Fiona Apple was upstairs, alone, stalking the small suite of her boutique hotel in Soho.
It was noon, in May, and she had arrived in New York, the city where she grew up, a few days earlier from Paris, where she was shooting a music video.
Despite hectic schedules, says an insider, "they have a good time when they can get together! Their follow-up "Some Nights" has spent 27 weeks on the Hot 100 chart.
The group is nominated for two awards at Thursday's 2012 Video Music Awards.
"Apple is at the moment," New York Magazine's Nitsuh Abebe wrote upon seeing her at Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival. hyper-alive." As she followed up the album release with a national tour, that sentiment was everywhere, including her career-spanning show last July at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Largo contains a unique atmosphere: under the watchful administration of owner Mark Flanagan, phones and cameras are banned, advertising is limited to word of mouth, and years of thoughtful booking and grassroots audience-building have made it the city's most welcoming stage.With a pencil she began scribbling onto a piece of hotel stationery. She’d returned to the window she’d spent the morning staring down from, the man clearly on drugs still hobbling along the same block of Grand Street, picking up twigs and moving them.The morning — which is to say the hours after midnight — had unfolded well, sunrise had come smoothly, she’d felt good, and she’d seriously debated continuing straight through, as she does most often, but with a busy day ahead, she’d figured it best to rest, and, to her surprise, slipped into unconsciousness beneath the coffee table. In her head she heard the refrain from the seventies song: “Do it, do it, till you’re satisfied.” She was, now, exhausted.The show was the first night of "Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills," a 15-date October tour intent on bringing Largo's intimacy and assurance on the road. Apple and Mills, joined by an agile rhythm section, played new material and old songs remade for their partnership -- a striking blend of raw passion and traditionalist craft.Working as solo artists in Boston, the two members of the band, John Dragonetti and Blake Hazard, were introduced through a mutual friend, Joe Klompus.