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Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Chile bootleg sleeve

In August this year Sylvie played a concert in Santiago, Chile, accompanied by Chilean musicians Matias Cena on acoustic guitar and electric guitarist Diego Alorda. In the early hours of morning, drinking Pisco Sours at the party after the show, Matias and Diego suggested the three of them go into AlgoRecords Studio, owned by their friend and legendary Chilean rock musician,  Perrosky, and play the songs through once again and record a bootleg.

Since Sylvie was leaving the next day to fly back to San Francisco, on a rainy album, after a couple of hours’ sleep, the three went into the studio and, with no rehearsals, just started playing and singing together, and Perro captured it all on tape.

“It was a cold morning”, Sylvie told  Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, “which is why we’re all dressed in coats and hats – but everything else was so warm: the atmosphere in the studio, the little paraffin stove Perro lit for us to warm our hands on, and the camaraderie with Matias and Diego. My Chilean concert was the first time I’ve played as a trio with two guitar players (as opposed to a guitarist and a bass player or something else) but with one being acoustic, the other electric, and each having a distinct tone and style, I loved the effect. I think we captured a real intimacy – a very sleepy intimacy after so little sleep – but it suits the songs so well!”
Algo en Algo,  the Bootleg album, is available free to stream or download here:
https://algorecords.bandcamp.com/album/algo-en-algo-sylvie-simmons-junto-a-matias-cena-y-diego-alorda
Track list:
Midnight Cowboy
Hey That’s No Way
Hard Act To Follow
Suzanne
My Lips Still Taste of You
Bird on the Wire (with Spanish verse)

‘Adios’, Chile… ‘Hej’, Denmark!

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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Sylvie spent the last two weeks back in San Francisco after a short but super-sweet trip to Chile where she performed to 500 people, made a TV appearance and did three radio shows (with Chilean’s best-known DJs Alfredo Lewin and Hernán Rojas) and, on the morning of her long flight home, went into a studio to record a bootleg album with her two Santiago accompanists, Matías Cena and Diego Alorda, with Alejandro ‘Perrosky’ Gomez at the mixing board.

Now she’s off to Scandinavia again – Denmark this time – for the amazing Aarhus Festival. Sylvie has three events, each of them different: she’ll start with a Leonard Cohen-related appearance at Kristian F Møller book shop on August 31st; then on Sept 1st she’ll be onstage interviewing the festival’s keynote speaker, the legendary Jac Holzman. And last but by no means least, she’s playing a concert with Howe Gelb (who produced and played on her album ‘Sylvie’) and Giant Sand, Grant-Lee Phillips Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) and more in what will be a very, very special evening!
Full details of tickets, times and dates are on her tour page.

What a summer!

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Whew! Is it sweltering where you are too? It’s turning out to be quite a summer, in so many ways. First, the touring. After her performances in Bogota,  S.America Sylvie did a handful of shows in California then flew to Scandinavia  where she played three concerts in Norway – way up in the north of the country, and also in Oslo (pictured below, where the musicians included American singer-songwriter Luke Elliott and Norwegian poet Havard Rem, who translated Sylvie’s book I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen) – with a few days off to climb a mountain and take a fishing boat out into the Norwegian sea and catch an enormous cod!

Now she’s headed back to S.America again – Chile this time, to play a concert with Chilean musician Matías Cena and be interviewed onstage by Santiago journalist Alfredo Lewin. And after that it’s back to Scandinavia! Three shows in Denmark as part of the Aarhus festival, one of them sharing the stage with Howe Gelb and Giant Sand,  Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth and M.Ward. Check the Tour page  for details of these and also some local shows.

Despite all the traveling, Sylvie has kept to her resolution to Tweet her book Serge Gainsbourg: A Fistful of Gitanes every day, a dozen or so tweets at a time, with the occasional commentary and picture! At last glance she was four chapters and around 700 tweets into it. Join her on Twitter or if you want the whole book, which  has been updated and is available as an e-book/kindle  after a long time out of print, it’s here:

http://www.amazon.com/Serge-Gainsbourg-Fistful-Gitanes-Expanded-ebook/dp/B00VU4ZA6Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Sylvie has also been compiling an album, The Rough Guide to Americana: Vol 2.’ The first volume, coincidentally, came out the same year as her Serge Gainsbourg book, in 2001, and featured then-unknown artists, now highly-acclaimed, like The Handsome Family, best-known these days for their theme song to True Detective Season 1. Season 2’s theme tune is a Leonard Cohen song!!

And of course she’s still writing about music. Here’s an essay she wrote on Iggy Pop for Radio Silence magazine and book – part personal story, part critique and the second in her series of heartbreak albums , ‘The Best Part Of Breaking Up’.  Read it here: http://ht.ly/P3Cr6

Encore 2 Oslo