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Singer-songwriter David Bronson teams up with Bowie collaborators for 'Songbird'

David Bronson’s music is rooted in the works of gently folky singer-songwriters like Cat Stevens and James Taylor, but for the first single from his upcoming third album, Questions (out Jan. 13 on Big Arc Records), he recruited a couple of people who worked with a much different kind of artist from the ’70s. The sunny, strummy “Songbird” features contributions from singer Robin Clark, who sang backups on David Bowie’s “Young Americans” (alongside a young Luther Vandross), and her husband Carlos Alomar, who’s been playing guitar for Bowie off and on for decades.

“There’s something about starting the record with a voice other than mine that I really liked,” Bronson writes in an email, “but you would only do that if it’s something special, and you’re not going to get more special than Robin Clark.”


You can download the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' soundtrack for free today


From Peter Quill’s cave-spanning routine backed by “Come and Get Your Love” to the film’s special final dance set to “I Want You Back,” Guardians of the Galaxy would not be the same movie without the soundtrack. And right now, the whole thing’s up for grabs for free for those in the United States.


David Bowie goes black and white for 'Sue' video


David Bowie’s greatest hits collection doesn’t hit stores until Nov. 17, but the “Space Oddity” singer released a music video for “Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)” Thursday to hold fans over until then.

The song, a track released in October, kicks off Bowie’s upcoming album, Nothing Has Changed. It’s jazzy and the perfect soundtrack for an old-timey detective movie, with black-and-white visuals to match. Bowie’s lyrics project onto a dark alley wall as he sings them, and the whole video is cloaked in fog and dark shadows that together create an effectively creepy atmosphere. Just add this video to the list of reasons why Bowie deserves his own holiday.

David Bowie to release hits collection and new single in November


To celebrate 50 years of recording, David Bowie will release a three-disc hits collection on November 17 via Columbia/Legacy. Nothing Has Changed follows 2013’s The Next Day, which was Bowie’s first album of new material since 2003’s Reality.

The collection kicks off with a new track named “Sue (or In A Season Of Crime),” then works its way backwards. This means listeners have to wait until the third disc—or just skip ahead—to hear classics like “Rebel Rebel,” “Ziggy Stardust,” and “Changes.”

Nothing Has Changed also comes loaded with some cool Bowie deep cuts. The singer famously penned “All the Young Dudes” for Mott the Hoople, but his own studio version will see release on the new record. Nothing Has Changed will also include a remix of Next Day track “Love Is Lost” by Bowie-influenced LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy.

David Bowie is getting his own holiday in Chicago


Been looking for an excuse to don some Bowie-style red and blue face paint? Now’s your chance: Chicago has deemed Sept. 23, 2014 David Bowie Day.

A new exhibit that looks back at Bowie’s career (David Bowie Is) opens that same day at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel urged Chicagoans to visit the exhibit in a proclamation that made the holiday official. “David Bowie Is offers insight into the innovator, the rebel, and most importantly, the man,” reads the proclamation, signed Sept. 12 and obtained by Flavorwire. READ FULL STORY

Brit Awards 2014: Lorde, One Direction among winners at U.K. show

David Bowie stole the show at Wednesday’s Brit music awards without even showing up, while Arctic Monkeys took home two big trophies at British music’s leading prize night.

The 67-year-old Bowie, who is enjoying a renaissance with his first album in a decade, “The Next Day,” was named British male artist of the year. The trophy was accepted by supermodel Kate Moss. She was sent, presenter Noel Gallagher joked, as New York-based Bowie’s “representative on Earth.”

Moss wore one of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust outfits from the 1970s as she read out an enigmatic speech from the musician. Bowie quoted a Japanese myth and declared himself “completely delighted” to be named best male — “But I am, aren’t I, Kate?” The speech ended with an appeal to Scots not to vote for independence in a referendum later this year: “Scotland, please stay with us.”

The evening’s biggest winner was rough-edged northern English rock band Arctic Monkeys, who won album of the year for “AM” and were named best British group for a third time. “There’s the 15 quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain,” lead singer Alex Turner quipped.

The band was one of the few winners not to dutifully thank their label and management.

