Leave it to David Bowie to leave this planet with a treasure trove of secrets about him still left to uncover. The latest? That he wanted to write fake Bob Dylan songs for his musical. We shouldn’t be surprised, yet we are, and not just about that. Panorama unveiled an incredible lineup that has us stunned, Donald Glover took home a ton of awards at the Golden Globes, King Crimson will tour with four (!) drummers this year, and Regina Spektor and The Shins hijacked an NPR show to play their beautiful music.
On January 8th of last year, David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar, along with single “Lazarus” inspired by the play of the same name from 2015, just two days before he passed away from cancer. The record continues to unveil secrets and twists the more you listen to it, but new information has been revealed that shows the musical wasn’t always centered around 1976’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, perhaps the biggest twist of all. Writer Michael Cunningham told GQ that he and Bowie collaborated on a different musical for the album that included an alien, a mariachi band, and “a stockpile of unknown, unrecorded Bob Dylan songs, which had been discovered after Dylan died,” which Bowie would write himself. Yes, you read that correctly. David Bowie wanted to write fake Bob Dylan songs. Their work on said LP halted when Bowie suffered a heart attack in 2004, and, later, took form the way we know it, free of Bob Dylan ripoffs but centered around an alien nonetheless. [Pitchfork]
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It’s festival announcement season and it seems the lineups just keep getting better. New York City will see the return of Panorama, a music festival started by the same team behind Coachella, which makes 2017 its second edition of the fest. The bookers put their hearts into it and that shows from top to bottom. Headliners include Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, A Tribe Called Quest, Tame Impala, MGMT, Spoon, Solange, and Justice, plus smaller names like Angel Olsen, DJ Shadow, Cloud Nothings, Belle & Sebastian, Pinegrove, Noname, and more have our hearts beating fast. If you like what you see, head over to their website. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 13th. [Rolling Stone]
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Donald Glover can do it all. The actor, writer, musician, and comedian released an album last month as Childish Gambino. Now? He’s winning Golden Globes for his FX show, Atlanta. Glover won for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy as well as Best Actor In A Television Series – Musical or Comedy. He shouted out thanks to the crew, director Hiro Murai, the whole city of Atlanta, and Migos (for making “Bad and Boujee”). It was a riot to watch, but not as funny as the show he wrote and stars in itself. Duh. [Stereogum]
It’s been three years since King Crimson last toured, so to make up for it, the prog rock kings decided to go big. In 2017, Robert Fripp will bring his band around the West Coast and East Coast to perform classic hits. The twist? King Crimson will perform with four (!) drummers. He calls it the “Double Quartet Formation” because King Crimson is “likely to be making a lot more noise than before.” Grab your earplugs and revisit “In The Court of The Crimson King” to get pumped for the tour and, presumably, new music. [Consequence of Sound]
From time to time, NPR radio program A Prairie Home Companion brings national and international musicians on their show to help soundtrack comedy skits. The latest episode brought not one, but two musical guests: Regina Spektor and The Shins. The high-profile episode saw performances of “Grand Hotel,” “Older and Taller,” “The Trapper and the Furrier,” and “Sampson” by Spektor and “Name For You,” “The Fear,” “Gone For Good,” and “St. Simon by The Shins. In other words, it was an episode to make you smile. Listen to the full thing here or check out a sample of the performances above. [Consequence of Sound]
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