Entries tagged with: Laurie Anderson
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Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night (4/18) in Cleveland. For Lou Reed's induction, Patti Smith gave out the award, recalling the day Reed died. "The entire city was in mourning. I realized at that moment, that I had forgotten when I was on the subway, that he was not only my friend, he was the friend of New York City."
Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, accepted it and also gave a very moving tribute, where she quoted an old saying, "a person dies three times: the first time when your heart stops; the second time when you're buried or cremated; and the third time when your name is spoken for the last time." You can watch video of both Smith and Anderson's speeches below.
Following his induction, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner did "Vicious" and and then Beck performed "Satellite of Love." Watch video of both performances below.
by Sachyn Mital
Patti Smith / The Flaming Lips w/ Julianna Barwick / the whole gang (Miley too)
The 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit took place at Carnegie Hall on March 5th near the beginning of the Year of the Wood Sheep Tibetan New Year celebration. Artistic Director and Composer Philip Glass invited friends like rocker Patti Smith and avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson, who both performed for the benefit before, as well as newer talents like indie producer Dev Hynes and alt-country star Sturgill Simpson. The contingent of Tibetan musicians included the monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery and Tenzin Choegyal, who invited Anderson back out to help with "Heart Sutra." Rock icon Debbie Harry performed three songs including "Heart of Glass" which received large applause. The Flaming Lips with help from Julianna Barwick performed two covers, the The Beatles "She's Leaving Home" (they covered the entirety of Sgt Pepper's on record), followed by David Bowie's "Warszawa". It was a real treat for the band to perform it alongside Glass (who covered it on 1993's Low Symphony) and Wayne Coyne voiced his love for Glass before the song.
The evening concluded with Smith sharing "Birthday Poem" in advance of the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday later this year. She was then joined by her daughter Jesse Paris Smith and Her Band for "Gandhi" before the grand finale. All the artists, including Coyne's heady fwend Miley Cyrus, took the stage for "People have the Power" - with Smith asking the audience to rise and leading the way. Smith ended the night sharing a bow with Anderson, Harry and her daughter.
More pictures from the night and the full setlist, below...
photo: Jamie xx at NYU in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
The Armory's 2015 season encompasses site-specific installations, commissions, and cross-disciplinary collaborations across a range of art forms--including Philippe Parreno's largest exhibition in the U.S. to-date, a multi-sensory journey within the monumental interior of the Armory's drill hall; Tree of Codes, a new contemporary ballet with direction and choreography by Wayne McGregor, visual concept by artist Olafur Eliasson, and music by Jamie xx; a commission of performance art by Laurie Anderson; and an immersive interpretation of J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations by pianist Igor Levit and performance artist Marina Abramović.The Park Avenue Armory 2015 season runs from this month through December with various events. As quoted in the press release above, one of those especially interesting events is Tree of Codes, a new ballet with music by The xx's Jamie xx.The ballet was inspired by the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, and Jamie worked alongside choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Olafur Eliasson. Having had his work displayed in conjunction with a Sigur Ros performance in the past, Olafur is no stranger to working with indie musicians. That ballet runs from September 14-21.
The following month, it's the legendary Laure Anderson premiering her new multimedia artwork, Language of the Future: The Line, from October 2-4. The work will be "harnessing a cacophony of events from anthropology and history to form a series of songs in visual form. Commissioned by the Armory, Anderson creates a site-specific environment in which audiences confront these diametrically opposing ideas, situations, and images. The result is a processional of consciousness where doubt, perception, and illusion are defined and redefined in equal measure."
You purchase a 2015 season subscription here. Full schedule with more info, below...
photo: Michael Gira in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)
The upcoming Big Ears Festival happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN, has been expanded once again. Like in past years, the festival will include a film portion, and a selection of that has been curated by filmmaker/musician Jim Jarmusch and Michael Gira, whose respective bands SQURL and Swans were already on the lineup. Like they just did In NYC, Jarmusch's band SQURL will perform scores to Man Ray's silent films. Here's more:
SQÜRL, film director Jim Jarmusch's band with drummer Carter Logan, will perform music that they wrote for several silent films from the 1930s by the legendary surrealist Man Ray. This project was premiered in late February in New York as part of WNYC's Silent Films, Live Scores program. SQÜRL, joined by lute virtuoso Jozef Van Wissem, also performed the score for Jarmusch's most recent film, Only Lovers Left Alive.There will be a Bill Morrison retrospective too, during which jazz guitarist Bill Frisell's quartet performing Frisell's live score to Morrison's The Great Flood (like he did at MoMA last year).
