David Byrne & St. Vincent

  • Aired:  11/01/12
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New York rockers David Byrne and St. Vincent discuss Hurricane Sandy, brass ensembles and their collaborative album, "Love This Giant." (5:58)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK E EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT ARE NEW YORK ROCKERS, LIKE MOST OF THE CITY, I ASSUME

THEY'RE UNPLUGGED.

PLEASE WELCOME DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VIN SET.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> HEY, DAVID, NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN, HEY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING.

>> THANK YOU.

>> DAVID THIS SAY RETURN TRIP.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: COULDN'T STAY AWAY.

>> COULDN'T STAY AWAY, THE WEATHER IS GOOD.

>> Stephen: IT'S LOVELY, ISN'T IT?

I LOVE THINGS AFTER A DISASTER.

THEY SAY YOU CAN'T HAVE A RAINBOW UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD A ONCE EVERY TWO CENTURY STORM.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COME ON THE SHOW.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> NOW BOTH YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK, CORRECT?

>> CORRECT.

>> OKAY, HOW ARE YOU DEALING, DOW GUYS HAVE POWER?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T.

>> OR WATER.

>> Stephen: YOU GUYS ARE DOWNTOWN.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: I BET ALL THOSE SELLOUTS IN THE UPPER EAST SIDE DON'T SEEM SO STUPID DO THEY.

YOUR ARTISTIC TIES ARE PAYING FOR YOUR ART RIGHT NOW.

>> WE WENT TO BROOKLYN TO TAKE SHOWERS.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: I HAVE A SHOWER IN MY OFFICE IF YOU WANT TO --

>> ANNIE.

>> Stephen: GO UP THERE.

>> CAN I BORROW IT.

>> Stephen: WHY DON'T ALL THREE OF US, YOU KNOW-- WE ARE ALL SHOW BUSINESS TYPES, RIGHT?

WE'LL SET UP A WEB CAM AND RAISE MONEY FOR VICTIMS.

A THOUGHT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> MAYBE NOT.

>> Stephen: NOW DAVID YOU'RE A ROCK 'N' ROLL HALL OF FAMER OVER THERE.

>> I BELIEVE SO.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

NOW ANNIE KERX I CALL YOU ANNIE.

>> PLEASE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, YOU PERFORM UNDER ST. VINCENT, WHY ST. VINCENT, NOT ANNIE.

>> WELL, I TOOK MY MONDAYIC FRERE A SONG WHICH REFERENCES THE HOSPITAL WHERE DYLAN THOMAS DIED.

>> Stephen: OH, OKAY.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: SO IT IS AN UPBEAT CHOICE.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

SO NOW HE IS INTIMIDATING TO WORK WITH, THIS GUY SAY LEGEND.

BY THE TIME YOU WERE BORN HE HAD FOUR ALL BURJS ALREADY WORKING WITH BRIAN ENO, AND YOU WERE JUST FINISHED GUESS TATING.

DOES HE EVER, LIKE, PLAY LIKE THE I'M A LEGEND CARD ON YOU.

>> I HAVE NEVER HEARD HIM SAY I'M A LEGEND.

>> Stephen: HE NEVER SAYS LIKE, WELL, BACK IN CBGBs WE USED TO OR BACK WHEN THERE WAS A MUSIC INDUSTRY WE USED

TO-- NOW WHY ARE YOU, YOU'RE A LEGEND, NO OFFENSE, WHY ARE YOU BRINGING HER ALONG?

YOU DON'T NEED HER?

NO OFFENSE, AGAIN, YOU DON'T NEED THAT ARE YOU DAVID GODDAMN BYRNE WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?

>> DO YOU THINK IS A BAD IDEA THEN?

>> Stephen: WELL, I DON'T KNOW.

THE MUSIC SOUNDS FANTASTIC, DON'T GET ME WRONG IT IS A FANTASTIC SOUND.

YOU HAVE A BRASS BAND IN THERE.

>> WE DO HAVE BRASS BANDS, THEY ARE GREAT.

WE LIKE THEM.

>> Stephen: THAT OLD CHOICE, FROM 2012.

