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11-22-13 Footnotes
Show 417: Lou Reed Retrospective, M.I.A Review




1 Madonna is the world’s highest paid musician according to Forbes. (Insert Material Girl joke here.) But, more surprising is how well some artists have done without even releasing music. Toby Keith can thank his record label, restaurant chain and mescal line for some of his $65 million. And Diddy can thank Ciroc for his $50 mil.

2a Rock legend, poet and Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed died on October 27 at age 71. That week Jim honored him with the addition of the Velvet Underground track “Candy Says” to the Desert Island Jukebox. But, this influential singer, songwriter and guitarist deserves more than just few minutes of our time. He helped shape 50 years of rock music, perhaps more than any single figure, according to our hosts. And so they wanted to explore why news of his death made such waves and why fans are still mourning. The best way to do this, of course, is through the music, and these five albums in particular:

The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat (1968)
The Velvet Underground, Loaded (1970)
Lou Reed, Berlin (1973)
Lou Reed, The Blue Mask (1982)
Lou Reed, New York (1989)

2b Lou Reed fans will also want to check out Jim and Greg’s pieces over the years.

Jim talks with Fred Maher and Jane Scarpantoni about working with Lou

Greg’s
Lou Reed obituary
The Velvet Underground reunites in 1993
Reed discusses Magic and Loss in 1992
The Velvets legacy on the "Peel Slowly and See" box set, 1995
Reed talks about Warhol, working Cale and making "Songs for Drella," 1990
Reed talks music with John Wesley Harding, 1992
Lou Reed in concert, 2000

And in In 2009, Jim edited contributions from some of his favorite rock-critic peers (including one Greg Kot), each writing about one of the Velvet Underground's studio or live albums, while he provided a career retrospective and critical overview of the band's canon in a long essay running throughout the exquisitely illustrated book, The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side, now sadly out of print. Here is Jim's essay. (PDF)

3 After three years of garnering more attention for her public antics than her music, agit-rapper M.I.A. is back with her fourth studio album, Matangi. Both Jim and Greg think the effort is a refreshing return to form after her lukewarm 2010 release, Maya. However, Greg isn't much impressed by Matangi's tonal turn away from the political and more towards the spiritual, which he thinks at times comes off as kind of superficial. Jim agrees that M.I.A. doesn't have as much to say this time out, but the music—a blend of western pop melodies and eastern dance rhythms—is still unmatched. Both critics give Matangi a Burn It.



Songs Featured in Show #417
Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray, "Caramel," Pure Sunray, 2013
Madonna, “Music,” Music, Maverick/Warner Bros., 1999
The Velvet Underground, “I’m Waiting for the Man,” The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967
The Velvet Underground, “European Son,” The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967
The Velvet Underground, “Sister Ray,” White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
The Velvet Underground, “I Heard Her Call My Name,” White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
The Velvet Underground, “Here She Comes Now,” White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
The Velvet Underground, “White Light/White Heat,” White Light/White Heat, Verve, 1968
The Velvet Underground, “Sweet Jane,” Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
The Velvet Underground, “Rock and Roll,” Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
The Velvet Underground, “New Age,” Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
The Velvet Underground, “I Found A Reason,” Loaded, Cotillion, 1970
Lou Reed, “Walk on the Wild Side,” Transformer, RCA, 1972
Lou Reed, “Berlin,” Berlin, RCA, 1973
Lou Reed, “Caroline Says II,” Berlin, RCA, 1973
Lou Reed, “Oh, Jim,” Berlin, RCA, 1973
Lou Reed, “The Kids,” Berlin, RCA, 1973
Lou Reed, “Underneath the Bottle,” The Blue Mask, RCA, 1982
Lou Reed, “My House,” The Blue Mask, RCA, 1982
Lou Reed, “Heavenly Arms,” The Blue Mask, RCA, 1982
Lou Reed and John Cale, “Style Takes It,” Songs for Drella, Sire, 1990
Lou Reed, “Dirty Blvd.,” New York, Sire, 1989
Lou Reed, “Halloween Parade,” New York, Sire, 1989
Lou Reed, “Romeo Had Juliette,” New York, Sire, 1989
Lou Reed, “Endless Cycle,” New York, Sire, 1989
M.I.A., “Y.A.L.A.,” Matangi, N.E.E.T./Interscope, 2013
M.I.A., “Lights,” Matangi, N.E.E.T./Interscope, 2013
New Edition, “Mr. Telephone Man,” New Edition, MCA, 1984
The Flaming Lips, “You Are Alone,” The Terror, Warner Bros., 2013
Drake, "From Time," Nothing Was the Same, OVO Sound, 2013
Marlene Dietrich and Rosemary Clooney, “Too Old to Cut the Mustard,” Too Old to Cut the Mustard (Single), Columbia, 1952
Anti-Nowhere League, “Woman,” We Are… The League, WXYZ, 1982


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