Entries tagged with: David Byrne
N.A.S.A., and their worldwide debut The Spirit of Apllo, is an ongoing creative collaboration between two lifelong music aficionados, Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon, and their friends, friends of friends and musical heroes.Other N.A.S.A. collbaroators included Lykke Li, Santogold and Kanye West. Tickets are on sale for a March 12th show at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. The date is part of a larger tour. Watch the David Byrne/Chuck D/Ras Congo/Seu Jorge/Z-Trip "Money" video, and see all dates, below...
While N.A.S.A. stands for North America/South America and contains a number of superstar artists from both coasts of the U.S., it is about as far from a tension-building geographical showdown as a record can get. Rather, The Spirit of Apollo was born with the righteous goal of bringing people together through music and art, and that is exactly what masterminds Sam Spiegel (Squeak E. Clean) and Ze Gonzales (DJ Zegon) have done.
Unexpected collaborations abound on the seventeen track release. Tom Waits growls over Kool Keith, Karen O taunts while Ol' Dirty Bastard gives shoutouts to Wu Tang and N.A.S.A from the grave, and David Byrne, Chuck D and others expound on the evils of "Money." In spite of the range of performers, the pairings seem organic, inspired and make perfect sense on the first listen, never coming off as ironic or impulsive.... [RCRD LBL]
A David Byrne-designed NYC bike rack
The American Express presale for tickets to David Byrne's upcoming show at Radio City Music Hall starts Monday December 8th @ noon. Regular sale begins one week later. All tour dates HERE. A recent setlist HERE.
In related news, David Byrne recorded a track with Dirty Projectors for the upcoming Red Hot compilation being released by 4AD.
A video about David Byrne's bike racks below...
"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."More info on the previously mentioned comp below...
DB's backup singers in Austin (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
David Byrne finally announced the much-anticipated 2009 leg of his current Eno-tour (see recent setlists here and here), and that includes, as many hypothesized, a show at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. The date is February 27th. No tickets yet. All dates below...
David Byrne @ the Paramount, Austin, TX (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can't Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. ... On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood - rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky - they all turn out in one day.David Byrne played the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ last night. Did you go? How was it? More tour dates HERE. Set list below. Still waiting for the NYC show announcement.
But most of you can vote. What can I say? The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11, bankrupted this economy, started an illegal war they can't - and don't intend to - finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights.
Global warming? What's that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks - we'll stick with a good 'ole hockey mom. Ignorant, and fucking proud of it, as is always the case.
Although it looks like a shoo-in, it ain't over 'til Florida. And there are plenty of racists in this country who will vote against their own best interests. So please, get to your local elementary school, post office, town hall, or whatever, and cast your vote and make this a country we can all be proud of. We can get out of this mess, and life can be better than it is.
Download the 2CD "ultra-limited release of the David Byrne live bootleg "'Stop Wearing Suits'" at this RapidShare link.
And in semi-related news, the Talking Heads song "Once in a Lifetime" appears in the trailer of the Oliver Stone movie "W". You can watch that video below...
David Byrne @ the Paramount in Austin (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
today in NYC & NJ
* Les Paul @ Iridium
* Sisters of Mercy @ Irving Plaza
* the Black Crowes @ Town Hall
* Usher @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* David Byrne @ the Count Basie Theatre
* Flobots & Blue Scholars @ Webster hall
* Keren Ann & Avishai Cohen @ Joe's Pub
* Text of Light (Lee Ranaldo + Alan Licht) @ Knitting Factory
The Decemberists are on Conan O'Brien tonight. In two days they play Terminal 5. All dates HERE.
Tonight is the first of three Keren Ann shows this week.
Vote tomorrow. Here's a list of other Election Day activities.
Luaka Bop presents "3 Inches of Music" series at CMJ
Three key points
* Luaka Bop haven't thrown a CMJ party since '94
* Luaka Bop is David Byrne's record label
* Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt is THIS GUY
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Last night, Thursday, September 25th, David Byrne kicked off the non-festival grounds portion of the 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival with a performance at The Paramount. He played some Eno-produced Talking Heads crowd favorites as well as songs off his new Eno-produced album, "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today." We don't have the setlist, but you can get an idea of what he played by looking at the one from the first night of the tour.
