Entries tagged with: Joanna Newsom
by Andrew Sacher
Grimes at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Whether it's to criticize her or praise her, it's hard to deny that people like talking about Grimes' musical opinions. Her top 10 albums of 2012 list included the most pop (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber) AND the least pop (Swans), and she totally meant it too. She's defended Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and pop music in general, and denied accusations of trolling when her Boiler Room set included Taylor Swift, Maria Carey, Ramones, Skrillex, and others.
Grimes has now published a list to her tumblr of her favorite songs of all time. It continues her trend of pulling from pop and experimental music with songs from Burial, Mariah Carey, Joanna Newsom, Beyonce, Mazzy Star, Skrillex, Animal Collective, Butthole Surfers, Paramore and more. It's not only newer stuff though, she's also got Patsy Cline, Prince, and Enya, among others.
Check out her whole list (subject to change), via Exclaim, below...
the cast of wacky misfits in 'Brooklyn Nine Nine'
If you didn't already see the many billboards and endless TV promo spots for it, FOX has a new cop comedy debuting this fall called Brooklyn Nine Nine starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher. Whether it will be as it be as funny as Car 54 Where Are You? remains to be seen, you'll just have to tune in on September 17 to find out.
Or, if you live in NYC you can catch an early screening on September 12 at Brooklyn Bowl that includes a free live performance from Twin Sister. It's the band's only upcoming live show. The show is free but you do need to RSVP. Twin Sister have already pondered what's on everyone's minds:
Hard Skin at Acheron, August 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The UK kings of hilarious oi return to the US for a set of appearances on our shores, including known dates in Philly, Chicago and NYC. Look for Hard Skin to return to Acheron on September 12th, snagging support from Brooklyn punks La Misma (check out their demo) & Vanity. Ticketing information is on the way.
Hard Skin recently released their first LPs since 2004's Same Meat, Different Gravy. If you listen to them back to back, you may find that the pair of releases -- On The Balls and Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear -- are pretty similar.
This is a CLASSIC! Well, it's actually TWO CLASSICS! We got some of our sexiest lady mates round to the studio, got them drunk on cheap plonk, and after a few days we had a second version of the album recorded with HARD SKIN as you've never heard us before.Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear? features vocal appearances from Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather), Joanna Newsom, Beki Bondage (Vice Squad), Liela Moss (The Duke Spirit), Miki Berenyi (Lush), Roxanne and Marion of Veronica Falls' and many many more. (Stream at Spotify and get your copies at Feral Ward.
All known dates are listed, along with a video for "Council Estate" are below.
UPDATE: new dates have emerged. Full tour schedule is below.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival is returning to Union Park from July 19-21 with sets from Bjork, Joanna Newsom, Belle & Sebastian, R. Kelly, Solange, Rustie, Low, The Breeders, Swans, Savages, Merchandise, Julia Holter, KEN mode, White Lung, TNGHT, Evian Christ, Waxahatchee, El-P, Killer Mike, and more across three stages (Red, Blue, and Green). The set times for the festival have now been announced, and you can check out the full day-by-day schedule below.
3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets are still available.
Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The final Pitchfork Festival lineup has now been announced, and in addition to previously announced acts like R. Kelly, Joanna Newsom, and Swans, it now includes M.I.A., Lil B, Solange, Wire, Yo La Tengo, Low, Savages, Toro Y Moi, Phosphorescent, Metz, Autre Ne Veut, Mikal Cronin, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Woods, Julia Holter, Glass Candy, Andy Stott, Pissed Jeans, Frankie Rose, Ryan Hemsworth, Waxahatchee, Blood Orange, Daughn Gibson, Evian Christ, White Lung, KEN Mode, and DJ Rashad.
Three-day passes and single-day tickets are still available.
In other Chicago music festival news, Lollapalooza early bird passes went on sale today, sold out, and then regular 3-day passes went on sale and sold out. Single day tickets go on sale April 9.
Full Pitchfork Festival lineup and schedule below...
