David Bowie | No Plan, the Last Video

And the posthumous David Bowie surprises keep coming, this time appropriately on what would have been the artist’s 70th birthday. A plaintive, reflective music video for “No Plan” was posted on the official Bowie YouTube page, directed by Tom Hingston. The song is apparently one of three of the last Bowie compositions (that had not appeared…

Dirty Projectors | Little Bubble (Video)

A new video for the song “Little Bubble” from Dirty Projector’s creator Dave Longstreth, with directorial assistance from Adam Newport-Berra. It’s the second track released by Longstreth since September’s single stream of “Keep Your Name”. The main lyric, “We had out own little bubble for awhile”, seems like a elegiac note at a romance’s end, or I’m…

TBB’s Best Songs of 2016

By David D. Robbins Jr. 25. Wildhart “Shake Off” 24. Warpaint “So Good” 23. Charlotte Cardin “Big Boy” 22. ILOVEMAKONNEN “Side 2 Side” 21. Unloved “Cry Baby Cry” 20. Kanye West “Real Friends” 19. Mitski “Crack Baby” 18. Wet “The Middle” 17. Frankie Cosmos “Fool” 16. Julia Jacklin “Sweet Step” 15. Danny Brown ‘Downward Spiral”…

DDR Recommends: Begin 2017 With …

By David D. Robbins Jr. A feature where I whittle down the world a bit for you, each week or so, by recommending some of the best topical links scattered across the internet … Let’s begin 2017 with two items I always look for on that last day of the year … 1. NYE 2017…

Happy 70th to Poet Patti Smith

Happy 70th birthday to poetic badass and musical legend Patti Smith. “Birdland” is one of my favorite all-time songs. I could listen to it every day. I always wait for the wonderful, sad escapist verse where Patti belts out “where I am not human …” and the exquisite way she sings “a” in “It’s a…

TBB’s Best EPs of 2016

Massive Attack Album: Ritual About: Dark, twisted, mesmerizing — and as engaging as ever. Vince Staples Album: Prima Donna About: “Smile” is one of the best tracks of the year. Burial Album: (Split) Young Death / Nightmarket About: Feels like a cool extension of everything that made “Rival Dealer” majestic. Wet Album: (Split) The Middle/Turn Away About:…

DDR Recommends: Lest We Forget …

By David D. Robbins Jr. A feature where I whittle down the world a bit for you, each week or so, by recommending some of the best topical links scattered across the internet… 1. “Christians for a Moral America Pray for George Michael’s Death” By John Shore | The Huffington Post | 11-29-11 Yes, it’s good to remember…

TBB’s Best DVD/Blu-Ray Releases of 2016

David D. Robbins Jr. This is the list I submitted to the wonderful website DVDBeaver for its annual “Best of” compiling. (Which I might add, is the best list of its kind, featuring just us regular schmoes, a number of quality film critics, like Jonathan Rosenbaum and more.) This year it was “Pioneers: African-American Cinema” that stood out…

TBB’s Best 25 Albums of 2016

25. OLGA BELL Album: Tempo About: I love artists who can experiment with their sound on each record but the music always remains true to her voice. 24. CHOCOLATE GENIUS Album: Truth Vs. Beauty About: One of the few artists where it honestly pisses me off more people don’t know his work. Man doesn’t make bad records.…

DDR Recommends: Coates Is Back

By David D. Robbins Jr. This is the first of what will be a running feature, where I’ll whittle down the world a bit for you by recommending some of the best articles, podcasts, photos, videos and/or other links scattered across the internet. 1. “My President Was Black” By Ta-Nehisi Coates | The Atlantic |…

A Few of My Favorite Books of 2016

By David D. Robbins Jr. ▶ “What Belongs to You” by Garth Greenwell (Fiction) ▶ “Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers On Stage” by Robert S. Bader (Film history) ▶ “The Girls” by Emma Cline (Fiction) ▶ “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith (Fiction) ▶ “Zero K” by Don DeLillo (Fiction) ▶ “The North…

At a Trump Rally: Angry, Weird America

By David D. Robbins Jr. Just my quick thoughts on attending a Trump rally in Des Moines, Iowa … Inside the rally Let me give you my thoughts unfiltered, without self-editing, all from memory and off-the-cuff –which seems apropos after attending a Donald Trump rally. Where to start? I could tell you that I’m glad…

Cuba & the Lasting Magic of Mockery

By David D. Robbins Jr. It is important to remember those Cubans who suffered under Fidel Castro too, so I thought I’d give you a glimpse of a fun Cuban novel you should read … Reinaldo Arenas, one of my favorite Cuban novelists, like many of his countrymen, was enthused by the early cause of…

Cross Record’s Beautiful Extremes

In Dripping Springs, a city in a Texas suburb of Austin with less than 2,000 inhabitants, is the husband-wife duo of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski — making music under the moniker Cross Record. Their latest effort is a striking 9-song LP called “Wabi-Sabi”, featuring Cross’ breathy, smokey Hope Sandoval-type vocals; hard, stark guitar and…

Mick Jenkins | Drowning (Video)

It’s not surprising to hear Mick Jenkins getting back into the water (albeit reluctantly) with his new video “Drowning” (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD). Jenkins’ 2014 album “The Water[s]” was awash in liquid imagery. “Drowning” is a song about feeling suffocated by “the real life” and fighting to stay afloat: “When the river holds you down, you supposed to…

Computer Magic | Dimensions

Computer Magic (aka Danz) has a new single out, “Dimensions”, which will be featured on her upcoming five-song EP release, Obscure but Visible, out October 7th on Channel 9 Records or at the artist’s website. Computer Magic has always had a beautiful obsession with space, dreams and thoughts of other worlds — so it seems apropos…

Ulrika Spacek | Everything: All The Time

Admittedly, Ulrika Spacek’s “Everything: All The Time” reminds me a lot of Radiohead, with the pulsating rhythm, erratic breaks, the warped/echoed sounds and even the vocals of the lead singer. But that’s not a bad thing — and it’s only for one song. In fact, I love this track. It’s not mimicry. There’s a roughness to…

Hannah Epperson | Story (Amelia) (Video)

Artist and violinist Hannah Epperson posted a new video for “Story (Amelia)”, a song off her upcoming Sept. 16 release UPSWEEP. Some of you may be familiar with her periodic solo work, heard one of her European concerts or listened to her pairings with friend and fellow musician Emily Brown. The song begins with pretty Bjork-like…

Churchill’s Secret | Keep Buggering On

Quick thoughts on PBS’s Churchill’s Secret: It’s June 23, 1953 and 78-year-old British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was entertaining Italian guests at Downing Street at an event for Italy’s Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi when he had a stroke. After passing out, Churchill’s son-in-law, Christopher Soames, the MP for Bedford finds that the left side of the…

Cass McCombs | Medusa’s Outhouse

As has become usual with singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, he’s streaming another slow-smoked gorgeous track. This one is called “Medusa’s Outhouse”, which will be featured on his August 26th Anti- Records release Mangy Love. This latest song is kind of hazy reverie, with falsetto vocals and soulful backing guitar that feels like Neil Young, especially when he…

ILoveMakonnen | Side to Side

ILoveMakonnen (aka Makonnen Sheran) is streaming his best single since 2014’s “Wishing You Well”. It’s called “Side 2 Side.” The rapper has been releasing a number of lesser tracks during the year and he continued his mix-tape series “Drink More Water 6” before taking a break from the pace of pushing out all that music. This time around, ILoveMakonnen…