BrooklynVegan just apologized on Twitter because the comments are down. Really, BV, it’s fine. I promise.
Welp, it looks like I’m 0 for 3. However, I still have a GA ticket for June 5, so no tears are being shed.
Six minutes until 3:00…
Aaaand Mercury Lounge sold out in 0.00001 seconds.
I expected that. Still entered to win tickets to Public Assembly. If I’m lucky, I’ll be racing to my evening networking event from The National’s “secret” show. They’re playing another venue in Brooklyn in twenty minutes (the one where Jessica Dessner manages [managed?] the bookings — go figure, eh?) and there is no way I can get there in time, but...
Lucky You, fans in New York! Secret shows in NYC!
fuckyeahthenational: "Hi Everyone - We're so happy that Trouble Will Find Me has now been released all over the world. We hope you enjoy the new album. Last night we visited Letterman to play a song from Trouble Will Find Me, "Don't Swallow the Cap." If you missed it, watch here:http://tinyurl.com/lg29gck. To celebrate release day, we've decided to play a few shows at NYC venues that mean a lot...
Also, I’m seeing the Killers with my sister tonight. She’s way more excited than I am (“What are you wearing?! Dress GLAM!” said one Gchat message), but I’m excited, too, because it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a concert with my sister. Our tastes in music used to be more similar, but we’ve diverged in recent years — she’s a little...
I have a ticket to see Philip Glass at the Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow. Van Dyke Parks was originally on the bill, but sadly, he has suffered a hand injury and can not perform. I have an email and a missed phone call from Ticketmaster, attempting to inform me of my right to a refund, but really, who in their right mind would think “Oh, it’s just Philip Glass and a ton of...
fuckyeahsufjanstevens: franiefroufrou: yMusic concert in NY on Wednesday https://www.facebook.com/events/374495432661206/ “Come down/up/over/out to Rockwood and hear us premiere brand new music by Timo Andres, Marcos Balter, Mark Dancigers and Sufjan Stevens as well as play some less-new-but-still-pretty-new works by Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.” Can someone please go and report back....
Looks like some of you caught the Sam Amidon livestream. I’m glad — I didn’t realize it was streaming until I got there! Nico and Thomas on that piano. Yes gawd.
lprnyc: We’re streaming Sam Amidon’s album release concert at LPR live online starting at 7:30pm. Tune in and look out for some surprise guests. Heads up, y’all.
An Evening with Nico Muhly and Friends →
Fresh off curating a weekend at the Barbican in London, our dear Mr. Muhly will be hosting an Evening, this evening, at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, in celebration of his opera Two Boys appearing at the Metropolitan Opera as part of their upcoming season. There will be two sessions and the second will be streamed live (with video!) on NPR’s website at 10:00 PM EST. If you’re in a...
The fact that I truly, thoroughly enjoyed the Phoenix concert at the Apollo this evening is a testament to how much fun they are live, because my view was crap and the audience was worse. Totally bro-infested. Instead of applauding and whistling and “woo”ing like a normal audience during the break before the encore, the bros started a sports chant of “Let’s go...
Fans of The National: before I post my initial review of the freshly leaked Trouble Will Find Me, I would love to know, briefly, what the rest of you think of it, if you’ve listened. I’m curious about whether other people are having a reaction similar to mine.
I was going to keep working, but you know what? Forget it. I got a phone interview lined up. I’m going to reward myself by listening to The National’s new album. Which leaked, in case you missed it. :D
Of course The National’s Artists Den taping that I didn’t get invited to would take place in what is probably the coolest place in NYC to see a concert. You, too, can create your very own Park Avenue Armory by following these four easy steps: 1. Evict Lord Grantham and his family and servants from Downton Abbey, then graft Paddington railway station onto it. 2. Leave all the decor in...
Most Likely Outcomes of The National Playing One... →
No. 6 is brilliant. Cracking me up. I’m not going, sadly (happily?). Anyway, the weather is nice and sunny today and I don’t want to ruin it…
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: Day One
Okay, I’ve tried to post this two times already, and have had serious formatting issues both times, so apologies for the delay! I didn’t take as many pictures at this year’s festival, and the ones that I did take are not as good, generally speaking, as the ones I took last year. The primary reason for this is that I moved around a lot more at this year’s festival, and...
