Vienna Teng live

Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 01:13 am
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I got to see Vienna Teng live today; it's been a while since I've seen her (a few years?). And she has a new album out!

I always think of her as a very American artist for some reason; possibly it's the folk influence in her music and how quite a few of her songs are very grounded in terms of place. Bay Area, San Francisco, New York, Kansas... she said there was more of the Midwest in some of these, which I hear.

My favorite of the new pieces was "Grandmother Song," which is extremely folksy and sounds like it should have banjoes, and yet has things about finding a guy in grad school and the focus on a career not art and the talk of running from bombs and war that feel extremely Chinese American to me. I read the lyrics after and realized there are no specific references at all, so I don't know how much I am reading into it. But the voice sounds like an immigrant voice, like someone who's picked up and packed and gone off somewhere else with nothing and clawed their way up. I love the mix of Americana with what many people may not think of as a quintessential American story. I, of course, think it is, and while I know there is the myth of America, land of the immigrants, the focus has historically been on immigrants who have been later assimilated into whiteness.

It's also interesting to hear the increase in styles she's trying out and playing with; very different from her first CD, which I always think of as a very first CD, introspective and interior and angsty. I like it, but I love her second one more for the way it plays with more styles and tells more stories.
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Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] umadoshi
Ooh! ^_^ I've never seen her live, but I'd really like to. And I think I like the new album better than her third one, which never quite clicked with me.

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Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] lnhammer
Warm Strangers is my favorite, as well. We'll see how I feel about the new one after we pick it up at the venue.

---L.

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Mon, Apr. 27th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] rachelmanija
I loved "City Hall" and "Blue Caravan," and didn't even like any of the others. Whereas I loved most of the songs on the first two albums, though I do like the first one the most. "Drought" is still pretty much my favorite song ever.

Let me know the next time you hear of her coming to town! Maybe I can go with you.

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Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] lady_ganesh
More stories is always a good thing.

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Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] lnhammer
Cool. We have tickets to see her show here next weekend. (Which happens to be be during, but not part of, the Folk Festival, which means a Very Musicked Weekend for us yay).

---L.

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Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] lnhammer
We're probably going just Saturday only anyway, which is fine as all three of our favorite local acts are playing then (and for once without conflicts!). Some pretty good music going Sunday as well, but we both have deadlines to work on.

---L.

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Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] yhlee
Eee! I am resigned to never seeing her live (I always just miss her when she tours near me; I remember the last time I had an opportunity, I was all raring to go...then came down with mono) but I need to find her new CD. :-)

I will always have a soft spot for "Between," though!

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Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] shewhohashope
I'm so jealous! She never comes to my country.

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Sat, Apr. 25th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] jinian.livejournal.com
I was in Hawaii when she was here. So sad! I would love to see her live.

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Sun, Apr. 26th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
umadoshi: umadoshi kanji (Haru & Rin "but I offer love" (flamika))
Posted by [personal profile] umadoshi
For some reason it never occurred to me to try to find live recordings of her music (although I have her "Cannonball" cover). You don't happen to know of any, do you?

jumping in for vienna teng

Mon, Apr. 27th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ticketsonmyself.livejournal.com
there's a lot of live recordings here: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=vienna%20teng%20AND%20collection%3Aetree

Re: jumping in for vienna teng

Tue, Apr. 28th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
umadoshi: umadoshi kanji (Gojyo & Hakkai (darkfire_blade))
Posted by [personal profile] umadoshi
Oh, neat! Thank you!

Re: jumping in for vienna teng

Tue, Apr. 28th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ticketsonmyself.livejournal.com
you're welcome :)

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