Entries tagged with: Antony
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.
I have to admit, I thought it was weird that Antony was nominated...
"Controversy has erupted over the inclusion of Antony and the Johnsons' album I Am a Bird Now on the Mercury music prize shortlist. Despite being born in Chichester, singer Antony Hegarty has spent most of his life in the US, which has raised eyebrows over the release's inclusion in the shortlist.
"He's an American, really," says Nick Hodgson, drummer with Leeds-based nominees Kaiser Chiefs. "It's a good album, but it's daft he's got in on a technicality.""
So, it's likely we'll find Antony in attendance at the CocoRosie show at Joe's Pub in NYC on July 27th. And its almost a guarantee they'll join forces the next day (July 28th) at Antony's Town Hall show because CocoRosie is the opener. The NYC shows are not part of a tour, but a tour with the same line-up starts in the Fall. Dates below...
"Back when Brooks — Andrew James Brooks — bedded down with Antony and cut his cut "A Little Bit of Time," the enthusiasm for such was probably limited to homo-masochists, bondage enthusiasts, and Nurse With Wound devotees, an array of fans who're likely one and the same. Yet, with the star of Saint Antony rising, having him on wax is like catching him on the wax, rising into the night sky. And, so, it'd be no surprise if even the venerable Magic & Accident empire — presided over by our hero Herbert — took Brooks back to the production line and restickered this here compact disc with a "featuring Antony of Antony & The Johnsons" proclamation stuck on front." -neumu
MP3 DOWNLOAD: A Little Bit of Time
Antony on the New CocoRosie Album | MP3
ANTONY ON STAGE WITH COCOROSIE @ BOWERY BALLROOM
CocoRosie's new album comes out on September 13th, 2005. It's called Noah's Ark, and Antony sings on the song "Beautiful Boyz." (The track was also on a promo CD that came out in 2004). If you were at an Antony / CocoRosie show earlier this year, you saw it performed live.
And don't forget to get your tickets to see Antony @ Town Hall in July.
Antony also just released a new single for 'Hope There's Someone' with 2 unreleased tracks and a video.
Antony & The Johnsons Live MP3s & New Video
Watch and Listen | Antony, M.I.A., etc..
Antony, Andrew Bird, Daniel Johnston | Video documentary
More Pics from the Antony Show @ Bowery
Antony & The Johnsons | I am a Bird Now
Antony & The Johnsons @ Joe's Pub, NYC | Pics
NME has the video for Hope There's Someone.
Antony & The Johnsons are also up for a MOJO award.
There's a Dutch show called R.A.M. that posts all their episodes online as streaming video.
A recent one hour episode featured interviews and performances by Daniel Johnston, Antony & The Johnsons, Andrew Bird, and jazz musician, Albert Ayler. It's really, really good, mostly in English, and you can watch it here. (note: "Video" link in the far right column)
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.
The Black Keys and Antony watch as Patti Smith shakes hands with a Tibetan Monk:
Wednesday night, February 9th, 2005 (timed to coincide with the Chinese New Year), I checked out the Tibet House Benefit Concert. Billboard reviewed the show. Full performer list in this post. Here are my photos.
Ray Davies (The Kinks), Trey Anastasio (Phish), and Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) share a mic:
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