Entries tagged with: David Bowie
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...
by Bill Pearis
David Bowie is staying busy this year doing everything except the one thing everyone wants him to do -- play live. His latest: a starring role in the new "chapter" of Louis Vuitton's
commercial short film series, "L'Invitation au Voyage." The film stars model Arizona Muse and was shot at the Louvre in Paris and in Venetian palace and features Bowie performing a harpsichord-ized version of "I'd Rather Be High" from his new album The Next Day. Also: handbags. It looks like it cost as much as a Michael Bay movie and you can watch the short -- directed by Romain Gavras -- below.
In other Bowie news, Dangerous Minds notes that infamous and amazing 1975 BBC Bowie documentary Cracked Actor was recently shown on the Beeb in remastered form and someone was kind enough to upload that to the internet. The film was shot during the American tour for Diamond Dogs when Bowie was maybe just a little out of control. Director Alan Yentob told MOJO, who had the doc at #43 in their "100 Greatest Music Films Ever" issue in April, "His diet at the time seemed to be made up of cocaine, milk and peppers." Bowie said "When I see the film now, I cannot believe I survived it." In addition to the more sensational moments, it's got sensational performances of "Moonage Daydream," "Aladdin Sane," the title track and more. You can and should watch it in full below.
That expanded edition of David Bowie's The Next Day (which just lost the Mercury Prize to James Blake's Overgrown) is due out on Tuesday (11/4), which features the James Murphy's "Hello Steve Reich" mix of "Love is Lost" (which cribs a little from "Ashes to Ashes"). Bowie just released the video for that song which, appropriately for today, features some scary monsters. Specifically, some puppets from Bowie's own collection. Check it out below...
Lou Reed, the legendary musician who sadly passed away yesterday (10/27), has had many collaborators in his lifetime, one of the most notable ones being David Bowie. Bowie was highly inspired by Lou (and Iggy Pop) during the creation of his Ziggy Stardust character/album, and went on to co-produce Lou's album Transformer, which came out the same year (1972). Bowie honored his old friend, posting the above photo to his website, and writing: "He was a master."
Meanwhile, the other third of the Sacred Triangle, Iggy Pop, tweeted "Devastating news" yesterday. Iggy worked on the third Stooges album with Bowie just after Transformer was done, and like Lou Reed, he spent time at CBGB in the '70s.
Check out an old picture of Lou Reed with David Bowie and Iggy Pop, along with a few more pics of David and Lou, below...
by Bill Pearis
Things are going great for Morrissey whose new book is selling like crazy. The new Issue of NME, as you can see from its cover above, features "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The UK music weekly picked these for the Top 10:
1. The Smiths - The Queen Is DeadJust keep in mind these are mostly British people making this list. Outkast's Stankonia is #500 if you were wondering, and the Top 50 are listed in this post. If you're wondering how NME came up with this list, here's what they said:
2. The Beatles - Revolver
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes - Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp - Different Class
7. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
8. Pixies - Doolittle
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
It means emailing a vast array of alumni from across the NME generations, from the sixties swingers through the hip young gunslingers of the 70s right up to today's troupe of rock'n'roll toreadors, and begging/bullying them to submit lists of their favourite fifty albums of all time. Some joined in, others were too busy/famous now, but we managed to gather together around 80 voters to submit lists, at which point the serious number-crunching began.One of those 80 was '90s-era NME editor Johnny "Cigarettes" Sharp, who talked to The Quietus about how he came up with his ballot (and these kind of lists in general):
I and the rest of the NME alumni were simply told to vote for our 'favourite' albums - Ideally a top 50 but really anything we could rustle up by the following Monday.The mag does have a sense of humor about all this. The bottom right corner of the cover has a picture of Morrissey saying "...until the next 500." NME is publishing the whole list -- in not annoying slideshow format -- throughout the day and you can click through 500 - 401, and 400 - 301 right now. Their top 50 are listed below....
And herein lies a flaw inherent in all such lists: The results are bound to be slanted towards the choices of the voters who they happen still to have contact details for, which will inevitably be the more recent contributors (Still, having first written for them over 20 years ago, they didn't do too badly tracking me down).
Inevitably, with the whole thing being a bit last-minute and no-budget, the votes were also those of individuals who could be arsed to sweat over a difficult task in their free time for no financial reward. Welcome to 21st century publishing.
"breaking news! i really like david bowie! (well, that's not news, but...)" - James Murphy
James Murphy, who just collaborated with David Bowie on the new Arcade Fire song and might have picked up a thing or two from him while writing LCD Soundsystem songs, has now continued his love affair for Bowie by offering up a 10+ minute remix of "Love Is Lost," which will appear on the expanded version of Bowie's Mercury Prize-nominated 2013 album, The Next Day (due out 11/4). You can listen to the new remix below.