It's been three years since Joanna Newsom released Have One on Me and while we haven't heard anything about a new record in the works, she has just released a lovely cover of "The North Star Grassman and the Ravens," originally by UK folk star Sandy Denny. There's a video for it too which was produced to promote fashion designer's Melissa Coker's L.A.-based collection, Wren. Joanna hangs out with an owl in the video and you can watch it below.
Joanna will be playing Pitchfork fest this year, and hopefully will announce a NYC-area show sometime soon.
Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV
After already announcing R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian as the headliners for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, P4k has revealed that those artists will be joined by Joanna Newsom, The Breeders (playing Last Splash), Swans, El-P, Killer Mike, TNGHT, Chairlift, Sky Ferreira, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Rustie, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Trash Talk, and Tree.
Current lineup/schedule below...
Das Racist at MHOW in 2011 (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* King Britt @ Le Bain
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* On Ka'a Davis @ The Stone
* Yoko Ono @ The Times Center
* Alicia Keys @ Avery Fisher Hall
* Black Onassis, We Run @ Mercury Lounge
* The Campilongo Quartet @ Living Room
* Cuckoo Chaos, Empty Chairs @ Spike Hill
* Brandy, Hal Linton, Bridget Kelly @ Best Buy Theater
* Admiral Fallow, Shea Vaccaro @ Mercury Lounge
* Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Count Basie Theatre (NJ)
* Pujol, Nude Beach, Strip Mall @ Death By Audio
* Das Racist, LE1F, Safe, Lakutis @ Irving Plaza
* Habibi, The Immaculates, Yellow Dogs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* The Mountain Goats, Matthew E. White @ Bowery Ballroom
* Agent Ribbons, Jordan Hull, Andrew Keoghan @ The Rock Shop
* Sleepies, Mr. Dream, Yvette, Alan Watts, Fasano @ Delinquency
* Mika, The Dolls: Mia Moretti & Caitlin Moe @ Webster Hall
* Stevie Nicks @ Cipriani Wall Street (Elton John AIDS Foundation Benefit)
* Silversun Pickups, Cloud Nothings, Atlas Genius @ Terminal 5
* Sloan (performing Twice Removed) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lady Starlight, ROMA!, Eytan & The Embassy, Yankee Bang Bang @ Tammany Hall
* Clinical Trials, The Vandelles, The Foreign Resort, Autodrone @ Cameo Gallery
* Sam Flax, DMTs (OJ from X-Ray Eyeballs), Starred, Alexis and Icewater @ Glasslands
* Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Infinity Shred, Life Size Maps, Murals, Noxious Foxes @ Pianos
* The Dark Lords of Comedy w/ Dan St. Germain, Jared Logan, Mike Lawrence @ Union Hall
* Friend Roulette, Miniboone, Korova, KNTRLR, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Slothbear, Fan-Tan, Bad Weather @ Muchmore's
* Broken Comedy Presents Mike Denny, Michael Che, Nimesh Oatel, W. Kamau Bell, Myq Kaplan, Rachel Feinstein, Homo Thugs (Jermaine Fowler & Kevin Barnett) @ Littlefield
'90s R&B star Brandy and Alicia Keys are both back with new albums this year and are playing NYC tonight. Brandy releases her new album, Two Eleven, this week and celebrates it with a release show tonight at Best Buy Theater (tix). Meanwhile, Alicia Keys (the only guest to feature on Miguel's new album) is set to release Girl On Fire on Nov. 27 and she plays Avery Fisher Hall tonight (tix).
Sloan are performing their 1994 classic Twice Removed in its entirety tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. You can also pick up the album's new three-disc vinyl reissue at the merch table.
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This is part two in a new series that I invented when I found this second tattoo after posting a related one yesterday.
