Entries tagged with: Fiona Apple
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Blake Mills at the Cap in 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Blake Mills, a frequent tourmate and collaborator of Fiona Apple, will release his new album, Heigh Ho, on September 16 via Verve/Record Collection. The album's single, "Don't Tell Our Friends About Me," features Fiona, along with Jon Brion (who's produced multiple Fiona Apple albums, Kanye's Late Registration, and more, and scored Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and more), Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony and the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens) and Gabriel Kahane. Stream that song, with another track from the LP, below. Another song on the album, "Seven," will feature Fiona as well.
Blake is going on a tour following the album's release which hits NYC for shows on October 1 at Le Poisson Rouge and October 8 at Rough Trade. The Rough Trade show is with National/Bon Iver/Dirty Projectors/etc collaborators yMusic. Tickets for LPR and Rough Trade go on sale Friday at 10 AM and noon, respectively.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
by Doug Moore
photo via Iva Boguslawska
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills brought their "Anything We Want" tour to NYC for two nights at Beacon Theatre this week -- Monday (10/21) and again last night (10/22). We caught night 2.
Apple's 2012 tour stopped in Terminal 5, which struck me at the time as an odd fit. That venue's sound system and acoustics are geared towards loud, pounding rhythms, which meant that Apple's more spare material was often overpowered by even relatively sparse percussion work. The Beacon, with its gentler acoustics and lighter touch on the mixing board, did her music a service.
Though Mills also opened and performed as a side musician for Apple on that tour, this jaunt changed the format -- instead of opening, Mills and Apple took the stage together and traded off songs throughout the set. I'm not wild about Mills's singing, but he's an excellent guitarist. The spiky rake rhythms and legato-heavy leads he added to Apple's tunes worked remarkably well, given the jazzy nature of the material, and he took a few borderline rock-god solo turns during his own songs. He also served as an emcee of sorts for the night -- whenever Apple's stage banter started to wander, he'd step in and move the set along.
Apple, for her part, seemed in good spirits and performed beautifully. (All this despite dressing like an old-school Charlotte Hornets fan out for a jog.) Her body language is often a little childlike, but it was especially so at this show; she'd shimmy her feet in place or hop up and down, like she was impatient for the next chord change. Her set drew from the breadth of her career, though her 2012 effort The Idler Wheel... received better representation than any of her other albums. Apple's band was also briefly joined by ?uestlove on drums for a blazing rendition of "Not About Love" from Extraordinary Machine, which established the set's emotional and aural high water mark.
We also covered this tour over at BV Chicago. In case you missed them, check out streams of new songs "I Want You To Love Me" and "Tipple" (both of which they performed last night), along with the setlist and a pic of Fiona and Questlove, below...
photos by Cory Dewald
Fiona Apple at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre - 10/15/13
Fiona Apple has been on her "Anything We Want" tour with Blake Mills, which comes to NYC for shows at Beacon Theatre tonight (10/21) at Tuesday (10/22). Tickets for tonight's show are still available, but Tuesday's is sold out.
The tour recently hit Chicago's Bank of America Theatre (10/15) for a show which saw Fiona and Blake playing some new songs, a cover of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe," and songs from both of their own albums. Pictures and the setlist from that show are in this post. A review from the Chicago show is at BV Chicago. Streams of a couple of the new songs (from different tour stops) are below.
The tour also included a show at Portland's Newmark Theatre on October 3, which, as Stereogum points out, saw Fiona heckled by a woman in the crowd who yelled out "Fiona, get healthy! We want to see you in 10 years. I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful." Fiona then reportedly kicked her out of the show. Pitchfork then caught up with Fiona and asked her about the incident:
Pitchfork: The audience member in Portland who yelled out, "Get healthy, we want to see you in 10 years!"--is that someone who got in your way?Read the rest of the interview here. Check out more pictures and the setlist from the Chicago show, the new song streams, and the list of updated tour dates, below...
FA: Yeah, it was. She hurt my feelings. I don't think what I look like is relevant. And by the way, this whole "unhealthy" thing has me baffled. It's really confusing to me why anyone would have an opinion about that. And [the heckling] just takes you out of [the live performance]. People around me try to tell me that's not going to happen, but it always happens. It's really disappointing. I can't laugh--I'm an emotional person. And I'm just very sensitive about that. Many people are, not just women. The heckler said, "I saw you 20 years ago, and you were pretty." That's just rude, and I don't want her there anymore because it's my stage, you know? I got very angry. But I'm going to try and be more prepared for that. I'm assuming that people are going to start to say those kinds of things just to egg me on now. Those people are going to have to leave if they interrupt me. I need to be able to do my job.
