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Grant Hart
Grant Hart

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?"

"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.

Read the rest here.

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...

Continue reading "Grant Hart touring, speaking at JFK/NYC/OMG with Exene Cervenka & Legs McNeil (who wrote a Lou Reed tribute)"

Lou Reed

With the unfortunate passing of Lou Reed over the weekend, the rock legend's album sales have seen a huge rise -- they're up 607%. Reports Billboard:

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%.

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%).

If you want to make those numbers even higher you can pick up his stuff on Amazon (Lou solo, VU) and iTunes (Lou, VU).

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...

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Antony

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 2013
Rest in Peace Lou.

Other artists who have also written tributes to Lou include David Bowie, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, John Cale, Patti Smith, and more.

Watch some videos of Lou and Antony performing together below...

Continue reading "Antony says 'Lou Reed was like a father' in tribute; watch some videos of the two performing together"

by Bill Pearis

Moz & Lou (via Morrissey-Solo)
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It should come as no surprise that Morrissey was a big Lou Reed fan. He was one of the many musicians to eulogize Reed, who died on Sunday, offering up some nice words via Moz mouthpiece True to You, quoting Irish poet Patrick McGill:

'Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?'

No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself.

We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.

'7 glasses used to be
called for six good mates and me
now we only call for three'

-Patrick MacGill

In other news, you may be aware that Morrissey's Autobiography came out a couple weeks ago in the UK via Penguin Classics, and became the fastest-selling artist memoir since online sales records began in 1998, besting Keith Richards' Life which was the previous record-holder. Autobiography has now secured US distribution through G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Sorry, Moz, you may have written the lyrics to the "Greatest Album of All Time" but you're not a "classic" in America. No release date has been set yet for the American release.

Reviews for Autobiography have been mixed. Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley (a former music journalist) reviewed the book for Faber Social:

"Anything is forgiven of anyone who makes us laugh" says Morrissey, quite aware of his own, often well-deployed, comic talent. Yet Autobiography feels as if it were written in two, or possibly three, different sittings, and the laughs come hard the longer it goes on. It's hard to believe that the man who sees the giddy daftness of accidentally starting an LA riot by singing You're the One For Me Fatty - "hardly an Altamont rallying cry to the social underbelly" - would expend any energy on trying to take down "little pinched Irish madam" Henry Kelly. Yes, that Henry Kelly, the one from Going For Gold and Classic FM. The schizophrenic nature of the book prevents it from being the classic he presumably thinks it is. - [Faber Social]
Someone once said "it takes strength to be gentle and kind." I picked up an import copy of the book but haven't had time to read it yet. Have you?

"The Reflektors" in Bushwick earlier this month (more by Eric Kayne)
Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire have had no lack of a rollout for their new album, Reflektor, which is out today (10/29), and that continued last night (10/28) when they performed songs from it live at Capitol Studios in LA for an NPR broadcast. In honor of Lou Reed, who sadly passed away this weekend, the band included portions of Lou's "Perfect Day" and "Satellite of Love" in their set. Listen to the full performance below.

Arcade Fire's release shows continue in LA tonight at Capitol Records. Updated dates are listed, along with the stream of last night's performance, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire released 'Reflektor,' played NPR, included 2 Lou Reed covers (listen)"

David Byrne

The tributes from those who knew, loved, and were inspired by the late Lou Reed keep pouring in. This one's from David Byrne, in a statement he gave to Rolling Stone:

I just got an email from a Chilean actress who wrote what it meant to be able to hear Lou's work during the period of dictatorship there. A breath of life, she called it. That gives you some idea of how widespread and deep his influence was.

No surprise I was a big fan, and his music, with and without the Velvets, was a big influence on myself and Talking Heads. He came to see us at CBGB numerous times, and I remember three of us going to visit him at his Upper East Side (!) apartment after one of our very early gigs there.

