Archive for May, 2011

Get Free New-To-You Music From NoiseTrade

| May 31, 2011

Noisetrade-finalTyler James. Elizabeth & The Catapult. The Vespers. I’ve joined their fan bases thanks to NoiseTrade.com.

NoiseTrade has quickly become my go-to spot to download free music from independent musicians and bands. By simply providing my e-mail address and zip code, I get a link to download music that artists like Jane Lui share via NoiseTrade.com.

Sometimes it’s a link to a single song, such as to Kate Herzig’s “Make A Noise” from her upcoming album, “The Waking Sleep.” Other times it’s a link to download a couple of songs, such as to Elizabeth & The Catapult’s album, “The Other Side of Zero.” The best times are when it’s a link to download a full album, such as with The Vespers’ “Tell Your Mama.”

I find navigation on NoiseTrade as user-friendly as a doorknob: almost without flinching, one can figure out how to open the door. Once you’re on a musician’s NoiseTrade page, all you have to do is click on the pictured album to listen to their song offerings, a move that thankfully doesn’t bump you to a new browser window. Plus, NoiseTrade’s search field works like Google’s in that it uses search suggest functionality—type in a few letters and it begins to suggest which artists you might be looking for on the site. It’s a feature that makes it easy to re-find an artist I discovered earlier but who may no longer be listed on NoiseTrade’s home page.

Each time you trade information for a link, you can opt to leave a tip for the artist as a way of thanking them for sharing their music for free. Though you’re not obligated to leave a tip to get the link, it’s good etiquette to do so. I mean, if we leave tips for a bartender who treats her job as a means, we should leave tips for a musician, especially an independent musician, who is relying mostly on herself to mold her dreams into a career.

Oooh! The Civil Wars recently posted music recorded from their show at Eddie’s Attic in Georgia. Time for a trade.

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I Eat Grass Fed Beef and Like It

GFBW-2011I dig the environment and I love to eat red meat.

There was a time when I didn’t feel right admitting to both of these feelings because the statements were like Star Jones and everyone else on last season’s Celebrity Apprentice: daggers, yo. DAGGERS.

But that was the past and, thankfully, I can change channels.

San Diego’s first annual Grass Fed Beef Week takes place from Friday, June 3, to Sunday, June 12, and the goals of the week drill down to education and feasting on sustainable, flavorful meat from grass eating moo-sters.

Grass fed beef is leaner than grain fed beef according to AmericanGrassFedBeef.com. It has about the same amount of fat as skinless chicken and it’s richer in omega-3 fatty acids. This means that grass fed beef can contribute to lower LDL cholesterol levels while making you less likely to develop high blood pressure, depression, A.D.D. and Alzheimer’s.

And it could give you better results at those work health screenings, too. Just saying.

From June 3 to June 13, Alchemy, Burger Lounge, El Take It Easy, The Linkery, MIHO Gastrotruck, and Sea Rocket Bistro will offer grass fed beef food specials and giveaways. To know what these six restaurants are sharing during the week, read the pictured flyer carefully and “like” and stick close to Grass Fed Beef Week 2011’s Facebook page.

Then, on Sunday, June 12, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Whole Foods Market in Hillcrest will host a FREE outdoor BBQ tasting event featuring these participating restaurants and chefs.

Say it with me: Narasan ak la!*

*Translation: “I’m so hungry right now” in my parents’ Filipino dialect, Pangasinan.

(Flyer image from the Grass Fed Beef Week 2011 Facebook community page.)

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My Picks: Things To Do In San Diego, May 28-29

This weekend in San Diego hosts a couple of anniversary celebrations, an art and music event in Hillcrest, and an event where you drink beer for charity. To borrow from Trey Songz: Bottoms up, everyone!

