Saturday, April 5, 2014

CoV @ Starry Plough tonight with Animal Hours for their Debut Album Release + Grow & Twine


HI! 
in the spirit of spontaneity: here is a show in which I am singing tonight (w/ CoV, we open) + co-presenting................. at the Starry Plough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to see you there! We've been working hard on our songs, and are bringing back some older ones that are my favorites. Soldier's Things & Rain Dogs by Tom Waits... plus Come on Up to the House with Jamie Freedman solo'ing. a newish one by our incredible director Joyce Todd McBride, In the Bud (bossa nova style). And we have our usual Joni Mitchell array: Black Crow (re-named Black F'ing Crow, cuz it's a challenging one) + Big Yellow Taxi. 

Also tonight, we are excited to celebrate Animal Hours' Debut Album Release + their band members' bdays: Heather Anderson (formerly of Blue Rabbit) and Orion Letizi. Only Seaweed Sway show of the month, as far as I know! (Next one is May 4th at Amnesia w/ Dana Falconberry & Assateague & Indianna Hale!!!) 

In other news: 1) Alemany Farm Herb Garden workday is tomorrow at 1pm. 2) Ronnie & I are embarking on a new project: compiling a mix of songs from local-ish artists that have non-GMO sentiment, inspired by Michael Hurley's idea. The details of all of this are below. 3) Looking for housing? Links at the end. 4) Going to Minnesota mid-month so hope to see you tonight or soon. Love, Jessie

TONIGHT
Seaweed Sway & Everydaysongwriter.com Present:
Grow & Twine
Animal Hours Debut Album Release
Conspiracy of Venus
at The Starry Plough
8pm doors / 9pm sharp CoV
$6 online / $8-12 at the door
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(always grateful for your help spreading the word by inviting friends & reposting!)

poster by Keegan Wenkman http://keeganwenkman.com


Grow & Twine
Dreamy Nashville-San Francisco Folk with Ryan Devens, Ryan Devisser, Roxi Pianko, and Tobi Grunick.

Official Site: http://www.growandtwine.com

Animal Hours
Animal Hours makes dreamy indie-pop songs draped in lush harmonies, wrapped in a blanket of Americana. A collective of San Francisco Bay Area writers and artists, Animal Hours is the conception of singer-songwriter Orion Letizi with collaborators Heather Anderson (Blue Rabbit), Adrianne Serna and Paul Goldowitz.

Official Site: http://animalhours.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/animalhours

Conspiracy of Venus
Conspiracy of Venus is a women's community a cappella group based in SF. CoV sings original arrangements of contemporary music. 

Under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride, the 30 women of CoV interpret her daring and inventive arrangements of songs ranging from the classic (Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi) to the cutting edge (Bjork's Possibly Maybe) with dazzling technical verve and tons of personality. The group's repertoire also includes works by Bill Withers, Rufus Wainwright, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and Roger Miller. 


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We Invite Musicians, Artists to Contribute ::: anti-GMO anti-Monsanto Songs

Dear friends,

Inspired by Michael Hurley's proposal to compile songs that are anti-GMO & anti-Monsanto, we would like to start making our own BAY AREA compilation of songs. These songs can be directly or non-directly related; since our food system relates to us in every facet of our lives, how does it directly link to our experience of living in the Bay Area's nine counties?

We are still figuring out the details of how it will work, and right now are trying to gauge interest levels. We are hoping to raise awareness, locally foremost, and globally.

If you would like to contribute a song, please get in touch. We realize that some folks may want to WRITE a song just for this purpose, and in that case, we'd love to know how long you would need, so we can factor that in as much as possible.

We imagine it will go up on bandcamp at the very least, but we'd like to make some hard copies to hand out as well. We also imagine having a big party/benefit, and would like to involve different local organizations, so feel free to send us ideas of organizations and restaurants that do work around this. (Maybe these lists already exist somewhere; if so, even better, and we can add to them.)

