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December 7, 2003
Rockin' On Music Magazine

Two recent Japanese magazines have Lou Reed features:

Rockin' On - November 2003
includes 8-page article part of a 70s special.

Music Magazine - November 2003
4-page article.

[Special thanks to Shiroh Kouchi - Lou Reed Guitar Archive]

Rockin' On & Music Magazine
December 3, 2003
Things/Things X

John Cale
CD single EMI CDEM629, E.U., 2003

John Cale has now in the racks, a 2-track CD with Things and Things X from his recent album HoboSapiens.


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November 25, 2003
Le Bataclan '72

Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico
Le Bataclan '72
Alchemy Entertainment Ltd PILOT193
Limited Numbered Edition

The disc comes in a 3-folder digipack with a 16-page booklet which offers liner notes by Nina Antonia and photos.

This first and long-time awaited official edition is not an upgrade for sound quality but it includes the encore All Tomorrow's Parties which was missing on the various bootleg releases (I wouldn't swear that it's the soundboard version however). On the other hand, there is no speed correction and the whole recording is too slow (6%)as compared with the French TV broadcast. Also there is a mastering glitch at 2:29 in Heroin which is not on the bootlegs.

  1. Waiting For The Man
  2. Berlin
  3. Black Angels Death Song
  4. Wild Child
  5. Heroin
  6. Ghost Story
  7. The Biggest, Loudest, Hairiest Group Of All
  8. Empty Bottles
  9. Femme Fatale
  10. No One Is There
  11. Frozen Warnings
  12. Janitor Of Lunacy
  13. I'll Be Your Mirror
  14. All Tomorrow's Parties (encore)
  15. Pale Blue Eyes
  16. Candy Says
Le Bataclan '72

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November 12, 2003
American Flyer

Collectors' Choice Music has just reissued both American Flyer albums featuring Doug Yule - the eponymous American Flyer (1976) and Spirit of a Woman (1977) - reunited onto one CD. Booklet includes repros of original cover artwork plus 2-page liner notes.

American Flyer
American Flyer & Spirit Of A woman
EMI Music Special Markets / Collectors' Choice Music CCM-414-2, USA

American Flyer
November 6, 2003
Velvet Underground wins innovation prize for Hyundai
Check this out: Velvet Underground wins innovation prize for Hyundai or Sticky song named top TV ad track.

[Source: Ben Le Foe & Janek Alexander]

October 23, 2003
From A to E and back again

Marc Baines has just put up on the web an interview he did with Moe Tucker back in 1989, originally published in Hairy Hi-fi no.3.

From A to E and back again

October 2, 2003
33 1/3

US book publisher Continuum will published the first series of books on classic albums, entitled 33 1/3, later this month. Each book will run to 128 pages and cost $9.95. The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground And Nico will follow later on February 15, 2004.

For more details visit

[Source: Record Collector No 290, October 2003]

33 1/3

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October 2, 2003
Cale the song

October issue of Record Collector magazine (No 290) features a 2-page short take about John Cale by Ian Shirley. The article is illustrated with 2 large photos.

"The Welsh legend is back with a vengeance."

Record Collector No 290
September 26, 2003
Cale tour updates

Confirmed venue for the London concert on Dec 15th is Shepherd's Bush Empire.

Extra UK date Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Dec 16th.

[Source: Gary Fox]

September 22, 2003
Warhol films at BAM

The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be showing some Andy Warhol films in October.

  • Monday, Oct. 6, 7:30 pm: Lonesome Cowboys
  • Friday, Oct. 10, 7:30 pm: Poor Little Rich Girl & Vinyl
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7:30 pm: Tarzan and Jane Regained...Sort Of (Q&A with Taylor Mead)
  • Thursday Oct. 16, 7:30 pm: Screen Test #2 & The Life of Juanita Castro (Q&A with Ultra Violet)
  • Friday, Oct. 17, 7:30 pm: The Velvet Underground and Nico & Hedy (intro by Danny Fields)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:30 pm: Mrs Warhol & Ari and Mario
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 pm: My Hustler
  • Thurs. Oct. 23, 7:30 pm: Since & Couch
  • Friday, Oct. 24, 7:30 pm: Kiss & Blow Job
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:00 pm: The Chelsea Girls

