Entries tagged with: Cocorosie
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"I am in a band with my sister called CocoRosie. We sing and dance and play instruments. In one sentence I can't seem to sum up anything. We are about to release our fifth album. We have been a band for 10 years." [Bianca to The Independent]Cocorosie will head out on a month-long European tour later this month (dates below), but first they played a one-off hometown show at the Paper Box in East Williamsburg where they previewed songs from Tales Of A GrassWidow, their new album out May 28th. We have some pictures and a video from the Brooklyn show, along with their official video for new song "After the Afterlife". Check it all out below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: CocoRosie - "Gravediggress" (MP3)
CocoRosie at Webster Hall in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
CocoRosie haven't released a full length album since 2010's Grey Oceans, but after last year's "We Are On Fire" b/w "Tearz for Animals" (ft. Antony Hegarty) single, they're back with a new album, Tales Of A Grass Widow, which is due out on May 28 via CIty Slang. It features "Tearz for Animals," along with two newer singles, "Gravediggress" and "After the Afterlife," both of which you can stream below (and download the former above). Like other groups who were once considered "freak folk," CocoRosie continue to move away from their roots on the new album, which, if the sound of these two singles is any indication, has a pretty strong hip hop/R&B influence. The album art and tracklist are below too.
CocoRosie will be supporting the new album after its release with a European tour, but before it comes out, they'll play a one-off in NYC to preview the new material on May 10 at The Paper Box. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, album art, and tracklist, below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Gretchen Robinette has contritued her thoughts on favorite photos that she took in 2012, leaving us with shots of Ghostface, Janelle Monae, The Walkmen and more. Check out more shots from the uber-talented Robinette below.
Her set of favorite contributions joins fellow photographers Caroline Harrison, Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya, Fred Pessaro // BBG, Chris La Putt and Ryan Muir.
More photos are below.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Cocorosie / Jean Grae
The third annual Tinderbox Music Festival went down across three stages at Webster Hall this past Sunday (11/11). The festival aims to showcase "powerful, diverse, and innovative female artists and female-fronted bands" and this year's fest included Cocorosie, Jean Grae, Selebrities, Sirius Plan, Mal Blum (who plays Mercury Lounge on 12/11 with Zoe Boekbinder and tickets go on sale Monday [11/19] at noon), and more.
The festival doubles as a benefit show, and like in past years proceeds went to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Girls Write Now, and the Tinderbox Songwriting Workshop, but due to recent circumstances, this year they also donated part of the proceeds to New York Cares to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Glamour Magazine talked to Sierra from Cocorosie right after the show:
Glamour: How do you feel right now after this amazing performance?What, what was the question? Read the rest of the interview at Glamour (yes, Glamour).
Sierra: I feel very lucky. I feel really blessed. The main thing we try to do is find our fear and run towards it. So lucky to have [Bianca] because there have been moments when I didn't have the courage to go through what I have, so I feel great. There are artists who have to do this, totally solo. I don't think I could do that, so working with fear is a big thing for me. For young artists and women, working with fear is probably what inspires us the most.
More pictures of many of the artists who played the festival, Cocorosie crowdsurfing included, and a few videos, below...
CocoRosie at MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Tinderbox Music Festival, whose mission is to showcase innovative female artists and donate 100% of the proceeds to organizations empowering women in music, is returning to NYC this year, and unlike 2010's at Southpaw and 2011's at Knitting Factory, this year it takes place at the much larger Webster Hall on November 11 and CocoRosie will be headlining. No other details have been announced yet, so stay tuned for more to come.
There will also be a fundraiser for the festival which happens on September 13 at The Lounge at Wework (177 Lafayette St at Grand St) with Nellie McKay, Alyson Greenfield, and Dawn Landes' band The Bandana Splits. $50 tickets for the fundraiser are on sale now. The flier for the fundraiser is below.
CocoRosie resurfaced this year with a new single on Touch & Go (for whom the release was also a comeback). If you haven't heard the Dave Sitek-produced "We Are On Fire" or its Antony-featuring b-side, "Tearz for Animals," you can check them both out below.
