Ho.Lee.Shit. David Bowie is playing--wait, HEADLINING Coachella*. We'll get back to that craziness.
*Turned out to be a gotdamb hoax.
Were you all left scratching your collective heads yesterday wondering why I didn't turn Dipped In Cream into a complete David Bowie Free For All Frenzy? I can't answer that. I've mentioned that occasionally, really cool things have the opposite effect on me--and I can't write about them at all. I think this was the case yesterday when I was rather quiet about David Bowie releasing a new single, Where Are We Now and announcing a new album The Next Day on his 66th birthday.
So. Without further ado, let's take (another!) look at the new video, shall we?
Now. Some people love the video and are moved by the melancholy feeling watching Bowie (whose face--along with a woman who ISN'T Bjork--is digitally projected onto a strange little puppet of sorts) show a weariness as he reminisces about his days in Berlin. Other folks have not enjoyed the clip, stating it's "dull". Fair enough, if one doesn't understand the words and German locations and memories he's seemingly lamenting.
“A man lost in time near KaDaWe,” Bowie sings, referring to the enormous Berlin department store, “just walking the dead.” In the video he grimaces at that point, as though he were making a painful admission, before easing into the open-ended chorus: “Where are we now? / Where are we now? / The moment you know, you know, you know.
“As long as there’s sun / As long as there’s rain / As long as there’s fire” — but can’t quite give up on the here-and-now, adding exhaustedly, “As long as there’s me / As long as there’s you.”
Also polarizing is the cover of the upcoming album.
I see the cover as Bowie acknowledging his past. Celebrating his past. Moving forward to The Next Day.
“Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie…[he’s] the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants,” Columbia Records, Bowie’s label, said in a statement.
Now's the time I reminisce about seeing David Bowie in concert. The first time was in 1983. I was 11 days pregnant with my eldest son, Alex. (I knew something was up; I was barfy already, thankyouverymuch).
Wearing his banana-yellow suit that matched his hair perfectly, the show was perfection. Funny thing: I remember stray red shoes on the floor of the TacomaDome as the audience cleared out. Get it? "Put on your red shoes and dance the blues...". Anyone? Bueller? Fine.
The second concert was for The Reality Tour in 2004 with my other son, Hunter. (Theoretically, I took one son to each, right?) I feel like I took him to church. Or school. Or a really awesome concert by a 58 year-old English dude I was forcing on him. (Not so. Hunter loved him.)
Let me end this by saying that the very idea of Coachella makes me sweaty, faint and have diarrhea cramps. I'm not really down with the three-day festival kind of deal. Patchouli, BO and desert heat? Yeah. No. HOWEVER. I'm thrilled that David Bowie will be headlining this very cool festival. By the way, my feelings on three-day festivals have nothing to do with my age. I happen to REQUIRE comfort. The VIP section of this hot mess would not be sufficient. I just can't. But you go right ahead. Here's the link for the VIP Package for around $4000.
I kind of love that he turned down performing at the London Olympics. All these dorks out there thought he was tubed up, underneath some plastic tent...HA! He was bloody recording. Planning. Why on EARTH should he appear with all those other old Brits in 2012? He did that gig in 1985 called Live Aid. No need to revisit that crowd. Genius. Take it all for yourself.
The year 2013 belongs to Bowie.
p.s. I'll be really mad if this Coachella line-up is a gotdamb rumor, because I NEVER fall for that shit. Like, EVER. I'm just in a Bowie fog. So yeah. That's my excuse if it's not true.
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As I crept around Facebook today, I came across this incredible post by the folks who handle the Official David Bowie Facebook Page. It seems the High Holy Bowie Facebook Diocese [I made that up] fully approve and LOVE the Radio Soulwax film "DAVE".
The film element is by Wim Reygaert, and its protagonist is Dave – a character with more than a passing resemblance to David Bowie, and played by the Belgian model Hannelore Knuts.
