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The Casbah’s 25th Anniversary Wrap Party Dec 21, 2014 The local music venue celebrates the end of its 25th year with live performances from The Burning of Rome, Barbarian and Low Volts. The outdoor rock show will also include food trucks and alcoholic beverages 62 other events on Sunday, December 21
 
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Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014

What’s new on Bandcamp?

A look at some new releases by San Diego bands

By Jeff Terich
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If you search for albums tagged "San Diego" on Bandcamp, you'll find some interesting stuff.  In this semi-regular column, we sift through recent Bandcamp postings and report on our findings.

Live from the Lab, Edgar Is Real and Robinson Wigfall: It's not particularly rare in 2014 to hear live, jazzy hip-hop played by a full band rather than doled out in carefully stitched-together samples, though Edgar Is Real and Robinson Wigfall are very much doing the latter, despite the "live" in their record's title. Yet, Live from the Lab has such a smooth, organic flow to it, at times you can almost believe they've assembled a group of musicians in the studio. Whatever the case, they dispense chill beats with ease. 


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I don't really get what's going on with littlecoaldove's e.e. cummings-without-a-space-bar stylization, but I suppose that's not really important. The music he makes is less pretentious—solo-dude-with-acoustic-guitar folk that's reminiscent of Bon Iver before Justin Vernon went full-on Bruce Hornsby. It's nice enough, if not terribly memorable. 


Embodiment, Matthew O: Well, this is certainly odd. Matthew O's Bandcamp page is tagged with lots of genres that probably shouldn't be smashed together: "jazz & blues," "metal," "hip-hop," "minimalism," et al. That's a bit misleading; Matthew O doesn't really rap, shred, jam out or anything like that—he basically recites disturbing monologues over peculiar electronic compositions. It's somewhere between a robot reading poetry and a snuff film. He's certainly got my attention.


Spam, e-mailio estevez: I initially listened to this based on the name and pixilated image of a can of Spam, but it turns out this three-track release is a lot less jokey and cute than it initially seems. The EP is actually a series of ambient exercises using MIDI recreations of acoustic bass (or so it sounds, anyway). It's oddly soothing, pretty even. 


Finding Home for the First Time, Hotel Books: A split EP with Brave Coast, this short release combines post-rock instrumentals with spoken-word verses that approach screamo when the vocalist is at his most fired-up and seething. Itís emotional stuff, if kind of pretentious, and fascinating, if not necessarily fun to listen to. I keep waiting for the drums to kick in, but they never do. Solid effort for what it is, though.


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