X sideshow. Doe, Cervenka, and Alvin kick off one of their infrequent Knitters tours at Belly Up tonight. The cowpunks infuse bluegrass and folk into their trademark punkabilly for something old-timey but timeless. Novel or novelty? Check the takes from 30-year-old debut Poor Little Critter on the Road or sophomore set The Modern Sounds of the Knitters, released 20 years later. Doe: “The Knitters, like their music, don’t do anything hasty.” Our own country skrunks, the Farmers, and Polynesian punks, Cheap Leis, set the Solana Beach stage.... Gary Shuffler and local ‘90s hits Honey Glaze drip their old goo as Stairway to Charo does the “coochie-coochie-coo” at Casbah.... France’s Les Hatepinks play Bar Pink. French punk. Huh. With O.C. nu-wavers the Stitches.... Anna Troy Band and the Old Palominos bring more of the country stuff to Beauty Bar’s backyard.
“El Vez has entered the building.” Gay Elvis impersonator Robert Lopez tours his Greatest Hits show through Casbah Friday night along with the Lovely Elvettes and Memphis Mariachis. Mario Escovedo and Latin lounge lizards Mex set the stage.... Ten “metal and/or hardcore” bands jam in Epicentre to benefit Hansen Summer Institute, an SDSU organization that brings students from areas of conflict to San Diego for the summer. Nice. Too many bands to list, but trust it, each band name epitomizes metal and/or hardcore.... Ché Café books Sactown punks Pressure Point with likeminded locals Rat City Riot, Northern Towns, and Cold Stare.... Else: Manuok and By Sunlight shine on Bar Pink.... Old In Out, Pant Hoots, and Vitro hit the Ken.... Something different, per’aps? Check out Iranian comedian (oxymoron alert) Maz Jobrani at House of Blues. Apparently he is a key player in the “Axis of Evil” comedy cell.
Album Leaf, Ilya, and Via Satellite make their Casbah 20th anniversary appearance. Jimmy LaValle’s ambient Album Leaf is touring up the coast to Bear Creek, where they’ll start recording album number five. In the mean, taste the takes from ‘06’s Into the Blue Again, TAL’s most cohesive collection.... Brooklyn bad boy Ron Braunstein, aka Necro, a Jewish emcee who calls himself the “Godfather of Gore,” rocks his brutalist rap at Canes Satty night.... Jamaican dancehall dude Barrington Levy appears at 4th&B. Levy’s 30-year recording career has reached a sort of saturation with as many greatest hits collections as originals. Heard one dem classics on Grand Theft Auto.... Thanatology, Shoot Em in the Head, Bumbklaat, Impulse, and Trans Axis fill a bill at Ché Café. Thanatology is the study of human death. Thought you might be wondering.... O’Connells stages return of the alt-rock recklessness of Inigo. Distinct aroma of Pixies and early Radiohead in the boys’ record collections. Snake Babies set the Bay Park stage.... Uptown haps, in no particular: Boom Snake, PAPA (NYC), and Ghost Orchid float into Soda Bar...Hialeah, Fever Sleeves, and the Lanterns light up Radio Room...while Writer, Lights On, and Summer Darling coif at Beauty Bar.
Where to begin with Three Mile Pilot... In the interest of not burying the lead, their three reunion shows at Casbah are def. sold out. There. Why? TMP was one of the most engaging and influential left-field bands in SD rock-roll; their progeny looks like Slint’s family tree, with the top branches occupied by international indie darlings Pinback and Black Heart Procession. Not bad for a bass, drum, and piano band. Of high school kids! Pall, Zack, and Tobias have grown up, and grown, and will share a stage for the first time in ten years Sunday (with Little White Teeth and Theresa Andersson), Anti-Monday (with Kill Me Tomorrow and Calico Horse), and Tuesday (with Physics and Long and Short of It). Slap in The Chief Assassin to the Sinister, and we’ll see you on Kettner. P.S. and by the way, TMP recently signed to Touch and Go. There’s a record and a lot more shows coming this year.... No luck with TMP tix, guitar guru Robben Ford’ll play you some blues down the street at Anthology...or catch L.A.’s Blondie for brats Killola with Action Design up at Bar Pink.
Big gig up at Belly Up this week is a hella double bill with New York’s wily Walkmen and Baltimore hypnotics Beach House. The bands released two of the best, that is to say sustaining sets in ‘08. The Walkmen’s “In the New Year” contends for single of the year. Bend an ear. And beyond Beach House, check out the music scene burgeoning in Baltimore these days — Ecstatic Sunshine, Ponytail, Dan Deacon. Looks and listens like Brooklyn’s back porch.... Speaking of, you know, over there, Soda Bar sets up NYC indie kids Rumi, whose Hanging Moon debut Your Time Will Come gave me inordinate amounts of ear wax — “It takes some good luck to find a good f***.” Well, they are from the Bronx. Fellow Yawkers Test Dream sound a’ight. They play with Rumi at Soda on Monday and at the new Office (the old Scolari’s) on Tuesday.
Other than the sold-out Three Mile Pilot gig, I got nada. Have a swearing-in party. This revolution will totally be televised.... Wait. This just in: São Paulo’s “indie-pop, alt-funk/rap” multi-instrumentalist Curumin will be up at UCSD’s Loft space with F.O.B.B.! (friend of Beastie Boys exclamation point) Money Mark.
I’m kinda outta words, and interest in much of the following.... That said, Belly Up books the North Mississippi Allstars with Hill Country Revue...Edwin McCain will be down at House of Blues with Dawn Mitschele...and keeping the anniversary affair rolling, Casbah screens Silent Comedy, turns up Incredible Leroy’s Softlightes, and crowns swinging kings Louis XIV.
— Barnaby Monk