From the early 1980’s, the SOUTH BANK SHOW profile of the Velvet Underground.
The Velvet Underground, “Sister Ray”, live at the Boston Tea Party, January 1969
The Velvet Underground, “Heroin”, live in Paris, 1993. Lou Reed came up at dinner tonight, and I found this clip in that hyperlinked way that one ends up ricocheting around YouTube. God, I wish that reunion had lasted long enough for me to see them.
Lou Reed being interviewed at Sydney Airport in 1974.
The Velvet Underground, “Pale Blue Eyes”. So long Mr. Reed. And thanks for everything.
"I was talking to Lou Reed the other day and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five years. The sales have picked up in the past few years, but I mean, that record was such an important record for so many people. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." Brian Eno, Musician magazine, 1982.
Trailer for Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel. I’d see it even if there were no plot. Also? I think I would like to be in a Wes Anderson picture.
Television, “Marquee Moon”. Walking home tonight I saw Tom Verlaine where I often see him - browsing the dollar book racks outside the Strand. He always looks mild-mannered and content. He reminded me a bit of John Lithgow playing a benign character - a thin John Lithgow. I wonder how many books he reads a week.
Regularly seeing someone who created music so transcendent, so enduring as the Marquee Moon album at the end of my street is… odd. I don’t know what happens to older artists, but I feel it should somehow be, what, special. Elevated.
Nice piece on the dangers of pseudoscience by Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry, two philosophers, from the NY Times today.
"What is the Higgs?", an animated presentation by Nigel Holmes. Easily the most elegant explanation of subatomic particles that I’ve ever seen.
Burial, “Ashtray Wasp”. I loved that Massive Attack performed it in their Adam Curtis performance thing at the Armory last week.
ESG, “You’re No Good”. Slow morning here; about this speed.
Talking Heads, “Don’t Worry About the Government”. What is there to say, other than that the idiots will destroy us all in the end? The rejection of science, the rejection of reason, the rejection of empathy - if you don’t care about making things better for the people, you don’t belong in politics. And if you thought it was a good idea to shut the government down in an attempt to deny millions health coverage, you don’t care about making things better for the people. And so what if you don’t like the bill? Get in there and make it better.
Congress, you disgust me.
Pusha T, “King Push”. Nice production from Kanye, still in the slipstream of YEEZUS…
Doves, “There Goes the Fear”. I have to exchange some haircare produkt at Ricky’s before they close, but going out is mostly an excuse for listening to this song, which has been on my mind lately.