Entries tagged with: Joey Arias
by Bill Pearis
Bowie with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias on 'SNL,' 1980
Happy Birthday to David Bowie who turns 68 today. (Today is also Elvis' birthday, he would've been 80.) In tribute, we offer a roundup of recent items related to the Thin White Duke:
It only too 35 years for anyone to notice, but people seem to have just caught on this week that Bowie's 1980 performance of "Boys Keep Swinging" on Saturday Night Live featured a green-screen puppet version of the singer with a giant pop-up penis. It's more than a little ironic, as NBC Censors made the singer remove the lyric "When you're a boy, other boys check you out!" for the performance. The "Boys Keep Swinging" SNL performance is also notable as Klaus Nomi and downtown drag icon Joey Arias are the backup singers. You can watch it, and his SNL performance of "The Man Who Sold the World" from the same episode, below (fast forward to the end if all you want to see is the thrill).
That SNL performance is also when Bowie still had his original extremely British smile, which has since been cleaned up with cosmetic dental work. Some folks preferred his original choppers, such as artist Jessine Hein who has made a hand-sculpted recreation of Bowie's teeth via denture acrylics. See for yourself:
Speaking of art, the "David Bowie Is" exhibit just closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, which turned out to be the most popular exhibit in the museum's history! It featured costumes, original pages of lyrics, storyboards, drawings, concept art and more. There was also a related "Bowie Changes" events series that featured talks with St. Vincent, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes and more, plus a concert where Disappears played Low in full and Bobby Conn played Station to Station in full. The MCA was the only stop for "David Bowie Is" in the U.S. unfortunately, but there is a commemorative coffee table book.
We haven't heard of any Bowie tribute concerts in NYC, but Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti played City Winery over the weekend (1/3) where he played a few of the songs he worked on, with a few special guests (no, not that special):
The perfectly balanced set of 19 songs was selected from the three or four thousand songs that Visconti has played on, produced or mixed over his fabled career in music. The exceptional highlights for Bowie fans included Suzanne Vega's divine singing on 'The Man Who Sold The World', a haunting version of the dystopian epic 'Sweet Thing/Candidate' sung by Richie Barone and a roof-lifting, barn-storming 'Young Americans' sung by Nakia.Setlist for Tony Visconti's City Winery shows, plus those Bowie SNL videos from 1980, below...
Pussy Riot, Henry Rollins & others at Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Pussy Riot have had an eventful year, and after making an appearance in NYC at Barclays Center in February, members Masha Alekhina, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Petya Verzilov will return for a conversation at MoMA PS1 on Sunday (11/2). The conversation is part of the venue's ongoing Sunday Sessions series, and is happening in conjuction with MoMA PS1's Zero Tolerance exhibition. The Pussy Riot members will "join MoMA PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach in a discussion focused on the current culture of political oppression within some national and international governments and how it is being addressed by artists worldwide." The event goes from 4-6 PM. Tickets are on sale now.
Meanwhile, tonight (10/31) MoMA PS1 hosts Susanne Bartsch's Halloween Ball, HalloQueens!. Here's the details:
Hosted by: Francis Alÿs, Joey Arias, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Klaus Biesenbach, Justin Vivian Bond, Boychild, Telfar Clemens, Maria Cornejo, Peter Eleey, Karen Finley, Angela Goding, David Hallberg, Document Journal, Ragnar Kjartansson, Steven Klein, Padma Lakshmi, Eckhaus Latta, Amanda Lepore, Bjarne Melgaard, Glenn O'Brien, Marco Ovando, Kay Rizz, Chloë Sevigny, Casey Spooner, Michael Stipe, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Stewart Uoo, David Velasco, Francesco Vezzoli and ZaldyThat goes from 8 PM to midnight, and tickets are available. Afterwards, Susanne hosts a Haunted Warehouse After Party at 4-40 44th Drive in Long Island City which goes from midnight to 4 AM. Tickets for that are available too.
With: Ryan Burke, Domonique Echeverria, gage of the boone, Gazelle, Scooter LaForge, Muffinhead, One-Half Nelson, Brandon Olson andThorgy Thor
DJ Sets by: Amber Valentine and Måns Ericson (Rollerboys/NoShow)
We invite all guests to come dressed for a royal celebration of all things Queens:
Queens of Mean
Queens of Art
Queen of Hearts
Queen of the Night
With DJs, costume competition, dancing, pageantry and more.
