Cairo Gang, Joshua Abrams Natural Society

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Cairo Gang

Joshua Abrams Natural Society

Dylan Shearer

Thu, November 15, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

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Cairo Gang
Cairo Gang
The Cairo Gang is a musical declaration uniting the romanticists with the doomsayers for a round of high fives and hand shakes. The ballad _Mother Earth_ is acoustically organic, delivering the listener an early Neil Young feel with bewitching flutes and bongos. Over the course of recent years, The Cairo Gang has been a lingering passion for Emmett Kelly, a stimulated singer/songwriter with an impressive list of musicians in his rolodex. Performing with a back up band or solo, Kelly always brings a freshened thrill to the world of quiet rock music. After mastering countless instruments, Kelly decided to put his skills to work and record some tunes that have been afloat in his headspace. And thank the heavens he did, because this album perfectly tweaks the butterflies in all of our stomachs. Deep, soft
rock for tobacco tinged hearts, that’s The Cairo Gang in a nutshell.

The Cairo Gang has toured w/ Beth Orton & was a guest on the "Bonnie Prince Billy" album "The Letting Go" recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland

"While there's nothing new about the Cairo Gang's debut full-length, none of it sounds canned or dated either. How do they make oft-cited influences sound fresh? Long answer: The Cairo Gang take the instrumentation of gentle British 70's folk with the free-form composition and detached, beard-stroking vibe of post-rock, all executed with the fidelity and humility of homespun indie rock. Short answer: The Cairo Gang cuts across musical movements of several years' span to create music sounding distinctly out of time"
--Pitchfork
Joshua Abrams Natural Society
Joshua Abrams Natural Society
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of Chicago's vibrant music scene for over fifteen years, playing & recording as leader & sideman in projects across the genres. In 2010 he released "Natural Information" on Eremite which the New York Times called "one of the rough gems of the post-everything musical era" and the Wire picked as one of the top 50 records of 2010. Primarily known as a acoustic bassist his earliest work was with the original version of the Roots while growing up in the Philadelphia area. In 2011 he created his first score to "The Interrupters", an award winning documentary by Steve James and he is currently working on the score to Bill Siegel's "The Trials of Muhammad Ali". "Represencing", Joshua's 2nd album for Eremite organizes small group statements around the resonant grooves of the north african ceremonial instrument the guimbri with a unique & broadly assimilative compositional voice. Sources from traditional musics to minimalism, jazz to krautrock, animate represencing, but Abrams is always grounded in the solidity of true working musicianship & he proves himself an artist fluent not just in styles but traditions. The New York Times describes "Represencing" as "music that hints at the ceremonial without losing its modern bearings". Along with the sounds of the guimbri this incarnation of Natural Information Society will feature harmonium, autoharp, electric guitar and drums.

Joshua co-founded the "back porch minimalist" band Town & Country (Thrill Jockey/Box Media) & with Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor the trio Sticks & Stones (Thrill Jockey/482 Music). He has appeared on over 50 records including work with Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Bonny "Prince" Billy, Nicole Mitchell, David Boykin, Sam Prekop, The Roots, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, Prefuse 73, Savath and Savalis, The Cairo Gang, and Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra. His performances also include work with Roscoe Mitchell, the Fred Anderson trio, Toumani Diabate, Bill Dixon, Tony Conrad, John Tchicai, Theaster Gates and the Black Monks of Mississippi, Joe McPhee, Rhys Chatham, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Axel Dorner, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Damo Suzuki, Bobby Broom, Neil Michael Hagerty, Jandek, Earle Brown, Henry Grimes, Benoit Delbecq, and Craig Taborn. Joshua has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Japan as well as Brazil and Russia.
Dylan Shearer
Dylan Shearer
In 2009, Raven Sings The Blues wrote, “Planted/Plans brims with the kind of bedroom pop that only seems to make sense in those midnight hours between 2 and 4, the times when humidity keeps you awake and spinning on your pillow.” Born in Lancaster, California, a small town surrounded by the Mojave Desert, this interpretation only makes sense. While bedroom pop is not a genre often equated with the desert, Dylan Shearers take on the style evokes a sense of loneliness and isolation only the vast open, seemingly endless nature of a desert can induce - all within the confines of a three-minute pop song mind you.

Dylan Shearer began writing and recording songs at the age of 10, often backing his father’s blues on bass. In the mid-nineties he played in the noise outfit, Soup 9. During these years he wrote hundreds of songs, but soon became tired of the constraints of traditional song-form, trading in his guitar for an accordion played through two kaoss pads, his desert surroundings for the coastal town of Santa Cruz, and pop form for free improvisation. In 2005, after the death of his father Dylan moved an hour-and-a-half North to San Francisco and returned to his pop-song roots, recording 2005’s Carousel Doors and 2009’s critically lauded Planted/Plans. Released on Yik Yak records (R.I.P) in a miniscule run of 100 LPs, Planted/Plans attracted the enthusiastic attention of music blogs such as Raven Sings the Blues, Chocolate Bobka, and journalist such as David Keenan who wrote, “The songs are great, memorable acoustic constructs that conjure all sorts of phantom hooks from out of the air.” With comparisons to Syd Barret, Kevin Ayers, Nick Drake, and Ray Davies, Shearer quielty built a scattered but devoted fanbase drawn to his inimitable voice and lonesome, but hopelessly catchy melodies. Secret Seven’s inclusion of Shearer’s song, “4 In The Morning House” on the popular In a Cloud San Francisco compilation exposed him to a wider audience than the small run of Planted/Plans allowed and established him as a fixture in the San Francisco music scene. Since then Shearer has continued his career as a social worker while steadily laying down track after track, which will see the light of day as Porchpuddles, due out on Empty Cellar Records in late spring 2012.

"Shearer has made an album that has a permanent line running through it. Though Planted/Plans strikes a chord with both misery and hope, directly in the middle runs an awkward yet beautifully attractive hybrid of those emotions. Either purged or absorbed, obscure or illuminated, public or private, Shearer emotes a voice that will surely outlive his Facebook account."
-- The Agit Reader
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/