Dime By Dime – Coffee Talk demo

depressionDid some writing at work, so coming home decided that it was time to hit up Mustard Relics, and besides, we’re past due on posting this music I got from Lil’ Jimmy’s band Dime by Dime. Mentioned it before, I work with developmentally disabled adults (assholes use the term “retards”). With some of the individuals, we have what’s called a behavior support plan (BSP). These are ways that we as providers focus on behaviors that keep individuals from having added independence in society. It tends to be violence and/or anger issues, but it could be any number of things that make it difficult for folks to be out and about on their own. I take this kind of scrutiny and internalize it, wondering about my own place in the society and my standing as a human being. Probably the only thing I’ve nailed down is that the person I’ve become is not an asshole. I have been an asshole off and on my whole life, but today it’s very important that I treat people the way I want to be treated (an ancient, pan-religious bit of common sense), at least until I get to know them. These days if, I run across a person who isn’t playing by the same rules that I have come to embrace, I avoid and shun them. If I don’t want to be around the old me, I need to get rid of that kind of behavior completely from my life. Even so, for folks that are in that far outer circle of people in my life, I still try nor to be a dick. If I’m forced into conversation, I keep it brief but pleasant. My pseudo-Christian self, knows that Jesus, as a teacher would probably want a person to be a light on the hill, as opposed to being so insulated, but I try to shine brightly to those close to me. Nothing but love, you know what I’m saying…I fucking care and I hope that shows.

dxdI could create a whole new genre of bands called post-Humboldt, for those that have ex-patriot musicians from that wonderful county in the wilds of California.  There’s been several that have been on the pages here, including another Lil Jimmy band Crutch, outta Sonoma, California (a post I plan on re-upping soon).  This time round got another installment from San Diego’s own Dime by Dime. After listening to the demo, immediately wanted to post it, so hit up James and he wrote back, “You can definitely upload the cd. We have no plans to release it. Our guitarist/singer just got a job in Texas & is moving in March. I just interviewed for a job covering Eureka to Santa Rosa for the state. So I am planning on moving…if I get the transfer…by May. So we may have just played our last show. I have a recording of it & there is a video with someone. We are also trying to go into the studio in 2 weeks to do 6 songs. Hope we can. The 11 song demo was recorded at Le Stat’s Coffee Shop performance space on 11/22/15. You may know the place on Adams. They opened a space next door where bands, open mic, kind of stuff. Bryan knows the sound guy & he recorded us there for $100. He just hit record & we played for 4 hours straight. Just played each song 4 or so times. Picked the good ones, no overdubs. We did have someone “master” it & it really brought it to life. I should get that info for you. But yeah, go ahead. Titled, “Coffee Talk”. Brought to life indeed, this recording is off the fucking hook.  All three of these guys, know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to playing music, but James is like Frank Zappa was, he only jams with best. DxD are,
Fabian Wallen-Vocals, Guitar
Bryan Gyselbrecht-Drums
Little Jimmy Forbes-Bass, Vocals
“Bryan is a local SD guy who I met in Humboldt. Fabian is from Sweden. Been living here in SD for 5 years. Odd mix of people. Fabian was in a Swedish punk band called Los Pelados.”
Here’s the demo I uploaded…


…and here’s a live track from Dime by Dime’s youtube page

…and just in case, here’s their Soundcloud…

Dime by Dime @ the Merrow

dime-by-dime-1Well my old Humboldt pal, Lil’ Jimmy is still rockin and rollin, we could all take a page out of his book. Moved to San Diego (my old stompin grounds, we missed each other by 14 years).  We have kept in touch by email for quite some time now, a lot of the Humboldt gems that used to inhabit this site, before the apocalypse, were by way of the Baron of Bassiness Lil’ Jimmy himself.  So, anyway he’s in San Diego for just a minute and already has a band that is taking the local nightclubs by storm, even played the king of the clubs/bars, the Casbah. These ain’t no rookies either, they have an old sound in a modern body…Dime by Dime fucking rocks! Here’s their bio, “Dime By Dime is a 3-piece punk/power pop band from San Diego, CA. We have only been playing together since June 2015. With 13 songs, none over 2.5 minutes, the band is now ready to gig locally. The members origins stretch from West Coast CA to Sweden & have all been in bands for upwards of 35 years. No isms.”
dime-by-dimeA note from Lil’ J, “Just to be official…
Fabian Wallen-Vocals, Guitar
Bryan Gyselbrecht-Drums
Little Jimmy Forbes-Bass, Vocals
Just so you know…
Bryan is a local SD guy who I met in Humboldt. Fabian is from Sweden.
Been living here in SD for 5 years. Odd mix of people.
Fabian was in a Swedish punk band called Los Pelados.”
He sent me the recording of the whole show they did at the Merrow, which I uploaded to yt below…


…and then, if your a visual person, you can check out vids from that show and others at their Youtube page…bellow is one such vid…

…and a fuckin’ soundcloud page to boot…

Our Scenes

Swedish artists formerly known as Wild Fields, now a three piece, are making headway and taking it to the next level. I’m biased of course because this is my virtual friend Bjorn’s daughter’s band, but put that aside and what you get is three very talented individuals performing uber-catchy music. In taking it to the next level, they have expanded their sound, with more variety within each individual song and there is this sort of passive hardness…burly power-pop. Pixies-esque or maybe even Sonic Youth-ish. Lisa can swoon you or pummel you with her voice from one verse to the next, while providing soulfull bass playing. I don’t know what Karl did, more distortion, or what, but his guitar playing is especially driving in this incarnation of the band and he seems to be more aggressive about his craft. The other Lisa, backs up the band with some serious drumming, at times asking you to tap along and other time demanding you pound away. Like hard rock meets new wave, these three songs are just plain fucking good. I said this about the last band I reviewed, this is college radio at it’s finest and if this is what young people are listening to in Sweden, then that is the place to be right now. Check ’em out…