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Swami Sound System Finds a New Home

Less than two months after ending his tenure at FM 94/9, local DJ John Reis (aka Swami) has found a new home on Slacker Radio.

Reis spent seven years hosting FM 94/9’s weekly Swami Sound System show, which showcased his encyclopedic knowledge of underground punk, reggae, psychedelic, blues, and soul. He decided to hang up his turban back in January, citing fatigue and time constraints. But those who were dismayed by his sudden departure now have cause to rejoice.

San Diego-based Slacker Radio today announced its new, all-caps SWAMI SOUND SYSTEM station, which will be programmed and hosted by Reis. The resurrected SSS promises the same musical obscurities and “zany monologues” that fans have come to expect, but will usher the show into the 21st century, thanks to the online station’s newfangled ability to stream to any computer, smartphone, or other internet-connected device. Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: Nena Anderson (List)

Here at Owl and Bear, we’ve posted a few dozen times about Erika Davies (give or take a couple dozen), citing her raw emotion and incredible voice. That’s why it seems altogether unfair that we’ve only in passing ever mentioned Nena Anderson. Continue reading…

Holly Golightly Gives San Diego a Taste of ‘Medicine’

Photo credit: Troy Martin

There’s something cinematic about Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs. It’s not just that her music was prominently featured in Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers, or that the honey-voiced Golightly took her stage name from Audrey Hepburn’s character in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. There’s just something in the songs’ half country, half blues aesthetic that feels perfectly suited to scoring a movie. Continue reading…