Lou was talking a mile a minute and going through tubs of Haagen-Dazs ice cream while he suggested some variations and adjustments we might make to some of our songs. He began to play our song "Tentative Decisions" (a very Lou song title, no?) but he played it way slower than we were doing it. He was showing us how the song might be as a ballad -- which made it more melancholic and elegaic than our bouncy version. It suddenly was of a piece with "Candy Says," "Some Kind of Love" or "Pale Blue Eyes." Of course we were in awe -- here was one of our heroes playing one of our little songs. But by then it was the wee hours of the morning, dawn was coming, and we were all pretty spaced out -- and we three probably had day jobs to get to at that point.

Read the rest of Byrne's statement at Rolling Stone.

In case you missed them, read statements from Lou's other old pals John Cale, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and Patti Smith.

"RIP Lou Reed. Irreplaceable." - Lee Ranaldo

"So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!" - Kim Gordon

Sonic Youth at Battery Park in 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Sonic Youth

Of the many musicians that have commented on the unfortunate passing of Lou Reed, we haven't gotten one (yet?) from Sonic Youth, the legendary experimental New York band who owe much of their career to Lou's legendary experimental New York band. Though two of the members did tweet sentiments (above), and the band tweeted a link to a Dangerous Minds post featuring Sonic Youth "in the weirdest Lou Reed 'tribute' you'll ever see." The post features a short film from 1987 starring Sonic Youth called Lou Believers. As Ron Kretsch at Dangerous Minds puts it:

In 1987, filmmaker David Markey, best known for Desperate Teenage Lovedolls, Lovedolls Superstar, and 1991: The Year Punk Broke, made a short film called Lou Believers, featuring "Lou Reed" (actually Joe Cole with a copy of the Lou Reed cover of BAM stuck to his face) running around Los Angeles with Thurston Moore, accosting and terrorizing random strangers in efforts to score heroin and see the James Woods film The Boost. Kim Gordon appears as well. It's goofy, hammy, less than unscripted, several miles past utterly fucking stupid, and often really, really funny.
Check out the video below.

Kim Gordon also tweeted a response to Miley Cyrus' "noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED" tweet saying, "I could tell he's been a big inspiration to her." Though as MTV would have it, Miley is one of the "12 People You Love Who Loved Lou Reed."

In related news, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore is playing The Stone on New Year's Eve with John Zorn, who also paid tribute to Lou. Thurston's band Chelsea Light Moving are also releasing a tour-only split cassette with their tourmates Merchandise. The cassette features a new song from each band, and Merchandise's is their first recording with new drummer Elser Nino. The tour begins this Tuesday (10/29), and all dates are listed below.

Elser Nino also drums in hardcore band Shoxx, who are about to play their last-ever show on November 8 at Fitness (1196 Myrtle Ave) with Gag, Goosebumps, Pleasure Industry, and Ivy.

Lee Ranaldo is also doing his guitar clinic at Other Music tonight (10/28). It starts at 8 PM.

Video below...

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"Lou Reed takes his final walk on the wild side this SUNDAY MORNING... -- Sylvain Sylvain Mizrahi"

one of the photos NYD's posted on their Facebook yesterday...
Lou Reed RIP

The New York Dolls and The Velvet Underground kind of go hand in hand, co-existing for two years in the early '70s rock scene and VU's influence on them (and pretty much any band since) is undeniable. Sylvian Sylvain took to the NYD's Facebook on Sunday (10/27) upon hearing of Lou Reed's passing, posting mutliple times, mostly pictures and video clips, adding "Thank you for making our lives better." You can check them all out here.

Meanwhile, Dolls frontman David Johansen is playing supper club Cafe Carlyle on Halloween under his loungey Buster Poindexter guise. Sold out.

