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dive in submerge infantry Melissa welliver Making a regional PRINT publication is exciting and fun, albeit exhausting at times, but growing and expanding so that more and more people have the opportunity to pick up Submerge and read our content is just flat out amazing! The past three summers we’ve ordered new outdoor publication boxes, and just the other week our new 2011 fleet arrived. The majority of people have their routines: they work, shop and eat/drink on the regular. They’re on the same path day in and day out, so to get new readers we have to grow, expand and be in even more locations. We want to introduce as many people as we can to Sacramento’s thriving entertainment scene and what’s happening with the arts. So, we’ve been doing our best to get this new batch of sleek, black boxes out to even more locations in Folsom, Roseville, Davis, as well as key locations in Sacramento such as Land Park, East Sacramento and, of course, downtown/Midtown. Whether you’re a new reader or a veteran, I hope picking up Submerge every other week is, or will become, a part of your regular routine! In this issue of Submerge you can enjoy our Midtown Cocktail Week content. We have an interview with bartender Jayson Wilde, a Sacramento native who actually got his start at Shady Lady Saloon before he eventually moved to San Francisco to work at one of the most respected bars in the country, Bourbon and Branch. You can read our interview with Wilde starting on page 12 as he discusses how he got turned on to bartending, what he feels makes a good cocktail and he even gives you a few tips to be a better home bartender. You can catch Wilde in action Aug. 19 as he will be hosting a Midtown Cocktail Week event at The Citizen Hotel Ballroom called “The Greatest Cocktail on Earth.” Also, on page 6 in “Submerge your Senses” we give you a rundown of some of other exciting events Midtown Cocktail Week (happening Aug. 15-21) has to offer. We have a bit of fashion coverage in this issue as well, including a feature story on designer Tiana Vega (from Jackson, Calif.) who is helping organize the second Designing Dreams charity fashion show event at Memorial Auditorium on Aug. 13. This show will feature designers from Sacramento and San Francisco, with 120 models and a 90-foot runway. To learn more about Designing Dreams and Vega, please flip to page 14. Just a couple weeks ago at the Launch design and music festival, locals Nicole Kniss and Justin Johnson showcased their latest Van Der Neer collection. If you happened to miss their futuristic fashion show, you can view their creations in our “Capital Capture” column on page 10. And as always in Submerge, there are some great music feature stories in this issue too. We have an interview with Shawn Peter, Aaron Holt and Jason Tilsey from local post-punk band A Single Second who have finally completed their second full-length album. On page 18 you can read about why this album took so long to be released, what makes the songs “Wednesday” and ”The Guide” special and why after so many years they continue to do what they love. On page 8, you’ll find our interview with Tim Holland, aka Sole. Sole and the Skyrider Band will be touring through Sacramento and will perform at the Sol Collective on Aug. 16. In our interview, Holland talks about the documentary that he’s currently filming, why he left the label Anticon, which he co-founded, and discusses progression in his art and his thought process. Don’t forget to check out our reviews towards the end of the issue on the new midtown restaurant The Garlic Shack, KDVS Recordings album GRØUPS by Alak and the film Cowboys and Aliens. Enjoy issue #91,


Issue 91 • August 8 – August 22, 2011


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SISTER CRAYON ANNOUNCES TOUR WITH THE ALBUM LEAF, MARK WEARS CLOGS BECOMES IN FLIGHT Sacramento Comedy Spot recently announced they are throwing a massive four-day comedy festival on Sept. 29–Oct. 2 featuring improv groups, comics and sketch comedy groups from all over the West Coast. The lineup is hefty to say the least, featuring well over 30 comedians and groups. Hit up to buy tickets and to see the full schedule.

Hometown up-and-comers Sister Crayon recently announced that they are embarking upon their first full U.S. tour in September and that it will be in support of none other than Sub Pop Records’ The Album Leaf. Sister Crayon has been on a rampage, landing credible gigs left and right (including a soldout show with Tune-Yards at Troubadour and the closing spot at SF Pride’s main stage), their music was recently featured on TV (Showtime’s The Real L Word), and they are constantly getting love from press, all while building a loyal following. It’s no mystery that with their haunting, down-tempo sound Sister Crayon has what it takes to make waves in the industry. Keep an eye out at Sistercrayon. com for the Album Leaf support dates.


Jackass star Steve-O has re-scheduled Sacramento dates for his Entirely Too Much Information Tour to Nov. 17–20 at Punch Line. You may remember that we did a cover story on Steve-O back in June before he was originally scheduled to be in town, but unfortunately the death of fellow Jackass star and longtime friend Ryan Dunn forced him to postpone. Glad to see he’s getting back out on the road! Check out our website ( to read our interview with Steve-O. Hit up Punchlinecomedyclub. com or call (916) 925-5500 for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Sacramento band Mark Wears Clogs has changed its name to In Flight and has added Jake Desrochers (Lonely Kings, Last Angels) as its singer. A quick listen to the three vocal-less demos on their Facebook page shows a musical direction similar to that of Circa Survive, Dance Gavin Dance, Thursday and other post-rock, riff-y, delay-ridden guitar tone type stuff. It’s going to be interesting and exciting to hear Desrochers’ raspy, powerful vocals over the top of this style of music. “It’s pretty fucking cool, dude,” Desrochers recently told Submerge. “I sing way more R&B style. Sexier, more mature.” Catch In Flight’s new lineup perform new songs live at Ace of Spades on Aug. 27 at the Shortie reunion show and keep an eye out for more dates and new recordings in the near future. Sacramento Bee food and wine writer Chris Macias recently reported that Kimio Bazett and Jon Modrow, the duo behind one of Submerge’s all-time favorite Sacramento bars/eateries, Golden Bear, recently signed a lease on the space that used to be Hangar 17, which shut down in March. They expect to open

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their new spot (which has yet to be named) by February, so keep your eyes and ears out for updates on that. Bazett and Modrow are great guys; they are smart, hardworking and dedicated and we here at Submerge could not be more thrilled for their next endeavor! If you’re looking for something to do on Friday, Aug. 12, think about dusting off your dancing shoes and heading to The Radisson Hotel for the Bump City Dance Party with headliners Tower of Power and local openers Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers. Profits from the concert are being donated to Francis House, a Sacramento counseling and resource center for poor individuals and families, so your money is going toward a good cause. Francis House’s longtime executive director Greg Bunker suffered from a fatal heart attack last December. At the concert on Aug. 12, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City Council will recognize Bunker and Francis House with a formal commendation for his 20-plus years of service to the community. Tickets for the event are available at Dimple Records stores and online at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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The Optimistic Pessimist Road Awakening Bocephus Chigger Last Thanksgiving, mom announced that a family reunion was brewing in Wheatland, Wyo. She planned to drive along the UtahArizona border to see the canyon lands and stone arches of the area. It sounded cool to me, and I hadn’t had a vacation in over two years, so I was in. My sister had some vacation time as well and decided to roll on our path through Zion National Park, down to the northern rim of the Grand Canyon and back up to Wyoming. The first day was 11 straight hours of driving through the vast wastelands of Nevada. Traffic was light on I-80, and soon we were cresting the mountains to begin our descent into Lake Tahoe. The highway patrol officer waiting in the pullout got a great view of us as we sailed by, steady mobbin’ at 80 mph in a construction zone. My sister managed to sweet talk her way out of the construction zone infraction but she still caught the speeding ticket. Eventually it was my turn to take the wheel. As we had already been cited, I thought it best if I rocked the cruise control at 70 mph for a bit. Soon, the void of central Nevada started getting to my mom. “You can go 80,” she said. “There is no one out here, and we can see the cops coming for miles.” It was her car so I figured it was OK. Ten minutes later, as we waited for the Nevada trooper to finish writing my ticket, we decided it might be best to take our time from there on out. We made it to a town just outside of the canyon lands that night without getting any more tickets. When we headed out to Kolob Canyons and Zion the next morning, the sun was shining squarely on the canyon walls. In the light, the towering columns were striped shades of pink, white, orange, red and black; each layer exposing a thousand years of history. Standing on top of one of the higher points in the area allowed you to see for miles in every direction. We made it to the Grand Canyon that evening. I don’t think I can write anything that can do it justice. It was immense, as if the Earth was cracking in half like an egg. And when the sun set that evening, the walls flashed from pink to red to purple to blue before our very eyes. It was breathtaking.

The next day we headed to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. Arches is home to wind-blown monoliths, craggy rock faces, and of course, natural stone arches. The terrain was so alien, yet beautiful. The arches themselves are enormous and look as if they were placed there by some renowned architect. Standing under these arches, I felt so small…so insignificant. And when I looked at the layered canyon walls, it was hard not to see that we have only been here for a fraction of a second in the eyes of history. It took billions of years to shape this place. Nature didn’t have dynamite and dump trucks to form this; yet, here lies natural gardens beyond the capabilities of men. I left the canyon lands later that day feeling like the world was massive, but it didn’t take long for me to remember that it can be small too. We made it to Wyoming for the reunion on the sixth day. We were doing our best to mingle when my sister began talking with the husband of one of my newfound cousins. They were comparing backgrounds and it turned out that he was from my hometown and still lived there. My sister also knew his kids in school. He even worked with my dad at PG&E! I am not kidding you, this guy’s niece lived in the house behind where I grew up. It was fucking eerie. The day’s festivities had ended, so we headed to the bar to soothe our frazzled nerves. It wasn’t long before someone who looked like a cowboy version of my brother walked in. His name was Cody and he turned out to be our cousin! Two thoughts immediately went through my head: “Holy fucking shit!” and, “I better not try to have sex with anyone in this town.” By the end of my trip I had realized something. This planet existed before us, still exists despite us and may just be here after we’re gone. Its mountains and canyons store historical records that allow us to rediscover who we are and where we came from. The world is a big place, but it can be smaller than we may realize. One thing is for sure, the world is full of surprises. All you have to do is look.

