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From the looks of the R.E.M. setlist site remtimeline.com, 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 »

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 »

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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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…
Chris DeVille | December 4, 2014 - 9:07 am
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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…
Chris DeVille | November 4, 2014 - 10:59 am
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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

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…
Chris DeVille | October 1, 2014 - 4:29 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | May 13, 2014 - 12:08 pm
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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 ha…
Miles Bowe | April 8, 2014 - 4:24 pm
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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 play…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2013 - 4:13 pm
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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…
Michael Nelson | December 9, 2013 - 11:11 am
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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…
Brie Roche lilliott | November 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm
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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 consist…
Scott Lapatine | November 9, 2013 - 6:11 pm
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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…
Tom Breihan | October 31, 2013 - 11:30 am

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…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2013 - 11:47 am
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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 show…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2013 - 8:46 am
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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,…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2013 - 1:36 pm
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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
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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
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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…
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2012 - 10:54 am
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