There are also programs of films by Paul Morrissey, films about Andy Warhol, and, on Saturday October 25th, two panel discussions about Warhol. For more information, a complete schedule, and for tickets, visit

[Source: Callie Angell]

September 19, 2003
John Cale tour dates
  • 1-Nov-03 Rotterdam Nighttown
  • 2-Nov-03 Luxembourg Kulturfabrik
  • 4-Nov-03 Amsterdam Paradiso
  • 5-Nov-03 Groningen Oosterpoort
  • 7-Nov-03 Alkmaar Atlantis
  • 8-Nov-03 Brugge Magdalenazaal
  • 10-Nov-03 Lorrach Burghof
  • 11-Nov-03 Darmstadt Central Station
  • 12-Nov-03 Heidelberg Karlstorbahnhof
  • 13-Nov-03 Schorndorf Manufaktur
  • 15-Nov-03 Fribourg Fri-Son
  • 17-Nov-03 Milan Alkatraz
  • 18-Nov-03 Turin Teatro Tenda Ponte Mosca
  • 19-Nov-03 Munich Muffathalle
  • 20-Nov-03 Vienna Szene Wien
  • 22-Nov-03 Prague Palace Acropolis
  • 23-Nov-03 Hamburg Fabrik
  • 25-Nov-03 Koln Kantine
  • 26-Nov-03 Bremen Schlachtof
  • 27-Nov-03 Krefeld Kulturfabrik
  • 29-Nov-03 Bielefeld Ringlokschuppen
  • 30-Nov-03 Berlin Huxley's Neue Welt
  • 2-Dec-03 Copenhagen Vega
  • 3-Dec-03 Aarhus Train
  • 4-Dec-03 Odense Rytmeposten
  • 6-Dec-03 Lund Stadshallen
  • 9-Dec-03 Brussels Ancienne Belgique
  • 10-Dec-03 Paris Elysee Montmartre
  • 12-Dec-03 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
  • 14-Dec-03 Warwick Arts Centre
  • 15-Dec-03 London TBC

[Source: Gary Fox]

September 19, 2003
Hobosapiens gets 4-star review

David Sheppard reviews John Cale's forthcoming album Hobosapiens in October issue (119) of MOJO UK magazine -read p. 105.

September 9, 2003
Official Bataclan?

It looks like an official CD release of the legendary Reed/Cale/Nico show at Bataclan in Paris on January 29, 1972 is on the way. According to SPIN CD's, a limited edition numbered digipak with 2 bonus tracks will be released soon. Check out SPIN CD's special feature for more details.

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September 8, 2003
BBC WOTS Special

There's a new section of the BBC website devoted to Lou Reed and Walk On The Wild Side. It's part of Sold On Song, a section which celebrates great songs and the craft of songwriting. On the Walk On The Wild Side pages you can read features, listen to audio of Lou Reed and others talking about the song. They also invite fans to tell their thoughts on the impact the song had on them.

Take a look!

[Source: Sue Keogh, BBC Radio 2 Interactive]

September 1, 2003
Le Roi de la Trompette

Utimate - Le roi de la trompette compiles the best of Vincent Malone - the French "king of the trumpet" - including the best ever cover version of Lou Reed's Walk On The Wild Side (recorded in the 90s and originally available on long-time-no-more-available Le roi de la trompette 1). Same album includes amazing cover version of Nirvana's Come As You Are, Beatles' Yesterday, and many more. Betternotmissitbaby!

Vincent Malone
Ultimate - Le roi de la trompette
2-CD digipack, Naïve U319001, April 8, 2003


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August 27, 2003
Berlin L'Echanteur

French magazine Les Inrockuptibles N° 404 (August 27 - September 2, 2003) features a 10-page article by JD Beauvallet - part of their Summer cult record series - devoted to Lou Beed's Berlin album.

"Trente ans précisément après sa sortie, Berlin maintient son titre de "disque le plus sombre de l'histoire du rock". Le chef-d'oeuvre symphonique et siphonné d'un songwriter au sommet de la cruauté et de la démesure. Dans un entretien exclusif, Lou Reed en parle aujourd'hui comme d'un disque "qui fume encore", qui le brûle toujours."

