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Live at Rolling Stone: The Swell Season Play "Strict Joy" Tunes

November 16, 2009 3:46 PM ET

The Swell Season, the Oscar-winning duo from 2007's Once, recently stopped by the Rolling Stone studios to perform a pair of tracks from their new album Strict Joy ("In These Arms" and "Low Rising") along with their signature hit "Falling Slowly." Check out Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova's blend of Irish soul and dreamy pop right here. "Low Rising" and "Falling Slowly" are after the jump!

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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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