Posts Tagged ‘Lou Reed’

DAVID FITZPATRICK GREETS US WITH A WHIRLWIND THAT IS PARACHUTES IN HURRICANES

August 10, 2018

David Fitzpatrick puts his name on the line for Parachutes And Hurricanes. Photo courtesy the internet

I love Gary Tanin. I really do. He’s been a fan of this blog way back before it was this blog. The history between us goes back to when I was writing for Princeton Record Exchange. I don’t recall what review I wrote that garnered his attention there, but he came along when I decided to blow off the other two stores I was writing for and forge out on my own.

For that I will always be grateful. But I fear this is where all good things must end.

All throughout this blog’s history, I have made every effort to look for the unusual, the out-of-the-way, off-the-beaten path stuff. Having first been born and raised in the NJ/NY area, I was influenced by that fringe that was all around then. Free radios in cars blasted new and unusual stuff with the birth of FM radio. WPLJ, so on etc. So while I was getting the fresh info and news and new music, my family was imploding and my mother had to take me away from all that culture…

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LAURIE ANDERSON WEAVES TALES OF THE CANINE AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE WITH HER AWARD WINNING SOUNDTRACK “HEART OF A DOG”.

May 12, 2018

The album of the film about life, death and philosophy. An easy day
for Laurie Anderson. Photo courtesy of Nonesuch Records

Laurie Anderson has been around a while. Pioneering Avant Garde music and video with tracks like ‘Sharkey’s Day’ and her breakthrough underground hit ‘O Superman’, Anderson found a way to breakthrough to the mainstream while not shedding her true vision about what kind of artist she would become. She further sought to assume and maintain her place in the outer reaches of the pop culture by becoming more prolific with her vocals and vocal melodies. Her album Strange Angels was proof of that.

But you know me, I want the weird stuff. My favorite albums to date are the four disc, audio version of her live show United States Parts 1-4, and even her later work Homeland, which was reviewed in my column previously, that I likened to US Part 5, if you will.

But this album is a special one. Special in that it accompanied a movie, Heart Of A Dog which was about her dog Lolabelle (the sweetest rat terrier I had ever had the pleasure to meet!), and losing Lolabelle, and coming to grips with that tragedy.

Tragedy would not wander too far from Anderson as shortly thereafter, the love of her life (in human form), Lou Reed, left us suddenly. Toss in the death of her mother, and nothing else seems to have any point at that stage.

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THE MASS EXODUS I HAD FEARED SINCE CHILDHOOD IS HERE NOW!

April 4, 2016

Sorry folks, no photos of album covers or artists performing live in this blog. In fact, we are embracing the here and now, with a morose eye towards the future. I never thought I would be posting something like this, but in the light of recent events (read: the massive amount of influential musicians who are passing away at a pace none of us can keep up with), I really had no choice. This was a necessity above and beyond my ordinary macabre nature.

For me, I think it started with the death of Alan Myers, the original drummer for Devo. It was a severe blow when a short time later, his bandmate and co-founder of Devo, Robert Casale also (and most definitely unexpectedly) passed away.

Then the onslaught began.

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OTTO AND THE EVEVATORS LIFT US UP AFTER THE DEATH OF AN ART-ROCK-PUNK PIONEER

December 15, 2013
Today's version of Otto and the Elevators has a unique feature; a compact disc in a sleeve on the cover.  For those of us without turntables.  It sits as an add-on to the shrink wrap, so you don't have to open up the package with the valuable cargo inside.  Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

Today’s version of Otto and the Elevators has a unique feature; a compact disc in a sleeve on the cover. For those of us without turntables. It sits as an add-on to the shrink wrap, so you don’t have to open up the package with the valuable cargo inside. Photo courtesy Gary Tanin

It has been a long time since this blog has been active.  We took some time off after the passing of grunge god Lou Reed.  We were given time to pause to think about our allotment on this mortal coil.  Life is too short.  Life is too short to dwell on things that affect us negatively.  Things that present themselves or force themselves on us.  Things that, plain old speaking, we just don’t want to deal with.

For me, that was the new Nine Inch Nails album, Hesitation Marks.

I had begun the review when Reed passed.  My thoughts were not about what Reznor had done on this new album, or how it was more or less a rehash of what he had done before he shuttered Nine Inch Nails around 2009.  I was even slated to see Nine Inch Nails, but most of the parties involved were pretty much ambivalent about the event, so we chose to bypass it.  From what we heard about the show afterward, it was mostly material we had seen live with a FEW new songs inserted into a tired, and over-used set list.

I now regret not catching a Reed show.  It must have been something to see this stalwart musician ply his art onstage.  I had seen his widow, Laurie Anderson a number of times, including the shows Anderson played in New York City nine days after 9/11 at the Town Hall (which yielded a phenomenal double CD live disc).  Her shows were always entertaining, amusing and sometimes haunting.

So when faced with the arduous task of trying to analyze Reznor’s Nine Inch Noise album, it just seemed futile and defeatist.   My heart wasn’t in it.