Les Inrockuptibles -

Berlin L'Echanteur
August 2, 2003

EMI release HoboSapiens, the new John Cale CD on October 6th in the UK. Partially inspired by the Beta Band's Hot Shots II. Cale's album was recorded in Chicago & New York with the mixing done in London and is co-produced by Cale with Nick Franglen (Lemon Jelly). It features the following tracks: Zen, Reading my mind, Things, Look horizon, Magritte, Archimedes, Caravan, Bicycle, Twilight zone, Letter from abroad, Things X and Over Her Head. Catalogue number EMI 5917 112. The CD features EMI's anti-piracy copyright protection system.

Cale will be touring Europe in October and November with a band to promote this new release.

[Source: Gary]

Hobo Sapiens promo copy
July 30, 2003
Croisière sur le vinlyle

France Inter Croisière sur le vinlyle radio show will focuse on The Velvet Underground & Nico album on Tuesday August 5 at 20:10.

July 7, 2003
In the pipeline

According to Record Collector magazine (July 2003, No 287), Warners should issue a 4-CD Lou Reed box set.

July 6, 2003
The String Quartet Tribute

The String Quartet Tribute To The Velvet Underground + Nico
Vitamin Records CD-8466, USA, July 1, 2003

"The String Quartet uplifts their classic songs of the urban underground into the realm of classical music. Performed by some of America's most talented string quartets, song such as Heroin and Sunday Morning are re-interpreted with viola, violin and cello and beautifully crafted to highlight the timeless nature of The Velvet Underground's compositions."

The String Quartet Tribute

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June 28, 2003
John Cale at Manchester University review

Read John Cale live at Manchester University review written by Dave Simpson in The Guardian.

June 22, 2003
John Cale set lists

Set list for John Cale first two concerts of European tour.

Dublin Vicar Street 20 June: Lament / Waiting for blonde / Do not go gentle / Verses / Endless plain of fortune / Venus in furs / Things / Fear / Paris 1919 / E is missing / Model Beirut recital / Gun / Pablo Picasso / Thoughtless kind / Cable Hogue / Hallelujah / Heartbreak hotel.

Milton Keynes Stables 21 June: Over her head / Lament / Waiting for blonde / Do not go gentle / Verses / Endless plain of fortune / Venus in furs / Set me free / Things / Fear / Paris1919 / E is missing / Model Beirut recital / Gun / Pablo Picasso / Heartbreak hotel / Thoughtless kind / Hallelujah.

[Source: Gary]

June 21, 2003
The Square: Stills from the Scene

A former manager of the old Boston Tea Party (now Avalon), poet, and unsuccessful candidate for Cambridge City Council, Steve Nelson was part of the Harvard Square milieu back in the late '60s and early '70s, when the Square served as a barracks for the counterculture. His photographs of the era -- most of which have never been exhibited -- capture not the large events of those times but instead smaller moments and passing details and characters: critic John Kreidl (publisher of the early rock-mag Vibrations); Modern Lover Jonathan Richman hanging at Cardell's cafeteria; Peter Wolf in all his Geils band glory; and students hawking the old Cambridge Phoenix (precursor to this publication). Nelson's "The Square: Stills from the Scene," opening today at Suffolk University's New England School of Art and Design, distills those people and places into an intimate portrait of a bygone era. It's up through July 18; that's at 75 Arlington Street in Boston. Call (617) 536-0383.

June 12, 2003
In the pipeline

According to Record Collector UK magazine (June 2003 issue, No 286, read p. 18), a 2-CD remastered and expanded version of The Velvet Underground's Live at Max's Kansas City is due to emerge from Rhino/Warners during July. This release is not yet confirmed on Rhino Records website.

Same page mentions the release of the third, eponymous Velvet Underground set. However Universal sources recently said (see news item below) that the release of a Deluxe 2CD edition of The Velvet Underground third album was on hold.

June 3, 2003
Sedition & Alchemy

New John Cale biography by Tim Mitchell to be published by Peter Owen Publishers has been slightly delayed, but will now be published this month.

Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale by Tim Mitchell

0 7206 1132 6
Paperback Original, illustrated, 216mm x 138mm, 256pp

[Source: Tom Perrin, Peter Owen Publishers]


Deluxe hardcover edition

The first five hundred copies ONLY of this hardback edition will contain an exclusive free CD individually signed and numbered by John Cale. Orders for this highly desirable and collectable limited edition will be recorded on a first come, first served basis. The CD includes Imitating Violin, an exclusive and previously unreleased Cale track, as well as additional unseen photographs of John Cale and extra multimedia features. Each book individually numbered. Each CD individually signed by John Cale.

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June 2, 2003
Ragazza Pop

Various Artists - Ragazza Pop
CD, S.H.A.D.O. Records RPOPCD001, Italy

S.H.A.D.O. Records presents Ragazza Pop, "the first female label around the world". This collection includes three tracks by Moe Tucker:

  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (4:20) - recorded in 1980, B-side of Moe's Around And Around 45RPM single, released in 1981 by Trash Records, here available for the first time on CD.
  • To Know Him Is To Love Him (2:40) - taken from Moe's 1997 GRL-GRP CDEP.
  • I Wanna (3:22) - previously unreleased track, recorded live at Reeltime, Savannah, Georgia.

Also not to be missed by the "fastest keypunch in the US" (according to Sterling Morrison) fans, another Moe Tucker CD, released a few months ago by Japanese label Captain Trip - recorded live during Terrastock Festival at The Showbox, in Seattle, November 5, 2000. Features: Moe Tucker - guitar, lead vocals, John Slugget - drums, Greg Beschers - lead guitar, vocals, John Abbay - bass, vocals, and Doug Yule joining in for vocals & piano on I'm Sticking With You and guitar on Crackin' Up.

Moe Rocks Terrastock
Captain Trip CTCD-400, Japan

  1. Spam Again (5:17)
  2. I Wanna (3:08)
  3. I'm Sticking With You (2:34)
  4. Crackin' Up (4:08)
  5. B.A.D. (6:28)
  6. Hey Mersh (2:48)
  7. Fired Up (3:07)
  8. Bo Diddley (9:23)
Ragazza Pop

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Moe Rocks Terrastock

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June 2, 2003
Angus MacLise - Astral Collapse

Angus MacLise - Astral Collapse
CD or LP, Quakebasket Qb-16, USA

  1. Smothered Under Astral Collapse (4:15)
  2. 6th Face of the Angel (17:08)
  3. Beelzebub (5:09)
  4. Cloud Watching (5:11)
  5. Dracula (7:11)
  6. Dawn Chorus (7:08)

A collection of Angus MacLise compositions, recorded in New York City. Glossy gatefold cardbord sleeve. Also released on 180g vinyl.

The Cloud Doctrine

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June 1, 2003
Record Collector's Magazine

Japanese Record Collector's Magazine Vol.22, No.6 issue has a 30-page Lou Reed special feature with interview, discography (orginal albums, compilations, singles, rare tracks)and videos.

[Special thanks to Shiroh Kouchi - Lou Reed Guitar Archive]

May 31, 2003
Lou Reed, John Cale and Andy Warhol in Monaco

Lou Reed will perform on July 11 in Monaco a fews days before the SuperWarhol exhibition (Grimaldi Forum, July 16-August 31, 2003). John Cale will also play later during the exhibition on July 24.

[Source: Libération no. 6857, May 31, 2003, p.34]

May 28, 2003
Angus MacLise - The Cloud Doctrine

Angus MacLise - The Cloud Doctrine
selected tapes by Angus MacLise
Sub Rosa SR182

159 minutes of minimal electronic music, readings, soundtracks from the archives of Angus MacLise 1963-1976 featuring Tony Conrad, John Cale, Piero Heliczer, Beverly Grand Conrad and Hetty MacLise.

Tracks 2-5 on disc 2 feature a proto-Velvet Underground line-up with Angus MacLise, John Cale and Tony Conrad, recorded in New York 1965.

