Entries tagged with: Lou Reed
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...
by Bill Pearis
Moz & Lou (via Morrissey-Solo)
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?'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.
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'
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 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...
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.Read the rest of Byrne's statement at Rolling Stone.
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.
"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)
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.
"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...
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 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...
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.
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...
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...
Neil Young & friends during Lou Reed tribute
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.
Lou Reed at 2012 Tibet House Benefit (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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.
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...
still from 'Reflektor 9/9/9'
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.
Lou Reed at the Tibet House Benefit, 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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.Reed, 71, is reportedly "fine" according to sources quoted in The Post. Godspeed Lou Reed... get well soon!
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]
Lou Reed at Tibet House benefit 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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.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."
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]
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 & 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...
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.
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.
Some song streams from First Blues below...