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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, but for the most part this week’s best singles aren’t the ideal soundtrack for your cookout. (Speaking of which: We’re still waiting for those BBQ bangers you promised, Kanye.) The songs that struck us this week are mostly serious and/or introspective, and even the loud ones are a better… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2015 - 2:28 pm

Antony Announces New Album Hopelessness, Co-Produced With Oneohtrix Point Never & Hudson Mohawke

Recording under the Antony & The Johnsons name, Antony Hegarty has always come off as a magnificent torch-song balladeer type. But Hegarty has also done some amazing work singing over electronic tracks, as on Hercules & Love Affair’s “Blind” or her duets with Björk. And on the forthcoming album Hopelessness, we’ll hear what happens whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 23, 2015 - 9:10 am

Antony Hegarty & Yoko Ono – “I Love You Earth”

Yoko Ono turns 82 today, and to celebrate that birthday, she’s teamed up with Antony Hegarty, another iconoclast with a voice so distinctive that you could pick it out from a block away. Together, they’ve recorded a new version of “I Love You Earth,” a song that Ono originally released on her 1985 album Starpeace. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Watch Antony & The Johnsons Perform “Twilight” From New Concert Film TURNING

TURNING is a new Antony & The Johnsons concert film directed by Antony Hegarty and Charles Atlas. Shot during a fall 2006 European tour, it’s finally seeing release next month. The band performed in front of Atlas’ live video portraits of 13 women on human-sized turntables, an update on Andy Warhol’s “13 Most Beautiful Girls”… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 27, 2014 - 5:36 pm

The Soft Pink Truth – “Black Metal” (Venom Cover)

Drew Daniel is no stranger to unorthodox musical experiments. His main project with his partner M.C. Schmidt, Matmos, has released some of the most conceptually ambitious experimental music of the last couple of decades without ever sacrificing their sense of fun. The best description I’ve ever heard of Daniel as an artist came from the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 8, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Carice Van Houten – “Particle Of Light” (Feat. Antony) Video

Dutch actress Carice Van Houten, who plays the evil smoke-birthing sorceress Melisandre on Game Of Thrones, was last seen slicing open Willem Defoe’s neck in Antony And The Johnsons’ “Cut The World” video. Fortuitously enough, Van Houten is also a singer, and she duets with Antony on a lovely new string-flecked ballad called “Particle Of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Watch Hercules And Love Affair Perform “Blind” With Antony For The 1st Time

“Blind,” the 2008 collaboration between Hercules And Love Affair and Antony Hegarty, was an instant nu-disco classic and arguably the best thing either party has ever done. Somehow, though, Antony never sang the song alongside Hercules until last night, when they came together at London’s Meltdown Festival. Last night, Antony belted the jam out while… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 11:53 am

Antony And The Johnsons – “Cut The World” Video

The title track from Antony’s new, live and symphonic release Cut The World is a previously unreleased track coming from the stage show The Life and Death of Marina Abramović. Fittingly, the famed performance artist brings her iconic mug to this stark, chilling, short filmic Nabil-directed clip’s conclusion, but not before Carice Van Houten (of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 6, 2012 - 10:19 am

Antony – “RISE”

Sir Antony (which is what we will all be calling him one day) wrote a song about the coral reef, and how we must make the requisite choices to preserve its beauty OR ELSE, for the film project CORAL REKINDLING VENUS, a “major work for fulldome digital planetariums by acclaimed artist Lynette Wallworth.” You ca… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 26, 2012 - 2:16 pm

CocoRosie – “Tearz For Animals” (Feat. Antony Hegarty)

Antony is an eloquently outspoken champion of CocoRosie, and a frequent collaborator to the sisters Casady, so be not surprised that a new collab track exists. Nor that it is vocally awesome. “Tearz For Animals” appears as a b-side to CocoRosie’s new Dave Sitek-produced 7″ “We Are On Fire,” though from lineup to lyrics, productio… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 25, 2012 - 11:53 am

