Jan. 22nd, 2009
Pics from The Amazon on the official website. Here is a preview: go on
www.alanis.com for more :)
Jan. 22nd, 2009
As I thought, Alanis didn't perform new songs during the first show of the Latin America Tour 2009.
In Manaus, Brazil, the setlist was the same as in the last concerts in USA, last year.
It was quite obvious, since the bandmates didn't rehearse before leaving for Brazil. However, in a recent interview, Alanis declared she has enough songs
to fill two new albums. Intriguing, uh?
Jan. 21st, 2009
Don't put too much hope in this, but according to www.unionradio.net
Alanis could perform new songs during the Latin America Tour 2009. Tonight the tour begins in
Manaus, Brazil, at Studio 5. But before, Alanis found the time to swim with dolphins, visit the local Indian
tribe, as reported by portalamazonia.globo.com. Also, Alanis
taped an interview for a TV Show, called Fantastico: it should be aired later this week.
Jan. 20th, 2009
Interview with Clarin Magazine by Eduardo Slusarczuk: here is the
translation by Lupe (thanks a lot, sweetie!):
The girl was almost 10 years old when she decided to get into the world of television. For she played the piano since she was six, it also occurred to her to write some songs, and, with the little money she made in the children's TV Show "You can't do that on television", she produced her own first single.
A few years later, Alanis Morissette was signing her first contract with a record company. And, in the midst of comings and goings with bulimia and anorexia, during 1991 Alanis was releasing the first of a couple of albums with lots of dance and little personal style, albums that don't even appear in her official website.
But, just like in those movies with an unoriginal plot, in 1995, the cute girl left her home in Ottawa behind, arrived and settled in LA, met producer Glen Ballard, set her creative potential free, recorded Jagged Little Pill and was millions. Of CDs. And dollars.
Thirteen years and seven records later, just after her vacation in Hawaii and just before traveling to Argentina for the third time, where she'll have a concert on February 12th, through the phone, Morissette's voice sounds relax, and she answers with no hesitation. As if she was trying to refute that "simplicity" is the most important thing she lost through that enormous change of becoming a famous person.
"For moments, I feel like I'm trying to take back that simplicity that I used to have before my career as singer began, that I enjoy so much when I'm not on the road," she says.
What other things did you lose in these years of so much exposition?
The possibility of being with my people [her family--not sure the same expression is used in English ]. I was educated with a huge sense of belonging to a community. Thus, to have been on tour for so long, as isolated, has been a great challenge for me. And to be recognized made it impossible to sit on a bank in a square to watch what was happening around, something that I love to do. But I don't regret it.
Does that mean that you wouldn't change anything if you had the chance to live again your last 15 years?
Well, no. If I could, I'd avoid dating certain people (laughs). And I'd try to look for people to share certain values, because I spent a lot of time with people with whom I had nothing in common.
Since her entrance to the big leagues of the show business, the Canadian's albums worked as a confessional booth of her anger, wishes, frustrations, thoughts. "Before I make a record I have to live my life, experiment what's missing, so then I can transform it into songs," she explains.
From that direct relationship between real life and recorded register a diary is born, wherein, Morissette tells, appear the first lines of what, when she comes to the studio, later become songs. "Once I'm there, music and lyrics come at the same time, very quickly," she assures.
Do you start recording with a formed idea of what you want the material to sound?
No. I write the song and the images, with which I let the chemestry between me and the producer be generated. I prefer not to work with previous ideas, that way the result will surprise me even more.
Don't you even dive into other musics or rhythms, looking for new sounds?
It's that, I'm not trying to find a determined sound. In that case, I listen to a lot of singers and songwriters of the '0 [no idea... it's probably a mistake, maybe 90's or 80's or 2000's?] and current, who share their own stories in their songs. But, when the moment to create comes, I make a cut and focus on my thing."
And her thing, in Flavors of Entanglement, her latest album, released in 2008, was to show herself as more vulnerable. "I'm more matured, I'd like to believe. And to have made the record in the middle of a break up (with actor Ryan Reynolds) made me show myself as more transparent. If I wanted to share what was happening to me, I had to be honest and show that it was a very painful moment," she says.
But it also gives the feeling that you feel more free than before. Is it so?
Yes, I feel more free than a few years ago. And it has to do with that I think and how I do it. The feeling o freedom comes when I truly understand how I feel, so I won't believe in thoughts that can be false, and that can get us in trouble.
Does that include addictions to drug or something like that?
In my case, drugs aren't an elected addiction. They might've been useful at some fun moment, but nothing too crazy. I am more of a love addict. And food addict."
Aside from being self-referential, the Canadian's new material extends her look to a global context, much more wider than that of her surroundings.
How do your personal experiences connect to that other look, which is more global?
What happens to me, to my surroundings, can be extended to the world. If I don't have peace in my hear, in my personal life, there won't be peace in the planet. If I can't solve it in my own field, I can't pretend to solve it in the world.
Do you think art gives solutions?
I don't have any great idea about how art can change something in the world. Music can help someone in their search for a cure for what's happening in the planet. But neither art, nor a beneficial concert will produce any changes unless those who are involved with it are really engaged."
An American citizen by choice, linked to campaigns about women's physical and psychological problems, about the environmental conservation, and about animal's rights ("yesterday, I rescued a turtle," she says during the interview), Morissette recognizes her joy about Barack Obama's triumph, but with certain reservations. "It's possible that my way of thinking is more compatible with Obama's than with other politicians', but I insist that which is more important, for me, is our level of awareness about what's going on in the planet, and not who is in charge of a government's office."
Jan. 8th, 2009
In a recent interview to OK Magazine, Alanis revealed she has intention to marry her man, Tom Ballanco. Says Alanis: "I wildly respect him. How he views the world, the lens through which he looks at life is very similar to mine. To have that in common makes me sleep well at night."
Of course, there's no rush!
Jan. 7th, 2009
Happy New Year, everyone! So, back from vacations, there are a couple of links to post. First, read about Alanis slimming down here and watch her new look on OK Magazine.