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DOWNLOAD: Antony - Thank You For Your Love (MP3)

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Antony and the Johnsons will release their five track EP 'Thank You For Your Love' on August 30th via Rough Trade. The title track is the lead single from the forthcoming album 'Swanlights', released on October 11th also by Rough Trade. The single is available to download for free from here now
Grab the title track above for free now. EP tracklist below...

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CocoRosie @ Terminal 5 in June (more by Zachary Alex Stern)
CocoRosie

For me Cocorosie's new album Grey Oceans is perhaps the most important new music coming out of the US this year. It is no surprise that as the sea turns black in the gulf with no end in sight in the midst of the biggest ecological disaster in US history, CocoRosie are the only ones to hit the zeitgeist with an album filled with psychic omniscience, entitled "Grey Oceans." And yet it seems to be the album the indie US press doesn't want to talk about. Bianca and Sierra Casady paints pictures of lost children across a broken land, feral, elemental spirits who roam the dreamscapes of our world, naming perpetrators, painting their memories, recovering and reclaiming power. They are unafraid to manifest their vision that the application of magical creativity could be a balm for aching souls in a struggling world. They take risks that no other artists in the scene dare to, and the (predominantly white hetero male) music press punishes them for it. In the artistic community, CocoRosie are treasured. Their costumes and visual aesthetics are a vital part of their expression, revealing further illustration of their ideas and their inspirations and creating a striking format for the shamanistic shapeshifting that occurs in their live performances (in some ways they are the feminist branch of a voyage that Animal Collective in their boyish and heralded way have undertaken in parallel) and yet as women Cocorosie are dismissed because their visual presentation frustrates many male writers' abilities to sexualize them. Who are you assigning to think on your behalf? [Antony Hegarty via Stereogum on CocoRosie]
CocoRosie will be playing a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon.

Around the same time in 2009, the sisters played Highline Ballroom, and earlier this year they brought their new album, Grey Oceans, to Terminal 5. The new Brooklyn show is part of Cocorosie's upcoming North American fall tour. Before then, they're in China in August - and after, they're in Europe.

All tour dates are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Olof Arnalds - Innundir Skinni (MP3)

Olof Arnalds @ SXSW 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Olof Arnalds

Talented Icelandic songwriter Olof Arnalds has an amazing new record, Innundir skinni (translation: Under the Skin), coming out September 14th on One Little Indian. The album's title track, an acoustic-guitar-and-voice ballad produced (as the whole album is) by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros, is posted above. That song will also appear on a forthcoming 7" single featuring Arthur Russell's "Close My Eyes" on the b-side. An intimate performance of that cover is below.

Olof in NYC for a show at Rockwood Music Hall tonight (July 19th) where she'll be accompanied by Skuli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson's musical director) on electric bass. Tickets are still on sale. After that she travels to the West Coast for shows with Jonathan Richman.

Bjork make a guest appearance on an Innundir skinni song. She'll also pop up on the new Antony and the Johnsons album, Swanlights, due in October. There she sings on a duet called "Flétta" (the Icelandic word for both braid and lichen). Bjork recently put out a collaboration with Dirty Projectors, and will be holding a press conference today (7/19) to protest a new deal that would give Magma Energy of Canada a 65 year lease (renewable for 65 more) on Iceland's geothermal power. She said to the Financial Times about the it:

"Most people feel this is something the nation should keep....Especially after the bank crash, after witnessing all the criminal gambling with precious things... This deal smells like the leftovers from the corruption that brought us the bank crash."
Video below...

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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...

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photos by Bao Nguyen

"Sorry I did fall asleep cause I was resting from such an amazing show! I'm wide awake now!" - Bao

Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace
Atoms for Peace

"The line in front of Roseland Ballroom stretched around the corner of 52nd Street and up Broadway but moved along quickly. The band's ticketless method to limit scalping seemed to work without too many headaches. Flying Lotus was on the wheels when I walked in spinning chilled-out techno but it's tough to build a groove when the sound system is popping and cracking like a blown speaker, what a shame. Sound improved toward the end of his set and he closed with 'Idioteque'.

Atoms for Peace took the stage as a 6-piece with Thom Yorke at piano and a guest horn player center stage (he would depart after 2 songs). They opened with 'The Eraser' and two things became immediately clear: 1) the sound was now perfect and 2) Flea would add some SoCal funk/punk to the set. With blue hair and a white tee (the rest of the band was in black), he was immediately wiggling/dancing across the stage laying it on thick. The set was comprised mostly of songs from The Eraser but included some Radiohead and some new songs as well." [Blackraptor]

As promised, here are the pictures from last night's show at Roseland Ballroom (and some from the after-show party in the mezzanine). They continue below...

