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Sun, Jan. 24th, 2010 11:36 am
Made in Berlin

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sun, Jan. 24th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)

It's surprising to hear anything from my dad David Bowie, he's been hiding in (hopefully contented) domesticity for so long. The tracks that stand out most for me are the Scritti Politti and the Arthur Russell. I'd never heard any Arthur Russell, but it has a very interesting feel to it. Some of the religious themes in the tracks make me wonder if Bowie has got more Christian of late. I like the focus on China and Africa.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Jan. 24th, 2010 04:15 pm (UTC)

Yes Wood Beez is what Bowie was trying to sound like in 1984, but failing miserably.

I somehow doubt it's really a list of the tracks he's been listening to most though. Surely he would have been listening to Reich, Adams and Bryars way back in the seventies.


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fishwithissues
fishwithissues
jordan fish
Sun, Jan. 24th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)

Oh jeez, Arthur Russell is SO good. You should listen to him more. And Wild Combination the recent documentary about him is a very well-made film.


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milky_eyes
milky_eyes
milky_eyes
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)

agreed. I have a complete man crush on his music... when I first heard his name/music (5 years ago via dublab) I felt that I wish I'd known about him earlier.

a real bridge between intellectual and ah, home spun music, electric and acustic, modern and classical...


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)

I'm surprised you haven't heard any of Russell's music, Momus. There's a nice Polypunk episode dedicated entirely to Arthur Russell. It's #43, and you contributed the cover art.

http://www.maudevintage.com/diginikki/?p=1881

I absolutely agree with fishwithissues' love for him. You should give the Polypunk 43 a spin.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Jan. 25th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)

Hmm, Digiki, Milky and Fish -- from the people recommending him, I'd say Russell is currently a strong "hipster signifier"! And that may be why Bowie included him. Bowie has always been carefully hip. Which I suppose is the opposite of effortlessly hip.

The iPod playlist strikes me as... careful rather than effortless in that sense. It's carefully eclectic, it carefully nods to Afro and Chinese pop, it carefully reminds us of Bowie's links to 70s minimalist composers, it carefully shows us he's aware of the ongoing 80s revival, it's careful to put in some artists who are too obscure for YouTube, and it carefully namechecks Arthur Russell too. I don't think this care is bad; I guess it's the same as calling Bowie "calculating", which people have vexed him down the years for being. I'd be careful and "calculating" too if The Observer asked me what's on my iPod. I don't even use one, but I'd give them a list designed to make a statement about me and the world right now.


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