Pitchfork: Your weight and appearance have been discussed throughout your career. Has it gotten easier to deal with?
FA: No. It's a sensitive subject because it's not something that should be talked about, because there is nothing wrong with me. I'm healthy and I shouldn't even have to say any of that. What makes me unhealthy and puts me in danger is that kind of scrutiny itself. It's the same as being bullied at school, and just because you're getting older, it doesn't mean that you aren't hurt by it. You could make anybody cry if you told them that they're ugly.
I don't even know what I'm being accused of. Do they think I'm on drugs? That I have a life-threatening illness? Do they think that I'm anorexic? At this point, emotionally, it doesn't get easier to hear those criticisms--but it gets easier to be resolute about my reaction to it. Which is just: "Go ahead and call me ugly, call me skinny, call me crazy and speculate as much as you want, but not at a show." I don't think that there's anything meltdown-y about that. I don't have any problem getting angry at someone who insults me in the middle of a show.
Fiona Apple @ Louis Vuitton party, Tokyo last week (via @mariaokowa)
You may have read reports on Friday (8/30) that Fiona Apple walked off stage in a huff during her performance at a Louis Viutton party in Tokyo (8/29) due to too-loud audience chatter. Most reports stemmed from a WWD story:
Apple instructed the audience to "shut the f--k up" and uttered other expletives, both audibly and under her breath, calling the event's attendees "rude." She continued with her set before shouting, "Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f--k?" as she stormed off the stage. The show was punctuated with other bizarre moments, such as when she hit her head with her microphone, did a back bend over her piano bench and stared intensely at her guitarist as if in a love-struck trance.Apple has since offered up a few clarifications to what happened, which her soon-to-be-tourmate Blake Mills shared with Twitter:
it's fiona.The person who took the above instagram also commented on her photo, "it wasn't as dramatic as they mentioned but she threw a few curse words out there for sure!"
if it wouldn't be too much trouble,if you could tweet to the twits who call themselves journalists (example chris martins of Sit-and-Spin magazine) that I FINISHED MY SET,I did my job,and they should do theirs too--boy ,would I be grateful.
They all miss the fact that there is a difference between the back-of-the-room-chatter that is simply annoying,--and the Operatic Drunken Blather,or the heckling (which is really just INTERRUPTING) that makes it impossible for us to do our jobs.
I hope most readers are already hip to the fact that they are consistently lied to. In my eyes, these writers have compromised their credibility. they are fiction writers.
And, incidentally, whoever first interrupted Chappelle should have been ass-to-concrete before it grew into something that ruined the show for anyone else.
I understand if you don't wanna,though.
anyway,I love you,see you later...
Apple makes reference to Dave Chappelle, who also had some unruly audience trouble at the 8/29 Hartford, CT stop on the Funny or Die Oddball tour (which has gone mostly well). While there were reports calling it "another meltdown," the Oddball fest tweeted wrote "Hey Hartford! Pipe down and let Dave Chappelle do his thing!" Ebony writer Lesli-Ann Lewis was there and writes it wasn't his fault:
He had started with some Paula Deen jokes that went over well when he had to stop again. Maybe it was his gratuitous use of the N-word to a mostly White audience. Maybe it was the overpriced beer that, to my amazement, everyone seemed to keep buying. Whatever it was, there was a palpable change. The crowd got rowdier, louder, ruder. Folks started calling out random references to his past work (he informed us that if we ever see him in a Half Baked sequel, that means he's run completely out of money) and, most bizarrely, his 2006 Oprah interview.Chappelle apparently stayed on stage for most of his alloted time, though he spent some of it reading aloud from an audience member's book. The Oddball tour has rolled on without incident since then and will be in the NY area this weekend for two shows in New Jersey: Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on September 6, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on September 7. Tickets to both are still available.
