Entries tagged with: Fiona Apple
We mentioned that it's unfortunate that Jon Brion's rare show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 2 coincides with ATP NJ. Those hoping to catch both are now in luck. Jon added a second date at the same venue happening on October 3. Tickets are available for both shows.
In related news,
Two-time Grammy Award-nominated composer Jon Brion has signed to create the original score for LAIKA and Focus Features' animated comedy thriller ParaNorman, currently in production at LAIKA's Oregon studios for nationwide release by Focus on Friday, August 17th, 2012. Following LAIKA and Focus' groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, ParaNorman is only the second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D.Jon is also part of that new "Rave on Buddy Holly" tribute album. He and his old friend Fiona Apple took on "Every Day". Listen to the song and check out the full tracklist below...
Joining the voice cast of ParaNorman are Tucker Albrizzi (Good Luck Charlie), Alex Borstein (Family Guy), and Jodelle Ferland (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). ParaNorman is being directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler, from Mr. Butler's original screenplay. Mr. Fell was director of The Tale of Despereaux and Flushed Away. Mr. Butler was storyboard supervisor on Coraline and storyboard artist on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.
Mr. Brion's original score for Focus' Academy Award-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album, among other honors. He was previously a Grammy nominee in the same category for scoring Magnolia. A highly accomplished singer/songwriter, arranger, and conductor, Mr. Brion is renowned for his production work. He holds co-writing credits on albums by such artists as Kanye West, Beck, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, the Eels, and Dido.
Mr. Knight said, "Jon Brion is so prodigiously gifted it's almost unseemly. His virtuoso compositions are at once moody and imaginative, clever and subtle. Jon's inventive, genre-defying musical storytelling will provide the perfect accompaniment to ParaNorman's groundbreaking visuals and emotionally resonant narrative."
Mr. Brion stated, "I've been waiting for the right animation project for some time now. This production and the people at LAIKA and Focus have an inspiring amount of heart. One can't help being swept up in the passion."
In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak
with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, moronic grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.
In addition to those actors previously mentioned, the voice cast includes Academy Award nominee Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Tempestt Bledsoe (The Cosby Show), Jeff Garlin (Toy Story 3), John Goodman (Monsters, Inc.), Bernard Hill (Titanic), Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air), Leslie Mann (Rio), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (How to Train Your Dragon), and Tony and Emmy Award winner Elaine Stritch (30 Rock).
The Posies will debut new material for the very first time at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn on September 23rd. That show is sold out, but now there are many more chances to see the band, and with Brendan Benson (of solo and Raconteurs fame) to boot. I also have two pairs of tickets to give away to the Brooklyn show. Details below.
After a month-long tour of Europe, The Posies will kick off a trek with Brendan in Milwaukee on November 5th. Their NYC show together will be at Highline Ballroom on November 13th (ticket on-sale date TBA). The Posies are promising a mix of new material and the hits at the shows. All dates below.
The Posies' Blood/Candy is out September 28 on Ryko. Brendan hasn't announced a new record (yet), but he can be found on Margaret Cho's new album which is out Tuesday...
"Can't wait until later this year for more Brendan goodies? Well, we have something to tide you over.All dates below....
Brendan is making a cameo on Margaret Cho's comedy music album, Cho Dependent, due out on August 24th. You can pre-order the album now HERE and get an instant download of all 13 tracks, including "Baby I'm With the Band," the song Brendan co-wrote and performs on.
Other artists on the album include Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Ben Lee, Tegan and Sara, Fiona Apple, Ani DiFranco, Tommy Chong and many more."
by Klaus Kinski
When it rains it pours, and by golly there's a freakin' monsoon happening over at good ole' Chunklet right now. Where to begin.... Well, first off, Chunklet's milestone 20th Issue is done, printed, and on a pallet bound for Chunklet HQ any second now. It's been three years in the making, but this sucker looks well worth the wait. Readers are greeted by another amazing cover designed by Chris Bilheimer who's done the last 9 covers and who, incidentally, is REM's art director. Inside?
