Entries tagged with: Antony and the Johnsons
Antony in 'Marina Abramović' (photo: Lucie Jansch)
As befits an art-world star, the drama of Ms. Abramovic's pseudo-sendoff has been entrusted to another aesthetic luminary, the avant-garde theater and opera director Robert Wilson. The inception for the project came when Ms. Abramovic called Mr. Wilson and asked if he'd be interested in staging her funeral -- death being a primary preoccupation of this self-punishing artist; he agreed, as long as he got to stage the life, too. Also providing eulogistical and biographical interpretation are well-known figures from other artistic realms: the composer and singer Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons), dressed in space-age black velvet and appearing as a sort of avatar of Ms. Abramovic, and the actor Willem Dafoe, looking like a skeleton raised from the dead himself in his white makeup under a flaming pouf of red hair. - [NY Times]Lavish new operatic spectacle The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, which stars Abramović, Willem Dafoe and Antony Hegarty and is directed by Robert Wilson, made its US debut last week (12/12) at Park Avenue Armory and runs through Saturday (12/21). Most of the shows are sold out, but you can still get tickets for Saturday's matinee and evening performance.
Meanwhile, you may have heard Antony's song "Angel on Fire" on the deluxe edition of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, that also features songs by The National, Coldplay, Lorde and others. According to Antony, his contribution was written in 1992 and the backing track for the song is "partly comprised of 4track recording that Antony once used in club performances in NYC." If you haven't heard it, you can stream it below.
Kembra Pfahler & Antony Hegarty
[Last night] at New York City's IFC Center, Antony Hegarty's long in-process Turning film finally began its American theatrical run, following the U.S. premiere last weekend at the DOC NYC festival.The film is playing now at IFC Center in NYC with tickets on sale for multiple screenings each day through 11/20, and special guests at select screenings. See IFC's site for more info, and head below for a clip and the trailer of the movie, and a list of upcmoming European screenings...
The film, a collaboration with Charles Atlas (The Legend of Leigh Bowery), documents the pair's 2006 European "Turning" tour, which featured Antony performing alongside large-scale projections of 13 models, who individually took the stage and slowly turned on circular platforms. It includes backstage clips and interviews with each of the models, many of whom are transgendered or grappling with issues of gender and sexuality. At the premiere, Antony said he hoped Turning would unveil the essence of its subjects' humanity. [Pitchfork]
The xx at Terminal 5 last week (more by Toby Tenebaum)
Alt-J at Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Spanglish Fly @ Barbes
* Ryan Raftery @ Joe's Pub
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
* Cowboy Junkies @ City Winery
* Golden Animals @ Manhattan Inn
* The Zombies @ Highline Ballroom
* Sidi Toure @ Marcus Garvey Park
* Alt-J, Illumntr @ Mercury Lounge
* Raphael McGregor Quartet @ Barbes
* The xx @ Snug Harbor Cutural Center
* Surfing, Milk Dick, Hippy @ Cake Shop
* The Gowanus All-Stars @ The Rock Shop
* Jim Campilongo, Adam Levy @ Living Room
* Sinkane, Rakete, DJ Ryan Rasheed @ Zebulon
* Lucinda Williams, Amy Cook @ Bowery Ballroom
* CCB Reggae All-Stars @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
* Yosh, Bezoar, Spirit of a Slain Eagle @ Lit Lounge
* Hot Tub w/ guest host Chris Gethard @ Littlefield
* Allison Weiss, Mal Blum, Mitten, XNY @ Public Assembly
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Have Nots @ Webster Hall
* Delay, Nude Beach, Hop Along, These Days @ Death By Audio
* Night Beats, K Holes, Mmoss, Josh Iden (DJ set) @ Knitting Factory
* The Slaughter Survivors Tour 2012 @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Tashaki Miyaki, Dirty Fences, Dirty Dishes, Sky Picnic @ Glasslands
* Fang, Eat The Turnbuckle, The Dead Tricks, The Sharp Lads @ Bowery Electric
* Heads of State featuring Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph @ Wingate Field
* The Canon Logic, Hungry March Band, Brute Force & Daughter of Force @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers, The Milk Carton Kids @ Central Park Summerstage
"Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" screens on the beach in Coney Island.
