You wanted Ani back on the road, you got her back on the road. You wanted a new studio album, you’re gonna get a new studio album. Ready or not, here comes Reprieve: 12 new songs and spoken-word selections performed by the Little Folksinger with a bit o’ help from tour buddy Todd S. They started work on the album in New Orleans in early 2005, then Katrina forced them...
Congratulations to Toshi Reagon, who’s latest album, Have You Heard, took home the 2006 Outmusic Award for Outstanding Songwriter this past Sunday. Have You Heard was also nominated for Best New Recording. The Outmusic Awards were handed out in a ceremony June 11 at the Knitting Factory in New York City. Between the awards and a feature segment in the May episode of In The Life (the Gay and Lesbian...
Ani is wrapping up her sold-out April tour this week and those of us not lucky enough to be there in person can catch the show from the comfort of our computer chair. New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage station, WWOZ 90.7 FM, will be airing performances through out the Jazz Fest. Ani, joined by bassist Todd Sickafoose and percussionist Mike Dillon, are scheduled to take to the Blues Stage this...
After touring relentlessly over the past year, Andrew Bird has earned a slot on some of the biggest summer festivals in the US. Bird helps kick off the festivities at Bonnaroo on Friday, June 16. On July 5, Bird joins the eleven-day-long “world’s largest music festival,” Milwaukee Summerfest. Later this summer, Lollapalooza returns as a three day festival in Chicago with Andrew Bird scheduled to take the stage on Sunday,...
On Thursday, March 30, Hamell on Trial (a.k.a. Ed Hamell) shares his scathing wit with Marc Maron
on Air America Radio. For all the fans and parents who enjoy drugs in
the Los Angeles area you can tune in to KTLK 1150am from 10pm to
midnight PST, Hamell’s segment is scheduled to be on around 11:15pm PST.
Everybody outside of LA can stream it live on AirAmericaRadio.com.
The rumors are true, after a short hiatus from touring Ani DiFranco is easing back onto the road with select festival and theater dates. This year, the touring will be a little different, with Ani focusing on smaller, more intimate venues in general. April finds the Little Folksinger at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday the 28, after shows in Columbia, MO; Nashville, TN; and Atlanta, GA....
In celebration of his new release, Songs For Parents Who Enjoy Drugs, Hamell on Trial takes his biting wit and acoustic guitar thrashing to the Knitting Factory in New York City for several intoxicating performances. Over six nights, February 21, 22, 23 and March 2, 3, and 4, the one-man show, titled Politics, Polemic and Pills, will integrate Hamell’s fatherly wisdom, brilliant sense of humor and comedic storytelling with songs...
We are saddened to pass along the news that our dear friend Bob Feldman, president of Red House Records, passed away after a brief illness on January 11, 2006. Bob was known across North America as a dedicated music promoter, record producer and label president – a man who had the respect and admiration of both musicians and business partners. Bob restarted Red House Records, Greg Brown’s dormant record label,...
Singer, Songwriter, and Television Personality (?) Ani DiFranco will host an upcoming episode of In The Life, The Gay and Lesbian Newsmagazine on Public Television. The January episode, “Principles of Youth", focuses on being young and gay in America, giving voice to an often unheard and overlooked population. A three-time Emmy Award nominee, In the Life has blended journalism, entertainment reports, and commentary for an entertaining and educational look at...
At midnight on January 1, while all those folks in Time Square are jumping up and down to try and keep warm, VH-1 Classic will be airing a sneak preview of a live concert of Cyndi Lauper and Friends on Decades Rock Live. Together, Ani and Cyndi perform Cyndi’s “Sisters of Avalon." As previously reported, the show was recorded on November 11, 2005, when Ani joined Scott Weiland, Pat Monahan...
The 2005 Venus
Hottt List is out and Andrew Bird has ranked third in the Best [Male]
Solo Artist category. Voted on by readers and listed in the Winter 2005
issue, Andrew Bird joins the ranks of Beck, Sufjan Stevens and ties
with Bright Eyes. Other categories included Best Feature-Length Film,
Best DIY Company, Pop Star You Secretly Love But Won’t Tell Your Friends
About, and Best Activists.
The Nominations are in: for the third year in a row Ani DiFranco and graphic artist Brian Grunert have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. The dynamic duo teamed up again as co-Art Directors for Ani’s latest album Knuckle Down. The results are a truly unique package, a clear slip cover slides over Ani’s laughing visage on the green tri-fold cd case, complete with hand sketched...
Toshi Reagon joins John Hammond, Rory Block and Dave Tronzo in a concert tribute to delta country blues legend Charley Patton on February 1. Patton (1887-1934) was an acknowledged celebrity and seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta from Howlin’ Wolf to Robert Johnson. “Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain” - Tribute to Charley Patton will be part of the New York Guitar Festival at the Merkin Concert Hall running January...
On February 7, Columbia/Legacy will release an expanded edition of the soundtrack for Dead Man Walking, including a live DVD that features a few songs from the Little Folksinger. Filmed in Los Angeles at Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking – The Concert in March 1998, the event featured performances by Ani, Tom Waits, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and Eddie Vedder among others. The DVD includes Ani performing “Fuel,”...
Ani DiFranco joins Scott Weiland, Pat Monahan of Train, Shaggy and The Hooters to honor Cyndi Lauper on VH-1 Classic’s Decades Rock Live. Each hour long episode of this new series features celebrated artists who have influenced popular music over the past 50 years, as well as performances from the biggest names of today that have been inspired by them. As previously reported, Ani appears on Cyndi’s latest album The...
Our newest Righteous Babe, Toshi Reagon, tapes a Woodsongs radio show this Monday, October 24 at 7:30pm at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, KY. Those of you close by can purchase tickets for a mere $5 by calling 859-252-8888 or online at woodsongs.com. For the rest of us who can’t make the trip, sit on down at your computer and tune in to the live taping at woodsongs.com/webcast.htm. The radio...
CMJ named Ani one of the 25 most influential artists since CMJ’s inception 25 years ago. Joining the ranks of U2, Nirvana, and the Pixies, Ani comes in at number 22 (just before Radiohead) in issue #930 of the New Music Report. Dubbing her the “sultress of staccato” CMJ says “Iconoclastic and recklessly driven people like her are far more dangerous to the recording industry than some straw man like...
So this isn’t exactly late breaking…BUT the little folk singer has lent her voice to a few friends’ albums this year. Dar Williams latest, My Better Self, includes a haunting duet with Ani on Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Cyndi Lauper’s The Body Acoustic (which hits stores November 8) includes an updated version of “Sisters of Avalon” with Ani and Vivian Green. Also, this summer the Indigo Girls released a collection...
Ani is taking part in the New Yorker Festival September 23 through 25 in New York City. She joins a panel on Saturday afternoon at Time Square Studios titled “Stage to Studio: When Performers Produce.” Other panelists include RZA (aka Robert Diggs, a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, and film composer with credits for Kill Bill: Vol 1 and 2), Rick Ocasek (front man of the Cars), Steve Albini (guitarist,...
In celebration of their new release Battles Olé Drums & Tuba will be signing autographs and saying hi to the folks at Mondo Kim’s (6 St. Marks Place in the Village, New York City ) this Sunday, September 11 at 6:30p. Come on down, enter to win prizes, check out their new album and save yourself from one more boring Sunday night. For more on Drums & Tuba click here....