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Midtown Cocktail Week Edition With Midtown Cocktail Week falling perfectly during this issue (it takes place Aug. 15–22 at various bars and restaurants), we took it upon ourselves to dedicate “Submerge Your Senses” to this oh-so-delicious week filled with unique cocktails, cool hands-on classes, exciting competitions, fun themed parties and so much more. If just for this one week, set the High Life down, back away from the IPA and indulge in the finest cocktails and mixed drinks from the region’s best bartenders. Outlined below are a few of our editors’ picks for the week. For more information, head to


Who Will Be Named Midtown Cocktail Week’s Mixology Competition Champion? One event you’ll be sure to want to attend is the Mixology Competition on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at Red Lotus (2716 J Street) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cheer on some of your favorite bartenders from the region, including (but not limited to) Dominique Gonzales (representing Zocalo, the only female in the competition), Chris Tucker (representing Golden Bear), Josh Carlson (representing Lounge on 20), Travis Kavanaugh (representing Shady Lady) and Robbie Schmitz (representing Lucca Restaurant and Bar), as they concoct delicious and unique punch bowl style cocktails. The 10 contestants all drew out of a hat one week prior to the competition to determine what spirit they will be using in their punch bowls so they could plan out their drinks. The five top-shelf spirits they chose from included Oxley Gin, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Famous Grouse Scotch, Casa Noble Tequila and Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Who will win the coveted title? You’ll have to show up to find out! After the competition, follow the crowd upstairs to Blue Cue for a rocking after party featuring live entertainment and guest bartenders.


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The Science of Food and Drink on Aug. 20 at Lounge on 20 This will be by far the nerdiest event during Midtown Cocktail Week, not that that’s a bad thing. Everyone’s got a little nerd in them (some more than others). On Saturday, Aug. 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lounge on 20 (1050 20th Street), witness a night of science-meetsmixology. One of the hottest trends in the cocktail world at the moment is “molecular mixology” and at this event you’ll get to witness some of the mad-scientist type stuff go down right in front of your own eyes. Molecular mixology is the term applied to the process of creating cocktails using the scientific equipment and techniques of molecular gastronomy, also a popular trend in the food world. Using these methods bartenders around the world are creating greater intensities and varieties of flavors and textures and are finding different ways of presenting drinks, for example using powders, gels, foams, mists, atomized sprays, etc. Sounds cool, right? That’s because it is, so don’t miss this event. Extra credit points for those who dress in a lab coat and safety goggles (not really, but that would be pretty awesome if you did).

One of the coolest things about Midtown Cocktail Week is their lineup of hands-on home bartender classes. First up is the “How to Throw a Punch Bowl Bunco Party” class on Monday, Aug. 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Restaurant Thir13en (1300 H Street). In this class, home bartender students learn how to create tasty punch bowl drinks (both with and without alcohol), perfect for your next party or gathering. All students take home a punch bowl and their very own recipes. The class is just $25 and lunch is included. Next is the “Home Bartender 101 With a Taste of Italy” class on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hot Italian (16th and Q streets). Taught by last year’s Midtown Cocktail Week Mixology Competition champion Russell Eastman, this class will give students some insight into basic bartending skills for either entertaining guests or for concocting your ultimate home recipes with, of course, Italian influences. All students take home a special gift bag and lunch is included with the $25 ticket. The third and final offering is the “Home Bartending 102 With a Thai Twist” class on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Level Up Lounge (2326 K Street). To take this class you will need to have basic knowledge of home bartending skills and

a previous class under your belt. It will be taught by a local celebrity bartender, and students will enjoy five cocktail and cuisine pairings, all the while learning about flavors and techniques involved in Thai mixology. Each student will take home a special gift bag and tickets are just $25. For $10 extra you can snag a complete home bartending kit, or if you sign up for both the Saturday and Sunday classes, the kit is free! Already a bartender? There are “Industry Only” classes for you, too! They are even free of charge, and all Sacramento-area bar staff is welcome. For more information on those, visit Midtown Cocktail Weeks’ website.


Artisan Food and Drink Pairings at The Stately State of Local Food and Drink On Wednesday, Aug. 17, Shady Lady (1409 R Street) is hosting a late night (9 p.m. to closing) event called The Stately State of Local Food and Drink where guests will enjoy artisan food and drink pairings from Shady’s infamous bartenders and chefs. Come thirsty and hungry, leave tipsy and full.


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Tim Holland (aka Sole) hones his craft on his latest album with the Skyrider Band Words James Barone | photo Lucia De Giovanni


t’s OK if you think Tim Holland is pretentious. It’s not something that bothers him. Otherwise known as Sole, Holland was co-founder of Anticon, an avant-garde hip-hop label based out of Oakland that has often been accused of being hipper-than-thou. “You can’t be ruled by insecurity,” Holland says over the phone from his home in Denver. “You just have to do your thing, you know?” Doing his own thing is something that Holland has done his whole career, be it through his music or his label. Over the past couple of years, however, he’s pushed the boundaries of his independence even further. In early 2010, Holland parted ways with Anticon, citing a desire to grow creatively. True to his word, on July 19, 2011, Holland released his third Sole album with the Skyrider band, Hello Cruel World, which features a notable shift in direction for the MC and his band. Gone is the rapid, perhaps indecipherable, delivery and dense stream of consciousness lyrics placed of his earlier work. They have been replaced by a focused and more ruthless attack. He says in the past he’s been criticized for being a poor self-editor, something he worked to change on Hello Cruel World. “I definitely edited a lot more on this, but I’d also make songs about things,” he says. “All my other shit, every song was about everything. One minute I’m talking about the economy, the next minute I’m talking about the apocalypse, the next minute I’m talking about how no one understands me. Instead I’ll have one song about how no one understands me, one song about the apocalypse and one song about the economy.” Holland in part attributes this artistic shift to a growing interest in gangsta rap. He had released a couple of mixtapes dubbed the Nuclear Winter series (two volumes thus far released in 2009 and 2011) in which, “I was just making this gangsta shit for fun, taking these gangsta songs and making them political,” he says. It ended up having a larger effect on his work. “Once I started that way, I couldn’t rap like Sole anymore,” Holland explains. “When I would rap, what would come out were these slower, more deliberate styles. Making those mixtapes bridged me between [Sole’s 2003 album] Selling Live Water Sole to Young Jeezy Sole.” This wasn’t so much out of a desire to mimic a form he had grown so enamored with, but it was borne out of wanting to make more of an impact on his audience with his lyrics. “After a while, I’d be on stage huffing and puffing, and all people could say was, ‘Wow, that was intense,’ It’s like, ‘No, I spend all this time reading and writing lyrics. I want you to get what I’m saying,’” Holland says. “I want this to operate as folk music. I want people to hear it and go, ‘Oh, that hits me.’” Holland says that the change of direction was a “natural progression,” but over the course of our interview, the artist also expresses a desire to reach more people by becoming more populist and less abstract. Submerge awoke Holland from a well-deserved nap and had the following conversation.


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How’s it going? Are you getting ready to go on tour? I was actually taking a nap. We’re putting together a DVD. It’s like a documentary kind of thing. On Final Cut, you have to render shit, and, like, this thing has been rendering for 24 hours. We were up all night working on this thing… We’re about to go until 2 a.m. again, so I thought I’d take a little nap to get recharged. How’s the documentary coming along? [Laughs] It’s really pretentious! It’s ridiculous, man. It’s supposed to be a documentary or something, but it almost ended up being a really in-depth two-hour interview about history and philosophy. It’s just fucking absurd, man! Lately, I feel like my approach to rap is how much can I get away with. How did the documentary turn into something completely pretentious? Did it just start to get out of hand? No, we were just like, “What are we going to do with this?” I was thinking, what would I want to see if I was going to watch a documentary about me, like, what would I want in it? I would want real shit, like what drives this fucking shit. It’s just funny, man. I don’t know if it’s pretentious. I think it’s borderline for sure, but no one’s called me out this year for being pretentious, so maybe they won’t this time. Who knows, man [laughs]? What are your plans for the documentary once it’s done? We’re going to sell it on tour, and then depending on the responses, we’re going to sell it in stores. But really, it was just like we had made all these videos, and we were like, “We should just sell this shit.” We figured out a way

to pay ourselves for all this work we did. And then we were like, “We need some meat to it,” so we held it all together with this interview. It’s the first one. The next one will probably be my House of Representatives bid [laughs]. Do you have a platform in mind? Denver’s first district, she’s like the deputy whip for the Democratic party. She voted yes for sending ground troops into Libya. That’s really all I know, but that’s enough at this point. Otherwise, she’s pretty cool. At first I was like, “How can we keep with the political commentary, do something different, more propaganda, more controversy. Oh, run for president.” John [Wagner, drummer of the Skyrider Band and the person filming Sole’s documentary] was like, “You’ll never win. Why don’t you start small? House of Representatives.” Yeah, get Soulja Boy to give me money. That’s not a bad idea. No! It’s not! I feel like if I came at Lil’ Wayne and all these millionaires, who knows? If I can get each of those dudes to give me $200,000, like why not? I’ll legalize crack in Denver. Whatever they want. Hello Cruel World marked a new direction for you. Did that make this album pretty exciting for you, to expand in that way? Yeah, this was around the time when I left Anticon, and I started doing the D.I.Y. thing pretty hard. Everything was new and exciting. It was almost like we had blocked chakras. Kind of scared to make any moves to the left or right, just chugging through. Then we just decided, “Fuck it, we’re going to go for broke now, make it all about doing new shit.” When Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

