Don’t turn the page until you promise to try these San Diego newcomers
[ HEAR THIS ] Roberts & Lord
A 21st-century collab if ever there was one, the duo of Roberts & Lord has Myspace to thank for its existence. Simon Lord, of the Manchester, UK-based electronic band Simian, stumbled upon the music of local boy Rafter Roberts while clicking around on the site, and the two producers quickly co-wrote, via email, an entire 12-track album, Eponymous, out now on the Asthmatic Kitty label. The album’s goofy lyrics (a love song to a mosquito?) are Lord’s, and reminiscent of the great indie-pop band Of Montreal. The playful pop-noise backing music comes courtesy of Roberts, a guy who’s clearly comfortable playing with multiple musical styles, perhaps thanks to his other job composing music for commercials. (His company, Singing Serpent, produces ad tunes for clients including BMW and Adidas.) Eponymous cycles, Beck-like, through genres as diverse as gospel, space-pop, psych-rock, electro, R&B, and folk, then peppers it with Galaga sound effects and ’80s-era turntable scratches. Who knew something so weird could actually sound cohesive? But then again, who knew anybody still used Myspace? robertsandlord.com
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“Interior Demon” and “Mosquito”
[ DRINK THIS ]Blood & Sand
As the seasonal chill creeps in, it’s time to trade the crisp, light drinks of summer for the warming brown liquors of winter. While whiskey, bourbon, and rye are increasingly common ingredients in cocktails these days, it’s still rare to find a San Diego bar that serves Scotch mixed with anything other than soda or ice. But Jsix bar manager Doug Cox isn’t afraid of Scotland’s signature smoky, peaty spirit. To prove it, he’s revived this classic sipper, which dates back almost a century and takes its name from a 1920s Rudolph Valentino film, as well as from the blood-orange juice that gives it its stunning hue. Made by gently stirring the juice with an ounce of blended Scotch and equal parts Heering cherry liqueur and Carpano (a nuttier spin on sweet vermouth), the Blood & Sand is served in a martini glass and garnished elegantly with a wheel of citrus. Cozy and sweet-tart, it’s a great entrée into the world of Scotch (no kilt required).
[ SHOP HERE ] Ted Baker London
The British are invading Fashion Valley and we’re happy to surrender. In addition to Burberry expanding and relocating next to Gucci, this month, Ted Baker London opens its first boutique south of, well, South Coast Plaza. Near Bloomie’s on the lower level of Fashion Valley, the store will bring its distinctly British humor stateside, showcasing threads in a store deco’d with vintage maps and a Victorian wood-paneled cash register counter, plus animal motifs and palm leaves in the dressing rooms—a tribute to our very own San Diego Zoo. (Why, thank you.) Ted Baker’s womenswear collection for fall—pardon—autumn recalls the English countryside but adds femininity with large floral prints on tops and dresses. The season’s menswear is at once professorial and woodsmen chic, with tweed blazers, leather lace-up boots with the Oxford brogue perforations, and even cable knit cardis. Ted Baker, a clothing co. since 1988, is known for its whimsical touches (like bows on galoshes, pictured left). In a world where fashion tends to take itself too seriously, there’s room aplenty for unconventional Ted Baker in laid-back San Diego. We need more unique pieces, not to mention shopping experiences. T.B. makes it jolly-good fun again.