Wednesday, December 26, 2007

You Really Got Me

Six months ago I decided to do the hip thing and check out the local music scene. So much has been written, said, televised, etc. about the San Diego scene, so why not? I must say that I was pretty disappointed-that is, until I heard Grin's Edge. Just a three-piece, the band delivered a highly energetic performance to a packed crowd. They caught me off guard to say the least. The singer could sing. In fact, he rarely missed a note. They played for you but mostly at you. The set was tight, but not stern or rigid. They had our attention! And they did it without gimmicks, without the high-fidelity commercialized marketing techniques. Raw music. Music with something to say. It's been a long time since I've heard great tunes by a local band. This one deserves some attention. So, since it's the San Diego thing to do---they have my support!

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So I just saw the Dali film Un Chien Andalou, or at least what I could see from a YouTube trailer. Crazy stuff. I have to say that Dali's psycho-critical method is probably the most interesting thing I've read in a while. His 1944 painting Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bumble Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening is particularly appealing. Maybe it's the daring, visual confession of a borderline mentally-disturbed thought process, or maybe it's just the colors.