Anticipate David Bowie's BLACKSTAR

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conflating styles with instruments common to them is such a sad, terrible tendency

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 24 October 2015 23:25 (two years ago) Permalink

Well yes a sax is nor inherently jazzy (or classical, or yacht-y) but I think there was a contemporary jazz sensibility to a lot of the playing on next day, and if press says musicians with jazz backgroundd are playing on this one...

niels, Sunday, 25 October 2015 12:28 (two years ago) Permalink

"jazzy" = "rocky" in the silliness chart.

Mark G, Monday, 26 October 2015 10:51 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

We got a website and snippet.

http://imablackstar.com/

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 November 2015 22:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Some video to go with another bit of the same song.

http://pitchfork.com/news/62095-david-bowie-shares-blackstar-short-film-trailer/

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 13 November 2015 14:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Names of the backing musicians have been released: Donny McCaslin on saxophone, Ben Monder on guitar, Jason Lindner on keyboards, Tim Lefebrve on bass, Mark Guiliana on drums. That's a band I'd listen to with or without David Bowie.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 19 November 2015 16:41 (two years ago) Permalink

has bowie made any public appearances in the last ~5 years? how do we know he's not dead? THE NEXT DAY was loaded with references to alzheimer's, parkinson's, dementia... the whole museum exhibit seemed like a memorial.... is this all an art stunt?

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

he's obviously too sick to tour or perform

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:16 (two years ago) Permalink

i realise this exposes my stupidity (again), but without googling, i have not heard of anyone in that band lineup ..

quesiton : does this revelation give further insight into the sound of the new album ?

mark e, Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:29 (two years ago) Permalink

i realise this exposes my stupidity (again), but without googling, i have not heard of anyone in that band lineup...

They're all New York jazz dudes.

question: does this revelation give further insight into the sound of the new album?

Yes. It will be an album of jazz dudes playing rock music. So it'll probably sound like Steely Dan.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

thank you.
i am not that tuned into the NYC jazz scene, so, appreciate the insight.

mark e, Thursday, 19 November 2015 19:48 (two years ago) Permalink

First single/video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:28 (two years ago) Permalink

This is good.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:39 (two years ago) Permalink

"he's obviously too sick to tour or perform"

I think he just lost interest in touring after having a heart attack. I don't think he's got some kind of ongoing illness; he's getting old, from the videos that are out, but he doesn't look unwell.

akm, Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:53 (two years ago) Permalink

well, his eyeball popped out too

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:54 (two years ago) Permalink

wow this song is wild

polyphonic, Thursday, 19 November 2015 21:58 (two years ago) Permalink

He's looking a bit like John Robb in that video, most disconcerting.

MaresNest, Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:13 (two years ago) Permalink

I really like this new song.

phở intellectual (WilliamC), Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:19 (two years ago) Permalink

did he just sing, "I've got game"?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:21 (two years ago) Permalink

"i'm not a porn star"

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

great fucking song. can't wait now

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

this makes me want to listen to The Next Day

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:49 (two years ago) Permalink

see what daves been up to

flappy bird, Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:49 (two years ago) Permalink

this makes me want to listen to The Next Day

― flappy bird,

it'll take a few minutes to change your mind

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 November 2015 23:00 (two years ago) Permalink

I keep seeing Scott Walker comparisons

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 November 2015 02:03 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm so fucking about this holy shit

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:29 (two years ago) Permalink

bowie!

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:29 (two years ago) Permalink

The "I'm a black star!" refrain is annoying after 20 times. The froufrou bits at the five-minute mark are by far the best.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:39 (two years ago) Permalink

nice echo off his spooky oooooohhs from "Subterraneans."

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Love it. And love The Next Day. My most played Bowie album in years.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:43 (two years ago) Permalink

I couldn't get past how many terrible rock songs TND had. The one in which he yelled through clenched teeth that she'd NEVER BEEE THE BOSS OF MEEEEE made me laugh for days.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:49 (two years ago) Permalink

That's a lot of laughing!

