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Win The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Box Set

The 45th anniversary reissue of the Velvet Underground’s self-titled album is upon us, and the six-disc Super Deluxe Edition is stacked: Not only does it include the band’s lost fourth LP, presented as a unit for the first time, and two discs of live material from San Francisco’s famous club The Matrix. There’s also three… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 4, 2014 - 9:07 am

The Velvet Underground – “I’m Waiting For The Man” (Live At The Matrix) (Stereogum Premiere)

Among the goodies in the massive 45th anniversary reissue of the Velvet Underground’s self-titled LP are two discs of live material recorded at San Francisco club the Matrix in November 1969. Although the Matrix material has been available since the 1974 release of double-LP 1969: The Velvet Underground Live, the new reissue presents a fresh… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 4, 2014 - 10:59 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

Unreleased Velvet Underground Album To Be Included In New Box Set

The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third LP is getting a “super deluxe” reissue for its 45th anniversary, and part of the bonus material is an entire unreleased album the band recorded in 1969 to get out of their contract with MGM. As Pitchfork reports, much of the material later ended up on VU swan song LoadedMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 1, 2014 - 4:29 pm

R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs

From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site, early R.E.M. gigs were glorified bar-band hootenannies. Before they’d written Murmur and Chronic Town, the band cut their teeth seemingly as philistines, playing sloppy, drunken versions of everything from Creedence to the Sex Pistols. Time passed, R.E.M. became more sophisticated, and their covers eventually became more… More »

By: John Everhart / September 18, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Watch Courtney Barnett & Billy Bragg Cover The Velvet Underground On RocKwiz

Here’s something Wikipedia just taught me: “RocKwiz is an Australian television quiz show series, focused on rock music and featuring different guest artist musicians who perform live in each episode.” That sounds like a great show! I wish we had it over here! A recent episode featured the team of one actual Australian, the great… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Famous Album Cover Art Imagined From A Different Perspective

Have you ever wondered what famous album covers might look like from a different perspective? A user on Flickr by the name of Harvezt has worked to answer that question with a new series called The Dark Side Of The Cover. It goes all over the place from the Beatles to Nirvana to Kraftwerk to… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 8, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Watch A Short Film About Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza-Themed Velvet Underground Cover Band

A few days ago, we learned the perplexing news that former child star Macaulay Culkin has a new band called the Pizza Underground, which plays Velvet Underground covers but changes the lyrics so that they’re about pizza. Of course he does! Really, it’s the only thing Macaulay Culkin could do with his life that make… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Hear Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza-Themed Velvet Underground Covers

Considering the true breadth of Lou Reed’s legacy, the guy would actually probably be genuinely honored to know that he’s spawned a pizza-themed band featuring Macaulay Culkin. The Pizza Underground just released their 9-song demo via Bandcamp, and it is exactly what its title implies: a no-concept set of lo-fi covers of Velvet Underground tracks,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 9, 2013 - 11:11 am

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 - 12:27 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Preview Wig Out At Jagbags, Cover Led Zeppelin & Velvet Underground In Portland

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ sixth album, the excellently titled Wig Out At Jagbags, is out in January via Matador Records. The band, which consists of Malkmus, Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, and Jake Morris (who replaced drummer Janet Weiss after Minor Traffic), previewed some of the songs from the LP at a hometown show at… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 9, 2013 - 6:11 pm

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, on Sunday… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2013 - 11:30 am

20 Great Lou Reed Moments

When Adam Yauch died last year, a simple obituary didn’t seem like the best way to sum up a sprawling, groundbreaking, all-over-the-place career. The best way I could think to pay tribute was a randomly-assembled list of moments from Yauch’s career. Similarly, it’s impossible to quantify, in a simple essay, the seismic effect of Lou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Watch Pearl Jam Cover The Velvet Underground In Baltimore

My Morning Jacket weren’t the only band to honor the fallen Lou Reed from the stage last night. During their set at Baltimore’s First Mariner Arena, Pearl Jam took on the Velvet Underground’s copping-drugs opus “I’m Waiting For The Man.” With its circular rhythmic charge and its conversationally concrete lyrics, it’s not really the VU… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2013 - 11:47 am

Watch My Morning Jacket Cover The Velvet Underground With Neil Young, Elvis Costello, & Jenny Lewis At Bridge School Benefit 2013

This past weekend, Neil Young held his two annual all-star Bridge School Benefit shows in Mountain View, California. And before the second of those shows last night, we learned that Lou Reed had died. Over the years, My Morning Jacket, who played the Bridge School shows, have covered the Velvet Underground’s space-folk hymn “Oh! SweetMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2013 - 8:46 am

R.I.P. Lou Reed

We’ve lost Lou Reed. Rolling Stone reports that the legendary contrarian genius has died at age 71. Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year, which could’ve had something to do with his death, but no cause has yet been revealed. But even if we don’t know exactly how Reed died yet, we know how… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 27, 2013 - 1:36 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

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

Watch Yo La Tengo Perform With Andrew Bird, The Feelies, More At Hanukkah Shows

Just about every year, Yo La Tengo take over their hometown club Maxwell’s for a series of Hanukkah shows, which are generally described as amazing and which often feature a few special guests sitting in. This year’s run of shows, no exception, had it share of help from indie luminaries. Andrew Bird played scratchy violi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2012 - 10:54 am

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
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