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so, i've listened to both Tidal and When the Dawn.... lately. and to my surprise, i actually like 'em, despite some of her obvious annoying qualities. hell, SHE RULES... anyway, further comments?

matt, Friday, 16 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I saw her on SNL once and thought she was a really mesmerizing performer. Just the way she held the microphone....I didn't care much for the song itself, though.

Justyn Dillingham, Saturday, 17 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Hell, what is Norah Jones doing that Fiona hasn't already done?

My name is Kenny, Saturday, 17 August 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

you go Kenny...I say that every time that Norah Jones' video comes on VH1...which is like every five to ten minutes...

jenelle, matt's fiancee', Sunday, 25 August 2002 11:41 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
After she broke down on stage in new york and cancelled the show, all I could think was "fiona is so punk rock." It just isn't something you would expect from a young female soloist, but if it had been johnny rotten, people wouldn't have looked twice. She rules because she doesn't give a shit about the industries rules. The same thing goes for the speech at the mtv video awards. Come on, isn't that what every one of us who is disgusted with the fascist state of things in pop music has always wanted to say? "This world is bullshit." Yeah, it was a little incoherent, but I knew then whose side she was really on. And her lyrics are amazing. :)

cristi, Wednesday, 9 October 2002 15:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Come on, isn't that what every one of us who is disgusted with the
fascist state of things in pop music has always wanted to say?

Context is all. And in her case, it didn't help.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 17:57 (seventeen years ago) link

cristi is talking bollocks- bittting the hand that feeds you is definetely no good whatsoever.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 18:33 (seventeen years ago) link

i am a huge fan of fionas. her lyrics are great yes, and the playing on both those albums is excellent.
looking forward to her next output.!
norah jones? hardly close.

donna (donna), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 18:36 (seventeen years ago) link

TIDAL is wonderful. However, she is one of those performers -- like Sinead before her -- from whom the microphone should really be kept far away when she's not singing, as she has a tremendous propensity to say outlandish and thoroughly embarassing shit.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Fiona Apple: a demented, pasty-skinned stick figure who channels the tormented, disembodied soul of Billie Holliday. And if you put shoe polish in her hair, she'd make one hell of a goth chick.
And, no, I mean all this as a compliment.

Lord Custos Alpha (Lord Custos Alpha), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 19:56 (seventeen years ago) link

I haven't hear much of When the Pawn..., but I liked Tidal, and probably still do. Her voice is rich and expressive--and I think altos tend to sound more powerful anyway. True, she's whiny and brash, but her music skates a nice line, never as transparent as far too female vocalists. And besides, P.T. Anderson sees something in her.

Steph (Steph), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 20:19 (seventeen years ago) link

oops, "far too many female vocalists"

Steph (Steph), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 20:20 (seventeen years ago) link

"Hitting the hand that feeds you" is pure human nature. Contradiction is a fundamental part of life, I think. To fear it makes you susceptible to, well, lots of dark things. Sure fiona apple is full of contradiction and doesn't always say the most beautiful things, but she is anything but afraid of that fact. In rolling stone she said something like, "As soon as I'm not singing the songs I don't know how to act. But I would rather not be contrived, even if it makes me looks better." I just have to respect that, especially in this day and age. At least I know apple will never leave me disillusioned. For instance, was anyone else totally put off by the videos from bjork’s vespertine? God, that’s a whole other thread I think.

cristi, Saturday, 12 October 2002 01:44 (seventeen years ago) link

oh julio, I'm sorry for not getting your quote right! "Bittting the hand that feeds you," that's better. :)

cristi, Saturday, 12 October 2002 01:47 (seventeen years ago) link

well surely it's a better thing if she released her stuff through her own label say. but of course, i doubt she would have been invited to any bloody awards ceremonies!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 12 October 2002 19:44 (seventeen years ago) link

five years pass...

"Shadowboxer" <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Tape Store, Thursday, 10 April 2008 05:17 (twelve years ago) link


Surmounter, Thursday, 10 April 2008 05:35 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

"Paper Bag" <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

ben folds' cover of "such great heights" (Tape Store), Tuesday, 27 October 2009 05:31 (ten years ago) link


Turangalila, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 05:34 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

entirety of when the pawn <3

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:43 (nine years ago) link

str8 men really didn't like her, huh

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:43 (nine years ago) link

"she's crazy! she's embarrassing! she's juvenile!" looooool

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:44 (nine years ago) link

anyway, bumped b/c maura drew my attention to this:

which isn't verified but promises a new album this spring!

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:45 (nine years ago) link

also goddamn if "get him back" isn't a perfectly constructed pop song

lex pretend, Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:45 (nine years ago) link

str8 men really didn't like her, huh

― lex pretend, Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:43 PM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark

I like that one song with the fast bits and the slow bits.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:50 (nine years ago) link

She's working with Charley Drayton on the new songs is all I know so far. No news of Jon Brion working w/ her.

