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Ride, Rise, Roar: The New David Byrne Concert Film
March 17, 2010 3:29 PM   Subscribe

Ride, Rise, Roar: The New David Byrne Concert Film
This is the first David Byrne concert film since Stop Making Sense, and we premiered it yesterday to a very energetic crowd at SXSW. I built the website on Wordpress and plan to release it as a WP theme in the coming weeks (after a few tweaks to make it a little more general-purpose).
posted by milquetoast (14 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

David Byrne, and his ever-present calculator watch, are my heroes.
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:42 PM on March 17, 2010


I'm going to try to make it on Saturday! I am so psyched. This is awesome.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:00 AM on March 18, 2010


I saw the fifth show on the tour, and it was the best show I've seen in years. I look forward to seeing this, and the site looks great!
posted by Red Loop at 2:25 PM on March 18, 2010


SQUEEEEEE DAVID BYRNE SQUEEEEEEEE!!!! *punches my inner fangirl into submission* When is it coming to NYC?
posted by gusandrews at 9:46 PM on March 18, 2010


OK now that I am done being a frightful fangirl: The dancing on this tour hit home with me tremendously. When I was little, my wild Aunt Martha used to choreograph routines for me and my little sisters to "Life During Wartime" where we would dance with pillows on our heads. I was so thunderstruck while watching the concert in Prospect Park that I called Martha (who lives in Michigan) right then and there, told her, and held up the phone so she could hear it too. I wish she could have been there; it was so thrilling to see that when he chose choreography, it was just as weird and loose-jointed as the stuff we came up with dancing at home.
posted by gusandrews at 10:00 PM on March 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh wow. When can I get to see this? (France/UK)

Caught the show in Manchester, it was absolutely amazing, one of the best gigs I've ever seen.
posted by handee at 2:21 AM on March 19, 2010


Handee, it's a little nebulous right now, but we'll know for sure by the end of next month. If you send me your email or follow the Twitter feed (@rideriseroar) I'll be sure to let you know!

And gusandrews, you'll definitely want to check this film out -- there's a big focus on the choreography. It's a lot of fun.
posted by milquetoast at 9:18 PM on March 19, 2010


Did the Extra Action Marching Band end up in any of the scenes?
I was there the night they played with Byrne at Davies Symphony Hall,
and they were so good I'm a little afraid to see them again, ever.
posted by the Real Dan at 11:00 PM on March 20, 2010


That was one of the concerts that we didn't film, unfortunately. But we heard great things about it.
posted by milquetoast at 7:41 AM on March 21, 2010


I may have just startled my neighbors with an excited shriek. Looking forward to seeing this!

Also, shoutout from Wired's review?: "Unlike Jonathan Demme’s classic concert film Stop Making Sense, which immortalized Byrne’s genius for live performance, Ride, Rise, Roar digs behind the onstage antics to document their creation. That meta filter gives Curtis’ measured film an added layer of intertextual intimacy."
posted by cobwebberies at 11:24 AM on March 21, 2010


Is this going to be available on DVD at any point? I saw this show in Spokane over a year ago, and still think it was the most joy I've seen on a concert stage, EVER. I'd love to own this film as a souvenir...
posted by hippybear at 3:23 PM on April 1, 2010


hippybear, I saw the film at the Saturday showing at SXSW and one of the producers was fielding questions about the DVD extras, so yes. (It's also available to queue on Netflix for those so inclined.)
posted by immlass at 6:29 PM on April 1, 2010


It'll definitely get a DVD release, we just have no idea when. We are, as they say, "in talks."
posted by milquetoast at 2:06 AM on April 2, 2010


I finally have my DVD copy of Ride Rise Roar.

Holy shit. What an amazing DVD. This is a perfect remembrance of the concert for me, and SO MUCH MORE.

I cannot thank you enough, milquetoast, for helping to bring this into being.

I'm weeping with joy as I watch this, just as I was when I saw the show live.

*mondo mega metafilter internet hugs*
posted by hippybear at 9:01 PM on July 15, 2011


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