John Lou

John Cale, the former Velvet Underground bandmate of Lou Reed, commented on his passing initially by writing "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet...I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'" on his Facebook, and he since followed it with a longer, and very touching statement:

The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way --losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill...broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories--we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.
Another Velvet Underground member, Moe Tucker, spoke about Lou in a Takeaway radio interview today. Listen to that, along with a video of Lou Reed and John Cale performing "Waiting For My Man" in Paris in 1972, below...

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Patti Smith

One of the many artists who has made a statement on the unfortunate passing of Lou Reed is his friend and fellow CBGB veteran Patti Smith. She posted the above picture to her Facebook and wrote...

UPDATE: The quote we previously posted as being from Patti, where she supposedly said "Lou Reed [was] one of the most important friends in my life", was actually just written by whoever is running her unofficial, but very popular, Facebook page. We doubt they were really friends with Lou, but maybe they were speaking metaphorically.

Meanwhile, Patti did give Rolling Stone a quote on Lou, which reads...

Lou was a very special poet - a New York writer in the way that Walt Whitman was a New York poet. One thing I got from Lou, that never went away, was the process of performing live over a beat, improvising poetry, how he moved over three chords for 14 minutes. That was a revelation to me.
Check out a video of Patti covering Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" in 2011, and a video of her doing The Velvet Underground's "We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together" in 1976, below.

Patti Smith does her annual hometown end of year shows at Webster Hall on December 29 and 30 this year. Tickets for both nights are still available.

Videos below...

Continue reading "Watch Patti Smith cover Lou Reed (videos); Don't pay attention to the quote on Facebook"

Lou David

Lou Reed, the legendary musician who sadly passed away yesterday (10/27), has had many collaborators in his lifetime, one of the most notable ones being David Bowie. Bowie was highly inspired by Lou (and Iggy Pop) during the creation of his Ziggy Stardust character/album, and went on to co-produce Lou's album Transformer, which came out the same year (1972). Bowie honored his old friend, posting the above photo to his website, and writing: "He was a master."

Meanwhile, the other third of the Sacred Triangle, Iggy Pop, tweeted "Devastating news" yesterday. Iggy worked on the third Stooges album with Bowie just after Transformer was done, and like Lou Reed, he spent time at CBGB in the '70s.

Check out an old picture of Lou Reed with David Bowie and Iggy Pop, along with a few more pics of David and Lou, below...

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John Zorn and Lou Reed

Frequent Lou Reed collaborator John Zorn, who just turned 60, paid tribute to his friend on Facebook (update: which is approved by but not actually run by Zorn) by posting the above picture along with the words "RIP Lou Reed". A comment by the page also includes a link to the NY Times obituary entitled "Outsider Whose Dark, Lyrical Vision Helped Shape Rock 'n' Roll".

Hours earlier, It was announced on the same Facebook that John will be playing with Thurston Moore as a duo at his non-profit club The Stone on New Year's Eve. Thurston is no stranger to the Stone where he has played and curated before. It also won't be the first time John and Thurston play together, as you can see in one of the videos below.

Lou and Laurie Anderson were also regulars and curators at the stone. Check out a video of Lou, Laurie and John playing together (not at the Stone), also below...

Continue reading "John Zorn playing NYE at The Stone with Thurston Moore; Facebook page says 'RIP Lou Reed'"

Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute
Neil

The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert went down over the weekend (10/26 & 10/27) with sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and more. On the first day, Neil Young joined Arcade Fire (like he did at the 2011 benefit), this time for a new song that Win said was written in a dream and inspired by Neil, and hence titled, "I Dreamed A Neil Young Song." Neil also joined MMJ for "Harvest Moon." You can check out an 8-hour full-set video of day 1 below (MMJ comes on around 4:50, Arcade Fire around 5:40, QOTSA around 6:40, and CSNY around 7:40).

On the second day, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, MMJ, Jenny Lewis and others performed The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" as a tribute to Lou Reed (who passed away earlier in the day). Tom Waits also performed his first concert in five years, and was joined by Primus' Les Claypool on upright bass. His set, along with the Lou Reed tribute, can be watched below.

