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John Cameron Mitchell Recorded a Lou Reed Tribute EP for His Sick Mother

Check out this surreal animated video for “Waves of Fear” from Reed’s 1982 LP The Blue Mask

Hedwig and the Angry Inch’s John Cameron Mitchell has teamed up with Eyelids — a psychedelic group featuring members of Decembrists, Guided By Voices and the Jicks — to record an EP of Lou Reed covers. The proceeds will benefit Mitchell’s mom, who has Alzheimer’s disease. They also released an animated video for “Waves of Fear,” which originally appeared on Reed’s 1982 classic The Blue Mask.

The limited edition EP, Turning Time Around, produced by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, is available for pre-order right now. It also features “I Found a Reason” from the the Velvet Underground’s 1970 LP Loaded and “Turning Time Around” from Reed’s 2000 album Ecstasy. “Lou Reed is probably my favorite musical artist,” Mitchell said in a statement. “I love Eyelids and Lou and my Mom and I hope you will too.

The “Waves of Fear” video was created by Eyeids member Chris Slusarenko. “When John suggested we record this I was freaking out,” he says. “Not only is it one of Lou’s best later-period, venom-filled, nightmare-fueled songs, but it has one of the best Robert Quine solos of all time in it. It is hopeless in tone yet absurdly catchy. To crawl into this dark headspace with John leading the charge was actually pretty intense. My arms were noodles after endlessly pulling all those strings around the back of the guitar all while John pushed it into that desperate headspace that it demands.”

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