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Happy 17th Anniversary to David Bowie and Iman
Friday, April 24th, 2009

Today David Bowie and Iman celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary! Iman has a new interview in Hello! Magazine in which she talks about their marriage and secret to happiness. Pick up the this week\’s issue of Hello! or read the excerpt at Bowienet.

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Reminder: Two New David Bowie Covers
Friday, April 17th, 2009

I’m posting this reminder since the original post is getting buried under new postings.  If you haven’t already, visit the original post for some news on great new covers and a free download.

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Moon Trailer
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The trailer and poster for Moon are here!  Watch and enjoy.  Then mark June 12 on your calendars if you live in New York or Los Angeles, leave some weekends in the future free if you don’t.

Moon will also be showing at the Tribeca Film Festival on the following dates:

Thu, Apr 30, 6:00PM
BMCC Tribeca PAC

Fri, May 01, 12:15AM
AMC Village VII 7

Sat, May 02, 11:00AM
AMC Village VII 6

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Two New David Bowie Covers
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Musicians Michael and Spider have released the first two songs in their “Diamonds” project.  It’s a collection of 10 David Bowie covers.  The press release sums it up best:

MICHAEL AND SPIDER PUT THEIR UNIQUE SPIN ON CLASSIC BOWIE TRACKS

April 9, 2009 (Tucson, Ariz.)–Michael and Spider, musicians known for four creative, vibrant, genre-defying world jazz-rock-ethno-ambient albums, have embarked on a new project, “Diamonds,” a set of 10 covers of classic Bowie tracks. The first two of these, “Aladdin Sane” and “Big Brother,” are now available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and other online providers. Future tracks will be available as they are released, and when all 10 are completed, a CD version will be issued.

While the final track listing for “Diamonds” has yet to be decided, it will feature primarily less well-known Bowie compositions such as “Boys Keep Swinging”, “Starman”, “Queen Bitch”, and “Andy Warhol.” “We love early Bowie, and decided to focus on tracks from 1969-1979–for one thing, that’s when Spider and I really came of age as musicians and partners, and additionally, we felt that now, 30 years later, would be a good time for a renaissance of sorts of Bowie’s music,” remarked Michael. As to the decision to focus on lesser-known tracks, Spider added, “Tracks like ‘Changes’, ‘Golden Years’, ‘Young Americans’ are not just perfect, they’re sacred in our eyes…they can’t be improved upon,
so we decided to work with tracks that today’s audience are less likely to be familiar with–we really didn’t want folks to dismiss the project as ‘Here we go, another Bowie covers compilation’.”

Michael Ely and Spider Taylor have been making music together since the late 1970s. In 1981 they founded L.A.’s first openly-gay post-punk alternative band, Red Wedding, and gained a loyal following until they disbanded in 1985. After stints with several other bands, Michael and Spider moved to Tucson in 1987 and retired from music for 16 years. The musical itch returned in 2003, and they began composing cinematic instrumental soundscapes under the name “Smoke & Mirrors.” After three CDs as Smoke & Mirrors, they abandoned the name and now are simply “Michael and Spider.” Their latest CD, “Iridescent Garden,” was released in 2008 and is available from CD Baby, iTunes, and other digital resellers.
I heard the tracks and they’re great!  Usually I’m kind of “meh” on covers since a lot of artists don’t put their own perspective on tracks they cover, but I feel like Michael and Spider have joined TV on the Radio and Bauhaus as artists who see Bowie classics through different eyes.
The first 50 people to email Dave Wade-Stein at Temple of the Moon Publishing with the subject line “CrackedActor.com Free Download” will receive a free download of Aladdin Sane and Big Brother.  Just enough to whet your whistle and make you look forward to the rest of the CD.  I hear that Boys Keep Swinging might be on the album….
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Ballet People Love Bowie
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Yet another dance company has found inspiration in the work of David Bowie.  The Michael Clark Company will be touring a new performance this summer that is based on the Seventies-era works of Bowie, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop.  Choreographer Michael Clark took particular interest in the work of the artists did during the Seventies since it was a creative time that produced masterpeices from all three working together and separately.  The show will premiere on June 25 and 26, 2009 in Venice and tour Europe into 2010.

