Posted in music | tour dates on June 10, 2011

Hal Willner & Lou Reed
Lou and Hal

As previously mentioned, music producer Hal Willner will present a concert in Prospect Park celebrating the 50th anniversary Freedom Riders. PBS recently premiered a film on the same subject...

"FREEDOM RIDERS is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives--and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment--for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism."
You can own the movie on DVD.

The free Celebrate Brooklyn! concert at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 16 still hasn't revealed its entire lineup, but some more artists were announced including Lou Reed. If you've never been to a Hal Willner show, it's usually many different artists playing various covers over the course of a long show. The theme this time is music from the civil rights movement, "songs that inspired, illuminated, and sprang from the tumultuous aftermath of the Movement." and announced artists are Lou Reed, Rosanne Cash, Toshi Reagon, Tao Seeger, Geri Allen, and Steven Bernstein. More TBA. The artists will also hold a discussion before they perform. The event is free and begins at 7 PM.

Laurie Anderson is not listed on the lineup, maybe because she'll be on tour in Europe, but you can catch her in an outdoor setting with Bill Laswell at Castle Clinton on June 30th. She also plays Lincoln Center Out of Doors on August 10th.

MEANWHILE, Andrew Bird kicks off Celebrate Brooklyn! tonight at 8 PM (directions HERE). Although thunderstorms were initially in the forecast, as of now it's looking pretty clear. No opener.

Speaking of Lou Reed and Hail Wilner, the May 24th installment of their New York Shuffle Sirius radio show featured songs by Little Scream, Tyler, the Creator, Gang Gang Dance, Middle Brother, tUnE-yaRds, and more. Video of Lou & Hal recording an older show edition of the show, below...

--
Lou Reed at The Stone in February (more by David Andrako)
Lou Reed

---

      

Comments (31)

I love Lou, but this will suck so bad. I don't know why, but Hal's joints are so boring. On paper they should be EPIC, but I always leave feeling like I could have been hope vacuuming or something.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:03 PM

if lou reed likes tyler the creator, shouldn't everyone shut up already?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:09 PM

PC kack. Poor old Lou.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:12 PM

PC kack. Poor old Lou.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:19 PM

Lou should have OD'd after he released Berlin. It's been all downhill from there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:20 PM

Nah, Blue Mask was awesome, and New York was fun music for that summer.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:34 PM

The problem with Lou Reed is how his wife looks just like him and brunchcore kids out of Park Slope display Velvet Underground LPs on their Ikea shelves inside their living rooms.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:34 PM

The problem wit Lou Reed is that he hasn't been able to make compelling music for decades now. His early stuff was ground breaking, but once the ground broke, it became obvious that he shot his load and he should have bough farmland upstate like John Lennon and become Fred Schneider 1.0

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:45 PM

The Blue Mask was OK but had some duff tracks ("My House"). New York was overrated but was so much better than what he had been doing it sounded great in comparison.

The best thing he did post-Berlin was collaboration with Cale for the Warhol tribute.

Also got a kick out of Rock And Roll Animal.

But overall, if he had kicked after Berlin I could live with it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 1:50 PM

Most of my favorite bands were heavily influenced by VU, but I'd be lying if I said that his music ever really moved me that much. I admire it, but listening to it feels vaguely obligatory to me rather than purely pleasurable.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:07 PM

I saw Lou Reed a few years back and during the show he started bitching about people drinking during his show, and had the bar stop serving alcohol during his performance.
The man has turned into an old codger, and if he was your neighbor, he would be the first one to call the cops when your having a party...

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:27 PM

1:20 Go kill yourself. You obviously don't know what your talking about. Go listen to Street Hassle, Ecstasy, The Bells, The Blue Mask, Coney Island Baby, hell even Mistrial before posting comments.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:28 PM

Cool -- I hate parties and like to call the cops on people that throw them.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:33 PM

Well there goes another opportunity I'll have to pass on seeing Lou for the first time. Oh well, someday.

BTW, what the fuck is "brunchcore"? Anybody?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:34 PM

Street Hassle -- sucks except for title track and the racist anthem "I Wanna Be Black."

Mistrial - WRETCHED

The Blue Mask - sucks except for title track.

