Entries tagged with: Fiona Apple
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.
photos by David Andrako
Fiona Apple at the Capitol Theatre - 10/10/12
Fiona Apple, whose recent arrest for possession of hash led to an onslaught of news articles on the situation which eventually (and probably inevitably) led to Fiona backlashing against all the internet gossip, came to Port Chester's Capitol Theater last night (10/10) for her first of multiple post-hash-incident shows in the NYC area. Fiona was great as usual, though she ended her set abruptly without an encore. Last night's show, like the rest of the tour, was opened by Fiona's guitar player Blake Mills. PIctures from the show are in this post.
Her tour continues, hitting Wellmont Theater (10/12), Huntington's Paramount (10/13), Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ (10/15), Terminal 5 (10/16-17), and Albany's Palace Theatre (10/19). The Terminal 5 shows are sold out but tickets for Wellmont, Paramount, Count Basie Theatre, and Palace Theatre are still available.
More pics from Capitol Theatre below.
50 Cent wants you to stop masturbating, and he's taken to Twitter to tell you how to do it:
Step 1. To avoid the urge to masturbate stop going to porn sites.And there you have it. In related news, 50 may share the stage with his rival Fat Joe for for a Chris Lighty Tribute at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Step 2. Make a conscious decision not to turn your head after people walk by you.
Step 3. Do not go to strip clubs
Step 4. Do not look at lust filled magazines
Snoop Dogg on Teen Son's Pot Use: 'He's Learning From The Master'. Catch Snoop Lion at Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ tonight. He goes on at 10 (or when he feels like it). Tickets seem to still be available.
We premiered a new Strife song today.
More importantly, we're pretty sure your cat wants this for his or her birthday:
Conor Oberst played a 19 song solo show in Austin, with help from Daniel Johnston and Ben Kweller.
Ben and Conor will again team up at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate park this October.
Obama and marriage equality supporters The National are currently in the studio (hopefully crafting the follow-up to 2010's High Violet), and have posted a six-second clip, titled "Jazz Brunch," to their new Soundcloud account. You can have yourself a "Jazz Brunch" HERE.
Steve Earle is playing an Obama fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl.
When in doubt, do like Andre Williams says, and "Blame it on Obama."
26 years ago today, heavy metal lost one its greatest bassists and heroes to a tragic bus accident. His recordings are among some of the greatest albums ever produced in metal. Cliff Burton, you are missed.
Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be signing his new horror memorabilia book on 10/11 in New York, NY @ Barnes & Noble, 10/13 in New York, NY @ Comic Con, 10/25 in Los Angeles, CA @ Barnes & Noble, 10/26 in Burbank, CA @ Monsterpalooza, 10/27 in New York, NY @ Chiller Theater, and on 11/20 in San Francisco, CA @ Books Inc.
Speaking of the Ramones, a young Morrissey did not like them, at least the first time around.
Tumbull, CT tried to throw a Michael Bolton concert, lost lots of money in the process.
More stuff below...
Fiona Apple @ Winstar World Casino last night (via rideincircles)
The brouhaha surrounding Fiona Apple's drug arrest last week just keeps going. (They're calling it AppleGate!) Over the weekend, Apple talked about her jail experience, or something like that, in Houston. It involves two "lock boxes."
Then, Hudspeth County Sheriff's department spokesman Rusty Fleming offered an amazing rebuttal that included this bit:
Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, -- now that you've been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don't worry Sweetie, I won't bill you.Texas state law classifies hashish possession as a third-degree felony, so according to AlterNet, Fiona could be headed back to jail for up to ten years.
Meanwhile in Bushwick, Bill and Hillary Clinton were hanging out with indie musician Lia Ices, Joel Cohen, Gloria Steinem and other hip cats at Roberta's on Friday.
The great Amenra is preparing to launch Mass V, the band's new LP due via Neurot Recordings on November 26th. Check out the tracklisting, album art and a teaser video below.
Flying Lotus's new album 'Until The Quiet Comes' is streaming at NPR.
More stuff below...