Disc 1

  1. Tunnel Music #1 (2:51)
  2. Tunnel Music #2 (4:48)
  3. Tunnel Music #3 (3:05)
  4. The First Subtle Cabinet (26:04)
  5. Description Of A Mandala (9:49)
  6. Thunder Cut (32:28)

Disc 2

  1. Chumlum (4:21)
  2. Trance #1 (5:23)
  3. Trance #2 (4:03)
  4. Two Speed Trance (5:07)
  5. Four Speed Trance (3:18)
  6. Shortwave Radio (2:53)
  7. Electronic Mix For 'Expanded Cinema' (27:49)
  8. Organ & Drum (4:00)
  9. Universal Solar Calender (19:41)
  10. Tambura Drone + Sine Wave Generator (3:07)

The Cloud Doctrine

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May 26, 2003
John Cale - 5 tracks

Now available!

John Cale - 5 tracks
CDEP Capitol CDEM621

  1. Verses (And The Golden Rules)
  2. Waiting For Blonde
  3. Wilderness Approaching
  4. Chums Of Dumpty
  5. E Is Missing
5 tracks

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May 23, 2003
John Cale official website

John Cale now has an official website:

[Source: Gary]

May 18, 2003
Deluxe 3rd update

According to Bill Levenson at Universal Music, the release of a Deluxe 2CD edition of The Velvet Underground third album is on hold. The Badlands listing is a mistake.

May 18, 2003
King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

John Cale is playing Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on Monday 23rd June. Capacity is only a couple of hundred so it should sell out fast. Tickets can be ordered from:

[Source: Brian O'Sullivan]

May 16, 2003
Deluxe 3rd?

In the new MOJO magazine (#115, June 2003, with Led Zep on the cover), the advert for Badlands mail order (p. 152) mentions a Velvet Underground 3rd Album 2 CD deluxe. Badlands website also lists it in the forthcoming section with a July 28, 2003 release date.

[Source: Norman D. Garriock & Toby Jeffries]

May 13, 2003
Lou Reed on tour

Catch Lou Reed out on tour in support of his latest album, The Raven.

  • 5/14 Berlin GER: Schillertheater
  • 5/15 Stuttgart GER: Beethovensaal
  • 5/16 Munich GER: Herkulessaal
  • 5/17 Zurich SWI: Kongresshaus Zurich
  • 5/18 Milan ITA: Teatro Nuovo
  • 5/20 Bilboa SPA: Auditorio Euskalduna
  • 5/21 Salamanca SPA: Centro De Artes Escenias
  • 5/24 Amsterdam NET: Carre Theatre
  • 5/25 Antwerp BEL: Queen Elisabeth Hall
  • 5/26 Paris FRA: The Casino
  • 5/28 London ENG: Barbican Hall
  • 6/3 Upper Darby PA: Tower Theatre
  • 6/4 Vienna VA: Wolf Trap Filene Center
  • 6/7 Boston MA: Orpheum Theatre
  • 6/8 Gilford NH: Meadowbrook Farm
  • 6/10 New York NY: Town Hall Theatre
  • 6/11 New York NY: Town Hall Theatre
  • 6/13 Toronto ONT: Massey Hall
  • 6/15 Chicago IL: Navy Pier Skyline Stage
  • 6/19 Tempe AZ: Marquee Theatre
  • 6/21 San Francisco CA: Warfield Theatre
  • 6/22 San Francisco CA: Warfield Theatre
  • 6/24 Los Angeles CA: Wiltern Theatre
  • 6/26 Saratoga CA: Historic Mountain Winery
  • 6/28 Portland OR: Roseland Theatre
  • 6/29 Seattle WA: Moore Theatre


May 11, 2003
John Cale 12 inch

EMI are issuing a 12" single to coincide with the "5 Tracks" CD EP in May. The single contains E is Missing vocal and instrumental remixes by John Cale with The Bees. It also contains vocal and instrumental remixes of Chums of Dumpty by Cale with Dr Rockit.

Cale has announced two UK dates as part of his Euro tour.

  • Milton Keynes Wavendon Stables 21th June
  • Manchester University 26th June

More UK dates to follow.

[Source: Gary]

May 7, 2003
Moe Tucker interview

There's a new May 2003 Moe Tucker interview by Duke Big Hase at German site Rock Avenue - Melodic Rock Online - see

[Source: Heiko @ Rock Avenue]

May 6, 2003
Gordon Dano - Hitting The Ground

Gordon Dano - Hitting The Ground - the solo album by Violent Femmes singer - features many guests including PJ Harvey, Mary Lou Lord, Frank Black, plus John Cale and Lou Reed. John Cale sings and plays piano on Don't Pretend. Lou Reed sings and plays guitar on Catch 'Em In The Act.

