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Laurie Anderson to Perform "Only an Expert" on "Late Show with David Letterman" Tonight

  • Wednesday, July 14, 2010
    Laurie Anderson to Perform "Only an Expert" on "Late Show with David Letterman" Tonight

    Laurie Anderson follows her stellar, sold-out show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in downtown New York last night with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. Anderson will perform the song "Only an Expert," off her recently released Nonesuch album, Homeland. The show airs tonight on CBS starting at 11:35 PM ET. For more information, visit cbs.com.

    Q magazine has described "Only an Expert" as "a bitingly satirical, genuinely funny, quietly angry and surprisingly danceable dissection on the very notion of subservience to expertise." As Anderson recently told MusicOMH, and as the audience at Poisson Rouge heard last night, she has added a new verse "about the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, where you see the experts coming in and ... doing very little."

    Anderson will make another New York City appearance a week from today, when she stops by the Other Music shop on East 4th Street to sign copies of Homeland, on Wednesday, July 21, starting at 6 PM. The store will also be raffling off a pair of tickets to the opening night performance of her new piece Delusion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this September, kicking off the 2010 Next Wave Festival. For more on next week's in-store event, visit othermusic.com.

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    Anderson is featured in AnOther magazine. For the piece, she spoke with PLANET magazine editor and creative director Derek Peck in her New York studio on Homeland's release day. He writes: "Anderson is especially good at seeing the absurdity in American culture and, setting it to music. The first single released from the album, 'Only an Expert,' is a brilliant example of this, reminding us exactly how brainwashed we’ve become regarding our own powerlessness."

    Peck goes on to say that, while he is writing not to review the new album but to speak with Anderson and photograph her in action in the studio (where she remains "vibrantly at work"), his own "personal take after several careful listens is that Homeland is art of the highest order; daring and poetic it speaks truth where other important artists of the day have not, and, ultimately, shows us that Anderson is still at the top of her spy game."

    Read more and see Peck's photographs of Anderson in her studio at anothermag.com.

on July 14, 2010 - 2:23pm
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Laurie Anderson performs the song "Only an Expert," off her new album, Homeland, on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. She will sign copies of the album at New York's Other Music shop next week. AnOther magazine calls Homeland "art of the highest order; daring and poetic it speaks truth where other important artists of the day have not, and, ultimately, shows us that Anderson is still at the top of her spy game."

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Laurie Anderson follows her stellar, sold-out show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in downtown New York last night with a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. Anderson will perform the song "Only an Expert," off her recently released Nonesuch album, Homeland. The show airs tonight on CBS starting at 11:35 PM ET. For more information, visit cbs.com.

Q magazine has described "Only an Expert" as "a bitingly satirical, genuinely funny, quietly angry and surprisingly danceable dissection on the very notion of subservience to expertise." As Anderson recently told MusicOMH, and as the audience at Poisson Rouge heard last night, she has added a new verse "about the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, where you see the experts coming in and ... doing very little."

Anderson will make another New York City appearance a week from today, when she stops by the Other Music shop on East 4th Street to sign copies of Homeland, on Wednesday, July 21, starting at 6 PM. The store will also be raffling off a pair of tickets to the opening night performance of her new piece Delusion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this September, kicking off the 2010 Next Wave Festival. For more on next week's in-store event, visit othermusic.com.

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Anderson is featured in AnOther magazine. For the piece, she spoke with PLANET magazine editor and creative director Derek Peck in her New York studio on Homeland's release day. He writes: "Anderson is especially good at seeing the absurdity in American culture and, setting it to music. The first single released from the album, 'Only an Expert,' is a brilliant example of this, reminding us exactly how brainwashed we’ve become regarding our own powerlessness."

Peck goes on to say that, while he is writing not to review the new album but to speak with Anderson and photograph her in action in the studio (where she remains "vibrantly at work"), his own "personal take after several careful listens is that Homeland is art of the highest order; daring and poetic it speaks truth where other important artists of the day have not, and, ultimately, shows us that Anderson is still at the top of her spy game."

Read more and see Peck's photographs of Anderson in her studio at anothermag.com.

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Comments

OMG! Your amazing...I am sitting here listening to you live on David Letterman, and I am totally blown away. You brought a tear to my eye! You have a very amazing voice, you captivate your audience, you create a picture for your audience, you mesmerize your audience! Love it!
Bobby

She was B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T! I love how she updated the lyrics to address the oil spill. "And when all the animals along the coast are...completely...covered...with oil, you realize that the situation is...completely...out...of control." Or something like that...

Lady--you blow my mind.No, you expand my mind! Have been listening to you since about late 1970's, early 1980's. I am American woman average--Midwestern born & bred. Your appeal is widespread.

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