Global music legend JOHN CALE has announced Liverpool as his only European show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary The Velvet Underground & Nico album
Already doyens of New York’s burgeoning art rock scene, the first Velvet Underground album in 1967 represented the zenith of the movement and a turning point in rock that introduced a previously unknown level of experimentalism to a wider audience.
For the past 50 years The Velvet Underground have been cited as a massive influence on some of the greatest artists on both sides of the Atlantic shaping the music of everyone from Iggy Pop and David Bowie to latter day obsessives.
The Velvet Underground & Nico aka The ‘Banana’ album (Artwork by Andy Warhol) has been hailed by The Guardian as the#1 album that “changed music forever”, ahead of even The Beatles and Sgt Peppers. It has also been lauded by both NME and Rolling Stone as one of the best 40 greatest albums of all time. Shindig! love it too. And that’s probably more important!
Following the recent live concert at the Philharmonie de Paris to celebrate the 50th birthday of this musical masterpiece Cale has decided to perform the album in its entirety only twice more and first up is Liverpool, a city that resonates with him due to its rich, diverse and cutting edge musical history, the perfect environment to hold this special anniversary of something so personal to him.
John Cale commented: “I’m often reluctant to spend too much time on things past – then, a time marker shows up – The Velvet Underground & Nico turns 50! As so many bands can attest to, it is the fulfillment of the ultimate dream to record your first album. We were an unfriendly brand, dabbling in a world of challenging lyrics and weird sonics that didn’t fit into anyone’s playlist at the time. Remaining ferociously true to our viewpoints, Lou and I never doubted for a moment we could create something to give a voice to things not regularly explored in rock music at the time. That bizarre combination of four distinctly disparate musicians and a reluctant beauty queen perfectly summed up what it meant to be The Velvet Underground.” Read more John Cale Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Velvet Underground & Nico ›
An award for and live dates from one of our greatest groovy movie composers
Most Shindig! readers will know and love Lalo Schifrin’s classic film scores to such famous movies as Mission Impossible, Dirty Harry, Coogan’s Bluff and Cool Hand Luke. Now 84, the Argentinian has composed the music for over 100 films. What is even more remarkable is his ability to switch effortlessly between very different musical worlds, achieving equal acclaim in the jazz, classical and film score fields.
France has a particular affection for Schifrin; he studied at the Paris conservatory in the 1950’s and was the musical director of the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra for its first five years, from 1988-93. On November 8th France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres will be presenting him with their prestigious Commandeur of Arts and Letters. Two festivals in France will be paying tribute to Schifrin over the subsequent seven days, with Schifrin as special guest. The Cinematheque Festival will feature a retrospective of Schifrin’s Films (November 9-14) and there will be a special concert featuring his music at the Festival du Cinéma & Musique de Film de la Baule (November 9-13).
“Words cannot express my gratitude to the French Minister of Culture, Madame Audrey Azoulay, for this recognition. I feel overwhelmed by this distinction and it humbles me,” said Schifrin, who was previously named a Chevalier (Knight) by the Ordre des Arts des Lettres.
Schifrin To Appear At Two Festivals As A Special Guest
Cinematheque Festival To Feature a Retrospective of Schifrin’s Films (November 9-14)
Festival du Cinéma & Musique de Film de la Baule Featuring Tribute To Schifrin With A Special Concert Featuring His Music (November 9-13)
THE FLAMING LIPS are pleased to announce the release of their long-awaited new studio album, entitled OCZY MLODY, on 13thJanuary 2017 via Bella Union. Produced by the band and their long-time producer Dave Fridmann, the highly-anticipated LP is the follow-up to their globally acclaimed 2013 album, The Terror. The Lips have also shot a video for the album track ‘The Castle’. Filmed in Oklahoma City, the video is as emotionally affecting as the song itself
Three-time Grammy-Award winners, The Flaming Lips are one of the most enduring, influential, unpredictable, and universally respected bands of their generation or any other. Led by Wayne Coyne, they have been cited as the ultimate live attraction and life-affirming festival band who continue to dazzle audiences with their over-the-top, maximalist, high-energy onslaught on the senses. On Oczy Melody, the Lips return to form with an album no less experimental in nature, but perhaps more melodically song-oriented, recalling the best parts of their most critically applauded albums The Soft Bulletin and the gold-certified Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots. Read more The Flaming Lips return with long awaited new album ‘Oczy Mlody’ ›
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