Ever since we saw St. Vincent perform with David Byrne and their Brass Band on the Love This Giant tour I have become enraptured by Annie Clark‘s musical genius. She captivates her audiences with riveting guitar playing combined with sheer bravado and energy.
I discovered today from Pitchfork that St. Vincent will be releasing a new album, St. Vincent on February 25th in the US.
Congratulations Annie for being named recipient of the 2013 Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Awards in Performing Arts.
David Byrne presented a heartfelt ad-lib speech for Annie Clark’s award.
By the time I was to introduce Annie (the last award as she’d be performing right after), I realized that everyone probably had had enough talks, as wonderful as they were. So I abandoned my notes, ignored the teleprompter and winged it. I talked about what I said above: what a wonderful world was represented here where the arts can mix with science and with social activism. I also said some nice things about Annie, but there was no need to explain what she does, as she was going to demonstrate that herself.
Tonight we attend the David Byrne & St. Vincent plus Brass Band ensemble, Love This Gianttour at The Shubert Theater in New Haven, Ct.
We caught their show last year at The Beacon Theatre. The concert was engaging and very danceable. The choreography with David Byrne and St. Vincent who are animated in their own right along with the brass band ensemble creates quite an audio/visual assemblage.
Hoping to have Instagram images from the orchestra later this evening.
They have put out a 5-song EP called “Brass Tactics”. It’s available on the Love This Giant website for free, and includes a couple of live tracks from the fall tour which we saw at The Beacon Theatre in New York City on 9/26/12. The free EP has a couple of remixes, and a song David and St. Vincent recorded in the studio that didn’t make it onto the album. You can download that here. They also put together a little video of clips and thoughts about the last tour and the new one to come, which you can see there, as well.
I trust you feel the excitement of their distinctive brass band sound watching this video of their recent appearance on the David Letterman Show where they perform, “I Should Watch TV” from the Love This Giant recording.
Speaking of David Byrne, he and “Professor” Questlove participated in a Public Forum discussion at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on February 26th.
I was unable to attend in person. I learned about the gist of the event from subsequent Web article reports
David Byrne is making a musical “Here Lies the Love” at the Public Theater. Byrne wrote the lyrics and music (with help from Fatboy Slim), creating a “fully immersive, 360-degree theatrical experience” equipped with disco beats and contemporary dance.
Brought together to discuss the impact of music in popular consciousness, the Roots drummer and former Talking Heads frontman gave audience members a night to remember, swapping stories from the heydays of their respective careers. Questlove asked Byrne about his early days in New York in the 1970s while the Scottish songwriter probed Mr. Thompson on the genesis of the Philadelphia music scene.
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson announced during the event that he will release a memoir entitled Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove this coming June.
If you consider the immediacy formed between the two artists coupled with their mutual affinity for unique collaborations, it’s realistic to anticipate a Byrne/Questlove project of some dimension in the future.
All pre-orders will receive an immediate Premium DRM-free 320kbps MP3 of “Weekend In The Dust”. The entire full digital album will be delivered to you via email on September 10th, one day earlier than the release date. All physical goods will be shipped to arrive by September 11th.
CD in custom packaging, including 4 fine art inserts
Digital download of entire 12 track album
On “Weekend in the Dust”, I came up with some brass riffs and swells that sounded pretty funky to me. I then sent those to Annie and she wrote a cool vocal melody over it (later she wrote words too). We both arranged her vocal and other elements of the track a bit further—still working with horn samples temporarily. Finally, we passed this one to baritone sax monster Lenny Pickett, ex Tower Of Power and current Borneo Horns and SNL bandleader, for arranging. I’d previously worked with Lenny on a Talking Heads track (“Blind”) so I know he is really good at convoluted and funky—and that describes this track pretty well. We recorded the whole band playing it in the studio in Hoboken, which I arrived at one morning in March via bicycle and ferry. Nice!
I readily like their first track, “Who”, which you can download free from their micro-site. The sonic textures that the brass band creates is a visceral, head bopping experience.
The album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning one song individually.
Tracklist 1. Who 2. Weekend in the Dust 3. Dinner For Two 4. Ice Age 5. I Am An Ape 6. The Forest Awakes 7. I Should Watch TV 8. Lazarus 9. Optimist 10. Lightning 11. The One Who Broke Your Heart (featuring The Dap-Kings and Antibalas) 12. Outside of Space & Time
Byrne and Clark will launch a 24-date fall tour on September 15 in Minneapolis. “We’ll be doing these songs and a bunch of songs that we suspect people will know, with a group that includes eight brass players, a keyboardist and a drummer,” says Byrne of the tour.
Love This Giant will be available on September 11, 2012 on 4AD under exclusive license from Byrne’s label Todo Mundo.