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2011 will close with EPs from both Nicole Atkins and Vanessa Carlton

What could this mean??

I've noticed how most indie acts seem to have a lot of merchandise for sale, I think it's a decent part of thier revenue because they're mostly focused on smaller fanbases like Vanessa, and it helps them reach out with fans.  That's where Vanessa's career strength lies, with a humble but dedicated fanbase.
I got to thinking how V has never really had any merch for sale. Other bands have released cool things like album box sets or limited art prints that I really cherish. It's sad that all Vanessa has really released is her 4 albums. I know there is the ROTR poster but it was only available on tour. Now that this online store is on her website, what would you like to see? T-shirts? hoodies? prints? keyrings? calenders? a DVD? what V stuff would you guys want?

My dream Vanessa item is an EP of some unreleased songs, just recorded acoustically like the ROTR bonus tracks, that comes with a booklet featuring hand written notes/drawings and unseen photos from V and maybe a few art postcards.

If you guys are up for the idea of some official V merch, I'd love to see us all tweeting Razor & Tie about it. Other artists on that label have merch stores. You never know, we might just end up getting a few exclusive items! :D

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Good review
« on: August 05, 2011, 01:38:33 pm »

Vanessa Carlton has had quite the uneven run in the music industry. At the age of 22, she was signed to a major label, had the No. 1 song in the country (the completely-inescapable-in-2002 “A Thousand Miles”), and a platinum album, Be Not Nobody, which soared on the strength of meticulously produced, piano-driven pop songs. But two disappointing (commercially and stylistically) albums, two label changes, and two years in seclusion later, and Carlton’s search for a suitable home and fertile artistic ground seemed to have come to a close.

In 2011, Carlton signed with Razor & Tie (the marketing geniuses behind the Kidz Bop series) and recorded a new album, Rabbits on the Run, which represents a significant departure from her pop radio roots. With Rabbits, Carlton says her focus was not to churn out hits but to “build a really cool cabin—a place I want to drink whiskey in and hang out until the sun rises”. To do this, she retired to Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in England and wrote a set of 10 intimate, collaborative songs, recording direct to tape and letting the tracks breathe a life of their own.

This holistic approach to recording has produced an album profoundly different from Carlton’s earlier work. With its airy spaces and simple structures, Rabbits has more in sonic relation with recent releases by Jesca Hoop and Jill Sobule than fellow former-popster Michelle Branch, or anyone else in the mainstream. Rabbits features a children’s choir, tambourines, and vocals unburdened by digital enhancement, all representing a bold and deeply satisfying change of direction for Carlton.

Steve Osborne (Doves, KT Tunstall) took the helm on this project, and there’s a whimsical, folksy influence on display that was absent from 2007’s Irv Gotti-financed, Stephan Jenkins-produced Heroes & Thieves. The empty spaces that inhabit tracks like “London” and “Hear the Bells” are as far removed from the busy, polished songs Carlton once made for mainstream radio as a rocking horse is from a bullet train.

Carlton has grown as a lyricist, too, turning in songs as economical as they are detailed. “I Don’t Want to Be a Bride” and “Fairweather Friend” are devastatingly beautiful, and “Dear California” is the song that Jenny Lewis has been trying to write for years (“As usual I’m in a tricky predicament / Weathering my thoughts on the roof, sneaking a cigarette”—How is that not a Jenny & Johnny line?). The courage to both dig deep lyrically and back off the production plays to Carlton’s strengths, resulting in probably the strongest seven-song stretch in her entire catalog, beginning with “I Don’t Want to Be a Bride”.

Of course, not every song is a direct hit. Lead single “Carousel” might be the weakest song on the album with its cliched imagery and confusing vocal multi-tracking. I would balk at its placement at the front of the album, but I actually think this works to the benefit of Rabbits. It’s a clearing of the throat, so to speak—a nod toward Carlton’s pop-oriented past which gives way immediately to the album’s meaty middle, which is sure to please longtime fans and convert any skeptics.

Rabbits on the Run is a deeply satisfying 37-minute romp that will make you remember why you really liked Vanessa Carlton once upon a time. And don’t lie. You did. A lot of people will say this is Carlton’s best album since Be Not Nobody, but I say this is her best album ever.


