All posts tagged: David Bowie


Popdose 2013: Rob Smith’s Favorite Music of 2013

  If these records could talk … 1. Jason Isbell, Southeastern The last time I saw her, she was standing in a doorway, about to go inside and do something—something, that is, in addition to transitioning from a physical presence to a figure in memory. An embrace, a “see you later,” a wave from the doorway, and gone. We missed each other the next day, a breakfast date canceled at the last minute, the click on the phone was pretty much final, though neither of us knew that then. In the ensuing months, there were attempts at meeting, weak though they were (mine were stronger by far, but no matter), but there was physical distance too wide to bridge, and distinct lives to return to, and work of the sort that causes too many disconnects, too many wires severed and cauterized at their ends. We hadn’t been together long, but our togetherhood was impressive for its intensity, for our intensity, the intensity of us. Ultimately, though, we weren’t together long enough. Over the years, I’d …


Popdose Giveaway: Win a Limited-Edition David Bowie Vinyl Picture Disc

“Sorrow,” the only single released from David Bowie’s 1973 covers project Pin Ups, is being reissued by Parlophone Records as a 40th anniversary limited-edition 7-inch vinyl picture disc. Cheer up, though: Popdose has five of these gems to give away. “Sorrow” — which, like the rest of Pin Ups, was a cover song — followed a string of strikingly original glam-rock albums from Bowie, and a crack band that included Mick Ronson on guitar and Aynsley Dunbar on drums doesn’t disappoint here. Their new take, featuring a bawdy turn on the sax from Ken Fordham, vastly improves on earlier passes by the McCoys in 1965 and the Merseys in 1966. Bowie’s version went to No. 3 in the UK, and was later included in the 2008 film War, Inc., starring John Cusack. Parlophone is only issuing 10,000 of these special-edition commemorative discs worldwide. The b-side will feature a live take on “Sorrow,” recorded on September 12, 1983 during Bowie’s “Serious Moonlight” tour. So, how to win? Simply email Dave Lifton with “David Bowie” in the …


10 Movies…About Magicians (To Prepare You For ‘Now You See Me’)

I’m not sure Now You See Me is a real movie—I’m pretty sure it’s part of the massive viral marketing campaign for last weekend’s huge Arrested Development revival. Evidence: it stars Michael Cera look-alike Jesse Eisenberg, new A.D. cast member Isla Fisher, and the plot concerns both the theft of money and cheesy, Vegas-style magic—I mean illusions. (“A trick is something a whore does for money. Or cocaine.” — GOB Bluth.) Here then are 10 certifiably real movies about magic anyway. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone If they’d made that Arrested Development movie, and it was solely about GOB and his rival magician, Tony Wonder, this would be that movie.   Scoop The ghost of a man played by a notable actor hamming it up (Ian McShane) helps a cute young girl (Scarlett Johansson) and her bumbling friend (Woody Allen) solve a mystery. Fun fact: Woody Allen wrote this in 1971 as a Scooby-Doo spec script.   Hugo It’s about movies, and magic…but really the “magic” of “movies.” Awww….   The Geisha Boy Jerry Lewis stars …


Like, Omigod! Digging Through the ’80s Pop Culture Box, Part 14

A milestone, of sorts: This week, as we reach the midway point of Disc 4 of this seven-disc box set, we’re at the official halfway mark of the series. And we’re only up to… 1983? #6 Martin Briley, “The Salt In My Tears” (1983) Peaked at #36 in the Hot 100. Jack Feerick – Hey, it’s Bug from Uncle Buck all grown up! Dw. Dunphy – Perfectly serviceable 80s power-pop with a video that answers the question: whatever happened to Bob Welch’s beret? Briley reminded me of what you might get if Graham Parker fronted John Waite’s solo band. Dan Wiencek – Funny you should say that, because I was just about to add that this reminded me of a slightly less acidic version of Graham Parker’s “Local Girls.” Which is not at all a bad thing. Feerick – Yes, but how much is the salt in your tears actually worth? Salt was once worth a great deal, actually; Roman soldiers, as any fule kno, were once paid in the stuff, which gives us our …