Please let us know if you would like to
a) help, in any way!
b) contribute a song! (is it an existing song or will you be writing a new one?)
c) know of a band/org/restaurant that you think we should contact

Once we know who is interested, we will be in touch with next steps and song-sending instructions. We probably will ask to receive the songs via dropbox, in as big of a file format as possible (ideally a .wav or flac and not mp3). We'll also want to know the lyrics, any story or thoughts behind the song, and credits to musicians who played/ recording engineer/ studio/ etc. Plus a photo! & links!

Thanks in advance for your ideas and contributions!
Jessie & Ronnie

our emails:
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Next Seaweed Sway Show:
Sunday May 4th
Assateague, Dana Falconberry, & Indianna Hale @ Amnesia
Early-ish cuz it's a Sunday! 8pm

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RADIO
I highly recommend these weekend shows! Listen from anywhere! You can also hear the past shows, via the links below.

SATURDAYS, listen to DJ Joe Deakins with The Audio Grab Bag on KNYO, out of Mendocino. 11am-2pm PST.
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SUNDAYS
DJ Alex Webbles on KUSF in Exile, with the Hangover Sessions. 9am-11am PST.

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ALEMANY FARM HERB GARDEN
Herb garden workdays at alemany farm are first sundays of the month! That's tomorrow! 1-4pm https://www.facebook.com/MedicinalHerbGarden 
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HOUSING LIST
if you have a room to rent, that you want to tell more people about & not post on craigslist, please post it here!  i made this list a few years ago, there are about 700 people on it now (not all looking). it started as friends and friends of friends and still is mostly that: looking-for-housing@googlegroups.com 

looking for housing? send me your email address or sign up here (be sure to check "all emails" as the subscribe option, so that you can reply directly to the people offering housing)
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xo + thanks.
jessie
*Please send your news and updates- I appreciate hearing from you (even if I'm slow to respond)! 

**seaweed sway music, nature, & yoga gatherings**
http://seaweedsway.bandcamp.com
http://facebook.com/theseaweedsway

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Go to this show: Sean Hayes & Conspiracy of Beards

Thursday April 3

Sean Hayes

and

Conspiracy of Beards

at the Chapel

RSVP: http://facebook.com/events/707518885936300
Doors at 8 - Show at 9
Location: The Chapel, 777 Valencia St.

This is a show not to miss, friends. Thursday April 3rd at the Chapel! It will actually be the first show I attend there. Will be heading there directly from Conspiracy of Venus practice!

Changing it up, this will be Sean's first solo show in a long time, his first show with men's choir Conspiracy of Beards, and his first show at the Chapel! Sean is going to tour a bunch solo this spring, so look out for those dates and locations at http://seanhayesmusic.com or http://facebook.com/seanhayesmusic 

Hear/see Sean Hayes' latest song+video, Magic Slim vs. Dynamite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZIk75B-07o

"If there were a map of Sean Hayes’ 20-plus year career, it would be circuitous. A tangled criss-crossing of backroads and blue highways denoting place, influence, and trajectory. You can hear it in the deep-roots syncopation, in the dusty folk-stomp and in the biorhythmic pulse that ebbs and thumps throughout his music."



Conspiracy of Beards will open the evening with the poetic songs Leonard Cohen.

"Well dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, Conspiracy of Beards bring an energized live choral music experience out of the churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen’s lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender. With influences ranging from jazz and gospel, to barbershop and doo-wop, the unique arrangements that choir members create capture all of the emotion and humor of Leonard Cohen’s original music, and inspire audiences to ponder common human experiences like romance, heartbreak, politics, sex, longing, and spirituality."


*Original artwork and permission to modify it for use as a concert poster by Amanda Forrest-Chan - www.amandafc.ca

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Listen to this song. Two Timing Machines by Teenager. The Magic of True Love (Album Out Soon)

LISTEN TO THIS SONG


photo by Sabina Holber


Two Timing Machines, by Teenager (Bevan Herbekian):

A song to honor: the mystery of timing, the art of love, the mystery of love, the art of timing. The orchestral sound of the "sweetly defiant" songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bevan Herbekian (formerly of the 21st Century, now going by the moniker Teenager). Look out for new songs each week. Bevan is doing a staggered one song a week release, leading up to the final album release, "The Magic of True Love". 

