Entries tagged with: Beth Orton
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Iron & Wine, Nick Lowe and more @ Beacon Theatre
[Sam] Beam sang, in his gentle high tenor, about memories and connections, families and lovers. His songs, at their core, are folky ballads that mingle storytelling with more abstruse thoughts. But he has embellished them in various ways through the years: with folk-rock, country, jazz, even a little R&B. The "In the Reins" EP was his first experiment with horns -- Calexico's pair of mariachi trumpets -- but not his last; two horn players from his current Iron and Wine band, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone and Stuart Bogie on saxophone and flute, were also on hand, giving some songs a nudge toward jazz.The WFUV Holiday Cheer benefit went down at Beacon Theatre last week (12/10) with Iron and Wine and Calexico (who collaborated on 2005's In the Reins EP) plus Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, Nick Lowe, Glen Hansard and Amos Lee. The show saw the artists doing different collaborations throughout the night, and there were parts where the entire bill shared the stage at once. In addition to teaming up for each other's original songs, the artists did some covers, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Pictures of the show are in this post.
Calexico carried [Kathleen] Edwards's "Soft Place to Land" from a pensive hush into sorrowful peaks, and it stoked the rhythm just enough behind two incantatory songs from [Beth] Orton, the chugging "Call Me the Breeze" and the enveloping "Mystery." It was just retro enough for [Nick] Lowe's wry, elegantly turned novelty song "Christmas at the Airport" and straightforwardly pop for his "Cruel to Be Kind."
For [Glen] Hansard, the Irish songwriter behind the musical "Once," Calexico was attentive to the songs' dramatic arcs of loss and redemption. [NY Times]
One of the other songs covered at the show was The Pogues' holiday classic, "Fairytale of New York" which Iron & Wine, Calexico, Glen Hansard, and Kathleen Edwards also covered later in the week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. You can watch a video of that performance, along with more pictures of the Beacon Theatre show, below.
Beth Orton at LPR in July (more by Robert Altman)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that WFUV would be doing their Holiday Cheer benefit at Beacon Theatre, which happens TONIGHT (12/10) with Iron & Wine, Calexico, and Nick Lowe. As if that wasn't already a fantastic lineup of folk/singer-songwriter type stuff, since we last spoke, more great atists were added, including Glen Hansard (The Frames, The Swell Season, Once), Kathleen Edwards, Beth Orton, and Amos Lee. Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but ticketmaster is saying "not many left."
UK singer Beth Orton will also bring her folktronica back to NYC for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series on February 14 in The Allen Room. Tickets for that show are still available. All Beth Orton dates are listed below...
Deer Tick at Cannon's Blackthorn in June (more by Kurt Christensen)
Lincoln Center announced the line-up and schedule for the 2014 American Songbook series that presents "American singers, songwriters, and composers in intimate concerts at The Allen Room. Broadway, jazz, folk, and more - these are the melodies that shape the American music songbook." The series begins January 22 (opening artist TBA) and runs through April 5. This year's artists include Jason Isbell, Beth Orton, Deer Tick, and more. In addition to shows in the Allen Room (one of the most spectacular settings in Manhattan), the series concludes with a few shows in The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, including Mark Mulcahy, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more.
photos by Robert Altman
Beth Orton at LPR - 7/30/13
UK folktronica singer/songwriter Beth Orton was just at Newport Folk Festival last weekend, and like many of the other artists who played, she stopped by NYC after the fest. She played two shows here this week, including one on Tuesday (7/30) at Le Poisson Rouge with Doveman collaborator Dawn Landes, and another on Wednesday (7/31) at The Bell House. We caught the LPR show, and pictures of that one are in this post.
Beth Orton plays the South Orange PAC tonight (8/2) in NJ and tickets are still available. More pics from her Le Poisson Rouge show are below...
Beth Orton @ Town Hall, 10/4/2013 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
UK folk artist Beth Orton will be in North America this summer for a tour that was to wrap up in late July at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. Beth has added one more show before she heads home, playing NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on July 30. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (4/17) at 10 AM.
