Posted in music | tour dates on February 24, 2011

Justin Bond

NY Times: You have a new CD out in March called "Justin Vivian Bond: Dendrophile." Explain.

Justin Vivian Bond: A dendrophile's a person who gets an erotic charge out of nature. I am one! This is a record for the tree-hugger community. I do Bambi Lake's "The Golden Age of Hustlers" on it, and also a duet of the Carpenters' "Superstar" with Beth Orton. As for Vivian, that's my self-given middle name. Justin is a very male-identified name, and I wanted something that would balance it. I had an uncle named Vivian Francis. He was a wonderful person, but he changed his name to Victor. He didn't like being Vivian. But it's fine with me.

Dendrophile is Justin Bond (of Kiki & Herb fame)'s first solo record. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and also features contributions by Sam Amidon, Rob Moose, Dawn Landes, Beth Orton (as mentioned above) and others.

Justin Bond, who seems to stick to the intimite confines of venues like Joe's Pub for headlining shows lately, will celebrate the new CD release with a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on April 5th which is four days before the CD Release show in San Francisco. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at noon today (2/24).

Opening the Bowery show will be Doveman who Justin (and pretty much everyone else mentioned in this post so far) recently joined for a show at Le Poisson Rouge. Maybe Justin will pop in again when Doveman and guests return to LPR on March 16th. Tickets are still on sale for that.

Justin, who was in attendance to see his Scissor Sisters and Lady Gaga play Madison Square Garden this week, also has a special show coming up at Joe's Pub on March 7th - a new musical he co-wrote with Sandra Bernhard and Scissor Sister Jake Shears. On March 9th Justin hosts a book reading in NYC.

Watch a recent video feature on Justin, Joe's Pub footage included, below...

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Comments (7)

When covering a song, it's always best to name-check the song's writer, not the singer who made it famous, unless of course (as I can guarantee 100% in this case) you're too lazy or dumb to check who wrote the song you're out there promoting.

Ah, Viv? Buddy? Sorry to break it to ya, ol' poofter, but "Superstar" is Leon Russell's tune.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 11:38 AM

I'm pretty sure Justin Bond doesn't write for Brooklyn Vegan, but way to keep it klassy anyway, Buddy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 11:49 AM

Well, the quote IS attributed to him. Just sayin...

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:00 PM

love you justin

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 2:03 PM

i thought it was sonic youth's song?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 2:11 PM

Sounds about as confused as every hipster in Williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2011 6:00 PM

Lady garbage diet: Cocaine, pleather, eggs, stale vodka, and bottled water with plastic and lead particles.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2011 5:39 PM

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