The Garage, one of my favorite venues in Charlottesville, VA has begun hosting their own live video series. We recorded this version of “Love-Letter Launches” for them.
The film and its three makers are on a screening tour of the Eastern U.S. through May 8th– screening dates here→
I saw the film for the first time last week and was charmed and amazed. The dedication of the film-makers and what they created–learning as they went, working during summer vacations over a period of six years, calling in all sorts of local help–was quite inspiring !
My first live shows were all piano songs. I didn’t record many of them as I was still settling into my voice, gently shucking Broadway / Top 40 vocal influences. Songs shown here are “Over My Bones” ( the piano part later became “Crash Thru the Half-Light” from Black With Green Leaves ) and “4-Score Lightnings”, from Diane Cluck.
The video was made by artist Tom Ruth and archived by composer / bon vivante, Peter Dizozza. I’m grateful to Peter for making it available; it’s probably the only video of my performances from this time.
NYC Taper released an ‘official bootleg‘ of Diane’s show at Joe’s Pub on February 5th:
The recording features Diane Cluck on vocals, guitar, piano, & toy accordian, Isabel Castellvi on cello, Anders Griffen on percussion, and guest appearance by Bianca Casady on the song, “far too witchy”.
Diane Cluck, Tue Feb 5
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
Time Out says:
In the decade since antifolk’s heyday on the Lower East Side, Diane Cluck has built a sizable body of work—five full-lengths, an EP and a collection of early songs—while continuing to fly under the mainstream radar. But she hasn’t gone unnoticed. Her fan base, cultlike in size and devotion, includes CocoRosie, with whom she has toured and recorded, and WNYC’s David Garland, who invited her to perform at a 25th-anniversary event for his show Spinning on Air in November, alongside John Zorn, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon.
It’s fitting company for Cluck to keep. Bell-clear and hotly austere, her lithe, dynamic voice hasn’t much kin. Categorizing her as folk is simplistic—the subtle, subaquatic rhythms she can summon with her voice alone or with piano, guitar, accordion or a drummer (like Anders Griffen) align her more closely with Tracey Thorn than Kimya Dawson. The Charlottesville, Virginia, resident, who has also lived in Brooklyn and Stone Mountain, Georgia, emanates something humble but mythic. Appalachia or ancient Athens? Both hum and lilt in the unpretentious drama of her airy songs—the covert coitus of “mermen on fire” on a dark beach in Monte Carlo, a house that’s “dang cold and queer,” the staghorn sumac and “zombie daughters” of “Red August,” from her current fan-funded song-of-the-week project.
Following sold-out shows in London, Brighton, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels this past fall, Cluck is recording a new EP in March. On Tuesday she plays with Griffen and cellist Isabel Castellvi. —Kate Crane
last winter i recorded a version of “Content to Reform” at Hotel2Tango in Montreal. Howard Bilerman invited studio musicians Jon Asencio and Bucky Wheaton to join us for an afternoon of fun.
you can listen to the track here. if you enjoy it, please consider purchasing to benefit the Charlottesville Free Clinic. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the track will be donated to the clinic, which provides free medical & dental care to uninsured adults and their families in Charlottesville & Albemarle county in Virginia: cvillefreeclinic.org
happy birthday to my fellow centaurs !
i’m happy to say i’ve just released a split cassette with Little Wings. it’s the Sagittarius edition of the Birthday Tapes series released by Comfortable On A Tightrope in Manchester, England:
songs i contributed are “far too witchy” (from Song-of-the-Week), a demo-version of “grandma say” and also a keyboard version of the same song. available on tape cassette or for digital download !
hello ! i’m offering two tracks called “tremenda“, made by Sierra Casady & i at my place in Brooklyn, 2004:
improvised vocals, harmonium and piano recorded onto tape cassette. tracks are regular speed ( natch ) and a little faster. perhaps a helpful holidaytime meditation ? for deprogramming / destructuring the days…