T Bone Burnett recently touted the invention of a new analog audio format that is allegedly “the pinnacle of recorded sound.” Ionic Originals are one-of-a-kind discs that involve painting lacquer onto an aluminum disc, with a spiral etched into it by music — sort of like an NFT you can actually hold in your hand. The announcement about this new format included news that Bob Dylan had re-recorded some of his old songs to be released as Ionic Originals, and one of them is out today as part of a larger celebration of Dylan’s career.
The 2022 remake of “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” which either uses Dylan’s old vocal take or proves he could still sing like that if he wanted to, is part of the Dylan60 campaign, which celebrates Dylan’s first 60 years as a recording artist. (His self-titled debut came out in March of 1962.) It also involves an augmented reality interactive experience in which fans can virtually try on Dylan’s signature Ray-Ban Wayfarers via a lens filter on Instagram and Snapchat, as well as a new video playing off of DA Pennebaker’s iconic “Subterranean Homesick Blues” video (which doubles as the introduction to Pennebaker’s documentary Don’t Look Back). Per a press release:
The handwritten cue cards in Pennebaker’s original clip — featuring selected words and
phrases from the song seasoned with deliberate misspellings, puns and hidden jokes — have been visually reinterpreted and redesigned for the new short film by Julian House, Patti Smith, Zep, Cey Adams, Francis Cabrel, Wim Wenders, Anthony Burrill, Naoki Urasawa, Michael Joo, John Squire, Azazel Jacobs, Bruce Springsteen, Futura, Noel Fielding, Jim Jarmusch, Bobby Gillespie, Paris Redux, Wolfgang Niedecken, Jun Miura, Kate Gibb, Jonathan Barnbrook, Dave Shrigley, and Eric Haze.
Meanwhile, a new museum called the Bob Dylan Center is set to open in Tulsa on May 10. According to the museum’s website:
Designed by Olson Kundig, the Bob Dylan Center will house and exhibit more than 100,000 exclusive cultural treasures created and owned by Bob Dylan over seven decades. These include handwritten lyric manuscripts to some of the world’s most treasured songs, previously unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare and unseen photographs, visual art and other priceless items spanning Dylan’s unparalleled career as one of the world’s most important cultural figures .
Watch the “Subterranean Homesick Blues 2022” video below.