Entries tagged with: Amanda Palmer
Thurston at MHOW in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Dinosaur Jr. brought their "Bug" tour to Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA last night (6/21). They were supported by Northampton resident Thurston Moore who played a "Demolished Thoughts"-heavy set before Henry Rollins took the stage for a live interview of the headliners (which was followed by a set of spoken word).
A friend and casual fan texted me during the Whole Children benefit show. He said, "Henry Rollins just interviewed dino jr for 30 minutes. People are starting to get antsy." That said, afterwards I got a "show was great." Hartford Courant reports:
[Dinosaur Jr.] dispelled the awkwardness when the musicians came out to play, charging through a pair of post-"Bug" songs including "The Wagon," a wistful melody cutting through a churning blend of bass, drums and singer J Mascis' super-heated guitar.Dino's tour continues, but without Thurston. It hits NYC on Thursday (6/23) at Terminal 5 with Off!, Fucked Up (who have a new video), and another live interview by Henry Rollins. Tickets are still on sale.
Next came "Bug," the last album the original lineup of the band released before Mascis kicked out bassist Lou Barlow, leading to years of enmity before Mascis, Barlow and drummer Murph regrouped in 2005.
It sounded on "Bug" as though someone remembered belatedly to turn on the house PA system: everything was suddenly louder and crisper, with overpowering blasts of guitar pushed to the brink of feedback on "Freak Scene," the booming crack of Murph's drums on "Yeah We Know" and guitar squall worthy of an army of screeching wildcats on "Let It Ride."
On "Don't," the last song on the original version of "Bug" (the 2005 reissue included an extra track the band didn't play), Barlow invited a fan to help shriek the lyrics in his place after the bassist blew out his voice doing the song Monday night in Maine. Not only did the fan look a little like Barlow, with a big mess of curly hair, he took to the part like a Method actor, howling into the microphone and eventually shedding his shirt as the band thrashed around behind him.
Dinosaur returned after a pause for two more songs, ending with its cover of the Cure's Just Like Heaven."
Thurston doesn't appear on any of the other dates on the tour, but he does play a different type of show tonight (6/22) in NYC. The show is the first of four benefits at PS 122. He performs tonight, along with John Fleck, the TEAM, Temporary Distortion, Yoshiko Chuma, and many others. Other notable appearances include Reggie Watts (who plays Summerstage tonight) on Thursday (6/23) and Amanda Palmer (who plays Maxwell's tonight) and John Zorn on Saturday (6/25). Tickets are still available. Full PS122 Benefit lineup below.
Thurston also plays Fallon tonight (6/22) (Bon Iver played last night).
La Blogotheque recently filmed Thurston at his NYC apartment for the Take Away Shows. He played "Benediction," "Blood Never Lies" and "Circulation" off the new album and talked about getting his start in New York City, CBGB, and the like. To quote Matador, "These videos are essential viewing, complete with shots of Manhattan's streets, Thurston's reminiscences on his early days in the city and some insights into the record." Watch the videos below.
Thurston heads out on his tour with Kurt Vile soon. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Kurt is also on the bill for the Sonic Youth show at Williamsburg Waterfront with Wild Flag. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are still available. All tour dates below.
Meanwhile, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon's daughter Coco Gorden Moore is currently fronting the Massachusetts punk band Big Nils. Their album Sibling is streaming on their bandcamp and is available for a $5 digital download. We recently heard from Coco when she performed in the band She Murders at the Kathleen Hanna tribute at Knitting Factory in December.
And as mentioned, Thurston's Sonic Youth-bandmate Steve Shelley plays this Friday (6/24) at Death By Audio with his band Spectre Folk. The bill also includes Sic Alps, Weekends, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
All Thurston dates, PS122 lineup and videos below...
"It's probably one of the weirdest thing if not the weirdest thing that's ever happened to me," said Simone. "I was not even on the cusp of writing a book, or an article or a short story or anything."Brooklyn singer/songwriter Alina Simone is not only celebrating the release of her new album Make Your Own Danger tomorrow (6/9) at Joe's Pub, but also her first book of personal essays, You Must Go and Win. She'll be reading from her book in addition to performing with a band that includes Conrad Doucette on drums. Alina's longtime friend Amanda Palmer will be a special guest at the show. According to Amanda's twitter, tickets are almost sold out.