General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Glide magazine - great review
« on: July 29, 2011, 07:42:09 am »

Quite a nice lengthy piece to read, they have her 4.5 stars :)

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / AOL Music interview
« on: July 28, 2011, 01:40:13 pm »

It's been nearly a decade since Vanessa Carlton exploded onto the pop-music scene with her debut album 'Be Not Nobody' and its massive single, 'A Thousand Miles.' Over the next few years, Carlton, who was only 21 when she released her debut, became a star. She received three Grammy nominations, scored other hits like 'Ordinary Day' and 'Nolita Fairytale' and dated Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins. But as time went on, her record sales diminished, her relationship with Jenkins ended and as she was nearing 30, Carlton found herself questioning many aspects of her life and forging a new beginning.

Carlton returned this week with her long-awaited fourth studio outing and Razor & Tie Records debut, 'Rabbits on the Run.' The album, which was recorded in the English countryside at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios, is concise and lush. The disc, which was produced by Steve Osborne and also features My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and guitarist Ari Ingber, flows from beginning to end, as if its 10 tracks were all sections of one long suite.

AOL Music recently caught up with the talented and personable musician in her adopted hometown of New York City to discuss her new album, her inspirations, her relationship with Jenkins, and hobbits.

Tell us about the time between albums. In the press release, you use words like "confused" and "heartbroken" about the last couple of years.

I would say it started about three years ago; kind of the equivalent to waking up and [questioning] what was going on in my life on many different levels. The life that maybe I had created for myself and decisions I had made. I had to do a lot of recalibrating before I could even start writing again. The details of it all, I'm still trying to figure out a way to communicate that. It gets personal, you know? But writing the record was transformative.

Not just musically transformative?

Well, that's the thing. My music and my expression, they were just so tightly intertwined, much moreso than I even thought. If I'm [in a bad mood], nothing's gonna come out. And because of that, I kind of fall deeper into the rabbit hole. Once I started really working on myself -- I started really figuring things out, searching, therapy, lots of reading, lots of listening, lots of quiet time, lots of no more drinking (laughs) -- then the process started again and I started to get better.

There seem to be a lot of rabbit references including the album title. Two books inspired you during this period and one of them was 'Watership Down.' For those of us who haven't read it, can you talk a little bit about the book?

The story is basically about a small group of rabbits that are unhappy in the warren that they're in and decide to break out and create their own little society -– some sort of utopia beyond the meadow. It's a huge risk that they take. It's dripping with metaphor and symbols and I think it's wonderfully written. It's like a myth.

What was it like working in the countryside, in England?

Well, it's just so enchanting because of the history. And it's very peaceful. The weather there is like a down blanket. At breakfast, people would sometimes complain about how damp it was [but] I was just in heaven! And then you light the fire. And it affects people's work habits. Maybe they master their craft [more] because artists buckle down all day. It focuses you.

This was recorded at Peter Gabriel's studio. Did you get to meet him at all?

Yeah! Very nice guy. One of the first things I told him -- 'cause he works there -- was, "You know, there are hobbits on your land." He really considered what I was saying, which I appreciated, and he was like [British accent], "Well, I haven't seen any hobbits. I've seen a few otters." And I was like delirious 'cause I'm not good in the morning [so] it's my first conversation with Peter Gabriel and it's before noon and we're just kind of going back and forth about hobbits and otters! It was perfection.

'Carousel' is the first single. Tell us what inspired it.

It was in my dream. I dream of melodies sometimes. I'm not saying it happens all the time – but it does now and then. And usually, when I wake up, I either forget them or I remember them and they're not very good. But this song, I woke up at 3:30AM and it was really just a simple scale, just a little ascending line. I thought that was pretty good, so I went to my piano and put it quickly on my laptop. And literally, the majority of the lyrics were written right there in my bed with a beam of light from my Blackberry. So, cut to the morning, I was like, "Hmmm. I had this dream, I heard this song. Oh my God, did I really record it?" Then I went out and played it and I loved it. So I finished it shortly thereafter, that morning.

Also, one more thing about the song: I was writing a lot of sad stuff, a lot of minor [chords], not "woe is me" kind of stuff but really kind of painful sounding melodies. And my friend KT Tunstall was like, "Ness, don't get too dark!" I was like, "Duly noted!"

You dated Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind who's a good songwriter in his own right. What's it like being in a relationship with another musician or songwriter?

I learned a lot from him. I think it's nice to be able to have a dialogue about what you're doing with your partner. I don't think they necessarily have to be doing what you're doing in order to have that. I think the most functional relationships -- the kind that I prefer -- are when the partners really challenge each other, push each other.