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 20 November 2015 03:59 (two years ago) Permalink

this is so wild!

ciderpress, Friday, 20 November 2015 04:52 (two years ago) Permalink

crap this is cool

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 20 November 2015 05:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Great song. I wish the drums were lower in the mix though

Atvlong last a great Bowie record.probably.

nostormo, Friday, 20 November 2015 07:16 (two years ago) Permalink

My goodness his voice sounds good. If he's not touring so as not to trash his instrument, he can keep on not touring.

Three Word Username, Friday, 20 November 2015 07:20 (two years ago) Permalink

The clip's somehow referencing ergotism, right?

StanM, Friday, 20 November 2015 07:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I thonk he don't do interviews as well anymore

nostormo, Friday, 20 November 2015 07:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Nor do I

Mark G, Friday, 20 November 2015 09:48 (two years ago) Permalink

"Finally, doing the Scott Walker album I wanted to do!"

― Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 October 2015 18:16 (3 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Hah, just looking at the album title and off the back of Sue, this is exactly what I was thinking before I even clicked the thread.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Friday, 20 November 2015 09:52 (two years ago) Permalink

First 4 minutes > last 4 minutes > middle 3 minutes. Brilliant video though.

ArchCarrier, Friday, 20 November 2015 10:15 (two years ago) Permalink

first 4 minutes percussion reminded me of Björk's Hunter tbh

StanM, Friday, 20 November 2015 10:27 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought there was a bit of a Kid A/Amnesiac era Radiohead vibe crossed with the David Bowie from Labyrinth growing old and crossing over with Pan's Labyrinth. Was pretty strange to see it by accident on Sky Arts.

the_ecuador_three, Friday, 20 November 2015 11:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Okay HERE'S something funny -- turns out the director of the video, Johan Renck, who has also directed a lot of other things of late, including the TV series Bowie's done a song for...is none other than Stakka Bo. Really.

https://vimeo.com/70208312

Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 November 2015 15:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Via Wikipedia, more of his resume:

"He has directed music videos for a number of artists including Madonna's "Hung Up" and "Nothing Really Matters", Kylie Minogue's "Love at First Sight", All Saints' "Black Coffee", Robyn's "Handle Me", Robbie Williams's "Tripping" and "She's Madonna", The Libertines' "What Became of the Likely Lads", Suede's "She's in Fashion", New Order's "Crystal" and "Krafty", Beyoncé's "Me, Myself and I", Chris Cornell's "Can't Change Me", The Knife's "Pass This On", Fever Ray's "Seven" and Bat for Lashes' "Daniel".[4] In 2012 he directed the music video "Blue Velvet" for Lana Del Rey which was also used for the commercial campaign by H&M, as well as the music video for "Wild" by Beach House. In 2015 he directed the ten-minute video for David Bowie's "Blackstar."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 November 2015 15:37 (two years ago) Permalink

oh wow i'm a huge fan of this dude's videos. who knew

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Friday, 20 November 2015 15:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Video's great, song is OK. It could fit right on "Outside" without calling attention to itself, for better or for worse. Thinking specifically of stuff like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okg1UBdyvow

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 November 2015 15:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought of Outside too. He's still got that weird charisma in the video, no question.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 November 2015 15:47 (two years ago) Permalink

That's exactly why I like it so much.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 20 November 2015 15:47 (two years ago) Permalink

First 4 minutes > last 4 minutes > middle 3 minutes. Brilliant video though.

― ArchCarrier

agreed with all of that. that video, though. hoooooly shit it's good

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 November 2015 17:32 (two years ago) Permalink

not surprised they'r eputting these out by themselves, but none of those three "new" songs do much for me at all.

akm, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 00:22 (one year ago) Permalink

They grew on me, needed repeat listenings.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 04:31 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

No idea who did this but it's wonderful. Heard it on Sweeney's 2016 best of set on beats in space.
https://soundcloud.com/thisisthenumbernineteen/i-cant-give-everything-away-farewell-mix

― willem, Thursday, January 5, 2017 4:45 AM (six months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://pitchfork.com/news/watch-nine-inch-nails-cover-david-bowies-i-cant-give-everything-away/

NIN played the remix in concert: Reznor said the band had processed Bowie’s death in the studio, working out their own version of Blackstar song “I Can’t Give Everything Away.” “We didn’t release it,” Reznor said, “but we will play it for you tonight.”

so that suggests the remix is actually a NIN cover???

na (NA), Thursday, 20 July 2017 13:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Oh wow, would never have guessed that!