The owner of this colorful red and blue and bird-filled tattoo writes:
"This is my Dave Longstreth/Joanna Newsom tribute tattoo. I admire Joanna for her lyrics, and Dave for his music; they are my two biggest musical influences. The red and blue background is from the album, "Bitte Orca" by Dave's band, Dirty Projectors. The red and the blue intermingling represents how lyrics and music are both needed to intertwine in order to make a song. The two brown finches are reoccurring birds that Dave uses in most of his albums, and the canary and sparrow are from Joanna Newsom's albums "The Milk-Eyed Mender" and "Ys", respectively. The finches also represent my little sisters, as they're my little songbirds, and the canary, my mother, while the sparrow is my father. I'm very happy with it. Done by Jimmy at The Parlour Tattoo in Eugene, OR."PREVIOUSLY: check out this Joanna Newsom tattoo
Speaking of Andy Samberg, well actually that isn't his tattoo, but now the pressure is on for him to outdo this fan whose body art "is based on the Joanna Newsom Ys album and was done by the wonderful Rachel Baldwin at Modern Body Art Birmingham." More pictures of the tat, and a recent video entitled "7 Minutes in Heaven with Joanna Newsom" by Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien, along with a couple of dates, below...
The Treasure Island Music Festival returns to San Francisco on October 13 and 14, featuring an impressive line-up including The xx, M83, Joanna Newsom, Grimes, Public Enemy, SBTRKT, Divine Fits (who just played their first-ever show last night), Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Youth Lagoon Toro y Moi, Best Coast and more. Tickets are on sale now in both individual day or 2-day packages.
The full Treasure Island Fest line-up is below.
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* moe @ Hiro Ballroom
* Liam Finn @ The Rock Shop
* Laura Gibson @ Other Music
* Cosmic BB's, Hoist @ Zebulon
* New Music Observatory @ The Stone
* Chairlift, Violens, Dive @ Bowery Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Presents: Meah Pace @ Union Pool
* Comedy Central Corporate Retreat @ UCB East
* Stew and the Negro Problem @ Joe's Pub
* Smoke Dza & Spaceghostpurrp @ Highline Ballroom
* right Light Bright Light, Nova Social @ Cake Shop
* Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Mike Doughty @ City Winery
* White Suns, The Dreebs, Platinum Vision, Rapstar @ Death By Audio
* Hot Tub w/ Rob Cantrell, Sara Schaefer, surprise guests & more @ Littlefield
* Dan Neustadt plays Wolf Parade's "Apologies to the Queen Mary" @ Knitting Factory
* Remembering Master Storyteller, Jean Shepherd: With Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Olbermann @ Paley Center
* Tony Scherr Trio w/ Anton Fier & Rob Jost, Highspace w/ Jim Campilongo, Tony Mason, Erik Deutsch & Jeff Hill @ Living Room
Jerry Seinfeld is taking part in an event at the Paley Center and tickets are still on sale.
Like Arcade Fire before them, Joanna Newsom (taped in August) and Fleet Foxes (taped in October) apppeared on an episode of Austin City Limits which you can now watch in full online. Check out the video below...
Alex Winston released a video for the song "Choice Notes" off her upcoming debut album (King Con is due 3/6 via V2/Cooperative). Check it out below...
The Strokes (fan) @ SXSW (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"The Strokes' guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. has opened up about the drug rehab treatment he received while the band recorded their new album 'Angles'. Hammond Jr didn't name the specific type of drug he was being treated for, but called his ordeal "hardcore"..."I wasn't on any chemicals," he said. "It was hard - you have two good years of post-acute withdrawal. I was nervous and couldn't remember things. It's like having a stroke, no pun intended. You always do the crazy rock star thing, of course, but I'd rather be left with music from someone I admire than their funny stories of all the fucked-up shit they did." [NME]Angles is out now. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart ("sold over 88,000 copies in its first week") (same chart the Decemberists got #1 on).
Devendra Banhart & The Grogs were added at some point as an opener for the sold out Strokes show at Madison Square Garden happening this Friday night, April 1st (one night before LCD Soundsystem play the same venue).
Devendra is also featured in a new documentary called The Family Jams which documents his 2004 US tour with Joanna Newsom (who James Blake said he would not want to produce for) and Vetiver (In 2005 Devendra was quoted as saying that he preferred the term "The Family" to "freak folk"). The film will be screening at reRun in Brooklyn from April 8 through April 14. The film was directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and musician Kevin Barker, who has also performed with Devendra, Joanna, and Vetiver, among others. The film also features appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased, and Linda Perhacs. Watch the trailer below.
