Entries tagged with: Lou Reed
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...
For those still looking for a way to pay tribute to Lou Reed, who died on October 27 -- "New York: Lou Reed at Lincoln Center" is happening Thursday (11/14) at the The Paul Milstein Pool & Terrace at Lincoln Center from 1 PM to 4 PM. The description: "A gathering open to the public - no speeches. No live performances, just Lou's voice, guitar music & songs -- playing the recordings selected by his family and friends."
Morrissey @ BAM, Jan. 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Morrissey will release a live cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" as a single in December via Parlophone Records. Recorded at the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on 25 November 2011, the single comes out digitally on 12/2 and then in January on 7" and 12" picture discs with additional live songs on the flip. Morrissey gave his thoughts on Lou, who died October 27, earlier this month.
Stream a live version of Moz's "Satellite of Love" below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Cherie Currie @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall - 11/8/13
Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie is seemingly getting closer to the release of her long-awaited solo album, but ahead of that she's on a solo tour which began in NYC at Gramercy Theatre last week (11/6). After the NYC show, the tour hit a few other venues in surrounding areas, including Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Friday (11/8). Pictures of that Long Island show are in this post.
Cherie played a couple songs from the upcoming solo album, including "Mr. X" and her cover of Sweeney Todd's "Roxy Roller." She also played a number of Runaways songs -- "Cherry Bomb," "American Nights," "Queens of Noise" and more -- plus covers of The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" (which she dedicated to Lou Reed), Tommy James & the Shondells' "Draggin' the Line," and her set-ending rendition of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," which was featured on the soundtrack to the Runaways movie and has also been covered by former Runaway Joan Jett. Speaking of, Joan was in attendance at the Long Island show (pictured below), but didn't make any appearances on stage. Instead of an encore, Cherie hung out with fans and very kindly signed anything and everything all the fans handed her.
More pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, along with videos of "Cherry Bomb," "Rebel Rebel," and "Rock and Roll" (from the Gramercy show), below...
Laurie and Lou (more by Chris La Putt)
Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed only met in 1992, believe it or not, and didn't actually get married until 2008 but had been a couple since almost the very start. Laurie gave a short eulogy to their local paper, the East Hampton Star, but has now given a longer tribute to her husband, who died on October 27, that will appear in the November 21 issue of Rolling Stone (which has Reed on the cover):
I guess there are lots of ways to get married. Some people marry someone they hardly know - which can work out, too. When you marry your best friend of many years, there should be another name for it. But the thing that surprised me about getting married was the way it altered time. And also the way it added a tenderness that was somehow completely new. To paraphrase the great Willie Nelson: "Ninety percent of the people in the world end up with the wrong person. And that's what makes the jukebox spin." Lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too - beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery.You can read Anderson's entire piece at Rolling Stone.
Lou was sick for the last couple of years, first from treatments of interferon, a vile but sometimes effective series of injections that treats hepatitis C and comes with lots of nasty side effects. Then he developed liver cancer, topped off with advancing diabetes. We got good at hospitals. He learned everything about the diseases, and treatments. He kept doing tai chi every day for two hours, plus photography, books, recordings, his radio show with Hal Willner and many other projects. He loved his friends, and called, texted, e-mailed when he couldn't be with them. We tried to understand and apply things our teacher Mingyur Rinpoche said - especially hard ones like, "You need to try to master the ability to feel sad without actually being sad."
On Sunday morning, I rose early. I had decided the night before to go to the ocean, so I slipped a book and a bottle of water into a sack and caught a ride to Rockaway Beach. It felt like a significant date, but I failed to conjure anything specific. The beach was empty, and, with the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy looming, the quiet sea seemed to embody the contradictory truth of nature. I stood there for a while, tracing the path of a low-flying plane, when I received a text message from my daughter, Jesse. Lou Reed was dead. I flinched and took a deep breath. I had seen him with his wife, Laurie, in the city recently, and I'd sensed that he was ill. A weariness shadowed her customary brightness. When Lou said goodbye, his dark eyes seemed to contain an infinite and benevolent sadness.Read the rest here.
