: updated 18th January 02017 :
Thanks to Dario, John, Nenad Georgievski, Alex, and EnoWeb's own newsbot Tom Boon for these news links in no particular order.
Brian's new album Reflection was released on 1st January as a CD, LP, digital download and Apple app, accompanied by a small snowmaggedon of publicity. The app has just been updated with improvements including a sleep timer and new colours.
- Jarvis Cocker – Reflecting on Ambient Music with Brian Eno (available until 30th January) – keep listening after the interview, as near the end of the show Brian reads new output from Mister Chilvers' Patented Electric Word Mangle, this time using old pop songs as the source.
- Flaunt Magazine: "Time passes quickly when you're not having fun or when you're not paying attention. So if you want to live a longer life you need to live more dangerously."
- Start Making Sense with Jehnny Beth – Brian is interviewed in programmes 39 and 40 for this Apple Radio Beats 1 show, which has the super-power of only being able to be heard by Apple Music subscribers (new listeners can get a free 3-month trial). Seen Star Wars, Brian has not.
- The Next Track podcast talks to Peter Chilvers about the Reflection app
- There's still time to hear The Life of Brians with Shaun Keaveny, Brian Eno and Brian Cox, even if Brian (Eno) resolutely refuses to promote Reflection during it (stream expires 24th January)
A few reviews.
- A.V. Club Live (39 minutes in) – odd that Brian's Windows 95 intro is still used as a cultural reference. That was 22 years ago, guys! It's like articles that assume his short time in Roxy Music was the high point of his career. Sad!
- All About Jazz
- Bangkok Post
- The Arts Desk
- Good Gear Guide
- Billboard (Not a review, just mentioning Eno's in the Number 2 slot)
- Metro Weekly
- New Zealand Herald
- The Straits Times
- Village Voice
- Vancouver Sun
- The Morton Report
- Stuff – App of the week
- Irish Independent
- Belfast Telegraph
- The Times (subscription)
- The Guardian
- Thump Vice
- New Hamburg Independent
- The Quietus
- Brooklyn Vegan
- The Observer
Although he has not been seen in public for several years because he is conserving his energies for the coming battles against our enemies, Chairman Eno has issued a new year message to motivate the fortunate citizens of Enoland and ensure another year of record-breaking productivity in our lucky and blissful nation. Workers unite!
This year's Edge.org question is "What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?" Brian's response makes real sense, and at EnoWeb we couldn't help nodding vigorously in agreement at something that is so much in accordance with our own opinions.
"At this time, you could think of me as a Syllannibal: someone who eats their own words." Several years ago, about 20 minutes of extracts from the recording sessions for David Bowie's album 1.Outside escaped – but when some miscreants started selling them on eBay, the bootlegger stopped leaking... although from what we understand, he compiled a CD-R of longer pieces for a few trusted contacts in the Bowie fan community. We thought that the low-res MP3 extracts were all we would ever hear of this material, but it appears that during 2016 Bowie fans merrily started trading copies of the CD-R recording under the title The Leon Suites. It consists of over an hour of alternative takes and previously unheard creativity: music, wordplay, fun, chaos, darkness, dystopia, and characters old and new, as Bowie plays his Eno-ordained role of Griot. There's even a shout-out for one of Brian's albums: "I think we're stuck in a web. A sort of... Nerve Net." Unlike Windows 95, this doesn't sound anything like 22 years old.
Brian's work with The Gift continues with the release of the new track "Clinic Hope".
It's 40 years since Low was released.
Lunch with Laurie Anderson.
Radiocitizen's Dark Shark Facebook Page. EnoWeb has been the sole updater of that page since late January 2014 owing to a problem; while we always hoped normal service would be restored soon, it didn't happen -- so there are fewer updated than in yesteryear and days of yore. There is also a Brian Eno Facebook Group which may need an invitation to join.