The resulting book is a collection of funny, cynical essays on meeting sketchy producers off of Craigslist, her obsession with Skopsy, a Russian castrati set, and battling fleas in her Williamsburg apartment. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Alina Simone is also performing at Largehearted Lit: Singers Who Write, Writers Who Sing tonight (6/8) at WORD in Brooklyn with Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding). In July she'll appear at the second Girls Write Now benefit at Brooklyn Winery (7/14) with Deb Olin Unferth, Jami Attenberg, Maud Newton, and Kio Stark.
Amanda Palmer has some of her own upcoming shows as well. She plays a show at a secret location in Boston on 6/25 (details at her site), and NYC-area shows at Maxwell's on June 22 and The Bell House on June 23. Both of those NYC-area shows, both with Sarah Borrello and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, unfortunately sold out before we even realized they were announced to famous Amanda's 500,000+ Twitter followers.
Speaking of which, Alina started videotaping her friend Amanda 12 years ago. "She wanted to be famous" and "succeeded", says Alina in the video of lost 1999 footage she recently posted to Youtube. Check that out below.
All dates, some videos where Alina's friend Eugene Mirman gives her book marketing advice, and Alina's video of Amanda Palmer, below...
photos by Greg Cristman
[The Dresden Dolls have] been on hiatus for a few years, with both members working on other projects. ...It's difficult to find a crowd as receptive as the one that'll skip Halloween parties to show up for a cult act that hasn't played in a few years. This was a sold-out venue full of people who really, really wanted to be there -- most of them to see the Dolls, but also a few older rock geeks who came to see the Legendary Pink Dots, a long-running and hard-to-define act that Palmer calls her favorite.The Halloween show at Irving Plaza was the first of a short reunion tour run for The Dresden Dolls, and was one date on a separate tour for The Legendary Pink Dots who also played Le Poisson Rouge a couple of days earlier.
The fans got their money's worth, too, and not just because of the big balloon drop during a cover of the viral-video "Double Rainbow" song. The band -- Palmer on electric piano and vocals, and the terrific Brian Viglione on drums (and pantomime asides) -- is built to be stagey and theatrical, and they have a looseness that's great to watch. They know each other and their set well enough that they can wind down in the middle of a song to chatter among themselves or talk back to the audience. They pepper their act with storytelling numbers. They've also collected exactly the kind of fan base that enjoys dressing up and gathering together at their feet, which is a good bet for Halloween. -[New York Magazine]
The show was also an anniversary of sorts for the band; it was on Halloween in 2000 that Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione first met. While the band has been on hiatus, Amanda has been busy making an even bigger name for herself. And take note: she is reportedly moving to Brooklyn in July (which is when she is also reportedly getting married to Neil Gaiman).
More Pictures from the gig (including DD's setlist and the costumed crowd), and some videos (including their cover of "War Pigs"), below...
After what seems like a long period of Amanda Palmer establishing herself as a solo artist, Amanda and Brian are getting back together again. Dresden Dolls tour dates and more info below...
"The Sadies are already well known as 'musician's musicians'--famous for playing with well-known musicians, namely, Neko Case, Jenny Lewis and punk-monolith John Doe. Now, the band has announced that they will be joined onstage during their July 23 show at the Bowery Ballroom by an absolute legend--one whose distinct organ playing helped define one of the world's most treasured bands--Garth Hudson of The Band."It's been special guest week at Bowery Ballroom. Amanda Palmer made a surprise appearance on stage with Steel Train last night, and David Byrne joined Crowded House on stage the night before that. Amanda joined Steel Train on "Behavior" and also performed Radiohead's Creep. Videos below
Garth and Maud Hudson and Chicken Snake are the openers at tonight's Sadies show. Tickets are still available and probably will be at the door. All Sadies dates below...
tonight in NYC
* Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
* Nominon, Evoken @ Bowery Electric
* Tony Malaby's Novela @ The Stone
* Lady Gaga @ Madison Square Garden
* Katzenjammer, Um @ Mercury Lounge
* Prince Rama, La Big Vic @ Glasslands
* She & Him, Eugene Mirman @ Terminal 5
* B-52s, Supercluster @ Highline Ballroom
* Beirut, Woom @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Nels Cline Singers @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell, Harper Blynn @ Maxwell's
* The Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review @ Soundview Park
Liturgy, Child Abuse, White Suns, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
* Milkfat, HolidayHoliday, Fredericks Brown, The London Souls @ The Cameo
* Ed Kowalczyk (of Live) @ the 2nd Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival
Now that tonight's B-52's show is sold out and about to be over, maybe they'll announce who the special guest is for the August 19th show in Coney Island.
