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St. Vincent To Hit The Road With David Byrne

April 17th, 2012 8:12am EDT
St. Vincent
Cult singer St. Vincent is hitting the road with Talking Heads legend David Byrne after they recorded an album together.

St. Vincent, real name Annie Clark, began working with Byrne in a New York recording studio after they met at a charity concert in 2009, and insists the collaboration was a real learning experience.

She tells Pitchfork.com, "He doesn't do anything halfway... I was taking notes left and right. David has this amazing ability to not be critical of anything. He's so curious and eager that he just throws out every wild idea from A to Z and then there's this other process w...
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Rush Demand Removal Of Music From Rand Paul's Campaign

June 3rd, 2010 11:57am EDT
Rush
Lawyers representing Canadian rockers Rush have ordered an American politician to stop using their music as part of his Senate campaign.

The musicians are said to have been left fuming after discovering Kentucky's Republican candidate Rand Paul had been using their tracks during public events and in online adverts as he seeks election to office. Robert Farmer, an attorney for the band's Entertainment Group Inc. record label, has written to Paul's campaign officials claiming the use of Rush's music violates copyright laws, according to Courier-journal.com.

He has also asked for Paul's po...
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David Byrne Sues Politician Over 'Road To Nowhere'

May 25th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
David Byrne
Former Talking Heads star David Byrne is suing a Florida politician for using his Road To Nowhere hit as a campaign anthem - without permission.

The rocker is seeking $1 million in damages from state Governor Charlie Crist, for using the 1985 song in an online ad attacking his one-time opponent Marco Rubio. Byrne filed his suit on Monday in Tampa, Florida.

He tells Billboard.com, "I was pretty upset by that... (This) is not about politics... It's about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for."

Byrne is b...
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Exclusive: Stream Rufus Wainwright's Entire New Album Here!

September 23rd, 2009 6:00pm EDT
New Album From Rufus Wainwright
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" and praised by The New York Times for his "genuine originality," Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.

Wainwright has released six albums and two DVDs to date, and has appeared on numerous soundtracks an...
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Dress Battle: Paris Vs. Nicky Hilton

July 23rd, 2009 9:26am EDT
Paris & Nickey Hilton
Who looked better at the "Paris, Not France" premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday? Paris in white or Nicky Hilton in black? See the photos, and let us know...

Image © AP Photo

"Paris, Not France" is an intimate look into the life of sleepy-eyed heiress Paris Hilton, a woman some consider a shallow media opportunist and others see as a true pop-culture icon.

The Talking Heads rocker David Byrne once came close to knocking Paris over with his bicycle during a ride in New York when she unexpectedly stepped into his path.

Earlier this year, Nicky made a citizen's arre...
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David Byrne's New Album Features Music From HBO's 'Big Love'

April 10th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
David Byrne
Scored by David Byrne, Big Love: Hymnal, Music Written for the HBO Series Plus Other Recent Compositions is out now on Todomundo. A selection of Byrne's music from all 12 episodes of the second season of the HBO series Big Love, the disc also features as yet unheard tracks written for and inspired by the series.

Big Love, which follows the polygamist family of fundamentalist Mormon Bill Hendrickson (played by Bill Paxton), takes a decidedly dark turn during the second season. What begins as a study in juggling three wives in an orderly and disciplined manner devolves into a morass of ...
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David Byrne Can't Vote, But You Can

November 4th, 2008 11:52am EST
David Byrne
David Byrne sent an email to his fans asking them to vote today since he is not eligible. The Scottish-American Talking Head is not an official US citizen. If Byrne could vote though, we have a feeling we know who he would choose from his letter below.

A full transcript of David Byrne's message:

Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can’t Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. FYI - I can get drafted (luckily, Daniel Berrigan burned my draft board’s records) and I pay taxes, yet I cannot vote for President. On Election Day,...
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Fujiya & Miyagi Announce US Fall Tour; 'Lightbulbs' Out Now

September 20th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Fujiya & Miyagi
Imagine that Fujiya & Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues, using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming 'jigsaws' with 'carnivores.'

Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.

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Forro In The Dark Announce Summer Show Dates; Release EP

May 19th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
Forro In The Dark
Forro In The Dark, New York's favorite Brazilian party band steps out this summer with a schedule of festival and club dates. The five-piece outfit favored by Steve Earle and David Byrne for their modern interpretation of the traditional Brazilian dance style known as forró also has a new EP titled Dia de Roda, released digitally on Nublu Records May 13.

Dia de Roda is a five-song collection that kicks off with a reggae inspired jam, whips through some sweat-inducing Brazilian backcountry grooves, and ends up with rockabilly-inflected forró finale, the perfect soundtrack for warm weath...
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Bitten By the Vampire Buzz: America’s Love/Hate Relationship with Vampire Weekend

March 19th, 2008 1:42pm EDT
Vampire Weekend
Do you hate Vampire Weekend yet? Join the club. The "indie" band is selling out shows, garnering rave reviews, playing on "Saturday Night Live," and spinning every hour on rock radio, all while sporting spiffy cardigans and speaking like Scrabble champs. They're even featured in an ad on MTV defining an Oxford comma. Who are these guys? Where did they come from?