We make bouquets that fade immediately. (Turangalila), Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:58 (nine years ago) link

Though she did play a surprise show with Brion few weeks ago at Largo.

We make bouquets that fade immediately. (Turangalila), Thursday, 24 February 2011 13:01 (nine years ago) link

Feel like she and Brion should do a parody of that duo that is changing the face of youtube etc, since the guy does a manic, OCD version of what Brion does.

Roger "Destroyer" Kaputtnik (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 February 2011 14:21 (nine years ago) link

I've always liked her. She probably is still in my all-time WS.

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 24 February 2011 16:31 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Fiona Apple has revealed that her long-delayed fourth album will be titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 7 March 2012 22:19 (eight years ago) link

Cutting back, imho. I hope this album is as good as When the pawn hits the conflicts he thinks like a king, What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight, And he'll win the whole thing 'fore he enters the ring, There's no body to batter when your mind is your might, So when you go solo, you hold your own hand, And remember that depth is the greatest of heights, And if you know where you stand, then you know where to land, And if you fall it won't matter, cause you'll know that you're right though.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 7 March 2012 22:23 (eight years ago) link

LOL never change fiona

i'm actually super-hyped for this

lex pretend, Thursday, 8 March 2012 00:33 (eight years ago) link

otm I am too, actually.

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 8 March 2012 03:18 (eight years ago) link


Raymond Cummings, Thursday, 8 March 2012 11:59 (eight years ago) link

I want to be excited but I'm mostly skeptical. 2nd version of EM was a disaster - she kinda needs Brion, imo.

Turangalila, Thursday, 8 March 2012 13:42 (eight years ago) link

I saw her on that tour with Nickel Creek, and I was really impressed how well she fared in a different musical environment. Though I guess Nickel Creek are Brion adjuncts, too.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 March 2012 13:57 (eight years ago) link

I am excited about this. Also I have a massive crush on Fiona.

owenf, Thursday, 8 March 2012 13:59 (eight years ago) link

Still go back to "Paper Bag" a lot, and if we ever do a massive music video ballot poll, I'm voting for it.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Friday, 16 March 2012 06:17 (eight years ago) link

I hardly think the second version of EM was a disaster. It's different, is all.

I hope this album will be great.

akm, Friday, 16 March 2012 18:46 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

It might be. The new songs sound great.

Turangalila, Saturday, 7 April 2012 05:07 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Turangalila, Monday, 23 April 2012 13:26 (eight years ago) link

is that song good? i can't tell.

caulk the wagon and float it, Monday, 23 April 2012 15:23 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Even if you don't generally listen to WTF, Fiona Apple is the guest today and it's probably the most candid no big deal interview she's ever given (or that I've read or heard). Cool to hear.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 16 July 2012 18:12 (eight years ago) link

two months pass...

Breaking the law, breaking the law...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:37 (seven years ago) link

Fiona Apple Bong

stURGEON & musKEY (how's life), Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:53 (seven years ago) link


Roz, Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:55 (seven years ago) link

she does not look good on that photo. that must have been before the joint...

alex in mainhattan, Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:56 (seven years ago) link

i hear the sound of a thousand local tv anchors trying out their "she doesn't just feel like a criminal anymore ..." gags.

tylerw, Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:20 (seven years ago) link

why are people still driving their tour buses through that county? i realize Texas is huge and its probably a huge pain in the ass detour to get around it, but c'mon celebs, if you have the weed its going to get found in that place.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 20 September 2012 16:45 (seven years ago) link

You answered your own question. They still drive tour buses through their because it's on I-10, the main artery of that part of the state. Any sideways entrances are not to be trusted.

The real SMDH thing about this is they were headed to AUSTIN. How hard would it have been to just dump what they had in El Paso or something? If you can't get weed/hash in upon arrival in Austin you simply are not trying at all.

That Austin date has now been postponed btw.

Instagrams of Lily on My Facebook Wall (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:43 (seven years ago) link

Okay, looking at the map now, they could have picked up State 62/180 in El Paso and taken it to Carlsbad, then hung a right on 285 to head southeast to Fort Stockton were they could have resumed traveling on I-10. That probably would have added a couple hours to the trip tho.

Instagrams of Lily on My Facebook Wall (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) link

guys, they were all high on the pot, they weren't thinking straight

tylerw, Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:55 (seven years ago) link

"Now, most of the people were very nice to me. There are four of you out there, and I want you to know that I heard everything you did. I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking that I couldn't hear or see you. I then ripped the paper up, but not before I encoded it and-- I got two lock boxes. We'll call them "holding cell one" and "holding cell two". In "holding cell one" is the encoded version of the shit that you did that I know was inappropriate and probably illegal. In "holding cell two" is the decoder. I'm the only one who holds the key, and you and I will be intimate forever because I will hold that secret forever. Unless of course the celebrity that you had so much interest in but you wanted to accuse me of bringing up while you laughed at me all night? Unless you're interested in being a celebrity, I'll make you fucking famous any time you ask and I'll open those boxes. So why don't you stay in your fucking holding cell?"


