Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic

STRUNG TOGETHER: A Free Fall Series with

Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic

Sea Dramas, Betsy and Beau, Colin Ludlow Mattson & The Folks, Host/DJ Neil Martinson, short readings from contributing authors to Forum Magazine

Mon, November 5, 2012

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

This is a Free Show

This event is 18 and over

Be sure to RSVP here: www.do415.com/StrungTogether

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Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic
Luke Sweeney & Wet Dreams Dry Magic
"A bicycle crash in junior high left Sweeney with his jaw wired shut for six weeks, and in recovering, his sustenance was on an acoustic guitar. What was he chasing? Perhaps something in a progression that led to the acquisition of a Yamaha MT-50 4-track recorder, seclusion in empty piano rooms on the campus of UC Berkeley, emerging only to host cassette release parties in his co-op; the rabid touring and recording in some of (Vows, Montra); and the logging of enough sonic gold on tape to get a stretch of Highway 101 named after him. Yet there's many a sonic contribution still ahead...

In 2006 he conjured up a mix of mostly instrumental psychedelic pop musings entitled ‘Wet Dreams Dry Magic’, and has since assembled a cast of accomplished players around that moniker – including Brett Eastman (ex-Girls), Jerome Steegmans (ex-Sugar & Gold), and Ms. Rohini Moradi (ex-Plum). As a band, Wet Dreams Dry Magic delivers the spectrum of Sweeney's songs – which span from heart-on-sleeve folk to stream-of-subconscious confessionals to euphoric barn-burners drenched in soulful sweetness – into a magnet of ears who hear something familiar yet mysteriously new, as if plucked from an Earth-like planet just barely detectable on our Doppler.

With much road traveled and tape unraveled, Sweeney has recorded two albums in the past year – an eclectic collection of electric psych-soul gems cut in October 2011 at Media Blitz in Brooklyn with producer Robin MacMillan (Persephone’s Bees, Shalants), and a stripped-down folk-feel record this past spring at the house of Lucas Boilon (of Faultline Studios & Golden Gate Recording). Both are due for release in the coming year, poised to reach a new level of detection on the national radar." ~ Roy Raines
Sea Dramas
Sea Dramas
The music of Sea Dramas ranges from hazy folk with pensive melodies to 60's inspired echo laden pop that melds genres and styles with swirling, dreamlike qualities.

Based in San Francisco Sea Dramas began as a voyage in audio recording by Scott Pettersen (songs, vocal, guitar, banjo). A rotating cast of members lent their talents to a substantial collection of demo recordings and through this process a full fledge band has emerged. The groundwork is set and the songs have phoenix new life with the potent ensemble of Ted Kamp (Drums), Doug Keen (electric and upright bass), Dwayne Anderson (electric guitar) and Reina Lam (vocal, keyboard).

Together in the city by the bay Sea Dramas is gaining steam and is currently hard at work on what will be their official debut album.
Betsy and Beau
Betsy and Beau
crooked and sweet.
Colin Ludlow Mattson & The Folks
Colin Ludlow Mattson & The Folks
"Collin Ludlow-Mattson and the Folks is a group of sometime libertines who play writerly, folk-rock-y songs reminiscent of songs from a few decades back. To deny the wistfulness, the yearning, behind the songs’ sounds would be disingenuous. This non-denial, though, must be qualified—qualified with a slightly obfuscatory simile: Yes, the songs are nostalgic; they are nostalgic like a trip into spa...
ce to capture the images of past events shooting laser-like through the cosmos would be. What this simile is getting at is that old sounds are more in motion, are more dynamic, than sounds sans historical perspective. They have greater momentum than their cloyingly up-to-date counterparts.

The songs on the group’s eponymous, first record were recorded in a shack in west Oakland. The isolation of the shack was ideal for making an intimate-sounding album—an album intimate with the aforementioned momentum. The fact that Collin recorded the lead vocal tracks all by himself late at night with a case of Pabst was, likewise, conducive to intimacy. When Collin wasn’t alone with the case of Pabst, he was with Matt Adams (from the Blank Tapes), who played many, many instruments; Lucas Boilon (of Sterling Says), who played mandolin and sang; Indianna Hale, who sang; and Sleepy Todd, who sang—with a new case of Pabst.

The fun that the group had together in the shack is manifest on Collin Ludlow-Mattson and the Folks—as some of the group’s laughter made its way onto the tracks. There is certainly pathos in the lyrics (as well as many other moods, of course), but that did not dampen the party in the studio; and it does not dampen the party at shows. A greater emotional palette just makes for a better party, y’all."
Host/DJ Neil Martinson
Host/DJ Neil Martinson
spins Psych, Soul, Glam, Bubblegum, Laserboogie and such like...
short readings from contributing authors to Forum Magazine
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/