Little Annie is set to go back into the studio to record her new album and
needs you help to make this come to pass hence has just launched a campaign
on pledge music-
heres the link-
many thanks for your time, interest, and support, you are indeed loved xxx
A NOTE FROM MICHAEL GIRA:
January 13, 2014
We (Swans) have recently completed our new album. It is currently being mastered at the time of this writing. It is called To Be Kind. The release date is set for May 12, 2014. It will be available as a triple vinyl album, a double CD, and a 2XCD Deluxe Edition that will include a live DVD. It will also be available digitally. In addition, I am thinking of releasing it as a USB “stick” / flashdrive (with special packaging), so that this ultimate, high quality version can be listened to from beginning to end, without interruption (the album is a little over 2 hours long).
The album was produced by me, and it was recorded by the venerable John Congleton at Sonic Ranch, outside El Paso Texas, and further recordings and mixing were accomplished at John’s studio in Dallas, Texas. We commenced rehearsals as Sonic Ranch in early October 2013, began recording soon thereafter, then completed the process of mixing with John in Dallas by mid December 2013.
A good portion of the material for this album was developed live during the Swans tours of 2012/13. Much of the music was otherwise conjured in the studio environment.
The recordings and entire process of this album were generously and perhaps vaingloriously funded by Swans supporters through our auspices at younggodrecords.com via the release of a special, handmade 2xCD live album entitled Not Here / Not Now. See details here: http://bit.ly/1igMi70
The Swans are: Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Christoph Hahn, Phil Puleo, Thor Harris, Christopher Pravdica.
Special Guests for this record include (among many others): Little Annie (Annie sang a duet with me on the song Some Things We Do, the strings for which were ecstatically arranged and played by Julia Kent); St. Vincent (Annie Clark sang numerous, multi-tracked vocals throughout the record); Cold Specks (Al contributed numerous multi-tracked vocals to the song “Bring the Sun”); Bill Rieflin (honorary Swan Bill played too many instruments to list here, ranging from additional drums, to synthesizers, to piano, to electric guitar and so on. He has been a frequent contributor to Swans and Angels of Light and is currently playing with King Crimson)…
I love you! Michael Gira
On Sunday, Annie was Gray Dolores’ special guest on East Village Radio’s Morricone Youth show . Annie spoke to Gray about her new album with Baby Dee, the recently released “State of Grace”, her autobiography “You Can’t Sing The Blues While Drinking Milk”, and the less glamorous aspects of New York. Listen to the show again at eastvillageradio.com.
“She graduated from the school of hard knocks with her soul still intact, a heart as big as the continental divide” Lydia Lunch
“A raconteur and restless spirit” Robert Conroy
“A New York baby and a London legend” Antony Hegarty
Little Annie aka Annie Anxiety Bandez, is a smokey contralto, raconteur and restless spirit who has spent the last 30 years creating a body of work that would take much more space than available here to list. Since stepping onto her first stage at the age of 16, her music – and her life – has defied categorization, limitations and/or restrictions her life often imitating her art and visa versa. A native New Yorker she is a chanteuse and lyricist, a self-taught painter, and multimedia artist, She has recorded with vanguard figures of late twentieth century music -bringing a blend of tortured soul/ sardonic humor & wild love & awe of life to tracks she’s cut with everyone from Adrian Sherwood & the ON-U Sound Stable to Crass to Current 93, COIL, The Wolfgang Press, Jennie Mathias, , Anthony Hegarty to Marc Almond. She is a prolific songwriter who has written for likes of the late Bim Sherman, Paul Oakenfold and most recently Living Color. She is a published author and a stage and screen actress. 2007 saw the release of SONGS FROM THE COAL MINE CANARY produced by aforementioned Antony Hegarty (of The Johnsons) and Joe Buedenholzer (Backworld) for Dutro Jnana/Southern. (“Strange Love”, from this LP, was featured in an award winning advert for Levis Jeans.) WHEN GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD PIANOS, a starkly powerful collection of re-imagined standards and covers, quickly followed and saw the creative relationship between Annie and Mr. Paul Wallfisch finally made legit and committed to record. In early 2012 after literally years in the ‘we have to work together stage’ Annie joined up with her dear friend Baby Dee,
‘Completely different and completely brilliant’ Evening Standard
‘A quiet beguiling beauty’ Independent On Sunday
‘Startlingly affecting stuff’ 4/5 Attitude
Baby Dee is an enchanting composer, performance artist, classically trained harpist, circus sideshow veteran, and transgender street legend. Baby Dee was born in 1953 in Cleveland, OH. Known originally for playing harp on Anthony & The Johnsons debut album – it was Hegarty who sent Dee’s compositions to David Tibet (Current 93) who urged her to produce a solo album. Tibet later went on to release Baby Dee’s first album on his label Durtro. Dee’s discography now includes seven albums released in the last ten years. Her infectious cackle and extraordinary talent on piano, harp and accordion has caught her many musical admirers. Her sound is quintessentially Dee.
“State Of Grace” is a record that covers love, loss, leaving and the confusion of time. It features collaborations with such luminaries and modern mavericks as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Eric Chenaux , Chris Cundy (Guillemots, Cold Specks) and Jordan Hunt (The Irrepressibles, The Hidden Cameras).
Listen to the album’s title track – featuring Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – via the SoundCloud widget below.