Monday, August 18, 2008

Get Byrned!

"Wait! What's this?!" You ask yourself, "Tyler's actually posting on General Admission?! I thought he'd completely forgotten about this relic of a blog. What could have brought him out of quasi-retirement-slash-limbo?"

Well, to answer your question: My favorite 80's music-icon turned mid-life man-crush David Byrne has released a new album. Reuniting with Brain Eno (who worked with Byrne on both a number of Talking Heads albums, and the critically acclaimed My Life in the Bush with Ghosts...which I've never listen to because I'm the Worst Fan Ever™), Byrne's new album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, is being released in the same manner as Radiohead's In Rainbows, with the online, downloadable release available now (for a fixed price, though), and a more conventional release available later this year.

...sheesh that sentence was a tangled mess but, y'know, I'm excited.

But, what's even more exiting is that they've made the entire album available for online streaming, so that you can listen to it before deciding whether or not to drop the dough. Let's take a listen now, shall we?

(If that embedded player doesn't work, just go to the official site.)

I've already listened to it a couple times today that think it's excellent! With each listen only compounding me infatuation with it. It's got a lot more sonic depth than some of Byrne's more recent offerings, thanks to Mr. Eno's contribution. And, it's got a lot more electronic influence, but with the usual warm organic tones that mark some of Byrnes best post-Heads work. If you just have time to check out one song, I'd recommend skipping straight to Strange Overtones, which is a good litmus test to determine whether or not you have a soul. If that song doesn't make you at least bob your head or tap your toe; then you are soul-free.

The album itself is available both as a digital download, or physical CD (with the downloads to keep you company until it arrives). In addition, there is a special limited edition version which includes a ton of extras... in case anyone wants to buy me an early Birthday present!

*Hint, hint. Wink, wink.*


Thaddeus Gunn said...

What is this "thing" you call "music"? I haven't listened to anything since Christ was a deckhand. Maybe I'll start again with this one since I was a Heads fan way back in nineteen ought seventy nine. But if it hurts my tender, tender ears - I'm warning you, Hill!

The General said...

I enjoyed 1979. It was fun being 3.

Oops, there I go, makin' ya feel all old again. Seriously though, I'm jealous that you got to enjoy the Heads "back in the day." Though I remember songs like "Burning Down the House" playing when I was young, I didn't get into the band until i was in College... by which point they'd been broken up for many moons.

thatgregory said...

..."this ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no foolin' around."