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Free Form Friday: Cats on Mars rescuing pets from the Ukranian war zone

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Free Form Friday is supposed to be my weekly non-Bowie post, but you might have noticed something familiar about the image illustrating this post. Be prepared-- this isn't really about David Bowie, but there is a connection. The story begins, at least from my end, when I noticed a series of videos appear on YouTube of Ukranian bands performing Bowie…

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Pete Farrugia on how everything’s gone wrong since Bowie died

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Pete Farrugia is a master guitar player and guitar teacher who will appear on this blog this upcoming Saturday for the weekly interview. Pete grew up around London in the 70s and was influenced by, you know, a local singer named Bowie. In this video, Pete isn't playing guitar but shines a light on everything that's gone wrong since Bowie…

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Bowie and Politics, Part 11: God and Man

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A thread of spiritualism runs throughout Bowie’s music from obscure, early songs such as “Silly Boy Blue” (1966) and “Karma Man” (1967) that reflect a teenager’s understanding of Buddhism, through both overt references to the occultist Aleister Crowley, such as in “Quicksand” (1971) and more obscure references to Crowley’s work in such songs as “Station to Station” (1976), to contemplations…

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Divine Symmetry: So, is Paul McCartney’s “Jet” (1973) about David Bowie?

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I once saw filmmaker Oliver Stone give a lecture and stood in line to ask him a question. When I had my chance, I asked him about a scene in his movie, Nixon, that seemed to suggest that Watergate and Nixon's near-impeachment were all a setup by a group of shady oil executives who previously supported him and helped engineer…

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Peter Farrugia’s “Drive-in Saturday” (repost)

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Pete Farrugia is a British guitar player and teacher who has been active on the music scene since the 1970s. I selected his rendition of "Drive in Saturday" a few weeks ago as "Cover of the Week," which I'm reposting here (by the way, that is a ukelele he's playing). Come back Saturday for out discussion of the guitar, David…

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Return of the Drive in Saturday Tuesday Movie Review: Godzilla X Kong!

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With the return of the drive-in season comes the return of this feature and a hiatus for the “Hooked to the Silver Screen” series (I’ll do a recap one of these weeks where I don’t see a drive-in movie). “Drive in Saturday,” is, of course a Bowie song, but often these movies reviews have no other connection to Bowie. Going…

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RIP David Sanborn: Bowie’s saxophonist on Young Americans and David Live

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David Sanborn, who played sax on the Young Americans and David Live albums has passed away. Like so many other musicians who played with Bowie, Sanborn had a long and distinguished career on his own, though he wasn’t necessarily a household name. He’s the one on sax in this video of Bowie performing the song, “Young Americans,” on the Dick…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: EgoB covers “Hallo Spaceboy”

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”Hallo Spaceboy” (1995) is one of Bowie’s (somewhat) later songs that I suspect would be better known had he released it earlier in his career. Both hard-driving and melodic, its lyrics call back to Bowie’s early themes of gender fluidity, space and chaos. Plus, as part of the 1. Outside album, it represents Bowie’s last collaboration with Brian Eno. Yet…

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180 Studio Bowie photo exhibit

I heard the news today*… David Bowie News of the Week! Special (mostly) British edition

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This my weekly summary of news of the about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. As always, there were actually more stories either about Bowie, or in which Bowie is at least mentioned, but this is my selection of the highlights. Photo Exhibit features Bowie. The 180 Studios in London is running an exhibit…

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Exclusive Video Interview with British musician W3st!

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I only started featuring interviews as part of this blog at the beginning of this year, and already the project has taken me around the world. The journey this week takes me to England, where I meet a rising musician who goes by W3st. W3st posted a cover of Bowie’s “Starman” that I selected as “Cover of the Week” a…

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British Musician W3st’s cover of “Starman”

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Update: June 9, 2024: I originally ran this post as a “cover of the week” then re-posted it in advance my my exclusive interview with W3st, which you can link to HERE. —- Before I get into my selection for cover of the week, I’m going to briefly recap the point of this weekly feature: Bowie’s music lives on as…

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Free Form Friday: Kong-a-thon!

