Lightning Strikes in Brixton to Honor David Bowie

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This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll has launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a memorial for David Bowie in the London district of Brixton, where the future rock chameleon was born and raised:

Now, in consultation with David Bowie’s team in New York and London, the Brixton community is building a permanent memorial in the place of his birth.

And then some.

Recreating the iconic lightning flash from Duffy’s Aladdin Sane LP cover in gravity-defying red and blue-sprayed stainless steel, this is a monumental piece of public art.

You can contribute here.

New Music: Goldfrapp’s Return to Glam

For a blog created to promote new music (see motto/mission statement above), I have certainly been focusing on a lot of old music lately. So this week I will be highlighting some more recent music I’ve been listening to.

Simon Reynolds‘s latest book, Shock & Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century, is excellent, great on the music and on its cultural context. However, I was a bit surprised by an absence from the last chapter, “Aftershocks: A Partial Inventory of Glam Echoes and Reflections,” which surveys the music influenced by the classic glam Reynolds had covered in such detail. The timeline includes punks, new romantics, hair metal, electroclash and K-pop; Kate Bush, Ke$ha, Kanye, Beyoncé, Sia, Nicki Minaj and, of course, Lady Gaga.

But there is not one mention of Goldfrapp.

Like Alice Cooper and Blondie, Goldfrapp is a band, featuring Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory. And Goldfrapp has created some of the most hook-filled British glam of the past decade and a half, such as “Ooh La La” from 2005:

Goldfrapp’s last album, 2013’s Tales of Us, was a more sedate affair, still top notch, but filled with slower, more melancholy and emotional songs. But judging by her recently released single, “Anymore,” . . .

. . . her upcoming album, Silver Eye (out March 31), will again be bathed in glitter.

Ooh-la-la indeed!

New Music for Weirdos: Soko

For a blog created to promote new music (see motto/mission statement above), I have certainly been focusing on a lot of old music lately. So this week I will be highlighting some more recent music I’ve been listening to.

If most people know Soko at all, it is probably for her brief relationship with Kristen Stewart. Not her latest movie, La Danseuse (The Dancer), which premiered last year at Cannes. nor her two deeply personal albums (along with numerous other songs scattered across the web). The movie may not yet have a U.S. release date (beyond a few festival dates), but she has just released a new music track, with a video just a quirky as the song.

Certainly not for everyone, but a treat for the weirdos of the world:

Dead Rock Stars Reincarnated on TV

Seems the cool new thing on cable TV is to name female characters after male cult rockers.

The co-lead on FX’s Legion shares a name with Pink Floyd’s acid casualty Syd Barrett:

And “Lenny” Cohen has been reincarnated on Bravo’s Imposters:

Can we expect a Bobby Dylan and/or a Johnny Lennon of an upcoming show?

Addendum — Tim reminded me that Forrest Gump‘s Jenny used the stage name Bobbi Dylan:

New Music: Examine Your Zipper Club

For a blog created to promote new music (see motto/mission statement above), I have certainly been focusing on a lot of old music lately. So this week I will be highlighting some more recent music I’ve been listening to.

It’s been almost five years since Lissy Trullie released her undeservedly obscure self-titled debut album. Then she largely vanished. I never saw her in an ad, but I kind of figured she went back to modeling, even though she had always insisted modeling was just a way of making money while she was in college. She was really a rocker.

Just when I thought she was out, . . .

Trullie has joined Mason James, formerly of Cerebral Ballzy, to form Zipper Club (along with Damar Davis). They released “Going the Distance” last June, produced by Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha.

Last week they released two more tracks, “Breath” . . .

. . . and “Tick Tock”:

Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait too long for an album.