It's been two years since Cocorosie's last album, the wildly divisive Grey Oceans. The Casady sisters are back with a new David Sitek-produced single, "We Are On Fire," which was released this week on Touch & Go, the label's first release since cutting distribution in 2009. There is a striking (and expensive-looking) new video for the song as well, directed by Emma Freema, which you can watch below. The single's b-side, "Tearz for Animals," features vocals by Antony Hegarty and you can stream that below too.
While no East Coast dates have been announced, Cocorosie do have a few California shows lined up and those dates are below.
Cocorosie @ MHOW in 2010 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn venue Glasslands have booked a pretty impressive list of upcoming shows this month and next. We've already mentioned last night's John Maus show, the John Maus show coming in June, tonight's Julliana Barwick/Helado Negro show, Adventure and Pat Jordache (5/14), Cymbals Eat Guitars (5/20), an acoustic show with Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles (5/27), and Love Inks (6/2).
Meanwhile, Princeton play Glasslands on Wednesday, May 11 with High Highs, New Villager, and Ivana XL, before they open for CSS and Sleigh Bells at Music Hall of Williamsburg (5/12) and Bowery Ballroom (5/15). Tickets are on sale now.
High Highs also play a show on May 19th with Acrylics and Junip at Bowery Ballroom, and they open for Memoryhouse at two NYC shows in June. All dates are listed below.
Dirty Beaches @ Bowery Ballroom (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Dirty Beaches plays Glasslands with Psychedelic Horseshit, Pterodactyl, and Beige on May 13 (tickets), a day after they play Mercury Lounge with Widowspeak (5/12). All tour dates, South Street Seaport included, are listed below.
White Mystery, who just released their sophomore full length Blood & Venom, play Glasslands on May 17 as the kick off to a 5-night NYC run that looks like this:
05/17/11 Glasslands Brooklyn, New YorkTickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. All of their dates and a NYC show flyer, below.
05/18/11 Generation Records New York, New York
05/19/11 Public Assembly Brooklyn, New York
05/20/11 Death By Audio Brooklyn, New York
05/21/11 Brooklyn Fireproof Brooklyn, New York
My Teenage Stride play an early show at Glasslands on May 21 with Sea Lions, Beachniks, The Surprisers, and Plains. No advanced tickets for that one, or for the free show they're playing at South Street Seaport this summer.
French Horn Rebellion, who recently released Infinite Music Of French Horn Rebellion, are playing Glasslands on May 26 for their album release party. The show is being opened by Savoir Adore, who play Brooklyn Museum on 5/13 and the In Vino Wine Bar on June 26 (Tickets). Tickets for the Glasslands show are on sale now. French Horn Rebellion are on tour with Yelle now.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who are currently on tour with Portugal. The Man and Telekinesis play their own show at Glasslands on June 4, one day after they play Webster Hall with those bands. Unknown Mortal Orchestra are releasing their self titled debut on June 21 via Fat Possum. Hear three songs off the album on Fat Possum's website. Tickets are on sale now for the Brooklyn show with with Balkans + more TBA. Updated dates are below.
Videos and dates below...
Enslaved @ Grand Ballroom in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Mark Dresser @ The Stone
* David Sedaris @ Barnes & Noble
* Bonobo, Thunderball @ Webster Hall
* Odd Future @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Peter Mulvey, Andy Friedman @ The Rock Shop
* Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra @ Roulette
* Steven Page, Kate Miller-Heidke @ Highline Ballroom
* Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ Best Buy Theater
* Anna Copa Cabanna, Sammy & The Supremes, Aaron Rosenblum @ Zebulon
* Dimmu Borgir, Enslaved, Blood Red Throne, Dawn of Ashes @ Terminal 5
* Tony Scherr Trio, Jim Campilongo Electric Trio, Tony Mason @ The Living Room
* Oh Land, Arms, The Canon Logic, Fatty Acid, The Courtesy Tier @ Brooklyn Bowl
Cococrosie have a new video for "Gallows". Check it out below...
Going into last night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (9/15), I admit I had little idea of what to expect not only from CocoRosie, but from the extravagantly worded opener as well. (To borrow the phrasing of the Bowery Presents event listing, the opening act was a "Gay Mormon Kissing Club DJ Set with special guests Nomi Ruiz, Kembra Pfahler, Laundrymatters and Rebecca Wright.") This was clearly more than a straight-forward DJ set.
