We had a lovely time in surf central Santa Cruz . . . Between the magical, inimitable, perfect grub from Paul at Duende, and the local peeps Oakland was smashing . . . Got some Capital City love from family and friends and John Cardiel lased out the vintage Reggae jams! Looking forward to OLYMPIA WASHINGTON and PORTLAND OREGON!!!!
Lovely to see the Laguna and SF love last weekend! Happy to announce we'll be back at the Crepe Place in Santa Cruz! We'll be at Duende in Oakland (get there early for some insane food - Paul the punk rock head chef creates extremely magical dishes)! Then we got Sacramento at the groovy Shady Lady Saloon w/ DJ set by John Cardiel- See bellow for info
Ok ladies and gents . . . the tour has kicked off wonderfully and the Twin and I have been stoked with the connections we've had with You. Please join us where you can this week. Tons of radness happening in So Cal. [VIEW WHOLE US TOUR SCHEDULE HERE]
Hollywood with Ray Barbee and groovy jazz DJ Dennis Owens + Laguna Beach takeover with help from our homies at Thalia Surf + San Francisco afternoon shred session with Tommy Guerrero and Ray Barbee for the 20th street blockparty!
4 years since their record "Feeling Hands," The Mattson 2 are due to release their fourth album "Agar" on CD, Digital Download September 16, and Vinyl mid October 2014. In order to create the stunning musical journey of Agar, the Mattson 2 recorded the album completely live in the studio at Earth Star Creation Center in Venice Beach CA. The live approach further added to the exciting layers of improvisation and perfectly composed chaos via their inimitable drums, guitar, and loop based sound. The droning, raga ("agar" backwards) influenced vistas of Agar are as technically liberating as they are hauntingly avant-garde. And it shows the twins more telepathically connected than ever because all songs were recorded totally live in the same room.
A recording of a live happening is not just a mere documentation; yes, it captures the vibe of the artist at a current state in his or her career, but it's much more than a timepiece. In those old Eddie Harris or Chet Baker or Billy Holiday recordings you could feel the soul of the individual. That is because the record instantaneously became a living-breathing thing as the artist metaphysically transplanted her or his soul into the recording. In all the great records, many genius souls got together and, transcending verbal communication, their instruments became extensions of themselves that projected unquantifiable emotion, transmitting things that traditional language or vocality could never capture.
A similar form of consciousness inspired AGAR. On February 5, 2014, twin Jonathan Mattson, producer and long time friend Thomas “T-moe” Campbell, lapsteelist Farmer Dave Scher, engineer John X Volaitis, and myself arrived at Earthstar Creation Center in Venice Beach California. While M2 and Farmer set up, tuned up, vibed up, T-moe went to his station, sitting in the perfect sweet-spot of the room where he could hear all the sounds. John X was at the board tweaking knobs and gettin' tones (of course, while tuning the room balance, he was smiling and bobbing his head to the jams. I imagined what he might have looked like when he recorded the Rolling Stones, with his bright green hair, leather pants, and a leopard print vest. Or was it the vest that was leather?). We started cooking. The sound was captured and put into a mason jar with holes on top so it could continue to breathe, move, and survive. It was a collective experience that became protoplasmic and gelatinous. The sound produced was a result of two twin minds and three equally important non-twin minds amplifying, stoking, and vibing simultaneously.
Prior to the release of "Agar" The Mattson 2 will be touring extensively throughout the United States August 8th through October 8th and will be selling exclusive pre-release copies of the album at each of their tour stops, before it's released. So take advantage of getting the record early…Also here are some other M2 Merchandise items hot off the press that you'll be able to pick up at the shows….
These items will be available on The Mattson 2 online store soon. In the meantime, you can purchase this stuff at any Mattson 2 shows along their tour. Thanks for your interest and support!
Tonight (8/8/14) will be the opening night of Mattson 2's Agar US tour. The official release date for Agar is September 16 on CD and Digital Download, Mid October is the Vinyl release. If your at any of the stops on the tour before September 16, those in attendance will have an opportunity to get the record before it officially lands in stores. After September 16, you can get it at our shows, our online store, iTunes, or in record stores near you!
In order to create the stunning musical journey of Agar, the Mattson 2 recorded the album completely live in the studio, further adding to the exciting layers of improvisation and perfectly composed chaos via their inimitable drums, guitar, and loop based sound. The droning, raga influenced vistas of Agar are as technically liberating as they are hauntingly avant-garde. And it shows the twins more telepathically connected than ever because all songs were recorded totally live in the same room (this is the first record that takes this approach).
At tonights show in Encinitas, At UNIV on coast hwy 101, there will be a limited supply of numbered Screen printed posters (specifically designed for the Encinitas Show), designed by Dustin Ortiz and screen printed by Forward Screen Printing. Also available will be Agar Us Tour T-shirts, buttons, and previous m2 recordings. Spread the love.
