Joined by Animal Collective, MGMT, Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Connan Mockasin, Caroline Polacheck (Chairlift), Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, and Sky Ferreira, John Cale played all of ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ and half of ‘White Light/White Heat.’
“I wrote Baltimore at the time I was conceiving both Singing Saw and City Music and recorded a version during both sessions with two different bands. I love the song dearly, but in the end thought that thematically it didn’t belong on either album, and thus have been waiting for this moment to release it as what it has always been meant to be – a single.” – Kevin Morby.
In December 2015, the Smithsonian put out a call for music fans to submit personal photos and stories from their favorite rock n’ roll moments. Those have been collected in Bill Bentley’s new book, Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen, which is out today. Bill’s seen a lot of amazing shows over the years — he tells us his Top 5.
Phish’s “Baker’s Dozen” run has a different flavored donut and themed covers each night. Saturday was strawberry (“Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Strawberry Letter 23”) and Sunday was red velvet, hence the VU covers…
Tuesday night (7/11) at Beacon Theatre was the 2017 “GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends” — an awards ceremony and concert that honored this year’s 2017 Merit Awards recipients. Among those recipients were The Velvet Underground. “The establishment caught up with us at last,” joked John Cale…
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Monterey Pop Fest and the Summer of Love, here are the 50 best psychedelic rock records of 1967, from Jefferson Airplane to Love to the Bee Gees to Pink Floyd to Donovan, and yes, The Beatles.
1961 – The Shirelles become the first girl group to top the US charts when “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?” reaches #1.
1968 – The Velvet Underground release White Light/White Heat.
1969 – The Beatles stage their famous lunchtime rooftop concert at Apple Records in London. It is their last public performance. They play “Get Back,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “I’ve Got A Feeling,” “The One After 909,” and “Dig A Pony.” John Lennon ends the performance by saying, “Thank you, on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.”
1965 – The Rolling Stones record “The Last Time” and “Play With Fire.”
1967 – London’s Daily Mail newspaper carries an article about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, inspiring John Lennon to mention it in “A Day In The Life.” That same day, a 40-year-old David Mason records the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27 ($42) for his performance.
1969 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts publishes his book, Ode to a High Flying Bird. The book is a tribute to Charlie Parker.
Pulp gave the world the song “Bad Cover Version.” But seeing as I’m a sonic optimist, I’m of the belief that there’s more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone. I’ve been a fan of “Sunday Morning” for a pretty long time, and consider it pretty sacred. But along came Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White, with their exuberant, undeniable technicolor rendition in the key of “Mr. Blue Sky” (though perhaps not quite as rampantly pop tarty). Part of ...
1962 – John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at the Registrar office in Liverpool with Paul McCartney as best man. His wedding night is spent playing a gig with The Beatles at the nearby Riverpark Ballroom.
1970 – Lou Reed plays his last gig with The Velvet Underground at Max’s Kansas City in New York. His father brings him home to Long Island and puts him to work in his accounting firm, where he stays for two years before signing a solo deal.
1974 – The local papers report that John Lennon, while staying in mistress’ May Pang’s New York ...
Back in 2004, Pitchfork published their Top 100 Albums of the 1970s list, and today they’ve returned with the 200 Best Songs of the 1970s. Some of the artists who didn’t make the cut on the albums list are now here, like Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith…
If HBO’s tone-deaf series Vinyl left you cold but wanting to learn more about the NYC music scene of the ’70s, you may want to keep an eye out for new documentary Danny Says which is about legendary music biz figure Danny Fields, who helped the careers of The Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Doors, The Velvet Underground, MC5 and more.
YYYs celebrated the legendary rock photographer with covers of Bowie and VU, and other performers included Marky Ramone, Eugene Hutz, TV on the Radio, and more. Debbie Harry was in the house too (but not to perform).
The BeatlesAnthology Volumes 1-3 will finally be available for streaming tonight at midnight.
The collections were originally released as CDs in 1995 and 1996 and have been remastered at Abbey Road Studios by the same team who remastered Beatles albums in 2009. The Beatles, one of the last holdouts in the streaming wars, released their catalog on all major music streaming services this past Christmas Eve. Tonight’s midnight streaming release of Anthology Volumes 1-3 also inclduies: three chronological collections of rare Beatles recordings (including outtakes and alternate versions) that were originally released on CD in 1995 and 1996. All ...
Pink Floyd goes the way of the Beatles as David Gilmour sings a cover of “Here, There and Everywhere.” David Gilmour recorded a cover of the Beatles ballad “Here, There and Everywhere” with his son Joe, for Mojo magazine’s David … Continued