David Byrne: Braz Girls & Dark Was The Night

Concert Taking Place Sunday, May 3, 2009

David Byrne
4AD is pleased to announce that yet another artist has signed on to participate in the "Dark Was The Night – Live" concert happening on May 3 at Radio City Music Hall. David Byrne is now confirmed to perform that night.

Like the other artists on the bill - Bon Iver, Dave Sitek, Dirty Projectors, Feist, My Brightest Diamond, The National and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Byrne will perform his track from the Dark Was The Night album in the first half of the show. The National's Aaron Dessner explained the format of the show to Pitchfork in a recent news feature: "We're going to have two halves (of the show). The first half will be songs from Dark Was the Night, and then there will be a short intermission. And then afterwards, there will be mini-sets by different artists and collaborations, both things that relate to Dark Was the Night and some that don't."

The Dark Was the Night compilation was released by 4AD on February 17 of 2009, and was produced by Aaron & Bryce Dessner of The National. The compilation, comprised of 31 exclusive tracks, benefits the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture.

Dark Was the Night which received a stunning 8.6 review in Pitchfork's "Best New Music" section and was described by Entertainment Weekly in their lead review (A-) as a "satisfying smorgasbord," debuted at #49 on the Billboard charts and remains in the top 200 more than a month after release, selling over 40,000 copies to date.

Dark Was The Night track list:

1 Knotty Pine - Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
2 Cello Song (Nick Drake) - The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
3 Train Song (Vashti Bunyan recorded, written by Alasdair Clayre) - Feist + Ben Gibbard
4 Brackett, WI - Bon Iver
5 Deep Blue Sea - Grizzly Bear
6 So Far Around the Bend - The National (arrangement by Nico Muhly)
7 Tightrope - Yeasayer
8 Feeling Good (popularized by Nina Simone) - My Brightest Diamond
9 Dark Was the Night (Blind Willie Johnson) - Kronos Quartet
10 I Was Young When I Left Home (Bob Dylan) - Antony + Bryce Dessner
11 Big Red Machine - Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
12 Sleepless - The Decemberists
13 Stolen Houses (Die) - Iron and Wine
14 Service Bell - Grizzly Bear + Feist
15 You Are The Blood - Sufjan Stevens

1 Well-Alright - Spoon
2 Lenin - Arcade Fire
3 Mimizan - Beirut
4 El Caporal - My Morning Jacket
5 Inspiration Information (Shuggie Otis) - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
6 With A Girl Like You (The Troggs) - Dave Sitek
7 Blood Pt 2 (based on original song “You are the Blood” by the Castanets) - Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
8 Hey, Snow White (Destroyer) - The New Pornographers
9 Gentle Hour (Snapper) - Yo La Tengo
10 Another Saturday (traditional song) - Stuart Murdoch
11 Happiness - Riceboy Sleeps
12 Amazing Grace (traditional song) - Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues
13 The Giant Of Illinois (Handsome Family) - Andrew Bird
14 Lua - Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch
15 When the Road Runs Out - Blonde Redhead + Devastations
16 Love vs. Porn - Kevin Drew

In other David Byrne news, the legendary Talking Head frontman has also teamed-up with the Grammy-nominated Brazilian Girls to release an English-language version of the song "Losing Myself." Byrne duets with lead singer Sabina Sciubba on the new version of the song, available exclusively through iTunes. You can also hear the song at www.braziliangirls.

Sciubba explains that the song is "a journey through New York City's subway, streets, crowds, nights and clubs. Everywhere you go, you leave something behind: your scarf, a shoe, a memory, your money, an ear, your friends, your head... until you end up being light as a feather and you have nothing left but your freedom."

The original version of the song, recorded in French, was released last summer on the Brazilian Girls latest full length album New York City (Verve Forecast). The Grammy-nominated album was applauded by critics, with The New York Times declaring it "a benediction, or a prayer, from an analog limbo," and Variety proclaiming them "the only dance band that matters."

To buy "I'm Losing Myself" visit iTunes.


[Published on: 4/2/09]

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BRabbit Thu 4/2/2009 01:57PM
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this is going to be one hell of a show.

thisiswhathappenslarry starstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 02:01PM
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this compilation is so sick. if you haven't given it a listen yet, i highly reccommend u jump on it.

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 02:53PM
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weird, i was thinking all day bout the talking heads

bwh100 Thu 4/2/2009 03:08PM
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Yeah clay I hear ya, I was singing pyscho killer just today as well.

MoeString Thu 4/2/2009 03:25PM
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bah bah bah bah bah ba

he doesnt even plat TH anymore I dont think

and his ego is HUUUGE from what the other members say

MoeString Thu 4/2/2009 03:25PM
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but i love em

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 04:14PM
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i would gladly sell two of my phish shows tix for a chance to go see this.

wow. wow. wow. What a combo of artists! The National w/ Bon Iver, Feist, Sharon Jones and of course....the man: Mr. David Byrne!

What an epic night this will be.

Jukebox Hero Thu 4/2/2009 04:16PM
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Jukebox Hero

This compilation is really good, and it's for a good cause. There are so many good tracks that I can't really single any "best ones out." Also, this Lala deal is pretty amazing. I have been really taking advantage of it, especially over one Pitchfork, where many of their new music reviews now allow you to listen to the whole album, so you can judge for yourself against the reviews that don't always match up to my personal taste. Also, I'm super pumped to see David Byrne this summer in Charlottesville. I hope he still has the big production like on his last tout, which I heard was great.

moejoerisin Thu 4/2/2009 04:43PM
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feist has one of the coolest voices around. definitely gotta pick this album up!

ClaireBear starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 06:29PM
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OMG! This is going to be one sweet show!

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/2/2009 09:03PM
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wow if i can get tickets im absolutely taking the bus into the city for this

funkzone Fri 4/3/2009 09:42AM
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He does still play some TH songs, however most of his solo material is really sick. I love the new album with Brian Eno. Saw him last fall and was extremely impressed. Didn't know about the Charlottesville show until now, so thanks Jukebox Hero, I'll be seeing you there!!

RainbowSerpent starstarstar Fri 4/3/2009 10:17AM
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I saw Byrne at Radio City in Feb. and he actually played about 7 Talking Heads songs. Besides that his solo stuff is great. Basically Talking Heads.