I’m in Sacramento decompressing after the final, completely insane, few weeks putting the finishing touches on the new Tycho album (I’ll be announcing the release date here very soon). It just so happens that Launch — Sacramento’s annual art / music / fashion festival — is going down this weekend and I’ll be doing some live visuals for Little Foxes during their set.
If you’re not yet up on Little Foxes, they’re a new band consisting of Dusty Brown, Jacob Golden, and Zac Brown (live bassist and collaborator in Tycho). They’re incredible and this event is not to be missed. There are a lot of other great artists on the bill and to top it off it’s back at The Greens again. Hope to see you out there.
Sister Crayon (who I just played with at SEMF, great band, be sure to check them out) put together a mix for Dublab. A bunch of cool stuff going on here and a couple Dusty Brown and Tycho tracks to round it all out. Enjoy.
Dusty Brown has certified this sound system and tonight is a go. Tycho goes on at 11:30pm, try to get there early as they should be hitting capacity quickly. Tickets are available at the door or you can purchase a full pass for all three days of the festival here.
SEMF @ The Townhouse, Sacramento Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Tycho will be playing in Sacramento at SEMF on Thursday, January 27th. SEMF is the Sacramento Music Festival which, if you haven’t been, is well worth the drive. This year’s line up includes Daedelus, Dusty Brown, Little Foxes, Bonjay, Sister Crayon and many more.
I just got back in from Toronto which was the last stop on the short Tycho tour we just did (I was joined by Dusty Brown and Zac Brown for the live sets). I just wanted to thank everyone so much for having us, we had a great time playing for you and couldn’t have asked for a better vibe. Our very own contributing writer Shelby White was on hand at the Seattle show to shoot with his 1D MK2. As you can see (above) the results were beautiful, he really captured the feel of the lighting that night. And that last one of Dusty is amazing!
I’m going to take a break from shows for a little bit here while I tie up some loose ends on the music front, but we’ll be hitting the road again — and making it to a lot more cities — once the album comes out and we have time for a proper tour.
The Morning Benders – Cold War
Rollerskaters – Sleep Tight
Via Tania – Fields
Tame Impala – Alter Ego
Best Coast – Boyfriend
Memoryhouse – Lately (Deuxième)
The Hundred In The Hands – Sleepwalkers
School Of Seven Bells – Babelonia
Dusty Brown – Back to Back
Lorn – Cherry Moon
Wax Stag – Folk Rock
Baths – Maximalist
Flying Lotus – Zodiac S**t
Tycho – From Home (Mux Mool Remix)
The Samps – Yellow Jacket
Onra – Long Distance (Instrumental)
The Beat Broker – Deep Sleep
ceo – come with me
Delorean – Infinite desert
Korallreven – The Truest Faith
Phoenix – Lisztomania (Classixx Version)
The Whitest Boy Alive – Intentions
The Swiss – Bubble Bath
Com Truise – Slow Peels
Computer Magic – Electronic Fences
Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People
Odd Nosdam – Up In Flames
Fur – Lackadaisical
Ducktails – Mirrorimage
Medications – Brasil ’07
Red House Painters – Dragonflies
Say Hi – November Was White, December W
Gravenhurst – Hourglass
Over the past few weeks I’ve been going through the process of putting together a live band for the Tycho show coming up on July 9th here in San Francisco. Those of you who’ve been to my past shows will know that I usually play solo and the focus is on the visuals and some light synth work. But this recent break from playing live (been working on the new album) has given me a chance to re-evaluate what I want the performances to be about and it’s also afforded me some time to put into developing the whole thing a little more. The visuals will still be a central element of the show, but I also want to try and bring some of the instrumentation to the forefront as well.
This upcoming set at Mezzanine will be my first show back in a while — and one of only a few I’ll be playing this summer as I wrap up the album — so I wanted it to be something special. I’ve been working with some other musicians on the new material so it sort of made sense to try and incorporate them into the live stuff. I spent the past couple weeks deconstructing a lot of the songs and working them into live versions that sort of bridge the gap between electronic and traditional instrumentation and have been rehearsing with the band at Ira Skinner’s studio in Sacramento. Zac Brown (frequent collaborator and guitarist for Dusty Brown) will be handling bass duties while Matt McCord will be on drums. I’ll be on some guitars and synth and Dusty and Jessica Brown will be joining us for a couple songs as well. We’ve got a few more practices but things are sounding really good and I’m excited to bring it all to life on the 9th. Hope to see you there.