Posted in music | tour dates on June 10, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Laurie w/ the dogs in Australia (more by Roberta W.B.)
Laurie Anderson

Some in the audience howled with glee, others stood on trembling legs and a few drooled in delight as famed performance artist Laurie Anderson debuted her original "Music for Dogs" composition outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday [June 5th].

Hundreds of dogs and their owners bounced around as Anderson entertained them with 20 minutes of thumping beats, whale calls, whistles and a few high-pitched electronic sounds imperceptible to human ears.

"Let's hear it from the medium dogs!" Anderson called out from the stage, as a few dogs yipped in return. "You can do better than that -- come on mediums! Whoo! WHOOOOOO!"

The concert was originally billed as a performance for dogs' ears only, and was going to be largely limited to electronic noises played at a frequency too high for human ears. But Anderson changed things up when she decided she wanted people to have some fun, too.

"We didn't want to do something that humans couldn't hear," she said. "We brought the octaves down into our hearing range so we could all have the experience." [AP]

Laurie Anderson, queen of this year's Mermaid Parade, performed her piece "Music for Dogs" at Sydney's Opera House on June 5th accompanied by Eyvind Kang, Skúli Sverrisson, and Colin Stetson. The event was part of the two-week Vivid Live Festival, which is being curated by Laurie and Lou Reed (king of this year's Mermaid Parade).

Laurie Anderson will be performing her new work Delusion this fall at BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival. That show will go on tour as well.

Before then, Laurie's new record, Homeland, comes out June 22nd on Nonesuch. It's streaming in full at NPR (up till the release date) - check it out. She'll play songs from that album on a very short tour this July. Stops include on-air sets at World Cafe Live and Late Show with David Letterman, and a Tuesday, July 13th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale.

The album has some alright guests (including Laurie's male alter-ego Fenway Bergamot)...

On Homeland, Anderson is joined by a diversity of collaborators, from the Tuvan throat singers and igil players of Chirgilchin to New York experimental jazz and rock players including Rob Burger (keyboards), Omar Hakim (drums), Kieran Hebden of Four Tet (keyboards), Shahzad Ismaily (percussion) Eyvind Kang (viola), Peter Scherer (keyboards), Skuli Sverrisson (bass), Ben Witman (percussion and drums) and John Zorn (saxophone). Antony Hegarty contributes additional vocals.
Beyond those projects, "Anderson is also preparing a major retrospective of her visual work that will open in Sao Paolo in August 2010 and a book of her stories that will be published in 2011."

Videos from the "Music for Dogs" performance and tour dates are below...

music for dogs - intro by laurie

music for dogs

Laurie Anderson - Music for Dogs, video by Bill Morrison

Laurie Anderson - 2010 'Homeland' Tour Dates
July 11 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
July 12 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
July 13 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge
July 14 New York, NY The Late Show with David Letterman
July 16 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere

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Comments (18)

She is so fucking weird. And I've seen her live a few times.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2010 12:34 PM

PS- Lou Reed looks so fucking miserable at the 3:44 mark in that last video. And who can blame the poor bastard, having to sit through that shit?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2010 12:37 PM

laurie anderson is for the dogs and people that look like dogs, like lou reed. bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yay...yawn, snore...

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2010 12:51 PM

Nice Doggies in that last Bill Morrison video above...

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2010 1:02 PM

Lou reed is an old codger... I imagine he would be the type of neighbor that calls the cops when a party happens next store and tells kids to stay off his lawn.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2010 2:19 PM

My dog thinks she sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2010 5:22 PM

Poor Lou: from "Heroin" to "Music For Dogs."

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2010 11:47 PM

This is just a waist of energy and resources . Dogs cannot understand music, at least not tonal music. Their brains simply are not equipped to organize tones in more structured ways. Dog owners can understand music but on average they tend to have bad taste. And they cannot pay attention to the music since they are busy with what their dogs are doing or not doing, busy looking at other dogs, and owners of dogs, etc. So, I wonder who was she playing for? This could seem a cool and funny event but in essence is just a big mistake.

I wonder you not to watch the videos for too long. You can get sick of all the arbitrary movements of our untalented cameraman.

Posted by Anonymous | June 12, 2010 12:06 PM

Did your dog tell you that it doesn't understand music?

Did you forget to learn to spell waste (not waist) while working on your phd in animal psychiatry?

Posted by duh | June 12, 2010 12:52 PM

Sheer, insufferable insanity.

Posted by LKJ | June 25, 2010 8:15 PM

What's wrong with you people? Can't you see that this was a really nice fun time for people and their dogs? We need more events like this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2010 12:27 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 21, 2011 7:58 PM

Dog owners can understand music but on average they tend to have bad taste. And they cannot pay attention to the music since they are busy with what their dogs are doing or not doing, busy looking at other dogs, and owners of dogs, etc. So, I wonder who was she playing for? This could seem a cool and funny event but in essence is just a big mistake. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years

Posted by Auto insurance quotes online | January 24, 2011 1:17 PM

This could seem a cool and funny event but in essence is just a big mistake. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years

Posted by Life insurance ratings | January 24, 2011 1:18 PM

you dave haters can go fuck yourselves. bonnaroo 2010 was 4 of the best days of my life. the DMB and JayZ headliners at the main stage were two of the best shows I've ever seen, musically and production speaking. 2011 'roo is going to be amazing. Phish headlining?

Posted by وظائف | January 30, 2011 3:22 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by يوتيوب | February 5, 2011 12:11 PM

they also played at a place called Tramps in april '99 losers. with qotsa. where were you? you guys sound pretty angry? go listen to something hip. whatever the fuck you think that is. why does james iha need to be in the band for them to be good? that makes no sense. so the band changed lineups. oh well.

Posted by صور | February 5, 2011 2:16 PM

Great album, Laurie Anderson is a great artist. I'm a huge fan! I can't wait to see them on tour (if they are touring ?)

Posted by African Fair Trade | April 26, 2011 3:42 PM

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