Friday, May 14, 2010

SeaweedSway Sunday w/ Trainwreck Riders, Family Trea, & Jen Grady @ the Make-Out Room! May 27th Chasing the Moon with Indianna Hale & Ramon & Jessica!

hey everyone!!!
i'm writing to remind you about the SeaweedSway Showcase Sunday at the Make-Out Room, with Trainwreck Riders, Family Trea, & Jen Grady. MC'ed by Jeremy Dalmas!! 7:30-11pm. More details to entice you to come are below. i hope to see you there!!!

also, mark your calendar for Thursday May 27th as it's the next Chasing the Moon show, with Indianna Hale, the Ramon & Jessica podcast premier, with songs from Ramon & Jessica members Dina Maccabee Band & Jesse Olsen (it's his album release!), plus Helene Renaut! Starts early, at the Blue Macaw!

in addition to those two, there are a bunch of other amazing upcoming shows and events.

Kacey Johansing's Album Release next Wednesday at the Rickshaw Stop, and Sean Hayes next Thursday at the Independent

save the date for June 16th at the Independent, when Conspiracy of Venus is singing as part of the 4th Anniversary of WomenROCK. We request you get your tix in advance ! 16

please read below & update your calendars.

5-14 friday.
Jonathan Richman @ the Starry Plough!

5-15 saturday.
12:45-2pm gentle hatha yoga class @ the yoga loft. 321 divisadero st. @ page st. come & enjoy moving in a meditative way, that gives space for you to experience the poses & get the kinks out, return to the breath, & experience relaxation.

the blank tapes, ash reiter, & wave array at shattuck low down in berkeley.

5-16 sunday.
Seaweedsway Showcase! w/ Trainwreck Riders, Family Trea, Jen Grady, & Jeremy Dalmas (MC Extraordinaire). at the Make-Out Room. 7:30-11pm. 3225 22nd st. between valencia & mission streets. $7


hey! this is it guys! the next
seaweedsway showcase!! w/ a special mellow set from trainwreck riders, collaborative music project family trea, & jen grady (celloist for emily jane white & adam stephens), showcasing her own ethereal songwriting. please come!!

"Trainwreck Riders are a rocking in their chair, guitar-pickin' on the porch band from San Francisco. Their debut album ‘Lonely Road Revival’ harkens back to a golden age of Americana, when folk, country and blues musically intertwined (even if the musicians themselves rarely did)...Lyrically lovelorn, nerves raw, and emotions muddled, Trainwreck Riders songs ramble down the briar-filled paths of confused interpersonal relationships. The lyrics may be downbeat, but the music is not, careening headlong into brawling rockabilly and punchy punk blues. But for every exhilarating, slam-bang number, there's a corresponding one with a much more laid-back rhythm, easygoing atmosphere and at times, even dreamy aura. This is Americana for a new America, and as train wrecks go, this one is a beauty." - Jo-Ann Greene for

San Francisco's Family Trea (pronounced "tree") is a collaborative
music project with California musicians at its core. Featuring a
revolving cast of often traveling musicians, each show is different.
Influenced by the natural world and human relationships, Family trea's songs layer ethereal vocals, strings, and dobro over a foundation of drums and intricate finger-style guitar. Their music is reminiscent of late 60's - early 70's folk (Pentangle, Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier) and evokes comparisons to modern acts including Espers, Six Organs of Admittance, and the Cocteau Twins. Rare to the stage, they have shared performances with artists as diverse as The Cairo Gang, Trainwreck Riders, Mammatus, Desolation Wilderness, Aaron Ross, Bobby Birdman, and Nat Russell (Birds of America). Currently, Family Trea is working on a full length album at Wymond Miles's Garden Chamber analog recording studio that will feature an all star cast of guest performances.

JEN GRADY (cello player for Emily Jane White & Adam Stephens)

& MC Jeremy Dalmas!


EARLY! 7:30PM-11:15PM

5-19 wednesday.
Kacey Johansing album release w/ Honeycomb, Dovekins, & the Range of Light Wilderness at the Rickshaw Stop.

5-20 thursday.
sean hayes, laura goldhamer & the silvernail, plus multiple sets by DJ Harry D, including an aftershow soul music dance party. tix also available at the independent box office. check out this video that laura made for sean's song "one day the river"

5-23 sunday.
Emily Jane White Album Release, Slow Motion Cowboys, & Devotionals @ Cafe du Nord!!!

5-27 thursday.
Chasing the Moon w/ Indianna Hale, Ramon & Jessica Podcast Premier, Dina Maccabee Band, Jesse Olsen (album release), & Helene Renaut! @ the Blue Macaw! 2565 Mission St. Betw. 21st & 22nd



RAMON & JESSICA'S Chasing the Moon Podcast Premier
Plus live music from

Dear Friends!
Another chasing the moon extravaganza is here and we get to headline!! The full moon is thursday; are you ready for a lovely night of music? Here's our news: Josh broke his hand, (wish him quick recovery) so he will not be joining us with his graceful and lilting soundscapes. But we will have both Matt Adams (of the blank tapes, yay!) and Sean Olmstead (of fpod bpod, yay!). Both of these men astound me with their tasteful guitar playing and general musicality. Sean is back from Portland, thank god, and will be joining us more often now. YAY! And as usual, Tom will be playing bass and Sleepy Todd the drums. YAY!YAY! Hope to see you there!
be well,

Read a little more, & listen!


