Archive for the 'The Velvet Underground' Category

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

In a few weeks, a six-disc box set celebrating the Velvet Underground’s self-titled third LP will hit shelves. The main draw is the inclusion of The Matrix Tapes — long-awaited, holy grail live recordings from 1969 which we covered a little while back. Somewhat disappointingly, however, is the lack of studio outtakes from The Velvet […]

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 7th, 2013

The just-announced “super-deluxe” edition of the VU’s White Light/White Heat will include a handful of previously unheard performances — the most interesting of which are a live rendition of “The Gift” and an early studio version of “Beginning To See The Light,” with John Cale on fuzz bass. One thing the compilers didn’t unearth, sadly, […]

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The bones of the Velvet Underground’s carcass have been picked over many, many times since Lou Reed left the group in the summer of 1970, from greatest (non) hits comps to outtakes collections to live albums. Most recently, the band’s epochal debut was given the “super deluxe” treatment in the form of a six-disc box […]

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Yeah, the party line on the Velvet Underground is that the band was almost completely ignored during the 1960s, their flowers of darkness vibes passed over in favor of flower power. But as it turns out, plenty of people were listening — including this one guitarist you may have heard of, a guy called Jimmy […]

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

More often than not, most of what you read concerning the Velvet Underground will inevitably note how woefully underappreciated the group were during its brief lifespan. But the VU were superstars — and not just in the Warholian sense — in certain parts of the U.S., including Boston. This quintessential New York City band made […]

Friday, March 18th, 2011

One thing about doing a show on satellite radio is that you can pull shit like airing “Sister Ray” in its entirety. While not my favorite Velvets boot, the 1967 Live At The Gymnasium set (that surfaced a few years ago) is not without merit, specifically as it’s the first recorded appearance of said “Sister […]

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

One of the more interesting online novelties to pop up this summer has been the kickoff of Beck’s ongoing Record Club.  If you have yet to check it out: in a nutshell, Beck invites a bunch of his musician friends over to jam for a day covering an album track-by-track, then releases the results piecemeal […]

Monday, August 18th, 2008

The Velvet Underground with John Cale in the foreground – April 1, 1966 It’s not easy to pin down my favorite Velvet Underground album as it regularly changes over time, yet always rotates between three titles. And really, it depends on what kind of mood I am in and where my head is at while […]