Entries tagged with: 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. 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]
Lou Reed joined Antony & The Johnsons during the encore last night at Carnegie Hall (Oct 13, 2005). Lou played guitar while Antony sang Candy Says, a song written by Reed (and often performed by Antony).
The band will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman on October 18.
Pop Montreal is to Montreal what CMJ is to NYC...I think. I'll sort of find out tomorrow because Montreal is where I'll be. Thursday night I'll catch Antony & The Johnsons with CocoRosie at Cabaret La Tulipe (sounds fancy, I know). After that I'm not sure what I'll do...it's SUPPOSED to be a vacation. I won't see Interpol while I'm there (they play at the same time as Antony somewhere else in Montreal), but fortunately/unfortunately I'll be home in time to see them at Webster Hall Sunday night (yes, I'll miss Across the Narrows).
"You would have to work pretty hard to avoid Pop Montreal this week. In its fourth year, the indie music festival is bigger than ever." [The Gazette]
"A few of the artists that will be blessing the jewel of Quebec include Enon, Black Mountain, Interpol, Stars, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Busdriver, Beck, Coco Rosie, Antony and the Johnsons, Chromeo, The Dirtbombs, Weird War, Foxy Brown, Strung Out, Architecture in Helsinki, Kings of Leon, and Alex Chilton's new best buddies, The Posies. Now please keep in mind that this list is in no way exhaustive. There are quite a few more bands playing over the festival's five nights, lots of which, I'm sure, are very, very popular in Canada but that these American eyes of mine just don't recognize." [Tiny Mix Tapes]
"Tokion Magazine announces the Third Annual Creativity Now Conference, to be held at Cooper Union's historic Great Hall on October 15th and 16th, 2005. This unique symposium will bring together top figures in art, design, fashion, photography, film, new media, publishing and marketing. In the same room for the first time, the people shaping today's popular culture will spend two days exchanging their ideas, methods and inspirations before an audience of 2,000."
A peek at the speaker list reveals...
1) Carlo McCormick - as seen in Dig! @ at Pianos
2) Antony - Franz Ferdinand approved
3) Mac McCaughan - co-owner/president of Merge Records
4) Comedian David Cross - Oh my god in heaven!
5) Stella's David Wain
and many more
Wednesday September 14, CMJ 2005
After getting some much needed sleep and missing all KEXP events two days in a row, I went from a free afternoon show at Arlene's Grocery to dinner @ Atlas to Kaki King @ Joe's Pub to Devendra Banhart @ Bowery Ballroom to Make Believe @ 169 Bar...
TIM FITE @ ARLENE'S GROCERY
YOUTH GROUP @ ARLENE'S GROCERY
MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK @ ARLENE'S GROCERY
KAKI KING @ JOE'S PUB
COBRA SNAKE GRAFFITI - LOWER EAST SIDE
DEVENDRA BANHART @ BOWERY BALLROOM
ANDY VETIVER PLAYS W/ DEVENDRA BANHART
DAN BUNNYBRAINS ASKS THE CROWD TO GET LOUD
ANTONY LEAVES AFTER WATCHING DEVENDRA
MAKE BELIEVE @ 169 BAR
Then I lost my wallet.
BMJ - Soundcheck @ Tonic, NYC | pics
Devendra Banhart's Cripple Crow Out Today
Hold Steady, Tim Fite, John Vanderslice @ CMJ Day Stage vs. KEXP
Tim Fite Album Stream & NYC Show
Youth Group, Dirty on Purpose, More | During-CMJ in Brooklyn
Youth Group gets a 5.1
I like Motion City Soundtrack
BV interviews Dan Bunny of Bunnybrains
Stream Golden Apples of the Sun W/ Vetiver & Antony
Antony & Boy George Video | You are my Sister | M.I.A.
The soon-to-be-famous Cobra Snake
9/20/05 UPDATE: The Video was removed. I'll put up a new link when it comes back.
IN RELATED NEWS: Antony & M.I.A. discussed doing a duet at the Mercury Prize ceremony!
"The lead singer of Mercury Music Prize winners Antony and the Johnsons has dismissed claims he is an American artist taking a British award.
"Everyone's certainly entitled to that opinion, but I actually am British," Antony Hegarty told BBC News.
The 34-year-old singer was born in Chichester, West Sussex, but has lived in the US for more than 20 years. When the shortlist came out, favourites the Kaiser Chiefs said he was American and "got in on a technicality"."
Watch Antony's acceptance speech and performance at the Merucry Prize Awards. Use the same link to find performances by Bloc Party, The Go Team, Kaiser Chiefs, Maxmimo Park and more.
"Antony & the Johnsons have won the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize, the "album of the year" award for British and Irish acts. Antony's Secretly Canadian set "I Am a Bird Now" was named the winner at a ceremony held tonight (Sept. 6) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.
The event was hosted by musician and TV presenter Jools Holland and featured live performances from shortlisted acts Kaiser Chiefs, KT Tunstall, the Go! Team, the Magic Numbers and Bloc Party.
Bookmakers William Hill had made the Leeds-based alternative rock quintet Kaiser Chiefs the favorite to win the award. The band was quoted at 4/1 when the 12-name shortlist was announced July 19, but the odds shortened and closed at 6/4 yesterday. Second favorite was M.I.A. at 4/1, followed by Bloc Party and Antony & the Johnsons at 5/1." [Billboard]
Today's NY Times has an excellent article about Antony....
"Antony's voice is difficult to describe. It is a largely untrained but instinctive and wholly singular sound that keens in the upper registers, somewhere between male and female, between childish innocence and weary adulthood, at once ethereal and earthy.
