Entries tagged with: spoken word
Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:
Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.
Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.
Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.
Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...
Tickets are on sale now for the five, intimate spoken word shows Henry Rollins recently scheduled at Joe's Pub in NYC, part of his 50+ date 2012 'Capitalism Tour'. Listen to some recent inspiring words that Henry posted to Youtube, below...
Henry Rollins @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
With four stages running at the same time, it's hard to see everything at Fun Fun Fun Fest, but I did manage to catch part of Henry Rollins's Sunday night set in the Yellow Tent. He's a great storyteller and I try to catch his spoken word shows whenever I can. This time I heard him talk a bit about an encounter with Dennis Hopper and Captain Beefheart, a funny story about meeting a young Metallica, a bit about his favorite past time, traveling, and his tendency to get frisked a bit extra due to his passport having countries like Iraq stamped on it (or so he claims). He also started talking about the voice we could all of a sudden hear from the other stage that started bleeding into his. That voice was Brian Posehn who was warming up the crowd for Slayer and actually that's when I decided to leave and go listen to some of Brian.
Henry heads out on another giant tour in 2012, called "The Long March". It starts in Europe and ends in the United States. Along the way he hits places like Philadelphia and Buffalo (though no NYC this time). He plans to "share stories from the road less traveled - including recent visits to North Korea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, India, Tibet, Sudan, Uganda, Haiti and Cuba." Maybe he'll throw in some bits like his Metallica story too. All dates are listed below...
Henry Rollins, whose only upcoming 2010 show is a sort of live radio-but-not-radio KCRW show at the Echoplex in LA on December 9th, is turning 50 on February 13th, 2011. And to celebrate he'll be going out on spoken word tour entitled "50". All dates aren't announced yet, but they will include a special 50th birthday event in Henry's native Washington, DC on February 13, sandwiched between multiple-night runs at Joe's Pub in New York (February 8-12) and Largo in Los Angeles (February 16-19).
In related stuff, check out part one of our interview w/ Keith Morris & Dimitri Coats. Part two is on the way.
San Diego News Network: Any plans for a return to music?Henry Rollins is on a months-long spoken word tour around North America. He visits NYC with two nights at Irving Plaza on March 12th and 13th. Tickets are on sale.
Henry Rollins: No. I'm not feeling it right now. I rang that bell pretty hard over the years. And I really don't know how to ring it any better or harder. Now that I'm basically 50, in addition to having to write and record for a new tour, there'd have to be old material as part of it. While I feel it's good stuff, there's also a 'been there, done that' aspect to it all that I don't want to go running back to. When I see a band at the airport checking in for a flight, I think, 'yeah, you go ahead and have fun with that.' I already went up that trail many times and there's just not anything new about it for me. I'm not putting it down, it's just that right now, I'm trying to do new stuff.
He also plays the NYC-area Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY, on March 14th(tickets), and the Boulton Center on Long Island on March 16th (tickets). All dates of his 'Frequent Flyer' tour, including Australia in April and South Africa in May, and live videos about mullets and more are below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Felt Letters (feat. Ian Svenonius)- Let's All Dream (MP3)
The Journal of Popular Noise is a semi-annual audio magazine inspired by the traditions of pop music, printed periodicals, and the delight of a finely crafted artifact.The Journal's fifth three-7" collection ships out August 1st (there'll also be a zine edition, with additional photos and writing). On Tuesday, July 7th, JPN will have a release party at Santos Party House with contributors Andrew W.K., in his first "spoken word" performance, and comedy duo Walker & Cantrell, as well as TV Baby and Jayson Green. Tickets are on sale.
Within the package are 3 issues, each in the form of 7" vinyl records. Every issue conforms to the same prescribed editorial structures but is composed by a different artist or group. This set contains issues 13-15 featuring (respectively) Andrew W.K., Ian Svenonius, and Walker & Cantrell. The packaging folds out to a beautiful letter-pressed poster containing information about the Journal, the musicians, and the compositional process.
The one contributor not at the party, Ian Svenonius, is represented above with his song "Let's All Dream." The track finds Svenonius with Felt Letters, a band with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Tom Bunnell.
At the core of the Journal are the "prescribed editorial structures" dictated by founder and editor Byron Kalet. The structures in question come as a diagram that maps out different points of repetition, tension and dynamics for the artists. As far as graphic notation goes, the map is fairly tame, and the notes make clear that the artists are free to interpret the instructions as they wish.
As a result, the score, which is included in the packaging, ends up providing an alternate way to interpret the music. The listener tries to trace the songs back to the cryptic picture. It should be said, the records come packaged in one ingeniously folded piece of letter-pressed card stock, which manages to delicately cradle the three discs and allow easy access to the liner notes inside.
The three contributions in these new issues weigh heavily on "spoken word" -- and past releases are a mixed bag of styles. The Spring/Summer '08 edition brought together the moody rock of Past Lives, the found sound of Bora Yoon + Ben Frost, and the catchy J-pop of Na + Junko, all working under the same guidelines.
We asked Byron Kalet to explain the motivation behind the sets and give a bit of background on the magazine...
DOWNLOAD: CHOM 97.7 interview w/ Henry Rollins (MP3)
Henry Rollins & doll, Birmingham, AL, Feb 19, 2008 (CRED)
"The older I get, the more I enjoy touring and being on stage," said Rollins, 47. "I've tailored my life around the tour. Being off the road is a depressing experience."Henry Rollins is in Brooklyn for a two-night spoken word stand at Warsaw tonight (Feb 27) and tomorrow (Feb 28). I have two pairs of tickets to give away. Want to win? Learn how, and watch a video of Henry on Carson Daly, below....
Rollins likes being a loner, a fiery outspoken rebel with many causes. Tonight, Rollins will spout off about politics, music and whatever else may come to mind in a nearly three-hour spoken-word performance.... [Baltimore Sun, yesterday]
The always controversial Saul Williams has announced a large tour. That includes musical performances at SXSW, Irving Plaza in NYC, and elsewhere. He'll also make a few "spoken word" stops along the way. All dates below...
"An evening of quintessentially American opinionated editorializing and storytelling. The truth, like humor, is where you find it."-Henry Rollins
Henry Rollins going on another spoken word tour - this time with lots of cities on the agenda. He's calling the show "Provoked with Henry Rollins", and tickets go on sale Friday for two February shows at Warsaw in Brooklyn. All dates below.....