David Byrne

Waving Goodbye to the “Goodbye to All That” Essay

Everyone I know has a fantasy escape plan. Portland, Oregon is the default, the place New Yorkers think will give them all the benefits of a progressive, culturally vibrant city, with the added advantages of friendliness and affordability. I tend to dream of returning to Baltimore, an even cheaper city with a more daring and distinctive arts scene, where I went to college and which I have missed ever since. My best friend from high school tells me that she and her new husband won’t move out of the city for a few years, but they’re already looking at bucolic properties upstate. Another couple of close friends are keeping a temporary move to Austin at the back of their minds. This Friday night I’ll be at the going-away party for a talented young musician who’s moving to Nashville. … Read More

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20 Great Albums You Can (Legally) Download for Free Right Now

David Byrne and St. Vincent have followed up their excellent Love This Giant album from last year with a new EP entitled Brass Tactics. Apart from the fact that it contains a previously unreleased track, the most notable thing about the EP is that they’re giving it away for free, making it the latest addition to an ever-increasing volume of music that you can download — legally! — for free right now. There’s so much, in fact, that it’s kind of overwhelming. Here’s a selection of 20 records that Flavorwire recommends you add to your collection right… Read More

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The Best Albums Flavorpill Staffers Heard in 2012

A couple of weeks back, we took a look at the best books that various Flavorpill staffers had read over the course of the year, and today we’re repeating the exercise with albums — we’ve surveyed our highly trained staff and asked them what the best record they heard in 2012 was. The results, we hope you’ll agree, are rather interesting, encompassing everything from Ke$ha and Swans to a hitherto undiscovered fondness for obscure country reissues. Do feel free, of course, to add your voice to the discussion in the comments section! … Read More

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10 Great Books for the Nonreaders on Your Holiday Gift List

If you’re a reader, you understand. For the holidays, all you want is a stack of books, so sometimes it can be hard to figure out what to get for your less literary-minded loved ones. Well, you can still give them books. But you have to choose carefully. Just as we did last year, this holiday season we’ve put together a helpful guide of new books that even your most prose-averse friends will love — whether they admit it to you or not. Click through to check out the gift guide, and let us know what you’re giving the nonreaders on your list in the comments. … Read More

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Stereotyping You by Your Favorite Book of 2012

It’s December, and you know what that means: it’s time for everyone — from your mom to your coworkers to every media outlet under the sun — to tell you what their favorite book was this year. There’s no escaping it, but at least you can use the information to totally stereotype whoever’s talking to you (or turn the lens on yourself). Click through to read our (tongue-in-cheek, mind you) breakdown of what your favorite book of the year says about you, and in case you were wondering, our pick is on here too, and hey, we can cop to it. … Read More

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Christmas Gifts for the Music Geek in Your Life

It’s not even December and we’re already tiring of the “It’s that wonderful time of the year” jokes. If you’re anything like us, the festive season is at best tiresome and at worst a regal pain in the ass — but shit, we’re here to help, so over the next few days we’ll be offering various gift guides. We’ve already discussed potential gifts for movie geeks and Instagram addicts, and now it’s time to address the needs of music geeks. Over the next few pages, we’ve gathered a selection of gifts for the music-obsessed — box sets, books, crazy instruments, and a gloriously ghastly Slayer Christmas sweater. Who could ask for more? … Read More

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Watch David Byrne and St. Vincent Perform, Talk Hurricane Sandy on ‘Colbert’

They may not have water or power at the moment, but two-person supergroup David Byrne and St. Vincent still managed an appearance on The Colbert Report last night. In addition to characteristically energetic performances of Love This Giant tracks “Who” and “Weekend in the Dust,” the downtown New Yorkers talked about how Hurricane Sandy has affected them. “We went to Brooklyn to take showers,” said Byrne. Of course, Stephen Colbert used that comment as an opening for an indecent proposal and kept the awkwardness going by asking why a Rock Hall of Famer like Byrne would want to work with a kid like Annie Clark. Later, things got unexpectedly deep… Click through to watch the interview and both songs. … Read More

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Watch David Byrne and St. Vincent Rehearse for Their 'Love This Giant' Tour

In our ongoing fascination with the collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent, we’re thrilled to find this eight-minute video from their final rehearsal before the Love This Giant tour. NPR Music takes us behind the scenes to see Annie Clark curled up into a ball onstage, Byrne practicing his “cross-country skiing” arm motions, and tease each other like old friends. We also meet the woman responsible for their unusual moves, choreographer Annie-B Parson. Aside from the obvious — that it’s always fun to watch Byrne dance — the video is worth watching for both its beautiful cinematography and its insight into how two famously excellent performers arrange and interpret their music for an audience of thousands. … Read More

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Watch David Byrne and St. Vincent Perform “Burning Down the House”

When we first heard about David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Love This Giant, the sheer notion that two of our favorite songwriters were collaborating on an album was so exciting we didn’t ask questions. Followed by the revelation that they’d also be touring together, the news plunged us into sheer ecstasy. So we must confess that it didn’t even occur to us to wonder whether Byrne and Annie Clark would be performing each other’s solo work live. But thanks to Stereogum, we now know that the duo is, in fact, playing non-Love This Giant material. When the tour kicked off on Saturday in Minneapolis, audiences were treated to both St. Vincent’s “Cruel” and the Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House.” Watch a surprisingly decent fan video of the latter, which looks like a great big onstage party, after the jump, and visit Stereogum to see a clip of “Cruel.” … Read More

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10 Books to Impress the Music Snob in Your Life

Lester Bangs? Only the most famous music critic ever. Chronicles: Volume One? Who hasn’t read that? David Byrne’s How Music Works, which hits shelves today? Well, now we’re getting somewhere. Obviously, we’re joking — both Bangs’ criticism and Dylan’s autobiography are fantastic and essential — but today we thought we’d put together a list of books just a little further from the beaten path, and likely to score you some serious points with your resident music snob. But of course, everyone’s tastes (and snobberies) run differently, and this is by no means a complete list of the best books on music out there. With that in mind, click through to check out our choices, and let us know what you’d add in the comments. … Read More

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