The occult electronic duo Demdike Stare will perform their re-scoring of 1922 silent Swedish/Danish documentary / horror classic, HÄXAN, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Technically filmed as a documentary about how superstition and the misunderstanding of disease and mental illness could lead to witch hunts, its dramatized sequences push it into the realm of horror films. It was originally banned in the United States.
Rounding out the Big Ears film programs for 2015, indie director Jim Jarmusch and Swans founder and leader Michael Gira have collaborated with the Criterion Film Collection in curating a program of select films, which will be screened on Sunday at Regal Entertainment Group's downtown Riviera Cineplex. Jarmusch's program is "Three in Black and White," an international triptych featuring Satayajit Ray's The Music Room, Aki Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohéme, and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Gira has selected a single film: the cult classic Eraserhead, David Lynch's groundbreaking feature film debut.
These additions join Swans, tUnE-yArDs, Silver Apples, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Ben Frost and more. Festival passes are still available.
Updated lineup below...
photo: Patti Smith in Austin in 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The 25th annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert was announced last month, and the lineup's now been expanded. Patti Smith and Sturgill SImpson join a cast that already includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, artistic director Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, and Ashley MacIsaac. The concert takes place March 5 at Carnegie Hall. Ashley MacIsaac. Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl are Honorary Chairpersons for the evening.
Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, below.
Patti's only other upcoming dates are overseas. All of her dates, and an updated list of Sturgill's, below...
The lineup has been expanded for the 2015 Big Ears Festival, happening March 27-29 in Knoxville, TN. New additions include psych pioneers Silver Apples, former Battles frontman Tyondai Braxton (performing HIVE), Syrian pop singer Omar Souleyman, folk singer Ryley Walker, guitar wiz William Tyler, modern classical collective Bing & Ruth, electronic/ambient musician Loscil, cabaret singer Little Annie, and Chinese composer Wu Man.
They join previously announced artists such as Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost and more. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Live Ideas, "an annual arts and ideas festival offering artists of all disciplines an opportunity to engage audiences and come together for lively discussion and exploration under a new theme each year," returns for its third year from April 15-19 at New York Live Arts Theater (219 W. 19th St), and this year's curator will be the great Laurie Anderson.
Highlights of this year include an early look at Anderson and Deborah Hay's evening-length work, Figure A Sea; original compositions by John Zorn; a day-long exploration of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's life-work and music; and an evening with Hal Willner, Chloe Webb and special guests featuring rarely heard works by Lou Reed. Plus: a performance of John Cage's 1976 Lecture on the Weather, and a film series featuring works by Julian Schnabel, Chris Marker and more.
Tickets are on exclusive member presale now and go on sale to the general public on February 16.
Full schedule of events below...
photo: Flaming Lips at Riot Fest Chicago 2014 (more by James RIchards IV)
The annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert is now in its 25th year, and happens at its usual location of Carnegie Hall on March 5. Artistic director Philip Glass is once again curating the lineup, which includes The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Canadian roots musician Ashley MacIsaac, and more TBA.
Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds support the Tibet House US. You can also purchase the special gala package (starting at $500) which includes admission to the concert and a dinner reception with the performers.
Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Arden Wohl will be the Honorary Chairpersons for the night.
Big Ears Festival will return to various Knoxville, TN venues in 2015 from March 27-29, and the initial lineup was just announced. Kronos Quartet will be the artists in residence for the weekend and perform at several concerts. Others performing include Laurie Anderson, tUnE-yArDs, Swans, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Sam Amidon, Max Richter, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Clark, Demdike Stare, SQURL, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Steve Gunn, Nels Cline, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Holly Herndon, Terry Riley & Ryan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, The Bad Plus, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq and Hildur Guonadottir. Stay tuned for more lineup additions.
The shows will take place at the Tennessee and Bijou Theatres, the intimate Square Room, the Knoxville Museum of Art and more. Weekend passes go on sale Friday (11/14) at noon EST. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Knoxville music and arts education programs Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts.
