Wishing David Bowie a Happy Birthday today. Thanking him for his latest artistic contribution, a brand new single and accompanying video (Directed by Tony Oursler), “Where Are We Now?”.
It was leaked very nonchalant on the InterWeb this morning.
The new single is available on iTunes in 119 countries.
David Bowie will also be releasing a new album on March 12, 2013 titled The Next Day. The album is timed to coincide with the major retrospective exhibition coming to the Victoria & Albert Museum on 23 March, featuring handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.
You can pre-order The Next Day on iTunes in one of two editions, Standard 14 tracks or Deluxe, 17 tracks 😉
The Next Day
The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Love Is Lost
Where Are We Now?
If You Can See Me
I’d Rather Be High
Boss of Me
Dancing Out In Space
How Does the Grass Grow?
(You Will) Set the World On Fire
You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
So She (Bonus Track)
I’ll Take You There (Bonus Track)
Plan (Bonus Track)
David Bowie has relaunched his Website, http://davidbowie.com, which features some exciting new content. Golden Years 🙂
Little did everyone realize that when Dave Grohl announced at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park NYC on September 30, 2012 that he was taking a hiatus from the Foo Fighters the significance of that pivot point in his music career.
Before playing ‘Learn To Fly’, the group’s fourth song of the night, Grohl said: “Without making a big deal out of it, we
don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man. Honestly I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again…and this is the perfect place to do it.”
Dave has produced a labor of love movie about Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, California, Sound City. This studio has been the birthplace of many of the greatest recordings in rock and roll history. The studio has since closed but we get to visit it once again through the miracle of the camera lens.
I really feel like SOUND CITY is my life’s most important work. I hope you do too. – Dave Grohl
There is a companion motion picture soundtrack, Real to Reel with many new tracks recorded through the 1970’s Neve Sound Board Dave Grohl purchased from Sound City Studios.
The making of this film and the soundtrack initiates the nucleus of an innovative sound direction for Grohl and friends.
Dave Grohl will debut a new supergroup, named Sound City Players, at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the Sound City movie will début reports Rolling Stone. The track listing above gives a good sign as to who that new supergroup may feature 😉
2013 promises to be an extremely busy and productive year for Dave Grohl. He will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on March 14. He will also be drumming on the forthcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album.
Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Janis Joplin to grace the front. But Joplin who was an avid fan of underground comics, especially the work of Crumb, so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia Records place it on the front cover. It is number nine on Rolling Stone’s list of one hundred greatest album covers.
I value R. Crumb’s insightful articulation of the blues. He has created various collectibles which uniquely educate and tell us about the blues. One such collectible is the Heroes of the Blues Trading Cards.
The trading cards complement the book, R. Crumb Draws The Blues, in which his homage to the life of Delta bluesmen Charley Patton, is beautifully rendered. Almost of comparable quality is the story of jazzman Jelly Roll Morton‘s struggle with a career-damaging voodoo curse. Crumb’s fondness for pre-war (WWII) country and blues records predominates this title.
If this type of content peaks your interest in R. Crumb as an album art graphics designer, may I also suggest, R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection. For music/album cover fans (like myself) this is one of Robert Crumb’s finest books.
I also discovered that R. Crumb is very good friends with Eden & John’s East River String Band. He has illustrated three of their covers and plays mandolin on their latest album, Be Kind to A Man When He’s Down.
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