Lou Reed

The Roxy Turns 50: Neil Young Scheduled To Play This Fall At The Historic Venue

By Alyson Camus | July 19, 2023

a series of Roxy50 honors and events scheduled for this fall.

The Earliest Bird: Top New Recorded Release 9-9-22 – 9-15-22, “I’m So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos” Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 9, 2022

marginalized brilliance

Lou Reed On Other Musicians: Sincere Or Hypocrite?

By Alyson Camus | August 25, 2022

Reed sure knew how to look like a pretentious douchebag

Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars Exhibition At The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Witnessed

By Iman Lababedi | July 28, 2022

The great artists theory

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – March 1975 (Volume 6, Number 10)   

By Steve Crawford | June 26, 2022

entering a portal into a different place and time in our universe

Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1973 (Volume 5, Number 2) 

By Steve Crawford | May 26, 2022

“I don’t consider David (Bowie) to be even remotely big enough to be any competition.”

Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Presents The First Large Exhibition Of The Rock N Roll Animal June 9, 2022–March 4, 2023

By Iman Lababedi | May 11, 2022

will present previously unseen and unheard work

Black Market Music, Songs For Commercials

By Dorothy P. | May 9, 2021

I have shazamed ads several times to create my own playlist on Spotify

The 1,001 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century – 650 to 641

By Steve Crawford | March 13, 2021

tale of New York city street sleaze

Lou Reed’s Favorite 100 songs

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2021

a little conservative

The Early Bird: Top New Releases 9-25-20 – 10-1-20 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | September 25, 2020

remains as vital as ever

Who Would Be Canceled Today?

By Alyson Camus | August 14, 2020

Can I safely say all of them?

Music Deaths Of 2013 Alphabetized And Graded

By Iman Lababedi | January 12, 2020

the build up of 70s rock stars getting totaled.

Some Songs: October 13th, 2017

By Iman Lababedi | October 13, 2017

to be who you are

Oldies But Goldies: Jim Sullivan Remembered Lou Reed In 2013

By Jim Sullivan | March 17, 2016

“Before I’m gone I’d like to see myself stuffed and on display. So I’m able to bitch and moan about the look.”

10 Songs: Monday, November 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 23, 2015

At his most glam, most transgendered, and most daring, Lou Reed uses flamboyance to address gender equality and freedom on a crafty beauty of a track

These Days: Wednesday, August 6th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 6, 2015

Thursday is death day for recorded music, unless you are in the market for Macklemore’s lachrymose “Growing Up” -a stomach churning little pop smarm for his poor baby girl. The only way this song matters to the kid is if Macklemore dies in a plane crash before she’s six months old. Yeah, I am listening to Street Hassle for no good reason except somebody mentioned Lou the other day and I thought, you know, his name doesn’t show up in conversation as much as it use to.

Lou Reed’s Sister: Electroshock Therapy Wasn’t To Treat Lou’s Homosexuality

By Alyson Camus | April 17, 2015

‘My parents were many things, but homophobic they were not. In fact, they were blazing liberals. They were caught in a bewildering web of guilt, fear, and poor psychiatric care. Did they make a mistake in not challenging the doctor’s recommendation for ECT? Absolutely.

Did Lou Reed Die For Lady Gaga’s Sin?

By Alyson Camus | April 15, 2015

Artpop’ was conceived in direct connection with the Velvet Underground, Gaga’s ‘Dope’ was the VU’s ‘Heroin’, ‘G.U.Y.’ was ‘Walk on the Wild Side’… ‘MANICURE’ was ‘I’ll be your Mirror’… oh poor Nico!… ‘Applause’ with the opening verse ‘I stand here waiting for you to bang the gong’, is Reed’s ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’, although they are not exactly waiting for the same thing… So, demos were sent to Reed in November 2012, and Reed didn’t answer, but when he did, he replied ‘I have no interest in any further involvement.’

The Big Huerta Met Blue Lou Reed

By Edward Huerta | February 26, 2015

I painted it a couple days after his death. It was later used in a flyer and poster for a “Tribute to Lou Reed” night at Fingerprints Records that Rockford and several local Long Beach musicians played songs from his catalog in a tribute, held coincidentally, on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination

New Blank On Blank Animation: Lou Reed On The Beatles

By Alyson Camus | February 19, 2015

When [bands] did try to get, in quotes, ‘arty,’ it was worse than stupid rock & roll. What I mean by ‘stupid,’ I mean, like, the Doors.’… ‘I never liked the Beatles, I thought they were garbage. If you say, ‘Who did you like?’ I liked nobody.’

Lou Reed For Sale

By Helen Bach | June 21, 2014

Tacky? Hell yes it is mostly because they “need to be sold”. The good news is it isn’t his teeth or other absurd artifacts as we have seen with other artists- this is guitars, racks and assorted stage gear.

