Music News: David Byrne remembers Jonathan Demme


David Byrne and collaborators in 'Stop Making Sense'
David Byrne and collaborators in 'Stop Making Sense' (Cinecom)

On Wednesday, film director Jonathan Demme died at age 73. Music fans knew Demme best as the man who helmed the classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. In a statement, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne paid tribute to his storied collaborator. In this excerpt from the statement, Byrne specifically remembers working with Demme on Stop Making Sense.

Jonathan's skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you'd get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. They became your friends, in a sense. I was too focused on the music, the staging and the lighting to see how important his focus on character was — it made the movies something different and special. Jonathan was also incredibly generous during the editing and mixing. He and producer Gary Goetzman made us in the band feel included; they wanted to hear what we had to say.

Father John Misty taps Macaulay Culkin for crazy new video

In a new video for Father John Misty’s song "Total Entertainment Forever," actor Macaulay Culkin plays a crucified Kurt Cobain. Father John Misty himself, notes NPR, "plays some sort of Captain Hook character, filled with demented glee over the torturous mess that unfolds." Watch for a shirtless cameo by one of our local heroes at 1:18.

In the video, Culkin wears Cobain's signature bug-eye white sunglasses. He's not the only one: as Billboard notes, those glasses are coming back in a big way. In a trend that's been building for the past couple of years and now seems to be peaking, the glasses have been worn by the likes of Jay Z, Pharrell, Harry Styles, and Lil Yachty. Of course, Audrey Hepburn was ahead of the curve, wearing a pair in 1965. (Billboard)

Today's reissue news

Stax Records is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and the label is prepping a slew of special releases to mark the occasion. There will be ten new greatest-hits compilations from the label's biggest artists — including Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, and the Staples Singers. There will also be a number of vinyl reissues, and a three-disc 60th anniversary box set. The reissues will span the entire Stax catalog, thanks to a collaboration between the labels Rhino and Concord that heals a rift made in 1968 when Stax parted ways with Atlantic Records and left much of its then-extant back catalog behind. (Rolling Stone)

An iconic David Bowie release is also being reissued on vinyl. A reissue of the Labyrinth soundtrack (which also includes music from Trevor Jones’s score) comes out on May 12, marking the first time the album has been available on vinyl since 1986. The reissue comes as work progresses on a new Labyrinth film that will be some form of spinoff or sequel, and won't involve Bowie's Goblin King character. (Stereogum)

Tommy jams with Tim

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who was born in St. Paul, is well-known as a huge fan of the Replacements. It was a real treat, then, for Kaine to get to pull out his harmonica and jam with none other than Tommy Stinson. The summit, which took place recently at Kaine's Richmond home, also included Stinson's Bash & Pop bandmate Chip Roberts as well as members of Appalachian band Cary Street Ramblers. (Consequence of Sound)

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