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David Bowie – No Plan EP

David Bowie’s final recording, No Plan EP was released January 8, 2017 on what would have been his 70th birthday.

It contains the single “Lazarus”, the EP also features tracks recorded for the acclaimed musical of the same name, melancholic “No Plan”, “Killing A Little Time” which is akin to material from Outside and the ambient acid rock track “When I Met You”.

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The No Plan video was directed by Tom Hingston, it features a motif of rows of TV screens from The Man Who Fell To Earth, with a nod to main character Thomas Newton with the shop name Newton Electrical. It culminates with visions of space travel and a final salute image from Bowie.

 

 

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Ian Hunter – Fingers Crossed

Ian Hunter’s forthcoming studio album, Fingers Crossed (September 16th) unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.

Track Listing:

1. That’s When the Trouble Starts
2. Dandy
3. Ghosts
4. Fingers Crossed
5. White House
6. Bow Street Runners
7. Morpheus
8. Stranded in Reality
9. You Can’t Live in the Past
10. Long Time

Michael Stipe: The Man Who Sold The World

I was watching the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon when I heard Jimmy mention that Michael Stipe would be performing a tribute to David Bowie. I did everything in my power to stay awake for Michael’s performance. I had been missing his soulful voice. I wasn’t disappointed.

It was a great teaser for the The Music of David Bowie tribute concert which sold out in minutes at Carnegie Hall on Thursday March 31st and Friday April 1st. The Friday night concert will be streamed for a suggested donation of $20. Donations benefit various NY City music education programs. A cause near and dear to the music of our heart 🙂

Here is Michael Stipe’s segment. I love how it is just Micheal invoking Bowie set against a solo pianist. Striking. Welcome back, Michael. It’s wonderful to hear you singing from your heart once more.

Intel INMUSIC and the House of Gaga

The music technologist inside me is thrilled to see Intel entering into a multi-year partnership with The Recording Academy. The use of 3D Facial Projection Technique at the beginning of Lady Gaga’s tribute to David Bowie was innovative and compelling to experience.

Intel and the House of Gaga, have I believe, begun a mutual journey of expanding the vision of how technology will revolutionize live music. I envision greater collaborative efforts in the future which is what music needs to reach that next dimension of appreciation.

Bravo, Intel, House of Gaga and The Recording Academy, you have founded the new formula of creative, innovative excellence. We can’t wait to experience what you have in store for us next and beyond.

101 Essential Rock Records

The music coffee table book that you will want to sink your teeth into is 101 Essential Rock Records, The Golden Age of Vinyl From The Beatles by Jeff Gold.

This volume is a tribute to the vinyl album and celebrates 101 of rock’s most influential records — from The Beatles’ 1963 début Please Please Me — through the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks (1977.)

The book also features contribution writings from musicians Devendra Banhart, David Bowie, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Nels Cline (Wilco), Robyn Hitchcock, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Graham Nash, and Suzanne Vega.

The book documents a period in recorded music where vinyl ruled with commanding authority. I love that it was a time when I was a rabid music collector and listener. I am proud to say that I own 60 of the 101 essential rock records 🙂 The book brings back the feelings of going to the record store to buy the rare cover edition of Blind Faith sold to me in a brown paper bag.

Jeff Gold is my new hero. He writes with such passion and conviction. It’s no wonder he is profiled by Rolling Stone as one of five “top collectors of high-end music memorabilia”.

Gold owns the music collectibles website Recordmecca.com, and writes about topics of interest to collectors on its associated blog. By the way the Web site is awesome!

This is a book you will want to squirrel away quality reading and listening time with as you explore the essential records.

There is a companion 101 Essential Rock Records Web site where you can see full sample pages of the four page spreads of the respective albums.

So here is the list in chronological order of the 101 Essential Rock Records, see how many you can check off 😉

101 Essential Rock Records 

1. The Beatles – Please Please Me
2. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
3. The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones
4. Bob Dylan – Another Side of Bob Dylan
5. Davy Graham – Folk Blues & Beyond…
6. Them – Angry Young Them
7. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
9. The Who – My Generation
10. Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence
11. The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
12. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
13. Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
14. The Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
15. Yardbirds – Yardbirds
16. John Mayall with Eric Clapton – Blues Breakers
17. The Butterfield Blues Band – East West
18. The Beatles – Revolver
19. Jefferson Airplane – Takes Off
20. The Kinks – Face to Face
21. The 13th Floor Elevators – The Psychedelic Sounds Of
22. Laura Nyro – More Than A New Discovery
23. The Doors – The Doors
24. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
25. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground
26. Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead
27. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
28. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
29. Moby Grape – Moby Grape
30. Tim Buckley – Goodbye and Hello
31. Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
32. Buffalo Springfield – Again
33. Love – Forever Changes
34. Cream – Disraeli Gears
35. Traffic – Mr. Fantasy
36. The Who – The Who Sell Out
37. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
38. The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
39. Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
40. The Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
41. The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle
42. Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
43. The Band – Music From The Big Pink
44. Grateful Dead – Anthem of the Sun
45. Jeff Beck – Truth
46. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills
47. The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
48. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
49. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
50. The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)
51. The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow
52. The Pentangle – Sweet Child
53. The Soft Machine – The Soft Machine
54. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
55. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
56. The Flying Burrito Bros. – The Gilded Palace of Sin
57. MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
58. Sly And The Family Stone – Stand!
59. Neil Young With Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
60. Alexander Spence – Oar
61. The Who – Tommy
62. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash
63. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
64. Blind Faith – Blind Faith
65. Jethro Tull – Stand Up
66. The Stooges – The Stooges
67. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
68. King Crimson – In The Court of The Crimson King
69. Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day
70. Fairport Convention – Liege & Leaf
71. The Move – Shazam
72. James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
73. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
74. Emerson Lake & Palmer – Emerson Lake & Palmer
75. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World
76. Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
77. Carole King – Tapestry
78. Can – Tago Mago
79. Yes – The Yes Album
80. Joni Mitchell – Blue
81. The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
82. Genesis – Nursery Cryme
83. Faust – Faust
84. The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St.
85. David Bowie – The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
86. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
87. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
88. Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power
89. New York Dolls – New York Dolls
90. Big Star – #1 Record
91. Kraftwerk – Autobahn
92. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
93. Patti Smith – Horses
94. Ramones – Ramones
95. The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
96. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Cheap
97. Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
98. The Damned – The Damned
99. The Clash – The Clash
100. Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77
101. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols

 

Love is Lost David Bowie (Hello Steve Reich ReMix by James Murphy)

The James Murphy‘s remix of David Bowie‘s “Love Is Lost” was revealed today on the David Bowie Web Site and on BBC 6Music this morning.
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/david-bowie-to-unveil-james-murphy-remix-on-thursday-news#vPQZ8CKvj1zuF0de.99

Listen: David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost” remix by James Murphy

Murphy said the remix (officially dubbed the “Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy”) came together around the same time the two worked on the Arcade Fire single “Reflektor”.

The ReMix title is a nod to American composer Steve Reich. “I was obsessed with Steve Reich’s clapping music, so I opened [the remix] with a phasing clapping piece,” Murphy explained.

This track will be part of The Next Day Extra the extended, three-disc version of Bowie’s 2013 album The Next Day, scheduled to drop on November 4th.

Be sure to check out the digital edition of redesigned NME Magazine with a 14 page spread on David Bowie. Props to NME on their beautiful responsive design 😉

I can’t wait for the Apple iPad Mini Retina announcement on 10/22. New Years resolve go digital music magazine exclusively.

“New” from Paul McCartney

I received an early morning e-mail communication from Top Spin Media (Top Spin Platform Direct to Fan Business) for Paul McCartney about his next album, New. I am constantly impressed with how Sir Paul leverages the latest technology with the power of the InterWeb to effectively communicate his music directly to his fans.

It is very reminiscent of the marketing campaign that David Bowie used to communicate and tell fans at a very early hour and radiate the news as the day progresses. David Bowie awakened the world to his new album in this way and it was a very effective means to build interest, listening and sales.

The Top Spin e-mail highlights in one fell swoop universal accessibility to Facebook, Google+,  Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube.

The link for Spotify does not yet feature the “New” single I imagine this may be due to the understanding with iTunes first, Spotify to follow (my guess here…)

You can pre-order New on iTunes here

Paul’s New album will include 12 new songs, which he worked on with new collaborators. I am hoping this recording will feature a couple more songs he has performed with Nirvana mates, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. I am very interested to learn who else he collaborated with on New.

Photo: Mary McCartney

Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

I have been seeing the name Daft Punk often on my music radar screen. I finally took the plunge and gave their music a solid listen today. Woah how cool are the textures of the mixes they are producing.

Let’s start with their new single, “Get Lucky” from the forthcoming album Random Access Memories which is a collaborative effort with Daft Punk(Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter), featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers.

Nile Rodgers is a major catalyst in music. He explains on the video below how he creates with his guitar. He then pinpoints his role with Chic, his mutual respect for David Bowie and Donna Summer. It’s so cool to see how enthused he is to work with Daft Punk.

David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

We absolutely love David Bowie. We especially enjoy David Bowie the actor.

We had the rare opportunity to see David Bowie in the title role in the Broadway theater production The Elephant Man in 1980. It was an amazing performance to witness as David Bowie wore no special makeup. He contorted his body to resemble the Elephant Man. Bowie was so adept at this technique that you believed right from the first scene that’s who he resembled.

“London Hospital of 1886–a doctor ponders Merrick’s appalling case. As the slide show proceeds, a small scrim is swept aside, and there, wearing nothing but a rough cloth diaper, all wax-white skin and elegant bone, arms and legs extended as though tacked to a zodiac, stands David Bowie. Wordless and unmoving, he is nevertheless an electric presence. As the doctor details the particulars of Merrick’s affliction–an incurable infestation of bone, skin and nerve tumors known as multiple neurofibromatosis—Bowie’s sleek frame starts to sag and wither. His arm stiffens, his leg droops and curls, his spine crooks outward, and his head begins to bobble benignly. Provided with a cane and a tattered cloak, the character is complete, and as Bowie hobbles off downstage, every eye in the house stays on him.

Now, in 2013, David Bowie has released his second music video from The Next Day, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”. I have to say its engaging to watch and hear as David Bowie possesses a captivating screen presence.

Witness for yourself, if you haven’t seen it yet that is 😉