Posted in music | tour dates on June 14, 2012

St. Vincent

"I am thrilled to announce the record David Byrne and I have made together, Love This Giant. We started our collaboration around the fall of 2009 after being approached by Housing Works to write and perform a night of new music for charity. We decided to center the music around a brass band and began sending ideas back and forth in every form: wordless melodies, melody-less songs. After a while we had enough of a body of work that David, not one to do anything halfway, suggested we record it and put it out. I am very proud of what we created and excited for it to hit your ears." - Annie Clark
David Byrne and St. Vincent have long held a mutual appreciation society, having written a song together for the Asphalt Orchestra, and Annie Clark singing on his Imelda Marcos opera, to name two. Well now the two have collaborated on an album, Love This Giant, that will be released via 4AD on September 11. You can download "Who" from the album via a widget below.

The duo will also be touring this fall, including three dates in NYC: September 25 and 26 at Beacon Theater and September 29 at Williamsburg Park. No on-sale info yet for Beacon Theater shows but you can keep checking Ticketmaster. Tickets for Williamsburg Park on sale Friday, June 22 at noon. All David Byrne/St. Vincent dates are below.

The album is said to eschew traditional bass/guitar/drum pop in favor of "idiosyncratic horn arrangements," which were aided by Kelly Pratt of Bright Moments. He'll be leading an eight-piece brass ensemble as part of that tour. More about those arrangements in a statement from David Byrne is below.

In the meantime you can catch Bright Moments on tour with Juxebox the Ghost and Savoir Adore,, which comes to NYC for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom on June 22.

All dates are listed below along with that widget...

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David Byrne / St. Vincent 2012 Tour Dates
09/15 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
09/16 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
09/18 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
09/20 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09/21 - Montreal, QC - POP Montreal
09/23 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
09/25 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09/26 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09/27 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
09/29 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
09/30 - N. Bethesda MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
10/02 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10/03 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
10/05 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
10/06 - Houston, TX - Hobby Center
10/07 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
10/10 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's
10/11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
10/12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Theater for the Arts
10/13 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
10/15 - San Francisco, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10/17 - Seattle, WA - 5th Ave Theatre
10/18 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium
10/20 - Vancouver, BC - Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts

Bright Moments - 2012 Tour Dates
06/15 - Danbury, C @ Heirloom Theatre
06/16 - Portland, ME @ SPACE Gallery
06/21 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
06/22 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
06/29 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club
06/30 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

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I had seen St. Vincent a couple of times in concert here in NY, and first met her after the Dark Was The Night benefit concert at Radio City organized by the Red Hot Organization. I was a fan and told her I loved her then recent video--it's pretty creepy and disturbing. By coincidence, not long after, we both caught Dirty Projectors and Bjork at their collaborative benefit at Housing Works on Crosby Street. Soon after, Housing Works approached us separately about doing a similar event. We agreed (but the event has yet to happen).

Annie suggested we use a brass band rather than the typical rock ensemble--which would brilliantly solve the sound problems inherent in performing in a small joint like Housing Works. A brass band wouldn't need mixing and could be heard acoustically in a room that size. They'd balance themselves. Easy. We'd only need vocal mics.

I loved this idea--we immediately restricted ourselves given all the possible directions we could have taken--and suggested we write some tunes based on this brass concept, just a few to see if we could actually work together and to see if we both liked the results. That was a few years ago. The writing was truly collaborative: sometimes Annie would send me some synthesized versions of brass or guitar riffs and I would arrange them a bit and write a tune and words over them; other times this process would be reversed and I would send some musical ideas to Annie for her to write over. This material would get passed back and forth--each of us adding and elaborating on it. There are songs on which one of us sang on the demo and the other ended up singing the finished version. Eventually we had a handful of songs and mutually decided that the concept was working and we would continue.

I found that writing words to this brass-centric sound meant I had to re-think my lyrical approach. Brass has many associations--marching bands, Italian banda, New Orleans bands, classical chorales, RnB and funk. In general it's not a subtle sound, so the words had to respond to that. We worked with a group of great arrangers, usually passing them midi versions of the parts that we had created on computers. They did their arrangements and often sent us synthesized versions to hear before the real players came in. The process involved a number of steps, so it took a while. On some songs I re-wrote the words about three times before I hit a direction I felt worked!

We both had other records and tours in the works, so this project was done in fits and starts, and each series of recording sessions involved a lot of players. It was an education that involved figuring out the variety of sounds and approaches one could come up with using more or less the same group makeup on every song--we could go funky or majestic with the exact same band. When John Congleton added some beats we could see a surprisingly song-centric record emerging. A lot of people, hearing a description of this project, assumed that it might be an artsy indulgence, but somehow it didn't turn out that way. It's a pop record--well, in my book anyway. I started to sense that we were ending up with a sound and approach I'd never heard before. There were elements that were reminiscent of things I'd heard, but a lot of it was completely new. Very exciting!

