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San Diego Shows–Monday, August 24

August 24, 2009 - 12:43 pm

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PLAN A: Built To Spill, The Prids, Doug Martsch (BTS frontman) DJ set @ The Casbah–We all have them. Those bands that we just don’t get. I don’t like Built to Spill. To me, they’ve always been the poor man’s Pavement. Nor do I understand their appeal. Sure, they have some pretty cool tunes (the dreamy “The Host” off of 2001’s Ancient Melodies of the Future comes to mind), but it just always seemed to me that there were countless other bands (Dinosaur Jr., Camper Van Beethoven, Crazy Horse) doing what BTS does and moreover, doing it better. So why am I making it Plan A? Three reasons: #1: It’s fuckin’ Monday. They’re really ain’t shit else to do unless you wanna head up to Encinitas (see Plan B); #2: It’s fuckin’ sold out which proves to me that the live appeal of this band has surpassed my capacity to understand why it is people like them (I mean, have you heard “Israel’s Song” lately? It fucking sounds like J Mascis joined the Grateful Dead and not in a good way); #3: The Prids are worth showing up early for. While these Portland-based shoegaze-popsters should be mentioned amongst peers like Codeine, Jesus and Mary Chain and even Echo & The Bunnymen, they haven’t really been that big outside of music geek circles (Henry Rollins and Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch are huge fans). Going on nearly fifteen years, the band survived a dreadful van crash on Interstate 5 last year, but bounced back thanks to fan donations and the recently released Dots to Connect tribute album, which includes Prids covers from A Place to Bury Strangers, Autodrone, Helvetica and fifteen other bands. Bummed you don’t have tickets? You can still catch The Prids tomorrow at the Radio Room. It’s going to be a great show and you won’t have to stick around and listen to Built to Spill’s incessant whining and guitar noodling. PLAN B: Linnzi Zaorski @ Calypso Cafe–Jim Ruland wrote a great piece about this locally-tied jazz singer in this week’s issue. A fantastic voice and a fantastic story. BACKUP PLAN: Echo Revolution, The New Up, Jalopy Gods @ Soda Bar–I would say local band Echo Revolution are coming into their own. They play an earnest blend of pop and rock that probably won’t win them any fans amongst the indier-than-thou hipster set who ride their fixed-gears down to the Soda Bar to watch the flavor of the week, but that could be a good thing. This show serves as a single-release show for the lovely “Counterfeit Sunshine” (think Stars meets solo John Doe), and everyone in attendance gets a card to download the song for free. And show up early for Jalopy Gods. I’ve never seen them live, but judging by the strange synthy-psychedelic lounge singing emanating from their MySpace, it’s just a matter of time before the aforementioned hipsters start flocking. 

The Prids

QUICK PICKS: 

Lady Dottie and The Diamonds @ U-31

The Styletones @ Bar Pink

Karaoke @ Radio Room

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  1. David Rolland permalink*
    August 24, 2009 - 6:58 pm 6:58 pm

    Set, who’s this in the video?

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