It emanates from a diverse tradition of divas and divos, including Nina Simone, but also Boy George and Otis Redding, Marc Almond of Soft Cell and Donny Hathaway. Antony is also arguably part of a more recent pop-musical urge that rejects seamless production and lyrical ironies in favor of heart-on-sleeve sincerity. It is an aesthetic embraced by neo-folkists like Sufjan Stevens and Devendra Banhart and nightclub crooners like the Francophonic chanteuse Keren Ann." [The NY Times]
The article also mentions an as of yet unannounced show at Carnegie Hall "next month."
A RARE GLIMPSE OF ANTONY BEHIND THE PIANO
"We have just posted dates for the upcoming North American and European fall tours.....Stay tuned particularly for additional dates in the US..." "Antony and Boy George finished filming the music video for the upcoming single "You Are My Sister", which is set to be released as a 4 song EP this fall. The other tracks will be "Forest of Love," "Poorest Ear" and "Paddy's Gone." The video is being directed by Charles Atlas..." "Antony and the Johnsons will be performing as one of the nominees on the UK's Mercury Award program..."
"see a comprehensive series of interviews with Antony on Italian MTV....view a 4 song acoustic set of Antony on piano in a different Italian tv studio....Antony's London X-FM session with Bernard Butler can be listened to here. The Dutch VPRO documentary can be viewed here." [Antony]
"Antony duets with Cocorosie on their beautiful new record "Noah's Ark," appearing on the track "Beautiful Boys." Antony will also be doing some recording with Marc Almond this month."
BirdAntony is a new fansite.
"Antony gets compared to a ghost or an angel a lot; dressing up like a transgender Robert Smith and singing decaying-cabaret ditties about death in a fluttery warble will do that to a guy. But the avant-art-folk diva's performance with his chamber group the Johnsons at Town Hall July 28 revealed him to be just as much an earthbound goof as a celestial being." ...Pitchfork news editor Amy Phillips reviews the Antony show for the Village Voice. (where I also swiped the picture)
Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) reviewed the show for Salon.
caryn: Why, Amy Phillips, are people questioning the fate of this spazzy site? Tell the people.
amy: because us girls have gone and got ourselves jobby-jobs
caryn: True that. Amy, you are moving on Monday to Chicago to become the news editor at Pitchfork. Is that accurate?
amy: indeed it is. and you can fact-check that!
amy: and caryn, you are staying right here in nyc, and you have already become arts and entertainment editor at the associated motherfuckin press???
caryn: Yes, it also proven that I have been hired by that venerable newsgathering organization to be the arts and entertainment editor of a new line of content aimed at the kids.
The Antony show at Town Hall last night was not lacking in bloggers.
* Manic Mess was the person (people) I saw leave early. I seriously couldn't believe it. The people who moved into her seats before the encore were happy.
* Central Village says NOT "best show ever."
* Modern Age accuses me of "stealing" and "climbing."
On the other hand....
"The concert was truly spectacular, just magically good--it was at the Town Hall, every seat was full and everyone in the audience was completely mesmerized," says Jenny D
"Antony and the Johnsons was the most beautiful concert I've ever seen, with the most silent, enthusiastic, attentive, obedient audience I've ever seen, which is really something because it was 4,000 hipsters," says Pigeon in the Sun
"Antony’s set was a retrospective ranging from songs off his first EP The Lake (“Fistful of Love” and the title track) to cuts off of I Am A Bird Now - but the highlight was definitely the grip of covers Antony and Co. kept springing on us. We’re talking Leonard Cohen’s “The Guests”, some Nico and some Moondog, and the encore tear-fest that was Lou Reed’s “Candy Says.” Catharsis!" says Fader
" I was a lil wary that his holyfuckingshit!, amazingly adaptive timbre would translate to the stage. I quickly realized I was a fucking retard." says Michael
BEST SHOW EVER (for now)
Antony & The Johnsons played with CocoRosie last night (July 28th, 2005) at Town Hall in NYC.
Do you have good pictures? Let me know, and I'll post them (if you let me). Like Jeff, my seat was not in view of Antony's face. I had a great view of the Johnsons and the back of his piano though. I have the set list and a few pictures, but not with me (for a future update).
* Antony played (encored with) "Candy Says" by Lou Reed. (the song is based on Andy Warhol star Candy Darling. Candy Darling is on the cover of Antony's new CD which Lou Reed makes a guest appearance on)
* He played a song by Nico. (Nico played with Lou Reed in the Velvet Underground)
* He played "the guest" by Leonard Cohen. Rob Moose (Antony's "right hand man") sang backing vocals. It was one of my favorite moments of the show.
* He also played a song by Moondog. He likes covers.
* Joan Wasser aka Joan as Policewoman wasn't playing with the Johnsons.
* No offense to Nomi (she's good), but the most disappointing moment was Nomi (instead of Antony) singing Antony's part in Beautiful Boyz during CocoRosie's opening set.
* Two dudes from Tarantula were on cello and drums for CocoRosie. (Tarantula play on Devendra Banhart's new album. Devendra sings on Antony's last album. Last time I saw Devendra @ Tonic, CocoRosie & Tarantula joined him on stage to cover Antony's "Fistful of Love." A studio recorded cover of the same song by Devendra appears on the "The Believer's Covers Compilation")
* No special guests on stage with Antony this time.
* During one magic moment, Antony had the whole crowd humming along to a new(?) acapella song.
* Antony said he was a cavewoman in a previous life.
* He extended "Bird Girl" into three parts. First he played just the music on piano as he cleverly introduced each of his band members. He said that Jeff Langston was his caveman in a previous life. Part two was an improvised 'I am/was your cavewoman' song (humorously aimed at Jeff). Part three was the real song.
* As noted on jason's livejournal, Antony was as funny as usual.
* Above photo courtesy of Central Village.
Q: If you could listen to one CD for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Cat Power. The Covers Record.