Entries tagged with: Antony
As I was saying, I missed this show. Bao tells me that Antony did sing with both usual collaborator CocoRosie and recent collaborator Matmos, but other than that no special guests. Here are some of Bao's pics:
"Antony and the Johnsons, CocoRosie, and Matmos will play a benefit for the Ali Forney Center at the Warsaw in Brooklyn on Wednesday July 26. Tickets go on sale Friday June 23 and are $25. The Ali Forney Center is an emergency housing program for LGBT youth aged 16-24 in New York City. The organization also operates a day center that offers medical care, HIV testing, mental health treatment and food as well as operating transitional housing where they assist the residents in gaining employment, continuing their education and prepare them to live independently. The center was established in 2002."
File under psychedelic-ambient-shoegaze: Metallic Falcons put on an impressive close-to-first show at Tonic Wednesday night (June 7, 2006). Seats and/or beanbags would have made the atmospheric-artsy performance more comfortable, and it was hard for the crowd not to start talking over the super-quiet often-electronic song intros, but when the music was loud enough, it was strong enough to suck me in. The style itself isn't anything new, but hearing that kind of music with the voices of Matteah Baim, Sierra Cassidy (opera-trained member of CocoRosie), and (for one song) Antony Hagerty (Antony & The Johnson) made the record-release show more than worth the $3.00 price of admission.
The first song started with Spleen and his bandmate Tez doing voice-beatbox-throat-stuff. They've been on tour with CocoRosie and they're playing their own show at Joe's Pub on June 13th. Sierra's sister Bianca (also in CocoRosie) isn't technically in the band, but she was on stage the whole time manning the electronics. Greg Rogrove (Tarantula) played drums. Antony only sang the one song (the one he sings on the album I think), but he stayed on stage the whole time anyway. They, and their friends in the front row, were all wearing fake white beards for most of the show. Some of those friends joined them on stage for the last song. One audience member was wearing a scary perpetually-smiling full-head mask for the whole show. I thought for sure she would be on stage at some point, but nope - she just stayed right there in the front enjoying the show - smiling, smiling, smiling...
A MESSAGE FROM ANTONY: "It's been a long while since there has been a heroic gesture made in the American political landscape, and Al Gore has made one with his new film "An Incovenient Truth." The content is simple, and familiar to many of us, but the call to arms, especially for people in the United States, is unprecedented. Please see this film and encourage your friends and family to do the same."
DOWNLOAD: Roses & Teeth for Ludwig Wittgenstein (MP3)
"More like a portable gallery installation than a mere album, Matmos' The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast is a collection of fascinating, fractured audio and visual portraits of ten prominent gay and lesbian figures, among them writers, philosophers, filmmakers, and musicians." [All Music]
"M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel's latest Matmos album includes contributions from Bjork and Antony. Each of the ten tracks focuses on a specific person who has influenced the group in some way, such as William S. Burroughs and Valerie Solanas" [Metacritic]
More info on the ten individuals on their site. Matmos are playing two nights at Symphony Space in October. All dates below...
I needed an excuse to post two extra pictures from Antony's awkwardly short show at Hiro Ballroom in March....
The latest press release from record label Secret Canadian was excuse enough. I've pasted it below....
PAPER Magazine held their 9th annual 'Beautiful People' party at Hiro Ballroom in NYC Thursday night (March 30, 2006). It was an unadvertised invite-only kind of thing. Thanks so much Mike for thinking of your Antony-obsessed friend when deciding who to waste your +1 on. I was psyched. Unfortunately the show by the magazine's latest cover boy was a complete disaster. I've never experienced a ruder audience anywhere. Not even Jose Gonzalez in a beer tent compared. Then again maybe the inattentive crowd didn't even realize what was going on down front.
The three hour open-bar party started at 8:00. Antony was scheduled to go on at 10:00 (which meant I definitely wasn't making it to the Editors show at Webster Hall). He came on around 10:20. The stage at Hiro is small and low to the ground. You can walk right up to it. I did. It's the closest I've been to Antony's piano keys - ever. If nothing else, it was a great photo-op.
The crowd was seriously so loud that I could barely hear Antony, and I was right next to him. After the first song Antony said he was imagining the room was actually silent, and that the noise was the sound of ghosts of people who died 100 years ago (or something like that). After the second song he announced that the third would be his last. He wasn't lying.
Also in the crowd: Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters, Bravo Silva (also beautiful), Michael Musto (actually I only saw him arrive on his bike outside - not sure if he went in), all the Heatherettes, Ultragrrrl (DJing), the Misshapes, half nelson, and Perez Hilton.