"And how do you make love?
Do you build it to last?"
For we are two timing machines
with impeccable timing.

TEENAGER BIO, because I like to learn the stories behind the music, and maybe you will too:


Bevan was born on Halloween night in a tiny northern California town, where courtesy of the holiday, the first person he saw upon entering the world was Superman. He grew up the only child of ex-hippie parents who flooded him with an eclectic selection of classic albums, bootlegged John Peel Sessions and personalized mixtapes. It was a hand-me-down Nirvana cassette that jerked him out of childhood and compelled him to pick up the guitar and start a punk band. Since age 13, Bevan has been tirelessly writing songs, recording independent–and generally unheard–album after album, whilst forming and fronting numerous projects, from a Garage Rock power trio to an Americana Freak-Folk duo to a highly orchestrated Indie-Pop octet.  After nearly a decade of playing out in the Bay Area, trying his luck in New York, and wandering around the world as twenty-somethings sometimes do, he found himself disenchanted with the lifestyle he had romanticized.  This former scenester, who’d rather spend his weekends meticulously recording each instrument for his demos than going to bars, came home to write in part about what he found knocking about those city streets, but mostly about what he did not.  His long-time coming and laboriously crafted LP The Magic of True Love crystallizes the experience of realizing it doesn’t all work out in the end and the struggle to find yourself in the fallout.
The Magic of True Love bear hugs a ‘more is more’ philosophy while still managing to feel like listening in on someone’s most vulnerable prayers and doubts.  It plays like a mixtape of Bevan’s musical loves.  Ardent odes to the exuberance of youth are backed by larger than life distorted guitars and ethereal vocal harmonies. Melodic pop hooks of desire stand atop hand claps, fuzz bass and towering backbeats rhythms. There are intricately arranged ballads that move from confessional verse to soaring chorus into frenzied finale.  And there are pared down laments kept on their feet by gentle acoustic guitar strums and light-handed piano chords. Binding all of this together is Bevan’s voice. As a singer, he is intimate yet versatile marrying his spirited, mellifluous vocal with soft, confessional tones and the occasional high-flying falsetto. As a writer, his lyrics are poetic and precise, weaving poignant imagery with a deeply personal history. His true nature comes through in this music – in fact this may be where Bevan is most authentic and free.  Without affectation or persona, he gives you everything he’s got and you can feel it.  With The Magic of True Love, Bevan tears pages from Rock legends, Folk wordsmiths and Motown masters,  shuffles them and writes a new chapter. It is a big sound that is bold and ambitious, but one that a kid–delivered by Superman–would be willing to try.

tonight: LEVI STROM, The Gospel Flats, & Strange Ideas @ Amnesia


Hello!
A last minute notice for some sweet songs tonight. Yes, it's OKAY to go out on a SUNDAY!!! Would love to see you there. Really really really. This is the only show I'm working on for March, as I'm nannying a lot more and can't do late nights, or plan anything else. So come on out!! 

Levi Strom is on tour in town from Big Sur! The Gospel Flats are gonna blow you away w/ their harmonies. Strange Ideas will wake you up with their psychfolk garage rock oldies soul Oakland sounds. :)
Read on to get some other updates too! THANK YOU! xo Jessie

TONIGHT
Seaweed Sway Presents:
Levi Strom
The Gospel Flats
Strange Ideas
at Amnesia
8pm doors / 9pm music
$8
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(always grateful for your help spreading the word by inviting friends & reposting!)



LEVI STROM
SURF COUNTRY fresh from Big Sur!
Oregon native Levi Strom has coined the term, “surf country”, to describe his blend of American roots music and West Coast surf culture. It’s also the title of his new record due out this summer on Vow Records. A mash of driving acoustic guitar, lush back up harmonies, and Levi's slightly off-key, heartfelt vocals make "Surf Country" a must download (and must hear live).


The Gospel Flats
Country/Folk Duo The Gospel Flats is the union of prolific bay area based songwriters Graham Patzner (Whiskerman) and Chelsea Coleman. Their vocals blend seemlessly and travel into powerful heights of soul and gospel while still staying rooted to the old down-home country twang. Their music grabs from the traditional melting pot and creates a refreshing medicine for these torrential, yet auspicious times.