As previously discussed, Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, and Cocorosie's Bianca and Sierra Casady have joined forces to form 'Future Feminism', "a call to arms to reorganize ourselves as a species and affirm archetypally feminine values."
UPDATE: We previously listed the "13 TENETS OF FUTURE FEMINISM" in this spot, but at the repeated request of the artists who tell us the list was not ready to be revealed yet, we have removed it.
A Future Feminism exhibition and event series will be taking place at The Hole (312 Bowery) from Sept 11 - 27, and the lineup for that has now been announced, which includes Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Lydia Lunch, No Bra, and more. Check out the full schedule below.
The opening night reception is on September 11 from 6 - 9 PM and Antony, Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, and Cocorosie will all be there. They'll also all be performing at the Future Feminism benefit which happens at Webster Hall on Sunday (9/7). Tickets for that are still available.
Full Future Feminism schedule is listed, along with a few more photos like the ones above, below...
Laurie Anderson at Prospect Park in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Some weird stuff happened to Laurie Anderson over the weekend while she was undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The art pop great/wife of the late Lou Reed found herself trapped in an oxygen chamber at a spa in Chelsea. The NY Daily News reports:
The 67-year-old Anderson became trapped inside the oxygen-filled device when the chamber's zipper got stuck, sources said.The spa's owner said she was inside the chamber for about 45 minutes and that she likely fell asleep and became disoriented when she woke up. There was a miscommunication on the timing," he said.
The panicked performer texted a friend from inside, saying she was experiencing shortness of breath and couldn't escape, sources said.
Anderson's unidentified friend received the SOS and dialed 911 shortly after 9 a.m. The FDNY quickly sent a crew to her aid.
By the time firefighters reached the scene, Anderson had managed to liberate herself from the chamber, the sources indicated.
photos by Greg Cristman
Ornette Coleman / Laurie Anderson / Flea
The 2014 Celebrate Brooklyn! season continued with another free show in Prospect Park this past Thursday (6/12), a tribute to pioneering free jazz great Ornette Coleman (also part of Blue Note Jazz Fest). A large handful of musicians from many genres appeared on stage to pay tribute to Ornette, including Red Hot Chili Peppers/Atoms for Peace/Antemasque bassist Flea, joined separately by two jazz veterans Henry Threadgill and David Murray. Punk legend Patti Smith appeared with her daughter Jesse and bandmate Tony Shanahan. Laurie Anderson was joined by past collaborators/NYC avant-garde lifers Bill Laswell and John Zorn for a performance that was also partly in honor of her late husband Lou Reed. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore performed a duo set with guitar great Nels Cline (Wilco, Lee Ranaldo's band, etc), and still so many other guests performed including Geri Allen, Joe Lovano, Savion Glover, Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, James Blood and more.
Thurston Moore & Nels Cline
One very special guest of the night was Ornette Coleman himself, who wasn't billed as a performer but but spent a good deal of the show on stage, often chiming in. The New York Times writes:
Again, Mr. Coleman played: a significant fact and an increasingly rare occasion in the last several years. This was billed as a concert for him, not by him; it was not clear whether he would play a note until showtime. But he sat in a chair onstage for most of the concert's first half, either with an alto saxophone in his lap, or taking part as if he were playing along with nature, joining when he wanted to and how he wanted to.Pictures of the show are in this post. They continue, with the setlist a video from Patti Smith's performance, below...
The concert was organized by Mr. Coleman's son, Denardo, who was also the bandleader, as a program of Coleman compositions, except for a couple of free improvisations. But Mr. Coleman wasn't there to play Ornette Coleman compositions. He was just there to play, and he started from soft and lovely unaccompanied lines, like some precursor to blues language.
words by Ian Chainey, photos by Greg Cristman
Bill Laswell performing with Bladerunner
The Ohm Resistance Label Showcase to be held at Brooklyn club Saint Vitus on May 31 has taken shape and it's just as wild as you'd expect from the Brooklyn-based avant-garde label. The Blood of Heroes with Bill Laswell will be making their live debut. They're joined by Silent Killer, Invertia, SHVLFCE, and Katmai. Advanced tickets are available now.
