Friday, May 10, 2013

sold out


Todd's two hour lecture at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in NYC.

Todd Rundgren Disses Thom Yorke Credits Tame Impala
Todd Rundgren @ RBMA, Pic by Kris Swales

Todd Rundgren Disses Thom Yorke, Credits Tame Impala

Todd Rundgren has dissed Thom Yorke and praised Tame Impala at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York City.'s Kris Swales learned that Rundgren's forthright ways haven't dimmed with age.
"I'm blunt with an act," he said when quizzed about his notoriety as a hard taskmaster in the studio. "I'm not there to make them feel good, I'm there to address all the horrible things that will be said about them if that's the way they want to go ahead and do something."
Precious artists weren't the only target in Rundgren's sights when he sat down on Thursday for RBMA 15th anniversary edition, being held in a reconfigured office space on the fringe of Manhattan's Chelsea district. Nothing was safe from his slightly acidic tongue, least of all himself.
Rundgren admits that by the time he'd gotten to his 1972 album Something/Anything - a breakout commercial success as well as critical darling - he'd became aware that he'd spent the past six years writing songs about a high school love affair that died when he graduated.
"I realised I was digging the same hole over and over again," he said. "I realised that isn't what my world is about - by this time I was taking psychedelic drugs, so I realised that there was this whole inner life to draw on."
It was a wide-ranging lecture over two-plus hours to the 31 first term participants of the brand's semi-annual musical finishing school. Rundgren - looking very rock'n'roll in brown-tinted shades that never came off - didn't hold back on "music becoming the wallpaper of your life" thanks to the Walkman, the death of the major label model being entirely the fault of the labels themselves, and the overabundance of angst he hears from contemporary artists.
"Even though people aren't naturally miserable, people tend to write angsty," he said. "How much misery can Thom Yorke stand? Are you going to kill yourself or what?"
He also credited Australia's own Tame Impala as part of the impetus for his return to the studio and his 2013 long-player State.
"A band like Tame Impala come along and say they want to make their A Wizard, A True Star," he said, referencing his 1973 patchwork opus. "The irony is that they're doing neo-psychedelia, but wanted me to do a dance remix of them [of 2012's Elephant].
"They were so interested in what I used to do that I started to think I should be more interested in what I used to do as well."
Rundgren is touring Australia this July. Here are the dates:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Set list for STATE show

Serious spoiler alert!!!!

2nd show added to Bearsville Venue

Todd Rundgren 'Official "State" Visit Tour' 2nd Show added

Todd Rundgren @Bearsville Theater
Bearsville Theater Presents:

Todd Rundgren

Monday, May 6, 2013

7pm door / 8pm show

$40 general admission. All Tickets Standing Room (Limited seating is available in the lounge/ bar area)

Todd Rundgren is back with his first new album of original material since 2008′s "Arena."

"State" sees the lauded singer/songwriter/producer making a foray into electronica music while taking a quirky look at the human condition in the 21st century.  STATE is a fusion of rock, soul, r'n'b and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious.

Rock’s renaissance man embarks on a continent-hopping journey this spring, playing the U.S. and Europe in support of his new album, beginning at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, N.Y.

To connoisseurs of cult, disciples of eccentricity and ­admirers of innovation, Rundgren is musical royalty.