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Old 07-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #31
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She got the video she asked for. I think the whole 'I was exploited, man!' attitude she ran with back then was just a way of distancing herself from the criticism the video received. She herself says its a beautiful video and I concur.

‪Fiona Apple & Mark Romanek: Filming 'Criminal'‬‏ - YouTube
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:57 PM   #32
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I thought Criminal's was widely considered one of the finest videos of the decade. Why distance yourself from something artful and beloved?
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:13 PM   #33
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I was high for much '97 (and '98) so the controversy kind of just passed me by. But, according to Time Magazine, 'Apple's appearance, described by the New Yorker as being similar to that of an "underfed Calvin Klein model," spurred accusations that the video promoted "heroin chic" and had "overtones of child porn."'

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Old 07-22-2011, 11:36 PM   #34
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She got the video she asked for.
She was nineteen years old and new to the music industry, she probably just didn't understand that it was a bad idea until it was too late.

She's in her thirties now and has written so many more brilliant songs than Criminal. I remember at one of her shows a guy yelled out a request for it and she replied, "Yeah, yeah, yeah...I'll play it...later." She sounded annoyed, it was pretty funny.

Although, not nearly as funny as the guy at another show who yelled, "Yes! Hit after hit!" while she was playing the opening notes of Get Gone on the piano.

God, I hope she tours again someday. I love Fiona shows.
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...the hell is this?

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Only sorta. And not because Brion didn’t try — he certainly played his share of silly acoustic guitar licks and kept up the spontaneous, “Hey, I didn’t even plan anything cause I’m a genius!” affect from his solo show. But it didn’t really matter, because although Apple and Brion spent at least half the set arguing over what song to play next, flipping through notebooks, and eating yogurt, Apple still managed to overpower the theatrics with a vocal performance that I will not soon forget. The woman standing on the stage at the Largo bore almost no resemblance to the Fiona Apple of my adolescence — she was much, much thinner — nearly skeletal — she wore a vaguely Arabian green silk dress and a massive orange wrap that had been lined with sparkles. More importantly, the voice had changed — Apple’s voice on Tidal was deep and carried an air of contempt. The new Apple had less power, but as she sang through a series of very old covers — the sort of songs that are played on 45s in stores that only sell very expensive mid-century modern furniture — her voice bent and cracked and warbled in perfect synchronicity with the lyrics. (At one point, a fan requested new material. "I can't remember [how to play] any of my new songs because they've been done for a fucking year," Apple replied. "Not her fault!" said Brion.) By the third song, I was actively rooting against the past. This new Fiona Apple was so much better, so much more nuanced and thoughtful. At some point, she sang Cliff Edwards’ “Night Owl” with that massive orange wrap tightly secured around her shoulders. When she got to the chorus, “I’m a night owl,” she widened her eyes and spread out her arms, revealing the sparkly lining underneath, and flapped a few times.
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Looks like she's heading back on the road this spring. Hopefully this means there's an album coming up somewhat soon. Though when it comes to her, who knows.

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03/15 – Austin, TX @ Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
03/19 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
03/21 – Washington, DC @ Sixth and I
03/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/24 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Music Box
03/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03/27 – Boston, MA @ Royale
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awwwww yeah
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For her new album, Fiona Apple is harkening back to her When the Pawn... days (if you recall, the full title of that album is an eight-line poem). The title of the new record is a mouthful:

The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.

In case you didn't catch it the first time:

The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.

Epic is aiming to release the record in late June. In the meanwhile, she'll play a series of U.S. live dates, including a stop at Pitchfork's Official SXSW Showcase on March 15.
June!
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Sooo.....I guess we'll be referring to this one as "The Idler Wheel..."?
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I know I'm tired but what the feck does that title mean?
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That actually lowers her average word count for album titles.

Don't ever change Fiona.
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Sooo.....I guess we'll be referring to this one as "The Idler Wheel..."?
Yessss.
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Hope she tours the UK. Her gigs are worth the price of admission just to see how she handles mobile phone abusers.
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Don't get up to use the restroom, either.

Charley Drayton (producer) commented on Fiona's FB the other day that "The 'Wheel' is one hell of a ride!"
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:28 PM   #45
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"Let’s pretend we’re eight years old playing hooky
I’ll draw on the wall and you can play UFC rookie
Then we’ll go take our clothes off
and you remind me that I wanted you to kiss me
when we find some time alone"

I'm so happy she hasn't changed.
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