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Julian Casablancas – “Venus in Furs” (The Velvet Underground Cover)

posted by Oscar April 15, 2016

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As the first season of HBO’s Vinyl wraps up this weekend, today we get the release of its full soundtrack. Among the standouts is Julian Casablancas’s latest take on a Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song. The Strokes lead singer took on VU’s “Venus In Furs” for the soundtrack, which follows up previous covers of tracks like “White Light White Heat” and “Run Run Run.”

Hear JC’s take on “Venus In Furs” below. 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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Hear Previously Unheard Live Versions of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” & “What Goes On”

posted by Oscar November 20, 2014

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The Velvet Underground are set to release the 45th Anniversary special re-issue of their self-titled third album and today the band has unearthed a couple of more gems from this project. Today saw the release of some cuts from the long-lost fourth album that will be included in this “super deluxe” project, with “Sweet Jane” and soon after “What Goes On” arrived online. Both tunes were recorded live att he band’s 1969 show in San Francisco’s The Matrix.

The multi-disc box set is due out on November 24th via Polydor/UME. Hear the previously unheard songs below. Continue Reading

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

posted by Oscar November 4, 2014

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One of the most influential bands ever The Velvet Underground will be releasing a 45th anniversary reissue of their self-titled LP and among the rarities that will be included with it include are two discs filled with the sounds of their ’69  live show at San Francisco’s the Matrix. While live recordings of this year had already been available for decades now, this shows a great improvement to the bootleg quality of previous versions.

The Velvet Underground reissue is out 11/24 on Universal. Pre-order it in Standard, Deluxe, and Super Deluxe formats; the Matrix material is only included in the Super Deluxe edition.

Hear it below once it goes live, but until then head over to Stereogum for that first look. Continue Reading

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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

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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