David Byrne and Brian Eno
from Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
The new album from legends David Byrne and Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, will officially be online (everythingthathappens.com) for download on Aug. 18, but for now “Strange Overtones” gives a sneak peek. The song is a dancey little number with strong vocals from Byrne, who, through the magic of technology, harmonizes with himself. “Overtones” boasts a funky beat, though it’s not as rocking as anything the two musicians have put out in the past. But let’s remember these guys are both pushing 60. Fans of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts will probably appreciate the blast-from-the-past collaboration and the mellow ditty; everyone else should check out Ghosts first and download later. And yes, Byrne will be rocking the Kiva Auditorium on Sept. 28. Details haven’t been finalized, but check out abqmusic.com in the coming weeks for time and ticket prices.
The Muslims from
One of the most critically split albums of the year, thus far, has been the self-titled disc from Vampire Weekend. Those who loved that disc will also love this revved up, rockabilly-esque indie pop tune from San Diego white boys The Muslims. “Beside Myself” has the same clever lyrical style and a pseudo-intellectual sensibility. Then again, that’s exactly what caused half the critics to deem VW pretentious. That label easily slips over The Muslims as well.
The Faint from Fascination
Omaha, Neb., gets a bad rap, but some cool people were born there. Take Marlon Brando, Nick Nolte and Malcolm X, for example. Adding to the cool is electropunk band The Faint. “Get Seduced” does just that, with dirty beats that beg music fans to grind out on the dance floor, while the lyrics add a coy guilt to that freakiness by showing just how easy it is to turn people on.