Erica Putis: “My mom says not every TV show has an Erica.”
  • Erica Putis: “My mom says not every TV show has an Erica.”
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A couple weeks ago, this message appeared on the Facebook page of Erica Putis: “SD Musicians!! We would love to feature your happy sounding instrumental songs in our TV Pilot!”

“I’m the musical director,” Putis says. Otherwise, she can’t say much about her latest project, which amounts to a video pilot for a series about San Diego. Once completed, she and her partners in UpStream Pictures hope to peddle it to a local TV station. She says the soundtrack will be homegrown. “I want to support local music,” she says. “We have so many great bands.”

She says theme music for the as-yet-unnamed show will amount to a paid gig. “I’m planning on paying everyone when we get some backing dollars.” Have any locals bit yet? “Including myself?” she says. “So far, we have Itai Faierman, who has a new project called Mu, and Christopher Hoffee of the Truckee Brothers.”

Putis, of North Park, describes herself as a “jack of all trades and a master of none.” She owns Nuclear, a fashion design company, does makeup professionally, shoots still photography, and plays bass guitar and sings. As such, Putis has performed in bands such as the Predicates, Recordable Colors, and as a member of the Mashtis with Faierman and drummer Neal Bociek.

Her next venture will be television features, or so she hopes. “We’ve been working on the pilot episode for about the last month. It’s all local,” she says, “about some of the things we love about San Diego.” Otherwise, she refuses to say more for fear that the idea might be stolen. Putis does say that she is also the on-camera host of the program.

But whether or not the show is a travelogue or a documentary or a news format, she will not say, having been sworn to secrecy. Does the show at least have a unique angle? “Yes,” says Putis. “Me. My mom says not every TV show has an Erica.”

A quick perusal of the website says that UpStream Pictures “is a San Diego–based film production company focusing on film, TV, and photography.” Their Facebook link is live, but not so the Vimeo or YouTube links to their films. The site says UpStream also hires out still photographers.

Putis says there is no set target date for completion of the project. In the meantime, she says interested musicians can submit their information via email at [email protected].

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Robert Hagen Sept. 5, 2012 @ 11:32 p.m.

The Bassinette Case

A former Navy SEAL has written an unauthorized account of the raid on Osama Bin Laden called 'No Easy Day.' Mr. Matt Bassinette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, describes a version of events. Many questions arise from the publication. Among them:

-Why did he do this?

-Why did he choose to publish his account coming into th presidential election?

-Is he motivated by money?

-Who shall he rely on to provide protection in the case that he is prosecutedfor violating the law and breaking his word of secrecy?

And finally

  • Why should his version of events be believed?

It is unusual that a man would publish what he calls an autobiography under a pseudonym. It is unusual that such a book would appear without any apparent corroboration whatsoever. It is unusual that a former Navy SEAL would challenge military authority.

Perhaps Mr. Bissinette believes he is above the code of conduct which circumscribes special forces operations. There is precedent for taking this opinion.

'No Easy Day' is an uncorroborated account of what went down. Therefore, it lacks journalistic credential. It has been published without being vetted, so that it's only claim to not providing juicy intelligence to adversaries lies in it's ambiguous format. Lawyers have no idea whether or not the account has been sanitized.

We should admit that 'No Easy Day' lobs a bomb.

We should admit that the publication of this de facto after action report to the public represents a straightforward challenge to military authority.

We can presume that buyers of this book are interested in the salacious details.

This is not a work of open intelligence, let us not masquearde it as such. Without better testimony, incidentally obtainable in the court of law, preliminary assumptions of motive include personal profit and self-aggrandizement. Mr. Bassinette is chargable with revealing special forces tactics and breaking his word.


Fred Williams Sept. 6, 2012 @ 12:23 a.m.

After my active duty, I did a reserve stint with Special Boat Unit 13 at NAB Coronado and had the pleasure of working with some SEALS.

That was twenty odd years ago, and the culture must have changed dramatically in the intervening decades. This book would have been unthinkable, and resulted in severe punishment for the offenders.


tomjohnston Sept. 6, 2012 @ 12:51 a.m.

Fred, I have a friend who is a retired seal. He was at NAB Coronado during the '80's. And he says that during his time, this book would absolutely not have happened and had someone even thought of doing anything like that, the consequences would have been way past severe.


Robert Hagen Sept. 7, 2012 @ 10:54 p.m.

Yeah, I hear you both. I'm in total agreement, because I can't fathom such a plan.

That said, I'm unable to determine a man whose name rhymes with kitchenette's


The jury's out. I'll tell you this: Team One


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