Here we revive a long-dormant feature wherein we ask local musicians, promoters and others about the music they've been digging lately.
Santino Romeri, Illuminauts / Kill Quanti: “Dimlite is truth. He dwells somewhere in the hills of Switzerland and manages to consistently create some of the freshest, most honest music I've heard in a while.”
Kelsea Rae Little, harpist: “The last album I got really into was a sweet cassette tape of Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony I got at the swap meet for 50 cents. The entire record is absolutely beautiful and flawless, like most everything he did.”
Alvin Fenner, Neat Beats: “Lately, I've been bumping the darkest, hardest, most evil shit I can get my hands on: MRR- ADM, Archive; and Death Grips, Exmilitary.”
Miles Orff, Coda Reactor: “Bands these days with the ‘garage' sound are a dime a dozen. It's the Star-Bellied Sneetch Syndrome. So, anyone doing something different, I'm for it.”
Rafter Roberts: “I'm always looking for this nice land in between the familiar and the strange—lately, I've really been getting inspired and finding that in reggae music. Reggae and dub music is so traditional and formulaic but also full of weird sound spaces.”
Sasha Syeed, Nothingful: “Enablers is an amazing band I saw open for Don Caballero (the shitty later incarnation). This is a band that features guys in their 50s making some of the most beautiful, dark and literary music you'll hear.”
Liz Bradshaw, performance curator at The Loft @ UCSD: “I've been listening to a British Ninja Tune artist called Fink for a few years. For me, he's one of those artists I can really concentrate to, in a good way. I get lost somewhere in his vocals, and can't wait for the West Coast to catch on.”