Entries tagged with: Lou Reed
Danzig's first time in Skull Face since 1980 (via Facebook)
Glenn Danzig is releasing a covers album this year called Skeletons (including Black Sabbath, The Everly Brothers and more), and he recently gave a video interview to Rolling Stone in support of that. In the video, he talks about his early days getting into punk and playing in the Misfits. Danzig discusses legendary NYC punk venues CBGB and Max's Kansas City, where the band started out playing (they played the latter more than the former). He also talks briefly meeting Lou Reed, and more. Check out the video below.
Meanwhile, Danzig kicks off his west coast tour with Pennywise and Cancer Bats this week. It begins in Pomona, CA on Saturday (7/11) and wraps up in Las Vegas at the end of the month. All dates are listed below.
That's not to be confused with the "Misfits" tour, where Jerry Only and other people are playing a bunch of albums Danzig wrote in full.
(photo via @laurabid27)
Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night (4/18) in Cleveland. For Lou Reed's induction, Patti Smith gave out the award, recalling the day Reed died. "The entire city was in mourning. I realized at that moment, that I had forgotten when I was on the subway, that he was not only my friend, he was the friend of New York City."
Reed's wife, Laurie Anderson, accepted it and also gave a very moving tribute, where she quoted an old saying, "a person dies three times: the first time when your heart stops; the second time when you're buried or cremated; and the third time when your name is spoken for the last time." You can watch video of both Smith and Anderson's speeches below.
Following his induction, Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O and Nick Zinner did "Vicious" and and then Beck performed "Satellite of Love." Watch video of both performances below.
Patti Smith & Lou Reed
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens April 18 in Cleveland this year, and performers have now been announced. Beck, Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, John Legend and more are set to perform, and presenters include Stevie Wonder (inducting Bill Withers), Patti Smith (inducting Lou Reed), and Paul McCartney (presenting Ringo Starr with the award for musical excellence). HBO airs the ceremony on May 30.
Other performers include Joe Walsh, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, and Fall Out Boy, plus still more TBA.
The late Lou Reed would have been 73 today, and in honor of that there will be a tribute show in Ridgewood, Queens tonight (3/2) at Trans-Pecos with Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams, The Brooklyn What, Franz Nicolay, Mark Perro (The Men), Casey Holford, Steve Espinola, Brook Pridemore, Tim Garrigan, Eleanor, Anton Sword, Pete Galub, The Pendulum Swings, Phoebe Novak, Ben Shepherd, Rosy Street, Yoni Gordon and Will Atkins. Tickets are $7 and all proceeds benefit Picture the Homeless.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Ebru Yildiz
Punk blues singer Shilpa Ray has been planning to release her new album Last Year's Savage on Northern Spy this year, but ahead of that she recently dropped a 2-song covers EP on the label. It features a crunchy take on Lou Reed's "Make Up" (from Transformer), and a somber modernized rendition of Mexican songwriter Maria Grever's 1934 song "Cuando vuelva a tu lado" (popularized by Dinah Washington's 1959 version as "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" with English lyrics by Stanley Adams). Listen to both below.
Shilpa begins a tour this week that starts in her hometown of Brooklyn on Friday (2/27) at Union Pool with Johanna Samuels, Lips and Female. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the EP stream, below...
Live Ideas, "an annual arts and ideas festival offering artists of all disciplines an opportunity to engage audiences and come together for lively discussion and exploration under a new theme each year," returns for its third year from April 15-19 at New York Live Arts Theater (219 W. 19th St), and this year's curator will be the great Laurie Anderson.
Highlights of this year include an early look at Anderson and Deborah Hay's evening-length work, Figure A Sea; original compositions by John Zorn; a day-long exploration of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt's life-work and music; and an evening with Hal Willner, Chloe Webb and special guests featuring rarely heard works by Lou Reed. Plus: a performance of John Cage's 1976 Lecture on the Weather, and a film series featuring works by Julian Schnabel, Chris Marker and more.
Tickets are on exclusive member presale now and go on sale to the general public on February 16.
