VIDEO: John Cale’s “Face To The Sky”

John Cale may not be the first name you think of when it comes to people making new music, but when it’s seen, it comes as a pleasant surprise. Here is the Velvet Underground man taking things in a slightly new way in “Face To The Sky”. What’s new about it? It’s dance pop, but done in an adventurous way, the only way Cale could do it, and it works. The song is from Cale’s forthcoming Double Six/Domino album called Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood, due out October 2nd.

Cale will be on tour through the new year, which includes a string of shows in New York City that will include a tribute to Nico, and two shows dedicated to his Paris 1919 album, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary next year. See him if you can, or make the effort to do so:

September 21 – Chicago, IL @ Riverfront Theatre [Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements]
October 3 – Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
October 5 – Edinburgh, UK @ HMV Piture House
October 6 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz Manchester
October 7 – Cardiff, UK @ Coal Exchange
October 11 – Digbeth, UK @ HMV Institute
October 13 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
October 14 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria-Theater
October 16 – Berlin, DE @ Passionskirche Kreuzberg
October 18 – Munich, DE @ Freiheiz
October 19 – Basel, Switzerland @ Reithalle
October 21 – Esch Sur Alzette, LU @ Rockhal
October 22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
October 23 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel

January 16, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [Life Along The Borderline – tribute to NICO]
January 18, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919]
January 19, 2013 – Brooklyn, NY @ BAM [When Past & Future Collide: Paris 1919]

SOME STUFFS: Sundazed releases new Velvet Underground 7″ 45 box set

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Singles 1966-1969 is a forthcoming Velvet Underground box set featuring seven 7″ 45’s, packaged in reproductions of the inner sleeves, and includes liner notes, rare photos, and more.

Velvet Underground were considered band who may have not sold over 5000 copies of anything initially, but managed to influence 5000+ bands to create their own sonic legacies. It may be also hard to imagine that the VU were pushed as a hit-making group by releasing singles, usually reserved for artists who could produce hits. But 45’s were a means of promotion just like any other, so while most of those 5000+ bands bought VU in LP form, others discovered them in the 45rpm format, and this is a nice tribute to that, and of course it will become a nice collectible to boot.

Four of the records inside were released as singles, two were scheduled but canceled, and there is also a radio spot 45 too. Radio spots are small commercial ads that radio stations were to play inbetween other records. Some of these radio spots are of value to collector’s of the artists being promoted, and again it’s safe to say these radio spots didn’t help one bit, otherwise we would be celebrating VU on a much grander scale. Nonetheless, this seven 7″ 45 box set is a celebration of a certain scale, and it will look good to see VU spinning @ 45rpm.