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Reply #60 posted 06/28/12 9:24pm

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This album is great. It will definitely rank at the top when determining year end favorites.

I think it's her best album. The fact that it's her first co-production has a lot to do with it being at the top of her work. The album that may define her.

It's still too early to decide if it's my favorite. When the Pawn... is brilliant for many of the reasons Idler Wheel is great, but the added aesthetics of Jon Brion's arrangement and production may just put it over the top for me. Not to say that the production for this album is bad (it's not), but the styles of the two albums are so markedly different that it's hard to make a solid decision.

"Jonathan" is my favorite at the moment. The lyrics strike me, especially that second verse...

Jonathan, anything
And anyone that you have done
Has gotta be alright with me
If she's part of
The reason you are how you are
She's alright with me

It's not particularly poetic, but the honesty in that verse hits close to home.

Nevermind the typos...
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Reply #61 posted 06/28/12 11:18pm

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Why do people get so hung up on how she looks, she's not a pop star mad

Just because she isnt a pop star doesnt mean people cant comment on her apppearance. No one hasnt said anything negative about her, shes pretty and most importantly she makes great ass music.

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Reply #62 posted 06/29/12 9:22am

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I said I wouldn't, but I might just buy this.

Giving my $10 to Billy Corgan turned out to be a bust, so maybe this one will make me happier.

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Reply #63 posted 06/29/12 3:22pm

JoeBala

breese said:

I said I wouldn't, but I might just buy this.

Giving my $10 to Billy Corgan turned out to be a bust, so maybe this one will make me happier.

You will be happy breese just give it a chance. smile Man his CD is that bad. Love me some Rat In The Cage though.

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Reply #64 posted 06/29/12 7:13pm

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I would like her to start eating cheeseburgers.

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Reply #65 posted 06/29/12 8:03pm

JoeBala

breese said:

I would like her to start eating cheeseburgers.

LOL YEP

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Reply #66 posted 07/02/12 11:25am

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Just bought this album yesterday. I haven't gotten all the way through it, but it is quite interesting.

It hasn't grabbed me right away as something I will love, but it is definitely creative and deserves a few listens before formulating any real opinion about it.

And even if I never learn to love it, I find it very refreshing in this day and age. It's something of a throwback to a different time, when artists tried to be as good as they could be, not just to be as popular as they could be. And the music itself has that quality that Tom Waits has in that it could be from almost any time within the last hundred years. It's not of the now, it's just music. Strong on melody, "real" instruments, some twists and turns, and some real emotion. Good for her!

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Reply #67 posted 07/02/12 3:55pm

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MidniteMagnet said:



RKJCNE said:




MidniteMagnet said:


What is Largo??




I assume she is referring to Key Largo?

Nooo, I mean is this another song?? I didn't see it listed on the back of the deluxe or on the regular version that I bought. Is it hidden?



I didn't buy the deluxe because I know I'll never watch the DVD.



Buy it for the lyric and art book though.. It's the most awesome deluxe set. Like having a wonder round Fiona's head with little notes about the recordings, lyrics and her own art (which is brilliant). Great album which gets better with each listen, reminds me of In Rainbows, takes a bit of getting used to but amazing once you are in.
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Reply #68 posted 07/02/12 4:24pm

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Just saw her live in Portland (Maine) last night and absolutely LOVED her! Never was familiar with any of her music, but have to say today that I've been checkin' it out! I think the new album is really interesting. I like it! Her older stuff kinda reminds me of Martha Davis (from The Motels) somehow. At least, in melody, it does. She's really pretty and captivating. smile

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Reply #69 posted 07/02/12 5:17pm

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I just bought a ticket for one of the NYC shows. I'm surprised they did not sell out yet.

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Reply #70 posted 07/02/12 6:54pm

JoeBala

Maybe because she did 3 shows here recently. I'm sure it will sell out. Also the venue is not that great. I'd rather she did the beacon or radio city. Even Roseland would have been better, although I doubt they will have her after what happened. lol

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Reply #71 posted 07/03/12 10:22am

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JoeBala said:

Maybe because she did 3 shows here recently. I'm sure it will sell out. Also the venue is not that great. I'd rather she did the beacon or radio city. Even Roseland would have been better, although I doubt they will have her after what happened. lol

That many! I was only aware of the Brooklyn show back in March I think which sold out very quickly. The Beacon and Radio City might be too big then for her fourth show in the area this year.

I saw Fiona at the Beacon years ago. It was the make-up gig for the Roseland meltdown. I remember her apologizing profusely during that one.

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Reply #72 posted 07/03/12 12:09pm

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sextonseven said:

JoeBala said:

Maybe because she did 3 shows here recently. I'm sure it will sell out. Also the venue is not that great. I'd rather she did the beacon or radio city. Even Roseland would have been better, although I doubt they will have her after what happened. lol

That many! I was only aware of the Brooklyn show back in March I think which sold out very quickly. The Beacon and Radio City might be too big then for her fourth show in the area this year.

I saw Fiona at the Beacon years ago. It was the make-up gig for the Roseland meltdown. I remember her apologizing profusely during that one.

