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twilight singers in tel aviv

from The Twilight SIngers’ official blog:

In light of the recent aggression between Israel and the Hezbollah terrorist faction in Lebanon and Syria, I have been moved to comment on my feelings regarding this conflict. While I am saddened by the loss of life and property on both sides, my belief in freedom, democracy and the peaceful existence of the state of Israel remains steadfast. To this end, the Twilight Singers show in Tel Aviv on August 30 will go on as scheduled. We look forward to performing our songs for an audience who has yet to see us in their own country and hope to be visiting in a time of peace.

Shalom-
Greg Dulli

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Many of you likely know that I have two passports and spent six years living in Tel Aviv. I don’t want to turn this into a political discussion but I’m glad he’s still going, and it’s important to me that he is.

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esta noche: twilight singers live

Irving Plaza
New York, NY June 1 2006

True confessions: I avoid Dulli, sometimes. No, really, I do.

That said: I don’t know that there is a more heavily travelled playlist on my iPod that what I have labelled “Dullimania” (Afghan Whigs + Twilight Singers, doh) and there are times it is on replay, over and over and over again, because it will elate me or excite me or impel me but no matter what, IT MAKES ME FEEL, even when I would rather be dead or numb or detached or absent because FEELING HURTS TOO FUCKING MUCH.

With the last record Dulli cut his heart out of his chest and burned it onto cd’s, and now he is out of the 40 days of mourning, writing songs that sound like the finale of an epic musical — there was more to that one cover from Jesus Christ Superstar back in the day than most people get — and he never, ever, EVER phones it in.

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Greg Dulli’s Amber Headlights

Two years ago, right about this time of year, during a late fall dark and bleak, I saw the Twilight Singers for the first time. The first cold had just set in and my heart was newly healing, stumbling over the remnants of betrayal. That show was the perfect balm to wounds visible and invisible, just like Blackberry Belle likely helped Dulli heal from his own loss.

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quote of the week

Good music is about reporting from the streets, the towns, the country and the city, inside houses, inside minds. It tells you what’s goin’ on. Whether it’s Gershwin, Husker Du, or Andre 3000.
–Greg Dulli

Taken from a great UK fanzine called Blank Stares and Cricket Claps, that you can download in PDF format. Kind of the best of both print and net worlds.

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“you wanna go for a ride?”

Twilight Singers
Irving Plaza, NYC, 10-16-04

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The picture says it all, doesn’t it?

They walked out and utterly slammed into “Teenage Wristband” and I felt like I was going to need to hang on for dear life. This was going to be a show – and it was indeed.

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perfect fall albums #2: the twilight singers sing blackberry belle (also live)

Q: Do you think people think you’re an asshole?
Greg Dulli: I know people think I’m an asshole.

Q: Why? Tell me what you mean by that.
GD: I’m a candid, direct, and confident person, and people don’t like that. I think I’m a very loved and loving person, and I think that pussies are scared of me.
The Stranger interview, 11/28/03

I worshipped the Afghan Whigs. For me, they were that band that you’re annoyingly obsessive about, that no one else you know is. It was that train collision of punk and soul that no one else quite got right until the Whigs foisted themselves upon an unsuspecting universe.

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