Friday, December 08, 2006

Nelson Sings Nilsson tonight (12/8)

About five years ago, during a Harvey Danger hiatus, Sean Nelson developed a Harry Nilsson fetish via the "Nilsson Sings Newman" record. He had an idea to do an album of Nilsson tunes, and quite naturally this became "Nelson Sings Nilsson." But, Sean worked on the project for years before it finally got legs.

From the project's myspage page:

In 2006, from the depths of despair, Nelson asked producer/arranger/composer/mentalist Mark Nichols if he might be interested in taking the project on. According to reports, Nichols literally leapt at the opportunity. A couple of months later, an album of 14 Nilsson songs--some hits, some deep cuts, some unreleased gems--plus an 8-minute medley (very much in the style of the Beatles pastiche from Harry's debut LP) was born. Elaborately arranged with strings, brass, guitar, bass, drums, and a kids choir, the album weaves a rich, theatrical musical tapestry to wrap around Nelson's full-throated vocal stylings. With influences ranging from rock to Vauedville, from music hall to Broadway, from Tin Pan Alley to Erik Satie, "Nelson Sings Nilsson" offers an idiosyncratic showcase for one of the late-20th century's most idiosyncratic composer/arrangers.

So, why am I posting this? The record isn't out yet. But, tonight (12/8), you can see this project in a live setting at Town Hall with a 24-piece orchestra. $12 at the door.

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