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Listen: New Antony and the Johnsons Album

October 12, 2010 11:55 AM ET

Click to listen to Antony and the Johnsons Swanlights.

Swanlights, the fourth album from Antony and the Johnsons, builds on the band's spare, forlorn sound with distorted guitars and exotic percussion. The new LP will also be packaged with a 144-page book featuring Antony's paintings, collages, photography and writing. Swanlights is out today ̵2 listen to it now.

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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