The Strokes, who recently performed on SNL and Letterman, are continuing their late night television trend tonight on Jimmy Fallon (3/30).
UPDATE: Fallon video also below,,,
Watch a video from the Letterman performance below...
photos by Chris La Putt
she played some songs on piano
There were no guest appearances by Rick Ross, John Legend or Nicki Minaj, and Ivanka Trump wasn't tweeting from the balcony with Spike Lee, but there were a lot of SNL cast members in attendance! Seriously though, Joanna Newsom, complete with family in attendance (SNL cast member included), put on an amazing show at Carnegie Hall Tuesday night, 11/23, to a super crowd who loved being there as much as she and her band did. Harp, piano, drums, guitar, banjo, violin, recorder, genius arrangements and some very impressive trombone playing was just some of what was happening on stage at the venue with the super acoustics. Standing ovations happened after her set and after the one-song encore. The show ended at 11.
Second opener Ryan Francesconi, who is also in her band, played three solo instrumental songs on guitar. He performs again solo, and as a trio (with New York percussionist Timothy Quigley and Australian violinist Mirabai Peart who is also a member of Joanna Newsom's touring ensemble) tonight (11/24) at Sycamore in Brooklyn.
Joanna's full setlist and more pictures from the show below...
Francesco Santocono: "'81"That's the tracklist and cover of Joanna Newsom tribute album Versions of Joanna, due out digitally in December, with proceeds going to Oxfam according to Pitchfork. M. Ward's version of "Sadie" is on there. There are also covers by familiar names like Owen Pallett, Ben Sollee, Billy Bragg and Francesco Santocono. Just kidding, I never heard of Francesco Santocono, but now I have! You can check him out covering "81" in a video below. Actually, did they just scour Youtube to find tracks to put on this comp? I think so. Josh Mann, Sarah Katheryn, and an especially good one by Joel Cathey are down there too (and those are just the only four I googled).
A Voice Heard on Baer Mountain: "Autumn"
Sarah Katheryn: "Baby Birch"
Joel Cathey: "Book of Right-On"
Guy Buttery: "Book of Right-On" (instrumental)
Josh Mann: "Bridges & Balloons"
Chris Leeds: "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie"
Ian Cooke: "Colleen"
This Is Deer Country: "Easy"
Doublewuzzy: "Flying a Kite"
Rosa Hinksman: "In California"
White Elephant Gift Exchange: "Inflammatory Writ"
Ian Cooke: "Monkey & Bear"
Billy Bragg: "On a Good Day"
Kristina Forrer: "On a Good Day"
Owen Pallett: "Peach, Plum, Pear"
M. Ward: "Sadie"
Ben Sollee: "Sawdust & Diamonds"
David Miele: "Soft as Chalk"
The Moscow Coup Attempt: "Sprout and the Bean"
Melissa Stylianou: "Swansea"
Jennifer Schmitt: "This Side of the Blue"
Joanna Newsom plays Carnegie Hall tonight! She is not however appearing on the The Simpsons...
"[On October 19th], a rumor of Joanna Newsom appearing on an upcoming episode of The Simpsons quickly circulated on the Interweb. This appears to have originated in an article from Malibu Magazine that was unfortunately incorrect and misunderstood. (Malibu Magazine has now corrected it online.) Joanna Newsom has released a statement regarding this rumor:Speaking of Owen Pallett, tickets are on sale for his March 9th show at Markin Concert Hall. Those Joanna covers below...