Hitting The Ground

April 30, 2003
All Hail Cale

May issue (No 285) of Record Collector UK magazine features a John Cale news item with color photo, about forthcoming Sedition And Alchemy biography and new 5-track EP both released by the end of the month - see p. 10.

April 28, 2003
New York Underground

New York Underground
Paul Morrissey - La Trilogie
Flesh - Trash - Heat

Numbered collector edition 4 DVD, Carlotta Films 786710, France

4th disc is loaded with hours of bonuses including lots of Velvet Underground-related stuff:

  • Music Factory - documentary - The Velvet Underground by Paul Morrissey.
  • Scenes From The Life Of Andy Warhol - film by Jonas Mekas including filming of The Velvet Underground performance at the Psychiatrits' Convention and music soundtrack by The Velvet Underground recorded live at The Dom, Spring 1966.
  • Exploding Plastic Inevitable - film by Ronald Nameth - complete version and interview with Ronald Nameth.
NY Underground
April 28, 2003
More about John Cale EP

The forthcoming UK Cale EP will feature the following tracks: Verses (and the golden rule), Waiting for blonde, Wilderness Approaching, Chums of Dumpty & E is missing.

There will be a vinyl version featuring different mixes to the CD version.

[Source: Gary]

April 28, 2003
Moe Tucker on Resonance

Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground is You Are Hear's guest today on You Are Hear for a live phone interview - with Magz Hall on Resonance 104.4 FM from 5pm- 6:30pm GMT today. for live webstream

[Source: Magz Hall]

April 25, 2003
Pre-order Lou Reed tickets

Lou Reed is heading out on tour in support of The Raven, and you can purchase pre-sale tickets for some of the dates.

Just go to and enter the following information:
username name: lou
password: tickets

  • Jun 4 2003: Wolf Trap Filene Center - Vienna, VA
  • Jun 6 2003: Calvin Theatre - Northampton, MA
  • Jun 17 2003: Boulder Theater - Boulder, CO
  • Jun 19 2003: Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
  • Jun 28 2003: Roseland Theater and Grill - Portland, OR
  • Jun 29 2003: Moore Theatre - Seattle, WA

Keep checking back for additional onsales.

And don't miss Lou as he performs Who Am I tonight on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC. The show starts at 11:35pm - check your local listings for details.


April 24, 2003
Nico's first 45 reissued

I'm Not Sayin' b/w The Last Mile
7inch Munster Records ref. 7173

Nico's first 45 - originally released by Immediate Records (IM 003) on August 19, 1965 - has been reissued by Munster Record with new picture sleeve and liner notes by Ignacio Julia.

Munster 7173
April 19, 2003
New John Cale single

The new John Cale single will be released by EMI Capitol on 26th May 2003. Containing five tracks the catalogue number is CDEM 621. Tracks are likely to include Verses and the Golden rule and the 9/11 inspired Waiting for blonde.

[Source: Gary]

April 15, 2003
New Cale date

New date for the upcoming John Cale European tour: July 10, Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands

All dates so far:

[Source: Hans Werksman]

April 10, 2003
The Very Best Of The Velvet Underground

New CD compilation now available in Europe:

The Very Best Of The Velvet Underground
Universal Polydor 065 625-2

Check out CD compilation page for full details

The Very Best Of...
April 7, 2003
Raven Winamp skin

The Lou Reed Winamp Skinned Player we did for the Raven - check it out and download it.

[Source: Scott Richman, AOL Music - Marketing]

March 28, 2003
After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed

The U.S.-based indie label Wampus Multimedia has just released After Hours: a Tribute to the Music of Lou Reed, a definitive retrospective of Lou's amazing career. Check it out at:

[Source: Mark Doyon, Wampus Multimedia]

March 28, 2003
Sedition & Alchemy update
Peter Owen plans simultaneously to release a 500-copy edition hardcover of Sedition and Alchemy. This will include a free CD contributed and signed by John Cale containing an exclusive, previously unheard and commercially unavailable song entitled ŒImitating Violin¹. The ISBN for the hardcover is 0 7206 1207 1, and it will retail at £25.

