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Watch: David Byrne & Friends Cover Biz Markie’s ‘Just a Friend’

David Byrne, Mike Mills formerly of R.E.M, Cake’s John McCrea, Tift Merritt, and Marc Ribot performed at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday evening. The concert supported Content Creators Coalition-NYC, a group currently petitioning congress for pay-for-play radio royalties for artists, Consequence Of Sound reported.

As it stands now, when a recording is played on the radio, the composer is paid a royalty but not the recording artist (unless they happen to be the composer.)

Byrne covered “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie to make a point.

“Mr. Markie didn’t write that tune (although he did probably write the rap),” Byrne wrote in his e-newsletter. “The drum and keyboard loop was lifted from a Freddie Scott recording, but the song was written by Gamble and Huff, the great songwriting team that wrote for The O’Jays and The Spinners. So chances are Biz Markie didn’t see any royalties from all the radio play that song got.”

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Audio: John Cale, Patti Smith, David Byrne & More Rock New York Club, 1976

John Cale, Lou Reed, Patti Smith and David Byrne.

This is a raw but exciting recording from 1976 and 1978 posted at YouTube by “Sir Eddie Graf.”

The following info is direct from the YouTube post:

John Cale & Friends – Ocean Club, NY 1976

Friends: Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Mick Ronson, David Byrne, Alan Lanier, and Chris Spedding.

First 11 tracks live at The Ocean Club in New York, July 21, 1976.

Last 6 tracks are recorded at Max’s Kansas City, New York, October 3, 1978 with Chris Spedding on guitar.

01. 00:00 Ghost Story 2:38
02. 02:37 Buffalo Ballet 2:56
03. 05:33 You Know More Than I Know 2:53
04. 08:26 Guts 3:39
05. 12:05 I’m Waiting For The Man 5:53
06. 17:58 Close Watch 2:03
07. 20:01 The Jeweller 11:51
08. 31:52 Gun 4:10
09. 36:01 Pablo Picasso 3:53
10. 39:54 Cable Hogue 5:50
11. 45:43 Baby, What You Want Me To Do 4:43

12. 50:26 Pablo Picasso 2:01
13. 52:26 Mary Lou 2:38
14. 55:05 Nasty Gasses 8:52
15. 1.03.56 Unknown 2:24
16. 1.06.19 Solo Instrumental / Fear 3:19
17. 1:09:38 Thoughtless Kind 3:03

Thanks “Sir Eddie Graf.”

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Video: David Byrne Joins Jherek Bischoff for ‘Strange Overtones,’ ‘The Fat Man’s Comin’’ & ‘And She Was’

Photo via Fact magazine.

Wednesday night David Byrne joined composer Jherek Bischoff at New York’s St. Ann’s Warehouse to perform his Brian Eno collaboration “Strange Overtones,” a collaboration with Bischoff called “The Fat Man’s Comin’,” and a the Talking Heads song “And She Was.”

Check out these fan-shot videos of those three songs:

“Strange Overtones”:

“The Fat Man’s Comin’”:

“And She Was”:

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Watch: David Byrne & St. Vincent, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Live

Here are some very cool mini concerts via NPR.

David Byrne & St. Vincent, January 9, 2013 – 40 minutes:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, December 21, 2013 – 20 minutes:

Kronos Quartet, November 25, 2013 – 20 minutes:

Plus listen to Arcade Fire at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Oct. 28, 2013 — 63 minutes:

Listen here.

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David Byrne Attacks Streaming Music Services


David Byrne is not happy about streaming music services such as Spotify.

In a long essay in The Guardian, he thoughtfully discusses the impact these services are having on musicians.

“In future, if artists have to rely almost exclusively on the income from these services, they’ll be out of work within a year,” Byrne writes.

Later in the piece he says: “I also don’t understand the claim of discovery that Spotify makes; the actual moment of discovery in most cases happens at the moment when someone else tells you about an artist or you read about them – not when you’re on the streaming service listening to what you have read about (though Spotify does indeed have a “discovery” page that, like Pandora’s algorithm, suggests artists you might like). There is also, I’m told, a way to see what your “friends” have on their playlists, though I’d be curious to know whether a significant number of people find new music in this way. I’d be even more curious if the folks who “discover” music on these services then go on to purchase it. Why would you click and go elsewhere and pay when the free version is sitting right in front of you? Am I crazy?”

Disclaimer: I once worked at Mog, which is now a streaming music service owned by Beats.

Read Byrne’s essay at The Guardian.