David Bowie, The Next Day: The Spin Cycle Review

When David Bowie released his previous album, Reality: Senator John Kerry was challenging incumbent George W. Bush for the presidency; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube didn’t exist; The war in Iraq was but six months old; Michael Jackson was alive; So were Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein; TV broadcast signals were transmitted through the airwaves; Eminem won an Oscar for 8 Mile. It seems like a long time ago in a pop culture far, far away. And in some senses, […]


David Bowie Shoots for the Moon in “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” Video

In early January, we got the news from left field that David Bowie would be issuing his first album in a decade this Spring. My night owl lifestyle has paid off once again, as just moments ago Bowie’s YouTube channel posted a second video from the upcoming The Next Day LP. Whereas “Where Are We Now” harkened back to 1999′s …hours album (admittedly not one of my favorites), “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” is more in line with Bowie’s two most recent albums, Heathen and Reality. And of […]


Where Are We Now, Really? David Bowie and the Lost Art of Surprise

As I type this, it’s been about 13 hours since David Bowie knocked fans on their asses with the surprise announcement of his first album in a decade. The reaction from friends and pundits alike can best be described as “Bowie Zowie” – that mix of unbridled fandom and barely tempered anticipation. While I can’t speak much to the all-knowing power of Bowie – I got into him through Let’s Dance, for fuck’s sake – I can definitely say I’m loving everyone’s reaction to new songs from The Thin White Duke. If nothing else, it reminds a young music fan that the often-overlooked sensation of uncalculated surprise can still exist. Let’s face it, we’re a long way from the days when Prince could follow up the smash Purple Rain with Around the World in a Day, a minimally-promoted album that didn’t get released so much as it just arrived. In the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine any album, from major-label next big thing to legend on a new record deal, to be released without the hyperbolic press …


The Viewfinder: David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”

Two words I was fairly certain I would never see again: “New Bowie.” He hasn’t released any new music since 2003′s Reality. And aside from a very few one-off appearances, he’s pretty much evaded media attention since the closing of the Reality tour in 2004 (which incidentally, was the highest grossing tour that year). In fact, the last leg of the tour had to be canceled due to the discovery of a clogged artery that required an emergency angioplasty. That […]

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Desert Island Discs with Van Hunt

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Van Hunt has been one of the music industry’s best kept secrets for almost a decade now. Starting his career writing songs for and with artists like Dionne Farris and Rahsaan Patterson, and coming into his own as an artist with his self-titled 2003 debut, the Ohio native (and current L.A. resident) has proven himself to be a singular talent that defies description. The fact that he isn’t so easily labeled might be a reason that he hasn’t broken through to mainstream success, despite his obvious talent, his close association with “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson, and stints opening for everyone from Mary J. Blige to the Dave Matthews Band. The Grammy-winner recently released a new album entitled What Were You Hoping For?, a Dirty Mind-esque collection of provocative, funk-etched rock and roll that reveals a wealth of influences ranging from Rick James to Iggy Pop (whose “No Sense of Crime” Van covered on his second album, On The Jungle Floor.) Van’s choices for Desert Island Discs should give you a pretty good idea …


Greatest Un-Hits: Ween’s “Ocean Man” (1997)

Ween is one of those fantastic, cult-beloved quirky bands too interesting to ever be extremely popular that should have been one of those fantastic, cult-beloved quirky bands that eventually scored a single, fluke top 40 hit that sounds nothing like anything else they usually do, the way Ben Folds Five or the Butthole Surfers got paid with “Brick” and “Pepper,” for example. The thing with Ween is that Ween doesn’t really do just one thing. They trade in simultaneous mimicry and homage, and Deaner and Gener are such talented, technical musicians that they can always pull it off. They’ve taken the piss out of/honored George Harrison (“Flutes of Chi”), ’80s Bowie (“Your Party”), Al Green (“Freedom of ’76”), Jimmy Buffett (“Bananas and Blow”) and classic country (16 Golden Country Greats). Ween is hilarious, but never cloying, or Weird Al-wacky. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Weird Al.) Ween seems to exist on its own plane, where they make art to entertain themselves first, seeped with a “do not care” vibe. For Ween to have scored …