Bum rush!

The Press Club

2030 P St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 444-7914

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.

In the meantime, SN&R is now accepting pitches from local bands, musicians and artists that would like to perform at the free 20th anniversary Sammies Block Party and Music Awards, which will go down in Midtown on Saturday, October 1. Mark them calendars and email <script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">{ document.write(String.fromCharCode(60,97,32,104,114,101,102,61,34,109,97,105,108,116,111,58,109,117,115,105,99,64,110,101,119,115,114,101,118,105,101,119,46,99,111,109,34,62,109,117,115,105,99,64,110,101,119,115,114,101,118,105,101,119,46,99,111,109,60,47,97,62)) } </script> with the subject line “Sammies Block Party” if you’re interested.

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.