When I was in high school, a kid gave me this Velvet Underground tape. It was the first two records, dubbed onto a cassette pretty carelessly, with songs cutting off at the end of sides A and B. The kid who gave it to me was a fellow guitar player, but a lot cooler than me. He was a slouchy guy with greasy shoulder-length hair, and he told me stories about the Velvets tuning all their strings to the same note, or physically carving the frets out of the necks of their guitars so they could slide dissonantly between microtones during guitar solos. I put the tape on and it sounded like what I imagined taking drugs (a lot of drugs) felt like. It scared me. And it made me want to take drugs, which also scared me.
With sadness, we present some of the best performances from the five decade career of the late Lou Reed. Please feel free to add some of your own favorite Lou videos in the comments.
Poor Kanye. The rapper launched his first womenswear collection in Paris on Saturday, giving at least two fashion writers the opportunity to employ the timeless diss "stick to your day job." Fortunately, many artists have done just that – and made some great music as a result. Why, let's talk about it.
Like all youths in my country, I sat in my family's homestead watching in rapt attention, internalizing the Canadian values transmitted through these messages. These crazy PS-ehs are remembered fondly and have become Canadian memes threaded through our personal history.
• Julianne Moore's West Village townhouse is up for sale. Moore picked up the five-story, six-bedroom home on West 11th Street for $3.5 million in 2003. It can now be yours for $11.95 million. [NYO, Sotheby's, Curbed]
• Emeril Lagasse has closed on the purchase of developer Penny Bradley's 6,900-square-foot townhouse at 158 East 61st Street for "around" its most recent asking price of $11.5 million. Now that he's found a new place to store his pots and pans, the chef and Food Network fixture has put his condo at the Beekman Regent up for sale for $5.995 million. [NYP, BHS]
• Chris Burch, the entrepreneur and ex-husband of Tory Burch, has picked up a new Hamptons home. Burch paid "around $9 million" for the Southampton estate of disgraced Bear Stearns exec Ralph Cioffi. The property had been listed at $10.7 million when it went into contract last month. [NYP]
Sienna Miller stepping out of the Gramercy Park Hotel ... Jonah Hill leaving the Bowery Hotel ... Adam Brody and Jessica Szohr leaving dinner at Cafeteria in Chelsea ... Hilary Duff filming scenes for Gossip Girl in SoHo ... Rihanna arriving at the 34th Street Heliport ... Lou Reed eating breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien in the West Village ... Jennifer Aniston walking downtown ... Snoop Dogg arriving at the Trump International Hotel ... Julia Roberts shooting scenes for Eat, Pray, Love in the East Village ... Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan posing for photographs outside their hotel ... Shia LaBeouf walking by himself in SoHo ... and Drew Barrymore hiding her face from photographers after eating lunch at the Bowery Hotel.
Lou Reed eating breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien in the Village ... Whitney Port eating lunch with Olivia Palermo at Philip Marie, and later having dinner with a friend at Nobu ... Luke Wilson walking with a friend in Soho ... Anne Hathaway wearing a wig while having lunch with her boyfriend, Adam Shulman ... Tracy Morgan dressed up on the set of A Couple of Dicks in Brooklyn ... Julianna Margulies leaving a gym downtown ... Beyonce and Jay-Z walking into Avenue Bar ... Miss Universe Diana Mendoza shooting a comercial in the West Village ... Robert Pattinson walking downtown with a group of handlers ... Courtney Love leaving a bank in Midtown ... and Jane Krakowski getting in a cab in the Village.
Chris Martin, the husband of Gwyneth Paltrow and lead singer of Coldplay, turns 32 today. Author Tom Wolfe is 79. Lou Reed is turning 67. Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow is turning 59. Jon Bon Jovi is 47. Daniel Craig is 41. Hockey player Henrik Lundqvist is 27. Writer John Irving turns 67. Mikhail Gorbachev is 78. Elizabeth Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, turns 25. Film producer/exec Peter Guber is 67. Cosmetic dentist to the stars Marc Lowenberg is 63. And Reggie Bush, the football player and boyfriend of Kim Kardashian, turns 24 today.
Karole Armitage's Armitage Gone! dance company held its annual benefit last night at Capitale. The honorees at the Think Punk! event, Jeff Koons and Earle Mack, celebrated with their wives, Justine and Carole, as well as with attendees like Rufus Wainwright (left), Andre Balazs, Calvin Klein, Fabiola Beracasa, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson, Nicole Miller, Lauren duPont, Allison Sarofim, Peter Marino, Mary Boone, David Salle, Michael Musto, Dominique Levy, Sandy Brant, Tom Sachs, Todd Eberle, Francesco Clemente, Michele Zalopany, and Jamie Niven. [PMc, VF, WWD]