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Alt-J play their first of two sold out NYC shows this week tonight. The band will return to NYC as part of a full tour in September.
The Zombies play their second of two Highline Ballroom shows tonight.
Lucinda Williams plays her first of four NYC shows tonight.
Animal Collective Radio, the weekly show curated by a different member of the band each week and began last week when Panda Bear premiered AnCo's new single, aired its second episode last night curated by Deakin and with a guest DJ set from Pantha du Prince. Last night's episode is streaming on loop until tonight at 9 PM HERE.
Antony and the Johnsons have a new NABIL-directed video for "Cut the World" off their new live album of the same name. Check it out below.
Jack White was in Chicago over the weekend for Lollapalooza. Check out his setlist from the festival HERE>. While he was there, he also played a surprise show at Reckless Records, where the Third Man Rolling Record store was parked outside. If you haven't yet, check out pics of Lollapalooza day 1 HERE and day 2 HERE. Pics of day 3 are coming soon.
It's been two years since Cocorosie's last album, the wildly divisive Grey Oceans. The Casady sisters are back with a new David Sitek-produced single, "We Are On Fire," which was released this week on Touch & Go, the label's first release since cutting distribution in 2009. There is a striking (and expensive-looking) new video for the song as well, directed by Emma Freema, which you can watch below. The single's b-side, "Tearz for Animals," features vocals by Antony Hegarty and you can stream that below too.
While no East Coast dates have been announced, Cocorosie do have a few California shows lined up and those dates are below.
A thick cloak of darkness draped the stage of Radio City when Antony Hegarty began to sing. My eyes trained on his white floor-length robe, the only thing that shone through the fog and shadows.
With its piano melodies and strings arrangements, the Antony and the Johnsons discography is far from sonically lacking. But after hearing the opening measures of "Rapture," the aptly named first song of the evening, it quickly became clear that Hegarty's music was destined to be bigger. And tonight it got that chance, thanks to the addition of a talented sixty-member orchestra. Under the guidance of conductor Rob Moose, Hegarty's music unfurled and exploded into a host of symphonic crescendos. And soon, the darkness on stage subsided as one-by-one, the screens that blanketed the stage began to lift to reveal a dream-like installation of hanging 3D geometric shapes. A restrained laser show only added to the mystique, at times blanketing Antony in a twinkling world of colorful light.
It was that rare kind of performance that breaks your heart only to have the pieces lovingly reassembled, down to the tiniest, most tender bloody shard. Hegarty's lyrics may reveal inner turmoil, but filtered through his sprawling multi-octave voice and unflinching poise, the painful material becomes mesmerizing, life-affirming, and wildly triumphant.
Combining songs from all four Antony and the Johnsons albums and at least one EP, the set revealed the evolution of the band's music, as well as Heggarty's emotions. He even threw in a surprisingly moving rendition of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love" (slowed down and fleshed out to make it nearly unrecognizable). Hegarty powered through the majority of the set, playing some fourteen songs without speaking. But following the dramatic unveiling of the orchestra during "Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground," Hegarty broke his spell of silence to introduce and sincerely thank everyone who helped make the MoMA-commissioned one-night event possible, including Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) on piano and Nico Muhly who - along with Maxim Moston and Rob Moose- arranged much of the music. "Well that's quite the bulk of the show," said Hegarty. "I'm so fucking glad. It was so ambitious, this production! It was really insane."
After the applause and laughter died down, Hegarty and his 60+ band mates signed off with two additional songs before the golden velvet curtain slowly made its descent, prompting the audience to collectively exhale before erupting into an elated standing ovation that resonated beautifully throughout the cavernous hall.
