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Bjork Live at New York Science Museum
If you missed Bjork’s residency at the New York Science Museum, there is good news. NYCTaper has recorded the audio of one of the shows (and it was the one I went to!) and you might recognize some groovy photos in their review! 😉
Head over to NYCTaper (link will open in a new window) and grab your copy of Bjork live on February 12, 2012.
The setlist was:
Tracks 01 [intro] 02 Thunderbolt 03 Moon 04 Crystalline 05 Hollow 06 Dark Matter 07 Mouth’s Cradle 08 You’ve Been Flirting Again 09 Isobel 10 Virus 11 Generous Palmstroke 12 Sacrifice 13 Pagan Poetry 14 Mutual Core 15 Cosmogony 16 Solstice 17 [encore break] 18 Nattura 19 Declare Independence
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Oh Bjork! The Icelandic singer has made an album combining science and nature with the latest in sound technology called “Biophilia.” She’s promoting the record with a series of concerts at New York’s Museum of Science in Queens. I attended the show on February 12, 2012 and when it comes to putting on an amazing live show, Bjork does not disappoint. Backed with a choir, who sounded like a chorus of angels, Bjork performed her entire album “Biophilia” while trippy visuals were shown on screens over the stage. The venue for a concert like this was perfect as we were situated in a tall building with amazing acoustics and since the show was in the round, every spot in the room was a decent vantage point.
Aside from the new album, Bjork also played “You’ve Been Flirting Again” and “Isobel” from “Post,” “Mouth’s Cradle” from “Medulla,” “Pagan Poetry” from “Vespertine,” the non-album classic “Generous Palmstroke” and the finale, “Declare Independence” from “Volta.” Though “Possibly Maybe” was on the set list, it was not played. Bjork was recovering from a cold but she still sounded amazing and was wearing an interesting dress that only Bjork could pull off. Bjork said thank you after many of the songs but didn’t say much else to the audience except to ask if we would help her sing happy birthday to one of the women in her choir.
For those that think “Biophilia” is a little too obscure to get into, seeing it performed live really helped me to enjoy the music more; however, like a lot of Bjork fans, I am waiting for an all out dance album. Bjork will be performing several more shows in New York throughout February including a few more at the museum and some at Roseland in Manhattan. If you like Bjork’s music, you will not want to miss this show. It’s extremely intimate and it makes you reaffirm your love for Bjork, whose talent and willingness to experiment is the very thing that is missing from so many acts that are out there today.
See the set list after the jump.
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Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch
On February 11, 2012 when singer Whitney Houston was breaking on through to the other side at one of my old haunts in Los Angeles, 3000 miles away in New York, history was also being made – but on a happier note. All weekend at the Walter Reade Theatre, the Film Society at Lincoln Center has been paying tribute to one of the goddesses of the silver screen – Raquel Welch. When Raquel was getting her start in the 1970s, she appeared on Dick Cavett’s popular TV talk show. If you’ve ever seen her appearance (and it’s available on DVD – so seeing it is a must!), you saw the sparks fly between Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch. All these years later, the pair reunited for an in-person interview that was conducted prior to a screening of “The Three Musketeers,” starring Ms. Welch.
My first thoughts on getting the chance to see history being made before my eyes was my hope that Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch would reminisce about Raquel’s first appearance on the Dick Cavett Show because in addition to Raquel’s appearance, another one of my goddesses was on the show that night – Janis Joplin! As my incredible luck would have it (and don’t worry, I’ll be passing this luck on to you, my dear readers), the first thing they talked about was Janis! From that point on, you could knock me over with a feather, but the hour long interview was just like being at a taping of Cavett’s legendary show as he interjected his witty jokes in between questions and answers and Raquel Welch was more than happy to open up to fielding questions from all aspects of her incredible career.
