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MVM : M. Ward

M. Ward has spent the last couple years backing Zooey Deschanel in She & Him, while his solo project sat on the shelf for a bit. She & Him is lovely and all, but let's be serious - M. Ward released Post-War, one of my favorite records all of time. Needless to say we were excited to hear that M. Ward will be making a trip down to San Diego in between his two Coachella performances. On Monday, April 16th the Belly Up will host this rare performance on the heels of his new release A Wasteland Companion (due out April 10th on Merge Records).

Grab your tickets to the show here, and check out M. Ward's newest single "The First Time I Ran Away" below:

Posted By zack | 2/20/2012 | 7:15 PM | View Comments (2)

Art As A Weapon : Update From Burma

Early last month, San Diego based Breadtruck Films set out to make a street art documentary which many of you helped fund via Kickstarter. Inspired by Shepard Fairey's 30 foot mural of a Burmese monk in Southpark, the team decided to travel to the town of Mae Sot on the Thai/Burma border. A three-man crew set out to uncover the story behind Shepard's mural, while exploring Buddhism, Burma and how street art could change the world. They met with monks, artists, students, and underground revolutionists. After 19 days of graffiti, hiding from the Thai police, cheap street food and beer, they headed back to San Diego with over 100 hours of footage that is now being cut into a feature length documentary.

Check out some stills from their trip below, and follow Art As A Weapon here.


Posted By zack | 2/16/2012 | 10:32 AM | View Comments (1)

Bowerbirds : New Record, Casbah Show

Almost two years ago exactly, Bowerbirds played an intimate set to a packed house at The Loft at UCSD. Touring on their sophomore release, Upper Air, the North Carolina folk act was definitely making a name for themselves at the time, but still on the brink of being 'full time musicians'. I had the chance to chat with Phil and Beth after the show, hearing about their plans to build a cabin in the woods, while picking up some freelance graphic design and other odd jobs to get by. As the mini-doc below portrays, the cabin has come along nicely, but not without some trials along the way.

As Bowerbirds return with their third record, everything is more polished and professional, from the production and the complex, layered songs to the general outlook on the band. Beth relayed in an email "we're trying to actually not lose money on this band, for once." Recorded at Bon Iver's Wisconsin studio, and at home in North Carolina, The Clearing leads off with the two stellar tracks below. Have a listen, and be sure to grab tickets now for their show at The Casbah on Sunday, April 8th. You can also pre-order Bowerbirds' new record on sleek white vinyl here.

Bowerbirds - "Tuck The Darkness In"

Bowerbirds - "In The Yard"

Posted By zack | 2/13/2012 | 1:19 PM | Add a Comment

The Vision of a Dying World : Last Show

The Vision of a Dying World began with two brothers, both bursting at the seems with creative energy that was smothered by Sin City. Moving out to San Diego with their child hood friend Jeremy Scott, Jackson and Keith Milgaten soon met drummer and artist Jona Tellez-Giron. The four of them rounded out Vision's live band for the next few years, playing countless SD shows and touring the West coast and Southwest.

In the latter half of this past decade, each of the four members started to focus on various side projects -- The Paddle Boat, Jamuel Saxon, Falling Trees to name a few. Jackson would occasionally be lured to play a solo Vision set, but has mostly focused on Cuckoo Chaos the last couple years. What will end up being the band's last full line up show is documented below: Night one of Four Day Weekend in 2010 at Sushi Art.

Tonight, Jackson and Jeremy will close Vision out in style with a stripped down set at Luce Loft in San Diego's East Village. Doors at 7pm, Vision goes on at 8pm, followed by NO from Los Angeles. The show is ALL AGES and $5 bucks.

The Vision of a Dying World - "Mantra / What Is And What Is Not"

Posted By zack | 2/10/2012 | 10:45 AM | Add a Comment

James Mercer (The Shins) @ Croce's

I've been obsessed with The Shins, and specifically James Mercer's infectious melodies and song writing for over a decade (pre-Garden State (2004), try Shelter (2001)). So when I heard that he played a short acoustic set on 5th Ave. Monday night, I was dismayed. Luckily Chris Cantore was there and snagged a great video of The Shins' brand new single "Simple Song". Needless to say, I now follow KPRI on Facebook.

*Update* James Mercer also popped into 91x to record the acoustic set below.

Posted By zack | 2/8/2012 | 2:40 AM | Add a Comment