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Mirah

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Mirah

Meernaa, Lonesome Leash

Wed, January 11, 2017

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

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$15.00

This event is all ages

Mirah
Mirah
Brooklyn-based Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (b. 1974, Philadelphia) creates incorruptible independent pop music. Defined by her graceful songwriting and adventuresome recordings, Pitchfork has praised her “incredible voice—a versatile coo that can flit from low, sultry tones to high, airy falsetto in one breath.”

She has released over a dozen solo and collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various US domestic and foreign independent labels.

Collaborators include well-known producers Phil Elverum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Tucker Martine, Guy Sigsworth and Calvin Johnson, songwriters and composers such as Thao Nguyen, Lori Goldston, Susie Ibarra, Jherek Bischoff, Tara Jane O’Neil and Khaela Maricich (The Blow) and visual and media artists such as Anna Oxygen of Cloud Eye Control, Britta Johnson and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.

Her latest release, Changing Light, was self-released on her own imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings.

Zeitlyn has toured the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand many times since 1998.
Meernaa
Meernaa
Meernaa is a power trio consisting of the space between the stars also known as Dark Matter. Meernaa began as a side project between two former members of bay area band DRMS (Carly Bond and Robert Shelton), after recruiting old pal Nick De Ryss to lay down some slick beats, they have decided to spend most of their waking life to writing and recording for this project. A record is in process!
Lonesome Leash
Lonesome Leash
Lonesome Leash is the solo project of Walt McClements, an accordionist and multi-instrumentalist known for his previous work in Dark Dark Dark and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Using a sparse palette of accordion, drums and voice, McClements crafts stark yet complex songs, nervous and triumphant hymns to the restless. Despite being anchored by the often anachronistic accordion, the music ends up having less to do with contemporary purveyors of old world idioms, and more to do with an alternate history—one where angular accordion lines take prominence over the guitar in a nervy and strangely cinematic post-punk tradition.

Precious Futures is the follow up to 2013's debut I am no captain, and is Lonesome Leash's first release on fellow Dark Dark Dark member Nona Marie Invie's Mind Rider Records. Where previous Lonesome Leash recordings explored layers of lush feedback and textural accordion tones, Precious Futures strips the songs to their sinew, offering an approximation of the project's "one-man-band" live approach: terse drums syncopated with accordion and distinctive, roiling vocals. This is McClements at his most exposed, and what these songs lack in embellishment, they gain in impact.

"Sometimes bridges burn themselves/no flint, no fuel, no careless match/you just feel the flames and you don't turn back" is the album's opening line, and it's a fitting introduction to a song cycle that primarily deals with motion. Most of the album was written in a two-year period of nearly continuous tour, a time of travel which served as the transition between McClements leaving his longtime home New Orleans and settling in Los Angeles. Precious Futures is comprised of fragmented stories, but they are fragments of one narrative, where momentum, love, and lust serve as stand-ins for the feeling of home. It is a record that chronicles movement and the thrill of the affair, but also explores the drives beneath those things, all with a wry wit that is so characteristic of McClements' storytelling. The end result is at once romantic, neurotic, and ultimately gratifying.
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com