Official Site: www.gospelflats.com

Strange Ideas
Strange Ideas (Oakland, CA), stage name of singer, songwriter and musician, Matthew Hable, merges psych folk with garage rock and oldies soul.

"Strange Ideas... is show promoter Matthew Hable’s [Gus Madsack Presents] latest project. The Monterey native’s 'Empty' is primitive lo-fi glazed in folk dissonance that would make Kurt Vile proud... reinvented blues-meets-psych-folk." - Adam Joseph, Monterey County Weekly


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LISTEN TO THIS SONG, Two Timing Machines, by Teenager (Bevan Herbekian):

A song to honor: the mystery of timing, the art of love, the mystery of love, the art of timing. The orchestral sound of the "sweetly defiant" songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bevan Herbekian (formerly of the 21st Century, now going by the moniker Teenager). Look out for new songs each week. Bevan is doing a staggered one song a week release, leading up to the final album release, "The Magic of True Love". 

"And how do you make love?
Do you build it to last?"
For we are two timing machines
with impeccable timing.

TEENAGER BIO, because I like to learn the stories behind the music, and maybe you will too:
Bevan was born on Halloween night in a tiny northern California town, where courtesy of the holiday, the first person he saw upon entering the world was Superman. He grew up the only child of ex-hippie parents who flooded him with an eclectic selection of classic albums, bootlegged John Peel Sessions and personalized mixtapes. It was a hand-me-down Nirvana cassette that jerked him out of childhood and compelled him to pick up the guitar and start a punk band. Since age 13, Bevan has been tirelessly writing songs, recording independent–and generally unheard–album after album, whilst forming and fronting numerous projects, from a Garage Rock power trio to an Americana Freak-Folk duo to a highly orchestrated Indie-Pop octet.  After nearly a decade of playing out in the Bay Area, trying his luck in New York, and wandering around the world as twenty-somethings sometimes do, he found himself disenchanted with the lifestyle he had romanticized.  This former scenester, who’d rather spend his weekends meticulously recording each instrument for his demos than going to bars, came home to write in part about what he found knocking about those city streets, but mostly about what he did not.  His long-time coming and laboriously crafted LP The Magic of True Love crystallizes the experience of realizing it doesn’t all work out in the end and the struggle to find yourself in the fallout.
The Magic of True Love bear hugs a ‘more is more’ philosophy while still managing to feel like listening in on someone’s most vulnerable prayers and doubts.  It plays like a mixtape of Bevan’s musical loves.  Ardent odes to the exuberance of youth are backed by larger than life distorted guitars and ethereal vocal harmonies. Melodic pop hooks of desire stand atop hand claps, fuzz bass and towering backbeats rhythms. There are intricately arranged ballads that move from confessional verse to soaring chorus into frenzied finale.  And there are pared down laments kept on their feet by gentle acoustic guitar strums and light-handed piano chords. Binding all of this together is Bevan’s voice. As a singer, he is intimate yet versatile marrying his spirited, mellifluous vocal with soft, confessional tones and the occasional high-flying falsetto. As a writer, his lyrics are poetic and precise, weaving poignant imagery with a deeply personal history. His true nature comes through in this music – in fact this may be where Bevan is most authentic and free.  Without affectation or persona, he gives you everything he’s got and you can feel it.  With The Magic of True Love, Bevan tears pages from Rock legends, Folk wordsmiths and Motown masters,  shuffles them and writes a new chapter. It is a big sound that is bold and ambitious, but one that a kid–delivered by Superman–would be willing to try.
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Save the Date:
Sunday May 4th: Dana Falconberry @ Amnesia

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RADIO: I highly recommend these weekend shows! Listen from anywhere! You can also hear the past shows, via the links below.