Liturgy is NOT playing Death By Audio tonight. Greg is sick and they had to cancel.
She & Him play Termoinal 5 tonight. Maybe you caught them on the 4th of July on Governors Island.
New Books video for "A Cold Freezin' Night", below...
"amanda palmer getting filmed in a bathtub for the "No Surprises" radiohead ukulele video" below...
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AMANDA FUCKING PALMER
Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer's new project with Seattle musician/busker Jason Webley, NYC composer Sxip Shirey and other artists know for their vaudevillian and just general wacky ways. They'll be hitting the road this April, May and June. The show travels Europe and North America, and includes a six-night run at NYC's Lucille Lortel Theatre from June 8-13. Ticket info coming soon.
The album is co-produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, and is out now in a bunch of different packages (including an 11 million dollar offer to travel the world from Himalayas and Antarctica to Western Massachusetts). The concept behind the project is that the two Evelyns are a ("fictional"?) pair of conjoined twins.
EVELYN and EVELYN NEVILLE are a songwriting duo performing original compositions on piano, ukulele, guitar and accordion. The sisters are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver.Songs are streaming on the project's Myspace.
Born September 11, 1985 on a small farm on the Kansas-Colorado border, the Evelyns have traveled the greater part of North America performing with "Dillard & Fullerton's Illusive Traveling Show". Their unique musical style is inspired by their many eclectic influences - from 80's music to showtunes, Joy Division to the Andrews Sisters.
The sisters currently reside in Walla Walla, Washington. They are fluent in chicken and their favorite colors are purple and yellow.
The record's extensive list of guests and all tour dates (with details on how to hook the touring band of 5 people up with lodging and food) are below...
Elvis Perkins @ Clearwater Fest this summer (more by Chris La Putt)
tonight in NYC
* Phish @ MSG
* The Besties @ Asbury Lanes
* Ian McCulloch @ The Studio
* Crystal Antlers @ Cameo
* Nitzer Ebb @ Gramercy Theatre
* Darmstadt @ Issue Project Room
* Mew, Bear in Heaven @ Webster Hall
* Quest For Fire, Naam & Weird Owl @ Pianos
* Espers, Azita, Doug Paisley @ Drom
* The Sights, The Figgs @ Cake Shop
* A Prairie Home Companion @ Town Hall
* Sloan, Magneta Lane @ The Bell House
* Raphael Saadiq, Anjulie @ Terminal 5
* The Wrens, Palomar @ Maxwell's (early)
* The Wrens, Bob Fields @ Maxwell's (late)
* Sebastien Schuller, Hoferlanz @ Sycamore
* Alicia Hall Moran, Gordon Voidwell @ The Kitchen
* Brendan Benson, Cory Chisel @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Beets @ the Degenerate Craft Fair @ Silent Barn
* Woods, Real Estate, Cloud Nothings @ Market Hotel
* Red Mass & Golden Triangle @ Live With Animals Gallery
* The Big Pink, Crystal Antlers, Von Haze @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Bowerbirds, Dave Godowsky @ Bowery Ballroom
* Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica w/ DJ Spooky & ICE @ BAM Howard Gilman Opera
* Mike Yaniro benefit w/ Sightings, Pink Reason, York Factory Complaint (w/ Genesis P-orridge), White Suns @ Death By Audio
* Pissed Jeans, Yellow Tears, Old Men @ Columbia U's Lerner Party Space
Details on the Pissed Jeans show below...
The Wrens' first set tonight will be Meadowlands in full; the second, all new songs.
Elvis Perkins is in town for two shows. Tonight at Bowery and then Saturday at Music Hall. His video for "Chains, Chains, Chains" below...
The Beets plays the Degenerate Craft Fair.
Bowerbirds open for Elvis tonight, but not tomorrow. Instead they're at Union Pool on Saturday with Sharon Van Etten.
Brendan Benson is at LPR tonight and Maxwell's on Saturday. His new video for "A Whole Lot Better" below.
Jack White recorded two new songs with the band Smoke Fairies.
Amazon's 25 days of free Christmas songs continues. They also have Diana Krall's Christmas album on sale for $2.99 and a compilation of 99 songs for $5.00, one of many albums they're selling for that price now.
