Everything David Bowie did was cool, including buying furniture. The musician’s belongings sold for over $30 million this past Thursday at an auction. That’s not the only thing to shock the music world this week, too. Leonard Cohen passed away at age 82, A Tribe Called Quest released their final LP, Sia teamed up with Miguel and Queen Latifah for a Hamilton mixtape cut, and The xx shared their first new single in four years.
Not only was he cool and his music cool, but David Bowie‘s art collection was cool. Heck, even his furniture was cool. His personal belongings went on sale this past Thursday and continue to be auctioned off today, Friday the 11th. The Sotheby auction has dozens of items by the iconic musician on sale, from record players to funky couches to weird telephones. Together, the art and furniture pieces comprise about 65% of Bowie’s collection. Turns out people really want to live like him. On the first day alone, they raised £24.3 million ($30.3 million), tripling estimates. A good chunk of that came from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Air Power” which sold for a whopping £7.1 million ($8.8 million). Who wants to pool money together to buy one of the few items left today? [Pitchfork]
At the age of 82, Leonard Cohen passed away. The influential singer-songwriter has been churning out work for over 50 years, getting a start in music after he couldn’t live off the pay of his poems alone. This Thursday evening, his label confirmed his passing via Facebook. The visionary gave us so much to reflect on, listen to, and recite. If that wasn’t enough, though, Cohen, much like Bowie, gave himself a dark farewell. The month before passing, he dropped You Want It Darker and said he was ready to die. It seems he was and he went in peace. Revisit his biggest hit, “Hallelujah,” above. [Nerdist]
At last, the last-minute surprise is here. Q-Tip took to Facebook two weeks ago to announce a brand new (and final) A Tribe Called Quest album would come out on November 11. Alas, that day is today and their LP, We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is a 16-track monster with crazy contributions from Kanye West, Jack White, André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Elton John, Busta Rhymes, Consequence, Anderson .Paak, and Talib Kweli. The whole thing can be heard in full above or you can buy a copy at iTunes. [Nerdist]
As we’ve previously reported, Lin-Manuel Miranda will drop a mixtape inspired by Hamilton this December. The Tony Award-winning musical and talk of the town gets a revamped sound on the release, starring everyone from Chance the Rapper to Regina Spektor. Now, a new cut from the release can be heard. Sia teams up to twist Miranda’s original compositions, turning track “Satisfied” into a moving song with help from Miguel and Queen Latifah. The crew alone is enough to warrant a listen. Thankfully you can hear it above via Spotify. [Consequence of Sound]
It’s been four years since The xx last released an album, but now, finally, they have a follow-up to their sophomore LP Coexist. The trio, which stars famous solo electronic musician Jamie xx, announced their third LP will come out on January 13th via Young Turks. The album, titled I See You, features lead single “On Hold.” It’s a slow doozy, showcasing Romy Madley Croft’s vocals in the front, while a Hall and Oates sample from 1981 is warped underneath her, a bright house hook that finds space to become sultry. It’s a masterful work that masks itself as being subdued, once again showing the genius of the group. Give it a listen above. [Rolling Stone]
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