To the casual fan, the band appears to be an overnight success, which is far from the case. It all started back in October 2006 when Matt Yanchyshyn casually mentioned the fledgling New York group Vampire Weekend in an art...
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'The Simpsons: Testify,' Features Songs From Seasons 10-18, Released Sept. 18

August 30th, 2007 4:17pm EDT
The Simpsons: Testify
Los Angeles, CA - A soundtrack so highly anticipated that even Homer would get off the couch to celebrate its arrival, The Simpsons: Testify is finally here! Set for release on September 18, 2007 from Shout! Factory, The Simpsons: Testify music CD spotlights material culled from award-winning composer Alf Clausen and features the unmistakable voices of America's most beloved TV family: Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright), Lisa (Yeardley Smith), and Springfield's various townsfolk (Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer). The soundtrack kicks off with Danny Elfman...
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They Might Be Giants Release 'The Else'

July 10th, 2007 10:00am EDT
TMBG
Full of musical surprises, lyrical twists and sonic turns, The Else is a return to form for alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, who started their illustrious career twenty-five years ago.

While The Else finally captures their notoriously talented live band in all their barnstorming glory, the complete effort is an electrifying mix of homebrewed sonic madness and studio mastery. Over a year and a half in the making and recorded on both coasts, the album was created in collaboration with LA producers the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys, Hanson) and NYC engineer/producer Patr...
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25th Anniversary Edition Of Laurie Anderson's 'Big Science' Due July 17; New Album Coming 2008

June 23rd, 2007 11:00am EDT
Laurie Anderson
In the early 1980s Laurie Anderson was already respected as a conceptual artist and composer and as a familiar figure in the cross-pollinating, Lower Manhattan music-visual art-performance circles from which Philip Glass and David Byrne also emerged. At the time of its original release, the NME wrote of Big Science, "There's a dream-like, subconscious quality about her song which helps them work at deeper, secret levels of the psyche." With instrumentation ranging from tape loops to found sounds to bag pipes, Big Science anticipated the tech-savvy beats, anything-goes instrumentation and sa...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

May 14th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Cate Blanchett
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).
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They Might Be Giants To Release 'The Else' July 10

May 2nd, 2007 1:07pm EDT
They Might Be Giants
Full of musical surprises, lyrical twists and sonic turns, The Else is a full return to form for alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, who started their illustrious career twenty-five years ago.

While The Else finally captures their notoriously talented live band in all their barnstorming glory, the complete effort is actually an electrifying mix of homebrewed sonic madness and studio mastery. Over a year and a half in the making and recorded on both coasts, the album was created in collaboration with LA producers the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys, Hanson) and NYC engineer...
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Cake To Release 'B-Sides And Rarities' This Spring; Live Disc Due In Fall

April 20th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Cake
Cake formed in Sacramento, California in 1991. The band quickly became a hot item in the downtown club and cafe scene, then went on to gain a steady following in San Francisco's Bay Area. Lead singer John McCrea's unwitting amalgam of Jonathan Richman, David Byrne, and Woody Guthrie, backed by Cake's shambling countrified funk, took Northern California by storm. To date, Cake has toured extensively throughout the world including North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.

After releasing their first album, Motorcade of Generosity independently, the band signed with Capricorn...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

May 14th, 2006 3:00am EDT
George Lucas
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).
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Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter Re-release To Benefit AIDS Research & Relief

April 19th, 2006 11:05am EDT
Cole Porter
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter is an eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter benefiting AIDS research and relief. On April 25th Shout! Factory will release the videos from this successful benefit project on DVD for the first time, combined with a newly remastered CD in the same package. Red Hot + Blue brings together a diverse group of A-list artists including U2, The Neville Brothers, Sinead O'Conner, Tom Waits, David Byrne (who also directs one of the videos) and more to cover Cole Porter gems such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Too Darn Hot," "I Get A Kick Out ...
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Talking Heads Reissue All Eight Studio Albums In DualDisc Format; Feature Tons of Extras

February 10th, 2006 3:51pm EST
Talking Heads
Talking Heads' eight pioneering albums defied easy musical categorization, and now, eleven years after David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison's last release together, Rhino Records is reissuing all 8 studio albums including the original album in remastered stereo plus rare bonus songs on the CD side. The DVD side contains the original album mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus bonus audio and video content, lyrics and photos.

In addition to the hits "Burning Down the House," "Take Me To The River," "Road To Nowhere," "Wild, Wild Life" and "Once In A Lifetime," this d...
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