Lou Reed and his 100-year-old cousin, “Red” Shirley Novick
Lou Reed’s deeply personal directorial debut does not ease the audience into its heavy subject matter slowly. In the very first shot, we see his cousin Shirley Novick on her 100th birthday. She dedicates the film to her hometown in Poland, and the Jews that once resided there. She says she wants to talk about her family who died in the Holocaust, along with all the Jews of her town, and she thanks her cousin for the opportunity to tell her story. Off-camera you hear Lou’s unmistakable voice, “Is that the statement?” She nods and he gives a little applause.
From the instruments they used, to their mop top hair, to the name, The Byrds looked up to The Beatles in a major way. All of this imitation might have been embarrassing, if The Beatles didn’t love dropping acid with David Crosby and the gang.
Courtney Love has given her verdict on Bruce Springsteen, saying that “saxophones don’t belong in rock ‘n’ roll.”
“I really like him,” she said of Springsteen. “He’s a nice guy. Cameron Crowe, an old, very dear friend of mine, took me to the Staples Center for a three-night gig, and I could only last an hour and a half in a three-and-a-half hour show with the Boss.”
By Fred Pessaro
First of all, I’m pretty hammered, which is only semi-acceptable in the real world. But that’s not where I came from. The place that I just left was total fantasy, where an all-star cast of musicians gathered around to help eulogize and celebrate a great band that disappeared a little too soon. With booze. And lots of it. Oh yeah, they played a shit ton of songs too. And it has been a long, long, long time.
AND THE WINNERS ARE….. Because of the overwhelming response to the “Share-This-Icon-And-Win-A-Copy-Of-”Dear Nobody” Contest, we’ve selected FIVE WINNERS!
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Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has hailed last week’s Nirvana reunion performances as a success, saying that the all-female line-up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction “conjured the spirit of the band”.
As reported, Lorde, St Vincent, Joan Jett and Kim Gordon, formerly of Sonic Youth, joined the remaining members of Nirvana – Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and guitarist Pat Smear – for a special performance to mark the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 10.
Like The Nietzsche Family Circus, we now have the pitch-perfect pessimistic witticisms from True Detective‘s Rust Cohle nicely depicted Family Circus-style. It’s called “Time is a Flat Circus.”
You can’t say glam rock without Roxy Music. “In Every Dream Home a Heartache”, is one of the greatest songs of that time. The lyrics, “inflatable doll, lover ungrateful, I blew up your body…. but you blew my mind”, are coveting the end of the best organ build up to raging guitar break down I can think of. Roxy Music is the band that you expect to see hanging out at Dr. Frank N’ Furter’s castle in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as opposed to Meatloaf. Their album covers have become classics, sexy models, most of whom they dated, layed out as a mermaid or as a rich vamp with a black panther on a leash. As intelligent as they are strange, Roxy Music continues to make the hip kids sweat on the dance floor. “Love Is The Drug”, being included in most DJ’s playlists on any given night from Echo Park to Bushwick.
AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, on June 2, Led Zeppelin will release deluxe remastered editions of their first three albums.These new versions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III will feature unheard studio and live recordings taken from the Zep archive. All will be included on a second disc of companion audio.“The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin,” says Jimmy Page. “It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time”.
… on the Last Night of Their
First American Tour
By Lily Armstrong
“People try and use music as a kind of escapism, or a way to rise above the shittiness of things, but I think we wallow in it,” says guitar player of The Fat White Family, Saul Adamczewski.
I almost saw The Fat White Family on the final date of a triumphant first U.S. tour. It began in Austin with South by Southwest, and ended at the Acheron, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, twenty years to the day that Kurt Cobain died. They see the value of remaining fluid while so many others strive for labels. Thus, no genre, niche or otherwise, can contain them.