Anticipate David Bowie's BLACKSTAR

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nice echo off his spooky oooooohhs from "Subterraneans."

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

That's a lot of laughing!

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

this is so wild!

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

crap this is cool

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

The clip's somehow referencing ergotism, right?

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

I thonk he don't do interviews as well anymore

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

Nor do I

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

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

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

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

StanM, Friday, 20 November 2015 10:27 (three 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 (three 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 none other than Stakka Bo. Really.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 20 November 2015 15:36 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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:

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

That's exactly why I like it so much.

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

as expected, mojo are all over this.

collecters edition (i.e subscribers) has a special bowie cover, a massive feature re the album, and have given the album 4/5 rating.

" * somewhat recalls station to station in form - epic multipart title track opener, seven songs in 41 minutes, odd atmospherics, rhythmic heft, tremendous singing - but otherwise there's no obvious precedent in the bowie canon'

colour me fucking pyched.

mark e, Friday, 20 November 2015 18:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Well, to be fair, legacy artists keep MOJO going. The album must be 4/5 stars.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 November 2015 18:30 (three years ago) Permalink

i tried gifing this video and it has some special codec or something that blocks that from being possible =(

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 20 November 2015 18:32 (three years ago) Permalink

gotta go with screen capture

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 November 2015 18:34 (three years ago) Permalink

There is absolutely no chance anything about this resembles "Station to Station" beyond the artist's name.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Loving this song. Did not believe he had anything like this still in him. He tried so hard in the 90s and could not come close. He had 10 years to write an album and put out one with Boss of Me on it. Now out of nowhere comes this. I've been in a good mood all day after seeing this. It's brilliant.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:13 (three years ago) Permalink

feeling pretty ho hum about this, interesting enough, nice to see the old boy still doing it, and not embarrassing himself.

otoh: horrible drum sounds, really grating refrain of "im a blackstar" - and that's the only things I remember from the track having listened to it 4 hours ago.

Karl Rove Knausgård (jim in glasgow), Friday, 20 November 2015 19:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Does he ever say "I'm not a pop star?"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

really grating refrain of "im a blackstar"

That's the best bit!

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Excellent track. Got a lot of anticipation now happening for the full album.

doug watson, Friday, 20 November 2015 23:03 (three years ago) Permalink

xps damn the first thing i thought was how good the drums sounded.

flappy bird, Friday, 20 November 2015 23:12 (three years ago) Permalink

I have no idea what that is. (Please tell me it's not fucking Doctor Who.)

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 21 November 2015 01:45 (three years ago) Permalink

kinda like this, the beginning is like radiohead, i don't feel the middle part too much, i like the end reprise without the basic as hell breakbeat. video feels very inspired by punchdrunk immersive theatre - dunno if that's a ref point here but for the last 2/3/4 years they've had huge shows in london and nyc i am seeing ghosts of their design/costume/lighting everywhere.

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Saturday, 21 November 2015 02:07 (three years ago) Permalink

I got Dr Who vibes from this. Bowie needs to be a guest Doctor.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 21 November 2015 02:48 (three years ago) Permalink


’Tis A Pity She Was A Whore
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
Girl Loves Me
Dollar Days
I Can’t Give Everything Away

apparently 'Tis A Pity and Sue are re-recordings, and James Murphy did percussion on two tracks

ufo, Saturday, 21 November 2015 03:34 (three years ago) Permalink

xpost Nightbreed?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 21 November 2015 04:16 (three years ago) Permalink

it's David Cronenberg's bad guy from Clive Barker's Nightbreed. I also got a bit of that character from Pan's Labyrinth.

dan selzer, Saturday, 21 November 2015 15:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah it's Nightbreed. The button eyes, the girl with the tail, the pastoral stuff (spacebarn), city in the distance with the huge candle all kind of reminded me of it

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Saturday, 21 November 2015 19:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Can't believe he still had a song like this in him. I liked the basic backbeat in the last part - seemed to fit the direction well and there's enough going on that I didn't want the drums to do much.

Vinnie, Sunday, 22 November 2015 03:40 (three years ago) Permalink

wow blackstar, really did not expect something this good

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Sunday, 22 November 2015 04:17 (three years ago) Permalink

If the rest holds up, it will easily be the best thing he's done since the early 80s. Very nice. Definitely picks up on a 'Nite Flights' vibe, which is never a bad thing.

Soundslike, Sunday, 22 November 2015 04:25 (three years ago) Permalink

See, it was initially disappointing to hear that 'Tis A Pity and Sue were on this album, since we'd already heard them and the album has only seven tracks, but I am so excited to hear they're re-recorded versions. The Sue already heard was very good, and 'Tis A Pity sounded like a demo of a great great track. These plus the fantastic Blackstar track are so promising I can't believe it. If he keeps up the same standard for the remaining four tracks it'll be up there with the 70s stuff. Doesn't seem possible, but can't wait to hear it.

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:47 (three years ago) Permalink

The album begins with the 10-minute title track, a surreal, haunting song that began as two completely separate tunes before Bowie and Visconti sewed them together. The original version was actually more than 11 minutes long, but they cut it to 9:57 after learning iTunes won't post singles that cross the 10-minute mark. "It's total bullshit," says Visconti with a laugh. "But David was adamant it be the single, and he didn't want both an album version and a single version, since that gets confusing."

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 November 2015 20:24 (three years ago) Permalink

iTunes won't post singles that cross the 10-minute mark

well that's fucking stupid

welltris (crüt), Monday, 23 November 2015 20:27 (three years ago) Permalink

From physical format limitations to corporate policy limitations, how wonderful.

doug watson, Monday, 23 November 2015 21:50 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 03:09 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

with vocals by Laetitia Sadier,


flappy bird, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:47 (one year ago) Permalink

I know right?!

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:55 (one year ago) Permalink

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