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Antony

There was a private release party for Antony's new EP "Another World" (out now on Secretly Canadian) at PS1's Manhattan radio station, The Clocktower, last night (Oct 7). Zach said, "Antony did one song in the downstairs space and then proceeded to another upstairs space for another song. [for a total of two songs performed at the party]". Michael Stipe, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson were among those in attendance. We didn't know about this ahead of time. Zach completely surprised us with this set of pictures. More of them below...

Continue reading "Antony, Lou Reed & Michael Stipe @ the Clocktower - pics"

DOWNLOAD: Lou Reed - Caroline Says, Pt. II. (@ St Anns) (MP3)

Lou Reed & Antony - Oct 2005 (more)
Lou Reed and Antony

today in NYC
* FREE SHOWS
* Glass Ghost & Treasure @ Cake Shop
* The Look, Essie Jain & Peasant @ Zebulon
* Lou Reed & John Zorn @ (le) poisson rouge
* Army Navy, Autodrone & Saints and Lovers @ Mercury Lounge
* Vivian Girls Hawnay Troof, City Center & Urxed @ Death By Audio

Hawnay Troof's new Beastie Boys-influenced album "Islands of Ayle" (out 9/9) features guests Randy Randall (of No Age), Mary Pearson (of High Places), Bretzel Goring (of Stereo Total), Annie Lewandowski (of The Curtains), Jenny Hoyston (of Erase Errata), Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu), and Carla Bozulich (of Evangelista). A bonus disc of the remix album "Remixes of Ayle" comes with first edition of the CD. It features remixes from Xiu Xiu, Disaster (Brendan Fowler), Soft Pink Truth (Drew Daniel of Matmos), Mae Shi, Eve Massacre, Ssion, Lucky Dragons and Club Murder. Hawnay Troof (Vice Cooler) is from Oakland, CA. Tonight's Brooklyn, NY show at Death By Audio is the record release party. Vivian Girls, Urxed (Rob from High Places) and City Center (Fred Saturday Looks Good To Me) are also on the bill. At 8pm there will be free self defense lessons for women courtesy of the Center for Anti-Violence Education.

Matador is releasing the soundtrack to Lou Reed's "Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse" (in stores on October 21 / September 30 on iTunes). Track #8 available for download above.

I'm pretty sure that's Antony's voice you can hear in the track. Antony & the Johnsons' new Another World EP is out October 7th on Secretly Canadian.

What else?

Doveman and Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon

Fellow Vermont-to-New York transplants Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), and Sam Amidon like to make music together: They have appeared in each other's shows, played on each other's records, and now they're going to grab a friend (such as Oren Bloedow) or two (such as Oren Bloedow and Nadia Sirota), pile into a van, and head off on tour. The performances will feature music from each of the three of them, as well as some sneak previews of future collaborative schemes. Sam will perform a set of folk ballads interspersed with the occasional Melville reading and some liturgical dance, accompanied by Thomas with guest plinks by Nico. The microphone will then be passed to Thomas, who will whisper some lamp-rock, gently expiring into the microphone, while Sam, Nico, and Oren strum and plink and tap and generally try to liven things up. Finally, Nico will perform a selection of his compositions, with help from Sam, Thomas, Oren, and favored drinking buddy and violist extraordinaire Nadia, culminating in "The Only Tune," a piece that Nico wrote for Sam, and that he, Sam, Thomas, and Nadia premiered last year at Carnegie Hall.
I love this tour and I just realized I didn't post the dates here before they started the tour in Seattle on August 14th (oops). At least the NYC show didn't happen yet (not to mention MD, PA, MA, Montreal & Toronto & Chicago). NYC is August 23rd at (le) poisson rouge and tickets are on sale.

Doveman covered the Footloose soundtrack (and received a cease and desist for doing so). Nico Muhly has been working with Antony. Doveman (Thomas) is also touring with Antony (as a band member I think). All dates below...

Continue reading "Nico Muhly, Doveman & Sam Amidon - 2008 Tour Dates"

Antony @ Carnegie Hall (more)
Antony @ Carnegie Hall

Tickets are on sale for Antony's Apollo show. Tickets go on sale soon for the same show happening two days earlier at Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA...

LA Phil presents Antony and the Johnsons at Walt Disney Concert Hall in a one-night-only, special performance with orchestral accompaniment on Tuesday, October 14, at 8 p.m. This marks the only West Coast appearance of Antony and the Johnsons; they will be performing with a 20-piece orchestra in this rare concert supporting Antony and the Johnsons' upcoming ep, Another World, due out on Secretly Canadian on October 7. The concert is conducted by James Holmes, with arrangements by Antony and Nico Muhly.
More Antony dates HERE.

Bjork & Antony @ Apollo Theater, NYC - May 2007 (more)
Antony and Bjork

Tickets go on sale Friday for an October 16th Antony & The Johnsons show at the legendary Apollo Theater in NYC. Last time I saw Antony at the Apollo, he was singing "The Dull Flame of Desire" with Bjork. In related news...

Björk releases the new single 'The Dull Flame of Desire' on September 29th 2008 through One Little Indian Records.

Flooded with melancholic passion and restrained hope, 'The Dull Flame of Desire' sees Björk accompanied on vocals by Antony Hegarty from Antony & The Johnsons. Antony joined Björk onstage at her recent Hammersmith live shows and sang 'Dull Flame' to showstopping effect. 'The duet seemed unsurpassable - the pair's distinctive vocals brought to life against brass, transfixing the crowd' The Independent April 15th...
More info on that Bjork single, and all Antony tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Antony & the Johnsons tour dates, new Bjork single/remixes"

James Murphy

James Murphy

James Murphy

Those three blue pictures (by Ryan Muir) are of James Murphy deejaying Webster Hall on Friday night (the same party MSTRKRFT & Grandmaster Flash played). Stay tuned for details of James Murphy's new DFA party coming to Santos' Party House.

A different DFA party happens on Tuesdays at 205. Tonight (May 20) @ 205 Tuesdays is... HORSE MEAT DISCO (The Eagle London), TYLER POPE (!!! / LCD Soundsystem), JUSTIN MILLER (DFA) & JACQUES RENAULT. To quote David Bruno, "horsemeat disco guys are in Hercules and Love Affair's band" (who isn't?).

Hercules & Love Affair played Studio B Saturday night. And if you were wondering what "Blind" sounded like without Antony....

Continue reading "James Murphy, Horse Meat Disco, Hercules & Love Affair"

photos by Ryan Muir

Kim (and Nomi)
Hercules & love Affair @ Studio B

Their record company describes them as "a pan-sexual mix for our troubled times". That is one way of saying that Hercules and Love Affair are the kind of band in which guest vocalist Antony Hegarty - the Mercury prize-winning torch singer and radical gay performance artist, with a strong interest in gender reassignment - is the Charlie Watts figure: integral, but a bit stolid and suburban by contrast with his flamboyant bandmates. These include transsexual vocalist Nomi; dancer Shayne, a gay B-boy and mainstay of New York's voguing scene; and Kim Ann Foxman, a Hawaiian lesbian jewellery designer famed for running a notorious club (club?) called Mad Clams, where one could apparently "get away with anything - smoking, sex, drugs, peeing in the corner, dancing naked".... [Guardian]
Nomi (she wore 2 outfits)
Hercules & love Affair @ Studio B

Hercules & Love Affair played their first official show at Studio B in Brooklyn on Saturday night (May 17, 2008). As advertised, Antony (who sings some songs on the album) was NOT there, but Nomi (who is awesome and will be touring Europe with them) was there to sing with Kim. More about the show later. More pictures and tour dates below....

Continue reading "Hercules & Love Affair @ Studio B, NYC (pics) & Tour Dates"

photos by Bao Nguyen

Speak Up!

"We wanted to make some statement from New York City -- the center of the universe," said Lou Reed in a hallway press conference for Speak Up!, an anti-war benefit held last night (March 18) at intimate Brooklyn theater St. Ann's Warehouse. While the 65-year-old NYC icon isn't in any shape to be chaining himself to a recruiting station, he certainly can gather a who's who of the lefty art-rocker geekerati: David Byrne, Moby, Blonde Redhead, Scissor Sisters, Damien Rice, Norah Jones and co-organizers Laurie Anderson and Antony, who helped conceive the event in Anderson's living room. It was a night where every song felt like a protest anthem -- even when the Scissor Sisters sang "I ain't got nothing but your seed on my face/You'll put them babies to waste." That could be about sending kids to war, right? [Rolling Stone]
Speak Up!
Reed, Anderson, Antony and Moby opened the show with a broken version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Lou's feedback never quite nailed the notes and he mangled the words a little bit ("home of the free and the home of the brave"), but it all made perfect sense. On the fifth anniversary of a war that has been pushed off the headlines in favor of an election, our national anthem was given an appropriate luster of unease and trepidation. Norah Jones performed slinky versions of her "My Dear Country" and Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today." David Byrne, armed with a four-person choir, led an art-gospel sermon full of huge choruses. Damien Rice was on hand to add harmonies (and the shittiest tambourine playing since Tracy Partridge), but Byrne's mesmerizing presence kept his pair of originals spiraling heavenward. The perenially chilly Laurie Anderson pulled out the snarky electrofunk of her recent "Only An Expert," vivisecting corporations and Oprah and weapons of mass destruction and global warming in that arch, scientific, matter-of-fact Laurie Anderson way. [Rolling Stone]
More below.....

Continue reading "Lou Reed, Antony, David Byrne & other photos from the Speak Up! benefit @ St Ann's in Brooklyn"

DOWNLOAD: Lou Reed - Caroline Says II (Berlin live) (MP3)

St Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY (aturkus)
Berlin

Lou Reed recorded the album Berlin in 1973.
It was a commercial failure.
Over the next 33 years, he never performed the album live.

For five nights in December 2006 at St. Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn,
Lou Reed performed his masterwork about love's dark sisters;
jealousy, rage and loss.
-Julian Schnabel
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Lou Reed and Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel has created "Berlin" the movie based on the Brooklyn shows. Sharon Jones, Antony and many others performed in those shows (aka they are in the movie too). More info, including a SXSW screening, below...

Continue reading "Lou Reed's Berlin - a film by Julian Schnabel (@ SXSW)"

Stereo Warmup! - 4/28/07 - Burlington, VT (Mike Jones)
dance

The video for the song from the album we're all really excited about around here....

Continue reading "Hercules & Love Affair w/ Antony - "Blind" (video)"

Goldfrapp

February 12th marks the release of Goldfrapp’s latest single "A&E", out on Mute. Listen to the track on their myspace, and check out the fresh Gui Boratto remix of the song right here...

We've loved Gui Boratto ever since we heard his sun-rising single "Beautiful Life", and he's turned the new Goldfrapp single into a seven minute dub, dance track with Alison’s vocals layered on top of it beautifully. There's a Hercules and Love Affair remix of the song too. You should be able to find it if you look around. "Seventh Tree" - Goldfrapp's fourth full-length album from which the single is taken, is out on Mute February 26th.

Hercules and Love Affair
Hercules and Love Affair

Speaking of Hercules and Love Affair, the amazing club mix of their single ‘Blind’ featuring Antony has been going non-stop on our headphones. This is just a slow burner that you want to drop continuously through the night. As David Bruno also pointed out, you can listen to the song at DFA's MySpace. Then click here for another Hercules And Love Affair track - this one a free MP3 (although DFA will make you fill out some info to get it).

Get some Daptone remixes, and a track by The Teenagers. Then keep reading for some upcoming FOTP events below....

Continue reading "remixed, by FOTP (Vol 2.3), Goldfrapp / Gui Boratto / Hercules and Love Affair"

Metro Area @ Studio B, Brooklyn, NYC - Jan 4, 2008 (Justin Charles)
Metro AreaMetro Area

No more "Week in Dance". Obviously, you've seen that it's not a weekly feature. "Dance Update" will be more frequent and less frequent at the same time. Longer and shorter. Keep an eye on my friends' Darrin and Greg Remixed posts for more regular updates on the MP3s that are flying about on the dance'o'net. I'll keep doing what I'm doing here.

I had the grand scheme to do successive posts on my best of for 2007, but that never materialized. I instead wrote an overview of my thoughts on the year in dance, and now I'll jump right into what I'm looking forward to for 2008.

DFAI already told you about the Tim Goldsworthy(DFA)-produced Cut Copy album coming out on Modular. There's also some exciting new releases DFA is putting out themselves. (Sidebar: I know I got some heat for focusing too much on DFA last year, but this is a New York blog, and DFA keep putting out such damn good music: its really not my fault. But noted.). Full-lengths are soon forthcoming from Hot Chip, Hercules and Love Affair, and The Juan Maclean, but killer singles and remixes are coming even much sooner.

Hot Chip is up first with a Feb 5th release of Made in the Dark. They definitely maintain their "leftfield" designation with this album, but its quirkiness is exactly what makes it (and them) so endearing. Check out some fun behind the scenes footage at Hot Chip's shoot of "Ready for the Floor".

AntonyLess quirky, more proper early 90s house music: Hercules and Love Affair's album will probably be out in March and features more than a few guest appearances from Antony. Preview the amazing "Blind" featuring Antony on the HAFL Myspace, the 12" single will hopefully come with a remix from early 90s house legend Frankie Knuckles. Fact Magazine has a preview here.

You might have heard the unabashedly piano house track "Happy House" by The Juan Maclean making the rounds in the clubs. It's quite the jam (listen here) and features Nancy Whang on vocals and will be released in March. The album " " (yes, that's what it's called) will be out a bit later in the spring and TJM will kick off unrelentless touring throughout the rest of the year.

Don't sleep on these parties:

Continue reading "David Bruno's Dance Update (01/23/08)"

Ray Davies @ Camden Roadhouse, Oct 28, 2007 (CRED)
Ray Davies

Band of Horses, Tom Verlaine and Ray Davies join Sufjan Stevens and Philip Glass on the lineup of this year's Tibest House benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Ray Davies also played the show in 2005. What I remember most about it is that he has really enthusiastic fans. This year's show is on Wed. February 13th....

Concert tickets are $35-$108 and can be purchased by calling 212.247.7800 or in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street & Seventh Avenue). Concert-only tickets are not available through Tibet House.
Sufjan has also played it before.

Ray Davies recently said the Kinks would reunite. Then Dave Davies denied it.

DOWNLOAD: Little Annie - It Was A Very Good Year (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Baby Dee - The Only Bones that Show (MP3)

Baby Dee

I just realized that the Little Annie & Baby Dee show is tonight at Joe's Pub. Of course the show starts in 2 hours, so you probably won't go if you're reading this, but I thought I would finally stop procrastinating and mention it (and them) at least anyway.

Baby Dee"Baby Dee is an internationally traveled singer, pianist, harpist, songwriter and performer. Dee claimed New York City as home for decades, but now resides in her hometown of Cleveland, OH." I think it was Baby Dee's connection to Antony that first led me to her, and I was definitely excited when I first found out that Drag City was putting out her new album. Then I was even more excited when I found out who else was involved...

Produced by Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney (who also perform on the record), Safe Inside the Day is a record with that blends the Old World with new pop sensibilities. She is also helped by contributions from Andrew WK, Robbie Lee, Max Moston (Antony and the Johnsons), William Breeze (Psychic TV), John Contreras (Current 93), James Lo (Chavez) and Lia Kessel.
The record comes out January 22nd. I have a copy, and while certainly not bad, it unfortunately hasn't excited me to the levels the description first did. I'm not done giving it a chance though, and I'm upset that instead of seeing the show tonight, I'm just typing about it.

Little AnnieLittle Annie is also connected to Antony - he produced her last album called Songs From the Coalmine Canary which featured the song "Strange Love" which was used in a Levi's commercial and went on to win "Best Use of Music in Advertising" at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. And like Baby Dee, Little Annie also has a new album coming out (Feb. 2008). It's a partnership with Paul Wallfisch called When Good Things Happen to Bad Pianos - described as a "cycle of songs by Frank Sinatra, Leon Russell, Tina Turner, Jacques Brel, Candi Staton, Michael Legrand and U2." Annie & Paul will also be touring together in 2008.

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DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear - On a Neck, On a Spit (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Fischerspooner - Megacolon (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Antony & The Johnsons - Cripple And The Starfish (MP3)

Ed Droste, Casey Spooner, Antony Hegarty
Ed Droste, Casey Spooner, Antony Hegarty

You probably heard: some writers are on strike. That means no new late night TV right now. That means Band of Horses didn't get to play Conan last night, Kanye West didn't get to play Letterman, and it means that Grizzly Bear don't get to play Conan tonight (Nov 6, 2007). They'll probably reschedule the performances, but Grizzly Bear misses out on a TV appearance that was going to synchronize perfectly with the release of their new EP. Friend (the latest addition to the 8.0 club) is out now. Order it from Insound to get a free limited edition silkscreen poster.

Grizzly Bear FriendsSpeaking of Grizzly Bear, they performed at the Society of Ethical Culture in NYC on Saturday night (Nov 3, 2007) - part of the Wordless Music Series - to an audience that included Paul Simon (an artist that Grizzly Bear is known to cover, and who they did cover also that night). It was the same night that GB's "friend" Feist was playing right across town on Saturday Night Live. And speaking of SNL, that's another TV show that might not air this week if the writers don't get what they want. That means Amy Winehouse won't get to play it....or maybe she's not playing it already....I'm confused (she is definitely not playing the Woodies though - for "visa issues" related to the drug stuff).

Sigur Ros also has a new CD out today, and Sigur Ros also played the Wordless Music Series recently (October 5th to be exact). .

Grizzly Bear @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - NOV 3, 2007 (CRED)
Grizzly Bear @ Wordless Music Series

As Ed pointed out early in the set, this show was an unofficial end of tour celebration of sorts, as the band had been on the road for most of the past year and a half. Usually when this is the case, the performance can go one of two ways. One option is that the band is so drained and sick and tired of playing the same songs that they launch into a sort of auto-pilot self parody (see the Strokes at the end of their "Room on Fire" tour). The preferable option, however, is that the combination of having become so technically in control of one's material coupled with the euphoria of playing a hometown show with the finish line in sight will make for something altogether different and spectacular. [read the rest @ Ear Farm]
Sigur Ros @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - Oct 5, 2007 (CRED)
Sigur Ros @ Wordless Music Series
Secondly, beautiful show not just the sigur ros part. And yes Sufjan was there. I was sitting right in back of him along with 2 of the guys from The National. They were all impatient and left right before Sigur Ros came on. Poor Sufjan was complaining he had to get out of there. Hard to blame him cause it was a sauna in there. Also there was Superwolf Matt or Chavez Matt however you like supporting his buddy Will. Great show and got to see Sigur Ros play the same amount of songs they are playing tomorrow night for umm lets see 35 dollars less. [Anonymous]
But wait, what is that photo on the top of this post you ask? Oh yeah, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear has been named one of this year's Out 100 ("the men and women who made 2007 a year to remember") - a list that also includes James St. James, Beth Ditto (The Gossip), Bianca Casady (Cocorosie), Marc Almond, Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), Nico Muhly, Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner), and Antony. That's Casey and Antony in the picture with Ed (some new "friends"?). Nico isn't pictured on the Out site yet, but he did recently play the same Wordless Music Series show that Sigur Ros played (the "not just the sigur ros part")....

Nico Muhly @ Wordless Music Series, NYC - OCT 5, 2007 (CRED)
Sigur Ros @ Wordless Music Series

Grizzly Bear are playing one more NYC (mini) show before taking a break for a long time - it's tomorrow (Nov 7th) @ the Virgin Union Square Megastore in NYC (7pm, free).