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie feature. If you want more Bowie, come back tomorrow for an excellent interview with British musician W3st, who I discovered because he did an excellent cover of “Starman.” We’ll talk about that, Bowie and much more. But meantime let me tell you about watching all three version of King Kong… —- I was…

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RIP Steve Albini

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Steve Albini, music producer and engineer involved with hundreds of albums for many artists passed away yesterday. Among the many acts Albini was connected to was the band, Pixies and their creation of the song, “Cactus,” which Bowie covered on the 2002 album, Heathen. Bowie, who also performed the song live on tour, added an element to the song that…

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Divine Symmetry: W3st’s Kunenduge— and if you like this, come back Saturday for an exclusive interview!

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A few weeks ago I chose, as “cover of the week,” a great rendition of “Starman” by a British musician who goes by W3st. I liked what he did with the song and I liked his voice, so I asked him for an interview, which he was good enough to grant me and that’s going to run this upcoming Saturday…

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Exclusive Content: Andy Griffin on his cover of “Heroes”

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Visitors to this blog know that every Monday I select a “cover of the week” from videos posted in YouTube over the previous seven days. I somehow missed Andy Griffin’s excellent cover of “Heroes” when it originally posted a couple of weeks ago, but that’s no reason to deny you the excellent video. And by video, I mean video. There…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Hooked to the Silver Screen

This is the big one! By the time of his death, David Bowie had appeared in dozens of movies, documentaries, music videos, television shows, a Broadway play and even a video game, but The Man Who Fell to Earth is his most iconic role, aside from that of being a rock star. There are so many recognizable images of Bowie…

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David Bowie cover of the week: Jazz Dynamos perform “Starman”

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I was blown away by this jazz rendition of “Starman” by the band, Jazz Dynamos and especially the beautiful, hypnotic voice of lead singer Lucy Randell. The band’s website, which you can link to HERE, quotes from a review by Mike Wells of The Review Hub (click to link to the review): “They specialise in creating jazz re-arrangements of songs…

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I heard the news today* … Bowie stories of the week: New releases a go-go!

I Heard the News

This is the second installment of my weekly summary of news of the week about Bowie. The bolded titles link to the original stories I summarize below. As always, there were actually more stories either about Bowie, or in which Bowie is at least mentioned, but this is my selection of the highlights. Plus this week’s installment comes with a…

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Exclusive Video Interview with Rob Fleming, KillerStar lead singer and co-founder

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I don’t listen to much genuinely new music. The only three new relatively new albums I’ve been repeatedly listening to in totality in recent months have been The Rolling Stones’s new album, the Easy Star All-Star’s complete cover of Ziggy Stardust, called Ziggy Stardub… and KillerStar. KillerStar is the name of the album and the band. Of these three albums,…

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Coming tomorrow: Exclusive Video Interview with Rob Fleming, lead singer and co-founder of KillerStar!

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KillerStar, a band that derived its name from Davd Bowie's 2003 song "New Killer Star" has been called "one of the 12 most exciting acts in the world" for good reason. Co-founders Rob Fleming and James Sedge are joined on their self-titled debut album by alumni from David Bowies' bands dating back to the early 1970s-- Mike Garson on piano,…

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Under the Moonlight: Bowie’s hidden influence

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I’m embarrassed to admit that I was not familiar with the American artist Betye Saar until I read a New York Times article about how she’s making some of the best art of her life at the age of 97. What’s the name of her current touring exhibit, which at the moment of this writing is at the Kunstmuseum in…

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Trump Kennedy 2024

Free Form Friday: Despite Trump’s attacks on Kennedy, RFK Jr. is Still a Trump Tool

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Free Form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post. Come back tomorrow if you’re looking for more Bowie. I have a great interview I’ll be posting with Rob Fleming, the lead singer and co-founder of the band KillerStar, which has a new album out featuring many Bowie alumni. You won’t want to miss it! —- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is running…

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Bowie and Politics Part 10: Holding on to Nothing

