Late Night Music Open Thread

David Bowie turned 66 on Tuesday, and he’s given us a present to mark the day:

One gets the idea that Mr. Bowie — like Leonard Cohen — is too busy appreciating every day of his lived experience to waste time on that ‘forever young’ fad…

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    Gawd its been hot here today, made 40, thankfully we had a bit of wind.

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    Yutsano says:

    Okay I’m in love. Berlin is bar none my favourite city in Germany and that was the most memorable stop on my visit to Germany. I love the fact he did a tribute to a city that has so much history and yes loss and death. Not to mention I’ve taken the train from Potzendamer Platz. :)

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    I was watching Lawrence O’Donnell’s show, and one of the guests was a woman who tackled the Tucson shooter while he had to reload his gun. She mentioned that she put out an offer to all of the gun nut wannabe vigilantes, who like to pretend they could have taken Loughner out:

    (Paraphrasing) If you go to one of those fantasy firing places where you have to shoot pop-up bad guys, and perform perfectly (all bad guys dead, no dead innocents), she will pay your way. If you fail, you pay her 3x the fee. For some reason, she has had no hotshot takers.

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    Alison says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: I saw that and wanted to fist-bump her through the teevee.

    Also too, I love me some Bowie.

    Also also too too, since it’s a music thread, I really wish the 29th would hurry up and get here so I can hear the new Tegan and Sara album in full instead of just listening to Closer twelve times a day.

    ETA video linkie

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Where has he hidden his horcruxes?

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): Dropped to 29 here! Happy Dance!

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @MoeLarryAndJesus: one is inside Mick Jagger’s prostate. The others are under a glacier in Antarctica, on the moon, inside Halley’s Comet, at the bottom of Loch Ness, under Piers Morgan’s hair, and under a desk at the HQ of Private Eye magazine.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    Bowie was 66 yesterday. Nixon is 100 today.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Joey Maloney: Nixon is still dead, Bowie is still alive. There is some justice in this world.

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    Eljai says:

    I just saw part of that David Bowie video on Democracy Now! and I was going to go on Amazon to check out the song. But, of course, I only go to Amazon via Balloon Juice because I do what I’m told and there was the Bowie video again. How synchronous. I may be in an endless Bowie loop now.

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    Still 35.another 7+ days of over 35. Think I might melt.

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    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): my condolences. it’s supposed to be 39 here again by Fri. ah summer.

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    Chris says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass:

    Three cheers for Private Eye magazine.

    Now that Piers Morgan is in the US spotlight, I’d love for everyone to enjoy his feuds with Ian Hislop, and Jeremy Clarkson, who either punched him or dumped a glass of water over his head.

    By the way, Bowie’s in space..

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    Debbie(Aussie) says:

    Yes indeed, summergrumble, grumble whinge, whine) 1st world problems :)

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    donnah says:

    Bowie is now and always has been the epitome of cool. Cool style, cool music, cool presence. He was years ahead of his time in music and in creating different personalities to present his work. Happy Birthday, Mr Bowie! You rock!

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    Allen says:

    I (vaguely) remember in my college years, quite close to Canada, there being a raging debate on the proper pronunciation of Bowie. Went on for weeks.

    Got up to let the little cat out (you have no idea how much noise a cat can make hanging, willingly, onto a doorknob). The Tunch sized cat is sitting on my lap, intrigued by the movie I’m watching, and my favorite, Dr. Strangelove. First saw it in ’64 when I was 13.

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    Linda Featheringill says:

    To our friends in Australia:

    If you’re having difficulty reaching a comfortable temperature, may I recommend a fan and a wet tee shirt. I’m serious. Relief will be instant and will last until the water has evaporated. Then you can repeat.

    The reports sound like you’re having a terrible heatwave. Please take care.