“Rock ‘n’ roll,” Turner said, accepting the album prize. “It seems like it has faded away sometimes, but it will never die.”

Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers, Arctic Monkeys, and Beyonce were among the performers during the flashy Brits ceremony at London’s O2 arena. Music legend Prince — who is in the midst of a string of British dates — showed up with his band 3RDEYEGIRL to present the award for best British female artist to singer Ellie Goulding. READ FULL STORY

Shaun White's iPod: Jay Z, Black Lips, and David Bowie provide Olympic inspiration

He may have just withdrawn from the inaugural Olympic Slope Style event in Sochi, but two-time gold medalist Shaun White will still need musical motivation to drive him to a third gold in the Halfpipe.

For his third and final Olympics, the 27-year-old snowboarder and guitarist for Bad Things has been tapping into Jay Z, the Black Lips, and David Bowie to get him amped for the Games, which kick off tomorrow (though White’s halfpipe competition won’t be until February 10). He opened up his Olympic playlist for EW.

Jay Z, “My First Song”
“I’m going to the Olympics for the third time, and I’m trying to find that motivation to still continue in something like this. Jay talks about treating everything like it’s your first, or like it’s the last time you’re ever gonna do it. I really like that. You gotta treat it like, dig deep and find that reason you really wanted it in the first place. He goes on some funny rant at the end, like ‘S—, I’mma go golfing,’ like, what he’s gonna do after? And I’m like, ‘Cool, that’s my whole deal too’ — just put my head down and work hard like I did when I was younger and good things will come from that. I’m not much of a golfer, but I get the reference.” READ FULL STORY

Grammys Winner Snubs and Surprises: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath steal, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar get robbed

Last night, there was a tweet floating around the Internet that noted that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had already amassed four Grammys and legendary artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, the Beach Boys, and the Who have a grand total of zero among them.

The suggestion, of course, is that possessing an  an armload of Academy-issued gold sippy cups doesn’t necessarily have any real correlation to artistic greatness.

Still, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some head-scratching decisions and maddening snubs during last night’s telecast, most of which happened off-camera. As surprised as Taylor Swift was that Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, the French duo’s victory can’t entirely be called an upset; though there were some mild surprises among the awards handed out live at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, there wasn’t a single on-camera score that could be considered a true surprise of snub.

Luckily, there were dozens more awards given out before the televised show even started, and there lives a parade of outrage.  READ FULL STORY

David Bowie drops creepy 'Love Is Lost' video for Halloween: Watch it here

David Bowie knows a thing or two about being spooky—he did, after all, title one of his albums Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – and he’s also responsible for this deeply unsettling video for “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson.”

Now he’s back with a Lynchian new clip for “Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix),” a reimagining of one of the best tracks on his 2013 comeback album The Next Day. The remix is care of former LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy, who is having a pretty good week all things considered (he also co-produced Arcade Fire’s just-released new album Reflektor).

According to the press release, the entire thing was constructed last weekend in Bowie’s Manhattan apartment, and cost $12.99 total—the price of the thumb drive Bowie had to pick up to transfer the finished video.

“Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix)” is one of several new tracks that will appear on The Next Day Extra, a deluxe edition of Bowie’s latest album. The three-disc set features the original record along with a second disc of bonus tracks and remixes and a DVD of the videos from The Next Day. It’ll be available November 5.

Check out the clip below. It’s a nice bit of mid-morning creepiness to kick off your Halloween. And seriously, watch “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson” too.


Arcade Fire return with new song 'Reflektor' feat. David Bowie -- hear it here


Post-weekend newsflash no. 1: Arcade Fire are back with their first new song in nearly two years, and it’s a shimmering, Bowie-esque glam-boogie stomper.

Post-weekend newsflash no. 2: It sounds like Bowie because rumor is it is David Bowie.

Reps have not confirmed yet that the song’s guest is in fact the Jean Genie himself, but if a hyperventilating blogosphere is to be believed, it sure sounds like it.

What is confirmed? That LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy coproduced the track, which will be on their upcoming fourth studio album of the same name, due Oct. 29. And that Arcade Fire will be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live‘s season opener on Sept. 28, with host Tina Fey. READ FULL STORY

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