Ornette Coleman tops Amazon's list of "100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time".
Richard Buckner plays Mercury Lounge on Saturday.
Black Sheep play Santos Party House on Saturday.
Rihanna got inappropriate with a mannequin last night at Hammerstein Ballroom. Video below...
Amanda Palmer does Tegan & Sara. Video below...
a new Lightspeed Champion video, below...
photos by Zach Roberts
"She did a mix of her solo songs with Dresden songs, some old cabaret standards. A really sad song about a woman growing up and missing her mom now that shes gone. It made me cry. She did a funny song about a pirate too.Franz Nicolay and Sxip Shirey joined Amanda Palmer and the Nervous Cabaret for the show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night (11/14). Franz played a show at Southpaw on the same night and he plays again with Demander and Hoots & Hellmouth at Mercury Lounge tonight (11/16).
It wasnt just a regular concert though. Amanda read snippets from her boyfriend Neil Gaiman's book titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer. Its a really cool book that I totally need to get. Its basically a photo book of Amanda dead in different scenarios and stories that go along with the pictures. She read a story about a guy in a hot air balloon with his girlfriend and he was typing a novel with a typewriter and the picture is Amanda in a field with a typewriter on her head and groceries to the side. It was cute.
She also did a question and answer period. I was bummed because I found out there was a fishbowl where people could submit questions and had I known I would have put in a few haha. She answered about 4 which was awesome.
Also during the tour, at every show she has artists doing drawings and painting during the concert. Towards the end of the show, she auctions them off. Well there were two artists and both paintings went for 300 each! Pretty damn nifty." [Natalia]
Amanda and friends covered "That's Not My Name" by the Ting Tings at the show. A video of that and more pictures below...
photos by Bryan Bruchman
Nervous Cabaret are opening for Amanda Palmer on this tour. They're also her backing band. Byran just caught the show in Maine. He writes:
at this show, Amanda sent out a twitter message saying she would have people go in a room and confess anything they wanted to her before the show. it was a janitor's closet. a small line of people formed and they got to spent a couple minutes each with her in there talking about whatever they wanted. the lights stayed on, as far as I know.Tonight's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg is sold out (but where there's a will there's a way?). More pictures from Maine below....
AP introduced the Nervous Cabaret at the beginning of their set Then she began her own set at the red piano out in the front lounge of the venue before leading the band through the crowd to the stage. Throughout the show, a friend was doing an original painting, which was auctioned off at the end, I believe it went for about $250 in the end. Apparently they're doing this at every show (sorta Cloud Cultish, no?) [editor's note: yes].
Amanda began her encore by playing the ukulele while standing on the bar, then once again leading the band and crowd to the stage for a couple more songs. She then stuck around (along with a very patient venue staff) until everybody who wanted one got an autograph, photo, and hug.
The 11/14 show at MHOW is already sold out. I'm sure it'll be an even livelier one, there's lots of stuff to climb on there.
"do not fret, boston loves. the gig had to be bumped b/c i've got a local new years blow-out. those who had tix will get 1st crack & a party." - Amanda Palmer
Neil Gaiman reads from Who Killed Amanda Palmer (more by Dese'Rae L. Stage)
Antiquiet: Tell everyone a little bit about the Who Killed Amanda Palmer book...And sometimes shes does that naked too.
Amanda Palmer: A little bit? I can tell you a little bit. It's awesome. Is that enough? I can tell you more. It has stories by Neil Gaiman and photos by 20+ incredible people. And I'm dead and naked in them. It's just awesome.
Antiquiet: What does Amanda Palmer do when she's having the shittiest of days?
Amanda Palmer: She Twitters.
Amanda Palmer has a bunch of dates scheduled in November including a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 14th (which was originally the date of the above-mentioned Boston show that is now a TBA New Years Eve event). Tickets for the NYC show are now on sale (thx Paul). All dates are with Nervous Cabaret and listed below...
