Lou Reed's New York
LP hit the quarter-century mark earlier this year. "Meant to be listened to in one 58-minute sitting as though it were a book or a movie," New York
couples an unusually accessible rock style with some of most topical lyrics of Lou's career. "Protesting, elegizing, carping, waxing sarcastic, forcing jokes, stating facts, garbling what he just read in the Times, free-associating to doomsday, Lou carries on a New York conversation--all that's missing is a disquisition on real estate." - Robert Christgau
Get caught between the twisted stars, the plotted lines, the faulty map that brought Columbus to New York. [more inside]
Lou Reed's 1979 LP The Bells
, featuring Don Cherry and Nils Lofgren, turned 35 in April.
Lester Bangs' take:
Lou Reed is a prick and a jerkoff who regularly commits the ultimate sin of treating his audience with contempt. He's also a person with deep compassion for a great many other people about whom almost nobody else gives a shit. I won't say who they are, because I don't want to get too schmaltzy, except to emphasize that there's always been more to this than drugs and fashionable kinks, and to point out that suffering, loneliness and psychic/spiritual exile are great levelers.
The Bells isn't merely Lou Reed's best solo LP, it's great art. Everybody made a fuss over Street Hassle, but too many reviewers overlooked the fact that it was basically a sound album: brilliant layers of live and studio work in a deep wash of bass-obsessive noise. Most of the songs were old, and not very good, with a lot of the same old cheap shots.
Rare footage of the Velvet Underground playing live in Boston
(1967, sound, color, 33 mins. Dir: Andy Warhol) has recently been discovered. [more inside]
"Everything is fine and the world is beautiful. It's raining, it's dark, I woke up at 5:30AM, I'm commuting in traffic. I would have had a headache, I would have been miserable, I would have wondered how my life took me to this point. This point I'm at right now. But no, no, everything is fine. Life is beautiful. The rain drops are just falling and in each one I see the reflection of every persons life around me. Humanity is beautiful. In this still frame shot of traffic on this crowded bus I just found love and peace. Heroin is a wonder drug. Heroin is better than everything else. Heroin makes me who I wish I was. Heroin makes life worth living. Heroin is better than everything else." [more inside]
Texas Monthly profiles Tom Wilson,
a Harvard-educated Republican from Waco who helped launch the careers of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Lou Reed, and a few other musicians you might have heard of.
Tackling everything from Abba to the Velvet Underground, Brian Eno reveals his insights into popular music in this 81 minute talk at a music academy
sponsored by a popular sugar-and-caffeine-infused drink
. [more inside]
On this day in 1988, just three months shy of what would have been her 50th birthday, Christa Päffgen, better known as Nico
, died. Her stark, no-frills delivery conveyed a kind of guilelessness and honesty that many listeners continue to find refreshing. These Days
. I'll Keep It With Mine
. Chelsea Girls
. Femme Fatale
. All Tomorrow's Parties
. My Funny Valentine
. The Fairest of the Seasons
Rock band reunions normally involve, at minimum, a little live music. But as The Velvet Underground are not your typical rock band, maybe none of us should have been surprised that the reunion of The Velvets at LIVE from the NYPL on Tuesday December 8th had none.
Free Friday Frantic (Music) Fun: Ergo Phizmiz & The Midnight Florists
cover five 1990s chartbusting, dancefloor filling smash hits
with arrangements of acoustic, electronic, homemade, and toy instruments. [More musical mischief inside] [more inside]
What you have purchased for less than the price of a cup of coffee is arguably one of the most important "lost" music recordings out there.
Record collector Warren Hill paid 75 cents
at a yard sale in Chelsea, New York for an acetate in a plain cardboard sleeve. After some research, Hill's friends confirmed that the acetate disc, recorded by sound engineer Norman Dolph
(who also wrote Reunion's "Life Is A Rock But The Radio Rolled Me"
), was the third recording
ever made by the Velvet Underground and the first album they ever did. A demo rejected by Columbia Records, the acetate is now up for auction on EBay, where the high bid is $124,640.50 and climbing
, already breaking records as the most expensive LP ever sold at auction. (Bonus: see a post from a teenage eyewitness
to the VU's 1966 session that produced this acetate.)
The most expensive record in the world!
Another music post for today's MusicFilter. The true story of a yard sale, a couple of quarters, and one happy lad's good fortune. Velvet Underground included.
The Lou Reed Guitar Archive
"Pre-VU, The Velvet Underground, solos and collaborations"
The best band you've (maybe) never heard of...
Dean Wareham, formerly of Galaxie 500
, gives his top ten reasons for retiring the band. With sounds rivaling and reminiscent of Velvet Underground
,and LLoyd Cole
, Luna bids farewell.
The Velvet Underground's White Light White Heat
played on banjo, bass guitar, ruler, music box, violin, toy piano, electric guitar, accordion, squeezebox, euphonium, ukulele, kazoo, xylophone, pixiphone, uumskither, mbira, pod, delay, turntable and percussion.
Velvet Underground tops 'coolest records' list
Who decides what cool is? Personally, I'd have any of Pink Floyd's
or Led Zeppelin's
albums as coolest...