Entries tagged with: David Bowie
Scarlett Johansson's inspired Atco Records debut album ANYWHERE I LAY MY HEAD features her distinctive interpretations of ten songs by Tom Waits plus one original selection, "Song For Jo." Johansson co-wrote the track with TV On The Radio's David Andrew Sitek, who produced the album and lends his multi-instrumental talents throughout as well. She is also joined by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, Sean Antanaitis from Celebration and others.
Scarlett Johansson w/ David Bowie & Elijah Wood (2004)
On May 20, Scarlett Johansson's Tom Waits covers album, titled 'Anywhere I Lay My Head,' sees its release, with guest spots from David Bowie and production by TV on the Radio's David Sitek. Spearheaded by Waits' 'Falling Down' -- from 1988's 'Big Time' -- this isn't your average celebrity music makeover.
"When I had the idea to do an album of Tom Waits songs, before I had even met Dave [Sitek], someone suggested I sing 'Falling Down,'" Johansson tells Spinner. "But I decided it was too corny for me to do just because it has the lyric about 'Scarlett and me.' But Dave hadn't even noticed it. When I mentioned it, he thought the synchronicity was crazy and I never even thought twice about it after that. I was like, 'Yeah, let's do it.'"
"With 'Falling Down,' our pursuit of making one song with both Kermit the Frog and David Bowie on it became a success," Sitek adds.
Have an exclusive listen to 'Falling Down' on Spinner.
Paul Simonon & David Bowie backstage @ Shea Stadium, Queens, NYC, 1982
Scarlett & Natalie Portman on the Today Show, earlier yesterday
I've been trying to find a picture of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek sitting on the Joe's Pub stage with Scarlett Johansson talking about her new Tom Waits cover album that he produced, and how David Bowie contributed to it. I guess they didn't allow photography. Stereogum had a video from the press conference / listening party, but was forced to take it down. Rolling Stone and Billboard have more info (also no pics).
Earlier in the day (Feb 12, 2008) Scarlett and Natalie were up at the Today Show promoting their new movie The Other Boleyn Girl. Scarlett's Tom Waits CD tracklist is below....
I have to finish what I started, and I guess that would be compiling the world's biggest collection of people dressed as Amy Winehouse for Halloween. I was already up to 92 pictures. By the end of this post you'll have seen another 166. Some are great, and more than a few paired Amy with her boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil. This photo falls into both of those categories....
Even more looked less like Amy, and then there were many Amys that decided to hang out with Pete Doherty instead of Blake - a pairing that makes a lot of sense from the English musician drug addict tabloid point of view. This picture falls into both of those categories....
Pete Doggerty & Amy Doghouse
In related news,
After Amy Wino's hideous performance at the MTV Europe Awards last night, she was booed when she accepted an award for Artists' Choice. Pete Doherty immediately came to her defense.Then there was Amy with Lily Allen...
He was asked what advice he would give Wino, "I wouldn't give her any. She's fine. It's all bollocks. People should leave her alone. I went for a drink with her earlier today and she's totally fine. Perfectly healthy and happy.
"People are saying she's out of control, but she's not. She's a sensible girl and she knows what she's doing. She ain't doing nothing wrong." [dlisted]
and even Amy with M.I.A....
Now we'll get to more Amy's in a second, but first: To answer my own question, "no", Amy is no longer playing the MTVu Woody Awards or Saturday Night Live due to visa issues. Oh well - not a big loss considering how scary her last live appearance was. That video, and a zillion more Amy impersonators, below.....
"Leno has said he’s comfortable with his planned departure but, according to a report earlier this month in the Los Angeles Times, the comedian has grown reluctant to retire as host of the fabled, top-rated late-night program." [MSNBC]
Grizzly Bear is playing Conan on November 6th. Some related videos below.....
