Sure, I talk about some upcoming San Antonio shows and bring newness as usual, but really I'm all about playing Ben Monder's "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" as braincrushingly loud as possible again.
The Line-Up for 15 January 2016
I put this show together on Friday, of course, and I post the playlist to Nextbop on Monday. On Friday, David Bowie new album, ★, featuring Donny McCaslin's band, released. Based on its greatness alone, it was for the weekend the talk of the town, so much to the point that it closes this week's show and has a gravitational pull over the course of the hour. It's a rock album with jazz inclinations so I did a non-jazz move and played it on a jazz radio station. By Monday, I had awoken to Alex Marianyi (whose review of ★ will post later today) telling me if his review should change upon hearing of his death. I was shocked. I never did latch onto Bowie as many do, but I admired his work in the periphery. I appreciated whenever hearing him. I love the hell out of The Prestige and Basquiat.
It's funny, being a figure in culture so large and important and so consistently creative. David Bowie had cancer for at least the last 18 months of his life. In that time, he made a Broadway play and one more musical transformation. He lived to put it out and to top chart around the globe for one last weekend, shining brightly for us all, and giving out. What's it like to plan for one's mortality in such a way, for the whole world not to even know, and to see all their attention and rightful adulation coalesce around you, and fighting just long enough to be able to say, these last things checked off the list, that now it's time to go? What's it like to be a figure large enough to be able to do that?
This show is a snapshot in time before this realization, before this change in the universe where we no longer have David Bowie among us. This show is an hour of songs I put together anchored by the last work of a legend who decided to put out an album with a bunch of dudes who are awesome, whose work I admire, and I get to say they follow me on Twitter and stuff. This anchor shifted a mood that I tried to craft in the last hour, because I made an hour that had to bend to this music. David Bowie made an impact on this hour, and that's just saying one thing, clearly.
The Line-Up for 1 January 2016