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General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Re: Liberman Interviews
« on: June 16, 2014, 01:21:34 pm »
New radio interview:

Haven't finished listening to it yet, but here it is for you all.


Not really an interview but an article about the beach cleanup she did with some nice pictures:

Live Shows / Re: June 13, 2014 - The Newton Theatre (review)
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:06:21 am »
Sounds like a great show again, but with a longer setlist which is always better. Did you manage to meet her and get some merch signed? I'm so envious of you guys in the US, hopefully one day she will do some UK shows.

Live Shows / Re: June 13, 2014 - The Newton Theatre - 8pm
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:57:52 am »
Enjoy the show everyone! And also, happy birthday, @sarab :)

Live Shows / Re: World Cafe Live Delaware 06.12.14 (review)
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:55:18 am »
Thanks for sharing guys! Love the pictures and hope you all had a fantastic evening. Was there any news about the album release/reason for delay or did she keep quiet on the release front?

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Re: Liberman Interviews
« on: June 13, 2014, 02:01:56 am »
Shall we just lump all new interviews in this thread?

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton may be one of the few pop musicians to cite both Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” and “It’s a Small World After All” among her list of influences.

Throw in the Beatles, Nirvana and minimalist composer Philip Glass, and one gets a sense of how eclectic Carlton’s tastes run.

Her own music runs to keyboard-driven mood pieces, such as her No. 1 song from 2002, “A Thousand Miles.” Carlton will perform at the Newton Theatre this Friday, June 13.

Carlton’s route to music was not a direct one. A native of Milford, Pennsylvania, she was initially interested in a career in dance. She completed her studies at the American School of Ballet.

“To this day, ballet and many classical pieces of music inform my aesthetic as a writer,” writes Carlton in an email interview. “I am particularly drawn to how bombastic and complex certain classical pieces are.”

“However, a composer like Philip Glass has really made an impression on me,” Carlton adds. “I love his patterns, the cyclical stuff.”

Carlton was also drawn to various types of music.

“At first it was probably those old weird Disney songs that were written in the ’40s,” she writes. “ ‘It’s a Small World’ haunted me. Then ballet took over, and I was mostly around classical.”

“Then I went through a swing music phase (followed by) a Nirvana phase,” she continues. “Plus lots of classic bands woven into my childhood. I really loved Blood Sweat & Tears and Supertramp when I was a kid.”

“Certain Beatles songs blew my mind in terms of the melodies,” Carlton writes. “And listening to the radio in the ’90s is how I learned the structure of a pop song.”

The instant success of “A Thousand Miles” (and her debut album, “Be Not Nobody”) caught Carlton off-guard.

Getting down to basics

“I love writing little instrumental riffs on the piano,” she writes. “I think that’s what makes that song unique. The lyrics are basic. The structure is basic. The composing is me drawing on Aaron Copland’s ‘Rodeo.’ ”

Throughout the course of subsequent albums and EPs, Carlton has continued to compose her works on keyboards, either on the piano or the organ. The two instruments do make a difference on the song, she says.

“I am always struck by how different I write if a different tone is coming at me,” she writes. “I would never write what I write on the (organ) on the piano. It’s crazy.”

“I always write the music first,” Carlton claims. “Sometimes (words and melody) come together at the same time. I spend way more time on lyrics in my old age. I’m done with the diary phase of lyric writing.” (Carlton will turn 34 in August.)

“I’m reaching for something more meditative and unusual and, in a way, impersonal to me specifically,” she continues. “I love the analogy of cycles within nature and how that reflects our internal cycles of emotion. It is important to grow.”

The next step in Carlton’s growth is a new album, “Liberman,” which she plans to release this year. That CD grew out of her collaboration with producer and musician Steve Osborne on her previous album.

“Making ‘Rabbits on the Run’ in 2010 changed the course of my career and the way that I look at making art,” Carlton writes. “Steve Osborne is an incredible collaborator. A song called ‘Hear the Bells’ on that album led to this album.

“I wanted to go deeper into the atmospheric sounds that Osborne creates, and I wanted to make an album for headphones — the one that you listen to when you walk,” Carlton writes. “This album feels like a dream to me. And then at the end, you wake up.”

At the Newton Theatre, Carlton hopes to keep the dream going.

“For this album, I want to match the studio versions more, so I think I’m going … to play to some samples, which is cool. I’ve never done that before. I want the dreams to match up more.”

Live Shows / Re: 6/12/2014 -- World Cafe Live, Wilmington, DE
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:13:15 pm »
Have a great time tonight guys! Anything (videos/set list/review) will be appreciated but enjoy yourself first and foremost. Someone try and see if Vanessa has a glass of wine or just water- could be a tell tale sign ;)

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Liberman Interviews
« on: June 12, 2014, 02:17:20 am »
New interview here, I found it as Vanessa has favourited it on Twitter:

For the first time ever, Stevie Nicks approved of the track order Vanessa Carlton created for an album.

Carlton recently finished recording her fifth full-length studio release and asked her Fleetwood Mac singer pal (and recent wedding officiant) for her input.