UPDATE: Make that TWO shows. Beth is also playing The Bell House on July 31. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Phosphorescent at Bonnaroo 2011 (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
As mentioned, Newport Folk Festival is returning this year to Fort Adams State Park from July 26 to 28, and since we last spoke, the lineup has been revealed. This year's fest includes Beck, The Avett Brothers, Feist, Jim James, Colin Meloy, Andrew Bird, The Mountain Goats (who just announced a tour), Father John Misty, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Dawn McCarthy, Justin Townes Earle, Felice Brothers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Palmer, Phosphorescent, Beth Orton, John McCauley, Michael Kiwanuka, Lord Huron, Frank Turner, Black Prairie, Langhorne Slim, TIft Merritt, Spirit Family Reunion, Blake Mills, Houndmouth, Cold Specks, and others, plus more TBA.
Speaking of the Rough Trade-signed, Lumineers-like Houndmouth, you have two chances to catch them in NYC this week before they become as big as the Lumineers. They're at Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (4/10) and Rockwood Music Hall on Thursday (4/11).
Full initial Newport Fest lineup below...
Rufus Wainwright, The National, They Might Be Giants, Doveman, Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, and more were scheduled to play this show at Beacon Theater on Tuesday (10/30):
The "Freedom To Love Now!" concert has been postponed due to pending weather conditions. Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to support this concert, Freedom To Marry, and the fight for the equality for all Americans. With all the goodwill, momentum, and awareness this concert has generated, we are rebuilding the show on a future date, likely in the Spring.Meanwhile, everything today/Monday is cancelled too. Listen to Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing "Baby It's Cold Outside".
You may hold on to your tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled show. We will notify you with updated details of the new show very soon. Alternatively you may request a refund through TicketMaster at this time.
The battle for marriage equality in the US will be far from over even after this election. And, we hope you'll join us in the future as we continue the fight for social justice with the beauty of music. Our beneficiary organization Freedom to Marry is doing everything possible to support the ballot campaigns in the four states in the last week before the election. You can help by making calls for Mainers United for Marriage and Washington United for Marriage without ever even leaving your couch. Just sign up, and an organizer in Maine or Washington will help get you started. Sign up at these links:
Additionally we will keep you posted on "Freedom To Love Now!" developments and other projects at www.freedomtolovenow.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreedomToLoveNow
Thank you. And be safe.
Simon Rentner, Brice Rosenbloom, Thomas Bartlett, and the entire "Freedom To Love Now!" Team.
In related news, They Might Be Giants are playing a few New Year's Eve shows in Brooklyn (if we make it through this hurricane).
Soul and jazz singer Terry Callier has died. The 67-year-old songwriter experienced belated success in his career after working with acts including Massive Attack and Beth Orton.Rest in peace, Terry. Below are videos of his collaborations with Beth Orton and Massive Attack, plus a stream of The Bongo Years via Spotify.
He died on Sunday after suffering from a long illness.
Born in the Chicago projects, Callier was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens. Later he became a fixture on the city's coffee house scene, releasing a debut album titled The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier in 1968. In the early 70s he released three critically celebrated "jazz-folk" albums and toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, but he had abandoned music for a job as a computer programmer at the University of Chicago until a new generation rediscovered his work in the early 90s. - [The Guardian]
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
Beth Orton @ Town Hall, 10/4/2012
Beth Orton played Town Hall last night supporting her just-released Sugaring Season , her first LP in six years. She started her set solo, switching between acoustic guitar and piano, but was joined after a few songs by opener Sam Amidon, as well as Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett and violinist Rob Moose who accompanyed her for the rest of the set. Orton's also quite the storyteller, entertaining the crowd between numbers -- with a thicker South London accent than you might expect given the delicate nature of her songs.
As mentioned, Sam Amidon opened the show and Doveman and Moose accompanied him as well on his set of Irish and traditional folk songs. Doveman, Sam and Beth will join forces again at Beacon Theater on October 30. Meanwhile you can catch Doveman next Friday (10/12) at LPR with, as previously mentioned, guests Owen Pallett and Dawn Landes, as well as the just-added Steve Salett.
