TGIM. I mean, who can get anything done on a Sunday when "True Detective" is on? To escape my own endless ponderings on Hart, Cohle and the Yellow King, I made my way to the Soda Bar. And for a couple of hours, the fantastic double bill of Pink Mountaintops (Stephen McBean solo this time) and Marissa Nadler kept me from the nagging thoughts about what’s going to happen in those two final episodes.
There is a new Pink Mountaintops LP coming at the end of April, and this seemed like a warm-up for when McBean will head back out with a full band. Playing solo limited his song selection, but using a few loop pedals, he was able to masterfully bang out jams like “Plastic Man, You’re the Devil” with ease. Nadler’s excellent new LP, July, was released by Sacred Bones a few weeks ago, and her hypnotic set was heavy with new songs. With the help of quality cello and viola players, the trio showcased Nadler’s songs in gorgeous ways.
• It’s a big record release Tuesday tomorrow with Beck, Brandt Brauer Frick, Dierks Bentley, Doomsquad, Neneh Cherry, ScHoolboy Q, St. Vincent, the Fray, the Notwist, Wild Beasts and Yellow Ostrich all dropping new albums. And make sure to get your tickets to St. Vincent’s (aka Annie Clark’s) upcoming show at the San Diego House of Blues on March 19. Clark flourishes in the live setting, will definitely be playing plenty of cuts from the new album, and the show is sure to sell out. Plus, there’s a decent chance she’ll stage dive, and who doesn’t like taking a designer heel to the face from someone so lovely?
• San Diego’s own Anya Marina was spotted this weekend in town for an unannounced gig at Sunset Sessions in Carlsbad. While there are no upcoming dates listed on the charming chanteuse and former local radio DJ’s website, we’re hoping the impromptu performance means there are more to come.
• Do you like a little Marley in the morning? Apparently a lot of people do. Brunch With Bob and Friends is turning 10 years old. Ex-FM 94/9 DJ Tommy Hough has kept the popular radio show alive on Pala Tribe’s Rez Radio and will soon be broadcasting it from the Catamaran Resort Hotel in PB.
Pick of the week: Angel Olsen at Soda Bar on March 1. Her just-released sophomore album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is an instant classic. Check it out now. And if she brings a great backing band, this should be an incredible show.
Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of Eight24.com