"I sent her the album and I think she really digs it," Carlton told CBS News. "She helps with each record to figure out the order of the songs. For the first time ever, she thought that the order was correct that I gave her, so that was good."

Recorded in both Nashville, Tenn., and England, the upcoming set, called "Liberman," comes on the heels of 2011's "Rabbits on the Run." It was originally expected out this year, but Carlton had to delay its release to 2015. Though she can't say why at the moment, she promises it's a good thing.

One aspect she can talk about is the album itself and why the music has a dream-like quality: "I just really wanted it to feel escape -- kind of lush, trippy and beautiful...You really feel like you're falling into a rabbit hole of sounds. So that's the kind of record I made. It's pretty short. It's 10 songs. It's meant to be listened through your headphones."

"The name of the album is 'Liberman,' which is my grandfather's real name before it was changed," Carlton continued. "I just wanted to go back to the truth. Lee has become my middle name...His name's Alan Lee...He felt like he needed to change it. He was an artist, he was a painter. He was also a designer of shirts and stuff...He had a really successful company and at the beginning of his company, he didn't feel like it would do well with a Jewish name like that....It also means my beloved, honorable person -- all of those things fall in line to what the music is."

Although the album title is a personal, the songs Carlton, 33, wrote for the set aren't necessarily about her life.

"It's more philosophical. It's more about the human condition," Carlton explained. "For instance, one of my favorite songs on the record is the first song -- 'Take It Easy.'...I listen to Bob Marley almost every day, and there's almost a reggae approach to the lyrics. You hear certain phrases and you actually calm down. You actually chill out. I love that in music. It can almost be hypnotic. There's definitely stories in it. There's a song called 'Willow' named after the weeping willow tree. There's a song called 'The River.'...Nature is a strong theme throughout the album."

The "A Thousand Miles" singer teamed up with a few different writers and producers for the album, including her new husband, Deer Tick singer-guitarist John McCauley. They worked together on three of the album's songs -- and Carlton says the process was "awesome."

"It's so wonderful when you have a really good working relationship with your partner," said Carlton, who had previously worked with her one-time boyfriend Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind on music. "It's not always the case...John is so chill. He's such a natural musician. It was such a pleasure working with him...I had kind of vowed to never work with anyone I was with after years and years ago I did a record with an ex-boyfriend. I was like, 'I don't think that's a good idea to ever do that again.' But this is a different situation. He's John McCauley. If you can work with John McCauley, you should work with John McCauley."

Carlton may have a chance to test out her new music very soon. She has an appearance coming up on Saturday in Rockaway, N.Y., as part of the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, which will host beach volunteer cleanup initiatives at 15 different sites across the country.

"It's basically a way to get people to help pick up stuff on the beach -- particularly at Rockaway because of the damage from Sandy...It's a wonderful thing," said Carlton, who will play a 45-minute stripped-down acoustic set at the event.

Carlton, who grew up in Pennsylvania, said she always loved going to the beach whenever she could.

"I'm a beach kid -- and my family all the way back to my great grandmother used to go to Rockaway Beach. They're from Queens and the Long Island area...It's an event that means a lot to me. Who doesn't love the beach? And so gross when you're on a beach and there's garbage. Everyone wants a beautiful beach."

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Re: Liberman
« on: June 10, 2014, 12:23:34 pm »
Looking at the Twitter comments, it seems that so many other people are thinking the same! Fingers crossed for Vanessa and John! :)

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Re: Liberman
« on: June 10, 2014, 09:27:41 am »
I was thinking along the same lines too! Especially, considering what happened last year, so I guess, if she is, she'll be keeping a very close eye on things.

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Re: Liberman
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:01:14 am »
IT seems odd to publicise it so early, I seem to remember that all the Rabbits stuff was on the immediate lead up to the release...

I really hope Vanessa is toying with us, but I reckon it might have something to do with being signed to a label or something like that.

I'm assuming this is a long morning programme that runs like BBC Breakfast, but does anyone know exactly when it starts and finishes and when she might play?

Here's a livestreaming link, it works for me in the UK, so I think you're good to go if you're from outside the US


It's on a 9AM EST/2PM GMT - I'm going to try and record it, but the livestream keeps cutting out.

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Re: Liberman
« on: June 08, 2014, 07:50:53 am »

Another interview, with some emphasis on Liberman:

You said back in April that your new album, "Liberman," was in the process of being mastered. How close are we to a release date now?

Well, we don't have a release date yet, but the album is totally complete. We're working on the visual art to go along with the record.... I'm really excited to get it out there, but I don't have any more info yet for you, sorry.

General Vanessa Carlton Discussion / Re: Liberman
« on: May 23, 2014, 04:14:43 am »
Definitely in need of a behind the scenes video - I need it!

But I totally agree with you @fred_saboya - fingers double double crossed

Nothing major but Vanessa has changed her twitter info to:

NYC & Nashville & the lake

I think previously it was just NYC? Times are changing, I guess it's now Nolita/Nashville Fairytale :)

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