Full schedule of events below...
by Bill Pearis
Jeffrey Lewis' terrific second album, It's the Ones Who've Cracked That the Light Shines Through, contains more than a few of his classics, like "Don't Let the Record Label Take You Out to Lunch" and "I Saw a Hippie on 8th Avenue." (You can stream it in full below.) It was released in 2003 on Rough Trade but is getting its first-ever vinyl release this year via Don Giovanni and will come with a bonus CD of 12 non-album tracks from the 2002-early 2004 era. That's the cover art to the bonus CD, above, and look for that later in 2015. He's also got a new issue of his comic, Fuff, which you can check out here.
In the more immediate future, Jeffrey Lewis will be playing live. A lot. On Saturday (1/10) at People's Voice Cafe, he'll be playing solo as part of a "Lewis Family" show with short sets from Jordan Carlos, Professor Louie, Josh Sol Lewis, Shayna Lewis and "more family folks." Then Jeffrey Lewis & the Jrams will play January 20 at Rough Trade with Seth Faergolzia and more TBA. It's his only full band show of the season and tickets go on sale today (1/7) at noon.
Then on January 30 at Jalopy in Red Hook, he and frequent collaborator Peter Stampfel will be reading through some new material as a duo. Additionally this month, Jeffrey will be taking part in a Lou Reed tribute happening at The Gutter on January 17 with Peter Stampfel, Sharkmuffin, The Brooklyn What and more.
In February, Jeffrey will be touring with Diane Cluck (who put out the excellent Boneset last year). That tour kicks off here in NYC at Nola Darling on 2/6 with The Spookfish also on the bill. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can also see Jeffrey Lewis at the 2015 Brooklyn Folk Festival, which goes down April 17 - 19 at St. Ann's Church. Lineup and ticket info are still to be announced.
All Jeffrey Lewis tour dates are listed, along with the album stream, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sharon Van Etten / Patrick Stickles with Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Bowl 12/27/2014
Deer Tick just wrapped up their six-night 10th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl that had them covering classic albums in full in addition to sets of their own material.
THE ALBUMS THEY PLAYEDI was there for the "War Elephant" night. Hearing Deer Tick perform the album that made me fall in love with them was perfection. At least two of the songs on that album they almost never play live which made it even more special.
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set
Another highlight of night one was finding out that happy NRBQ members were in the audience to see Tiddlywinks performed live because they heard about it and bought tickets. Marshall Crenshaw, who guested on about 5 of the NRBQ songs, has since said on his WFUV show that he thinks it was special to see a young crowd experiencing NRBQ's music. Also special was Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opening the show and then returning to the stage to cover Buddy Holly hit "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with Deer Tick and Marshall Crenshaw who played Buddy Holly in the movie "La Bamba". They played that right before Deer Tick did "War Elephant" which was first released on Jana's label FEOW! Records (the Partisan Records release was a re-release). John thanked Jana for helping put Deer Tick on the map.
Each night featured a different opener and multiple special guests. Here's the final tally:
DEER TICK @ BROOKLYN BOWL -- OPENERS & GUESTS(Did we miss anyone?)
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, Lux Deluxe, Skye Steele
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Josh Rawson (Felice Brothers)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), James Felice (Felice Brothers)
+ James Felice, Robert Ellis, Bryan Minto, Chris Marine, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson & Joe Fletcher on "Goodnight, Irene."
12/29: The Districts, Vanessa Carlton, Robert Ellis, Alex Collier (The Weeks)
12/30: The Weeks, Smoota, Julian Veronesi (Titus Andronicus), Spencer Swain
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, Chris Paddock (emcee), Skye Steele, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton, John's mom
On night 2 (12/27), which is pictured in this post, Deer Tick performed Lou Reed's Transformer with Sharon Van Etten singing lead on "Perfect Day". Watch the video of that below. Ian Felice did "Walk on the Wild Side" and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles came out for "I'm So Free." Deer Tick guitarist Ian Patrick O'Neil sang most of the lead on the rest of Transformer's songs. The full setlist is also below.
Opening the second night was Robert Ellis, who covered Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" and also joined Deer Tick on guitar during the Transformer set. Ellis then played with the band again the next two nights.
