This was a magnificent gig. David Byrne started by joking about the photographers clustered around the stage “these are professionals - I pay them to make me look good”. He then addressed the audience directly “you are amateurs, and are welcome to take photographs - post the good ones to Flickr” he suggested the RFH security would erase the photos that didn’t look so great. The photo at the top of this post is from someones flickr feed, so feel free to have a look at what they’ve got.
He had kitted himself, the band, backing singers, his guitar and the dancers all in white. Choreography at a gig is often a mistake, but these white clad dancers worked well, looking at times as uneasy and jerky as David Byrne’s stage persona often does. At times they interacted with teh singer - at one point the bearded male dancer leappfrogged over the singer, at another Byrne joined in with a circular dance.
The music was a much broader range than I expected. I had assumed that this would just be music from the current Eno and Byrne album, but was treated to some talking Heads stuff - mostly from Remain in Light and Fear of Music, and one track from the first Eno Byrne collaboration, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.
An iPhone app called Locavore (link to itunes store) tells you what food’s in season nearby. Great idea, a well made resource for our time - as people see the market crumble and all world leaders seemingly powerless to get capitalism working again, while not likely to pay much attention to climate change - applications that help us live in a more sustainable way seem to make a lot of sense!
It only has US data for now, so I hope the developer, Buster McLeod has his eye on sourcing UK data. He talks about how surprised he has been at twitter’s influence in helping spread the word. He has also made download figures available - at least for the first few days - on his blog. Would be interesting to see how it grows.