The second half-hour of Stick Figure's performance at the 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach, San Diego, on May 7, 2010. Songs, in order: Dead End Street, unknown, Burnin' Ocean, Feelin' in the Mood, The Real Situation, Rise Above, Bring Down, If This World Were Mine (cover)
When the OB in HD crew first caught a Stick Figure performance at June 2009's Ocean Beach Street Fair, it was love at first bassline.
The band's take on reggae combines masterful musicianship with smart, soulful lyrics and a deep understanding of the roots and dub genres to deliver some incredibly enjoyable music. So after that initial encounter with the Stick Figure sound, we quickly put the band at the top of our favorites list, bought their albums, and kept an eye out for an opportunity to film another live performance.
It took awhile, but we finally got our chance. This clip, from last week's Ocean Beach Farmer's Market, features ten minutes of highlights from Stick Figure's enjoyable hourlong set, which kept the crowd dancing and put smiles on faces up and down Newport Avenue.
Songs you'll hear include Livin' It and Hawaii Song from Stick Figure's newest album, Smoke Stack. You'll also get a taste of So Good and We Get High from 2008's Burnin' Ocean as well as Stick Figure's take on some timeless reggae classics.
Stick Figure is front man Scott Woodruff on lead guitar, Brendan Dane on bass, Todd Smith on drums, and Kevin Bong on keys. For more information, visit http://www.stickfiguremusic.com/
As the first week of 2010 came to a close, fog rolled into Ocean Beach, blocking out the sunset and lending a soupy feel to the area around the pier and the foot of Newport Avenue.
In this installment of OB in HD, our Canon HV-30 records evening scenes of strolling, surfing, and seagulling as a foggy nightfall descends on Ocean Beach. The jazzy little ditty playing in the background is a track from local surf rockers The Professors.
Some fun fog facts, courtesy of Wikipedia: Fog is a cloud that is in contact with the ground. Fog forms when the difference between temperature and dew point is generally less than 2.5 °C or 4 °F. Fog reduces visibility to less than 1 km, whereas mist reduces visibility to no less than 1 km but less than 2 km.
"Clouds of all types require minute hygroscopic particles upon which water vapor can condense...Condensation on salt particles has been observed to occur at humidities as low as 70%, thus fog can occur even in relatively dry air in suitable locations such as the California coast."
Sunset Cliffs lived up to their name on a recent Monday evening. The sun's last half-hour above the horizon cast dazzling lights and colors over Neighbor John and other surfers at Lescomb's, Indicator's, Bird Shit, and Osprey.
This footage was shot on a Canon HV30 on Monday, December 28, 2009, at the city of San Diego's Sunset Cliffs. The song "Chilling Moments" from Shmuel Flash plays in the background.