Talking Heads founder David Byrne is presenting a new show "Contemporary Color," which pairs various musicians with high school color guard teams. Kelis, St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, Nelly Furtado and Nico Muhly with Ira Glass will all be performing at the four productions.
Bang On A Can project, Asphalt Orchestra, is set to drop their latest record, a Pixies' Surfer Rosa remix album. The Cantaloupe Music release is due out on November 18 and features the cult classic in it’s entirety.
Bill Murray has agreed to speak about upcoming film St.Vincent at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5. Again, Bears fan Bill Murray, who frequents Brooklyn loft parties and spawned the phrase, “no one will ever believe you,” has agreed to a Q&A discussing him film lineage during what has been dubbed Bill Murray Day.
Annie Clark is everywhere these days touring her self-titled fourth album. That upbeat conversation piece on her neurosis is her highest chart achievement yet. Of course it was, what with production by John Congleton, responsible for a slew of respectable talent including David Byrne, Brian Wilson, Erykah Badu and The Roots. (In fact, her latest work was slated for success from the start with collaborations from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss and Midlake drummer McKenzie Smith.)
As is to be expected with most of these highly anticipated and star-studded evenings of musical self-aggrandizing, there were exceptional moments juxtaposed with the, well, not-so-exceptional.
Music Times contributor Ian Holubiak and his band Oh Honey are on the road, traveling to SXSW and across the country to spread the musical word. Ian will give us a look into the life of the touring act as part of the Tour Journal series. Stay tuned for more refelctions from the road.