Continue reading "Bridge School Benefit 2013 in videos: Neil Young w/ Arcade Fire & MMJ (separately), Lou Reed tribute, Tom Waits & more"

Lou Reed at 2012 Tibet House Benefit (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed, one of the most important, influential, and beloved musicians of our time, has passed away today at 71 years old, reports Rolling Stone. You know him as a key member of iconic experimental rock band The Velvet Underground, a prolific solo artist, and one who has remained active for almost fifty years, having recently performed with Metric, Philip Glass, Metallica, his wife Laurie Anderson, and many more.

The cause of death is not yet known, but he did enter a hospital for a liver transplant earlier this year.

Countless musicians have had rewarding careers making music directly inspired by Lou Reed's own, and he's made fans out of countless others. Rest in peace, Lou. Your music and its impact will always be remembered.

Stream some classic Lou Reed below...

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still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
Arcade Fire

Yesterday, we posted that Arcade Fire would be premiering a new single on September 9 at 9 PM from their upcoming album (due out 10/29 via Merge). The band have just updated their website with another cryptic video titled "Reflektor 9/9/9." Watch it below.

In related news, you may remember that back in 2010 Peter Gabriel released a covers album, Scratch My Back, which featured him covering tracks by Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and more. He's now set to release its sequel, And I'll Scratch Yours, where those artists return the favor by covering Peter Gabriel songs. The album will be out on September 23 via Real World. Check out the tracklist below.

Continue reading "Arcade Fire post new teaser video, appearing on Peter Gabriel covers album with Brian Eno, Bon Iver, Lou Reed and more"

Lou Reed at the Tibet House Benefit, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Lou Reed

Legendary rocker Lou Reed, who was back on stage in June just weeks after receiving a liver transplant, was rushed to a Long Island hospital yesterday morning, sources said.

The Velvet Underground founder was rushed to the emergency room at Southampton Hospital from his East Hampton home shortly before 7 a.m. following an emergency call for an adult male suffering from dehydration. -[NYPost]

Reed, 71, is reportedly "fine" according to sources quoted in The Post. Godspeed Lou Reed... get well soon!

Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Rock icon Lou Reed is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant in the U.S., according to an interview with his wife published Saturday in a British newspaper.

Laurie Anderson told the Times of London that Reed "was dying" before the operation several weeks ago at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic.

She said 71-year-old Reed isn't back to full strength, but "he's already working and doing t'ai chi."

"I don't think he'll every totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing (things) in a few months," she said. - [Billboard]

Lou Reed has since posted a message on his Facebook: "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."

Feel better Lou, we're glad you'e doing ok.

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at NPR's 2013 SXSW Showcase
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have been on tour for a while now, and it finally hits NYC this week for three shows with Sharon Van Etten, starting tonight (3/28) at Beacon Theatre and continuing Friday and Saturday at the same venue. All three are sold out. The Bad Seeds' tour was also down in Austin for SXSW earlier this month, where they played NPR's showcase at Stubb's with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, and Youth Lagoon. Pictures of Nick Cave and YYYs are HERE and pictures of Waxahatchee's set are HERE. Even more pictures of Nick Cave's set are in this post.

Nick Cave also recently launched a Spotify app, which you can use to "discover the music of Nick Cave." It has streams of Nick's new album, Push the Sky Away, along with his classic material, and features a mood wheel where you can browse "carefully chosen moods which represent his songs" including Murder & Mayhem, Classic, Spiritual, and Super Dark. You can also make your own Nick Cave playlist and check out playlists made by others like Lou Reed and Jarvis Cocker.

And speaking of SXSW and Spotify, check out our "Best of BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013" Spotify playlist.

Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures from SXSW, below...

