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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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Streaming Audio of TV on the Radio’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Hot damn, I love TV on the Radio.  They managed to out-awesome themselves with their cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” for the upcoming War Child project Heroes.  Visit Pitchfork to hear the streaming audio of “Heroes”.  And then mark your calendars to buy War Child’s Heroes when it comes out on February 16.

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David Bowie at the Sundance Festival
Monday, January 26th, 2009

As any proud parent would do, David Bowie attended the opening of Moon at the Sundance Film Festival.  In his official quote to BowieNet he said, “It’s such a great movie. It’s hard to believe it’s his first. I’m so happy for him and proud as Punch.”  You can see pictures of the proud daddy and Duncan Jones at  (An account is required to view the pictures, the basic account is free.)  Also appearing in the pictures are Sam Rockwell, Sting (side note:My God, what the hell happened to Sting?  Did he fall in a vat of Grecian Formula after visiting the Unabomber’s stylist?), and Trudie Styler, the film’s producer.

In the BowieNet news item, you’ll note that Moon will be widely released by Sony later this year.  We’ll post more information on the release as we hear about it.

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More Fun on the Moon
Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Got a couple more Moon goodies here today. The first is an interview with Duncan Jones at  Incidentally, Quiet Earth looks like a cool site in general.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I plan on browsing through it for some recommendations for horror and scifi films.  I can’t remember the last horror film I saw that really scared the piss outta me.  But I digress….the second goody I have is another interview, this time with Sam Rockwell.  This one contains spoilers, so beware.  The review is up at

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Weekend Showings for Moon
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Finally found some showtime listings for Moon.  The Sundance site wasn’t working, so I had to go to BowieWonderWorld.  If you’re in the Salt Lake City or Park City, Utah area this weekend, go watch it and support Duncan Jones and his directorial debut.

Day: Friday, January 23, MOONN23CE
Time: 6:15 pm
Theater: Eccles Center, Park City

Day: Saturday, January 24, MOONN24CM
Time: 9:00 am
Theater: Eccles Center, Park City

Day: Saturday, January 24, MOONN24GN
Time: 9:30 pm
Theater: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

Day: Sunday, January 25, MOONN25SA
Time: 1:00 pm
Theater: Sundance Institute Screening Room at the Sundance Resort, North Fork of Provo Canyon, Sundance, UT

Visit the Sundance Film Festival Website for directions and information on the shuttle system.

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Moon Premieres at Sundance Film Festival
Monday, January 19th, 2009

Duncan Jones (the son of David Bowie) made his directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival with his first film Moon.  The film stars Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell, stationed on a lunar base for a three-year stint to oversee the mining of Helium-3, and Kevin Spacey as the voice of GERTY, the AI computer.  (Maybe cousin to HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, only less homicidal?)  Since I haven’t seen the movie, I won’t even try to give you a plot summary, but I will point you towards Drew McWeeny’s review on Motion/Captured and James Rocchi’s review on Cinematical.  And if you don’t mind spoilers, io9 has some videos posted.  (I’m not watching these because I don’t want the ending to be given away.)

It goes without saying that the Webmaster and I are eager to see this movie, not just because Duncan Jones is Bowie’s son and Sam Rockwell is a great actor, but also because sci-fi movies that tell a classic sci-fi story are rare these days.  I’ve been a big fan of classic sci-fi writers like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke since I was a pre-teen and stories like those don’t come around often.  So many sci-fi movies are basically action movies or campy fantasy buffed with a futuristic sheen.  So few movies adress the issues that classic writers like Bradbury and Asimov addressed – where are we as the human race headed in the future?  What are we doing to ourselves with technology?  Are we making ourselves more or less human?  How are we destroying ourselves by trying to make our lives easier?  Now I love campy sci-fi as much as the next geeky chick (as evidenced by the fact that currently all the system sounds on my computer are from The Fifth Element), but true sci-fi is an all-too-rare treat.  Judging from the reviews, I feel pretty comfortable in placing some hope that Moon will be a throw-back to the 1950s radio plays of Dimension X (only without the xenophobia some of those plays expressed!).  In fact, I have so much hope for this film and what it has the possibility to do for sci-fi that I won’t even cheapen it with a Sam Bell/Major Tom allusion.

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Bill Hader as David Bowie
Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Last night Neil Patrick Harris hosted Saturday Night Live and completely owned every host in the past.  Even Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. There, I said it.  But more than that, in one sketch he portrayed David Frost grilling Other People….one of which included Bill Hader as David Bowie.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m just happy someone thought to parody Aladdin Sane and reference Starman.  And I’m friggin’ tickled that it was Bill Hader.  But did it have to be so damn Bill Hader as Austin Powers as Aladdin Sane?  For God’s sake, SNL dredge up an old Ziggy Stardust video or two on YouTube!  The man who lived on broccoli and milk for a year and saw the Devil in his pool would not have given that interview.

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30 Century Man Now Playing
Friday, December 19th, 2008

The biography of Scott Walker, 30 Century Man, is now playing in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.  After release last year in the U.K. it has finally reached Stateside!  The documentary features David Bowie and Brian Eno, among other musicians.  See the official website for dates and venues.

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R.I.P Guy Peellaert
Monday, November 24th, 2008

After a long illness, Guy Peellaert has passed away.  He was 74.  Peellaert is best known for designing the covers for Diamond Dogs and The Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Read more about Peellaert at the L.A. Times and

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