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“Where Are We Now?” Bowie‘s new single, produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti and directed by Tony Oursler, is crooned rather dreamily by the star in his singular swoon mode. The tune was recorded in New York, but it’s about Bowie’s time spent in Berlin. The album, The Next Day, drops March 12. It’s been 10 years.
Coinciding with the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, Peres Projects has set up shop in a temporary space to mount Gay Town, an exhibit of art created by renaissance man James Franco over the last two years. “Gay Town explores a variety of themes that are central to Franco’s artistic practice,” states press material from Peres Projects, “mainly issues related to adolescence, public and private persona, stereotypes, and other societal concerns as celebrity preoccupation.” The show runs through March 9. Berlin is lovely this time of year. (More pics via omgblog)
She may not yet have released a debut album, but Berlin-based MC DENA (Denitza Todorova) is already drawing lofty comparisons to artists like M.I.A. and Santigold based on the strength of singles “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools” and “Boyfriend.” But where the latter ladies pen lyrics steeped in metaphors and nuance, DENA (for whom English is a third language) doesn’t concern herself with hidden messages or agendas. The simplicity and directness of her rhymes and self-programmed MPC basslines make her brand of “girl from the bloc” pop an infectious, refreshing game-changer. DENA first got noticed with her impressive vocals on two of The Whitest Boy Alive albums, and her first solo project is a 7″ by Finnish producer Jonas Verwijnen.
I caught up with her at Jonas’s Kaiku Studios in Berlin, as she was putting the shiny finishing touches on her behemoth party opus, benevolently dedicated to art, fashion, and the pursuit of fun times.
DESTINY’S CHILD: I’m inspired by hip-hop, R&B, and music from the ’90s. I’m totally into Destiny’s Child! It’s my favorite band. But I also listen to beat music, like J Dilla and Madlib. Destiny’s Child is the music where singing and rapping is perfectly combined. I care for harmonies and chords. I don’t have this “anti-pop” or “commercial music” thing. In Germany, there was this famous [quote:] “Good music, I dance. No good music, I not dance!” I’m not American or English. I don’t have this filtering connection to the lyrics of all those groups. When I listen to Jay-Z, I probably get about ten percent of what he’s saying! Growing up in Bulgaria, my only connection to music was MTV… and it was a bit delayed. So, maybe I’m a bit behind.
Check out the full article on Interview Magazine.
The Shame star photographed in the German capital fully dressed and flashing an impressive set of choppers at a photocall for his current movie, Haywire, at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival. (Photo: Just Jared via The JJB)
Up-and-coming East German actor Matthias Schweighoefer stripped down to his panties in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate today, apparently to promote his latest movie, What a Man, which he not only stars in but also directed. A most appropriate publicity stunt. We feel it now duly promoted. (Photos: Getty Europe)