St. Vincent and former Talking Heads singer David Byrne are following up last year’s Love This Giant collaboration with a new tour and a free download of their new 5-song EP, Brass Tactics. Brass Tactics is comprised of live tracks from the Love This Giant Fall tour, remixes, and a song that didn’t make it onto the Love This Giant album. You can download the Brass Tactics EP mp3s by entering your email address below.
2013 Love This Giant Tour Dates:
6/12 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
6/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
6/15 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
6/16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal Performing Arts Center – Belk Theater
6/20 – New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theatre
6/21 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
6/22 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
6/23 – Ottawa, ON @ Confederation Park, Ottawa Jazz Festival
6/25 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater
6/27 – New Bedford, MA @ The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
6/28 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
6/29 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
6/30 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater
7/2 – Louisville, KY @ The Kentucky Center – Whitney Hall
7/5 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Music Festival
7/6 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
7/7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/8 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
7/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
7/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
7/13 – Littleton, CO @ Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield
7/14 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Town Park
7/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
7/17 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
7/18 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
7/20 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
7/21 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
8/18 – Reykjavik, Iceland @ Haskolabio
8/20 – Oslo, Norway @ Folketeatret
8/21 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Filadelfiakyrkan
8/22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falconer Salen
8/24 – Brussels, Belgium @ Bozar
8/25 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn
8/27 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
8/28 – Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
8/29 – Glasgow, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
8/30 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Fest
9/3 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseu Lisboa
9/4 – Portugal, Portugal @ Coliseu Do Porto
9/6 – Madrid, Spain @ Teatrp Circo Price
9/7 – Barcelona, Spain @ The National Auditorium of Catalonia
9/9 – Brescia, Italy @ Vittoriale Theatre
9/11 – Rome, Italy @ Auditorium Parco Della Musica
9/12 – Florence, Italy @ Teatro Verdi
Love This Giant is the new collaboration between St. Vincent and former Talking Heads singer David Byrne. As I said when I first posted about it in July, this seemingly strange pairing made perfect sense to me since they share a flare for the eccentric. The album as a whole doesn’t quite live up to the slinky coolness of the first single, “Who,” but it is a fun and very unusual listen.
The opener “Who” is by far the standout track and sets the tone for the entire album. You can download the mp3 and watch the fantastic video below. That same rhythmic mix of quirky electro-rock and -pop and funky brass permeates tracks like “Weekend in the Dust” and the Chakaesque “Lightning.”
“Ice Age” rises from murky, languid depths into a bizarrely peppy tune while Annie Clark’s unusual, somewhat surreal voice slinks and slides up and down and around with every odd note.
I have to agree with those who found themselves waiting for Annie to sing again. Byrne’s solo numbers aren’t bad, but they don’t stand out like the aforementioned tracks. The exceptions are “I Should Watch TV” and “The One Who Broke Your Heart.” The latter features The Dap-Kings and Antibalas and reminds us just what always made The Talking Heads so unique – their lead singer.
Strangely, reading that St. Vincent and David Byrne have collaborated on an album did not seem strange to me at all. Annie Clark and the former Talking Heads singer may have a May-December relationship of sorts, but they definitely have their flare for the eccentric in common. Love This Giant will be released on September 11th. You can download a free, legal mp3 of the duet “Who” by entering your email address at the album’s Official Site or into the widget below. It’s just as slinky, quirky and cool as you hope.
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Company of Thieves – Oscar Wilde (mp3 expired)
Catchy femme pop-rock. The first single from their Ordinary Riches album, which will be released on February 24th.
A quirky duet featuring the former Talking Heads frontman. From the Dark Was The Night compilation, which will be released on February 17th and benefits the Red Hot Organization.
Fol Chen – Cable TV (mp3)
The music is the slinky synth pop of ’80s Prince, the voice is monotone indie-girl. I love it. From their upcoming Part 1: John Shade, Your Fortune’s Made album.
Shark Remixes Vol. 2 features songs from My Brightest Diamond”s A Thousand Shark’s Teeth as remixed by Son Lux.
Via Tania – Wonderful Stranger (mp3 expired)
Soft and pretty ballad from her Moon Sweet Moon album.
*all mp3s provided by & posted w/ permission of artists’ PR reps