Posts tagged "Lou Reed"

Pitbull’s Pants Steal The Show At World Cup Opening Ceremony: Morning Mix

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:: Pitbull stole the spotlight from Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte during the World Cup opening ceremony. It’s not for being an electrifying performer, though – his high-waisted white capris, what one viewer called “diaper pants,” became the talk of social media. [ABC]

:: Beyonce and Jay Z announced the first European dates of their joint On the Run tour. The hip-hop royal couple will perform in Paris on September 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale June 19. [Digital Spy]

:: Skrillex‘s two-hour Superjam set at Bonnaroo was filled with surprises: Janelle Monae covered Michael Jackson (“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”) and James Brown (“I Feel Good”), Mystikal popped up and Lauryn Hill showed up unannounced to close with the Fugees‘ “Ready or Not.” [Billboard]

:: Lana Del Rey first wrote the Lou Reed-referencing “Brooklyn Baby” to feature the rock legend himself. She tried to meet with him, too. “I took the red eye [to New York], touched down at 7 a.m. … and two minutes later, he died,” she says. [The Guardian]

:: Eve married British fashion designer Maxmillion Cooper in Ibiza, Spain, over the weekend. “I’m so happy to make Eve my wife,” Cooper says. “The whole experience has been amazing and we are both so happy to have tied the knot.” [E!]

:: Sky Ferreira recently stopped by a Brazilian TV show, to be asked whether fans like her debut Night Time, My Time for the music, the cover art or “because of the tits, of course.” Her answer was flawless: “I’m pretty sure it’s because of the work, but I guess it helps if you’re a pervert.” [DIY]

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Lady Gaga’s ‘X Factor’ UK Performance Drew 260 Viewer Complaints: Morning Mix

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:: Lady Gaga‘s recent performance on X Factor UK drew 260 viewer complaints. They weren’t offended by her music but sense of style — declaring her outfit inappropriate for prime time viewing. [NME]

:: Now this is embarrassing. It turns out a number of people confused Lou Reed for Lou Bega and tweeted out their sympathies to the wrong guy when the rock legend passed recently. [Pigeons & Planes]

:: Chris Brown is back with regular side chick Karrueche Tran — the lady Rihanna famously made racist remarks about on Twitter. Lucky girl? [Hollywood Life]

:: Color me disappointed. Rumors that Ozzy Osbourne and family were filming another season of their reality show are untrue according to family matriarch Sharon. Boo. [Gossip Cop]

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Jay-Z’s Times Square Concert Has Been Cancelled: Morning Mix

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:: It seems like Jay-Z‘s NYC concert is no longer! The rapper was scheduled to perform at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Times Square on July 8, but the city has denied the concert approval due to concern over fireworks and terrorism over the upcoming holiday weekend. [NY Post]

:: Many have critiqued Kanye West‘s latest album Yeezus, but the best review has to come from Lou Reed! The rock legend attributed some of the tracks to farting and calls it a “synth orchestra.” Truly poetic. [SPIN]

:: Rihanna took a little break from her world tour to sing karaoke at a spot in Cologne, Germany. She sang No Doubt‘s “Don’t Speak” and Kings of Leon‘s “Sex On Fire” along with her friends. [TMZ]

:: A new exhibition has opened in London’s Jewish Museum in tribute to the late Amy Winehouse. The new project will showcase the singer’s tokens from her childhood and adult days, including her first guitar and her first Grammy. [NME]

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UPDATE: Lou Reed Collaborates With Susan Boyle On “Perfect Day” Video

Judging by the accompanying image, Susan Boyle’s perfect day looks pretty gloomy. But her “Perfect Day” video—which was shot in her home country of Scotland—is actually quite hauntingly beautiful. And now the shocker—Lou Reed, who originally recorded the song, directed the video. (UPDATE: Despite several reports to the contrary, Entertainment Weekly‘s Music Mix reports that Reed’s manager says the singer “didn’t in fact direct it or even travel to Scotland for the shoot.”) Yes, the same Lou Reed who at one point was allegedly involved in holding up Boyle’s live performance of the ’70s ballad on America’s Got Talent two months ago. Watch below!
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Whatcha Say: The Good, The Bad And The SuBo In This Week’s Reader Comments

Leave it to Susan Boyle to dust up a little controversy just as the week seemed to winding down. Her rendition of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” made headlines today, while the past seven days also offered up new music from Josh Groban and David Archuleta, an act of goodwill from Lady Gaga, some praise for Whitney Houston and a romantic new video from Bruno Mars. See how our readers reacted to all these pop exploits below!