It was a loaded performance with backup dancers whose choreography complemented Byrne's tunes perfectly. Byrne and co. will do it again Friday night, this time as one of the actual ACL festival headliners on a day (today) that will also see performances by Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend, Gogol Bordello, Jamie Lidell, Hot Chip, Jenny Lewis, N.E.R.D, The Swell Season, The Mars Volta and Manu Chao. You can view the entire ACL festival schedule HERE. More pictures of David Byrne below...
David Byrne kicked off the tour in support of his new Brian Eno-produced album Everything that Happens Will Happen Today in Bethlehem, PA last night. Tickets for future dates are on sale at Ticketmaster. Last night's setlist and all dates below...
David Byrne @ St Ann's Warehouse (more by Bao Nguyen)
David Byrne will embark on a six-month world tour starting September 16. The tour, titled "David Byrne, Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno," will feature Byrne performing songs from his numerous collaborations with Brian Eno, including tracks from several Talking Heads albums produced by Eno, the pair's 1981 collaboration My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and their newest collaborative effort, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. "The live shows will...try to draw a line linking this new material with what we did 30 years ago," explains Byrne. He will tour throughout the U.S. from the fall of '08 through early '09, Australasia in early '09 and Europe in March '09.NYC will likely happen in 2009. All 2008 tour dates (including two in NJ) below...
For the release of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, everythingthathappens.com will offer listeners a free download to preview the album beginning today, August 4. On August 18 the entire record will be made available for sale as a digital download, exclusively from the site. Other formats available for pre order via the site will include an enhanced CD with download and a deluxe package CD with download featuring artwork by Stefan Sagmeister.
Byrne's current projects include music from season two of HBO's series Big Love; the upcoming Here Lies Love, a song cycle with Fatboy Slim based on the life of Imelda Marcos and the visual art project Playing the Building, an audience-interactive installation presented by Creative Time and currently on view at the Battery Maritime Building in New York City through August 24.
David Byrne: The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno(thx Hiro and Anon)
Monday, 11/03/08 at 8:00 PM
Presented by Count Basie Theatre
Tickets: $75, $59.50, $49.50, $35 - Group Rates Apply
Buy Tickets Now!
David Byrne and Brian Eno began their artistic relationship with the seminal Talking Heads albums More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music and Remain in Light, from whence came the hits "Take Me to the River" and "Life During Wartime," followed by their ground breaking album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. They've finally made a new record, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. The music will be available at www.everythingthathappens.com, free for streaming and for purchase in download and physical formats. One of the songs will be free. On tour, David will play music from all of the above, but not in that order. Byrne's 1992 concert film Between The Teeth was filmed at the Basie and we are so pleased to include him in our first post-renovation performances.
Brian Eno and I recently finished our first collaboration in about 30 years. For the most part, Brian did the music and I wrote some tunes, words and sang. It's familiar but completely new as well. We're pretty excited. In August the music will be available via this Web site, free for streaming and it will also be available for purchase as both a download and in physical formats. One of the songs will be available free of charge.A few shows are already on sale. All the tour dates coming soon. The video part of the announcement, below...
In September I will begin a tour, on which I will be playing music from the new album as well as music from our previous collaborations - 3 Talking Heads albums, Bush of Ghosts, etc. If you'd like to be updated as this story unfolds, please add your email address via the box below (we will not contact you for any reason other than to tell you about this David Byrne and Brian Eno project and the tour and we promise not to give or sell your contact to anyone else or even to the government).
The name of the new record is Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.
More news soon
photos by Zach Dilgard
Tom Tom Club played after Dan Deacon and before Devo at McCarren Pool last week. They were fun. The highlight for everyone seemed to be their hit "Genius of Love". The low point for me was a cover they did towards the end. I can't remember which song, but it was a popular song, and it made me think "wedding band" more than "this group contains two original Talking Heads members". Speaking of which, they also played "Take Me To The River", the Talking Heads song that is actually an Al Green song. Tom Tom Club's reggae frontman Mystic Bowie sang on that one. He has a great voice, and I wouldn't call that cover bad. It was actually okay, but it wasn't even close to as good (obviously) as it would have been had David Byrne been singing it with the same bass player and drummer. The show wasn't free, unless you happened to know someone who lived nearby with roof access. Check out "Take Me To The River" as it looked and sounded from very high up...