More photos from last night's Town Hall show are below.
Beth Orton and Sam Amidon have been added to the Freedom To Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality benefit that happens on October 30 at Beacon Theater. The Doveman-presented show also features Rufus Wainright, The National, They Might Be Giants, John Cameron Mitchell with Stephen Trask, Justin Vivan Bond, Toshi Reagon, fun., and more. Tickets are still available with proceeds going to benefit Freedom to Marry.
Meanwhile, Beth's tour hits NYC tonight at Town Hall tonight (10/4) with Sam opening, and tickets are still available. Beth Orton's Sugaring Season is out this week (stream via Spotify) and you can watch her performing "Magpie" from it on Letterman below.
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit currently @ 92YTribeca (photos by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Llama @ Barbes
* Straylight @ The Stone
* Ulrich Ziegler @ Barbes
* Wanda Jackson @ Maxwell's
* Stanley Jordan Trio @ Iridium
* Q-Tip's #Offline @ Irving Plaza
* Sxip's Hour of Charm @ Joe's Pub
* Bushwalla, Todd Carey @ Glasslands
* Sleepies, Mr. Dream, EULA @ Dead Herring
* Pop Your Funk w/ DJ Mickey Perez @ Zebulon
* Tropical Ooze, Old Monk, Pre War @ Cake Shop
* Lacrymosa, Shenandoah & the Night @ Joes' Pub
* Widowspeak (DJ set) @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
* Celebration, Mike Wexler, Hiro Kone @ Union Pool
* Jane's Addiction, Die Antwoord @ Williamsburg Park
* Cuddle Magic, You Won't, These Animals @ 92YTribeca
* Tan Vampires, The Yes Way, Viva Mayday @ The Rock Shop
* Black Bananas, Bosco Delrey, Wild Yaks @ Mercury Lounge
* Mewithoutyou, Kevin Devine, Buried Beds @ Bowery Ballroom
* Doll Fight, Laura Stevenson, Wojcik, Leda @ Death By Audio
* Imperial Teen, We Can't Enjoy Ourselves @ Knitting Factory
* Bosco Delrey, Zambri, Prince Rama, Javelin @ The Dumbo Arch
* The Barrens, Invisible Days, End And, Generator Ohm @ 929 XPO
* Baby Acid, Mannequin Pussy, Sharkmuffin, French Miami @ Muchmore's
* Hot Sugar, Lotide, Raja, Jim-E Stack, PT & Cambo (The Kort) @ Spike Hill
* Ancient Sky, Gross Relations, Bad Credit No Credit @ Cameo Gallery
* Enfants Terribles: Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock & Joey Baron @ Blue Note
* Stephan Moore, Caroline Park, Tim Rovinelli and Evidence @ The Stone
* Futurist, Cobalt and The Hired Guns, BAM, Xylofaux @ The Bowery Electric
* Maxmillion Dunbar, Hieroglyphic Being, Antennes, SFV Acid @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Birthmark, Phone Home, Big Black Delta, Late Guest at the Party, Leaves of Green @ Pianos
* JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The Revelations featuring Tre Williams, Mingo Fishtrap @ Brooklyn Bowl
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!
If you're looking for something to do this afternoon, Bosco Delrey, Zambri, Prince Rama, and Javelin are playing a free show under the DUMBO archway. There will be Smorgasburg food vendors and other fun stuff and festivities start at 2PM with bands starting around 3:30 PM. If you can't make it, they're streaming the show live here.
Tonight, Celebration play their old haunt Union Pool with Mike Wexler and Hiro Kone. Singer Katrina Ford is an instense, magnetic frontpersons and their live show is always something else.
Speaking of something else, the Film Society at Lincoln Center is showing 1980's indescribable cult flick The Apple tonight as part of their Midnight Movie series. If you've never experienced this phantasmagoric musical, maybe it's time to give way to BIM. Tickets are still available. Trailer for this masterwork is below.
Speaking of movies, don't forget we're showing one for free this Monday.
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Animal Collective made a video for their song, "Today's Supernatural," the single off of their upcoming album, Centipede Hz, which will stream in full on this Sunday's Animal Collective Radio show. Check out the video below.