I met Lou at Max's Kansas City in 1970. The Velvet Underground played two sets a night for several weeks that summer. The critic and scholar Donald Lyons was shocked that I had never seen them, and he escorted me upstairs for the second set of their first night. I loved to dance, and you could dance for hours to the music of the Velvet Underground. A dissonant surf doo-wop drone allowing you to move very fast or very slow. It was my late and revelatory introduction to "Sister Ray."
In a will filed Monday in Manhattan Surrogate's Court, the Velvet Underground legend left his artist wife, Laurie Anderson, their West Village coop and East Hampton summer home.Read more here.
A onetime staple at Andy Warhol's factory in the 1960s, Reed also bequeathed Anderson all his art, pictures, jewelry, clothing, person effects, automobiles and boats, according to the will. He also passed along his interest in Sister Ray Enterprises, the company that holds the rights to his songs.
Reed, who had no children, also instructed his executor to give $500,000 to his sister, Margaret Reed Weiner, but encouraged his sibling to look out for their mom.
As discussed, Patti Smith has 3-NYC area shows coming up at the end of the year.
by Wyatt Marshall
Metallica at The Apollo in September (more by PSquared Photography)
Justin Bieber is on the record as a Metallica fan, and he gave a shout out to Metallica classics "One" and "Fade to Black" in particular in a GQ profile last year. "Those are my jams," Bieber said. In case anyone doubted him, crying "False!" a video of Biebs singing the guitar solo to "Fade to Black" hit Youtube a couple of weeks ago. You can watch the video below.
Metallica was recently asked in an interview with Q magazine if the feeling for their fellow artist's work was mutual. It is, sort of.
When asked if Metallica are Beliebers, James Hetfield replied, "Are we believers? Yes." Lars Ulrich qualified Hetfield's response, asking:
Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes "One," and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go.Bassist/wildman Robert Trujillo had some ominous words for Bieber: "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber," he said.
Metallica's manager, Peter Mensch, is not a Belieber. He has reportedly warned Bieber that his off-stage antics would ruin his career. Mensch called Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun out in UK tabloid, The Sun, earlier this year, saying "His manager Scooter Braun is scared s***less," that Bieber will go off the deep end. He continued, "I don't know what Bieber's problem is. His career is over in three years anyway."
"I'd take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him," Mensch added. Shot across the bow.
In other Metallica news, Lars Ulrich spoke with Entertainment Weekly about what it was like to work with Lou Reed and to pay tribute to the departed legend. Reed and Metallica released Lulu together on Halloween in 2011. Here's an excerpt of Lars's interview with Entertainment Weekly, in which he talks about meeting Reed before the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary show, when Reed and Metallica first worked together:
A day or two before the festivities, we were in a rehearsal room somewhere in midtown and he walked in and didn't say a whole lot. He turned on his guitar and started complaining about everybody being too loud, and this was wrong, and that was wrong, and it was like, 'Ah! His reputation proceeds him!' Like they didn't send a doppelgänger--it really was him. He just cursed and complained and was annoyed for the next hour. We started fiddling around a little bit, and at some point we just had a conversation that was like, 'Hang on, let's just talk.' So we talked, and I was like, 'Listen, let's find a way to make this work.' And then somehow he thawed, and for the rest of the day it was beautiful. I can't remember exactly what was said, though the other guys thought I was at my diplomatic best...Read the rest of Lars's interview about Lou over at Entertainment Weekly and check out Bieber's Metallica "cover" below...
