Live Blog: Desert Daze 2018

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Desert Daze 2018
Moreno Beach; Lake Perris, CA

[October 12-14, 2018]

2018 saw Southern California’s psychedelic freakout fest Desert Daze reaching its highest highs, as well as it lowest lows. Between a change in venue, a drastic boost in attendance, and an unfortunate weather-related catastrophe, this year’s festivities tested its attendee’s patience in more ways than one. And yet, in spite of some serious mishaps, Desert Daze amazingly managed to pull through for yet another wild weekend, proving yet again why it’s one of the more unique, all-in-one festival experiences out there today.

For a festival that prides itself on its good vibes, this year’s Desert Daze started out on a pretty harsh note. Day 1 was basically a disaster, with the line just to get into the parking lot taking a solid three and a half hours, and that’s after driving two hours from L.A. to get to the festival’s new home of Moreno Beach in Lake Perris, CA. We didn’t even make it into the campgrounds until around 6 PM, and by the time we had settled into our campsite, we only had time to try and catch Tame Impala’s headlining set that night. Little did we know that the travesties were only beginning; less than 10 minutes into Tame Impala’s set, the band was rushed offstage by a sound guy who informed us that there was a freak lightning storm headed straight in our direction, and that we essentially had to get the fuck out. Cue the pouring rain (as well as a frantic series of text alerts warning us to not take shelter under trees, buildings, or tents — leaving us where exactly?), and Day 1 amounted to one of the most ridiculous series of events that’s happened to me at a music festival.

But from there, the clouds hanging over the weekend surprisingly cleared up. I must admit that I was skeptical of the festival moving from Joshua Tree — one of the most legendary parks in America — to the middle of San Bernardino, but Moreno Beach was an absolute dream. Getting to go for a swim in between sets was lovely and once again proved Desert Daze’s affinity for offering much more to festival-goers than just a series of stages to hustle between before driving back to the hotel for the night. Between all the colorful art installations, the bountiful camping accommodations, and the silly activities in the Mystic Bazaar, Desert Daze is a fun festival to hang out at for three days, to say nothing of their penchant for booking an expansive range of artists stretching from Julia Holter to Slowdive to Earth to Death Grips.

The prices are still more expensive than they should be, but there’s something about going from floating in a lake to basking in the apocalyptic noise of My Bloody Valentine that’s hard to beat. Take a look at our photos from this year, and see if you can catch a vibe or two.

Words by Sam Goldner, Photos by Stephanie Riesco


Tame Impala







Kevin Morby








Kikagaku Moyo






Slowdive




King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard











Julia Holter













Earth






Death Grips




Tim Presley returns from his flight of fancy in January with I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk on Drag City

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Definitions of “fancy” might differ from fan to fan, but I’m thinking that hanging out with fellow psych-pop freak and frequent collaborator Cate Le Bon at her Staveley estate, writing new music “in the Lake District (Northern England)” where “everywhere you look is the most beautiful serene British landscapes” sounds fancy enough for almost everyone I know. (You too? Thought so.)

White Fence, or Tim Presley’s White Fence as it is this time around, will release I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk on January 25 through Drag City. Yes, the man synonymous with riotous rave-ups, mini punk operas, and sixties-obsessed, stir-fried psychedelia is BACK with his first White Fence album since 2014’s For the Recently Found Innocent, and — I would like to think — the world is a little bit fancier for it.

To celebrate the release, Presley and DC have shared “Lorelei”, the first single off the album, which can be heard below. Choose between 2xLP, CD, cassette, or digital iterations of I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk here or here — or maybe just buy them all, and you’ll be so fancy, you won’t even know…

I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk by Tim Presley


I Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk tracklisting:

01. Have to Feed Larry’s Hawk
02. Phone
03. Fog City
04. I Love You
05. Lorelei
06. Neighborhood Light
07. I Can See You
08. Until You Walk
09. I Saw Snow Today
10. Indisposed
11. Forever Chained
12. Fog City (2)
13. Harm Reduction (A: Morning)
14. Harm Reduction (B: Street & Inside Mind)

Ty Segall & White Fence – “Body Behavior”

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Ty Segall & White Fence - JoyA few months back, Ty Segall and White Fence announced a new album together, Joy. It’s the two Californians first team-up in six years, since they put out their first collaborative record, Hair, and we’ve already heard “Good Boy” from it. Today, Segall and Tim Presley have shared another single, “Body Behavior,” which … More »

Ty Segall & White Fence – “Body Behavior”

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Ty Segall & White Fence - JoyA few months back, Ty Segall and White Fence announced a new album together, Joy. It’s the two Californians first team-up in six years, since they put out their first collaborative record, Hair, and we’ve already heard “Good Boy” from it. Today, Segall and Tim Presley have shared another single, “Body Behavior,” which … More »

Ty Segall announces break from releasing new albums to release new album with White Fence

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How well do you remember 2012?

Well enough to recall that was the year that Ty Segall and White Fence (a.k.a. Tim Presley) first joined forces for to create a two-headed psych-folk masterbeast called Hair? Or is that just some distant yet fond memory now nestled among the countless Ty Segall releases (the dude appears to have no off-switch) and the White Fence/Presley killers like his recent DRINKS record with Cate Le Bon?

Okay, now stop scratching into your pot-holed memories, because all that is in the past and you have a very bright and expansive future ahead of you in which Segall and White Fence have re-united for another record. This time it’s called Joy, and it’ll be released via Drag City on July 20.

You needn’t worry whether Joy will be some wild departure towards conga-infused, spoken word pieces, either; because the lead single “Good Boy” — conveniently embedded below — suggests that it contains another solid 15 tracks’ worth of burning-garage-flecked psychedelia.

Pre-order the album here and catch the lads live this fall when they hit the road to prove they aren’t holograms (because let’s face it: the wildest of rumors are always the hardest to shake).

Joy by Ty Segall & White Fence

Joy tracklisting:

01. Beginning
02. Please Don’t Leave This Town
03. Room Connector
04. Body Behavior
05. Good Boy
06. Hey Joel, Where You Going With That?
07. Rock Flute
08. A Nod
09. Grin Without Smile
10. Other Way
11. Prettiest Dog
12. Do Your Hair
13. She Is Gold
14. Tommy’s Place
15. My Friend

JOY to (the following select cities of) the world:

10.06.18 – Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
10.07.18 – Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, BC
10.08.18 – Neumos, Seattle, WA
10.10.18 – Harlow’s, Sacramento, CA
10.11.18 – Gundlach Bundschu, Sonoma, CA
10.10-10.14 – Desert Daze Festival in Moreno Valley, CA

Ty Segall & White Fence – “Good Boy”

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Ty-Segall-and-White-Fence-Good-BoyNobody could accuse Ty Segall and White Fence of being unproductive. Earlier this year, Segall released his way-out fuzz-rock opus Freedom’s Goblin. And White Fence — who, under his government name Tim Presley, is one half of the duo DRINKS with Cate Le Bon — released the new DRINKS LP Hippo Lite just … More »

Stream Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley’s New DRINKS Album Hippo Lite And The “Corner Shops” Video

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Yesterday we learned Welsh musician Cate Le Bon would be producing the new Deerhunter album. Today her own band DRINKS, a partnership with White Fence’s Tim Presley, is back with a new album of its own. I love Le Bon’s description of the conditions under which they created Hippo Lite: … More »