David Byrne

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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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. The shortlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize has been named, with Hilary Mantel’s critical darling Bring up the Bodies and Jeet Thayil’s awesome debut Narcopolis both making the cut. The winner will be announced at a dinner on October 16th. [via Largehearted Boy]

2. Here’s a way too brief… Read More

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Stream David Byrne & St. Vincent’s ‘Love This Giant’ and Watch the Video for “Who”

The time of David Byrne & St. Vincent is upon us! In just a week, the all-star duo will release its collaborative album, Love This Giant, which means it’s time for the publicity machine to kick into high gear. Over the weekend, the record began streaming at NPR — but that’s not all. Byrne and Annie Clark have just released the music video for their excellent debut single, “Who.” Directed by Martin de Thurah, the black-and-white clip finds Byrne encountering Clark as he drives his car and she lies prostrate in the street. Multiple times. The two seem to develop an odd mutual admiration, which makes sense. Also, there is robot dancing, because you don’t get David Byrne on film without making sure he shows you some moves. Watch the video below. … Read More

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10 New Must Reads for September

Fall is always a huge season for the publishing industry. It makes sense: all those back to school feelings making everyone long for stacks of books to carry around, the holiday season right around the corner, beach-goers ready to read Big Serious Fiction again. But this first fall month is a particularly huge one, with a slew of modern masters (Chabon, Smith, Díaz, Rowling, Rushdie) publishing meaty books that we can’t wait to get our hands on. If you’re feeling that wistful back to school reading urge — or just looking for something to hide in the jacket of your chemistry book this fall — we’ve got just the ticket. Click through to check out our list of the books we’re most excited about this month, and let us know which ones are calling your name in the… Read More

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The 15 Albums You Need to Hear in September

You know summer is well and truly over when the humidity recedes, the days start getting shorter and the big album releases start coming thick and fast. Yep, it’s almost time for the September rush, and this year the crop is particularly good — so much so, in fact, that we’ve expanded our usual round-up of 10 albums you need to hear in the month to come to a bumper list of 15. As ever, we’ve also rounded up the rest of the month’s notable releases: the good, the bad, and the ugly. So tell us: what are you looking forward to hearing in… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we browsed a few snapshots featuring competitive games from Berlin’s Hipster Olympics. We found out who the most valuable movie stars are. We got angry about these kids who fed laxatives to seagulls. We visited some of the creepiest abandoned cities still haunting America.… Read More

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New TEDTalks-Style YouTube Channel to Feature Chats with David Byrne and More

If you’ve been enjoying the TEDTalks — like last week’s video from USC’s professor of law, psychology, and psychiatry Elyn Saks, talking about her life with schizophrenia — Deadline is reporting that you may appreciate another intelligent YouTube channel program called THNKR.

Conceived by global firm @radical.media, the series will include folks like Walter Isaacson and Michael Pollan, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, and Talking Heads singer David Byrne, providing “extraordinary access to the people, stories, and ideas that are transforming our world.”

Initial installments will include “Bookd (discussions about non-fiction books), Epiphany (talks with thought leaders), Podium (explorations of public speaking), and Prodigies (looks at gifted thinkers).”

Check out a video introduction and a Prodigies episode featuring 8-year-old college student Tanishq Abraham past the break. … Read More

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Download the First Song from David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Collaborative Album

In what might be the greatest collaboration since he joined forces with Brian Eno, David Byrne and St. Vincent have teamed up to make Love This Giant. In addition to the 12-song album due out September 11th via 4AD/Todo Mundo, the pair will tour the US and Canada for a few weeks following its release.… Read More

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15 Portraits of Famous Musicians by Famous Artists and Photographers

One of the benefits of being a famous, successful, admired musician — besides being famous, successful, and admired — is having your portrait made by an artist of stature. Wouldn’t you like to see how you translate into an iconic Andy Warhol or be dotingly dotted into a Chuck Close original? Well, too bad. You’re not Blondie or Philip Glass. From Basquiat’s tribute to Charlie Parker to Roger Ballen’s supreme badassiffication of Die Antwoord, here’s a slideshow of famous musicians as painted, shot, sculpted, abstracted, and silkscreened by famous artists and photographers. … Read More

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