by Bill Pearis

Dave and Annie

Why would one pre-order a record? Is there a reason one would do that?

Well, one reason is because, like me, you might forget about a record that you're really, really looking forward to. That happens to me fairly often--so I'll either pre-order or put the record in a wish list so I don't forget to buy it. I have at least three records sitting in there right now!

The second reason is that we are offering one of the songs from the album, "Weekend In The Dust", as an advance download, if you pre-order the whole record. This song is not available for immediate download elsewhere--you will only have the opportunity to get the song two months before the record comes out if you pre-order through our site.

On "Weekend in the Dust", I came up with some brass riffs and swells that sounded pretty funky to me. I then sent those to Annie and she wrote a cool vocal melody over it (later she wrote words too). We both arranged her vocal and other elements of the track a bit further--still working with horn samples temporarily. Finally, we passed this one to baritone sax monster Lenny Pickett, ex Tower Of Power and current Borneo Horns and SNL bandleader, for arranging. I'd previously worked with Lenny on a Talking Heads track ("Blind") so I know he is really good at convoluted and funky--and that describes this track pretty well. We recorded the whole band playing it in the studio in Hoboken, which I arrived at one morning in March via bicycle and ferry. Nice!


My first thought on reading this email David Byrne sent out this morning was, "What are the three records you have on pre-order right now?" As he mentioned, you can pre-order Love This Giant in the physical or digital format of your choice now and get a free download of "Weekend in the Dust." You can also stream the first minute or so of that song at their website too. With that and the previously-released LP-opener, "Who," we're definitely starting to get a feel for what to expect from the album.

UPDATE: 4AD's YouTube page has the stream of the full song. Check it out below.

As you may already know, David Byrne and St. Vincent have an upcoming tour together coming up, which includes three NYC shows: two at Beacon Theatre on September 25 and 26 and another at Williamsburg Park on September 29. Tickets to all three shows are still available. All David Byrne & St. Vincent tour dates are listed below.


David Byrne & St. Vincent - "Weekend In The Dust"

David Byrne & St. Vincent - 2012 Tour Dates
SEP 16 MILWAUKEE, WI Riverside Theater
SEP 18 CHICAGO, IL Chicago Theatre
SEP 20 TORONTO, ON Queen Elizabeth Theater
SEP 21 MONTREAL, QC Eglise St-Jean Baptiste
SEP 23 BOSTON, MAOrpheum Theatre
SEP 25 NEW YORK, NY Beacon Theatre
SEP 26 NEW YORK, NY Beacon Theatre
SEP 29 BROOKLYN, NY Williamsburg Park
SEP 30 NORTH BETHESDA, MD The Music Center At Strathmore
OCT 02 NASHVILLE, TN Ryman Auditorium
OCT 03 ATLANTA, GA Cobb Energy Center
OCT 05 AUSTIN, TX Bass Concert Hall
OCT 06 HOUSTON, TX Hobby Center
OCT 07 DALLAS, TX McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
OCT 10 SAN DIEGO, CA Humphrey's
OCT 11 SANTA BARBARA, CA Arlington Theatre
OCT 12 COSTA MESA, CASegerstrom Center For The Arts
OCT 13 LOS ANGELES, CA Greek Theatre
OCT 15 SAN FRANCISCO, CAOrpheum Theatre
OCT 17 SEATTLE, WA 5th Avenue Theater
OCT 18 PORTLAND, ORSchnitzer Auditorium
OCT 20 VANCOUVER, BC Centre In Vancouver For The Performing Arts