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

Several of the guys who played on this are on the recently released vocalese album The Passion of Charlie Parker, which sounds great on first listen.

Under Heaviside Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

Lazerus still gives me chills every time.

chap, Thursday, 20 July 2017 14:58 (seven months ago) Permalink

It's all about those drums on 'Sue'

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

This secretly might've turned out to be my aoty of '17. About two years on the day of its release now, after Bowie dying soon after, it was this moloch I mostly avoided, in 2016. I dipped my toes in it, sure, but it wasn't until that I felt comfortable to really dive in, trod down the many dark alleys and stumble through the many dream/nightmare scenes hidden within. It's absurdly beautiful and brilliant.

And the 'New Career' harmonica part in 'I Can't Give Everything Away' gets to me every fucking time.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:29 (one month ago) Permalink

When we heard it, those few days before he passed, my girlfriend said after "I Can't Give Everything Away" that she felt like it was a farewell message, a departure. She called it.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:45 (one month ago) Permalink

As austere and coldly beautiful as a late Stevens poem, this album. I listened it to last week driving home from work.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:49 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah I need to return to this

gbx, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:50 (one month ago) Permalink

love this lyric

"I know something's very wrong
The pulse returns the prodigal sons
The blackout hearts, the flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes"

commmunicates the awareness of his own impending death so well it's heartbreaking

kolakube (Ross), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:57 (one month ago) Permalink

As austere and coldly beautiful as a late Stevens poem, this album. I listened it to last week driving home from work.

― morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:49 AM (nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That's as beautiful as it is true, re Stevens. I need to spin this in the car, at night, too.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Listening for the first time in a while now. Still so chilling and awe-inspiring. The final WOO!'s in Tis a Pity. Can't make it thru Lazarus.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:54 (one month ago) Permalink

"lazarus" is fucking haunted, song and video

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:43 (one month ago) Permalink

every time Bowie comes in with that baritone guitar, especially in the last minute (GA-RUNG) -- it's like bells in a churchyard.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Listened to it yesterday, and it more than hold up. I love how the horns are like a distorted version of the Let's Dance ones.

... (Eazy), Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:54 (one month ago) Permalink

...yeah I dunno about this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05ss3sk

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:31 (one month ago) Permalink

he's not a film star

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 14 January 2018 15:39 (one month ago) Permalink

that

sounds

awful

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink

xp of course not, he's a black star

sleeve, Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:34 (one month ago) Permalink

waht

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Culshaw's a reasonable mimic but idk if he's an actor

MaresNest, Sunday, 14 January 2018 16:51 (one month ago) Permalink

xp failed pun, sorry

sleeve, Sunday, 14 January 2018 17:30 (one month ago) Permalink

We got it. Well, I did.

Mark G, Sunday, 14 January 2018 20:13 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

OK I’m flagging you for sharing that

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i had a premonition you would

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 02:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Garson's an interesting guy but...yeah.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 03:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In the Jones oral bio, Garson's attitude is, "Well, I never did drugs, ever, and...well, David didn't call me for years. Then he acted weird when I'd say something."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 03:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm not one for tributes or covers etc, but this (Dutch, soz) sounds promising: a live tribute and reinterpretation of Blackstar at the Holland Festival, with vocals by Laetitia Sadier, Anna Calvi and Anja Plaschg (Soap&Skin). The newly arranged music will be performed by stargaze, a classical ensemble that I only know because they performed with Owen Pallett at Berghain some years ago.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

with vocals by Laetitia Sadier,

!!!

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I know right?!

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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