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Band of the Day: Crash Encore

Posted on 26 August 2009 by Mylynda Guthrie

“What Damaged Mylynda’s Hearing in San Diego But Kept Her Coming Back For More,” Day 3 (Author’s note: I’m going to keep making these long names up until somebody suggests a snappier title.)

About one year ago, a guy approached me during a show at the Casbah. After going through the usual formalities that accompany the whole “boy hits on girl” ritual, he told me “I hope you’re going to stay for this next band. They’re friends of mine, and they’re so great. I’ll get you a cd!” I declined, not wanting to take advantage of my situation and accept a gift from a stranger, but I did stay. I was so glad that I did.

I’d gone to the show to see the Silent Comedy (mentioned on day one of this installment), and wondered who these other group of dudes were wandering around in vests and porkpie hats. Though they opt for a vintage look, Crash Encore are anything but outdated – they are quite classic, actually. They play wonderful pop songs that are pulled off perfectly by vocalist Jon Bishop’s sweet voice. Bishop is one of those rare people who is an artist through and through. He doesn’t have a separate stage persona and a daily image. The guy who hit on me that night wasn’t kidding, they were friends – as we became accquainted, I spent time around Bishop and the other bandmates (and bonded with his Minnesotan girlfriend), and was always struck by how clever and creative – and deceptively aloof – the guy was at all times. He also wasn’t kidding about them being great. After seeing their set that first night, I accepted the free album, and then I got it signed.

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Band of the Day: BoomSnake

Posted on 26 August 2009 by Mylynda Guthrie

“A Band One of Mylynda’s Friends Said Is Good,” Day 4 of the San Diego Music Installment!

Today I am using one of the music suggestions sent to me by a born and raised San Diegan. I haven’t had the chance to see this band live, but I have listened to them and well…I approve this message!

Any band who puts in their bio that their songwriter attempts to use his lyrics to “abolish the ego” is likely to be fairly intelligent and should be taken seriously. BoomSnake really doesn’t let you down in this assumption. Their music is not noisy or overdone. It is ambient without being boring, kind of like a SoCal Sigur Ros. When it does steer closer to songs in the pop vein, their classic style of Beatles-esque harmonies are bright and pleasant. These two (sometimes three) seem quite talented, and I regret I won’t be able to see them perform. You should, though!

Check out their MySpace profile for a whole slew of shows they have coming up on the west coast.

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Band of the Day: Black Heart Procession

Posted on 16 August 2009 by Mylynda Guthrie


For today’s San Diego music scene installment, I offer you Black Heart Procession. A San Diego favorite, the band is an amalgamation of other great acts, including Three Mile Pilot, Modest Mouse, the Magic Magicians, The Album Leaf, Via Satellite, and (a personal favorite of mine) Manuok.

I don’t think I could ever describe Black Heart Procession more eloquently than the author of their MySpace biography does: “Theirs is the sound of driving at night across the West. Like the wide-open landscape, this is music that knows how to be both desolate and lush. And it knows that while sadness pulls you down, discontent pushes you forward. So the Procession never stops.”


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