Sacramento, CA 95814
And the 20th anniversary Sammies nominees are …:
Well, actually, you’re going to have to (patiently) wait another couple weeks. Nominees will be revealed in the August 25 issue of SN&R.
Actually, it’s a fall album:
When I interviewed former Sacramento electronic artist Tycho in July of 2010, he assured that his next and long-awaited full-length would drop this summer. “Hey, it’s a summer album,” he said, justifying the delay and long wait.
Well, turns out his next 10-track record Dive won’t drop till this fall, November 15, on Ghostly International. In the meantime, take the plummet and check out his new single, “Hours,” a nearly six-minute, surfer-wax bumper that doesn’t belie Tycho’s trademark synths-and-keys atmospherics and penchant for more modestly uptempo and tripper-friendly jams. Look for a live set, perhaps with Dusty and Zac Brown and Matt McCord and gang, sometime this fall, or sooner?
Sacto loses more good music:
Midtown-based Lefse Records is soon to be formerly Midtown-based Lefse Records, this according to label co-head Matt Halverson, who’s up and moving the crew to San Francisco this month.
This is going down just as the label is really packing some heat: The new Ganglians record on August 23—see last week’s music feature—plus new releases by San Diego indie-surf-jam troupe Cuckoo Chaos (called Woman, and who’ll play Luigi’s Fun Garden Wednesday night, August 10) and the upcoming drop by Boise, Idaho’s Youth Lagoon, a.k.a. 20-something Trevor Powers (recipient of recent Pitchfork kudos and who just emerged from the studio of Robby Moncrieff).
And so what will Lefse’s Halverson—yes, relation to SN&R film scribe Mark Halverson—miss most about Midtown? “OneSpeed pizza, $1 Pabst at Chicago Fire, McKinley Park, Pangaea Two Brews, Formoli’s Bistro, Phono Select, the trees!”
Don’t-miss show of the week goes to … :
Vitamins, the Denver-based no-wave guitar outfit headlining DJ Hailey’s Leap in the Dark party this Tuesday, August 16, 9 p.m., at The Press Club (2030 P Street, $4).
Fave new band name goes to …:
Monterey Babe Aquarium, a Davis-based ambient-psych electronic trio with knockout sounds that aren’t unlike, uh, tripped-out mermaids taking a dip in some futuristic water tank. The group isn’t all too accessible, ostensibly only playing house shows that side of the causeway. But, like a pilgrimage to the coast to indulge penguins and finger stingrays, seek them out, if only for the name?
NorCals largest, most farm-to-table friendly festival:
Outside Lands music, food, wine and art festival takes over Golden Gate Park August 12-14. Here are five don’t-miss sounds, eats, sights and sips: 5) Chk Chk Chk, who plays Sunday (gotta rep the locals); 4) eat your fruit with seasonal melon and peaches from Full Belly Farm; 3) the Fresh & Onlys, Ty Segall and Tune-Yards all before 4 p.m. on Sunday; 2) the Summer of Riesling wine booth (stay crisp, south German); and 1) you must look for the mad packs of bum-rushers that charge the festival’s chain-link fences each year, knocking them over and caravanning in to the party for entrance gratis. Don’t believe me? Google “rushing the fence during Chromeo” and witness.