The Bells -- garbage

Ecstasy - more garbage

Coney Island Baby - sucks except for title track.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:37 PM

Well, uh that's just your opinion man.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:38 PM

Who cares? When will John Cale play a show in NY?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:39 PM

Is Loud Reed ever going to play an actual show in NY again? You know, like one where he plays his own songs and not covers/noise?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:40 PM

2:34, brunchcore is a genre preference of people who live in Park Slope and get excited to meet up with and have brunch on Sundays with their yupster friends. The type of music they listen to are Urban Outfitters soundtracks after the fact the hype has blown over on the band (Warpaint, The Raveonettes, Beirut, Local Natives and so on...)

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:46 PM

"Street Hassle" is probably Lou's greatest track, but the album it is named for is only so-so.

I'll take Transformer, Berlin, and the Rock and Roll Animal / Lou Reed live albums where he had Mitch Ryder's Detroit band playing the metallic versions of the VU.

After that, it's very dicey.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:47 PM

"Well there goes another opportunity I'll have to pass on seeing Lou for the first time. Oh well, someday."

Fuck,you better hurry up, he's almost dead and he abused his body with speed and booze for a long time. Lou's not going to live to be real old.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:49 PM

"Fuck,you better hurry up, he's almost dead and he abused his body with speed and booze for a long time. Lou's not going to live to be real old."

Haha, yeah I know! It could be any moment! 2:40 is pretty much echoing my sentiments here as well.

2:46, thanks for the clarification.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:53 PM

2:37 deserves to have nails driven into their ears. coney island baby is better than ANYTHING ANY band ever mentioned on this site (especially the gross amount of 'brooklyn-based' bands) has or ever will produce.

and to paraphrase lou's 'racist' lyrics, 2:37:

i wish you were black
like martin luther king
and got shot last spring
(or even next spring)

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 2:57 PM

I can only think of two really good tracks on CIB: the title track and "She's My Best Friend," which I believe was a VU leftover.

Most of it was an attempt to write "commercial" rock because RCA had been freaked out by Berlin and Metal Machine Music.

I think even Rock And Roll Heart has better tracks on it overall.

You can wish me dead all you like: I love Lou, but like him I don't see the need to pull any punches.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 3:29 PM

"2:37 deserves to have nails driven into their ears. coney island baby is better than ANYTHING ANY band ever mentioned on this site (especially the gross amount of 'brooklyn-based' bands) has or ever will produce."

I was only comparing Lou to himself. It goes without saying that even his worst crap is better than the drivel produced by Brooklyn transplants with ironic moustaches and animal band names.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 3:45 PM

3:45 You tell 'em. How long have you been eating hummus in Brooklyn?

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 4:26 PM

I've been eating hummus in Brooklyn since last summer myself, but try to eat it daily to make up for lost time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 4:34 PM

i apologize for the nihilistic wishes (3:29/3:45). at least you're only comparing lou to lou. i've seen him countless times since 1976 and although i haven't loved everything he's done, nothing he's done has been shit (including MMM). i also met him 2x and, contrary to ALL expectations, he was warm and friendly.

rock and roll heart is a killer record. that's what he was playing when i saw him in '76. although, even back then, he was looking to confound his audience; he played NO guitar and had a sax player instead (if memory serves well). he also had a bank of b/w tvs playing behind him. reviews that followed said the joe franklin show playing behind lou's shoulder was more entertaining than lou.

so people/critics have been praising and bashing him forever.

and i have to say i've been trying to generalize the brooklyn zoo for several years now, but your comment:

"Brooklyn transplants with ironic moustaches and animal band names" is just brilliant. kudos for that.

and again, apologies. i just get a bit defensive about sweet lou.

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 4:36 PM

"Brooklyn transplants with ironic moustaches and animal band names" is just brilliant.

Yeah, do you write for the daily show? So smart and clever

Posted by Anonymous | June 10, 2011 4:41 PM

What 2:40 said.

Posted by Yes | June 10, 2011 5:55 PM

most guys would give their left ball to write a tenth of the music LR has produced.

Lou's week beats your year.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2011 12:05 PM

Leave a Comment