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First Blues

At the encouragement of Bob Dylan, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg went into the studio in 1971 to record his first ever album of music. He then re-entered the studio in 1976 and 1981 and finally in 1983 he compiled all of the recordings (which featured contributions from Dylan, members of his band, and Arthur Russell, and was produced by John Hammond Sr.) onto a double LP called FIrst Blues. Now, 30 years later, Ginsberg Recordings are reissuing the album in vinyl and digital formats, and to celebrate they're throwing a release party in NYC.

The celebration takes place on January 16 at Housing Works Cafe (126 Crosby St.) with Ginsberg's "friends, collaborators, relatives and co-conspirators" Lou Reed, Anne Waldman, Ambrose Bye, CA Conrad, Steven Taylor, Hettie Jones, Arthur's Landing, and others. A limited edition of "500 seven track vinyl that mimics the original style down to the newspaper insert" will be available at Housing Works that night and online.

John Cale
John Cale

That same night, Lou Reed's Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale will be doing a Nico tribute at BAM (1/16) with a number of guests including Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan, Magnetic Fields, and more. Tickets for that show are still available.

John Cale also performs his solo album, Paris 1919 with the 20-piece Wordless Music Orchestra at BAM on January 18 and 19 and tickets for those shows are still available too.

Some song streams from First Blues below...

Continue reading "Allen Ginsberg's 'First Blues' getting a reissue; Lou Reed playing release party (same night as John Cale's Nico tribute)"

Lou Reed at 2012 Tibet House benefit (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed was scheduled to play a NJ show at Bergen Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 8 before heading down to Miami for UR1 Festival, which was supposed to happen that weekend (12/8-9). However, the UR1 Festival was postponed due to predictions of heavy winds, and now that Lou has cancelled his NJ show. Whether the two are related or not, it's still a bummer to hear. If you bought tickets, refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Lou, who has been overseas promoting a book of photography with Laurie Anderson, also had to recently cancel a show in Madrid.

Still no word on the new dates for UR1 Festival, but stay tuned.

The holiday season is upon us and addition to Yo La Tengo's eight-night run of annual Hanukkah shows at Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell's (12/8 - 12/15), there are a number of other Hanukkah celebrations, parties, and shows happening in the NYC area this December.

The eighth annual Sephardic Music Festival is going down in NYC from December 8 - 15 across multiple venues. Shows announced so far include Copal, Pharaoh's Daughter, Animal Machine, and Sway Machinery at Knitting Factory (12/8) (tickets); Sephardic Story Slam at Lolita Bar (12/9); the Sephardic Scholar Series at CUNY Grad Center (12/10) (365 5th Ave); Vanessa Paloma and Lev-Yulzari Duo and friends at The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue (2 W 70 St); Zion 80, Mika Karny, and Hasidic New Wave with Yakar Rhythms at Le Poisson Rouge (12/12) (tickets); and more TBA.

Klezmer punk band Golem play a Hannukah show at Cameo Gallery on December 8 with Smoota and The Schlep Sisters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

The Schlep Sisters are also teaming up with Thirsty Girl Productions to present the sixth annual Menorah Horah! at Highline Ballroom on December 9. The Hannukah burlesque show will be hosted by Sherry Vine and tickets are on sale now.

92YTribeca is hosting a 'Beer + Latkes Hanukkah Celebration' on December 13. Tickets for that are on sale now.

On December 23 at BB King's, Ray Ellin is presenting "A Jewish Christmas Extraganza" with "standup comedy from four and a half Jews," Lenny Marcus (Letterman Show), Brian Scott McFadden (Letterman show, Craig Ferguson Show), Dan Naturman (Letterman Show, Conan O'Brien, Tonight Show), and Gregg Rogell (Louie, Comedy Central special, Tonight Show). Tickets for that one are on sale now.

BB King's will also host a Hanukkah celebration on December 25 (aka Christmas) with The Maccabeats, like they did last year. Tickets for that are on sale now.

