Cannons and CloudsÂ received some love this week from the Bay Bridged, one of the bigger local music blogs of the Bay Area.
I co-produced, engineered and played on their album, which came out this past August.
You can check them out at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco on Thursday Jan 20.
Click here for a free download of the song “Chameleons Migrate South”
Super Adventure Club takes on the Northwest in our first tour since 2008 (when we invaded Spain).
Come on out and rock with us
Oct 26 – Coos Bay OR – Broadway Rock Hall
Oct 27 – Eugene OR – Sam Bondâ€™s Garage
Oct 28 – Bend OR – Silver Moon Brewery
Oct 29 – Seattle, WA – Central Saloon
Oct 30 – Portland, OR – Overlock Lounge
On Sunday, July 11, Iâ€™ll be playing a rare solo acoustic performance at Yoshiâ€™s San Francisco as part of their Songwriters Unplugged series.
Itâ€™s an all ages show. Iâ€™ll also be performing with Kate Burkart and Maya Dorn. Weâ€™re each going to be doing rotating 20 minute sets.
Hereâ€™s a tune Iâ€™ll be playing that night, recorded by my studio mate, Michael Romanowski.
Our February residency at the Hotel Utah was such a smashing success that weâ€™re going to do it again, this coming June.
Beginning June 5, weâ€™ll be bringing you 2 great local bands followed by a rousing Super Adventure Club extravaganza of multi-instrumental tackiness.
The first show begins June 5 with my old friend and former roommate, Gianni Velcreaux opening and DownDownDown. Check out this super sweet video from Gianni…
Kronos Quartet performed 4 shows in San Francisco last week at Theater Artaud, including a piece by Amon Tobin that I co-arranged with Stephen Prutsman. Stephen arranged all the string quartet parts while I did the sound design, resampling and mutating of Amon Tobinâ€™s own mutations of his recordings of Kronos that appeared on his album â€œFoley Roomâ€. So the arrangement is a little like a mirror looking into a mirror.
?Kronos debuted our arrangement of Bloodstone at the SF Jazz festival 2 years ago when they performed and debuted another piece by Wilcoâ€™s drummer Glen Kotche.
My celebrated two man sextet, Super Adventure Club, will be performing on Saturday March 20 at the Key Bar in Austin TX during the maelstrom of music that is SXSW. We go on at 4pm, which is a good time to start up the 2nd round of drinks that go with the week long music fest.
Iâ€™ll be performing this Wednesday night at the Union Room in San Francisco at 8pm. This will be my first solo performance since 2001 or 2002 (I canâ€™t really remember). Iâ€™ll be playing a short set of original tunes and playing with several other fine songwriters, including, Jim Bruno, whose album I produced in 2006. Itâ€™s only $5 bucks, so come on out and have a beer with me as I attempt to remember how to play the guitar in front of an audience.
Francesca Leeâ€™s album â€œThe Pieces Leftâ€ is garnering some really nice press lately including this 4 star review from Venuszine (see below)
Francesca will also be appearing at Yoshiâ€™s in San Francisco on March 8 with a few other SF singer songwriters, including Chi McClean (whose album I helped engineer with Boone Spooner), Megan Slankard and Garrin Benfield
The Pieces Left (Modo Rama Music)
By Camille Ikalina Robles?Published: February 11th, 2010 | 7:01am
On the cover of her sophomore release, The Pieces Left, singer-songwriter Francesca Lee dons a peach colored vintage dress holding a pair of scissors, cutting out paper hearts that sit strewn across her lap. It’s the perfect setting for what you’ll find inside this introspective album. Wistful and dreamy, The Pieces Left is deeply reflective lyrically â€” and musically, luscious pop.
Lovingly crafted over varying piano compositions, the musical narratives reveal characters trying to find their place in the world. A little bit bruised, confused, and questioning, they seem fresh out of a break-up or fresh from a fall and contemplating the broken pieces left on the floor. Still, the songs remain deeply hopeful. This is most obvious on the upbeat, electronic-esque “Fly.” Here, Lee sings,”I know I’m hard to find / Please give me some more time,” and later in the chorus, “Where do I begin / Will I ever be sure of my own life?”
The emotive nature of Leeâ€™s songs is a pretty convincing promotion of her live show. Instantly likable and sing-able, it is a sincere compliment when I say Lee’s songs could easily be a soundtrack to a primetime drama. “Fly” along with “Maybe Today,” “Losing You,” and “Truth and Lies” are musical gems and most defining of Lee’s luscious piano pop. On a few tracks the sentiments become a little repetitive and sometimes mediocre, but when Lee gets it right her compositions musically and lyrically shine.
Francesca Lee official site
Francesca Lee MySpace
Itâ€™s been a really fun start to Super Adventure Clubâ€™s month-long residency at Hotel Utah. Weâ€™ve been writing a new song and learning a new cover for each show, so itâ€™s been quite a hectic and challenging schedule. The first show was a smashing success with an all night dance party into the wee hours.
The second show turned out to be an intimate, pre-valentineâ€™s day piece of excitement when the power went out in the whole building write at the beginning of the 2nd openerâ€™s set. Our friends in Please Do Not Fight (who put on an excellent acoustic set in the dark) loaned me a guitar and Jake and I ended up doing our electro-dance pop acoustically, which was both a huge challenge and a lot of fun.
The next installment will happen this Saturday night with Robustitron, Weather Pending and TIGERcat. Come on out and get down.
Super Adventure Club is currently on tour in Spain. We played our first show on Thursday in Vitoria at the Discoteca Circulo. Hereâ€™s a video of part of the show… the laser beams were a special touch of awesome.