After the release of Love This Giant last year, we did a tour of North America and Australia that was like nothing we’ve ever done before—drums, keys and Annie and I supported by 8 choreographed brass players. We did the new material, but also a lot of recognizable songs, arranged for that group. The sound is incredible, and it’s a bit of a visual spectacle as well. We were pretty excited at how it turned out. The critical and audience response was great too! Touring a group that size with a fairly complex show is a big financial gulp, so it has taken us a while to collect enough offers in North America and Europe, but ow they are in and we kick off in a few weeks.
One of our business folks had the idea that we might offer a taste of what we’re up to—so we put together an EP to give folks a taste of what to expect. It has one song that didn’t make it on the record (a waltz featuring some lovely glass harmonica), a couple of energized remixes of some of the album tunes and two live tracks of the sort of more familiar material we do in the set. Did we say it’s FREE? We’re very excited at how this whole project came out so we want more folks to discover it. Download it [at their website, linked above]!
Full Talking Heads concert, Rome 1980. With, it looks like, Busta Jones on bass, and Adrian Belew on extra guitar. I would not have expected them to sound this good, live, at this point in their career.
Set list: 1. Psycho Killer 2. Stay Hungry 3. Cities 4. I Zimbra 5. Drugs 6. Take Me To The River 7. Crosseyed & Painless 8. Life During Wartime 9. Houses In Motion 10. Born Under Punches 11. The Great Curve
Florence and the Machine, covering Talking Heads’s Wild, Wild Life
I know that’s the way you like it, a-oh-oh
Livin’ wild, wild life
I wrestle with your conscience
You wrestle with your partner
David Byrne’s installation, ‘Tight Spot’, September 2011
david byrne’s installation, ‘tight spot’, at the pace gallery, under the highline at 25th street.
David Byrne & St. Vincent, with a live cover of Byrne’s / Talking Heads's Road to Nowhere
There’s a city in my mind
Come along and take that ride
Street poster, Chelsea, September 2012
A bootleg of an early version of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s groundbreaking 1981 album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts can be downloaded at the My Wall of Tapes blog. Note that his boot has a different track listing from the “Ghosts”…
Early version of Byrne/Eno collaboration, “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”. http://flpbd.it/HNNfi Via Flipboard.
Trailer for Sean Penn’s new film, ‘This Must Be The Place’, with Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, and David Byrne.
David Byrne, covering Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody
David Byrne’s installation titled ‘Tight Spot’, under The Highline, 10th Avenue & 25th Street, September 2011