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    Over at Politico they are running a short piece about the White House response to the “Deport Piers” petition. The short response doesn’t say much but they do plan on having a longer response. But the reason I bring it up is because in that thread I read a comment I seem to be seeing more of:

    The Democratic Party has become the party of the Anti-Semites, Anti-Christians, Anti-Caucasians; home of the Racists, the Haters, the Elitists, the Homosexuals, the Tanstesticals, the Pansexuals, the Illegal Aliens, the Ex-Cons, the Ex-Felons, pro Islamists , the Moral Relativists, the Bigots, the Pagans, the hate-America movement, the Marxists, the Communists, the Socialists and the Anarchists.

    You see, if us white folks (I.e. Christian-god fearing, of course!) were just left alone to our proper place this country would be in much better shape! Remember the good ol’ days of 2001-2008? See! AMIRITE?

    Up here in northern New England overnight temps have been -15C or lower for more than a week and we got down to -26C the over night. I would send some of it to you in Oz but I don’t have a fan big enough.

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    Swellsman says:

    David Bowie did turn 66 yesterday; I know this, because I turned 44.

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    Schlemizel says:


    Happy Birthday – I hit 62 yesterday so you have a ways to do but enjoy 44 while you can.
    Here for your enjoyment are some other people we shared the day with:
    James Longstreet . . Evelyn Wood
    Butterfly McQueen . . Larry Storch
    Soupy Sales (my fav!)
    Charles Osgood . . Shirley Bassey
    Bob Eubanks . . Yvette Mimieux
    David Bowie . . R Kelly
    Jason Giambi . . Carl Pavano
    Jose Ferrer . . Steven Hawking
    Bill Graham, the rock promoter not the grifter
    Jesse Garon Presley, stillborn twin brother of Elvis
    Little Anthony [Gourdine] (of & the Imperials)

    Quiet a mixed bag ‘o nuts
    Graham Chapman (Monty Python’s Flying Circus)

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    Jack Canuck says:

    @Debbie(Aussie): Only made it into the low 20s down here, enjoying it while it lasts. Friday’s supposed to be back up to high 30s.

    ETA: On the music front, new Suede!

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    jeffreyw says:

    Thread needs moar comments.

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    Thlayli says:

    I know college hockey is popular around here, so I thought I’d throw this in:

    Apparently, this is a real thing.

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    I read that Bowie has a new album coming out this year, first in 10 years.

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    Schlemizel says:


    I know they have a club team but have not heard of any interest in moving up from there. Given the love that Canadians have for that toilet with palm trees it wouldn’t surprise me if they fielded a pretty decent team.

    Huntsville, Al. has a D-I hockey team. Its actually an artifact of the space program. When we kidnapped the Nazi’s after WWII we stashed them in Huntsville (gawd knows why) and they asked for an ice rink as one of their perks. Huntsville actually has a pretty active youth hockey program & the UoA a D-I team!

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    NotMax says:

    Barney, being Frank about lowering defense budgets.

    I once asked Alan Greenspan in a hearing what the economic impact would be of cutting military spending versus other types of spending. His answer was that to the extent that your national defense requirements allowed you to cut the military, it would almost certainly cause less of an economic impact than most other cuts in spending. He analogized this to being able to pay less for insurance if prudent. This is not true of all expenditure—for instance, some research and development has spillover effects, and such spending can and should be protected. Cuts in overseas bases, however, have no negative economic effect, nor does reducing nuclear stockpiles that exceed our current security needs.
    The question regarding the economic impact of military expenditures is not whether spending on the military versus not spending at all will have a positive effect. If we are serious about long-term deficit reduction, then spending cuts have to come from somewhere, and the relevant question becomes whether cuts of the right sort in the military—excessive overseas basing, excessive military intervention, a nuclear weapons stock far greater than is needed—are more or less damaging to the economy than equal amounts of other federal spending.
    Given the numbers involved, the major trade-off in putting together a total deficit reduction package is between the military and health care, by far the biggest nondefense spending item in our budget. Reductions in Medicare, Medicaid, grants from the National Institutes of Health, aid to hospitals, etc., clearly will have far worse social consequences than equivalent cuts in the military and, I believe, more damaging economic effects, because there is more of an economic multiplier from the health expenditures than from military spending.  Source

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    Schlemizel says:

    BTW – since I know you are all on pins & needles waiting to hear. #2 Notre Dame fell to #1 Minnesota last night 4-1! The PA people even played “Sweet Home Alabama” during one of the breaks.

