not running hither, thither and yon from one show (or band practice) to another,-heck Tom “The Lord” (as the original Tom should be referred to) with free time could be a dangerous thing. He could indulge in frivolous activities such as: eating, drinking, sleeping and other such trivial pursuits. Merry Navidad my friend and don’t forget your kilt in Scotland.
For Uniform Victor: A time machine (or to my Whovian Pals a “TARDIS”). These guys are BUSY, they understand that time really isn’t completely linear, and it’s called the present cause it really is a gift. For those of you who aren’t in Uniform Victor, three bands, raising a wonderful precocious toddler or desperately trying to finish your degree while working at the same time, carry on a proper grown-up job while being in a band (or three), or if ya just haven’t seen “Blink” from Doctor Who…Check it:
“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff”
Carry on my Loves and I can’t wait till you lay down some tracks and we all get gifted to another UV show again (ASAP y’know all things considered.). MWAAH!
For Pat Beers (Schitzophonics): The Stickiest Substance on Earth, which according to LiveScience is actually bacteria! “The tiny water bacterium Caulobacter crescentus secretes a sugary substance so sticky that just a tiny bit could withstand the pull from lifting several cars at once. With an adhesive force of nearly five tons per square inch, this “glue” is one of nature’s strongest.” #ImThinkingGuitarStrapJustASuggestion Several cars may be able to stick together,- but have they been through Hurricane Beers? I think not. ‘Prolly won’t work but it’s worth a go.
For Gone Baby Gone: A gig as the “house band” in the “Teen Beach” movie sequel. Reasons for this are clear: 1) It would make the movie watchable for the masses. 2) Dizzy would never run out of cute boys to look at.
For Gloomsday: This is a tough one, but inspiration finally struck when I saw Justin’s “rig”/”board” or whatever the technical term is for whatever the magical thing is that keeps all his effects peddles together. Justin needs a special Gloomsday Anti-Blinged out case with wheels that matches its beauty on the outside as well as what it holds on the inside.
For The Frights: All those boys get fake (but super high quality) IDs so they can enjoy shows at venues *after* they’ve played, this is purely for their musical education and the broadening of their horizons of course.
For The Touchies: “Guest start” spots on the TV show The Groovy Goolies, who inspired one of their favorite bands the Groovie Ghoulies. The Touchies do a killer cover of the Groovie Ghoulies’ “(She’s My) Vampire Bride) among their many other rad tunes.
For Mittens: A meet/greet and recording session w/ Susanna Hoffs, formerly of the Bangles & Matthew Sweet, amazing guitarist outta Athens Georgia circa REM days (and still records and tours – BTW shows at Belly Up 1/2/14 but I digress..) Hoffs, a major influence on the Mittens, & Sweet do amazing albums of covers from the ‘60’s & ‘70’ called Under The Covers (1 &2 if you wanna pick ‘em up). I would love to hear an original (or 12) from this line-up,-Meow-y Christmas to all of us!
For Neighbors To The North: What else to get these guys but their own Microbrewery? They can get things going from start to finish, The Amazing Mr. Katz can then implement a vegetarian menu for the on-site restaurant where there will also be a killer venue suitable for rock shows of course!
For Dirty Sirens, Cuckoo Chaos, The Filthy Violets, SXO, Grand Tarantula, Mrs. Magician, and The New Kinetics: A defibrillator and whatever else y’all need from the crash cart – heck I’ll even throw in some CPR if it’ll help. #IMissYouAll
And for Fans of #SDMusic: A Transporter. Nerdy, sure, but admit it that would be super handy when there’s multiple bands at different venues that you really, really really, wanna see. It would make all that decision making stuff inconsequential. *Bonus gift for those of you who were really good “On The List” at all your favorite spots for all of 2014,-more dispensable income for your other pursuits at these fabulous locations! Now get out there and have fun being naughty and nice! XOXO ❤ -natalie