It Gets Scary

SCARY

I, like all intelligent music lovers, have a serious soft spot for Bowie. And how could you not? But back in reality I’m not an expert. So, in trying to write this I continue to come up with bands and artists that either would never have been around with out him. Can you imagine, oh I don’t know, 85% of the New Wave movement with out Bowie. I can’t.

As I said I’ve never claimed to be a Bowie “completist” as it were, so when I sat down and thought about what I could contribute to his — still living —¬†hagiography, the best¬† I could do was poke around the internet.

So a big H/T to Aquarium Drunkard for pointing me towards what, I hope, is a new find for y’all as well.

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is the first album following the “so called” Berlin trilogy ( Low, “Heroes” and Lodger) and is widely (you can take wildly to mean “me”) considered his the last of his great albums.

That being said, there has been, for ages a grey market bootleg of b-sides and other extravaganza from that era. Having spent the whole day listening to both the official and the bootleg… get to know them both. But there is a reason that this has been floating around since before I was born. It is because it is amazing. Download it. Learn it. Love it.

9/11 From Space

This of course made me think of Walter Dangerfield in Dr. Bloodmoney. Great book. These photos are, like all 9/11 photos, staggering.

International Space Station May Be Abandoned

“Astronauts may need to temporarily withdraw from the International Space Station before the end of this year if Russia is unable to resume manned flights of its Soyuz rocket after a failed cargo launch last week, according to the NASA official in charge of the outpost.”

 

This is really frustrating. It’s not like we’ve forgotten how to get to space or lack the technology to do it, we just aren’t in the business of sending things into space anymore. So we have to lean on Russia’s unreliable launch systems for the foreseeable future.