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Monday, October 13 2014

Songs of Simulation and Discouragement: Bowie, Bono, and Authenticity

With its Apple-sponsored free public release, U2's Songs of Innocence betrays just how far the band has come from their past, despite its attempts to bring back a Dublinesque vision.


Thursday, December 26 2013

The Artists of the Year: 2013 Edition

It was a year of thrilling comebacks from legends like My Bloody Valentine and David Bowie as well the launch of major new talents like Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. These artists had the biggest impact on the shape of music in 2013.


Tuesday, March 12 2013

The Angel of History’s Outstretched, Crumpled Wings: Marketing David Bowie

The process of arrival behind David Bowie’s The Next Day album was revelatory and every bit deserving of Harvard Business Review case-study.


Monday, March 4 2013

The Stars Are Out Tonight at Our Thoughtless Instigation: David Bowie's New Day

In an era when the Stones relentlessly seek to extend, exploit and parlay their accrued fame (as do legions of lesser legacy acts), David Bowie, ever the brave contrarian, is doing his level best to open the shutters on a fresh new day.


Tuesday, January 24 2012

Circling the Sun Machine: Re-thinking David Bowie’s 'Space Oddity'

Bowie's odd magnetism has long been interpreted as a function of his ambiguous sexuality, but could it be that he was transgressing more than just gender norms and heralding the rise of the man/machine?


Columns

Thursday, March 25 2010

He Took It All Too Far: David Bowie's "Ziggy" Years, 1971-1973

At a time when the rock heroes of the era embodied macho appeal and dressed down in jeans and T-shirts, Bowie’s Ziggy struck an incongruous chord while challenging gender identifications.


Thursday, January 28 2010

Chameleon Comedian: David Bowie 1967-1970

As innovative and eclectic as his music has been, Bowie’s means and methods of articulation also reveal an artist finely attuned to the subversive potential of humor.


Reviews

Tuesday, December 9 2014

David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

Nothing Has Changed, despite the exact nature of its target demographic being up for debate, remains a thrilling go-to for the semi-casual Thin White Duke observer, and is about as damn close to perfect as a Bowie anthology can get.


Wednesday, November 26 2014

David Bowie's Affective Relationship With the Remarkable, Schizophrenic City of Berlin

Tobias Rüther’s exploration of Bowie’s artistic and personal development in mid-'70s Berlin offers few cogent insights and a confusing timeline of an artist in a city.


Thursday, May 2 2013

David Bowie: Aladdin Sane (40th Anniversary Edition)

Aladdin Sane may be the best example of one of Bowie's central themes: the artifice not as something to break through, not as an impediment on the way to the real, but the artifice as its own sort of realness.


Sunday, March 10 2013

David Bowie: The Next Day

The Next Day is tragic because this is the sound and words of a man who has become self-aware only after 40-plus years of making music.


Thursday, July 12 2012

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Forty years later, Bowie's influential masterpiece is still as electrifying and addicting as ever.


Blogs

Monday, February 25 2013

David Bowie - “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” (video)

David Bowie's eagerly awaited new record, 'The Next Day', comes our way on March 12th.


Monday, January 7 2013

David Bowie to Release First New Album in 10 Years, 'The Next Day'

David Bowie finally graces us with some new music this year with the album The Next Day, releasing March 12th via Columbia Records. The record


Wednesday, November 14 2012

Soulwax Create Hour-Long Tribute to David Bowie (video)

Soulwax have launched a new app project called "Radio Soulwax", where they create films based on record sleeves. This new intriguing entry, "Radio Soulwax Presents


Friday, July 13 2012

Counterbalance No. 89: David Bowie's 'Low'

In this week's Counterbalance, David Bowie takes up a new career in a new town. The result is the gift of sound and vision... and the 89th Most Acclaimed Album of All Time.


Thursday, December 15 2011

Counterbalance No. 62: David Bowie’s 'Hunky Dory'

This week's Counterbalance is so swishy in its satin and tat, in its frock coat and bippity-boppety hat. Hunky Dory celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, and it's No. 62 on the Great List. Oh look out, you rock ’n’ rollers.


News

Thursday, September 25 2014

‘Bowie Is’: Beyond the Coke Spoon and Album Art

You’ve probably already heard about David Bowie’s cocaine spoon.


Wednesday, July 24 2013

Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents David Bowie Film Series, August 2-8

After the release of a new album (The Next Day) and a sold-out museum exhibition in London (David Bowie Is), a film retrospective continues the year’s tribute to Bowie’s fascinating career.


Thursday, December 2 2010

Top box sets 2010: From Bowie to Beatles' Apple reissues

Though digital downloads are now the preferred format for many music listeners, you still can't beat the extras that come with a well-conceived box set.


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