According to a press release, it’s “a fever dream about his life and career. Reality gets mixed up with stories and elements from his music and lyrics in a way that is only possible in films. In the dream, Dave is a private eye who can travel through time. His mission is to track down and exterminate all other versions of himself. If he fails, the world as he knows it will cease to exist.”
"Our homage to the man whose ability to change whilst remaining himself has been a massive influence on us. There are many legends in the music industry but for us, there is no greater than the mighty Dave. We've included all things Bowie, whether that is original songs, covers, backing vocals, production work or reworks we made, to attempt to give you the full scope of the man's genius.
For the visual side to this mix our friend Wim Reygaert (who also made the amazing film for Into The Vortex) came up with the most ambitious film for RSWX, taking us on a fever dream time travel through the man's career starring the amazing Hannelore Knuts as Dave. We've got to extend a special thank you to the cast and crew and everyone involved for putting so much time and energy and heart and soul into this amazing film, it is a pure labour of love for the phenomenon that is Bowie.
The team here at DB FB HQ were in attendance last night and we absolutely loved this hugely sexy production. The music alone was extremely well done with some breathtaking moments during the segues between songs...The overlap between "Heroes" into Absolute Beginners springs to mind.
Bowie was played by the gorgeous Hannelore Knuts, who probably made half the audience as confused about their sexuality as David Bowie did the other half!
The film itself was very cleverly conceived with time travel as its basic construct and beautifully shot with lots of knowing nods to Bowie related things that the casual fan might not have got. The Beep Beep lady from Fashion dispensing the time travel anti sickness pills anyone?
The screening concluded with a Q&A with the Soulwax boys and director Wim Reygaert, hosted by George Lamb.
Though it's obvious who the characters populating DAVE are meant to be, we took the opportunity to ask Wim who the ever-changing girl with Bowie through much of the film represented. He explained that she was the embodiment of all of the women throughout Bowie's life and career and was a metaphor for desire.
We spoke with Soulwax afterwards, lovely chaps and clearly massive Bowie fans. They told us they have enough material for another hour of music but had obvious time constraints when making the film. They were heartbroken about the stuff they had to leave out."
You can watch DAVE by downloading the excellent RADIO SOULWAX app for iPhone / iPad / android or watch online here http://bit.ly/SoulWaxDAVE
Tell us what you think of this delightfully strange piece of work!
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Some bands can carry on without their front man. Wait. Very few bands can carry on without their front man. No, not that either. Bands who carry on without their charismatic, slithering, sex-on-a-stick front man will never come close to the red-hot sweaty success they experienced before the loss of their beloved front man.
Such is the case for INXS. The band announced the split while in Perth over the weekend.
"We understand that this must come as a blow to everybody, but all things must eventually come to an end," founding members Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers said in a statement. "We have been performing as a band for 35 years, it's time to step away from the touring arena. Our music will of course live on and we will always be a part of that. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family that have supported us throughout our extensive career. Our lives have been enriched by having you all as a part of the journey."
INXS actually made the news public on Sunday in Perth, as it played the final show of a tour with matchbox twenty -- during which that group's Rob Thomas joined INXS for its closing song, "Don't Change." Drummer Jon Farriss told the crowd that it was the group's last show and admitted he was "getting teary" at the prospect. INXS recently released a 25th anniversary edition of its top-selling album "Kick," as well as a 20th anniversary edition of the DVD "Live Baby Live.
In the statement, Jon Farriss noted that INXS took pride in continuing after the tragic loss of frontman Michael Hutchence in 1997: "It's been 35 years for INXS as a live touring band and unbelievably it's been 15 years ago since we lost Michael. We lived for each other in the trenches and we loved each other. It was the six of us against the world and then suddenly and inexplicably we were but five. We were lost right at the moment we were on top."
But, Andrew Farriss added, "We never took a soft option, it was the adversity, the challenge and the struggle that forged us into the live working band we became. And this was as big as it could possibly get when it came to a challenge, and in the end we decided for a whole bunch of reasons to march forward. To us there was no other option, families always move forward."
