1 September 2021
The long awaited documentary by TODD HAYNES about the ultimate
iconic indie rockers THE VELVET UNDERGROUND will play on Apple TV+
from 15th October on.
Content: It documents the history of the innovative, eccentric and brilliantly
chaotic jingle jangle band and their legacy, through newly-conducted interviews
and various recordings and never-before-seen performances.
Talking about sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. VU lived it 24/7. The documentary
will be accompanied by a soundtrack, The Velvet Underground: A Documentary
Film By Todd Haynes.
While waiting for the men and women, here’s the trailer…
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: History
30 July 2021
Artist: MATT BERNINGER
Frontman of American band The National
Album: I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: A TRIBUTE TO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
What: A star-studded tribute to iconic band
The Velvet Underground, and more specific
to their 1967 masterpiece debut LP.
Release: 24 September via Verve Records
The second taster of this tribute LP (after Kurt Vile’s Run Run Run) is for
The National frontman MATT BERNINGER who’s waiting for the man…
19 March 2021
New Uncut Magazine issue out now.
Great feature about timeless legends
More info here. You can a copy online.
John Cale about the VU look…
17 February 2021
Title: THE VELVET UNDERGOUND
What: In-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never before seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol
films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band’s creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”
Director: Moviemaker Todd Haynes who already made some music movies in the past, like Velvet Goldmine (about glam rock) and I’m Not There (about Bob Dylan)
“Because although there’s very little traditional footage of them playing like you’d see in other rock docs, what you have is the exquisite Andy Warhol films that they played a part in, that he often shot in order to project them on the stage over them while they performed. And so, it really uses the language of those films. It’s just stuffed with the most gorgeous experimental film and photography, and what I hope is that it will take the audience back to that time and also let you hear the music in that context and hear it anew,” said Haynes in a statement.
Release: This summer via Apple TV+
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Biography – Discography
2 December 2020
Last night The National ringmaster MATT BERNINGER performed live
on the American TV show Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Instead of picking
one of his songs from his recent solo debut LP Serpent Prison he went
for a cover of the Velvet Underground classic I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN,
written and sung by the late glorious Lou Reed.
Bernigner‘s rendition sounds rather happy.
In any case not as haunting as the VU version.
Judge for yourself here…
MATT BERNIGNER: Facebook
15 November 2020
Band: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
Album: LOADED – their 4th LP
Released: 15 November 1970 – 50 years ago today
AllMusic wrote: “VU signed with industry powerhouse Atlantic Records in 1970. Label head Ahmet Ertegun supposedly asked Lou Reed to avoid sex and drugs in his songs, and instead focus on making an album “loaded with hits.” Loaded was the result, and with appropriate
irony it turned out to be the first VU album that made any noticeable impact on commercial radio.” Score: 5/5.
Turn Up The Volume: The LP is filled with easy-listening pop songs, with a lot of typical, familiar 60s harmonies à la The Mamas and The Papas and The Beach Boys – sounds like VU had fun, although Lou Reed left before its release. Despite the LP’s sweet accessibility it failed to be a hit. Anyway, I love this album. It’s even the VU longplayer I played the most
over the years. Perfect pop-ular record.
Lou Reed: “I don’t mind a repetitive chorus, I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it’s the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?”
Key tracks: Who Loves The Sun / Sweet Jane / Rock and Roll / I Found A Reason
(#1 – #10)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: All Albums
3 September 2020
London’s famous synth-pop act HOT CHIP are part of the Late Night Tales project.
A series of artist curated compilation albums. The mix features several artists with
Hot Chip including three original songs, and a cover.
For the cover they picked CANDY SAYS. A mesmeric song about a transsexual,
written by the late singer-songwriter icon LOU REED. It appeared on The Velvet Underground‘s third, self-titled LP released in 1969.
You can’t beat Reed‘s unique voice but Hot Chip‘s frontman Alexis Taylor does an
excellent job. His vox hasn’t that mysterious timbre of the rock ‘n’ toll animal but
his take is as moody and gripping as the original performance.
“Candy says I’ve come to hate my body
And all that it requires in this world
Candy says I’d like to know completely
What others so discretely talk about”
HOT CHIP: Facebook
Top singles from the past…
16 February 2020
Band: The Velvet Underground
Single: Sunday Morning
B-side: Femme Fatale
Released: November 1966
Album: The Velvet Underground & Nico –
Debut LP – with the banana on the cover – released March 1967
Note 1: Lou Reed & John Cale wrote the song to be sung by Nico.
In the end, it was Reed who sang it, with backing vocals by Nico.
Note 2: The use of the celesta for the track was an idea of Cale
Note 3: The timeless song was about paranoia (suggested by Andy Warhol)
“Watch out, the world’s behind you, there’s always someone watching you”
Here we go…
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Facebook