nostormo, Sunday, 23 September 2012 17:38 (seven years ago) link

That's the title of her next album.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:13 (seven years ago) link

marissa eat your heart out xxp

the fucking deslongchamps (rip van wanko), Sunday, 23 September 2012 19:38 (seven years ago) link


Raymond Cummings, Monday, 24 September 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) link

As a non-native Texan, I apologize to Fiona on behalf of Texans

Raymond Cummings, Monday, 24 September 2012 20:55 (seven years ago) link

that county has a dope adobe courthouse

iirc, that's grounds for at least a summons in that county

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 24 September 2012 21:00 (seven years ago) link

dope adobe dope court

have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Monday, 24 September 2012 21:05 (seven years ago) link

Marfa Public Radio had some more details about the bust and how the county likes busting celebrities.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 24 September 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

Celebrities: take note of my nifty evasion route detailed upthread!

50 Shades of Greil (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 24 September 2012 21:36 (seven years ago) link

Sheriff Rusty sets her straight: "Honey, shut up and sing."

dow, Tuesday, 25 September 2012 02:17 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...
four years pass...

Solid list but I love "Every single night" as a single and wouldn't do a top ten without it.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:43 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

fiona's youtube is very good

devvvine, Sunday, 13 May 2018 09:03 (two years ago) link

wonder if PTA is the DoP...

niels, Sunday, 13 May 2018 11:54 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...

she's featured on the new King Princess single "I Know"

ufo, Friday, 25 January 2019 03:20 (one year ago) link

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 25 January 2019 03:28 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

New album on the way?

pomenitul, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:20 (one year ago) link

The one of her playing percussion makes me very happy

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 March 2019 13:44 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

Fell into a Fiona Apple YouTube hole after going to see Hustlers last night (J. Lo pole dances to "Criminal" and it is amazing) and it culminated in me full-out bawling to this:

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:02 (one year ago) link

lovely surprise interview (and possible new album next year!)

Roz, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:28 (eleven months ago) link

wonderful news!

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:36 (eleven months ago) link

She signed her email with a balloon emoji.

fiona confirmed busy signal fan

devvvine, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:42 (eleven months ago) link

The part when she gives an update to her “world is bullshit” quote is great

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:52 (eleven months ago) link

"Fiona Lone" ;_;

Great interview, and good news about a new album!

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:12 (eleven months ago) link

come for the dog, stay for the bonus anecdote about marveling at J.Lo's ass

Simon H., Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:24 (eleven months ago) link

fantastic interview and hopefully that new album will indeed be done soon

she's the best

ufo, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 15:25 (eleven months ago) link

Loved the interview, and it got me to revisit Idler Wheel. Every single fucking song on this album, guys.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Sunday, 29 September 2019 02:41 (eleven months ago) link

the further away we get from 2012 the more i'm convinced it's an unparalleled masterpiece

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 30 September 2019 16:33 (eleven months ago) link

"werewolf" is the realest song ever written

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 30 September 2019 17:09 (eleven months ago) link

but brad, get this: if i'm butter. . . if I'M butter.

well, if that's the case, he's a hot knife, my friend.

(totally agreed btw; album slays. it's like the perfectly realized child of kate bush's 80s albums.)

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 30 September 2019 17:24 (eleven months ago) link

The great thing about the “If I’m butter, if I’m butter, then he’s a hot knife” line is that it’s just Fiona playing coy - she makes it clear in the background harmonies that she’s the one in control: “I’m a hot knife, I’m a hot knife, he’s a pat of butter.”

Best song.

Roz, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 03:42 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

Fiona Apple covering The Waterboys' 'The Whole of the Moon'. Fuck yes.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 4 November 2019 18:29 (ten months ago) link

The Big Apple.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 4 November 2019 18:30 (ten months ago) link


Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 4 November 2019 18:31 (ten months ago) link

*very* into this

borntohula, Monday, 4 November 2019 20:05 (ten months ago) link

fuck yes

devvvine, Monday, 4 November 2019 21:28 (ten months ago) link

that is incredible, and her voice is getting better and better with age.

akm, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 03:59 (ten months ago) link

four months pass...

i'm really glad she's apparently pushing the percussion-driven sound of the idler wheel even further

ufo, Monday, 16 March 2020 22:16 (six months ago) link

“Every addict should just get locked in a private movie theatre with Q.T. and P.T.A. on coke, and they’ll never want to do it again.”

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 02:30 (six months ago) link

Found that article a bit of a disappointing, though I am psyched for another FA record, and also that she's leaning into the percussion stuff from Idler Wheel.

In particular, the TV-journalist-writes-about-music bits.

in twelve parts (lamonti), Tuesday, 17 March 2020 06:57 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

She's an extraordinary machine. Happy birthday!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 13 September 2020 14:19 (six days ago) link

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