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At their most abstract, the political implication of the Space Oddity album is that politics is pointless (see last week’s post). This is to say that people give up their agency and their intelligence when they become one with a group, collective action works against the individual, authority only acts to oppress and the chaotic world is impervious to being…

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Divine Symmetry I 26 I KillerStar (Self-titled album, 2023)

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KillerStar is an extraordinary band with an extraordinary debut album. The music is great, on its own, with no need to know anything else. But there are special toy surprises for Bowie fans. To begin with, the band's name is an homage to Bowie-- it's taken from "New Killer Star," the song off Bowie's Reality (2023). Why would a band…

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Hooked to the Silver Screen: The Hunger Television Show (Updated) (1999)

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I originally posted the main text of this on February 8th, 2023, before I launched the “Hooked to the Silver Screen” commentary on Bowie as an actor. I’m updating the post by adding the now-standard features of the series— “Good use of Bowie?” And, “Rating.” Because you might have already read the main text, I’m going to do this slightly…

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David Bowie Cover of the Week: DiMusiCover performs “Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide

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“Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide” is one of the favorite and most meaningful songs for many Bowie fans. The culminating message of the song, and to many, the entire Ziggy Stardust album is, “you’re not alone.” Seldom is it mentioned that Bowie never a again (or before) delivered that message, and considering many of his songs are about isolation and are…

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Coming Saturday: Exclusive Interview with KillerStar’s Rob Fleming!

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This upcoming Saturday will feature an exclusive video interview with Rob Fleming, lead singer and co-founder of the band KillerStar. The band’s first, self-titled album features many Bowie alumni including Mike Garson on piano, Earl Slick and Mark Plati on guitar, Gail Ann Dorsey and Tim Lefebvre on bass, Emm Gryner on backing vocals, and Donny McCaslin on saxophone. It’s…

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“Adam Steiner” “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)”

Adam Steiner interviews David Mallet about Working with David Bowie

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Friend of the blog and author of the great book, Silhouettes and Shadows: The Secret History of David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Adam Steiner recently (like, today), posted an interview he conducted for the book with David Mallet, director of some of Bowie’s most iconic videos. I don’t normally post links to other peoples’ interviews on this blog,…

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Linguini Incident

New Feature (?) I Heard the News Today…Bowie Stories of the Week

I Heard the News

I’ve been playing around with the idea of doing a weekly summary of news stories about or partially about Bowie from the prior week. My concern is that this type of thing exists out there already, so this might not work. I’m going to give it a try and see if it’s both fruitful and different. If you have an…

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EXCLUSIVE Interview: Bowie author Chris O’Leary

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One of the truly wonderful aspects of this project for me is that I’ve been able to interact with authors I’ve been reading, sometimes for years. Chris O’Leary is such an author. Chris is the Bowie writer who other Bowie writers go to as a source. His two books, which discuss every Bowie song, Rebel Rebel and Ashes to Ashes,…

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Free Form Friday: Jill Stein and the fight for the right to be right

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Free form Friday is my weekly non-Bowie post (though this one does include a Bowie reference at the end). For more Bowie, come back tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Bowie writer Chris O’Leary. You won’t want to miss this one!!! —- Holy false equivalence, Batman! After a recent visit to my home town of Albany, New York, by Vladimir…

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Bowie and Politics Part 9: Wherein David Bowie nukes the hippies

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This is a continuation of last week’s segment, about the political implications of the songs on Bowie’s second album, which is today known as Space Oddity. It is the ninth installment of a long form piece on Bowie and politics. —- Bowie saves Space Oddity’s greatest indictment of the crowd for two oblique songs: “Cygnet Committee” and “Memory of a…

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Cheery songs of the apocalypse: Listening to Critchley & Simmons with Simon Critchley

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Simon Critchley has figured out how to be heard. The renown philosopher’s words are expressed in books, articles, podcasts, interviews, newspapers, lectures, audiobooks and… song. One of those interviews I mentioned was with me, which came about because one of those books Simon wrote was about David Bowie. At the end of our discussion he invited me down to New…

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