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That's why The Hunger is so great, because you get to see what he
would look like if he actually aged.
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Mr. Byrne doesn’t seem to think there’s anything particularly remarkable about it. “Sure, I go out a lot,” he said. “I’m in New York, and I’m a music fan. But sometimes I go out to these shows and I go ‘Where are my peers?,’ you know? Where are the musicians from my generation, or the generation after mine? Don’t they go out to hear music? Do they just stay home? Are they doing drugs? What’s going on?”
He laughed and shook his head. “Or maybe they’re just not interested anymore. They’re watching ‘Desperate Housewives.’ ”
From Will Hermes January 14, 2007 NY Times article "Indie Rock’s Patron Saint Inspires a New Flock" http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/14/arts/music/14herm.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin
I haven't liked Byrne's music in ages, and his blog writing alternates between being a tad pretentious and naive, but I like his curiousity and enthusiasm about music and art. I wonder how his upcoming Carnegie Hall Series will be?
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 00:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink
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― Tyler W (tylerw), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 03:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink
“He’s just kind of pursued what he finds interesting and hasn’t been specifically chasing after an audience, and I have a lot of respect for that,” said Win Butler of the Arcade Fire. That band has performed with Mr. Byrne on various occasions, and its cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” is a blogosphere favorite. “I don’t think of him as a pop star, really. He’s like a scientist, or a professor.”
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 04:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink
David Byrne and his band perform selections from his new multimedia song cycle written in collaboration with DJ Fatboy Slim—Here Lies Love. The songs invoke the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, and the servant who raised her.
Hmmmmmmm. Fatboy Slim, the percussionist from Forro in the Dark, and songs about Imelda Marcos.....
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 04:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink
February 3, 2007New York Times Music Review | 'David Byrne'David Byrne Honors Joints That Connect the Limbs By ANNE MIDGETTE....
Thursday’s concert was the retrospective segment: the music that Mr. Byrne wrote in 1984 for the entr’actes to Robert Wilson’s projected 12-hour theater project “the CIVIL warS,” which was never realized in its entirety for lack of funds. Mr. Wilson calls them “knee plays,” small segments that form the joints between a work’s larger limbs. Since all the limbs were never assembled, Mr. Byrne joined 12 knee plays together to create an album and a show that toured in the mid-1980s and was recreated, without scenic elements but with many of the original players (Les Misérables Brass Band, led by Frank London), at Zankel Hall.
Gospel oomph with a keening saxophone (Matt Darriau); the splintered, icy chords of “Winter,” morphing into a tolling like that of bells; an intended homage to the Italian film composer Nino Rota in “Admiral Perry” (“I missed by a long shot,” Mr. Byrne said), with a sleepy melody from muted trumpets supported by a bass beat. New Orleans, rather than the Talking Heads, was the musical reference point for a varied evening of fine brass playing.
This was music experimenting as theater, trying on different roles — a primal beat in “Jungle Book,” a Bulgarian folk song in “Theadora Is Dozing” — to which Mr. Byrne’s spoken texts acted now as gloss (in “The Sound of Business,” exploring the question of what it sounds like to work at given moments), now as counterpoint. But like much incidental music, the evening as an aggregate suffered from a sense of abridgement, passing quickly and offering small tastes of things you would have liked to hear more of.
One loud fan did his best to shout the event into the realm of a rock concert; the rest of the audience appeared delighted to receive whatever Mr. Byrne was willing to offer.
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink
― hstencil (hstencil), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:05 (ten years ago) Permalink
"...Actually the work needed more imagination and analysis to lift it from flat biopic into statement-making art. (Presumably that will come later. The finished “Here Lies Love” will include dramatic scenes and historical video.) It purports to explore the relationship between Mrs. Marcos and Estrella Cumpas, her longsuffering nanny-maid. Joan Almedilla (Mrs. Marcos) and Ganda Suthivarakom (Ms. Cumpas) sweetly harmonized on many numbers, underscoring a symbiotic bond. But the lyrics didn’t delve much deeper into a potentially fascinating power dynamic. Or maybe they did. For the first half of the show a bad sound mix meant the drums drowned out the vocals." "...an hour in, things jelled. Earlier the production felt static and cold: the songs, while pretty, struck a similar tempo and melodic range and the band members stayed far apart on the huge stage. “Please Don’t,” a catchy song about Mr. Marcos’s alleged affair with a star of dune-buggy flicks, had a punchy techno beat that bore the stamp of the British D.J. Fatboy Slim, Mr. Byrne’s musical collaborator. The euphoric “Dancing Together” added rave-style whistle sounds; “Society People” pulsated with funk. Mr. Byrne has imagined staging “Here Lies Love” in a club, to compare dance-floor ecstasy to the feeling of dictatorial bullying. (But where will he stuff the orchestra, which joined him on the string-heavy trip-hop of “Solano Avenue” and closed the show?)
