Posted by: Bill Jones | May 9, 2008

This Talking Head Keeps Repeating Himself

David Byrne, the former Talking Heads frontman/solo star/musicologist/cultural critic/PowerPoint junkie, has enough impressive stuff to his credit to last a few lifetimes. Some of his “new” projects look/sound like his old stuff.

First up is the next in Byrne’s Playing the Building series, which finds this master musician retrofitting the seems-like-always-abandoned Battery Maritime Building all the way on the southern tip of Manhattan with some mechanical devices in order to turn the place into a “giant musical instrument.” Kinda like what the Ghostbusters did to the Statue of Liberty in Ghostbusters 2 with slime. According to Byrne, “mechanical devices are attached to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, and the infrastructure, and are used to make these elements vibrate, resonate, and oscillate”– thereby turning the former depot for Brooklyn-bound ferries into one huge sonic wonderland.

Each and every weekend from May 31 to August 10, the building will be open to the public to come jam, free of charge. Amazing stuff? Oh, for sure. It’s just that he’s been there done that. If you’ve seen one giant resonant building, you’ve seen ’em all, you know?

Then there’s Byrne’s plan to release a studio album version of Here Lies Love, the song cycle about former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos of all people! with the help of 90s electronica-goto Fatboy Slim.

There’s also the recent news that Byrne and Brian Eno have re-teamed for a sequel of sorts to 1981’s landmark My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Byrne plans to share some of the new material on a tour without Eno sometime this fall and is also planning to play some of that old Talking Heads stuff on tour.

Byrne’s soundtrack work on the HBO Mormon drama “Big Love,” a show some at eargoggles got quite addicted to, will emerge sometime in the not-too-distant future on a record called Big Love: Hymnal. He will also be headed down to Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits bash way off in September, presumably with plenty of new stuff to show for himself. I mean, it’s David Byrne; even when he’s repeating himself, he’s still on the forefront of music and quite possibly going Back to the Future

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