Whew. Glad that week is over. And let me just restate the obvious for a moment: Firefighters are incredible humans. We are lucky to have the ones in San Diego.
Here’s some music news for you as well:
• Trouble just came to town. It’s a three-piece called the Diddley Daddies and features Pat Beers (Schitzophonics) on guitar, Mike Stax (the Loons) on bass, and Brian Reilly (the New Kinetics) on drums. Lock up your daughters. They play the Casbah on Thursday.
• South Bay reggae rockers Tribal Seeds may have just had their CD release party at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre, but their album, Representing, debuted last week at #1 on both iTunes and Amazon’s reggae charts. Congratulations.
• Local luminary Otis “O” Bartholameu has left the garage punk band Octagrape on amiable terms. And at least for their show at the Hideout tomorrow, Pinback’s Rob Crow will be assuming bass duties. We wish him a shralping good time in whatever he does next!
• Local mellow folk-rock group, the Midnight Pine, have finished their second album, Buried. It’s even better than their first and you can check it out when they have a CD release party for it on June 14 at the Hideout. Also, the band's primary songwriter and percussionist, Al Howard, has written another book. You can help him fund it through his IndieGoGo campaign here.
• New albums this week from: Coldplay, Conor Oberst, Jolie Holland, Mr. Scruff, Plaid, Smoke Fairies, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Roots, Toumani Diabaté/Sidiki Diabaté, and Yann Tiersen.
Note: I’ve been listening to Jolie Holland since her momma was her merch girl, and I have to say, Wine Dark Sea is probably the best thing she’s ever released. It’s an amazing record and worth your effort.
Show of the week: The Blank Tapes at Soda Bar on Thursday. They’re in the middle slot, so get there a bit earlier than usual.