INXS manager Chris Murphy added that, "They believed unconditionally in each other and they also believed unconditionally in the music. People fade, sometimes way too early -- that is life whether we like it or not. To live to 80 plus is a life well lived. To lose Michael so young was a tragedy for all of us. But with this band, their legacy, their music was just so damn good, it was always destined to live beyond all of us."
INXS has worked with several singers since Hutchence's death, including Canadian J.D. Fortune, who was chosen during the 2005 TV reality show "Rock Star: INXS." The group was most recently fronted by Ireland native Ciaran Gribbin, and Andrew Farriss had declared that "this particular lineup of INXS is really -- we're on a winner, I think, with this one. It's looking really, really positive."
I know that sounds completely disrespectful to the remaining bandmates; and I truly don't mean it that way. Perhaps they could've moved on to other projects, but let's be honest here. Would you want to see some reality show contest winner front The Foo Fighters? The Rolling Stones? No Doubt? Radiohead? Depeche Mode? Aerosmith? Pearl Jam? Incubus? U2? Garbage? Mumford & Sons? Am I coming in clear yet? (And stop right THERE if you're going to wag a finger at me and say "Man. INXS shouldn't be included on that list." Don't even try.) I've never been happy with the fact that INXS just picked up and carried on without Michael barely one year after he died. That's. Just. Me.
In just a few days, it will be 15 years since the horrible death of INXS's lead singer and songwriter, Michael Hutchence in a hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Sidney, Australia. I remember hearing the news on the car radio with my dear friend Holly one freezing November night here in Seattle. We were both completely gutted. She had the good fortune to see INXS in their prime in Hawaii, while I never did see Michael Hutchence live, in concert.
Cut to last summer when my husband saw INXS featuring the troubled JD Fortune in Seattle. I stayed home due to illness. (Read into that what you may, but I was sick.) He enjoyed seeing the remaining members enjoying themselves with JD, who was seemingly always trying to be Michael on one hand, while attempting to be his own "rock star" at the same time. In hindsight, I'm relieved I didn't attend the concert.
At this point in my post, I feel like I'm rambling. Bottom line--it's about time INXS just stopped.
The Rolling Stones Making Fun of The Beatles’ Music Back In 1965 Video PLUS Concert Info and New Song, ‘Doom and Gloom’
Those naughty rogues. Just look at Mick and Keith making sport of The Beatles' tunes "I've Just Seen a Face" and "Eight Days A Week". I don't know if I've ever seen "Keef" smile with such joy as seen here in the itty-bitty clip.
"The Rolling Stones‘ 50th Anniversary uncorks another bottle of champagne next month with the previously announced release of Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965, a rarity of a film that focuses on the band’s visit to Ireland circa September 1965...
The full, unseen relic will surface on DVD and Blu-Ray come November 6th. A box set that includes both the DVD and Blu-ray discs, two CDs (the soundtrack and live recordings of their 1965 British tour), a 10″ vinyl of live tracks, a 1965 Belfast gig poster, a 42 pg hardcover book, and even a limited cell from the film will also be available. Those with Direct TV, however, can catch the film on November 10th."
Mick's always been cheeky, and always will be. Lord, look at Charlie. That same stoic, bored and disapproving side-eye remains the same, doesn't it? Superfunny.
So. Who's got tickets to see The Stones either in London or Newark, New Jersey? Because I'd TOTALLY go with you.
And Mick? At what, 69? Most of us probably still would.
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We heard rumors about this genius casting -- and now it's been confirmed by Brian May of Queen.
All Hail Freddie!!
Brian broke the news via his website writing:
"I promised news of yesterday's Queen band meeting. Our main agenda was the Freddie film which I'm happy to tell you, is on course."Much of our discussion was about contractual things it's pretty complex and determining who is responsible for what.
"The pieces are all falling into place, though we are now on a slightly later schedule - filming is now scheduled to start in the Spring, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Freddie. The film should be ready for release early in 2014."
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