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 Post subject: Re: Talking Heads
PostPosted: Thu February 09, 2017 4:06 am 
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I've read Jonathan Lethem's entry in the 33 1/3 series on Fear of Music and really liked it. He really gets into the nitty gritty of the album (which he and I both love), and in the process really makes being fifteen in 1979 come alive. recommended
I've also read David Bowman's more straight-forward 'band biography' This Must Be the Place. It was fine. I'd only recommend it if you're really hankering to live in their world for a while. Although, it's kind of a depressing world to live in because Tina and David really hate each other, and that's mostly what I recall the book being about. It's alright. There's probably a better way to tell this story.

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I have that first book and adore it along with pretty much all other Lethem nonfiction. Thanks for the other.


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Forgot that this one existed. It was on my to-read list a while ago and I never got around to it.

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 Post subject: Re: Talking Heads
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I have that first book and adore it along with pretty much all other Lethem nonfiction. Thanks for the other.

Hey Reid, what's with the dab avatar? I dig it, I just don't get it. Are you trying to tell RM that you're floundering?


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 Post subject: Re: Talking Heads
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washing machine wrote:
I have that first book and adore it along with pretty much all other Lethem nonfiction. Thanks for the other.

Hey Reid, what's with the dab avatar? I dig it, I just don't get it. Are you trying to tell RM that you're floundering?

Not at all. I just really like gulf coast fish. I pulled it from this article and slightly tweaked the color because I like that shade of blue. I used the flounder for two reasons; 1. The eyes on a flounder have always seemed slightly surreal to me, and I like that. 2. The other fish didn't have a very good face when resized for RM. Give us an 100x100 option and I'm going with golden tilefish 99% of the time.

https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2 ... march-2016


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 Post subject: Re: Talking Heads
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https://www.jambase.com/article/david-b ... res-single

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 Post subject: Re: Talking Heads
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There's a lot of goodness that I've overlooked on their last few albums. Take "(Nothing But) Flowers" for example. Classic Byrne sentiment, in love with development and urban living. I really like the way he turns the idea of natural preservation on it's head with these lyrics. This narrator is definitely the same narrator from "The Big Country." Though I love living in a big city, I don't think that me and Byrne have much in common on this subject.I'm constantly trying to get out of the city and see the land. I grew up in a small town and wish I could have it both ways.

I still love these songs, though. Different way of looking at development.

With a beautiful highway
This used to be real estate
Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over
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Nothing but Flowers is an all-timer. Easily the best track from their last 2 albums. There's a cool live version that DB did at a TED conference a few years back.

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Nothing but Flowers is an all-timer. Easily the best track from their last 2 albums. There's a cool live version that DB did at a TED conference a few years back.

I took notice of it a few days ago while listening to the version that kicks off David Byrne: Live from Austin, TX. I had the Naked vinyl way back when but traded it years ago. Probably haven't listened to that album since.


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I'm really happy I bought tickets to the Byrne show last night. The stage setup, full of curtain-like LED lights and a percussion heavy band, really impressed me. DB played plenty from his new robo-opera about modern living, threw in some songs from his recent collaborations with Eno, St. Vincent and Fatboy Slim, then sprinkled just the right amount of Talking Heads songs in unexpected places. Unexpected deep cuts, too. Born Under Punches, I Zimbra, Slippery People, The Great Curve. I was very happy with this set and this production. I only wish it had been in a concert hall and not a lawn venue. It felt fitting watching cars drive by on the freeway behind the stage and seeing the downtown architecture blink while these songs happened, but the sound would have been a lot better if it were indoors.

If anyone else is on the fence about going on this tour, I say do it.


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How do they do Born Under Punches live? Are they triggering samples, or is it all live instrumentation? If the latter, does it sound very different from the studio? I think that's one of the very best songs ever written.


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tragabigzanda wrote:
How do they do Born Under Punches live? Are they triggering samples, or is it all live instrumentation? If the latter, does it sound very different from the studio? I think that's one of the very best songs ever written.

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Damn, that sounds awesome.


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Damn, that sounds awesome.

It was a very good show. Great Curve sounded even better.


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