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No one can say Bowie’s lost his edge. This video is incredible, so incredible YouTube actually pulled it briefly, and now it has an adult’s only rating. Xavier Dolan made a similarly shocking music video that I want to talk about in a different post, but for now, enjoy the wonder that still is David Bowie, taking on the Catholic church with “The Next Day.”
I’d love to hear your opinions on this one.
Secretly Canadian announced that Jason Molina, of Songs Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. died this weekend. While I hadn’t listened to his work in years, back in my Elliott Smith/Will Oldham obsessive days, his contribution to the lo-fi world was no joke. This news makes me sad. There are far too many musicians (and non-musicians!) who just can’t pull through, even when their entire world is pushing for them and doing everything they can to try and help them out of that hole.
Read this note he wrote last May, when many of his fans donated to a medical fund, since he had no medical insurance to go to rehab and treat his alcoholism:
“Treatment is good, getting to deal with a lot of things that even the music didn’t want to. I have not given up because you, my friends have not given up on me. I do still need your support however that takes shape, good vibes are worth more than you might think.”
Listen to the gorgeous “Heart My Heart,” off his last release Autumn Bird Songs:
This song belongs to those of us who grew up in Ontario. It is one of Neil’s best songs of all time, and my favorite thing to listen to when visiting back home. Also, if you’ve never seen The Last Waltz, this clip is one very awesome example of why you should get on that today. Neil with The Band and Joni Mitchell backing him up. The best of Canada combined in one epic performance. Enough said.
Wildlife has a new album called …On The Heart coming out on March 5th! It is probably my most anticipated album of the year so far, and this song is just a hint at why. Their debut album Strike Hard, Young Diamond was literally my main obsession in the summer of 2011, so I can not WAIT for this one.
The fact that they named this track after a Bruce song certainly reminds me of the first time I saw them play and makes me love them even more, but that the song lives up to such an epic reference is what matters most. You can’t make that level of comparison in the listeners mind before they even hit play unless you know the song is gonna live up to it, and it does. The rolling drums, the layered harmonies, that guitar line, the lyrics. It’s as good as a single can get. I want to sing along and play it over and over again, just as I did with “Killing For Fun.” If the rest of …On The Heart is as solid as “Born To Ruin,” it’s gonna be just as great (if not better) than their incredible debut.
Listen below and click here to download it for free!