Phosphorescent @ the Bell House in March (more by Fresh Bread)
tonight in NYC
* Gordon Lightfoot @ Town Hall
* The XYZ Affair, Wheat @ Mercury Lounge
* Team B, New Numbers @ (Le) Poisson * Rouge
* Pansy Division, Wormburner @ Mercury Lounge
* Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three @ The Bell House
* Cyro Baptista, Ben Perowsky Quartet @ The Stone
* Puffy Areolas, Unholy 2, Twin Stumps @ Silent Barn
* No Doubt, Paramore, Janelle Monae @ Jones Beach Theater
* Au Revoir Simone, Findlay Brown, Lights @ Bowery Ballroom
* Your Nature, Arizona, Javelins, Ghost Gamblers @ Bruar Falls
* Jarboe, IUD, Bloody Panda, Cult of Youth @ Santos Party House
* The Sundelles, Benjees, pow wow!, Shark, Edensong @ Trash Bar
* Girls, Ty Segall, Charlie And The Moonhearts, Screens @ Cake Shop
* The Most Serene Republic, Pursesnatchers, Adam's Castle @ Union Hall
* Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent, These United States @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Pterodactyl, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Grooms, Boogie Boarder, Ana Lola Roman @ Death By Audio
Dr. Dog, Phosphorescent and These United States play a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight.
Arcade Fire & Beirut alum Kelly Pratt bring his Team B to (Le) Poisson Rouge for a show with New Numbers.
Williamsburg Walks closes Bedford Avenue to car traffic.
Cymbals Eat Guitars play Cake Shop on Sunday.
Allen Toussaint plays Joe's Pub on Sunday.
Amanda Palmer performed "Billie Jean" on the night MJ died. Video below...
The trailer for Bjork's "Voltaic" below...
Passion Pit on a boat in May (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Old 97's @ Maxwell's
* Bebel Gilberto @ Town Hall
* Hatcham Social @ Don Hill's
* Dirty Projectors @ Other Music
* RJD2 @ Rocks Off Cruises
* OJ All Day @ Brooklyn Lyceum
* Phoenix, Amazing Baby @ Terminal 5
* Hunx & His Punx @ Knitting Factory
* Thunderheist, Wallpaper @ Studio B
* Either/Or, David Budin @ Issue Project Room
* Bone Awl, Akitsa, Ashdautas & Volahn @ Fontana's
* Peter Gordon, Don Byron's Swift Boat @ The Stone
* Passion Pit, Bear Hands, Body Language @ Bowery Ballroom
* David Rudder, Samantha Thornhill @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Locksley, Tres Bien, The Queen Killing Kings @ The Bell House
* Peaches, Drums of Death, Shunda K @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Secret Machines, Dead Combo, A Place to Bury Strangers @ Santos
* 1.6 Band, Memories From The Space Age, Tournament @ Cake Shop
* Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Baby Shakes, Beets, German Measles @ Bruar Falls
* Comedy Central Park w/ Gabriel Iglesias & Pablo Francisco @ Central Park Summerstage
* Best Friends Forever, Dufus, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, The Shakes @ Silent Barn
* The Rosewood Thieves, Borrowed Eyes & The Blood Red Road, The Pizazz @ Pianos
Old 97's kick off their four-night run at Maxwell's tonight.
The Mermaid Parade is Saturday.
Hunx & His Punx play 2 NYC shows tonight.
Peaches kicks it with ex-Yo!Majesty rapper Shunda K at the Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight * . Drums of Death, who did a Peaches remix-tape earlier this year, opens. DoD was scheduled to play at Peaches' Webster Hall show in May, but got stuck at the airport.
* UPDATE: someone correctly pointed out, that despite Shunda listing this show in her tour dates, she is not actually ON the bill. She is only performing a song with Peaches.
At the Issue Project Room, Either/Or plays Morton Feldman's "Why Patterns."
Major Lazer are filming a video Saturday in Brooklyn.
OJ All Day, the Brooklyn independent music fest, runs tonight and tomorrow at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Peggy Sue was recently added to Saturday. Shilpa Ray And Her Happy Hookers headline tonight. The full schedule for tonight's show is below.
Amanda Palmer covered Bright Eyes at that Highline Ballroom show. Video below...
Happy Mondays coming to the east coast?
Andrew W.K. appeared on Fox New's Red Eye last night. That's the same show that has featured Fucked Up's Damian Abraham, Gwar, The Melvins, etc... The Andrew W.K. video below...
photos by Dese'Rae L. Stage
"The show, which can teeter on almost too much intensity at times, is tempered halfway through by the Ask Amanda segment in which AFP takes random written questions from audience members. This particular night we also had a birthday singalong for Amanda's longtime comrade / photographer / aide de camp Beth Hommel.Amanda Palmer headlined Highline Ballroom on Friday, June 5th. It was a few days after she appeared at Housing Works with Neil Gaiman. More pictures from Highline below...
