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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 was written/recorded in New York with Tony Visconti handling the production duties.
Today on Bowie’s 66th birthday, he offers up the first single, “Where Are We Now?” as a video and iTunes download. Notably Bowie will not be touring the record or doing press. But then he really doesn’t have to bother with any of that to drum up interest, now does he?
Brisbane indie-pop band Hey Geronimo have been celebrating the Australian summer with the video for “Dreamboat Jack”, garnering over 50,000 hits on YouTube. Billed as “aka the Greatest Puppet Chase Ever Filmed”, the adorable stand-in characters face classic obstacles such as a plate glass window, a wayward dog and even fragile eggs as they speed along. The song is from the group’s self-titled EP released last June.
The quintet is a composite of band members from Blame Ringo, Montpelier and the Boat People. Lead singer Pete Kilroy directed the video, with the help of Joe Brumm of Studio Joho (where they create loads of projects for College Humour). Kilroy explains the idea behind the footage: “We had one of those little GoPro cameras and thought—let’s strap this to a remote controlled car! And a boat! And a plane!!” While the catchy tune is obscured a bit by sound effects, the alternative is to check out the audio only as provided below. But what fun is that?
Pop master Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, ex-R.E.M.) has just released a new video from his Danzig in the Moonlight album, which released recently. Notably, “Superwise” was shot in one continuous take. Stringfellow’s tour begins January 17th with his appearance at the Todos Santos Music Festival.
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