Friday Music News

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  • Sigur Rós is hosting the first year of their festival Norður og Niður right now in Iceland and last night My Bloody Valentine‘s Kevin Shields performed a rare solo show. Fan-made footage of his set has emerged on Instagram and shows Shields playing guitar with a drummer behind him. It’s recently been revealed that My Bloody Valentine is releasing a new album in 2018, it will be their first since 2013’s MBV. [ Pitchfork ]

  • David Bowie‘s son, director Duncan Jones, has launched a “David Bowie Book Club” in honor of the late icon. Announced on Twitter, Jones stated: “My dad was a beast of a reader. I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad.” The first book the club will be reading is Peter Aykroyd’s 1985 novel Hawksmoor, which Bowie declared in 2013 as one of his “Top 100 Must Read Books.” Jones is giving fans until February 1 to finish the novel. [ NME ]

DUNCAN LAUNCHES BOWIE BOOK CLUB VIA TWITTER “Screaming above Central London…” Back in October 2013 we exclusively posted the complete list of “DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS”. ( In case you’ve not already seen it on Twitter, Duncan Jones has now kicked off what we’re calling the Bowie Book Club. Here’s what he said about the idea and his first selection. + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Dec 27 My dad was a beast of a reader. One of his true loves was Peter Ackroyd’s sojourns into the history of Britain & its cities. I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad. Time allowing… #Read-ItBig’nsTheBrain Duncan Jones @ManMadeMoon Dec 27 Alright gang! Anyone who wants to join along, we are reading Peter Ackroyd’s “Hawksmoor,” as an amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff. You have until Feb 1. + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Hawksmoor is in DAVID BOWIE'S TOP 100 BOOKS list, indeed it’s one of the books we illustrated in our montage back in 2013. It’s also a work we’ve loved for a long time here at DBHQ, since David first recommended it many years ago. Go here ( for the synopsis of this gripping and terrible tale of two Londons separated by two and a half centuries. #BowieBookClub #ReadingIsBrainFood

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  • An interesting conversation amongst artists has emerged on Twitter regarding Spotify’s royalty rates. Kicked off by Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow, the question was posed: “How many of you have personally made more than £500 from Spotify?” Thom Yorke chimed in by sharing the tweet with the added statement: “i refer you, ladies and gentlemen, to the comments below …. without further comment.” It seems only Will Toledo of indie band Car Seat Headrest is defending the streaming service, claiming to have made $30k off of Spotify streams from just his independently released albums (his most recent two were released via Matador). It’s an interesting and important discussion to be had in this new music economy. Toledo continues on, telling Barrow: “My take is that a lot of streams come from people who aren’t necessarily interested in paying for music on an individual level. The idea is to get them interested enough that they do buy the album, but streams can make a difference in dealing with less committed listeners.” [ Paste ]

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