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Susan Boyle’s Cover Of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”: Listen To It Now

Earlier today we wrote about the alleged smackdown Lou Reed gave Susan Boyle with regards to her planned performance of his song “Perfect Day” on yesterday’s episode of America’s Got Talent. And while the masses were denied hearing SuBo sing the 1972 ballad, we’ve got her recorded version of the song for your listening pleasure below.

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Lou Reed Puts An End To Susan Boyle’s “Perfect Day” On ‘America’s Got Talent’

Believe what you will with this one, but the Sun is reporting that chart topper Susan Boyle flew to Los Angeles to tape a performance of Lou Reed’s 1972 ballad “Perfect Day” (a song, mind you, often thought to refer to the onetime Velvet Underground singer’s heroin use) for America’s Got Talent yesterday. Alas, the UK paper says the multi-platinum diva was given a last-minute smackdown when Reed denied her covering his song, and said he “didn’t like” Boyle.

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This Weekend In Arizona: Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, And Meditation

In the five years I lived within a mile of the Chandler (Ariz.) Arts Center, the most high-profile show at the venue involved either John Tesh or Mickey Rooney. And then I move, and four months later Lou Reed is performing there with Laurie Anderson. There are a few catches, though: The show is at 3 p.m. on a Sunday; it will feature an array of Chinese music; and there will be lessons on meditation.

Icons of rock and performance art, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, will perform solo then together for the Mind Meets Music benefit concert on Sunday, April 5, 2009, 3:00 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler (Phoenix), Ariz. Additional performers include the acclaimed violin and guitar duo Lyra, as well as Shangao Cai and the Phoenix Chinese Art Ensemble, which will perform authentic Chinese music. As additional fundraising options, fans have the chance to attend a private reception and dinner that will be attended Ms. Anderson, Mr. Reed, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche immediately following the concert.

Unique to this event will be the introduction Mingyur Rinpoche will present to the concert audience. The well known author of the best-selling book The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Meditation, will provide a brief overview on how anyone can use meditation with music to develop serenity, decrease stress, and increase awareness.

If I still lived within walking distance of the venue, I’d definitely be there on Sunday, but with the lowest ticket going for $48 (before Ticketmaster charges) and an hour and half drive each way, I think I’ll pass. Unless the part of me that believes that it might worth it to hear the jam session at the end of the show takes over, that is.

Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson Concert [Craigslist]
Mind Meets Music with Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed [AZ Central]

“Spin” Tries To Expand On MGMT

Once again, we present Rock-Critically Correct, a feature in which the most recent issues of Rolling Stone, Blender, Vibe, and Spin are given a once-over by a writer who’s contributed to many of those magazines, as well as a few others! In this installment, he looks at the new issue of Spin:



When making a point regarding the blogospheric prominence of a band of recent vintage, it is customary to cite the number of “hits” said band has on Technorati or Google.

Having done so w/r/t the band MGMT in the previous paragraph, Your Correspondent will note that, while accompanying his gal on a shopping jaunt this past weekend, he heard a few of the band’s songs played in a Manhattan Marc Jacobs store and five minutes later in a Juicy Couture shop across the street. Throughout the late summer and early fall, YC heard tunes from Oracular Spectacular in virtually every boutique in Manhattan where he read the paper while his beloved tried on shoes.

Based on such anecdotal data, it would seem that Spin‘s braintrust chose the cover subjects for the mag’s November issue judiciously. MGMT’s music is described therein as “psych-pop” or “psychedelic,” which is balderdash: YC more or less hears wistful, percolating tunes largely made with vintage synthesizers, a genre that has been semi-popular with Spin’s readership ever since the release of Air’s Moon Safari and as such has no connection to “psychedelic” music whatsoever.

But it could just as easily be that many readers have heard and enjoy MGMT’s songs, but have no sense of who the act is and wouldn’t particularly care to learn. What then, Spin powers-that-be?

For the very, very little it’s worth, YC likes Oracular Spectacular better than he likes the current music of the last six months’ worth of Spin cover subjects. He also knew absolutely nothing about MGMT previously, and from the evidence of “Head Games,” by Spin contributor Victoria DeSilverio (with whom YC worked for a very short time at Blender), them boys ain’t that interesting. Met at Wesleyan; started duo as lark; never expected to be taken seriously; were taken seriously by two NYU students and a Columbia A&R rep; championed by lots of young folks; have pretty hair; travel the world; get lots of pussy (presumably).

