David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Directed by Floria Sigismondi
> The Next Day (Columbia Records)
On Tuesday David Bowie turned 66. He surprised his fans with a special treat: Where Are We Now?, a brand new single. The track written by Bowie and produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti is the lead single of a new album The Next Day. Though not due until March, the album is already Number 1 in 17 countries, thanks to pre-orders alone. Bowie’s first studio album in a decade already tops the iTunes chart in Iceland, Belgium, Italy, France, Canada and 12 other nations. Bowie also managed to secure a Top 5 slot in the US, Japan and 3 other countries. Where Are We Now? topped the UK iTunes Chart not long after its release. The music video for the single is directed by New Yorker Tony Oursler.
Tomorrow is International Record Store Day, a celebration of the independent record store. Vintage Soul sounds best on black vinyl, any genre for that matter. A long player and its artwork are collectibles. 7” and 12” are often exclusive shit. What a feeling, putting on the needle. Come compact disc, come mp3, Vinyl never went anywhere.
To celebrate the existence of vinyl a string of artists will release limited editions. Gotan Project will be releasing two new tracks Strength To Love, featuring South Africa’s Tumi, and Checkmate/Jaque Mate, blending tango and spoken word. Triggerfinger will put two popular covers on one 10”: the obvious I Follow Rivers, and the recent Do Ya Think I’m Sexy, featuring Little Trouble Kids. Other special releases include ABBA, Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Intergalactic Lovers, Lana Del Rey, Leonard Cohen, ao.
All through the day acts will be performing live in participating stores. Get up early and make the most of RSD.
As if we haven’t enough new album releases to look forward to this month, Canadian singer Rufus Wainwright will release his seventh studio album Out Of The Game on May 1st, produced by Mark Ronson. Release date for the UK has been set for April 23rd. The first single will be the uptempo title track. No clip available as yet.
Rufus calls the album “the most pop album I’ve ever made”, while Ronson claims “it’s the best work of my career.” The 12 track set was recorded in New York in the fall of 2011 and will be more pop oriented with a ’70s touch, though referring to Wainwright’s earlier work, inspired by some of the great pop writers of the past, including Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Elton John. Musicians on the album include the Dap-Kings who also worked with Ronson on the Amy Winehouse album Back To Black.
Out Of The Game track listing:
Out Of The Game
Welcome To The Ball
Sometimes You Need
Song Of You