So my friend Aaron was riding his bike the other day just over the Hudson in a park on the Jersey side and who does he run into, cruising on a single speed road bike, sporting plaid shirt, shorts and a straw hat, but David Byrne. Apparently he’s a big bike guru now, and led a workshop called “How New Yorkers Ride Bikes” at the New Yorker Festival last fall. And I always figured Byrne would ride a Seque. When not riding his bike or recording with Brian Eno, he’s been designing public bike racks for New York City DOT and writing a book about biking. His latest collaboration with Eno, Everything That Happens will Happen Today will be released August 18th and will be available here, and will be supported by a 37 show tour through the US and Canada beginning in September. features “Strange Overtones” which is available as a free download.
For any of you that may have lost track of Byrne’s prolific post-Talking Heads recordings, (Look into the Eyeball, Grown Backwards, etc) be sure to check out the recent re-release of The Knee Plays, an assortment of previously unreleased instrumentals and a score to the Robert Wilson epic play/opera the CIVIL warS which was commisioned for the 1984 Olympics in L.A, but never performed. Bizarre, minimalist instrumentals, plus quirky spoken word songs reminiscent of the film True Stories.