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Bjork, Chuck D, Ani DiFranco, Bela Fleck Reveal Innermost Thoughts In New Book

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by E.N.

 

BOOK INNERVIEWS: MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS POP, ROCK AND JAZZ SUPERSTARS DELVE DEEP INTO THE CREATIVE PROCESS AND STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN ACCLAIMED NEW

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New Innerviews iPhone/iPad App Now Available at Apple’s App Store

 Björk, Ani DiFranco, Chuck D, Béla Fleck, John McLaughlin, and 19 more pop, jazz and rock legends tell stories they’ve never told before about their music and careers in Innerviews: Music Without Borders, the first book by renowned music journalist Anil Prasad (Abstract Logix Books), released worldwide on October 19. Other artists featured include Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Martin Carthy, Stanley Clarke, Michael Hedges, Jonas Hellborg, Zakir Hussain, Leo Kottke, Bill Laswell, Noa, David Sylvian, Tangerine Dream, David Torn, Ralph Towner, McCoy Tyner, Eberhard Weber, Chris Whitley, Victor Wooten, and Joe Zawinul. Due to popular demand, Abstract Logix is shipping books ahead of release date at AbstractLogix.com.

The Innerviews book is receiving rave reviews from media and musicians alike:

  • Innerviews is a remarkable read, full of illuminating facts and insights from some of the music world’s most compelling characters. Recommended to serious music fans.” — The Weekender
  • “Prasad has a reputation among readers and artists for incisive and substantive journalism. Essential reading for thinking fans.” — Guitar Player
  • “One of the great things about what Prasad does is that he’s interested in all different types of music, so that jazz musicians mix it up with rock, folk, world, composition-oriented and other unclassifiable un-genres.” — NPR Music
  • “Anyone interested in the art and mind of musical genius will find fascinating revelations here. Faced with an interviewer who delves beneath the surface, the musicians respond with a candor seldom found on the pages of typical music magazines.” — Jazz Police
  • “Prasad has crafted a book to be proud of, and one jazz readers will immediately find a home for in their libraries. Highly recommended. It reveals what artists really care about, feel, and openly wish to share with fans.” — JazzReview
  • “Prasad does splendid interviews with an amazing mix of musicians in Innerviews: Music Without Borders. He takes the artists’ work seriously and meets it on its own terms, which is a sign of true generosity on his part.” — Vijay Iyer
  • “If you enjoy reading great interviews with some of the most fascinating contemporary musicians working today, I recommend this book to you.” — Michael Shrieve

Some of the evocative topics explored include:

  • Björk on the chaos of her creative process
  • Stanley Clarke on saying no to Miles Davis
  • Chuck D on what’s wrong with hip-hop today
  • Ani DiFranco on propelling democracy through music
  • Béla Fleck on journeying to Africa to discover the roots of the banjo
  • John McLaughlin on turning the tables on the jazz police

Prasad established Innerviews (innerviews.org), the Internet’s first and longest-running music magazine, in 1994. The Innerviews website offers more than 185 of his uncompromising interviews that feature artists speaking at length about topics that matter to them. Prasad is celebrated for his special ability to get his subjects to confide and reflect in ways they rarely do with other interviewers. Innerviews is also now available as a state-of-the-art free iPhone/iPad app at Apple’s App store at itunes.com/apps/innerviews. Launched in August, it debuted as a top-40 free music app worldwide.

Antony and The Johnsons – Thank You For Your Love (Official Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2010 by E.N.

Antony and the Johnsons are releasing the video for “Thank You For Your Love” today. The video is comprised of Super 8 footage that Antony shot when he first arrived to New York City as a teenager in the early 1990′s. The video premiered today.

The song is the title-track of Antony’s forthcoming EP that is being released in the UK and Europe by Rough Trade on August 23rd and on August 24th in North America by Secretly Canadian. It is also the lead single from Antony’s next album “Swanlights” due out October 11 in the UK and Europe and October 12 in North America. The album is now available for pre-order including bundles consisting of the full length CD and EP, vinyl LP and EP, and book with CD and EP. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. The pre-order is up at http://www.swanlights.com.

On October 12, Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

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Antony and the Johnsons -Swanlights(incl. Björk)October 12, 2010

Antony and The Johnsons Announce New Album “Swanlights” October 4th & Book
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Antony and the Johnsons “Thank You For Your Love” EP+free mp3

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Antony and the Johnsons to Release

Thank You For Your Love EP on August 24

Download the title-track here for the price of an email!