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be a professor.” And that sucks. Some people function really well by taking the pressure off their art and getting a day job, but that’s not the life I envisioned for myself. I’m an artist. If anything, art will lead me to have a talk show or do something else down the road, not like, “Oh, I need to wash dishes right now. I need to drive a cab, because the IRS just wiped me out again.” One of the lyrics on the first song, “Napolean,” jumped out at me, “At age 20, knowing everything was my style. I was older then, I’m younger than that now.” Does that play into this new direction you’re heading? Do you feel more optimistic now? I do. First of all, that’s a Bob Dylan line. The irony is I discovered Dylan when I was 20. But that line sums it up for me. When I was 20, I was this miserable brooding kid. I was running a record label. It was this crazy workload. When I left Anticon, I had to decide. Am I going to start another record label? Am I going to put out other artists? What am I going to do? I decided to just focus on my art and focus on myself. I didn’t want to burn out… I realize I’ve kind of squandered some of my best moments in life by not making the most of what I had. Just being like, “When this happens, then this,” just living in some kind of future. What you’re doing has to be an end in itself. You can’t always be living in some fantasy where you’re going to be rich and famous in the future. I’ve got friends who I’m happy to collaborate with. It’s 10 years later, and people still like my music, and it’s more relevant than Sole and the Skyrider Band will play the Sol ever, and it’s a good time Collective in Sacramento to be fucking around, you on Aug. 16. This is an know? all-ages show, and tickets are $10. Aquifer and Defeye will also perform.

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All the World’s a Stage

Bartender Jayson Wilde finds a potent way to harness his creative energies Words Anthony Giannoti • Photos Nicholas wray


ave you ever wanted to quit your perfectly good 9-to-5 job to pursue your passion? Well in May 2009 that is precisely what Jayson Wilde did when he quit a good job to learn how to be a bartender. To explain why he threw away 10 years at a good company, Wilde said through his patented goofy smile, “Full benefits are great but being happy is better.” And happy this guy is, in fact he is one of the happiest guys I’ve ever met. His natural good cheer and hard work has led him from never having stepped behind a bar to being a manager at one of the top 10 bars in America within two years! This Sacramento native started his quest at Midtown’s very own Shady Lady Saloon. “I would hang out at Shady with my Bartender’s Bible and just bombard the bartenders with questions,” he said. “After a month or two of that they were like, ‘Do you want a job here?’ Wilde had to put in his dues, starting at the bottom as a lowly bar back. “I broke a lot of glasses,” he said with a laugh. “But those guys were super supportive and taught me the ropes.” This may have been a relatively short road for Wilde, but it was not an easy one. “My first year I was working pretty much seven days a week and any days I had off I was going into the city [San Francisco] to try out new bars and new drinks. I was trying to learn as much as I could so I could bring it back to Sacramento.” With hard work and ambition he was able to challenge and improve his palate. After a year or so of this, Wilde was given the chance to work at one of the best craft cocktail bars in San Francisco and arguably one of the best bars in the country, Bourbon and Branch. Six short months later he was promoted to bar manager and since then has done guest spots all over California, cocktail demonstrations at the W Hotel in San Francisco and was recently named one of SF Weekly’s New Generation of Bar Stars. I had a chance to sit down and talk drinks with the cocktail whiz kid at the scene of the crime, Shady Lady Saloon.

What got you interested in tending bar? Well, I had been working at an insurance company for about 12 years, and it was great because I had full benefits and five weeks paid vacation. The vacation time was great. When I was playing guitar with Whiskey Rebels, I could do a ton of touring. But that started to fizzle out. Everyone started getting married and doing the mortgage thing. I realized I needed to do something that allowed me to be more creative, because the insurance job was going to make me murder myself. [Laughs] I was going to kill myself. I have a creative drive. That’s how I have fun, and the insurance job wasn’t going to allow me to have any fun. I knew the guys here at Shady, and they were kind enough to let me step behind the bar, and I fell in love with it. What exactly made you “fall in love” with bartending? When I stepped behind the bar I was like, “This is so great. I get to talk to people and have a good time.” I still had an audience just like playing music. I’m still being creative just like music—instead of writing a piece for a song I’m writing a piece for a drink and pleasing my customers. How do you feel about being called a mixologist? It’s bartender. I feel like the whole mixology thing…I get it, whenever anyone says that to me I’m not like, “No, no, no, listen here son.” I don’t correct them. Being a good bartender is all about being humble and making sure that the customer is having a good time. I don’t want anyone to feel like, “This guy right here in front of me is amazing and makes all these things that are great.” I don’t want to be put on a pedestal. I’m not doing as much for society as a teacher or anything. I just make drinks, and we have a good time together. The term mixologist makes everything seem so serious, and that’s not what being behind a bar is. I don’t wear a lab coat.


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What are the components to a good cocktail? There are three major things to making a great cocktail: The first thing is appearance. It’s true what they say, you feast with your eyes first. If you see something that looks appetizing it’s going to boost your interest, “That looks awesome, it must taste awesome.” Second is smell—you get a lot flavor out of your olfactory sense, your upper palate. It’s got to smell enticing. If you have a cocktail that has egg whites in it, and it smells like eggs, it may taste good but it’s going to give the wrong sensory impression. Third, obviously it’s got to taste great. Just like a chef puts a meal together, a drink should have complementary flavors and not too much of this or that, balance is key. Don’t just grab spirits and try to force them to work together. Think about cooking a meal or desserts. What flavors do you know already go together? Use ingredients that make sense: apples and cinnamon, raisins and rye—a lot of times if there isn’t a drink that uses certain ingredients, it’s because they don’t go together. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

“Being a good bartender is all about being humble and making sure that the customer is having a good time. I don’t want anyone to feel like, ‘This guy right here in front of me is amazing and makes all these things that are great.’ I don’t want to be put on a pedestal. I’m not doing as much for society as a teacher or anything.” – Jayson Wilde, Bartender Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

Where do you get the inspiration for some of your more unique drinks? I get a lot of my inspiration from cooking. I like going to a restaurant, not to rip them off but to get inspiration. It’s like music, when you hear a good song with a part you like, it can inspire you to write something. When I have a drink I like, maybe with rye, I try to think, what can I do with this but use rum? Or some things I’m just walking through the grocery store and I see like a chocolate bar with chili peppers in it I’m like, “Wow that’s cool, how can I make it into a cocktail?” I try to keep an open mind but honestly it’s all trial and error. So do you have a favorite to make? As cheesy as it sounds, my favorite drink to make is the one that will make the patron feel the most excited about what they are about to have. It doesn’t matter whether I make a vodka soda or an elaborate six-ingredient cocktail. It matters when I hand the customer a drink and they say, “Perfect, exactly what I wanted.” Having people like what I make makes me the happiest. Have you seen any new trends in what people are drinking or bartenders are making? A lot of people are starting to move onto this room temperature cocktail thing or barrel aging and stuff like that. It’s interesting as a fad, but it’s not something I think will stick around. If someone hands me a room temperature drink I’m going to be like, “Really? It’s warm, I want something refreshing, cold and nice.” I have noticed a lot of bars are moving toward the slow food thing, the farm to table mentality, which is great to see. There are a lot of smaller cities that are getting into it. Sacramento has really been stepping toward fresher ingredients. Speaking of the Slow Food Movement, you are doing a guest spot at local slow food restaurant, Grange, for Midtown Cocktail Week. What is the concept or theme if you will? Complete and utter mayhem in the funnest way possible, that’s the easiest way to put it [laughs]. Ryan Seng [resident Grange bartender] and I have been getting together to construct a cocktail menu for a vintage carnival theme. What we mean by that is we are taking carnival foods: cotton candy, cracker jacks, snow cones and all the interesting fun carnival stuff and putting them in cocktail form. We also hired a really cool French noir-style act from Oakland called The Vespertine Circus, to perform during the event. So basically we will have a free punch for you when you walk in the door and mayhem will follow. It’s going to be super fun, no frowns allowed. No sad clowns allowed! What tips do you have for the home bartender? Have a good time. Start out with simple stuff and don’t try too hard. Try making an old fashioned, get your bearings. Another good thing would be to get a bartending book. Scott Beattie has a great book Artisanal Cocktails, or Jerry Thompson has good stuff too. Be adventurous but keep it Midtown Cocktail Week is Aug. 15–21. Jayson Wilde and Ryan Seng will simple. Try new things. host an event at The Citizen Hotel That’s what spirits and Ballroom on Aug. 19. “The Greatest Cocktail on Earth” will feature food is all about, being carnival-inspired drinks such as The fun and adventurous. Bearded Lady and Strong Man as well as others. Admission is free, and drink tickets will cost $8. For more info on Midtown Cocktail Week, go to

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Dream a Little Dream

Tiana Vega proves giving never goes out of style Words Jenn Walker


ince its opening in February 1921, a wealth of artists has performed within the grandiose bowels of Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium, including the Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Duran Duran and Melissa Etheridge. It was the auditorium’s grandeur and antiquity that convinced the semi-local women’s clothing designer Tiana Vega that the annual Designing Dreams fashion show should also take place there. “For some reason, walking in there feels like you’re walking into New York,” Vega told Submerge over the phone from her hometown in Jackson, Calif. “I’ve never been to New York, but that’s what it would look like if you were walking into an old, established building in New York.” Not to mention that last year’s premiere event was the first fashion show at the auditorium since the showcase of Coco Chanel’s collection in the ‘50s, according to Vega. This marks the second year of Designing Dreams, an event dreamt up collaboratively by Vega and Jennifer Richards, CEO of the Sweet Dreams Foundation. The show will feature the work of 11 designers from both Sacramento and San Francisco, including Vega’s, complete

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with 120 models walking the 90-foot runway. Beyond a fashion show, Designing Dreams is a charity event. The proceeds from the evening will go toward one of the foundation’s bedroom-designing projects. The foundation’s mission is to design “dream” bedrooms for children who suffer from life-threatening diseases in order to aid their healing processes. Thirteen-year-old Cassidy, a Folsom resident who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in January last year, will be granted her dream bedroom using this year’s proceeds. Last year the event raised enough money to successfully create a dream bedroom for 8-year-old Aimee, who suffers from severe sensitivity to ultra-violet radiation. The project’s goal was to essentially bring the outdoors to her playroom. In the past Vega has been hesitant to organize fashion shows, especially because so many designers hold them regularly here in Sacramento. Building awareness for a line is understandable, she said, but in Los Angeles designers are focused more on selling their clothing in boutiques. “So that’s why when I decided to do Designing Dreams I wanted

to make sure it was a first-class event and have the buyers there and basically do it right,” Vega said. This includes making sure the event gains widespread attention. “You spend a lot of money and a lot of time doing all these outfits, and what’s the point of doing them if you’re not getting the right people to look at your stuff?” Vega said. Still, she has participated in many events, and her work has been showcased the past two years in Sacramento’s Fashion Week. But Vega makes it a point to participate in charity events, like the Giveback Gala Fashion Show she was a part of this past April. “I’d rather do shows where basically I’m all for the cause,” Vega said. While in pursuit of a charity to collaborate with for a trunk show several years ago, Vega discovered Richards at one of the Sweet Dreams events and felt an immediate connection to her cause. “Working with someone who loves absolutely what they’re doing and every minute of it and not making any money off of it, that’s very inspiring,” Vega said. The two young designers decided to collaborate and quickly realized that their vision was bigger than a trunk show, so they decided to put on a fashion show instead. As Vega sees it, she and Richards share a passion for designing the dreams of others, one through fashion and the other through interior design; hence the name Designing Dreams. Vega’s own fascination with design began at an early age, starting

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“I was finding myself sketching more than anything and having more fun dressing up to go to work than actually being there and taking care of the stuff I had to do.” – Tiana Vega Above: Tiana Vega Collection 2011- Margaret Mary / Photos by Vang Studio Photography with her childhood days tinkering with dolls and sewing their clothes. Her intrigue with fashion grew throughout her days at Argonaut High School in Jackson, peaking when she was a sophomore interning at a law firm. “I was finding myself sketching more than anything and having more fun dressing up to go to work than actually being there and taking care of the stuff I had to do,” Vega said. After high school she relocated to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, where she learned draping techniques, how to make patterns and how to sew. Shortly before graduating with her degree in fashion design in 2008 she met Dave Icarangal, who would eventually become the cofounder of her contemporary clothing design venture. The two reconnected when she moved back to Northern California. For the past two years she has been living back home in Jackson, selling her custom pieces online. However, the designer plans to return to Los Angeles in the near future, where she anticipates a better market to sell her collections. Though she expresses admiration for the extravagant, over-the-top creations of designers Betsey Johnson and Monique Lhuillier, Vega does not look to others for inspiration. Rather, her inspiration stems from timeless, elegant looks of eras long past, especially those of the ‘30s and ‘40s. “Honestly, I try to break out of my shell and do something crazy, like Lady Gaga-ish, but I can’t do it,” Vega said. “I always end up going back to something classic and tailored.” Vega’s work is feminine and chic, intricate collections

that usually take the artist two to three months to produce. Her fall/winter 2012 collection, the Margaret Mary collection she fashioned in remembrance of her grandmother, includes fitted, tight-fitting dresses with flattering necklines, or boxy cropped jackets consisting primarily of solid colors. Her collections have included bridal pieces, formal gowns and custom wear. “I’m old school, so I always go back, like ‘30s, ‘40s, I love those looks,” Vega said. “It’s so sophisticated and sexy and I love it.” A scene in a video for which she was a stylist inspired the 2012 spring/summer collection that will be featured in this year’s show. The scene was of a croquet match, so the clothing has a sort of Hamptons feel with a preppy vibe, she said. Designing Dreams will feature six other Sacramento designers, including Maisha Bahati, Janelle Cardenas and Samuel Parkinson, in addition to returning designers Melissa Kay, Yennie Zhou and Nelli Rosh. Four San Francisco designers will also feature their work: pair Aya Yoruha and Diane O, Shirali Singh, Vasily Vein and Violetta Vieux. The collections featured will cross a spectrum of looks for both men and women, ranging from ‘50s-inspired, classic pieces by Cardenas, to the surprising and chic looks of Aya Yoruha, Vega said. Even over the phone, the designer’s excitement was apparent. “We have a great lineup,” Vega said. “I am so excited, I am trying to slow down.” And, as if the show of massive proportions wasn’t enough, organizers have confirmed that the runway show will open and close with performances by the Sacramento Opera. A grand night for a great cause.

Designing Dreams will take place at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the event’s website If you would like more information on the Sweet Dreams Foundation or would like to volunteer, go to

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The Price of Progress Modern day pitfalls can’t stop the release of A Single Second’s new album Words Steph Rodriguez • Photo Kevin Graft


ead bodies, delivering babies, opening for punk rock legends G.B.H.—the guys of A Single Second have not only racked up the street cred, they seem to have seen and done it all during their nine-year career as one of Sacramento’s longtime post-punk bands. Call them music junkies or workaholics, they’ll accept either label, but these four musicians have surely logged the man-hours to earn either pseudo-title. Their musical resume boasts over 1,000 shows to date, including the Maloof Money Cup in Orange County two years running, our own California State Fair just recently, and not to mention a few dozen local shows sprinkled throughout their already busy schedule. Despite witnessing their fair share of lineup changes, the guys of A Single Second—Shawn Peter (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Aaron Holt (lead guitar, vocals), Jason “Mogley” Tilsey (bass) and Dave Girard (drums, vocals)—are as eager as ever to tour California and travel the Northwest to promote their newest album since the release of 2005’ a Smiling Politely. After many bouts with computer and hard drive issues, ultimately delaying their second self-titled full-length album’s release, they’re itching to take the show on the road.

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Why has it taken A Single Second so long to release another album? Jason Tilsey: It was supposed to be out two years ago, but we’ve lost it a bunch of times. Computer problems, hard drive problems, but we’ve finally got it together. I think it was more of a blessing that those computer problems happened because the songs sound a whole lot better now than they did two years ago. They’ve been ironed out and just keep evolving to the point where we’re comfortable where they’re at now. Tell me about collaborating with Lydia Gavin from Aroarah on this album. Shawn Peter: We’ve been friends with Aroarah for a long time. I’ve watched them since high school evolve into not only beautiful people, but excellent musicians. I like to collaborate with as many people as possible. Lydia was just ecstatic just to do it; she was really stoked. The song “Wednesday” is a new song we have. We haven’t even played it live yet, and she just made the difference in bringing that song together vocally. What song(s) do you feel most connected to? SP: “The Guide.” I’m a Downtown Guide and I see everything. I’m a bumblebee on K Street. I’ve been doing this job for 11 years. I’ve been beat up, I’ve helped people, I’ve almost delivered a baby once. Dead bodies. I write about love, like in the song “You” is about finding the perfect mate and being afraid of losing it. “Dark Room,” that song’s about getting caught doing stupid shit and people calling you out on it, and you’re either going to lie or tell the truth. How’s the band’s chemistry now?

Tell me about opening for G.B.H. SP: I’m an old school punk rock fan, and it was an old school punk rock show. You had your classic, mohawk-leather-jacket-with-the-patches kids in there. Classic punk rockers. We actually had two guys literally sitting on the stage while we were playing facing the audience and they were expecting hardcore punk that night, but we got a really good reception where they clapped after our songs, kind of like, “You guys are rad, not really what we wanted to hear tonight, but you guys don’t suck. Right on.” What does the Sacramento music scene need? AH: More people need to go out to shows. I think in the last year or two it seems better. There are more venues opening up. We’re sitting across the street from Luigi’s right now, and there are people out on a Tuesday night. I don’t think [the scene is] as good as the days of the Cattle Club, but it’s better than it has been. There’s a lot more people that are going out, but more people could always come out for sure. When will the band call it quits? AH: We’ll call A Single Second quits when it’s not fun anymore. Who knows a year from now, two years from now, if someone’s not having fun? A Single Second or not, I guarantee in 20 years, I will still be playing my guitar whether I’m out playing at a club or something. I’ll have my acoustic out, trying to pick up on younger women at the coffee shop [laughs]. I don’t know. I just love to play music. It’s like therapy—well, not therapy, it’s an outlet.

