Local Slice Recommendations – Friday, November 12th

Local Slice Recommendations – Friday, November 12th
SeaweedSway Presents:
and LAZARUS (sf)
an EARLY show at Amnesia
From Jessie Woletz of SeaweedSway Presents:

Friday November 12th
SeaweedSway Presents:
and LAZARUS (sf)
an EARLY show at Amnesia

Address: 853 Valencia St. between 19th & 20th in San Francisco
Tickets: $5 at the door
Venue: http://amnesiathebar.com
RSVP on facebook: http://on.fb.me/benoitnov12
Time: 7-9:30pmPress Inquiries (including ticket giveaways), please contact Jessie Woletz, seaweedsway@gmail.com (415) 515-7604

I’m really excited about this show, as it’s the first SeaweedSway Presents show at Amnesia, a beloved & treasured venue. And, it’s with two bands that I’ve never had on a show before, so it’s an honor to be presenting them. Benoit Pioulard (on Kranky Records) is touring through from Portland, OR; and this is his only SF show. Lazarus is a local group fronted by Trevor Montgomery, whose psychadelic-soul music will contrast nicely with Benoit’s surreal experimental-folk sounds. The main thing to know is that the show starts early, so it’s a great first event of the night (or only event if you want an early night). Descriptions and links are below. Please get in touch if you would like further info. Thank you!!
BENOIT PIOULARD (Kranky Records)
Since a young age, Thomas Meluch has been fascinated by natural sounds and the textures of decay. He began playing piano before his feet could reach the pedals, and for more than a decade has sought to create a unique sonic environment by combining remnants of pop song structures with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. A veteran drummer of a half dozen bands and an avid collector of instruments and analog devices, Meluch relies on guitar and voice as the bases for his work as Benoît Pioulard.

“Pioulard’s distinctive process of melding opposites into a unified whole is a rare talent and one that will always be welcomed.” Skyscraper

“Pioulard’s work is a remarkably effortless cohabitation between bedroom electronics and wistful songwriting.” The Wire

http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/14696-rto (mp3)
http://endhits.portlandmercury.com/endhits/archives/2010/10/13/new-benoit-pioulard-video-a-coin-on-the-tongue (new video)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MhyS5_afV8 (Triggering Back video)

Lazarus began in 2001 as Trevor Montgomery’s post-Tarentel solo project, a pilgrimage of either insanity or freedom – or both. ‘Songs For an Unborn Sun’ was his first release, a minimal and soulful collaboration with longtime friend Marty Anderson (Okay, Dilute). His second release, ‘Like Trees We Grow up to be Satellites (The Backwards America)’, punched through the whispering darkness into an orchestral declaration of strength, political upheaval, and hope. Recorded by Scott Solter (Okkervil River, The Mountain Goats), it was a playful and rich approach at expressing both failures and fortunes of life. Lazarus has now grown into a small ensemble, featuring Sacramento natives Kathryn Sechrist and Kelly Nyland, exloring overwhelmingly beautiful depths with dense layers of drums, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, glockenspiel, and Trevor’s shamanistic, gospel-inspired vocals. Lazarus has become a brilliant, soulful, psychedelic experience of experimental and political grace. At last, this pilgrimage has found a solid road to freedom.


SeaweedSway is an evolving project by Jessie Woletz & friends, with an intention to encourage, cultivate, & support community through music, yoga, & nature events. SeaweedSway presents & promotes music shows & events, featuring musicians & artists who share similar creative intentions. SeaweedSway was a term first used by Karl Blau & Jessie to describe the 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. Get updates of future events & stay connected through the links below:

http://groups.google.com/group/seaweed-sway (weekly email list of events)
http://bit.ly/seaweedswaycalendar (google calendar of events)
http://bit.ly/seaweedswaystory (project background)

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