Out On June 9th Via ITunes
June 3, 2009
From Fluxus and performance-art pioneer and Two Virgins to
chart-topping dance-music heroine (inspiring punk rock along the
way!), Yoko Ono has been an innovative and influential force on music
and art, while simultaneously campaigning for peace on the world's
stage. At 76 years young, Yoko continues to kick ass -- and is
preparing to release Don't Stop Me!, a career-defining album made
with her new Plastic Ono Band. The record is a gorgeous, mind-melting
blend of styles, restating and sharpening themes while plunging into
the always-mysterious future.
The sessions happened at NYC's Sear Sound, the same studio that used
to house the old Hit Factory, where Double Fantasy was recorded. Sean
Lennon both produced and acted as musical leader for a group evenly
divided between Japanese avant pop musicians, and downtown Manhattan
improvisers. In the Japanese contingent is Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto,
plus the current group led by Keigo "Cornelius" Oyamada, which
includes Yuko Araki and Hirotaka Shimmy Shimizu. Cornelius and Ms.
Ono performed together in Tokyo in January, and Yoko was so happy
with the result she invited them over to record. In the Manhattan
improv camp we find Shahzad Ismaily (guitar, bass, percussion), Erik
Friedlander (cello), Michael Leonhart (trumpet, vibes), Daniel Carter
(reeds) and Indigo Street (guitar) -- a singularly gifted group of
As Sean says, "Yoko unleashed a deluge of new songs, writing about 16
songs in six days. The most prolific day peaking out at six songs
written and tracked in an afternoon. The recording session was like a
tornado of inspiration. Some of the best lyrics on the record Yoko
actually 'freestyled' as if she were a lyrical divining rod."
The results are pretty amazing…
DON'T STOP ME! Tracklisting
The Sun Is Down! (Cornelius Mix)
Ask The Elephant!
Feel The Sand
June 6 - Yoko Ono receives Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at
the Venice Biennale
June 14 - Meltdown Festival, Royal Festival Hall, London, YOKO ONO
PLASTIC ONO BAND with special guests
Ornette Coleman, Antony Hegarty & Mark Ronson.
DON'T STOP ME! gives a taste of the YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND 15-song
album BETWEEN MY HEAD AND THE SKY coming in September