I was at the Beacon show. It was great. The Roseland show was sold out before I knew. Glad I didn't go. She did the Bowery Room too in Manh + a week ago she did a festival on Randells Island. That's why they waited to add the NY dates.

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Reply #73 posted 07/03/12 4:02pm

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sextonseven said:



JoeBala said:


Maybe because she did 3 shows here recently. I'm sure it will sell out. Also the venue is not that great. I'd rather she did the beacon or radio city. Even Roseland would have been better, although I doubt they will have her after what happened. lol




That many! I was only aware of the Brooklyn show back in March I think which sold out very quickly. The Beacon and Radio City might be too big then for her fourth show in the area this year.



I saw Fiona at the Beacon years ago. It was the make-up gig for the Roseland meltdown. I remember her apologizing profusely during that one.



What happened at the meltdown? eek
Anyone there for that?
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Reply #74 posted 07/03/12 6:45pm

JoeBala

Basically there were technical problems during her set. It pissed her off and she walk off stage and never returned + she was going through some personnal stuff. Read the articles I posted, she will explain it better.

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Reply #75 posted 07/03/12 6:57pm

CynicKill

This album is SO good that it almost makes it difficult to listen to her earlier work.

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Reply #76 posted 07/03/12 8:19pm

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JoeBala said:

Basically there were technical problems during her set. It pissed her off and she walk off stage and never returned + she was going through some personnal stuff. Read the articles I posted, she will explain it better.

Thanks! Your summary is enough nod

I thought maybe something really bad happened boxed

a bit unprofessional but she is an artist, and these things kind of only add to your reputation and mystique I guess hmmm I'm glad to hear she was apologising for it, which says to me it was a real and not bullshit diva stuff, which I doubt she'd be capable of anyway lol so I forgive her tease

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Reply #77 posted 07/04/12 12:22am

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You know, being the age I am, I've always ended up hearing Fiona's stuff but never had the CDs first hand.

This new disc is amazing. I also got her old CDs now but they are restrained compared to her latest!

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Reply #78 posted 07/04/12 6:37am

JoeBala

Glad you guys are liking the CD. While I like the new CD I'm still parcial to When The Pawn...to me that CD is perfecto.

Beatles Cover:

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Reply #79 posted 07/08/12 9:06pm

JoeBala

Recent tour shots:

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Reply #80 posted 07/08/12 9:28pm

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sextonseven said:

I just bought a ticket for one of the NYC shows. I'm surprised they did not sell out yet.

You'll really dig this set. I saw her last Thursday, and she was amazing! Very cool to see how universally her new album has just seized people, too. It's not been out a month, and the audience sang along word for word with just about every track she performed from it. And the chemistry between Fiona and her producer/drummer Charley Drayton is palpable.

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Ὅσον ζῇς φαίνου
μηδὲν ὅλως σὺ λυποῦ
πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶ τὸ ζῆν
τὸ τέλος ὁ χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ.”
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Reply #81 posted 07/08/12 9:35pm

JoeBala

I've heard the concert lighting is amazing too.

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Reply #82 posted 07/11/12 8:21am

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Fiona Apple performs at Lincoln Hall earlier this year.

Fiona Apple performs at Lincoln Hall earlier this year. (Andrew A. Nelles/ For The Chicago Tribune / July 11, 2012)

“Every single night’s a fight with my brain,” Fiona Apple roared, as if 27 voices were competing for space inside her head. And then she dropped to a near whisper. “I just want to feel everything.”

The singer did all she could to make it so Tuesday at the sold-out Chicago Theatre. She was in warrior mode, flexing Madonna-like biceps and shimmying like Iggy Pop as the music by her four-piece band coursed through her lean frame.

Apple has worked at her own deliberate pace since the ‘90s, releasing four studio albums in that time and rarely touring. Her career started with a multimillion-selling album when she was still in her teens, and she used that success as a license to make more personal, daring music with each subsequent recording.

Her live performances have always bristled with rough edges and the occasional breakdown, but her increased self-confidence and maturity were evident Tuesday. Not that maturity should be confused with mellowing. Indeed, this was the fiercest Apple has ever looked and sounded on a Chicago stage.

She opened with her band playing at blistering volume levels, occasionally drowning her out. But Apple fought back. She slapped her thigh with a drum stick-like object as if willing her voice to pierce the wall of guitar and drums. “Baby, run -- free yourself of me as fast as you can,” she warned.

Her songs described fractious affairs, intimacy gone haywire, a romantic topography littered with casualties. She harnessed all her voices to do these complex relationships justice: She trilled with vibrato-streaked vulnerability, moaned, pleaded and growled. During “Extraordinary Machine,” she channeled the high-pitched warble of a Vaudeville singer.

Apple’s narrators aren’t passive, and they certainly aren’t victims. They’re battle-scarred fighters. If anything, their appetites get the better of them. In “Anything We Want,” she connected the erotic pull of an adult to the unself-consciousness of childhood. Her performance had a similar transparency. She said next to nothing to the audience until the very end, as if emerging from a trance. Until then, she was immersed in the music. Her fists throttled the microphone stand. When she freed herself, her wiry body shook with spasms or tumbled to the stage, a punk-rock contortionist in “Sleep to Dream.”

