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News & Interviews / Re: Anna at the grocery store
« on: November 13, 2016, 10:34:06 AM »
Hey Poppy, thanks a lot for your contribution, but this is not a facfic section. We're supposed to share news here.

Had a good laugh thoguh! Do you fantasise about Anna being a rude jerk often?

Photography & Fashion / Re: Face of GAP?
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:00:10 AM »

Okay, well... After everything I've heard and read about Gap, I kind of wished it would turn out false, but apparently it didn't. What are your thoughts? Not that I expected much, but I find this picture disappointing. I have an awful feeling they intentionally suppressed Anna's uniqueness and made her look as average as possible, because their target customers are as such, and they wouldn't be convinced if the one-of-a-kind Anna Calvi was, well, looking down on them. Well, I understand why that is, but my opinion is that it's pointless. I only hope they paid her handsomely, and, whatever her reasons for doing it might be, everything worked out well for her.

The second thing is that I absolutely abhor denim. I never wear it in any way.

General Discussions / Re: You know you're an Anna Calvi fan when...
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:07:47 AM »
Haha, oh dear... The thing with interviews it that often, the interviewers aren't looking to provide new information to fans, they're trying to present a whole picture to their own readers/listeners who may be unfamiliar with the artist's work, and preferably in the artist's own words/ in a direct reply. Yes, whilst they -could- just copy and paste the information from a billion other interviews, they'd rather have their own personal piece of repetition.

Of course, it always depends on what type of show/publication they're at, and their target audience- some are much more interested in looking for new things, with an audience who may already know that artist. I just meant, it isn't always to do with the laziness of the interviewers- only mostly. ;) But well, that's only one aspect of it, and I do agree that they could maybe do a bit more research and try to make it interesting, both for the artist and the audience!

I agree, of course, about trying to familiarize a certain audience with the artists journalists conduct interviews with, and it's only reasonable to do so, at least for a time. However, the thing with Anna is that I'm not sure she is ever going to be "famous" enough not to be treated like this. What I mean is that maybe the interviewers will keep on assuming no one has heard of her, and thus they will not risk straying to questions about something else than basic information. It's a bit tiresome not only for us, but for Anna herself as well, I suppose. Personally, I always prefer hearing a deeper and more complex interview to a simple one, as I believe artists tend to have interesting things to say, and if I want to learn about the "obvious," I can always google it. Anyway, that's my take on it.

General Discussions / Re: You know you're an Anna Calvi fan when...
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:00:53 PM »
I remember that polish interview, but couldn't find it. God it was shit.

27. You hate when someone insists on passing useless information to you when you just want to enjoy Anna's music, and no attempts to tell them that you do not wish to listen to them work.

Sorry about that... ;)

Oh no, I hope you didn't seriously think it was about you.

General Discussions / Re: You know you're an Anna Calvi fan when...
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:54:27 AM »
25. You're listening to a live interview on the radio and know how Anna is going to answer the questions before she speaks. :)
Which could also mean that the interviewer is asking the same dumb, obvious questions that Anna regularly has to deal with. I must say, she does give her answers with remarkable good grace!
I was thinking of starting a 'what's the dumbest interview/review you've come across?' Strand, but that might be regarded as uncharitable ....

You want the dumbest interview I've come across? Here you go:

I am ashamed it's a Polish interview, truly. Apparently, this idiot had no idea who he was talking to. No wonder, however, as he most likely had to interview dozens of people that day. I just don't understand what the purpose of such actions is. Why even bother asking many people dumb questions if, instead of being completely useless, you could actually prepare something worthwhile for the selected few. He's so clueless that he doesn't ever realize what he says to her is quite offensive. Punk? Really? Go die in a dark hole, fiend. Now that's uncharitable...

Which brings me to...

26. You swear you will go berserk if you stumble upon one more interview in which Anna is being pestered about how she befriended Brian Eno, who her guitar idols are, when she started playing guitar, what kind of guitar she has (?!), how it is possible she can speak so softly and sing so loudly, what it is like to be a female musician, who her parents are, who her favorite artists are, etc.

27. You hate when someone insists on passing useless information to you when you just want to enjoy Anna's music, and no attempts to tell them that you do not wish to listen to them work.

'As for the photo itself, I think her ear sticks out way too much.'
The mashed up makeup and the eye Was always the center of my attention, now every time I look at the album is like- 'oh there is the ear...'

Haha, I'm sorry for pointing that out! It just contrasts too much with the dark surroundings, and maybe the angle wasn't very good either.

Photography & Fashion / Re: Face of GAP?
« on: January 23, 2014, 01:38:34 AM »
Lol clearly you aren't familiar with gap...

Well, considering what I just saw, it's probably a good thing. : P

believe me, Lady T, you don't. Actually, that was more like my mother-in-law. I absolutely agree. Anyway, I don't believe Anna would look like everyone else, even in torn jeans. When I've seen photos of her in jeans and hoodie or sweatshirt she still looks exquisite!

Oh, let's admit it. We have an unhealthily positive bias towards Anna, which, to us, makes her look good in pretty much everything she wears... Not that she ever looks bad, right? Seriously though, I think she makes clothes look good on her, not the other way around.

Photography & Fashion / Re: Face of GAP?
« on: January 22, 2014, 05:51:16 PM »
Looks like he's in need of a good fettling to me. I'm sure Anna will not be photographed wearing a pair of scruffy jeans looking like she's been dragged through a hedge backwards. OK, now I'm sounding like my mother....

