'I wanted an organized way to document the music I see," says Rosey Bystrak, who chronicles, lists, and discusses all things music and San Diego on her blog, sddialedin.com.
"I'm an Internet addict," she says. "This is not my job, just a hobby, and I do it because I love music, I love shows, and I have some free time to write about it all. I have a full-time day job, and I do not work for any band, management company, promoter, radio station...my opinions are mine and mine alone."
LOCALS DESTINED FOR SUCCESS?
"Grand Ole Party are well on their way. I think Dynamite Walls could have mass appeal. And, if I had things my way, Swim Party would be touring with Arcade Fire. A lot of bands are gonna be mad that I didn't mention them."
LOCAL BAND WITH THE WILDEST SHOW?
"Anytime the Homeless Sexuals play is pretty nuts, but the first time I saw them at the Zombie Lounge, a chick in the opening band peed on Dave Buck. Allegedly. I was at the bar getting a drink, and I kicked myself because I always miss the good stuff."
WHAT'S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?
1. The One AM Radio, This Too Will Pass ("Anyone who loves Elliott Smith should check out this album.")
2. Bright Eyes, Cassadaga ("The alt-country sound of the first single, 'Four Winds,' sucked me in.")
3. Mando Diao, Ode to Ochrasy ("Something about Swedish bands just does it for me.")
4. Youth Group, Casino Twilight Dogs ("They had to cancel their show at the Casbah, but I think the sentimentality in this album is gorgeously cheesy.")
5. Paolo Nutini, These Streets ("In the player because he was recently in San Diego for a private show at the Abbey.")
6. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
DESERT ISLAND DVDs?
"Anyone who has been to my house after 2 a.m. knows that I'm always gonna throw in Reality Bites, Beautiful Girls, or Love Actually. I like the talkie chick flicks, I guess."
FAVORITE TV SHOWS?
"I love really bad reality shows. I watch Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Show and Colbert Report. I wish more people watched Bill Maher because this country seems to lack political discourse. What we're stuck with is Fox News shouting matches."
WORST PICKUP LINE EVER HEARD?
"You don't have enough space on the page. Once, I'd been hanging out with a guy for a couple weeks, and he hit on my best friend in front of me. And he expected a ride home."
BEST NONLOCAL BLOG?
"I love reading Dooce.com. Heather is an amazing writer, and her blog is her income, so I look up to her in a lot of ways."
ARCADE FIRE OR WHITE STRIPES?
"Obviously, Arcade Fire. Jack and Meg never really did it for me. I prefer a ton of people onstage with all kinds of crazy instruments, for a full cathedral sound."
FAVORITE LOCAL EATERY AND BEST DISH?
"Ponce's [on Adams Avenue] number two combo. Two cheese enchiladas, a beef taco, rice, and beans. Nine bucks, plus tax and tip, and the second enchilada makes a great breakfast the next day."
BIGGEST POLITICAL CONCERN?
"With Bush as a president, where can I even begin?"
ADVICE TO CITY GOVERNMENT?
"Let the Chargers go."
SOMETHING ABOUT YOU FEW WOULD KNOW OR GUESS?
"I was class president and a homecoming princess in high school. I actually had to wear a tiara. For a whole week."