As if attempting to live up to the frenetic nature of the description, the "DJ Set" was a wild mixture of music manipulation and performance art. I arrived about midway through the set - not long enough to witness all of the 'special guests,' but with plenty of time to get a sense of the strange scene. Immediately upon entering the room I was so distracted by the spectacle on stage of the two DJs - their faces obscured by multiple scarves and handkerchiefs - that the music blaring through the speakers became only ancillary. After quite a performance, which involved an angry monologue set in part to Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (and a host of other attention grabbers), the stage cleared and the crowd pushed forward.
In between the sets, the stage was adorned by a number of Mylar helium balloons that depicted mixed messages. (Was it someone's birthday? No wait. That one said "Get Well Soon" and another - "It's a Girl!") Though the meaning of the balloons was never made clear, the stage was set for a theatrical and highly spirited performance.
Sisters Bianca (Mom called her 'Coco') and Sierra (you guessed it, 'Rosie') Casady create an intriguing combination of hip hop and "freak folk", and their live show is certainly a spectacle worth witnessing. Set to a background of swirling, carnivalesque projections, their first song began with a lovely little piano intro. Then, enter Tez, the skinny, hipster-glasses-framed beatboxer, and Sierra on vox. Like a woodland nymph, Sierra danced around the stage, singing sweetly.
Sure, the dancing, sound effects (cue haunted house noise), outfits (Bianca had a severed ponytail hanging from the front of her dress), and beatboxing were a bit over-the-top at times, but the sisters seemed to be genuinely enjoying themselves on stage. These were not cool, aloof, self-appointed divas. One look at Sierra's huge smile between songs made this abundantly clear. As if performing for the first time, the girl could not contain her glee, and the effect was charming.
Midway through their set, Sierra and Bianca left the stage to Tez, whose impressively powerful beatboxing quickly caused technical problems. No more than a few minutes into his performance, his mic gave out. He began again, after a quick apology and some assistance from the tech guy, but his new mic gave out even more quickly than before, and he bashfully welcomed the others back on stage.
Apparently, the short break had been enough time for a costume change - at least for Bianca who now wore a satin bustier. For the second half of their set, the number of performers nearly doubled thanks to the welcome addition of a 4-piece horns section. Invigorated by the additional force of the brass, CocoRosie delivered an impassioned performance, that began with the song "Hopscotch" and concluded with "Lemonade."
Though their stage personalities seem to greatly vary, the dynamic and highly collaborative nature of their music makes for a compelling scene. Throughout the show, they switched off vocal duties regularly, Sierra's operatic vibrato interestingly pitted against Bianca's spoken word raps.
The crowd's fanaticism following the conclusion of CocoRosie's set was impressive. The floor was shaking due to all the clapping, cheering, and stomping... but of course, the room was filled with admirers who had willingly (and even lovingly) paid the steep $30 entry fee. It's no secret that the merits of CocoRosie are stringently debated in the blogosphere. Between Bianca's baby-talk voice, and the duo's bizarre theatrical personas, the Casady sisters make music people love to hate. But then again - how many fans would stick around long enough and cheer enthusiastically enough to invoke a second encore... and how many artists would be gracious enough to respond to the call?
Cocorosie are now on tour. More pictures from the Brooklyn show below...
CocoRosie @ Terminal 5 in June (more by Zachary Alex Stern)
For me Cocorosie's new album Grey Oceans is perhaps the most important new music coming out of the US this year. It is no surprise that as the sea turns black in the gulf with no end in sight in the midst of the biggest ecological disaster in US history, CocoRosie are the only ones to hit the zeitgeist with an album filled with psychic omniscience, entitled "Grey Oceans." And yet it seems to be the album the indie US press doesn't want to talk about. Bianca and Sierra Casady paints pictures of lost children across a broken land, feral, elemental spirits who roam the dreamscapes of our world, naming perpetrators, painting their memories, recovering and reclaiming power. They are unafraid to manifest their vision that the application of magical creativity could be a balm for aching souls in a struggling world. They take risks that no other artists in the scene dare to, and the (predominantly white hetero male) music press punishes them for it. In the artistic community, CocoRosie are treasured. Their costumes and visual aesthetics are a vital part of their expression, revealing further illustration of their ideas and their inspirations and creating a striking format for the shamanistic shapeshifting that occurs in their live performances (in some ways they are the feminist branch of a voyage that Animal Collective in their boyish and heralded way have undertaken in parallel) and yet as women Cocorosie are dismissed because their visual presentation frustrates many male writers' abilities to sexualize them. Who are you assigning to think on your behalf? [Antony Hegarty via Stereogum on CocoRosie]CocoRosie will be playing a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon.
