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San Diego Shows–Thursday, Dec. 10

December 10, 2009 - 7:35 am

PLAN A: The Paddle Boat, Miss Erika Davis @ Sushi Performance and Visual Art. I kinda feel bad for Paddle Boat. It never occurred to me until Matthew Fleischer so succinctly pointed it out in his feature this week, but the band really is hard to pigeonhole. Is it indie-rock? Jazz? Folk? Vaudeville? And while that indistinguishableness isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does make their music a bit hard to market. As vastly talented and catchy as they are, chances are they’ll never have a PR person banging down their door which means they’ll likely never get attention from major media. Whatevs. As is the case with most of the really great bands in this city, the world’s loss is our gain and while I’d love to see them playing a place like Copley Symphony Hall one day, it’s nice to hear their beautiful tunes in much more intimate venues. PLAN B: Census, Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk @ Whistle Stop. If there’s one show this week before which I’d highly recommend burning one, this is it. Census is a local one-man project whose instrumental guitar droning and samples are as good as a contact high (see video below). And show up early for Baby Birds—while listening to the Lawrence, Kan., band, I heard influences like Sigur Rós, Animal Collective and early My Morning Jacket. PLAN C: Felix Cartal, Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur. L.A. label Dim Mak collect up-and-coming electro acts like squirrels collect nuts. Vancouver’s Cartal has already done noteworthy remixes for Britney and MSTRKRFT, and you can expect his forthcoming album to be one of 2010’s biggest releases in the genre. 

OTHER COOL STUFF:

Culture & Cocktails @ San Diego Museum of Art–Experience Picasso, Miro and the amazing new Calder jewelry exhibit with drink in hand and music playing in the background, compliments of DJ Urban Renewal Projekt.

Photo courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York. © 2009 Calder Foundation, New York Photography © 2007 Maria Robledo

Line Shot @ Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla–There are a few Disney parallels to be made to artist Matthew Ritchie’s first feature film, Line Shot. Firstly, the Londoner-turned-New Yorker describes the film as “Fantasia for physicists.” Secondly, the concept—following the evolution of a single particle from sub-atomic state to blade of grass to locomotive train and back—stirs up memories of a baboon lifting a lion cub to the sky. That’s not to say it’ll hold the attention span of a child or anybody without a honed artistic concentration (or a bowl to smoke), as the film is largely flickering visuals and text-fragments read aloud. And while you’re there, be sure to check out Ritchie’s work in the fantastic Automatic Cities exhibition. We sent one of our most picky critics and he was quite pleased with it. 

Film still from Line Shot (2009) by Matthew Ritchie. Courtesy of the artist.   

Northern Towns, Prosthetic Arms @ Ruby Room.

Joanie Mendenhall @ Riviera Supper Club.

The Dollyrots, Due of the Century @ Bar Pink.

The Vaginals, Reverend Mothers @ Tin Can Ale House. 

Hypnotic Odyssey, Skyline Union, The Earful @ Beauty Bar.

“’80s and ’90s Hip-Hop” feat. DJs Artistic & Cros 1 @ U-31

JD Combs and the Soulstealers, Inside Switch, Stoneface Cowboys @ Brick by Brick.

Brett Dennen, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals @ House of Blues.

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