Marilyn Manson, Live: The Pale Emperor Reigns at Terminal 5

Manson as he appears on the cover for The Pale Emperor, released on January 15
Better Than: Visiting a Hot Topic store on a Saturday afternoon.

Is The Pale Emperor album/persona Marilyn Manson's version of David Bowie's Thin White Duke? Both are elegantly dressed gents and doers of bountiful drugs. And like Bowie's Station to Station album (of the Duke era), Manson's latest opus references mythology and religion — and onstage he quoted "Moonage Daydream." But Manson, as his name implies, is a rabid consumer of — as well as product of — the darker side of pop culture.

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The Week in Music Writing: The Way We Make Hit Songs Now

How do we make hit songs now?
We present this free compilation of music writing that Voice writers are into this week, all by writers we presume were paid for their efforts. If you have a story you'd like to see here, drop us a line.

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David Bowie and Iggy Pop: The Next Day and Ready To Die

There's always a question of whether or not icons can sustain their status and relevance as they age. Tied to histories that have cultivated their own mythology over time, we've been presented with comeback albums grasping onto some semblance of the youth they thrived in. In the chorus of the opening song off an album that came as a welcome shock to fans and loyal followers, David Bowie simply responds to the curious and the skeptical: "Here I am, not quite dying."

See also: Good Morning, Terrifying David Bowie Spider

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Good Morning, Terrifying David Bowie Spider


That right there is the Heteropoda davidbowie, a newly-discovered breed of spider "distinguished by its large size and yellow hair," and which can only be found "in parts of Malaysia." Musicians, and this is important: if you name a record The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the spider community will repay you. Even if it takes 35 years to do so. [Telegraph]

Good Clean Near-Pornographic Fun at MOMA's David Bowie Video Symposium

"Life on Mars," directed by Mick Rock, 1973

So the first iconic image on display at MOMA's Monday-night Bowie fiesta is actually our host, Thurston Moore, bent at a 90-degree angle over a tiny podium, regaling us with tales of his own Connecticut-youth exposure to Ziggy Stardust, and admitting that he'd never seen Labyrinth until his young daughter forced him to watch it obsessively. Thurston does his splendid droll baritone Thurston thing, name-checking 85 genres in 15 minutes and saying freaks a lot, before noting that Sonic Youth played "I'm Afraid of Americans" with Bowie at Bowie's 50th birthday-party thing awhile back, and Thurston remembers thinking how fucked up it would be to be 50, and now he is 50 himself. Anyway, time to watch some deliriously bizarre Bowie videos.

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