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So is she coming to the UK? Please do!

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Think I might be getting tickets to see her at the Royale. Didn't even realize tickets had already gone on sale! So excited

Looks like these are just warm up gigs and there will be a larger tour after the album is released?

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Her new album is titled "The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do"

from http://pitchfork.com/news/45671-fiona-apple-reveals-album-title

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^^thanks! I hadn't seen that before...
I'm hoping she'll tease some new songs (I can't believe she wouldn't actually...) at her live performances...

she'll be at sxsw in a couple days so i'm sure some live video will pop up somewhere.

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Report: Fiona Apple at SXSW
Review and photos of her first comeback show
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Carrie Battan

"I only write [music] when I'm angry or sad or something, because that's when I just have to write. I only will work if I absolutely have to. If I'm having a good time and I'm happy and things are going really well, why would I wanna stop what I'm doing and go write at the piano?" That's Fiona Apple on "The Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson in 2006, explaining why we sometimes see very long gaps between her releases-- and why the albums wind up creating such an impact once they come to fruition.

If Apple's appearance at NPR Music's SXSW showcase at Stubb's tonight was any indication, her upcoming album-- her first in seven years-- was written and recorded out of pure emotional necessity. Apple performed three brand new songs, along with eight of her better-known cuts from the first three albums, transitioning seamlessly between each mini-era of her output. (See the full setlist below.)

During the first couple of songs, the vocals were turned down too far, and she seemed slightly shocked at the fact that she was even on stage: "I started spacing out," she said during one of the few moments she stopped to speak to the crowd. "Because I was like, '****!' I'm doing a show."

But the beloved Fiona intensity picked up speed during the first new song, "Anything We Want", in which she narrates intimate imaginings of escaping to a dream world with a lover. In no time the trademark live-action Fiona was in full force, complete with exaggerated trembles and shakes, singing that hovered close to growling or screaming, minutes-long jam-outs (she brought along a full band), full-body heaves of breath and demonic facial contortions.

It was characteristically dramatic, but you could never accuse her of affectation: "Every single night's a fight with my brain," went the chorus for another new one, a plucky, minimalist song called "Every Single Night" that hinges on neurotic, hyper-emotional inner monologue. "I just want to feel…everything," she sang. As harbingers go, that's the best you can imagine.

Fiona Apple performs tomorrow night at Pitchfork's showcase at the Central Presbyterian Church.

Best crowd interaction: Fan 1: "Old girl's still got it!" Fan 2: "She's like… 30" (She's 34, by the way)
Most productive crowd input: "Turn the vocals up!" (The vocals were then turned up.)
Moment you could feel Fiona laughing at her younger self: Hint of a smirk during the line from "Paper Bag" that goes, "I thought he was a man, but he was just a little boy"
Vocal peak: "Carrion"
Most adoring fan: Her bassist, who seemed to be in awe of her every move
Beverages consumed on stage: Exclusively hot tea
Number of words spoken to crowd: Under 50
Number of words needed: None
Her goodbye: "Have fun tonight, you guys. Have lots of fun."

Set list:

Fast as You Can
On the Bound
Paper Bag
Mistake
Anything We Want
Valentine
Sleep to Dream
Extraordinary Machine
Every Single Night
Carrion
Criminal

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^Thank you so much for the article and the pictures and especially for the videos. I already love "Anything we Want"

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^yeah,me too
more photos.so powerful



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My experience when I saw her the other night was basically what the review above says
Also, she was wearing that ripped black tank top (layered over another tank) that's pictured above :p

I was surprised at how many guys were there! I think there may have been more guys than girls... didn't do an actual survey or anything.. but it had to have been even at least.

She was really great... a bit growly and guttural at times...
But I had no real idea of what the set list would be and was thrilled with every song she played... truly.

I never would have expected her to play Carrion, but it was definitely one of the highlights... she sounded incredible and sang with such intensity and pathos... amazing
or mesmerizing really

The new songs she played are all great... I'm so super excited for her new album to come out so that I can play it over and over and over again...