So he let his guard down, and when he let his guard down then it was totally cool. Over the course of the sound check and the gig, it got better and better and we connected more and more. Eventually we realized we were long lost soul mates in terms of attitudes and ways of looking at the world. By the time we were done at Madison Square Garden, he asked if we could make a record. It really went that quickly. As we were leaving the elevator in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, he asked me--he didn't ask me even, he said to me, 'Let's make a record together.' And I said, 'That's great Lou, that sounds fantastic,' not thinking anything would ever come of it. But he called like two weeks later! That kind of purity and that kind of follow through and that complete f--ing lack of bulls-- was so unusual and so refreshing.
2013 NYC Village Halloween Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
This Halloween is something to be sureAnd there's an Andy Warhol, a Nico and a (tacky?) Lou Reed, with a halo...
Especially to be here without you
There's a Greta Garbo and an Alfred Hitchcock
And some black Jamaican stud
There's five Cinderellas and some leather drags
I almost fell into my mug
There's a Crawford, Davis and a tacky Cary Grant
And some homeboys lookin' for trouble down here from the Bronx
Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed at 2010 Mermaid Parade (more by Chris La Putt)
After the passing of the great Lou Reed, many people who were in his life -- like David Bowie, David Byrne, and John Cale, to name a few -- have written tributes to him. Now comes one from Laurie Anderson, the art pop musician who married Lou in 2008, and has performed with him multiple times, and she's now published one via East Hampton Star:
To our neighbors:Watch a video of Lou and Laurie performing "I'll Be Your Mirror" together, below...
What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.
Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we're city people this is our spiritual home.
Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!
Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.
Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.
-- Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend
As you may know, Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü released his newest album, The Argument -- one of the most well-received albums of his post-Dü career -- earlier this year, and has been supporting it with some shows. He's currently on tour in Europe, and upon returning to the US, he'll play a few more dates here, including one in NYC on November 22 at Cake Shop (the same venue he played in September). Other acts and admission price are TBA. All dates are listed below.
While Grant will be in NYC, that same day he'll be one of the speakers at the Three Rooms Press-presented "JFK/NYC/OMG," an "examination of conspiracies on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy," which takes place at the Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street, between Bleecker and W. 4th) in the West Village at 6 PM. In addition to Grant, other speakers include X singer Exene Cervenka, PUNK Magazine co-founder and former Spin editor Legs McNeil, poet/novelist/publisher Charles Plymell, Allen Ginsberg archivist Peter Hale, and writer/actor Peter Carlaftes. Admission is $20 at the door, first come, first served. Flyer below and more info here.
In other Grant Hart news, the documentary on him, Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart, directed by Gorman Bechard (who did the Replacements doc, Color Me Obsessed), will get its Midwest premiere on November 13 at Sound Unseen. It screened in NYC during the 2013 CBGB Music & Film Festival.
Speaking of Legs McNeil, he's one of the many old CBGB regulars to have written a tribute for the late Lou Reed. Legs contributed a bit to John Holstrom's interview with Lou in the first issue of PUNK Magazine, which is excellent, hilarious, and off-kilter (you can read it in the new-ish book on the magazine), and his recently-penned tribute to Lou is most of things, but also very sentimental. In a piece titled What Lou Reed Was Really Like: Legs McNeil's Tribute to the Velvet Underground Legend for The Daily Beast, Legs writes:
Over the years, people asked me, "What's Lou Reed really like?"Read the rest here.
"An asshole," I'd tell them and see the disappointment in their faces, and wait until they were thoroughly bummed out, before adding, "But if I'd written just one of the hundreds of great fucking rock and roll songs that he has written, maybe I'd finally be a happy man. Can you imagine if you'd written 'Heroin' or 'Sweet Jane' or 'Rock & Roll' or 'New Age' or any of his songs? Jesus, the guy really is good, isn't he?"
Unfortunately, I came to learn that Lou's "grumpy old man routine," at least in his younger days, was an act. I think Lou did it to keep out the noise. I know a select few people who were truly friendly with Lou and enjoyed the charming, funny, smart version of him, when he allowed himself to be human. How tedious. I prefer my version--the ultra-bored, quick-witted, cheap, miserable, malcontent man who never experienced a moment of joy in his life. It went with his songs.
