MUSIC NEWS - Nine David Byrne tunes; including some of the songs from his 2008 musical collaboration with Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, will be featured in the film and on the soundtrack album to Oliver Stone’s new film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Tracklist is below. The soundtrack will be out on September 21 via Todomundo Records.
In other David Byrne news, he's recently collaborated with multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent on a composition for Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, a 12-piece marching band known for playing compositions by artists ranging from Björk to Charles Mingus. Arranged by Ken Thomson, the as-yet-untitled piece will be premiered in a few weeks (Wed, August 4) in NYC at Lincoln Center. And we have a note from Mr Byrne (below) on the work.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Music from the Motion Picture Tracklist-
1. Prison (Craig Armstrong)
2. Home (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
3. Life is Long (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
4. Sleeping Up (David Byrne)
5. Strange Overtones (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
6. Money (Craig Armstrong)
7. My Big Nurse (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
8. Helicopter Reveal (Craig Armstrong)
9. Tiny Apocalypse (David Byrne)
10. Lazy (David Byrne)
11. I Feel My Stuff (David Byrne & Brian Eno)
12. This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) (Talking Heads)
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Notes on St. Vincent collaboration
About a year ago, I ran into St. Vincent at the Housing Works benefit in which Dirty Projectors and Bjork performed together. How's that for dropping a lot of names in one sentence? Anyway, Annie and I had previously met at the Dark Was the Night benefit in which we both performed, and I'd said I was a fan of her music and disturbing videos. So when Rachel at my office, who volunteers at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, passed on a suggestion that Annie and I do a similar collaboration, I immediately said yes, though I didn't think we could pull together a short set of new material as fast as Longstreth did (6 weeks, I think). They'd raised the bar pretty high, and as a result we agreed to come up with new material.
I believe it was Annie who suggested we hang the material around a brass ensemble, which creatively sounded great, and besides it could be acoustic and wouldn't require amplificaiton in the intimate Housing Works space. Beyond that, we didn't know in what direction things would go or how we'd work together. We were still both on tour back then, so we began by passing snippets and inspirational MP3s back and forth. I had some work in progress that I re-arranged, and Annie passed me some horn tracks she'd made in GarageBand. I restructured those a little and wrote some melodies over them. We're still inching forwards on this — no completion date is set, which is a nice situation to be in. However, we did prod ourselves to complete a couple of tunes by setting some deadlines. A few months ago we had Tony Finno arrange the horns, and we performed one of the songs — tentatively titled "Who" — at the end of Annie's show at the Rose Room at Lincoln Center. Now, having been approached by the Bang On a Can spinoff Asphalt Orchestra, with the help of Ken Thomson we've adapted another song called either "Two Ships" or "The Movie" for their group. This will be an instrumental version and we'll do a vocal version later.
Asphalt Orchestra performs this and other commissioned works on August 7 outdoors at Lincoln Center.