Victor Wooten at Belly Up, 4/18/11

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Victor Wooten played an incredible show at the Belly Up last Monday night. Being this close to him blew my mind, especially while he was thwacking so fast! Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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Last time I saw him was ten years ago at Irving Plaza in NYC. He brought a huge band with several guests, and the music didn’t stop for three hours. This time was quite different- a quartet with no guests or opening bands. Just an evening with Victa.

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Regi “The Teacher” Wooten was on hand to show that he was the originator of all the stuff his little brother does on the bass.

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When he puts his arm in that “Chicken Wing” position, he flaps it almost fast enough to fly.

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I shared a moment with the keyboardist, Stephen Weingart.
 
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The band hangs out after the show to talk to its fans, which is the thing that keeps them so popular, in my opnion. There are lots of inspiring musicians out there, but just a small fraction of them are equally inspiring as people. I got to say hello and hand Victor my card- not something I’ve ever had a chance to do with a 5-time Grammy winner. Class acts, all of them.

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There’s lots more photos in the gallery, so click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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Mira Mesa at Night, 4/16/11

After Silian Rail’s set, I passed by something on my way home that looked totally different under the full moon. I had to stop and spend a few hours finding out how to capture its mood under a bright full moon.

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I drive past this tiny wooded area every day on my way to work, and it was a good place to experiment with shooting some trees under a full moon. Maybe it’s not the most exciting location, but there’s something to be said for being within walking distance of a night shoot. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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I expected tree branches to move more over these 2-8 minute exposures. There wasn’t much wind, but a fog did start rolling in around 3 am.

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Oh what a difference light and fog can make.

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Silian Rail at Soda Bar, 4/16/11

I had a chance to hear a few songs of Silian Rail‘s set. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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They’re one of the premier “mathy” bands of the West Coast.

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No bass player makes sense for this kind of technical music- there’s one less person to not be tight with.

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Well, for the most part.  The drummer pulled double duty.

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Jesse LaMonaca at Dirty Blvd Studio, 4/9/11

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Jesse LaMonaca came to Ian’s Dirty Blvd Studios a couple weeks ago for a recording of a podcast. I grabbed some shots before his voice gave out on him from some recent marathon gigs. They did the actual recording a couple days later, which you can hear here. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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That little white triangle up there between his arm, body, and guitar trips me out. It’s the minimum amount of white that can define the relatively large amount of black space around it.

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We were going to do some rhythm tracks, but the associate producer had already reserved his spot. He was growling something about laying down some deep cuts, but I think he was just laying down.

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Nathan Hubbard at Tin Can Ale House, 4/12/11

I wanted to give Nathan Hubbard one last photo session before he moves to AZ next month. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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He played a set of solo drums/electronics, so it was easy to get nice and close.

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Avant music calls for avant techniques. Nathan was willing to suffer a few flashes for the sake of art.

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Modern Rifles at Soda Bar, 4/1/11

It’s taken me a long time to write this post because it’s my first bad review of a show. I usually wouldn’t do this, but I feel like we’ve all given Modern Rifles a pass lately because they used to be nice guys who made great music. Unfortunately, they’re bitter and broken people now, after their year and a half hiatus. There is a time and place to write my worst review ever, and this is it.

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Last time I saw Modern Rifles, they were playing a final show at Tin Can Alehouse before breaking up. I remember how fantastic a show that was, a celebration of the music. I wish that band showed up this night.

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Having everyone switch instruments midway through the first song might sound like a good idea, but musically it wasn’t. They can barely play their own instruments, much less each others’. Daryl is a crappy drummer.

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Oh, and they were all totally wasted. Extremely unprofessional. The only halfway coherent one of them was  Dan, who showed up late laughing about how he just ran over a puppy while parking. So sad.

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He sews the rings of his human victims into his strap- some sort of twisted keepsake.

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Brian was really sick and I’m glad he was still able to come out. But what kind of sicko purposely tries to infect people by giving everyone uncomfortably long hugs?

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Halfway through, Jon drunkenly asked the crowd how many fingers he was
holding up. Because he couldn’t tell. He kept repeating the same words
for all his backup vocals- “Ham Sammie! Ham Sammie!” Every guitar
blunder he made, he’d punctuate with “Feck me silly!”

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After about 6 songs, they were barely able to stand up and started picking fights with random members in the crowd. In all the melee, I couldn’t tell which one of them grabbed my camera, but he flung it to the ground, shattering it into a thousand tiny, yet expensive pieces . So until I can save up the money to buy a new camera, this blog is going dark for the next 6 months at very least. Thanks for ruining everything, Modern Rifles!

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Modern Rifles Group Shoot, 4/1/11

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I did a quick group shot for Modern Rifles before their comeback show. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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I’ve shot too many groups behind the Soda Bar. I can tell because I
keep trying to find a vantage point to shoot from, and I’m left with
choosing spots that aren’t lit the best for this type of photography.
The excessive blur is due to there being streetlamps hitting their
faces. A continuous light source will illuminate every small movement
over the course of 20 seconds, and it all blurs into a mess if not kept
under control. I also forgot my no hands in pockets rule. 

A special thanks goes to the camera-shy Brian, who was suffering from a bad cold. He was a trooper, and I appreciate all the guys giving me 15 minutes to run around them in a dark alley and pop a flash in their faces.

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Dead Ghosts, Awakeners at Eleven, 3/31/11

Another night of seeing friends in bands, there’s nothing better. Rick “I Ain’t No F&@kin’ Egg” Blair from Irradio has a new band, Awakeners. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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Radio Room had a great lighting scheme. Eleven’s red curtain and dim front lighting makes it really tough to get good shots. I don’t like bright backgrounds but you work with what you got.

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I really enjoyed this set, the music is full of cool riffs.

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Like most nights, Sal works the door at Eleven. If his band, Dead Ghosts, is playing that night, he’ll get someone to cover his shift for just the 40 minutes while he plays. That’s dedication.

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The lights were even dimmer now, and I had to use really slow shutter speeds and let some noise creep in, but it works for these guys.

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Sam the drummer is very kinetic. Every beat, he raises his arms at the last possible moment before slamming them down hard on the drums.

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The next night after this would be my third workday in a row staying out late at shows. Can you believe that I do this for free? Sometimes I can’t.

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Galactic at Belly Up, 3/30/11

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Galactic
brought their signature sound to a sold-out crowd at the Belly Up last
week. The arrangements were tight as ever and the solos were inspired;
you would expect nothing less from this group.

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Pulling music from albums as far back as their late ’90s debut,
Stanton Moore and Co. kept everyone dancing the whole night. Joining in
on several tunes were Cyril Neville and San Diego-local Robert Cowan.

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