Antony & The Johnsons
Ever since I first saw Antony perform in between Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart at Bowery Ballroom, I've been hooked on his unique sound. I regret not getting into him earlier, so that I might have caught one of his performances at St Anns Warehouse or anywhere else for that matter. Who knew that Antony had been partying and performing at the very places I often visited for the past twelve years? I wish I did.
I caught him one more time at the Neil Young tribute concert in Prospect Park over the summer. There were two more shows I was aware of since then, one being the Secretly Canadian CMJ showcase, but I couldn't make it to either. I also had no idea that he "performed at a benefit for Saint Ann's Warehouse with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Debbie Harry and the Jazz Passengers" a week or two ago.
You can imagine then my happiness when I discovered not just one, but two upcoming Antony shows in NYC, and both at excellent venues.
1) Joe's Pub. Sunday January 9th, 9:30 pm. more info
2) Bowery Ballroom. Thursday February 24th more info
A 3 song Ep entitled 'The Lake,' was released in November. The EP includes one song with Lou Reed on guitar and vocals. Secretly Canadian also reissued Antony & The Johnsons' 1998 debut album that originally came out on David Tibet of Current 93's label, Durtro.
If you haven't heard Antony before, I recommend you start with Cripple and The Starfish (mp3, right click, save target as)
Watch video clips of a documentary made about Antony.
Arjan's got some more info on Antony
And check out this interview and unique picture