“I pl ay music on st age and it allows me not to be an animal i n every aspect of my life. Th at’s my outlet to let it go. My frustration, my excitement, my everythi ng.” – Sh awn Peter, A Si ngle Second SP: Playing with Dave, Mogley and Aaron over the last three years, it’s been the best the band has ever been. Not to say I didn’t like the moments before, but, we’re not afraid to try anything. We write for ourselves and we write music for ourselves. And, hopefully, our audience is going to like our material. It’s really nice to write something new and try it out and see how the audience is going to react to it. Do you feel you challenge each other? SP: Most definitely. Aaron writes the most intricate guitar stuff where I’m like, “Whoa.” My classic phrase is, when I write a song, Aaron smartens up my songs, and when Aaron writes a song, I kind of dumb him down a bit [laughs]. I’m not going to toot his own horn, but he’s probably the best guitarist I’ve ever played with. Aaron Holt: We’re not scared to shit on everyone else’s ideas, too. Let it be known. It might be me, a lot. I got the big mouth. What inspires you as a songwriter? SP: Life. I write about my personal experiences. Personally, I went through some real tiring times in the last two years and if it wasn’t for my band mates, I don’t know where I would be, honestly. I had a lot of dark moments going on in my life and music helped me pull through and the lyrics revolve around those experiences. I’m just trying to take a positive step toward everything.

Does a community of musicians exist within Sacramento? SP: You go to any show and you really know who’s in what band. We all play with each other and collaborate with each other. Half the audience is always going to be other bands and the friends of those bands. I could rattle off for a half hour all the bands I like playing with: Kill the Precedent, First Class Citizen, Bastards of Young, the Secretions…bands who’ve been around since the ‘90s, like Will Haven’s still doing it. There’s a lot of bands and we’re all listening to and supporting each other. Why do you continue to play music? SP: We just want to keep doing things that challenge us. We’re not doing it for anyone but ourselves, and if people happen to like it, then that’s awesome. I play music on stage and it allows me not to be an animal in every aspect of my life. That’s my outlet to let it go. My frustration, my excitement, my everything. I give it all when I give a performance. I’m a music junkie. If there’s any On Friday, Aug. 12, A Single Second will drug in my life, play the first of two official CD release it’s music. And shows at Concerts in the Park in Cesar Chavez Park. Purchase a beer garden I’ll never give wristband and get into the guys’ show it up.

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The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Mercy Sounds, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino’s Nightclub EOTO, 10 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino’s Theater Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, 10 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Jazz Session w/ the Joe Mazzafero Quintet feat. Benny Carter, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Strapped for Cash w/ Nuance, 7 p.m. Plea for Peace Center Diwali, Mano Kane, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Nathan Owens, 7 p.m.

8.09 Tuesday

Beatnik Studios Dawn Landes, 7 p.m. City Slickers Owen Mays, Dog Bite Haris, Felix Thursday, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Gril Voice of Addiction, Bypassing Oblivion, Avenue Saints, Fuel The Change, 6 p.m.

Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 7 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Love Songs From the Hated, Lessons In Failure, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Johnson Creek Stranglers, Dirt Nap Band, 8 p.m. Mix Jazz in the Mix w/ Tony Elder 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub DJs Rigatony, Alazzawi, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Nathan Owens, 7 p.m. Shine Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. The Stoney Inn Karaoke, 10 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Hans Eberbach, 5:30 p.m.; Lew Fratis Trio, 9 p.m. ZuhG Life Store Open Mic, 6 p.m.

8.10 Wednesday

Ace of Spades Awolnation, Wallpaper, The New Regime, 6 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 DJ Risk One, Casey Lewis, DJ Nate D, 7 p.m. Dive Bar Chris Clouse, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Eric Lindell, Aaron King & the Imperials, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 7 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Ganglians (Album Release), Heavy Hawaii, Cuckoo Chaos, Plateaus, 7:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, 7:30 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino’s Blu Nightclub Ivan Deville’s Dumpstaphunk w/ Coop da Loop, 10 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino’s Opal Ultra Lounge Love & Light, 10 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino’s Theater Lotus, Big Gigantic, 10 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Alex Rather Taylor, Scott Bartenhagen, Cavewomen, 8:30 p.m.


Old Ironsides Open Mic w/ host Lare Crawley, 8:30 p.m. Pizza Rock ‘80s Night, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Element of Soul, Autumn Sky, Island of Black and White, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Nathan Owens, 7 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Jimmy Pailer, 9 p.m. Uncle Vitos (Davis) Boom Bip w/ The Flower Vato, 10 p.m.


Ace of Spades Pop Fiction, 7:30 p.m. Blue Cue Live Band Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Blue Lamp Hellbound Glory, The Cheatin Hearts, Swill Billies, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Pat Travers, Rue the Night, Righteous Sire, Blacksheep, 7 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Adam Donald, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF, Selector KDK, Ras Matthew, Juan Love, 10 p.m. Cesar Chavez Park The Brodys, Automatic Rival, A Single Second (Album Release), 5 p.m. Digitalis Studios The Kelps, Vanderslices, People in Houses, 7 p.m. Distillery A Single Second, All In A Day, 9 p.m. District 30 DJ Glo, 9 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Elusive, Cherry Red, Celsius, Jon Wayne, DJ Tmac, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose Anthony Cavazos, Alicia Gonzales, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Irishpalooza w/ Whiskey and Stitches, Stout Rebelion & The Pikeys, 6:30 p.m.; Forever Goldrush (CD Release), Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Walking Spanish, 10 p.m. Level Up Food & Lounge ¡Ay Tan Sucia! 2 (A Moombahton Party) w/ D.A.M.B., Chris Supreme, 10 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Fatty Acids, The Cat & Mouse Trio, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Herbie Kritzer, Allyson Seconds, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s Hot Buttered Rum, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Elliot Estes, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Smithfield Bargain, Awahnichi, David Dondero, 8:30 p.m.

8.11 thursday

Barcode Nightclub & Lounge DJ Wreck, 9 p.m. The Blue Lamp Joints and James (tribute to DJ Premier) w/ The Sleeprockers, Matt Lowe, Bar None, A.M.I.T.S., TASK1NE, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Brotha Lynch Hung, G-Macc, Devious, Da Kat, Vamp, Crookwood, Cali Colab, California Bear Gang, Divided Allegiance, 7 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. District 30 I Love House w/ Ron Reeser, Verdugo Brothers, Mike Oso, 8 p.m. Dive Bar Duel Thursdays, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Dave Lynch Group, The Jahari Sai Quartet, 8 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Shaun Slaughter’s Revolving Party, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Full Blown Stone, Thrive, Layst, 10 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Shannon & the Clams, The Trashies, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Rock On Live Band Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mix Lights Down Low w/ Classixx, Gloves, Shaun Slaughter, Adam J, Alx-T, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Thompson Bros., Hot Tar Roofers, For Sayle, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Chris Gardner, 9:30 p.m.

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Old Ironsides Model A, This City Defects, Gentleman Caller, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Fashen, Billy Lane, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Tainted Love, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. The Radison Hotel Grove Bump City Dance Party to benefit Francis House w/ Tower of Power, Mick Martin and the Blues Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Dan Bauer, 5 p.m.; The Spazmatics, 9:30 p.m. The Refuge Memento Mori, the Stalking Distance, Taunis Year One, Pythagora, 7 p.m. Shenanigans 2 Or 3 Guys, Mr. Rogers, Those Charming Crooks, 9 p.m. Sol Collective Zuzuka Poderosa Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Dustbowl Revival, The West Nile Ramblers, 8 p.m. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Jennifer Knapp & Bishop Gene Robinson, 7:30 p.m. The Stoney Inn Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Warp 11, Tres Hombres, 6 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Huey Lewis & the News, 8 p.m. Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Gino Matteo, 9 p.m.

8.13 Saturday

Ace of Spades The Cab, Taking’s Not Stealing, The Cosmonauts, Method Echo, 6:30 p.m. Barcode Nightclub & Lounge Dev (from the Cataracs), Cody Simpson, Andrea Rosario, 9 p.m. Blue Cue Rogue, 9 p.m. The Blue Lamp This Charming Band (tribute To The Smiths), 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Evaline, Greenlight, The Even Tide, Early States, Yours For A Night, 7 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Ryan Hernandez, Adam Donald, 8 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Trace Adkins, 8 p.m. Center for the Arts Buffy SainteMarie, 8 p.m. City Slickers Dry County Drinkers, Johnson Creek Stranglers, 10 p.m. Club Retro Grenade Jumper, Smelling Colors, Roses For Lions, Young Emperor, The Dares, No Where But Up, 6 p.m. Colonial Theatre First Degree the D.E., Be Gee, G Macc, AK, Crucial Point, 8 p.m. Distillery Historia Alterna, Sickboys, Silas Wolf, 10 p.m. District 30 Zhaldee, 9 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill L.A.M.E., Blownload, Animism, Defyant Circle, Revolver, Get Shot!, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose DJ Hailey, 9 p.m. Golden Bear Sweaty w/ DJ Whores, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Matt Masih and the Messengers, 10 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Keb Mo, 7:30 p.m. Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena Big Four, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Jackson Griffith, Emily O’Neill, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s Jerry Garcia Tribute w/ The Coalition, 9:30 p.m. Mix DJ Mike Moss, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Lost Angeles, Arlyn Anderson Project, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Fascination w/DJ Dark Star, DJ Missy Mark, 9 p.m.

