New live cd's and vinyl records containing FM broadcasts of Talking Heads shows have been announced in the UK. Released by obscure labels, these albums contain complete live shows form the early days of Talking Heads. Most of these recordings have been available on-line for many years and circulated among tape traders in the early days of the internet. These albums are not authorized by the band, but seem semi-legal as they were originally legal broadcasted in the U.S.
None of these live albums come even close to the official albums 'Stop Making Sense' or 'The Name of This Band is Talking Heads', and are therefore only interesting for completists. Note that many of these releases contain the same shows).
Honorary RISD degrees for Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison
Sunday, 31 May 2015 16:09
Chris Frantz (RISD '74 Painting), Tina Weymouth (RISD '74 Painting) and Jerry Harrison accepted the 2015 Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement at Rhode Island School of Design on May 30rd. This year RISD presented five outstanding cultural leaders with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. Film maker John Waters and writer Adam Gopnik also received honorary degrees. during this years ceremony.
David Byrne curator of Meltdown 2015
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 19:50
David Byrne curates this years edition of the Meltdown festival to take place in London from Agust 17 - August 30 2015. Since 1993 some of the world most distinguished musicians have been the guest directors of Meltdown. From John Peel through to Massive Attack, via David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey and more, Meltdown has given seminal artists the chance to pick their favourite artists to play and exhibit their work at Southbank Centre.
"This is going to be exciting! I plan to invite performers I've seen – and I do get out – and others I've missed or have dreamed of seeing. It's going to be a bit of fun puzzle solving I imagine – seeing who's interested, who is available and what venues at Southbank Centre are appropriate. I really hope to find things that take this beyond sit-down concerts as well – but of course I'm speaking way too early as I'm still working on my wish list.", Byrne said in a statement on the Meltdown website.
One of the confirmed names for the 2015 line-up of the festival is Atomic Bomb!, an all-star band celebrating the music of William Onyeabor. Onyeabor's music has been released on Luaka Bop in a beautiful boxset last year. The Atomic Bomb! band uses a different line-up of musicians for each of their rare shows, and it's likely Byrne will join the band on stage during Meltdown, like he did earlier in New York City.
Other confirmed names for Meltdown 2015 include Anna Calvi, Sunn O))), Benjamin Clementine and Young Marble Giants. More info on Meltdown and tickets on the Meltdown website.
Aishlin and Jerry Harrison - Heaven (for Tom)
Thursday, 19 February 2015 20:06
Last year, Jerry Harrison, along with his daughter Aishlin, recorded a new version of the Talking Heads song "Heaven" in memoriam of Tom, a close friend of the Harrison family. Jerry asked to share the track with the world here on Talking-heads.net, where you can stream it and also read Jerry's note on the new version: 'Heaven (for Tom)' and Jerry's personal note.