St. Vincent Gives Gorgeous Performances of ‘New York’ & ‘Los Ageless’ on Colbert

 

St. Vincent performed on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, haunting us with a gorgeous piano rendition of “New York” (sans guitar) and an electric take on “Los Ageless,” with three pairs of latex-clad legs dancing behind her.

For “New York,” Annie Clark (St. Vincent) wore a hot pink dress and leopard print gloves, standing in front of a curtain with a giant screaming face on it. She then transitioned into a tight green slip for “Los Ageless” and strapped her electric guitar over her gorgeous shoulders.

The performances came eight days ahead of her much-anticipated, Jack Antonoff produced new album, MASSEDUCTION – out Friday the 13th via Loma Vista Recordings.

 

St. Vincent Enters A World of Shiny, Technicolor Plastic in ‘Los Ageless’ Video

 

In her latest music video, for “Los Ageless,” St. Vincent is immersed in a world of bright colors and frightening high-fashion plastic surgeons. It’s a satirical take on self-care and, well, salons.

It follows “New York” as the second single off her forthcoming album MASSEDUCTION, out next Friday, October 13. St. Vincent (Annie Clark) served as a producer on the album, alongside Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff (who recently co-wrote Lorde’s masterpiece Melodrama.)

“Every record I make has an archetype,” Clark  told NME. “Strange Mercy was Housewives on Pills. St. Vincent was Near-Future Cult Leader. MASSEDUCTION is different, it’s pretty first person. You can’t fact-check it, but if you want to know about my life, listen to this record.”

Take a look at the “Los Ageless” video below.

St. Vincent Releases Cover Art and Title For New Album

Photo: @st_vincent on Instagram

St. Vincent has released the album art and title for new album, Masseduction. And, to no one’s surprise, the image is magnificent (see above).

The good news doesn’t stop there: pre-order the album now and you’re able to download both the album’s first single, “New York,” and a new track, “Los Ageless.”

What’s more—if you bought a ticket to any of St. Vincent’s upcoming shows, you’re receiving a free digital download of the entire album. Take a listen to “Los Ageless” below.

 

St. Vincent Releases Technicolor ‘New York’ Music Video

St. Vincent (Annie Clark) has released the neon-bright video for her new single “New York,” off of her forthcoming studio album that’s “all about sex and drugs and sadness,” according to her interview in The New Yorker.

The new album, much like another of our fave records this year (Melodrama), was recorded at Electric Lady studios in the West Village with producer-prodigy Jack Antonoff. It’s set for release this fall.

“New York”‘s video is directed by Alex Da Corte, who said of the film:

“I think Annie’s New York is the New York of my dreams—one that is blurry and fractured, dreamy and flat. It is the Toontown to my Hollywood. It is beautiful but slightly out of reach.”

Clark also recently announced that she’ll be directing a female-led feature length adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

 

St. Vincent Is Directing A New Movie Adaptation of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’

St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) is directing a feature film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s seminal queer novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, according to Variety.

The adaptation will be a female-led version of the story, which takes place during the Victorian era and in the book focuses on a young man who stays youthful as his portrait ages.

St. Vincent won the 2015 Grammy for Best Alternative Album with her self-titled record. She’s also received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award for her outstanding contributions to the arts. She’s previously directed the short film Birthday Party, part of the all-female horror anthology XX. 

This version of The Picture of Dorian Gray will be adapted by David Birke, who wrote Elle, the film which earned Isabelle Huppert a Best Actress nom this past year. He’s also a cowriter of the upcoming Slender Man horror film.

Wilde’s novel has been adapted for the screen before, most notably for the 1945 version, where Angela Lansbury received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Take a look at a clip from Birthday Party below.

 

St. Vincent, John Legend, and Zach Galifianakis Are Collabing for Planned Parenthood

Photo: @st_vincent on Instagram

Celebrities all around the world are stepping up to help organizations like Planned Parenthood in light of Trump’s frightening and indecent presidency. The latest to take action? John Legend, St. Vincent, and Zach Galifianakis, it seems.

Brandon Stosuy, Editor-in-Chief of the Creative Independent, Tweeted this image of the trio, along with the caption “I’m working on something for Planned Parenthood on behalf of @TheCreativeIndp. These are some of the people involved. More soon:”

And that’s not the only exciting news. In a recent interview with the LA Times, Kristen Stewart said that, she, too, had some plans to help out PP: she said she’s working on a “musically orientated piece” with CHVRCHES, and that the project contains a “pretty simple but definitive narrative arc that highlights the cause in a sweet but quiet and confronting way.”

Hooray for working together to bring down tyranny!

Here’s the First Trailer for St. Vincent’s Horror Film, ‘XX’ (Watch)

Annie Clark (St. Vincent) makes her directorial debut with Birthday Party, one of four films included in the all-female-directed (and written) horror anthology XX.

St. Vincent’s film is joined by Karyn Kusama’s Her Only Living Son, Jovanka Vuckovic’s The Box, and Roxanne Benjamin’s Don’t Fall, the latter of whom co-wrote Birthday Party with Clark.

Birthday Party appears to involve a creepy – you guessed it – birthday celebration, in which a creepy panda costume is surrounded by revelers in strange capes with eyeholes.

The entire anthology will be available on demand, iTunes, and in select theaters February 17, and will play at the midnight screening section of the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Check out the trailer for XX below.

BlackBook Premiere: Super Hot Video for KAYE’s ‘UUU’

Indie-pop queen KAYE premiered her latest music video this week, for the grunge-tinged anthem “UUU,” and provided no shortage of fierce looks and voguing for the occasion. Backed by two bespectacled dancers a-la a punkier, more hipster “Single Ladies,” KAYE delivers a powerful sound and look that only makes us more intrigued to see what’s coming next.

The Hawaiin-born singer trained herself in classical piano and guitar before going on to tour with artists like St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, San Fermin, and alt-J to positive reviews from publications like Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

Her debut EP, Honey, is out now, available on Spotify, and features such notable tracks as “UUU,” the celebratory self-love title track, “Honey.”

Check out KAYE’s other new video, for “Honey,” a shot-for-shot remake of Weezer’s classic 1994 clip for “The Sweater Song,” below.

St. Vincent, Stephin Merritt Starring in ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Spinoff Musical Shorts

Fans of animated comedy Bob’s Burgers adore the show for a number of reasons—the weird family dynamics, the kids (especially adorable sociopath Louise and teen daughter Tina, with whom many viewers can probably relate), the punny burger names (“If Looks Could Kale” Burger) and the crossover Archer episode where a very self-aware H. Jon Benjamin played both characters.

One particularly lovely thing about the show is its roster of goofy original songs, which occasionally get cover treatment from Special Guest Stars—Cyndi Lauper appeared to reprise “Taffy Butt,” written for a Goonies parody episode, Megan Mullally performed the unsubtle “Oil Spill” as a Tori Amos-style singer and The National covered Linda Belcher’s Thanksgiving song in their typical broody style. Now, the animators of Bob’s Burgers are teaming up with some awesome musical guests to produce Bob’s Buskers, a web short series where special guest musicians like St. Vincent and Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields will cover the songs from the show.

The first episode stars an animated St. Vincent, covering a song from the Season Two episode “Bad Tina.” The track is written for the eldest Belcher daughter, Tina, when she becomes friends with a bad influence and expresses reluctance at her newfound badness—the song opens with the great couplet “Bad girls don’t wanna go to Dog Prom / bad girls don’t wanna pay for lip balm.” St. Vincent, predictably, tears it up, and things get even more awesome when Annie Clark discusses the butts Tina has seen at school and Tina subsequently joins in on the mop. Rock out.