SoundDiego's Chris Cantore talks to Surfer Blood frontman JP Pitts at last week's in-store.
Come down to M-Theory Music next Tuesday evening by 6 p.m. for a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Tones Listening Party to celebrate her new release, I Learned the Hard Way. (Daptone)! We'll have the record for sale, as well as special signed copies of the album. We'll also have food and drink. Come hang out and listen to the soulful sounds of Sharon Jones!
Wednesday, April 7: Exene Cervenka In Store Performance (6 p.m.)
Exene Cerveka of legendary punk band X will be here! Yeah, you heard right, and it's her only San Diego appearance. This is a very special treat, and I feel honored to be a part of this. Come grab a copy of her latest release, Somewhere Gone (Bloodshot). You know you don't want to miss this one!
As Exene, herself put it: "The reason I am touring independent record stores from San Diego to Seattle this April is that I want to play for free, to people of all ages, at a reasonable hour, in a place we love to be. I'm touring at my own expense, because I don't want the economy to stand between my music and people that might want to hear it. Yes, I hope I sell some aprons and a few CDs, but bring your X records, the kids, shop independent, and let's have a party! XO, Exene"
Tuesday, April 13: M-Theory Pop Up Store at Bar Basic (8 p.m.)
Here's what the promoters have to say: "Anyone who has ever met Zack or I (Dave) knows that supporting local, independent businesses is at the root of our business philosophy. So when Ford Motor Company asked us to design a giant mural highlighting 10 local hot spots in San Diego, we jumped on the opportunity. It was tough narrowing it down to just 10 as there's a plethora of great people doing great things in San Diego. But here it is, our list of 10 hot spots that will be featured on our mural and topped off with a huge party to celebrate community. Stop by these locations, spend some money there, show 'em some love and tell 'em who sent ya!"
Field Guide to San Diego:
1. Bar Basic
6. M-Theory Records
7. Spruce Street Suspension Bridge
9. The Linkery
"The mural is located on the corner of 30th Street and Redwood in the South Park/North Park neighborhood. The mural was designed by the awesome Josh Boston. He's not only the tallest guy living in San Diego but one heck of a designer." We will be celebrating next Tuesday April 13 at 8 p.m. at Bar Basic. Join us!
Saturday, April 17: Record Store Day All Day Long!
Come down for this special day. We will have live music all day long with Fever Sleeves, Hotel St. George, Addiquit, DJ King Cannon and others still to be determined. There will be super special exclusive releases for this day (www.recordstoreday.com). Food and drink as well as a sidewalk sale with unbeatable prices on CDs and LPs. More to come on this special event!
The other day, Marty Willson-Piper (of the band the Church) came by the store to tell us about the kickoff of the Church's tour at Anthology on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. It's going to be a rad show. It's their 30th anniversary tour, and they'll be playing a song off every album in reverse chronological order. Each ticket holder will receive a CD with unreleased tracks and an awesome 28-page booklet. You won't want to miss this one!
Archie Bronson Outfit: Coconuts (Domino)
She and Him: Volume 2 (Merge)
Andrew WK: Close Calls With Brick Walls (Steev Mike)
Dum Dum Girls: I Will Be (Sub Pop)
Black Tambourine: Black Tambourine (Slumberland)
Zola Jesus: Stridulum (Sacred Bones, EP)
Serena Maneesh: No 2 -- Abyss in B Minor (4AD)
Acrassicuda: Only the Dead See the End of the War (Vice)
Let's Wrestle: In the Court of the Wrestling Let's (Merge)
Fang Island: Fang Island (Sargent House)
Graham Parker: Imaginary Television (Bloodshot)
Goldfrapp: Head First (Mute)
The Unthanks: Here's the Tender Coming (Rough Trade)
The Wooden Shjips: Vol. 2 (Sick Thurst)
White Hinterland: Kairos (Dead Oceans)
Bill Callahan: Rough Travel for a Rare Thing Live (Drag City)
Bonnie"Prince" Billy and the Cairo Gang: The Wonder Show of the World (Drag City)
Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova: One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels (Saddle Creek, re-issue with four unreleased tracks)
Unnatural Helpers: Sunshine/Pretty Girls (Hardly Art, 7-inch)
Love Is All: Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (Polyvinyl)
Angus and Julia Stone: Down the Way (Nettwerk)
Erikah Badu: New Amerikah Part 2 -- Return of the Ankh (Universal/ Motown)
Top Sellers/Frequent Instore Playlist:
Broken Bells: Broken Bells (Sony)
Black Rebel Motorcyle Club: Beat the Devil's Tatoo (Vagrant)
Titus Andronicus: The Monitor (XL)
Phantogram: Eyelid Movies (Barsuk)
Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
Surfer Blood: Astro Coast (Kanine)
Album Leaf: A Chorus of Storytellers (Sub Pop)
The Morning Benders: Big Echo (Rough Trade)