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Controversy over Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music seems rather quaint today

Controversy over Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music seems rather quaint today

Over the years since Lou Reed released ‘Metal Machine Music’ in July 1975, many others have followed him into noise, distortion and atonality.

Velvet Underground, “Sweet Jane [Early Version]” (2014) : One Track Mind

Velvet Underground, “Sweet Jane [Early Version]” (2014) : One Track Mind

You hear this Velvet Underground classic as never before, without its now-familiar street-tough attitude, to say nothing of its insouciant gait.

Odd Couples: Elvis Presley’s Having Fun Onstage vs. Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music

Odd Couples: Elvis Presley’s Having Fun Onstage vs. Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music

When mashed, these two albums can cause hearing loss, insanity and/or death.

One Track Mind: Richard Barone, “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (2014)

Richard Barone, the ex-Bongos leader, imbues this Velvet Underground gem with a newfound sense of sad reverie. Whereas the nihilistic Nico, on the original 1967 version, stood apart from the conviviality, a distant observer, Barone finds the nostalgia, the very real need for attachment in the Lou Reed lyric.

Aram Bajakian – there were flowers also in hell (2014)

Aram Bajakian had spent the last couple of years touring with the late, great Lou Reed, but this guitarist’s own music had been taking a walk on the wild side well before that.

Doug Wieselman – From Water (2014)

For non-musicians, the creative process can be something of a mystery. The composer has all of that training about melody, harmony, scales, time signatures, and chord progressions — and out of that the musical ideas are born…somehow. The truth is that while the process can indeed be opaque (sometimes even to the composer), it’s not necessarily loaded down with music’sRead More

Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back … And I’ll Scratch Yours (2014)

Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back … And I’ll Scratch Yours (2014)

Peter Gabriel, always one for the theatrical, released a double-album of interpretive music this week in Scratch My Back … And I’ll Scratch Yours, with mixed results.

The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat: Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (2013)

The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat: Super Deluxe 45th Anniversary Edition (2013)

Those who consider themselves hardcore Velvet Underground fans can probably skip this review — because no matter what’s said, they’ll want this anyway.

Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1969; 2013 reissue)

Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1969; 2013 reissue)

There had been, sprinkled amongst the nihilistic junkie-pop, moments of avant-garde noise on 1967’s Velvet Underground and Nico. But nothing, really, to prepare you for this ferocious cacophony.

Peter Gabriel, Sting, U2, Bruce Springsteen, others – ¡Released!: Human Rights Concerts 1986-98 (2013)

The 1980s were marked by benefit extravaganzas, though oftentimes — whatever their noble intentions — they boasted both dubious musical results and unclear benefits. Amnesty International events were different.

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