Around the same time in 2009, the sisters played Highline Ballroom, and earlier this year they brought their new album, Grey Oceans, to Terminal 5. The new Brooklyn show is part of Cocorosie's upcoming North American fall tour. Before then, they're in China in August - and after, they're in Europe.
All tour dates are below...
photos by Zachary Alex Stern
Cocorosie's latest album, Grey Oceans, was released on May 11th by Sub Pop. Exactly one month later (this past Friday night), they headlined a show at Terminal 5 in NYC. Their friend Diane Cluck opened the show. Pictures and videos from the show, and more dates (they're on the road until July 2nd), below...
Frightened Rabbit @ LPR acoustic in 2009 (more by Jonny Leather)
tonight in NYC
* Hanson (night 3!) @ Gramercy
* Heavy Trash @ The Saint (NJ)
* Hole, Little Fish @ Terminal 5
* Tracy Bonham @ Galapagos Art Space
* Frightened Rabbit @ Sound Fix Records
* Josh Rouse, The Woes @ The Bell House
* Willie Mays, Radical Sons @ Don Pedro
* N.E.R.D., Jay Electronica @ Irving Plaza
* Big Soda, Big Eyes, Nude Beach @ Coco 66
* VV Brown, MNDR, Class Actress @ Bowery Ballroom
* Taylor Hollingsworth, Mia Riddle @ Union Hall
* Frightened Rabbit, Maps and Atlases @ Webster Hall
* Tao Seeger Band, The Morgues, Cassandra Jenkins @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Morning Benders, Twin Sister, Twin Shadow, Papa @ Mercury Lounge
* Chiara String Quartet play Steve Reich and more @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Mottel/Dahl/Nilson/Fox, El Topo, Priestbird, Living Sacrifice, Spider @ Pianos
* Pod Blotz & Zaimph, Purple Haze, MV Carbon, Driphouse, Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt @ Death By Audio
* Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander, Text of Light (Alan Licht & Lee Ranaldo), Transgendered Jesus @ Santos Party House
From Santos: Charles S. Cohen, executive producer of Academy Award nominated film Frozen River, is celebrated at this Film-makers cooperative benefit concert. Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, Erik Friedlander, Text of Light, and Transgendered Jesus will perform live along with films from the cooperative's collection.
The Chiara String Quartet's program at Santos tonight includes Steve Reich's Different Trains, Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 2 and Anton Webern's Five Pieces for String Quartet. Tickets are on sale.
Frightened Rabbit, after having a bit of trouble getting into the country at the beginning of their tour, are here today to play two NYC shows. At 6:30 you can catch them play afree acoustic show at Sound Fix. Then later tonight they headline a sold out Webster Hall.
Did the MNDR and Class Actress show at The Studio at Webster Hall even happen last night? Regardless, both acts open for VV Brown at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
The Morning Benders complete their April series of NYC shows tonight at Mercury Lounge. Twin Sister open up for them. Members of Twin Sister opened up for them (playing in Holiday Shores) Saturday night at Music Hall.
A trailer for the album Cocorosie is releasing on Sub Pop can be watched and listened to below...
A video of Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore performing "My Wealth Comes To Me" live on KEXP, below...
"For those of you not already well-acquainted with the band, CocoRosie are two American-born sisters, Sierra and Bianca, who started making music together in Paris in 2003. Their first album, La Maison de Mon Rêve, was released in 2004 and their second album, Noah's Ark, followed in 2005. Their third and most recent album, The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn, came out in 2007. All three of these albums were released worldwide on Touch and Go Records and earned positive critical acclaim both overseas and at home.That's a picture of the cover art above. And if the signing news wasn't enough to convince you that Cocorosie are back and being taken seriously, check out the location of their next headlining NYC show. They play the 3000+ capacity Terminal 5 on June 11th. $25 advanced tickets go on sale Friday at noon. All currently known dates and the new album tracklist below...