DOWNLOAD: MGMT - Time to Pretend (MP3)
MGMT are a Bowie-esque "electro pop duo" from Brooklyn who happen to be signed to Columbia Records. They also happen to be going on tour with (the Bowie-loving) Of Montreal - that includes the show at Roseland Ballroon in NYC on October 13th They are:
Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser, two psychic pilgrims whose paths first intersected in the green pastures of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, circa 2002.I should see them live before making any judgement because I can listen to the above MP3 over and over again, but most of the other songs streaming on their MySpace seem a little too unoriginal, a little too.....Bowie? I also haven't heard the whole new album (out late 2007 or early 2008).
Their MySpace page is really annoying too. I'd still see them live I guess (at least once) - like at Cake Shop in NYC tonight (Sept 12). All tour dates below....
Mitch from Voxtrot & Mike D. Separated at birth?
Voxtrot @ Great American Music Hall - May 30, 2007 (CRED - SPIN)
Beastie Boys @ Sasquatch - May 26, 2007 (CRED)
The 11th Annual Webby Awards will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in NYC on June 5, 2007. David Bowie (Webby Lifetime Achievement), eBay CEO Meg Whitman (Webby Lifetime Achievement: The eBay Community), Beastie Boys (Webby Artists of the Year), and Steve Chen/Chad Hurley, co-founders of YouTube (Webby Person of the Year) are being honored. Rob Corddry (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Winner) is hosting.
I didn't go, but someone told me that (unlike at the Arcade Fire show) David Bowie introduced comedian Ricky Gervais at his High Line show Saturday night at the whamu theater by singing a song. I don't have a picture, so instead - here are some pictures taken by caural of David and TV on the Radio (and Ricky?) backstage at Deerhoof's High Line show at the Fillmore-Irving Plaza Thursday night (May 17, 2007)....
new.... (as seen here)
DOWNLOAD: Dan Deacon - The Crystal Cat (MP3)
* Dan Deacon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs & Todd P appear in the NY Times
* Dan Deacon gets "Best New Music" the same day
* A whole bunch more assorted Dan Deacon MP3s
* Even more Dan Deacon MP3s & video
* David Bowie & Sting opening burlesque haven
* A look inside Tim Harrington's apartment
* Pink Floyd played at Syd Barrett tribute show, sort of
* Sinead O'Connor is playing Joe's Pub - way sold out of course
* Olivia d'ABO = Karen Arnold on the Wonder Years
* Olivia D'abo is playing the Living Room
DOWNLOAD: Olivia D'abo - Broken (MP3)
Here's that gray suit I was telling you about.....
DOWNLOAD: Paul Westerberg - John Im Only Dancing (Bowie cover live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: David Bowie - It's Hard To Be a Saint in the City (Springsteen) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Last Town Chorus - Modern Love (Bowie cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: David Bowie - Cat People (putting out fire) (MP3)
Arcade Fire @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC - May 9, 2007 (CRED)
I thought David Bowie would at least introduce Arcade Fire, or say something to kick off the "festival", but nope. He was there though - I saw him. He was wearing a gray suit, and looked happy & healthy - sort of like how he looked two nights earlier at the Met........
Iman & David Bowie @ The Met, NYC - May 7, 2007
He came out the backstage door into the orchestra area at some point. For the encore at least - he was standing against the same wall (stage left) that the trumpet player (Kelly Pratt) (also in Beirut) ran along to do this....
Arcade Fire @ Radio City Music Hall, NYC - May 9, 2007 (CRED)
Arcade Fire were great, but it sounds like maybe United Palace was more fun. At Radio City there was lots of fighting (literally) between the crowd and security. A bunch of people got dragged out. The security didn't know what to do when Win encouraged people to dance in the aisles.
Lou Reed & Bowie @
Syracuse W Hotel - Apr 26, 2007 (INFO)
I missed the National - not on purpose.
And just in case you were wondering, Zach Condon from Beirut was there too - it would have been the only one of the three shows he would have been able to make. Actually, they were ALL probably there - the whole indie trumpet player mafia.
Radio City setlist below....
New Yorkers have probably seen this Time Out cover by now....
The High Line Festival kicks off with The Arcade Fire & The National (& hopefully a special guest) at Radio City Music Hall this Wednesday. TV on the Radio still not added to High Line Festival website.