The A+ List: 1-20-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 21, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonders – Stevies scream that opens this song is so good he coulda sung anything after and it would have worked but what he sang was one of the great Motown tracks -a real slippy funk belter in the chorus, and a soulful chorus.

10 Songs: What rock nyc Is Listening To 1-3-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 3, 2014

New York – Angel Haze – the final release of 2013, after poet cum rapper got sick of waiting for Interscope to release , I’m considering 2014 so I can include it in my 2014 brain. This is a reggae beat ode and very very good – B+

10 Songs: what rock nyc is listening to 1-2-14

By Iman Lababedi | January 2, 2014

Future Farmers Of America – Lou Reed – It sounds like it has escaped off his New York album, with a swift powerful kick and hard buzzing guitars from his final masterpiece as the millennium turned – A

Songs for the Hungry iPod – Ten Essential Non-Hits from the 1980s

By Steve Crawford | November 14, 2013

Steve Crawford takes his Ipod out in public: something flickered for a moment and was gone, he claims, and then finds the 1980s songs to back him up all the way

Morrissey's "Satellite Of Love" Cover Reviewed

By admin | November 14, 2013

“I really don’t understand how someone who was a fan of Moz couldn’t like this version. It’s beautiful and sounds like a song he would’ve written in the first place. His flawlessness takes a mediocre song by a mediocre man to a brilliant song sung by a legend.”

Morrissey's "Satellite Of Love" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | November 13, 2013

Reed is referencing “Slippin’ And Slidin'” -in an album of sexual transformation, in a song that is a signal post, Reed draws right back on his rock and roll roots. Morrissey’s change of the line is cultural vandalism.

SNL Flashback November 15, 1986 Lou Reed

By Helen Bach | November 10, 2013

Let me restate that- ONE OR TWO SONGS having A LINE OR TWO that I find impressive. Thus my opinion stands. Lou Reed is the most over rated performer of the ‘punk’ era. The only thing ‘punk’ about him was his shitty attitude.

That Was The Week Of October 28th, 2013, That Was

By Iman Lababedi | November 4, 2013

The rock and roll world reeled from the death of one of the all time greats Lou Reed and I wrote “this outpouring of affection for Lou Reed: it is like mourning Scrooge if Scrooge had died before he was visited by the ghosts.” though I was pretty upset myself.

Winner And Loser Week of October 28th, 2013: Lou Reed And Drake

By Iman Lababedi | November 3, 2013

Sure he died and that sucks and it was a little too young, I mean, he might have made it do 86, why not, right? BUT the outpouring of love and affectionate, the willful misreading of the man, the canonization of Lou… I bet Lester Bangs is scratching his head somewhere wondering how the hell that happened.

Walk On The Wild Side: Jim Sullivan Remembers The Late Lou Reed

By Jim Sullivan | November 2, 2013

The ultimate tribute, of course, are the many children of the Velvets: bands like Luna, the Feelies, Bizarros, the Dream Syndicate, Television, R.E.M., the Strokes, Spacemen 3, Modern Lovers, Violent Femmes, Yo La Tengo and, of course, Brian Eno. There’s Eno’s famous quote about if only 30,000 people bought Velvets records all 30,000 went on to start bands.

Lou Reed Sunk In Sentimentality

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2013

It feels fake, I know it isn’t and I realize people are really grieving but it feels like they’ve got it wrong and Helen has it right. I hate sentimentality, I hate pathos, I prefer the messy hardness of tough emotions.

Lou Reed is Dead- 'Oh Lou / why did you leave us this way?'

By Helen Bach | October 29, 2013

Lyrically, I simply never connected and as for public persona? Well I love a real asshole as much as the next gal but I really just never saw that element of cool that everyone else did.

Not With The Band: All My Favorite Rock Stars Are Gonna Die Soon

By Alyson Camus | October 29, 2013

Mick Jagger is 69, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon are 72, David Bowie and Iggy Pop are 66, Paul McCartney is 71, and Leonard Cohen is 79! Even Bruce Springsteen is already 64, Stevie Wonder and Tom Waits are 63, and nobody is getting younger.

Hear Ye On Spotify: what rock nyc is listening to 10-29-13

By Iman Lababedi | October 29, 2013

Same Damn Time – Future – The best song at Sunday nights Drake show shakes the rafter as a singalong for threesomes, a full throttle piece of fun for all the family if all the family – B+

Lou Reed – Satellite’s Gone, Up to the Sky

By Steve Crawford | October 28, 2013

There are widely varying opinions of Lou as a person – he’s been described both as warm and generous and as the ultimate uncaring prick. None of that matters now, if it ever did.

Lou Reed Died, Here Are Some Tracks To Remember Him By

By Iman Lababedi | October 28, 2013

I would go with New York and Ecstasy as a close second. I saw him on both tours and had front row on one of them. The New York tour he was playing at a Broadway Theater and the sound was astounding and, really, Neil Young would have problems with such political immediacy