By the beginning of 2012, we could see the end in sight and became more serious about wrapping it up and planning a series of performances. We did a photo session with photographer Richard Burbridge and Gabe Bartalos for the cover art and invited artist Steve Powers to create some typographical work to go over that.

The record will be out September 11 (wow, auspicious date!), but you can download the song "Who"--one of the first ones we wrote and completed--by clicking here.

Tour dates can be found on the Love This Giant site. Kelly Pratt (Bright Moments) is leading a brass group that will travel with us. And, joined by drums and keyboards, we'll be doing many of these songs and a bunch of songs that we suspect people will already know--all played by this group.

David Byrne
North Adams, MA

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Comments (43)

YTIN.ASNIL© is humbled by David Byrne.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:23 PM

Don't listen to the fake YTIN.ASNIL The real YTIN.ASNIL© has been a proud virgin for 31 years!

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:23 PM

Stop projecting your own shortcomings fake YTIN.ASNIL!

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:30 PM

what's YTIN.ASNIL ?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:35 PM

3 dates in NYC

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:39 PM

saturday?

heart of darkness at bellhouse

or

kurt vile at central park summerstage?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:39 PM

Not to mention that he is boning her on top of it all

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:44 PM

uggh Beacon dats during Yom Kippur!

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:51 PM

The original album title was called Two Imaginary Penises

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 1:55 PM

there is no way he is banging her

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 2:07 PM

I fucked up Chris Brown's face more than they fucked up the faces of Byrne and St. Vincent in this pic last night.

Posted by HGH Mailman | June 14, 2012 2:07 PM

remember everyone used to spot david byrne at shows?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 2:09 PM

David Byrne is New York's resident old geezer nowadays.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 2:16 PM

St Vincent pitches for the other team so Dave-o isnt doing her.
That being said..they can have one another... I want nothing to do with this stuff

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 2:20 PM

I'm so glad I don't have to care about this. Also, what a hideous album cover.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 2:31 PM

The only way this could have gotten more white would have been getting one of the Dessners to play on it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 3:12 PM

she's a lesbo? say it isn't so.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 3:15 PM

Williamsburg Park show:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/000048CCCD4B8FF3?artistid=734679&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

US $45.00 Ticket + US $10.90 Fees = US $55.90

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 3:27 PM

Does David's hair look great, or what?

Posted by Roofus | June 14, 2012 3:39 PM

What up with the chicks face on the cover

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 3:41 PM

Tongue-in-Cheek, right?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 3:42 PM

Oh look everyone, David's back. He's wearing make-up; Doesn't he look great?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 3:47 PM

David, just re-unite the Talking Heads and get it over with. Might as well cash in while the gettin is good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 3:51 PM

that photo is creepy, looks like he had work done

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 4:09 PM

$49.50 - Upper Balcony
$69.50 - Lower Balcony
$89.50 - Lodge
$89.50 - Balance of Orchestra
$125.00 - Best of Orchestra

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 4:19 PM

track is good

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 4:21 PM

he had a botched chin implant done a couple months ago. not looking good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 4:23 PM

His chin looks like a butt.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 4:33 PM

That is Byrne's real face, but it looks bad, so they were like, let's make Clark's face look weird and then people will think we altered Byrne's face as well and that's why it looks weird

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 5:04 PM

Here, I fixed it. http://i.imgur.com/Q3dnO.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 8:46 PM

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2012 9:49 PM

Two boring beige numbnuts who absolutely fucking deserve each other. One of them talks too much and the other one has nothing to say. Perfect.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | June 15, 2012 12:29 AM

WAIT st. vincent is gay? are you serious???
how do i get at that?????

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 1:51 AM

who cares she isn't attractive anyways

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2012 10:45 AM

Bright Moments were pretty awesome on Friday opening for Jukebox the Ghost in CT

Posted by dbk | June 16, 2012 5:02 PM

This pre sale is terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:23 AM

anyone have the presale password for the beacon?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:51 AM

Presale password: YOLO

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2012 10:58 AM

thank you anonymous

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2012 11:23 AM

Holy shit people that go on here are dense.

Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2012 12:18 AM

Bright Moments were pretty awesome on Friday opening for Jukebox the Ghost in CT

Posted by Fat Burner For Women Gnc | November 14, 2012 12:02 AM

Byrne and Clark proved their intergenerational blend of adventurous pop music, leavened with doses of funk, jazz, world and hip-hop flavor, works even better live than it does on record

Posted by Continuum Miami | November 19, 2012 2:56 PM

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