I’m still reeling from last night’s fantastically stunning Fiona Apple show at the Hollywood Palladium. I became a huge fan from the very start of her music career back in 1996 after she released her debut album Tidal, she has always been one of my personal favorites, someone who cuts right to the heart and soul of it all, this girl does not mess around. Fiona wears her humanity proudly on her sleeve, she’s never been one to shy away from exposing her own vulnerability, insecurities and issues (after coming on about thirty-minutes late, she candidly confessed it was all due to nerves), that’s what makes her music so heartfelt, honest and authentic. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen her twice before (my first show back in 2000 was her infamous meltdown at NYC’s Roseland, the second was a make-up concert at the Beacon), yet I really thought last night was truly incredible. Let’s not forget, she took a long break from music and performing (her last release was 2005’s Extraordinary Machine), so her show was a rare treat, to be treasured and celebrated. Thankfully she played a bunch of her old tracks, mixed in with some new ones from her latest album, The Idler Wheel …, she never sounded better, I was seriously impressed by the strength and conviction of her voice, she doesn’t merely sing songs, she feels them on an intense level, I was emotionally right by her side, cheering her on throughout the entire show, along with the rest of the crowd. Thanks to my pals Joey for snapping great pictures, and Raven for taking the video of “Not About Love,” which you’ll find below.
SETLIST: Fiona Apple / Hollywood Palladium / July 29, 2012
• Fast As You Can
• On the Bound
• Paper Bag
• Anything We Want
• Get Gone
• Sleep to Dream
• Extraordinary Machine
• Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)
• I Know
• Every Single Night
• Not About Love
• It’s Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty)
Last night Fiona Apple put on a truly fantastic show here in Hollywood! I’ll be doing a proper post soon but here’s a video my pal Joey shot of Fiona crawling around on the floor, finding her way under a table during "Sleep To Dream." She’s so damn quirky but that’s why we love her so much!
Oh my word, I’ll never forget the magical NYC night I first discovered Fiona Apple via the mesmerizing "Sleep To Dream" (off her debut Tidal) music video back in 1996. Even though sixteen long years have passed me by since then, I’m still proud to be one of Fiona’s diehard fans. To celebrate the official release of Fiona’s brand-new fourth studio album (out today, June 19th), The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, I’ve got five copies to toss out! It has been seven years since Ms. Apple’s last release (2005’s Extraordinary Machine), I’ve been waiting for her new material for years now, I can’t believe this album is finally here. Fans are definitely going to dig this release, as per usual she’s super kooky and fucking nuts yet totally amazing and brilliant, she somehow manages to walk a fine line. I simply couldn’t have it any other way!
To be entered for a chance to win a Fiona Apple’s new album The Idler Wheel …
It has been seven long years since we were last graced with new material from (kooky yet brilliant) singer / songwriter Fiona Apple (her last outing was 2005’s Extraordinary Machine), she’s finally back on the music scene gearing up for the release of her fourth studio album out on June 19th via Epic Records. The album’s full (lengthy) title is The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do but we can just refer to it as The Idler Wheel …, below you’ll find a stream of the first single, Every Single Night. The track is a bit on the sparse side but it totally fits her signature tortured ‘sullen girl’ style and definitely leaves me wanting to hear more. Fiona is heading out on tour soon, I cannot wait to see her live again when she swings by Los Angeles on July 29th.