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Is anyone going? Just found out that I am. *smug*
i'm not going if you're going.
i nearly shit earlier when i nearly forgot, opened by diary and then read whats happening on monday.
much looking forward to it.
I really REALLY can't wait.
2nd row seats-woo hoo!!
don't sell them! LSO! It's going to be special.
Me. Anyone else?
It's better than the London gig because it's cheaper and she's playing inside a giant metal armadillo.
That sounds better than Manchester
Except for maybe a giant metal frog.
This on Mon,
Bloodbrothers on Thur,
Fennesz on Sat :-)
Where is Fennesz!? I'm seeing Vashti Bunyan on Saturday though...
Is in york minster as part of spire
It ain't even sold out yet there either, only got my tickets on Tuesday. Come one and all to see Newsom in a Giant Armadillo.
the bridgewater hall.
i'm scared i'm going to cry lots.
i'm well emo :(
is there going to be meating?
also being crazy enough to be making the trip please let me know. I've got two spaces in my car that can go empty but that I would be more than happy to fill with non-(dangerously)crazy people.
I'm so excited. Does anyone know if Van Dyke Parks will be there? He's at the London show I think. One of my friends is a huge fan and the other two of us are quite big fans as well so it'd be amazing to see him.
I've already booked my train tickets! Thanks though.
Sorry. Offer still stands to anyone else. Some sort of informal DiS meet up seems like a good idea either way.
i will i will
Row F, i think, so that's what, the one two three four five sixth row? Right, yes. Sixth! Oooo
Does anyone fancy a pre-gig drink?
But I'm underage :(
I think I'm in the centre-ish of Row L, with a friend.
Other people I know seem to be seated on Row L... somehwere, and another friend is seated directly behind me.. Coincidences are weird.
K 20 or 21.
Turns out my friend is in Row L.
we're leaving around lunch time tomorrow. Is a meet up happening or will I just be saying hi to PWL Andy and fishplums Jonathan if I spot them? We're planning to have a lightning run through as much of Manchester as is possible as none of us have ever been. Can any locals help with what that lightning tour could consist of?
statue in piccadilly gardens. it's horrible! but you have to go and stare at it for a bit. it looks like jabba the hut.
row P sounds ok to me.
Can you cry in the opposite direction to on me plz. I'll do the same for you.
i'll be in 'odder' before hand, next to po na na on the oxford rd. that's so where it's at.
I saw her last night/tonight. It was lovely. The set where she plays songs that weren't on Ys is distressingly short, though. Not that it mattered much!
My friends Jonny and Trsitan and Alice are all there already. She's playing! live. Tonight! and i'm not there. what a fool.
of course it was.
oh to be bill calahan
all of the above
it was brilliant
A live EP is due out in April she said. With a seven-piece band or something.
of ys and then there was an interval and then she did 6 songs,2 of which id never heard before,but where ace(especially that scotish song)
bummed that i missed alistair roberts though!! what was he like?
in my entire lifetime i have never been more desperate for a wee.i could take it no more and had to leave 2 mins before the end of only skin
shall we actually bother to get it booked though?
As my financial state can't stretch to it right now. But I'll still need somewhere to sleep... if you and alice and jonny were to get a chalet... I think some others were on about it to? Gwwoooon. If it's not already sold out this is.
he played a scottish ballad as his last song that was really interesting and sad.
I'm not really into folky-singer/songwriter people, though.
It was the sort of performance that reminds you of many sad things and many happy things. Joanna Newsom sings and plays with this absolute conviction that utterly astounds me. She is so so honest. It is the way she moves from this really otherworldly poetry to earthly declarations of her emotions and they both work in this wonderful harmony. There's this bit in 'Only Skin' where her and Smog sing this allegorical incantation with lovely call and response vocals - her high voice against his low one - and so she gets to the end of this spell about growing a cherry tree and making a little twig house from its branches for her lover, and then she says, completely bare, "I love you truly or I love no one". It makes me melt. And then the music itself is so intriguing and fascinating, the sounds as well as the lyrics conjure the feelings of the songs, but then there is just this total wonderment at the dexterity of her playing and then with the orchestra swelling around her too. Gorgeous. Just really really gorgeous.
Everyone coming out of Bridgewater Hall had a smile on their faces.
It was a beautiful concert.
Reminded me of everything why I love music so much.
And I don't get emotional easily.
when she left after playing the Ys set. She was smiling so much. So were the audience of course. Wonderful set. Her percussionist (Neil something I think, did anyone catch his full name?) was amazing and the orchestra and Joanna were mixed in perfectly so it sounded brilliant.