Beth Orton, who will have a new album and NYC shows in October, played The Late Show with David Letterman earlier in the week. Watch her performance of "Magpie" below.
Beth Orton will release Sugaring Season, her first album in six years, on October 2 via Anti Records. She made the record in Portland, OR with producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists) and guests include Marc Ribot and Sam Amidon. You can check out the first single, "Something More Beautiful," below and if you haven't checked in with Orton in a while, she's dropped the electronics that characterized her early work (like 1996's Trailer Park) in favor of a more organic, soulful approach.
This fall, Orton will also be going on her first tour in six years, including a NYC stop at Town Hall on October 4 with Sam Amidon opening. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday, July 13 at 11AM with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (7/11) at noon.
All Beth Orton tour dates are listed below, along with the video for "Something More Beautiful."
NY Times: You have a new CD out in March called "Justin Vivian Bond: Dendrophile." Explain.Dendrophile is Justin Bond (of Kiki & Herb fame)'s first solo record. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and also features contributions by Sam Amidon, Rob Moose, Dawn Landes, Beth Orton (as mentioned above) and others.
Justin Vivian Bond: A dendrophile's a person who gets an erotic charge out of nature. I am one! This is a record for the tree-hugger community. I do Bambi Lake's "The Golden Age of Hustlers" on it, and also a duet of the Carpenters' "Superstar" with Beth Orton. As for Vivian, that's my self-given middle name. Justin is a very male-identified name, and I wanted something that would balance it. I had an uncle named Vivian Francis. He was a wonderful person, but he changed his name to Victor. He didn't like being Vivian. But it's fine with me.
Justin Bond, who seems to stick to the intimite confines of venues like Joe's Pub for headlining shows lately, will celebrate the new CD release with a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom on April 5th which is four days before the CD Release show in San Francisco. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale at noon today (2/24).
Opening the Bowery show will be Doveman who Justin (and pretty much everyone else mentioned in this post so far) recently joined for a show at Le Poisson Rouge. Maybe Justin will pop in again when Doveman and guests return to LPR on March 16th. Tickets are still on sale for that.
Justin, who was in attendance to see his Scissor Sisters and Lady Gaga play Madison Square Garden this week, also has a special show coming up at Joe's Pub on March 7th - a new musical he co-wrote with Sandra Bernhard and Scissor Sister Jake Shears. On March 9th Justin hosts a book reading in NYC.
Watch a recent video feature on Justin, Joe's Pub footage included, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Beth Orton, Glen Hansard & Dawn Landes @ LPR
When Glen Hansard sets foot on the stages of a sold-out City Winery TONIGHT, it'll be his third visit to an NYC stage in a month. As advertised, The Frames frontman/Swell Season sensitive-man recently hopped on stage with Beth Orton, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Dawn Landes, and as hinted, St. Vincent at the Doveman "Burgundy Stain Session" at Le Poisson Rouge in January (where these pics come from)...
"Thank you so much for coming," Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) began. "This is the first of these concerts that I'll be doing, and I thought it would be nice to start with just me and Sam because me and Sam have been playing music together since we were five."Hansard's other recent NYC appearance happened this past Sunday at Justin Bond's Joe's Pub show (it was a surprise). Justin Bond returns to Joe's on 2/13 and 2/20 (perhaps with special guests again), and Justin is one of the announced guests at the next Doveman show at Le Poisson Rouge which happens on February 8th. Beth Orton returns that night too, and The Poison Tree rounds out the currently-announced lineup of Thomas Bartlett collaborators that will be there. Tickets are still available for that show and for the one happening on March 16th (lineup TBA).
The two kicked off the show with a simple, lovely, and faintly religious little song, "All is Well." Ringing out with repeatedly, the titular refrain seemed like a perfect starting point for the evening...
...After Sam had played through a few of his songs, he casually announced, "We're in a gospel mood," which was apparently Annie Clark's (St. Vincent) cue to make her way to the stage to fulfill her role as a "great gospel guitarist." Crouching down on stage in the shadow, Clark joined Amidon for one more song before the spotlight officially shifted to her. As she stood up, the stage lights shone through her messy main of curly hair, creating a halo that complimented her Amidon-annointed title....
