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To call John Cale “prolific” is an inexcusable understatement; the multi-instrumentalist and producer is responsible for some of the most formative music in rock’s history. Born in Wales, Cale attended London’s Goldsmith’s University (which has graduated Damien Hirst, James Blake, and Lucien Freud since Cale’s time there) where he studied viola before moving to the… More »

Whether you experience Christmas as a spiritual curative or a wretched crucible likely depends upon your capacity to enjoy the Yuletide season’s truly disassociate spirit of insanity. Most of us may consider ourselves largely inured at this point to the curiously redundant recurring color schemes, the unnaturally oppressive nighttime lighting and deeply strange rituals, the… More »

Attempting to rank songs by the Velvet Underground — the ’27 Yankees of rock-music catalogs — is almost inevitably going to end in tears. Upon hearing of this assignment, our dear friend and fellow Stereogum contributor James Jackson Toth chuckled over our fate and dared us to submit a list that was “everything but ‘The… More »

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Read A Conversation Between John Cale And Animal Collective’s Avey Tare & Geologist

In the past, California Sunday Magazine and Mailchimp have paired up the likes of Bethany Cosentino & Molly Ringwald, Father John Misty & John C.
James Rettig | February 4, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Watch Landlady And Nels Cline Cover Jimi Hendrix

New York experimental rockers Landlady hosted their Holiday Spectacular at the Bell House in Brooklyn earlier this month. Among the evening's presumed highlights was a…
Chris DeVille | December 15, 2015 - 11:23 am

John Cale – “Close Watch” (Feat. Amber Coffman) Video

Over the course of his long career, the former Velvet Underground member John Cale has recorded a few different versions of his song "Close Watch";…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2015 - 11:06 am

Courtney Barnett – “Close Watch” (John Cale Cover)

For Record Store Day, Courtney Barnett released a 7-inch of Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit highlight "Kim's Caravan" (which got…
James Rettig | April 20, 2015 - 10:58 am

John Cale Releases “If You Were Still Around” Video On The One-Year Anniversary Of Lou Reed’s Death

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Lou Reed's death, and Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale has released a new video for an old…
Chris DeVille | October 27, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Big Ears Festival 2014 Lineup

Since 2009 the Big Ears Festival has brought a massive slate of experimental music to Knoxville, Tennessee, and they've just announced their lineup for next…
Miles Bowe | December 4, 2013 - 1:26 pm

Mark Lanegan – “I’m Not the Loving Kind” Video

This past week, Mark Lanegan released Imitations, his album of old-timey covers. The video for his version of John Cale's "I'm Not The Loving Kind"
Tom Breihan | September 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm

John Cale – “All Summer Long”

Last year, John Cale, formerly of the Velvet Underground, released his ornately titled solo album Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood. One of the songs that…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Mark Lanegan – “I’m Not The Loving Kind” (John Cale Cover)

Last year, we gave Album Of The Week to Blues Funeral, the last album from the wizened and liquor-throated former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan.
Tom Breihan | June 26, 2013 - 12:02 pm

John Cale – “Living With You (Laurel Halo Remix)”

Last year, the eternally boss Velvet Underground legend John Cale released his queasy and perplexingly titled solo album Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood. And now,…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Turntable Interview: John Cale

As a music fan, it’s hard to express the heart-palpitating, adrenaline-boosting excitement of getting an email asking if you would like to interview rock legend…
Melissa Locker | October 5, 2012 - 10:35 am

John Cale – “Face To The Sky” Video

The former Velvet Underground member John Cale will soon release his new solo album Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood, and you know an album has…
Tom Breihan | August 30, 2012 - 8:55 am

John Cale – “I Wanna Talk 2 U”

This fall, the former Velvet Underground member John Cale will release a new solo album that for some reason he's decided to call Shifty Adventures
Tom Breihan | August 2, 2012 - 11:05 am

John Cale – “Perfection (Actress’ Reflection Mix)”

On Record Store Day this past weekend, the former Velvet Underground member John Cale released Extra Playful Transitions, a 12" EP of artists like Tim…
Tom Breihan | April 23, 2012 - 5:45 pm

John Cale – “Catastrofuk” Video

Velvet Underground figurehead John Cale's new video for "Catastrofuk" is a pretty freaky scene (basically, The Alice In Wonderland tea party scene + the moon!)…
Corban Goble | October 14, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Velvet Underground 2010: Moe Backs Tea Party, Lou Joins Gorillaz, John Revisits Paris 1919

Hey, what are members of the Velvet Underground up to? Lots, apparently: John Cale played all of his 1973 album, Paris 1919 at…
jessica | October 4, 2010 - 10:55 am

Arbouretum Cover John Cale

Baltimore-based Thrill Jockey crew Arbouretum and recent psych-rock signees Pontiak, three brothers originally from Virginia currently residing in Brooklyn, have teamed up for a 7-song…
brandon | August 5, 2008 - 4:24 pm