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July 22, 2004
You Ask The Questions: Lou Reed

"How did music as radical as the Velvet Underground's end up being used to sell car tyres? And have you reaped what you sowed?"

[Source: Toby]

July 6, 2004
Velvets Revisit 'Max's Kansas City'

Velvets Revisit 'Max's Kansas City' edited By Jonathan Cohen on

[Source: Rob]

June 27, 2004
Got milk?
got milk?
June 20, 2004
The Velvet Underground & Nico MONO VERSION

The most recent 'banana' reissue is MONO VERSION:

The Velvet Underground & Nico
Verve V-5008

Finally The Original
* Limited Edition Classic LP
* High-Definition Premium Virgin Vinyl Pressing For Super Fidelity
* The Nicest Thing You Can Do For Your Stylus And Your Ears

May 30, 2004
'Nico' Biopic Heading To Big Screen

'Nico' Biopic Heading To Big Screen on Billboard Daily Music News.

[Source: S. Le]

May 28, 2004

The German music magazine eclipsed (No. 64/65) has just published a complete Velvet Underground biography.

Smack is beautiful

Genau 40 Jahre ist es her, dass sich die beiden Rock-Exzentriker John Cale und Lou Reed über den Weg liefen. Eine Begegnung mit weit reichenden Folgen. Zwar nahm die breite Öffentlichkeit in den gut fünf Jahren des Bestehens von The Velvet Underground kaum Notiz von dem radikalen künstlerischen Konzept. Doch mittlerweile ist ihr Rang als größte Alternative-Rockband aller Zeiten unbestritten. Steven Thomsen zeichnet den Weg der einflussreichen Pioniere in einem zweiteiligen Special nach."

"Exactly 40 years ago rock-excentrists John Cale and Lou Reed paths crossed. An encounter with far-reaching consequences. Admittedly general public almost didn't take notice of the radical artistic concept during the five years of Velvet Underground's existence. But in the meantime their status as the greatest alternative rockband of all times is undisputed. Steven Thomson follows the influential pioneer's way in a two-piece special."
[thanks to Thomas Östreicher for translation]

[Source: Sven Knurr]

eclipsed 64/65
May 3, 2004
Sturgis Nikides' Man of Steel

Former John Cale guitarist Sturgis Nikides has a new CD titled "MAN OF STEEL" available on Rezonate Records. Early copies can be purchased on his website Sturgis was largely responsable for Cale's popularity live during the early 1980's in the US.

The MAN OF STEEL press release reads as follows:

"Sturgis Nikides' "Man of Steel" is a CD with a hauntingly beautiful sound that breaks the genre barrier. Blues maybe, raw country certainly, whilst others shout rock and roll. Nikides has had an impressive career as both a guitarist and producer. He began playing guitar in 1965, inspired by seeing The Beatles at Shea Stadium, making his professional debut in 1969. By the mid 70's he was a leading guitarists in NYC's burgeoning underground punk rock explosion, playing sold out shows at Max's Kansas City as lead guitarist in the influential Neon Leon Band, whilst backing Nico at the Squat Theater. He made his vinyl debut on John Cale's 7" single "Ready for War" in 1980. He joined Cales touring band, and was invited to the Mike Thorne produced "Honi Soit" sessions, the last of Cale's rock'n'roll era. Against a furious churning sound Cale's vocals tackled splintered ballads and paranoid blow-outs, the highlight of which had Cale screaming his lungs out on "Wilson Joliet". "Honi Soit" was released on A&M in March 1981. Sturgis right behind a manic Cale on the subsequent US and European tours. Continuous recording and touring followed in the ensuing years, Sturgis sharing the stage with Chris Spedding, Sterling Morrison from The Velvet Underground and Kevin Ayers, amongst many others. Relocating to Florida in 1989 and following the split of his critically acclaimed band Voidville, Nikides changed direction, concentrating on production, in studios from New York City to Miami, whilst also composing instrumental music for film and TV. Having developed an interest in computers, hi tech audio hardware and software, he was keen in the pursuit of putting these applications to work in the recording studio. Ultimately deciding it was time to utilize his experience, the result is his solo debut on Rezonate Records, "Man of Steel" distributed in Europe by EyeSpy. The CD features Nikides as lead vocalist for the first time, his voice reminiscent of a troubled JJ Cale, suiting the lyrical themes of melancholy and escape. There is a 'slow-burn' feel to many of the tracks particularly "Turn Into Stone" and "Lower The Boom". "Dusted" has the unmistakable stamp of high lonesome blues. The songs thread together, creating a soundscape reminiscent of a walking tour of a ghost town, with the resonance of steel guitar the narrative voice."

[Source: Gary]

April 3, 2004
I'm Waiting For The Max (2)

According to a source close to Rhino Records, the release of the Deluxe edition of The Velvet Underground Live at Max's Kansas City has been bumped to August 3rd.

