UnderCover Presents is a grassroots project that selects an influential album to be completely reinterpreted and re-recorded by local Bay Area musicians. Each song on the album is arranged by a different band who are encouraged to truly make each song their own. The mission of UnderCover is to expose music fans everywhere to the diverse pool of talent that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. This quarter, UnderCover, bring you Joni Mitchell’s Blue, curated by guest Music Director, Dina Maccabee.
A San Francisco-based violinist, singer, and composer, Dina Maccabee has composed and performed scores for Bay Area theater companies including Just Theater and Shotgun Players. Her projects Dina Maccabee Band, Ramona and Jessica and Real Vocal String Quartet, have released several recordings of original music over the last eight years.
“… songs are like tattoos… ink on a pin underneath the skin, an empty space to fill in…”
Written and composed after a difficult breakup with longtime boyfriend, Graham Nash, Joni describes Blue as “a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn’t pretend in my life to be strong”.
Blue was chosen for its profound reflections on the human soul and its explorations of the universal themes of love, loss, and life. The lyrics dance through the various facets of relationships from infatuation on “ A Case of You” to insecurity on “This Flight Tonight” to love on “My Old Man” and even the pain from letting go of a child on “Little Green”. Blue takes you skating on icy rivers, traveling through California beaches, Canadian countryside, and even to the Mermaid Cafe at a cave-dwelling hippie commune in Malta.
Dina’s musical selection presents these universal themes in a wide range of styles from Indian Classical to Hip Hop to Delta Blues and Bossa Nova. Presented in full for two nights at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, UnderCover Presents: Blue promises to be a musical journey as wide reaching as the the album itself.
A download of the studio album is included with each show ticket, it will also be available as a limited edition CD run at the show and online starting October 1st.
Saturday Sept. 29, 2012, Doors: 7:30 pm & Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, Doors: 6:00 pm
“…here is a shell for you, inside you’ll hear a sigh, a foggy lullaby, there is your song from me…”
The Congress, spearheaded by trumpeter and band leader Marcus Cohen, have been hard at work this past year rounding up the votes to pass their newest bill of jams.
After pulling together a quorum of strings, horns, tight rhythm section and rotating cast of vocalists at Faultline last summer, the mandate gained momentum with the support of Bay Area legend Matt Kelley who helped their first act of 2012 pass with a unanimous vote of smooth grooving.
The soul and R&B inspired cuts are making their way through committee right now, so listen up, because The Congress is in session.
The Bandpage Sessions are a series of recordings and videos featuring local and national acts. This a collaborative effort between Root Music, Volta Videography, Steve Rosenfield Photography and Faultline Studios.
Our first featured artist was Trevor Hall featuring 4 tracks with video.
Go to the Faultline Studios’ Root Music Bandpage to check out the entire series. The audio is available for download on Trevor Hall’s BandPage so, be sure to grab a track or 4!
UnderCover Presents, Faultline Studios, and KALX 90.7 FM are beyond thrilled to announce that Darren Johnston has curated a brilliant Bay Area lineup to reinterpret Nick Drake’s Pink Moon.
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8 PM
Cover:$15 in advance, $20 at door
Advance Tickets: http://
Age: ALL AGES
Joshua James is an American rock and folk musician currently based out of Provo, Utah. Often compared to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joe Purdy, Bright Eyes or Ray LaMontagne, James is known for his intimate vocal style and bittersweet lyrics, often dealing with tragedy, religion and substance abuse.
His original digital release of The Sun is Always Brighter on iTunes reached #1 on the service’s Folk Album list in 2007 and sold in excess of 25,000 copies by the end of 2008.The album caught the attention of the indie folk scene, with Paste Magazine naming him one of their “Next 25 Artists You Need To Know” in their September 2008 issue, prompting artists such as John Mayer, David Gray, Ani DiFranco, and Brett Dennen to have him support their North American tours.
NPR has also recently cited Joshua James in one of their “Song of the Day” publishings. They featured his “The New Love Song” as one of the best new songs from a previously unknown artist in a long time.
Joshua headed back to the studio in late 2007 to record his second album, entitled Build Me This, which was released digitally on September 8, 2009, and physically on September 22, 2009, on Intelligent Noise/Northplatte Records. Paste Magazine dubbed the new work “phenomenal.”iTunes also dubbed Build Me This one of the “Best of 2009″ Indie Spotlight Singer/Songwriter albums.