Rolling Stone was at the Beatles night:
With frontman John McCauley serving as John Lennon and guitarist Ian O'Neil taking the McCartney parts, the usually scrappy garage band opened the evening as a harmonizing three-piece pop outfit, running through overlooked Beatles gems like "It Won't Be Long" and "Till There Was You." There were plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, as when Goldsmith came out to sing lead on "Don't Bother Me" ("He's our George tonight," said McCauley), Felice added some unexpected accordion to "Little Child" and Stinson joined the band for a ragged take on "I Wanna Be Your Man."----
Vanessa Carlton, aka Mrs. John McCauley, performed twice during the run, despite being NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. One of those times was on backup vocals on New Year's Eve when the biggest special guest of all appeared to help Deer Tick play Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". That guest of course was Stevie Nicks, a long time mentor to Vanessa, and the person who officiated her wedding to John.
More pictures, video and the setlist from Deer Tick's 12/27 show, below...
Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
When you started playing little punk clubs in California, I imagine the furthest thing from your mind was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were announced back in October, and now they've revealed that Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band have all been inducted into the Rock Hall. Additionally, Ringo Starr will be honored with the Award of Excellence, and The "5" Royales with the Early Influence Award.
We've known each other since we were 10. We came up as the MTV kids. I think at some point, when we started getting into punk rock, we thought it was never going to go this route. We never thought we'd actually get on MTV. The stuff that was on there was all surface. I don't know, man. It's just a trip. [Billie Joe Armstrong to Rolling Stone]
The awards ceremony takes place on April 18 in Cleveland. Tickets for that go on sale at 10 AM on 12/18.
The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Chic, N.W.A., Sting, and Kraftwerk were all also nominated, but not inducted.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Tits of Clay (w/ guest Stephen Trask) @ Mercury Lounge - 10/27/14
Tits of Clay played small NYC club Mercury Lounge three times already. The first show completely slipped my radar until I heard afterwards that Neil Patrick Harris performed multiple Hedwig songs on stage with them in the very small space, to warm up for his role as Hedwig on Broadway (watch video below). That was when Neil was still rehearsing for the role which which he went on to win a Tony for. He was since replaced by Andrew Rannells (Girls) who was replaced by Michael C. Hall who continues in the role until January 18, 2015. Michael was originally scheduled to end January 4th, and...
The extension announcement comes hot on the heels of [NOW COMFIRMED] rumors that John Cameron Mitchell, who created and starred in the original off-Broadway production, might return to the role on Broadway.John Cameron Mitchell returning as Hedwig!!
"We are exploring multiple options beyond Michael C. Hall's run in the show," said Hedwig producer David Binder, who recently chastized the fan who swiped one of Hall's wigs from the stage. [Advocate]
Bob Mould w/ Stephen Trask & 1/2 of Tits of Clay backstage on Broadway - 8/9/14
The cast of Hedwig & the Angry Inch is small. It's basically a one-person show, though Hedwig's husband Yitzhak also has a notable role. Both actors are backed by Hedwig's four-piece rock and roll band whose Broadway version has an off-stage alter-ego Tits of Clay. That's the name they use when they sometimes play Mercury Lounge with special guests, including the time Neil showed up, and the time we took the pictures which are in this post. Tits of Clay play mostly covers at these shows, but also do an original or two from the PledgeMusic-funded album they're recording.
Tits of Clay's members were cast by Hedwig co-creator and composer Stephen Trask, and some of those musicians have appeared on the pages of BrooklynVegan before they landed this sweet job. That includes Justin Craig who plays the role originally played by Trask in the off-Broadway Jane St Theater production. Justin is also a member of These United States. Tim Mislock is a sometimes-member of the Antlers and plays as Holly Miranda's guitarist, and solo as Abandoned Lighthouse. Drummer Peter Yanowitz you'll recognize from Morningwood, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant's band, Exclamation Pony, and more. The fourth member is Matt Duncan (who also makes his own music).
Tits of Clay
Tits of Clay's next not-Broadway performance is TONIGHT/Sunday (12/7) at the venue formerly known as Don Hill's where Hedwig all started, and lots of guest are lined up for the pricey ticket benefit...