With Reed (and a few days later, his mother) now passed, and Anderson grieving the loss of Reed, Reed’s mother and her dog Lolabelle, Anderson is gearing up her tour/performance schedule.  It would be grand to see her again, and hopefully get the opportunity to tell her how much she means to us, and how much her late husband meant to all us musicians and music fans.

Before it’s too late.

In the spirit of not being too late, let’s make sure we cover a different act out of the Milwaukee Wisconsin area.  Led by long time BouleBlog associate Gary Tanin, Otto and the Elevators is an album that was recorded in 1973, released in 1975.  The release in 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the recording.  Not sure how the 40th anniversary of the release will be handled…

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HE HAS FLOWN, ART-ROCK PIONEER LOU REED DEAD AT AGE 71

October 27, 2013
A blurry photo and the distinct memory of meeting an icon.  Lou Reed, dead at 71.  Photo by Lynn Vala

A blurry photo and the distinct memory of meeting an icon. Lou Reed, dead at 71. Photo by Lynn Vala

Today the art world saw the loss of a silent leader.  One who spoke through his lyrics, his songs, and his actions.

There are tons of obituaries out there.  You can get your history from those sites.  My blog is about personal experience.  Yes, I briefly met Lou Reed backstage after a Laurie Anderson show in Philadelphia to support her Homeland CD.

I had more to say to bassist Bill Laswell and support keyboardist/accordionist Rob Burger than to Reed.  He was confused by my function title (syndicated blogger) yet affable enough.

I was no about to disgrace my new one degree of separation from Andy Warhol by telling him his plans to record with Metallica are short sighted in terms of his career arc.

So if I am not going to regurgitate facts about Reed, why this ‘tribute’?  I want to make sure no one forgets about the woman he leaves behind, Anderson.

Time after time, my Facebook feed is filled with pictures and video of Anderson and Reed, joined at the hip with huge smiles on their faces (as huge as Reed’s could get, Anderson’s would outshine his at her simple joy of being near him).

If I have to be honest, I am not much of a Reed fan, nor a huge fan of the Velvet Underground.  I grew up hearing “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Sweet Jane”.  They were played over ad nauseum on FM radio as innovative, ground breaking.  That was worthwhile for a few weeks, but as they became classic, they lost that sense of “new” and “explorative” and became fodder right next to the Frankie Valleys and the Fifth Dimension drivel flooding the airwaves.

My intrigue came after meeting Anderson after a Happiness show in Philadelphia.  It was there I met Lolabelle, Anderson’s canine companion.  To Anderson’s dismay, she lost her four-legged friend a few months ago.  She turned her grief into a three part show called Dirtday.  Do we dare wonder what art Anderson might be capable of with this latest tragedy in her life?

Anderson on stage performing her album "Homeland" which was co-produced, arranged and contributed to by her late husband Lou Reed.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Anderson on stage performing her album “Homeland” which was co-produced, arranged and contributed to by her late husband Lou Reed. Photo by Lynn Vala

This latest artistic effort would be painstaking for Anderson as her release, Homeland, had major influence from Reed.  Anderson was perplexed by the mountainous collection of song snippets she had amassed.  Reed jumped into the project and helped Anderson organize her thoughts and sound files and made them cohesive, and contributed a solo that would make long-time Anderson associate Adrian Belew say ‘way to go!’.

There will be countless paragraphs about the achievements left behind by Reed.  The point I want to make is, please keep Laurie in your thoughts.  She lost Lolabelle and now the love of her life.

If you follow Reed or Anderson on any social media, now is the day to step forward and let her know, she is not alone.

LAURIE ANDERSON SPENDS ANOTHER DAY IN AMERICA AT WORLD CAFÉ LIVE

June 7, 2013
Laurie Anderson brings her new album Homeland (or as Anderson purists will state, United States Part  5) to World Cafe Live.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Laurie Anderson brings her new album Homeland (or as Anderson purists will state, United States Part 5) to World Cafe Live. Photo by Lynn Vala

AUTHOR’S NOTE: To show our support for Lou Reed and his recent health issues, we are going to rerun this coverage of Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson’s performance of the tour for her most recent full length release Homeland as performed live at World Cafe Live.  Check all the way at the bottom, a blurry surprise for all!  Enjoy.

If you attended or read about the Adrian Belew Painting With Guitar show at the World Café Live July 1st, you saw or read about posters for the Laurie Anderson Another Day In America show.  This show was only advertised at the Belew concert, World Café Live was banking on the fact that they could draw from Belew’s audience  to help fill the room for Anderson.  Belew had worked with Anderson on some projects so the logic was sound.

Anderson didn’t need the help.

They even set the seating up to accommodate a more attentive, mature and dare I say it, refined crowd.  There was less open space, three rows of seats, a couple of rows of tables, and then the remaining usual seating around the bar and in the upper mezzanine.  I managed to get some front row seats and a photo pass for this show, so get ready, with my trusty photographer and my abysmal narrative, I will take you through…

Another Day In America.

Gonna be a killer show.

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