Posted in music | pictures on October 11, 2012

words by Kelly Pratt; photos by Bryan Murray

If you're just joining us, also check out part 1part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4. Part 5 begins here...

David, St. Vincent and the gang on stage in Houston
David Byrne

Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Dallas

Arriving in Nashville, a few of us head straight to the local "meat and 3." Three sides of vegetables should not be taken as a sign that this is a diet-conscious tour. In the South, vegetables function as napkins for grease rather than repositories for vitamins.

After a long night of honky-tonking with the crew, we file in to play the historic Ryman Auditorium, which for over thirty years housed the Grand Ole Opry. Our show is great, but the horn section isn't quite ready to pack up their cases. One of the best things about touring is bumping into friends who are also on the road. By happy accident, Antibalas is also in Nashville, performing at a venue nearby our own. Several Antibalas band members played on "Love This Giant," and a few of them are in bands with other people in our party. At the end of their set, all eight of our horns join them for Fela's "Open and Close":

Antibalas
Antibalas

Next up is Austin. Jon has a biologist friend teaching at UT so we ride our bikes over to campus to hear her give a lecture on sexual selection. We learn some truly fascinating facts about animal courtship behavior, such as the seduction technique of the Australian bowerbird. In an attempt to find a mate, the male bowerbird builds a highly complex and elaborately decorated hut, which he then presents to his sweetheart as a nuptial gift. But sex isn't all romance. As if we needed further proof that bedbugs are the most disgusting animal on the planet, we learn their reproductive habits. Apparently when ready to mate, the male bedbug grows an intermittent organ that he then uses to randomly stab the female through her exoskeleton.

Learning about sexual suicide can build up quite an appetite. After the lecture, we get in a cab and head to the best restaurant of tour yet: Uchiko. Executive chef Paul Qui won season 9 of Top Chef and the food does not disappoint. The jar jar duck is one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted, Star Wars: Episode One reference notwithstanding.

supine playing
David Byrne

In my experience, Austin audiences are usually very receptive and this time is no exception. Several people speak of the St. Vincent song "Cheerleader" as one of the show highlights, in part because of its choreography. The movements for this song are quite simple: lie supine on the floor and play. But as anyone who has ever played a brass instrument knows, it is really hard to play while lying down. Breathing is more labored, as is forcing air through a horn. Also, water tends to build up and flow back down into the mouthpiece. But the visual effect is stunning

In Dallas, I get some time by myself and take long bike ride to the Dallas Museum of Art. This museum holds quite a few works by contemporary masters, many of which I have never seen before. Of particular note are a series of early post-impressionistic Piet Mondrian landscapes juxtaposed with some of his later Neo-Plasticist works. The stylistic differences between the two are striking and provide a perfect example of an artist completely abandoning one style for another.

David, Tony, Mary-Anne
David Byrne, Tony, Mary-Anne

The Dallas show turns out to be the 100th David Byrne show Tony and Mary-Anne, a couple who we have seen at several stops along this tour. They have seen every incarnation of David's bands since 1978. They met when David, from the stage, spotted Tony with a homemade Talking Heads t-shirt. David invited him backstage because he liked the shirt, and Tony subsequently went on to design some t-shirts for DB. After the Dallas show we all cheers Tony and Mary-Anne and jump on the bus for San Diego.

Stay Classy,
Kelly

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David Byrne and St. Vincent play Santa Barbara, CA tonight (10/11) at the Arlington Theatre. The rest of their tour dates are here. More photos from Brian Murray are below.

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Comments (17)

1:28 - nope.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 1:29 PM

Obligatory fro-hawk reference. Something denigratory about James Murphy. A puerile semi-depraved comment about french horn player. Something genuine and supportive. Some random messages... aaaaaaand POW: covered all the comment content. You tards can go back to Reddit now.

Posted by Anonymousse | October 11, 2012 1:48 PM

What's Mary-Anne gonna do with that bottle?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 2:25 PM

I was just thinking about Talking Heads, and how Mr. Byrne just put out a book, Mr 1:48. :(

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 2:29 PM

Ha this is great!

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 2:31 PM

HOW WAS MY COMMENT ABOUT ABOUT THE GIRL WITH THE HORN PUERILE OR SEMI-DEPRAVED?

YOU MOTHERFUCKER.


I WASN'T KIDDING WHEN I TOLD YOU I WAS IN LOVE WITH HER.


OH, YEAH. THAT REMINDS ME.


MORE PICTURES OF HER.


NOW.


I WON'T ASK AGAIN NICELY, BV.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 6:07 PM

yeah, come ON *whines* more pics of Annie PLEASE *begs*

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2012 6:39 PM

^ NO.


NOT ANNIE.


RACHEL.


NOW.

Posted by Anonymous | October 12, 2012 1:36 AM

WHOOOOOOO'LL BEE MY VALENTIIIIIIIYIIIIIIIIYIIIIIIIYIIIIIIYIIIIIIIIIINE


GRREEE FLAHHH UHMPH HREEEEEE!!!

Posted by anon y mousse | October 12, 2012 1:05 PM

I like the writing of this journal entry the best of all so far. Thanks.

Posted by anonymouse | October 12, 2012 3:24 PM

Feel free to be loved by me, Annie!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2012 2:52 AM

Ha this is great

Posted by Handelsblatt | October 13, 2012 4:55 AM

I love it when hipsters expose their racism. Lucky for yous your behind a computer screen anonymous. Enjoy your privlieges!

Posted by Tobikat | November 23, 2012 12:29 PM

^ go suck a dick, David Byrne is the single whitest person to have ever been born.

Posted by Anonymous | November 23, 2012 1:10 PM

Nashville, Austin, Houston, Dallas
Everybody talkin' 'bout My Hummus

Talkin' 'bout ....
My Hummus
Talkin' 'bout ....
My, My, My Hummus

Posted by M | November 23, 2012 1:12 PM

this is what you might call a complete show much love this kind of presentation!

Posted by Massagem Lingam | May 15, 2013 9:17 AM

I love this.

Posted by mike | July 12, 2013 1:07 PM

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