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Don't Have a Blue Christmas



    For many, the holiday season can be a depressing time. Despite all the talk of good cheer, the mirth and merriment can conceal an underbelly of loneliness and dejection. It's no coincidence that, every December, depression levels skyrocket.

    The cause of all the melancholy is simple -- it's the endless stream of bad music on the radio. How many obnoxious Christmas carols and wailing Trans-Siberian Orchestra guitar solos can any person endure before doing damage to their mental health? Luckily, the Casbah has put together a delightfully oddball show that's guaranteed to permanently wipe the lyrics to "Jingle Bells" from your memory.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 21, headliner JP Inc. will baffle and confuse the crowd with his quirky compositions. Thanks to his gruff voice and comedic lyrics, the L.A.-based pop musician sounds like Captain Beefheart on a nitrus binge. JP Inc. just released An Album of Distinction, a 24-song collection of fake TV theme songs, on Comedy Central Records. The record was produced by none other than San Diego's Rob Crow (Three Mile Pilot).

    It can be no coincidence, then, that Crow's new band, Devfits -- a Devo/Misfits tribute -- are opening for JP Inc. It may be hard to believe, but nobody has ever thought to combine Devo's ecstatic New Wave with the Misfits' horror punk. Crow's better-known band, Pinback, will join JP Inc. for a mini-tour of California later this month. Rounding out the Dec. 21 show, San Diego's Little White Teeth will be on hand to lend the evening just a bit of seriousness.

    Not since Bob Log III came to town and dipped a woman's breast in his whiskey has the Casbah put together a lineup this bizarre, so don't miss it. Tickets for the show can be purchased here. Unless, of course, you'd rather stay home and listen to "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

    Chris Maroulakos is a writer and managing editor for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.