Monday, October 28 2013
Lou Reed lived an extraordinary life, but that's mainly because he never followed any existing archetype. He was Lou Reed, and there was never anyone like him before, and there will never be anyone like him after.
Wednesday, May 2 2012
With exclusive new interviews from Velvet Underground, this is a captivating account of one of the most influential groups in rock history.
Sunday, July 27 2008
With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist’s desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others... others are just plain weird.
Sunday, November 11 2007
Three decades letter, Metal Machine Music gets a classical reworking. Lou Reed talks to PopMatters about this legendary album and Zeitkratzer's interpretation of it.
Monday, June 9 2014
Two critical catfights are claiming to have buried art-forms which have shaped our civilisation for decades and centuries apiece. Are they entitled to do that?
Monday, November 25 2013
Some argue that Lou Reed, the man who never ran out of ways to say "fuck you", might not be the best influence for a child. I say he was the best role model a ten-year-old could have.
Sunday, October 30 2011
Have you ever been to a concert where the main act brings out a special guest for a song or two, and the connection is so pure that there is a palpable feeling of excitement in the room? Except in brief, fleeting moments, that doesn’t happen on this album.
Sunday, November 2 2008
Lou Reed's Berlin is a classic. Lou Reed's Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse is not.
Sunday, January 7 2007
When I heard that Lou Reed would be spending four nights in Brooklyn performing his landmark 1973 album, Berlin, in its entirety, it seemed impossible to pass up. Of course, it seemed equally impossible that it’d be any good...
Sunday, October 22 2006
On this tuneful 1976 gem, the streetwise, gender-bending rebel revealed that all he really wanted was to "play football for the coach".
Tuesday, December 6 2005
The strongest point of this collection may be that the song selection makes a strong case for his work from the past 20 years without putting it into contrast with his Velvet Underground and '70s solo work.
Thursday, January 9 2014
Perhaps because it represented his formation as a solo artist, his manifestation of “Lou Reed”, as opposed to “Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground”, Reed owned the '70s more than any other decade.
Wednesday, October 31 2012
From graphic depictions of violence and death to ominous and grating musical atmospheres, Reed has numerous frightening tunes that can comprise an alternative Halloween soundtrack for those seeking something different from the traditional holiday horror themes.
Friday, April 20 2012
The 78th most acclaimed album of all time came and hit the streets, looking for soul food and a place to eat. It’s such a perfect day to discuss this 1972 glam rock spectacular.
Thursday, July 8 2010
Here's a little lesson in promotion and audience expectations... Last Friday, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and John Zorn did a performance at the Montreal Jazz
Friday, September 26 2008
Music is the most opened ended of mediums. Individuals can influence the reception of a song or a sonic cycle simply by using their own
Monday, November 6 2006
Lou Reed isn't one to focus on the past. The music he created in the 1960s and `70s remains a touchstone for the hippest rock