Sunday, November 24, 2013

Recording: The Flowers of Hell feat. Andre Ethier

Artist: The Flowers of Hell feat. Andre Ethier

Song: Charley's Girl [Lou Reed cover]

Recorded at The Silver Dollar Room ("Lou Reed: Live Tribute"), November 21, 2013.

The Flowers of Hell feat. Andre Ethier - Charley's Girl

Full review to follow. Lou Reed, in his work in the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, created an entirely new lineage in the great tree of rock'n'roll. Any band that embraces some combination of darkness, bad vibes, unrepentant vice, noise and art can probably trace their roots back towards Lou Reed, and in Toronto, it seemed exactly right that the Silver Dollar (home, most nights, to some combination of the above) should be the place to host a night of music in tribute. A full night saw a wide variety of Reed's heirs celebrate some good songs, ranging from quiet moments of beauty to noise freakouts.

Tackling a couple less-obvious selections, Greg Jarvis and his Flowers of Hell showed both the reach of their ambition (in choosing to tackle mini-suite "Street Hassle") and their will to rock, as seen in this groover with ex-Deadly Snake Andre Ethier on vocals.

Bonus! If that's not enough for you, I've made the entire tribute night available to download.

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