And in case you missed it, the friends that appear on Grizzly Bear's new EP are Beirut, Dirty Projectors, CSS, Band of Horses, CSS and Deerhunter. Will Oldham is not one of Grizzly Bear's friends, but Will ("his buddy Will" in the review above) did also perform at that now-legendary "Wordless" show in October too...

Continue reading "Writers strike, Grizzly Bear, Wordless Music Series, stuff"

Bjork @ Madison Square Garden, NYC - Sept 24, 2007 (CRED)
Bjork played MSG

01. Intro - Brennið Þið Vitar
02. Earth Intruders
03. Hunter
04. Pagan Poetry
05. I See Who You Are w/ Min Xiao-Fen
06. Unravel
07. The Pleasure Is All Mine
08. Dull Flame Of Desire w/ Antony
09. Jóga
10. Desired Constellation
11. Army Of Me
12. Innocence
13. I Miss You
14. Cover Me
15. Wanderlust
16. Hyperballad
17. Pluto

encore
18. Oceania
19. Declare Independence

Previously
* What is up with BJORK? tonight @ MSG

" It´s been a gorgeous pleasure to get to know antony , he is very very special . Incredibly generous person . I feel blessed ." [Björk]

Bjork @ Apollo Theater

Bjork @ Apollo Theater

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DOWNLOAD: Cocorosie - Rainbowarriors (MP3)

Antony & Cocorosie

Cocorosie has always been a polarizing force - not as love-them-or-hate-them as their friends Antony, Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart, but definitely a band that generates a lot of disdain among music fans. This is especially true in the U.S. In Europe, especially France, they seem to more often adore Cocorosie. When I saw Cocorosie open for Antony in French-speaking Montreal, the crowd even gave the Cocorosie Cassady sisters an amazing reception - something I wasn't used to as a New Yorker. U.S. music fans are more likely to use words 'art school' and 'pretentious' when describing Cocorosie. The Cassady sisters don't help the matter by aligning themselves with the controversial Williamsburg, Brooklyn "Pumpsta" scene.

I'm personally somewhere in the middle. I kind of have/had a fetish for all things Antony-Devendra-Cocorosie-Newsom - the extremity of it has worn off a little, but I still support most of Cocorosie's endeavors - I play their music on my Sirius radio show, regularly post their tour dates, and am quick to explore anything else they have going on like their record label & store Voodoo-EROS, and their side project Metallic Falcons. I enjoy their music, but don't often find myself listening to their albums. I am not offended by their live shows, but sometimes do wonder how authentic they are. Overall I am more FOR them than against them. Sometimes that makes me feel alone - especially among those closest to me. ha.

Pitchfork was sort of on Cocorosie's side when Sam Ubl gave their 2004 Touch & Go debut La Maison de Mon Reve a 6.9. Sam was much less kind in 2005 when the score for Noah's Ark came in at a 3.4, and now - for their brand new album The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn - an album Drowned in Sound called "a sure contender for album of the year" - Cocorosie received a lowly 2.3.

...Too bad it seems as if the more self-impressed CocoRosie sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady get about transcending genres, the less patience they have for mere mortal concerns like, um, songs. True, Ghosthorse and Stillborn begins with CocoRosie at their most radio-ready, on single "Rainbowarriors" (MP3 above), where Bianca speak-sings impishly about finding "the rainbow trail that's deep inside ya" over beatbox schmaltz. It's something like Vitamin C's 1999 Top 40 hit "Graduation (Friends Forever)", only with neighing horses, buzzing synths, and Sierra's operatic soprano instead of Pachelbel-derived orchestral Radio Disney pomp/circumstance....
On the other hand, Joanna, Devendra, and Antony and his Johnsons have all received the "Best New Music" title at least once. I'm not implying there's anything more to this than Pitchfork's honest assessment of all albums involved (feel free to in the comments though). I'm really just setting the background for what came next....

Antony is mad

I have a musical crush on Antony, but, factual errors aside, I don't believe any musician should ever take on a critic. Where's it going to get you? You'll always look bad except to your most die-hard fans.

I'm also not sure if it is ethical to publish (theoretically) private letters on a blog. I'm not sure if it's even allowed - especially if the letters were written to and/or on behalf of your employer (is it OK Gawker?).

