Archive for the 'Lou Reed' Category

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The day after Christmas, December of 1972: Lou Reed and band (The Tots) in Hempstead, NY, recording live for radio at Untrasonic Recording Studio. Recorded just a month after the release of Transformer, the set finds Reed pulling from the new record, riffing on five Velvets tracks and the penultimate “Berlin” – the track that would […]

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

When Lou Reed penned the classic “Rock and Roll” he paid tribute not only to rock and roll music, but also to the transformative powers of rock and roll radio. Radio was a lifelong preoccupation for Reed, from his days as a Long Island teen with an ear pressed against the speaker during Alan Freed’s […]

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

A blueprint for the nascent VU. In the early 1960s, just prior to the formation of the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed worked as a staff writer for the rip-off, cash-in label Pickwick Records. Concerning his time spent with the label, Lou himself was quoted as saying “There were four of us locked into a room and […]

Monday, October 28th, 2013

When I heard the news of Lou Reed’s death yesterday, I didn’t immediately reach for a record, but instead picked up my copy of Lester Bangs’ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung. Re-reading Bangs classic Creem interviews with Reed, I was once again struck by their relationship, as it’s the same type of relation any music geek […]

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I rarely do giveaways…but couldn’t pass this one up. Out this month via Genesis Publications: Transformer – a photo book documenting photographer Mick Rock‘s 40 year friendship with Lou Reed. From album covers to the candid. Their work is presented within a full leather bound tome, housed in a case that also encloses a 7″ […]

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Twelve acoustic demos recorded in the Fall of 1970 following Lou Reed’s departure from the Velvet Underground. Concerning the set, A History of The Underground notes that while many of the tracks are similar to that of their officially released counterparts “a couple of the recordings are barely recognizable as the building blocks of the finished product. This recording […]

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

A highlight of Lou Reed’s 1989 album New York, “Halloween Parade” is as evocative as it is chilling. Through a processional cast of characters the track chronicles the decade’s AIDS epidemic and the friends Reed lost to it. Subdued, while the wistful narrative works well enough on its own, it is expertly employed as the […]

Monday, April 18th, 2011

(Album artwork: Does it indeed affect our listening experience, and if so, how? Scratch the Surface takes a look at particularly interesting and/or exceptional cover art choices.) Expectations. We all have them, for better or worse, and with music these expectations are often heightened. Lou Reed was supposed to be the second coming. Based on […]

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

I’ve been consumed by Lou Reed’s The Blue Mask of late and finally made time for the 1983 live document A Night With Lou Reed. The DVD finds Reed live in an intimate setting (The Bottom Line) in his native NYC, sparsely backed by guitarist Robert Quine, Fernando Saunders on bass and Fred Maher on […]