She pounded a kettle drum with mallets in the high-flying “Daredevil.” When she nearly shouted, “This isn’t about love,” she slammed out percussive chords on a grand piano then let her hands scurry across the keys, a striking visual for the turbulence in the lyrics.

It was a combative, thrilling, sometimes scary performance. Only on the closing cover of Conway Twitty’s 1958 country hit “It’s Only Make Believe” did Apple lower her fists and the volume level, bow her head, and acknowledge that it was time to move on and fight another day.

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Fiona Apple set list Tuesday at Chicago Theatre:

1. Fast As You Can
2. On the Bound
3. Shadowboxer
4. Paper Bag
5. Anything We Want
6. Get Gone
7. Sleep to Dream
8. Extraordinary Machine
9. Werewolf
10. Tymps
11. Daredevil
12. I Know
13. Every Single Night
14. Not About Love
15. Carrion
16. Criminal
17. It's Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty cover)

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Reply #83 posted 07/11/12 2:14pm

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Good review! But no Valentine from the new CD? I sure hopes she sings that song live when I see her this month as that's my favorite new track!
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Reply #84 posted 07/11/12 8:10pm

JoeBala

2020 said:

Good review! But no Valentine from the new CD? I sure hopes she sings that song live when I see her this month as that's my favorite new track!

I doubt it she has not done it since the 1st leg of the tour. I like the song too.

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Reply #85 posted 07/14/12 6:56am

JoeBala

In 2 days there will be a full interview of Fiona:

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Reply #86 posted 07/18/12 9:37am

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Fiona Audio Interview:

http://www.wtfpod.com/pod...iona_apple

Some recent shots:
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Reply #87 posted 07/30/12 3:55pm

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Fiona Apple Balances Intensity, Wit at the Hollywood Palladium

Singer wrings out her emotions at hometown show

July 30, 2012 12:55 PM ET
Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple
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Fiona Apple is a lover and a fighter who doesn't differentiate much between a strike and a kiss. The stormy dynamics of her romantic relationships, excavated in many of her songs, carried through on stage at the Hollywood Palladium Sunday, where she gripped her face, pulled on her hair and lashed her voice until it frayed. It was Apple's way of wooing a devoted hometown crowd full of fans who sang along and screamed "I love you!"

She arrived apologizing for being half an hour late, blaming her nerves. But for all her human emotions, Apple also seems to think of herself as a machine who can survive, even thrive, when pushed to extremes. She hovered on the brink of breakdown during "Criminal," standing at the microphone with her gaunt frame folded into itself as she tore into the self-flagellating lyrics. Apple kept her eyes shut, as if she didn't want to witness her own thrashing.

Fortunately, Apple balances the intensity with theatrical wit. That combination has never been more mesmerizing than on her new album, "The Idler Wheel." Influenced by her Broadway veteran parents and cabaret-singing sister Maude Maggart, Apple sometimes seems like Edith Piaf if she'd grown up watching Girls. While her backing band re-created the churn and clatter of "Anything We Want," Apple sang the song's most playful line in a quavering voice: "Let's pretend like we're eight years old playing hooky/ I'll draw on the wall and you can play UFC rookie."

The small group of musicians on stage with Apple, including guitarist Blake Mills (who opened the evening with an intriguing set of country-tinged porch music), took two tacks in supporting their little sparrow. Their playing was muscular and bruising in "On the Bound," all the better for Apple to rush to her piano and plunk out a few chords.

Other times they hewed close to the bare percussive settings of "Idler Wheel." Though the audience gamely followed either course, the more bluesy treatments of Apple's older songs sometimes made them feel out of date. For "Sleep to Dream," Mills finished the song with a blast of guitar soloing that felt more appropriate for a honky-tonk dive. It seemed like the guitar was intended as the instrumental copy of Apple's feral but controlled vocals, but the song sounded fresher when it was stripped back.

For "Daredevil," the band's muscle seamlessly meshed with the song's minimal rhythms. Drummer Amy Wood raced along with Apple, who by the end of the song had found her way to her own pair of mallets, bringing them down for the last beat. It was one of the few moments when Apple seemed a little more loose, her body not wired to explode. Throughout the evening, her tension simultaneously connected her to the crowd and kept her at some distance.

But her focus was always dazzling, as were the limber tones of her voice, from supple conversation to hoarse despair. With her low moan drawing out the chorus of "Shadowboxer," her defensive posturing seemed more convincing than ever. Apple was only 18 when the song came out in 1996 and already hip to love's tricks. But now at age 34, she's smart enough to know that spotting the dangers doesn't offer any real protection from getting ensnared all over again.

Skipping the formalities of the encore with a funny little speech about it, Apple launched into a lovely cover of Conway Twitty's "It's Only Make Believe," which she delivered with the conviction of someone who intimately knows that fantasies can keep us going through the darkest hours.

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