By Joanna Panagopoulos
This is the latest in his monthly playlist series for David Byrne Radio. Byrne’s 41-part musical mix tells the song-stories of his life:
“I heard an orchestral interpretation of this song [Ngarrpiya (Octopus)] by Gurrumul when I was waiting to do an interview at the radio station in Melbourne,” he says.
“Erkin Koray [Hay Yam Yam] I heard after first hearing Baris Manco, who may have been recommended by some friends in Istanbul when I was there years ago… Turkey had a serious psychedelic period.”
Juan Luis Guerra [Loma de Cayenas] may have been recommended many years ago by music journalist Daisann McLane at a music festival in Cartagena, Colombia.”
Byrne’s attempts to discover new music for the holidays may be a good break from the continuous cheerful loop of Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas. It could even be the playlist you’ve been seeking to pair with your snag party on the beach.