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Music Videos Directed by Heath Ledger Will Air
Monday, April 6th, 2009

Later this year, two music videos directed by Heath Ledger will air.  He directed the video for “King Rat” by Modest Mouse and for the cover of David Bowie’s “Quicksand” by Grace Woodroofe.  So far there is no news yet as to exactly when the videos will air, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.

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British Music Experience Open at O2
Saturday, March 14th, 2009

The British Music Experience opened at the O2 in London earlier this week.   The permanent museum features memorabilia from about 100 artists including David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, and Pulp.  Seven different areas represent 60 years worth of British rock and chronicle the influence that British music has had on fashion and politics.  Bowie’s pierrot suit from Ashes to Ashes is displayed in the 1975-1985 section.  On display in the Bowie section are Ziggy’s famous Numbers Suit, the suit from David Live, and the Thin White Duke suit from the Station to Station Tour, a few rare posters, the original handwritten lyrics to Five Years and Fame, and a set-list from the Ziggy d days.  Total Blam Blam over at Bowienet has written a great piece on his experience at the museum during the preview event.  Check it out.

If anyone has been to the exhibit and wishes to send pictures, feel free.  We’ll give you credit and post them in the gallery.

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Bandslam Cameo
Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Remember in February when we reported on a rumor that David Bowie was going to have a small part in a movie named Will?  It seems that was true…only the movie has been retitled Bandslam.  The movie, starring Gaelan Connell, Alyson Michalka, and (unfortunately) Vanessa Hudgens, tells the story of a band formed by high school outcasts and a popular girl in order to win the battle of the bands at their school.  Bowie described his cameo as “a ten second scene of absolute silence.”  So, it doesn’t sound like the kind of movie I will sit through just for a glimpse of Bowie, but I might check it out from the local library and fast-forward to his scene.

It’s not the first major celebrity cameo I’ve heard of, but it seems rather disconnected – at least with, say, Stan Lee, you could argue that he’s obviously getting cameo roles in Marvel flicks because he’s actually the creator of the characters involved, from Spider-Man to The Fantastic Four. With Bowie, it’s like Mr. T getting a cameo in a film about a partypoker tournament. It’s entertaining enough, but you’re still left wondering exactly what the man was doing in that particular picture.

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New Ziggy Stardust Remix
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

There is a new compilation of David Bowie mash-ups and remixes out for Bowie fans to acquire.  The latest addition to the ever-growing list of covers, remixes, and mash-ups is Ziggy Stardust Remixed gathered by DJ BC.  You can download the album at the Ziggy Stardust Remixed website.  Prefixmag posted a review of the album, if you’re interested.

My take on the album?  There is a lot of good stuff on there.  Stardust Kids is hands down the best song on the album.  I’m going to blast it in my car with the windows rolled down at least once a day for the next two weeks.  The other fun ones were Starman (ATOM’s Space Funk Journey), Soul Love (ATOM’s Pink Innards Mix), Easy Hypocrites, and Five Years (World Famous Audio Hacker’s Brainache Mix).  But nothing else on the album touches Stardust Kids.

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More David Bowie References in Watchmen
Monday, February 16th, 2009

Entertainment Weekly website is featuring seventeen behind-the-scenes portraits taken from Clay Enos’ photography book from the upcoming Watchmen movie.  The portraits show the main characters of the movie, a few essential supporting characters, and a couple of bit players in costume.  Among the bit players are a couple of actors dressed as David Bowie and Mick Jagger.  This makes the second nod to Bowie in the film.

On a side note, when I saw Matt Frewer photographed as Edward Jacobi I finally realized that the actor that plays Taggart in Eureka is the same dude that plays the Trashcan Man in The Stand.  Hello, I’m clueless.  That’s the type of useless stuff that I usually know!  I need to spend less time working and more time boning up on my pop culture knowledge.  One day I’ll need to save the planet from an alien invasion by winning at a trivia game.

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