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    Is it Monday already? Between the time change and the contemplation hangover from both True Detective and Cosmos, I’d like to set the clocks back eight hours and get a little more sleep.

    • It was the 17th anniversary of the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. yesterday and the crime still remains unsolved. Biggie, aka Christopher Wallace, was gunned down at a red light after he left a party in 1997. He was 24. If throwing Ready To Die on the record player isn’t enough of a commemoration for you, check out DJ Demon’s “Going Back To Cali” Mixtape here -- the veteran SD selector has assembled a remembrance-worthy set for your listening pleasure.
    • Instead of releasing their latest album as a whole, Hills Like Elephants will be splitting their new music into a trio of EPs. The first – Bedroom Colonies: Vol. 1 – is out now. 
    Dead Feather Moon has started an Indie GoGo campaign to finance their second record. But don’t sleep on that. If you like the band, go here and donate now. The campaign ends at the end of the month.
    The Frights just released their first-ever 7”. It’s called Beach Porn / Makeout Point and you can order it right here.
    • And speaking of first-ever releases, Ed Ghost Tucker has released their debut music video for their beautiful song "Sofia." Watch it here.
    • Record releases this week: Aloe Blacc, Dean Wareham, Elbow, Joan As Police Woman, Juanes, Ledisi, Metronomy, Micah P. Hinson, Ozomatli and September Girls. Now, if you’re going to check out just one of these - make it Hinson. The Texas troubadour isn’t exactly a household name (I think there were about six of us watching him the last time he was at the Casbah), but he’s definitely worth the effort. Not only does he have one of the most interesting voices in recent memory, his new album was recorded on the heels of a car accident that left him temporarily without the use of his arms.
    Pick of the week: Purling Hiss at Soda Bar on Thursday. Hooray! Something that’s not sold out! The Philly fuzz-rockers are touring on last year’s highly enjoyable Water On Mars after a 2-year hiatus from shows on the West Coast. Check them out!

    Blogger Scott McDonald covers music in San Diego for a few different publications and is the editor of