Archive for October, 2007
Tough Love
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Has anyone noticed the lack of mention on this blog of the newest Bowie box set?  You have?  That’s awesome.  Because I’m pointedly ignoring it.  I love Bowie and his music.  The Webmaster loves Bowie and his music.  Everyone who frequents this site loves Bowie and his music.  And box sets are great for new fans who have a hard time finding singles and limited editions and such.  But for the seasoned fans these box sets are the musical equivalent of school cafeteria Meat Pie Surprise – yesterday’s leftovers repackaged and sold the next day.  Dammit, enough with the box sets.  He’s richer than friggin’ Croesus already.  He doesn’t need to release any more box sets unless he’s using them to finance a brilliant new album that sheep-like critics will pan and his fans will love.  So how ’bout it?  Let’s have some new stuff!!

Oh yeah, and happy Halloween!  Be safe out there, Bowie Boys and Bowie Girls.

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Using Bowie Songs for Family Bonding
Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I always love to read other people’s stories on how Bowie has influenced or changed their lives. What I love even more is to read how Bowie fans have spread their love of Bowie and made an impression on someone else’s life. Carrie Stetler of The Star-Ledger recently wrote a great opinion piece about playing Bowie’s music for her kids while on a road trip. It’s fascinating how one can listen to a song one has listened to a hundred times and hear it as if through a new pair of ears. After almost ten years of being a Bowie fan, these types of moments are few and far between for me but I am always excited when I notice something in a Bowie song that I’ve never noticed before. Oh by the way, check out the caption on the picture that accompanies Stetler’s article.

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Bowie Tutorials on Now Play It
Thursday, October 25th, 2007 is a new site that features tutorials for learning to play songs by popular artists. And, of course, it has a Bowie page! The site features three types of tutorials – a lite tutorial with a video and chords, a house tutorial with a musician from NowPlayIt, and a full tutorial with the artist who wrote the song. Unfortunately there are no full tutorials featuring the man himself, but there are eight great lite tutorials and two awesome house tutorials. So for those of you, like me, who are far too lazy to search the web for decent chords, tabs, or music and then spend forever-and-a-day tinkering until they’re correct now you can visit the Bowie page on Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a vintage cherry-red Kramer electric guitar sitting in the corner that has been neglected for far too long.

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Wanna Buy Some Bowie at Target?
Monday, October 22nd, 2007

On October 15, Target released their new fall collection for men – Bowie by Keanan Duffty.  The line has some great looks that take their inspiration from the Thin White Duke era all the way to Bowie’s style of the late 90’s (which sadly has no catchy name).  Like a good little Bowie fan, after checking out all of the new Bowie by Keanan Duffty items online I made the trek down to my local Target.  I was, however, saddened by the piddling amount of items they had stocked from the line.  I had hoped to score a couple items for myself (no, I am not above stealing looks from men, thank you) and a couple items for the Webmaster and avoid paying shipping through the website.  Oh well, fashion hurts the wallet sometimes.

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Record in the Shadow of Scary Monsters
Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Hey, dude, wanna lay down some tracks? Where better than the London studio where Tony Visconti recorded songs with Bowie for the Scary Monsters album? Starting today, Dean Street Studios (formerly known as Tony Visconti’s Good Earth Studios) is auctioning off some of their down time. When the auction ends on October 27th, the high bidder will be allowed to use the studio for 10 hours on the following day. So if you have an instrument and a wad of expendible cash, place your bid now on eBay’s UK site. Read the full story on

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