.... it promises to be the most brutal issue yet. Featuring interviews with Paul F. Tompkins, Zach Galifianakis, Jon Glaser and Sublime Frequencies. There are also features involving Whirlyball with Arcade Fire, The Shins, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Death Cab for Cutie, Mogwai and countless others. Features also on music journalists, drug appreciation, good guys/bad bands and the usual array of Chunklet insanity (or inanity depending on your outlook).And not only is Issue #20 about to hit the streets, but so is a Chunklet limited edition 7" that is sure to become a classic. For Side A, Zach Galifianakis joined up with comedian AD Miles, record producer Jon Brion and Fiona Apple to record the ultra-danceable track "Up In Them Guts". Side B features a studio version of the classic Scharpling and Wurster anthem "Rock'n'Roll Dreams'll Come Through" performed by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. You can get this bad boy as a picture disc, yellow vinyl, or black vinyl and is only available if you purchase something else from the Chunklet store.
You can hear the original, classic Scharpling and Wurster WFMU version on the CD New Hope for the Ape-Eared. A while back Ted Leo did his own version of this tune on the Tom's show. You can hear that version, set to fan made animation, below. This is also not the first time Fiona and Zach have worked together.
Speaking of Ted Leo, did you know that Ted Leo and the Pharmacists put out a downloadable 4-song EP via Touch and Go Records for charity? It's true. The EP costs $4 and all proceeds go to Democracy Now and Minneapolis Food Not Bombs. Ted has a pretty long and engaging explanation about why he did this and you can read that here.
I am also happy to report that Chunklet is celebrating its 15 Year Anniversary! And what better way to celebrate the life and times of this most iconic music and comedy rag than with some supremely ballsy shows at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA. On October 10th Chunklet has lined up Deerhunter, Twin Tigers, Gentleman Jesse & His Men with comedian Brent Weinbach (TIX). Then on October 11th thrill to the majesty of Mastodon, Brian Posehn, It's Casual, and Brent Weinbach (TIX). That Posehn/Mastodon/Weinbach show is like a dream. I am jealous. That should be a national tour.
And last, but absolutely positively not least, I am thrilled to report that The Rock Bible IS AVAILABLE. Penned by Chunklet founder, DJ, promoter, record producer, tour manager, booking agent, cool dude Henry Owings this 144 page masterpiece is basically a rulebook full of dos and don'ts for musicians, wannabe musicians, and rock fans of all ages. And if there's one person I trust to write a book of this nature, it's Henry. Get it on the cheap here and here.
More pictures of this stuff and video below...
Fiona Apple interviewed @ New Yorker Festival, NYC- Oct 6, 2007 (CRED)
Yo La Tengo @ New Yorker Festival, NYC- Oct 6, 2007 (CRED)
* Be Online B'd
* Tall people took a stand
* Diplo DJ'd at Hiro Ballroom
* Arcade Fire played Randall's Island
* Arcade Fire played in the crown on the Island
* LCD Soundsystem, Blonde Redhead, & Les Savy Fav played too
* Bruce Springsteen was in Philadelphia
* The Melvins played a couple of shows
* Mark Ronson played Webster Hall
* Sigur Ros played three mini shows
* Sharon Jones played the Apollo
* Spoon played Saturday Night Live
* Caribou played Bowery Ballroom
* David Byrne talked about bicycles
* What else went on Saturday & Sunday
Ani Difranco, RZA & Steve Albini @ 2005 New Yorker Festival (CRED)
The eighth annual New Yorker Festival happens in NYC from October 5-7, 2007. Though not completely announced yet, this year's lineup will include all of those you see in the title, and more....
Chris Thile & Fiona Apple make a cute couple...
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Fiona Apple (again) & Nickel Creek are playing Central Park Summerstage in NYC on August 14th, but it gets better (or worse) than that:
The members of Nickel Creek and Apple met several years ago in Los Angeles, and began occasionally working together at the club Largo - an intimate and magnetic music club that has become legendary for stellar lineups and surprise appearances. A loose and friendly musical exchange began with Apple sitting in on Sean and Sara Waktins' ‘anything goes' "Watkins Family Hour," and with either Thile or the Watkins returning the favor whenever possible.As you may know, club Largo in LA is also where Jon Brion does his weekly shows - sometimes with Fiona, and some times with Chris. I assume that's where the above video was taken. Jon was just on tour with Nickel Creek. Fiona starts touring with them on August 2nd. Before that Nickel Creek have Glen Phillips opening, and it's important to note that this will be Nickel Creek's farewell-for-now tour. All tour dates below....
For the August dates, fans will be treated to an expansion of those collaborations developed at Largo. Naturally, material will be pulled from both artists' solo catalogues, but fans can also expect to hear anything from pop standards to country classics to modern rock covers. Apple's presentation will be unique in that she will rely on Nickel Creek for back up during her set.
