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David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books

Right now, the Art Gallery Of Ontario is hosting an exhibit called David Bowie Is, which collects artifacts from Bowie’s entire career. And to celebrate the exhibit’s opening, Bowie has shared a list of 100 of his favorite books. As someone whose many incarnations have pulled inspiration from across the cultural landscape, it’s not exactly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 1, 2013 - 1:51 pm

David Bowie’s The Next Day Gets Collectors Edition With New Songs, James Murphy Remix

Earlier this year, David Bowie returned suddenly from a nine-year absence, during which many of us thought he was gravely ill. He came bearing the shockingly strong new album The Next Day, released in March with very little advance warning. And later this fall, he’ll give us a three-disc special edition of the album. One… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 30, 2013 - 10:23 am

Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” Video

Arcade Fire’s hotly anticipated “Reflektor” video, directed by Anton Corbijn, is finally here (a few hours early) and despite being a little jaded from the tornado of hype that’s gone on today, you may find it pretty damn incredible. The whole thing is so big, so weird, so overwhelmingly stylish, and beautiful, not to mentio… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 9, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” Interactive Video

Arcade Fire, trailblazers of the interactive video, have released one for “Reflektor.” It’s a virtual projection by Vincent Morisset and to watch, you need Google Chrome and either a mouse or webcam and a smartphone or tablet. Filmed in Jacmel, Haiti, “the story follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own.”… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 9, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

UPDATE: Watch the “Reflektor” interactive video here and Anton Corbijn’s video here.

Yesterday we posted what is believed to be the artwork for the new album by the Arcade Fire, Reflektor, out 10/29 via Merge. The band has announced that on Monday 9/9 at 9PM they will release the album’s title track and… More »

By: Liz Pelly / September 7, 2013 - 5:07 pm

David Bowie – “Valentine’s Day” Video

Over the course of The Next Day’s rollout, we’ve seen the extraordinarily well preserved, vital art/rock legend David Bowie make hold up his end of the bargain, from a song and video standpoint: See “Where Are We Now?“‘s film school nostalgia, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)“‘s Tilda Swinton-informed suburban surrealism, and “The Next Day“‘s A-list… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 16, 2013 - 8:47 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Have you watched the 15-minute Red Bull Music Academy documentary about DFA? Or the hour-long Savages Ministry Of Sound show? No? You should do those things. As ever, there was plenty of amazing music-related video on the internet this past week, and not all of it took the form of actual music videos. Some of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 10, 2013 - 11:45 am

David Bowie – “The Next Day” Video

For his third video from The Next Day, David Bowie is keeping things cinematic and strange. Obviously. Here once more is Floria Sigismundi, again directing A-list movie stars (last time Tilda Swinton, this time Marion Cotillard and Gary Oldman) in a typical tale of the church, a brothel, and a stigmata-afflicted prostitute. It’s an idea… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 8, 2013 - 8:15 am

Check Out David Bowie’s “Work Flow Diagram” For The Next Day

Last month, David Bowie broke a nine-year silence by releasing the very good new album The Next Day, and thus far he’s refused any and all interview requests about the album and how it came to be. But now he’s given us something that might almost sort of count as an interview, or at least… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2013 - 9:19 am

David Bowie Albums From Worst To Best

Here, let’s play a game. Try to imagine David Bowie’s entire career as a single line (it’s a long line). Our line follows him from song to song, album to album, through every character he’s ever created, every look he’s stumbled onto, or invented, or borrowed, every musical style he’s played. From glam to folk,… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / March 22, 2013 - 10:00 am

John Vanderslice – “Big Brother” (David Bowie Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

For reasons presumably unrelated to Davie Bowie’s triumphant recent reemergence, the veteran indie singer-songwriter and studio rat John Vanderslice has covered Bowie’s stone-classic 1974 album Diamond Dogs in full. Through Kickstarter, Vanderslice is crowdfunding the release of that Diamond Dogs cover, as well as Dagger Beach, his own new album. Vanderslice has already more tha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2013 - 10:30 am

Premature Evaluation: David Bowie The Next Day

Four and a half years ago, I was working at a startup music website that never ended up launching; the parent company decided that it wasn’t worth the investment and laid all of us off. But for months, we went into work in a gleaming midtown office every day, concocting possible recurring features and tinkering… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2013 - 4:08 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were too many music videos this week. I had to devote a huge chunk to yesterday afternoon just watching all the ones I’d missed. And worse, there were too many good ones. How is anyone supposed to process all these entertaining music videos? It’s fucked up. When a K-pop boy band makes a music… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Stream David Bowie The Next Day

At the year’s beginning, David Bowie made a whole lot of people happy by announcing the imminent release of The Next Day, his first studio album in a decade. We’ve already posted the early tracks “Where Are We Now?” and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Now, a week and a half before the album drops,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2013 - 8:43 am

David Bowie – “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” Video (NSFW)

David Bowie announced his imminent new album The Next Day, his first in 10 years, with a new song and video called “Where Are We Now?” The song was strong, but the video was absolute muddled weirdness. But with a new video for the sweeping, impressive new song “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” Bowie is,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2013 - 9:03 am

Beck – “Sound And Vision” 360-Degree Interactive Video

Well, Beck wins music videos for the day, probably for the week provided Kanye doesn’t release “Runaway II” or something. While last week it didn’t seem like Beck could get any more mad with 167-piece orchestra-fueled power, he has somehow already done so:… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 19, 2013 - 3:50 pm

New David Bowie Song Coming Feb. 26

David Bowie’s new album, The Next Day, is due out 3/12 via Columbia Records. So far, he’s released one single, “Where Are We Now?” Today NME reports that another track is on the way. On Facebook this morning, Bowie posted an announcement for a 2/26 single, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”. The artwork is above. More »

By: Liz Pelly / February 17, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Watch Beck Cover Bowie’s “Sound And Vision” With A 167-Piece Orchestra

There is so much going on here, I can hardly wrap my head around the whole thing. Beck and 160+ musicians have recorded a new, multi-instrument, yodel-filled version of David Bowie’s “Sound And Vision.” The cover has moments of awesomeness and “wow” but also feels like a scene in that episode of 30 Rock whe… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 11, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Preview Beck’s Cover Of David Bowie’s “Sound & Vision”

Apparently, the American automotive industry isn’t doing that badly, since Lincoln appears to be spending a whole ton of money on a new series of reinterpreted art pieces called “Hello, Again.” And as part of that campaign, Beck and the great music video director Chris Milk are teaming up for a new version of David… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2013 - 11:15 am

Craftwerk: The 10 Weirdest David Bowie Crafts On The Web

Consider the following proposition: even if David Bowie — genius author of countless classic songs — had never issued a single piece of music, his status as a cultural icon and legend would remain secure simply on the basis of his astounding contributions to the world of fashion. Who else could make that claim? Elvis,… More »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / January 14, 2013 - 3:51 pm