In related news, Open Book Toronto recently published a list of David Bowie's 100 favorite books (via FACT). Geoffrey Marsh, curator of the exhibit at Art Gallery of Ontario that Bowie is featured in, "describes Bowie as 'a voracious reader' who is reputed to read as much as 'a book a day'." He also spoke about "Bowie's interest in the life of the mind and its power to transcend the rigid class barriers of postwar England, the era where Bowie honed the early versions of his musical and cultural persona." You can browse the full list below.
In NYC this Saturday (10/12), Le Poisson Rouge hosts BowieBall 2013 which features a number of artists paying homage to the artist. Tickets for that are on sale now.
That same day, James Murphy DJs the free Times Square show as part of CBGB Fest with Grizzly Bear, My Morning Jacket, Divine Fits, and The Wallflowers.
Remix stream and Bowie's list of books below...
One of this year's nominees...
The 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Shortlist was just announced with the following 12 albums up for this year's prize:
Arctic Monkeys - AMDavid Bowie's very Bowie-esque The Next Day seems like the one to beat. Who do you think should win and what albums shoulda been on the list?
David Bowie - The Next Day
Disclosure - Settle
Foals - Holy Fire
Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
James Blake - Overgrown
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
Rudimental - Home
Savages - Silence Yourself
Villagers - Awayland
Jon Hopkins was in NYC a couple weeks ago; so was Laura Mvula who just played two shows last week in NYC; Laura Marling just played two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg and plays tonight (9/11) at St. Ann's Church.; Arctic Monkeys play a sold-out Webster Hall on Monday (9/16); Savages will be in NYC during CMJ for a show at Terminal 5; and Rudimental play MHOW and Bowery Ballroom in November.
Last year's winner was Alt-J's An Awesome Wave. This year's winner will be announced on October 30 in London.
by Andrew Sacher
Arcade Fire & David Bowie at Central Park Summerstage in 2005 (more)
Arcade Fire released their awesome new single, "Reflektor," in a crazy interactive video today, and if you were listening and thinking one of those voices sounded like David Bowie... well that's because it is. The Thin White Duke confirmed on Facebook that he "has supplied a brief backing vocal on the James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) produced track (no saxophone though)." You may remember that this isn't the first time Bowie and Arcade Fire have teamed up; they played Central Park together in 2005 (pictured above) and recorded a collaborative live EP that same year.
The single becomes available to purchase tonight (9/9) at 9 PM, and in Bowie's Facebook post, he also revealed more details on that:
The vinyl is a very limited 2-track 12" with an instrumental of the A-side on the reverse and will only be available in stores at 9:00pm at your nearest participating store.That Anton Corbijn video is out now, and can be watched, along with a picture of the vinyl sleeve, below...
The reverse of the sleeve is designed to look like it has an album tracklisting for the upcoming album due on October 29th, but it is in fact just snippets of lyrics from Reflektor.
There will also be an Anton Corbijn-directed video of the song premiered this evening.
David Bowie returned this year with a new album, The Next Day, and after already making videos for its tracks, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" and the title track, he's now returned with the video for album highlight, "Valentine's Day." It was directed by Markus Klinko and Indrani, and you can check it out below.
Bowie will also release the track as a picture disc single with the instrumental b-side, "Plan," on August 20 via ISO/Columbia.
Bolder played alongside Bowie on his albums Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, and Pin Ups, and also toured with him. To pay tribute to him, Bowie posted the following to his website:
Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with. But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.Uriah Heep, who Bolder joined in 1976 and remained with until present day, also posted a message to their site:
It is with great sadness that Uriah Heep announce the passing of our friend the amazing Trevor Bolder, who has passed away after his long fight with cancer. Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced.Rest in peace, Trevor. You'll be missed.
His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band's music, and Trevor's virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world. He joined the band in 1976 and, barring one short break, was a fixture until his ill health forced him to take a step back early this year. Prior to joining Heep he was a founder and ever-present member of David Bowie's legendary Spiders From Mars band, performing on all of their key albums and at countless shows. He also performed with Wishbone Ash, Cybernauts and The Rats.
Mick Box said, "Trevor was a 'World Class' bass player, singer & songwriter, and more importantly a World Class friend. He will be sadly missed by family, friends and rock fans all over the world. We are all numb to the core".
Video of the Spiders From Mars performing "Starman" in 1972 below...
David Bowie has released a third video from his comeback album, The Next Day, this time for the title track of the record. Starring Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman, you might think the video was helmed by Christopher Nolan but no it's from Floria Sigismondi, who also directed "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," and is based on a concept by Bowie himself. It's rife with religious iconography -- and blood -- and you can watch it below.
David Bowie's new album, The Next Day, is out this week. With its "classic Bowie" sound, it certainly seems like the kind of album that would sound good played live, despite official word that he's not going to tour. But does the Thin White Duke protest too much? His guitarist Gerry Leonard said chances of a tour were "50/50" and now Bowie's wife, Iman, drops the strongest hint yet that it's looking like live shows are in the future. She told Italian mag Grazia (via NME) that she and the family won't be able to go on the road with him:
We have a 12 year old in school, so we are stuck, we can't travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don't know. We'll have to go visit him, but we won't be on tour with him because she's in school.Let's keep our fingers crossed!
