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Watch: Joseph Arthur, Peter Buck & Mike Mills Play ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ on ‘Letterman’

Mike Mills (L), Joseph Arthur (C) and Peter Buck (R).

Last night Joseph Arthur performed “Walk On The Wild Side” on “Late Show with David Letterman” with assistance from Peter Buck & Mike Mills, once of R.E.M.

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Video: Awesome Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW 2014 – Sean Lennon, Lucinda Williams & More

Sean Lennon.

Check out these videos from the recent SXSW tribute show.

Lucinda Williams, “Pale Blue Eyes”:

Sean Lennon, “What Goes On”:

The Black Lips, “Run, Run, Run”:

Suzanne Vega, “Walk On the Wild Side”:

The Fleshtones, “Real Good Time Together”:

Sharon Needles, “Candy Says”:

The Baseball Project (Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills), “Sister Ray”:

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Listen: Joseph Arthur Sings Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side’

Photo by Danny Clinch.

Joseph Arthur’s new album, Lou, is a tribute to Lou Reed. The album will be released May 13, 2014.

Arthur has recorded 12 of Lou Reed’s songs including “Coney Island Baby” and the first single, “Walk On The Wild Side.”

In his liner notes Arthur writes:

“It’s odd dancing around death, odder still if the death you are dancing around is that of a legend. You just never know what’s appropriate and what’s not, what to share and what to keep inside. There is no blueprint. I loved Lou and we were friends. The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it?”

More from Joseph Arthur’s liner notes:

“The three weeks of touring passed by quickly and suddenly I was home, snowed-in in my studio, holidays approaching, end of tour blues, all coupled with the fact that the day I got back to NYC was the final tribute show for Lou at the Apollo and I went almost without wanting to. I was tired of mourning him and it felt like I was done, but in truth, the real mourning was only just beginning.

Death, like life, works with your resistance and finally it wears you out and breaks you down and then you are too tired to do anything but face it.
I was home alone and there was nowhere to go.
I set up some mics.
A Coles ribbon mic
And a Wunder mic which is a version of a U47 (I used those two mics on the whole record). The ribbon gives it silk and warmth, the Wunder makes it hi-fi.
The first song I tried was “Coney Island Baby.”
And I liked how it came out.
But I also liked getting to hang out with Lou again.
This was the only way to get close.
I did another song and another still.
I made a rule:
No drums or electricity.
Lou was electric.
The only way I know to give new life to something as rich with life as Lou’s songs and recordings is to go about them in a completely different way.
Bill’s (Bentley) advice to just keep it simple and not overthink it kinda acted as my mission statement and in each song, I felt I revealed something new in it.
Making versions, not trying to outdo the originals (impossible), but rather versions that bring out something unheard before.
I felt I was doing that to some degree and I felt guidance in it.
I was saying goodbye. “

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Neil Gaiman On Lou Reed: “His Songs Were The Soundtrack To My Life”

Photo of Lou Reed via The Guardian (Michael Ochs Archive).

Writer Neil Gaiman published an essay today in The Guardian about Lou Reed, and Reed’s influence on Gaiman.

Gaiman writes:

‘There are certain kinds of songs you write that are just fun songs – the lyric really can’t survive without the music. But for most of what I do, the idea behind it was to try and bring a novelist’s eye to it, and, within the framework of rock’n’roll, to try to have that lyric there so somebody who enjoys being engaged on that level could have that and have the rock’n’roll too.” That was what Lou Reed told me in 1991.

I’m a writer. I write fiction, mostly. People ask me about my influences, and they expect me to talk about other writers of fiction, so I do. And sometimes, when I can, I put Reed on the list, and nobody ever asks what he’s doing there, which is good because I don’t know how to explain why a songwriter is responsible for so much of the way I view the world.

For the rest head to The Guardian.