He seemed aware that the libretto has a long way to go in terms of finessing his larger themes. “Well, I’ll point it out,” he said, after describing the martial-law era of the Marcos reign. “There are some common resonances today.”
So, later, when people gave the show several standing ovations, were they applauding the enticing performances, the obvious potential of “Here Lies Love” or the fact that Mr. Byrne is an immensely charming artist who loves to take anticommercial risks? Like staging a rough work at Carnegie Hall."
― curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:06 (ten years ago) Permalink
Man I already feel this way and I'm only 33. That's one thing I've noticed that I admire about the classical world that is severely lacking in the world of underground rock/indie music whatever - cross-generational integration of musicians and music fans.
― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 5 February 2007 18:19 (ten years ago) Permalink
I am jealous of all the cool musicians he just saw in Brazil and the places he went and the food he ate...His x-mas through January posts
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 04:08 (eight years ago) Permalink
yeah his journal's a pretty fun read... i remember a really OTM post about the financial meltdown back in October of whatever..
still need to check out the new album w/brian eno as i really like that "strange overtones" song that's getting good radio play at one station over here..
― winstonian (winston), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 06:21 (eight years ago) Permalink
the Songs Of Byrne & Eno tour is AWESOME
― the strawman of the hilarious DJShadow/Jurassic5 loving university student (sic), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 08:23 (eight years ago) Permalink
That's good news! I'll be seeing that in March. How are the My Life in the Bush of Ghosts songs delivered in this setting, I'm v. curious to know.
― willem, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 09:46 (eight years ago) Permalink
there's only one Bush Of Ghosts song sadly, but it is remarkable. he does a hesitant intro trying to explain [I saw it at the Sydney Opera House, perhaps in other venues he trusts the audience better] that they made this record, but neither of them sing on it, and they took the voices from "found sounds", and it took a year to, what you would now call, "clear" the "samples," and it was a terrible pain, erm, well but anyway -- and then takes a deep breath and ROARS in full sung melody the radio preacher's words as the band swells in behind him.
― Donate your display name to Gazza (sic), Tuesday, 3 February 2009 10:16 (eight years ago) Permalink
That's "Help Me Somebody" I think... He sings the preacher's words!? Woah.
― willem, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 10:45 (eight years ago) Permalink
ha, yeah, those journals ... I want to go to parties at Caetano Veloso's house, too! Take me with you, Dave!
― tylerw, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 15:34 (eight years ago) Permalink
Jon Pareles of the NY Times makes David mad:
excerpt from Byrne's blog and Pareles' review below that. I think the review of the current tour seems fair (I haven't seen the tour but if Pareles thinks it's too cute, that's his opinion. I have mixed views on Pareles' review from way back of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts) :
C warned me that there was a not so complimentary review in the NY Times this morning, and advised me against reading it. I don’t read all the press and reviews we get, but as I do read that paper regularly, I would have inevitably stumbled upon it. Apparently the reviewer, Jon Pareles, loves the Bush Of Ghosts album and has some kind of nostalgia for those days. We all know music snobs who like to remind everyone that they heard so and so back when they were really good. This, however, is the same reviewer who leveled charges of “cultural imperialism” against Bush Of Ghosts in his Rolling Stone review back in the early 80’s. For years afterwards, almost every interviewer asked me to respond to his charge, and many press articles quoted it. It was like the joke about “When did you stop beating your wife?” — the charge was silly and ill-informed, but one was constantly put on the defensive, and even assumed to be guilty, simply by the question being raised. It was annoying, it lasted for years, and it hurt.
