David Bowie. Serious Badass.
The Museum of Arts & Design in NYC is presenting “David Bowie, Artist:”
"a multi-platform retrospective re-framing Bowie’s daring, multi-discipline career as that of an artist working primarily in performance.  From his roots in such performance-based practices as cabaret, mime, and avant-garde theater, to Ziggy Stardust, his revolutionary tour that synthesized theater, music, and contemporary art into a rock spectacle, as well as his innovative video collaborations, and his work in cinema and theater, David Bowie, Artist presents Bowie as one of the most iconoclastic cultural producers of the 20th century."
And my head exploded! Guess I know where I’ll be spending my June nights this Summer as they’re screening most of the movies he’s appeared in. “The Hunger”, “Basquiat”, and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” are faves. 
Who’s your favorite Bowie? Andro Hippie Bowie? Ziggy Stardust? Aladdin Sane?Diamond Dogs Bowie? Thin White Duke? Berlin Bowie? Scary Monsters Bowie? Let’s Dance Bowie? Tin Machine Bowie?

My personal fave is Berlin Bowie (“Heroes”).
Hat tip to @mikemonello.

David Bowie. Serious Badass.

The Museum of Arts & Design in NYC is presenting “David Bowie, Artist:”

"a multi-platform retrospective re-framing Bowie’s daring, multi-discipline career as that of an artist working primarily in performance.  From his roots in such performance-based practices as cabaret, mime, and avant-garde theater, to Ziggy Stardust, his revolutionary tour that synthesized theater, music, and contemporary art into a rock spectacle, as well as his innovative video collaborations, and his work in cinema and theater, David Bowie, Artist presents Bowie as one of the most iconoclastic cultural producers of the 20th century."

And my head exploded! Guess I know where I’ll be spending my June nights this Summer as they’re screening most of the movies he’s appeared in. “The Hunger”, “Basquiat”, and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” are faves. 

Who’s your favorite Bowie? Andro Hippie Bowie? Ziggy Stardust? Aladdin Sane?Diamond Dogs Bowie? Thin White Duke? Berlin Bowie? Scary Monsters Bowie? Let’s Dance Bowie? Tin Machine Bowie?

My personal fave is Berlin Bowie (“Heroes”).

Hat tip to @mikemonello.

13.04.11
Apparently people on Tumblr really like David Bowie. It’s the most popular thing I’ve posted since my Brooklyn tornado video last September. THANKS everyone for the reblogs and likes.

Apparently people on Tumblr really like David Bowie. It’s the most popular thing I’ve posted since my Brooklyn tornado video last September. THANKS everyone for the reblogs and likes.

17.04.11
Iggy Pop. Serious Badass.
Happy Birthday Jim!

Iggy Pop. Serious Badass.

Happy Birthday Jim!

22.04.11

Speaking of the great Seu Jorge…what a deadly cover of David Bowie’s “Life On Mars.”

And check out…”Changes.

30.04.11

David Bowie - Station to Station

This is some of the most oddly comforting music for me as it reminds me of the 70s and my pre-adolescence/teenage years and my crazy cool step brother who was always introducing me to the most cutting edge music available in the hinterlands where I grew up.

So this “LP” along with Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” of Low, Heroes, & Lodger is what I’ve been listening to this week. And it’s fit with the grumpy, rain-soaked NYC vibe going on.

#ComfortMusic

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17.05.11

David Bowie - A New Career in a New Town - Low

Part one of “The Berlin Trilogy.” This is pure synthesizer bliss. On Low, this track is followed by Warszawa, Art Decade, Weeping Wall, and Subterraneans, some of the most influential ambient music pieces ever created. This four song “suite” always soothes. 

#ComfortMusic

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17.05.11

David Bowie - Heroes

Part two of “The Berlin Trilogy." There’s so much to write about this song yet it’s all inadequate as "Heroes" has a million layers (The Cold War, Love, The Berlin Wall, Hope, Loss, Desperation, etc.). This iconic song and video are just perfection.

