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On January 8, 2016, David Bowie will release a new album called Blackstar, the Times of London reports. The 7-song LP was reportedly recorded at the Magic Shop studio in New York with local jazz musicians. Its 10-minute title track, recently excerpted as the theme tune for the Sky Atlantic heist series The Last Panthers, is apparently due November 19. (That track will also feature in Lazarus, the stage show Bowie is co-writing.) The Times describes the record as “an album of long, jazzy jams mixed with the kind of driving beat pioneered by Seventies German bands Can and Kraftwerk.”

Elsewhere in the story,...

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That guy who’s spending the year pretending to be David Bowie many need to update his portrayal soon, with The Times Of London reporting that the Thin White Duke has a new album coming out early next year. Titled Blackstar, the new seven-song disc is being described as Bowie’s weirdest output in years, apparently mixing “jazzy jams” with Gregorian chanting and inspiration from ’70s krautrock bands. It’s expected to be released on January 8, 2016.

“Blackstar”—no relation, we’re guessing, to Mos Def and Talib Kweli—will also be the album’s title track, and was recently featured as the new...

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The album, Bowie’s 25th to date, contains seven tracks spanning 45 minutes, recorded at the Magic Shop in New York City with a group of jazz musicians. “Blackstar may be the oddest work yet from [Bowie],” The Times notes.

(Read: Ranking + Dissected: David Bowie)

The title track also serves as the lead single and will be released on November 19th. According to The Times, “Blackstar” has a running time of 10 minutes and contains “Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beat and bleeps, and Bowie’s distinctive vocals. There is no radio edit; it’s all or nothing.”

“Blackstar” also serves as...

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This is the second in my series of 1980s survey mixes, which are designed to give more context to the music of that decade. Most versions of ‘80s history focus on specific niches and canons, but mostly ignore or write off parallel and overlapping cultural trends. My goal in doing this project is to highlight all the different things going on from year to year, to better understand the original context of familiar songs and to highlight a lot of the music that has faded from cultural memory.

There’s a lot going on in 1988, but the thing that really hit...

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Ex-NME journalist Charles Shaar Murray once described NME's mission as follows: to “burst some fucking balloons, BBQ some dinosaurs, go out there, find the future, and when we find it, praise it to the skies.” He was referring specifically to the magazine’s remit during his employment there in the 70s. At the time, politically enthused scribes like Murray, Nick Kent, and Julie Burchill would hurtle readers into lurid backstage areas and narcotic-fuelled carouses in four-star hotel rooms with the Rolling Stones, punk scene luminaries, and Led Zeppelin. As a result, the inky-fingered rock paper maintained a circulation of around 300,000, then a record high for the brand.

Since that era,...

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In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Garth Risk Hallberg's ambitious debut novel City on Fire engaging epic of New York City in the 1970s.

Booklist wrote of the book:

"Completely engrossing . . . This magnificent first novel is full to bursting with plot, character, and emotion, all set within an exquisitely grungy 1970s New York City . . . Graceful in execution, hugely entertaining, and most concerned with the longing for connection, a...

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Tour Dates

10/17 Woodlands, TX KTBZ-FM Buzzfest 10/19 ...

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El agente del músico británico, John Giddings, comunicó a Music Week que David Robert Jones no daría más presentaciones. 

“David Bowie es uno de los mejores artistas con los que he trabajado. Pero ahora, cada vez que lo veo, incluso antes siquiera de hablar, él me dice que no va a ofrecer conciertos”, señaló Giddings y luego reiteró: “ha decidido retirarse, al igual que Phil Collins, no puedes pedir a esta gente que salga una y otra vez. Estoy encantado y orgulloso de que la última vez que actuó en Reino Unido fue en 2004 la isla de Wight”.

Hasta ahora, el último...

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In news that’ll end all Glastonbury headline rumours for good, David Bowie has said he is never touring again. It’s been over 10 years since the artist took to the stage, but according to his (presumably former) booking agent, the pioneering pop artist has retired from touring officially.

John Giddings, who spoke at the International Festival Forum in London last weekend, said that Bowie was quick to quash future prospects of a tour.

“David [Bowie] is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with. But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, ‘I’m...

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Photo by Jimmy King

Ever since he left the stage back in 2004 the whole world is wondering if the almighty DAVID BOWIE will ever perform new live shows. He didn’t make any public appearance promoting 2013’s comeback LP The Next Day and it looks as if this isn’t about to change. Isle of Wight boss John Giddings, who booked BOWIE‘s final UK show back in 2004, is sure that Ziggy Stardust retired.

In a new interview with Music Week the longtime promoter of the artist states: ‘David is one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with but...

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We haven’t done a news round-up in bloody ages, so in a tentative movement towards reviving a weekly column we’ve once again collated the week’s best (and worst) music industry stories…

I can’t remember why we gave up writing a weekly news column, but I think it was because music industry news became so depressing over the last few years. Who wants to look at endless graphs depicting plummeting sales every week eh?

Well if you raised your hand to that question, get stuck into this article: The Devaluation of Music: It’s Worse Than You Think. At first I was going to...

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David Bowie continues to make new music, as seen last week with his theme for the British TV show The Last Panthers, but he will not be doing any further touring.

That word comes from David Giddings who has been Bowie's booking agent and is also the promoter of the Isle of Wight Festival.

Gidding told the British industry paper Music Week "He has decided to retire and, like Phil Collins, you can't demand these people go out there again and again and again. I’m really pleased and proud that the last show he ever did in the UK was the 2004...

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