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Friday, March 27, 2009

Crystal Balls

Europeans are so lucky. They have castles, rainbow-colored currency and (most of) the good designers. Now comes news that Antony and the Johnsons will play concerts all across the continent (and Coachella) this summer with full orchestral arrangement. That's right, symphonies. We know Antony's haunting voice demands nothing less, but can't they play a single night in New York? It gets better/worse: Antony has also created a stage environment inspired by Bauhaus lighting design and dreams of crystals inside mountains. Somehow we understand that, and insist that someone send us photos.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hint Tip: Antony & The Johnsons

No doubt timed with the inauguration, Antony and The Johnsons' new CD, The Crying Light, is finally out today. For the video of Epilepsy is Dancing, which also premieres today, Antony collaborated with his friends the Wachowski Brothers to create a dream sequence with just the kind of frolicking fairies, sequined wood nymphs and antlered elves you'd expect from the singing-songwriting transgender activist...

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Crying Game

This image so makes us want to start a caption contest—Mummified Remains of Dandy Found, Flowers in Hair Causes Old Japanese Man to Sneeze—but that would probably be a little disrespectful to Antony & The Johnsons. The portrait of legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno from 1977 is actually the cover art for their latest album, The Crying Light, dropping January 20. (You may remember we showed you a similar cover for their last EP.) Here's what Antony has to say: "In performance I watched Kazuo Ohno cast a circle of light upon the stage, and step into that circle, and reveal the dreams and reveries of his heart. He seemed to dance in the eye of something mysterious and creative. With every gesture he embodied the child and the feminine divine. He's kind of like my art parent."

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Hint Tip: Antony & The Johnsons

What do lace gloves, suicidal thoughts and Butoh dance have in common? They're just a few of the things that make up Antony and The Johnsons' new five-track EP, Another World (available October 7), their first release in three years and a teaser of their forthcoming full-length album, The Crying Light...


Cover art (1984 photo of Butoh co-founder and Japanese dance legend Kazuo Ohno)

The video for the sublime yet depressing title track...

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