Jessica 6 – “Prisoner Of Love” Video (Feat. Antony)

Nomi Ruiz, leader of New York disco-house crew Jessica 6, did a ton of singing on Hercules And Love Affair’s self-titled debut album. So did Antony Hegarty. So it’s only right that the two have teamed up again for a sort of Andy Butler-free Herc reunion, on Jessica 6’s single “Prisoner Of Love.” The video,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 26, 2011 - 4:35 pm

MEN – “Who Am I To Feel So Free” (Feat. Antony Hegarty)

Antony really goes for it in JD Samson & Co’s Talk About Body dance anthem, “Who Am I To Fee So Free,” a track that feels like a particularly amped update on the smokey disco of Hercules & Love Affair’s “Blind.” It’s hard not to think about I Am A Bird Now’s gorgeous, mysterious snippet… More »

By: brandon / February 16, 2011 - 11:08 am

Antony & The Johnsons “Thank You For Your Love” On Letterman

This past Friday Antony Hegarty gave Letterman a powerful take on Swanlights’ most upbeat moment “Thank You For You Love.” He recruited some of Paul Shaffer’s band to provide the horns. An added second verse also helps give it a slow-build intensity. More »

By: brandon / October 11, 2010 - 2:31 pm

Antony & The Johnsons (Feat. Björk) – “Flétta”

Antony & The Johnsons’ fourth album Swanlights is maybe my favorite. From start to finish it has a gorgeous tonal and emotional consistency to it. There’s something very relaxed and spacious in the approach, a more Classical mindset. You’ve maybe heard the more upbeat soul of the horn-lined “Thank You For Your Love.” It’s the… More »

By: brandon / September 16, 2010 - 9:26 am

Antony And The Johnsons – “Thank You For Your Love” Video

Thank You For Your Love” has a new black and white video made of candid and performance footage shot around New York. The video works nicely with the album’s cover. Watch:… More »

By: jessica / August 20, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Antony & The Johnsons – “Thank You For Your Love”

As mentioned yesterday, Antony & The Johnsons are releasing Thank You For Your Love in advance of Swanlights. The 5-song EP includes Swanlights’ “Thank You For Your Love,” those Bob Dylan (Feat. Kevin Barker) and John Lennon (in collaboration with William Basinski) covers, The Crying Light bonus track “My Lord My Love” and a new… More »

By: brandon / August 5, 2010 - 1:49 pm

Preview Antony’s Dylan & Lennon Covers

Antony & The Johnson’s Swanlights is out in October. Before then, he’s releasing the five-song Thank You For Your Love, which includes the Swanlights song that gives the EP its name along with The Crying Light bonus track “My Lord My Love,” a new song “You Are The Treasure” and personalized covers of Bob Dylan’… More »

By: brandon / August 4, 2010 - 4:20 pm

More Antony & The Johnsons Swanlights Info

The first we heard about the Swanlights CD/book was back in February when I spoke with Antony about his trip to Japan/the completion of The Crying Light cycle. A bit later we reported you can get the collection in regular form and as a special edition that packs the CD inside a 144-page book along… More »

By: brandon / July 7, 2010 - 10:00 am

Op-Ed: An Artists’ Dialogue On CocoRosie’s Grey Oceans

A few years ago I wrote a positive review of CocoRosie’s The Adventures of Ghosthorse And Stillborn. Too positive, it turns out: The publication that assigned it killed the piece at the 11th hour and instead ran a snarky takedown. I’d never had that happen before and I’ve been championing challenging music for a long… More »

By: brandon / June 21, 2010 - 11:38 am

Antony And The Johnsons Swanlights Info

When I spoke with Antony Hegarty a couple of months ago about his trip to Japan and completion of The Crying Light cycle, he mentioned his fourth album Swanlights, saying it would be packaged with a book of his drawings and writing. We have some additional info: You’ll be able to get the collection i… More »

By: brandon / May 6, 2010 - 4:22 pm
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