The nomadic duo (currently and temporarily residing in New Mexico) spent much of 2008 writing and recording in Buenos Aires, Melbourne, Berlin, New York, and Paris, finding amazing and diverse musicians to collaborate along the way. The result is their 11-song Sub Pop debut, Grey Oceans, due out May 11th, 2010." - Sub Pop
On September 2nd CocoRosie will kick of their first North American tour in over two years. Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady will be joined by bassist Josh Werner and beatboxer Spleen on 14 dates in the US and Canada. Included in their set will be material from their new album, slated for a 2010 release.The previously announced September 2nd date at NYC's Highline Ballroom is the first date of the tour. Tickets are still on sale. All dates (with a few live videos from European shows earlier this year) below...
Tickets are on sale The Feelies' September 13th show at Southpaw. The Feelies have also added a September 12th show at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. That show goes on sale Saturday. That means they're playing three shows in three days.
Cocorosie are back and playing Highline Ballroom in the Meatpacking District on September 2nd. Tickets are on sale.
Meat Puppets, who recently played two shows at Mercury Lounge (during Northside Fest hectic week), are opening for Stone Temple Pilots on July 17 @ Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, on July 18 @ Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, and on July 19 @ Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.
Speaking of the 90's,. "Alice in Chains" are playing Irving Plaza on September 8th. Those tickets are going for $5.00.
JEFF the Brotherhood plays Cake Shop tonight (7/16).
Bob Weir & Ratdog announced 5 NYC shows - Monday & Tuesday, October 19 & 20, 2009 at the Grand Ballroom, and Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 22, 23 & 24, 2009 at the Beacon Theatre. Tickets are now all on AmEx presale.
Rhett Miller & the Serial Lady Killers are playing the Bell House in Brooklyn on September 16th. Tickets are on sale. Three days later Rhett plays Webster Hall with Nicole Atkins opening. Tickets are also on sale for that.
Tickets are on sale for the "Minus 5, the Baseball Project, & the Steve Wynn IV" show at Bowery Ballroom.
Live Nation $5.00 ticket deals HERE.
The Morning After Girls play with Hopewell at Mercury Lounge tonight.
Paul McCartney was on Letterman last night. Video from that below...
1. Bowerbirds - Songs for a Dark Horse (Burly Time)List via Filter. Pic via littlepants.
2. CocoRosie - The Adventures of Ghosthorse & Stillborn (Touch and Go)
3. Bloody Panda - Pheromone (Level Plane)
4. Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb (Relapse)
5. Bottomless Pit - Hammer Of The Gods (Comedy Minus One)
6. Various Artists - The Kings of Reggae (compilation. Rapster)
7. Babyshambles - Shotters Nation (Astralwerks)
8. Foetopsy - In the Bathroom (Barbarian)
9. Mayhem - Ordo ad Chao (Season of Mist)
10. Om - Pilgrimage (Southern Lord)
You may have spotted CocoRosie marching down West Broadway at the 2007 Deitch Art Parade this past weekend - one of them at least (and one of the few who were fully clothed). And thanks also to Deitch, you'll be able to see Cocorosie perform for free in NYC on October 6th. (More tour dates at the end of this post).
The last time I saw the Cassidy sisters perform was while attending the Oya Festival in Norway last month - that's where I took all the pictures in this post. They, their human beatboxer, and band played to a large, appreciative crowd (aka not Americans who don't really dig them as much). It was the second day of the four-day festival (Thu August 9th), and it was hot - really hot...
more photos by Edwina Hay below...
CocoRosie posted the following message on MySpace today
dear lovesAccording to a commenter on Punk News, "some of the band members didnt have work permits to get into the US." Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, but I think it is safe to say that neither Marc Hogan nor Antony were involved in any way. Whether or not Cocorosie or their band met Paris in Jail is also still a mystery.
we are so sorry to announce that we cannot play the rest of the us tour dates
the band got arrested, thats all i can say
we love you all
we are playing a free show in New York on may 19th
please come if you can
we are crying
say a prayer for our band
Sierra and Bianca
Cocorosie's previously announced free NYC show is the one thing here that is actually not a mystery anymore. And it is still happening...
World Financial Center presentsMore info on the Word of Mouth Festival @ The Winter Garden site.
