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New David Byrne Album Planned For 2018

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.)



2001 David Byrne Austin City Limits Performance To Be Issued On CD/DVD, and LP.

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


Open Letter to Talking Heads

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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…”



In Memoriam – Bernie Worrell

As this year progresses, we continue to lose the great ones at an alarming rate. But not just the visible ones. There are also greats that contributed so much to the advancement and evolution of Rock and Roll, but do not get as much visibility as people David Bowie, or, in this case, as much as George Clinton (or Bootsy Collins) of Parliament/Funkadelic, or even David Byrne of Talking Heads. But in this case, Bernie Worrell contributed as much to their music as any of the others had.

Bernie spent most of his musical life with Parliament/Funkadelic releasing well over 25 albums between the two bands. His keys lent the bands a signature sound that complemented the funk in all the rest of their instruments. He also contributed and helped to shape the evolutionary sound of Talking Heads on one studio album, Speaking In Tongues. Another significant contribution was heard on the expanded tour that Stop Making Sense was filmed from. But his involvement extended to many others including Mos Def, Fred Schneider (B-52s), even working with Les Claypool (Primus), Jack Bruce (Cream), and Gov’t Mule.

But he also did a fair share of solo work as well. He has released more than ten solo efforts since his 1978 debut, All The Woo In the World. It’s easy to say that Bernie Worrell was a busy man in the enterprise of Rock and Roll.

In January, Bernie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Of course, we all know what an insidious disease cancer is in whatever form it takes shape. Nevertheless, Bernie Worrell fought a brave fight but succumbed to it on June 24 at the age of 72.

It goes without saying that while we’re glad we have a wealth of Bernie Worrell participation evident in well over 40 (or more) recorded sets, it is his presence that we will miss the most. We like to think that our heroes in music live forever. And although we know deep down that simply is not a possibility, we still mourn them a little harder because they touched parts of our souls and waking lives thhat many have no idea exists.

Thanks, Bernie, for the wonderful music you left us behind! Now go and add your great keys to the Great Band!

Bernie With Parliament Funkadelic

Bernie Worrell
1944 – 2016


Live 1978 Set From a Talking Heads KSAN Recording Due In July

Taking Heads Psycho Killer LiveAfter the Sire Records release of Talking Heads first album, the band tore a fiery trail leading up to their final album, Naked. Naked was released in 1988, marking the end of the band. Nevertheless, Talking Heads left their mark on Rock and Roll, a mark still felt and discussed these many years later. For now, we get nostalgic reissues, and a collection of live performances.

On July 13, Klondike Records will release an unearthed KSAN Radio recording and airing of the band’s 1978 show at The Boarding House in San Francisco. The exact date was September 16, the second night of a three night stand. This was before the band exploded commanding shows that housed thousands of fans rather than the small venues they were accustomed to. This album is fifteen tracks of Talking Heads goodness, culled from their first two albums.

This archival Live set is being called Psycho Killer…Live.

01. Big Country
02. Warning Sign
03. The Book I Read
04. Stay Hungry
05. Artists Only
06. Girls
07. The Good Thing
08. Love > Buildings On Fire
09. Electricity
10. Found a Job
11. New Feeling / Pulled Up
12. Psycho Killer
13. Take Me To the River
14. I’m Not In Love
15. N0 Compassion


TAPSheet: Release Notes – 06/17/2014

Just a few notes to interest you…maybe (remember when I used to do these?):

Billy Idol has a new album announced for September although there is no information beyond that. It will be his first in a decade, and coincides with the release of his autobiography, Dancing With Myself, planned for October 7. In addition, there will be an extensive World Tour that starts on June 17 and is promised to bleed into 2015.

Heading over to YouTube, there is a pre-release song from Ted Nugent‘s upcoming Shut Up & Jam! album, which is expected on July 8. The song, “Never Stop Believing” is actually not bad. Certainly a blast from the past.