...The evening proceded with a potpouri of performances. Hardly a song or two would pass before the configuration on stage would change. Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, and Dawn Landes would each have their turn. "One thing I realized is that I hate talking on stage so much that things are really going to need an emcee," Bartlett joked...." [Rachel Kowal]
The Poison Tree, as I wrote back in August 2009, "is Brooklyn, NY singer songwriter Steve Salett [of the King of France] and a rotating cast of collaborators borrowed from acts including The National, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, and David Byrne." The Poison Tree's debut album will be released this March 15th on Embarque...
In recording its debut album, The Poison Tree leader Steve Salett, drew on a community of extraordinarily talented musicians that formed around Salett's Saltlands Studio and Saltmines rehearsal spaces in Brooklyn. "I approached it as, 'if you build it, they will come.' After that, a space and community coalesced organically around the rehearsal rooms," says Steve. "For The Poison Tree, we were able to pull musicians who regularly use the Saltmines. If we needed violin, trumpet, whatever, we just walked down the hall."Lots of names repeating themselves in this post. You can also catch The Poison Tree at Pete's Candy Store on February 11th.
The supporting cast is extraordinary: Thomas Bartlett, better known as Doveman and briefly a member of King of France, provides much of the atmospheric Wurlitzer, piano, and organ parts. Of The Poison Tree, he says, "Steve is one of my favorite songwriters. Each song is a simple, perfect gesture, but with an elusive, enigmatic quality that will never lose its fascination for me."
Singer Dawn Landes, who will open for Justin Townes Earle on the road next month and also sang on Josh Ritter's latest album, also sang on 'The Poison Tree' record and did some engineering work. Others include bassist Jeff Hill (Rufus Wainwright), drummer Konrad Meissner (Graham Parker), and trumpeter C.J. Camerieri (Rufus Wainwright). Gary Mauer of Hem co-produced the album with Salett.
Lastly, besides writing all of the songs and playing guitar and vocals, the multi-talented Salett also co-produced and plays dulcimer, Rhodes, and whistle.
Don't forget that Sam Amidon has a show coming up at Glasslands on 2/16 (tickets), and even before that will join Nico Muhly, Bishi, Bryce Dessner, and ACME at St.Ann's Warehouse as part of Nico Muhly's Tell The Way. Tickets are available for all three shows, Feb 10th-12th.
More pictures from the 1/14 Doveman are below...
DOWNLOAD: Doveman - Love Shines a Light (Katrina & the Waves cover) (MP3)
Thomas 'Cibo Matto' Bartlett @ LPR (more by Chris La Putt)
Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett and sometimes a band) is starting a new salon series of collaborative concerts at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge. "The Burgundy Stain Sessions" kick off on January 14th at 7pm with very special guests Sam Amidon (who also plays in Doveman when Doveman is a band), Glen Hansard of the Frames and Swell Season (who Thomas has also played with before), Beth Orton (ditto), and "special guests." Rumor says the special guest for the first show might be St. Vincent.
Thomas says the shows will be "a forum for me and my friends to try out new material, showcase new bands, explore new collaborations, and drink." Drink with them. Tickets are still on sale for the January show. Look for lineups and tickets to soon be announced for the next shows which will take place on February 8th at 10pm and March 16th at 10pm.
Sam Amidon also has other shows coming up including three in February with Nico Muhly at St. Ann's Warehouse.
Beth Orton headlines a free 7pm show in Rockefeller Park (River Terrace and Warren Street) in NYC tonight (June 30th). And, according to "Anonymous", "Sam Amidon and Doveman will be playing accompaniment for Beth Orton tonight."
