May 142013
 

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Like any self-respecting rock musician these days, David Byrne has a musical currently running in New York, Here Lies Love, a disco extravaganza about Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and today he will celebrate his 61st birthday basking in its excellent reviews and an extended run. Although Byrne will always be known for his work with Talking Heads, he has also released solo albums of wildly varied styles, written books, created visual art projects, directed films and written music for movies, television, ballet and opera (winning an Oscar for his work on The Last Emperor). He has collaborated with artists as diverse as Brian Eno, Fatboy Slim, St. Vincent, Twyla Tharp, Phillip Glass, Robert Wilson, Selena, and Thievery Corporation. Not to mention running a record label and an Internet radio station. Also, he has designed bicycle racks. Continue reading »

Nov 152011
 

Every year, city of Melbourne, Australia puts on the Melbourne International Arts Festival. The event combines local and international artists of all sorts in a two-week program of events, exhibitions, and concerts. A few weeks ago, the festival wound up with an all-star protest concert titled Notes from the Hard Road and Beyond. It featured Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, and local favorite Paul Dempsey covering songs of hope and struggle. The whole thing was recorded by national station STVDIO for broadcast next Friday, but you can watch clips now. Continue reading »

Nov 052010
 

Back in February Quincy Jones brought together a bunch of young celebrities to remake “We Are the World.” He extended no invitations to any of the dozens original performers. Huey Lewis, one of these performers, took the news hard. Never one to bask in self-pity though, Lewis re-recorded his own version of “We Are the World” for Haiti. Given that it’s only him, he has to change it to “I Am the World.” Recorded for Jimmy Kimmel Live (that show is on a roll!), the video finds Lewis dressing up as “We Are the World” vets like Willie Nelson as he tries in vain to recreate the magic. Somehow, “I come together as one” just doesn’t work as well.

The real reason Lewis was on Kimmel was to perform two tracks off his new Stax Records covers album Soulsville. Watch Huey Lewis and the News strut through “Never Like This Before” and “Respect Yourself” below. Continue reading »