Heart of a Dog (2015 film)
Heart of a Dog is a 2015 American documentary film directed by visual artist and composer Laurie Anderson. Heart of a Dog was commissioned by Franco-German TV station Arte and centers on Anderson's remembrances of her late beloved piano-playing and finger-painting dog Lolabelle. Scenes range from realistic footage from the animal's life to imagined scenes of Lolabelle's passage through the bardo; the dog was trained by Elisabeth Weiss. The film features reflections on life and death, including Anderson's experiences in downtown New York after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Heart of a Dog was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival after premiering at Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2015. Heart of a Dog was released to theaters on October 21, 2015 and received widespread critical acclaim. Based on 70 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 96% approval rating from 83 reviewers, with an average score of 8/10. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating in the 0–100 range based on reviews from top mainstream publications, calculated an average score of 84, based on 20 reviews.
The film was nominated for Best Documentary at the 31st Independent Spirit Awards, was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature on December 1, 2015. A soundtrack album of the same name was released by Nonesuch Records on October 23, 2015, it featured audio and spoken word pieces by Anderson from the film. The score was composed and performed by her, incorporated excerpts from her previous projects, including "Beautiful Pea Green Boat", "Rhumba Club", Landfall with Kronos Quartet; the tracks. Her late husband Lou Reed's recording of "Turning Time Around", from his 2000 album Ecstasy, was included as the album's closing track. Reviewing Heart of Dog for AllMusic, Mark Deming gave it four out of five stars and said it is "an album only Laurie Anderson could make as its sense of joy and tragedy set it apart from her best-known work". Andy Gill from The Independent found Anderson's observations on a variety of themes "by turns whimsical, sinister and funny as well as educational" on what was "a moving soundtrack".
Writing for Vice, Robert Christgau gave the record an "A+" and deemed it her best work yet because it "accrues power and complexity" with repeated listens, "75 minutes of sparsely but gorgeously and aptly orchestrated tales... about life and death and what comes in the middle when you do them right, love." He named it the best album of 2015 in his ballot for The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll. All songs were composed and performed by Laurie Anderson, except where noted. Heart of a Dog on IMDb Heart of a Dog at Discogs
Strange Angels (Laurie Anderson album)
Strange Angels is the fifth album overall and fourth studio album by performance artist and singer Laurie Anderson, released by Warner Bros. Records in 1989. With this release, Anderson attempted to move away from her previous image as a performance artist into a more musical realm. Although music had always been part of her performance, it was never brought to the fore as much as it was on Strange Angels. Anderson did more singing on this album; as a result, completion of this album was delayed for nearly a year when Anderson decided that she needed to take singing lessons. The album includes contributions from vocal artist Bobby McFerrin, its cover photo was shot by Robert Mapplethorpe. One of the songs on this album, "The Dream Before" had been introduced several years earlier in her short film What You Mean We? while she had performed "Babydoll" and "The Day the Devil" years on Saturday Night Live. Reaction to Anderson's new direction was mixed, with some critics praising her new style, while some accused her of abandoning her performance art roots though Anderson soon began work on a major piece titled The Nerve Bible.
Her next album would not be released for five years. Strange Angels received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. "Beautiful Red Dress" was covered in Portuguese by the Brazilian singer Marina Lima, on her 2006 album'La nos Primordios', titled "Vestidinho Vermelho". "The Dream Before" contains the iconic phrase "history is an angel being blown backwards into the future" and further references and quotes Walter Benjamin's musing on Paul Klee's painting Angelus Novus, the ninth of Benjamin's Theses on the Philosophy of History. All tracks composed by Laurie Anderson except where indicated "Strange Angels" – 3:51 "Monkey's Paw" – 4:33 "Coolsville" – 4:34 "Ramon" – 5:03 "Babydoll" – 3:38 "Beautiful Red Dress" – 4:43 "The Day the Devil" – 4:00 "The Dream Before" – 3:03 "My Eyes" – 5:29 "Hiawatha" – 6:53 Laurie Anderson – vocals, drums on "Coolsville" Chris Spedding – guitar Jimi Tunnell – guitar Peter Scherer – bass and drum programming Mark Dresser – bass Sue Hadjopoulus – percussion Joey Baron – drums Cyro Baptista – percussion Alex Foster – alto saxophone Bobby McFerrin – vocals Steve Gadd – drums Anton Fier – drums Naná Vasconcelos – percussion Tony Levin – Chapman stick Jimmy Bralower – drum programming Lenny Pickett – tenor saxophone and horn arrangements David Van Tieghem – percussion Leon Pendarvis – drum programming David Spinozza – guitar Dave Lebolt – keyboards, synthesizers Ray Phiri – guitar Bakithi Khumalo – fretless bass Mark Egan – bass Tom "T-Bone" Wolk – accordion Hugh McCracken – harmonica Gib Wharton – pedal steel guitar Louis Del Gatto – baritone saxophone Manolo Badrena – percussion Ian Ritchie – drum programming Gene Tyranny – keyboards Lisa Fischer – backing vocals Bennie Diggs – backing vocals B.