When you started out, you were immediately in the limelight. What are the pros and cons of being on a major label vs. an indie label?

I'm still recovering from that whole situation. I think on one hand it was an enormous gift. It was the beginning of something that led me to this place. As cliché as that sounds, it's very true. Maybe I would have gotten here another way, I don't know. But the point is that I got to create this piece in the English countryside with some of my dearest friends, funded completely by myself because of all of that crazy stuff that was going on early in my career at that same label. And I think I realized that was the only way I was gonna be able to make this exactly how I wanted to make it.

To be honest with you, ['Rabbits'] feels in some ways like my first record. I was so grateful to have this coming out when I'm 30 and to get through the 20s and just arrive at this place. You know, I always wanted to get to this place. Who knows where I go from here? But I'm excited about it. And I couldn't have said that to you three years ago.

Vanessa Songs / Lyrics / Sheet Music / An idea...
« on: April 30, 2011, 08:26:42 am »
Ok, this might seem a bit of a stretch, but it would be great if it worked out since us folk here at NH here so good at sharing with each other  ;)
Basically I know a lot of us love listening to just Vanessa's piano melodies. I find myself going to youtube all the time and watching tutorials and covers just so that I can hear the wonderful piano instrumentals of her songs. Instead of that, I know a lot of us play piano and was wondering if anyone with a good microphone and a free afternoon would consider making some mp3s of some songs for us just to share within the community? I'd love to have them on my ipod. We could vote for our favourites and then every nessaholic would have this special little instrumental Vanessa EP.  :)

Does anyone else think this is a cool idea and i'm not just being crazy and selfish lol?

Live Shows / WNEC Spring event, Springfield, MA - 4/9/11
« on: February 10, 2011, 05:51:41 pm »
Just did a quick V twitter search and according to Western New England College, she is scheduled to play thier Spring Event along with the Goo Goo Dolls on April 9th. However, I think it is just for the student body and not open to the public.


Live Shows / 09.10.10 - Ann Taylor's "Fashion's Night Out"
« on: September 08, 2010, 12:34:08 pm »
From V's facebook!!

Kick off NYC's Fashion Week with a performance by Vanessa!  Vanessa will be performing this Friday evening, September 10th at Ann Taylor's "See Now, Wear Now" fashion show.  Sponsored by Vogue and the CFDA, this event is open to the public.


Location:  Ann Taylor flagship store (Madison Avenue and 60th St.)

Time: Fashion show starts at 6pm, with a performance by Vanessa at 7:45pm

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / PROJECT IDEA: VCD of this tour
« on: November 04, 2007, 06:04:14 am »
I was thinking maybe we could make a VCD of this tour like there was of the harmonium tour? I still watch mine regularly and its great to have. For fans like me living in the UK and other parts of the world it was a brilliant insight into VC live and I think another one of the haunted club tour would be great, to hear the new H&T songs and all is well live would be amazing.
Does anyone remember who made it the last time? Zurielshimon i think thier username was, and it was available to everyone who wanted a copy. Or know anyone that would be willing to record one of the shows? Sorry to ramble lol, it would just be a great thing to do again :)

for those with bebo, i made a new VC skin. its on my profile: if you wanna check it out  :)

Creative Endeavors / My vanessa carlton poem
« on: June 28, 2005, 01:01:47 pm »
its pretty crap and cheesy. i never usually write poems, but i felt like it 2day. :)
it plays on lines from "the one", though that wasnt my intention. ah well :lol:
so here goes (cringes and runs for cover) :?

She can be the golden girl
Bringing sunshine to my world.
Harmonies of joy and light
Swirl around me day and night.

Yet she can be as dark as coal,
Burning deep within my soul.
The blackened gloom she can induce
Help the tears and fears come loose.

I hear such passion when she sings,
And that is what her music brings.
She touches deepest in my heart
With her beauty, grace and art.

Sounds of soothing melodies
Stream from her piano keys.
With talent that outshines the sun,
Vanessa Carlton is the one.

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Lyrics for the new songs
« on: June 18, 2005, 05:25:38 am »
This is where we shall post them!!! :D
anyone deciphered any yet? 8O

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / omg! i just thought
« on: May 09, 2005, 09:46:24 am »
vanessa would do such a cool job if she covered 'mad world.' OMG IT WOULD ROCK. anyone agree?

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / lyrics
« on: April 24, 2005, 05:36:39 am »
could someone please post the lyrics of morning sting and ameriteen. at times they're hard to make out :(

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