[Source: Tom Perrin, Peter Owen Publishers]

March 17, 2003
Lou Reed in Brighton

Lou Reed. A unique and intimate evening of music and poetry - Brighton Festival, Wednesday 07 May 2003.

[Source: Simon Murphy]

March 14, 2003
VU on cover of East Village Map
The East Village map

A drawing of the Velvet Underground is featured on the cover of our popular pictorial map of the East Village. You can check it out at:

[Source: Marc at Ephemera Press]

March 11, 2003
John Cale Band European tour
  • 20.06 Dublin
  • 28.06 Glastonbury Festival Glastonbury
  • 30.06 Kultursommer Oldenburg
  • 01.07 Zelt-Festival oder Frankfurter Hof Mainz
  • 02.07 Brussels
  • 04.07 Kesselhaus Skif-Festival Berlin
  • 19.07 Kulturarena Jena
  • 25.07 Zurich

[Source: Hans Werksman & Gary]

March 9, 2003
The Night of the Raven

Lou Reed will play the Raven, & other songs never before heard, in Manchester May 9th.

[Source: Kevin Chippendale]

March 4, 2003
Sedition & Alchemy

Peter Owen Publishers are about to publish a new biography of John Cale, entitled Sedition & Alchemy. The book is written by Tim Mitchell, and will appear in May this year.

Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale by Tim Mitchell

0 7206 1132 6
Paperback Original
216mm x 138mm
April 2003

Written with the full cooperation of John Cale and incorporating exclusive interviews with important figures from all phases of the musician's 35-year career, this new biography explores the man who has successfully transcended the boundaries between classical and popular music. Cale's music from the Velvet Underground onwards has been a series of passionate assaults on accepted musical forms, and his processes of deconstruction and reconstruction are illustrated by detailed accounts of his albums, live shows and relationships with other artists such as La Monte Young, Brian Eno and Lou Reed. Exhaustively researched, Sedition and Alchemy also contains the first full discography of John Cale's work to date.

Tim Mitchell is the author of There's Something About Jonathan: Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers (also published by Peter Owen), described by Record Collector as the best book you can imagine anyone writing about Jonathan Richman.

[Source: Tom Perrin, Peter Owen Publishers]

February 15, 2003
Lou Reed assembles career retrospective



Lou Reed spent much of January 2003 in a NYC studio, assembling the 31 track, 2-cd, career-spanning retrospective album 'NYC Man-The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection,' set for release May 6 by BMG Heritage.

Reed was intimately involved -- the quintessential New Yorker selected, sequenced and oversaw the remastering of 'NYC Man,' choosing from over 150 source tapes (masters, multi-tracks, reference copies), making this by far the highest quality sounding collection of his work. Reed sequenced 'NYC Man' not chronologically, but sonically, organizing and juxtaposing the songs by how they sound next to each other. In fact, ‘NYC Man’ begins with "Who Am I," in an unreleased alternate take version from Reed’s new album 'The Raven,' and ends with Reed's 1969 Velvet Underground recording of "Pale Blue Eyes."

Disc 1
1. Who Am I (unreleased alternate from The Raven)
2. Sweet Jane (Loaded)
3. Rock 'N' Roll (Loaded)
4. I'm Waiting For The Man (The Velvet Underground & Nico)
5. White Light/White Heat (Rock N Roll Animal)
6. Street Hassle (Street Hassle)
7. Berlin (Berlin)
8. Caroline Says (Berlin)
9. The Kids (Berlin)
10. Walk On The Wild Side (Transformer)
11. Kill Your Sons (Live In Italy)
12. Vicious (Transformer)
13. The Blue Mask (The Blue Mask)
14. I'll Be Your Mirror (Perfect Night: Live in London)
15. Magic and Loss (Magic and Loss)
16. Ecstasy (Ecstasy)

Disc 2
1. I Wanna Be Black (Take No Prisoners)
2. Temporary Thing (Rock And Roll Heart)
3. Shooting Star (Street Hassle)
4. Legendary Hearts (Legendary Hearts)
5. Heroin (Live In Italy)
6. Coney Island Baby (Coney Island Baby)
7. The Last Shot (Legendary Hearts)
8. The Bells (The Bells)
9. Perfect Day (Transformer)
10. Sally Can't Dance (Sally Can't Dance)
11. Satellite Of Love (Transformer)
12. NYC Man (Set The Twilight Reeling)
13. Dirty Blvd. (New York)
14. Rock Minuet (Ecstasy)
15. Pale Blue Eyes (The Velvet Underground)

