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

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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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