WORD OF MOUTH FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, MAY 19
NOT WORDS ALONE
with special guests COCOROSIE
Produced by the URBAN WORD NYC
New York City's top teen poets in a fully choreographed show that mixes dynamic teen poems with the music of the critically acclaimed indie band CocoRosie.
Urban Word NYC exists to ensure that New York City youth have a safe, supportive, dynamic and challenging community in which to discover their powerful voices - through written and spoken word - and use them to express their views, strengthen self-esteem and engage them in opportunities that address the sociopolitical issues that affect them.
Cocorosie's most updated tour dates are below...
DOWNLOAD: Cocorosie - Rainbowarriors (MP3)
Cocorosie has always been a polarizing force - not as love-them-or-hate-them as their friends Antony, Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart, but definitely a band that generates a lot of disdain among music fans. This is especially true in the U.S. In Europe, especially France, they seem to more often adore Cocorosie. When I saw Cocorosie open for Antony in French-speaking Montreal, the crowd even gave the Cocorosie Cassady sisters an amazing reception - something I wasn't used to as a New Yorker. U.S. music fans are more likely to use words 'art school' and 'pretentious' when describing Cocorosie. The Cassady sisters don't help the matter by aligning themselves with the controversial Williamsburg, Brooklyn "Pumpsta" scene.
I'm personally somewhere in the middle. I kind of have/had a fetish for all things Antony-Devendra-Cocorosie-Newsom - the extremity of it has worn off a little, but I still support most of Cocorosie's endeavors - I play their music on my Sirius radio show, regularly post their tour dates, and am quick to explore anything else they have going on like their record label & store Voodoo-EROS, and their side project Metallic Falcons. I enjoy their music, but don't often find myself listening to their albums. I am not offended by their live shows, but sometimes do wonder how authentic they are. Overall I am more FOR them than against them. Sometimes that makes me feel alone - especially among those closest to me. ha.
Pitchfork was sort of on Cocorosie's side when Sam Ubl gave their 2004 Touch & Go debut La Maison de Mon Reve a 6.9. Sam was much less kind in 2005 when the score for Noah's Ark came in at a 3.4, and now - for their brand new album The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn - an album Drowned in Sound called "a sure contender for album of the year" - Cocorosie received a lowly 2.3.
...Too bad it seems as if the more self-impressed CocoRosie sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady get about transcending genres, the less patience they have for mere mortal concerns like, um, songs. True, Ghosthorse and Stillborn begins with CocoRosie at their most radio-ready, on single "Rainbowarriors" (MP3 above), where Bianca speak-sings impishly about finding "the rainbow trail that's deep inside ya" over beatbox schmaltz. It's something like Vitamin C's 1999 Top 40 hit "Graduation (Friends Forever)", only with neighing horses, buzzing synths, and Sierra's operatic soprano instead of Pachelbel-derived orchestral Radio Disney pomp/circumstance....On the other hand, Joanna, Devendra, and Antony and his Johnsons have all received the "Best New Music" title at least once. I'm not implying there's anything more to this than Pitchfork's honest assessment of all albums involved (feel free to in the comments though). I'm really just setting the background for what came next....
I have a musical crush on Antony, but, factual errors aside, I don't believe any musician should ever take on a critic. Where's it going to get you? You'll always look bad except to your most die-hard fans.
I'm also not sure if it is ethical to publish (theoretically) private letters on a blog. I'm not sure if it's even allowed - especially if the letters were written to and/or on behalf of your employer (is it OK Gawker?).
That said, I considered not posting this at all. Honestly, I'm not sure why Marc Hogan was allowed to post letters from Antony to Pitchfork on his personal blog....
dear Ryan SchreiberThe other letters, and Marc Hogan's thoughts on on this matter, at his personal blog.
I am writing in regards to the very unpleasant review of Cocorosie's new album that was printed in yesterday's Pitchfork.
I was bitterly disappointed when I read it. It was filled with inaccuracies. For instance, I do not even appear on the record, and yet Hogan snidely referred to a guest appearance he somehow imagined I had made.
