Last Saturday, Robyn Hitchcock performed (1984's) 'I Often Dream Of Trains' album at Symphony Space, along with a couple of tunes from his stunning new album 'Goodnight Oslo' (YepRoc Records, Feb/09). (Tune in to the station and hear the occasional NoFoSo exclusive between now and then). Robyn was brilliantly backed up by "Detective Inspector" Terry Edwards, "Captain" Tim Keegan and (occasionally) fellow cast-mates from Jonathan Demme's 'Rachel Getting Married', Iraqi trumpeter, Amir El Saffar and Syrian vocalist, Gaida Hinnawi. The show was filmed by John Edginton for the Sundance channel/dvd and 2009 will see Robyn on the road starting in the UK (Feb 5th - 19th), with trips to Australia and the US - in April - with the Venus 3 (Peter Buck, Bill Reiflin and Scott McCaughey). There's festivals lined up and talk of another US tour later in the year so one thing you can rely on, there'll be quite a few opportunities to see one of England's deepest and thoroughly see-worthy songwriters.
Last time he was in town, Robyn played the Manhattan Center with Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello and, after a quick change of shirt, zoomed downtown to the Knitting Factory where the music, poetry and art of Captain Beefheart was being honored by folks like Fast 'n' Bulbous, Alan Vega, Danny Fields and Kurt Loder. Robyn and Beefheart guitar-God/Monster Gary Lucas wrapped up the event performing 'Sure 'Nuff 'N' Yes I Do', 'China Pig' and 'Click Clack'.