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Julian Casablancas – “Run Run Run” (The Velvet Underground Cover)

posted by Oscar February 19, 2016

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Julian Casablancas’ cover of The Velvet Underground’s “Run Run Run” for the soundtrack of HBO’s new series Vinyl has surfaced online. The track is actually pretty similar to the original, with a notable difference in the increased liveliness of the bass line on this new JC version.

The cover is a fitting one for two ways, as it is the perfect song for the series from Martin Scorsese and The Rolling Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger about New York’s music scene in the 70s, and it’s song from one of Casablancas’ personal heroes, Lou Reed.

Check it out, along with the original, below. Continue Reading

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Video: Beck, Karen O Cover Lou Reed at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

posted by Oscar April 20, 2015

This weekend saw the induction of a whole new roster of more-than-worthy musicians into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Following up Patti Smith and wife Laurie Anderson’s emotive speeches, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O and Nick Zinner along with Beck honored the late Lou Reed by covering his songs “Vicious” and “Satellite Of Love,” respectively.

Check out the fan-shot footage of “Vicious” above and “Satellite Of Love” after the jump. Continue Reading


Video: Animated Lou Reed Interview for ‘Blank on Blank’

posted by Oscar February 17, 2015


The latest addition to the Blank On Blank series is an unearthed interview with Lou Reed that Joe Smith held with the iconic rocker on March 20, 1987.

Lou being Lou, he didn’t hold anything back in this rarely heard interview and delivered plenty of great lines about how he entered the music world and the approach he took on his art. Reed touches on how he dreamed about writing the great American novel while at Syracuse University, “how savage the reaction against” the Velvet Underground was, the intention of taking books and putting them into songs, writing rock and roll you could grow old with, and more.

There’s also some interesting quotes about how he thought The Doors and the Beatles were not up to the level of his band, and how he hoped to elevate the rock and roll song to where it hadn’t been before. Check it out above.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015: Lou Reed, Green Day, Ringo Starr, + more

posted by Oscar December 16, 2014

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The “Class of 2015” of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been unveiled: Lou Reed, Green Day, and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts lead the list of musicians that will now be a part of the elite selection of acts.

Along with those storied artists, the new Class also includes Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band while former Beatle Ringo Starr will be given the Award For Musical Excellence and 1950s R&B group the “5” Royales will receive the Early Influence Award.

The induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18th, 2015. The general public will be allowed to attend; tickets go on sale this Thursday (12/18). Get yours here.

(Rolling Stone)

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Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Smiths Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015; Vote!

posted by Oscar October 9, 2014

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Here are the latest nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting. The acts with the most votes will be announced toward the end of the year and will be inducted on April 18th, 2015 at a ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio.

For a third consecutive year, voting is open to the public which will be counted alongside that of the artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 9th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots that determine the Class of 2015.

The “class of 2014” was legendary as it saw Nirvana inducted in their first year of eligibility and KISS finally making the cut (after 15 years of being eligible) thanks to an overwhelming support from its fans (myself included) via the public vote option.

Well now, get to voting!

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Video: Arctic Monkeys – “Walk On The Wild Side” Live (Lou Reed Cover)

posted by Oscar October 28, 2013

Another tribute to the late icon Lou Reed, Arctic Monkeys are the latest band to show their appreciation for his work. The band is out on a tour of Britain and at their Liverpool show tonight (Oct. 28), Alex Turner and co. performed a live cover of Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side.” See that video above.


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Video: Pearl Jam – “Waiting For The Man” (Live) The Velvet Underground Cover

posted by Oscar October 28, 2013

The Lou Reed tributes keep rolling after losing the former frontman of The Velvet Underground. Last night Pearl Jam, who were performing at Baltimore’s First Mariner Arena, edited their set list a bit to include a live cover of the The Velvet Underground’s “Waiting For The Man.” The song is a real classic off of The Velvet Underground & Nico, and you can see Pearl Jam’s interpretation of the track in the video above.

Lou Reed died October 27th due to complications that stemmed from liver disease.

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Video: Neil Young & Friends (My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello+ more)- Tribute to Lou Reed

posted by Oscar October 28, 2013

Some very sad news broke this weekend when the world learned of the passing of iconic musician, Lou Reed. During Neil Young’s annual All-Star Bridge School Benefit shows in Mountain View, CA, My Morning Jacket brought out Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis and the host to perform The Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin” to pay tribute.

See that emotive live cover above.


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RIP Lou Reed

posted by Oscar October 27, 2013

Lou Reed

Legendary musician, Lou Reed, passed away earlier today (Oct. 27) at the age of 71. Reed is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century thanks to his work in The Velvet Underground and as a solo artist. Reed’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told the New York Times he believed Reed’s passing was related to a liver transplant the singer-songwriter underwent earlier this year. Wylie added, “He was as great an artist as it’s possible to be in my opinion.”

Reed had legendary collaborations with artists like Andy Warhol and David Bowie. Although I’ve been listening to Lou Reed’s work since my college days, I didn’t seriously get into his music until about a year ago and that was when I totally got just how revolutionary this guy was and why he’s such an iconic musician.

Hear some of my favorite tracks of his and read some of the reactions other artists had regarding this news below. Continue Reading

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Coachella Adds Major Acts to Sideshows Lineup

posted by Oscar February 26, 2013

As it’s been well-known now, Coachella is all sold out! Despite the fact that the Indio, California festival will take place on two weekends (April 12-14 and April 19-21), there is not a ticket left for those dates but luckily the festival’s organizers (Goldenvoice) have put together a crazy awesome sideshows lineup for concertgoers to check out.

The sideshows will take place before, in between, and after Coachella, giving a chance to many more fans to see some of the acts that will be in town during those dates. Some of the artists on the Sideshows Lineup include Vampire Weekend, The xx, Passion Pit, Foals, 2 Chainz, Lou Reed, Franz Ferdinand and many others.

Follow @Goldenvoice and their website for more updates.