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Tori will be touring in 2014 to support the release of Unrepentant Geraldines. The European legs runs from May through June and the North American legs spans July and August. We do not know if additional dates elsewhere will be added.
There was more freedom in some ways than when you’re making a pop contemporary record. Stylistically, with a contemporary record, no different than fashion: you need to be forward thinking. You need to look at what is occurring sonically. What other records are making statements about. This kind of work is about architecture, structure, and you have a lot more room in alternative classic to build than you do in the pop field.
Back during the three show run in Johannesburg, Tori chatted with Clayton Swanepoel for The New Age and the interview appeared in the November 17th edition of that publication. The interview touched on Tori’s feelings about visiting South Africa for the first time, the music industry and, of course, Night of Hunters though, unlike some other interviews, in the context of contrasting with with pop records, such as Scarlet’s Walk.
Many thanks to lilfaerie and Anina for the link!
You can sing Kumbaya if you want but get out and vote. I am not being MTV Rock the Vote. I am being much more pragmatic about it and almost threatening. If those of us want to see the world in a more accepting way and don’t participate then our world may not look the way we want it to in five years time.
Jerry Nunn interviewed Tori for the Chicago-based LGBT news publication the Windy City Times. The conversation spanned topics from the origins of Night of Hunters to picking out songs to perform on tour with the Apollon Musagète Quartett and took a political turn with Tori encouraging the gay community to get involved and to vote during the 2012 elections in the United States.
Thanks to Thomas for being the first of several people to let us know about this interview.
There is more than one [Bösendorfer] that I have a relationship with, but they all get along. We have to make decisions about which travel best because of changes in temperature and humidity. I’ve never played one I didn’t find magical and I can’t wait to meet yours.
Tori chatted with Evan Milton for the Cape Argus newspaper. While the article originally appeared in the Good Weekend section of the paper’s November 13th edition, that particular article does not appear to have made it to their website. Fortunately, it was reprinted in Tonight, which is where we’ve linked it from. The article addresses the South African tour, her plans for what those shows would be like, an explanation for the Apollon Musagète Quartett’s break from the tour and some interesting gossip about the pianos used on the tour.
Thanks again to Ben for the link to this interesting piece!
I’ve never been able to simply pick a topic and write about it. I know of writers that watch others and write about what they see. I’m not good at doing that. I have to experience it first-hand. I must taste and feel it. If you don’t know the language of your subject, you simply cannot tell the tale.
Jason Curtis spoke to Tori for the Cape Times and his article appeared in the November 14th edition of that paper (as well as on Tonight, an online entertainment site run by the publishers of the Cape Times). In their discussion, they touch on her first visit to South Africa, Night of Hunters, her philosophy on playing live and her approach to song-writing.
Many thanks to Stoff for the tip!
I never drink before shows. I drink Chinese tea and water. I also don’t eat for at least three hours before a show. This ensures that I’m entirely clear. I chew cinnamon gum before shows. This keeps my vocal cords wet, helping me to reach notes with lots of space to breathe.
In addition to publishing a review of the first concert in Johannesburg, The Times also ran a feature piees on Tor, focusing on her minimal rider requirements and fondness for wine. We certainly can’t fault either topic though it would have been nice to see a little more focus on the new record…and perhaps an slightly more outrageous quote to lead into this story!
Thanks to @ChantelErfort and Ben for the link!
Askmen.com, a Web magazine for guys, has rated Tori and, through some unexplained ratings system, has given her a 56 for “sexiness” and a 74 for “success,” explaining, “It’s never been Tori’s physicality that’s made her sexy. Instead, it’s her ability to bare her soul in her music, her ability to tap into her emotions, sexuality, fears, anxieties, and insecurities that make her so desirable. Her fiery locks and pillow lips are by no means detractors, but when our dog dies, our bank account empties and The Jonas Brothers break up, it’s Tori’s shoulder that we’ll be looking to cry on, with a hit single entitled ‘My boyfriend’s dog left him and the Jonas Brothers broke up’ to follow.”
Have any other men’s magazines attempted to make Tori appealing to the stereotypical “type of guy who reads men’s magazines?” (Does that type of guy even exist?) This seems like an unusual audience for Tori’s music, and an unusual way of “selling” Tori, but if it helps people find her music, it can’t hurt, right? Thanks to Noah for the link.
So, many years on, still making records, each record is never approached casually. It’s not a casual exercise. It’s f**king ferocious. But there’s something quite sexy about it, too. It’s like I’ve heard surfers talk about riding these waves that could really wipe them out and kill them. Well, you know, making records can be like that too.
The Huffington Post’s Mike Ragogna recently chatted with Tori about Night of Hunters, working with master composers, and tricks to developing your identity as a songwriter. Thanks to mgktweety for the link.
Since we first started dating in 1994, my husband [a sound engineer] and I have had this culinary adventure, exploring different restaurants around the world, on “non-show days”. It’s part of the romance and it’s “our time”. Although our daughter Tash often accompanies us. We brought her to Le Caprice as a baby. She was loving mussels escargot at two.
In a unique and fascinating interview with the UK Observer, Tori talks about food, from a coffee mishap at 2 to her carnivorous leanings in the early 1990s. Yum, Susan!
I began to see that people were having a relationship with the songs, and I was really kind of a scribe for the consciousness of the songs to express themselves. And it took me a while to get it, but once I did, I found it really freeing. Because I thought, “You know, you’re a part of this, people aren’t directing this at you, don’t be confused, you don’t need to feel strange. This is people having a relationship with the song, and they’re choosing to tell you about it. They don’t have to tell you about it, Tori. So feel privileged that they are confiding in you.” And that took me a little while to get, but once I got it, I must tell you it was great feeling, like you’re part of a community.
The Onion’s AV Club has a new interview with Tori online today. In it, they show specific song clips or videos from throughout her catalogue and ask her to respond to them in some way. It makes for fascinating reading, but also makes it more difficult to duplicate here, so head on over there to check it out. Cheers to Christian for the link!
Tori loves her cover songs, and Alex Ramon, blogger at Boycotting Trends (and writer for Wears the Trousers and Pop Matters), recently turned his attention to Tori’s history covering other people’s music. The piece is a fun trek through the music Tori has covered over the years, from “If 6 was 9” to “Whoomp (There it Is)” and “Running to Stand Still.” Ramon writes, “An Amos cover is not necessarily an act of tribute to the song in question, nor does it represent a simple diversion for her from the “real graft” of original composition. Rather, it is a more complex encounter between an extant text and an artist who is expert at approaching songs from unusual angles and infusing them with her unique spirit and interpretive skills.” Click over to read the whole thing.