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San Diego Shows–Tuesday, August 25

August 25, 2009 - 12:17 pm


PLAN A: Six Organs of Admittance, Master Musicians of Bukake @ The Casbah–I’m still not sure how it’s possible, but even with the lush arrangements and his embrace of more modern-day recording equipment, Luminous Night just might be Ben Chasny’s most depressing album to date. But, really, in a good way. Recording under the name Six Organs of Admittance, the former Comets on Fire guitarist is the best troubadour you’ve never heard of, releasing mostly ignored  guitar-and-voice songs recorded on a four-track Tascam. But, if you read Paul Saitowitz’s great piece on Chasny from last week’s issue, you know that he recently fleshed out his sound a bit more, adding grand orchestral segues and eerie syncopation to the tracks. Plus, and I’m still not sure how the guy manages to do this, he makes his guitar sound sad. Not in that he plays a bunch of minor chords, but rather, you can just hear that sound in there. As if the strings really are channels. The energy running from his mind and into his fingers with every pick and strum. I’m very curious how he’ll replicate this gorgeous sound in a live setting. Oh, and a little disclaimer to The Casbah crowd tonight: Shut the fuck up (see video below). PLAN B: QQC, The Prids, Bestial Mouths @ Radio Room–Man, the fuckin Prids were amazing last night! They stole the show from Built to Spill (well, in my anything-but-humble opinion), and they’re playing again tonight with local new-wavers QQC, who have quickly shaped into the one of the more fun live acts in town. And show up early for L.A.’s Bestial Mouths. Despite their rather metal-sounding name, they play some kind of bastard hybrid of new-wave and noise punk (check out their cover of Blaze Colour’s “Through With Life”) that could either sound amazing live or fucking horrible. But I’m willing to take the chance.  PLAN C: Hairspray Blues, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar–If you like your garage rock like you like your garage (dirty, grimey and filled with scraps from your punk-rock days) then you should definitely check out Hairspray Blues. I can totally see these guys up in Portland, hanging out with Dead Moon and arguing about whether The Misfits’ Walk Among Us or Samhain’s November-Coming-Fire is a better album (in between shots of Beam, of course). Oh, and local rockers Roxy Jones just got back from recording at Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Some guy named Steve Albini runs that place. I think he produced Bush’s second record (thank Todd Kroviak for that reference). BACKUP PLAN: Miss Erika Davies, The Pant Hoots @ Tin Can Ale House

Six Organs of Admittance. Be quiet. Be patient. It’s worth it:


Chris Isaak, Kristina Train @ Humphrey’s Concerts By the Bay

“Rub-A-Dub Tuesdays” with President Brown, Dub Traffik Control DJs @ Belly Up

Gilbert Castellanos @ Onyx Room

“Tiki Tuesday” @ Bar Pink

“Too Cool For Karaoke” @ Ruby Room

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