Archive for the 'John Cale' Category

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

John Cale is well-known as a man of many talents — producer / arranger / multi-instrumentalist / singer / songwriter / possessor of an insane scream, to name just a few. But one listen to his essential 1992 live album Fragments of a Rainy Season (just reissued/re-jigged by Domino Records) may be enough to convince […]

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can now be heard twice, every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. John Cale is the selector – sitting in with Justin during the second hour – guest-hosting and playing records culled from his days in the Velvet Underground, solo, and […]

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

When John Cale released Music for a New Society in 1982, he was coming off a  decade-and-a-half hot streak. First as a member of the Velvet Underground, then as a solo artist and producer of key records by Nico, the Stooges, Squeeze, Patti Smith, and the Modern Lovers, Cale pioneered avant-garde approaches in rock music, […]

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Following his exit from the VU John Cale kept busy as a producer, sonically manning the helm behind Nico’s The Marble Index / Desertshore and the Stooges landmark debut LP. All this prior to embarking on his own solo career in 1970 with the release of Vintage Violence, kicking off a trio of albums for Columbia […]

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Following his departure from The Velvet Underground, John Cale re-emerged with this sleeper of a solo debut, Vintage Violence. The centerpiece of the record is the lush and elysian dream-pop number “Big White Cloud.” As though truly recorded in heaven, Cale is surrounded by sweeping strings and cosmo-country piano, as he dramatically transcends the self, […]

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

In the mid-70s, John Cale recorded a trio of solo albums for Island Records. Ever the forerunner of avant-garde, Cale concocted a heady brew of proto-punk, glam and art pop aided by the likes of Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno. One of the more singular moments of this era appears on the 1975 album Slow Dazzle, […]

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Ten years after they first emerged from Warhol’s Factory, the Velvet Underground loomed larger than ever before in the CBGB-centered NYC punk scene of the mid-1970s. With Patti Smith leading the charge — she covered the Velvets frequently  — John Cale and Lou Reed suddenly found themselves with a whole new generation of acolytes. What […]