November 1, 2013 – 4:49 am

LOU REED (R.I.P. 1942-2013)

Lou Reed, a massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died on October 27, 2013 on Long Island. He was 71. Reed had a liver transplant in May, and the wikipedia reported that Reed had died from liver disease. According to the Associated Press, Reed’s literary agent said he died of a “liver-related ailment”. Andrew Wylie said the musician died at his home in Long Island, New York, on Sunday morning and had not been well “for a few months”.

With the Velvet Underground in the late ’60s, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the ’70s into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. “One chord is fine,” he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz,” Rolling Stone reported.

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New York 1993 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Bottom Line, New York, NYC; February 19, 1993. Very good soundboard.

I met Rosanne at a songwriter’s forum at the Bottom Line where four of us: Lou Reed, Luka Bloom, Rosanne and myself, performed solo acoustic versions of songs - our own and others. Needless to say, our writing is real different, hers and mine. I suppose I’m inspired, intimidated, and in awe of someone who seems to be able to tap into and communicate things in songs that sometimes seem to be missing in my own work. - David Byrne

When we did that forum at the Bottom Line I felt that you (Rosanne Cash) and Lou (Reed) and I were somewhat limited in our guitar playing. And then Luka Bloom starts playing and I looked over at him, my jaw dropped, I felt like: “I’m never going to catch up!” - David Byrne

Visit bombsite.com for the article, Rosanne Cash by David Byrne.

Apart from performing their own songs, Luka Bloom covered LL Cool J’s I Need Love while Rosanne Cash sang Lovely from My Fair Lady; David Byrne covered Crystal Waters’ Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) and Lou Reed played Smokey Robinson’s Tracks of My Tears.

Thanks to lilpanda for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro Vince Scelsa 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 102. talk 1:13 (2.0MB)
Track 103. Mary Watches Everything (Luka Bloom) 4:19 (7.3MB)
Track 104. talk 1:09 (1.9MB)
Track 105. Tentative Decisions (David Byrne) 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 106. talk 1:22 (2.3MB)
Track 107. Seven Year Ache (Rosanne Cash) 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 108. talk 1:14 (2.1MB)
Track 109. Waiting For the Man (Lou Reed) 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 110. talk 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 111. The Man is Alive (Luka Bloom) 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 112. talk 5:30 (9.2MB)
Track 113. Ready for this World (David Bryne) 4:08 (6.9MB)
Track 114. talk 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 115. The Wheel (Rosanne Cash) 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 116. talk 12:21 (20.7MB)
Track 117. Images (Lou Reed) 2:09 (3.6MB)
Track 118. talk 0:59 (1.6MB)
Track 119. Fertile Rock (Luka Bloom) 4:12 (7.1MB)
Track 120. talk  2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 121. Something Ain’t Right (cuts) (David Byrne) 1:34 (2.6MB)
74 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Something Ain’t Right (David Byrne) 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 202. talk 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 203. The World (Rosanne Cash) 3:37 (6.1MB)
Track 204. talk 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 205. Dirty Boulevard (Lou Reed) 3:41 (6.2MB)
Track 206. talk 3:06 (5.2MB)
Track 207. Bridge of Sorrow (Luka Bloom) 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 208. talk 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 209. Nothing But Flowers (David Byrne) 2:43 (4.6MB)
Track 210. talk 2:16 (3.8MB)
Track 211. Roses in the Fire (Rosanne Cash) 4:33 (7.6MB)
Track 212. talk 4:42 (7.9MB)
Track 213. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Lou Reed) 2:49 (4.7MB)
Track 214. talk 1:54 (3.2MB)
Track 215. I Need Love (Luka Bloom) 6:20 (10.6MB)
Track 216. Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) (David Byrne) 3:32 (5.9MB)
Track 217. Lovely (aka Loverly) from My Fair Lady (Rosanne Cash)/Tracks of My Tears (Lou Reed) 4:39 (7.8MB)
64 mins

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  2. Interesting lineup….thanks for posting this.

    By JB on Nov 1, 2013

  3. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Nov 1, 2013

  4. Lou Reed - 1977 Bottom Line, NY

    By Eddie_1412 on Nov 1, 2013

  5. another article i found yesterday -


    By darth on Nov 1, 2013

  6. Laurie Anderson’s letter to her and Lou Reed’s neighbors in Spring, NY, on his passing:

    By Dingus on Nov 1, 2013

  7. Sorry, that link won’t open the page. You’ll have to go to The East Hampton Star and enter “Laurie Anderson” in the search box.

    You can also read it at Spin: http://tinyurl.com/md3mv27

    By Dingus on Nov 1, 2013

  8. Thanks Big O!
    Extraordinary combination extraordinary song selection and curiously LOVE all FOUR of ‘em.
    What a great idea!

    Thanks Dingus for the Link to Laurie’s obituary letter, really important somehow to read this and heartfelt stuff indeed of course. Very moving

    By swappers on Nov 2, 2013

  9. starting right now on sundance channel is a concert with lou reed elvis costello and julian schnabel from dec 10th 2008. its one hour long. its called spectacle..elvis costello with.. hurry yall.

    By darth on Nov 3, 2013

  10. I remember trying to get a ticket to this show but it sold out instantly. Thanks for posting. Lou meant a lot to me.

    By Steven on Nov 3, 2013

  11. Didn’t DJ Vin Scelsa put this show together? I remember him talking about it on his radio show after it happen.

    By will on Nov 5, 2013

  12. the 2 seasons.. well 20 episodes worth of shows that elvis did for that series ultimately became a lot of live performances that most of which showed up on youtube. i went to youtube and tried to find as many of the songs as i could. i found nearly 100 tracks to dl. a few might be duplicated so now i have to go thru them and see. it seems the lou show which was the 2nd show had 3 songs. together they did perfect day and set the twilight reeling. elvis opened the show with femme fatale without reed. the house band played waiting for the man while costello introduced reed. during the show julian recited rock minuet word for word in a poetry manner that was heart stopping especially to see lou sitting there listening and watching him do it. it brought a lump to my throat. this show was from dec 3rd 2008. it often has the date of the 10th i think because thats when it was brdcst.

    other shows of importance include ones with elton john john prine bruce springsteen the police levon helm richard thompson bono & the edge sheryl crow nick lowe smokey robinson herbie hancock kris kristofferson norah jones john mellencamp james taylor.. and a few others.
    thank god for youtube to mp3 downloaders.

    By darth on Nov 5, 2013

  13. it brought a lump to my throat.

    that was a stale cheeto

    By gee ho shes phat on Nov 5, 2013

  14. patti smith on lou reed:

    By barth on Nov 7, 2013

  15. lou reed tribute by southern culture on the skids, los straightjackets, and the flesh tones. three great bands you should patronize. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c47jXxTNQ38

    By barth on Nov 7, 2013

  16. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lou-reeds-last-words-watch-his-final-interview-20131108?utm_source=dailynewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    By darth on Nov 9, 2013

  17. just like darth to post a dead link

    By music for like minded darths on Nov 9, 2013

  18. hey peckerhead did you check that link first?
    why is it everything you do turns to shit?

    By factory girl on Nov 9, 2013

  19. my brother darth screwed the pooch again hyuk!

    By homer and darth on Nov 9, 2013

  20. uh- oh another brainless post from lord darth of smegma,lol.get used to it. Case closed. i know you are then what am i?

    By gerbil joe colostomy bag butt plug on Nov 9, 2013

  21. i thought that some here might appreciate seeing this clip of lou reed on a david letterman show from 19 yrs ago -


    By darth on Nov 9, 2013

  22. rolling stone does that every few days. they send me a link and the link doesnt lead to a valid page. i dont know why but here is a link to that article with video and it will work -


    By darth on Nov 9, 2013

  23. Oh yeah right you never click on a link you get in an email to read the article before you post the link here uh-huh we believe you it’s Rolling Stone’s fault not yours oh but of course yeahhh surrre

    By Jan Weiner on Nov 9, 2013

  24. i copied and pasted the link after i read it. by the time anyone here read it the link no longer worked. rolling stone has a habit of screwing up those links. it happens all the time. i get the rs newsletter every day. sometimes by the time i get it the links arent even working anymore. so what i have to do is find the articles myself. in this particular case i read the article and watched the video. then i waited a little while and when i got thru doing my mail i went back to it and decided to share the link with everyone here. by then the link i had gotten in the email no longer worked so i did the search on my own and there were 3 items newer than that item already in the rs archives. so i found the particular item in question opened the page and copied the new link directly from the new url on my screen instead of the original email i had gotten and put that link into this page so u all could use that to get there. it isnt a case of whether or not u believe me. its a fact. i have the original mail with a dozen or so links in it. some of them work some dont. at least u got to read the article now and watch the video. youre welcome. u fucking idiot.

    By darth on Nov 9, 2013

  25. ha ha darth you tell the kids how it is,lol.Send me those Bread files so I can make a mixtape with the Association and the Partridge family.Danny Bonadouche is my role model, Get used to it

    By gerbil joe colostomy bag butt plug on Nov 9, 2013

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