Fying Lotus as 'angel-spiced halibut'? Only in San Francisco
"I need a dollar," Orange County's Aloe Blacc sings on his signature single, but on Thursday night in San Francisco, he'll stand as the culinary inspiration for a foie gras bon-bon. Recessionary soul, after all, is best enjoyed while discussing the ethical concerns of feasting on duck liver.
The Blacc dish is one of many that can be sampled at a drinks-and-dinner pairing called Treasure Island SoundBite to celebrate the city's Treasure Island Music Festival, set for the weekend of Oct. 15. For those whose palates lean more toward indie rock, perhaps the Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks-named beer-fried game hen and yeast-risen waffle will satisfy, although only time will tell whether the tomato and peach caprese, with sweet balsamic, aged cheddar and smoky almond pesto, truly captures the pop tartness of Death Cab for Cutie.
Those in S.F. should know that jealousy lies behind this friendly mockery, as there was no multi-course meal in L.A. to properly prep for the FYF Fest or Coachella. Still, the digital experiments of Flying Lotus seem like they deserve more than an "angel-spiced halibut."
Admission to Treasure Island SoundBite is $45 plus service fees or, to put it in terms our S.F. friends can better understand, about one-fourth the cost of a 16-gig iPhone 4S.
The city's Treasure Island will feature all the aforementioned artists in this post, as well as Death From Above 1978, Cut Copy, Beach House, St. Vincent, Warpaint and the Naked and Famous, among many others, over two days. Two-day tickets can still be had for $125, not including service fees.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Flying Lotus. Credit: Axel Koester / For The Times