Alternative Summer: 10 Songs For When The Sun Hits Jun09

Alternative Summer: 10 Songs For When The Sun Hits...

Some summer tunes to soundtrack those rare days when we actually see a bit of sun here in Ireland. Enjoy it while it lasts…

Magic and Loss – Lou Reed Remembered (1942 -2013) Oct30

Magic and Loss – Lou Reed Remembered (1942 -2013)...

“One chord is fine, two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” – Lou Reed     We tend to imagine that our idols are indestructible, resistant to the ravages of time and the slow and steady decline that sets in as the years roll by. We hold them in memory, picture perfect, raging with the youth and vitality that first drew us into their orbit. And so for a whole generation of music fans, the news of the sad passing of Lou Reed at the age of 71 felt like a cold, sharp slap to the face, a timely reminder that greatness confers no guarantee of immortality, and eventually, the music will fade away and die for all of us. Genius is a word often bandied about a little too freely when eulogising dead rock stars – in the case of Lou Reed, it seemed too small a word to encapsulate his talent. He was the original street poet, unflinching in his portrayal of the seedy underbelly of life and uncompromising in his approach to making music. With the Velvet Underground, he dropped a grenade into the Summer of Love – blasting the cosy psychedelia of the late sixties to pieces with a debut album that moved from tender to terrifying with seamless ease. The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) remains a landmark record, and is arguably the most influential rock album of all time. While the Beatles and the Stones cloaked their references to drug-taking in layers of ambiguity, Reed cast a cold, dispassionate eye on the junkie experience – on the face of it, ‘Heroin’ is a song that sounds dangerously like glamourisation. Dig deeper and it becomes clear it was just Lou Reed telling it like it...