"Regrettably, the awesome rumor of my upcoming cameo on The Simpsons is unfounded. I remain, however, steadfast as always in my commitment to the character of Lisa, whom I have of course had the privilege of voicing for the last twenty-one years, in my dreams. Thanks for the memories, gang!" [press release]
Joanna Newsom @ Bowery Ballroom in 2004 (more)
today in NYC
* Bob Dylan @ Terminal 5
* Marc Ribot @ The Stone
* Nat Baldwin @ Sycamore
* Jenny Scheinman @ Barbes
* Steve Martin @ Barnes & Noble
* Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom
* Joanna Newsom @ Carnegie Hall
* Delta Spirit, Darker My Love, The Fling @ Webster Hall
* MC Chris, MC Lars, Schaffer The Darklord @ Knitting Factory
* Matthew Dear, GAMES, Noveller @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Lloyd Banks, Theo Martins, Homeboy Sandman @ Best Buy Theater
* Diamond Doves, Vandaveer, The Nico Blues, Open Road Love Affair @ Glasslands
* Hey Battlefield, My Cousin The Emperor, Robbers On High Street @ Bowery Electric
* Manawi Thorn, Ice Machine & Swift, Bridge Farmers, Fake Hooker @ Death By Audio
* Walter Schriefels, Todd Barry, Dave Hill, Palomar, Melody Lane All-Stars @ Rock Shop
Luckily for Kanye West, Idlewild and The Happy Hollows cancelled their show at Bowery Ballroom tonight.
New Sufjan Stevens video below...
Joanna Newsom on Kimmel last night
"Arcade Fire will appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight [August 12th]. They'll perform "Ready to Start" from their new album The Suburbs which is currently the # 1 record in the country!Speaking of the Merge store, Arcade Fire weren't the only Merge band that just released an album. As pointed out before, Versus also have a new album and they'll be celebrating at the intimate Rock Shop tonight (8/12). Go see the show and set your DVR for the Arcade Fire segment. All Versus dates below.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart airs on Comedy Central at 11 PM EDT / 10 PM CST. Check your local listings for channel information and set your DVRs.
The Suburbs is available on CD, dbl-LP and digital download (with special digital artwork) in the Merge store."
Speaking of TV appearances and my favorite artists of 2004, Joanna Newsom was on Kimmel last night. Two videos from that appearance, below...
Joanna Newsom in Michigan in March (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
[Joanna Newsom] opened her 75-minute set with four songs from her ambitious recent full-length, "Have One on Me," before weaving in older titles from her previous two albums, "Ys," from 2006 (which featured arrangements by Van Dyke Parks), and her infectious 2004 debut, "The Milk-Eyed Mender." It was delivered via a singing voice that's as pure is it is dynamic, one that has matured from an at-times grating shriek early in her career into an instrument able to offer a smooth, well-tended tone with measured phrasings and octave-spanning curlicues. At this point feeding her pitch-perfect vocals into an Auto-Tune program would probably cause the software to collapse in on itself.That's a review of the singer's Saturday, July 31st performance at L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre.
Newsom performed to a sold out Orpheum audience that rivaled Justin Bieber fans in their ardor. The singer had to spend an inordinate amount of time between songs affectionately swatting away random hollered compliments. A male fan raced to the stage and tossed her a bouquet, and a woman was intercepted by a security guard near the front row as she made a beeline for the musician. "We love you, Joanna!" was the richest insight the crowd had to offer when she queried her fans on their collective mood. [LA Times]
Joanna comes back to New York on Tuesday, November 23rd for a show at Carnegie Hall (where she plays the 2,804-seat Stern Auditorium). Tickets go on sale Monday, August 9th at 11am.
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes has been opening for Joanna, and in Oakland on August 2nd they covered the Sheryl Crow (and Kid Rock) song "Picture" together. A video of that and Joanna's full schedule (a few more North American shows, then Europe and Israel in September) is below...
The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots will be hosting two night of "The Jam" back at Highline Ballroom on June 15th (tickets) and June 21st (tickets). If the shows are anything like their residency shows at the venue last year, there will be special guests.
The band's ninth studio album, How I Got Over, comes out June 22nd (one day after the 2nd NYC show) on Def Jam. Guests on the record include Joanna Newsom and Jim James/Monsters of Folk. The latter's contribution is actually a reworked version of a MoF song, dubbed "Dear God 2.0." You can check it out, along with the video for the album's title track, "How I Got Over," below. Questlove also recently tweeted a video of Dirty Projectors members (friends of the Roots) in the studio with the band. That's below too.
