Music News: Here's Gillian Anderson as David Bowie


Gillian Anderson as David Bowie in 'American Gods'
Gillian Anderson as David Bowie in 'American Gods' (Starz)

In a new a teaser video for an upcoming episode of the Starz network series American Gods, actor Gillian Anderson appears in character as David Bowie. Well, she's not exactly playing Bowie: she's playing "New God Media," a deity who "assumes whatever form will deliver her message most effectively and is often personified by iconic celebrities."

As Observer notes, "Anderson has already appeared as Lucille Ball, and has teased out a Marilyn Monroe episode as well." Watch the video on their site.

Roger Waters thinks Dylan's Sinatra covers are "shlock"

Even if Bob Dylan fans would prefer some new original songs, most have enjoyed his recent albums of classic songs originally popularized by Frank Sinatra and other vintage vocalists. Not Roger Waters, who had some pointed words for his onetime Desert Trip co-headliner.

"I can't believe he really has an affinity for all that schlock," says the Pink Floyd mastermind, who rhetorically asks Dylan, "What is wrong with you? Why would you do that?" (Stereogum)

Meanwhile, Kurt Vile impersonates 1970s-era Dylan in a new episode of The Best Show podcast. He also covers Lou Reed’s haunting song "Sword of Damocles." (Pitchfork)

Gregg Allman funeral plans announced

Gregg Allman will be laid to rest on Saturday in a small private ceremony in Macon, Georgia. He'll be buried alongside his brother Duane Allman and their bandmate Berry Oakley. "Per Allman's request," notes Rolling Stone, "mourners are asked to wear jeans and, at the dressiest, sports coats."

Arcade Fire tease new music

Arcade Fire have a new album coming out...sometime, probably soon. A tweet tells fans to "stay tuned for Infinite Content," which, as Vulture notes, "is either an album name or some major trolling."

They've also released a single, "Everything Now" — but exclusively on vinyl, at limited locations before they play Barcelona's Primavera Sound Festival on Saturday. The copyright cops have been closely monitoring internet leaks, so only snippets of the song have circulated online.

Luna announce covers album

Luna have announced an LP and an EP on Sept. 22, their first releases since 2004 — but as Stereogum notes, "neither are a true comeback album."

The LP is titled A Sentimental Education and contains covers (including their version of the Fleetwood Mac nugget "One Together," below); the EP is titled A Place Of Greater Safety and contains six instrumentals.

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