David Bowie

New David Bowie app narrated by Gary Oldman

The new app based on “David Bowie Is,” an exhibit based on David Bowie’s life and career and it will be narrated by actor Gary Oldman. “This brings the amazing ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition to a wider audience,” Oldman said in a press release. “It’s great that his fans get to experience it. It was a privilege to be involved.” The app will guide the users through “the show’s hundreds of costumes, videos, handwritten lyrics, original works of art, and more.” It is set to launch on January 8th, on what would be Bowie’s 72nd birthday.

Record Store Day 2016 announces release list

Record Store Day will return on April 16th. The list of releases available at independent record stores exclusively that day was announced today. Find the full list here for the U.S. and here for the UK. Artists like David Bowie, Run the Jewels, the Weeknd, Outkast, J Dilla, Mac DeMarco, Bob Dylan, Chvrches, the Flaming Lips, Jay Reatard, the Shaggs, Big Star, Fleetwood Mac, Foals, Best Coast, Jason Molina, and many more are included. Here are a few of the highlights of what is coming out:

  • David Bowie reissues of “TVC 15” and “The Man Who Sold the World” on picture disc, and the 50th anniversary release of his singles, I Dig Everything – The Pye Years 1966 
  • A 16-track album of Mac DeMarco demos, Another (Demo) One, which were in his bedroom
  • Unheard songs by the Shaggs on a 7″, “Sweet Maria” b/w “The Missouri Waltz (Missouri State Song)”
  • J Dilla’s long-lost vocal album The Diary
  • Big Star’s reunion show Complete Columbia: Live at Missouri University 4/25/93, on double-LP
  • Patti Smith’s Horses Live Electric Lady Studios, a live version of the classic album, recorded last year in the same studio
  • The Weeknd’s The Hills Remixes, which features Eminem and Nicki Minaj
  • Run the Jewels’ own virtual reality viewer (for watching their “Crown” VR video, which is coming soon)
  • Metz and Mission of Burma cover one another on “Good Not Great” b/w “Get Off,” available on starburst 7″
  • Florence + the Machine’s “Delilah / Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” which has studio and demo versions of “Delilah” alongside the Neil Young cover
  • Outkast’s “Elevators (Me & You),” reissued as a “glow-in-the-dark alien vinyl” for the 20th anniversary of ATLiens
  • The Feelies’ Uncovered, which features covers of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Doors, Patti Smith, and more
  • Fleetwood Mac’s (Alternative) Tusk, that features the alternative version of the album on double-LP
  • A 7″ including new songs from Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval
  • Best Coast’s “Late 20s” b/w “Bigger Man” 7″, including two previously unreleased B-sides
  • Chvrches’ Every Open Eye Remix EP, including takes on the song by Four Tet and others
  • Low/S. Carey’s 10″ single “Not a Word” b/w “I Won’t Let You,” including two exclusive seven-minute collaborations
  • The Flaming Lips’ alternate mix for Cloud Tastes Metallic, which also includes an accompanying comic written and illustrated by Wayne Coyne, and an 8xLP albums boxset called Heady Nuggs Vol.II Studio Albums 2006 – 2012
  • Jay Reatard’s Blood Visions 10th anniversary reissue on red vinyl, with a bonus demos 7″
  • A Bob Dylan EP called Melancholy Mood backed by four tracks from his upcoming Fallen Angels album
  • Husker Du’s “In A Free Land” with the long out-of-print 1982 single to 7″
  • A 7″ featuring Townes Van Zandt covers by the late Jason Molina
  • Death Cab for Cutie’s “Tractor Rape Chain”/”Black Sun,” two live tracks that also includes a Guided by Voices cover
  • The Runaways’ single “Right Now/Black Leather” reissued on cherry-red vinyl
  • Lush’s five album reissues in the Origami boxset
  • New York performances by Sun Ra and His Arkestra, recorded in 1966 and ’68, on colored vinyl
  • Foals’ “Rain” 7″ backed by a cover of Mark Ronson and Kevin Parker’s “Daffodils”

David Bowie’s A Reality Tour getting vinyl reissue

David Bowie released a concert film named A Reality Tour in 2004, which was filmed at the Dublin performances of his final tour in 2003. In 2010, a live album of these performances was released. On June 3rd, Friday Music will reissue the album in a 3xLP box set on 180-gram blue vinyl. Find more details here

The Melodic Tree’s Weekly Playlist

1. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

2. I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt

3. Ask Her to Dance – Coconut Records

4. So Many Things to Tell You – Mark Redito

5. Cavalier – James Vincent McMorrow

6. Callow – Novo Amor

7. Francis Forever – Mitski

8. I Wanna Boi – PWR BTTM

9. Lousy Connection – Ezra Furman

10. Listen to the Man – George Ezra

11. I Love You So – The Walters

12. Sleepwalking – Modest Mouse

13. All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Pollsar

14. A Crack in Time – Ferraby Lionheart

15. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

16. Our Love – Sharon Van Etten

17. Heartbeats – The Knife

18. Flaws – Vancouver Sleep Clinic

19. Say Yes – Elliott Smith

20. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

R.I.P. David Bowie

David Bowie died yesterday after fighting cancer for 18 months. His Facebook page made the announcement this morning: he died “peacefully” while surrounded by family. He turned 69 Friday, the same day of the release of his last album, ★ (Blackstar). Read the Facebook statement below. 

Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, film director, confirmed his death on Twitter, tweeting a photo of himself as an infant with Bowie, “very sorry and sad to say it’s true.” The Hollywood Reporter also confirmed it. 

There will never be such a creative force like Bowie. 

January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.