Re: my last post: Scott needs a DJ name, right? He’s listed in the program as “DJ Scott Devendorf.” Surely we can call him something more DJish? If we look to recent Instagram posts for inspiration, he could perhaps be known as DJ Bassic.
@Fran: I think it was My Brightest Diamond. So, you know, not the worst decision a group of festivalgoers has ever made. Really, given what we know of her past Whitney Houston performance, that was a failure of scheduling.
@Heather: Oooh, I hope so! That I am definitely seeing. First rule of festivals: try your damnedest not to miss Owen. Actually, that’s also the first rule of non-festivals… @Fran: Ahh, happy memories. I just wish in retrospect that we’d gone to the karaoke! (Also, can you believe ATP is no longer doing holiday camp weekends after this year?! Now I’m doubly glad I went....
CRAP. I’m at night two of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and I’m 90% sure the Owen Pallett lookalike I just caught a glimpse of IS Owen Pallett and does that mean he might be performing with someone and if so, whom?!?! Tonight is my TFF/CBF juggling night so I’m sure I’ll probably miss out regardless, assuming that A) that actually was Owen and B) he’s not just here as a spectator. Actually, Bryce...
I refuse to read another word about entitled millennials until someone writes an exposé of the entitled retirees at the Tribeca Film Festival. “What do you mean these seats are reserved for the filmmaker? I want to sit here! This is unacceptable!” “That seat is saved.” “It’s not in your row.” “Well, it’s still saved.” “What...
The Real Reason Summer Festivals Have So Few Women →
…these festivals tend to celebrate diversity while dismissing the most popular pop acts—the ones who tend to dominate the charts and who tend so often to be female—as frivolous or corporate. As the festivals expand beyond their narrow roots, maybe fans and organizers should start to take the commercially and critically successful female acts they currently deride more seriously… Or...
I am going to gather up my books by Fitzgerald and my books about Fitzgerald and build an emergency literary bunker and hide there until this Gatsby movie adaptation thing is over.
I MET BOB BOILEN AAAH
Tonight on Sufjan’s Tumblr: tax return preparations, British English. (I saw a “Lift Out of Order” sign at the New York Botanical Garden the other day, so I suppose “maths” isn’t that far off.)
Jherek Bischoff on NPR's Fresh Air →
Thanks to owltanager posting this on Tumblr, I finally got around to listening to this interview tonight (bakin’ scones, listenin’ to Fresh Air — I have exciting Saturday nights) and it’s pretty great. If you’re at all interested in Jherek’s music, give this a listen. I’ve enjoyed his music for a while but didn’t really know much about him on a...
I love that half the activity on the MusicNOW Twitter account right now consists of retweets of a kid in the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The one who has grown three feet since last year’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Totally jealous, man. (But thanks for the pics!)
Tip for hiring managers: when someone sends you their application, in a very friendly and professional manner, don’t respond in a way that makes you look like an enormous jerk. I would have kicked ass at that job. Your loss. I hope you hire someone who messes up your Starbucks order every single time.
Y’all. Sufjan is posting Sigur Rós videos on Tumblr. I wonder if he was at Madison Square Garden (getting inspiration for his next tour — hire that video artist!).
Mark your calendars for Nico Muhly and Nadia... →
owltanager: Seriously. We need an LPR in London. You should open the London LPR. And sell sangritas. You would make enough money from sangrita sales that you could put on whichever shows you wanted. But then you would probably have to call it El Pez Rojo.
I was so gung-ho this morning about cleaning my bedroom (which includes the space where I’ve been job-hunting, and which has become cluttered to an unproductive degree) without distractions! From the internet! Or anything else! That I missed The National on 6 Music, the updating of this website, and, apparently, the arrival of spring. Avoiding distractions is overrated. I’m going to...
Another Planetarium review of sorts: Sufjan, Bryce, and Nico have received a solid “Highbrow, Brilliant” rating from the New York magazine Approval Matrix for their encore. (Don’t read too much into the exact placement of the dot; they have a lot to fit into each matrix.) And on a first-name basis, too.
2013: Year of the Butt-Ugly Album Cover.