The Highline shows are in addition to the other shows the group has lined up for the summer (with more coming most likely). They're hosting their second annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 5th. They have a free Celebrate Brooklyn show on July 11th with Talib Kweli and others.
Meanwhile, Questlove has extended his Thursday night DJ residency at Brooklyn Bowl through July. Tickets are on sale for all dates. He's also going to be DJing the free and BV co-presented Fela! On Broadway Original Cast Recording Release Party on Monday, June 7th, along with performances by Fela! co-leads Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo and members of the cast (more on that later). Questlove will be at the rescheduled Erykah Badu/Janelle Monae show at Roseland on June 5th.
More album info (include the "not final" tracklist) and streaming tracks are below...
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Shout Out Louds @ White Slab in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
"Some Americans think of Cinco De Mayo as a "Mexican Independence Day," which is actually Sept. 16, when the reality is that Cinco De Mayo is in remembrance of the Mexican army backing down the French military on May 5, 1862. Cinco De Mayo is Spanish for the 5th of May and is not a national holiday in the United States." [Epoch Times]tonight in NYC
* The English Beat @ Maxwell's
* So Percussion @ Carnegie Hall (free)
* Lord Mantis, Sea of Bones @ Union Pool
* Washed Out, Small Black @ The Bell House
* Shout Out Louds, Freelance Whales @ Webster Hall
* Hot Hot Heat, The Willowz, Grooms @ Public Assembly
* Ensemble Simul Cantare, Mick Barr @ Issue Project Room
* Givers, Drink Up Buttercup, King Expressers @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Cheeseburger, Hard Nips, Wizardzz @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Common & Queen Latifah (being actors) @ the Apple Store
* ArpLine, Hooray For Earth, Midnight Masses @ (le) Poisson Rouge
* Dead Stars, Hounds Of Hate, The Hidden Ratio, New Yoga @ Coco 66
* Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7, Moneybrother @ Mercury Lounge
* Dan Friel, Adult Themes, Food Stamps, Imaginary Weapons @ Bruar Falls
* Bradford Reed, Sabrina Chap, Mike Pride, Get The People @ Death By Audio
* Walter Schreifels, Atlantic/Pacific, Jump Into The Gospel @ Studio at Webster Hall
Hounds of Hate continue their NYC run.
The always-busy Mike Pride describes tonight's Death By Audio show as "MP- drums + Jon Irabagon- tenor sax - We play 3rd, around 10pm. - Get the people features Kevin Shea on drums too!"
Video of The National, who have a show coming up very soon at BAM, playing their song "Little Faith" live in a castle is below.
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti played Mercury Lounge last night.
Dan Deacon is playing a free NYC show this summer.
Look who's playing Lincoln Center's 2010 Out of Doors Festival.
The Fall, whose record release party we hosted last night at Coco66, have a new video for their new song "Bury". Whatch that below too.
Public Image Ltd are now playing a tinier venue later this month.
Joanna Newsom played "'81," one of her new album's best, on Jools Holland. That's below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Collaborations were the order of the day on Big Ears' Saturday, March 27th schedule (day two). At 1pm, the 802 Tour - Nico Muhly, Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) and Sam Amidon with violist Nadia Sirota - performed songs written by each. The National's Dessner brothers and drummer Bryan Devendorf joined for a selection of full-band Doveman songs, and the finale was a clamoring, epic version of the folk song "The Two Sisters" arranged by Nico (part of the percussion included Nico combing Thomas's hair). Sam played his own set with help from Thomas one day earlier, and later Saturday night.
Before that, the day started with Andrew W.K.'s Q&A-heavy lecture at the Knoxville Museum of Art (he played a set of music the night before) and a Bang on a Can All-Stars set that included works by Dave Longstreth, both at noon. Dirty Projectors performed later in the day (3:45pm) at Tennessee Theatre on a bill that also included DJ/Rupture and William Basinski who went on at the same time as Liturgy (who played at the Big Ears Annex at 2pm and then again at Pilot Light at midnight).
