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  • The postal service doesn't reach outer space, but soon, the Starman can send a message for you around the globe. The UK Royal Mail has announced a David Bowie commemorative 10-stamp collection out March 14th. There will be six album covers (Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, “Heroes”, Let’s Dance, Earthling, and Blackstar) and four live shots (The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1973; The Stage Tour, 1978; The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983; and A Reality Tour, 2004). See the designs below. [ Pitchfork ]

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  • This March, local artist Phil Elverum releases a new album under his Mount Eerie moniker. It's his first new music since the passing of his wife Geneviève Castrée, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last summer. Titled A Crow Looked At Me, the album was self-recorded in the same room where Geneviève died, using mostly her instruments, with lyrics written on her paper. Elverum shared the following personal statement, posted below:
    Why share this much? Why open up like this? Why tell you, stranger, about these personal moments, the devastation and the hanging love? Our little family bubble was so sacred for so long. We carefully held it behind a curtain of privacy when we’d go out and do our art and music selves, too special to share, especially in our hyper-shared imbalanced times. Then we had a baby and this barrier felt even more important. (I still don’t want to tell you our daughter’s name.) In May 2015 they told us Geneviève had a surprise bad cancer, advanced pancreatic, and the ground opened up. ‘What matters now?’ we thought. Then on July 9th 2016 she died at home and I belonged to nobody anymore. My internal moments felt like public property. The idea that I could have a self or personal preferences or songs eroded down into an absurd old idea leftover from a more self-indulgent time before I was a hospital-driver, a caregiver, a child-raiser, a griever. I am open now, and these songs poured out quickly in the fall, watching the days grey over and watching the neighbors across the alley tear down and rebuild their house. I make these songs and put them out into the world just to multiply my voice saying that I love her. I want it known.

    DEATH IS REAL could be the name of this album. These cold mechanics of sickness and loss are real and inescapable, and can bring an alienating, detached sharpness. But it is not the thing I want to remember. A crow did look at me. There is an echo of Geneviève that still rings, a reminder of the love and infinity beneath all of this obliteration. That’s why.

    A Crow Looked At Me is out March 24th via his own P.W. Elverum & Sun imprint. [ Under the Radar ]

  • On the brink of a semi-worldwide tour (I mean, no Seattle date), long-running Nashville greats Lambchop share their version of Prince's "When You Were Mine." Frontman Kurt Wagner continues to utilize the vocal effects he debuted last year with the band's twelfth album FLOTUS. Listen below: [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • Well, it's finally happened: Guided By Voices have hit their 100th album, August By Cake, out April 7th via their own GBV, Inc. And appropriately enough, it's the veteran Ohio band's longest album, a double-LP boasting 32 tracks. Hear one of those -- "Hiking Skin" -- below. Founding frontman Robert Pollard sounds as vital as ever, and we look forward to the 200th release someday. [ Stereogum ]

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