During tours, we do our best to cover setlists in real-time on Twitter. If you want to tweet a show in, just DM or @ us on the day and tell us to watch your stream that night.
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.
Wondering what Dan Phelps, some-time American Doll Posse tour guitarist, and Matt Chamberlain, Tori’s long-time drummer for both touring and recording, have been up to lately?
As it turns out, they, along with bassist Viktor Krauss, have a new release out as The Modular Project. This dreamy and organic instrumental collaboration is, to my ears anyway, quite tasty. If that sounds intriguing, give it a spin at Bandcamp and consider picking up either a digital copy or, for the fellow object fetishists out there, the double LP!
If you haven’t heard heard of the Apollon Musagète Quartett, you will. According to the Polish quartet’s Web site, the group spent June 20-23 in Cornwall, recording with Tori — likely for Night of Hunters. Founded in 2006, the quartet (which includes Pawel Zalejski and Bartosz Zachlod on violin, Piotr Szumiel on viola, and Piotr Skweres on cello) scored a number of wins at the ARD Music Competition in Munich, and by 2008 became international stars. They now have three albums under their belts.
If you listen to their music, you can imagine why Tori latched onto these lads: they’re hip, highly talented, and deeply into mythology. Their name comes from the composition by Igor Stravinsky, in which Apollo, the god of music, dances with the muses, leading them to Mount Parnassus.
According to the Oehms classics Web site, “We want to fulfill the Apollonian,” say the four Polish musicians in a conversation with the chamber music journal Ensemble (1/2010). Their goal: “To bring all the arts together. We want to think multidimensionally and shape all aspects of the music: its sound as well as its theatrical possibilities.”
If that doesn’t sound like it’s up Tori’s alley, we don’t know what does. The quartet is playing a number of concerts in Europe over the next year that fans across the pond may want to check out; details are on their site. Many thanks to Luke for this tip.
Just peeping a quick heads-up that our favorite pro-wrestling Toriphile, Mick Foley, will be on Carson Daly tonight (technically in the wee hours of Saturday morning), and the segment is largely focussed on Tori. Yay!
Devin noticed that John Philip Shenale has started to post about his contributions to Abnormally Attracted to Sin on his blog. So far, he’s addressed three songs — That Guy, Maybe California, Strong Black Vine — and two instruments: the Chamberlin (no, not Matt) and the Optigan.
The pieces are also being posted on his MySpace.
Rantz Hoseley, editor of Comic Book Tattoo and CEO of the LongBox Group, will be appearing on the discussion panel Comics on Handhelds: Taking Webcomics Mobile at SXSW on Tuesday, March 17th, from 5pm-6pm.
If you are a Toriphile attending SXSW, you will want to do everything you can to attend this discussion. Why? During the panel, Rantz will be spilling info that will be of particular interest to Tori fans and (to quote Rantz directly) “comic fans will crap themselves” as this will be the first public showing of LongBox.
If you can’t hop on the next plane to Austin, don’t worry … we’ll fill you in after the panel has taken place. (No, we don’t know what the big news is yet.)
ADDENDUM: Rantz clarifies that he meant to indicate that fans who enjoyed CBT will likely be excited by the stuff on the panel, not that he will be making any Tori-specific announcements or unveilings during the panel, and apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.
In a new entry on his MySpace page, John Philip Shenale documents some details of his work on Abnormally Attracted To Sin:
I wanted to xpand alittle on an email i received, asking about Tori’s new record “Abnormally Attracted To Sin” and my involvement .
I worked on 4 songs for the record.
All 4 of Tori’s creations , consumed me for the last 3 months of 08.
We used an octet for the string section on 2 songs ( 4 violins, 2 violas 2 celli.
Various synths, samplers, processes, Hammonds (A100 and solovox) and Wurly were used at times, played by Tori and me.
Tori played Bosy on 3.
Matt and Jon played on all 4.
One song i arranged the rythym section, keys and strings around Tori .
Then Matt and Jon added there magic later.
This process finished in Cornwall in December.
The ending of a wonderful record and an emotional year for me.
Well thats it for now.
I will put up more text and pics after the release.
Sounds exciting. We can’t wait!
(Thanks to Seth Miller for catching this.)
Neil Gaiman announced on his Twitter feed this morning that HarperKids has put together a video promoting Blueberry Girl. It includes Neil reading the poem he originally wrote for Tori’s daughter, Tash, along with previews of Charles Vess’ art from the book, which will be released March 10.
Check it out:
As we reported last weekend, Neil Gaiman mentioned at a recent reading in Santa Monica that he had seen his first pre-print copy of the Blueberry Girl picturebook, illustrated by Charles Vess, and also read the poem of the same title that he had wrote for Tori’s as-yet-unborn daughter back in 2000. Well, Trent from Pink Is The New Blog got to go backstage before the reading and delivers the goods: a photograph of the book’s cover and a video of Neil reading “Blueberry Girl”. Check out the latter after the jump.
Thanks to Adam Connie for the tip!
Progress is slow sometimes in the publishing world, and some of you may recall that we reported nearly a year ago that Blueberry Girl, the Neil Gaiman poem written for Tash and illustrated by Charles Vess, was “almost done.” Alex F. told us that he saw Neil live in Seattle last night, where he read the poem and told the crowd he had seen his first pre-print copy of the book. So, it must be on its way! Amazon is listing it with a release date of March 10, 2009 — though you can pre-order it now for the curious price of $12.23.
As per his website, Matt Chamberlain will giving drum lessons from September 22nd through the 26th at Donn Bennett’s Drum Shop in Seattle. If you’re interested, call the shop at +1-425-747-6145 to make arrangements. Thanks to Erin for catching this one!
UPDATE: Also, check out this timely Seattle Weekly article about our favorite little drummer boy and his attempts to school the author in the art of the beat.