See Indianna's Chasing the Moon episode!!!

"...the love that got away. Elegiac, hopeful, unravelling, otherworldly singer for the present place and time...." -Michael Musika



"Ramon and Jessica is the alter-ego duo of songwriters Jesse Olsen and Dina Maccabee. The R&J collaboration has continued to evolve since its viola-and-casio-keyboard driven inception in 2003, but at the center of the RJ sound remain two constants: intertwining vocal harmonies and
unmistakably quirky tunes."

"Lilting, lyrical, plucky and bittersweet. The intersection of their intertwining voices and instruments has a powerful emotional impact…improvisational and fun, the way music should be." – Natalia Vekic,

"The closest thing I can come up with is your savant-like college housemate who could get up with his guitar and improvise crazy songs that stopped people in their tracks. He made you want him to get famous because he was so obviously a genius…Except there are TWO people involved here, which makes the coordinated quirkiness even more remarkable…Ramon and Jessica are musical souls who are lucky to have found each other." – Adrienne van der Valk, Eugene Weekly

HEAR IT (search "Ramon and Jessica")

Handyman's Honeymoon, 2006
Ramon and Jessica, 2004



Classical viola major Dina Maccabee and free-jazz guitarist Tobin Summerfield made friends in Ann Arbor in 1998. They joked about the pop record they would make one day, but didn’t realize the common musical ground they’d create until...
A dozen years later, Dina is the go-to string player for all kinds of creative and popular music in the San Francisco Bay. She has also co-written and produced 2 albums (with a 3rd due out in 2010!) of original (and unclassifiable) music with her lo-fi duo Ramon and Jessica. She’s perpetually on the scene in projects like Real Vocal String Quartet, KillBossa, Khi Darag, and Michael Musika.

The result is a set of tunes from right now that also stands outside pop music's endless wandering from trend to trend. The songs are timeless, intertwining disparate influences with a contemporary stylishness. Maccabee’s credentials from a decade in the real School of Rock show up in the shape of her songs, concise, intelligent lyrics, and her direct, unaffected singing style. Tying the room together, Maccabee arranges a catchy and haunting carpet of strings to complete this remarkable set.



Performing music from his new album "Ojito" on guitar, percussion, toy instruments and electronics. Songs and soundscapes inspired by the high desert of New Mexico.

"Olsen’s "fragmented songs, minimalist soundscapes, and lo-fi tape
experiments” are intriguing. Sweet little bubbles of pop loveliness follow
meandering repetitive lullabies, odes to desert sunsets and studies of the
interplay between silence and expression. As he sings with the ethereal
yearning that long stays in the desert inspire, one truly begins to feel
the reality of being a tiny speck in a humongous universe. The playful
interaction between words and silence make for thought-provoking and
emotional music." - North Bay Bohemian



Raised on the green and rocky coast of Brittany, France, Hélène Renaut now claims another coast, that of San Francisco, home. Live and on records, Hélène's music oscillates between gentle folk, British-influenced pop, and compositions that come closer to a song-poem. Listen and you will be met by a unique harmonic flair, poetic lyrics, and melodies that have been compared to "a paintbrush on figure skates" for their beautiful shapes - all delivered in an accomplished, yet heartrending French accented voice.

Hélène's "simple tenderness evokes fellow Frenchwoman Françoise Hardy; her sparse approach, Marissa Nadler." (SF weekly)

"A voice to die for" (Dusted)


Chasing the Moon is a monthly local music podcast that is celebrated with a live show on the full moon each month. See past episodes and the current one of Honeycomb, at

5-29 saturday.
SummerCamp Fashion Show @ the Blue Macaw. w/ designs from Isabelle Le, Claire Fong, Letty Huerta, Crystal, & more! This is the video of their last fashion show. It is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. You have to watch! & come to their show.

6-11 friday.
Mariee Sioux, Foxtails Brigade Album Release, & fashion show by Isabelle & friends at the Swedish Music Hall. Silhouette. tix on sale soon, stay tuned. check for updates.

6-16 wednesday.
WomenRock's 4th Anniversary Show w/ Conspiracy of Venus (our season finale!), Stripmall Architecture, Bernadette Bohan, & Ziva Hadar! GET TIX NOW or you can buy them in person from me w/out the service charge tix on sale now!! this is a big show for us, and we appreciate your support by buying your tickets in advance!! please help us spread the word!


yoga!! i am teaching restorative yoga on sundays at the yoga loft from 6:30-8pm. (except for the third sundays of the month because of the seaweedsway showcase, meg will be teaching that class!) saturday's gentle hatha yoga class for $10 is still on, 12:45-2pm every week. caretakers house yoga classes are 1st & 3rd tuesdays of the month... if you're up for it, sign up to get yoga email updates (once a week or less) at



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