St. Vincent

St. Vincent covers Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”

St. Vincent is currently on tour behind her latest album MassEducation, which features stripped-down versions songs from her last studio album Masseduction. According to Stereogum, during a performance at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Annie Clark covered Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” Watch a video below.

St. Vincent shares “fast” version of “Slow Disco”

St. Vincent has released a new version of her Masseduction song “Slow Disco.” “I always felt this song could wear many different outfits and live many different lives,” she wrote in a statement. “Here she is in disco pants, sweating on a New York dance floor.” St. Vincent made the song with Jack Antonoff and co-wrote it with Joy Williams from the Civil Wars. Hear “Fast Slow Disco” below.

Watch St. Vincent’s “Slow Disco” performance on “Fallon”

St. Vincent performed Masseduction track “Slow Disco” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night. She gave the performance on a church set with a string section in the pews. Watch it below.

Watch St. Vincent’s new “Pills” video

St. Vincent has released a video for the song “Pills” from her latest album Masseduction. Watch the psychedelic video here, which was directed by Philippa Price. It follows the videos from the album for “New York” and “Los Ageless.”

Day For Night lineup has been announced

The other day, Day for Night, the art and music festival in Houston, Texas, announced its 2017 lineup. Among the headliners are Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yorke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, and James Blake. Also on the lineup are Jamie xx, Pussy Riot, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sky Ferreira, Cardi B, Perfume Genius, Laurie Anderson, Lil B, Jlin, Priests, Mount Kimbie, and Jenny Hval. GAS will also be playing the festival, making it his first show in the United States since 2009. Day for Night 201 will take place December 15-17. See the full lineup here.

On the first day of the festival, there is going to be a summit with talks by Chelsea Manning, Laurie Anderson, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, and Los Angeles-based artist Lauren McCarthy. After the summit, there is going to be a “Soul Cleansing,” a performance presented by Saint Heron that will feature Solange, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kaytranada. Day for Night also will have 18 installations from artists including Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, and Felicie D’Estienne D’Orves.

A part of the earnings from this year’s Day for Night is going to be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation to help people in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Last year’s festival featured the first Aphex Twin set in the States since 2008.

St. Vincent shares “New York” video

St. Vincent has released a video for her song “New York.” The clip was directed by Alex Da Corte and shows Annie Clark in surreal and colorful scenes, including on a couch with a swan. Da Corte said in a press release, “I think Annie’s New York is the New York of my dreams—one that is blurry and fractured, dreamy and flat. It is the Toontown to my Hollywood. It is beautiful but slightly out of reach.” Watch the “New York” music video below.

St. Vincent dissects “New York” on “Song Exploder”

St. Vincent appeared on the latest episode of “Song Exploder.” She talked about her most recent single “New York,” and particularly the lyric, “You’re the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.” “I get a lot of pleasure from saying ‘fuck,’” Clark begins. “I just like the idea of using really blue language as a term of endearment. ‘This motherfucker, that motherfucker—no way! Motherfucker better get his shit together.’ My mom would be horrified, but I’ve been cursing like a sailor since I was 8. … ‘Motherfucker’ says, like, I know you inside and out. And you know me. Don’t pretend.” Listen to the full podcast below.

Clark explained that “New York” began in a text she sent a friend saying, “New York isn’t New York without you.” She then recorded an early, guitar-led version of the song in a voice memo, which can be listened to around the 4:20 mark, before hashing it out with Jack Antonoff. She talks about the line “I have lost a hero/I have lost a friend,” and the connection to the “purge” of music legends in 2016. “It’s very silly to make something like David Bowie’s death about me—it has nothing to do with me—but I will say that I was really affected. And I cried. I cried for somebody I didn’t even know. And I don’t know that I’ve done that before.” She says later in the episode, “It’s the first song I’ve written that I thought, ‘This might be someone’s favorite song.’ I’ve never had that experience before [laughs].”

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