I’m particularly invested in this UK import title featuring a live set from Talking Heads.  The album is called Live Chicago 1978, and features their late ’70s Park West performance ( I LOVE Park West). I was not at this show although I wish I had been. Still…nice pick-up! Here’s your link!

Talking Heads Live Chicago 1978

Snapper UK will release a live set featuring 13th Floor Elevators called Live Elevation Lost recorded at Houston Music Theatre on February 18, 1967. Music at its prime! Available on LP and CD.

13thFloorElevators Live

Virgin Records will release the new Adelitas Way album, Stuck, on July 29.

Lost Time In A Bottle featuring live Jim Croce performances and demos will be available on July 22 via Cleopatra Records. A quick glance at the track list can easily convince you that this is a must own set.

1. Next Time, This Time (Harper College 2/5/73)
2. New York s Not My Home (Harper College 2/5/73)
3. You Don t Mess Around With Jim (Harper College 2/5/73)
4. Careful Man (Harper College 2/5/73)
5. A Good Time Man Like Me (Demo)
6. Tractor Trailer Story Intro (Harper College 2/5/73)
7. Speedball Tucker (Demo)
8. Operator (Demo)
9. Hard Time Losin Man (Demo)
10. Seems Like Such A Long Time Ago (Demo)
11. It Doesn t Have To Be That Way (Harper College 2/5/73)
12. Bar Story Intro (Harper College 2/5/73)
13. Roller Derby Queen (Harper College 2/5/73)
14. One Less Set Of Footsteps (Harper College 2/5/73)
15. Dreamin Again (Harper College 2/5/73)
16. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (Demo)
17. Time In A Bottle (Demo)
18. I Got A Name (Live 1973)
19. Charley Green, Play That Slide Trombone (Cazenovia College 1964)
20. San Francisco Bay Blues (Cazenovia College 1964)
21. Washington At Valley Forge (Cazenovia College 1964)
22. La Bamba (Cazenovia College 1964)
23. Seek And You Shall Find (Cazenovia College 1964)
24. Woke Up This Morning (Cazenovia College 1964)


The Best By Talking Heads?

Talkig Head Fear Of MusicYesterday, it was absolutely impossible to stop “Heaven” from playing over and over in that crazy jukebox I call a mind. And I have little control over what it decides to play as I don’t get to drop the quarters in. So, what the hell, I put Fear Of Music (actual LP) on and listened to it several times. That brings me to this:

“Heaven” by Talking Heads comes from one of the albums that I listen to perhaps more than any other by the band. Released in the summer of 1979, I bought my LP on the first day. I couldn’t even wait to get home to listen to it. I removed the plastic and played it on the turntable at Art’s Record Shop (God bless Jean!).  Jean had always been an important part of my growing musical years. And she tolerated my eclectic selections in the shop, especially if I needed to hear it right away.

Talking Heads, as far as I’m concerned, do not have a bad album in their history.  Every album was great first song to last. I’m not even sure I can call one a favorite over another. Still, if I have to pick one that I go to more than the rest, one that consistently plays back in my mind (whenever it feels like it), I’d have to mention Fear Of Music. And why not?

It’s home to one of Heads’ oft-repeated lines, “this ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no foolin’ around” from “Life During Wartime”. It’s also home to the album’s World Music style explored more deeply on Remain In Light (1980) as heard on “I Zimbra”, Fear Of Music’s great opening track. Then there’s the mentioned “Heaven” (“Heaven, Heaven is a place, where nothing, nothing ever happens”), there’s “Air” (“what is happening to my skin? Where is that protection that I needed. Aiirrrrr! Some people say not to worry about the air. Some people never had experience with aiiiirrrrr”), and of course, “Electric Guitar” (“this is a crime against the state, this is the verdict they reach, never  listen to electric guitar”). And that very psychedelic “Drugs” tune!

Yes, I actually L-U-V every Talking Heads album, including the much underrated final stage, Naked (1988).

And you’re going to say?