On December 7 Hedwig and the Angry Inch composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask and punk rockers Tits of Clay (the off-stage alter ego of the band performing as the Angry Inch in the current Broadway production of the show) return to the site of the show's genesis--the world famous Don Hill's, soon to re-open as The Hills NYC--to play a special Hedwig-themed tribute to legendary booker, promoter and club owner Don Hill. Special guests will include Broadway's current Hedwig, Michael C. Hall, Broadway's current Yitzhak (and frontwoman of The Deafening) Lena Hall, rocker David Johansen, The B-52's Fred Schneider and Hedwig's original Yitzhak, Miriam Shor, plus an opening set performed by OURS. The show benefits Road Recovery, a New York-based nonprofit dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment industry professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.Tickets and information available HERE.
As mentioned in that blurb, Lena Hall also plays in the Deafening who have their own show coming up at Highline Ballroom on January 26..
You also could (and should) get tickets to see Hedwig on Broadway.
Tits of Clay have played Mercury Lounge three times. The first one was the time Neil showed up and sang eight Hedwig songs. The second one was less-star-studded, but included guest vocals by Shannon Connelly of Lez Zeppelin who is Yitzhak understudy on Broadway, original Yitzhak Miriam Shor, current Yitzhak Lena Hall (who also won a Tony for the role), and Stephen Trask. At that one they played a set of covers (Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Gang of Four, Joan Jett, etc), a great original, and two Hedwig songs in the encore, most notably "Random Number Generation" with the original and current Yitzhaks singing together (video below).
The third Mercury Lounge show was a Lou Reed tribute and featured Lena Hall, Shannon Conley, and Stephen Trask, but added Chantal Claret (Morningwood frontwoman) and Theo Kogan (Lunachicks) to the mix. More pictures from that, along with the above-mentioned videos and stuff, below...
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APTBS @ MHOW (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Weezer @ Bowery Ballroom
Weezer are playing their new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, front to back. Hopefully they'll throw in a few oldies in the end. Sold out.
A Place to Bury Strangers, Broken Water, Gold Dime, White Suns @ Death by Audio
Oliver Ackerman owns the Death by Audio pedal shop in the back of DbA, so A Place to Bury Strangers are probably the closest to a house band that the venue has. With DbA closing next month, this will be a blowout. Wear earplugs.
Temples, The Districts, Spires @ Irving Plaza
UK psych band Temples bring a pop sensibility to '60s and '70s styles. They're swinging through NYC one more time this year, with Brooklyn kindred spirits Spires on the bill too.
Prima Primo, The New Lines, Winkie, Sansyou @ The Rock Shop
This Halloween show is with DC band Sansyou and locals The New Lines who just released a collaborative single. The show also features gothy group Winkie, and electro duo Prima Primo.
Pallbearer, Tombs, Vattnet Viskar @ Saint Vitus
Doom masters Pallbearer released Foundations of Burden, their second album that's heavy with melancholic leads, redwood-thick riffs, and sorrowful singing. This is the first of two sold-out shows as part of their tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar.
Tits of Clay @ Mercury Lounge
It was a year ago today that Lou Reed died and in tribute tonight, Tits of Clay (aka the Angry Inch in the Broadway version of Hedwig) will perform Reed's classic Transformer in full.
Laura Cantrell, Jennifer O'Connor @ Rough Trade
Laura Cantrell's released her new album, No Way There From Here earlier this year. Tonight's show also features an opening set from the equally talented O'Connor.
Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
The Irish singer released, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, earlier this year and begins her three-night run at City Winery this evening.
SBTRKT, GoldLink @ Terminal 5
SBTRKT's new album doesn't have as many bangers as his last, but hopefully he'll still get the place moving tonight. His second straight night at T5.
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
The current lineup of The Allman Brothers Band has had a very long and impressive run, but sadly the band has chosen to retire at the end of this month. They'll go out with a bang though, with six shows in eight nights at the Beacon. Two left including tonight. Sold out.
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Littlefield's weekly comedy show tonight features John Early, Vladimir Caamano, and other special guests along with host Wyatt Cenac.
Tesla Boy (DJ Set), Doprah, Bad // Dreems, Guest DJ: Ryland Blackinton, Resident DJ: John McSwain @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight's edition of the It's A School Night series features some of the artists still here from CMJ, including New Zealanders Doprah and Aussie band Bad//Dreems. Free with RSVP.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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Nine Inch Nails at Jones Beach in August (more by Greg Cristman)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominees have been announced including The Smiths, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill WIthers and Sting (who's also in the Rock Hall with The Police), all being nominated for the first time. Additionally, there's Lou Reed (who's also in the Rock Hall with the Velvet Underground), NWA, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, The Marvellettes and The Spinners.