"I…I wish I could swim…like the dolphins…like dolphins can swim…"

#ComfortMusic

17.05.11

David Bowie - Boys Keep Swinging - Lodger

Part three of “The Berlin Trilogy." This song and the video for "Boys Keep Swinging" still crack me up from the obviously ironically sexist lyrics to the video’s Bowie in drag as a brunette, redhead, and blonde…a matronly blonde with a cane who blows a kiss to the camera at the end. Brilliantly subversive for U.S. sensibilities at the time. 

The Lodger “LP” was interesting as “Berlin Bowie” incorporated a lot of Turkish melodies throughout while Germany was (still is) coming to grips with Turkish immigration (via “guest workers”) and Germans of Turkish decent.

#ComfortMusic

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17.05.11

#Dope.

My favorite alt version is still Johnny Cash’s version. As devastating as the original but with way more nuance. I still get a lump in my throat every time I hear it.  Watching the video is even more moving given the “House of Cash” setting, the retrospective clips of Johnny’s life, and the presence of June Carter Cash who passed shortly after the video was shot. Johnny followed her a few months later.

via bohemea:

David Bowie & NIN - Hurt

During the Dissonance tour in 1995, when Nine Inch Nails opened for David Bowie, Bowie sang “Hurt” in a duet with Reznor, backed by an original melody and beat. This served as the conclusion to the dual act that began each Bowie set.

Sexy!

(via suicideblonde)

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06.06.11

Attempting to explain David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to my ten year old and six year old…ummm…that’s going well. 

Da Missus is reading "Wonderstruck" by Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) to los bebes. Early on, it references “Major Tom” so the Missus was trying to explain the song. I played it for them on the laptop 3 or 4 times, went through the lyrics with them and the several potential meanings (2001: A Space Odyssey, drugs, etc.).

Jr.’s take on Major Tom’s : “That’s just odd.”

Here’s a cool version of “Space Oddity” from “Bowie At the Beeb”

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26.09.11
David Bowie. Serious Badass.
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Happy 65th Birthday, David Bowie!

David Bowie. Serious Badass.

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Happy 65th Birthday, David Bowie!

08.01.12

"Under Pressure" - Queen & DavidBowie

This right now…

08.06.12

suicideblonde:

bohemea:

David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (by DavidBowieVEVO)

David Bowie & Tilda Swinton star together in Bowie’s new video, directed by Floria Sigismondi.

This is the most amazing thing you’re ever going to see! Watch it immediately!

LIKE MATTER TOUCHING LIKE MATTER!  DOPPELGANGERS!  BOWIESES!!  SWINTONSESES!!

26.02.13

suicideblonde:

bohemea:

David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (by DavidBowieVEVO)

David Bowie & Tilda Swinton star together in Bowie’s new video, directed by Floria Sigismondi.

This is the most amazing thing you’re ever going to see! Watch it immediately!

LIKE MATTER TOUCHING LIKE MATTER!  DOPPELGANGERS!  BOWIESES!!  SWINTONSESES!!

David Bowie. Serious Badass.

The man is a master. A musical touchstone on soooo many levels for me. Loads of memories.

My favorite Bowie is “Berlin Bowie” and the trilogy of albums (remember those?) that came during that time: Station to Station, Low, Heroes. 

And of course there’s this. "Do you want to borrow my jumper Bowie." Lulz.

Happy David Bowie Day! Stream the new album on itunes for free - it’s dope.

01.03.13
nprmusic:


More important than his musical influence, however, is the startlingly fresh currency of [David] Bowie’s primary obsession: make-believe. I use that childish term in its most serious sense, representing the central human activity of self-creation through speech and act, disguise and daydreams and lies. People often speak of Bowie as a chameleon, a master of artifice, but that’s just his surface; so much of his work is actually about artifice.

— Ann Powers on the changing faces of Bowie and his first album in 10 years, The Next Day

nprmusic:

More important than his musical influence, however, is the startlingly fresh currency of [David] Bowie’s primary obsession: make-believe. I use that childish term in its most serious sense, representing the central human activity of self-creation through speech and act, disguise and daydreams and lies. People often speak of Bowie as a chameleon, a master of artifice, but that’s just his surface; so much of his work is actually about artifice.

— Ann Powers on the changing faces of Bowie and his first album in 10 years, The Next Day

01.03.13