Phono Select Destroy Nate Allen, 6 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Red Elvises, 10 p.m. Press Club Top 40 Dance w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Dan Bauer, 5 p.m.; The Spazmatics, 9:30 p.m. Shine Musical Charis, Hargo, Wannabe Barnaby, 7:30 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen David Dondero, yOya, Awahnichi, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River The Chill, 4 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge DJs & Dancing, 9 p.m. Torch Club Johnny Guitar Knox, 5 p.m.; Kaye Bohler, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Quad Non Stop Bhangra, 7:30 p.m. William Land Park Amphitheatre 4th Annual Fire Spectacular: Cracker Family Circus, Zoundhauz, Mystic Lotus, Drumsum, 3 p.m. ZuhG Life Store Annie J, Brian Rogers, Cory Norris, Doug Cash, 1 p.m.

8.14 Sunday

The Blue Lamp Young G, Pete Space, Brand Smiff feat. Madd Son, Trayce, M80, Tone Deville, Precise, Cadaver, M.C.QBall916, 8 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Loso, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Crest Theatre Skip’s Music Presents Stairway To Stardom, 11 a.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill The Hybrid Creeps, The Scowndrolls, The Strange Party, 6 p.m. Harlow’s Old ‘97s, Robert Ellis, 7 p.m.; ?uestlove (DJ Set), 10 p.m. Jackson Rancheria Aaron Lewis, 6 p.m. Mix Sunday Circus w/ DJ Gabe Xavier, 8 p.m. Moon River Inn Soul on Sundays, 6 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown With New Meaning, Trailer Park Rangers, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Kenny Blue Ray, 3 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry & DJ Hailey, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Buck Ford, 7 p.m. The Stoney Inn Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River The AKA Band, 4 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Johnny Guitar Knox, 8 p.m. ZuhG Life Store Ken Teel, 2 p.m.

8.15 Monday

Ace of Spades In Fear and Faith, Vanna, A Loss For Words, Close To Home, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, Ten After Two, Adestria, Sierra Skyline, 3 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Holcombe Waller, Mia Doi Todd, Garrett Pierce, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Jazz Session w/ the Joe Mazzafero Quintet feat. Reagan Branch, 8:30 p.m.

Old Ironsides Strapped for Cash w/ Nuance, 7 p.m. Red Hawk Casino ESP, 7 p.m.

8.16 Tuesday

Crest Theatre John Michael Montgomery, Dave Russell, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Kites Sail High, Skeletal System, Pregnant, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Antoine Dufour, 7:30 p.m. Mix Jazz in the Mix w/ Utopian Dreams, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub DJs Rigatony, Alazzawi, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino ESP, 7 p.m. Shine Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.; Laurelin Kruse, 8:30 p.m. The Stoney Inn Karaoke, 9 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Tin House Studio and Gallery Stacey Earle, Mark Stuart, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Sherman Baker, 5:30 p.m.; The Dippin’ Sauce, 9 p.m. Townhouse GRIMEY w/ Samo Soundboy, Deathface, Whores, Crescendo, Jay Two, 9 p.m.

8.17 Wednesday

Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 DJ Tina T, 9 p.m. Dive Bar Chris Clouse, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose Traditional Irish Jam Session hosted by Laura Tjoelker, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Iconoclast Robot, James Tavern & Forgotten Passage, 9 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 7 p.m. Marilyn’s Jackie Bristow, Jackie Daum, Bobby Zoppi, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Jesse Naomi, West of Next, Emily Collars, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic w/ host Lare Crawley, 8:30 p.m. Pizza Rock ‘80s Night, 8 p.m. Power Balance Pavilion Sade, John Legend, 7:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub White Minorities, Lonely Kings, Josh Tompson, 9 p.m. Press Club Bastards of Young, Know Your Saints, Dirty Faces, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino ESP, 7 p.m. The Stoney Inn Hunter Hayes, Jessica Caylyn Torch Club Carter Bros, 5:30 p.m.; Jelly Bread, 9 p.m. Uncle Vitos (Davis) Boom Bip w/ The Flower Vato, 10 p.m.

8.18 Thursday

Ace of Spades Calexico, Sea Of Bees, 7 p.m. Barcode Nightclub & Lounge DJ Wreck, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Mike Pinto, Street Urchinz, Conflict Minerals, Season of Transit, 7 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Jack Ketch, Awaiting The Apocalypse, A Holy Ghost Revival, To End All Silence, Divine Restoration, I The Captain, Deadlines & Diamonds, 6 p.m. Blue Cue Live Band Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Blue Lamp San Similar, Hans Eberbach, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Conducting from the Grave, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit, Rings of Saturn, Volumes, Structures, Malevolent, Beyond All Ends, 6:30 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Tony Bataska, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF, Selector KDK, Ras Matthew, Juan Love, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Aimee Mann, 8 p.m.


Issue 91 • August 8 – August 22, 2011

Cesar Chavez Park Mick Martin & The Blues Rockers, Tess & Hip Trash, Kyle Rowland Band, 5 p.m. Distillery Be Brave Bold Robot, Grown Up Noise, Montemar Music, Gimme Back My Moon, 10 p.m. District 30 J. Money, 9 p.m. Estrellita Ballroom Porter Robinson, Liquid Stranger, Reverse, G.A.M.M.A., Atom O.N.E., Mike Diamond, Switchblade, Andy P, Chris Love, Sonny Daze, David Law, 7 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill 30.06, Short Changed, Human Obliteration, Black America, Minenwerfer, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose WhiteWash Station, Beni, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m. Harlow’s The Cheeseballs, The Peelers, 10 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Rubber Biscuit’s Rockin’ Blues Revue, 7:30 p.m. Harvey’s lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena Miranda Lambert, 7:30 p.m. Turkey Creek Golf Course Mark of Defyance, Gilligan Strange, Symantha Jacobs, 8 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Sister Crayon, Exquisite Corps, Two Sheds, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s The Hard Way, Smirker, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Elliot Estes, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Jilt vs. Jonah, Pets, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Elements Brass Band, Crossing River, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Superlicious, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Allen Fredrick, 5 p.m.; 80’z Allstars, 9:30 p.m. Shenanigans Terra Ferno (EP Release), Picture Me Broken, Some Fear None, Into the Desert, 8 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Appetite, Sands, Hello Mtn, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River 3rd Friday Reggae, 6 p.m. Tin House Studio and Gallery Jon Dee Graham, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Bone MacDonald, 5:30 p.m.; Mind X, The Carter Bros, 9 p.m. Vega’s Instagon, Chikading!, 9 p.m.

8.20 Saturday

Blue Cue One Headlight, 9 p.m. The Blue Lamp Black Mackerel, Midnight Chaser, Kill Devil, 8:30 p.m. The Boardwalk Saint Dog, The DRP, Americaz Mozt Haunted, Penny, M-80, Victory or Death, N2ME, California Bear Gang, G-Macc, Calico, 7 p.m.

The Boxing Donkey Adam Donald, 8 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Patti LaBelle, 8 p.m. Club 21 XGVNR, Houdini, Mike Diamond, Allan Guevara (EP Release), My Cousin Vinny, 10 p.m. Club Retro Second To Last, Streetlight Fire, Raising Blame, Make A Scene, The Slice Of Summer, 6 p.m. Davis Art Center 3rd Annual DAC Summer Attack! w/ Exhale, Uncle Tony, Downhill From Here, Crow Canyon, Parie Wood, 5:30 p.m. Digitalis Studios Murder Death Kill, Havenside, Your Own Destroyer, Alegion, Of Strength & Sacrifice, Bulltrue, 6 p.m. Distillery The Solicitors, NFH, The Community, 10 p.m. District 30 E.One, 9 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Stand Up For Kids Benefit w/ Demension 13, Descendant, Bad Boy Eddy, Steel Savior, From Cities to Salt, GerAnimo, 8 p.m. Fox & Goose MollyMawks, 9 p.m. Golden Bear Sweaty w/ DJ Whores, 10 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Rubber Biscuit’s Rockin’ Blues Revue, 7:30 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Prieta, Lite Brite, Kelps, The Hungry, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Penny Harding, Jeff Sears, 8:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Shemekia Copeland, 7:30 p.m. Mix DJ Mike Moss, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown The Isaac Howl, Honyock, 8:30 p.m. Old Ironsides The #13, Jupiter, The Verge, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Arden Park Roots, Blackeyed Dempseys, 8 p.m. Press Club Top 40 Dance w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Allen Fredrick, 5 p.m.; 80’z Allstars, 9:30 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Bright Archer, Shenandoah Davis, Yesway, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Rogue, 4 p.m. T2 Nightclub & Lounge DJs & Dancing, 9 p.m. Torch Club Johnny Guitar Knox, 5 p.m.; Terry Hanck, 9 p.m. ZuhG Life Store Brian Jennings, Sunburn, Random Abiladeze, 1 p.m.