SATURDAYS, listen to DJ Joe Deakins with The Audio Grab Bag on KNYO, out of Mendocino.
11am-2pm PST.
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SUNDAYS
DJ Alex Webbles on KUSF in Exile, with the Hangover Sessions
9am-11am PST.
listen live: http://savekusf.org

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ALEMANY FARM HERB GARDEN: Herb garden workdays at alemany farm are first sundays of the month! https://www.facebook.com/MedicinalHerbGarden 
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HOUSING LIST: if you have a room to rent, that you want to tell more people about & not post on craigslist, please post it here!  i made this list a few years ago: looking-for-housing@googlegroups.com 

looking for housing? send me your email address or sign up here (be sure to check "all emails" as the subscribe option, so that you can reply directly to the people offering housing)
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xo
jessie
*Please send your news and updates- I appreciate hearing from you!

**seaweed sway music, nature, & yoga gatherings**
http://seaweedsway.bandcamp.com (idea for a new mix is brewing!)
http://facebook.com/theseaweedsway

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

RECORD RELEASES! SHAREEF ALI (WED) + MICHAEL MUSIKA & ERIC KUHN (FRI)


HELLO!
I hope you are doing well!*

Tho I always dread my birthday a little, with memories of standing at the top of my basement stairs, seeing a room full of preschool friends, & suddenly wanting to hide... 
or generally putting too much pressure on the day...
I try to make the most of it & do ceremonious things. 
Since one of my favorite past-times is seeing friends & hearing great music, SIMULTANEOUSLY, these 2 RECORD RELEASE shows lined up perfectly.

I hope you will join me at these shows to celebrate!

Regardless of whether you can make it, I would love for you to check out the records & support these artists, as their music brings me great joy. 

Seaweed Sway Presents:

WED FEB 19) Shareef Ali's Record Release "A Place to Remember the Dead"
w/ Whiskerman 
& SparkBox (Megan Keely & Kelly McFarling) 
at Bottom of the Hill
Doors 8:30pm / Music 9pm 
$8 admission + Vegan Treats for Earlybirds
*CONTEST: Shareef says one person from the "going" list will be selected to receive a free CD, LP, signed poster, & t-shirt! if you are driving from the East Bay & can drive others, please write it on the event page. thanks!

VIDEOS to entice you:

"Tucson" by Shareef Alihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFI3kw3AIEI
(This is what I'd like my birthday party to be like.)


sparkbox: ("atlanta" by kelly mcfarling) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xA466fS4lI ("hollowbody" by megan keely) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwP94ycOyME


FRI FEB 21) Michael Musika & Eric Kuhn's Record Release "There is No Need to Name the Moon"
Eric + Erica's Farewell to CA Party 
+ Bobby Thayer 
at Amnesia
doors 8pm / Bob on first at 9pm
$8 admission
co-presented with Loving Cup & KUSF in Exile!

the record came out today
THERE IS NO NEED TO NAME THE MOON by michael musika & eric kuhn

The story, from Michael Musika:
I have a movie to share that is a visual metaphor for the creation of this record and the fate of its artists.

A long time ago, when I was eleven years old, I finished third in a juggling contest at a soccer camp.  I got beat by two brothers who came to the camp from Japan.  Their names were Toshiaki and Katsiuki.  My father teased me about it at the time and said I would never be able to beat them because they were too good. This annoyed me as he knew it would.  Many years later my father asked me how I planned to promote a record I was working on.  He said: “You’ve been working so diligently for such a long time.  One day you need to make a dollar.”  He suggested I get someone with a better voice and wider appeal to sing my songs, then looked in my direction tauntingly while listing several artists off the top of his head.  I said “I’m not trying to wait for Rihanna and Jolie Holland and Peter, Paul and Mary or any of the rest of them.  Alls I got to rely on is Eric and myself.”  He said, “You’re a fool Michael."

Here is my response.  The movie is called “The Juggler” and you can watch/LISTEN here:  THE JUGGLER 

also, Michael says he'll mail you a free vinyl if you tell him exactly how many times the fool juggles the ball consecutively. It was filmed at Golden Gate Park yesterday on the first try!!!!! http://youtu.be/DhXRFi_9IOs

POSTER BY STERLING SCHLEGEL

(they released a new EP friday feb 14th, Wild Holiday! get a candle w/ the d/l code @ the show!)


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RADIO: I highly recommend these weekend shows! Listen from anywhere! You can also hear the past shows, via the links below.

