Cat Power aka Chan Marshall played her first New York City-area show in years last month at Hammerstein Ballroom. Chan played an amazing live set the last time I saw her at McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg circa 2007, but I could barely recognize the woman onstage at Hammerstein Ballroom 5 years later.
As you may have heard, her shows as of late have gotten mixed reviews. Despite releasing an amazing new album Sun (one of my favorites of 2012), things just didn’t seem quite right. There were moments that went from bad to painful, but when Chan finally found her groove it was a thing of beauty. There were redeeming moments in the show. I refuse to give up on you Chan, but truly wish you would get it together.
Feist shared the note below along with the music video for Graveyard in celebration of Day of the Dead.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 10:32 am
I’m not talking about the Graveyard as a location, but of the entangled thoughts you get when visiting a graveyard. Usually you’re there to visit someone who’s died, and you think in broad terms about what they’ve become and your own mortality and about what time means. We’re alone in the field, always at a distance. And people appear and disappear from your life.
Grief comes in the form of much larger thoughts; it’s more philosophical and it leads to a confused state of mind. You don’t get those thoughts from checking your emails! It’s a pullback from details and its grand and isolating.
Earlier this year Fiona Apple released one of the greatest albums of 2012, The Idler Wheel… (short for The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do).
Fiona played two sold out shows at Terminal 5 earlier this month in support of her highly-anticipated, critically acclaimed album. I was lucky enough to attend the second night, my first time ever seeing her live (finally). Though thin and frail looking, Fiona’s presence was reinforced with powerful vocal delivery and an entrancing performance. It was truly inspiring to see an artist baring their soul and truly losing themselves in the moment. The show got off to a late start, and due to venue curfew I will assume this was the reason an encore and Criminal were omitted.
Chan Marshall rocks a blonde bob and battles the living dead (?) in her new music video for Cherokee, the opening track from her stunning album Sun! As a bonus, check out a stream of Nicolas Jaar’s subdued remix of the track.