To be eligible, your first release has to be at least 25 years old, and this year both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are on their first year of eligibility, for the 1,000 Hours EP and Pretty Hate Machine, respectively.
Last year, Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt were all inducted.
Deer Tick at one of their 2012 Brooklyn Bowl holiday shows (more by Tracy Allison)
How are you spending your week between Christmas and New Years? For Deer Tick, who have their 10th anniversary this year, they'll be celebrating at at Brooklyn Bowl for a special six-night run from December 26 - December 31. The first five nights, in addition to their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full:
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)More excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band are promising "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night." Tickets for these Brooklyn Bowl shows go on sale Friday (9/12) at noon with a presale beginning Wednesday (9/10) at noon.
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
Congrats to Deer Tick on on 10 great years! We're glad to have spent most of that ride with them. Highlights include Deer Tick's opening set at our very first official SXSW showcase and their headlining set at our show at the same venue just one year later. War Elephant was their only album released both of those years, and I'm especially excited about that one being performed in full.
Deer Tick are no strangers to holiday shows at Brooklyn Bowl or performing lots of covers. Meanwhile, the band will open for The Replacements next week (9/19) at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens with The Hold Steady on the bill too. Tickets are still available (you can win them too). Updated tour dates, plus Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, are below.
Jimmy and friends (as previously posted)
Just heard the sad, sad news that legend Jimmy Scott has passed away, but at 88 years the influential singer with the special, special voice lived a long life and will be remembered forever. Reuters reports:
Jimmy Scott, a jazz singer whose soulful, androgynous voice won him the admiration of the likes of Ray Charles and Lou Reed before he found a wider audience later in life, has died at age 88, his wife said on Saturday.Rest in Peace, Jimmy, and say hi to Lou!
Scott died in his sleep at home in Las Vegas on Thursday as a result of cardiac arrest following a period of illness, his wife, Jeannie Scott, said in a telephone interview.
Scott became known as a "singer's singer" who was revered by music figures such as Reed, Quincy Jones and Madonna for rendering standards from the American songbook in his distinctive high register.
His unusual voice was a result of being born with a rare genetic condition called Kallmann syndrome, which meant he never passed through puberty.
Some videos, including the trailer for a documentary on him, below...
a masked Joseph Arthur w/ RNDM (more by Sachyn Mital)
Joseph Arthur will pay tribute to one of his friends and influences, Lou Reed, who passed away last year, with a tribute album, Lou, due out on May 13 via Vanguard Records. The album will feature covers of tracks from throughout Lou's career, including "Walk on the Wild Side," "Heroin," "Pale Blue Eyes," "Coney Island Baby," and eight others. Watch the video for his "Walk on the Wild Side" cover, along with the LP artwork and tracklist, below. The liner notes of the album contain a message from Jo -- here's an excerpt:
It's odd dancing around death, odder still if the death you are dancing around is that of a legend. You just never know what's appropriate and what's not, what to share and what to keep inside. There is no blueprint. I loved Lou and we were friends. The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it?You can read the rest of the message below.
Jo will also be going on a "Lou" tour from late April through late May, including a stop in NYC on May 8 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. As previously mentioned, he also plays the BRIC House on Saturday (3/29) in NYC (tickets).
All dates are listed, with the video, artwork, tracklist, and message from Jo, below...
Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.
That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...
Keyboardist extraordinaire Joe McGinty has been paying tribute to musical greats via Loser's Lounge for over 20 years, originally at the Pink Pony, then at Fez (RIP) and then various other NYC venues before settling in at Joe's Pub. Featuring a core group of stellar musicians and singers, LL features guest vocalists too (sometimes big names) and it's usually a lot of fun.
In December the bi-monthly revue took on Harry Nilsson and in February they'll pay tribute to the late Lou Reed with five shows over three nights, doing "all your favorites as they bring back the songs of Lou and the many members of the Velvets." It begins on February 6 at Joe's Pub with one show, and then February 7 & 8, both with early and late shows. Tickets are on sale now.
