The Talking Heads were among a crop of epochal, genre-bending artists that emerged from New York City in the mid-70s. The music scene centered around the famous punk club CBGB, where David Byrne and company opened for The Ramones in 1975. In the midst of the rhymically-complex and funky “Electricity,” Byrne repeatedly sings, “I’m charged up.”...more
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McSweeney’s recently published How Music Works, a book by David Byrne that explains all aspects of music, from creation, to distribution, to performance.
In recent years, Byrne has released chapters of the book as individual works: this TED talk about architecture’s effect on music; and this piece for Wired about record distribution, in which he interviews Radiohead about their [then] recent “pay what you wish” release of In Rainbows, as well as explains exactly how the money, in a traditional major label record deal, from an album purchase is distributed....more
In New York this week Richard Price is interviewed by Philip Gourevitch, David Byrne presents Creation in Reverse, Joyce Carol Oates and Elaine Showalter chat over brunch, Tao Lin (who will also be reading at The Rumpus’s first anniversary party) and CAConrad read at The Animal Farm Reading Series, Dave Eggers at the Strand, Women of Antifolk, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation present a re-staging of the first lecture ever dedicated to the art of magic....more
Back in December 2007, Radiohead released their album “In Rainbows” digitally at an undetermined cost; the listener chose what to pay. This move questioned the “value” of music. When music can be downloaded or burned from a friend at the cost of $0, or £0, what will your listener voluntarily pay?...more