Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Keeping up with Rufus Wainwright and Lulu

As mentioned earlier on this blog, singer / songwriter Rufus Wainwright has a new album coming out in the USA on April 20th. It's called All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, and its on the Decca label. The album title is a reference to Shakespeare's Sonnet 43 and Wainwright's own concept of Lulu, which he describes as a "dark, brooding, dangerous woman that lives within all of us." In particular, the Lulu to which Wainwright refers is Louise Brooks, who starred as Lulu in the 1929 film Pandora's Box.

All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu is available to pre-order in two formats, a standard jewel case and pre-order only digi pack which features an exclusive bonus track. The album was written by Rufus Wainwright, produced by Wainwright (with Pierre Marchand on three songs), and mixed by Marchand.

Wainwright will be touring all across Europe in the Spring to promote the album. Wainwright also has concerts planned for Canada in June, including a June 21st gig at the Theatre St. Denis. That is the same venue where a young Louise brooks danced as a member of the Denishawn Dance Company in April, 1924. And on November 22nd, he will return to the historic Royal Albert Hall in London for an exclusive one off concert. For more info on Wainwright previous work and upcoming concerts, visit his website at http://www.rufuswainwright.com/

Stay tuned for further details about this story as things develop.

3 comments:

  1. A bit about the Rufus Wainwright CD Launch at http://www2.hintmag.com/post/march-16-2010

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  2. "The Lulu of the album title is a reference to the havoc-wreaking character played by Louise Brooks in the 1929 German silent film Pandora’s Box.

    “She’s like the eye of the storm,” Wainwright said. “It’s about the destructive nature of beauty.

    “I have to personify (that dark) energy to identify it. And when I do, when those feelings of destruction, despair and nihilism rise, a bell goes off and I see Lulu. I see Louise Brooks from the corner of my eye, beckoning me. It’s where I want to go, where I want to be.”

    In an article in the Montreal Gazette

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Rufus+songs/2703125/story.html

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  3. Rufus Wainwright taps into his inner Louise Brooks at http://news.scotsman.com/entertainment/-Album-review-Rufus-Wainwright.6203108.jp

    Reviewed in the Scotsman

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