St. Vincent & Seattle Sound Suite

Seattle is an engaging music technology city to visit. (Microsoft, Jimi Hendrix’s birthplace, Pearl Jam, etc.)  I especially love staying in the first class hotels along the water’s edge.

Take a look at this tweet from St. Vincent and W Hotels about an innovative lodging experience.

This is a smart idea for music artists who awaken with a creative idea and wish to capture it after a good night’s rest. Imagine walking out of your room, padding down the hall to record the song that echoes inside of you. Note the scenic view the artist can get lost in right outside their window. How’s that for ambiance and inspiration?

I wonder what the cost of a Sound Suite session might be? Thinking I need to take some voice lessons first 🙂

W Hotels gets added to my list of Seattle comforts.

Ernie Ball Music Man – St. Vincent Guitar Signature Model

I get such a kick out of St. Vincent. She is an eclectic, innovative artist. I have seen her live twice at The Beacon Theatre (9/26/12) and The Shubert Theatre (6/20/13 performing with David Byrne and the Brass Band ensemble on the Love This Giant tour.

Ernie Ball Music Man and St. Vincent have collaborated on a signature guitar.

It’s totally rad like Annie Clark and I love that about her artistry.

Photo by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Full Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction

I don’t get HBO on my Optimum Cablevision system. I was thankful that Rolling Stone Magazine posted information that the full HBO Nirvana Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 induction ceremony was available on YouTube.

If you love Grunge Rock and emotionally inspirational live music performances you should watch the 38:39 YouTube HD video segment. It also includes the three-minute video intro, featuring archival commentary from Kurt Cobain and reflective asides from drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic.

“It is the highest calling for an artist, as well as the greatest possible privilege, to capture a moment, to find the zeitgeist, to expose our struggles, our aspirations, our desires, to embrace and define their time,” he says. “That is my definition of an artist. Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle. – Micheal Stipe, R.E.M. Induction Speech”

There are four wide-ranging performances, with Grohl, Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear joined by four female rock icons. Joan Jett helps out with a seering “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; Sonic Youth vocalist-bassist Kim Gordon adds abrasive wails to “Aneurysm”; St. Vincent’s Annie Clark helps out with “Lithium” and Lorde assist on “All Apologies.”

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St. Vincent, You Rule!

Ever since we saw St. Vincent perform with David Byrne and their Brass Band on the Love This Giant tour I have become enraptured  by Annie Clark‘s musical genius. She captivates her audiences with riveting guitar playing combined with sheer bravado and energy.

I discovered today from Pitchfork that St. Vincent will be releasing a new album, St. Vincent on February 25th in the US.

St_ Vincent - Album Art

You can stream the first track, “Birth In Reverse” by simply joining the St. Vincent mailing list.

Or if you’d like here is the SoundCloud edition.

Congratulations Annie for being named recipient of the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards in Performing Arts.

David Byrne presented a heartfelt ad-lib speech for Annie Clark’s award.

By the time I was to introduce Annie (the last award as she’d be performing right after), I realized that everyone probably had had enough talks, as wonderful as they were. So I abandoned my notes, ignored the teleprompter and winged it. I talked about what I said above: what a wonderful world was represented here where the arts can mix with science and with social activism. I also said some nice things about Annie, but there was no need to explain what she does, as she was going to demonstrate that herself.

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Shubert Theater, 6/20/13

Tonight we attend the David Byrne & St. Vincent plus Brass Band ensemble, Love This Giant tour at The Shubert Theater in New Haven, Ct.

We caught their show last year at The Beacon Theatre. The concert was engaging and very danceable. The choreography with David Byrne and St. Vincent who are animated in their own right along with the brass band ensemble creates quite an audio/visual assemblage.

Hoping to have Instagram images from the orchestra later this evening.

David Byrne and St. Vincent – Brass Tactics, Free 5 Song EP

I just love David Byrne & St. Vincent and their brass band choreographed ensemble, Love This GiantWe are ticketed to see them on June 20th at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven.

They have put out a 5-song EP called “Brass Tactics”. It’s available on the Love This Giant website for free, and includes a couple of live tracks from the fall tour which we saw at The Beacon Theatre in New York City on 9/26/12.  The free EP has a couple of remixes, and a song David and St. Vincent recorded in the studio that didn’t make it onto the album. You can download that here. They also put together a little video of clips and thoughts about the last tour and the new one to come, which you can see there, as well.

You can find everything (including full tour dates and our new summer merch sale) on LTG.com.