Sunday, January 10, 2016


Congrats to David Bowie on the new album, Black Star! In celebration of his career, here is a rare television clip from 1980 featuring a discussion about Bowie's role in The Elephant Man (with stage footage!). Enjoy! 

Monday, December 21, 2015


A new album is coming in January from David Bowie! The project was announced in Dec with this first single and video for the title track, Black Star. The record will be available in a variety of formats with bonus lithographs. More info at David's site here. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015


A new career-spanning book, Hypergraphia: The Writings of David Sylvian 1980-2014, will be published in early November. From the press release: "Spanning a duration of over thirty years, Hypergraphia includes previously unpublished material, as well as conversations with the influential improvisational guitarist and founding member of the group AMM, Keith Rowe and the ever-insightful writer and musicologist Marcus Boon. The volume includes aspects of Sylvian's own photographic work as well as selections by some of the most reputable and innovative artists working today and its design celebrate the longstanding collaboration between Sylvian and acclaimed designer Chris Bigg (below). English singer-songwriter and musician David Sylvian came to prominence in the late 1970s as the lead vocalist and main songwriter in the group Japan. Their hits included Ghosts and a cover version of I Second That Emotion. His subsequent solo work is described as 'a far-ranging and esoteric career that encompassed not only solo projects but also a series of fascinating collaborative efforts'." Pre-order at AmazonUK and Amazon.

Friday, May 15, 2015


Pulitzer Prize-winnig poet, Franz Wright, passed away this week. He was the son of James Wright, who won the Pulitzer for poetry in 1972. Franz wrote bluntly about addiction and illness, and his recent collaboration with composer/musician David Sylvian (of Japan fame) captured a raw, human quality that managed, like an Uta Barth photograph, to find beauty in the small observations of the body and mind from moment to moment. Wright won the Pulitzer in 2004. He was working on a new book at the time of his death. Learn more about Franz Wright at the Washington PostPoetry Foundation, David Sylvian, Below: preview of There's a Light That Enters Houses With no Other House in Sight by Franz Wright and David Sylvian, with contributions by Christian Fennesz and John Tilbury. The album is available at Amazon here. Album website here

Monday, May 4, 2015


Kraftwerk has announced a Fall 2015 tour in North America!
09-16 Edmonton, Alberta - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

09-17 Calgary, Alberta - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

09-19 Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium

09-23 Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House

09-25 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall

09-27 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium

09-29 Miami, FL - Olympia Theater at Gusman Center

10-02 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory

10-03 Boston, MA - Wang Theatre

10-05 Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre

10-07 Minneapolis, MN - Northrop

10-09 Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


New release: A beautiful new documentary film was released on DVD in January that offers an intimate visit with Japanese artist/director Hayao Miyazaki. From the editorial review on Amazon: "Granted near-unfettered access to the notoriously insular Studio Ghibli, director Mami Sunada follows the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential other director Isao Takahata over the course of a year as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki s The Wind Rises and Takahata s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. The result is a rare fly on the wall glimpse of the inner workings of one of the world s most celebrated animation studios creators of successful films including Princess Mononoke and the Oscar winning Spirited Away, the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators." US readers can now stream the film on Netflix. Enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Laurie Anderson is curating the 2015 Live Ideas festival in NYC. Events are scheduled to start on Wednesday April 15th with performances and work by Anderson, Julian Schnabel, Pauline Oliveros, Chris Marker, and John Zorn. Readers on the west coast can see Laurie Anderson during her four-night run at SF Jazz in May (info here). NYC Live Ideas info here