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
The 25th Anniversary edition of Michael Jackson's BAD contains a previously-unreleased, disconcertingly-upbeat anti-abortion song, "Abortion Papers," which you can stream below.
Reggae group Easy Star All Stars, who in the past have tackled Radiohead and the Beatles, just released a "Thriller" tribute album called "Thrillah."
Blonds are not to be confused with Blondes who played 100 Troutman the other night.
Teengirl Fantasy were supposed to play that show but will play a no-longer secret show at 285 Kent tonight instead.
Adam Ant is on tour and we got some pictures from his Austin show.
Big K.R.I.T. played Irving Plaza last night (9/20), and was joined by special guests Slim Thug and Paul Wall who teamed up to perform the Mike Jones favorite "Sill Tippin'". Video of that is below.
Do you agree with Forbes that Williamsburg is the third hippest neighborhood in the United States?
Did you get your new iPhone 5?
Pussy Riot, who were just awarded a LennonOno Peace Prize, are still locked up, and it still sucks, as the Dave Hill Remix of Peaches' "Free Pussy Riot" reminds us. You can watch the video for the original at Vimeo.
Europe and the US approve the Universal purchase of EMI.
Fiona Apple, who is out of jail, will play Houston tonight.
More stuff below...
The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY opened a few weeks back and if you've been curious to check the new venue out -- complete with astral projections on it's planetarium-esque dome -- but have yet to pull the trigger on tickets, today might be the day. It's "Fee-Free Friday" at The Cap, meaning any tickets you purchase online today via Ticketfly are free of service charges.
Some upcoming shows you might be interested in include Tuesday's Dirty Projectors / Lavender Diamond show (9/25), Regina Spector on 10/3, Sleigh Bells and Araabmuzik on 10/5, Fiona Apple on 10/10, Yeasayer on 11/13, and My Morning Jacket's three-day run in December.
The Fee-Free Friday offer runs till midnight tonight.
Fiona Apple at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
TMZ reports that Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas yesterday (9/19) for possession of hash. She's currently beind held at Hudspeth County Jail.
Free Fiona! UPDATE: she is actually free at least.
Apple spent the night in the Hudspeth County Jail, and was ordered released this afternoon on $11,000 bond.Legalize it!
Apple was arrested at the same checkpoint where Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer were arrested on similar charges. What does Dean-Walker think of all of the celebrities being arrested in her remote county, which is in the Big Bend between San Antonio and El Paso?
"I think the reason we're catching so many celebrities there is they are going through there with stuff they shouldn't have," she said. [WOAI]
You can see her mugshot, via TMZ, below...
Inside The Cap
Forty years ago, in its heyday, the Capitol Theater here was known as a rock stage with great acoustics, a crumbling space where the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Santana and Pink Floyd played memorable concerts. So when Peter Shapiro, a founder of the Brooklyn Bowl, took over the theater last year and announced plans to reopen it as a concert hall next month, he had a heavy reputation to live up to.We've been keeping tabs on the $2 million renovation of the Port Chester's Capitol Theatre for a while, for a while but the 1800-seat venue just announced its initial schedule today, which will host its first concert on September with performer to be announced later this week. Highlights from the known schedule include Dirty Projectors on September 25, Fiona Apple on October 10 (adding to her string of NY shows at the time) the already-announced Regina Spektor show on October 24, and three nights of My Morning Jacket (Dec. 27 - 29).
Now Mr. Shapiro has unveiled an eclectic lineup for the next four months that he hopes will re-establish the Capitol as an influential spot for live music. My Morning Jacket has agreed to do three nights. The Roots will play four dates, with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead joining them for one night. Others on the fall bill include Fiona Apple, Dirty Projectors and Regina Spektor, as well as older artists, among them Blues Traveler, Indigo Girls, Al Green, the Moody Blues and the Steve Miller Band. - [NY Times]
Full schedule is listed below. It seems like they are stil setting up their online ticketing system -- you can keep checking here for on sale dates. Can't wait to see that projection system in the flesh.
