Aug. 13 2013 08:14 PM

A brief look at some of the latest local digital releases

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Laura Gravelle

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.

Unfavorable
, Old Man Wizard:
A name like Old Man Wizard evokes burly, crusty dudes, possibly draped in Sunn0)))-style robes and playing a crushing kind of doom. But it's not true. Instead, the band embraces an old-school style of classic heavy metal, with melodic vocals and big riffs. Not half bad, even if it's not as heavy as I was expecting.


In Winter, Laura Gravelle:
Laura Gravelle's In Winter was produced by Dan Harumi, aka downtempo beatmaker Room E, though it bears no resemblance to his electronic pop jams. Rather, Wisconsin transplant Gravelle does all she needs to do with just an acoustic guitar and her lovely vocals, the combination of which is gentle, affecting and enjoyable all around.


Vitamer, Vitamer:
A warm set of chill-out IDM, Vitamer's self-titled set doesn't crash the same kind of boundaries that locally bred beatmaker The Gaslamp Killer has, but it's nice enough all the same. Imagine touches of Luke Vibert and Boards of Canada in a gentle, womb-like atmosphere, with vocoder-treated vocals, and you're just about there.


Mysticism of Archaic Lore, Hrungnir:
Wikipedia tells us that Hrungnir is an Old Norse term for "brawler" and a figure in Norse mythology. Sounds gnarly and epic, right? Not exactly. Hrungnir, the musical project, is ominous and ambient, even a little scary, but not nearly as threatening or thunderous as I had hoped. That said, it'd be perfect come Halloween. This'll get those trick-or-treaters running scared.


Finding Focus, Quinny C:
Quinny C's bio states that he's been rapping since he was 9 years old, which I'm guessing was during the early-'90s era of jazz rap and positivism. He's got a chill lyrical style, and the production on his new set doesn't bang or bump—it just flows. Sure, sometimes he's a little cornball, but he earns some points for his laid-back vibes

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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