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Saturday, May 28:

  • 3:00 p.m. Whistle Stop Bar in South Park turns 10! And they’re celebrating with live music and $1 off all drinks until 8:00 p.m. Plus, did you know that Jay Porter, owner and sustainable restaurateur extraordinaire of The Linkery and El Take It Easy, was also a DJ? You can catch his beats from 5:00-8:00 p.m. when he guest spins with DJ Claire. Getting in? FREE. Once your liver is primed for food to sponge the spirits you’ve knocked back, MIHO Gastrotruck will roll up at 6:00 p.m. offering the following mains: a citrus avocado salad ($7.75 for full order), a jerk burger ($7.85), a chicken chipotle tostada ($7.65) and a squash blossom quesadilla ($7.75). Choo-choo me in.
  • 9:00 p.m. 50 artists, 3 bands, 2 poets, 2 DJs and 1 visual suspect. Saigon on Fifth in Hillcrest hosts an art and music event called “One Night in Saigon.” For this show, all artists were given the same medium on which to express their point of view: veladoras (clear glass prayer candles). The evening also includes readings by poets Succinct and Poezia Mia, and live performances by Lovesoul, Makeshift and Sci-Development. All for FREE. Event goes ’til midnight.

Sunday, May 29:

  • 11:00 a.m. A smorgasbord of international food? Oh, all right. The House of Pacific Relations International Cottages at Balboa Park celebrates its 75th Anniversary this weekend. Sunday is the second day of the festivities, which include live performances from a variety of San Diego’s cultural performance groups and–wait for it–food booths! With lamb and chicken shawarmas to chicken adobo to kielbasas to baklava, it’s looking like a day for the stretchy pants. Admission to the event, which goes on until 5:00 p.m., is free as is the entertainment. Just bring cash to buy food from the many stalls.
  • 3:00 p.m. It’s not counter-intuitive: Buy a pint and save prostates. San Diego’s own DrinkAbout hosts its second Pints for Prostates event. Quite simply, for every beer you buy at Blind Lady Ale House, Small Bar, Live Wire, Toronado, Sea Rocket Bistro, The Station Tavern, Whistle Stop, Hamilton’s, Ritual Tavern, and/or Eleven between 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., $1 off each of those purchases is donated to Pints for Prostates. Need a ride? Grab a seat on the DrinkAbout bus. It’s free and will drop you from spot to spot as needed. Check the ride schedule and more details on the event’s Facebook page.

(Photo caption, left to right: event flyer from Whistle Stop Bar’s 10th Anniversary Facebook event page; photo of San Diego artist Jen Fong’s “rapture raveled” from her blog; event flyer from San Diego DrinkAbout’s blog; my photo of baklava from last year’s Ethnic Food Fair at Balboa Park.)

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Inspiration Is Revolution.Is

| May 26, 2011

RevolutionIs Hesitating to invest in yourself? You need a push. From yourself.

To muster the courage, check out Revolution.Is. The website features a weekly narrative written by those denizens of the world who treat culture like dough. Clay. Play Doh. They mold it into something good and better for themselves and, maybe, even for us.

One common theme I’ve seen in the narratives I’ve read is a penchant to pick up and move on, to grow a pair (of ovaries) and ditch the demotivating day job taken for security in order to take a wild chance on themselves. Some, like Dave Brown of Holiday Matinee and Revolution.Is’ creator Amber Rae, decided to add new geography to the equation, leaving the places they knew to set up shop on unfamiliar coasts.

I’m not saying that you can’t do both—keep a day job and invest in yourself. There are awesome people I know who are motivated in and do well in both spheres.

The Revolution.Is narratives simply show that it’s never really any job or any person stopping you from pursuing what you always imagined you could do.

It’s you.

Drop the fears and get to thriving.

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Mission Brewery’s Grand Opening: Don’t Get Left Out

| May 25, 2011

Mission-Brewery-Christine-Pasalo-400 Oy, be quick about it.

Mission Brewery in East Village is hosting its official Grand Opening on Saturday, June 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and their Twitter feed and Facebook page are sending out the alert: they’re close to selling out the event!

So, if you don’t want to miss out on tasting the three limited beer batches they’ve brewed special for the event—a Belgian Saison, a Russian Imperial Stout, and a Belgian Golden—on top of tastes of each of their five beers on draft and nibbles from the Chefs of Blind Lady Ale House, Cafe Chloe, Hamilton’s, The Handlery and The Neighborhood, then buy your tickets today.

Tickets, which are being sold via Brown Paper Tickets, run a few cents over $16 each after an online service charge is added. There’s no additional fee if you opt to either pick up your tickets via will call, print your tickets at home, save mobile phone versions of your tickets, or have them mailed to you via USPS 1st class (which means they’ll arrive at your door within 5 business days).

The husband and I bought our tickets last night which means there are two fewer tickets available today. Best get on it, friends!

(Photo credit: Christine Pasalo)

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