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Bowie Backs Arcade Fire

David Bowie contributed vocals to Arcade Fire’s new single “Reflektor,” the veteran singer has confirmed. The track will be available as a two-track 12-inch vinyl release credited to The Reflektors that also includes an instrumental version of the song.

Arcade Fire released an interactive video for “Reflektor” yesterday, in addition to the previously announced video by director Anton Corbjin, after a teaser campaign featuring guerilla graffiti art and cryptic announcements.

The band is set to perform on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 28th, and their new album is due out on October 29th.

 


Good News For Peopl Who Love Bad News with Kelly Rose

A family in China Grove, N.C., was in for a surprise when they dined at Stag n Doe Pizza House on Friday. A mystery customer who was eating at the same establishment paid for the England family’s dinner and left a note that is now going viral. In an interview with WBTV-TV, Ashley England explained that her 8-year-old son, Riley, has special needs. The mother noted that he got rowdy during the dinner, as he has apparently had trouble in public lately.

“The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us, especially with public outings,” England said. “Riley was getting loud and hitting the table and I know it was aggravating to some people.”

While some of the patrons were surely unsettled and frustrated by her son’s actions, at least one person showed immense compassion.

After the boy acted out, a waitress, who was tearing up, approached the family with the touching note from the mystery customer. She explained that the person had paid for the family’s meal and that he or she wanted the note delivered.

England, too, cried when she received the note and considered the charitable act. While she wishes she could thank the generous individual, the person’s identity remains a mystery. The pick-me-up was something the mother said was much-needed, considering the issues the family has had of late.

It read, “God only gives special children to special people.”

“To have someone do that small act towards us shows that some people absolutely understand what we are going through and how hard it is to face the public sometimes,” she explained, going on to express gratitude for the people who care and understand. “They made me cry, blessed me more than they know — I felt like out of all the rude negative comments that we are faced with — these outweighs them.”

 


Mini Dylan Documentary

The latest edition of the long-running Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10, is out today. On Monday, a twelve-minute documentary focusing on the album was made available which features interviews with producer Bob Johnston, guitarist David Bromberg and keyboard player Al Kooper.


What’s Up With Arcade Fire?

Arcade Fire are indeed behind the “Reflektor” graffiti art campaign that has popped up around the country over the past few weeks. A new banner hanging on a building near the corner of Lafayette and Grand in Manhattan connects the band’s name to “Reflektor” for the first time, and advertises something – it’s not clear what – that is scheduled to happen at 9 p.m. on September 9th. Arcade Fire Tube tweeted a photo of the banner yesterday. It’s the latest teaser in a summer filled with speculation about the band’s upcoming new album – due out on October 29th – and occasional hints from James Murphy, who worked with Arcade Fire on the LP. The band hasn’t announced a name yet, but it seems possible their fourth album could be called Reflektor.

-Rolling Stone Mag.