Antony and the Johnsons will release their five track EP “Thank You For Your Love” on August 24th via Secretly Canadian.  The title-track is the lead single from the forthcoming album “Swanlights” also being released by Secretly Canadian on October 12. The album is now available for pre-order including bundles consisting of the full length CD and EP, vinyl LP and EP, and book with CD and EP will be available for sale on August 5th. Those who purchase the bundles will instantly receive an advance download of the EP. The pre-order is up here
 
On “Thank You For Your Love”, Antony expresses a soul-infused cry of gratitude, but the song progresses into urgency, leaving behind the 4/4 rhythms and breaking into an emotional gallop that reveals an underlying pathos.  “You Are The Treasure” is the calm after the storm, “My Lord My Love” closes the A side as a song for a lost childhood.  The B side features two unusual covers accompanied by Kevin Barker on Acoustic Guitar, the first is Bob Dylan’s “Pressing On”, Antony’s take is sweet, upbeat and beautiful.  “Imagine” collaboration with avant-garde ambient composer William Basinski is a foreboding take on John Lennon’s hallowed song.

Artwork for the EP features photographs Antony took when he first arrived in NYC as a teenager in the early 90’s. 

Antony and the Johnsons will also release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian.  Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” on Secretly Canadian will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

“Thank You For Your Love” Track List
 
1.   Thank You For Your Love
2.   You Are The Treasure
3.   My Lord My Love
4.   Pressing On
5.   Imagine

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Antony and the Johnsons -Swanlights(incl. Björk)October 12, 2010

Posted in News, Promotions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by E.N.

Antony and the Johnsons

 
Swanlights
(Due October 12, 2010)

 


Album to be Released Secretly Canadian;

 

 

 

 

 

 
 Antony and the Johnsons will release their new album, “Swanlights”, on October 12th in the US via Secretly Canadian.  Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of “Swanlights” which will include the CD inside a 144-page hard cover book containing Antony’s paintings, collages, photography and writing. The album only version of “Swanlights” on Secretly Canadian will also include the song “Flétta”, a duet with Björk. The album and book are a continuation of Antony’s work exploring his connection to the natural world.

Book to be released by Abrams Image

While I Am a Bird Now is compelling in its vulnerability, and The Crying Light is a masterpiece of austerity, Swanlights may be Antony’s most wide-rangingly emotional work to date. It is a record that is at moments heartbreakingly  tender, and at other times has a joyful gleam to its teeth. Unlike previous work, which was often quite sparsely voiced, on Swanlights the vines in the garden are overgrown and the sound palette has become more exotic; strange percussive elements, John Cale-esque string drones, heavily distorted guitars and symphonic winds and strings thread the song cycle together.

“Everything is New” opens the album with a newborn piano melody that quickly gathers in momentum and excitement. Strings and bursts of percussion carry the song forward in a feral cacophony of sound. Later on the album, the title track  “Swanlights” finds us navigating a primordial and hallucinatory world of hazy guitar tones. The enigmatic layered melody of “Swanlights” emerges from a glistening soundscape. A central image on the album, Antony explains what he means by the word “Swanlights”:  ”It’s the reflection of light on the surface of the water at night. It’s the moment when a spirit jumps out of a body and turns into a violet ghost.”  On “Thank You For Your Love”, Antony expresses a soul-infused sentiment of gratitude, but the song progresses into urgency, leaving behind the 4/4 rhythmic structure and breaking into an emotional gallop that reveals an underlying pathos.

The Swanlights book is a collection of thought-provoking paintings, drawings, collages, photography, and writings. Dreamlike and often bleakly environmental, Antony depicts a natural and spiritual world under siege. Much of the work aches with a forlorn romanticism. In some pieces, the artist draws together fragments of the past, the present and the future to create a ghostly sense of omniscience. One image features a portrait of the artist with his great grandmother’s face projected upon his own, creating a ricochet through time and genealogy.  Found images of natural landscapes are stained with scrawls of ink, indicating invisible presence and movement. Some pieces are more conceptual; in “Cut Away The Bad”, the artist removes corrupted elements in an attempt to restore balance.  In pieces like “I Want To Help” Antony sews a torn landscape back together with a magical intent.

Music and visual art intersect in these two presentations of Swanlights to create an arresting vision of the world through the artist’s eyes.

Swanlights is the fourth Antony and the Johnsons album and the follow up to the critically acclaimed “The Crying Light” which entered the European Chart at #1 was included in year-end best of lists across the globe in 2009. Antony burst into the international spotlight with his second album, “I am a Bird Now”, which won the UK’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Swanlights Track-List

1. Everything is New
2. The Great White Ocean
3. Ghost
4. I’m In Love
5. Violetta
6. Swanlights
7. The Spirit Was Gone
8. Thank You For Your Love
9. Flétta (with Björk)
10. Salt Silver Oxygen
11. Christina’s Farm
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