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Artist Interview: 3/2/2009  

Inside the Mind of Knorphus Zortorch

A year ago, I attended an Ocean Beach art show and ended up buying the painting below for $53. (How that price was named will be explained later) The artist is locally notorious for his tube time at the jetty, and for dropping lyrics at random house parties, but not yet for his art. His name is Knorphus Zortorch. Read More...

Band Interview: 2/16/2009  

Roaming Golden Hill with The Traditionist

In an age of singles and ever shortening attention spans, the art of piecing together a well crafted album is often over looked by the common music fan. From a year's worth of journal entries and random scribblings, Joey Barro has written a batch of songs well worth soaking in. We spent an evening with Joey and his new project, The Traditionist, hiking around Golden Hill before their show at The Habitat. Read More...

Artist Interview: 2/9/2009  

Diana Sudyka and The Tiny Aviary

When we saw San Diego on Andrew Bird's spring tour schedule, we inquired about asking him some questions regarding his music, but ended up being introduced to a wonderful Chicago artist that we hadn't yet heard of. Since Andrew has been in overload with his new record and tour, his publicist had the great idea of referring us to Diana Sudyka, who illustrated the deluxe edition of Noble Beast. We went to her site and became instant fans of her poster work and beautifully intricate nature studies. Since the visual presentation of a record often plays into our overall perception of the music, we were delighted that Diana was kind enough to provide us insight into the visual process that plays an intregal, but less commonly highlighted side of record-making. Read More...

Artist Group Interview: 2/6/2009  

Yeller

Amidst a continual development towards digital production, streamlined reproduction, and efficiency, five Golden Hill artists have come together in an effort to preserve some traditional printing techniques and the process of working collaboratively. Out of living rooms and a garage-turned-studio, Yeller is producing and reproducing works of art using silk-screen, block, hand-cut amberlith, and other print methods. Their goal is to encourage the creative output of each other and the people they live around, and to give people an affordable opportunity to purchase and own art. Read More...

Band Interview: 2/2/2009  

The Paddle Boat

It was a loosely-planned Thursday night and we found ourselves among new friends, sitting Indian-style with paper-bagged 40's in hand. We had only heard about the Boathouse and the music being made by its inhabitants, so we figured that a house show would be a good chance to see what the chatter was about. What we didn't know was that our random jaunt through North Park would lead us to our new favorite band, The Paddle Boat. Read More...