March 27, 2004
Fragments of a Rainy Season DVD

Now available:

John Cale - Fragments of a Rainy Season
FGL Productions Revenge REV040256, France, 61 minutes, all zones

Directed by Jacquemin Piel. Recorded at Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels on April 12, 1992. Produced by John Cale & Jean-Michel Reusser. Mixing Engineer: Anne-Dominique Termont. Lighting Designer: Pat Dignan.

"Shot live in Brussels during the European tour, this tape bears witness to the immense performing talent of John Cale; here, put to the service of some of the most well-known titles in his repertoire.
The magic of one of the most expressive voices of rock...
The magic of the man, alone at the piano or at the guitar...
A concert of a very rare intensity!"

  1. On A Wedding Anniversary
  2. Lie Still Sleep Becalmed
  3. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
  4. Carmen Miranda
  5. Cordoba
  6. Ship Of Fools
  7. Leaving It Up To You
  8. The Ballad Of Cable Hogue
  9. Chinese Envoy
  10. Fear (Is A Man's Best Friend)
  11. Dying On The Vine
  12. Heartbreak Hotel
  13. Style It Takes
  14. Paris 1919
  15. (I Keep A) Close Watch
  16. Hallelujah

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March 25, 2004
I'm Waiting For The Max

Press Release! -- Rhino Records -


2-CD Deluxe Edition Of The Velvet Underground's Live At Max's Kansas City Arrives In Stores June 8
MARCH 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- Rhino/Atlantic adds 21st century polish to what may be the first-ever "legal bootleg" with the June 8 release of The Velvet Underground's LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY. The pioneering alternative band's final album has been expanded to two discs including previously unreleased material, rare photos, and new liner notes.

LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY was recorded at the legendary New York nightclub during the summer of 1970 as the quartet readied Loaded, their final studio recording, for release. The album was taped by Warhol star Brigid Berlin (aka "Brigid Polk") on August 23rd at what would become Lou Reed's last performance with the band he founded (until their early 1990s reunion gigs).

The original album featured 10 tracks (including such VU staples as "I'm Waiting For The Man," "Sweet Jane," and "Femme Fatale"); the new reissue of LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY adds seven previously unreleased performances. The two discs include both sets from the evening in their entirety (for the first time ever), as well as a rare Atlantic Records promo spot.

All recordings have been remastered from the best-available source tapes to give listeners a "front-row seat" at this historic concert. Upgraded packaging of LIVE AT MAX'S KANSAS CITY features several rare photos by Dustin Pittman, who shot many of the VU's shows at Max's. The booklet also includes new liner notes with remembrances from performers (bassist Doug Yule, drummer Billy Yule, and original drummer Moe Tucker, sidelined by pregnancy at the time) as well as prominent spectators (in addition to Brigid Berlin and Atlantic Records' Danny Fields, famed NYC poet Jim Carroll was in attendance and can be heard in several places on the tapes).

When The Velvet Underground emerged from pop artist Andy Warhol's Factory in the mid-1960s, its jarring instrumental assault and Lou Reed's penetrating lyrics were unlike anything ever heard before. The quartet -- Reed, guitarist Sterling Morrison, multi-instrumentalist John Cale (replaced in 1968 by Doug Yule), and Tucker -- inspired hundreds of rock greats, including David Bowie, R.E.M., and Sonic Youth. The New York Times noted in its original review of the band's Max's shows that "they make 80 percent of today's popular rock groups seem pointless and amateurish." Thirty years later, that percentage continues to grow.

March 25, 2004
Live at Max's Kansas City (deluxe edition)

A advance promo copy of The Velvet Underground Live at Max's Kansas City (Deluxe Edition) is currently auctioned on eBay.

The Velvet Underground - Live at Max's Kansas City (Deluxe Edition)
Rhino Records

Disc 1 - The First Set

  1. Intro
  2. I'm Waiting For The Man
  3. White Light/White Heat*
  4. I'm Set Free*
  5. Sweet Jane (Version 1)*
  6. Lonesome Cowboy Bill (Version 1)
  7. New Age
  8. Beginning To See The Light
  9. Cool It Down (Rehearsal)*
  10. Who Loves The Sun (Rehearsal)*

Disc two - The Second Set

  1. Who Loves The Sun (Partial)*
  2. Sweet Jane (Version 2)
  3. I'll Be Your Mirror
  4. Pale Blue Eyes
  5. Canday Says*
  6. Sunday Morning
  7. After Hours
  8. Femme Fatale
  9. Some Kinda Love*
  10. Lonesome Cowby Bill (Version 2)*

* Previously Unissued

advance promo

Note: Some Kinda Love is said previously unissued but it was actually already available on 5th disc of the Peel Slowly And See box set.

March 20, 2004
Animal Serenade

Now available:

Lou Reed - Animal Serenade
Sire/Reprise 48678-2

New 2-CD live album - 19½ songs. Produced by Lou Reed and Fernando Saunders. Executive producer: Bill Bentley. Recorded live at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, June 2003.