Tickets are also on sale for a show Beth is playing on August 17th at Maxwell's in Hoboken, one of five shows she has scheduled that month. All dates below...
people watching Sonic Youth in Battery Park (more by Jason Bergman)
The 2010 River to River series of free summer shows in NYC is slowly being announced. As previously mentioned, Genesis member Steve Hackett is playing Rockefeller Park, the Bang on a Can Marathon returns to the World Financial Center in June, kids will be crowding into Battery Park on 4th of July, The Old 97s play South Street Seaport the same day, and other bands play South Street Seaport on other days. Rockfeller Park is located at the north end of Battery Park City, and will also host free shows by Beth Orton and Burning Spear this summer. Castle Clinton, also located in Battery Park, has so far announced Antibalas. Free movies on "The Elevated Acre" at 55 Water Street so far this year include "The Muppets Take Manhattan". Those and other free Battery Park events announced so far, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Footloose... coming to LPR
The new monthly Unsilent Film series kicks off Wednesday, April 7 with a free concert from Kría Brekkan (ex-Múm, Avery Tare & Kría Brekkan) as she debuts a live-improvisational score to Jean Epstein's 1928 horror masterpiece The Fall of the House of Usher. Then on April 25 Doveman will perform revised versions of tracks from his reinterpretation of the Footloose soundtrack and his album The Conformist to excerpts from the films Footloose and The Conformist. And on May 23 the series will feature jazz guitar luminary Marc Ribot doing his solo-guitar score to Charles Chaplin's 1921 slapstick comedy The Kid. [Le Poisson Rouge]The screening tonight (4/7) is free - tickets to Doveman and to Marc Ribot are both on sale. The latter two are not new material - Doveman released a Footloose covers album in 2008 and his original The Conformist LP last year, and Marc Ribot performed with the same film as part of the NY Guitar Festival earlier this year.
Also coming up, Doveman will be opening for Patrick Watson on May 6th at the Bell House and May 7th at 92YTribeca. He'll also be performing with collaborator Sam Amidon at Sam's album release show at 92YTribeca on Saturday, April 10th. Tickets are still on sale.
Doveman also has a show on Thursday, April 15th at Barrow Street Theater with Uncle Monk (Tommy Ramone's bluegrass duo), Penny Arcade, Bandana Splits (a group that includes Dawn Landes) and Tyrone Cotton. That's being put on by NYC/Kentucky-based festival Motherlodge.
One of the songs on Sam's new record, I See the Sign, which is out now, is a dead serious cover of R. Kelly's "Relief" that's actually sort of affecting. The song is posted above. Beth Orton contributes to Sam Amidon's new album (and vice versa), and he joined her for two NYC shows in January. They also recently recorded a cover of Big Star's "Thirteen" with Dave Schramm and David Mansfield for Radio Free Song Club.
As we gathered on St. Patrick's Day to tape show number four, we learned of the death of Alex Chilton. Beth Orton and Sam Amidon were in the studio that night and worked out a version of Big Star's "Thirteen". Ted found the lyrics online, Sam picked out the chords and they sang it for the first time.You can download that above too.
Marc Ribot will be performing in a trio with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor at Rose Live Music on April 12th. And he'll do two sets at the Stone on May 6th (1st Henry Kaiser, Marc Ribot & John Zorn; 2nd Duo with Henry Kaiser & Marc Ribot).
The film screening tonight is the only announced upcoming date for Kría Brekkan. check out a video of her and Fall of the House of Usher, both pasted below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Beth Orton @ The Bell House
At City Winery on Sunday night [January 17th], a stop on a small New York-and-Los Angeles solo tour as [Beth Orton] works on her next album, she put her back into it. She fingerpicked as loudly as a busker. She used all the angles of her voice: the muted, high-register fog; the glissando that really just separates into two wracked notes, a bit like what Mick Jagger used to do in the '70s, once he'd learned how to sing ballads; the stern, Scots-Irish lilt suggesting the English folk singer Anne Briggs.Beth Orton played NYC shows on January 17th and 18th: one at City Winery (described the review above) and one at the Bell House (captured in the pictures in this post).
She was dealing with the late stages of walking pneumonia, which meant that she could power through a song without stopping but sometimes needed a coughing fit at the end. She shared the stage for a stretch with two younger New York musicians she has been working with in the studio: Sam Amidon on guitar, and Thomas Bartlett on piano. In other words, she was energized, vulnerable, gregarious and at her best.