I think I'm going to bring her other three CDs back into heavy rotation too actually...
I do this from time to time anyway... they never get old.

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^thanks for sharing,sounds great

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Fiona Apple Reveals Album Tracklist, Artwork


The much-anticipated follow-up to Fiona Apple's 2005 album Extraordinary Machine, The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do, is out June 26 through Epic. Here's the tracklist for the record, which includes the three tracks she's debuted during her live comeback, "Every Single Night", "Anything We Want" and "Valentine".

The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do:
01 Every Single Night
02 Daredevil
03 Valentine
04 Jonathan
05 Left Alone
06 Werewolf
07 Periphery
08 Regret
09 Anything We Want
10 Hot Knife

Fiona Apple: "Valentine":

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I've been waiting for this forever #cantwait... too bad I won't get to see her live until she tours the new album.

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the 3 tanktops on at a time is a strange look. why does she keep repeating it at every show?

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^Maybe, she wants a signature, besides, it's so hot on stage.

Looks like "hunger hurts," but she wants him so bad, again... real fans will totally get this ref.

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Fiona Apple, 'Every Single Night': Singer Releases First Single Off New Album (AUDIO)


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Fiona Apple on Her New Album, Lana Del Rey, and Reading Blogs



In our upcoming June/July issue, Fiona Apple opens up about her career and her new album The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do, which drops June 19. We can barely wait to share with you our profile of the enigmatic singer-songwriter, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow for the full piece. In the meantime, check out some of the interesting bits that didn't make it into the issue!

On writing the songs that make up The Idler Wheel:
I've never been a big re-writer or eraser. I don't tend to write things down until they are what is in my head. With this album, I didn't question that came out of my brain or mouth. I just decided to spit everything out and accept as it was and not go back and change anything. I don't really remember writing the songs. I don't remember them being at an in-between stage. I remember the beginning and I remember them being done.

On keeping up with the blogosphere:
Thereís one personís LiveJournal that Iíve read for the past few years. Itís really two peopleótheyíre a couple and they live in Boston and they foster pit bulls. For some reason I clung onto them five or six years ago. I donít know how I found them, but I check in on both of them all the time. I sent the guy a book he was saying he wanted. I hoped he'd write on his blog, "A mysterious stranger sent me the book I wanted," but he never did.

On Lana Del Rey and "trollgaze":
How can you live like that though? I donít know anything about Lana Del Rey except that sheís been slammed a lot, and I feel bad for anyone who has that happen to them. Is she was sitting in a room and saying, "As long as I make money, you can make me out to be this way?" I canít see that happening, but if it does I donít understand it. I mean, yeah, I donít think it matters much to the people that are making the money behind the artists if theyíre liked or remembered or anything as long as itís their terms as the president of such-and-such record company. They want [their artists] to have a lot of attention. If itís bad attention, itís bad attention, but as long as they make money, itís good attention.
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Strange Fruit: Fiona Apple
With her latest album, The Idler Wheel…, Fiona Apple proves she’s still music’s favorite twisted sister.



Fiona Apple’s long anticipated fourth album, The Idler Wheel…, is due out June 19, but her fans are already going nuts for the quirky new tracks she’s been performing at shows all across the U.S. Earlier this spring, during her concert at the Bowery Ballroom in her native New York, the diminutive 34-year-old singer-songwriter could barely pause between songs without someone in the packed crowd screaming, “We love you, Fiona!” or “Welcome back, Fiona!” Notoriously introverted onstage, Apple meekly replied, “Thank you for wanting me back,” provoking another avalanche of applause.