Given that track record, I guess 30 years from now he’ll figure out what this show was about.
I still haven’t read the review, and don’t intend to.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 March 2009 23:49 (eight years ago) Permalink
So if I want to go with David to the parties in Brazil I just can't mention Jon Pareles or cultural imperialism I guess
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 March 2009 16:58 (eight years ago) Permalink
"So, David, when did you stop robbing other cultures' musical heritage?"
― tylerw, Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:10 (eight years ago) Permalink
it's cool if pareles wasn't feeling the show -- i had a good time when I saw it a couple months back. thought the band was good, dancers were fun and Byrne was engaging. Who knows, I might've reacted differently if I'd seen the big band Talking Heads play those songs back in the day. But it worked for me.
― tylerw, Thursday, 5 March 2009 17:15 (eight years ago) Permalink
Saw the show in Belfast last night - it was fantastic. The big surprises were only one song from Bush Of Ghosts (wouldn't have been a surprise if I'd read this thread) and Burning Down The House, which Eno wasn't involved in. We got a full five songs from Remain In Light too, which was just incredible. I loved the choreography and the showiness of it all - it is a proper show, but the band is incredibly tight and funky as well so one is not at the expense of the other. Byrne doing both rhythm and lead guitar (great versions of Adrian Belew's solos from the Remain In Light songs especially) was very impressive. It was my girlfriend's birthday too and we are both massive Talking Heads fans so pretty much a perfect night out.
Looking forward to seeing what he writes about our fair city on his blog! He mentioned on stage that he and some of the band/dancers had gone cycling and got caught in the (torrential) rain so I'm sure it was a bit of a let-down.
― Chris in Belfast, Wednesday, 8 April 2009 09:03 (eight years ago) Permalink
sounds like the same show he did for free last night in prospect park. except for the final song, the new eno/byrne album songs pretty much blew compared to the peak era talking heads stuff. but the whole spectacle was so much better than i expected. dude has aged amazingly well. his dance moves and vocal hiccups could make up a master class in compelling frontman-ness
― kamerad, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 12:19 (eight years ago) Permalink
yeah, a couple months later, i think the live show was waaaay better than the new album. there are 3 or 4 tracks i love on it, but a good deal of it feels a little soggy. i actually like Byrne's last few solo records better, I think. but i agree -- dude is a wonderful performer, and there is something weirdly touching about him being so comfortable and relaxed onstage these days, compared to the super uptight Talking Heads days.
― tylerw, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:47 (eight years ago) Permalink
i thought the new stuff was alright. he and the dancers were fun. but it wasn't like a super-scintillating show.
― Reggiano Jackson (gabbneb), Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:50 (eight years ago) Permalink
i guess i wanted some harder funk
I thought about going but just couldn't bring myself to hear those new song live
― da croupier, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:52 (eight years ago) Permalink
songs, even, allegedly
― da croupier, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 14:53 (eight years ago) Permalink
he did the title track of the new one last as his third and final encore. it was the only one from that album i enjoyed. otherwise they were letdowns made interesting only by the choreography. same with "heaven," which sounds like a precursor to this latest album. but that is a minor complaint about a great free show. where i was sitting everyone was up and dancing during "i zimbra" and the biggies like "life during wartime." the crowd went nuts when our incredulity that he'd do "once in a lifetime" turned out wrong. total class act
― kamerad, Tuesday, 9 June 2009 15:50 (eight years ago) Permalink
The newly arranged "Born Under Punches" with killer bassline is the highlight of the current tour for me, dissapointed that he didn't include it on the live ep (prob. due to copyright/royalties issues since all the songs are byrne/eno on that one).
― willem, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 07:30 (eight years ago) Permalink
Is 'Born Under Punches' not being played the same way it was in the early 80s? It sounded very similar to the version on The Name Of This Band Is... anyway. Also that Rome show that's on Youtube.