As mentioned, David Bowie will release his new album, The Next Day, on March 12, and after already revealing the video for first single, "Where Are We Now?," he's just returned with the video for the album's second single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," which you can watch below. The video was directed by Floria Sigismondi and stars Tilda Swinton, along with Bowie himself. The song will be available on iTunes soon and will also be released as a Record Store Day single on April 20. You can read the track's lyrics HERE.
John Vanderslice will release two albums this year: the first is Dagger Beach, an album of all new originals; and a song-for-song cover of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs. (He's done the latter live before.) The records will be released concurrently in May and John has decided to put them out himself. (His last album, 2011's White Wilderness, came out on Dead Oceans.) He also launched a Kickstarter to fund their release (both albums are in the can) which only launched on Tuesday (2/19) but has already more than tripled his goal with 28 days left to go. Here's John on going it alone:
I decided to tour much less (with the exception of house shows, which always feels right to me) and release music on my own label, Tiny Telephone.Here's a little more on both records:
For me, the best part of making records and touring was always the friendships I made with fans. Many of you reading this will know exactly what I mean.
There were only two aspects of what I was doing that had to stay: recording my songs and nurturing the relationships with people who have supported my music. That means you.
So you see, it's now just you and me. The label has one employee, and you're looking at him. I'm trying to bring this stuff back to its essence.
Honestly, I'm terrified to put out my own records. For a week after I made the decision, I had intense insomnia and deep regret. Later, I moved to something like terror + incredible excitement. Now, after further reflection, it's clear to me: I was born for this.
The Dagger Beach vinyl issue is a 200g pressing from QRP, the best vinyl plant in the country. It sounds HELLA GOOD. I'm really proud of this record, it's dirtier and weirder than anything I've done since Cellar Door.As with all Kickstarters, there are many levels of funding and some of those come with pretty cool rewards, including, "LIMITED EDITION SCREEN PRINTS, I WILL MARRY YOU (to another person), HOUSE SHOWS, I WILL PRODUCE YOUR EP, LISTENING PARTY FOR DAGGER BEACH, TINY TELEPHONE / TAQUERIA TOUR in San Francisco, UNRELEASED RARITIES CD, and ohh so many more." You can check it all out over at John's Kickstarter and watch his pledge video below.
I've also made a full-length cover of Bowie's amazing Diamond Dogs. A *very* limited run of 200g vinyl records will be available through Kickstarter as well. We've got two new t-shirts (including an updated version of the Library Card), digital downloads, and tons more stuff.
Last week, David Bowie's longtime collaborator/producer Tony Visconti said Bowie is "fairly adamant he's never gonna perform live again." However in Visconti's new interview with Rolling Stone, things look slightly more positive:
The big question: Do you think Bowie will tour?Here's to hoping he feels like it!
He says that he will only play if he feels like it, but no tour. Like, if [he] wanted to do the odd show in New York or, I don't know, London, he would if he felt like it. And he made that very clear to the label that he wasn't going to tour or do any kind of ridiculously long album promotion. It was his idea to just drop it at midnight on his birthday and just let things avalanche.
Do you really think it's possible he'd do just one show?
It's possible, if he feels like it. I don't know. I spoke to him two days ago and he said, "I'm really adamant I'm not gonna do a tour." And he said, "If I might, I might do one show." But who knows when.
Bowie's first album in ten years, The Next Day, comes out this March. If you're wondering (we were), Rolling Stone is saying that really is the album cover. The video for the single, "Where Are We Now?," is below.
"He's fairly adamant he's never gonna perform live again... One of the guys would say, 'Boy, how are we gonna do all this live?' and David said, 'We're not'. He made a point of saying that all the time." - Tony Visconti [via NME]While we haven't heard any announcements one way or the other about the possibility of a tour surrounding David Bowie's new album, The Next Day, longtime collaborator / producer Tony Visconti (who worked on the new album) told NME he doesn't think it'll happen, at least not for this album.
I've been listening to this on headphones walking through the streets of New York for the past two years, and I have not tired of a single song. I think the material on this album is extremely strong and beautiful, and if people are looking for classic Bowie they'll find it on this album, if they're looking for innovative Bowie, new directions, they're going to find that on this album too.Look for David Bowie's The Next Day on March 12.
"Where Are We Now?" video, and an even newer spoof of it, below...
To quote the Houston Press:
Late Monday just before midnight, the music world and social media stood agog as David Bowie's official website teased a new album, set for a March release, entitled The Next Day, produced by Tony Visconti.Head to David's website for the goods. What a great way to start 2013!
Fuckin' Tony Visconti. Just check out his discography why don't ya? Just half of Bowie's catalog and T. Rex. NBD.
Funny enough, this all occurred on his birthday. Mr. Bowie turns 66 today, January 8.
It even came with a freaky new video for a song called "Where Are We Now?" directed by Tony Oursler with Bowie standing in an art studio while two puppets sang.
Check out Bowie's new press shot and the new album's tracklisting below...