Raquel looked absolutely stunning as the sex siren is 71 years old! She attributes her great body to her daily routine of Yoga and staying out of the sun. She joked that it takes her 9 hours to get ready every day. They also talked about the fact that Raquel has been voted the number two sexiest woman of film (with number 1 being Marilyn Monroe). Raquel said she never got a chance to meet Marilyn and that her and Monroe were nothing alike – though they are often compared to each other.
Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch
As I mentioned before, a video will be coming soon of Dick Cavett and Raquel Welch talking about Janis Joplin, so stay tuned. I am still in awe after seeing these two legends in this format right in front of my eyes! Thanks Dick and Raquel for a night I will never forget!
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New Yorkers! Save the date! The ultra talented singer Pauline Pisano is celebrating her birthday (February 12, 2011) in style – by performing a concert at Sullivan Hall! I’ve seen Pauline Pisano perform before and she’s great. If you don’t know her sound, she’s got all the great qualities of a singer/songwriter, but with a rock and roll edge! According2g, that makes for a night of great live entertainment!
Here’s all the details for what will definitely be a night for the books:
February 12, 2011 at Sullivan Hall located at 214 Sullivan Street (between West 3rd Street and Bleecker).
10:30 DANICA DORA,
11:00 PAULINE PISANO w/special appearances by Christina Cone, James LaRosa, and Will Van Dyke.
12:00 REBEL SHIP (Jean Shepherd & iLLspokinN)
12:30 WALKING FOR PENNIES
Tickets are only $10! Get your tickets here.
If my above praise has not convinced you, read bios of all these fantastic performers below.
Pauline Pisano has been receiving praise for her profoundly unusual voice from critics and fans alike. An edgy romantic singer/songwriter with an unexpected pop/rock twist,” she has pipes that are rare and impressive with a range that sails easily from the basement to the heavens.” (Debra Donahue, the Cape-May Times). However, it is Pauline’s unique sense of story and melody that have led her to win several national and international songwriting awards including The Father Fame Award, The American Theater Wing’s Rising Stars Award and the honor of being a featured soloist at Alice Tully Hall.
Players include Rich Mercurio, Arthur Sadowsky, Dan Weiner, Jessie Reagen Mann, and Neeley Bridges.
Danica Dora has been a singer-songwriter since she was born. As a child she made recordings on her casio tape box, promising the world she would one day sit atop the throne of musical genius. Today, she is emerging as a infectious new presence on the New York music scene, having played sold-out engagements at Joe’s Pub, the New York Songwriter’s Circle, the Knitting Factory, Rockwood Music Hall and the Laurie Beechman Theatre among others, to critical acclaim. “With a voice like that and great songs to boot, I sense good things on the horizon.” – jezebelmusic.com.
THE REBEL SHIP
The new collaboration between one of New York’s most talent freestyle MC’s-iLLspokinN and Jean Shepherd the leader of the one of NY’s most buzzed about bands-Navegante.
Jean is the Guitarist,Vocalist,Keys, and programmer for Navegante and in this project he will be taking his beat making role one step further by creating beats at the spur of the moment by looping himself playing bass, guitar, vocals, and anything else he can find.
WALKING FOR PENNIES
Walking For Pennies is a new folk rock duo featuring NYC songwriters Neeley Bridges and Andy Jobe.
As her sincere words float among bittersweet melodies, the following for Neeley Bridges continues to gain momentum, compelling some to consider the singer/songwriter to be a guiding voice for a generation of wayward twenty-somethings. Her lyrics chime with a pre-industrial soulfulness, singing of contemporary problems with the charm of simpler times and replacing worries with the solace of heartfelt understanding. The North Carolina native blends her country and bluegrass roots with the folk influenced singer/songwriter movement of the Northeast, building her songs on a foundation of beautiful melodies and vocal harmonies, creating music rich in layers and emotions. The graceful vocals and introspective songsmithing have earned comparisons to Emmylou Harris and early Joan Baez, and while flattered, Bridges is unceasing in the effort to carve a niche of her own.
Happy birthday in advance Pauline!