In late 2006, Lou Reed invited a group of musicians and friends to help resurrect his controversial, classic album “Berlin” on a Brooklyn stage.
Among those musicians (and friends) was Antony Hegarty, the angel-voiced singer-songwriter. Below, Antony talks about his experience helping Lou bring the album to the stage, the origins of the pair’s friendship and musical bond and his love for the music of “Berlin”.
Purchase “Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse” on CD, deluxe gatefold double-vinyl or digital download.
This past Saturday at the Wexner Center for the Arts, on the campus of THE Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, Times New Viking offered a Valentine to rock and roll and modern art, closing out the museum’s six-month-running Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms exhibition with a set of cover songs by the incomparable Velvet Underground.
Joined by Ohio rock legend Mike “Rep” Hummel (guitar/voice) and noise/avant man-about-many-towns C. Spencer Yeh (violin), TNV led an enthusiatic crowd through early Velvets classics including “All Tomorrow’s Parties”, “Sunday Morning”, “Venus in Furs” and a show-stopping “Heroin”, with Rep on lead vocals. Set-list courtesy of Beth TNV:
The show actually concluded with an acoustic “After Hours” singalong, featuring members of opener Psychedelic Horseshit as well as a vocal contribution from the one and only Ron House.
On a Valentine’s Day in Central Ohio, Times New Viking channeled the deposed spirit of rock and roll’s greatest band, and moved the crowd, melding their own distinctive blast-first-second-and-third rock mentality to classic jams never far from anyone’s heart.
In addition, Lou can be seen being interviewed and performing alongside Elvis Costello on the latter’s new Sundance Channel chat program, “Spectacle“. The episode in question premies Wednesday, December 10 at 9pm eastern.
Our spring Intended Play label download sampler was a huge hit, so we’re doing it again. Just like before, you get a track from one of each of our current and upcoming releases. Seven of the tracks have not been released on MP3 yet, and four of those are from albums that haven’t been released yet. The sampler this time is a bit more varied musically, from A.C. Newman’s jewel-like pop songscapes to the majestic neo-punk of Fucked Up to the gorgeous female vocals of Jennifer O’Connor to a track from Lou Reed’s painstaking, thoughtful, first-ever performance of his controversial classic album ‘Berlin.’ We also introduce an unreleased song from Pavement’s ‘Brighten The Corner’ sessions, due out on the deluxe edition of that album in November.
Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 13 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally). And support the bands and the label… if you like the track, click on the album title link below to buy (or preorder) the album (or more individual tracks) directly from us.
Lou Reed will be performing “Caroline Says, Pt. II”, from the forthcoming ‘Berlin – Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse’ on Friday’s (10/10) edition of CBS’ “Late Night With David Letterman”. Dave’s other guest is Jeremy Piven. Man, how many times a day do you think he’s got some stranger coming up to him on the street bellowing, “let’s hug it out, bitches”?
Piven, that is. I imagine that sort of thing happens to Lou far less often.
The release date for the LP/CD version of ‘Berlin – Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse’ has been moved to November 4. However, the album is currently available for digital download from the iTunes Music Store.
Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse’ has a new title and will now be landing in stores on October 21 (September 30 on iTunes). The record contains the first live performance of the controversial 1973 masterwork, 33 years after it originally came out. It was recorded at the filming of Julian Schnabel’s ‘Berlin’ feature length film in December 2006, featuring Antony Hegarty, Sharon Jones and Steve Hunter among other guests, with production from Bob Ezrin and Hal Willner. See the original announcement for the full story behind this remarkable album.
The first MP3 from the record is “Caroline Says, Pt. II.” The song is one of Lou Reed’s heavier subjects, and it receives an extraordinarily moving rendition here:
3. Lady Day
4. Men Of Good Fortune
5. Caroline Says, Pt. I
6. How Do You Think It Feels
7. Oh, Jim
8. Caroline Says, Pt. II
9. The Kids
10. The Bed
11. Sad Song
12. Candy Says
13. Rock Minuet
14. Sweet Jane
(photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, taken from Lou Reed.com)
We’re thrilled to announce that Matador will be releasing Lou Reed’s Berlin: Original Film Soundtrack on September 30 (digital) /October 7 (LP/CD), coinciding with the Weinstein Company’s October 6, 2008 DVD release of the Julian Schnabel film.
Upon the 1973 release of Berlin, Lou Reed’s controversial successor to the wildly popular Transformer, Rolling Stone‘s Stephen Davis described it as one of “certain records so patently offensive that one wishes to take some kind of physical vengeance on the artists that perpetrate them…a distorted and degenerate demimonde of paranoia, schizophrenia, degradation, pill-induced violence and suicide.” A earnest pan, yes, but also a fabulous pull quote. Thirty years later, the magazine named it one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Staging Berlin had been discussed for over 30 years, and in December of 2006 it became a reality, over four days at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. It was the first time Reed performed the album live.The New York Times said that Reed “wasn’t revisiting these songs as oldies or artifacts; he was reinhabiting them…Berlin carried Reed’s music to an ornate extreme, but now its trappings are secondary. What comes through is the way it feels.”
The film Berlin, by acclaimed painter/director Julian Schnabel (“Basquiat”, “Before Night Falls”, “The Diving Bell & The Butterfly”), documents these historic performances. Though the album’s harrowing qualities are well documented, the experience of seeing and hearing it brought to life was invigorating. More information about the film can be found athttp://www.berlinthefilm.com/.
Produced by Bob Ezrin and Hal Willner, and featuring musicians like Fernando Saunders, Antony, Steve Hunter, Rob Wassermann, Rupert Christie and Sharon Jones, a seven piece orchestra (including Eyvind Kang and Jane Scarpantoni), and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, this recording magnifies the cinematic quality of the original album. It also includes the three encores, “Candy Says,” “Rock Minuet,” and “Sweet Jane.”
Berlin remains one of the most alarming and frank highlights of a career marked by innovation and candor. Just as Schnabel’s effort is far more ambitious than your average concert film, this release stands as a majestic and poignant re-imagining of one of the 20th century’s most powerful works.
Lou Reed is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has been awarded the Chevalier Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Government, and the prestigious Hero Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His incisive, literate approach to popular (and unpopular) music has spanned five decades, with a remarkable lack of complacency. Reed is undoubtedly one of the most important and influential living musicians, and the creative landscape that we survey in 2008 — including much of this label’s back catalog — is very difficult to imagine without his contributions. More material related to Reed’s career can be found at http://www.loureed.com.