He performed at SXSW Music Festival, Bonaroo, and XPoNential Music Festival, Fork Fest, etc. in 2010 in addition to a US tour and shows in Japan and UK. James has also performed at Lollapalooza in 2009.
Variety Magazine calls James “a young Midwestern singer-songwriter who writes hard-bitten songs of family tragedies and sings them in a voice that’s as sun-bleached and wind-battered as a Nebraska cornfield.”
James came to Faultline Studios on his way through San Francisco on tour to record a new version of an old song “Doctor” with Starita courtesy of Root Music. Starita used various recording techniques that set the mood of the deeply moving poetry of Joshua. There were times when every hand was on deck to clap, stomp and contribute to the recording. The entire session was shot in HD video by Volta Videography that is soon to be released on Joshua’s Root Music Bandpage. Be sure to check updates so you can get a glimpse of how the magic happened in the studio!
Tyler Bryant, currently 20 years old, is a guitar prodigy who has shared the stage with Aerosmith, Jeff Beck, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Paul Simon, BB King, Pat Benatar, The Arc Angels, Vince Gill and many others. At age 15, Tyler won the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation’s New Generation Award, which recognized him as one of the most promising new artists on the music scene. He has also performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, and was signed by John Huie at Creative Artists Agency on the spot, after his first showcase in Nashville.
Tyler, along with Beck, Santana, and Slash, is featured in the award winning film, “Rock Prophecies,” which is directed by John Chester, and produced by Tim Kaiser (Seinfeld and Will & Grace).
Root Music and Faultline Studios decided to team up and do a show with the band once word was out they were coming to town. Previously, Tyler was on the road without his band for a month doing shows with Jeff Beck and keeping busy writing new tunes for the 4 piece. The day after the Root Music/ Faultline show, Starita and the guys hit the studio to record a new song that the other members of the band had never even heard until they entered the Live room. This obviously was not an issue as the band ripped though an entire day of tracking laying down every part leaving the song only to be mixed. This magical day was fully documented by Volta Videography and will be released on the band’s Root Music Bandpage. Be sure to check their page for the release and catch a glimpse of what life is like in the studio with Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown.
We are proud to announce a Music + Tech Mixer with Root Music THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD! Guitar prodigy, Tyler Bryant, will be performing solo and with his band The Shakedown.
Tyler Bryant is a guitar prodigy who has shared the stage with Aerosmith, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Paul Simon, Jeff Beck, BB King, Pat Benatar, The Arc Angels, Vince Gill and many others. At age 15, Tyler won the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation’s New Generation Award, which recognized him as one of the most promising new artists on the music scene. He has also performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, and was signed by Creative Artists Agency on the spot, after his first showcase in Nashville.
We invite all members of the Faultline Family to join us in this epic event!
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Raised on a steady diet of classic rock and punk, Genius and the Thieves are five guys who spend their days writing celebratory, rowdy, rock and roll with a distinct blues edge and a dash of indie sensibility thrown in for good measure.
With a sound that has been compared to bands ranging from The White Stripes, to The Clash to Portugal. The Man, Genius and the Thieves pride themselves on creating music that is both intricate and accessible. As an added bonus, they are relentless in their pursuit to get the crowd moving. Concertgoers be forewarned: dance parties and sing alongs are sure to ensue. Whether you like it or not…
The band just finished their new EP and will be celebrating the release at The Rickshaw Stop TONIGHT, October 26th. Be sure to stop in and grab a free copy for your listening pleasure!
“It’s irresistible. You can enjoy a night of mad waltzes, crazy polka-esque jives, or hot jazz all in one setting when The Inheritance is in the house. And really, that’s not even a complete description of what they do.
This multi-faceted Austin sextet deftly combines the melodies and rhythms of Eastern European folk music with modern and experimental twists and turns. It’s little wonder that their unique sound gets the room moving.”
That’s exactly what they did at Faultline Studios. The band came through on there way on tour for 3 weeks playing many cities across the U.S. It was an interesting day of recording as we set the whole band up in a circle in the live room to capture their dynamic improv sessions and classic Eastern European gypsy grooves.
We were happy to have such an eclectic band through the doors of Faultline and look forward to the release!
Faultline Studios donated $1000 worth of studio time to be bid on at the Power to the Peaceful silent auction.