But It is an album I would have been proud to be a part of. Please assign writers who are open and receptive to understanding the work of America's more challenging young artists, instead of printing reviews that try to cover up their lack of comprehension with bad wit and cynical one-upmanship. We desperately need artists who will take risks and put their hearts forward in this cultural climate, now more than ever. Why would you print a review that only seeks to oppress performers who are among those taking some of the biggest and most generous risks?
Please assign writers with some sense of vision to review Cocorosies work in the future. Marc Hogan, a financial analyst (!!), is completely in the dark about Cocorosie; he cannot even fathom their intent or the usefulness, the generosity, and the deep originality of their work. I remember the Pitchfork review of their last album in which the writer even admitted that he was panning the album simply because he didnt understand it. Cocorosie are a brave pair of visionary young Americans who are pushing the dialogue forward. They are treasured by their peers, many of whom are artists that you have written about with respect, and by audiences around the world. We all read Pitchfork, and rely on it as an important outlet of information for independent artists. Please rise to the challenge and represent Cocorosie fairly, instead of publishing checklists of incomprehension that are tinged with misogynist resentment.
I did send an email that was a little hot under the collar to Marc Hogan, which should be laughed at and disregarded. I send this now to you now in all earnestness.
BUT WAIT? What does this post have to do with the wombat-loving Mountain Goats (aka John Darnielle)?
WELL, as we already knew, John - owner of "one of the best music blogs on the interblock" according to Pitchfork - LOVES Cocorosie. He loved them in 2006. He loves them in 2007 - John recently blogged:
....Still. Objections constitute dialogue; Lou Reed used to know this & it's why he owned the seventies. The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn is my favorite album of the year so far. At its lyrical best, it inhabits its own country, unashamed of real poetry and willing to put in the hard work necessary to inhabit a space unlike anybody else's.Take that 2.3.
Now let's all love one another..
I love John because of the following awesome upcoming shows:
05-05 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506I love Antony for playing with Bjork.
05-11 Brooklyn, NY - Sound Fix (in-store) (John Darnielle solo) **
06-16 Watkins Glen, NY - Farm Sanctuary (John Darnielle solo) (info) *
06-17 Watkins Glen, NY - Farm Sanctuary (John Darnielle solo) (info)*
06-20 Chicago, IL - Metro (Eff Cancer Benefit) #
** with Nothing Painted Blue's Franklin Bruno AKA an Extra Glenns reunion
* with Peter Hughes, Perry Wright
# with Superchunk
I love Farm Sanctuary for being one of the coolest, most compassionate places anywhere. Go there to see The Mountain Goats - the John Darnielle ones (see dates above), and the real ones (actual goat at Farm Sanctuary pictured above). Go there to pet pigs (the pigs are seriously one of the highlights). Go there to spend a night out of the city. They serve vegan breakfast.
More pics of Antony & CocoRosie - like those you see above - here.
new Cocorosie & Priestbird
Cocorosie have a new album coming out on April 10th ("The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn"). That's also about the time they're going out on tour to support it. They play Warsaw in Brooklyn on April 20th. Tickets are on sale.
Priestbird (formerly Tarantala AD) are friends of Cocorosie, and they also have a new album coming out in April (the 17th). Priestbird go on tour with their Kemado label-mates The Sword in March, but first they'll play the following NYC shows:
PriestbirdBunny Rabbit has a new album out today (Feb 20) on CocoRosie's label VoodooEROS. The album release party is tonight (Feb 20) in Brooklyn @ Supreme Trading - with performances by Bunny Rabbit, The Durty Na Nas and Krankstravaganza.
Thu 2/22/07 New York, NY Cakeshop w/ SSM
Thu 3/1/07 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Mon 3/5/07 New York, NY Cakeshop
The Sword are also going on tour with Clutch. All PriestBird, Sword, Cocorosie, & Bunny Rabbit tour dates below...
Have you read the "30 Bands in 30 Days" story in the Village Voice yet? As New Yorkers probably already figured out, the article is actually this week's cover story. I thought of it again when I saw the pictures of CocoRosie in costume from last night's benefit show, because, although Christgau didn't like their live show very much, he wrote that he did like their costumes...
THE SEVEN WORST HEADLINERS CHRISTGAU SAW (best to worst)
BEST COSTUMERY ACCORDING TO CHRISTGAU
Gamelan Galak Tika
The rest of Christgau's rankings are in the article.
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."