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Antony and the Johnsons

posted Jan 22, 2009, 9:16 PM by Vu Nguyen
Antony and The Johnsons - Epilepsy Is Dancing
Tour Dates
02/02/09 Keswick Theatre Phila, PA
02/03/09 Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington DC
02/04/09 South Theatre Columbus, OH
02/07/09 Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN
02/08/09 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
02/12/09 Vic Theatre Chicago, Illinois
02/13/09 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
02/14/09 Pantages Theatre Minneap,MN
02/17/09 Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto, Ontario
02/19/09 Town Hall New York, NY
02/20/09 Town Hall New York, NY
02/22/09 Berklee Performance Center Boston, Massachusetts
02/24/09 Nob Hill Masonic Center San Francisco, California
02/27/09 The Vogue Theatre Vancouver, British Columbia
02/28/09 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
03/15/09 Griedhallen Bergen
03/17/09 Sentrum Scene Oslo
03/19/09 Cirkus Stockholm
03/21/09 House of Culture Helsinki
03/26/09 Falkoner Copenhagen
03/28/09 Teatro delle Muse Ancona
03/29/09 Auditorium il Parco della Musica Rome
03/31/09 Teatro Politeama Pratese
04/01/09 Sala Verdi Conservatorio Milan
04/04/09 Kongresshaus Zurich
04/06/09 La Laiterie Strasbourg
04/09/09 Le Grand Rex Paris
04/13/09 Bozar Brussels
04/15/09 Palau de la Musica Barcelona
04/23/09 Postpalast Munich
04/24/09 Admiralspalast Berlin
04/27/09 Alte Oper Frankfuhrt
04/29/09 National Theatre Warsaw
05/01/09 Donaufestival, Main Hall Krems
05/03/09 MC FritsPhilips Eindhoven
05/05/09 Kursaal Auditorium San Sebastian
05/07/09 Auditorio de Murcia Murcia
05/11/09 Palacio de Congresos Madrid
05/14/09 Coliseum Lisbon
05/16/09 Teatro Circo Braga
05/18/09 Coliseum Porto
05/21/09 Brighton Dome Concert Hall (Brighton Festival) Brighton
05/22/09 Symphony Hall Birmingham
05/24/09 Colston Hall Bristol
05/27/09 Hammersmith Apollo London
05/29/09 The Sage Gateshead
05/31/09 Vicar St Dublin
06/01/09 Waterfront Belfast
06/04/09 Playhouse Edinburgh
HOLY SMOLEY!! That cover artwork for The Crying Light (released January 20th on Secretly Canadian Records) scared the crap out of me. I'm not sure if the cover art is meant to scare you - but it scared me. The portrait is of Kazuo Ohno by Naoya Ikegami, Tokyo 1977.

Anyway, Pitchfork have been building up Antony & The Johnsons' album on ABC News (see also as one of the most anticipated album for 2009.

I will say one thing is that Antony Hegarty's voice is very, very, unique and interesting. When you listen to his music, you really listen to it because it's like nothing you've ever heard before. Having said that, if you don't enjoy his voice, then you will find it nothing less than distracting.

Many of these songs on The Crying Light have minimum music (pianos, violins, soft orchestral arrangements) with his voice served as the central piece that ties it all together.

His music theme seems to be revolving around transgender/intersex and about searching and finding ... and not to read too much into it, but he seems to have an endless love for Dr. Julia Yasuda (an intersexal person) on the liner notes. Her portrait is proudly displayed on the album's booklet.

The songs that's worth checking out are "One Dove", a slower, but creepy song. The ending with the flute is a plus. There's also "Everglade", which ends the album on loneliness tone.

"Epilepsy Is Dancing" is easily my favorite on the album. The music feels like a classical waltz here and Antony's lyrics is depressing at some points ("cut me in quadrants/leave me in the corner").

If you like unconventional vocals on an unconventional classical orchestral - and also feeling awkward, you'll need to check out The Crying Light by Antony & The Johnsons. You can find their album at most retailers (amazon) and digitally (iTunes).

 01/22/2009 22:59:32  vu ()