>> THE PLACE WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO PLAY, WHERE WE WERE GOING TO ODDICIAN SOME OF THESE SONGS DIDN'T HAVE

MUCH OF A PA, A SOUND SYSTEM SO WE THOUGHT IT WAS ACTUALLY ANNIE'S IDEA SAID WELL, IF WE HAVE A BRASS

GROUP, I THOUGHT YEAH, THEN WE WOULDN'T NEED A SOUND SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY WOULD BE LOUD ENOUGH BY THEMSELVES.

>> Stephen: THAT IS PERFECT FOR NEW YORK RIGHT NOW BECAUSE FOR HALF THE CITY THERE IS NO SOUND SYSTEM.

HOW DID YOU CREATE THIS ALBUM TOGETHER?

DID YOU GUYS GET TOGETHER AND JUST THRASH OUT SONGS IN A GARAGE OR SOMETHING?

>> NO, WE DIDN'T.

WE WORKED ON FILES AND SONGS INDIVIDUALLY AND THEN SENT THEM TO EACH OTHER OVER E-MAIL.

>> WE DID GET TOGETHER.

WE WENT TO SEE MOVIES IN THEATRE AND HAVE DINNER TOGETHER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: SO YOU DATED IN YOUR FREE TIME AND SAID THIS IS NICE, LET'S SEE HOW THIS WORKS AS A COULD LAB RAISE

AWAY FROM EACH OTHER.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: WHY E-MAIL?

WHY SUCH AN ARCHAIC TECHNOLOGY AS E-MAIL.

YOU KNOW THE KIDS ALL TEXT NOW.

THEY DON'T E-MAIL.

>> I KNOW, OR TWITTER.

WE COULD HAVE MADE THE RECORD BY TWEETS.

>> Stephen: YEAH, EACH ONE WOULD BE LIKE VERY HAIKU LIKE.

>> SHORT SONGS.

>> Stephen: BUT HOW LONG BEFORE YOU GOT TOGETHER TO DOT MUSIC TOGETHER IF YOU COLLABORATED VIA E-MAIL?

>> WE ARE WERE BOTH LIKE WE WOULD HAVE TOURS, WE WOULD HAVE OTHER RECORDS THAT WE WERE DOING IN THE MEANTIME.

WE WERE IN NO HURRY TO DO THIS.

SO IN BETWEEN WE WOULD GET TOGETHER FOR LIKE THREE OR FOUR DAYS AND RECORD A BUNCH OF SONGS LIKE FOUR SONGS,

AND THEN GO OKAY, THAT WAS GOO.

-- GOOD.

>> Stephen: ANNIE, ARE YOU AN ARTIST.

>> SOMETIMES, YEAH.

>> Stephen: YEAH, ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE I ASKED DAVID LAST TIME HE WAS HERE, ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE ARTISTS WHO

HAS TROUBLE WITH THE IDEA THAT YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY BE ODE?

NO, NO I DON'T MEAN THAT AS A BAD THING.

I MEAN THAT MOST OF HUMANITY, AND I ASKED NEW LAST TIME, HUMANITY IS WHAT WE THINK OF AS COMMON OR ODE.

I THINK SOMETIMES ARTISTS ARE TRAPPED BY THEIR NEED TO BE EXTRAORDINARY.

AND THEY DISTANCE THEMSELVES SOMETIMES FROM PEOPLE.

DOW EVER FEAR THAT BY BEING AN ARTIST, BEING EXTRAORDINARY YOU MISS OUT ON SOME OF HUMAN'S ODE EXISTENCE?

>> I FEEL PRETTY ODE.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE POWER OR A SHOWER?

DAVID, YOU HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT MY QUESTION ANY MORE SINCE THE LAST TIME WE TALKED?

ARE YOU EXTRAORDINARY OR DOW FEEL A NEED TO BE EXTRAORDINARY OR ARE YOU ODE PERSON.

>> I MAKE A GREAT EFFORT TO BE ODE.

>> Stephen: HOW IS THAT WORKING?

(LAUGHTER) WELL I TELL YOU WHAT, LET'S DO SOME EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, ANNIE.

DAVID.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A PERFORMANCE BY DAVID LIRN AND ST. VINCENT