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San Diego Shows–Friday, Jan. 15

January 15, 2010 - 7:46 am

PLAN A, Part 1: AA Bondy, Willy Mason, The Paddle Boat @ The Casbah. Bondy made my list of top albums of the year with the haunting, hellhound-on-my-trail ballads that made up the majority ofWhen the Devil’s Loose. Fellow folkie Mason also wears his emotions on his sleeve, and since this is an early show (6 p.m.), you’ll have time to run to North Park for… PLAN A, Part 2: Imaad Wasif, Vision of a Dying World @ Bar Pink. Wasif is a psychedelic blues shaman we can all embrace (check out Scott McDonald’s feature in this week’s issue). PLAN B: Otis Taylor Band @ Anthology. Ever heard of a blues man who plays banjo? Well, the 61-year-old Taylor takes the instrument back to its roots (FYI, it was originally an African instrument) and makes it sound like it’s used to charm snakes. Trance-inducing instrumentals with a torn-and-frayed voice, this is the type of show that often goes wrongly ignored in San Diego. Don’t make that mistake. BACKUP PLAN: Asobi Seksu, Lady Danville @ The Loft at UCSD. 

OTHER COOL STUFF: 

Snowbirds @ Sushi. Reception for photog Stephen Chalmers’ new series that captures the RV culture of the Southwest desert through portraits of people and the landscape.

Strange Days @ Subtext. See new works by a trio of Los Angeles-based artists: Ken Garduno, Tom Haubrick and Eric Davison. Their works are filled with intrigue, humor and other oddities befitting the exhibit’s title. Local troubadour John Meeks also performs. 

David Swanson @ First Unitarian Universalist Church. Let’s take a look at David Swanson’s résumé: Former communications director for ACORN; former press secretary for Dennis Kucinich’s presidential campaign; former media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association; co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org; creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org; board member for Progressive Democrats of America. That should be enough information for you to decide whether or not to listen to him talk in person about his first book, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union—a look back at the damage caused during the Bush / Cheney years. The talk and book signing is part of the Matters of Controversy speaker series. Donation requested. 

Shaun T. Morgan, El Monte Slim, Honkatonk @ Tin Can Ale House.

Greg Gibson, Erika Davies, The Hundred Days @ Ruby Room.

Laidback Luke, Anthony Ross, Brazzabelle @ Voyeur.

“Feel The Noise” with DJs Gabe Vega & Saul Q @ U-31.

Broken Dreams, Saul Q @ El Dorado. Saul’s gonna be a busy guy tonight (see above). 

Cash’d Out, Graceland @ The Casbah.

Mavis Staples @ Anthology.

Mexico City Rollers, End of Power, The Mundy Nights @ Ken Club.

Get Back Loretta, PAPA, Weatherbox @ Soda Bar.



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