Elsewhere, assistant editor David Marchese receives the dubious honor of attempting a civil conversation with notoriously rude rock and roll legend Lou Reed, who’s promoting a new live recording of his initially misunderstood 1973 album Berlin. YC, who counts the early ‘80s Reed/Fernando Saunders/Robert Quine/Fred Maher quartet as one of his favorite bands of all time, will scream if he reads Reed intoning “I wanted to do what Hubert Selby did, but with guitars,” and then proceeding to belittle an interviewer for asking questions that displease him one more time. Y’all should read it just to witness how utterly contemptuous he is towards Marchese’s reasonable queries, and how candidly Spin presents the conversation.

What was most interesting in the issue to YC was “A Tale of Day-Glo Body Suits, Dogs Chewing Gum, and Surf Music on Dust: Black Rock (An Oral History),” in which frequent Spin contributor David Browne presents an oral history of the Black Rock Coalition, a New York-based confederation premised on promoting African-American rock and roll musicians that included Living Colour and 24/7 Spyz, as well as fellow travelers like Fishbone.

Once signed, these acts were not only pitched to “the one black kid at the Van Halen/Circle Jerks show,” but to white kids who could not understand Public Enemy and were eager to support black artists who, y’know, play “real music, like Hendrix, maaann.”

YC should say that he and his teenage knucklehead pals were knocked off their asses by Bad Brains’ I Against I in 1986, that he bought Vivid the day it was released in 1988 and was one of 25 people to see the band open for the very shitty English band The Godfathers in Louisville that year, and that he saw 24/7 Spyz five times in the early ‘90s. But in hindsight, it seems like Living Colour made one world-class hard-rock single, but otherwise produced very ponderous, overstuffed, didactic, and ill-conceived music. Yet any white kid with an interest in rock music was almost obliged to support the band, lest he or she embody the narrow-minded dirtbag hard rock fans were believed to be.

Browne’s piece is nonetheless enlightening. To wit:

• Spyz guitarist Jimi Hazel and Fishbone singer Angelo Moore express frustration not only with major labels leery of investing on black rock bands, but with the expectations of black audiences at the time. Moore: “When black people hear music that’s past a certain tempo, they have to think too much to dance to it, so they don’t try.” Not only does the mind boggle at the prospect of a white musician trying to make this point, but these words are illustrative of how often many musicians are alienated from their immediate peer group.

• Spyz bassist Rick Skatore: “if you played instruments, they’d say ‘Are you into Prince?’ I would say, ‘That’s not the kind of stuff I’m feeling.’” How odd that in the ‘80s, Prince could be looked at as a pop artist, and not universally acknowledged as both the most Ellingtonian figure of the last 30 years and a consummate rock and roller.

• BRC executive director Earl Douglas: “When we tried to book bands at black clubs uptown, there was flat-out resistance…the biggest battle was that our audience didn’t drink… someone said ‘you don’t understand—the bar is where the club owners make their money.’ I thought, ‘We need some alcoholics in this organization.” YB is reminded of a Bowery Ballroom bartender who once told him that one of the Johns of They Might Be Giants walked up to him after a show, handed him $50, and said, “Sorry our fans are so fuckin’ lame.”

• Douglas again: “Alternative music came in, and suddenly Living Colour was thrown into that old guard. The mainstream thought of them as an ‘80s metal band…” Perhaps the band shouldn’t have tried to be a high-minded glam metal band populated by slumming fusion cats, and focused more on the Homestead/SST/AmRep paradigm guitarist Vernon Reid certainly was aware of.

• Browne also makes the point that the BRC paved the way for younger bands with African-American members like TV on the Radio and Dragons of Zynth to be a justly unremarkable part of modern popular music.

It also bears reminding that the most influential African-American rock and roll band of the last 30 years had no formal connection to the BRC, although the group is mentioned briefly in Browne’s piece. That would be the greatest hardcore punk band in the history of the world and one of the best American bands ever, full stop. This group did not try to make a point about how black rock bands should get their due. It was all show and no tell for Bad Brains.

AP080313017701.jpg“Lou Reed’s New York Shuffle,” a new weekly music program, will debut on Sirius Satellite Radio this Sunday. Episodes are hosted newlywed Lou Reed and the king of classy covers albums, Hal Willner. “For years, I’ve always been a fan of eclectic radio, such as FM radio in the past when you could hear stations play widely divergent music, ranging from rock to country to jazz to opera,” says Reed. “We will try to bring Sirius’ listeners audio from all parts of the world that covers the whole musical spectrum”…covered by art-house faves at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. [Reuters]