Alexi Murdoch

Tretorn, the Bay Bridged and Trumer Pils Present

Alexi Murdoch

Bart Davenport, Sarah Lee & Johnny, Silje Nes

Fri, February 25, 2011

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Swedish American Hall

San Francisco, CA

This event is 21 and over

Sorry, Show SOLD OUT

Alexi Murdoch
Alexi Murdoch
Alexi Murdoch is a singer-songwriter. He was born in London and raised in Scotland, Greece and France then attended university in the United States in North Carolina, where he had heard there was good mountain countryside. Murdoch currently lives between New York and a small house on the remote west coast of Scotland where he spends his days writing and working on a small wooden sailing boat.


To date, Murdoch has released two proper recordings and one soundtrack. All his music has been self-released—on his own Zero Summer Records—with various partners. Four Songs (2002) was a four song EP released on the site CD Baby where it was, for a bit of time, the site's all-time number-one selling record. Time Without Consequence, a traditional eleven song record, was released in 2006. It was one of the most licensed albums of the decade, receiving placements on dozens of films and television shows, making Murdoch that rare artist who is known almost entirely for how his music actually sounds. A number of new songs are previewed in the 2009 movie Away We Go, a film created by director Sam Mendes and written by husband-and-wife team of Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. The soundtrack featured nine of his songs in total. In 2011 Murdoch will release his third recording, Towards the Suns.
Bart Davenport
Bart Davenport
Like Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’, Bart Davenport has seen many an era. He’s been a mod, a bluesman and a softrock troubadour. With shirts from the 60s, guitars from the 80s and the timeless voice of a real crooner, he crafts a one-of-a-kind hybrid of paisley pop and sweet soul. One foot in reality, the other firmly planted in the fantasy world within the three minute pop song, Bart tells of life and love in the modern world with sincerity and a subtle sense of humor. In 2012 Davenport migrated to Los Angeles to form a new band lineup with the help of bassist, Jessica Espeleta. She brought in Dream Boy, Wayne Faler, whose signature jangly guitars weave their way impeccably into Bart’s songs, while drummer Andres Renteria lays down a soulful beat. This is the sound of an artist at his peak backed by an accomplished team of like-minded musicos.

A native of Oakland California, Bart Davenport’s roots are in the 90s garage and blues scenes. His first band, The Loved Ones performed a rawkus style of r&b, opening for the likes of Junior Wells and John Lee Hooker. In the 00s Davenport went solo and turned the volume down but not the intensity. Whitest Boy Alive and Kings of Convenience singer, Erlend Øye, has called him the “best one-guy-and-guitar performer there is”. Bart’s decision to perform solo was born out of pragmatism. Traveling light made touring possible and performing alone helped the artist to hone in on conveying subtle and meaningful material. The recording studio was another matter entirely.

Released in 2002, Bart’s self-titled solo debut was an indie pop layer cake filled with drums, organs and vocal harmonies. He quickly followed that in 2003 with ‘Game Preserve’ on Antenna Farm Records. Next came ‘Maroon Cocoon’ in 2005, a carefully honed lo/hi fi record. In 2007, a side project called Honeycut released ‘The Day I Turned To Glass’ on Quannum Projects. Their tune, ‘Exodus Honey’, was featured on an iMac ad campaign as well as the installation disc for Mac OS Leopard and Snow Leopard. Bart Davenport returned in 2008 with his fourth solo album, ‘Palaces’. Featuring production help from psychedelic main man, Kelley Stoltz, the album would be referred to by Sylvie Simmons of MOJO as “a fine example of San Fran’s vinyl and thrift shop culture, turning stuff people throw out into something new”.

Between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Davenport released three European records and spent much of his time touring the continent. There was a covers album, ‘Searching For Bart Davenport’ (Tapete Records, Germany) and two from side projects; ‘With All Due Respect’ by Incarnations (Lovemonk, Spain) and ‘Comedians’ by Honeycut (Discograph, France). In 2012. Bart Davenport’s ‘Someone2Dance’ b/w ‘Cheap Words’ saw the return of longtime compatriot, Sam Flax, as Producer. The Flax production opened a new chapter in the Davenport saga, with drum machine, synth and guitar lines reminiscent of early 80s new wave and power pop. Following that, Davenport relocated to Los Angeles where he gathered together the band that would eventually record ‘Physical World’, released on Lovemonk and Burger Records in March 2014. Bart and the band are currently recording with producer, Aaron Olson (L.A. Takedown) and with any luck, will release something new in Fall, 2017.
Sarah Lee & Johnny
Sarah Lee & Johnny
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are musicians who have artistic talent thoroughly embedded in their genes—she’s the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie and Irion’s grand-uncle is author John Steinbeck. But don’t let their family pedigree intimidate you, this husband-and-wife duo write rock-pop melodies balanced sweetly with country-folk instrumentation that is all their own creation. Taking a break from their countless side projects, Guthrie and Irion are celebrating their latest collaboration on their full-length, Bright Examples, released this February.

ANNE OSTROWSKI
Silje Nes
Silje Nes
Silje Nes is ready to lay some beauty on all you dreamers. The Norwegian multi-instrumentalist weaves together songs that seem to be made out of both sunlight and shadows, whispering soft vocals against a background of electronics and strings. Nes creates tiny masterpieces in every song, using loops of her instruments and voice to create a very close, pure sound, one that might lure you into a trance, if you’re lucky.

LAUREN ROSENTHAL
Venue Information:
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street
San Francisco, CA, 94114
http://www.swedishamericanhall.com/