Lost Monarchs, Social Spit, The Sleepwalkers, Sacha Boutros Trio, Bill Walton and Electric Waste Band
Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., Nov. 14
Sound description: Shoegaze for shroomers.
“I love San Diego and miss it,” says Japanese Sunday mastermind Eric Kusanagi, who once lived in Golden Hill and worked downtown at Sushi Deli. “It’s where I was reborn.” The core member of dreamy shoegaze JS relocated to Philadelphia in 2007 after his wife gave birth to a son with a rare birth defect that “left my wife and I so broke I might as well be selling Chiclets on a Tijuana bridge.”
JS started as a bedroom project. While Kusanagi recovered from a botched knee surgery, a friend gave him a guitar. He quickly outgrew his acoustic guitar and formed a rotating cast of musicians to actualize his layered compositions.
The debut band album Taps, Taps, Lights Out was released in April of ’06 and was a welcome addition to San Diego’s post-rock sound forged by locals Tristeza and the Album Leaf. The band toured Japan in March of ’09, during which time Kusanagi had a falling-out with drummer Justin Jay (Boyscout). “To this day, I don’t think he even knows what the songs are about or what the record is about,” Kusanagi says.
In 2009, Kusanagi recorded Fair Winds and Following Seas. “It’s kind of like a mariner’s goodbye — fitting, I think, because I was in the Navy for four years. It’s kind of a goodbye record to San Diego and all the friends and nice people I’ve met through the years [there].”
The album contains tracks recorded in San Diego’s Black Box Recording Studios with Mario Quintero.
“To me, this record is about my family and the struggles and sacrifices we made to give my son a better life, leaving everyone I had known and loved...leaving San Diego — a place that had been my home for the past ten years.”