More pictures and the setlist from the 1/26 show, below...
As previously discussed, Antony & the Johnsons (and 60-piece orchestra) will play a rare and special show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC on January 26th. Tickets to the MoMA-commissioned event are still on sale and we're giving a pair away. Details below...
Antony w/ an orchestra in 2010 (more by Richard Termine)
This is awesome:
The Museum of Modern Art has commissioned artist/musician Antony to conceive, produce, and perform a large-scale concert and performance event, Swanlights, with Antony and the Johnsons, on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall. Featuring a 60-piece orchestra, the performance piece is conceived as a new commission especially developed for the January 26 performance, and an evolution of the highly acclaimed The Crying Light, which was presented at the Manchester Opera House for the 2009 Manchester International Festival. Envisioned as a meditation on light, nature, and femininity, Swanlights includes songs from all four of Antony and the Johnsons' albums (self-titled, I am a Bird Now, The Crying Light, and Swanlights), set to symphonic arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, and Maxim Moston. It is produced in collaboration with light artist Chris Levine, lighting designer Paul Normandale, and set designer Carl Robertshaw. Antony and the Johnsons: Swanlights is organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and Director of MoMA PS1, with the assistance of Eliza Ryan, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.Tickets go on sale Saturday, 11/12 at at 10am.
This month also sees a work-in-progress screening of TURNING, a film by Charles Atlas and Antony on November 11th at Copenhagen's Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX.
photos by Richard Termine
DOWNLOAD: Antony - Thank You For Your Love (MP3)
"This is how it must feel to be an ovum," the singer Antony Hegarty said with a tone of gentle amusement as latecomers flooded down the aisles of Alice Tully Hall during the concert he presented there on Saturday night. It was the second time this singer, who goes by his first name, stopped to let stragglers find their seats. Earlier he had abruptly cut off a song just started -- "Ghost," from his rapturously lovely new album, "Swanlights" -- then tried to smooth over an awkward silence by whistling Satie's "Gymnopédie" No. 1...Reading that first paragraph of the Times review makes me feel a little better, since I was also late to the show, but I was so late I actually missed all of that starting and stopping happening.
...Here, performing as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, Antony stood shrouded in shadow and sheathed in a flowing black gown. In place of his Johnsons, the Orchestra of St. Luke's accompanied him in songs largely drawn from "Swanlights" and its predecessor, "The Crying Light." Rob Moose, elsewhere a musically polyamorous violinist, conducted; at the piano was Thomas Bartlett, a sensitive chamber-pop singer otherwise known as Doveman. [NY Times]
I think there were at least two big issues that caused people to be late. One of them was the show's kind-of-unfortunate 7:30pm start time (7:30 sharp on a Saturday night with no opener). The other was that the 1/2/3 trains were all screwed up, and I personally spent the first 30 minutes of the show sitting underground in a train that wasn't going anywhere. At least there were people dressed up for Halloween adorning all the stations and cars. That made the situation feel slightly less tense. That said, by the time I got there, every seat in the house was full, so late or not, everyone eventually got there, and what I saw was unsuprisingly beautiful and worth finally making it there for.
Nico Muhly was responsible for many of the arrangements of the night, and behind Antony and the orchestra was the film "Mr. O's Book of the Dead", a 1973 film by Chiaki Nagano featuring the Butoh master Kazuo Ohno and his troupe. Kazuo is the one on the cover of Antony and the Johnsons' 2009 CD The Crying Light. And as the NY Times sums up nicely, it was "Projected overhead throughout the performance -- even during the awkward breaks -- it was both a potent visualization of gender ambiguity, vulnerability and pain, and a garish distraction from music's transfixing intensity and beauty."
