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US and German Rolling Stone ★ feature

on December 22, 2015


“And tomorrows of rich surprise”


The current issue (December 17-31, 2015) of Rolling Stone magazine in the US, has a two-page feature by Andy Greene titled: Bowie’s Newest Surprise, which is subtitled: “Secret meetings, jazz musicians and lots of Kendrik Lamar: Inside the sessions for Bowie’s adventurous new LP, Blackstar”.

Rolling Stone Deutschland has translated Andy’s piece for its German audience and put Bowie on the cover for good measure. (The US cover has characters from a film about an interplanetary war among the stars that seems a bit far-fetched.) 

There is also a four star

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Bowie At The Beeb vinyl box due February

on December 21, 2015


“Strange, mad celebration”


Out on February 26th 2016 is the vinyl box set of Bowie At The Beeb, originally mooted for release in 2000.

Previously released on CD the same year, this is the debut of the Best Of David Bowie’s BBC radio sessions from 1968 – 1972 on vinyl.

The 39-track 4-disk set comes in a lift off lid box and features a full colour 20 page booklet. This vinyl version features Oh! You Pretty Things from the Sounds Of The 70s Bob Harris session, broadcast in September 1971, which was previously exclusive to the Japanese release of the CD.

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Ten-page ★ album feature in RS France

on December 18, 2015


“Just like that bluebird”


Out now is the January/February 2016 edition of Rolling Stone France (RSFR), which has a one and a half page review of the ★ album and an eight-page feature, not to mention a Bowie front cover.

Both the review and the feature were written by Paola Genone, music critic (musicologist) at the French national magazine Madame Figaro and a regular writer for RSFR.

In the feature Paola interviews Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, Mark Giuliana, Jason Linder, Tim Lefebvre and Ryan Keberle about their work on the album.

The ★ album has been given a five stars out of five review

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★ album review in The Telegraph

on December 18, 2015


“This way or no way”


Great review of ★ in The Telegraph by Neil McCormick today.

The piece is headed “With his new album, rock’s oldest futurist returns to his first love”, and here’s the concluding paragraph...


“Lazarus is currently the hottest theatre ticket in New York. How wonderful if all of this actually represents an entirely new phase in Bowie’s extraordinary career. How fantastic to have an album as rich and strange as Blackstar that refuses to yield in a few listens. It suggests that, like a modern day Lazarus of pop, Bowie is well and truly back from beyond.”


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David Bowie is Michael C. Hall

on December 18, 2015


“Now ain’t that just like me”


An amusing ad for the aforementioned appearance by Michael C. Hall on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was posted ahead of the broadcast yesterday.

To make sense of our headline, go watch it here.

Don’t forget, if you’re in the US you can watch the full broadcast here.  

Otherwise view Hall’s version of Lazarus here on YouTube.

David Bowie’s new single Lazarus is released globally in the digital format today.


FOOTNOTE: Alongside the shot of Michael C. Hall last night is a picture of David Bowie from almost 40 years ago on the DINAH! show in February 1976.