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“Anxiety and angst can certainly produce some interesting work, but it’s not the only way to make music. I’m also not as obsessive and crazy as I used to be.” -David Byrne (via)

The name David Byrne has been popping up in the news quite a bit lately.  He was the featured artist in last month’s Fader icon issue, his record label, Luaka Bop, just celebrated it’s 21st anniversary, he’s been guesting onstage with various contemporary artists, and from all accounts just nailed it at Bonnaroo, Friday night, breaking out Talking Heads material.  Oh, and he still prefers cycling in his native Manhattan to other modes of transportation.

Byrne’s collaborative album with Brian Eno from last year, Everything That Happens Happens Today, inspired me to revisit the artists previous LP, Grown Backwards; an album I very much underappreciated upon its initial relase.  Listen to how the LP kicks off, below, with “Glass, Concrete & Stone,” and check out Byrne and Eno’s “Strange Overtones” from 2008 if you missed it.

Elsewhere: Those interested can download the PDF version of the David Byrne Fader isssue, for free, HERE.

Download:

MP3: David Byrne :: Glass, Concrete & Stone
MP3: David Byrne & Brian Eno :: Strange Overtones
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Amazon: David Byrne – Grown Backwards

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4 Responses to “David Byrne :: Glass, Concrete & Stone”

  1. last night front row at the majestic theater was nothing short of magic.

  2. If you like Grown Backwards, you might even want to dig deeper: Look Into The Eyeball and Feelings are both incredible as well.

    It’s interesting that despite never stopping making fantastic records, Byrne somehow fell out of favor with the media for a good ten years, but is now “back” when he never really left.

    He’s one of the best there is out there today, period.

  3. Nice shout. I wore out Grown Backwards a few years back and little to my credit I had forgotten about one Mr. David Byrne. “Tiny Apocalypse” is simply the most ultra-cool song I can think of.

  4. Byrne is on a roll. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold these days. Whether it’s designing creative bike racks around Manhattan, hosting a free show in Prospect Park and encouraging people to ride their bikes to the gig which offered bike valet (20,000 people showed up), curating a stage at Bonnaroo, or being the first act to agree to work with the National on their Dark Was the Night Compilation, the guy has been dictating what is cool. Love it. Thx for sharing the vintage track.

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