It was Antony's only North American show this year. Hopefully he'll tour some more in support of his new album "Swanlights" which was released on October 12th via Secretly Canadian. Download "Thank You For Your Love" from that LP above, and watch Antony's performance of the same song from the October 8th episode of Letterman in the video, under the rest of the pictures from Lincoln Center, below...
DOWNLOAD: Antony - Thank You For Your Love (MP3)
Antony and the Johnsons will play their only North American live show of 2010 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on Saturday, October 30. They will be performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, which will be conducted by Rob Moose. Chiaki Nagano's film "Mr. O's Book of the Dead" starring Kazuo Ohno will be featured during the performance. The performance kicks off Lincoln Center's White Light Fest. Tickets can be purchased here.Antony and the Johnsons' new album, "Swanlights" will be out on October 12th (in the US) via Secretly Canadian. And a book:
Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of "Swanlights" which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony's paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of "Swanlights" on Secretly Canadian will also include the song "Flétta", a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony's work exploring his connection to the natural world.That's at least two new albums that Bjork appears on this year. She is on Olof Arnalds' new album too.
The Antony show at Lincoln Center "is part of the Great Performers Chamber Orchestra series"
Antony's newest video, for "Thank You For Your Love" (MP3 above), can be watched below...
photos by Sara Skolnick
"I saw Hercules and Love Affair this weekend who now have Mark Pistel in the band (founding member of Consolidated) which made me remember about Meat Beat Manifesto and seeing them play live. Fucking great show. They had these dancers with mini crutches, one of whom hit my friend Angy in the head while dancing feverishly on stage. Good times." - waxy yellow buildup
Hercules & Love Affair played two NYC shows over the weekend. Friday night it was at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan. Saturday was over the river in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
As Andy Butler somewhat explained to The Voice, guest vocalists like Antony (who is on the album) and Nomi (who has been a prominent vocalist in the band's live shows) are not permanent members of the band which will continue to change over time. Nomi was not present at the shows where, at Music Hall at least, they played mostly songs from their 2008 self-titled album, and some new stuff too. Jason Kendig opened.
In related news, Andy Butler will be DJing at the upcoming Electric Zoo Festival on Randall's Island, and "Antony and the Johnsons [releasaed] the "Aeon"/"Crazy in Love" double A-side single in the US on August 4th on CD and 7" through Secretly Canadian and on August 3rd in Europe and UK on 7" through Rough Trade."
More pictures from the Brooklyn H&LA show below...
DOWNLOAD: Doveman - Hurricane (new MP3)
Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) @ Dark Was the Night (more by Natasha Ryan)
The follow-up to Doveman's 2007 record, With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead, is on the way. That still-untitled album will come out on Brassland Records later this year. You can check out a BV-exclusive preview from that record, the especially upbeat (for Doveman) song "Hurricane," above.
Doveman will be performing his/their latest work (alongside the rest of his catalog and maybe some Footloose material) at his Thursday, June 18th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. Tickets are still on sale, and we have two pairs to give away. More details on that below.
At LPR, Bartlett will be backed by long-time Doveman member Sam Amidon, who's also opening the show, and Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf of The National -- all of those musicians appear on the new record.
As usual, Doveman has been busy playing keys behind other performers. On June 14th and 15th, he played with Martha Wainwright in her "Songs of Edith Piaf" show. Those sets were recorded with producer Hal Wilner to be released as a live record.
This summer Bartlett will tour with Antony & the Johnsons in Europe. The National have summer dates too, and don't be surprised if Bartlett ends up making some of those gigs.
We talked to Aaron Dessner about his history with Doveman, the progress being made on the new National album and a forthcoming Dark Was the Night movie (and possible European dates). That exchange, and all tour dates, is below...
Last weekend it was two nights of Antony and the Johnsons at Town Hall, one of which fell on the same night as Leonard Cohen at the Beacon Theatre and M Ward at Apollo Theater. This week's war of fancy seated shows I would love to go to comes in the form of two nights of David Byrne at Radio City Music Hall, two nights of Van Morrison performing "Astral Weeks" at the Theater at MSG, and the third option of Grizzly Bear and Final Fantasy with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. What are you doing?
