2013 RULES: David Bowie Announces New Album and Single

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Late Monday just before midnight, the music world and social media stood agog as David Bowie's official Web site teased a new album, set for a March release, entitled The Next Day, produced by Tony Visconti.

Fuckin' Tony Visconti. Just check out his discography why don't ya? Just half of Bowie's catalog and T. Rex. NBD.

Funny enough, this all occurred on his birthday. Mr. Bowie turns 66 today, January 8.

It even came with a freaky new video for a song called "Where Are We Now?" directed by Tony Oursler with Bowie standing in an art studio while two puppets sang.

The song isn't bad, kinda languid and mournful. It's not to far removed from his Heathen and Reality stuff. His voice, though, has proven to be ageless.

Bowie had all but been written off as a retiree these past few years since his massive 2004 tour and after suffering a heart attack. Rolling Stone even had him on a 2013 tours wishlist slideshow, begging for a "farewell show."

I think I go through a mean Bowie phase at least once every other month.

With a March album release, this could naturally mean SXSW appearances, and maybe even a later tour. Fuck it, he should play ACL. And Coachella too, which has been rumored since November. We're getting ahead of ourselves here...

No dates or news on that front have been revealed, if those things will even come to pass. He hasn't even said he will do press for this project yet.

Bowie was last in Houston on April 29, 2004 up at the shed in the Woodlands. Stellar set list too: 26 songs, tons of hits.

Welcome back, Mr. Bowie. And happy birthday.

The Next Day Tracklist (via Consequence Of Sound)

Note: Holy shit, there are two songs about space.

01. The Next Day
02. Dirty Boys
03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
04. Love Is Lost
05. Where Are We Now?
06. Valentine's Day
07. If You Can See Me
08. I'd Rather Be High
09. Boss Of Me
10. Dancing Out In Space
11. How Does The Grass Grow
12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
14. Heat
Deluxe Tracks:
15. So She
16. I'll Take You There
17. Plan

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Ageing rock stars make me very sad. I guess throughout history people have had to come to grips with their favorite musicians getting old, but I don't think the impact has been more significant than in the era of rock and roll. Paul McCartney singing like a 70-year-old has made me the saddest. The Who is a close second place, although "The Endless Wire" was a pretty good album, weak Daltrey vocals notwithstanding.

I thought Bowie was a self-exiled goner, but man it's great to see that freaky new video. If anyone can reinvent himself as an elderly rock star, it's Bowie.

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