Entries tagged with: David Bowie
by Bill Pearis
Bowie with Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias on 'SNL,' 1980
Happy Birthday to David Bowie who turns 68 today. (Today is also Elvis' birthday, he would've been 80.) In tribute, we offer a roundup of recent items related to the Thin White Duke:
It only too 35 years for anyone to notice, but people seem to have just caught on this week that Bowie's 1980 performance of "Boys Keep Swinging" on Saturday Night Live featured a green-screen puppet version of the singer with a giant pop-up penis. It's more than a little ironic, as NBC Censors made the singer remove the lyric "When you're a boy, other boys check you out!" for the performance. The "Boys Keep Swinging" SNL performance is also notable as Klaus Nomi and downtown drag icon Joey Arias are the backup singers. You can watch it, and his SNL performance of "The Man Who Sold the World" from the same episode, below (fast forward to the end if all you want to see is the thrill).
That SNL performance is also when Bowie still had his original extremely British smile, which has since been cleaned up with cosmetic dental work. Some folks preferred his original choppers, such as artist Jessine Hein who has made a hand-sculpted recreation of Bowie's teeth via denture acrylics. See for yourself:
Speaking of art, the "David Bowie Is" exhibit just closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, which turned out to be the most popular exhibit in the museum's history! It featured costumes, original pages of lyrics, storyboards, drawings, concept art and more. There was also a related "Bowie Changes" events series that featured talks with St. Vincent, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes and more, plus a concert where Disappears played Low in full and Bobby Conn played Station to Station in full. The MCA was the only stop for "David Bowie Is" in the U.S. unfortunately, but there is a commemorative coffee table book.
We haven't heard of any Bowie tribute concerts in NYC, but Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti played City Winery over the weekend (1/3) where he played a few of the songs he worked on, with a few special guests (no, not that special):
The perfectly balanced set of 19 songs was selected from the three or four thousand songs that Visconti has played on, produced or mixed over his fabled career in music. The exceptional highlights for Bowie fans included Suzanne Vega's divine singing on 'The Man Who Sold The World', a haunting version of the dystopian epic 'Sweet Thing/Candidate' sung by Richie Barone and a roof-lifting, barn-storming 'Young Americans' sung by Nakia.Setlist for Tony Visconti's City Winery shows, plus those Bowie SNL videos from 1980, below...
Larkin Grimm & Tony Visconti @ Knitting Factory, 2010 (more by Lori Baily)
Vinyl sales have been on the uprise for a while now, and 2014 was the biggest year for wax in nearly two decades. In the UK, new vinyl sales broke the one million mark, thanks in no small part to the new Pink Floyd album and David Bowie best-of. Reports Billboard:
The milestone was achieved at the weekend with the year-end figure expected to rise to around 1.2 million unit sales -- a level of vinyl consumption not seen since 1996, when 1.1 million LPs were purchased and Fugees' The Score was the year's best-selling vinyl album. Last year, 780,674 vinyl albums were sold in the U.K. with Arctic Monkeys' AM the biggest-selling vinyl release.Speaking of Bowie, frequent collaborator Tony Visconti, who also had a lot do with many of the songs that appear on Nothing Has Changed, is playing NYC at City Winery on January 3. The event is called "The TV Show" and features a host of special guests, including Suzanne Vega, Richard Barone (The Bongos) Kiah Victoria, Larkin Grimm (who we've seen him playing with before) and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale.
AM is also this year's best-selling vinyl album, followed by Jack White's Lazaretto, although the current incumbent of the No. 1 spot on the weekly Official Vinyl Chart is David Bowie with his new best of collection, fittingly titled Nothing Has Changed. It replaces last week's No. 1, Pink Floyd's The Endless River, which sold over 6,000 vinyl copies in its first week of release -- the highest of any LP since 1997 and therefore the fastest-selling vinyl album this century.
It's the last week of November and we've hit Best-of List Season. Especially in the UK where we've already seen album lists from Rough Trade, MOJO, Q, and Uncut. Now here's long-running UK weekly NME with their LPs and tracks of the year. Topping the lists are St. Vincent's self-titled album, and Future Islands' omnipresent "Seasons." (Sorry, The War on Drugs, you're slightly lower on the list here.) And just to remind you they are British music magazine, Kasabian figure into both lists. Check out NME's full Top 50 LPs/Tracks of 2014 lists below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
As discussed, David Bowie is releasing a new compilation called Nothing Has Changed next week (11/17) featuring the new single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" and its b-side "Tis A Pity She Was A Whore." He's now put out the video for the a-side which you can watch below...
As mentioned, David Bowie has a new career-spanning compilation, titled Nothing Has Changed, will be out November 17 and contains a new single, "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)." The b-side to that is also new, a song titled "Tis a Pity She Was a Whore." It made it's debut on Shaun Keaveny's BBC6 radio show this morning. You can stream an archive of his show and the Bowie track can be heard at the two hour, 49 minute mark.