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    master c says:

    Those are some crazy good names, Jesse Garon and Elvis Aron, Bravo Gladys.

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    JPL says:

    @Schlemizel: That’s funny!

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    Schlemizel says:


    BTW – it looks like UM’s team is all American’s so thats sort of a surprise. Here is their web page

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    Trinity says:

    This song has become my earworm. I woke up with it playing on a loop in my mental jukebox.

    Love Bowie.

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    Ramalama says:

    I liked this new Bowie song/video though the literal (Capricornian?) part of me kept looking at the female face in the video and wondering, “What’s she doing there?” I mean, c’mon I know about Iman. And this lady’s not even singing in the video. Which means it must be the problem of Art. Art requires her to be there for a reason that isn’t obvious.

    And then I thought of this song, because for me it was similarly evocative, though nothing to do with either David Bowie or the debt ceiling; hockey or the paint peeling:

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    Alex S. says:

    This news made my week, maybe even my month.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: That’s where that idiot Voldemort should have hidden them!

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    Citizen_X says:

    @Yutsano: I just saw Wings of Desire for the first time. Gorgeous, gorgeous movie, and uses the Berlin setting so beautifully. Also mentioned Potzdamer Platz prominently. All I could think while watching was, “I’ve got to get back to Berlin soon.” Was there in the early 90s (a few years after the movie)–the Wall was mostly down, Potzdamer Platz was still a bombed-flat wasteland. Now Bowie comes out with this lovely thing. Maybe the world’s trying to tell me something?

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    kindness says:

    Who is the woman in the video with Bowie?

    I’ve always loved Bowie. I was devastated when he broke up The Spiders From Mars, but he grew from it. My Deadhead friends never understood how I could like Bowie and the Dead. Yea well, back in the 70’s Jerry & the boys were a cult of their own and most my devotee friends could allow someone to like Bob Marley but Bowie was a note too far for them.

    Btw, the Furthur New Years shows were the AWESOME! Hey John, go over to and buy the 30th and 31st shows. You will not regret it.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    @kindness: The woman is abstract painter Jacqueline Humphries, according to this.

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    kindness says:

    @Felanius Kootea: Thanks. Way cool.

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    gbear says:

    Jimmy Page turned 69 today.

    For an odd contrast: Andy Summers of The Police turned 70 last week.

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    handsmile says:

    @Felanius Kootea: , @kindness:

    OMFG! Humphries is a professional acquaintance of mine! She is well-respected and quite successful as a painter, represented here in New York by the Greene Naftali Gallery in the Chelsea arts district. Here is a link to her page at the gallery, with images of selected works:


    The projections of her and Bowie’s heads in the video are the work of her husband, video artist Tony Oursler.

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:

    One of my regrets is never seeing Bowie live. Had the chance when I was 15 (my older sister wanted to take me), but there had been an riot at another concert nearby the week before and my parents freaked, and vetoed me going.

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    Herbal Infusion Bagger says:


    Yea well, back in the 70′s Jerry & the boys were a cult of their own and most my devotee friends could allow someone to like Bob Marley but Bowie was a note too far for them.

    Maybe too poppy/glam during the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane days. But the Berlin albums he did with Eno, were groundbreakingly experimental for their time.

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    bjacques says:

    Lovely tune.

    Tony Oursler also did stuff with Laurie Anderson back in the day. Bowie revisited Berlin in his cyberpunkish “Outside” album in the mid 1990s. It was a murder mystery “to be continued…” but it never was. The turn of the millennium was more upbeat than “Outside” threatened, so it’s probably just as well. It’s still one of my favorite of his later albums.

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    Jamey says:

    I thought Potsdamer Platz was spelled with an “s,” and not a “z.”

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