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Watch Lou Reed Call The Beatles “Garbage” And The Doors “Stupid” In Newly Animated Interview

Lou Reed was both an avant-rock forefather and a legendary crank, and I sincerely recommend that you spend some time with this Lester Bangs piece about a contentious Reed interview. PBS recently animated an interview that Joe Smith conducted with Reed in 1987, and it has a lot of interesting stuff about what Reed… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2015

Listen To Lou Reed React To Hearing The Ramones For The First Time

New York rock music publicist Danny Fields has been called "one of the godfathers of punk," and he's the subject of a new documentary called Danny Says, which director Brendan Toller hopes to screen at SXSW next year. As a recent New York Times piece puts it, he was he was "the man who… More »

By: James Rettig / December 30, 2014

Watch Deer Tick And Sharon Van Etten Cover Lou Reed In Brooklyn

Providence roots-rockers Deer Tick are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a six-day residency at New York's Brooklyn Bowl, where they're sporting yellow bowling shirts and covering a different classic album each night, culminating in a New Year's Eve set of fan-requested songs. After starting things off with NRBQ's Tiddlywinks, Deer Tick took on Lou Reed'… More »

By: Peter Helman / December 29, 2014

Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame just announced this year's class of inductees, and it's mostly a surprising group in how unsurprising it is. There are certainly worthy artists going in this year. Lou Reed, already an inductee thanks to the Velvet Underground, is now heading in as a solo artist. Green Day are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014

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. More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 27, 2014

Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Green Day Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Nominees

Once a year, around this time, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces a whole new class of inductees who might be inducted into the Hall. Every year, we get one or two nominees who are eligible for the first time, since the Hall only inducts artists 25 years after their first record came… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2014

Lou Reed’s Gear Going Up For Auction

Like most musicians who remain successful over the course of decades, the late Lou Reed had amassed a whole lot of musical equipment by the time he died last year. As Pitchfork notes, today Reed's official Facebook page announced that much of that gear is going up for auction to fund the creation of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 17, 2014

Lana Del Rey: “I Wish I Was Dead Already”

Lana Del Rey is about to release her excellent sophomore album, Ultraviolence, and to promote that record, she is giving some kinda provocative interviews. First was the "feminism is not an interesting concept" interview she did with FADER. She then told Clash she considers quitting music every day ("It's still not really worth… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 12, 2014

Watch Kevin Drew Cover Lou Reed’s “What’s Good”

A few months ago, during the lead up to his latest solo effort Darlings, Broken Social Scene ringleader Kevin Drew participated in CBC's "I'll Be Your Mirror: Canada Celebrates Lou Reed" concert. He did a cover of "What's Good" from Lou Reed's 1992 album Magic And Loss. What's good about it? Well, it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 14, 2014

Watch Joseph Arthur, Peter Buck, And Mike Mills Cover Lou Reed On Letterman

Last night, on his Late Show, David Letterman announced his impending retirement, and the former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, randomly enough, was the one who broke the news via Twitter. Mills was there because he and his former bandmate Peter Buck were working in the backing band of the singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, last night'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014

Watch Morrissey Play The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Last night, Claire Danes hosted the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert Oslo's Spektrum. The show had performances from Omar Souleyman, Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, Jake Bugg, and, fascinatingly, Morrissey. Morrissey performed three songs at the concert: "People Are The Same Everywhere," "Irish Blood, English Heart," and his cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite Of Love."… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013

Watch Lou Reed’s Parrot Zik Headphones Commercial

We've mentioned several times that Lou Reed's last public act before his death was that glowing review of Yeezus. His last filmed interview, though, was part of an ad campaign for Parrot Zik headphones. As Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux explains:… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 11, 2013

Watch Eddie Vedder Cover The Velvet Underground’s “After Hours” In L.A.

During last night's Pearl Jam show at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena, Eddie Vedder took a break from the band's usual setlist to pay tribute to Lou Reed. Vedder crooned the Velvet Underground's "After Hours" with his usual huskiness to a loudly enthusiastic audience. He briefly introduced the song saying, "I just want to let… More »

By: Brie Roche lilliott / November 25, 2013

Watch Bono & The Edge Cover “Get Lucky”

Cold Monday mornings aren't easy for any of us, and sometimes you need to treat yourself to the spectacle of Bono singing a drunk-wedding-singer rendition of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Fortunately, we've got your hookup this morning. On Saturday, the charity (RED) raised a shit-ton of money for African relief efforts by holding a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 25, 2013

Watch Lou Reed’s Final Interview

Near the end of September Lou Reed did a photo shoot in New York for Parrot ZIK headphones. Film director Farida Khelfa sat down with him and filmed a short interview. It is the last interview Lou Reed gave before his death. Even at 71 and in failing health Reed is as wry and insightful… More »

By: Miles Bowe / November 8, 2013

Read Lou Reed’s Obituary, Placed By Laurie Anderson In Their Local Paper

Since Lou Reed's passing on Sunday, the outpouring of love and remembrance for the rock 'n roll legend has been legion. But today, his wife Laurie Anderson, an icon in her own right, has published her own. Her message of love for her husband appears in The East Hampton Star, the Long Island… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 31, 2013

Watch The Killers Cover The Velvet Underground In Las Vegas

After the news of Lou Reed's death circulated on Sunday, a whole lot of bands worked one of his songs into their setlists over the next few weeks. We're only seeing the footage now, but past Reed collaborators the Killers played a hometown show in Las Vegas, at the Life Is Beautiful Festival, o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2013

Watch Arctic Monkeys Cover Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” In Liverpool

Today we posted Lou Reed covers from Pearl Jam, Twin Shadow, and My Morning Jacket with Neil Young, Elvis Costello, and Jenny Lewis. You can now add Arctic Monkeys to that list. The band kicked off tonight's encore at Liverpool's Echo Arena with a cover of "Walk On The Wild Side," Reed'… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 28, 2013

Twin Shadow – “Perfect Day” (Lou Reed Cover)

Since yesterday's news about the passing of Lou Reed, we've heard new covers from My Morning Jacket and Pearl Jam. Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. (no stranger to covers) has one to share as well. Watch him in silhouette singing the Transformer classic "Perfect Day."… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 28, 2013

Stream Arcade Fire’s First Listen Live On NPR Music

And so after the rollercoaster of teasers, graffiti, TV appearances, late night specials, fake heads, fake band names, fake stages, smoke, mirrors, and reflectors of reflectors of reflectors ... we are here: Arcade Fire's triumphant fourth record, and first double album, Reflektor is out tomorrow… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 28, 2013
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