Desert rocks

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

sylvie_simmons_jpgTucson, Arizona legend Howe Gelb celebrated his 60th birthday on 22nd October with a giant hometown concert, four hours long, featuring special guest musicians from across his 50-album career.

First up was Sylvie, who sang “Midnight Cowboy” with a cast of luminaries as her backing band, including Howe on guitar and Maggie Bjorklund on pedal steel. The lineup included Thoger Lund (bass), Brian Lopez (guitar), Gabriel Sullivan (guitar), Tommy Larkins (drums), Neil Harry (pedal steel), Winston Watson (drums), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Tom Walbank (harmonica), John Convertino (Calexico, drums), Lana Kelly (vocals), John Diaz (trumpet), Annie “Sister Town” Dolan (guitar), Scott Garber (bass) and  Patsy Gelb (vocals), plus two members of the Sno’ Angel gospel choir, UK-via-Portland singer Scout Niblett,  and John Doe and Exene Cervenka from X.

Here’s a report from Tucson Weekly.

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2016/10/25/in-the-flesh-howe-gelbs-60th-b-day-bash-at-the-rialto-theater

No 1!

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

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“I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen” is back at the top of the Canadian charts. Sylvie’s book first hit the number one slot shortly after it was first published at the end of 2012.  The book is also back in the top ten  in the US at #8. Leonard Cohen has been getting all sorts of attention since his 82nd birthday on September 21st and his announcement that he would be releasing a new album, You Want It Darker, in late October.  The editor of the prestigious US magazine  New Yorker, David Remnick wrote a long article on Cohen that cited a number of times what he called “Sylvie’s excellent biography.”

Sylvie’s five-star review of Cohen’s You Want It Darker album is in the new issue of MOJO magazine, dated November 2016.

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You Are In My Arms

Thursday, October 6th, 2016
unknown‘You Are In My Arms’, the first single from the album Sylvie, is also the first track to be covered by another artist!
Keoki Kahumoku, who is a sixth generation Hawaiian slide guitar player and a six-time Grammy winner, will feature his version of the song on his upcoming album. Keoki, who lives on the Big Island, met  Sylvie at a ukulele workshop in San Rafael, California. When she played him the song, he began including it in his live shows.ss-old-uke-copy
Listen to the song here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wKRD1VrPL4

SS + SS

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

ss-ssSimon Sweetman, the  New Zealand rock journalist,  recently visited Sylvie  in San Francisco. He wrote this. He also recorded  this podcast, which you can link to in the last paragraph. Here’s a photo of the last time the two SS’s talked – onstage in N.Z three years ago.

Music to die for

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

“Midnight Cowboy Reprise”, from the album Sylvie,  is featured on the soundtrack of a new movie titled “Black Widows.”  The movie is a black comedy about three girls teaming up to take revenge on a boyfriend and the song appears in the opening credits and in the final kill scene. It is the first film directed by Venita Ozols-Graham and has just been released on VOD, cable and satellite and via iTunes.  More info here:  http://blackwidowsthemovie.com

New Music!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

House of fun LA copyOn June 22, Sylvie was on the Irwin Chusid show on WFMU radio, New Jersey. She had her ukulele with her and sang some of her songs – including a brand-new song called “Nothing. This is the first time she has played the song on-air. You can listen or download here:

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Sylvie_Simmons/

(There’s no photo of Sylvie at the radio station but here’s a recent shot from a show at the House of Fun in Los Angeles)

Words – written and spoken

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Interviews – all kinds of them!

Here’s Sylvie being interviewed last week for a Canadian podcast. She talks about Leonard Cohen, writing books, and her life as a musician. http://www.travelsinmusic.com/leonard-cohen/

The BBC has just reposted “The Rock Chick”, the documentary it made on Sylvie while she was still working on her Leonard Cohen book and not long after she started playing ukulele!  http://ow.ly/ynB8302vJZR

And here she is interviewing heavy metal singer-guitarist Lita Ford about her new autobiography, on stage at the Chapel in San Francisco.

Finally, the latest interviews Sylvie has been writing for  MOJO are: a rare interview with Bob Dylan’s and Leonard Cohen’s legendary producer, Bob Johnston (issue #272) and an epic article and interview on another legend, Terry Reid (#273). She also did a very long, heart-to-heart interview with Lars Ulrich of Metallica, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the magazine.

 

Sunset tour

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

SS HG TL Big Sur2 copyThe legendary Giant Sand, formed by Howe Gelb 30 years ago, is playing one last farewell tour before disbanding.

Sylvie – who worked with Howe Gelb and band member Thoger Lund on her album Sylvie  and played with them earlier this year (see photo) – will be the support act on the band’s California concerts:

10th June, Felton, CA at Don Quixote Music Hall

13th June, San Francisco at the Swedish American Hall

15th June, Los Angeles at the Echo, which was voted “L.A’s coolest small venue for live music.”

Giant Sand’s shows are not to be missed, and these will be even more special. Check Sylvie’s Tour page for details.  http://sylviesimmons.com/tour/

 

Brazilian press loves I’m Your Man: A Vida De Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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The Brazilan press has hailed the new Portuguese edition of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen with rave reviews.

Estado newspaper wrote that it “offers the deepest picture ever seen of one of the most complicated artists [in] the pop universe – Cohen was not just a writer and never just a musician. What Sylvie was able to do in I’, Your Man is throw Cohen open, taking you through so many strands of the lives he lived… the mechanics of feeling… what is love.”

http://cultura.estadao.com.br/noticias/musica,leonard-cohen–icone-na-literatura-e-na-musica–ganha-biografia-capaz-de-decifrar-sua-complexidade,10000027814

UCSFM wrote, “By exposing the fascinating intimacy of the Canadian artist, Simmonsnot only quenches the curiosity of fans but reveals the uniqueness of one of the most brilliant minds of our time. In I’m Your Man the reader will be able to contemplate a privileged perspective, the unique spirituality of a man who questioned and felt all the mysteries of human existence with delivery and passion.”

http://ucsfm.com.br/biografia-de-leonard-cohen-e-lancada-no-brasil/

O Globo newspaper featured an interview with Sylvie and a link to one of her songs:

http://oglobo.globo.com/cultura/garota-do-rock-decifra-em-livro-mito-leonard-cohen-19053407

The Brazilian edition is published by Editora BestSeller in Brazil and contains a 16 page glossy insert of photographs, many in color.

Sylvie, meanwhile, has been in Los Angeles performing with the celebrated, all-male, a capella Leonard Cohen tribute Conspiracy of Beards, opening their shows with a full set of her own and Cohen’s songs, and joining the 24-piece choir as their guest singer on Leonard Cohen’s song ‘The Window’. Her last show with the group will be on Sunday May 8th at the beautiful Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California. See ‘Tour’ for more details.

 

Leonard Cohen gets a Brazilian (edition!)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

12961282_10154727175504377_2657886490893315596_oA Brazilian Portuguese-language version of I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen – the 19th edition of the acclaimed 2012 biography – will be released next week. Translated by Patrícia Azeredo, I’m Your Man: A Vida De Leonard Cohen is published by Editora BestSeller and costs R$ 79.90

Watch out for interviews with Sylvie in O Globo  and other Brazilian newspapers and magazines in the days to come!