8.21 Sunday

Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m.

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Dive Bar Zuhg, 9 p.m. The Fire Escape Bar and Grill Knifethruhead, Panties, Eat the Living, Solanum, 6 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Rubber Biscuit’s Rockin’ Blues Revue, 7:30 p.m. Mix Sunday Circus w/ DJ Gabe Xavier, 8 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Colin Bodine, Annie Guthrie, Rebecca and Marcel, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Loose Change, 3 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry & DJ Hailey, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Erin McKinney, 7 p.m. The Stoney Inn Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River The West Nile Ramblers, Countrytrash, Quarterman Jack, Jenny Lynn and Her Real Gone Daddies, The Fortunate Few, Miss Lonely Hearts, The Devils Train, 12 p.m. Torch Club Aaron King & Friends, 4 p.m.; Elements Brass Band, 8 p.m. ZuhG Life Store Karen Sanders, 2 p.m.

8.22 monday

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden The Polyps, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Jazz Session w/ the Joe Mazzafero Quintet feat. Joe Berry, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Nathan Owens, 7 p.m.

Comedy Community Center Theater Bill Maher, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Don Barnhart's Comedy & Hypnosis Show, Aug. 11 - 14, Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, & 7 p.m. Best of Open Mic Showcase, Aug. 16, 8 p.m. Tim Jones, Sharon Lacey, Aug. 18 - 21, Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, & 7 p.m. Luna's Cafe Keith Lowell Jensen's Wednesday Night Comedy, Wednesday's, 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Daniel Tosh, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. & 10 p.m. Miners Foundry The Nevada City Film Festival Comedy Show w/ DJ Douggpound, Brent Weinbach,

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Misc. Blue Cue Trivia Night, every Wednesday, 8 p.m. The Blue Lamp The Pretty Things Peepshow, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Irish Pub Open Mic Variety Night, Mondays, 9 p.m. California Museum Riding Concrete: Skateboarding in California curated by Z-Boy Nathan Pratt, now through March, 2012 Capitol Garage Trivia Night, Mondays, 9 p.m.

Colonial Theatre Sacramento Wrestling Federation Presents: Clash at the Colonial, Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. Total Wrestling Federation Presents: Brain Damage, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre Trash Film Orgy Presents: Santo y Blue Demon Contras Los Monstruous, Aug. 13, 11 p.m. Sacramento Film and Music Festival SummerFest, Aug. 17 - 21 Elliott Fouts Gallery 40 & Under Group Show feat. Zach Timberlake, Micah Crandall-Bear, Maren Conrad, Raphael Delgado, John Pearce Boyer, Juuri, reception Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Golden Bear Random Knowledge Trivia Night, every Wednesday, 8 p.m. The Guild Theatre Movies On A Big Screen: The End of the Line, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.; Back to School Night at MOBS The Sex and Violence Edition, Aug. 21, 7:30 p.m. International Academy of Design & Technology Student Showcase, Aug. 12, 6 p.m. j27 Art Gallery Live Painting & Exhibit by Mark Lifvendahl, Aug. 13 K Street Venues Summer Block Party on K St., every Wednesday Legacy Boutique Demetris “BAMR” Washington’s Building Legacies, reception Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Poetry Unplugged, every Thursday, 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Tiana Vega Presents Designing Dreams Fashion Show, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Documentary Nights: Korea the Forgotten War, Aug. 9, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.; When the Levees Broke Part 1, Aug. 16, 5 p.m. & 8 p.m. Nevada City Downtown Historic District 11th Annual Nevada City Film Festival, Aug. 18 - 21 The Park Ultra Lounge Hair Wars 2011, every Thursday through Sept. 1, 10 p.m. Phono Select Records Second Saturday w/ art by Aaron Hood, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Trivia Night, every Monday, 8 p.m. Shine Poetry with Legs, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 7 p.m. “2nd Chance Saturday” Artists Reception, Aug. 13 Shine’s 1 Year Celebration, Aug. 20 Spanglish Arte Vintage Love: Watercolors by Nathan Villa, now through Aug. 31; Second Saturday reception Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Workshop: Paper Mache Masks Part 2, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. Various Bars & Restaurants Midtown Cocktail Week, Aug. 15 - 21

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The Garlic Shack opens its door and hopefully your mind

The Garlic Shack

1830 J Street • Sacramento Words Adam Saake photos nicholas wray

You may have driven by the corner of 19th and J streets and noticed that Plum Blossom is no more, and in its place is the newly opened and curiously named Garlic Shack. I’ve heard mixed feelings from folks about the closing of Plum Blossom; some couldn’t care less and never went there and others were bummed because sweet and sour chicken was “awesome” at 3 a.m. after seven shots of Jameson. Plum Blossom was a fun place, I agree, but I wouldn’t judge a place’s merits by how late it stayed open. And, if that’s all you’re bummed about, Garlic Shack is open late Thursday, Friday and Saturday to cure those late-night cravings. That deserves another round. Before I begin, please do yourself this one little favor and stay off of Yelp before you try this place out. It’s OK to make up your own mind about restaurants, and for crying out loud they just opened. I am in no way discrediting Yelp or Yelp users (I used to be one before I began writing this column) but the lack of little stars can be harsh on new restaurants. Submerge prides itself on elevating the awareness and interest in all things Sacramento, and the “Refined Tastes” column is no different. I seek to tell you about places Sacramento loves or places that are new and worthy of checking out. Garlic Shack falls into the latter category, and it is up to you to decide if it falls into the former. Pardon me as I step down from my soapbox. Submerge visited on a Monday afternoon; hot but not miserable and the newly installed roll-up door was wide open, giving the stoplight voyeurs something to gawk at. The table tops

were draped in brown butcher paper and a glass of crayons rested in the middle. Our server grabbed the color red and in big cursive letters wrote her name, “Dre.” “I’m Andrea but my friends call me Dre,” she said with a smile from ear to ear. “How about we start off with the Nor Cal Green Beans,” she continued. Flash fried green beans tossed in hemp, sesame and sunflower seeds and served with a wasabi balsamic aioli dipping sauce. This dish was phenomenal and was a good indicator for how the rest of the menu might taste. Bold flavors and adventurous plates are the theme here, and it’s no surprise considering that garlic is in the spotlight. This isn’t The Tofu Shack (although they have some of that too); we’re talking about the stuff that wards off vampires here. “We’ve been…trying to give them more garlic,” says owner Kenneth Powers. “It says it in our name, and they can’t get enough of it.” And so garlic is integrated into many of the dishes, where it can be the star and leave you reaching for the breath mints or where it simply is used to accent what’s on the plate. The special on that Monday was a beer-battered waffle with roasted garlic, caramelized bacon and offered with fried chicken, if one would be so inclined. Inclined we were because it’s not smart to pass up chicken and waffles, especially when there’s bacon and garlic involved. This dish was not for the faint of heart but for the hearty enthusiast. The chicken was smaller pieces of tender and moist breast that were fried in a light batter, while the waffle contained bits of the roasted garlic. Strangely, the garlic was integrated so well into the batter that I almost didn’t notice the texture until midway through eating. I know what you’re thinking right about now—garlic in waffle batter? Yes, and chicken and bacon and syrup. Oh my! Again, a heavy and adventurous plate but fun and executed well. For those with a lighter palate, the Daphne offers balsamic glazed portabella mushrooms with tofu, garlic mashed potatoes and fresh veggies. Pork lovers can get excited about the West Coast Philly, a new spin on a classic. Take away the cheese steak, add

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thinly sliced pork loin, Dijon glaze, sautéed mushrooms and onions and then top it with mozzarella on a ciabatta roll and you’re sittin’ pretty. With the heavy to the light, Powers likes that he’s able to showcase two sides of people’s eating habits. “We’re not trying to please everybody, but we’re trying to let more people know that people are aware of their diets. You can get the greasy food; you can get it greasy and deep fried or you can get it steamed with brown rice.” The range of menu items that are all pretty interesting and made with fresh, local ingredients makes this place worth checking out. Taking your time to look over the menu will benefit you, because it’s not really laid out into obvious sections. There are sandwiches, burgers, wraps and entrees but you may need to read a little to figure that out. Local beers are offered, but I recommend the house-brewed ice tea. Ask for the simple syrup to sweeten it up a bit. And no, it’s not garlic tea.