Gowanus goes Green fest @ The Yard - June 1, 2008 (rsguskind)
South Street Seaport - Friday May 30, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
tonight in NYC & NJ
* Jerry Seinfeld @ MSG
* Hey Willpower & others @ Glasslands
* The Black Lips & Gringo Star @ Maxwell's
* What Made Milwaukee Famous @ Mercury Lounge
* Rilo Kiley, Nik Freitas & Thao Nguyen @ Terminal 5
Did you know that Nik Freitas has a new record out on Team Love? (he's on tour w/ Rilo Kiley) (Terminal 5 tonight)
Did you know it was Schlitz beer that made Milwaukee famous? (....to answer the question of the band playing Mercury Lounge tonight....or it a statement...or just a reference to a Glenn Sutton / Jerry Lee Lewis song?)
(Did you know that..) Die! Die! Die! opened the Wire show at South Street Seaport. unARTigNYC made a video. (below)
The other day, in a paint-peeling hangar of a room at the foot of the island, David Byrne, the artist and musician, placed his finger on a switch that did exactly the opposite: it made such music on purpose. The switch was a white key on the bass end of a beat-up Weaver pump organ that was practically the only thing sitting inside the old Great Hall of the Battery Maritime Building, a 99-year-old former ferry terminal at the end of Whitehall Street that has sat mostly dormant for more than a half-century. [NY Times]today in NYC
* Bang on a Can
* Eagles @ MSG
* Stereo Total @ Love
* Laibach @ Town Hall
* Duran Duran at Summerstage
* David Byrne's building is open
* Clinic & BBQ @ Bowery Ballroom
* DJ's Are Not Rockstars @ Paloma
* Soft Circle at Issue Project Room
* Hip Hop Karaoke @ Knitting Factory
* a lot of bands @ Goodbye Blue Monday
* Stone Temple Pilots @ PNC Bank Arts Center
* The Raconteurs and The Black Lips @ Terminal 5
* A whole bunch of bands at a benefit at Market Hotel
* Ponytail, Thank You and WZT Hearts @ Knitting Factory
* Langhorne Slim and Luke Temple at Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Knyfe Hytes, The Carrots, Screaming Females and Karen Soskin Has A New Band @ Silent Barn
Fatboy Slim's new project is called "THE BRIGHTON PORT AUTHORITY". David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal sing on a song and you can hear it ("Toe Jam") at MySpace.
David is also working with The Dirty Projectors
I recorded a couple of songs Sunday and Monday with the band Dirty Projectors for an upcoming Red Hot project. Red Hot puts out compilation albums to benefit AIDS research and I've been on a few of them since they started in 1990. So, who's on this one? Feist, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear, Sharon Jones, The Decembrists, The National -- jeez, what a lineup!THIS WEEKEND: "Playing the Building" opens in NYC!
Anyways, I like what Dave Longstreth and Dirty Projectors are doing, although part of what attracts me to them is something I can't exactly place, can't figure out. Their music has familiar elements, yet often sounds like pop music by someone who has read about the form, but never heard it, and then handed the essential building blocks to make some songs. That's not actually true though, as Dave made plenty of jokes about music while we were working --he has a deep knowledge of tunes and their respective artists. But the band's music remains completely strange and oddly familiar at the same time. I'd been told more than once that we should all work together, and it seems the suggestion was fated to be realized.
For one song, Dave L sent me a demo by email that he had recorded in a Vienna hotel room on tour. I did my best to figure out the chords and the tempo, and record my own version, for which I then wrote the words. We didn't end up using my recorded version; but the words, and my somewhat straightened out version of the melody, came in handy. [David Byrne]
More good news for David Byrne below....
Creative Time Presents
Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne
The Battery Maritime Building
10 South Street, New York, NY (Map)
31 May - 10 August 2008
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Noon - 6PM (Free)
Opening Reception: 31 May, 6-8 PM
[Download press release]
Playing the building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building structure -- to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes -- and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations are of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.
More info HERE.
David Byrne may also be touring with Brian Eno.
N.E.R.D (last time they played Austin) (more)
"The 2008 Austin City Limits Music Festival will rock Zilker Park for the seventh time with a diverse showcase of 125-plus acts over three magical days, September 26-28. Leading the charge this year are Foo Fighters, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Beck, Manu Chao, John Fogerty, David Byrne, The Raconteurs, The Mars Volta, Gnarls Barkley, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and N.E.R.D."