Of course, thanks to Laurie Anderson, we know this is not true. Lou actually seemed to be silly in love with her, as so many gossipers and bloggers have detailed their stupid, tender moments. Makes you wanna barf. But Lou was human after all--and at least he tried to keep these snapshots to himself. And believe it or not, I think Lou died happy. Don't quote me on that, but I think he fooled us all.
All Grant Hart dates are listed, along with a stream of his LP, the trailer for his documentary, and the "JFK/NYC/OMG" flyer, below...
Reed's catalog of albums sold 3,000 last week -- up 607% from the less than 1,000 the week previous. Reed was also a member of the band the Velvet Underground, which sees its album sales rise to 3,000 as well -- up by 236%.If you want to make those numbers even higher you can pick up his stuff on Amazon (Lou solo, VU) and iTunes (Lou, VU).
His best selling album in the last week was "Transformer," with 1,000 sold (up 527%). The Velvet Underground's largest seller was its 1967 debut "The Velvet Underground & Nico," with 1,000 (up 146%).
In terms of digital songs, Reed sold 17,000 downloads last week -- up from 2,000 the week previous (a gain of 590%). The Velvet Underground's song sales grew to 5,000 -- up from 1,000 the week previous (a gain of 410%).
Reed's largest selling song last week was also his biggest chart hit on the Billboard Hot 100, "Walk On the Wild Side." It sold 6,000 downloads (up by 729%) and debuts at No. 38 on the Rock Digital Songs chart. "Walk On the Wild Side" reached No. 16 on the Hot 100 in 1973.
Velvet Underground's biggest song in the past week was "Sweet Jane," with 1,000 downloads sold (up by 521%).
In other Lou Reed news, Lou Reed's Berlin, the 2008 documentary filmed during the 2006 performances of the 1973 album's material in Brooklyn, will be screening in NYC this Saturday (11/2) at Museum of the Moving Image at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the screening are on sale now.
We just posted a clip from that film, featuring Antony, in our post on Antony's tribute to Lou Reed. If you missed it, you can watch that clip below...
As David Byrne pointed out, Lou Reed never lost his drive to search out and experience new music. Lou discovered the relatively unknown Antony Hegarty via producer Hal Wilner in 2002 while Hal and Lou were working on Lou's 19th solo album, The Raven, for which Antony ended up contributing vocals along with names like David Bowie, Laurie Anderson and Lou himself.
Through the years Lou and Antony continued to collaborate, on stage and on record. Lou performed on a track on the Antony & the Johnson EP The Lake, and often joined Antony on stage as Antony rose to fame. Antony often returned the favor.
One of those special moments came in 2005 when Lou joined Antony for a rendition of "Candy Says" on stage at Antony's Carnegie Hall show that year, a show that Jimmy Scott was also a guest at. The above picture, which we last posted in 2005 was taken backstage at the show as four of The Raven's vocalists reunited and posed alongside Bette Midler and Jimmy.
Antony just posted the same photo along with along with this statement to his Facebook:
Lou was like a father to me. I have never felt so perceived and loved for who I actually am by a man than by Lou Reed. He fought tirelessly for me to have a place in the daylight culture. My career would never have taken off without Lou's tremendous influence. Those close to Lou knew him as a lion-hearted and intensely caring friend. When discussing death a couple of weeks ago, he told me that I was focussed on the wrong thing. His goal especially recently has been to exercise his mental discipline to stay in the present and not be held hostage by fear of an illusory future. He faced death with dignity and courage, and even then remained a teacher and mentor to me. i miss him with all my heart. It is hard for me to reconcile that such a giant could really be gone. Antony October 28th 2013Rest in Peace Lou.
Watch some videos of Lou and Antony performing together below...