Monkey and Bear and the (even more dramatic than on the record) end of Cosmia were my favourites.
Ca' the Yowes to the Knowes (the Robert Burns song) and the new one of her own sounded good though it does make me worry a bit that she'll go all Celtic folk next. There's so much of that around right now and I think she should use her talents on something else. I'm sure she'll do well whatever so I'll stop moaning. We were imagining her covering Jammin'.
Was lovely seeing Andy + Sian and Jonathan. I hope you get better soon Andy (the "Take Me To Paris" was my friend Chris' addition to my txt dictation, but I wouldn't really mind if you did as you're lovely).
I got back home at 4.15 in the morning. The drive was pretty dangerous I think considering how sleepy I was. We put on 4 Plugs by The Mad Capsule Markets on loop for a few hours (about 8 times through I think), then moved to CiSTm K0nFLiqT by The Mad Capsule Markets when 4 Plugs was rather overheated (we couldn't touch it). That ran through 3 times and then I put on 4 Plugs again. Nice way to stay awake.
Even if I did throw up on the way back, hence not being at school today :(
I would post a review, but i'm in no way articulate enough to describe the thoughts and feelings that performance gave me. So I'll just ramble on for as long as possible.
After dressing WAY too smart (I read "appropriate dresswear" on the site and felt super paranoid), I got there looking very silly indeed. Got there a little late, half way through Alasdair. He sounded good, although he didn't blow me away. His version of Barbara Allen was pretty great, though I've heard better (e.g Ben Wetherill)
Then, we went out, got some water (and horribly overpriced ice cream!) and took our seats for what I've been waiting for for months, unsure what to expect. Strangely, a friend of my brother's was sat right behind us (he also records for my "record label"), so that was pretty great/insane. Also saw various other school/Leeds people, though no DiSers.
Then she comes on, and she's just so cute! Her smile is just so genuine and lovely, and the way she speaks... it's all so honest, and amazing. She takes to the stage after the Northern Sinfonia, looking really elegant.
And then it begins; her voice begins to wrap her words around Emily, and I've never seem anything like it. It's perfect. As she plays her way through Ys, I can't think of anything wrong - my headache and cold, and generally how crappy I felt seemed to disappear watching this - it was note for note perfect, dozens of moments gave me shivers.
She leaves the stage, and I realise just how lucky I am to see that. One of my favourite albums, played in it's entirety, almost like seeing the album. My face hurts because I couldn't stop smiling all the way through the performance. I thought the addition of a drummer worked incredibly well (especially on Emily) and he did so so so well providing backing vocals (especially on Only Skin - replacing the irreplaceable Bill Callahan!).
Then, as far as I can remember she plays most of my favourites from Milk-Eyed Mender (except for En Gallop, but you can't have it all :]). The new song sounded absolutely incredible, maybe my highlight of the night, I really REALLY hope to hear it recorded (did someone say they'll be a live EP?? God, I hope so!!). CCCC sounded so beautiful (probably the song I most wanted her to play), and her voice gave me so many shivers during Peach, Plum, Pear.
Highlights: the new song, Joanna's smile, the drums on Emily, and ice cream.
Lowlights: there were none, maybe not seeing any DiSers, I suppose :(. Oh, and throwing up on the way back to Leeds :( :( :(
Also: how beautiful is the harp!? Did anybody else just get completely lost watching her hands move across it? I could watch that for hours...
- My first review, I didn't really spend long doing it, and I don't think it's very good, but please tell me what you think?
I had the stem ginger.
Indeed yes, it was lovely.
Ice Cream + Joanna Newsom? I don't things can get any better...
she was really, really, really good.
and i'm really, really, really hungry.
hey alasdair roberts is playing manchester, at urbis, on 15th april!! wegottickets.com
Bridges & Balloons
Scottish Song (title?)
Clab, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
The Book Of Right-On
Peach, Plum, Pear
at the Sage. Amazing gig though. 'Emily' was awesome. My brother thought it was the best performance of one song that he'd ever seen and it wasn't far off for me. That bit when she coughed and almost stopped playing was scary but it all turned out brilliantly! Alasdair Roberts was great too.
and im insanely jealous
I missed out on tickets for glasgow *SADFACE*
I really, REALLY need to hear her new song
Listen out for the new song, it's incredible.
but i really didn't enjoy it cos i was so fucking ill. i felt like i was hallucinating. completely spaced out. couldn't focus.
especially when she played that really psychedelic rythmic new one.
What everyone has said pretty much, one of the best gigs of my life and I still have Friday in the front row of the Barbican to get excited about. Tame me!