God & The Girl

David Poe

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David's latest and best.

"One of the finest songwriters on planet Earth." Metro UK

"The intensity of his writing and vocal delivery is undiminished ... His melodies and his acoustic guitar work were so gentle and elegant that the depth to which his words cut the heart came as a surprise. " New York Observer

"A tremendous album." Huffington Post

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  1. 1 Lonely Like Me 03:48 Lyrics Your price

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  2. 2 Honey Moon 03:22 Lyrics Your price

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  3. 3 Let There Be No Longing 03:10 Lyrics Your price

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  7. 7 World Above The World 05:16 Lyrics Your price

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  8. 8 Remember 02:51 Lyrics Your price

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  9. 9 Thank You (Big Bloody Heart) 03:46 Lyrics Your price

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  10. 10 The Devil 03:50 Lyrics Your price

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Shadowland: Music For Pilobolus

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Soundtrack to the award-winning dance piece by Pilobolus, on tour since 2009. Orchestral and electronic music and songs Not Enough Night, Like A Storm, New Friends, The Elephant, Mangez La Femme and JOY.

Shadowland must be seen to be believed. A short excerpt is here: http://youtu.be/QgvmlqqkofM

The dancers of Pilobolus often work behind huge, diaphanous screens of light. A collaboration between the company, Spongebob Squarepants writer Steven Banks and David, Shadowland tells a coming-of-age story about a girl who dreams of a bizarre world where the grass laughs, flowers are hungry and God turns young girls into dogs.

“A completely new show, Shadowland will become, without doubt, one of the more important theater events of the new season" said Absolute Madrid upon the show's premiere in Spain. They were right. Shadowland premiered to rave reviews in 2009 and has been on tour since, visiting every continent, garnering awards and performing for sold-out crowds, including a performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II featuring David's big pop song JOY that was broadcast worldwide.

The New Yorker: “In choreography, if you can’t be a genius, then you must be ingenious. Balanchine is a genius, Robbins is ingenious. Pilobolus Dance Theatre, I would have said a year ago, is simply ingenious. Now I’m not so sure that the gift of ingenuity isn’t capable of once in a while surpassing itself, so that we are shaken out of admiration into awe.”

Musically, this quick-moving piece exhausted David's proclivity for genre-jumping, and the project presented a natural opportunity for him to sing and write in a variety of voices, including a rare, full-throated performance on New Friends; a snarl on The Elephant; a faux-accented French on the bizarre "Mangez La Femme" that answers the long-standing question of how Maurice Chevalier would sound if he took psychotropic drugs, and JOY, one of David's most-downloaded songs, which features a vocal sample of his mom.

Shadowland represents the last of the unwieldy eclecticism that marked much of Poe's previous work -- a new approach to songwriting was beginning. This record was the way out, a celebration of tone, a clearing house for what was to come next.

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  1. 1 The Music Box 00:34
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  2. 2 Like A Storm 04:49 Lyrics Your price

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  3. 3 JOY 04:13 Lyrics Your price

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  4. 4 Not Enough Night 04:02 Lyrics Your price

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  5. 5 Transformation 03:21 Your price

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  6. 6 New Friends 04:08 Lyrics Your price

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  7. 7 Gasket I: Land Static 04:41
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  8. 8 The Elephant 03:50 Your price

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  9. 9 Mangez La Femme!/Frame Chase 06:09 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Prologue 01:37
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  11. 11 Gasket II: Hunch Hands 05:04
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  12. 12 City Of Light 01:51 Info
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The Copier: Music For Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

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Music for piano, string quartet, brass and plastic, composed for New York City dance company Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's premiere work The Copier, choreographed by Jill Johnson.

Perhaps because he is a horrible dancer, David Poe loves great dance. This instrumental score begins with a rhythm created by a cantankerous computer printer, fills up with the sounds of New York and new Poe collaborator John "Scrapper" Sneider on trumpet, then ends on a solo piano piece, Clean Bird +1, that is among Poe's most evocative compositions.