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Gavin & Courtney @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
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Rufus, Scarlett & Gavin @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Gavin & U2 @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Sunday, October 4th was the "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday & Friends" show at Carnegie Hall. The whole night was a benefit for (RED), a charity directed toward AIDS in Africa.

The night's advertised guests included Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Chloe Webb. A few others who appeared were Lady Gaga, Fred Armisen as Prince, and Lou Reed, The night had a strong collaborative atmosphere to say the least...

Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen joined Friday for the come-hither cartoon "Mr. Pussy," from Friday's 1995 album, Shag Tobacco. (Armisen came out dressed to the purple nines -- as Prince.) Friday and falsetto-soul singer Antony duetted on a pair of ballads, including a Memphis-brass-soaked reading of "He Got What He Wanted" from Friday's 1989 solo debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. Friday and Virgin Prunes devotee Courtney Love were just on the right side of out-of-control in a pounding version of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me." Queen of the post-punk furies Lydia Lunch played the same half of the night as Lady Gaga (who came out in next to nothing -- she made Love look demure). And a metal-machine-noise assault by Laurie Anderson (violin), John Zorn (saxophone) and Lou Reed (guitar distortion) eventually resolved into the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" with Friday, Bono and a cheerfully pickled Shane McGowan of the Pogues trading verses.

Bono was not just passing through between stadiums. He, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were on and off stage half a dozen times; U2's Friday covers included "I Want to Live" (done with techno drive and Joshua Tree-like space) and the crusted-glam bomb "King of Trash." Bono also took a solo spot, turning on his Irish Sinatra for the Shag Tobacco elegy "The Last Song I'll Ever Sing." The Edge's brother, guitarist Richard Evans, joined Friday and singer Guggi in a mostly-intact Virgin Prunes reunion (the group broke up in 1987). Their overlapping vocal harangue in "Sweethome Under White Clouds," with JG Thirwell of Foetus guesting as a third voice, sounded like the Beastie Boys at the End of Days. [Rolling Stone]

A list of all the songs U2 members played on, more reviews and videos from the show, including the "Jean Genie" encore, below...

Continue reading "Gavin Friday & friends (U2, Courtney Love, Lady Gaga, Antony, Lou Reed, Rufus Waniwright, and many, many more) played Carnegie Hall (videos & stuff) "

They're not cheap, but tickets are still available for the Sunday night benefit show at Carnegie Hall.

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Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Hope Sandoval shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr. show at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the two Royskopp shows coming up at Webster Hall.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Dirty Projectors shows happening at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Camera Obscura show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Friendly Fires / xx show happening at Webster Hall. Tickets are also on sale for the xx show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for both Cribs (with Johnny Marr) shows happening at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Charles Bissel / Nada Surf / They Might Be Giants show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Frank Black / Joseph Arthur show happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Decemberists LOTTERY (not "request") show happening at Terminal 5.

Tickets are on presale (@ noon) for the 50 Cent show happening at the Beach on Governors Island.

R. Kelly is playing the WaMu Theater At Madison Square Garden on October 16th. Tickets are on sale.

Tickets are on sale for the Basement Jaxx DJ set at Santos Party House.

Tickets are on sale for the 3rd (actually 1st) Ray LaMontagne show happening at Beacon Theatre.

Tickets are on sale for the Neko Case show at the Beacon Theatre.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Clem Snide show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Kurt Vile show at Mercury Lounge.

Tickets are on sale (@ noon) for the Rural Alberta Advantage show happening at Bowery Ballroom.

Vulture Whale play Maxwell's tonight (8/21).

The Charlatans canceled their whole tour.

Placebo did too.

An encore presentation of Antony & the Johnsons' new video for "Crazy in Love" below...

Continue reading "Hope Sandoval, Cribs, Dirty Projectors, Royskopp, Nada Surf, Black Francis, Dinosaur Jr, Neko Case & other tickets"

The Beets @ Woodsist/CT Fest 7/4 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Beets

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Monday Night Burlesque @ Public Assembly
* Jemina Pearl @ Mercury Lounge
* Ambulance Ltd., Savoir Adore @ Union Hall
* Les Paul Trio w/ Bucky Pizzarelli @ Iridium
* Brendan Benson, Sean Bones @ Bowery Ballroom
* Benevento/Russo Duo, Jeff Bujak @ Highline Ballroom
* Whiplash w/ David Cross, Ted Alexandro @ UCB Theatre
* Brave Combo, Corn Mo & The .357 Lover @ The Bell House
* Yolanda Adams, Israel Houghton & The New Breed @ Wingate Field
* Bad Blood, Stupid Party, Special Noise, Angels Of America @ Don Pedro
* Precious Metal w/ Liturgy, Lightning Swords of Death, Bastard Sapling, Agrath @ Lit
* Falling Down w/ Ali Wong, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Hannibal Buress @ Bruar Falls
* Small Beast w/ Paul Wallfisch, Bliss Blood, Curtis Eller, Larry Bang Bang @ Delancey
* The Virgins, The Beets, Dinowalrus, Teengirl Fantasy, Animal Collective (DJ), JDH & Dave P (DJ) @ Santos

Free outdoor music tonight includes a show with Yolanda Adams, Israel Houghton & The New Breed at Wingate Field.

The Virgins, The Beets, Dinowalrus and Teengirl Fantasy play a benefit for Cinema Nolita at Santos with Animal Collective and FIXED's JDH & Dave P DJing.

Ambulance Ltd. and Savoir Adore, who play the Mercury Lounge tomorrow, gig at Union Hall tonight. Those shows and more are part of an early edition of This Week In Indie.

Rev. Vince Anderson continues his weekly residency at Union Pool.

Brendan Benson kicks off his new-album-supporting tour at the Bowery Ballroom with Sean Bones.

The Highline Pianos series opens with sets from Benevento/Russo Duo and Jeff Bujak.

Les Paul Trio honors its recently-passed leader by playing with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli at the Iridium.

Monthly comedy showcase Falling Down has a show at Bruar Falls with Ali Wong, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Hannibal Buress and more. UCB's Whiplash hosts David Cross, Aparna Nancherla and Ted Alexandro.

Hercules and Love Affair played two NYC over the weekend. Antony and The Johnsons put out a video for their cover of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," posted below.

"Fresh Air," the first single off Brother Ali's forthcoming Rhymesayers LP Us, is posted below.

What else?

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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 and Love Affair
Hercules and Love Affair

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...

Continue reading "Hercules & Love Affair (w/ Mark Pistel, but not Nomi) played Gramercy Theatre & Music Hall of Williamsburg (pics) "

Hercules & Love Affair

Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair made a DJ appearance at the July 3rd Firecracker party at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Resident Advisor didn't mention Butler's set, but doesn't seem to have enjoyed the vibe of the night...

At 7:00 AM, July 4th, young party people ambled out of Manhattan Center into pale light already wearing sunglasses. But it wasn't freedom that was ringing in their ears after a long night out. For ten hours, inside the 20,000 square foot ballroom, miscalibrated bass punched their cochleas. Billed as the event to "pop off" before fireworks over the Hudson, over a thousand had waited patiently for someone to light the fuse.

Despite sound and stage, it was up to the DJs to forget business and elevate the room. Unfortunately, they failed to truly engage the receptive audience or even distinguish themselves from one another. It was a visual spectacle, but ultimately a misdirected marathon with a corporate aftertaste, that never allowed Firecracker to go off.

Butler will be DJing again in NYC at the Electric Zoo Electronic Music Festival, taking place September 6th and 7th on Randall's Island.

Butler will also be in NYC (where he lives) for a weekend of Hercules & Love Affair shows on August 14th and 15th. They'll play the Gramercy Theatre on Friday, August 14th. Tickets go on sale July 17th at noon. Then, they're be coming to Brooklyn for an August 15th show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that go on AmEx presale today (July 15th) at noon; general sale starts Friday at noon.

As a Hercules & Love Affair gig, it's not exactly clear who'll be on hand for the performance...

Village Voice: You know I have to ask about the state of Hercules and Love Affair. You guys cancelled your Coachella appearance, and everybody is slowly starting to form their own little subgroups (Jessica 6/Deep Red, Midnight Magic). What's going on?

Butler: [laughs] The situation is, for the next record, I'm involving a whole handful of new artists, and that's how it was going to be, always. There are a lot of artists I want to work with. Kim-Ann [Foxman], [vocalist] Nomi [Ruiz], all the kids that were working with me on the first record and the tours, they've started doing their own stuff. Nomi has her band, [bassist] Andrew [Raposo] and [keyboardist] Morgan [Wiley] have their own band...

VV: So it was more of a press misconception? Like, this solo project that happened to have a live touring band got cast more as a band when it wasn't?

Butler: Yeah. I mean, these are guest artists. Like, someone like Kim-Ann [Foxman] is potentially ever-present; she and I have a long friendship and a long-standing creative collaboration. The other artists like Antony and Nomi both have solo careers, and when they went into it, they knew they had solo careers and that they would be doing their own thing. So basically, the vocalists are Kim-Ann and a whole new batch of people that I've worked with at various points...I'm co-producing with a new producer. The whole scenery has changed.

Butler's DJ mix for the Sidetracked series is coming out July 21st on Renaissance Recordings. That record includes an exclusive new Hercules track. Butler's take on the track's new "angry" direction, with all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Hercules & Love Affair (Andy Butler+Kim-Ann+?) - 2 NYC shows (tix), Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo (and Firecracker)"

Coachella

The 2009 Coachella music festival kicks off today in Indio, California. You can check out the set times at their site. I'm personally drooling over Sunday (a bit of which you can see above).

Highlights of today (4/17) include Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Beirut, The Black Keys, Genghis Tron, Girl Talk, Patton & Rahzel, The Hold Steady, The Bug, and A Place to Bury Strangers.

You can watch some of the performances online (Macca & Moz included).

Etienne De Crecy plays Sunday, and in NYC tonight. Throbbing Gristle plays Sunday, and in NYC tonight.

Antony's Sunday performance will be a collaboration with "avant-garde composer and electronics wiz" Matthew Herbert. "The duo will present stark electronic re-imaginings of songs from Antony and the Johnsons' new album 'The Crying Light'" That one unfortunately will not be streaming.

Video of Animal Collective performing "My Girls" at Coachella 2008, below...

Continue reading "Coachella starts - stream it online, check out the schedule ++ Antony to perform w/ Matthew Herbert"

photos by Lori Baily

Marianne Faithful

[Marianne Faithfull's] new album [Easy Come, Easy Go] adds some great new interpretations to her rich repertoire, including songs by older artists (Smokey Robinson, Billie Holiday) and younger ones (the Decemberists, Neko Case).

Faithfull found a particular kinship with Case. "I read that she took one line for her song from the 'Brothers Karamazov,'" the singer says. "That's something I would do." [NY Daily News]

The Hal Wilner-produced Easy Come, Easy Go is out now on Decca Records. On it, Marianne also covered Dolly Parton, Espers, and Morrissey. Plus, Chan Marshall, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Nick Cave, Antony and Keith Richards all make guest appearances! The musician credits are also chock full of familiar names like Marc Ribot and Lenny Pickett. Full track list below.

Marianne played two shows at NYC's City Winery - March 27th and 28th. The pictures in this post are from the first. On March 31st she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman where she performed the Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3" (without Nick Cave who helps her sing it on the album).

The Letterman video, and everything else, below...

Continue reading "Marianne Faithfull - new covers album full of special guests, City Winery pics & Letterman (Decemberists) video"

1349 @ Nokia Theatre in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
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today in NYC
* DANCE
* 1349 @ BB King's
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Red Fang & Early Man @ Maxwell's
* Jason Anderson @ Pete's Candy Store
* Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers @ Santos Party House
* Pwrfl Power, The Silent League & others @ Glasslands
* Leo Allen, Reggie Watts & other comedians @ Lolita Bar (8pm, free)
* Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman & other comedians @ UCB (11pm, free)
* Dan Auerbach, Hacienda & Those Darlins @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Cloud Room, Maps & Atlases, Pattern is Movement & So Many Dynamos @ Mercury Lounge

It snowed a lot!

Fresh off their appearance at the Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta this past weekend, Norway's 1349 bring their metal (and makeup) to BB King's tonight.

Look for My Morning Jacket's drummer in Dan Auerbach's band.

Congrats to the winners to today's U2 Letterman tapings. U2 is playing Fordham Friday.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premieres tonight with Van Morrison who just played two shows at the Theater at MSG over the weekend. Fallon's house band the Roots have a bunch of shows coming up at Highline Ballroom.

Lambchop played a secret show for the CIMS / AIMS convention in Nashville, TN on February 27th. Video below...

Antony Hegarty talked about his involvement in Lou Reed's "Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse", in the video below...

Diplo talks about Telepathe, in the video below...

Continue reading "What's going on Monday? (snow!)"

photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Noah Perabo

no Antony did not age, this was the opener!
The Mystery of Claywoman

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...

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"I am plainly shocked that the record has been number one in Europe this week, and I want to pause and thank all the people around the world that made that happen, and who have supported me with so much heart over the last few years, and come to my shows, and collected up all the press from around the world on the justonestar website, and wished me well, and shared some time with me at live shows. Thank you for urging me forward through a glorious dream, the likes of which is more your creation than mine. Antony x"

Antony & the Johnsons @ Keswick Theater in PA (Michael Alan Goldberg / SPIN)

"Antony & the Johnsons' "The Crying Light" (Rough Trade) makes a dramatic debut at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI) scores a fourth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

"The Crying Light," easily the highest charting of the U.S.-based act's three albums, makes a series of eye-catching debuts across the region. It's in at No. 2 in Spain and Sweden, No. 3 in Denmark, No. 4 in France, Holland and Norway, No. 9 in Italy and No. 18 in the United Kingdom, the latter with sales of 10,000 units. It also climbs 2-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders.

"Light" is the follow-up to 2005's "I Am A Bird Now," which won the U.K.'s Mercury Music Prize for the group led by New Yorker Antony Hegarty. It qualified for the prize because Hegarty was born in the U.K." [Billboard - January 29, 2009]

Antony was on WNYC on February 8th. Listen to that here. Tonight, February 19th, Antony kicks off his two-night run at Town Hall in NYC. In April he plays Coachella. Last night he was on Letterman. That video, and more, below...

Continue reading "Antony played Letterman (video), plays NYC tonight & Friday"

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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...

Continue reading "Antony & The Johnsons - Epilepsy is Dancing (new video)"

DOWNLOAD: Bon Iver - Blood Bank (MP3)

Vivian Girls rocking for kids @ the Living Room - Jan 9, 2009 (by Maryanne Ventrice)
Vivian Girls and kids

today in NYC
* DANCE
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Mondomundo Fest @ SOB's
* Matteah Baim @ Chelsea Market
* Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange @ Union Hall
* City and Colour & William Elliot Whitmore @ Bowery Ballroom

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine was born today in 1970.

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange brings Lucy Wainwright Roche, Rebecca Pronsky, Stephen Clair, and Brooke Campbell to Union Hall tonight for free.

"On January 12, in presenting the second part of the 2nd Annual Mondo Mundo Festival at S.O.B.'s, the Mondo Mundo Agency brings APAP attendees and NYC fans alike an eclectic line-up of four globally-influenced ensembles each with a unique, modern interpretation on music from Ireland, Latin America and Morocco.; the first 100 industry presenters with APAP badges will get into the festival for free. Mondo Mundo Agency will present a second evening of music as part of their 2nd Annual Mondo Mundo Festival featuring four artists from their roster including The McDades, Zemog El Gallo Bueno, Jose Conde and Hassan Hakmoun at S.O.B.'s."

happy 50th Birthday Motown.

NY Mag has a feature on Antony & the Johnsons.

Pop Matters lists the Best Music Journalism from 2008.

Goblin Cock tour dates.

The Wall Street Journal suggests How the Music Industry Can Get Digital Satisfaction.

The picture up there is from the Kidrockers gig the Vivian Girls played over the weekend. All of their dates HERE.

Bon Iver's new song "Blood Bank" above. Franz Ferdinand's new song "Ulysses" below...

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Antony & The Johnsons - Another World (MP3)

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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.

"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.

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...

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Le Poisson Rouge's ode to Philip Glass/Chuck Close (more by Chris La Putt)
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As someone kindly pointed out, tickets are now on sale for the 2009 Tibet House Benefit concert happening at Carnegie Hall on February 3rd. The list of artists confirmed so far is in the title of this post.

Vampire Weekend are in the middle of their three-night NYC run at Terminal 5.

Patti Smith also has a three-night December run of shows coming up in NYC, AND, like Vampire Weekend (these two artists have a lot in common), is speaking at an upcoming NY Times event.

The Tibet show is a month before the REM show at Carnegie Hall that Patti Smith is also playing and which was organized by Michael Dorf who has Philip Glass playing multiple shows at his new City Winery.

Philip Glass is also playing a Roulette benefit Saturday December 6th at Roulette.

The Tibet House benefit show is an annual show put on by Philip Glass. Patti Smith has played it before. So has Antony, Sufjan Stevens, The Black Keys, Trey, Ray Davies, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Damien Rice, Band of Horses, and many, many more.

Video of Antony performing "You are My Sister" in 2006 (a fine moment), below...

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DOWNLOAD: Antony Hegarty and Sway - Guardian podcast (MP3)

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Tickets for the two February Antony & The Johnsons shows at Town Hall in NYC go on pre-sale today at 10 AM. Password = BUYTIXNOW

For more Antony, listen to the new Guardian Music Weekly podcast (available for download above) and pick up the new issue of Wire (pictured). More tour dates HERE.

Antony & The Johnsons @ the Apollo in October (more by Ryan Muir)
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The Crying Light is the highly anticipated full-length follow-up to I Am a Bird Now. Here, Antony shifts the thematic focus and explores his relationship with the natural world. The intimacy of the Johnsons' sound is enveloped by avant-classical composer Nico Muhly's symphonic arrangements. The first moments of "Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground" unveil an animist world in which the leaves are winking and the sun "...dances crystals in my eyes." The joyful ricochets of "Kiss My Name" and the spiraling waltz of "Epilepsy Is Dancing" are to follow. The record's centerpiece, "Another World" traces the singer's despair in the face of a vanishing landscape. The striking vocal on "Dust and Water" seems to sooth the mind like an unfurling and pastoral "Everglade" concludes the album, Antony stepping beyond the confines of his loneliness and into the landscape to find that his "...Limbs (have) stopped Crying for Home..." Antony falls into a reverie and seems join the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose eerie portrait graces the cover of The Crying Light".

Antony and the Johnsons' music bridges the gap between avant-classical music and the blues, and the band's sold out performances have resulted in standing ovations from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo. "The Crying Light" is a soul-stirring new work with its daring compositions and captivating vocal performances. The Crying Light may even become one of those albums that becomes emblematic of its time, a reflection of the momentous changes that we are facing, within each of our private worlds as well as collectively, and how we are summoning the courage to start moving through them.

The Crying Light will be released January 20th, 2009.

A month later Antony & The Johnsons will grace the stage of Town Hall in NYC for two nights in a row. Tickets for the February 19th & 20th shows go on sale Friday at noon.

It's been an exciting day for show announcements. First Sharon Jones announces two NYC shows in February and now Antony. Both of them contribute to the Dark Was Night comp too.

Antony's last NYC show was at the Apollo which was not long after his new EP was released. The two upcoming Town Hall shows look like they're part of a still-unannounced larger tour. The dates we know are listed below...

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"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."
More info on the previously mentioned comp below...

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Noise Pop

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS, A.C. NEWMAN, NO AGE, GOBLIN COCK, CLUES and DEAR AND THE HEADLIGHTS set to headline Noise Pop 2009. Noise Pop Festival film screenings will include JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON and AGILE MOBILE HOSTILE - A YEAR WITH ANDRE WILLIAMS. The 17th annual Noise Pop Festival will take place February 24 through March 1, 2009 in San Francisco.
Antony and the Johnsons recently played the Apollo Theater in NYC. Read about it HERE. AC Newman just played the Bell House in Brooklyn. Read about that HERE. No Age was just at the Market Hotel. That one is HERE. Clues were supposed to play NYC, but didn't, and Goblin Cock is promising many more tour dates than just this one. More Noise Pop details below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

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The show was/felt short, but sweet.

Clocking in at under 90 minutes (he started around 8:15, and we were definitely on the street by 9:45), Antony brought down the house at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem last night (Oct 16, 2008). Dressed all in white, Antony stood (the whole time) on the hardly-lit stage with a full orchestra playing behind him. Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) played piano (a job Antony used to have in addition to singing), and two regular members of the Johnsons (Julia Kent and Maxim Moston) played with the orchestra that had roughly 20 members and a conductor (Robert Moose) who looked like Nico Muhly from the back (the side we saw of Robert throughout the whole show as he eloquently moved his baton and body behind Antony). He wasn't Nico though. That was most evident when Nico, the co-arranger for the show, came on stage for a bow with everyone else at the end.

Speaking of the end, it came way too soon and after an encore that only lasted for one song. Heavy on new songs, and light on the 'hits', highlights of the setlist included a jazzed up, re-arranged version of the classic "Cripple and the Starfish", a cover of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love", and a beautiful, beautiful, old-school-Antony-full-of-emotion-and-magic, minimalistic-with-not-too-much-orchestra (aka I loved it the best) version of "Another World" which is the title track from Antony's new EP. There were no special guests, though Antony's friends Nomi and Lou Reed were both spotted in the audience. More pictures from the show below...

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