As you may know, in addition to the April Record Store Day, there's a RSD Black Friday (November 28) too, with its own exclusive releases. The list for this year's is out now and features releases from The Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, The Grateful Dead, Green Day, Husker Du, Iron Butterfly, J Mascis, Judas Priest, Jenny Lewis, Mastodon, Metallica, New Order, Conor Oberst, Outkast, Phil Spector, St Vincent, The Doors, Ramones, They Might Be Giants, Johnny Thunders, Wu-Tang Clan, Neil Young and more. Check out the full list here.
David Bowie is releasing a new compilation, Nothing Has Changed, which collects material from 1964 to present day, including two new songs, a 7-ish minute epic called "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime") and its b-side "Tis A Pity She's A Whore." "Sue" premiered today on BBC Radio 6, and you can listen to a radio rip of that below, via Consequence of Sound.
The album comes out November 18 in the US via Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, and a 10" single of the two new songs comes out as a Black Friday 2014 exclusive on November 28. Full tracklist and the new song stream, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
by Bill Pearis
The Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics poll was published this week, surveying a whole mess of music writers and tallying up the vote. As with anything where it's a collective list, the winners won't be surprising to anyone who's perused 2013 Best Of lists. Kanye West, Vampire Weekend and Daft Punk top the LPs list; Daft Punk, Haim and Kanye have the top three singles. The late deadline for voting did, however, allow for the inclusion of Beyoncé's self-titled LP, which came in at #4.
You can check out the Top 20 LPs and Tracks in this post and peruse the whole lists at the Village Voice. You can also check out individual ballots and read essays on Kanye, Miley, R Kelly, the emo revival, and others, not to mention loads of pithy blurbs and pie charts.
Pazz & Jop Top 20 LP & Singles lists below..
Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.
That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...
Queen and David Bowie producer David Richards passed away on Friday (December 20) after suffering a long, undisclosed illness.The NME article also points out that The Cribs have posted a tribute to him on their Facebook that reads:
Richards began working at London's Chappell Studios in 1973 before moving to Montreux, Switzerland where he found work at the then just-opened Mountain Studios. By the time he turned 21, he had already risen to chief engineer at the studio that he would later come to own.
He co-produced Queen's final four albums, 'A Kind Of Magic', 'The Miracle', 'Innuendo', 'Made In Heaven', along with Iggy Pop's 'Blah Blah Blah' and David Bowie's 'Never Let Me Down', 'The Buddha Of Suburbia' and 'Outside'. The producer also won a Juno award in 1978 for Best Jazz Recording and being one of Billboard Magazine's Producers Of The Month in 1994. [NME]
We are very sad to have today received the news that our friend David Richards has passed away in Montreux.Rest in peace, David.
David was a producer that The Cribs always had a deep admiration for, having produced many of our favourite Queen records back in the 1980's/90's. We had the honour of recording with him back in the late summer of 2012, while working on preliminary sessions for 'In The Belly of The Brazen Bull'.
You can stream some songs he produced below...
British newspaper The Guardian just finished publishing its Best Albums of 2013 list, after having rolled it out over the past couple weeks. It's got a lot of the albums most likely to show up on British lists, like These New Puritans, John Grant, Hookworms, and Arctic Monkeys, but its #1 is more in common with the US publications. Find out what it is, along with their other 39 picks, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?
Check out the full top 100 below...
Dan Deacon @ Horseshoe Tavern/NXNE Toronto 6/13/2013
Longtime BV photographer David Andrako shot quite a few shows for us this year and, while 2013 isn't over yet, he was nice enough to submit his 10 favorites...so far. We may have to update come January 1, but for now check out the rest of what he chose (with links to the full sets above each picture) -- plus his favorite songs of the year -- below...
Queens of the Stone Age at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Queens of the Stone Age made a solid comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album which has ended up on many year-end lists, including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, SPIN, Q, Mojo, Amazon and Rough Trade. We asked them to send a list of their favorite albums of the year. They're a big band, and their list mostly includes other big bands (and big solo artists), but it's also got a certain Jack White-approved compilation, and two relatively smaller artists, Earthless and Kurt Vile, so kudos to those guys for being QOTSA-approved. You can check out the full list below.
QOTSA's best of 2013 list below...
Noel Gallagher @ Coachella 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You know you've made it when Noel Gallagher starts dissing you. In a new year-end interview with Rolling Stone, Gallagher, who's had a "dog-shit year," was asked about some of 2013's bigger LPs. He likes David Bowie's ("fucking masterpiece") and Yeezus ("fucking great") and Disclosure's Settle ("fucking mega"). Arcade Fire? Not as much. In typical style:
I haven't heard it. Anybody that comes back with a double album, to me, needs to pry themselves out of their own asshole. This is not the Seventies, okay? Go and ask Billy Corgan about a double album. Who has the fucking time, in 2013, to sit through 45 minutes of a single album? How arrogant are these people to think that you've got an hour and a half to listen to a fucking record?Someone should remind Gallagher that Oasis' third album, Be Here Now, was a double album that clocks in two minutes longer than Reflektor. He also has a few words about Arcade Fire's "super not mandatory" dress code:
That is to take away from the shit disco that's coming out of the speakers. Because everybody's dressed as one of the Three Musketeers on acid. "What was the gig like?" "I don't know, everyone was dressed as a teddy bear in the Seventies." "Yeah, but what was the gig like?" "Ah, fuck knows, man, I have no idea. I was dressed as a flying saucer."You've got plenty of time to get your UFO suit ready for Arcade Fire's three Barclays Center shows, which happen August 22, 23 & 24 of 2014. Tickets are still available for the first two, and the 8/24 show goes on sale December 13 with an AmEx presale starting Monday (12/9) at 10 AM.