In studios formerly occupied by photographer Annie Leibovitz, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet performed William Forsythe protege Jill Johnson's extraordinary dance piece under an enormous, moving bar of light while audiences walked around them -- an installation approach to performance that revolutionized the American dance world. The Copier premiered in New York in the magical summer of 2008 and was still being talked about in "Best Of" lists at year's end.

"The dancers periodically sweep across the stage as one, just as the lights sweep overhead like the advancing bar of a copy machine," wrote The New York Times. "Both have a dehumanizing effect, but just as Mr. Poe injects pockets of hopeful longing into passages of insistent hubbub, Ms. Johnson finds ways to emphasize the lovely fragility of the individual."

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  1. 1 The Copier 04:36 Your price

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  2. 2 Clean Bird + 1 08:21 Your price

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Love Is Red

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A live studio recording made in Berlin. Sim Cain, drums; John Abbey, bass. Features So Beautiful, Wilderness, Love Is Red.

For reasons never explained nor questioned, David's music proved more popular in Europe than in the US for some years. After the release of his second effort The Late Album, he toured relentlessly on his own and in support of Tori Amos, Beth Orton, The Jayhawks, Joan Baez, Chris Whitley, Glenn Tilbrook, Vanessa Carlton, Lloyd Cole, Golden Smog and many more.

So it was that the decision was made to record a live album. The trio of Poe, Cain and Abbey tended to kick the shit out of the songs in a way that studio recordings failed to capture.

When a European tour that was to be recorded for posterity didn't materialize, the band decamped to Berlin, set up in a heavy metal band's rehearsal space pocked with WWII-era bulletholes and played its current set into ancient microphones that had been liberated, around the time The Berlin Wall was falling, from an East Berlin radio station.

Caught between traditional conceits of the live album and David's insistence on recording some new material, these sessions didn't quite capture the arc of the band's typical live set, but they did render a few gems: Doxology and So Beautiful indicated more confidence in traditional song forms, re-workings of older work like Settlement proved what the songs could be, and the words of new work Love Is Red and Wilderness (the latter reinforced with incendiary performances by drummer Sim Cain and bassist John Abbey) showed that Poe had advanced as a lyricist: "if the trees are the lungs of the world, the city is her cigarette ... you are clean, quiet as snow, darker than a forest ... you are my wilderness."

Harp Magazine called Love Is Red "the make-out record of the year." The Washington Post said it was "like visiting a sex museum." The Village Voice christened David "the major domo of songwriters" and Time Out! New York called him "the perfect man."

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  1. 1 You're The Bomb (live) 03:23
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  2. 2 So Beautiful 03:07 Lyrics Your price

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  3. 3 Love Is Red 02:41 Your price

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  4. 4 Wilderness 04:33 Lyrics Your price

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  5. 5 Reunion (live) 03:13
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  6. 6 Moon (live) 03:41 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Settlement (live) 02:27 Your price

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  8. 8 You Got A Reputation 03:37
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  9. 9 Doxology 03:58 Lyrics Your price

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  10. 10 So Beautiful (radio mix) 03:12 Info
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The Late Album

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Features The Drifter, You're The Bomb and The Late Song (Je Ne Suis Pas Mort).

"If David Poe is exploring the mystery of pop," read the press release, "The Late Album is his searchlight." He was; it wasn't. But David's second effort, recorded on the fly between tours of North America, Europe and Japan, enjoyed the generosity of the music press.

"A sophisticated city breed, “ wrote Q magazine. “Articulate accounts of edgy situations are Poe's forté, his breathy voice and jaunty strum often disguising some acidic lines." The NME said, "Poe likes to shade his confessionals and storytelling with beautiful, lush, guitar-underpinned music."

