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].”


St. Vincent announces tour

St. Vincent will be going on tour this fall. She announced the “Fear the Future” tour on her website with a short, cryptic video, watch it below. She will start in October, with shows going until December. See her full itinerary below. St. Vincent played a handful of shows in 2016, including David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption, where she debuted a new song. Her new album is set to be out later this year and she said it will mark a “‘real sea change’ in her sound.”

St Vincent:

08-19 Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic
10-17 London, England – 02 Academy Brixton
10-18 Manchester, England – 02 Apollo Manchester
10-20 Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theater
10-23 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
10-24 Paris, France – Le Trianon
10-26 Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
10-27 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivolivredenburg
11-14 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
11-15 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
11-17 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
11-18 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater
11-19 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
11-20 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11-21 Louisville, KY – Whitney Hall
11-22 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
11-24 Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
11-25 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
11-27 Washington, DC – The Anthem
11-28 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
11-30 Boston, MA – House of Blues
12-01 Portland, ME – State Theatre
12-02 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre

Bob’s Burgers Music Album features St. Vincent, the National, Aziz Ansari, More

The critically-acclaimed Fox TV show, “Bob’s Burgers,” which has previously teamed up with artists including the National and Sleater-Kinney, is releasing an album through Sub Pop. The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, which is set to be out on May 12th will feature 112 short songs from the regular cast members like Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin, and John Roberts. Featured guests include Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Fred Armisen, and Zach Galifianakis. The release will also include the Bob’s Buskers series where St. Vincent, the National, Stephin Merritt, and more covered Bob’s Burgers songs. Check out the full tracklist here.

Watch the National and Låpsley’s cover of “Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom” below as well as cast’s performance of the track, the theme song and an unboxing video:

St. Vincent says new album due next spring is a “real sea change in her sound”

St. Vincent is on the cover of the January issue of Guitar World. In the interview in the magazine, Annie Clark talks about the beginning of her career and her work on the follow-up to her self-titled album, which came out in 2014. The new album does not have a name yet, but it is “due for release this spring” and Clark believes it to be a “‘real sea change’ in her sound.”

“I’ve been able to step back and reflect and not just be in the tour, record, tour, record cycle that I’ve been in for about 10 years. I think it’ll be the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done,” Clark said about the album. She continued, “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded—especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geo-political standpoint. The personal is political and therefore the political can’t help but influence the art. And only music that has something pretty real to say is gonna cut the mustard.”

Clark made a statement to go with her appearance on the Guitar World cover itself as well. Past “buyer’s guide” editions of the magazine have had scantily-clad women displaying the guitars. Clark holds her signature Ernie Ball guitar and wears a bikini t-shirt you would typically see in a gift shop on her cover, making her “own absurdist comment” on the magazine’s past. Check out the cover here.