"We're Gonna Die" was inspired by an insight she traces to this incident, the idea that sadness brings isolation. We are most alone, most cut off from the possibility of comfort, when we are most in need of it. "It's not even like you can like rip off the mask and let it all hang out when you're in private around people who care about you," she confides, "because there's only so long you can keep dumping your pain on other people before eventually they start to get fed up. Which makes being in pain an incredibly lonely experience."Earlier this year, playwright Young Jean Lee adapted her cabaret We're Gonna Die, that she debuted in NYC at Joe's Pub in 2011 (the show the above review is from), into an album -- the debut release by her band Future Wife. The album has an impressive list of guests either performing or reading monologues, including David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, Ad-Rock, Matmos, Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld. It was produced by Shannon Fields of Stars Like Fleas and Leverage Models. Lou Reed was a fan too, and called her "one of the most accomplished, articulate, versatile and hilarious playwrights, musicians, artists that we in America have to offer."
Also a universal one of course. The charm of "We're Gonna Die" is in how effectively (and humorously) Ms. Lee converts the exaltation that pop music can spread into a kind of collective consolation for life's unavoidable woes. Employing the same basic tools of songcraft -- catchy choruses, relatable lyrics, uplifting melodies -- she applies them not to the eternal subject of swooning romance but to darker if no less common experiences (more common experiences, probably): loneliness, unhappiness, the gut-churning 4 a.m. fears about the pointless mystery of life that all sensible souls are prey to. There is comfort, Ms. Lee suggests, in public celebration of the private misery we keep locked away for fear it will leave us too exposed. [NY Times]
She's now made a video for one of the album's tracks, "I'm Gonna Die," which makes its premiere in this post. You can watch it, along with the album's tracklist, below...
photos by Adam Nelson | WORKHOUSE
The late Lou Reed was honored with a last-minute memorial in Harlem at the legendary Apollo Theatre last night (12/17), which was organized by his wife Laurie Anderson. The memorial saw some of Lou's notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny Kaye, Antony Hegarty, Debbie Harry (of Blondie), Paul Simon, John Zorn, Philip Glass, former VU bandmate Moe Tucker, and others. An excerpt from the NY Times review of the show reads:
Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. "He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete," she said. "He never changed a word. He thought, 'First thought, best thought.' "That review also points out that Laurie Anderson said Lou's last words were "Take me out into the light!"
Mr. Simon sang the Velvets' "Pale Blue Eyes," marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang "All Tomorrow's Parties," and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive "Jesus." Deborah Harry rocked through "White Light/White Heat."
Ms. Smith chose "Perfect Day" for what she called "Lou's most poignant lyric": "You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good." The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed's "Turning Time Around." Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed's album "Berlin," performed a slow, poignant, tremulous "Candy Says." Julian Schnabel, who filmed "Berlin," calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled "Rock Minuet."
The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed's improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.
Pictures of the memorial are in this post. They continue below...
intro by Bill Pearis
Nashville's Jeffrey Novak has had a busy year. His band Cheap Time released their new album, Exit Smiles via In the Red, and he made time for a solo album The Lemon Kid which came out last month on Trouble in Mind (stream it via Rdio). And when he wasn't releasing records he was touring. The dude never stops. For example, Cheap Time start their next tour in about a month, which hits NYC twice: February 22 at Union Pool (tickets) and February 23 at Mercury Lounge (tickets).
Novak is also a rabid musicologist who seemingly eats rock n' roll for breakfast and really, really knows his stuff. We've been asking artists for their 2013 Top 10 lists and, instead of a list of new albums, Jeffrey gave us "The Top Ten things about Lou Reed that everyone else seems to be overlooking after he died," complete with informative/entertaining commentary. Check that out -- with related streams and video -- below.
We already got to read John Cale's tribute to his former Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed, who passed away in October, and now VU drummer Moe Tucker has written a lengthy obituary on The Observer. An excerpt reads:
I had no idea how ill he was. I knew he'd had the liver transplant and he probably wouldn't be his old self, but I really wasn't prepared for the news. It was hard. It is hard.You can read the rest here.
