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What It's Like to Play Guitar With David Bowie

Photos courtesy of Carlos Alomar The story of David Bowie and Carlos Alomar begins in New York. By 1974, the Puerto Rico-born Alomar had become a guitarist in the house band at Harlem's Apollo Theater, playing with James Brown and eventually working as a session musician at RCA. Show More Summary

How the Cold War’s Fallout Shaped David Bowie

Photo by Jimmy King As I was born in the 1980s, I didn't experience David Bowie's interest in the communist East firsthand. Instead, I learned to love him via his thrilling, polished pop of the mid-90s. But later, when I discovered Bowie's...Show More Summary

Carlos Dengler on How David Bowie Gave Him the Freedom to Quit Interpol and Find Himself

Carlos Dengler was a founding member of Interpol, playing in the band until 2010. He is currently pursuing a career as an actor and working on a memoir. Dengler is also one of many artists whose lives were changed by David Bowie. Following...Show More Summary

The Case for David Bowie as Music Video King

No musician understood the power of the image—still, moving, mime, puppets, you name it—better than David Bowie. He was making music videos before MTV would eventually consecrate the form; it can be argued that his emphasis on character,...Show More Summary

Alex Karpovsky and Teddy Blanks Are Spielbergs, Your New Favorite Video Directors

Alex Karpovsky is best known for playing Ray Ploshansky, the curmudgeonly Café Grumpy manager turned city council member on HBO’s "Girls." He also showed up in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and will appear in their forthcoming Hail, Caesar!. Show More Summary

In Memory of My Great Gay Saint, David Bowie

There are a million reasons to memorialize the passing of David Bowie, but none more so, at least for me, than because of his legacy as the patron saint of strange gay boys everywhere. Because he ultimately married and had children with...Show More Summary

The Life Changing Power of Discovering David Bowie

Photo by Jimmy King I fell for pop in the early 1980s, in Britain, and David Bowie was the air it breathed and the earth it walked on. He wasn't the first star to make me love pop, but the first star to make me love pop was most certainly made in his image. Show More Summary

Should You Practice Black Metal Yoga?

After saturating mainstream American culture, yoga’s now starting to pool into smaller communities, many of them drawn along lines of musical tastes as well as geography. In Williamsburg you can do Drake yoga in Williamsburg; in Bushwick...Show More Summary

Remembering Pierre Boulez's Radical Legacy

Image via BBC Pierre Boulez, who died this week at age 90, didn’t start out trying to make friends. In 1952, the young French classical musician claimed that any composer who didn’t see the value of Arnold Schoenberg’s twelve-tone method—also...Show More Summary

Welcome Back, LCD Soundsystem

Photo by Kathryn Yu Last year, writer Dan Brooks coined the phrase “egg manning,” which he described as “the practice of finding a terrible argument from an unknown Twitter user in order to disagree with it.” The awareness of this tactic...Show More Summary

16 Essential Vocoder Songs

A scientific tool for those lacking a voice, a means of encrypting voices during World War II, and a way to drop the funk, the vocoder has had many exhale its praises, from General Dwight D. Eisenhower to Chromeo. The strange history...Show More Summary

Six Live Electronic Music Albums That Are Better Than Being There

Photo by Camille Blake At the tail end of October, Autechre fans were treated to an unprecedented bounty: AE_LIVE, a concert album comprising not one but four live sets from the duo—Krakow, Brussels, Utrecht, and Dublin—all recorded late last year. Show More Summary

Live to Win: The Legacy of Lemmy Kilmister

Photo by Chris Tuite (Listen to an Apple Music playlist with Motörhead highlights here.) Four days after turning 70, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister died. The Motörhead frontman hadn’t been in good health—heart trouble, diabetes, and a steady diet of cigarettes, speed, and Jack Daniel’s kept him on the ropes in recent months. Show More Summary

The Year in Disappointment

The Grateful Dead Toured with John MayerRihanna’s Dumb Album CoverFrank Ocean Doesn’t Care About UsTidalMartin ShkreliThe Fact That Someone Ruined Joanna Newsom’s Record By Calling It a Concept Album About Andy Samberg’s DeathWoes Ended...Show More Summary

Dreck the Halls: A Holiday TV Specials Retrospective

Bill Murray's Netflix adventure "A Very Murray Christmas" is a playful reanimation of one of television's most easily mocked institutions: the light entertainment holiday special, with a star—preferably musical—and their showbiz mates pretending to celebrate Christmas together, just like the olden days. Show More Summary

Lowell Brams Discusses Sufjan Stevens' Album About His Life

Lowell Brams was married to Sufjan Stevens’ mother, Carrie, for five years in the early 1980s. She dealt with depression, schizophrenia, and alcoholism throughout her life, and initially abandoned Stevens’ family when he was one. But...Show More Summary

In Defense of the Velvet Underground's Doug Yule

"Where's Doug Yule?" a DJ asked Lou Reed in 1972, during an interview with WLIR radio. There was a pregnant pause. Lou answered: "Dead, I hope." Most Velvet Underground fans have stopped short of wishing death upon Doug Yule, who played bass in the VU from late 1968 to the summer of 1970. Show More Summary

The Curious Career of Klaus Nomi

Born in the German state of Bavaria in 1944, Klaus Nomi emigrated to New York City at the age of 28, doing bits of off-Broadway theater work and moonlighting as a pastry chef. By 1978, he immersed himself in the East Village performance...Show More Summary

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