TIckets: 10$ (at door)
All Ages Welcome
Event ends at 9pm
Tour schedule :
Encinitas, CA - UNIV Workshop
August 8, 2014
8pm-9pm, $10 All Ages
Venice, CA – Del Monte Speakeasy
w/ Farmer Dave Scher
August 9, 2014
9:00-10:15, Ages 21+
Long Beach, CA – 4th Street Vine
w/ Ray Barbee / Greater California / Exploding Flowers
August 10, 2014
Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
w/ Taco Wagon
August 15, 2014
9:30pm-11:30pm, Ages 21+
Hollywood, CA – The Spare Room
August 21, 2014
Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
August 28, 2014
9:00pm, $8 All Ages
Oakland, CA – Duende
August 29, 2014
Sacramento, CA – Shady Lady Saloon
w/ John Cardiel (aka DJ Juan Love)
August 30, 2014
9:00pm-11:00pm, Ages 21+
Olympia, WA – The Capitol Theater
Special screening of Cuatros Suenos Pequenos
By Thomas Campbell
September 4, 2014
Portland, OR – Alberta St. Pub
w/ Satin Chap & Fen Wik Ren
September 5, 2014
Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
September 9, 2014
Sarasota, FL – Perq
w/ Los Demolirs
September 18, 2014
September 19, 2014
St. Augustine, FL – Shanghai Nobby’s
September 20, 2014
Wilmington, NC – NOW Theatre
(Home of Hope Event)
September 24, 2014
Boston, MA – Casablanc
Venue TBA day of show
RSVP at email@example.com to get in
September 26, 2014
New York, NY – TBA
October 2 & 3, 2014
Yorklyn, DE – House Industries
October 4, 2014
Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
October 7, 2014
Chicago, IL – TBA
October 8, 2014
Goleta, CA – The Mercury Lounge
October 18, 2014
Costa Mesa, CA – Casa
w/ Ray Barbee
October 24, 2014
We are stoked to announce that Mattson 2 will be joined by LA legend Ryan Porter... From Kenny Burrell to Snoop Dog he's shredded his magical trombone... We are really looking forward to playing some original tunes with him. Don't miss this show... It'll be too good. We will start promptly at 9:00. XOXO Special Jazz DJ set by Alvin Piranhas.
Stoked for tonight to bring in the West Coast Wednesday vibes...
9:00= M2 MUZAK (AKA Playlist by M2)
9:30-10:00= Apetixing set by Mattson 2 opening
10:15-??= Ray Barbee and The Mattson 2 set featuring Fredo Ortiz on Percussion
Tuesday, June 24th
Mattson 2 with Special Guest Ryan Porter 10:00pm
Jared Mattson: GUITARS
Jonathan Mattson: DRUMS
Ryan Porter: TROMBONE
This is the last night of their June Residency.
for Lovers of California Electric Guitar Music,
Jazz Rock, and Pacific Grooves!
9:00pm, $5.00, 21+
The Del Monte
52 Windward Avenue
Venice, California 90291
You know the drill on each --- get there around 9 to get a good spot. At CASA rsvp at casacostamesa.com before 9 for vip entry... Cocktail Sounds to ensue + possible special guest appearance at each.... stay tuned up... XOXO
We had a blast last week with y'all... And last week it was indeed a pleasure to jam with ASKA before her journey to the motherland, Japan. This week we have a special treat as well... we will feature Farmer Dave Scher on lapsteel --- walls are ready to shake with this symphonic layer of madness. Also to penetrate your earholes is a very special DJ set by Two Tickets to Paradise (a soul + Jazz + tropical ++ beyond outfit featuring Chad Marshall and Jeff Litz) Get here at 9pm for a good seat - we should fire it up around 10.
Really looking forward to this show -- the crowd will be stock full of guitar solo lovers -- for sure. That's why were stoked Mattson 2 was asked to open for him in Hermosa Beach - Longer stronger guitar solos coming at you this night... receiving signals from beyond. Don't worry there will be plenty of drum solos to go 'round! Were gonna prime up the vibes by shredding first (promptly at 7pm!!!) so get there early. Doors open at 5pm. ALSO DON'T FORGET, ALL THIS MONTH is the Mattson 2 residency EVERY Tuesday night in VENICE BEACH AT THE Townhouse!
142 Pacific Coast Highway
Hermosa Beach California
Buy Tickets HERE
Get ready for some serious groovy jams... Get there at 9pm. ...Oh and this speakeasy spot has some of the coolest decor around. You all will really be happy you came here when the time comes. Amazing cocktails... We will have special guests joining us each night. Stay tuned for the gnarl.
JUNE 10 - M2 with (Synthesizer and Vocal Extraordinaire) Aska
JUNE 17 - M2 with TBA??? + DJ set by the Brothers Marshall
JUNE 24 - M2 with TBA???
EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH WE WILL PLAY AT THE HIPPEST Cocktail Bar in OC. Every drink is created in house and we love the vibe of the room --- especially when your bodies are edging to soak up our sounds. Entrance requires that you buy one drink -- this is something you should be cool with -- especially since they are some of the best, most unique, and tasty things around! Fbook event PLEASE RSVP the day of here
We are so happy to be the featured band at the Standard's amazing event "Tiki Tantrum" Also featured will be New York tiki drink geniuses Brian Miller and Ryan Liloia + additional sounds by Victoria Rawlins and Dom P ++ If you miss this you'll be bummed. You must RSVP here Once you click the link=
In the subject line: TIKI TANTRUM
In the body of email: YOUR NAME
For many years we have been playing our west coast hometown venue Belly Up Tavern. So we are stoked to announce a new project just completed. The vibes are real breathing and spontaneous. (listen closely and you might hear the Amtrak train that lives in their backyard... Y'all dig? Mattson 2 Live at Belly Up Tavern digital album available here: http://www.bellyupmusic.com/download-store/shows/show/353
Back from San Francisco madness! Still stoked to see all the San Diego people ;)... Dudes and dudettes, let's get this going! We will play mostly meow material...
Doors will open at 9:00
Mattson 2 start at 9:30
@ El Dorado
1030 Broadway, SD, CA