J. Nelson – backing vocals Yolanda Lee – backing vocals Phil Ballou – backing vocals Angela Clemmons-Patrick – backing vocals Paulette McWilliams – backing vocals Darryl Tookes – backing vocals Diane Wilson – backing vocals Earl Gardner – trumpet Laurie Frink – trumpet Steve Turre – trombone, conch shell Robby Kilgore – keyboards Errol "Crusher" Bennett – percussion John Selolwane – guitar Arto Lindsay – guitar Mike Thorne – keyboards, drum programming Bill Buchen – percussion The Roches – backing vocals Meat Loaf – backing vocals, chant The lyrics to this song appeared on the liner for the vinyl recording and formatted into the shape of a doll. In lieu of filming a standard music video to promote the album, Anderson instead taped a series of 60-second "Personal Service Announcements" in which she humorously discussed the economy and American culture, she produced a music video for "Beautiful Red Dress"
Live in New York (Laurie Anderson album)
Live in New York was a 2-CD live album released by performance artist Laurie Anderson on Nonesuch Records in 2002. It was her ninth album of new recordings released since 1982; the front cover of the CD has the title Live at Town Hall, New York City September 19–20, 2001, however the official title of the album is just Live in New York. Recorded less than 10 days after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City, the album was produced during a tour Anderson gave of the United States in which she performed a mixture of older pieces from earlier in her career and newer works, including songs from her then-recent album Life on a String, as well as earlier albums such as United States Live, Big Science, Bright Red, Home of the Brave and Strange Angels. Following so close to the attacks, Anderson makes several statements about them in her recognizable style; the performance is highlighted by a performance of "O Superman," the song that launched Anderson to stardom in 1981 and that contains lyrics that can—in retrospect—be seen to relate to the terrorist attacks.
One song, "Progress", is a retitled performance of the song "The Dream Before" which Anderson debuted in her 1986 short film What You Mean We? and featured on Strange Angels. All tracks composed by Laurie Anderson.
Hansel and Gretel
"Hansel and Gretel" is a well-known German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living in a forest, in a house constructed of cake, confectionery and many more treats than are imaginable; the two children escape with their lives by outwitting her. The tale has been adapted to various media, most notably the opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck. Under the Aarne–Thompson classification system, "Hansel and Gretel" is classified under Class 327; the story is set in medieval Germany. Hansel and Gretel are the children of a poor woodcutter; when a famine settles over the land, the woodcutter's wife decides to take the children into the woods and leave them there to fend for themselves so she and her husband will not starve to death. The woodcutter opposes the plan but reluctantly submits to his wife's scheme, unaware that Hansel and Gretel have overheard them. After the parents have gone to bed, Hansel sneaks out of the house and gathers as many white pebbles as he can returns to his room, reassuring Gretel that God will not forsake them.