― Chris in Belfast, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 11:51 (eight years ago) Permalink
i thought it was great but i might have been disappointed if i had paid money for it
as we were leaving we got approached by a guy who asked, "do you know where the david brian concert is?" we were standing like 100 yards from the bandshell and we sort of motioned behind us at the incredibly loud music, as in, the concert is right there, where all the music, and lights are coming from, and he gave us a confused look and goes, "but isnt that the talking heads?" <shrug emoticon>
― rip dom passantino 3/5/09 never forget (max), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:25 (eight years ago) Permalink
that guy woulda been disappointed anyway - Byrne didn't play "Drugs"
― Paul, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 12:34 (eight years ago) Permalink
― Reggiano Jackson (gabbneb), Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:33 (eight years ago) Permalink
Jon Pareles of the NY Times goes after Mr. Byrne again in his review of Bonaroo:
Mr. Byrne, performing songs he wrote with Brian Eno, last year and decades ago, in musically emaciated new arrangements and surrounded by Broadwayish dancers.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/15/arts/music/15bonnaroo.html
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 03:02 (eight years ago) Permalink
didnt go to Brooklyn show. He & entourage popped into my friend's bar after.
― Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 04:04 (eight years ago) Permalink
i mean, it's David Byrne in '09 fer chrissakes
― Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 04:05 (eight years ago) Permalink
too bad that old geezer popped into your friend's bar, huh
― Gabbneb in NYC (gabbneb), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 05:12 (eight years ago) Permalink
"white hair doesn’t disqualify a headliner." - I have no idea what Pareles looks like, but I'm pretty sure Byrne is better-looking, rite?
― Gabbneb in NYC (gabbneb), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 05:13 (eight years ago) Permalink
Don't know, but I think Pareles was just trying to point out that Bonaroo this year had older headliners as well as younger ones. I've never been there or studied the bill of prior years, so I don't know whether this is a new thing or not.
mean, it's David Byrne in '09 fer chrissakes
Morbius, if you look upthread you will see a post where Byrne is quoted complaining about a Pareles Rolling Stone review from way back when. So this is an ongoing thing between the 2 of them.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 13:47 (eight years ago) Permalink
The January, 1987 issue of OMNI Magazine included a cover story titled, "14 Great Minds Predict the Future." OMNI asked influential people from a variety of fields what was in store for humanity in the year 2007, twenty years into the future. There were predictions about everything from peace in the Middle East to 3D televisions.
David Byrne, lead singer and songwriter of the Talking Heads, gazed into his crystal ball to write about pop art, the future of television, and why computers will never help the creative process. With the benefit of hindsight it's a little hard to believe that Byrne was so pessimistic about the potential for computers as a creative tool, especially when futuristic designs for computers were getting so many others excited. An excerpt from the OMNI piece appears below.
David Byrne, Lead Singer, Talking Heads
I don't think computers will have any important effect on the arts in 2007. When it comes to the arts they're just big or small adding machines. And if they can't "think," that's all they'll ever be. They may help creative people with their bookkeeping, but they won't help in the creative process.
The video revolution, however, will have some real impact on the arts in the next 20 years. It already has. Because people's attention spans are getting shorter, more fiction and drama will be done by television, a perfect medium for them. But I don't think anything will be wiped out; books will always be there; everything will find its place.
Outlets for art, in the marketplace and on television, will multiply and spread. Even the three big TV networks will feature looser, more specialized programming to appeal to special-interest groups. The networks will be freed from the need to try to please everybody, which they do now and inevitably end up with a show so stupid nobody likes it. Obviously this multiplication of outlets will benefit the arts.
I don't think we'll see the participatory art that so many people predict. Some people will use new equipment to make art, but they will be the same people who would have been making art anyway. Still, I definitely think that the general public will be interested in art that was once considered avant-garde.
― a man is only a guy (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 12 July 2011 21:59 (six years ago) Permalink
He's still blogging on occasion I see:
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:30 (six years ago) Permalink
LOL at Charlie Crist apology on that blog. Does EVERY Republican think it's okay to use music without clearance?
― Have not gotten over my dancing phase (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:42 (six years ago) Permalink
Whne OMNI interviewed me for that article, all I talked about was my condominium on the moon.
― tylerw, Wednesday, 13 July 2011 14:58 (six years ago) Permalink
Not much blogging from him lately, but he's got an album with St. Vincent, "Love This Giant" coming out in September plus a North American tour. He's been doing some work with her since 2010 it seems. The song "Who" has a standard Byrne style melody.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 22:50 (five years ago) Permalink
Talking Heads were a massive band for me and probably the first band that I got all the studio albums of (I'm probably missing lots of odds and ends tho).
