Posted in music on July 29, 2005

Antony & The Johnsons @ Town Hall

Antony & The Johnsons played with CocoRosie last night (July 28th, 2005) at Town Hall in NYC.

Do you have good pictures? Let me know, and I'll post them (if you let me). Like Jeff, my seat was not in view of Antony's face. I had a great view of the Johnsons and the back of his piano though. I have the set list and a few pictures, but not with me (for a future update).

* Antony played (encored with) "Candy Says" by Lou Reed. (the song is based on Andy Warhol star Candy Darling. Candy Darling is on the cover of Antony's new CD which Lou Reed makes a guest appearance on)
* He played a song by Nico. (Nico played with Lou Reed in the Velvet Underground)
* He played "the guest" by Leonard Cohen. Rob Moose (Antony's "right hand man") sang backing vocals. It was one of my favorite moments of the show.
* He also played a song by Moondog. He likes covers.
* Joan Wasser aka Joan as Policewoman wasn't playing with the Johnsons.
* No offense to Nomi (she's good), but the most disappointing moment was Nomi (instead of Antony) singing Antony's part in Beautiful Boyz during CocoRosie's opening set.
* Two dudes from Tarantula were on cello and drums for CocoRosie. (Tarantula play on Devendra Banhart's new album. Devendra sings on Antony's last album. Last time I saw Devendra @ Tonic, CocoRosie & Tarantula joined him on stage to cover Antony's "Fistful of Love." A studio recorded cover of the same song by Devendra appears on the "The Believer's Covers Compilation")
* No special guests on stage with Antony this time.
* During one magic moment, Antony had the whole crowd humming along to a new(?) acapella song.
* Antony said he was a cavewoman in a previous life.
* He extended "Bird Girl" into three parts. First he played just the music on piano as he cleverly introduced each of his band members. He said that Jeff Langston was his caveman in a previous life. Part two was an improvised 'I am/was your cavewoman' song (humorously aimed at Jeff). Part three was the real song.
* As noted on jason's livejournal, Antony was as funny as usual.
* Above photo courtesy of Central Village.



Comments (13)

"I had a great view of the Johnsons." What the hell kind of show was this?!

Sorry. I'm like ten years old, today.

Moondog totally rocks, though.

Posted by J | July 29, 2005 1:26 PM

the cohen song was "the guests". agreed re: the show. spellbinding.

Posted by fred durst | July 29, 2005 1:53 PM


and one more update: CocoRosie played the sold out Joe's Pub the night before. I wasn't there, but a reliable source saw Doveman and Conor Oberst in the audience.

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 29, 2005 1:55 PM

ah. thx for the correction. fixing.

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 29, 2005 1:57 PM

Absolutely one of the best shows I've ever seen. And thank you for confirming that he did a Moondog cover. Before last night I had no idea who Moondog was. I still don't, but now I need to know.

Another fine moment: the whistling/bird call session.

Posted by Eggs1234 | July 29, 2005 2:00 PM

Antony and his band were great. This was my first Antony show (thanks again for turning me on, BV) and I couldn't have asked for a better performance.

Cocorosie was kinda "eh" for me.

Posted by zaptor | July 29, 2005 2:35 PM

I had a fantastic view of Antony's head, as well.
Amazing, amazing show.

Posted by David | July 29, 2005 3:46 PM

Anthony's head... meaning Anthony's Johnson?

Sorry. I'm only ten year's old too.

Posted by Jer | July 29, 2005 4:30 PM

I saw Antony w/ Cocrosie, Devendra, and William Basinski in seattle a few months back and I thought he was absolutely fabulous. I was blown away by his voice and actually got to see all four acts play together at the encore of Antony's set and it was fabulous.

Posted by Zach | July 29, 2005 5:05 PM

Eggs, Moondog is often found in jazz or classical sections; his music is happy hippy-dippy stuff, from minimalist chamber stuff to goofy little madrigals. Very melodic and accessible, though a little of it can go an awful long way.

self-titled 1969 Columbia "Nice Price" CD has more than satiated my Moondog urges over the years.

Posted by J | July 30, 2005 10:19 AM

Thanks for the Moondog info, J. I greatly appreciate it.

Posted by Eggs1234 | August 1, 2005 10:30 PM


Could you please post or e-mail me the setlist? I don't need a scan of it, just the songs in order. I would be most appreciative.

Posted by Jonathan | August 7, 2005 4:46 PM

He truly does have an angelic voice!

Posted by Daily Impressions | December 10, 2005 4:43 AM

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