Archive for the 'Antony and the Johnsons' Category

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Bob Dylan is no easy cover. His distinctive voice, both vocally and lyrically, make it nearly impossible for many artists to capture the proper temperament. There are even some Dylan lyrics that just sound, well, wrong coming from the throats of anyone but him. Antony Hegarty’s gift for interpreting the music of others, however, has […]

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Over the past 25 years the collaboration between David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti has yielded many a monster—producing some of cinemas most gothic, memorable and atmospheric scores. A relationship that began with Lynch’s 1986 dark masterpiece Blue Velvet, in which Badalamenti was brought on board to flesh out the aural landscape, the film also marked […]

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Just like great athletes have career defining moments, so, too, do musicians. For Pulp, it was their last minute fill-in for an imploding Stone Roses on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 1995, still regarded as one of the festival’s finest performances. For Nirvana, it was their seminal performance on MTV’s Unplugged that […]

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Antony Hegarty loves themes. So, it’s no surprise that the fourth album from Antony and the Johnsons, Swanlights, opens with the insistence that “everything is new” and ends by repeating this line with the added image of “your face and my face / tenderly renewed.” Between these points, Swanlights is an evocative, but flawed, journey […]