Drove to Oakland. Dimples rocked the troll first. Kyle climbed up on a giant bail of hay and did a sick guitar solo. It was kinda cray. When is this band going to get signed to Uncle Kracker’s label? Jacob (of Extreme Animals) said Mikey (the drummer for dimples) looked like Max Weinberg (member of Conan O’Brien) and Kyle looked like Bruce (member of The Boss). Luckily they took it as a compliment. Seriously, what would Juiceboxxx think of Dimples? I guess we’ll never know.
High Castle played some serious musical music. T’was cool to see old friend Wilson from San Diego on the bass and the drummer laid down some “drum and bass” style riffs.
Andy/A Magic Whistle played again at this show. He did some hilarious post show banter, explaining how merch is sold – I guess you had to be there. His whistling was really on point that night, check out his mic stand if you ever get a chance to see him play! Kyle Swick played next, his spaced out synth jamz were accompanied with a bleeding wash of graphics.
Woke up and my pink eye was in pretty bad shape. Went to the UCSD health center but they turned me away. So I walked to Peet’s coffee and ordered an extra bold freddo. Everybody in La Jolla: make sure to hit up #FreddoFridays at Peet’s, two dollar freddos all summer long. That’s a good deal.
Anyway, went to Wholefoods and bought pink eye medicine and some Wellness Formula (under Greg Fox’s recommendation). Emailed Juiceboxxx to get some advice about dealing with pink eye on tour.
Tried to pick up my business cards that I had ordered in December 2010 from Imprints. They weren’t at the copy place so I went and got a froyo at Yogurtland, extra rainbow sprinkles. As I was walking home I ran in to Andy Puls (frm Neon Hunk/current A Magic Whistle) driving around lost in the maze that is the UCSD campus. I got in his car and took him back to Frankie Martin’s modern crib. We joked about his car getting pink eye and having one pink headlight…it seemed funny at the time. #dark
Frankie and Erik made us some delicious zucchini enchiladas with beans and rice and then we headed over the historic Che Café. This was the home for Drive Like Jehu, No Doubt, Mr. Bungle and even Simon and Garfunkel. A real important “venue” or “space”.
Cool to see so many of the old San Diego heads still holding it down: Sam Lopez, David Barclay, Skinny Greg, Growling Esteban, Boston Tristan, Author and Punisher’s GF, Chris Woo, Dr. Love, and many more.
Bruisecaster opened the show outside in the Che court yard. This band really plays with it’s heart on its sleeve. I was impressed by the direct lyrics and emotional delivery of the vokills.
Andy Puls’ new band A Magic Whistle was sich. The projected video feed back made his poncho look like a living, breathing tie dye. He used “home brewed” electronic instruments playing beautifully orchestrated, harmonically fantastical songs. Has Mammal heard this music? Gary, I think you would really like Andy’s band.
Q.Q. put on Yellow and Black jumpsuits and did collaboration with Wizard Khalifa. I had the honor of turning on the strobe light. I was so nervous I could hardly believe it. But I think I got it right, they were very polite afterwards even if I messed it up. Thank you for not breaking my fragile heart.
Author Punisher played last and it was completely ill. When is Godflesh gonna open for this guy? I mean, he really is the best of the best in this genre. If you like doom or industrial/doom or industrial or music you must check out San Diego’s THE Author and Punisher. Playing on a stool is definitely the new real deal. So hawt!
After the show we got into the Suzuki rental car and drove to Santa Barbara. Stayed in a room with a bunch of bats knocking over a cathedral. Jacob was like, “uh…did they pick this room out specifically for us?”