Sugar Candy Mountain, Allah-Las and Farmer Dave

The Chapel, 777 Valencia St, San Francisco


Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.

Allah-Las' second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.

LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace.

(Kevin O’Sullivan) Farmer Dave's New Year's Eve Spectacular Farmer Dave Scher is an artist from Southern California who specializes in the music / sound design / DJ / visual arts mediums.

In addition to his involvement with Beachwood Sparks, All Night Radio, West Coast Dream Sequence, and his self-titled work, Scher has worked as a producer and touring / session musician with Animal Collective, Elvis Costello, Interpol, Jenny Lewis, Johnathan Rice, Kurt Vile, Will Oldham, Vetiver, and many others.

A multi-instrumentalist, Scher is known for his textural steel guitar playing and creative use of waveform editing, deriving themes and inspiration from forms and patterns existing in Nature. He has a particular love for the ocean and its creatures, and often emulates the sound and feel of the Sea with his music.

In 2010, Scher launched his multipurpose sound design and composing enterprise, Scher Sound, which offers a wide variety of audio-related creative services.

Scher is also the man behind Farmer Dave’s Hot Nuts, a habanero-roasted almond snack based on a family recipe.

Mr. Scher lives and works in Venice, CA. He enjoys beach living, surfing and riding his bicycle whenever possible.

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Sugar Candy Mountain & Electric Magpie

Lolipop Records, 1176 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles


The Electric Magpie formed after a year long college drop out, constant spasmatic Beatle movie impersonations, and hard caffeine addiction. The outpour of this experience grew its wings, appropriately, and soared deep into the heart of Dave (Maffei's) tidy abode. With the power of will and the current of pride, they electrified their fowl worship and, with a "go-ahead" from Nicholi Tesla, did nest deep into their own tea charged heaven. Witness them now, in the ear canal, and dream of no question more important than "What's for Tea!"

Hunter Stroope and Peter Maffei (plus an ever growing live band) are The Electric Magpie, an avian based, collection of sound. Making music for the sake of sanity, and for the loss there-of. They belong to LA label "Lolipop Records" and will release their first LP, accurately titled "Begins," this Winter.

"The sun isn't yellow, it's magpie!"