I sound like your mother most of the time, then... I've seen Anna wear torn jeans twice, but I really hope it doesn't mean she's going to look like the Breaking Bad guy in these promotional shots. His clothes are bland, boring, and not even remotely classy. I really don't know what the point of looking like everybody else is, and this is apparently what this shot advertises.

Performances / Re: First ever 'solo' show...
« on: January 22, 2014, 05:16:05 PM »
Hi everyone,

I will be playing a couple of 'solo' shows next month. One will take place after The Troxy show in London on Feb 8th, and another after Le Trianon show in Paris on Feb 15th - both at very intimate venues nearby (less than 10 minutes walk from each venue).

Only those with tickets to the Troxy show will be allowed entry for the London show, and only those with tickets for Le Trianon shows (either 14th or 15th is ok) will be allowed entry for the Paris show - please bring your ticket stubs/ printouts, there will be no door charge. Stage time will be around midnight.

I will be playing some new covers and songs that I don't usually play in my normal live shows. I hope to see you there! Love Anna x

Oh my god, I want to be there so badly, but I can't! Ugh! Maybe she keeps doing that, so I'll have the opportunity to see her "solo" performance in Poland. Please Anna. :( The whole idea is just so great, and there's no additional charge! The owners of the venues will probably pay her for performing there, because she's going to bring people who will buy drinks etc. I don't know. It's incredible!

Performances / Re: First ever 'solo' show...
« on: January 18, 2014, 05:36:54 PM »
Yeah, I agree it would be a bit strange to announce it like that, but it's Anna, so anything is possible.

Performances / Re: First ever 'solo' show...
« on: January 18, 2014, 05:19:32 PM »
I'm really curious what that means as well. The safe guess is that she's simply going to play the guitar and sing the way she always does, except without any backup.
I mean something like this:

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If this indeed is the case, I desperately want to hear Baby It's You again! And it would be like Jeff Buckley's excellent album Live at Sin-e, provided we were ever granted a professional recording of it. Or maybe the quotation marks do not indicate she's going to perform solo=with no band at all (technically, she's regarded as a solo artist despite whom she plays with, so that would reasonably make a different "solo"), but they only mean she'll be the only person left from the usual line-up, which leads me to the extremely wild conclusion that maybe, just maybe, Anna is going to perform with an orchestra.

The first time I saw Anna she was solo supporting Carina Round at the Water Rats in London in 2009. I can't remember much in the way of details about that show apart from my friends and I agreeing that she was one to watch. 

Carina Round is awesome by the way.

So, that seems to contradict the assertion that it's going to be her first solo=with no backup show ever. Unless she said it for marketing reasons, which isn't that implausible either. Anyway, it might support my wild guess, which is great!

I'm loving the mystery!

Photography & Fashion / Re: Face of GAP?
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:55:20 AM »
Turns out I really do live in a bubble... Not that I'm shocked to discover it. Anyway, I'm curious what the pictures will be like!

Photography & Fashion / Re: Face of GAP?
« on: January 16, 2014, 08:24:57 AM »
Is Gap a clothing line or something? I've never had anything from them. Are they any good or is Anna doing it because they're popular? And what's Breaking Bad? I'm sorry I'm so clueless. : (

General Discussions / Re: Associations with Anna's music
« on: January 14, 2014, 02:14:22 PM »
That's an interesting thread.

I know what you mean your connections with songs are quite prosaic, haha. I always listen to music while traveling, so many of my memories are of certain feelings I experienced on buses, trams, and the subway... They are not memories like "Oh goodness, that guy stank," but more what I felt like about the music itself at that particular moment. For example, I remember thinking that the string part in One Breath was so beautiful that it was inappropriate to listen to in on a tram. Well, it kind of was....

No More Words is quite special for me because it was the very first Anna song I found truly fascinating, and through listening to it, I can more or less remember the day I first encountered her music in November 2011.

Also, I have memories of listening to Eliza the day it surfaced and some time after that. It was a pretty rough time for me internally, and I remember connecting with that song in an instant. It expressed some kind of helpless desperation to which I could relate at the time, so I can remember these days' events very vividly. I feel similar about the live version of Bleed Into Me from London (the recording). It has the same brooding quality, and it's an expression of extreme emotions that come in an unstoppable wave. Goodness, there's so much drama surrounding my experiencing music... And, ironically, Blackout reminds me of a really beautiful sunset I saw last summer.

I think that after a few years have passed, Anna's music, or more precisely, the first two records, because this is where we are now, will remind us of the moment in our lives when we started listening to her. I suppose the bigger picture will be easily discernible, as it's going to be a set of memories from a given period of time.

General Discussions / Re: You know you're an Anna Calvi fan when...
« on: January 08, 2014, 10:32:23 AM »
22. Any kind of socialising involving a captive audience (or what some might call friends) and alcohol inevitably ends in a highly emotional rant about how disappointed you are that none of them have gotten into her, because "she's the best musician alive at the moment, and if you'd just let me show you one more video...". Much eye-rolling and exchanging of bored looks occurs, and then then when they don't listen anymore you find a quiet place to listen to Anna by yourself for a while.

23. You incessantly pester your bandmates in person - or online every time they pop up on chat - sending them an uncool amount of links to every Anna song you want to cover. And they never learn them, because your enthusiasm is too overwhelming.

(...Or is is just me? Guys?)

Thankfully, my friends tend to like Anna. Well, it's good for them, because disliking Anna and being around me is a really bad combination.

24. Your favorite procrastination method is browsing through videos and pictures of Anna for no particular reason.

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