Disc one:

  1. Advice (2:07)
  2. Smalltown (6:04)
  3. Tell It To Your Heart (6:03)
  4. Men Of Good Fortune (4:27)
  5. How Do You Think It Feels (8:10)
  6. Vanishing Act (5:31)
  7. Ecstacy (7:09)
  8. The Day John Kennedy Died (4:04)
  9. Street Hassle (7:00)
  10. The Bed (5:16)
  11. Revien Cherie (7:12)
  12. Venus In Furs (10:03)

Disc two:

  1. Dirty Blvd. (6:54)
  2. Sunday Morning (5:05)
  3. All Tomorrow's Parties (6:19)
  4. Call On Me (2:46)
  5. The Raven (9:34)
  6. Set The Twilight Reeling (9:08)
  7. Candy Says (6:04)
  8. Heroin (9:11)

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March 20, 2004
Where's My Democracy


On March 25 Paul Auster will be joining ten other writers at Where's My Democracy, the literary event of the year, in support of Downtown For Democracy (D4D). The evening will also feature several special guest readers, including Lou Reed, and will be held at Cooper Union's historic Great Hall, "a mecca for progressive political debate for almost 150 years".

[Source: Mark Rowan]

February 23, 2004
Lou Reed and the Strokes

Lou Reed is on the cover of the latest issue of Filter magazine, with the Strokes. They brought him to meet the band and have an article on it.

"On a cold afternoon in New York City, Filter Magazine arranged a meeting between Lou Reed and the Strokes at our favorite watering hole, Lit. Hours before the first thirsty civilian patrons would arrive for another night of beers and dreams, we found ourselves with a gaggle of Strokes smoking and drinking and pacing nervously, awaiting the arrival of their hero."

[Source: Tim Tam]

February 23, 2004
The Speed of Sound

March issue of MOJO Music Magazine (#124) features a 25-page special devoted to The Velvet Underground. The special is finely illustrated with photos by Adam Ritchie, Nat Finkelstein, William 'Popsie' Randolph, Billy Name, Juilian Wasser, Lisa Law and more.

  • The Speed of Sound
    Cool, sinister and revolutionary, The Velvet Underground remain the greatest alternative rock band of all time. Forty years after the first fateful meeting between Lou Reed and John Cale, we salute the Velvets's genius in a 25-page special.
  • Smack! S&M! Sonic Revolution!
    The Velvets' heirs and associates pick the band's highpoints.
  • Heart of Darkness
    Velvets biographer Victor Bockris on Lou Reed, love songs and the band harrowing third album.
  • The Model
    In 1967 Nico was the face of The Velvet Underground. But by 1970 she was a lonely junkie. What went wrong? Story by Will Hodgkinson.
  • Femme Fatale
    Nico's men. By Will Hodgkinson.
  • Cooking for One
    In 1968, John Cale was out of the Velvets, finding his way as a producer, solo artist and drug wildman. David Sheppard hears his story.
  • Damn Life Sessions
    The best of John Cale and John Cale productions.
  • Color Me Pop
    When innocent English teens David and Sarah Dalton met Andy Warhol in 1961 their eyes were opened to a whole new world of pop culture and fabulous people. David Dalton relives their first encounter with the art magus, that "little Czech tank in a silver wig."
  • Rock Art
    Andy Warhol's coolest music iconography. And one faux pas.
MOJO #124
February 22, 2004
John Cale's Desert Island Discs

John Cale's appearence on the BBC 4 Radio show Desert Island Discs first broadcast on 22 February) can be heard on the BBC website for the next 7 days. Cale talks about his early years, Nico, the Velvet Underground and his growing interest in literature.

Visit BBC Radio 4 to hear it on line.

[Source: Gary & Toby]

February 4, 2004
Billy Name exhibition in London

A & D Gallery in London is mounting an exhibition from Tuesday the 10 th February. It consists of Photographs by Billy Name, subjects include the Velvet Underground, Nico, John Cale's wedding etc. The Gallery is 51 Chiltern Street London W1 (near Baker Street).

[Source: A & D Gallery]

January 28, 2004
Lou Reed new 'live' album release

Check this out:

"Lou Reed adds another chapter to one of music's most legendary careers with the release of a live album, Animal Serenade, on March 22nd on Reprise."

[Source: Jan Bruun]

January 27, 2004

John Cale will appear at the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin.

"The film Process will be presented as a live event. John Cale will perform to this film by the French director CS Leigh, who staged a drama of destruction – in which very few words are exchanged – to the sound compositions of the musician. An actress is determined to end her life. Her past has involved many painful events, and she no longer has the strength to fight the shadows cast by them. The music, long travelling shots und expressive light effects contribute to the work’s special character. The film features Béatrice Dalle, Guillaume Depardieu and Daniel Duval. (The House of World Cultures)"

[Source:; thanks to John Gianvito]

January 24, 2004
John Cale gets his MOJO working

John Cale will feature in the forthcoming issue of the UK's leading music magazine MOJO. The article will concentrate on the years between leaving the Velvet Underground up until 1978.

[Source: Gary Fox]


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