She sang only two new songs -- or a little more than that, if you count her pitching in with Mr. Amidon's opening set, harmonizing with the Georgia Sea Island folk song "Johanna the Row-di" and the Appalachian standard "Sugar Baby." Ms. Orton appears on Mr. Amidon's excellent forthcoming album, "I See the Sign," and their pairing makes sense: as she once did, he's trying to see how rawboned, lonely-voiced traditional folk can be updated for city life. There's no doubt that he has listened hard and widely: at times he sounds in search of the places where Dock Boggs and Arthur Russell connect. [NY Times]
Sam Amidon opened both, and as pointed out above, he and Doveman (who played together at Mercury Lounge in January) were on hand to back Beth. Both are working with Beth in the studio, and she contributes on the new Sam Amidon record (out in March) as well.
More pictures and a set list for the Bell House show are below...
Lilith Fair, which has been dormant since 1999, will reform this year for a North American tour this summer. Exact dates and venues are forthcoming, but the ongoing list of confirmed acts is impressive (though they won't all play every city). The lineup currently includes Beth Orton, Cat Power, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, the Gossip, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Heart, Indigo Girls, Janelle Monae, Ke$ha, La Roux, Lights, Loretta Lynn, Mary J. Blige, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones, Rosie Thomas, Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, Sheryl Crow, Tara MacLean, Tegan and Sara.
New York City is one of the tour's confirmed stops. The rest of those and the fest's so-far lineup are below...
Puss n Boots (aka Sasha Dobson, Catherine Popper, and Norah Jones (not Avril Lavigne as listed on Mercury Lounge's website) are opening for Doveman and friends at Mercury Lounge on January 12th. Tickets are still on sale. As previously mentioned, Doveman band member Sam Amidon opens that show too.
Tickets are also now on sale for the two "Doveman + Peter Pears : An Evening With Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly" shows at The Kitchen.
Norah Jones, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, and members of the National are among those who contributed to the new Doveman album.
Doveman, Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly are playing this year's Big Ears Fest which is curated by a member of the National.
Beth Orton and Shazad (who also plays in Doveman) both contribute to Sam's forthcoming album.
Beth Orton has some shows coming up of her own too. Video of Sam and Beth performing together in London, below...
Sam Amidon @ LPR in June (more by Fresh Bread)
Solo artist & Doveman band member Sam Amidon's new record I See The Sign will be out in March on Bedroom Community and features contributions from Beth Orton, Shahzad Ismaily, Nico Muhly, and Valgeir Sigurdsson. Its first song "How Come the Blood" is up as a free download and streaming at MySpace.
Sam has a bunch of shows coming up, two of which are in NYC for now. He plays Rockwood Music Hall tonight (1/4), and then he opens (and probably plays as part of the "friends") at the Doveman & Friends show at Mercury Lounge on January 12th.
Beth Orton has shows coming up in NYC (and LA) this month too. Sam's new album cover art, some videos and all dates below...
New Years Eve at The Bell House is sold out, though there will be "limited tickets at the door".
Check out our end of 2009 interview w/ Sohrab Habibion of Obits
Monsters of Folk's debut album is out Tuesday on CD, and the collaborative project of Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward and Mike Mogis is one of the year's most pleasant musical surprises. Catch them on tour in October and November.
Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill is one of the year's best tribute albums, and includes contributions from Beth Orton, Bill Callahan, and Final Fantasy (who is touring with the Mountain Goats in November).
Other albums I have heard and can recommend this week include Amy Millan's Masters of the Burial, Castanets' Texas Rose, The Thaw & The Beasts, Hallelujah the Hills' Colonial Drones, Le Loup's Family, Owen's New Leaves, Rose Melberg's Homeade Ship, and Vic Chesnutt's At the Cut.
Reissues of note this week include the Beastie Boys' remastered Hello Nasty (complete with bonus disc of rarities) and three Mudhoney discs on vinyl (Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge, Mudhoney, and Superfuzz Bigmuff ),
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list?