Posted in music | tour dates on July 21, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Laurie Anderson

Concerts are for improvisation, jamming and vacations from the real world. Laurie Anderson doesn't do concerts. Her performances are art exhibitions, intricately constructed to intrigue, inspire and, yes, entertain. Over two nights at World Café Live [July 11th and 12th], she and her Homeland Trio presented "Another Day In America," an hour's worth of music from her incredible new album, Homeland. Each night was essentially identical, though it was the precision of the twin performances that added another level of reverence-inducing admiration to the audiences' already overwhelmed sense of awe. With keyboardist Rob Burger (who played on Homeland) and bassist Bill Laswell (who didn't, but has played with just about everyone else), Anderson's two-night residency was a captivating and mesmerizing display.
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The above-described Philly shows happened right before Laurie's NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge (July 13) which happened one day before her appearance on David Letterman.

Rob Burger and Bill Laswell were also on hand for Laurie's Letterman performance on July 14th. For their live take on "Only An Expert," she also brought along a trio of backup singers and Colin Stetson, who subbed gigantic-sax squeals for the original's Lou Reed guitar shredding. That video is below.

Tonight (7/21) Laurie Anderson has an instore signing and brief performance (as Fenway Bergamot, her male alter-ego, pictued above) at Other Music (15 East 4 St) from 8pm to 9:30pm. It's free (so no chance toask for your money back).

Up next for Laurie is a run of her staged work Delusion at BAM Next Wave Festival, starting in September.

Videos are below...


Laurie Anderson - "Only An Expert" 7/14 Letterman

Laurie Anderson - Difficult Listening Hour



Comments (13)

Overrated tripe.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 12:33 PM

for the record, one of Laurie's backup singers at LPR and the Letterman show was Ethan Lipton

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:04 PM

she looks better as a man

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:06 PM

Where's Lou Reed's female alter ego?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:07 PM

Laurie Anderson looks like the fellow at my local mid-eastern falafel store who serves me my hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 1:16 PM

that old dude looks g ay

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:13 PM

the hummus jokes are really getting retarded and this may be the lamest of all...but then again so is Laurie Anderson- a joke and lame that is. oh, and fuck Lou Reed, he hasn't done anything of value in a couple decades.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 2:14 PM

goddamnit Lou Reed doesn't have to do shit, he has a fucking lifetime pass

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2010 3:22 PM

For a second I thought that was Schneider from "One Day at a Time".

Posted by i want my daddy's records | July 21, 2010 5:05 PM

Man, I really do like that album cover.

(But 5:05, LOLZ)

Posted by LKJ | July 21, 2010 6:43 PM

Bill Laswell killed it on fretless. Awestruck.

Posted by amnesiac | July 21, 2010 9:51 PM

Walked out of the LPR show. The seating/standing set-up was atrocious.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 1:58 PM

not my scene, but she is a really, really lovely woman in person.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2010 3:00 PM

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