Tag Archive for Art Rock

David Bowie – Where Are We Now?

Much has been written about David Bowie’s magnificent emergence from what everyone assumed to be retirement. What I admire most about it is the utterly understated way it was carried out. Excuse me, but I’ve been working, he says and we all feel stupid for thinking otherwise.
Where Are We Now is a gorgeous, melancholy piece of nostalgia about Bowie’s Berlin days. He is, as he says, ‘a man lost in time.’ He sighs his way through the opening verse and soars as he reaches the refrain. You’re not sure you like it that much on the first listen, but there’s something addictive about it and on second, third and fourth listen, you’re hooked. That’s how it went for me, anyway.
We’re promised more music by March and have been treated to the titles of the songs on his forthcoming album The Next Day. It is looking like 2013 could be the year that Bowie saves modern music, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s a daunting task.

19th August 2012

Radiohead – There There

I was listening to a radio show over the weekend as I endeavoured to catch up on the research I had missed over the last few weeks while moving from London to Dublin. The DJ (Lamin Fofana on WFMU) was talking about Hail to the thief, the album this is taken from. This caused me to give it a listen and I quite enjoyed it, although I don’t ever think I will be a Radiohead devotee. This was the stand out track in my eyes.

I hope you all had a good weekend.


14th August 2012

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi battles the pink robots part 1

This is a beautiful if somewhat inscrutable track from eccentric Oklahoma mad men The Flaming Lips. This is fairly typical of their work in that I don’t really know what they’re on about but still find it pretty irresistable. It is taken from the album of the same name which has a pretty good sleeve:


12th August 2012

David Bowie – Heroes

This has been seeping into my consciousness over the past 2 weeks during the Olympics as it seems to have been playing on loop at all the different venues. I’m not complaining as it is a great and very fitting track to have chosen as the soundtrack to the games.