Antony guests on Ruben Butchart album | Listen
Antony & Sufjan Stevens @ The Tibet Concert
Antony showed up to Joan's Final Residency Show
Antony, Kembra & CocoRosie @ Tokion Creativity Now | pics
Among other things, Ruban Butchart's bio says "He entered the downtown scene as the original pianist for Antony and the Johnsons, winner of this year's Mercury Music Prize. It was with Antony’s influence and encouragement that Reuben decided to branch out and follow his own musical path as a singer-songwriter."
It's not surprsing then that Antony sang on one of Ruben's new songs. That song, and more, is streaming at Reuben's website.
None of my pictures from the 2006 Tibet House Benefit Concert had such a clear view of Antony & Sufjan at once. That's Laurie Anderson on Antony's right.
TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET, THE DVD
On April 18th, R is playing Radio City Music Hall in NYC. All dates below...
ANTONY SINGS WITH JOAN @ THE LIVING ROOM | FEB 2, 2006
I have to admit it was a tough decision getting to the Plug Awards as early as I did Thursday night. That's because I figured Antony was going to show up at Joan Wasser's 8 PM Living Room show....and HE DID. :(
Antony playing 2006 Tibet House Benefit
Joan as Policewoman | Residency Week 3 w/ Rufus Wainwright
Elton John & Joan Wasser | Recording w/ Scissor Sisters
Joan Wasser's Living Room Residency | guest Rufus Wainwright
Joan playing with Antony @ Bowery Ballroom
Among other things, Nico Muhly "orchestrated the movie The Manchurian Candidate for composer Rachel Portman, and played on Björk's album Medúlla. He has collaborated with Antony, of Antony and the Johnsons, including conducting a performance with chamber orchestra and Antony at the Arnhem Mode Biënnale 2005 in Holland. In 2005, he also prepared and conducted Björk's score for Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9, and composed a series of nine songs, in collaboration with illustrator Maira Kalman, based on Strunk & White's The Elements of Style. This song cycle was performed to great acclaim in the main reading room of the New York Pubic Library on 42nd street...."
LAST TIME NICO APPEARED ON THIS SITE, he was standing next to Antony at Carnegie Hall
TONIGHT: (Feb 3) - Nico is playing with Doveman at Joe's Pub. The show starts at 7PM. Sorry for the last minute notice. To make up for it, e-mail BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM by 5PM, and you might win a pair of tix for the show. (one winner picked at random).
(after them, Amanda Palmer from Dresden Dolls plays a solo show that's beyond sold out)
The Village Voice never claimed to tie album reviews to their release date. They often make 'old' albums appear new, so I'm not too surprised that in this week's issue, dean of American rock critics, Robert Christgau got around to praising Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (released June 2005), Fiona Apple (October 4, 2005), Lady Sovereign (November 15, 2005), and Madonna (November 15, 2005). In fact, I kind of like it. It must help an album to get some ongoing press AND it probably helps to review an album after you've had ample time to listen to it, BUT to call Antony & The Johnson's I am a Bird Now "Dud of the Month" almost a full year after its release date just seems silly. They're talking about it at I Love Music.
BONUS: Christgau Podcasts
Look for Antony as "Mother of the World" in Devendra Banhart's video for "Heard Somebody Say". Look for Nomi in Antony & Boy George's video for "You are My Sister."
Devendra Banhart plays for Lindsay Lohan & Ashley Olsen @ Fashion Show
Shirley Manson <3 MIA & Antony and Other Lists
Antony, Kembra & CocoRosie @ Tokion Creativity Now | pics
Nomi, Armen Ra, & High Priest @ Rothko, NYC | pics
Filter is compiling a whole bunch of artists' top 10 albums of 2005. Shirley Manson of Garbage likes MIA, Antony, and Arcade Fire. Guillermo Scott Heren from Prefuse 73 loves Jose Gonzalez and Vashti Bunyan. The Crystal Method like Death Cab. Rilo Kiley like Death Cab. Everyone including Death Cab like Feist. I think it's weird that Feist is missing from the best female category at this year's Plug Awards. All of Filter's lists here.
"It got even worse when I did this Creativity Now conference in New York last week and I tried to get everyone to do singing exercises together. You do get embarassed, but that's the Leigh Bowery principle, that embarassment is good, it's a jumping off point to move through that shame. So often that's been a part of my process, just moving through the incredible amount of shame that I'm experiencing. Especially when you're a singer, especially when you're falling on your face, as I so often have." [Antony to Pitchfork]
Hopefully Antony doesn't think I'm stalking him. On Thursday October 13, 2005 I saw him at Carnegie Hall. Two days later we were both at the Nomi show. Then on Sunday (the 16th) I finished the week by catching his scheduled appearance at Tokion Magazine's third annual Creativity Conference at the Cooper Union Great Hall in NYC.
