TV Time: Natalie Merchant from Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

April 26th, 2010, 2:45 pm by Greg

Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant and the Poetry of Childhood” is one of the segments that’s slated to air at 6:30pm tonight on “PBS NewsHour” hosted by Jim Lehrer on WMHT-TV.

The former 10,000 Maniacs singer will be discussing “Leave Your Sleep,” her first new album since 1993 2003. The album is a collection of songs in which she set music to the work of a wide range of poets – from Ogden Nash to e.e. cummings.

Of particular note to Nippertown readers, the interview segments and the performance footage for the “NewsHour” were filmed last month at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall during a special concert that Merchant and Elvis Perkins in Dearland performed for WAMC-FM pledge-drive supporters.

PS: Elvis Perkins in Dearland will also be performing at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock on Tuesday evening.


LIVE: The MASS MoCA Music Festival, 8/15/09

August 17th, 2009, 10:48 am by Greg

Elvis Perkins in Dearland (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Elvis Perkins in Dearland (photo by Martin Benjamin)

The fact that MASS MoCA decided to host its first pop music festival on the weekend of the 40th anniversary of Woodstock was sheer coincidence. Things at the North Adams museum were downright civilized. No mud; plenty of sunshine and good food available – beverages, too, including a selection of decent beers – for just $5.

And the music?

You can go here to read my review in the Times Union.

Elvis Perkins in Dearland made the most of playing a museum. For their final selection of the afternoon, keyboardist Wyndham Boylan-Garnett left his station of vintage pump organ and harmonium, grabbed his trombone and hopped off the stage into the crowd. The crowd began running around in a circle, flapping their arms up and down like wings. With a marching band bass drum strapped over his shoulders, drummer Nick Kinsey announced, “This is contemporary art, people. Just so ya know.”

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Elvis Perkins, What Are You Listening To?

August 14th, 2009, 1:19 pm by Greg

Elvis+Perkins“Well, at a recent record store performance, I found a CD called ‘The History of Mankind.’ No, wait, that’s not it. It’s called ‘The Secret Museum of Mankind.’

It’s kind of like ‘Black Mirror,’ that compilation of 78RPM recordings from around the world that was released on the Dust to Digital label. ‘The Secret Museum’ is slightly more obscure and a little less celebrated, I guess you could say, but it’s a very similar kind of compilation.

It’s full of curios, oddities and that sort of stuff. It’s old, weird music.”

Elvis Perkins and his band Elvis Perkins in Dearland will perform at the MASS MoCA Music Festival in North Adams, Mass. on Saturday, August 15, along with Josh Ritter, Ben Kweller, Kaki King and Samantha Crain.

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