Will Oldham is coming to town as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, accompanied by players from his Chijimi EP: Cheyenne Marie Mize and Emmett Kelly. It’s a special performance — just one of three on this mini tour — that will likely incorporate a fair amount of songs the trio played at a sacred music festival in Milan.
To read more about the show, as well as BPB’s upcoming Everly Brothers covers record with Dawn McCarthy, check out my preview in the penultimate issue of The Other Paper. Deville also typed up his conversation with Oldham, and the Wexner leaped outside the box and had Oldham and Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams interview each other.
This year’s recipient of the 14th Annual Wexner Prize, Annie Leibovitz (pictured above)will have a public discussion with the publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine Jann S. Wenner (pictured below) on Friday, November 9th in the Mershon Auditorium at the Wexner Center at 5:30 pm.
Leibovitz and Wenner have been friends for a longtime so this should be a very insightful conversation between two people that have interacted with and documented a good bulk of what has defined American Culture during the past 40 Years.
If you have visited Leibovitz’s current Wexner exhibit then you already know that she has shot everyone from the Queen of England to P. Diddy to Arnold Schwarzenegger to Cindy Sherman to the Rolling Stones.
Wenner and Leibovitz have a lot to talk about.
Tickets to this historic conversation are $20 general public, $15 Wexner Center members and seniors, and free for students. They are available here.
Leibovitz will receive the Wexner Prize during a private ceremony the following day on November 10th which is the 23rd Anniversary of the Wexner Center.
After the jump view a list of previous Wexner Prize Winners….
Photo by Ed Dittenhoefer, Ithaca Times
Any time Yo La Tengo comes to town it’s worth noting, but this is one of those special, Wexner Center-specific shows since Ira & Georgia & James will be soundtracking the live documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller while Oscar-nominated director Sam Green narrates. I’ll have a full-length story about the endeavor in this week’s Other Paper, but here’s an Ira Kaplan quote about the film that I liked but didn’t make it into print in its fullest form:
It’s inspiring. (Buckminster Fuller’s) heyday would be the 1960s. It’s such a endlessly fascinating time for me. I was very young, so I have memories of it. It’s a time of so much turmoil and so many things going so horribly wrong. The Vietnam War, rioting in the cities, political leaders being assassinated. When you think of the things that pass for problems in 2012, they just pale compared to what was going on in the ’60s. And yet it was a time of such optimism. “We can create a better world.” I feel like that’s gone, too, and that seems like a real paradox. While the better world has been created, to such an extent, we’ve lost so much of the belief that it’s possible to do it, even though the evidence is to the contrary.
Tickets are still available for both the 7 and 9pm screenings.
In other YLT news, Kaplan said the band has a new album “in the proverbial can” and is scheduled for a January release. Artwork is currently being finalized.
MP3: Strand of Oaks – Maureen’s
Timothy Showalter’s Strand of Oaks returns to Columbus on Thursday (8/2), this time opening for The Tallest Man on Earth at the Wexner Center. Showalter is one of my favorite musicians and always a fun interview, so I had to ask him a few questions about the direction of his just-released Dark Shores. Gone are the walls of synth of Pope Killdragon, replaced instead by reverb-less vocals and John Vanderslice-approved acoustic arrangements.
You can find an abbreviated form of this interview in The Other Paper this week, but here’s the full email exchange that Tim and I had over the past couple weeks.
Was John Vanderslice someone you had in mind when you were writing these songs, and how much did his aesthetic and input influence the sound of Dark Shores?
Actually the record was started twice. I went back to my friend Ben (Vehorn)’s studio in Akron last October. I had wanted to do this giant synth follow up to Pope Killdragon, and Ben was the perfect person for that. So we recorded about half the record, and it kept growing more epic. I hadn’t finalized lyrics yet so they we’re basically instrumentals. When the lyrics were done I quickly realized that this record was not going to be what I had initially planned. The lyrics became incredibly real to me and the fantasy element didn’t fit anymore.
Right around that time, I was in San Francisco and visited John (Vanderslice) at Tiny Telephone. We clicked immediately and began planning the record. John was a producer in every sense of the word. I trusted his decisions and what he saw in the songs. Our goal with the record was to finally capture my singing right. There’s always been this disconnect with how I sing live and how it’s recorded. John wanted the voice to rise above everything else.
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Tagged Chris Ward, Dark Shores, John Vanderslice, Mountain Goats, Pattern is Movement, Plastic Ono Band, Strand of Oaks, Sunset Tree, Tallest Man on Earth, Timothy Showalter, Tiny Telephone, wexner center
July 12, 2012
Early last month tUnE-yArDs played at the Wex. I shot that show. Forgot to post the photos. Oops. Here they are.
MP3: Strand of Oaks – Maureen’s
Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, and in 2010 he released my favorite album of that year, Pope Killdragon. You can now download it, along with debut Leave Ruin, for free at Strand of Oaks’ Bandcamp.
Another freebie, “Maureen’s,” is the first taste of Showalter’s coming album, Dark Shores. It’s more guitar-based than I anticipated, especially after hearing the synth-drenched Shaking Through collaboration “Spacestations,” but it’s no less affecting, and I’m eagerly anticipating the rest of the new record.
Strand of Oaks head out on tour next month with the Tallest Man on Earth, making a stop at the Wexner Center on Aug. 2. Full Oaks/Tallest Man tour dates below: Continue reading
Two days after the July 10 release of Swing Lo Magellan on Domino Records, the Dirty Projectors will return to the Wexner Center.
Montreal’s Purity Ring opens. Update: Purity Ring is now playing the Forecastle Fest instead (Wex opener TBD), but you can catch Purity Ring in Columbus at Ace of Cups on Sept. 17.
The Dirty Projectors’ last show at the Wex performance space ranks as one of my favorite Wexner Center shows of all time.
There Is a War
(Sylvan Lanken and Lily Lanken, 2010)
Leonard Cohen’s New Skin for an Old Ceremony is a hauntingly beautiful album about the battlefield of relationships. Cohen’s daughter Lorca organized a film where 11 eclectic artists created videos that ecompass and work along with the humor, sadness and poetry of the 1974 classic.
This film, New Skin for and Old Ceremony is playing at the Wexner Center Tonight at 7pm. For more info click here.
My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses will play the LC Pavilion in Columbus August 12th. While that alone might make you scream; it gets even better. This concert launches what is expected to be an ongoing partnership among PromoWest, Wexner Center, and CD 102.5. A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the Wexner Center for the Arts and Cd101 For the Kids.
Tickets are $39 in advance, or $43 day of and go on sale to the general public Friday, May 4 at 10 am at Ticketmaster.com.
for more info sbout the partnership keep reading after the jump.