Posted in music | pictures on February 20, 2009

photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Noah Perabo

no Antony did not age, this was the opener!
The Mystery of Claywoman

An eclectic crowd filled Town Hall last night (2/19) for a moving performance by Antony & The Johnsons. The Johnsons was made up of six exceptional players, none moreso than Doug Weiselman whose work on the guitar/clarinet/sax shined all night. Yet it was band leader/pianist Antony Hagerty whose signature vocals stole the show. Throughout the 16-song set, Antony spoke about New York City ("It's good to be home. Yes, this is my home. The funny thing about New York is that no one can tell you it's not your home. It's yours."), about his fears of environmental catastrophe, about books, about philosophy and at times he just stared off, deep in thought while the respectful crowd sat in silence, perhaps deep in thought themselves. His music has that effect: lulling you into a dreamland. He admitted that he too got "taken away" during "Cripple and the Starfish" when he began a verse with the wrong lyrics, then playfully improvised until the music got back to a place where he could start again.

One of the set's highlights came during "Epilepsy is Dancing" a cut from his latest release The Crying Light. Antony's vocals complemented the classical sound of the acoustic guitarist's picking perfectly, creating lush acoustics that filled the room. Another standout was "Fistful of Love" which built slowly into storm of drums, rollicking electric guitar and crescendo piano. The crowd roared with approval at it's conclusion. He closed the show with crowd-favorite, "Hope There's Someone" a beautiful song that balances Antony's outlook of sadness and hope.

The show was opened by a short performance piece titled The Mystery of Claywoman, a 20-minute character-driven philosophical lecture by Michael Cavadias. Only Antony would invite such an act to open the show.

Antony & The Johnsons play Town Hall again tonight (2/20). More pictures from last night, below...

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Comments (41)

AHHHHHH what the fuck is that thing

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 6:54 PM

seeing him on sunday. can't wait.

Posted by cranky | February 20, 2009 7:04 PM

Thank you Toby for getting a close-up of the almighty anus!

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 7:21 PM

what vinyl was the close up of candy darling on the cover? i know its the same picture as the cover of the last album but it seems much closer -- how much were they selling his new album on vinyl for?

Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2009 8:05 PM

Well written piece, Mr. Perabo

Posted by Astroglide | February 20, 2009 8:13 PM

How did you get those photos?? It was so dark in there.

Here's the setlist from Night 1...

Where is My Power
Her Eyes are Underneath the Ground
Epilepsy is Dancing
One Dove
For Today I Am a Boy
Kiss My Name
Everglade
Another World
Shake that Devil
The Crying Light
Crazy in Love (Beyonce cover)
Fist Full of Love
You are My Sister
Twilight
Aeon

Encore:
Cripple and the Starfish
Hope There’s Someone

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 9:08 PM

Astroglide -- you are kidding, right?

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 9:31 PM

who the fuck would pay to see that... thing!

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 9:44 PM

9:31 -- the guy's write-up was fine. Not perfect, but struck a decent balance between passion and reportage. Please link to what *you* wrote about the event -- or what you find to be a superior show review.

Posted by Twigs | February 20, 2009 10:08 PM

At the Philly show the Lps were $10 each (the 7" was $5) and the one you're referring to with the Candy Darling cover is I Am a Bird Now.

Posted by Matt Berlyant | February 20, 2009 10:14 PM

No, the album 8:05 was referring to was The Lake EP. Same subject (Candy Darling) as I Am A Bird Now, but a closer & different photo.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 11:18 PM

antony is a diamond. the new album makes me want to weep sometimes. not that much in the way of singer/songwriter/interpreter stuff does that these days.

Posted by Anonymous | February 20, 2009 11:38 PM

No Daylight & the Sun in night 2 either, even though it was on the set list as the second encore :-/ I guess people didn't clap enough a second time. Shake the Devil was tremendous.

Posted by Eduardo | February 21, 2009 12:49 AM

tonites show was really great! goosebumps galore...

Posted by Pedro | February 21, 2009 1:07 AM

Same set list for tonight's performance. Claywoman was painful but Antony made me forget. Bjork in attendance.


Posted by TWB | February 21, 2009 1:16 AM

Bjork, William Dafoe, Nomi and Kenny Kenny!

Posted by Eduardo | February 21, 2009 1:27 AM

where was bjork?!

and i must be the only person who doesn't like "shake the devil." i just don't get it. with all his beautiful, haunting songs, THAT'S emerging as the crowd favorite? that & his cover of "crazy in love?!"

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2009 2:33 AM

Owww Wonderfull

Posted by Yeni Oyunlar | February 21, 2009 4:46 AM

Did I see Isabella Rosselini in the house? Major!

St. Vincent, Thora Birch, and Ilan from Top Chef were also in attendance.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2009 5:42 AM


and i must be the only person who doesn't like "shake the devil." i just don't get it. with all his beautiful, haunting songs, THAT'S emerging as the crowd favorite? that & his cover of "crazy in love?!"

Posted by Yeni oyunlar | February 21, 2009 5:44 AM

Good write-up.

Antony gave a beautiful performance.

I saw Dafoe, Bjoke and had a nice chat with Kenny Kenny picking up tickets.

Where was Bjork? She was in the audience, with her daughter, who was adorable.

Here's a picture I took of Bjork before the performance started:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreypaulbobrick/3297160308/in/photostream/

Posted by Jeffrey Paul Bobrick | February 21, 2009 10:50 AM

I finally have something to wear besides my 'ZERO' shirt. Pheww.

Posted by Gorbert | February 21, 2009 11:54 AM

And I'm still not feeling this record. It leaves me a little cold. I'm trying...
The last record is so superior in every way. Better songwriting, arrangements, etc. This album seems like b-sides, except for perhaps "Another World."
And does every song have the words "cry" and "kiss" in it, or is it just my imagination?

Posted by Gorbert | February 21, 2009 12:26 PM

wow, that photo of njork sucks.

where was she sitting?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2009 2:58 PM

whoops, i meant bjork. unless i missed njork, too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2009 2:58 PM

Dear Starfuckers: This isn't gawker. If you think we're impressed because you spotted a celebrity, you're wrong. No one cares. Sincerely, Anonymous

p.s. -- You didn't show Bjork's daughter because you respect her privacy?!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2009 5:03 PM

Some of us are very pleased when we see Bjork!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2009 10:31 PM

PIPER!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2009 12:33 AM

i hate gawker (& especially gawker stalker) with an absolute passion. i hate starfuckers too. but i love bjork & was genuinely sorry i missed spotting one of my favorite (& mostly reclusive) artists sitting in the audience. would i have whipped out my camera phone & snapped a picture? fuck no. i don't even have a camera phone! but i'm not gonna kid myself-- i wish i got a glimpse of her... if only to see what she was wearing!

so fuck you, 5:03. get off your soap box. you're not better than us.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2009 1:23 AM

re: 1:23

I'm 5:03
I take it all back.
I smoked some weed and calmed down.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2009 1:58 AM

I am always very pleased to read the news in your blog. I was at the concert last week!

Posted by SEO | February 22, 2009 4:57 AM

Nice Entry...founded by browsing...i am from germany...

Posted by SWS | March 7, 2009 9:02 AM

Owww Wonderfull

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Posted by Michele A. Shields | January 4, 2011 8:27 AM

Some of us are very pleased when we see Bjork!

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