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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 a great video earlier this week). On the B-side is an RSD exclusive cover of Welsh singer-songwriter John Cale’s “Close Watch,” a ballad that’s appeared a few times in hi… More »

By: 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 song in Reed’s honor. Cale recorded a more upbeat version of his formerly somber “If You Were Still Around,” originally included on 1982’s Music For A New Society. It’s matched… More »

By: 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 spring (the festival occurs during the weekend of March 28-30). It’s kind of hard to contain my excitement here since I’m a sucker for this sort of thing, but if… More »

By: 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” follows a haunted, leathery cowboy — a figure even more grizzled than Lanegan himself, if you can even conceive of this — as he trudges through the neon absurdities of… More »

By: 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 didn’t make it onto the album was “All Summer Long,” which didn’t fit in and which was left in a half-finished state. But now Cale has gone ahead and finished… More »

By: 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. Later this year, he’ll follow it up with a (very different) new album called Imitations. Here’s what Lanegan says about it:

“When I was a kid in the… More »

By: 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, the drone-pop sensibility-challenger Laurel Halo has remixed Cale’s album track “Living With You,” creating a cross-generational confluence which we never would’ve thought to expect but which somehow makes perfect sense. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2013 - 2:42 pm

The 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs

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 »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / December 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm

The 10 Best Velvet Underground Songs

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 »

By: Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy / October 24, 2012 - 2:39 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 John Cale. As one of the founders of the Velvet Underground, Cale lies at the root of much of the modern music we know. As a producer he has worked… More »

By: 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 to be good if it’s going to justify a title like that. We’ve already heard first single “I Wanna Talk 2 U,” and now we’ve got the truly odd video… More »

By: 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 In Nookie Wood. The first single is a triumphant psychedelic rock tune called “I Wanna Talk 2 U,” and you can hear it below. It’s better than anything on Lulu,… More »

By: 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 Hecker and Maria Minerva remixing his tracks. Below, download a remix of Cale’s 2011 song “Perfection” from aqueous post-techno producer Actress. More »

By: 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!) which coincides with the controlled chaos of the track. The director is Eden Cale, his daughter, capping off a monumental week in directorial work by rock daughters. The collaboration seem… More »

By: 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 UCLA’s Royce Hall with his band and the UCLA Philharmonia last Thursday. After an intermission, Cale returned to play a mix of his own songs and re-interpreted covers with special… More »

By: 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 LP-only split EP called Kale. It includes both originals and John Cale covers … hence the name. Each band tries their hand at the man’s work: Arbouretum do a faithful… More »

By: brandon / August 5, 2008 - 4:24 pm

Velvet Underground’s Secret Weapon: The Ostrich

Fans of alternate tunings and/or Lou Reed & John Cale’s magical relationship should be hip to the Ostrich, but WFMU’s Beware Of Blog sketches out the tale of the avian-named tuning for a lesson in VU 101:One of the secret weapons of the Velvet Underground was Lou Reed’s Ostrich Guitar Tuning, where all the string… More »

By: Stereogum / July 18, 2007 - 7:06 pm

John Cale Covers LCD Soundsystem

Alex Kapranos and Erol Alkan spread New Order synth luster all over Franz Ferdinand’s take on LCD’s “All My Friends” — so maybe we’re just in that mode, but John Cale’s version sounds like “Isolation” off of Joy Division’s Closer, just with a James Murphy melody, right down to Cale’s Curtis-sized delivery. For the trifecta,… More »

By: Stereogum / April 26, 2007 - 9:58 am