The Blood of Heroes are an experimental troupe bringing together the talents of Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), beatmakers Submerged and Enduser, and Dr. Israel behind the mic. The result is a synthesis of the players' day jobs: drum n' bass, jungle, dub, industrial metal, and ambient. It can also be none of those things. Their eponymous debut was released by Ohm Resistance in 2010. (It also received a full set of remixes that same year.) A follow-up, The Waking Nightmare, came out via Ohm in 2012 and featured contributions from Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and a guest spot from Tompa (At the Gates, Disfear), among a varied collection of others.
For this particular event, the Blood of Heroes lineup will be as follows: Laswell, Dr. Israel, Submerged, Jason Selden (Apparatus), Matt Labozza (A Storm of Light), and haZMat, including guests. Laswell certainly has the connections to make the "guest" part interesting. He just played Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with John Zorn and Dave Lombardo under the Bladerunner moniker (a few pictures from that event in this post). Justin Broadrick, on the other hand, won't be available thanks to Godflesh being back in business. The influential industrial metal duo recently released a new song, "Ringer," following a 13 year studio break. They'll be touring with Loop in the UK, starting in Glasgow on June 2.
While Broadrick's creative spirit will be missed, the Blood of Heroes' eclectic approach runs throughout the entire bill. Silent Killer construct atmospheric rich drum n' bass, Invertia twist black metal, noise, and industrial together, SHVLFCE do rhythmically inventive IDM, and Katmai play blissed-out electronic pop with an ambient whoosh. They also do none of these things. Needless to say, should be a crazy night.
Bill Laswell will also take part in the Ornette Coleman tribute in Prospect Park in June, which now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, in addition to Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith, and more.
Ohm Resistance showcase details, along with streams of the entire lineup and two more pics from the Bladerunner gig appear below.
Laurie Anderson at The Stone in 2011 (more by David Andrako)
The Celebrate Brooklyn! 2014 lineup was announced not long ago, and since then there's been a few updates.
The Ornette Coleman tribute on June 12 now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, joining the previously announced lineup of Flea, Patti Smith and many more. Unfortunately, Afrika Bambaataa dropped off.
The Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert on June 14 will now feature a reading by Park Slope's own Mark Stewart (co-founder, Bang on a Can All-Stars) of one of Ezra's books before the concert.
And the Nickel Creek show on July 24 will now be opened by Secret Sisters.
All three of those shows, and many other Celebrate Brooklyn! shows at Prospect Park this summer, including Dum Dum GIrls, Warpaint, Deltron 3030, St. Vincent and more, are totally free to the public.
Contemporary composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass have announced that they'll perform together for the first time in over 30 years, as the kickoff event for "Nonesuch Records at BAM", the label's 50th anniversary going down this September.
"Nonesuch Records at BAM" also includes an event with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt (who's involved in another BAM event happening sooner), and Iron & Wine; one with Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon; another with Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet; two nights of Robert Plant and more. Full schedule below.
The Steve Reich/Philip Glass event is also part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Still not many details on that, but we do know Bryce Dessner and Brooklyn Youth Chorus are performing. Members can get tickets to Next Wave starting June 16, and the general public starting June 23.
Full "Nonesuch Records at BAM" schedule below...
NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee is about to kick off a residency at East Village avant-garde artists' space The Stone, which runs from May 6 to 11. She's got some excellent guests appearing throughout the residency, including art pop veteran Laurie Anderson (5/6), no wave veteran Ikue Mori with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer (5/7), Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (5/7), Norwegian art pop musician Jenny Hval (5/9), Wake Up Awesome collaborator C. Spencer Yeh (5/10), two Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore collaborators -- Bill Nace & Chris Corsano (5/10), and more. Full schedule below.
Okkyung Lee also takes part in Hardcore Activity in Progress (part of Red Bull Music Academy) which happens on May 16 at the Knockdown Center in Queens with Napalm Death, Wolf Eyes, Gunplay, Bastard Noise, The Thing, clipping., Yoshiko Ohara, Gnaw and more. Tickets for that are still available.
Meanwhile, you can catch Ikue Mori at The Stone tonight (5/1) with Annie Gosfield (10 PM set), later this month on 5/21 with Susie Ibarra, and next month (6/11) with Nels Cline.
Okkyung Lee's Stone residency schedule and some videos below...
The Knife / These New Puritans
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Craig Leon, Acme, Bil Kouligas @ Le Poisson Rouge
Best known as a producer (have worked with The Fall, The Go-Betweens, Blondie among others), Craig Leon is also an composer in his own right. Tonight, backed by the Wordless Orchestra, he'll be performing his 1981 album Nommos.
Saint Rich, Stargazy, Sun Club @ Baby's All Right
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.
These New Puritans @ Bowery Ballroom
Last year's acclaimed Field of Reeds found These New Puritans abandoning their aggressive side, taking them entirely into ambient directions. Tonight's one of just a few North American shows for the UK band. Could prove interesting.
Darkstar, Patten, Visuals @ Glasslands
Darkstar transitioned from a Hyperdub-signed post-dubstep trio on their debut LP North to a Warp-signed ambient pop trio on its followup, 2013's News From Nowhere. They're working on their third album now, and while we don't know what it sounds like yet, maybe we'll get a taste at Glasslands tonight. Their labelmate Patten is not to be missed either.
Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Stone Pony
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's lived up very well. They're currently on their first North American tour since last reuniting in 2007, and tonight they're in NJ ahead of 3 NYC shows.
The Knife @ Terminal 5
Sweden's enigmatic duo The Knife haven't played NYC since 2006. Their new album is a little more "difficult" than Silent Shout so who knows what to expect -- beyond a high-concept, highly theatrical stage show. It wont likely be boring. Both T5 shows -- this being the first -- are sold out.
Kristeen Young @ The Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT!!!" in your ear. It's the final of her April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.
Berlin, TV Tramps @ The Wonder Bar
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup.
Future Islands @ Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Chiffon @ Webster Hall
Future Islands have been making their arty indie pop for a few years now, but for the first time they're actually kind of famous, thanks in part to singer's Samuel T. Herring's dance moves on Letterman (and the meme that inspired) and a new album on 4AD with the songs to back it up. Tonight's show at Webster Hall (larger than the Bowery Ballroom stop earlier this tour) is sold out.
Laurie Anderson @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is part of the Met's new series of talks called "SPARK" that "explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collections." Tonight conversation is between musician Laurie Anderson, author Rebecca Stead, art historian SeungJung Kim and the Met's Melanie Holcomb.
The Standells @ B.B. King Blues Club
The Standells are one of the '60s better garage rock bands, and though they may be best known for their hit "Dirty Water," they've got tons of other rewarding material too. The veteran band are touring behind their first new material in over 40 years and hitting NYC for two shows (7:3 PM & 10 PM) at BB King's tonight.
Chalk and Numbers, Dear Georgiana @ Knitting Factory
Where a lot of bands who pull from similar indiepop influences go for reverby grit, Chalk & Numbers are as shiny as the future seemed in 1962, perfect for your next cocktail party.
2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Sean Paul @ Best Buy Theater
It's DJ Prostyle's birthday party at Best Buy Theater tonight, and the person we're probably most excited about is R&B crooner Miguel, not that there isn't plenty of fun to be had during 2 Chainz's set too.
Creepoid, Shawn David, McMillen, Tom Cater, Pat Murano @ Cake Shop
Creepoid are one of a few modern bands reviving '90s slowcore and they do it justice. There's a bit of shoegaze in there too, and overall it's just a pretty great mix.
Kosmodemonic, Syphillitic Lust, Insect Ark @ The Grand Victory
It's a night of the heavy and the weird at Grand Victory tonight with the sludgy Kosmodemonic, the dirty Syphillitic Lust, and Insect Ark, the project of former Angels of Light member Dana Schechter.
Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Rough Trade NYC (6:30 pm in-store)
Rodrigo y Gabriela are about to play 3 nights at Beacon Theater but first they'll do this in-store and signing at Rough Trade tonight which is free with a purchase of their album from Rough Trade.
Big Terrific @ Cameo Galley
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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"We're Gonna Die" was inspired by an insight she traces to this incident, the idea that sadness brings isolation. We are most alone, most cut off from the possibility of comfort, when we are most in need of it. "It's not even like you can like rip off the mask and let it all hang out when you're in private around people who care about you," she confides, "because there's only so long you can keep dumping your pain on other people before eventually they start to get fed up. Which makes being in pain an incredibly lonely experience."Earlier this year, playwright Young Jean Lee adapted her cabaret We're Gonna Die, that she debuted in NYC at Joe's Pub in 2011 (the show the above review is from), into an album -- the debut release by her band Future Wife. The album has an impressive list of guests either performing or reading monologues, including David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock, Matmos, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld. It was produced by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas and Leverage Models. Lou Reed was a fan too, and called her "one of the most accomplished, articulate, versatile and hilarious playwrights, musicians, artists that we in America have to offer."
Also a universal one of course. The charm of "We're Gonna Die" is in how effectively (and humorously) Ms. Lee converts the exaltation that pop music can spread into a kind of collective consolation for life's unavoidable woes. Employing the same basic tools of songcraft -- catchy choruses, relatable lyrics, uplifting melodies -- she applies them not to the eternal subject of swooning romance but to darker if no less common experiences (more common experiences, probably): loneliness, unhappiness, the gut-churning 4 a.m. fears about the pointless mystery of life that all sensible souls are prey to. There is comfort, Ms. Lee suggests, in public celebration of the private misery we keep locked away for fear it will leave us too exposed. [NY Times]
She's now made a video for one of the album's tracks, "I'm Gonna Die," which makes its premiere in this post. You can watch it, along with the album's tracklist, below...
Kraftwerk @ MoMA, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
As mentioned, Moogest 2014 happens April 23 - 27 in Ashville, NC. The festival has just announced its initial line-up which includes: Kraftwerk 3D (playing three concerts), Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Giorgio Moroder, Laurie Anderson, Dan Deacon, Darkstar, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Adult, Le1f, Shigeto, Wolf Eyes, Les Sins (Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi), and more. The full list of initial artists is below, with more than 70 more to be announced. There are showcases being put on by the likes of DFA, Fool's Gold, Ghostly Intl, Warp and more.
Laurie Anderson and Giorgio Moroder are also part of Moogfest's previously announced daytime talks and seminars program, that also includes such artists as film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist Keith Emerson, Claire Evans from YACHT, and synthesizer innovators like Roger Linn and Tom Oberheim.
Tickets are on sale now. 2014 Moogfest initial performer list and poster below...
photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE
The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:
Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"
Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."
Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."
The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.
Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...
Moogfest 2012 (more by Diana Wong)
As discussed, Moogfest is returning in 2014, and going down for five days instead of its usual three, from April 23-27 in Asheville, NC (where Mountain Oasis which Tourist played just happened). While the festival hasn't announced any of it's performers yet, they have announced the initial round of speakers for their daytime "innovation conferences" which includes musicians Laurie Anderson, synth pop pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez (Drive), Emerson Lake & Palmer keyboardist/first person to tour with a Moog synth Keith Emerson, and Claire Evans from YACHT; as well as veritable Who's Who of electronic music innovators: drum machine designer Roger Linn (creator of popular '80s drum machine LinnDrum) and Oberheim Electronics' Tom Oberheim among them. Full initial speaker announcement below. Tickets for the fest are on sale now.
Giorgio Moroder, who re-entered the public consciousness this year with his contribution to the new Daft Punk album and his first-ever live DJ set, is also planning a Las Vegas stage show. He told The Guardian:
[It's] a permanent show, based on disco ... I would do the DJing, but maybe before me we have another famous DJ, maybe somebody after. We of course have a ball, dancers in a cage: recreate Studio 54, and have it in Vegas, Macau, London.Laurie Anderson also just appeared to honor her late husband Lou Reed at the Lou Reed memorial at Lincoln Center yesterday (11/14).
Of course I wouldn't just use my own songs - there are so many great disco songs, Chic and all those guys - and I would do probably an hour and a half. We're thinking of starting first in Vegas [but] it will probably be a bit like Blue Man Group - they have a franchise. We might even talk to the Cirque De Soleil team.
I would be playing, and then maybe later on if we had a franchise I would do one a week, or a month, and then a famous DJ would take over. And now you have so many great DJs that I don't think there would be any problem finding the right one.
Full initial Moogfest lineup announcement, via press release, below...