We were on an adventure back then and it took the world a while to catch up with what we were doing. It was word of mouth because you could not get the records outside of New York. I think that was a good thing, too, because we didn't spend all the royalty cheques when we were young and foolish. (Laughs).
We had a lot of fun, and a lot of fun upsetting people. We used to joke that we knew how good the gig was by the number of people who left the room. I think now that they were perfect times in a way. We split when we should have, and we left behind just a handful of great albums. It wasn't a career. We didn't keep going on and on like a lot of groups, but we influenced a lot of people.
Now Andy's gone, Sterling's gone, Nico's gone and Lou's gone. It feels strange. I miss them all, but I really miss Lou.
The Lou Reed tributes keep coming. Two of them just happened, including the one at Rodeo Bar on Wednesday (11/20) and the one with Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes, and others at the Jalopy Theatre last night (11/21). Now there will be another one at Bowery Electric this Sunday (11/24).
The show features a pretty big lineup, including no wave legend Arto Lindsay, Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian, Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye, TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Lou Reed/Laurie Anderson/Marc Ribot collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess, Grooms' Travis Johnson, People Get Ready's Steven Reker, The Vaccines' Justin Hayward-Young, Caged Animals, Drowners, Jeffrey Lewis, Kirin J. Callinan, Phantom Family Halo, Sam Mickens, and more, plus Hollis Brown performing VU's Loaded in its entirety.
Tickets for the show are on sale now, and all proceeds will benefit the Ali Forney Center, an organization "that works to protect LGBT youth from the harm of homelessness in the city." There will also be a pre-Thanksgiving food drive for Food Bank of NYC at the venue that night.
Full lineup below...
Rock n' roll's enigmatic everyman and dark poet, Nick Cave, spent an hour last week fielding questions in anticipation for his upcoming tour with The Bad Seeds as well as his most recent live album, Live from KCRW (to be released November 29). Tickets to those tour dates -- including Prospect Park on July 26 -- go on presale today at 10 AM via Cave's tour site. You do need to register with the site before gaining access to the presale.
Much of the press conference concerned Cave's touring experiences as well as his relationship to his songs both old and new. Cave's songs, known for their incredibly dramatic narrative threads, have a tendency to divide fans and critics alike, concerning their possible meaning and implication. For Cave, however, the meaning isn't important, as he says: "It's more where the songs take me and to the places they take me. I can kind of reconvene with the ghosts of my past in a way, and that can be a beautiful thing." When asked what a perfect audience was, Cave explained: "It's about the kind of tension between the people that I can see - the first few rows - that kind of empowers me on stage. Rather than the kind of looking out at the mass, I get a lot of power and energy from one to one performances with people."
Lou Reed tributes continue to happen and there are two notable ones in NYC on this week. Jeffrey Lewis, Dawn Landes (who has a new LP coming out), Kristin Andreassen and more TBA will be celebrating the music of the late NYC music legend at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook on Thursday (11/21). The night doubles as a benefit for victims of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the Philippines earlier this month. It's a $10 suggested donation.
One day earlier (11/20) at the Rodeo Bar, such artists as Speed the Plough, King Missile's John S. Hall, Babe the Blue Ox, and lots more will be performing songs by Reed and telling stories and reciting lyrics. 9 PM - midnight, and it's free. You can check out the full line-up via the show poster, below...
"At the public memorial for Lou Reed in Lincoln Center, where hundreds have gathered for a listening party. Applause follows each song." - @JohnSurico
"Lou Reed's sound man spec'd out system for Lincoln Center plaza. Never thought I'd hear "Venus In Furs" rip thru the air here. #TasteTheWhip" - @WillHermes
Laurie Anderson @ Lincoln Center Lou Reed public memorial (via @aaakkmmm)
Philip Glass @ Lincoln Center Lou Reed public memorial (via @qbertplaya)
Fans gathered by The Paul Milstein Pool & Terrace at Lincoln Center this afternoon (11/14) to remember Lou Reed, who died October 27 at age 71. His wife Laurie Anderson and composer Philip Glass were among the 200 or so in attendance and, as promised, there were no speeches or live performances. Just Reed's actual music (including some of Metal Machine Music), played "incredibly loud." As it should.
A few Instagram videos below...