Despite all this fuss and frenzy, Apple’s comeback is being complicated by an unexpected flu. It’s had her holed up for four days in her room at the Soho Grand Hotel, and when she finally comes down to the lounge in combat boots, a floor-length black skirt, and a camisole that reveals sinewy arms, she looks exhausted. But if you’ve ever assumed, based on her past behavior, that Apple is a willful brat, think again. Even when sick, she’s sweet, with the scattershot earnestness of, say, a weirdly intense 8-year-old prodigy. And she’s funny. “Whole stretches of time have passed in a fugue state,” she rasps of her recent viral incarceration. “For a while, my ex-boyfriend [the magician] David Blaine was bringing me soup from Souen,” a nearby macrobiotic restaurant. “But then both he and my brother Brandon, who travels with me, had to leave town. And I don’t take care of myself very well.” She also misses her beloved pit bull, Janet, back home in Venice, California.

Still, the flu’s but a blip in what’s shaping up to be a very good year. Ever since she debuted in 1996, at 19, with Tidal and its smoldering hit single “Criminal,” Apple’s had an adoring fan base of dark-witted girls and the boys who fall for them. She cemented that base further with 1999’s When the Pawn..., one of the most musically daring, critically acclaimed albums of that decade, and again with 2005’s Extraordinary Machine—a record that was delayed due to creative differences between Apple and her label until her fans mounted a “Free Fiona” campaign, which essentially expedited the album’s release. The lengthy intervals between records only seem to stoke her acolytes’ appetites. Apple, however, wouldn’t be Apple if she weren’t freaked out by the new love vibes. “It’s really disconcerting,” she says. “Because all that good stuff is just setting you up to fail. But then I’ll be on a message board and scroll down to the comments, and somebody will write, ‘Ugh, she looks [*edited*] , I wouldn’t **** her with a 10-foot pole.’ And then,” she adds, laughing, “I’ll be relieved.”

In some ways, her defensive stance is justified. In her youth, she earned, along with the adoration, ample jeers. There she was in the “Criminal” video writhing in her underwear like a postgrunge Lolita. Then came the infamous 1997 MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech, in which she told viewers, “This world”—meaning the music industry—“is bull****, and you shouldn’t model your life [around] what you think that we think is cool.” (Some called her courageous; others called her an ingrate.) She capped her rep for being difficult at a Manhattan show in 2000 when, after extensive sound problems, she simply walked off the stage and refused to play. Looking back, she says she isn’t ashamed of her past adolescent behavior. “If I was sullen, it was because I had a hard time putting on that showbiz smile.”

As for the new album, with the exception of the dreamily romantic “Anything We Want,” you won’t find much of a smile—showbiz or otherwise. Recorded with no professional producer, it’s arguably Apple’s most stripped-down, avant-garde work yet, full of harsh, homemade percussion (in one track, she is stomping on the hood of a truck, and in another she plays a kind of triangle she made out of old bathroom pipes); her trademark atonal piano; and familiarly self-recriminating lyrics like “How can I ask anyone to love me/When all I do is beg to be left alone.”

“I have this thing where I think I’m writing a love song, but then later I realize it’s kind of twisted,” she says, laughing. One song, “Jonathan,” is about Jonathan Ames, the novelist and creator of the late HBO series Bored to Death, whom she dated from 2007 until about a year and a half ago. Why’d they break up? “Because we’re both weirdos?” is all she’ll offer, though she mentions they’re still good friends. But Apple, currently single, says that, despite her lyrics, she doesn’t believe she’s hopelessly unlovable. “I have moments of supreme confidence,” she insists. “If I’m in a romantic relationship, whatever hate I have for myself goes out the window. I beat up on myself, but I’m not somebody who’s uptight in bed.”

For now, though, she seems semi-comfortable as the oddball loner she’s grown up to be. On most days, she doesn’t talk to anyone but Brandon—and her pit bull. “I have a lot of one-way conversations with her in strange accents while she follows me around the house,” she says, then suddenly slips into a Russian accent. “Like, Vhen you going to get a degree, make yourself useful? You can’t keep bringing boys back here, okay? You’re a slut.” In other words, Apple may be having a comeback, but she’s as bracingly weird as ever. “One of the younger guys in my band said to me the other day, totally sincerely, ‘You’re going to be one of those cat ladies,’ which I’d be fine with. But, hey, next year could look completely different. I have no expectations of anything but change.”
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