The 18th and 19th centuries had Vienna. The 20th century had the East Village. One would be hard pressed to find another square mile that has contributed so much to contemporary popular music.
And here’s two more songs to add to the canon. Singer Teddy Thompson, the second Warby Parker x Standard Sounds Artist-in-Residence checked into The Standard, East Village, gazed out over the hallowed village rooftops, and wrote these charming ditties. While the English-raised, New York-based singer is the progeny of 60s folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson, he’s carved out a sound and style all his own. A talented vocalist and song writer, he’s not too hard on our Warby Parker be-speckled eyes either.
About the Residency:
Legendary film music supervisor Randall Poster (who soundtracked, just to name a few, Kids, Rushmore, Velvet Goldmine, 200 Cigarettes, The Thomas Crowne Affair, Boys Don’t Cry, Zoolander, The Royal Tenenbaums, Somethings Gotta Give, The Aviator, The Squid and the Whale, Lost, The Darjeeling Limited, The Hangover, Moonrise Kingdom, Boardwalk Empire, Spring Breakers, and Skyfall) and the mastermind behind Standard Sounds in the East Village, Annie Ohayon, have selected six artists to spend a week at each of the properties and compose two original songs a piece. The artists, whose work will be packaged in a limited-edition LP just in time for Xmas, include Sophie Auster, Nikki Lane, Teddy Thompson, Cillie Barnes, Goldspot’s Sidd Kholsa, and one other, very special surprise.
All Photos: Alden Wallace