"The guy behind us decided it was a good idea, after security made his friend leave, to mace the girls behind him. At a Fiona Apple concert." - Garrett Greer
"Drunken beat down,pepper spray,cops¶medics. Who knew Fiona Apple brought that crowd? Ive seen Metal shows with less action#OnlyInOakland" - KQN
A bit of excitement at a Fiona Apple concert in Oakland over the weekend. One reader writes in:
i attended Fiona Apple at the Fox hours ago.Fiona played the Fox Theater in Oakland, California on Saturday night, and ended that leg of her tour one night later, last night, 7/29, at the Hollywood Palladium. She hits the road again in September.
halfway through fionas set, we hear fans fighting in the balcony.
we see people running and hear people screaming and people running out to balcony smoking patio.
People start coughing and eventually it lingers to our area. we found out that
a fan got upset because people were being loud and talking during her
set. someone punches the guy and another person then starts pepper
spraying the person. well its in a tiny theather, in about 2 minutes
the whole left mezzanine area cleared out.
kinda crazy, the show didnt even stop.
The setlists from the Oakland and LA shows (same setlist both nights), and a video from the Oakland show (no pepper spray in it though), below...
Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fiona Apple, whose current tour schedule already included Denver's Paramount Theatre on 7/20, the Seattle Paramount Theatre on 7/25, Terminal 5 in NYC on 10/16 & 10/17, and Wellmont Theater in NJ on 10/12, has just announced a few more shows including 10/13 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY (aka Long Island and another Paramount), 10/16 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, and 10/19 at the Palace Theatre in Albany.
Tickets for the Long Island show go on general sale on Friday, 7/13, at 10am, but first a venue pre-sale will start on Wednesday at 10am (PASSWORD = PULSE). Albany and Red Bank tickets also go on sale Friday. Tickets are still available for the Wellmont show, and for both Terminal 5 shows.
An updated list of tour dates (with possibly more TBA), all with Blake Mills (who opens and plays in her band), below...
Fiona Apple at Governors Ball on Sunday (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned earlier today, Fiona Apple has been scheduling new dates, including two in NYC which happen on October 16 and 17 at Terminal 5. Those dates are part of an expanding tour which will be opened by guitar great and solo artist Blake Mills, who is also member of her touring band and also opened for her in NYC earlier this year. That tour now includes another NYC-area date, which happens on October 12 at Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for that show, and for the T5 shows, go on general sale Friday (6/29) at noon.
Blake Mills recently recorded a 'Sound & Vision' video for Red Bull Soundstage, which you can check out HERE.
An updated list of Fiona Apple tour dates is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Fiona Apple just played Governors Ball on Randall's Island on Sunday (6/24) and photos and setlist from her performance are in this post.
Fiona just announced that her next NYC appearances will be two shows at Terminal 5 on October 16 and 17. Tickets for the two T5 shows go on sale Friday (6/29) at noon
with an AmEx presale starting on Wednesday (6/27) at noon. The new dates are an addition to her already-announced North American tour which hits Washington, D.C. tonight. UPDATE: And She's playing Wellmont in NJ too.
All Fiona Apple tour dates are listed below along with more pics from her Governors Ball set.
As mentioned, Governors Ball goes down in NYC this weekend on Randall's Island from June 23-24. You can check out the full schedule for both days HERE. The lineup includes a number of bands who haven't played NYC in a while, like Passion Pit, who have a new LP coming out which you've heard two songs from; Modest Mouse, who also play the Metallica-headlined Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City this weekend, Beck, Devendra Banhart, and more.
Fiona Apple did play in NYC pretty recently, but those shows were her first in a while and were also small venues for her and sold out instantly. Fiona also just finally released her new album and it's great, which is all the more reason to catch her set this weekend. She also recently announced a ton of new dates and performed on Fallon with the Roots.
Other bands playing include Built to Spill, Explosions in the Sky, K.Flay (who also plays Glasslands on 7/13), James Muprhy & Pat Mahoney DJ Set, Cults, Phantogram, and still many more. In addition to the music, there will be some other activities like ping pong, beer pong, silent disco, lawn games (bocce ball, croquet, etc), and from looking at the weather forecast, probably the most important of them all: free water refill stations. Tickets for the festival are still available.
Shuttles to the festival from Brooklyn and Philly are sold out but regular ferry tickets ($25), and parking passes if you plan to drive are still available. If you are heading down there by car, subway, bike or foot, here are some directions from NYC, Long Island, Westchester, and Jersey. Once you've found your way there, this map should help you get around the festival grounds. Leave your nunchucks at home.
Action Bronson at Bamboozle 2012 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
today in NYC
* ROMA! @ Joe's Pub
* Leni Stern @ Barbes
* Paloma Faith @ Le Baron
* Aaron Novik @ The Stone
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Brian Lopez Band @ Joe's Pub
* Never Sleep Alone @ Joe's Pub
* Brazilian Girls @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Beanie Sigel @ Apple Store Soho
* Led Er Est (DJ) @ Nitehawk Cinema
* Face To Face, Nat Rufus @ Maxwell's
* Joe Purdy, Giving Tree Band @ City Winery
* Matt Marks-Shame Remixes @ The Stone
* Smashing Pumpkins @ iHeart Radio Theater
* Destroyer, Sophia Knapp @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples @ Wellmont Theatre
* Walk the Moon, Vacationer @ Mercury Lounge
* Ani DiFranco, Melissa Ferrick @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Dukes of Brooklyn, Chris Ayer @ Mercury Lounge
* Wintersleep, Jeff Beam, Soft Bullets @ Knitting Factory
* Future of the Left, Freshkills @ Generation Records
* The Tallest Man On Earth, Strand of Oaks @ Town Hall
* MMOTHS, Young Yeller, Jacob 2-2, Cult Fever @ Glasslands
* The So So Glos, Carnivores, Darlings, Big Ups @ Shea Stadium
* Anamanaguchi, Yellow Dogs, Hooray For Earth @ Tammany Hall
* Das Racist, Action Bronson, Trouble Andrew, Brenmar @ Red Hook Park
* Terrible Feelings, Death First, Plastic Cross, These Days @ Death By Audio
* The Dirty Pearls, This Good Robot, The Click Clack Boom, Dana Alexandra @ Santos
* The Pendulum Swings, Erin Barra, Mitchell Grey, Zoe Sundra, The Great Apes @ Cake Shop
* The Black Box Revelation, Ambassadors, Ghost Beach, Mannequin Party @ Gramercy Theatre
* Mr. Coconuts w/ Gabe Delahaye, Ted Leo, Michael Che, Emily Heller, Taylor Negron @ Union Hall
* Love As Laughter, This Frontier Needs Heroes, The Heaven's Jail Band, The Blank Tapes @ Union Pool
* Tell Your Friends w/ Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal, Kurt Braunohler, Bryan Tucker, "secret famous comedian" @ Lolita
* Diamond Terrifier presents Charlie Looker, Marc Edwards & Slipstream, Time Travel, Jeananne Dara, Glockabelle, The Oracle DJ's @ Zebulon
Liam McEneaney's long-running comedy show Tell Your Friends! is hosting its LAST-EVER show at Lolita Bar tonight. I don't know if it's the last ever 'Tell Your Friends!' but it's definitely the last one at the Manhattan bar it called home up until now. Guests tonight include Wyatt Cenac, Kristen Schaal and her Hot Tub Partner Kurt Braunohler (who we just mentioned has an upcoming Night of the Living talk show with Amanda Palmer and Tim Heidecker), Bryan Tucker and a "SECRET FAMOUS COMEDIAN." This is not to be missed. If you can't make it to Lolia, you can also catch Kurt tonight at SWEET with Bryan Callen, Jessi Klein, and Greg Barris, plus a surprise guest.
Twin Shadow debuted his video for "Five Seconds" last night on the Jumbotron in Times Square. Now you can watch it on the tiny screen on your laptop below.
Fiona Apple was on Jimmy Fallon last night. Videos from that (including a web exclusive performance) are below.
Also below... Mr Rogers remixed! It's pretty awesome if you haven't heard it yet.
Destroyer at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Now, Now @ Mercury Lounge
* Blues Control @ Other Music
* Brazilian Girls @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Worst Audition Ever @ Joe's Pub
* Heavy Cream, Hunters @ Death By Audio
* The Heavy, The Skins @ Mercury Lounge
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Ziggy Marley @ Apple Store Upper West Side
* BLACK. Curated by Colman Domingo @ Joe's Pub
* Destroyer, Sandro Perri @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Joe Purdy, The Giving Tree Band @ Bowery Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, Nathan Bowles @ Zebulon
* Steve Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra @ The Stone
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Uncle Bad Touch, Skimask @ Maxwell's
* The Dig, NinjaSonik, Black Cobain, Maren Morris @ Santos Party House
* Brazos, Landlady, Deer, DJ PG Companion (Pepi Ginsberg) @ Glasslands
* Future of the Left, I Hate Our Freedom, With Knives, Freshkills @ Saint Vitus
* So Percussion's International Night of Awesome(ness) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Oxzana, Electric Sun, Riot !n Paris, Emergency Service, McLovins @ Cake Shop
Fiona Apple will be on Fallon tonight.
If you happen to be in Times Square at 8:45 tonight, look up at the Jumbotron and you'll see the premiere of Twin Shadow's new video, "Five Seconds." Twin Shadow will intro the video, but no performance, unfortunately.
Sigur Ros have a new NSFW video for "Fjögur Píanó" which stars Shia LeBouf. Check it out below.
Fiona Apple at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
After returning to the stage earlier this year, with shows at SXSW and two BV-presented shows in NYC, Fiona Apple announced a new album (which you've heard a song from). That album, which is titled The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do, comes out next week (6/19) and you can now stream the entire thing on NPR.
The video for "Every Single Night" is below...
Tokyo Police Club at House of Vans in 2011 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
today in NYC
* Big Apple BBQ
* Treble @ Joe's Pub
* ASSSSCAT 3000 @ UCB
* Rachel Lee @ Barbes
* Julian Lage @ The Stone
* Sasha Lazard @ Joe's Pub
* Jesse Harris @ The Stone
* Neil Diamond @ Jones Beach
* Stephanie Wrembel @ Barbes
* Lana Del Rey @ Irving Plaza
* The Fixx @ Knitting Factory
* Clark, Shigeto @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Bad Girlfriend @ The Manhattan Inn
* Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
* Civil Twilight, Carousel @ Maxwell's
* Idle Warship @ Herbert Von King Park
* The Doc Marshalls, Benyaro @ Mercury Lounge
* Prairie Empire, Jo Schornikow @ Mercury Lounge
* Antisect, Morne, Perdition, Death First @ Europa
* Mutant Genes, Dozers, Bone, Monkey Junk @ Cake Shop
* Jon Sandler, Clinton Curtis, Mira Stroika @ City Winery
* Ed Askew, Kath Bloom, Cave Country, Fancy That @ Zebulon
* Tokyo Police Club, Hollerado, Team Spirit @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dan Neustadt plays The Strokes' 'Is This It' @ Le Poisson Rouge
* CSC Funk Band, People's Champs, Mitra Sumara @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Of The Opera, Coy Kids, Brett Gleason, The Alckemists @ Pianos
* The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, Kurt Braunohler @ Galapagos Art Space
* Great Elk, Waking Lights, The Courtesy Tier, The Bailey Hounds @ Glasslands
* Iron Chic, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Low Culture, Swearin' @ Death By Audio
* RYAT, Gemini Wolf, Something in Spanish, Altered Ego Collective @ Cameo Gallery
* Tough Shits, Andy Animal Band (with Anna Copacabana, Tommy Volume), Breedlove, Pretty Quick, Strange Haze, Ex Humans, Daddy Long Legs, GAMES, The Babyshakes @ Union Pool
Today is Joey Santiago and Kim Deal of the Pixies' birthday (and of course Kelley's birthday too).
Fiona Apple has a new video for "Every Single Night," the single off of her upcoming album. Check it out below.
Japandroids, who have a tour which hits NYC later this month, performed "Fire's Highway" and "The House that Heaven Built" on Fallon, the latter with help from The Roots guitarist "Captain" Kirk Douglas. Check out videos of those performances below.
Listen to "Every Single Night", below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Fiona Apple @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fiona Apple completed a short tour in March with shows in some major cities including NYC (Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg), Chicago and Austin for SXSW. She also announced a single June show taking place in NYC as part of Governors Ball on Randall's Island. Now that show is part of a tour that begins on 6/19 at Ithaca's State Theatre, vists CT for two shows, returns to Boston and Chicago and eventually ends in LA on July 29.
All dates are listed, along with a previously unposted set of pictures from the March Brooklyn show, and the tracklist from her new album, below...
A long line of hopefuls extended down the block outside the Bowery Ballroom Monday night for Fiona Apple's second sold-out show in New York. (The first was Friday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.) Given Apple's reluctance to perform and the long gap of silence since her last album (7 years), seeing her perform was surreal - especially since she opted to skip Terminal 5 in favor of more moderately sized venues.
Say what you will of her music or her decision to tour and record again, Apple's impact on the alternative scene, and really on an entire generation of female music fans and musicians, should not be downplayed. In a world rife with Sarah Mclachlans and Natalie Merchants, artists like PJ Harvey and Fiona Apple helped to establish a much-needed alternative - something that wasn't quite punk, mainstream, precious, or sugarcoated. Her lyrics were dark, intimate, and deeply personal. Guys wanted to date her. Girls wanted to be her. The pressure was on.
As she approached the mic, Apple visibly shook. "Yes! 1996!" Someone cried out behind me. And as if in on the joke, Apple wore her long, straight hair pulled back with a scrunchie. Accompanied by a competent but low-profile four-piece backing band (which included opener Blake Mills), Apple didn't waste anytime with a slow build, opting instead to open with the punchy "Fast As You Can."
With only a mic stand to hide behind, Apple seemed ready to explode and after giving a few tugs to her scarf, pulled it off, and began to whip it around, sending glittering dust particles into the white spotlight.
After the opening song, she walked over to the piano, took a few gulps from a ceramic mug, then marched back to the mic, shaking her head. "Ok. I was going to say this to myself," she quickly mumbled. "But I thought it'd be interesting for you to hear what I was going to say to myself. Ok. I don't want to go through this whole fucking show where it's like six songs into it, and I'm finally relaxed. I'm just going to skip that part."
Though her voice exuded an aggressive confidence, her wild eyes and stilted speech sent a different message, one of deep vulnerability. But the ecstatic crowd (who sang along to the majority of the set) was quick to forgive her nervous ticks. "THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK, FIONA!" came one cry. "Thank you for wanting me back," Apple replied.
To reward the crowd of long-time fans, Apple's set (which was nearly identical to what she played on Friday night, save for the second to last song) was heavily weighted with crowd pleasers (yes, she played "Criminal" and "Paper Bag"). But she also threw in a couple of new songs and covers, including a lovely rendition of the old Conway Twitty song, "It's Only Make Believe."
We posted one set of pictures from the Bowery show this morning. Here is a second. More them with the setlist below...
photos by Ryan Muir
Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom - 3/26/2012
"During [the Music Hall of Williamsburg] show Ms. Apple moved between the microphone at center stage and a piano off to the side with an array of votive candles on top. Slender and toned, she wore a green tank top; her muscles spoke loudly as her body moved in precise ways on each song. On "Paper Bag" she held her hand tight against her stomach, muscles flexing, as she swayed side to side ever so slightly. During "Sleep to Dream" she stretched up against the piano like a cat, yawning with her frame.Fiona Apple played Bowery Ballroom last night (3/26). It was almost the same hour-length setlist as the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, set-closing cover of "It's Only Make-Believe" included. The most (only?) notable difference was her choice/not-choice to play Beatles song "Across the Universe" 2nd to last (after "Criminal"). It was on the Music Hall setlist, but she didn't play it in Brooklyn. In Manhattan she played it only after a fun argument with Blake Mills who started playing the first notes (without her permission?)... I couldn't fully get what she was mad/fake-mad at him about, but regardless, she played it and it was great. In fact, the whole show was great from start to finish. Music Hall wasn't bad, but Fiona was in top shape for Bowery - her voice seemed so much more on this time, and she delivered in a huge way from start to finish.
These were careful maneuvers that played as a contrast to Ms. Apple's voice, which can be raspy and slithery and unhinged when she so chooses. Her band -- Blake Mills on guitar, Sebastian Steinberg [of Soul Coughing] on bass and Amy Wood on drums -- matched that range, creating a vivid and flexible noise that veered from gnarled rock to dirty blues. Mr. Mills, in particular, was intense, coaxing lust and anguish from his instrument." [NY Times]
Here are some pictures from the Bowery show. More of them below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Fiona Apple @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
"Fiona Apple got a warm welcome back to her native city [Friday] night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Born in New York City in the fall of 1977, her last live show here dated back to December 2005 [actually she played NYC in August 2007], so fans --most of whom, we're assuming, probably didn't see her performances at SXSW last week-- were exploding with emotion as the lights dimmed. She came onstage to deafening cheers, her hair in a simple ponytail, wearing a bright green camisole cinched with a silver-y belt that hung stylishly in a bow at her side. She declared that she had two things to say:Guitar great/singer-songwriter Blake Mills opened the Brooklyn show and also addressed talkers ("I can't hear myself think"). He then joined Fiona as a member of her extremely talented live band, as he will again Monday night at Bowery Ballroom (part of a very short North American tour).
1) She missed her dog Janet, so her friend had made her a cardboard cutout of her canine pal that she could bring with her on stage.
2) Even though she wouldn't hear anyone chatting away during the show, she suspected other folks in the crowd wouldn't appreciate any loud talkers.
(On the second point, there would be little to worry about. The crowd hung on her every lyric last night. Talkers? No. But there were plenty of participants, as the set would veer into a full-fledged sing-along at several moments during the hour-long show.)" [VH1]
Like she did in Chicago, Fiona, who was on stage by 9:45pm (I know at least a couple of people who missed the first 15 minutes of her set), played for just under an hour. Her 12-song, encore-less performance included a couple of new songs, hits like "Fast as You Can", "Sleep to Dream", and "Criminal", and the title track of her 2005 album "Extraordinary Machine" (one of my favorites of the night). She closed with a cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins/Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make-Believe" which I thought, despite being a cover, was the greatest, most powerful moment of the too-short show. Video of that & more, with the full setlist and more pictures from Music Hall of Williamsburg, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Fiona Apple @ Central Presbyterian Church (via)
So far, Fiona Apple is definitely in the running for most blogged about act at SXSW. She played two shows--at Austin's Stubb's on Wednesday night and Central Presbyterian Church on Thursday night.
Of the Stubb's show, the New York Times writes that "the baleful, anxious, doleful, enraged Fiona Apple was back in full force."
The Austin shows are the first in a short tour for Fiona, which includes stops in Chicago, D.C., Atlantic City and Boston. New York audiences will get to see her March 23rd and 26th at a pair of BV-presented shows, as well as at Governors Ball in June.
Video from Austin and a set list are below...
She was added to Sunday. The June Randall's Island fest writes:
We are excited to announce the addition of Fiona Apple to Gov Ball 2012! The Grammy award-winning artist will be touring this year behind her first new album since 2005's critically acclaimed Extraordinary Machine. Machine was named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the 49th best album of the 2000s, and was nominated for multiple Grammys. This past Friday, Apple's select six-show club tour (her first live dates since 2007) was met with incredible demand, and sold out in minutes. Apple's addition to the Sunday lineup of Gov Ball will give new fans, as well as her die-hard following, one of the first opportunities to see her perform live in NYC since her sold out show at Central Park in 2006.Tickets are on sale.
Its an honor to have one of the greatest, and most unique, female singer/songwriters in alternative music grace the stage at Gov Ball this year. We can't wait.
In other NYC festival news, Electric Daisy Carnival is coming.