Posted in music | pictures on May 11, 2009

photos by Ryan Muir

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

The songs were largely or entirely Mr. Longstreth's -- he took half the lead vocals, leaving Bjork the lead on three songs -- but her presence brought out their longer melodic lines amid the counterpoint. Where Mr. Longstreth's lead vocals can sound mannered, Bjork sings like a force of nature. The songs became ballads of innocence and discovery, particularly the delicate finale, a moment of mystical interspecies communion concluding with a line from Kurt Cobain: "All in all is all we are." It would have been a crowd-pleasing touch to follow up with a rearranged Bjork song as an encore -- Dirty Projectors recorded her "Hyperballad" on that Bjork tribute CD -- but they chose to leave that gentle homily in the air.

Bjork and the Dirty Projectors each chose an opening act: Olof Arnalds, a woman from Bjork's native Iceland, and Kurt Weisman, from Vermont. Both were songwriters who put unexpected melodic tangents and other idiosyncratic twists into sparse, folky material. [Jon Pareles @ The NY Times]

You may have seen the first set of pics we posted Friday night. Here is another (which includes Kurt Weisman and a few other angles) from Ryan Muir (the night's house photographer)....

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Kurt Weisman...

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Brandon Stosuy of Stereogum

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Björk introducing Ólöf Arnalds

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Ólöf Arnalds

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Björk & Dirty Projectors...

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

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Comments (20)

Obligatory "I'm disappointed in this show even though its a benefit for a good cause and I spent more money than my income can afford so when Bjork sang less than I thought she would despite the event description clearly saying she would only sing a selection of songs I was jipped and I'll never support this place again because I suck at life" post.

Posted by Stupid hipster | May 11, 2009 2:28 PM

Aw, man - even BV's keeping this thing going...

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 2:42 PM

Bjork looks really Bjold.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 3:06 PM

"Bjork looks really Bjold. "

She's 43. She looks 43. Who cares. Shut up and go away.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 3:08 PM

Don't be so easily offended, 3:08. It makes you look like a djork.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 3:59 PM

3:06 Don't go away. i thought that was funny

Posted by Bjorn Bjorg | May 11, 2009 4:00 PM

BJILF!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 4:04 PM

Charity is great. This seems dumb.

Posted by B | May 11, 2009 4:26 PM

why i s everybody in these strangs immer so offensive? take it easy. its just music.
peace out

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 4:41 PM

squares

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 4:46 PM

Bjork is strangs immer!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 4:47 PM

"strangs immer"? Isn't that a Neu! song?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 4:49 PM

Prefixing everything with BJ is an excellent idea. "Hey, I'd like a BJ with that hamburger!"

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 5:10 PM

Bjork's appearance was completely redundant.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 6:22 PM

She sang lead on half of the songs - how is that redundant?

Posted by Richie | May 11, 2009 7:39 PM

neo-cons!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 7:48 PM

Decepti-cons!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2009 9:22 PM

This is what I imagine a smug circle of self satisfied assholes refer to as a circle jerk. This is where I imagine it takes place.

Posted by j | May 13, 2009 8:23 PM

Mr. Longstreth does well for the mannered voice, as his name suggests, but I honestly don't see the problem in his taking the prominence rather than Bjork. They both have separate talents, and Mr. longstreth is coincidentally that of stamina and the middle-tone, I suppose. In irony, since Bjork has less singing time, her words probably have more eminence than her counterpart.

Posted by Free Internet Advertising | July 12, 2009 2:19 AM

Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures.

Posted by Music | February 13, 2010 2:21 PM

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