Sunday, February 13, 2011

SeaweedSway on Valentine's Day! Honeycomb, Chloe Makes Music (Album Release!), & Magic Leaves

Monday February 14th, Valentine's Day
SeaweedSway Lovingly Presents:
CHLOE MAKES MUSIC (Album Release!)
~at Cafe du Nord~

Address: 2170 Market St. SF, CA 94114
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Time: 7pm doors / 8pm show
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Beautiful poster by Emily Ritz of Honeycomb!

SeaweedSway on Valentine's Day!
What better way to spend Valentine's Day than with Honeycomb, Chloe Makes Music, & Magic Leaves singing to you??? Even better, and most importantly, this is Chloe's long-awaited album release show!!! Her new cd, The Puppeteer, was produced by Chris Chu of the Morning Benders, plus she has a new lineup and new songs, and she's taking requests for old cheesy love songs! Josh Bruner of Magic Leaves is going to play a rare mellower acousticy solo set for the occasion; and this is Honeycomb's anticipated follow-up to their recent show at the Rickshaw Stop with Sonya Cotton.

Oh yeah, and rumor has it there will be a kissing booth at the merch table! Valentine's card-makingstation as well! If you don't arrive with a date, we'll make sure you leave with one!

Local indie-folk ensemble full of soul singing and nimble-fingered folks, with beats that you can groove to and feel down to your bones. "I was blown away at the gorgeousness of the five part harmonies of lead singer Emily Ritz, and backup vocalist Kacey Johansing. . . Those vocals combined with Nate Blaz on cello, Joe Lewis on upright bass and Andrew Maguire on vibraphone create a wall of sound that sucks you in."
The band now includes local multi-instrumentalist Eric Kuhn (Silian Rail, Sean Hayes, Michael Musika).

This is the long-awaited album release show for San Francisco folk musician Chloe Roth, aka Chloe Makes Music (CMM). Produced by Christopher Chu of the Morning Benders and recorded at San Francisco’s Different Fur Studios, CMM’s debut LPThe Puppeteer features a bevy of local musicians, including cellist Jen Grady (Adam Stephens, Emily Jane White), Sara Gambina-Belknap (The Bitter Honeys, Gamelan Sekar Jaya) on banjo, jazz great Noel Jewkes on clarinet, and Chu himself lending both instrumentation and vocals.

"…An impressive debut…Roth packs her sensitive songs with a torrent of words, line after line of images and emotions and interior rhymes in a kind of 19th century Victorian-style that sounds like a reincarnated Elizabeth Barrett Browning…All in all, a lovely package."

"Quirky and lithe-voiced…The Puppeteer showcases her talent for wordplay and storytelling."
The Bay Bridged           

“…Lovely, haunting harmonies…a catchy melody of puppets still singing in my head.”

"…Folk-pop duos (Jenny and Johnny, She & Him, et al.) are a popular trend these days, so standing out is no easy feat. Chu and Roth’s “The Duel” holds its own against other charismatic efforts by their boy-girl contemporaries."

In October 2009, Deli SF readers voted Chloe Makes Music (CMM) their artist of the month. Around the same time, Chloe enlisted longtime friend, and frontman of the Morning Benders, Christopher Chu to produce her debut full-length record. The album sees a departure for CMM—from a pared down minimalism of guitar and cello to a larger, fuller sound. Chu brought his unique brand of arrangement to the panoply of instruments featured on The Puppeteer, which includes guitar, piano, violin, cello, harmonium, saw, accordion, banjo, clarinet, and glockenspiel.

Listening to CMM live, it’s hard not to be captivated; she typically plays to a silent and rapt audience. Her haunting songs weave stories of memory, loss, nature, and art, with what the Bay Bridged called “agile and buoyant melodies.” In her soft, vulnerable voice Chloe takes on dark narratives (three of the songs on the album are tributes to three young people who passed away in the last few years) and renders them heartbreaking and beautiful. Imbued with imagery from her upbringing on the California coasts and in the tropics and farmland of Kauai, CMM’s lyrics are a combination of the mythic and the quotidian (the track “Apollo & Daphne” is based on the myth as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, while the track “Wormwood” begins with a bird hitting a window). Striking a delicate balance between autobiographical and tall tales, CMM’s meditated manipulation of words and her flair for alliteration, syntax, and rhyme, make each song nothing less than a sung poem.

Growing up listening to the greatest lyricists and harmonizers of her parents’ generation, CMM lists Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash as key influences, along with folk contemporaries like Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. Combining poetic, tongue-twisting lyrics with lush, multiple-part harmonies, CMM’s music is both timeless and inventive.

Magic Leaves - always exploring new sounds, front man Joshua Bruner is leading an eclectic mix of sound flavors that include Garage Rock, Afro/Brasilian Psych, and that good ole Rock and Roll. Compare to Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, 13th Floor Elevators, Golden Dawn, the Moving Sidewalks. Band members include Shaun Elley, Henry Misner and Matt Adams of the Blank Tapes.

SeaweedSway is an evolving project by Jessie Woletz & friends, with an intention to encourage, cultivate, & support community through music, yoga, & nature events. SeaweedSway presents music shows & events, featuring musicians & artists who share similar creative intentions. SeaweedSway was a term first used by Karl Blau & Jessie to describe the awesome way people danced during BrightBlack Morning Light at a Great American Music Hall show, then it became a list of recommended events in the Bay Area, and now SeaweedSway presents shows of all kinds. Get updates of future events & stay connected through the links below: (google calendar of events)

next UP will be:
Sun Feb 20, 2011 *birthday show!
7:30pm - 11:30pm   SeaweedSway Showcase w/ Sugar Candy Mountain, Alameda, & Pancake Breakfast! Ever Isles' Chasing the Moon episode premier
Where: Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., San Francisco, CA
Description: SeaweedSway Showcase w/ Sugar Candy Mountain (Debut Show!), Alameda (pdx), & Pancake Breaksfast/ Mike Midlo (pdx) with host Jeremy Dalmas & the Absurdists!  Portland Invasion! Sugar Candy Mountain's Debut Show! and it’s my birthday!!! Potluck (raw vegan organic preferred, but bring what you like)! Too good to be true! (but it is) $7 for a night of fun & good music SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN ALAMEDA Alameda is a five pieceband composed of guitar, violin, cello, clarinet, and drums w/ members of Ages and Ages, Crooked Fingers, and the Portland Symphony.

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