Another hour, another Summerstage announcement. This time it's Fiona Apple and Damien Rice playing (what I assume is a benefit) the outdoor Central Park venue on July 26th. It's one stop on a summer tour. Those dates below...
She spent about half the time behind the piano, and the other half singing and violent dancing front-and-center at the mic. Full band. No Jon Brion. No Roseland-like incidents. Very enthusiastic, sing-along crowd. I hope she comes back soon. For a more detailed review and setlist, check Fluxblog, and even more at Manic Mess.
She also just announced tour dates including a show at the Nokia Theater in NYC on December 11th. All tour dates below...
"I felt so incredibly moved by it, and then that went to 'Oh my God, I feel so horribly guilty.' I was a poster girl for what was wrong with the music industry but Sony hadn’t told me I couldn’t put out the record. They’d got it all wrong." [Fiona Apple on the 'Free Fiona' campaign]
"today. tuesday, september 20, 2005. i saw fiona apple perform at the virgin megastore on union. i was up at the front for maximum fiona time. she is beautiful and tortured. and hot, too! she performed extraordinary machine, oh sailor, parting gift, waltz, fast as you can, paperbag, and then she did a cover of an oldies hit. and thennnn, she signed the cd coverbook thingy that will be on her new album and i shook her hand and thanked her." [Mary's Live Journal]
photo from deathbyorgasm's livejournal.
Fiona Apple performed with Jon Brion and Mike Elizondo for Hurricane Relief on MTV the other day. Soon she'll perform with them at the Union Square Virgin Megastore in NYC.
Download the MTV Performance
Extraordinary Machine (live) (MP3)
Be in Fiona Apple's TV Commercial
Fiona Apple performed with Jon Brion. Neil Young performed with Fisk Jubilee Singers. Green Day, U2, Beck, Dashboard Confessional, Pearl Jam, Common, Elton John, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney and many, many more artists performed for MTV's Hurrican Relief concert. You can watch the whole thing (by artist) on their site.
"BE IN FIONA'S COMMERCIAL - If you're in the New York City area, come be in Fiona's TV commercial promoting her new album, "Extraordinary Machine!" Be prepared to talk about why you love her music. We'll be taping this Wednesday, September 14 at 11am at Loft 11, 336 W. 37th St. between 8th and 9th Avenue in Manhattan."
09/20/05 @ 6pm
Fiona Apple Performs Live!
See Fiona Apple Perform Live w/ Special Guests Mike Elizondo and Jon Brion Tuesday, September 20th at 6pm
The first 450 people to pre-order Extraordinary Machine (DualDisc version only) beginning on Tuesday, 9/20 at 9am (only at Union Square location) will receive a wristband and CD Booklet that provides admission to the Fiona Apple event. -One wristband per person -Fiona Apple will only be signing copies of her new DualDisc booklet -One item signed per customer -No photographs Extraordinary Machine In Stores October 4th ***Show capacity is 450. (thx Rose)
JON BRION AND FIONA APPLE
I swiped the above photo from Pitchfork who "compiled a 70-minute sampler for interested parties that covers the major facets of Brion's career: live performances, soundtrack work, production for other artists, and his own pop compositions"
"1. "Stairway to Heaven" (Live, 4/27/05 @ Tonic, New York City) (sorry, no MP3)
A screwball to start off the mix, just as Brion looked to throw off his audience on this night by opening with the Led Zeppelin staple-- he comments they were probably expecting "some soundtracks or something." Nevertheless, soundtracks do turn up in this rather loose interpretation, as teases of famous scores like The Exorcist and Jaws are featured in the piano variations of "Stairway"'s first two sections. However, the third, "rock out" section is the most impressive, showcasing Brion's favorite live trick: Using a number of samplers, he moves from instrument to instrument, building up the song piece-by-piece (yes, drums, bass, rhythm guitar, lead, vocals) from memory. The amount of musical ability it would take to do this absolutely boggles my mind, so much so that when Brion performs it I can even bear to listen to fucking "Stairway to Heaven"."
Stream samples of Jon's solo album at CD Baby
"The label is wasting little time in tapping fans' curiosity. Epic plans today to reveal a new version of Ms. Apple's Web site, on which fans can hear two of the album's (Extraordinary Machine) songs, "Parting Gift" and the rerecorded "O' Sailor." The latter will also be available for listening at myspace.com, the online social network. Tomorrow major online music services plan to begin selling "O' Sailor" as a single, and Apple's iTunes music service is expected to offer an exclusive bundle of the two songs for $1.98." [NY Times] (thx spinachdip)
As you know, Fiona Apple performed live with Jon Brion in LA on July 30th. Well, she did it again...
"Friday August the 5th........she did 7 songs.......including EM, Paper Bag and Fast as You Can.......her solo segment was carefully prepared and FILMED.....some speculate for a possible EM dual disc, which was mentioned before......betcha it'll be out before long! I predict no later than November"
And the picture above...that's from the video she just filmed for "Parting Gift."
And here's musical proof: Download a clip of "Parting Gift" (mp3)
From a message board...
"Fiona Apple performed tonight (Saturday July 30th, 2005) with Jon Brion at the Largo in LA! She debuted the live performance of "Extraordinary Machine", accompanied by Jon on acoustic guitar, and also performed two other songs (possibly a cover, and another new song, not from the Extraordinary Machine album). IT WAS FANTASTIC! She sounded absolutely amazing! she was obviously nervous before she sang, but when she started performing, her uncertainty dissappeared. every single person in that audience was so lucky to be there!"
Jon Brion Piles It on But Still Can't Get Album Into the Stores
Jon Brion @ Tonic, NYC | Pics (& lots of Links)
Download Jon Brion performing "Stairway to Heaven" live at the Tonic show I was at
In case you don't have it already, someone said you'll find it here.
Seven days in a week. Eight days of Hanukkah. Nine days of shows in what was a hectic and magical week in the life of concert loving New Yorkers. From December 11th to 19th, the Pixies played 8 times, Broken Social Scene 3 times, Joanna Newsom twice, Ted Leo twice, and Scissor Sisters once. Throw in TV on the Radio, Smog, Rachel Yamagata, Bella Lea, Kimya Dawson, and more for good measure.
If you want to make this post even longer, you could mention that Yo La Tengo was playing their 5th of 8 shows in a row on December 11th, and that Calexico had just finished two shows, which came after the final three NYC Guided by Voices shows ever, BUT the post is about to be long enough, and anyway, the YLT shows were technically in Jersey.
By day (bold means I was there):
11th - Pixies/TV on the Radio & Ted Leo
12th - Pixies/Datsuns & Ted Leo & Ida/Kimya Dawson
13th - Pixies/Mission of Burma & Broken Social Scene & Junior Boys
14th - Pixies/Broken Social Scene
15th - Pixies/Le Tigre & Broken Social Scene
16th - Pixies/Reid Paley & Joseph Arthur & Kiki/Herb
17th - Rachel Yamagata & Kristin Hersh
18th - Joanna Newsom/Smog/Weird War & Pixies/Mike Watt & Pixies/Kristin Hersh & Bella Lea
19th - Joanna Newsom/Smog/Weird War & Scissor Sisters
New York City always has a ton of shows to choose from. That's nothing new. It's just rare that the combination turns out exactly like it did in the list above. Like CMJ, you can feel the musical excitement. It forces music addicts to set priorities, make decisions, compromises, and possibly forego sleep for a while.
I know. You're thinking, "What kind of problems are these? We're at war, people are starving, and Sony won't release Fiona Apple's album." I think about those things too, but forget about that for a second. This post is not about those.
In the end, I really messed it up. I had so many Pixies tickets, that selling extras became a second job. After thinking I would make at least 4 Pixies shows, I went to one. I didn't get Ted Leo, Kimya, or Kiki & Herb tickets because I thought I'd be at the Pixies. I ended up missing them all. And the worst of all - I completely forgot to go use my Rachel Yamagata tickets when Friday came around. That's ok. It was 100% for charity. I wish Bella Lea had chosen another week to play their first show in NYC, and although I hate missing the Scissor Sisters, Joanna Newsom in Bowery Ballroom beat Scissor Sisters in Hammerstein by a long shot. Junior Boys at Joe's Pub would have been cool, but also no contest with the option of Broken Social Scene.
The Pixies played their hometown of Boston right before NYC.
Billboard reports that Pixies Wrap Reunion Tour, Prep DVDs
Lizzy Vegas was at Scissor Sisters too
The Black Table was at Ted Leo
Out of Focus saw Ted Leo too.
Heaneyland saw the Pixies and Ted Leo
Free Fiona is the international campaign to Sony Music/Epic Records for the release of Fiona Apple's third album, Extraordinary Machine. Despite its completion in early 2003, Sony/Epic has withheld the release because...