Holidays Of Seventeen

Holidays Of Seventeen
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When I was in Japan, May 2007, we played a couple shows with an unknown Japanese band. They're name is "Holidays of Seventeen" and you know who they are onstage because they all wear their own band t-shirt during their set.

The second I heard them play, I couldn't stop listening. I bought a shirt. I bought a cd. The shirt didn't fit and the cd was recorded in such a way that I don't know what I'm even listening to. But still, I was a fan. I kept telling them how they were my new favorite band, but humbly they didn't believe me. So I told the record label. They kind of believed me. Until they signed this band. Thank you Fabtone Records.

A little over a year later, they have come out with a video for a song called, "Hey, Scissorman!" and I'm not quite sure what that means, but I love the song, and I love the video. Check it out below ...


If you're at all interested in purchasing some music of theirs, I have found a split-cd on iTunes with another band called, "Local Sound Style" who we also played some shows with. Here's the linky link:

Holidays Of Seventeen 2
clickity click the photo to head on over to iTunes

or: myspace.com/ho17

So enjoy this taste of Japan, a far away place from San Diego, but good music for your ears.


Joel Hosler

Joel Hosler 1
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Most stories start at the beginning, and work their way to the end. I'm not so good at this, I jump around and find my way to the important part of the story before realizing I've left out some major details. All of that to say this:

Listen to Joel Hosler's music.

The main point is this ... I've known Joel for 2 years now and he has come to impress me beyond explanation.

The story behind it all ... 2 years ago, Joel got involved in worship at my church. Not too long after that, he was offered a job at Calvary Chapel in Adelanto, CA. For those of you who know where Adelanto is, I applaud you. I still have no clue where this place is. Anyways, Joel came back to Escondido this weekend to lead worship at Resonate, the service that I play bass for each week. For me, it was difficult to pull my talent together fast enough to make my part of the music sound good. Along the same lines though, I was honored to be a part of the music being made.

Joel Hosler was also the singer for the now defunct band, Noise Ratchet.

Anyways, that's my story. No fantastic plot, no beginning or end. Just the story. Now go, you are probably reading this at work and should be doing something else!


A Fine Frenzy

A Fine Frenzy
Originally uploaded by jonnyups.
This weekend was the 4th Annual "Switchfoot Bro-Am" at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. As usual, the rockers and surfers were out in the water doing their thing. In addition to the world-class surfers in the water, there were local musicians on the sand adding the soundtrack to the day. To add even more diversity to the day, world-famous skateboarders Bob Burnquist and Danny Way brought their band "Escalera" to the beach for the 2nd year in a row.

"Local" seemed to included Los Angeles this year, but for good reason. A Fine Frenzy. Fronted by Alison Sudol, A Fine Frenzy is mellow, catchy, relaxing, and everything you want to becoming out of your speakers. My words aren't as powerful as her music, so I'll let her do the talking. Here's the necessary link:


In addition the the beach party, Switchfoot hosted an after party at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA. This concert included the Watkins Family Hour (featuring Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek), A Fine Frenzy, Switchfoot, and the first performance from Fiction Family. Fiction Family was formerly "The Real SeanJon" but is no longer. I'll bring you more on them later, as they begin to release stuff.

Other noteworthy moments of the day include good conversation with the wonderful/talented/amazing Molly Jenson who you'll find in Target and other retail stores hopefully in the fall. A room full of friends from the last 10 years of my life. The beginning of the Official JonnyUps Fan Club...t-shirts included. Sunburns beyond what I'm comfortable with, and so many other moments that you'll just have to experience for yourself next year.

As always, click the photo above to to go my flickr site and see more action from the day. Here's another sneak peak:

Jon Foreman - Surfer

Another sighting, I ran into my friend/model, Desirae, as she was waking with her friend/amazing photographer, Samantha Levi, through the crowd. Just for my visual readers, here's Desirae:

Desirae 2

Farewell, and thank you for reading! Special thanks to Austria, Sweden, Chile, Sri Lanka, Italy, Ireland, and Poland. If I knew how to speak your language, I'd write in it for you! Thank you!