I wasn't sure what to expect. When the Tokion staff wheeled a piano on stage before Antony hit the stage, I thought maybe we were getting a solo performance instead of a lecture. When I saw chairs being moved around the stage, I thought maybe we were getting both. When I saw Bianca and Sierra Cassidy of CocoRosie in the lobby upstairs, I figured they were there to watch. When Antony came on stage with CocoRosie AND Kembra Pfahler from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black I knew whatever we were about to see was going to be good. CocoRosie opened the presentation with an a capella number. Antony & Kembra watched from the couch on stage.
2) Drew Daniel interviewed Antony for Pitchfork. Here are some out-of-context excerpts:
Antony: Well my theory is that the songs on this album are more internally focused. The first album is a reflection, a vision of the world, a landscape of the world, and this new one is an interior landscape. I was really inspired by Cat Power's The Covers Record-- because of its intimacy....
Antony: No, it's a Christmas cake type picture of us with Jimmy Scott in the middle.
Antony: Sometimes I like to just whistle and see if I can get the audience to whistle with me to create a little aviary. Sometimes the whistling thing can be so beautiful. We did it once at Town Hall-- it can be so magical, it's one of those group participation things that really can be exciting....
...Antony's vocal tracks for a song on the next Matmos album...
Antony: It got even worse when I did this Creativity Now conference in New York last week and I tried to get everyone to do singing exercises together. You do get embarassed, but that's the Leigh Bowery principle, that embarassment is good, it's a jumping off point to move through that shame....
3) Stay tuned for photos of from the Creativity Now conference (I keep forgetting to post them).
New Animated Antony Video
MADONNA | HUNG UP
* Between Thought & Expression has the video for Silversun Pickup's Kissing Families
* BT&E also has the new Madonna video. So does Stereogum.
* Erik Hokanson made an animated video for Devin Davis' Giant Spiders
* Adam Shecter made an animated video for Antony's Hope There's Someone
* Adam also made the Antony videos for The Lake and Mysteries of Love
Pocket from Burnside Project is back with a new remix. This time it's Antony & The Johnsons's My Lady Story. Download it at his site.
ANTONY, JIMMY & FRIENDS (©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)
Laurie Anderson, Bette Midler, Lou Reed, and David Bowie pose with Antony Hagerty & Jimmy Scott backstage at Carnegie Hall in this photo I snagged from the Huffington Post.
"Jimmy Scott’s musical career has spanned not only decades, but also styles. During the 1940s he performed as a regular on the vaudeville circuit, while the 1950s and ‘60s saw him recording vocals for jazz greats like Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles and Charlie Parker. Today, his career resurgence includes collaborations with rock artists like Lou Reed and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Scott’s fragile vibrato and unique use of timing and phrasing have influenced singers from Billie Holiday to Madonna, and his heartfelt delivery in songs such as 'Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child' resonate with his own life experiences of tragedy and loss." [ Watch and listen to Jimmy Scott @ PBS]
Antony introduced Jimmy Scott 1/3 into his own set by saying something like, "when they told me I would be playing Carnegie Hall, I wondered what people there would want to hear, and I thought Jimmy Scott." When he reintroduced him 2/3 into his own set, he called Jimmy, "the reason we were born." I think Antony would agree that the 3-4 songs Jimmy played from a chair in front of the piano were the highlight of the already awesome evening. Eighty year old Scott's voice filled Carnegie Hall in a way I didn't think was possible. He got two standing ovations, and flowers personally delivered by Antony after he played his last song.
These photos are from the Antony & The Johnsons show @ Carnegie Hall in NYC (Oct 13, 2005).
Antony split his set with the legendary Jimmy Scott who came out twice to sing his own songs. Lou Reed joined Antony on stage for the encore. Rufus Wainwright didn't play with Antony, but he was in the audience. David Bowie, Bette Midler, Kate Winslett, Laurie Anderson, Lily Taylor, Richard Gere, Michael Pitt, Joey Arias, Hattie Hatthaway, Dave Deporis, and Jason Hart were also spotted.
Though the most serious of all Antony shows, he snuck some humor in. "The show was wonderful, with a hilarious but also genuinely sorrowful version of Whitney Houston's 'I Want to Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)' (which the singer remade as a love letter to Shania Twain)..." [Loose Strife]