Tag: David Byrne

Venture Bros. wrapup: “The Diving Bell vs. The Butter-Glider”

Venture Bros. wrapup: “The Diving Bell vs. The Butter-Glider”

TV & Radio
So how do I go about getting me one of those Statutory Ape t-shirts? Or for that matter, an Innerspace DVD? Oh hey, welcome back Venture Bros.!  It's been far too long. Anyway, we are finally ready to resume the fourth season, and "The Diving Bell vs. The Butter-Glider" does it in classic style.  No heavy myth exploration, no huge character growth, just lots of great dialogue and action.  And that's a great way to dive back into the show. So about the title - it's an homage to a novel called The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, about a man who awakes from a coma unable to communicate other than by blinking his left eye.  That's pretty much how we find ol' Rusty at the beginning of the episode, except that he's in Sgt. Hatred's jeep and is being trailed by the flying cocoon (pilo
2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

Music
A few months into this year I couldn't shake the feeling that 2008 just wasn't going to be the great year for new music that 2007 was.  And so here I am, about a week away from 2009, and I still feel the same way.  It wasn't a total wash mind you, as there was definitely some quality to be enjoyed.  So here's my take on the 2008 music year - good, bad, and ugly. The Best of the Best (Albums) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) Yeah, this seems like an obvious choice, but it's also a damn good one.  I'm always up for listening to good vocal harmonies, and this band has them in spades.  The music is gorgeous to boot, and is a highly engaging blend of folk titans like CSNY, America, and early '70s Fleetwood Mac.  The vocal round of "White Winter Hymnal" is worth the price of admission
Free .mp3 downloads!

Free .mp3 downloads!

Music
Sorry, they're not on this site (psych!).  But if you don't mind giving away your email address, there are two new tracks elsewhere on the intertubes you can download for free, and I recommend you grab both of them. The first is "Spiralling", the first single from the upcoming Keane album, Perfect Symmetry.  You can get a copy from the band's website.  On first listen, it's definitely a huge departure from the decidedly more melancholy, Coldplay-esque sounds of Keane's first two albums.  And that's probably a good thing.  That said, the very '80s vibe of the song probably wouldn't work well across an entire album - which comes out in October by the way. The second song is from David Byrne and Brian Eno, who last collaborated on 1981's acclaimed My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.  It's ca