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Thursday, December 6, 2012

All Hail John Cale

Posted by on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM

(Showbox at the Market) Great artists aren't content to merely reproduce previous successes with minor variations. They continue forging ahead. This is why John Cale's résumé reads like an encyclopedia of modern music. The Welshman produced landmark albums for Patti Smith, the Stooges, and Nico, and has collaborated with everyone from minimalist Terry Riley to LCD Soundsystem. He recorded Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" before Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, et al. reduced it to a TV soundtrack cliché. Oh, and he was in the freaking Velvet Underground! His solo discography is ever-evolving, too—just contrast 1979's abrasive Sabotage/Live with the icy beauty of 1982's Music for a New Society. Any other 70-year-old working with Danger Mouse and experimenting with Auto-Tune vocal FX would seem a bit desperate, but Cale's new Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood, which does both, only underscores his willingness to keep taking chances. See also Underage.

 

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Yes indeed! Hearing "Guts" piping through yesterday had me cheering outloud!! And agreed, a great interview yesterday, I too would have gushed.
Posted by snacktruck on December 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
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terrific interview yesterday. JC digs hip.hop... SO f#ing cool!
Posted by katmet07 on December 6, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this

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