September 8, 2005
Whistle when we meet
It is very rare that I read a music profile I would ever consider emotionally moving, but this weekend John Hodgman of the New York Times wrote a beautiful piece on Antony of Antony and The Johnsons that left me feeling light and calm after I read it. I urge you to read it now - it's lengthy, but worth your time. I love Antony's quote about why he wears long hair on stage: ''It frames my face better and I feel better.'' Well said! You learn a lot about his influences here - how his music is an amalgamation of all that he is and wants to be. I should note that the final scene of this piece is particularly well written.
Last week Antony won England's Mercury Prize for his most recent CD I Am A Bird Now, beating out a lot of big names. If you've heard his music, you know that Antony is totally fearless - his voice is like a Victrola with a lisp. I'll admit I sold his album, which may have been a mistake! I still have a copy of it, so I'll dig it out. Two tracks I do have on my iPod: "Cripple and the Starfish" and "Fistfull Of Love" - both are genius. You can hear both of those and more on this page.
Watch a video here for "I Hope There's Someone"
Posted by xolondon