Begun before the events of September 11 in New York with Grammy-winning producer Steve Rosenthal and finished in Nashville with producer Brad Jones thereafter, David's attempts to incorporate all of his pop obsessions -- from acoustic to electronic music, with Beatlesque sprawl in between -- rendered a few interesting moments: The Drifter became a crowd favorite and appeared in several films and TV shows; You're The Bomb shows Poe beginning to master the extended metaphor in song; The Late Song (Je Ne Suis Pas Mort) seemed to be a missive sent from the afterlife, which would become an ongoing motif.

The London Independent likened his songs to “miniature novels,” which may have meant some of them were a little too long. But in Germany, Rolling Stone awarded The Late Album a coveted four star review, and Poe even picked up the award for Best New Artist from the National Critics Poll Award there. So that's awesome.

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  1. 1 The Drifter (quietly) 04:07 Your price

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  2. 2 Ringer 00:29
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  3. 3 Echo Box 03:02 Lyrics Your price

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  4. 4 Childbearing 04:32 Lyrics
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  5. 5 The Late Song (Je Ne Suis Pas Mort) 04:31 Your price

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  6. 6 The Drifter (radio edit) 03:58 Your price

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  7. 7 Wear Your Best 05:17 Lyrics
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  8. 8 You're The Bomb 02:59
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  9. 9 Good Lonely 04:50 Lyrics
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  10. 10 Deathwatch For a Living Legend 04:05 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Never I Will 04:01 Lyrics
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  12. 12 Love Won't Last The Afternoon 03:59 Lyrics
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David Poe

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Produced by T-Bone Burnett. Features Blue Glass Fall, Reunion, Apartment, Moon. Sim Cain, drums; John Abbey, bass; Marc Ribot, guitar.

This is the album that started it all for David Poe. But it should not be blamed for everything. Nor should producer T-Bone Burnett, engineer Susan Rogers, drummer Sim Cain, bassist John Abbey or guest guitarist Marc Ribot, all of whom figured prominently in this record that is at times exuberant but more often hushed, frequently comic and always ambitious.

Songs like Reunion and Moon showed that David knew what he was doing sometimes, and the sorta-single Blue Glass Fall was played by responsible radio outlets around the world, taking David along with it.

Also notable in this set are Ribot's excellent guitar work on Apartment and The Settlement, and the always-exquisite playing of bassist John Abbey and drummer Sim Cain, who Poe often introduced onstage as "the greatest drummer in the world," and meant it.

An in-demand percussionist who had already played with everyone from Henry Rollins to The Chocolate Genius, Sim became a colleague, friend, producer and mentor while Poe swerved as sound engineer at CBGB's 313 Gallery, the songwriter/spoken word/avant-garde/hip-hop joint adjacent to the venerated punk rock club on the Bowery in Manhattan. On guitar, drums and increasing amounts of alcohol, Cain and Poe played around New York as a duo, dubbing themselves "The Christ Brothers." Within a year, then-bearded, long-haired John Abbey -- "a dead ringer for Him," Poe exclaimed -- joined the group and a clutch of recordings made their way into the clutches of the large, pink Sony Music building, where David would be held for the next five years.

"David Poe gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt," wrote Rolling Stone of his debut. "Call him The Untroubadour."

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  1. 1 Settlement 02:46 Your price

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  2. 2 Blue Glass Fall 03:58 Lyrics Your price

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  5. 5 Reunion 03:07 Lyrics Your price

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  6. 6 Apartment 04:57 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Silver Eye Lashes 04:46 Lyrics
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  8. 8 Star 04:15 Lyrics Your price

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David Poe: Live From The Artists Den

David Poe

6-Song EP features live versions of Loves A Sinner, The Pornographer, Hotel Life. Released by The Artists Den. An iTunes exclusive.

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Music From The Motion Picture Harvest

Duncan Sheik & David Poe

Award-winning indie feature film by director Marc Meyers with a score by Duncan Sheik and David Poe features the songs Buildings & Bridges, Laugh Till I Cry, Cops On Horses.

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  2. 2 Buildings & Bridges 03:49 Lyrics Your price

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  3. 3 Everyday Parade 02:19
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  5. 5 Cops On Horses 04:15 Lyrics
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