Towards the end, Emily Brodsky and opening band The Lisps joined AFP on stage for a rousing version of 'Delilah', a Dresden Dolls number about a girl who seems to enjoy being abused in a bad relationship. Much of Palmer's work is about women in the grip of such badness who can't seem to find a way out.
The show ended with a sweet duet between Amanda's way cool dad, Jack Palmer, and his daughter on Leonard Cohen's tragic love ballad 'One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong'." [Huffington Post]
photos by Dese'Rae L. Stage
[Wednesday] night after an impossibly drizzling/humid day, Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer performedat Housing Works Bookstore as a part of SPIN's "Liner Notes", an event that combines a musician and an author to discuss creativity. This was the second event of the series, the first being Augusten Burroughs with Tegan (of Tegan & Sara).Amanda Palmer plays a much bigger and proper music show tonight, June 5th, at Highline Ballroom. Housing Works is having a street fair this weekend. More pictures of Amanda and Neil at Housing Works, including one of what looks to be Amanda holding up a naked picture of herself, below...
The set opened with Gaiman reading a section from he and Palmer's soon-to-be released book Who Killed Amanda Palmer? The piece seemed to be a preface or at least an opening story to the book, a collection of photographs of Amanda Palmer dead with short stories by Gaiman.
After the story, Palmer launched into "Astronaut", the first song off the "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?" album, a great choice. [cupcake witch]
photos by Beth Hommel, words by Dese'Rae L. Stage
I'm willing to bet that, when Amanda Palmer went back to her high school in the suburbs of Boston to collaborate with mentor and long-time drama teacher Steven Bogart, no one expected it to be heavily press-worthy. I'm also willing to further wager it was unanticipated that the product of said collaboration would pack the 1000-capacity auditorium at Lexington High for every performance [May 7, 8 and 9 at the LHS theater]. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure the only thing I was sure of was that the experience would be exceptionally moving--even to the point of tears. Palmer has proven, time and again, her proclivity for making art of various mediums that pulls at the heartstrings, and this was no exception.
"With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart," the collective brain child of Bogart, Palmer, and the entire cast of twenty drama students from Lexington High School, was inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" and loosely based on Anne Frank's experience in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. If ever there were proof that intention levels the playing ground for making art, this is it. Never in a million years would I have thought that such young kids could create a work that so effectively explores themes of death as cruel, yet somehow compassionate in its inevitability or, not only the existence of a god (or gods, as Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades make a brief appearance in the show), but his very ego, going so far as to assert more than once that any god who could subject his people to such suffering must hate himself. Driving the work was also the concept that imagination can be a powerful tool for survival in extreme adversity, artfully illustrated by Emma Feinberg's portrayal of Anne. Then you have the surrealist bent the piece takes, likely provided not only by the colorful imagery in Jeff Mangum's lyrics, performed almost exclusively by leading man, Alex Parrish, but also attributed to Palmer's experience as a performance artist, which inevitably rubbed off on the entire cast.
Really, the show was amazing. The technical direction was seamless. The set design was complex and fluid. The performances, both musical and theatrical, were on par with--hell, I don't know, but they were so far beyond anything you'd expect from a high school production. I've long thought that, in order to create a moving piece of art, the intention had to be pure, fearless, and had to lack the self-consciousness many of us develop with age. The fact that I can't stop thinking about "With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart" two days later tells me that maybe Bogart and Palmer are on to something.
More pictures below...
Kaki King @ BAM 2/7/09 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Others will be celebrating, that same night, right here in Brooklyn at Glasslands Gallery where Kaki King will play a "special set" at a Morrissey birthday celebration. Beta Beta, the Bodgea Girls and the Stationary Set are also on the bill. Flyer below.
This summer, King will be at Bonnaroo on June 12th and Northern California's music & yoga festival, Wanderlust, on Saturday, July 25th. The lineup for that fest includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jenny Lewis, Amanda Palmer, Spoon, Broken Social Scene...and many more big "indie" names. The festival also offers yoga sessions with a full schedule of guest yogis. Both music+yoga tickets and music-only tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 12th.
Kaki King's newest record is her Mexican Teenagers EP, released March 30th by Cooking Vinyl.
Full details of both Morrissey's b-day and Wanderlust Festival, with posters, and Kaki King dates, below...