SATURDAYS, listen to DJ Joe Deakins with The Audio Grab Bag on KNYO, out of Mendocino.
11am-2pm PST.
look out for a podcast of this week's show, w/ songs from Shareef Ali's album at the beginning & end + Michael Musika/Eric Kuhn's new record "There is No Need to Name the Moon" + Eric+Erica's album "This is Where"
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SUNDAYS
DJ Alex Webbles on KUSF in Exile, with the Hangover Sessions
9am-11am PST.
listen live: http://savekusf.org

LAST WEEK'S show with Shareef Ali live-in-studio: http://www.mixcloud.com/dj-webbles/hsxxiv/
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GIVE $ TO SALT MINDS so they can make their album:
Mariee Sioux & Sean Kae are raising $ to create a collaborative album! i heard some song samples & am so excited for these songs to be out in the world. give what you can! 
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YOGA NIDRA: A blog I wrote 2 weeks ago. The Healing Power of Yoga Nidra: Rest, Acceptance, Creativity, & Transformation: http://seaweedswayyoga.blogspot.com
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ART @ RAINBOW: Gregory Groff's mind-blowing art is up at Rainbow Grocery all month! Look at it while you're there!! 

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ALEMANY FARM HERB GARDEN: Herb garden workdays at alemany farm are first sundays of the month! https://www.facebook.com/MedicinalHerbGarden 
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HOUSING LIST: if you have a room to rent, that you want to tell more people about & not post on craigslist, please post it here!  i made this list a few years ago: looking-for-housing@googlegroups.com 

looking for housing? send me your email address or sign up here (be sure to check "all emails" as the subscribe option, so that you can reply directly to the people offering housing)
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a person who lived their life in full creative expression:
Thanks to Obo Martin for sharing this article, with the caption: "Wear your art on your sleeve"
Read the story and watched the video... I didn't know her and still am very saddened by her death and am inspired by such a beautiful person living life creatively & fully.

xo
jessie
*Please send your news and updates- I appreciate hearing from you!

**seaweed sway music, nature, & yoga gatherings**
http://seaweedsway.bandcamp.com (idea for a new mix is brewing!)
http://facebook.com/theseaweedsway

Saturday, December 21, 2013

thanks! + community giving ideas (music/plants/yoga/massage/meditation/planner/housing orgs)


dear friends,
thank you all for a great year!

realizing all of the great offerings of the community, i've been inspired to write up a list of gift ideas. pass it on if you'd like, & feel free to send me more ideas. it's an initial brainstorm. the list includes sean hayes' music, guitar lessons, meditation, yoga, massage, herbs, plants, & the sf poor bastard's almanac. just a few of my favorite things.

also, for your 2014 calendars: the next show i'm working on is saturday january 25th at the starry plough in berkeley, with conspiracy of venus & the glasses & one more band tba. 

& please save the date: wed. feb 19th (my birthday eve), will be shareef ali's album release, w/ whiskerman & sparkbox (kelly mcfarling & megan keely) at bottom of the hill.

thank you again & happy winter solstice! 
love from ohio, jessie
ps - re-issuing these mixes: http://seaweedsway.bandcamp.com - there are some holiday songs buried on there - can you find 'em?


***COMMUNITY GIVING IDEAS***

MUSIC
There are many local artists with new albums & songs out. Get them for yourself and your friends! If you want ideas of artists, let me know. Here is a great artist, to start with...

SEAN HAYES is an independent artist (puts out his own albums), and so your support helps keep the music going, really. He is currently releasing one song at a time instead of an album, to get the songs out there faster, so you can support by purchasing the new song, going to upcoming shows, or buying the bundles of merch at http://seanhayesmusic.com

Right now, there are deals on bundles of autographed CDs, a new bottle opener with the lyric "Hearts All Full of Beats, The Stars All Full of Night", t-shirts, and back catalog of music. 