After engaging some of the heckling politely, Chappelle had enough. "I've been up here a while now and I thought it was me but now I 'm sure it's you. There is definitely something wrong with you." he told us. In other words, 'shut up and let me perform.' Not many did. Finally, he gave up and took his cigarettes and his water and sat on stage. - [Ebony]
As mentioned, "Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills" will be touring around the country in October. Their NYC date on October 22 at Beacon Theatre sold out, and the pair have now added another Beacon show the day before (10/21). Tickets go on presale on Tuesday (8/27) at 10 AM and the public on-sale starts Friday, September 6 at 10 AM.
For a taste of what Fiona and Blake are working on for this tour check out a video of them performing "I Know," along with the list of updated tour dates, below.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
Fiona Apple at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Fiona Apple has announced that she'll embark on another tour this fall, which is being billed as "Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills." Blake also opened and played in her band on Fiona's last tour, and we just caught him on stage with Dawes at the Newport Folk Festival.
Regarding the name of the tour, Fiona and Blake say, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." The tour comes to NYC for a show on October 22 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/2) at 11 AM with a presale starting Tuesday (7/30) at 10 AM.
Fiona also recently made a video for "Hot Knife" off her 2012 LP, The Idler Wheel.... The video was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, her ex-boyfriend and famous movie director (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia). Check out that video, along with Fiona's list of fall tour dates, below.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
by Bill Pearis
The Village Voice's annual "Pazz n' Jop" critics poll is up and, as with anything like this with averaged votes, the winners are probably not that surprising. Frank Ocean's Channel Orange takes the top album slot (Kendrick Lamar is #2), and Carly Rae Jepsen's inescapable "Call Me Maybe" comes in at the top of the singles list. (Miguel, who is on the cover of the Voice this week, comes in at #2 with "Adorn.")You can also view individual ballots and read pithy quips about the year as a whole.
by Andrew Sacher
Today, we finally get the much anticipated list of Pitchfork's Top 20 Albums of 2012. They revealed Nos. 30-50 yesterday and spent the rest of this week posting Honorable Mentions and tracks. None of the albums that made the top 20 are surprising to see there (which doesn't mean they aren't deserving), but the surprises come from the albums that missed the list all together. Passion Pit got ROBBED! Twin Shadow too! And Wild Nothing! If you're looking for Converge or Baroness, you'll have to redirect yourself to Pitchfork's Metal list (though Pallbearer was in the main top 50). And we could've guessed that Nos. 1 and 2 would be Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar... but who took the No. 1 spot? Head below to find out and you can check out individual writer's votes too...
by Bill Pearis
Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?
You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.
photos by Caroline Harrison
Photographer Caroline Harrison has weighed in on her favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following chronological list. Harrison joins BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all dropped off their favorite shots of 2012. Check out her list below.
Peter of HWGM @ Brooklyn Bowl, 9/18/2012 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Here We Go Magic's A Different Ship has made a few Best of 2012 lists, including ones from The Fly, Q, Johnny Beach of Bowery Presents and Freelance Whales. But what records did they like this year? Drummer Peter Hale submitted a list to us, with the following note:
Two confessions: I've ordered these very haphazardly, and I added my band's record as number one.Here We Go Magic only have one show on their schedule: January 17 at Le Poisson Rouge and tickets are on sale now. Meanwhile, HWGM started a Pledge Music campaign to fund a new live EP. There are some fun incentives, including having Peter cook for you or a private gig from the band.
I don't get asked to do this very often (maybe that's why), but I'm honored to do it and humbled (really) by the multitude of beautiful records. I'm probably wrong, but I imagine anyone who's ever worked as hard as he or she could on an album would agree that celebrating it is the best way to let it go; to release it not just to the public, but from those straps -- the emotions and toil -- that bind it so closely to our hearts. Like so many graduation days, this is letting go. What a great year!
You can check out their Pledge Music video below, alongside Peter's Top 11 of 2012.
by Bill Pearis
Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.
It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.
The Grammy Nominations were just announced. At this point it should be no surprise that this year's list contains names like Jack White, The Black Keys, Gotye, Adele, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, M.I.A. (she got nominated for a video), and "fun" alongside all the major pop stars. And I guess Bjork is a given in the "Alternative Music Album" category any time she comes out with an album (this is like her 12th or 13th nomination).
Mumford and Sons are naturally on there along with fellow rising pop folk band The Lumineers. Indie Grammy pioneers Arcade Fire also snuck in there again for "Best Song Written For Visual Media."
EDM is huger than ever so of course hot EDM artists like Skrillex, Deadmau5, Diplo, AVICII, Swedish House Mafia, and Steve Aoki are well represented. UPDATE: As is AL WALSER.
Classics and current stadium artists that were busy in 2012 all got their nods too: Paul McCartney, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Kanye West, etc. (though Bieber and Nicki Minaj got snubbed).
Most funny is probably the metal category which is as out of touch as ever with Anthrax competing against Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Marilyn Manson (what year is it again?).
Personally, real opinions of the Grammys overall, I'm excited to see Frank Ocean SIX TIMES, Miguel FIVE TIMES, Alabama Shakes THREE TIMES, and I'm glad they didn't forget about Fiona Apple who is up for "Best Alternative Music Album" against Bjork, Gotye (one of three nominations), M83, and Tom Waits (who has won in the past).
The Grammys air February 10, 2013 on CBS. Check out the full list of nominations, which also includes Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Hugh Masekela, Tenacious D, Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tegan and Sara, HERE.
Check out the entire list of 2013 Grammy Nominations below...
by Andrew Sacher
More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!
You can read the whole list below...
Japandroids at Pitchfork, July 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
NPR Music have announced their "50 favorite" albums of 2012, which includes names like Pallbearer, Andy Stott, Cat Power, Fiona Apple, Death Grips, and Swans. (No Grimes, though.) The list is also deep with hip hop, with shouts to Homeboy Sandman, Kendrick Lamar, Killer Mike and many others. Much like Q magazine did, NPR opted to list them alphabetically instead of one better than the next. Check out the full list below.
We've already published Amanda Hatfield and Fred Pessaro // BBG's favorite photos that they took in 2012 and here's the list from BV photographer Dana [distortion] Yavin. While she's still got a month worth of shooting to do, here's her current favorite photos from this year that she herself shot, #1 being Moz at Terminal 5. (And if you're in Miami for Art Basel, you can check out her photo show.) The rest of her picks are below.
by Andrew Sacher
SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.
The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.
Photographer Amanda Hatfield has taken a lot of pictures for BrooklynVegan in 2012, and though we realize the year isn't over yet, we asked her if she would list her favorite shots from the past year. This list may need to be updated in January, but meanwhile check out the rest of what she chose (with links to the full sets above each picture), below...
check out this new photo of Amanda & her band...
The always talented and controversial - mostly because she isn't afraid to try new things and speak her mind (especially on Twitter), Amanda Palmer, is playing a massive New Year's Eve show at NYC's Terminal 5 where she and The Grand Theft Orchestra will be performing Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety in addition to her original songs (get your tickets - regular or VIP).
Meanwhile, we asked Amanda to list her favorite 10 musical things from 2012, and you can see what she listed and watch her new NSFW video for "Do It With a Rockstar", below...
by Bill Pearis
Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.
Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.
Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.
A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...
words and photos by Caroline Harrison
Fiona Apple @ T5, 10/17/2012
Fiona Apple played the second of two shows at Terminal 5 last night (10/17). Guitar phenom Blake Mills, a member of Apple's band for the tour, was also the opener. Fiona Apple is touring in support of her most recent album, The Idler Wheel..., her first in seven years.
I would be remiss to talk about Blake Mills without mentioning his impressive credentials. At only 25, Mills has already worked as a session and touring musicians for the likes of Lucinda Williams, Conor Oberst, Andrew Bird, and Jackson Browne. Mills played with a casual grace that displayed his technical mastery of the guitar. He closed with a cover of the instrumental song "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny, as featured in the 1987 movie La Bamba.
Fiona Apple opened with "Fast As You Can," making it clear to the audience that she was not about to hold anything back. Her backing band, including Mills and former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, matched every ounce of her intensity. Their arrangement of "Sleep To Dream" relieed heavily on distorted guitars, amplifying the sinister bite of the tune. Of course, the highlight of every song was Apple's vocal acrobatics as she leapt from snarling, sultry contralto to fragile whispery soprano. Apple closed with a cover she's performed on a number of her tour dates, a classic Conway Twitty tune called, "It's Only Make Believe." There was no encore, but after the performance she gave, no one seemed to mind.
Fiona Apple heads up to Albany on Friday (10/19) for her last show in New York state. She then heads to Atlantic City before finishing the tour in Pittsburgh on Sunday (10/21).
More pictures from last night's T5 show and the full set list are below.