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SAMMIES 2016

The Sammies are always a trip. Not speaking for any other artists, of course, this is just off the cuff.

In case you aren’t familiar, the Sammies are Sacramento’ local music awards, put on by Sacramento News and Review. The weekly periodical has a multi-layered voting process, where local readers vote their favorites in HELLA different categories.

We were nominated this year for a couple of different cateogries, but to be honest we were way more excited about getting the opportunity to perform.

Sure, we have performed on all kinds of different stages; from the stage of local cultural hub, Sol Collective – to the main stage at TBD Fest and Concerts in the Park. This show, though, was special because it was going to be the first time we got the chance to rock some of our new material.

Oh you ain’t know about the new material? Don’t worry, we’ll get to that…

It feels like so long ago that Neon Noir (Deluxe) dropped, and since then we have been pouring all types of time and love into this new project. It’s been a rollercoaster though, all types of ups and downs that ended up happening along the way. Not one of those kiddie rides, either. We’re talking twists, turns, and a few 360s thrown in for good measure.

So when we were graciously offered the opportunity to perform, we took it. This was going to be the perfect chance to feel out that new-new. See how other folks reacted to it, and more importantly, see how people who live outside of our musical spectrum feel about what they heard.

Of course we had to bring the homies PRVLGS with us, because no one sets the tone like them. Even with everyone’s hectic schedules, everyone was there to practice. Everyone put in the hours. The work. But moreover,  there was hella heart in that rehearsal.

Fast forward: The whole night was great. So many different types of audiences, so many different bands, even the hosts (shout out to the fam James Cavern and Nick Brunner for both holding down the emcee duties), were from varied walks of life. It ran smoothly, the audience stayed entertained, and you were guaranteed to run into at LEAST 10 people you wanted to see…. and only one or two that you didn’t.

We don’t want to speak on our performance because words right hollow if you weren’t there first hand. One thing is definite though:

That new-new felt good.

Stay tuned fam. And thank you for tuning in thus far.

Check the SAMMIES winners out here.

DLRN w/ Privileges + Stevie Nader @ Transition2016

Happy new year folks!

This Sunday in Sacramento, DLRN will be playing some new shit at Sol Collective for “Transition 5”. The annual showcase was created by producer AREYOU (Ru) in 2011 as a way to feature both the production and emceeing elements of hip hop music while flowing together seamlessly as one long performance. The event’s a great way to kick off the year and usually results in a reunion for everyone in the Sacramento hip hop scene. We’ll be playing some stuff of the new album with support from the homies of PRVLGS, a prog rock/jazz duo that are insane on the drums and keys. Also performing this year is headliner DUCKWRTH with Alyssa Bernal, RU AREYOU, Stevie Nader, Chuuwee, Soosh*e! and JustKristofer. It’s an all ages show that’s only $10 at the door. We’ll have some special stickerpacks for folks that come through and hang.

Back in the Studio

Happy December. It’s cold as shit and DLRN is back in the studio recording new music! Sean and I have been hard at work all over California working on the followup to Neon Noir Deluxe. Out in LA we’ve been tracking at Truth Studios, in Sacto we’ve been visiting the good folks at Alley Ave and Soundcap and as I write this…I’m sipping on a Guinness in the legendary Lady Psychiatrist’s Booth of San Francisco’s Vesuvio Café with an Ableton session running in the background. No spoilers yet on the album title, features, etc…it’s still a little early in the process for that. But the music is coming along smoothly and we’re both very excited for you to hear what we have in the pipeline.

If you’re looking for New Year’s Eve plans, Druskee and I will be spinning at Dive Bar for a GOOD COMPANY NYE PARTY! There’ll be a balloon drop, champagne, and of course all the dope party music you come to expect from a GOODCOMPANY party. Make sure to come early because we do expect to hit capacity very early.

Submerge’s 200th Issue Party.

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DLRN has the privilege of rockin’ with Submerge Magazine at their 200th issue party.

Details on the festivities here.

Check out the cover article they did on us in issue #162.

*TheCount voice* 1…2…Parties in the Bay This Weekend. AH AH AH.

This year Halloween falls on a Saturday night, which means people are going to be spending the entire weekend making mischief. If you’re out in the Bay Area this weekend, I’ve got two parties on both sides of the bridge for you to look into.

On Friday night, it’s the October edition of Friends Doing Fun, a monthly party I throw at Cease & Desist in San Francisco. This month’s lineup includes King Most, Drewbacca the Hairless Wookie, Mooselini the Soul Facist, and D.Hop of the Dig This Mess podcast.

On Saturday, Halloween proper, Drewbacca and I are keeping the party going across the bridge in Oakland. We’ll be at our regular 5th Saturday haunt (ha!), The Layover on Franklin Street.

Both venues are easily accessible by BART, so come through in costume ready to <B>Aubrey</b> on the dancefloor.

Rasar & SOOSH*E! at Hot 103.5

Rasar is a Sacramento Hip Hop HOF’er and one of the best historians of the scene that you’ll ever meet. Check out part one of his interview with SOOSH*E! at 103.5.

Check it out here.

 

GOODCOMPANY at Neo-Crocker2015

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This Saturday, DJ Druskee and I are bringing GOODCOMPANY sound to Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum for Neo-Crocker 2015. Neo-Crocker is the city’s premier modern culture event and is being headlined this year by blues/soul artist Fantastic Negrito. I saw him play at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco yesterday and the guy is definitely on the cusp of blowing up. Tickets start at $40 and are available at crockerartmuseum.org.

Peep Fantastic Negrito on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concertfantasticnegriot

Neon Noir (Deluxe) on Okayplayer!

“Genre bending Sacramento-bred duo DLRN bka Sean LaMarr and Jon Reyes made a splash with the debut of their full-length Neon Noir (Deluxe) LP. Brooding and bright, the project landed at the close of September chock full of joints. The tracks share a wavy electro undercurrent that punctuates the candid verses chronicling the highs and lows of DLRN’s journey to the fore. Stepping firmly outside of the traditionalist box, DLRN hits the reboot button and pushes the envelope with a collection propelled by tight flows, raw emotion and the spacious production at the core of each track.”

Kind words from the good folks at OKP. A dream come true.

Check out the full write-up here.

Neon Noir (Deluxe) Trailer

Neon Noir (Deluxe) is the debut LP from Sacramento duo DLRN
Get it here.

Directed by Erick Lee
Visual Effects: Monee La Russa
Assistant Camera: Chad Ross
Lighting: Joe C.
Model: Caroline Lee

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