Archive for the Velvet Underground

Pete Yorn On Musicforthemorningafter: ‘It’s Too Clean’

Posted in Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/07/2010 by kurtorzeck

Night owls can expect to see Pete Yorn performing on Jimmy Fallon’s show tonight in support of the self-titled album he squeezed out last week. Seems like an opportune time to roll out this vintage, never-before-online interview I conducted with him on March 9, 2003. Continue reading

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Revising History: Kathryn Williams On Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter, Björk’s Homogenic, More

Posted in Features, Revising History with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/06/2010 by kurtorzeck

On her 2004 covers album, Relations, revered British singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams breathed new life into classics such as Nirvana’s “All Apologies,” the Velvet Underground’s “Candy Says” and Pavement’s “Spit on a Stranger.” In commemoration of the release finally reaching U.S. shores on Tuesday (via One Little Indian), the Bad Penny asked the Mercury Prize nominee to christen a new feature: Revising History. Continue reading

David Bowie Transcript, 7.9.03: ‘I Am The Man Who Found Velvet Underground!’

Posted in Interview Transcripts, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/05/2010 by kurtorzeck

David Bowie gets the White Stripes, the Raveonettes and the Dandy Warhols – but not Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And were it not for him, he says, Lou Reed and John Cale’s immortal band might never have made it. Continue reading

Cover Me: French Miami’s French Miami

Posted in Cover Me, Features, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 01/03/2010 by kurtorzeck

An ongoing series in which musicians reveal the artists they’d most like to hear covering their songs. Continue reading

Nirvana’s In Utero: Un Vínculo Progresivo Entre Los Mundos Del Rock Mainstream Y Rock Independiente

Posted in Essays, Features with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/30/2009 by kurtorzeck

Eleven years ago, I studied for five months in Santiago, Chile. As part of my education regiment, I chose a class on the history of rock and roll. You might think that’s as much as a cop-out as taking a class in bowling or frisbee golf. But as someone who had mostly shunned classic rock till that point, I actually learned a lot. My teacher was obsessed with Deep Purple and Cream, and explained to us how Ozzy Osbourne was rock’s first psicótico.

I like to think I returned him the favor by teaching him a bit about Nirvana, of whom he wasn’t much aware, in my final paper. The self-generated topic: How Nirvana ushered indie-rock, rougher production values and anti-corporate attitudes into the mainstream with In Utero. El profesor told me I worked harder than any of his Chilean students in the class, and that I nailed the exam (70 out of 70), too.

These days, my Spanish is a bit rusty, so I couldn’t tell you what most of the paper means. But here it is for your archival viewing pleasure. PDFs are included in case the images are too taxing on yer eyes:

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