The next day, the family walk deep into the woods and Hansel lays a trail of white pebbles. After their parents abandon them and Gretel follow the trail back home; when their stepmother sees them, she locks them in the house. Hansel and Gretel are unable to escape or simply collect pebbles; the following morning, the family treks into the woods. Hansel leaves a trail of bread crumbs for them to follow home. However, after they are once again abandoned, they find that birds have eaten the crumbs, leaving them lost in the woods. After days of wandering, they follow a beautiful white bird to a clearing in the woods, discover a large cottage built of gingerbread and candy, with window panes of clear sugar. Hungry and tired, the children begin to eat the roof, when the door opens and a hideous old hag emerges and lures the children inside, with the promise of soft beds, delicious food, a hot bath, they do this unaware that their hostess is a bloodthirsty witch who built the gingerbread house to waylay children to cook and eat them.
The next morning, the witch throws Hansel into a cage and enslaves Gretel. The witch force-feeds Hansel to fatten him up. Hansel uses the witch's tendency to his advantage; every time the witch checks how fat Hansel is, by way of seeing Hansel's finger, he sticks out a bone in the cage. Due to the witch's blindness, she is fooled into thinking. After weeks of the same result, the witch decides to eat Hansel anyway; the next day, the witch prepares the oven for Hansel, but decides she is hungry enough to eat Gretel too. She coaxes Gretel to the open oven and prods her to lean over in front of it to see if the fire is hot enough. Gretel, sensing the witch's intent, pretends. Infuriated, the witch demonstrates, Gretel pushes her into the oven, leaving "the ungodly creature to be burned to ashes". Gretel frees Hansel from the cage and the pair discover a vase full of precious stones. Putting the jewels into their clothing, the children set off for home. A duck ferries them across an expanse of water and at home they find only their father, who revealed that their stepmother died from an unknown cause.
Their father had spent all his days lamenting the loss of his children and is delighted to see them safe and sound. With the witch's wealth, they all live ever after. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm heard "Hansel and Gretel" from Wilhelm's friend and future wife Dortchen Wild and published it in Kinder- und Hausmärchen in 1812. In the Grimms' version of the tale, the woodcutter's wife is the children's biological mother and the blame for abandoning them is shared between both her and the woodcutter. In editions, some slight revisions were made: the wife became the children's stepmother, the woodcutter opposes her scheme to abandon the children, religious references are made; the sequence where the swan helps them across the river is an addition to editions. Another revision was that some versions claimed the mother died from unknown causes, left the family, or remained with the husband at the end of the story; the fairy tale may have originated in the medieval period of the Great Famine, which caused desperate people to abandon young children to fend for themselves or resort to cannibalism.
Folklorists Iona and Peter Opie indicate in The Classic Fairy Tales that "Hansel and Gretel" belongs to a group of European tales popular in the Baltic regions, about children outwitting ogres into whose hands they have involuntarily fallen. The tale bears resemblances to the first half of Charles Perrault's "Hop-o'-My-Thumb" and Madame d'Aulnoy's "Finette Cendron". In both tales, abandoned children find their way home by following a trail. In "Clever Cinders", the heroine incinerates a giant by shoving him into an oven in a manner similar to Gretel's dispatch of the witch, a ruse involving a twig in a Swedish tale resembles Hansel's trick of the dry bone. Linguist and folklorist Edward Vajda has proposed that these stories represent the remnant of a coming-of-age rite-of-passage tale extant in Proto-Indo-European society. A house made of confectionery is found in a 14th-century manuscript about the Land of Cockayne; the fact that the mother or stepmother dies after the children kill the witch has suggested to many commentators that the mothe
