A Season in Hell
A Season in Hell #151: Waiting For The Doll That Has It All
October 28, 2013 @ 8:00pm
On tonight's show I welcome back Julie Anderson, the curator for Altered Barbie, now in its 11th glorious, bedazzled year! What's up with that girl? She isn't anatomically correct, but that's never slowed her down. She's got her own Corvette for gawds sake!
I love having Julie in, she always brings the most colorful characters with her. And this year was no different. Three poets, a saxophonist and Ethel Mermen of The Ethel Mermen Experience, all of whom are performing in one way or another at either the opening gala or the closing.
The interview is in the first half hour, so check it out, then go check out the gallery of crazy Barbie Alterations at Shotwell 50 Gallery, which is located at 50 Shotwell in the Mission, and is open 1-7PM daily!!!
Get your Barbie on!
I take the rest of the night to pay homage to Lou Reed, who just passed away over the weekend. Depressing. A truly iconic figure, Lou Reed never compromised his sound for anyone, be it his own band, the record label, or even his fans. He knew how to push people away, but was also a central figure in creating the punk, industrial and noise scenes that grew out of his own experimentation with music.
Ah Lou, would you have done it all the same if you knew you would have been gone by the age of 71? I would imagine he would say "yes". And why not? He wrote his life into his music. He was unashamed about writing and singing about his experiences with drugs. He spoke about the yin/yang of those experiences. He spoke about life and death throughout his career. If anything, he may have been excited to see what the next part of the journey is.
God speed, Lou.
Some tracks are pre-VU, which I can be you've never heard before. It's like nothing you would ever expect from Mr. Reed.
The live stuff here is brilliant, but my favorite of all is "Waiting for the Man" from 1972. Even while writing this I see that every track here is brilliant, and I should do a four hour special on Lou some day. If you check out many of the shows from Radio Valencia in the days following his passing, you'll notice that many have a Lou Reed focus.
Pale Blue Eyes: Velvet Underground
Romeo Had Juliet: Lou Reed
Interview with Julie Anderson of Altered Barbie
Outside: Lou Reed
Tranmaniacon MC: Altamont
Maybe Millions: Pins of Light
Queen Bitch: Lou Reed and David Bowie
I'm Waiting For My Man: Lou Reed (12-26-72 Hempstead, NY)
Vicious: Lou Reed (10-27-74 Dayton, OH)
Cycle Annie: The Beachnuts
Don't Turn My World Upside Down: The J Brothers
Soul City: The Hi-Lifes
Wonderful World Of Love: The Liberty Men
The Gift: The Velvet Underground
All Tomorrow's Parties: The Velvet Underground (April 1966, Scepter Studios, NYC, NY)
Heroin: The Velvet Underground (Andy Warhol's Factory NY, January 1966)
Venus in Furs: The Velvet Underground: (Poor Richard's, Chicago IL, June 23, 1966)
Sweet Jane: Lou Reed (10-27-74 Dayton, OH)