Entries tagged with: Antony
Thanks to Rachel E for providing these photos from Antony and the Johnsons at Bowery Ballroom last night. More on this show in my last post.
Antony & Boy George duet
Antony sits in with CocoRosie
Last night (Feb. 24th, 2005), Antony and friends played another unforgettable show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. It went something like this:
CocoRosie opens --> Teya (spelling?) joined CocoRosie for a few songs --> Antony joined CocoRosie for their last song ---> Johanna Constantine opens Antony's set with an interpretive dance number --> Antony & The Johnsons headline (Joan as Policewoman is a Johnson) --> Rufus Wainwright joins them for "What Can I Do" ---> Boy George joins them for "You are my Sister" ---> Antony & The Johnsons only played a one song encore (the crowd definitely wanted more)
Bowery (not so) nicely asked me not to take any photos during Antony's set, so I didn't. I saw some people snapping pictures though. If you have any, send me a link, or send them to me and I'll post them. All the photos you see here were taken during CocoRosie's set.
Last night I saw Antony perform one song (yes, only one :( ) at the Tibet House fundraiser (pics and review to follow). Philip Glass called him one of the most talented young singer/songwriters performing today (or something like that). Today, Pitchfork awarded Antony's new album an 8.6. That's higher than they gave LCD Soundsystem.
Lou Reed (obviously), the Kinks' Ray Davies and vocalist Antony have joined the lineup for the 15th annual Tibet House benefit concert, to be held Feb. 9 at New York's Carnegie Hall. They join a bill that already includes the Black Keys, Patti Smith, Trey Anastasio, Nellie McKay, Chocolate Genius, the Drepung Gomang Monks and longtime artistic director/Tibet House VP, composer Philip Glass.
Insound printed this excellent synopsis...
'There is a myth that great artists operate in seclusion. Hogwash. One need look no further than to the ten songs of Antony and the Johnsons' new album, I Am A Bird Now, to realize this is an utter fallacy. To be sure, with his androgynous features, the singularly named Antony is an original. Have you ever heard a voice like this, imbued with the transcendental emotion of the blues, yet deployed with an unadorned simplicity reminiscent of medieval music practice, and graced with a top note of childlike wonder? Or songs that blur distinctions of gender and identity, yet which still summon up such powerful feelings: longing, love, lust, loss? No. Because Antony is one-of-a-kind. But he is certainly not alone. We are proud to present you with a record filled with one of the most gifted voices heard in a long time. Antony's vocals are almost inhuman, coming together to compile a creature that's as beautiful and enigmatic as the Peter Hujar photo, Candy Darling on Her Deathbed, that graces its cover. The lead-off single to I Am A Bird Now, "Fistful of Love" is perhaps Antony & the Johnsons' finest work to date. It features a scorching horn section and subcultural icon Lou Reed on vocals and searing lead guitar. In the tradition of subversive soul classics The Crystals' "He Hit me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" and Millie Jackson's "Hurts So Good," Antony sings this ode to getting the shit kicked out of you and learning to love every minute of it. The complex emotional undertow of this track reaches a cathartic roar by the song's finale. Antony shifts from a tremble to a wail - a tempest of emotion. I Am A Bird Now also includes contributions from friends Boy George (duet with Antony on "You Are My Sister"), Devendra Banhart (vocals on "Spiralling"), and Rufus Wainright (lead vocals on "What Can I Do").'
Order now from Insound.
Stylus gives it an A- (nobody's perfect)
Buked & Scorned is a believer.
Last Train To Cool, calls him Lou Reed's favorite transvestite.
Truly an angel from heaven, Antony performed with his band, The Johnsons, at Joe's Pub in NYC on January 9th, 2005. I must be blessed. Why else would I be so lucky as to witness two such heavenly creatures in one weekend. Friday - Keren Ann, Sunday - Antony and The Johnsons.
Enjoy these photos of what was one of the most breathtaking, emotional performaces I've ever seen. Joe's Pub was the perfect venue for Antony - much better than Bowery Ballroom where I saw him last, and will see him next.
I'm not sure if Rufus Wainwright was there, although Antony did mention him in one of the only stories he told on stage. (I did see their common friend, Michael Cavadias, though). Antony made an appearance on Wainwright's last album, and Rufus does the same on Antony's next one. The 'next one' I'm talking about is called I am a Bird Now, and comes out on February 1st.
I'm about to leave for the Antony show at Joe's Pub.
Before I left, I thought I'd leave you with this interview with Antony in the current issue of the Village Voice.
Antony's upcoming tour dates here.
Ever since I first saw Antony perform in between Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart at Bowery Ballroom, I've been hooked on his unique sound. I regret not getting into him earlier, so that I might have caught one of his performances at St Anns Warehouse or anywhere else for that matter. Who knew that Antony had been partying and performing at the very places I often visited for the past twelve years? I wish I did.
I caught him one more time at the Neil Young tribute concert in Prospect Park over the summer. There were two more shows I was aware of since then, one being the Secretly Canadian CMJ showcase, but I couldn't make it to either. I also had no idea that he "performed at a benefit for Saint Ann's Warehouse with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry and the Jazz Passengers" a week or two ago.
You can imagine then my happiness when I discovered not just one, but two upcoming Antony shows in NYC, and both at excellent venues.
1) Joe's Pub. Sunday January 9th, 9:30 pm. more info
2) Bowery Ballroom. Thursday February 24th more info
A 3 song Ep entitled 'The Lake,' was released in November. The EP includes one song with Lou Reed on guitar and vocals. Secretly Canadian also reissued Antony & The Johnsons' 1998 debut album that originally came out on David Tibet of Current 93's label, Durtro.
If you haven't heard Antony before, I recommend you start with Cripple and The Starfish (mp3, right click, save target as)
Watch video clips of a documentary made about Antony.
Arjan's got some more info on Antony
And check out this interview and unique picture
Devendra will be back at Bowery Ballroom on November 7th. His new album (which has already leaked) comes out later this month.
More tour dates and story at TinyMixTapes.
If you don't already own Rejoicing in the Hands, you should.
Last time Devendra played at Bowery Ballroom, Antony opened for him. I like Antony a lot, especially the song called "Cripple and The Starfish" which was just posted on Pitchfork for legal download.
Cripple and The Starfish by Antony