Lou Reed and Mick Rock Reminisce over Transformer

Last night at CBGB the John Varvatos store in NYC, Lou Reed and Mick Rock spoke about their friendship and work relationship spanning from the very beginning of both of their careers in music and photography to now. The gathering was to celebrate the launch of their photo-filled book Transformer, showcasing many previously unseen images of Lou by Rock, and a few of Rock by Lou.

After guests milled about the store with cocktails, perusing the fruits of the artists’ labor, Rock and Lou took their places on a stage, not to perform, but to talk about their history. Lou Reed’s adoration of Mick Rock came from a few things: his ability to capture him in a way that felt alive, and real (as opposed to what he described as movie theater cardboard cutouts,) and for their shared affinity for staying up all night.  

A few jabs at Pop music masquerading as Rock later, Lou was on about Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, and how he did it first. Whatever you say, Lou. I just wish the S&M store Lou used to dress from on MacDougal were still around…






This Is Your Obligatory “Transit of Venus” Planet-Gazing Playlist

Please forgive the terrible tennis-related pun as the photo, but this is the sort of thing that only happens once in a giant, blue-green planet full of noxious, lethal gases. The planet Venus is in transit and will travel across the sun today in plain view for a once-in-a-lifetime viewing (no really, the next time this happens will be the year 2117).

If you’re still looking for something to do with that special someone on a Tuesday night, Venus-gazing may be the activity of choice. In honor of this rare astronomical occasion, we’ve chosen to celebrate by making you a mixtape celebrating the Love Planet.

Jay-Z – Venus vs. Mars

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock

Air – Venus

Bananarama – Venus 

Grimes – Venus In Fleurs

Dengue Fever – Oceans of Venus

Tori Amos – Datura (from the album To Venus and Back

Elton John – Levon ("and Jesus/he wants to go to Venus")

The Velvet Underground – Venus In Furs

Miles Davis – Venus de Milo

Usher – Mars vs. Venus 

Lou Reed Will Tour ‘From VU to LULU’ This Summer

It is possible that you are one of the people who enjoyed Lou Reed and Metallica’s art-metal album, Lulu, much in the way that it’s possible that you could incur bird flu one day, or perhaps play Ultimate Frisbee while sober. If you’re one of the few, you’ll be excited to know that Lou Reed is embarking on a tour this summer called "From VU to Lulu," which will presumably touch on those songs and the ones in between from his long, long career. It’s European only, for now, but if you start an online petition I’m sure Reed will announce U.S. dates soon enough.

He’ll be without Metallica, unfortunately, but that could be for the best. Instead, you will maybe get to hear "Sister Ray" go right into "The View." And then your head will explode. Here are those dates, via Pitchfork, as well as a video that superimposes Grandpa Simpson’s voice over the Lulu instrumentals for what really should have been. 

06-06 Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
06-08 Nyon, Switzerland – Caribana Festival
06-09 Paris, France – Montereau Festival
06-11 Paris, France – Olympia
06-12 Lille, France – L’Aeronef
06-14 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
06-15 Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
06-18 Copenhagen, Denmark – Falconer Salen
06-20 Berlin, Germany – Citadel Music Festival
06-23 Mainz, Germany – Zollhafen/Nordmole
06-25 Clermont Ferrand, France – Cooperative de Mai 
06-26 Bordeaux, France – Fete le Vin
06-29 Bonn, Germany – Kunst!Rasen
06-30 Dresden, Germany – Filmnächte am Elbufer
07-01 Munich, Germany – Tollwood Festival, Olympic Park
07-05 Trencin, Slovakia – Pohoda Festival