Fricke's Picks Radio: Magic and Loss With Lou Reed and Young Iceland

Lou Reed
Lou Reed
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It has been a weird, cool, grim month — a feast of New York gigs by, among others, Steely Dan, Pearl Jam and the cantankerous Afro-jazz dynamo Ginger Baker; the shock of Lou Reed's passing on October 27th, then a healing trip to Iceland Airwaves. That is all reflected here. Stay with the blitzed MC's intro to the Dan's "Bodhisattva," recorded at a 1974 show in Santa Monica, California; snuck out as a B-side, it's a hot shot of what we missed when that band went off the road for a couple of decades – and how the Dan attacked the song the other week at the Beacon Theater. Grísalappalísa, from Reykjavík, were one of the fresh blasts I got at Airwaves; Baby in Vain, from Copenhagen, Denmark, were another. It was hard to listen to Reed's work in the days after his death, as I wrote about him for our tribute issue. But there were songs that got me through that labor. Here are four, plus exit music.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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