February 10, 2003
John Cale signs with EMI Records

EMI UK statement (internal circular)
John Cale signs with EMI Records

John Cale, co-founder of the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed and one of the most innovative and eclectic musicians of the last 30 years, has signed with EMI Records in the UK. As well as his solo material and work with the Velvet Underground (Cale wrote most of the music while Reed was responsible for the lyrics), Cale has also recorded with and produced such influential artists as Patti Smith, the Stooges, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Brian Eno and Sham 69. "There are interesting times ahead," says Cale. "Stay tuned."

February 4, 2003
Give 'em enough nope

The Wire issue 228, February 2003 features a 8-page Lou Reed article by Alan Licht, with color photos by Chris Buck.

"The dark heart of Edgar Allan Poe has inspired The Raven, the most sprawling work by Lou Reed since 1975's Metal Machine Music. In his hometown New York, the great naysayer explains how his 38 year career has been "one long idea" about offsetting balances and fighting compression and complacency."

The Wire issue 228
February 3, 2003
Reed & Saunders in Antwerp

Lou Reed will perform with Fernando Saunders, following the release of The Raven, on Sunday 25 May they play at the Elisabethzaal in Antwerp.

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[Source: Bert Timmermans]

January 30, 2003
Limited Edition VU poster now available! is excited to offer the first-ever and only official reprint of the famous poster promoting The Velvet Underground's gig in the summer of 1970 at Max's, their first appearance in New York City in three years. It was designed to resemble a subway car ad by Steve Nelson, a friend of the band from his days as manager of The Boston Tea Party and owner of The Woodrose Ballroom, where combined The Velvets played more often during those three years than in any other venue. Steve is working with us to produce this authorized version of the poster, and will sign it if you desire.

The original poster was printed in a run of just 1,000 and is highly prized by collectors, selling for well over $1000 when it rarely becomes available. This full-sized reprint is 11" high by almost 29" long. The print run will be limited to 500. Including shipping and handling, it is available now for just $50, or for $75 signed by Steve. Order yours today!

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VU poster

January 18, 2003
Reed @ AOL

On Monday, January 20, 2003 America Online will unveil the worldwide exclusive of Lou Reed's new song, Who AM I? (Tripitena's Song) through AOL Keyword: First Listen. Beginning January 27, Lou's entire The Raven album can be heard through AOL's Listening Party (AOL KW: Listening Party). To further add excitement for Lou's latest recording, AOL produced a private in-studio performance of Lou, which will be available exclusively on February 4 at AOL Keyword: Sessions. On Sessions@ AOL, Reed performs 3 songs from The Raven as well as hits including "Perfect Day" and "Sweet Jane". Lastly, AOL Music has launched the Lou Reed Celebrity DJ radio station, which represents Reed's personally chosen list of 100 favorite songs from artists such as Al Green, Dion, Martha and the Vandellas, Laurie Anderson, Jimi Hendrix and more. For information, goto AOL Keyword: Lou Reed,

Starting January 28, 2003 - to cooincide with the release of The Raven - you can check out Lou Reed's redesigned website @

[Source: Scott Richman, AOL Music]

January 17, 2003
Cale Euro tour

Arrangements for John Cale's European tour in June and July are underway. Cale will almost certainly be touring with a band, for the first time since early 1997.

[Source: Gary]

January 8, 2003
More Cale news

An authorized biography of John Cale by rock author and long time Cale fan Tim Mitchell titled Sedition & Alchemy will be issed this year to coincide with Cale's Euro tour and forthcoming CD.

[Source: Gary]

January 8, 2003
John Cale record deal

John Cale has signed to EMI records who will release his new CD in Autumn 2003. Already recorded is the September 11 inspired viola-blast Waiting For Blonde (premiered in London last July, when Cale headlined the rhythmsticks festival). Preceeding that release will be an EP in the Spring.

Cale will be touring Europe this summer to promote his new work.

[Source: Gary]


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