Bright Red is the fifth studio album by American avant-garde musician Laurie Anderson, released by Warner Bros. in 1994. The album continues the more pop-oriented direction. Produced by Brian Eno, Bright Red is divided into two parts; the song "The Puppet Motel" was featured on an interactive CD-ROM titled Puppet Motel released by Anderson in 1994. "Speak My Language" is a re-recording of a song Anderson performed on the soundtrack to the movie Faraway, So Close. The song "Beautiful Pea Green Boat" has additional lyrics from the poem "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear. Lou Reed duets with Anderson on the song "In Our Sleep". Reed and Anderson married and "In Our Sleep" became the only CD-single released from the album. All lyrics and music by Laurie Anderson except ~ "Speechless" – 5:20 "Bright Red" – 3:12 ~ "The Puppet Motel" – 3:09 ~ "Speak My Language" – 3:38 "World Without End" – 2:47 "Freefall" – 4:32 "Muddy River" – 3:02 ~ "Beautiful Pea Green Boat" – 4:20 ~ "Love Among the Sailors" – 2:49 "Poison" – 3:47 ~ "In Our Sleep" – 2:31 ~ "Night in Baghdad" – 3:23 "Tightrope" – 6:02 ~ "Same Time Tomorrow" – 3:51 Laurie Anderson - vocals, keyboards Phillip Ballou - background vocals Cyro Baptista - percussion Joey Baron - drums Brian Eno - treatments, keyboards Ben Fenner - bass Guy Klucevsek - accordion Gerry Leonard - guitar Arto Lindsay - vocals Greg Cohen - guitar and bass Jamie West-Oram - guitar Kevin Killen - treatments Adrian Belew - guitar Neil Conti - shaker Dougie Browne - drums Marc Ribot - guitar Lou Reed - vocals and guitar Peter Scherer - keyboards Brian Eno – producer Laurie Anderson – co-producer Kevin Killen – engineer / mixing Greg Cohen – Music director Joe Ferla - additional basic tracks engineer Ben Fenner - overdubs engineer at Westside Alec Head - additional overdubs engineer at The Lobby Hiro Ishihara - assistant engineer Andy Baker - assistant engineer Danton Supple - assistant engineer Miles Green - assistant engineerRecorded at The Lobby in New York City.
Additional recording at Skyline Studios in New York City and Westside Studios in London. Mixed at Skyline in New York City and Westside Studios in London. Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios Inc. in Portland, Maine. Special thanks to Jay Alexander Brown, Rande Brown, Robert Coe. Liner notes designed by Yolanda Cuomo
Home of the Brave (soundtrack)
Home of the Brave was the fourth album overall and third studio album release by Laurie Anderson, issued in 1986. Released by Warner Bros. Records, it was a partial soundtrack album of her concert film of the same name. Three of the eight tracks on the album were recorded in the studio and thus differ from the filmed versions. A music video for "Language Is a Virus" was produced, using the soundtrack studio recording but footage of the live performance. Two songs on the album were remakes of earlier works: "Language Is a Virus" was titled "Language is a virus from outer space - William S. Burroughs" and was performed on Anderson's earlier United States Live. "Sharkey's Night" is a song from Anderson's previous album, Mister Heartbreak. However this rendition is performed by Anderson herself. Burroughs' voice is heard on the track "Late Show," however; the soundtrack album omits the other live performances of songs from Mister Heartbreak that were featured in the movie. An alternate, faster-paced version of "Smoke Rings" was recorded for release as a possible single, but there is no indication it was issued.
All compositions written by Laurie Anderson. "Smoke Rings" – 7:00 co-produced by Nile Rodgers "White Lily" – 1:16 "Late Show" – 4:30 "Talk Normal" – 5:27 "Language Is a Virus" – 4:10 Produced by Nile Rodgers "Radar" – 2:01 "Sharkey's Night" – 6:16 "Credit Racket" – 3:28 Laurie Anderson – vocals, violin, vocoder Joy Askew – keyboards on 1 7 8, Moog synthesizer on 4, Prophet on 4, DX-7 on 4 Adrian Belew – guitar on 3 4 7 8 David Van Tieghem – drums on 7, percussion on 4 8Additional personnelDolette McDonald – vocals on 1 4 7 Janice Pendarvis – vocals on 1 7 Robert Sabino – keyboards on 1, morse code on 1 Nile Rodgers – synthesizer, guitar on 1 5, keyboards on 5, synclavier on 5 Jimmy Bralower – drums on 1 5 William S. Burroughs – sampling on 3 Richard Landry – saxophone on 3 4 7, clarinet on 4 Robert Arron – saxophone on 5 Curtis King – backing vocals on 5 Frank Simms – backing vocals on 5 Diane Garisto – backing vocals on 5 Tawatha Agee – backing vocals on 5 Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno – backing vocals on 5 Brenda White-King – backing vocals on 5 Daniel Ponce – percussion on 7 Isidro Bobadillo – percussion on 7 Bill Laswell – bass animals on 8 Album