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Album Spotlight

How Weird Is Too Weird? ALAK GRØUPS

(KDVS Recordings) Words Blake Gillespie photo Jessalyn Joy Zachary Wakefield

KDVS Recordings broke into the modern cassette fetish in May with ALAK’s GRØUPS and while, I feel regrettably late to the campfire, the album’s August digital release will hopefully breathe new life into another fine installment in the local cult of weirdo-folk music. From Davis to Midtown, stretching on up to Placerville and Nevada City, the greater region is rife with weirdness. Folk, the genre armed with acoustic guitars and banjos, is treated quite differently in our region. Bands like Ellie Fortune, Sea of Bees, (formerly) Chelsea Wolfe and Dead Western are connoisseurs in crafting folk oddities. Is it the legalized marijuana? Is it an unseen Owsley figure with an endless supply of blotter acid? Are the surrounding woods filled with mystical spirits and owls, like in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks? Or is it the Sunday farmer’s market? I could not tell you. It is only known that the weirdo folk genre is as organic to Sacramento as the pungent smell of garlic is to Gilroy. Place ALAK in the weirdo folk community’s highest regards. GRØUPS asks, “Are you weird enough, man?” for a two-song duration of ambient fuggery, freak-out jazz skronking and crystalline tape machinations, before settling in with a folk track fed through dub selector systems called “My Love Is the Best.” The intro to GRØUPS is deliberate in establishing a weird front. As a digital release the challenge is a non-issue, since skipping is as easy as a pushed button away or the stroke of a delete key; but in the tape format, ALAK is risking its heartstrings in the name of experimentation. With the futzing mess out of its system, ALAK harnesses its chi for an enlightening stretch of acoustic haunts (“White Stones”), instrumental transmissions to the

Third Kind (“Doc’s New Super Leo”) and off-kilter sambas (“Pull Old Saint Long Chaine”). All great albums must come to satisfying conclusions, and GRØUPS rallies for a final shot at greatness with “Child Heart” and a cover of Robert Wyatt’s “Alliance” (I excluded the field recording “Wiiind,” simply because it’s just a slapping barn door and the whistle of Mother Nature). “Child Heart” dodges the folk label entirely, by operating in the tropes of pulsating indie-rock and synth-pop flourishes. As songstress Jocelyn Noir lingers on the lyrics, “Just get it out,” the blossoming synths billow faster for a dramatic crescendo that delicately releases its grip on us, so we’re not too wound up for “Alliance.” I would much like to hear the GRØUPS cassette, but I am grateful my introduction was the digital release. Hearing “Alliance,” a Wyatt cover that claims “Chomsky got it right,” sung in Noir’s chilling whispered croon is best enjoyed through a pair of expensive headphones. In the comfort of a headphone womb, ALAK’s version of “Alliance” is a lush swan song, willing to let the lyrics be the challenge issued, rather than a test of one’s taste for experimentation. ALAK’s GRØUPS requires patience, beyond determining your threshold for clatter, but grit through the odder moments and it’s a record with the capacity to nurture. Possibly GRØUPS is your gateway into You can stream ALAK’s the weird scene without GRØUPS at Alak. undergoing altered, where states? Don’t worry, it’s you can also find links to download the songs only folk music with an and purchase a copy of unorthodox slant. the cassette.

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The grindhouse

A Little Friendly Advice Cowboys and Aliens Universal Pictures

Words James Barone There is some truth in advertising. Cowboys and Aliens offers exactly what its title suggests. There are plenty of cowboys and aliens (more of the former than the latter—cowboy hats are cheaper than elaborate CGI sequences). Even cowboys’ more traditional foils, the Indians, are thrown into the mix. If Cowboys and Aliens were to follow in the footsteps of other matter-of-factly titled films, such as Snakes on a Plane perhaps, at the very least, there would be campy good times to be had. Instead, Jon Favreau’s latest action epic seems completely unaware of how ridiculous its premise is, and in this case ignorance is not bliss. The film opens with Daniel Craig doing what he does best: kicking ass and taking names as a mysterious dark horse-type character. He wakes up in the middle of the desert with a strange metal bracelet fixed to his left wrist. He doesn’t know who he is or how he got there. A group of stock ne’er-do-wells surround him, and he swiftly dispatches them, even knocking one dude off his horse with a flying tackle. It was pretty sweet. We all eventually find out that Craig plays Jake Lonergan, a sort of Robin Hood-type bandit… well, maybe not as altruistic as the rogue of Sherwood Forest, but definitely not a jerk-type bandit either. He’s wanted for stealing some gold from Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). Lonergan is incarcerated after an altercation with Dolarhyde’s worthless son Percy (Paul Dano) and is about to be shipped off to the federal marshal, but he avoids earthly prosecution—and Woodrow’s thirst for good ol’ fashioned lynch mob-style retribution— when aliens swoop in and raze the tiny Old West town and royally fuck up everyone’s shit. Because this is Cowboys and Aliens, not Cops and Robbers.


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From there, Lonergan, Dolarhyde and an assortment of cardboard supporting characters tromp across miles of dusty, desert terrain on horseback so they may rescue their friends and loved ones and combat the superior technology of the alien horde. Sam Rockwell plays a barkeep named Doc, a man who saw his wife wrangled by an alien space ship and has never even fired a gun before; and Olivia Wilde plays Ella Swenson, a mysterious and beautiful woman who seems to know a lot more about all this alien business than she lets on. It would seem like the perfect formula for a brainless but enjoyable romp, but Cowboys and Aliens is sorely lacking in the romp department. Mostly, it’s a bunch of panoramic shots of horseback riding (so much horseback riding) and people who’ve seen crazy shit in their lifetimes imparting gruff, no-nonsense words of advice to those who have yet to experience things like war or alien invasions—words of wisdom about keeping your gun close and what it means to be a man. Unfortunately, this isn’t True Grit, not by a long shot. As far as explosions go, there are plenty, but other than a sequence where a still amnesiac Lonergan and company encounter the bandit’s old crew, there is never much in the way of fun. Cowboys and Aliens feels too heavy and dour. It never gives much of a wink or a nod to the audience to tell us we should just lighten up and enjoy the ride (via horseback, of course). This is quite a surprise with Favreau at the helm, though it may not be entirely his fault. Five people are given screenwriting credits (including Lost’s Damon Lindelof). Perhaps it’s a case of too many cooks. In any case, as director of the first two films of the Iron Man franchise, Favreau took a slightly less well-known comic book character (at least compared to your Spider-Mans or Batmans) and turned him into a household name. Whereas those films melded action and humor to appeal to even those who don’t proclaim to be comic book fans, Cowboys and Indians presents a stone face as if its mere insistence that this bullshit must be taken seriously will make it so. Word of advice: It didn’t. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

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James Barone So America is starting to more accurately represent its populace as its credit is getting worse. Recently, Standard and Poor’s, a U.S. financial services company (or adjectives to describe our country’s working class), downgraded the United States credit rating from its stellar AAA rating to AA+. A legend to decipher what that means was published by the Associated Press on its website. The AAA, the highest possible rating, indicates an “extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” while the slightly downgraded AA suggests a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.” Linguistically, all that changed was a slight degree of adverbial hyperbole. What that will mean in the real world is more likely an economic and political shitstorm. Let’s back track a little bit to earlier in the week, when Congress finally stopped pulling each other’s cocks (and/or fingering their vaginas) long enough to get a debt-ceiling deal done. President Barack Obama warned that if a deal to raise the country’s borrowing limit wasn’t reached by Aug. 2, it would default on its loans and royally fuck everything over, and we’d all burn and suffer and torment in the fires of hell and damnation for all of eternity. This may or may not have been the case. Perhaps Mr. President was just trying to light some fire (and brimstone) under our legislature’s ass. It certainly worked. It was clear something had to be done. Maybe I’m just a sadist, but part of me was kind of hoping the two houses of Congress would fail to come together. It may have meant disaster for our country—and most likely, the most unfortunate would bear the brunt of it, which is usually the case—but total collapse would have been something to talk about, a real sight to behold. I would have preferred some sort of glorious, hallelujah-style redemption, of course, but as naïve as I can be, I’m not entirely clueless. With time running out, like in every shitty action movie you’ve ever seen, the day was finally saved. After a lot of deliberation and partisan bickering, the jokers we elect to represent us actually did their jobs and passed some awful piece of legislation that will probably not do the thing that it’s fucking supposed to. But hey, at least it’s something. But unlike every shitty action movie you’ve ever seen, no one’s cheering the protagonists for their last-minute heroics. A CBS News/New York Times poll released on Thursday, Aug. 4 revealed that Congress’s disapproval rating hit an all-time low, with

84 percent of people “dissatisfied or angry with the government in Washington.” While congressional Republicans scored highest in gaining the ire of those polled, Democrats still scored in the 60s in their handling of the debt ceiling debate. Meanwhile, though people were split 47 percent versus 46 in disapproval of the president’s handling of the talks, Obama did score well amongst those asked if they’d rather he or Republican members of Congress should make decisions about the economy (47 percent for the president versus 33 percent for congressional Republicans). Truth be told, though, Congress is never all that popular. According to past numbers published in the report, Congress’s highest job approval rating came in an August 1980 poll when just 32 percent polled thought their legislatures were giving it their all. Hating on Congress is as American as baseball, apple pie and bad credit. So at least I can once again relate to my country, who has become a bit of a crazy, uncompromising right-wing prick lately. I’m afraid to look at my credit rating, because I’m sure it’s not very good. At least I don’t have a house or a family or 300 million citizens to support. I’m sure America’s credit rating is still higher than mine, though, which I’ll take as a blessing. The president and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner both warned that not making a deal or waiting too long to make a deal on the debt ceiling could result in a diminished credit rating. The president said it would lead to rising credit card, loan and mortgage interest and it would be all the fault of Congress for not acting. The economical impact remains to be seen, but the latter seems to be true. S&P blamed the government for issuing a diminished rating. John Chambers, ratings head for S&P, said that the company took a “dimmer view of the political settings in the United States.” He went on to question the government’s ability to put the budget on stable footing. Democratic Representative Barney Frank, the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, refuted S&P’s decision because the company made a $2 trillion flub in their calculations. “These are some of the people who have the worst records of incompetence and irresponsibility around,” he told Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. He’s probably right. I mean, I definitely trust him when he says S&P are incompetent and irresponsible. Who would know more about those than a member of Congress? Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

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