Full lineup below....
Paul Simon, David Byrne & friends @ BAM, April 12, 2008 (judester1213)
Nobody sings a Paul Simon song better than Paul Simon - except maybe David Byrne. The former Talking Head front man burned down the house at Wednesday's Brooklyn Academy of Music gala, bringing his signature wiggles and yelps to "You Can Call Me Al" and "I Know What I Know." Simon told us: "David's the only person I could think of, besides me, who has a New York sensibility and knows those African grooves." Simon, who also performed with Brazilian chanteuse Luciana Souza and may take his "Capeman" songs on tour, added, "I've known David for years, but we've become close friends in the last six months." Byrne told us he's collaborating with their mutual friend Brian Eno "for the first time in 20 years. Brian had written a lot of music, but needed some words, which I know how to do. What's it sound like? Electronic gospel. That's all I'm saying." [Daily News]Sunday night was the last "UNDER AFRICAN SKIES" show (the David Byrne ones). "SONGS FROM THE CAPEMAN" happened in early April. The third and final of week of Paul Simon's residency is called "AMERICAN TUNES". That kicks off April 23rd with the hilarious (to me) bill that includes both Grizzly Bear (one of my favorites) AND Josh Groban (one of my mom's favorites). More pics and stuff below....
photos & words by Chris La Putt
Nellie McKay played two shows at Joe's Pub in NYC yesterday (April 1, 2008) (and another NYC show the day before that) (and she has even more coming up). I had tickets to the late show, but almost didn't go due to the freak rain storm. I don't know why I was so hesitant on going. I always enjoy myself at a Nellie shows, and last night ended up being no different. I got to the show around the start time of 11:30 thinking that she would be on time for once. No dice. She was half an hour late for the 9:30 show, so we got pushed back to midnight, but it wasn't that much of a hassle. We were finally let in as the audience from earlier show (David Byrne included) were letting out.
The show started and I saw two video cameras filming. I discovered later that they were a team of Canadian film makers doing a documentary on the ukulele, and that they decided to film Nellie playing one. I thought it was an April Fools joke at first, but it wasn't, and she ended up playing more songs than usual on the little instrument. She was quirky as usual, and the audience loved it. For the crowd favorite "Zombie," she brought in a couple of her friends (pictured) to act while she sang. That was definitely the highlight of the evening for me. More photos below.....
photos by Bao Nguyen
"We wanted to make some statement from New York City -- the center of the universe," said Lou Reed in a hallway press conference for Speak Up!, an anti-war benefit held last night (March 18) at intimate Brooklyn theater St. Ann's Warehouse. While the 65-year-old NYC icon isn't in any shape to be chaining himself to a recruiting station, he certainly can gather a who's who of the lefty art-rocker geekerati: David Byrne, Moby, Blonde Redhead, Scissor Sisters, Damien Rice, Norah Jones and co-organizers Laurie Anderson and Antony, who helped conceive the event in Anderson's living room. It was a night where every song felt like a protest anthem -- even when the Scissor Sisters sang "I ain't got nothing but your seed on my face/You'll put them babies to waste." That could be about sending kids to war, right? [Rolling Stone]
Reed, Anderson, Antony and Moby opened the show with a broken version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Lou's feedback never quite nailed the notes and he mangled the words a little bit ("home of the free and the home of the brave"), but it all made perfect sense. On the fifth anniversary of a war that has been pushed off the headlines in favor of an election, our national anthem was given an appropriate luster of unease and trepidation. Norah Jones performed slinky versions of her "My Dear Country" and Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today." David Byrne, armed with a four-person choir, led an art-gospel sermon full of huge choruses. Damien Rice was on hand to add harmonies (and the shittiest tambourine playing since Tracy Partridge), but Byrne's mesmerizing presence kept his pair of originals spiraling heavenward. The perenially chilly Laurie Anderson pulled out the snarky electrofunk of her recent "Only An Expert," vivisecting corporations and Oprah and weapons of mass destruction and global warming in that arch, scientific, matter-of-fact Laurie Anderson way. [Rolling Stone]More below.....