If you haven’t been watching Watchmen, HBO’s adaptation and continuation of the classic Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel, you’ve been doing yourself a tremendous disservice. Watchmen is a hell of a thing — a sweeping and big-budget story that treats its source material with reverence while jumping headlong into ideas that the original comic book … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
David Bowie was a born collaborator. That was part of his genius. For his entire career, Bowie displayed a knack for finding the exact right collaborators at the exact right times, and he let the work of his peers help shape his own work. And now, one of those collaborators has announced that he’s in … More »
“Space Oddity” was not David Bowie’s first single. Bowie had been around for a few years at that point, releasing music under different names. He’d already dropped his self-titled debut album and made the top 10 in the UK with the bugged-out 1967 single “The Laughing Gnome.” But “Space Oddity” was still a sort of … More »
It might be hard to believe, but Spoon have now been releasing music for close to 25 years. Initially, the recent announcement of a greatest hits compilation might’ve seemed a little odd. These guys still feel in the midst of a lengthier-than-usual prime, their oft-mentioned and absurd level of consistency ensuring they have … More »
It all started with “Space Oddity,” an unassuming and quirky folk rock ballad that shot a young lad from Brixton, still honing his sound, into superstardom. Surely even Bowie himself couldn’t foresee where his career would lead him, but this song was its genesis.
The track has endured over the decades. A new 7-inch box set celebrating 50 years (!) of Major Tom — featuring fresh mixes by Tony Visconti — will be released on July 12 via Parlophone Records (the day after the original single’s 50th anniversary).
The set includes a double-sided poster with an original “Space Oddity” print ad, as well as a shot of Bowie on stage in 1969. A digital single will be made available as well, so hit up Ground Control and claim yours before they’re one hundred thousand miles away.
Space Oddity 7” Single Boxed Set Tracklisting:
Side A: “Space Oddity” (Original Mono Single Edit)
Side B: “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” (Original Mono Single Version)
Side A: “Space Oddity” (2019 Mix – Single Edit) March 2019 mix by Tony Visconti
Side B: “Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud” (2019 Mix – Single Version) March 2019 mix by Tony Visconti
Long before he was the most unlikely avant-garde singer of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the late Scott Walker was a pop star — and, during the decades in which being a pop star meant being an interpreter, an alternately remarkable and frustrating one. With the not-actual-siblings Walker Brothers, Scott made a popular … More »
Merge Records turns 30 this year, and the North Carolina-based label is throwing a celebratory festival in July dubbed MRG30. It’ll take place from 7/24-27 at venues in Carrboro and Durham. The just-announced lineup includes Superchunk, the Mountain Goats, Waxahatchee, Lambchop, Ibibio Sound Machine, Hiss Golden Messenger, Wye Oak, Destroyer, Sneaks, Swearin’, and more. Tickets … More »