Amanda Palmer & friends @ Coachella (more by Darren Kim)
"Musician Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman will co-headline Liner Notes, an event at Housing Works Bookstore Café on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, to celebrate the cross-pollination of music and literature and raise funds for Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization. The event will be presented by SPIN and its SPIN.com Book Club, and will celebrate the upcoming release of Palmer's photo book Who Killed Amanda Palmer, with text by Neil Gaiman and photos by Kyle Cassidy & Co. "
Bjork and Dirty Projectors are playing Housing Works this Friday.
photos by Darren Kim
It's impossible to see everything at Coachella. Here's more of what one photographer saw...
photos by Darren Kim
"Living Thing," [Peter Bjorn and John's] newest album, doesn't simplify things, as it's even more beat-driven and production-skewed than earlier work. However, the boom-bap-driven "Nothing to Worry About" is a fine single, and it got a chirping assist from pop tart countrywoman Robyn. It's no wonder they've backed up Kanye West: the band can steer a minimalist drum loop in many winning directions.The above review refers to Peter Bjorn and John's set at Coachella over the weekend. Both Robyn and Lykke Li joined them on stage. Lykke Li also played her own set. That's where the pictures in this post come from.
But as worthy an effort as the "Living Thing" cuts were, the difference between them and the more straightforward indie-pop was palpable. "Up Against the Wall" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" brimmed with effervescent distortion and steely good hooks that stood on their own with fine and creative drumming from John Eriksson. Comely wraith Lykke Li had a loose but endearing turn in the "Young Folks" duet, but the set mostly underscored how a band at the height of its creative powers can still be untangling the best ways to use them. [LA Times]
No stranger to NYC, Sweden's Lykke Li will be back in town again on June 1st to play a show at Highline Ballroom. But not just any show...
B.B. King Blues Club, The Highline Ballroom and Josh Wood Productions proudly announce the first annual Summerwood music series, beginning June 1st at The Highline Ballroom. Summerwood's GLBT and GLBT-friendly artists represent a selection of nuanced, diverse and talented performers that eschew the standard tropes of the mainstream. Summerwood's genre-blind line-up includes a mix of legendary musicians, up-and-coming names and emerging stars.This won't be the first time Lykke Li played a Josh Wood show either. This one is much more expensive though. Tickets are on sale and cost $35 before charges
The complete list of Summerwood shows is listed below, but it also includes the previousy-announced Amanda Palmer (who also played Coachella) show happening at Highline on June 5th (the Lisps are opening) (tickets are on sale).
All dates, more pictures & the Summerwood schedule, below...
I am going to be performing in an original play with music titled "WITH THE NEEDLE THAT SINGS IN HER HEART" at lexington high school. the show is inspired by the album "in the aeroplane over the sea" by neutral milk hotel and is being written (and we're almost done!) by me, the cast and my former drama director and mentor, steven bogart.Tickets for With the Needle That Sings in her Heart are on sale now. Palmer has been posting frequent updates on her blog and Twitter account about the production of the show and other tidbits, such as this description:
performances are May 7, 8 and 9 at the LHS theater. doors at 7:30. show at 8. $5 for students. $10 for the general public. come. come come come.
using "in the aeroplane over the sea" by neutral milk hotel as an inspiration, the kids (a cast of 20) have been putting together a play through improvisation. the process started about a month ago and i've been in the last two weeks of rehearsals helping shape the plot and characters and create the musical accompaniment, mostly songs from the record played live. often with me playing the instruments, but the whole cast and some extra musicians will be presenting the music....Palmer's next live show is at Coachella on April 18th. She also has a show scheduled at NYC's Highline Ballroom on Friday, June 5th (tickets on sale April 17th).
As Pitchfork recently reported. Amanda is also making a public effort to get dropped from her Roadrunner Records contract. She even sings a song about it to the tune of "Moon River". Check out the video below. In a letter to Bob Lefsetz she wrote:
my label-dropping game has become very fun. please pray for me.Cellist Zoe Keating, who toured Australia with Palmer in early March, will be performing with Palmer at Coachella. The pair recently covered Muse's "Time Is Running Out" live (video below).
it's a lesson in how the future of music is working - fans are literally (and i mean that....literally) lining up at the signing table after shows and HANDING me cash, saying "thank you".
i had to EXPLAIN to the so-called "head of digital media" of roadrunner australia WHAT TWITTER WAS. and his brush-off that "it hasn't caught on here yet" was ABSURD because the next day i twittered that i was doing an impromptu gathering in a public park and 12 hours later, 150 underage fans - who couldn't attend the show - showed up to get their records signed.
no manager knew! i didn't even warn or tell her! no agents! no security! no venue! we were in a fucking public park!
life is becoming awesome.