Clogs took the stage at the Bijou Theater with guests as well. Rumors of a solo set by Sufjan Steven circulated, but he only played one of his own songs, "Barn Owl Night Killer," on piano. Clogs were also assisted by Shara Worden, Aaron Dessner and Calder Quartet. Matt Berninger was delayed en route to Knoxville, so he didn't make his duet on "Last Song," for which main Clog Padma Newsome filled in. That wasn't the actual last song - new-album closer "We Were Here" was, which featured Sufjan on vocals and banjo along with Shara Worden and guitar by Aaron Dessner. A similar show happened in Brooklyn a few days earlier.
The Saturday headliners - Vampire Weekend and Joanna Newsom - both played to sold out crowds (Vampire Weekend at the sprawling, ornate-adorned 1600 seat Tennessee Theater with opener Abe Vigoda). Joanna Newsom's set was opened by Fred Armisen aka Jens Hannemann, a master of "complicated drummer technique." Armisen also joined her set for one song to play awkward and out-of-place cowbell.
At the Tennessee, the night ended with Terry Riley's Autodreamagraphical Tales - music from Bang on a Can over Terry reading from his actual dreams (Eastern religion and weed popped up frequently) - and In C, led by BoaC's Evan Ziporyn and featuring the rest of Bang on a Can All-Stars as well as Calder Quartet, Clogs, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Gyan Riley, and Terry on voice. The open-ended song stretched to an hour, canceling out any chance to catch late night sets from Javelin and Gang Gang Dance. Gang Gang was stil going when I arrived, but the club shut down the power mid-song and flipped on the lights promptly at 3am, sending everyone home.
A recap of Friday is HERE. More pictures and videos from Saturday are below...
photos by Graeme Flegenheimer
Joanna Newsom in Michigan
"At Town Hall on Thursday night, in a sold-out 90-minute show mostly drawn from her new album, "Have One on Me," (Drag City) she played the harp with precision but always with a little swing and bounce in the picking and damping. (She generates her own bass lines, too.) Her backing quintet had a drummer, Neal Morgan, but almost for color alone; he had far less rhythmic work to do than what she'd assigned to herself. Ryan Francesconi, the electric guitarist/banjoist/player of the Bulgarian tambura and kaval -- and also the arranger of the new album's songs -- came in a distant second for most notes played, but he made them within the tightest parameters." [NY Times]Joanna Newsom's Thursday show at Town Hall was probably the one NYC show last week that I most wish didn't coincide with SXSW. Luckily NPR is streaming the similar one that happened five nights later (aka last night) in DC (her 2nd night in a row at the same venue). More dates HERE.
The pictures in this post are from the first date of the tour (3/12) at Calvin College in Michigan where Bowerbirds opened. More pictures from that show, videos from Town Hall and the DC setlist below...
Morning Benders @ Housing Works in Feb (more by Waverly Rose)
tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* The Tossers, Outernational @ Maxwell's
* Fader Bowl w/ Yelawolf @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Les Paul Trio w/ Mark Whitfield @ Iridium
* Alice In Chains, Middle Class Rut @ Terminal 5
* Harvey Milk, Coalesce, Atlas Moth @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Royal Chord, The Morning Benders, Dinowalrus @ The Cameo
* Danielson, Ortolan, Ben & Vesper @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Datarock, Autodrone, Unisex Salon, Tina Brown @ Highline Ballroom
* Small Beast w/ Greg Garing, Vera Beren, JC Hopkins, AE @ The Delancey
* Washed Out, Small Black, Pictureplane, Million Young @ Mercury Lounge
* Spider, Arborea, Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, The Wailing Wall @ Cake Shop
* The Ataris, Don't Panic, Emergency Now, When Thieves are About, BYS @ Studio at Webster Hall
Joanna Newsom performed on Fallon Friday night. Video below...
The flyer for tonight's free Morning Benders show below...
There are updated tour dates for Joanna Newsom, who is also at Big Ears and will be playing a March 18th show at NYC's Town Hall. Her new triple album Have One On Me is due February 23rd on Drag City. Actual album art (opposed to the earlier teaser cover) above. Dates and tracklist are below...