Deer Tick at American Songbook 2014 (more by Sachyn Mital)
The 2015 edition of Lincoln Center's 'American Songbook' series has been announced and runs January 29 - March 28 and includes performances by Steve Reich with Stephen Sondheim (!), Sam Fermin, Shovels & Rope, Talib Kweli, Dawn Landes, and more. Most of the shows happen in The Appel Room (formerly the Allen Room) which is definitely one of the most spectacular places to see a show in Manhattan. The last seven shows of the season take place in the more intimate The Penthouse on the 10th floor of LC's Samuel B. and David Rose Building. Tickets go on sale to Friends of Lincoln Center on November 6 and the general public on November 17.
Full lineup for American Songbook 2015 is listed below...
Craig Finn in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Doveman (aka Thomas Bartlett) is doing his final Burgundy Stains Session of 2012 at Le Poisson Rouge on December 13. Since we last spoke, the guests for the show have been revealed: Sandra Bernhard, Yellowbirds, Hannah Cohen, The Perennials, Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady), and Joey Arias. Tickets for that show are still available.
Craig Finn, who recently told us his favorite albums of 2012, is an especially interesting addition to the show, as most collaborators usually have a known connection to Thomas, but this is the first time The Hold Steady and Doveman getting together. As mentioned, you can also catch The Hold Steady playing Wellmont Theatre on New Year's Eve with Lucero and comedian Kurt Braunohler. Tickets for that show are still available.
Joey Arias and Doveman are also teaming up later this month for an End of the World show at Joe's Pub (12/21) with special guests Narcissister, Cornelius Loy (theramin), and the Pixie Harlots, but unfortunately that show is sold out.
Hannah Cohen, who will guest at the LPR show, released her most recent album, Child Bride, this past April via Bella Union. The album featured production by Doveman and some appearances from Sam Amidon and Rob Moose as well. The video for the title track is below. Hannah and Doveman have also already began work on her next record, and she'll be performing some new songs at the show.
That video and a list of all Doveman dates are below.
Amadou & Mariam
As you may remember from the past couple of years, "Summerstage" now encompasses more than just Central Park, but Central Park Summerstage will still always be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the series. Here's the 2012 schedule. Check it out below...
Jane will be performing the work of her late husband Serge Gainsbourg backed by a group of Japanese performers. As a recent review reads:
A Japanese-originating quartet of piano, drums, trumpet and violin (originally assembled, she told us, to play post-tsunami benefit shows in Tokyo which has since coaxed out on tour) executed the tunes with both original details (those cafe jazz breakbeats when called for) and a modern panache that was needed to hold the whole shebang together. One audience member with an accent explained to another that Birkin was "not rock" just before the show. It was, of course, more beatnik-jazz-pop-cabaret than rock. Still, hearing the likes of "Do Di Dah" without guitar picking might not have been the same, but its playful spirit came shining through in a jazz rendition. Birkin's voice and easy way with a tricky series of notes here and there was a bit of a revelation to some, for sure, and proved more than capable of carrying tunes when the band receded. If it wavered over the high notes, it shouldn't have come as a surprise. That delicacy and naturalism was surely what drew Serge and us to her the first time around--um, and the drop dead gorgeous thing, probably.Jane starts up touring again in January, in Spain, Israel, Turkey, and many other places.
Meanwhile, Jane's daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg whose 2010 Beck-produced album IRM gained her lots of attention and brought her to our shores for shows at places like The Bell House, Coachella and Webster Hall, recently released an EP and then an album. The longer album, Stage Whisper, "includes seven unreleased studio recordings and eleven live songs. Many of the studio tracks come from sessions for IRM." The EP, Terrible Angels, was released earlier via Because Music / Elektra, and contains "two unreleased studio tracks, two live recordings, and two videos." All four of the songs are also on Stage Whisper.
You can watch one of the videos, with more info on the two releases, below...
Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As previously discussed, Harvey Milk are in fact playing three shows at Union Pool and they've added support for each night. Tickets are now on sale and still available for all three: March 13th with Occultation (mem Negative Plane!), March 14th with Villains, and the newly-onsale March 15th with Luke Roberts.
Downtown legend Joey Arias is headlining Town Hall on 4/21. Tickets go on presale at noon.
Balkan Beat Box are playing Webster Hall on 4/26. Tickets go on sale at noon.
The Airborne Toxic Event are playing Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall in three days. Tickets for all of them go on sale at noon.
Jukebox the Ghost and Wakey Wakey co-headline a show at Bowery Ballroom that same week. Tickets go on sale at noon.
The Boxer Rebellion have shows coming up at Bowery and Music Hall - both on sale.
Jeff Mangum tickets also went on sale at 11am and noon.
Strokes MSG tickets are also on sale.
Downtown legend Joey Arias performs at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC this evening (11/10), The show will feature "Arias' signature Billie Holiday 'channelings' and other favorites, as well as original songs and a few surprises," and music direction by Ben Allison. And for those who to keep the cabaret going all night, Meow Meow plays the late show at the same venue. Videos of both below...
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford