Entries tagged with: Shara Worden
My Brightest Diamond (opening for the National) @ BAM (Kathryn Yu)
Two years after the world formally met her via her debut, Bring Me the Workhorse, Brooklyn, NY's My Brightest Diamond - spearheaded by Shara Worden - has been established...............And with A Thousand Shark's Teeth, Diamond's sophomore release is due out June 17th, 2008 on Asthmatic Kitty Records........Tracklist and tour dates below....
What does a Hula Hoop have to do with a crowded urban expressway? Much like the automobile, the hoop relies on the basic laws of physics administrated by the simple machine of the wheel, the greatest of human inventions. Notably, there are no macroscopic wheels to be found in animals or plants. It is a purely human construction. And yet the wheel has come to symbolize spiritual transcendence, reincarnation, yin and yang, Chakra, the wheel of life, the calendar, the seasons, astrology, and divinity. We are contained by the rotations of the planets and moons around the sun; we are all cosmically connected by vast circular motions in the solar system. Is it no wonder, then, that this geometric phenomenon has been appropriated both for the modern convenience of the automobile and for the amusement proffered by a plastic toy? [Sufjan Stevens (PDF)]Continued below....
DOWNLOAD: My Brightest Diamond - Something of an End (MP3)
Wednesday (January 17, 2007) is one of those days when there are too many good show options. I haven't even been going to that much lately, so it sucks - relatively speaking - to find out that everything is happening the same night (wah). The latest discovery - My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden) is playing TONIC!....and it sounds good:
My Brightest Diamond takes string quartet formation and will be performing songs from their album "Bring Me The Workhorse" in a classical remix, songs from their upcoming album "A Thousand Shark's Teeth", as well as tunes by Kurt Weill and Ravel.Other stuff I want to see Wednesday night: Anders Parker at Living Room, Andrew Bird at Bowery Ballroom (sold out), Frightened Rabbit at Northsix, a friend's comedy show, and Jackson's band (Frankpollis) at Pianos. It's also the night Cold War Kids play Union Hall.
Later this month My Brightest Diamond leaves in "rock trio formation" for a tour of Europe. Those dates below...
As previously mentioned, "In their latest release, Servants in Heaven, Kings In Hell, Philadelphia Hip-Hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks collaborated with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) to make some of their most powerful and critically acclaimed tracks (and album) to date. To celebrate this unique collaboration, Shara will be joining Jedi Mind Tricks for 2 very special shows at the end of October":
10-27 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10-28 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Plus, they'll be playing together at the annual "invite-only" pre-CMJ Syndicate party on October 30th in NYC.
DOWNLOAD: My Brightest Diamond - Something of an End (MP3)
-- Stream the whole album --
SHARA WORDEN AS MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND @ TOWN HALL | OCT 1, 2006
Shara Worden and band (string section included), aka My Brightest Diamond, were such wonderful openers that I would have been happy to leave before headliner Sufjan even took the stage (I'm happy I didn't though).
My Brightest Diamond played about a 45-minute set including an awesome full-band+special-guest-beatboxer cover of Prince's When Doves Cry (she's been known to do it solo too) (and she did it at Joe's Pub - get the MP3).
Then Shara came back to join Sufjan and band as a butterfly for the rest of the show - so did her string section.
SHARA WORDEN AS BUTTERFLY
She was the only regular member of Sufjan's 12-person band that I recognized. What happened to Katrina Kerns? Sufjan dedicated a song to her -- one where she appeared in the video playing in the background -- I think she was in the audience.
Undisputed Wes interviewed and photographed Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond this past weekend. Her new album Bring Me The Workhorse is out today (August 22, 2006) on Sufjan Steven's record label Asthmatic Kitty (it got an 8.1 @ Pitchfork ).
Shara's vocals can also be heard all over Sufjan's Illinois album, and she's an integral part of his touring band. Her CD release party will be held at the Spiegeltent in NYC this Thursday August 24th at 10pm, and she kicks of a U.S. tour with Sufjan on September 11th.
Wes: One of the first times I saw you perform was at Cross-Pollination with Dave Deporis almost a year and a half ago. Now you are releasing your first record as My Brightest Diamond called Bring Me The Workhorse. From that show to this record your sound has become somewhat less ethereal and your song structure seems more focused. What caused that evolution?
Shara: That's interesting that you say that. Someone just wrote to me about how they felt that when the song "Dragonfly" (watch video here) first started it was more ethereal and ambient. I think a lot of that has to do with the choices I made for Bring Me The Workhorse arrangement wise. I was trying to a. make a cohesive work and b. not be too noodly. Something that was not precious. I think that I am writing songs that still have that eccentric and ethereal quality to them, but there is a different format for those songs.
The next record, A Thousand Shark's Teeth, will be a string album and more ethereal, less rock. That's a distinction I had to make because I basically had two records. I was trying to make them work together, but they just didn't like each other. So I thought: This is me trying to cram in too many ideas for one album. Let me just make something cohesive and separate these two records.
We thought Sufjan Stevens wasn't playing anymore non-festival shows this year. We were wrong.
Fri. Sept. 29: New York, NY, Town Hall
Sat. Sept. 30: New York, NY, Town Hall
"For the first time in over a year, Sufjan Stevens is going on tour, bringing with him a talented group of musicians and friends including a small string ensemble and brass section. They will perform a repertoire of familiar songs from Seven Swans, Michigan and Illinois in a new symphonic context. The tour will bring Sufjan and his ensemble to some of the country’s finest theaters, including Nashville’s esteemed Ryman and Los Angeles’ historic Wiltern."
All dates below....
DOWNLOAD: Something of an End (MBD MP3)
Here's a .MOV link to stream 1/4 of Sufjan Stevens's new album The Avalanche. According to Asthmastic Kitty, they'll "be putting up another part of the record end of next week and each week after that until the release on July 11th." Asthmatic Kitty also tells us that "My Brightest Diamond is Shara Worden, who possesses a voice so rich and visceral, you almost feel as if she is singing the secrets of your heart." AND THAT THEY "are pleased to welcome her to our family. Her debut release, [Bring Me The Workhorse] will be released on August 22nd."
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND TOUR DATES
July 14, 2006 New York, NY - Joes Pub (INFO)
August 03, 2006 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
"Asthmatic Kitty is pleased to announce that we will officially release most of the unused material from the ILLINOIS album, featuring 21 songs, instrumentals, interludes and demos, including three alternate versions of Chicago, as well as cameos from Clyde Tombaugh (the man who discovered Pluto), Adlai Stevenson, Henry Darger, and Ann Landers, to name a few. We thought of calling it ILLINOIS PART II, Saul Bellow Strikes Back, or RETURN OF THE KILLER OUTTAKE, but common sense weighed in, and we decided to use the title song--THE AVALANCHE--as the centerpiece for a collection that gathers all the musical debris from an album that keeps on giving. The album features the original Illinoisemaker players, showcasing James McAlister on drums, Craig Montoro on trumpet, singers Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Katrina Kerns, and several guest appearances by singer Rosie Thomas, who, contrary to popular rumor, is NOT carrying Sufjan's baby. The new baby is due in stores July 25, 2006."