Van Morrison also has two shows coming up at the Beacon Theater.
Video from Antony's show at Town Hall, below...
photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Noah Perabo
no Antony did not age, this was the opener!
An eclectic crowd filled Town Hall last night (2/19) for a moving performance by Antony & The Johnsons. The Johnsons was made up of six exceptional players, none moreso than Doug Weiselman whose work on the guitar/clarinet/sax shined all night. Yet it was band leader/pianist Antony Hagerty whose signature vocals stole the show. Throughout the 16-song set, Antony spoke about New York City ("It's good to be home. Yes, this is my home. The funny thing about New York is that no one can tell you it's not your home. It's yours."), about his fears of environmental catastrophe, about books, about philosophy and at times he just stared off, deep in thought while the respectful crowd sat in silence, perhaps deep in thought themselves. His music has that effect: lulling you into a dreamland. He admitted that he too got "taken away" during "Cripple and the Starfish" when he began a verse with the wrong lyrics, then playfully improvised until the music got back to a place where he could start again.
One of the set's highlights came during "Epilepsy is Dancing" a cut from his latest release The Crying Light. Antony's vocals complemented the classical sound of the acoustic guitarist's picking perfectly, creating lush acoustics that filled the room. Another standout was "Fistful of Love" which built slowly into storm of drums, rollicking electric guitar and crescendo piano. The crowd roared with approval at it's conclusion. He closed the show with crowd-favorite, "Hope There's Someone" a beautiful song that balances Antony's outlook of sadness and hope.
The show was opened by a short performance piece titled The Mystery of Claywoman, a 20-minute character-driven philosophical lecture by Michael Cavadias. Only Antony would invite such an act to open the show.
Antony & The Johnsons play Town Hall again tonight (2/20). More pictures from last night, 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:
Antony asked his friends the Wachowski Brothers to work with him on a video for his new single "Epilepsy is Dancing". They in turn invited painters Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paradiso to create costumes and a mystical environment and choreographer Sean Dorsey and his dancers to bring the dream sequence to life. Antony's artistic partner Johanna Constantine stars as herself in the role of "Deer Monster". The video was lit and shot by the up-and-coming directors of photography, Chris Blasingame and Banker White, and produced by Jim Jerome. The production team collectively named themselves AFAS. Please enjoy the fruits of their San Francisco art party.Like Animal Collective, Antony & The Johnsons have a new album out today. Check out the new video below...
The first big music release date of the year offers a bonanza of indie rock albums. The CD release of Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion has been garnering most of the press, but A.C. Newman's Get Guilty, Antony and the Johnsons' The Crying Light, Andrew Bird's Noble Beast, and Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP have all been greatly anticipated and have mostly lived up to their hype.
Other releases I have heard and can recommend include Anya Marina's Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II, Ben Nichols' The Last Pale Light In The West, Matt & Kim's Grand, MV & EE's Drone Trailer, Six Organs of Admittance's RTZ, and Will Sheff & Charles Bissell's split 7" Will Sheff Covers Charles Bissell / Charles Bissell Covers Will Sheff.
What new releases can you recommend? Have I left anything off the list?
DOWNLOAD: Antony & The Johnsons - Another World (MP3)
Antony and the Johnsons is offering an instant digital download of their forthcoming album "The Crying Light" and a bonus track, "My Lord, My Love", for fans who pre-order the album from the band's website.Tickets are still on sale for the two shows Antony is playing at NYC's Town Hall in February. All dates, incluyding a huge European tour, below...
"The Crying Light" is the band's follow up to the Mercury prize winning "I Am a Bird Now". The album will be released in the UK and Europe on January 19 through Rough Trade and on January 20 in America through Secretly Canadian with a world tour following the release.