Palmer is also releasing a Who Killed Amanda Palmer book -- "a fine art hardback book of "photographic evidence" with contributions from celebrated blogger and photographer Kyle Cassidy, Beth Hommel, Tegan Rain (of Tegan and Sara) and many others. Fictional stories to accompany the photographs have been penned by best-selling author Neil Gaiman." That book will be available for pre-order on Palmer's website starting Monday, April 20th at noon (cover art above).
Full With the Needle That Sings in her Heart press release, plus Palmer singing an impromptu song with John Wesley Harding at SXSW and other videos, and all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Magnetic Fields @ Loews Theater (more by Chris La Putt)
MCC Theater presents Coraline, a musical with music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Merritt's delightfully creepy and playful melodies and droll lyrics tell the story of lonely Coraline's discovery of another parallel world that is identical to her own -- with some scary differences. An animated film version of the story, based on the popular children's book by Neil Gaiman (author of the international sensation Sandman and 2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Award) is currently in theaters. The production, which was adapted for the stage by celebrated downtown actor/playwright David Greenspan is the world premiere of Coraline for the stage.Tickets for the show are on sale, as are VIP tickets. (There are also student & under-30 rush tickets available the day of each show). Samples of Merritt's Coraline songs can be heard above.
Performances will begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on May 7 and continue through June 20, 2009. [press release]
In other rock musical news:
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, featuring direction by Julie Taymor (Across The Universe, Frida, The Lion King on Broadway) with music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge (from U2) will be holding open casting calls at major cities across the country starting next week. [press release]The NYC audition is scheduled for Monday, April 13th at The Knitting Factory. Details on the casting call and info for other cities, below.
Advance group tickets are already on sale for Spider-Man, set to open February 18, 2010 at the Hilton Theatre.
Other bands with musicals in the works include Green Day, who are turning their 2004 album American Idiot in a Broadway show. About the adaptation, Billie Joe said to Entertainment Weekly:
It's about coming of age in a really politically-driven climate. It's pretty chaotic, and it's not by any means a conventional way of [doing] a musical. And that's why I liked [American Idiot director] Michael Mayer so much because of what he did with Spring Awakening. When I saw that for the first time I was like, this is not your grandparents' musical. He's going for it. He has a sense of anarchy in the way he approaches his craft.Those aren't the only acts making the switch: Yeasayer guitarist Anand Wildeis working on a musical as well. And Amanda Palmer is in the process of producing an Airplane Over the Sea-themed high-school play, opening May 7th at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA.
Will the show have dancing?
Not "dancing" dancing. I don't know how to really explain it. It's got physical and violent moves. It's not like a Lion King thing. It's dirty and it's got a lot of heart and it's got a street mentality. There are no singing cats. No little girls with big curly red hair. It should be pretty cool, man.
Full Spider-Man press release below...
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)
Marissa Nadler in Brest, France, May 17 2008 by Nicolas Ollier
SOUNDFIX SOUND FIX FAQ
Q: What's the price of admission at your in-stores? How can I get tickets?Sound Fix will, sadly, have to change the answer of "Can my band come play at your space?" to "No" after February 28th because that's the date of the last in-store (in-lounge) ever. The whole lounge closes soon after.
A: Our in-stores are free to the public and seating is general admission.
Q: Where do the bands play?
A: In the Sound Fix Lounge, behind the record store.
Q: What time should I show up?
A: Please don't call and ask us this. We don't know. Every show is different. Sometimes people show up an hour early to get a good spot, sometimes the place is empty a half hour before showtime. If you really love the band and want a good spot, get here early. That's all we can say.
Q: Is Sound Fix one word or two?
A: Two words! Please do not spell it "Soundfix." It really drives me crazy.
Q: Can my band come play at your space?
A: Unlikely. But it can't hurt to ask.
Q: Where is Beacon's Closet?
A: A block and a half from the store, down N. 11th St. Please stop asking.
Q: What's the greatest album of all time?
A: Depending on my mood, Neil Young's Tonight's the Night or the Who's Sellout
Some Sound Fix video memories, below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below: