Archive for Lou Reed


Posted in All Metal, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2011 by Randy


November 3, 2011 – Los Angeles, Ca – Award-winning film director Darren Aronofsky, best-known for the Oscar-nominated films Black Swan and The Wrestler, will direct a performance music video for “Iced Honey” – a track from Lou Reed and Metallica’s new album Lulu, which was released on November 1st. Director of photography, Matthew Libatique (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem For A Dream) will be the DP and cameraman for the “Iced Honey” video. The clip will be shot in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be available for viewing later this month.

“I have loved Darren Aronofsky since he did ‘Pi’,” said Lou Reed. “I hope I can be his next Black Swan.”

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich adds, “As if making a record with Lou Reed is not enough….. now I get to make a video with Darren Aronofsky, who has been among my very favorite filmmakers since his first movie, ‘Pi.’ This is turning into a monumental chapter in the on-going saga entitled “Lars Ulrich…living the dream!!!”

A collaboration between Reed and Metallica, Lulu includes a set of extended songs inspired by German expressionist Frank Wedekind’s early 20th century plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, and were a rewrite of Edgar Allan Poe’s, The Raven, which emerged as a graphic novel on Fantagraphics Press.

Rolling Stone has called Lulu “one of the season’s hottest albums,” while the New York Times called it “a set of wrenching, astonishingly profane songs. Beneath Mr. Reed’s unblinking recitation, Metallica’s serrated guitars and drums churn like a torture device.” ARTISTdirect dubbed Lulu “the ultimate 21st century rock opera,” while CBS Sunday Morning called it “a testament to brains AND brawn.”

About Lou Reed: The king of New York avant-rock, Lou Reed made innovative, iconoclastic music with the profoundly influential The Velvet Underground before “Walk On The Wild Side” gave him 1972’s most unlikely pop hit. He reacted to this development with admirable perversity; releasing a stream of diverse and challenging solo albums, from the macabre, monumental Berlin to thesubtle, seductive Coney Island Baby, from the wallpaper-peeling Metal Machine Music (Cash Box review: no stars) to the punk pivot Street Hassle. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996. Recent years have seen his always-present literary bent comeincreasingly to the fore on works like New York, Magic And Loss, and The Raven.

About Metallica: Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 100 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored almost a dozen multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning almost 15.7 million albums in the United States alone, and over 25 million worldwide. In October 2008, their latest album, Death Magnetic, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and in 27 additional countries around the world. It was certified platinum in the United States just six weeks later. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

About Darren Aronofsky: Darren Aronofsky’s films Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain, Requiem For A Dream, and π have earned the Brooklyn native a number of honors including Academy Award and Golden Globe wins and nominations, three Independent Spirit Awards, plus various international film festival prizes. His honors also include the American Film Institute’s prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal and the Golden Horse Visionary Award presented by the Stockholm Film Festival.

Lou Reed & Metallica: Lulu Preview

Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , on October 26, 2011 by Randy

Lulu is a musical collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica.

It is inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wedekind’s plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, which tell the story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships, and are now collectively known as the Lulu plays. Since their publication in the early 1900s, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film (Pandora’s Box, 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors. The plays challenged the sexual and moral standards of their day and have remained highly controversial. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape for Lulu were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin. After Lou performed with Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 they all knew they wanted to make more music together. The Lulu project began in May 2011 at HQ studios in Northern California, with Lou’s lyrics as the starting point.


%d bloggers like this: