While doing research for the “Year of the Bowie” podcast (which you should be listening to and if you aren’t, you’re missing out!), I discovered this little animated clip that imagines what the Berlin recording sessions might have been like for David Bowie, Brian Eno, and Tony Visconti. I’ve watched the video several times and can’t get enough of it, whether it be Visconti’s insistence that he was a major part of the album Low, Eno’s strange approach to sound, or Bowie’s slapdash approach to the creative process.
In this episode of Year of the Bowie, we travel further down the wormhole of fear and despair David found himself trapped in upon his return to Los Angeles. We also take a look at his budding film career, and his reinvention during the recordings of “The Idiot” with Iggy Pop and “Low” with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti.
In the the latest episode of BDWPS Podcast we celebrate the milestone of 50 episodes that we have reached this month. We check out new tracks from Metronomy, Cheena, Wymond Miles, Dinosaur Jr, The Descendents, and Moonface. I also discuss the 20th anniversary of the first album from my high school band, Genera, and I discuss the Joy Division documentary. To close, we take a closer look at Bob Dylan’s Civil Right’s anthem, “Oxford Town”. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher (search: BDWPS).
Metronomy “Miami Logic”
Cheena “Cry For Help”
Wymond Miles “Rear View Mirror”
Dinosaur Jr. “Tiny”
The Descendents “Without Love”
Moonface “The Nightclub Artiste”
Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Bob Dylan “Oxford Town”
[Dead Ocean; 2016]
When we finally reach adulthood, all of the pains of puberty are supposedly left behind for a more measured and mature livelihood. We all know this myth is far from true. In fact, often those feelings of insecurity and fear are heightened with age, all of us bumbling around like big dumb teenagers trying to find our way in the uncertain future. Mitski explores this perpetual adolescence on Puberty 2, an album that exposes the endless battle to find happiness in the mundanity of adult life.
In this episode of “Year of the Bowie”, we take a look at artists Bowie helped at the height of his fame. We also look at the over-the-top stage show he created for the Diamond Dogs Tour and his spiral into cocaine addiction. You can subscribe to the podcast on both iTunes and Stitcher (search key word: Year of the Bowie).
Check it out HERE!
Trans Day of Revenge
[Amoeba Music; 2016]
Whatever happened to teenage angst? When I was an adolescent, teens who were frustrated with the state of the world found their battle cry in the music of bands like Propaghandi, Pennywise, and Good Riddance. The generation before me fought the reign of Reagan through bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag, and yes, Reagan Youth. But what do the frustrated youth of today turn to when upset? A snarky tweet with an @ mention? Holding up a hash-tagged sign in an Instagram photo? A Change.org petition that will be about as effective as a petition for the government to begin construction on the Death Star?
In this month’s episode we check out new music from The Avalanches, Steve Gunn, William Tyler, and Case/Lang/Veirs. I also discuss some of my favorite shows from the summer, and we also take a look at the career of Scott Walker.
The Avalanches “Frankie Sinatra”
Steve Gunn “Full Moon Tide”
William Tyler “I’m Gonna Live Forever”
Marissa Nadler “Janie in Love”
Sunny Day Real Estate “Pillars”
Case/Lang/Veirs “Atomic Number”
Scott Walker “30th Century Man” & “Cossacks Are”
Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan’s Dream”