Gallagher was also asked about Miley Cyrus, to whom he offers this advice:
Be good. Don't be outrageous. Anybody can be outrageous! I could go to the Rolling Stone office and fucking shit on top of a boiled egg, right? And people would go, "Wow, fucking hell, that's outrageous!" But is it any good? No, because, essentially, it's just a shit on top of a boiled egg. That's all it is. If I was to go to your office and play you a song that I'd just written that was amazing, that would be better, wouldn't it?There's lot more where that came from and you can read the whole interview at Rolling Stone.
It's been a transitional year for A.V. Club. The print version of The Onion ceased publication, and much of AVC's senior staff jumped ship for Pitchfork's new film site, The Dissolve. And then they got a redesign which is still a little kink-y. But they're still one of the best all-around arts and entertainment sites as far as I'm concerned. Like just about everyone else, they dropped their Best Albums of Year list this week. Due to a few ties, A.V. Club ended up with a 23 album list, topped by Kanye West's Yeezus, which has been hovering around the Top 5s on many lists this list season. Haim's Days are Gone is at #2 and you can check out the whole list below...
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
by Bill Pearis
#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.
You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland in April (more by Robert Altman)
The Monday after Thanksgiving Weekend is looking to be Official Year-End List Day, as we've already got SPIN, and Paste, (plus ones from UK mags Q and Mojo) and now here's the one from elder rock statesman Rolling Stone, who have Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City in the top spot, with Kanye West's Yeezus at #2. RS' Top 10 also makes room for John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Lorde and more. Haim are at #31 for those keeping score. You can check out their entire Top 50 LPs of 2013 list (which includes a couple EPs) below...
Arctic Monkeys @ ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Kind of like MOJO's laddish slightly younger brother who went to college during '90s Britpop, UK monthly Q Magazine has time for new music but still pays attention to older artists as well. Their new issue -- with Robbie Williams on the cover -- doles out its Top 50 Albums of the Year (and other 2013 Q Awards). Topping the list is Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM.
The entire Q Mag Top 50 LP list below...
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
There's already one video, made on the cheap, for the James Murphy remix of David Bowie's "Love Is Lost," and now, like James/David's pals in Arcade Fire did with "Reflektor," a second video has been made. This one, directed by Barnaby Roper (Futureheads, Moby), came out today (via VICE) and it can be watched below. It's on the NSFW side, mind you.
In other news, James Murphy wants NYC subways to be a little more musical. Reports Huffington Post:
In an interview with Chicago radio station WBEZ, Murphy explained a little about his thought process and why he thinks that incorporating music into the already very noisy subway is so important. "I want to make every station in New York have a different set of dominant keys," he said. "So that people when they grow up, later on in life, will hear a piece of music and be like, 'Oh that's Union Square.'"Watch the new Bowie video below...
Murphy wants a note to play every time a commuter walks through a turnstile.The most musical parts of the day would of course be rush hour when large crowds of people are walking through the turnstiles, causing many different chords to echo through the stations.
"Each line would be a piece," said Murphy. "The green line would go through different chords and when they intersected with other lines that would change that station."
photos by Greg Cristman
Cherie Currie @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall - 11/8/13
Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie is seemingly getting closer to the release of her long-awaited solo album, but ahead of that she's on a solo tour which began in NYC at Gramercy Theatre last week (11/6). After the NYC show, the tour hit a few other venues in surrounding areas, including Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Friday (11/8). Pictures of that Long Island show are in this post.
Cherie played a couple songs from the upcoming solo album, including "Mr. X" and her cover of Sweeney Todd's "Roxy Roller." She also played a number of Runaways songs -- "Cherry Bomb," "American Nights," "Queens of Noise" and more -- plus covers of The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" (which she dedicated to Lou Reed), Tommy James & the Shondells' "Draggin' the Line," and her set-ending rendition of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," which was featured on the soundtrack to the Runaways movie and has also been covered by former Runaway Joan Jett. Speaking of, Joan was in attendance at the Long Island show (pictured below), but didn't make any appearances on stage. Instead of an encore, Cherie hung out with fans and very kindly signed anything and everything all the fans handed her.
More pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, along with videos of "Cherry Bomb," "Rebel Rebel," and "Rock and Roll" (from the Gramercy show), below...