City Winery will also have a Hanukkah-celebration-on-Christmas night with JEWMONGOUS's (aka Sean Altman of Rockapella) 'Xmas Night Comedy Songfest. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In more Hanukkah news, The Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation recently released 'Twas The Night Before Hanukkah: The Musical Battle Between Christmas and the Festival of Lights, a double disc compilation album with Hanukkah music on disc 1 and Christmas music recorded (or in some cases, written) by Jews. The album features tracks by Woody Guthrie, The Klezmatics, and more on the Hanukkah disc and Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Ramones, Sammy Davis Jr. and more on the Christmas side. That's the cover art above and the tracklist is below. You can order the album HERE.

In more related news, Matisyahu released a new song called "Happy Hanukkah," which you can stream below. As mentioned, he brings his "Festival of Light" tour to NYC on December 15 at Terminal 5. Tickets for that show are still available.

Continue reading "Hanukkah shows in NYC: Golem, Sephardic Music Festival, Menorah Horah! & more"

Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Lou Reed

Lou Reed will be on tour in Europe this month doing photo exhibits and book readings/signings, and upon returning to the US he'll play a NJ show at Englewood's Bergen Performing Arts Center on December 7. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Right after that show, he'll head to Miami for UR1 Festival, which goes down in Bayfront Park on December 8 and 9. In addition to Lou Reed, performers include Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Dead Can Dance, Animal Collective, Peter Murphy, Flying Lotus, Slash, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing, and many more listed below, plus more TBA. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.

The UR1 Festival is timed to happen simultaneously with Art Basel, which happens from December 6 - 9 in Miami Beach with "more than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."

A list of all Lou Reed dates and the UR1 Festival lineup below.

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photos by Jonathan McPhail

Metric @ Radio City Music Hall, 9/23/2012
Metric

Metric played what is surely their most luxe NYC show on Sunday night (9/23) when the Toronto band headlined Radio City Music Hall in support of their new album, Synthetica. Their performance, like the album, kicked off with "Artificial Nocturne," "Youth Without Youth," and "Speed the Collapse" but Emily Haines and crew threw in old favorites as well, like "Dead Disco," "Help I'm Alive" and "Monster Hospital."

The biggest surprise of the night (which was streamed online as well) came during the encore when Lou Reed came out to sing on "The Wanderlust," which he also does on Synthetica, and then stuck around for a rendition of the Velvet Underground's classic "Pale Blue Eyes." Video of that is below.

Emily Haines, along with Polaris winner Feist and Amy Milan of Stars (who were here this weekend), are all featuring on the new Jason Collette compilation, Essential Cuts, which culls songs from the Canadian singer's carreer. The record, out today (9/25), comes bundled with his new album, Rekon. Jason will play Joe's Pub on October 10. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Gotye plays Radio City Music Hall tonight (9/25).

Half Moon Run opened the show, but unfortunately we missed their set. The setlist and more pictures from Metric's set are below.

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This remains a legal-to-buy accessory
Velvet Banana

A judge has peeled back one of The Velvet Underground's legal claims involving the use of the band's famed banana logo.

Manhattan federal Judge Alison Nathan tossed the legendary band's request for a court order declaring that the late artistAndy Warhol's foundation doesn't hold a copyright on the iconic image.

Nathan said a promise by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts not to sue the Velvets for using the design had "eliminated any live controversy" over the copyright.

Her ruling didn't affect three other claims filed by the band, which is seeking unspecified damages for alleged trademark infringement and a court order barring the foundation from licensing the logo. - [NY Post]

Lou Reed and John Cale sued the Warhol estate last year after the famed banana began being licensed for iPod cases and other items not deemed cool by the Velvet Underground members. Of course, people have been talking on a banana for years, as seen below.

Meanwhile in less litigious VU news, John Cale's new album, Adventures in Nookie Wood, is out October 2 on Double Six/Domino and you can watch the first video from it, "Face to the Sky," below. Cale also has two musical works debuting at BAM Next Wave fest next year.

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