I like Catherine Wheel and Rei Momo.
I thought The Forest might have been a heavy metal album (judging from cover art, and that I thought Byrne might try something unpredictable as that) but it was a really odd theatrical album, very nice in places. The people he was working with on Catherine Wheel insisted on something more pop and I think that maybe this was an attempt to do something more avant garde that he originally had an itch for when doing something for theatre?
The "David Byrne" album is really patchy, but there are a few real standouts, some which seem unusually bleak for him, I'm sure there was lyrics about some miserable future. I found these parts really compelling.
But of all my teenage favorites, my Talking Heads/Byrne enthusiam seems to have diminished a lot in retrospect, I didnt think I'd bother with any new Byrne stuff but now I'm reconsidering. He doesnt have as big a back catalogue as I thought (unless you count soundtracks for film and theatre, I'm not sure how songlike most of them are) I hate to say it but I still like the early nervous Talking Heads stuff better, although I love the idea of Byrne becoming serene as he appears today.
I've been reading around the various Byrne threads and seen the discussion of accusations of him being a cultural imperialist. Is this just a lazy attack that is bound to get people excited by this sort of controversy? Is there anything more to this? Can someone specifically tell me what he was supposed to have done wrong? I've seen quite a lot of vague accusations of this sort in all sorts of instances; I sometimes get the impression that people think you cannot interact with another old foreign culture without doing something wrong (even if those older cultures had appropriated something from other cultures a long time ago, which you could endlessly speculate about).
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:49 (four years ago) Permalink
"another old foreign culture"? I think you're over-simplifying the cultural appropriation arguments a bit
― curmudgeon, Monday, 29 July 2013 02:04 (four years ago) Permalink
byrne's solo work has been diminishing returns for a long time but the album with St. Vincent is really good, but mostly because of her.
― akm, Monday, 29 July 2013 18:00 (four years ago) Permalink
""another old foreign culture"? I think you're over-simplifying the cultural appropriation arguments a bit"
Probably. That's partly why I want to hear more about the arguments, I havent been able to find any real detailed criticism about this matter.
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 1 August 2013 14:40 (four years ago) Permalink
the David Byrne record is quite good, yes.
― first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 August 2013 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 April 2015 04:25 (two years ago) Permalink
I guess he and the guards will be doing halftime appearances at US football games next
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 April 2015 14:14 (two years ago) Permalink
https://youtu.be/euEgyXoOonkFirst song from upcoming album
― willem, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink
working with OPN and Jam City has me interested at the very least
― ufo, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink
I like Byrne, but those vocals are pretty annoying
― Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 12:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink
He was scheduled yesterday to have done a “Reasons to be Cheerful “ lecture in NYC, and his upcoming tour for his new American Utopia album is scheduled and on sale in some places
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink
Apparently Airhead worked on it as well, so apparently this will be the art-pop Yeezus in terms of producers
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 16:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink
It sounds pretty good, but I feel like the pop structure of it gets in the way of elaborating on that principal idea. It gets better after the two minute mark. I think the vocals are ok.
― damosuzuki, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink
compression and eq on those vocals pretty grating imo
― niels, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink
Satellite radio played a song from his new album, a cover of Whitney Houston I Want To Dance with Somebody.
― kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink
Huh. I want to say he did that live a lot in, like, 2003? Late '90s? A while ago.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink
He did it last time I saw him live, and that was way before 2007. Late 90s seems about right.
― Brave Combover (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink
OK. Maybe it's not from the new album, although the DJ sort of made it seem that way.
― kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink
― StanM, Saturday, 13 January 2018 15:41 (one week ago) Permalink
$75 to $150 to see him at tour date in my area. He apparently will have alll the musicians “mobile “ on this tour onstage— marching band percussion etc. plus special lighting http://davidbyrne.com/journal/ttt-testing-tour-tech
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:13 (one week ago) Permalink
I'll see him at Roskilde Festival - discounted rate... will be great!
― niels, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:53 (one week ago) Permalink