Short of acquiring a new Talking Heads album, it’s always great news to hear of a new David Byrne album in the queue. His last was Grown Backwards waaaaay back in 2004. Not discounting the excellent sets of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008) with Brian Eno, and Love This Giant (2012) with St. Vincent, but those were collaborative albums. He hasn’t lost his sense of songwriting since his was eclectic enough to not have a time anchor to it. Again, I love the news when a favorite is coming out. And David has one.
On March 9, a new album by David Byrne will be in our anticipating hands. The new album is being called American Utopia and will be released via Nonesuch Records. This new album will be made available on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.
As of now, there is little information as to song content or a cover shot. But as soon as we get one, we’ll definitely come back with it.
David Byrne will be supporting this new album release with a tour. On the tour, it is expected to have David Byrne include some classic Talking Heads songs as well as a sweet handful of his solo gems. (I’d like to hear something from My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, even if somewhat taped.)
From Austin City Limits, New West Records will release a CD/DVD, and separately available 2LP Live set from a 2001 show performed by David Byrne, the estranged leader of Talking Heads. And while it seems somewhat blasphemous that he would pursue these classic songs without the help of the band who helped make them what they were, also remember that this show was from November 8, 2001.
This set, being labeled Live From Austin, TX, showcases thirteen songs including his hit single at the time, “Like Humans Do”. There’s no doubt that Byrne was in fine musical form when he produced this set.
Live From Austin, TX: David Byrne will be released on June 2 in both CD and vinyl LP forms. The CD set will provide the DVD of the televised and performed show. The 2LP set will be produced in 180g-weight vinyl and will provide a download card for the digital format of the songs.
Live From Austin, TX (Austin City Limits) – David Byrne
01. (Nothing But) Flowers
02. God’s Child
03. And She Was
04. Once In A Lifetime
05. The Great Intoxication
06. Marching Through The Wilderness
07. The Revolution
08. This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
09. What A Day That Was
10. Desconocido Soy
11. Like Humans Do
12. Life During Wartime
13. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
I know situations can be difficult. I know that people can be difficult. And we all certainly have our stubborn streaks where bygones are not always bygones. But as we age, those feelings should be starting to diminish. A least to the point that rational thought can once more be applied and prevail.
I’m talking directly to Talking Heads and all four of the main components of that historic band. Don’t you think it’s time to do a last go around like The Police did some years back? A definitive ‘Get it while it’s hot’ offering to experience-starved fans? I do!
With age being what it is, a relentlessly pursuing , always winning, part of life that is COMPLETELY unavoidable, there are choices. We already know that a reformation of Talking Heads would be as monetarily pleasing as The Police reunion was. So, with the onset of mortality staring most of us in the face, why not “wake him up”, and get out on the road for a limited amount of dates? Le me provide you with enticements:
A HUGE sum of money at the end of all shows. Even if it does amount to more pocket change to some or all of the Heads, think of the padded bank accounts! In these times more cash in the retirement fund means less stress. Hell, you wouldn’t even need a fund manager. Just let the interest do the heavy lifting. Big fat zeros at the end of any transaction that is plus to a bank account is always easy to keep track of.
Are you people REALLY going to let The Police own the title of BEST band reunion from your era? Really?! A least TRY to make it interesting!
If you happen to fall into a creative mood, you could always channel that into a Talking Heads studio album! Leave another for the legacy! But if you didn’t, we’d understand that part, at least. We would. We’re not THAT demanding.
At the very least, do it for the fans. They gave you the ability to be autonomous, beholden to no man! You got to live out your entire lives in not having to be concerned for your next dollar, your ability to pay family-sized bills, and your larger than normal homes filled with awe-inspiring furniture. And some of you even have fully equipped studios, too! A single 50-date tour is a nice thank-you to fans. And, of course, I’ll not go over the fact that it monetarily benefits you four.
David Byrne. Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth. Chris Frantz. Talking Heads.
“…and we’re not little children
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out.
We’re on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Takin’ that ride to nowhere
We’ll take that ride…”