Laurie and Lou (more by Chris La Putt)
Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed only met in 1992, believe it or not, and didn't actually get married until 2008 but had been a couple since almost the very start. Laurie gave a short eulogy to their local paper, the East Hampton Star, but has now given a longer tribute to her husband, who died on October 27, that will appear in the November 21 issue of Rolling Stone (which has Reed on the cover):
I guess there are lots of ways to get married. Some people marry someone they hardly know - which can work out, too. When you marry your best friend of many years, there should be another name for it. But the thing that surprised me about getting married was the way it altered time. And also the way it added a tenderness that was somehow completely new. To paraphrase the great Willie Nelson: "Ninety percent of the people in the world end up with the wrong person. And that's what makes the jukebox spin." Lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too - beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery.You can read Anderson's entire piece at Rolling Stone.
Lou was sick for the last couple of years, first from treatments of interferon, a vile but sometimes effective series of injections that treats hepatitis C and comes with lots of nasty side effects. Then he developed liver cancer, topped off with advancing diabetes. We got good at hospitals. He learned everything about the diseases, and treatments. He kept doing tai chi every day for two hours, plus photography, books, recordings, his radio show with Hal Willner and many other projects. He loved his friends, and called, texted, e-mailed when he couldn't be with them. We tried to understand and apply things our teacher Mingyur Rinpoche said - especially hard ones like, "You need to try to master the ability to feel sad without actually being sad."
On Sunday morning, I rose early. I had decided the night before to go to the ocean, so I slipped a book and a bottle of water into a sack and caught a ride to Rockaway Beach. It felt like a significant date, but I failed to conjure anything specific. The beach was empty, and, with the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy looming, the quiet sea seemed to embody the contradictory truth of nature. I stood there for a while, tracing the path of a low-flying plane, when I received a text message from my daughter, Jesse. Lou Reed was dead. I flinched and took a deep breath. I had seen him with his wife, Laurie, in the city recently, and I'd sensed that he was ill. A weariness shadowed her customary brightness. When Lou said goodbye, his dark eyes seemed to contain an infinite and benevolent sadness.Read the rest here.
I met Lou at Max's Kansas City in 1970. The Velvet Underground played two sets a night for several weeks that summer. The critic and scholar Donald Lyons was shocked that I had never seen them, and he escorted me upstairs for the second set of their first night. I loved to dance, and you could dance for hours to the music of the Velvet Underground. A dissonant surf doo-wop drone allowing you to move very fast or very slow. It was my late and revelatory introduction to "Sister Ray."
In a will filed Monday in Manhattan Surrogate's Court, the Velvet Underground legend left his artist wife, Laurie Anderson, their West Village coop and East Hampton summer home.Read more here.
A onetime staple at Andy Warhol's factory in the 1960s, Reed also bequeathed Anderson all his art, pictures, jewelry, clothing, person effects, automobiles and boats, according to the will. He also passed along his interest in Sister Ray Enterprises, the company that holds the rights to his songs.
Reed, who had no children, also instructed his executor to give $500,000 to his sister, Margaret Reed Weiner, but encouraged his sibling to look out for their mom.
As discussed, Patti Smith has 3-NYC area shows coming up at the end of the year.
Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed at 2010 Mermaid Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
After the passing of the great Lou Reed, many people who were in his life -- like David Bowie, David Byrne, and John Cale, to name a few -- have written tributes to him. Now comes one from Laurie Anderson, the art pop musician who married Lou in 2008, and has performed with him multiple times, and she's now published one via East Hampton Star:
To our neighbors:Watch a video of Lou and Laurie performing "I'll Be Your Mirror" together, below...
What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.
Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we're city people this is our spiritual home.
Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!
Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.
Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.
-- Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend
Frequent Lou Reed collaborator John Zorn, who just turned 60, paid tribute to his friend on Facebook (update: which is approved by but not actually run by Zorn) by posting the above picture along with the words "RIP Lou Reed". A comment by the page also includes a link to the NY Times obituary entitled "Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock 'n' Roll".
Hours earlier, It was announced on the same Facebook that John will be playing with Thurston Moore as a duo at his non-profit club The Stone on New Year's Eve. Thurston is no stranger to the Stone where he has played and curated before. It also won't be the first time John and Thurston play together, as you can see in one of the videos below.
Lou and Laurie Anderson were also regulars and curators at the stone. Check out a video of Lou, Laurie and John playing together (not at the Stone), also below...