That said, I considered not posting this at all. Honestly, I'm not sure why Marc Hogan was allowed to post letters from Antony to Pitchfork on his personal blog....

dear Ryan Schreiber

I am writing in regards to the very unpleasant review of Cocorosie's new album that was printed in yesterday's Pitchfork.

I was bitterly disappointed when I read it. It was filled with inaccuracies. For instance, I do not even appear on the record, and yet Hogan snidely referred to a guest appearance he somehow imagined I had made.

But It is an album I would have been proud to be a part of. Please assign writers who are open and receptive to understanding the work of America's more challenging young artists, instead of printing reviews that try to cover up their lack of comprehension with bad wit and cynical one-upmanship. We desperately need artists who will take risks and put their hearts forward in this cultural climate, now more than ever. Why would you print a review that only seeks to oppress performers who are among those taking some of the biggest and most generous risks?

Please assign writers with some sense of vision to review Cocorosies work in the future. Marc Hogan, a financial analyst (!!), is completely in the dark about Cocorosie; he cannot even fathom their intent or the usefulness, the generosity, and the deep originality of their work. I remember the Pitchfork review of their last album in which the writer even admitted that he was panning the album simply because he didnt understand it. Cocorosie are a brave pair of visionary young Americans who are pushing the dialogue forward. They are treasured by their peers, many of whom are artists that you have written about with respect, and by audiences around the world. We all read Pitchfork, and rely on it as an important outlet of information for independent artists. Please rise to the challenge and represent Cocorosie fairly, instead of publishing checklists of incomprehension that are tinged with misogynist resentment.

I did send an email that was a little hot under the collar to Marc Hogan, which should be laughed at and disregarded. I send this now to you now in all earnestness.

yours sincerely

Antony Hegarty

The other letters, and Marc Hogan's thoughts on on this matter, at his personal blog.

BUT WAIT? What does this post have to do with the wombat-loving Mountain Goats (aka John Darnielle)?

John Darnielle

WELL, as we already knew, John - owner of "one of the best music blogs on the interblock" according to Pitchfork - LOVES Cocorosie. He loved them in 2006. He loves them in 2007 - John recently blogged:

....Still. Objections constitute dialogue; Lou Reed used to know this & it's why he owned the seventies. The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn is my favorite album of the year so far. At its lyrical best, it inhabits its own country, unashamed of real poetry and willing to put in the hard work necessary to inhabit a space unlike anybody else's.
Take that 2.3.

Now let's all love one another..

I love John because of the following awesome upcoming shows:

05-05 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05-11 Brooklyn, NY - Sound Fix (in-store) (John Darnielle solo) **
06-16 Watkins Glen, NY - Farm Sanctuary (John Darnielle solo) (info) *
06-17 Watkins Glen, NY - Farm Sanctuary (John Darnielle solo) (info)*
06-20 Chicago, IL - Metro (Eff Cancer Benefit) #

** with Nothing Painted Blue's Franklin Bruno AKA an Extra Glenns reunion
* with Peter Hughes, Perry Wright
# with Superchunk

I love Antony for playing with Bjork.

goat

I love Farm Sanctuary for being one of the coolest, most compassionate places anywhere. Go there to see The Mountain Goats - the John Darnielle ones (see dates above), and the real ones (actual goat at Farm Sanctuary pictured above). Go there to pet pigs (the pigs are seriously one of the highlights). Go there to spend a night out of the city. They serve vegan breakfast.

More pics of Antony & CocoRosie - like those you see above - here.

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Bjork

As I was saying, David Bruno (dance), Undisputed Wes (hip hop), and I (other) interviewed Björk (via email).

No introduction needed. After thanking her and all that, we asked
(questions in bold).......

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SugarcubesBjörk, you recently reunited with the Sugarcubes and played a show in Iceland. How did that come about? Were you happy how it turned out, and most importantly - would you do it again in the U.S.? (New York preferably!)

Sorry , won´t be doing it again , i guess it was strictly for rescuing bad taste which was on the verge of bankruptcy . Don´t know if you know about that label but it has been putting out grassroot poetry and music now for 20 years . A non profit company where most of the people that work for it do so voluntarily .we put out sigurrós and múm´s first albums for example.

I love musical collaborations, and you always pick such great people to work with. This time you've especially lined up an exciting cast of characters. Truth be told, I get excited any time Antony Hegarty is involved with anything (including the new Matmos album that you both appear on). Do you remember the first time you heard Antony's voice, and/or saw him perform? How soon after did you know you wanted to work with him? Any good stories from your time together in Jamaica, and what eventually led you to include him on not just one, but two tracks on the new album?

Bjork and AntonyI was in my kitchen and a friend gave me a cd for christmas of this album that hadn´t come out yet . It wasn´t until later when i had gotten to know him a little we thought of working together . I guess me and antony have mutual friends in new york so we sort of got to know each other slowly ... He came to iceland and i showed him a bit of the country side . Then we sang together on couple of occations and ended up working on couple of sketches , 2 of them ended on the album ... It´s been a gorgeous pleasure to get to know antony , he is very very special . Incredibly generous person . I feel blessed .

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I LOVE collaborations, especially (well, mainly) if they're by artists I also love, and the idea of Antony and/or Bjork contributing to anything always gets me excited. Bjork & Antony BOTH appear on the last Matmos album, Bjork recently worked with Bonnie Prince Billy, and we even heard something back in July about Bjork working with Konono No 1.

Yesterday I posted something about Bjork collaborating with Timbaland on her new "hip hop" album. Coincidentally - just minutes later "meester fly" posted an official update on Bjork's site (which i used to live on pre-pre-blogging days) that confirms this, Konono, and MORE:

It has not been snowing at all here, but today we are graced with snow. It is a few days after the hidden people and elves move home, if they have to. We are in Iceland. I arrived after a short absence of mind and body back into the HQ of the MWC. I got the word to get back on the case and gather some knowledge, as I of course, am truly the wise one.

Being the one and only I got sent new songs from Björk. These songs are to be on the new album she has been working on for the past months. She has been all around the world to record, working with numerous people from truly different background. I have been left with many thoughts after listening to these tracks, the first impression is that I want to hear more, as I did not get everything shortlisted for the record. It made me excited.

The only thing I have heard prior of the making of this new record was a collaboration with Timbaland was being penned in. They met for a couple of sessions and laid down some beats for two tracks, "then I took these tracks and worked on them further", says Björk. This is true, as I hear that she has taken them to a another level.

We speak about the many collaborators on this record and the list is very interesting as Antony Hegerty duets on two tracks. Drummer Chris Corsano jumps into at least the 2 songs. New sounds and instrumentation are provided by Toumani Diabate who plays the Kora and Konono nr.1 with electric thumb pianos. More percussive delights come from Brian Chippendale from Lightning Bolt Great artists being drafted into the fold!

This list is very impressive and intriguing and from this first batch of song create a very unique sound and emotion. Nothing sounds really familiar about this experience, apart from the name of Mark Bell, him I know. And Sjón, turns to form to deliver one lyric, his 5th lyric since they started work together. This record is a Björk production par excellence. No stone left unturned to seek out the perfect pitch.

And more work is being done in the next few weeks on the new record. It has not got a name. The record is scheduled for late spring release. Some of us have wished to see Björk live in concert.

Well. Björk will be going on the road and giving us long wanted concert recitals. Yes gigging again. I get to see who is the band, I'll be damned, I forgot. It is being finalised right now! From what I remember: We are in for a treat. I am promised to be there. Bien sur. Of-course. Að sjálfsögðu. More soon."

A treat indeed.

I wonder if Bjork & Antony will show up at the Lightning Bolt show happening at Northsix on Sunday. (which is now old out)

"Björk is also contributing vocals to Valgeir Sigurðsson's new album, titled 'Equilibrium Is Restored'." [Wikipedia]

Antony & The Johnsons play the Brooklyn Philharmonic on March 9th.

Konono No 1 play Bowery Ballroom on May 5th.

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