photos by Ryan Muir

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

The songs were largely or entirely Mr. Longstreth's -- he took half the lead vocals, leaving Bjork the lead on three songs -- but her presence brought out their longer melodic lines amid the counterpoint. Where Mr. Longstreth's lead vocals can sound mannered, Bjork sings like a force of nature. The songs became ballads of innocence and discovery, particularly the delicate finale, a moment of mystical interspecies communion concluding with a line from Kurt Cobain: "All in all is all we are." It would have been a crowd-pleasing touch to follow up with a rearranged Bjork song as an encore -- Dirty Projectors recorded her "Hyperballad" on that Bjork tribute CD -- but they chose to leave that gentle homily in the air.

Bjork and the Dirty Projectors each chose an opening act: Olof Arnalds, a woman from Bjork's native Iceland, and Kurt Weisman, from Vermont. Both were songwriters who put unexpected melodic tangents and other idiosyncratic twists into sparse, folky material. [Jon Pareles @ The NY Times]

You may have seen the first set of pics we posted Friday night. Here is another (which includes Kurt Weisman and a few other angles) from Ryan Muir (the night's house photographer)....

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Kurt Weisman...

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Brandon Stosuy of Stereogum

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Björk introducing Ólöf Arnalds

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Ólöf Arnalds

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Björk & Dirty Projectors...

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman

Housing Works Bookstore Benefit featuring Bjork and the Dirty Projectors with Ólöf Arnalds and Kurt Weisman