Local shows coming up; tix to these make great gifts!
January 18th at the HopMonk in Sebastopol, CA: BUY TICKETS
+ a special Valentine's Day Show w/ Eric & Erica opening, February 14th at the New Parish in Oakland, CA: BUY TICKETS

Also, here is the new music video for the song "Magic Slim vs Dynamite": WATCH VIDEO + buy the song if you like it. 
"The song is a classic tale of two men dance battling on the street for money, fame and of course a woman. For the video we got a group of friends together and had a dance party in my backyard! The song is the first in a "series of singles" I hope to put out over the next year."

GUITAR lessons 
with Emily Shumway, specializing in folk, finger-picking, & songwriting: emailemilylacantante@gmail.com

MASSAGE (sooo worth it!)
with Adriane Bovone - email frogga@sfbmc.org to get a gift certificate & set up an appointment - $70/hr (90 min sessions available) - operates in same space as the SF Botanical Medicine Clinic

AND 

with Vanessa Verlee - for the month of December, she is offering an end of the year special on gift certificates. 
"you can purchase one gift session for a $15 off the regular price or two or more gift sessions for $25 off each. the certificates have a one year expiration date and will be available through december 31."

1 90 min gift session - $100
1 120 min gift session - $115
2 (or more)  90 min gift sessions - $90 each
2 (or more) 120 min gift sessions - $105 each
contact: www.vanessaverlee.com / vanessa@vanessaverlee.com / 415-902-5675

AND

thai massage with Joe Schultz - at the Yoga Loft - email joe@theloftsf.com - $100/hr / $140/1.5hr

YOGA 
at the Yoga Loft. buy yourself or someone else a 10 class pass, or there is a Foundations deal going on right now - email info@theloftsf.com to find out more.

MEDITATION
with Biet Simkin, Center of the Cyclone
contact: biet.name@gmail.com 
"A one hour session with me has no specific price. I allow my clients to decide a price that they believe a one hour session would be valued at. If u need a guide, just think of a massage or a therapy session or something in that family. But whatever is sustainable same goes for a gift certificate!"

SF Poor Bastard's ALMANAC/ WEEKLY PLANNER
this is the best planner i've found- i've been lost w/out it this past year - has so many useful info guides in it. get yours now!! & get more for friends!
contact Stephen to order one: https://www.facebook.com/SFalmanac

PLANTS

HERBS from San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic. http://sfbmc.org
email Joshua Muscat at skullcap@sfbmc.org - to get great everyday tinctures - for anxiety (nerve tonic), sinus/congestion, cramps, getting sick prevention, etc.

SUCCULENCE in Bernal Heights. 402 Cortland Ave. Family-owned. Amazing variety of succulents & other fun gifts for all ages.

GIVE BACK to the community

this list was posted today, by Jessica Weiss, as a way that "techies" can give back in the SF Bay Area, but really anyone who has some $ can give or time to donate can give to these organizations.

Housing Advocacy Organizations
San Francisco Tenants' Union and Housing Rights Committee: Great organizations that provide tenants' rights counseling and pro-renter political advocacy in San Francisco. 

Causa Justa/Just Cause: Grassroots political organizing group based in SF and Oakland. Doing a lot of work against gentrification in communities of color (particularly in the Mission). 

Tenants Together: Organizing for tenants' rights statewide, particularly working to repeal the Ellis Act (misuse of the Ellis Act is why many San Franciscans are being illegally evicted right now). 

Eviction Defense Collaborative: provides legal counseling and one-time no-interest loans for tenants facing eviction. 

Homeless Youth Alliance: This organization does amazing, harm reduction-based work with homeless youth in San Francisco. After their landlord's raised their rent earlier this year, they are being forced to close their drop-in center the day after Christmas, this year. They could really use the support!

Housing Development
Community Housing Partnership: Provides and runs supportive housing for formerly homeless families and individuals in San Francisco. 

San Francisco Community Land Trust: Provides permanently affordable housing opportunities for lower income San Franciscans through community ownership of land. 

Mercy Housing: A national affordable housing developer with a strong Bay Area presence, serving families, seniors and people with special needs

Jessica Weiss suggests: "If you contribute as a result of this list, please document it here - let's see how much we can raise - pass along!"
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkUoYbmv7ocndDYtdGNvMlpWQ2lnNjV3VzA5ZW16QXc#gid=0