Lou Reed’s high school yearbook photo, circa 1959
Lou Reed, front man for The Velvet Underground and New York-based musician for over fifty years, died yesterday (October 27) in Southampton, NY. Rolling Stone Magazine reports Reed had a liver transplant in May, although the details surrounding his death are currently unreleased. The Canadian Press via Yahoo! omg! Canada released a statement citing Lou Reed’s importance to Canadian music, including his performance with Emily Haines, Ron Sexsmith, and others at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for a Neil Young tribute concert. Reed and others played a rendition of Neil Young’s “Harvest” and “Helpless”.
Fans and Canadian musicians will sorely miss Reed. He was 71.
Charlottetown locals Two Hours Traffic are splitting up after a final Canadian tour, cites exclaim.ca. With 12 years under their belts, Two Hours Traffic said from their official website that the split is on good terms; “We want to make it clear that we are not breaking up due to any personal problems within the band or because of any creative issues—it is just the right time.”
From their start in their “parents’ basements in 2001”, Two Hours Traffic has come a long way. The band thanked a list of individuals and bands from their website blog who have helped them along their musical journey, namely Calgary’s The Dudes, Toronto’s Zeus, and Regina’s Rah Rah.
Their final tour line-up includes seven stops from Charlottetown to Toronto. Complete tour listing is included in their blog post.
With tomorrow’s much-anticipated release of their fourth album Reflektor, buzz around the Arcade Fire album is continuing to mount. The Montreal Gazette produced an impressive interview with the band, including a look-back on their previous successful work, and commentary from the band on the recent publicity surrounding the new album. The band’s appearance in a 30-minute performance/parody documentary entitle Here Comes the Night Time apparently left some fans confused with it’s postmodernism approach, and wondering if the band had taken a new turn for the worse. Win Butler clears up any rumors of drug use, saying, “No, it’s way weirder than that. There’s no drugs at all involved in any of this. The genuine expression of craziness is way more interesting to me than something that’s drug induced.”
Album reviews for Reflektor are already cropping up. Billboard includes a review in chronological order of every song. A good read once you’ve purchased the album from the official Arcade Fire website here.