Sacramento’s Victorian quirk-pop duo Agent Ribbons has called it quits. While fans included the uber-cool trendmaking Demolisten crew at KXLU, their move to Austin in 2000 2010 did little to change their 7 year cycle of almost constant touring without much breakthrough to a larger audience.
Does this mean California gets Natalie and Lauren back? Unknown. Natalie has booked a West Coast tour with new band Tele Novella which also includes her boyfriend Jason Chronis (Voxtrot, Belaire, JC&Co), Matt Simon and Cari Palazollo. Tele Novella recently debuted at SXSW and appears to be keeping Austin as their home base. There is no news from Lauren on her plans.
Hiddentrack is reporting that Sacramento’s Jackie Greene is joining the reformed Black Crowes. The Crowes announced that their 2011 “at least a decade” long haitus would end after two years with a spring tour and a live album. West coast dates have not been scheduled, but we can probably expect their usual weeklong run at the Fillmore. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Greene convinces the boys to perform a hometown show or two.
The Sacramento Zoo’s blog is reporting that Josie, the matriarch of their chimpanzee troop, was euthanized today due to old age. She was approximately 48 years old, and had been a resident here for 26 years. Josie liked to paint and frequently stood at the glass to the enclosure to wave to visitors.
Update: Today, Scoopy reports that Brownie, the oldest hyena in U.S captivity and model for the film The Lion King, has also died. Sacramentans are 35% less saddened by this than they are for Josie’s loss, as Josie had opposable thumbs and a better appreciation of poop.
Sweeping changes are happening at the California State Fair. Cal Expo’s two top managers, Norb Bartosik and Brian May, recently announced their retirements. The Sacramento Bee has taken this opportunity to call on Governor Brown to save the State Fair. The grounds need $50 million for repairs and more for renovations, and the State Fair needs revision and reinvention to create a 21st Century experience for visitors to the California Exposition.
This show is going to be off the hook. Sizzling Sirens with MC Jay Siren open the evening at 9pm, followed by groovy Americana from LA’s Golden Ghosts, high energy indie rock from Sexrat and face melting psychedelic rawk from local power trio Sicfus.
I recently discovered that I enjoy motor racing. The delirious, first high was a trip to the Sacramento Mile. I’m hooked. New to the scene but deeply into our State Parks, I was surprised that Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area SVRA is only a 20 minute drive to Rancho Cordova. Offroad enthusiasts regularly gather here, especially on weekends.
If you want to check them out, tomorrow is a great opportunity. This stop on the NorCal Rock Races tour is the final round of the 2012 championship series, featuring three classes of competitors from amateurs to world class. It is the only private West Coast qualifier for the 2013 King of Hammers, which is known as “the toughest road race on the planet” due to the challenging terrain in Johnson Valley, CA.
Admission is only $15 for a day of racing starting Saturday at 10am.
Local radio hosts Armstrong and Getty are embroiled in a controversy about Muhammed, violence, religious tolerance and freedom of speech.
Speaking of freedom, a freedom of speech battle is playing out on your A.M radio dial at Talk 650 KSTE. Popular morning show hosts Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty of The Armstrong & Getty Show were unexpectedly absent from their live show today and replaced by a pre-recorded ‘Best-of’ broadcast.
In what is sure to add some weight to those “next big thing” comments about Sacramento’s Sister Crayon, ultimate hipster scene maker-or-breaker Pitchfork is offering the preview track Cynic from their forthcoming EP Other.
If you like Portishead, Mazzy Star, or Sneaker Pimps, (or for you hip kids, CocoRosie, Natasha Khan or Matteah Baim), watch for Other to drop soon and catch them live around town while you still can.