Tom Meets Lulu Part Ten: “Junior Dad”

February 2, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

After living with this album for the better part of a month, I have reached the finish line. “Junior Dad” is the tenth and final song on LULU. I’m having a hard time figuring out how to approach this last review. On one hand, I feel like I’ve over-analyzed elements of this project into the ground – how it’s better to do something rather than sit on the sidelines, even if what you’re making sucks, the merits of a noble… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Nine: “Dragon”

January 24, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

Yesterday I listened to WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT as I walked around the streets of Philadelphia, partly because I’ve got Lou Reed running through my consciousness thanks to these LULU reviews, but primarily because the guitarist for Monster Magnet was wearing a WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT shirt when I saw the band last weekend. (Monster Magnet was pretty awesome, for the record. Totally rocking, riding the Hawkwind grind without any indulgence. So great.) Now, Monster Magnet isn’t a metal band but it… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Eight: “Little Dog”

January 17, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

I’m writing this installment of my ongoing effort to review the Lou Reed/Metallica album LULU in the same Starbucks that I launched the “Lou Reed At Starbucks” bit on Twitter a couple months ago. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, I basically pretended that Lou Reed had walked into a Starbucks and sat down across from me. I tweeted about how Reed angrily asked the barista for the Wi-Fi password and managed to continue to knock… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Seven: “Frustration”

January 13, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

I know I stated I would do this project in a straight shot, listening and writing about a new track every day until I reached the finish line. But I was too exhausted yesterday to piece together another review. I felt like if I wasn’t up to the task I wouldn’t be giving this whole dopey thing a fair shake. It might not be clear to anyone who hasn’t heard these songs over and over, but LULU is tiring. It… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Six: “Cheat On Me”

January 10, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

With “Cheat On Me”, I have now arrived at the halfway point with the Lou Reed/Metallica team-up album LULU. One disc down, one to go. And after having listened to six songs and nearly 45 minutes of music, it is a strange feeling to still not know if this thing blows or not. I have lived with it for the last week or two and the whole thing just IS. I find myself cringing when I have to review the… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Five: “Iced Honey”

January 9, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

I’ve gotten some pretty great feedback regarding the first four installments of this project. Most people say things like “You’re a braver man than I am” – and there’s the occasional outlier like an angry guy on Twitter who wanted to know why I was focusing on LULU instead of another item from Lou Reed’s catalog like THE RAVEN – but on the whole people have been on board with the general approach to it. Thank you for that. One… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Four: “Mistress Dread”

January 6, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

This is the first of the LULU reviews that I’m writing with people aware of what I’m doing – everything else was written in a vacuum. I kinda liked it better when nobody knew what I was up to, and it’s making me question my own motives for doing this a little bit. I am fully aware that there’s a stunty aspect to this whole thing, but I never meant to put this forth as some sort of endurance test…. Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Three: “Pumping Blood”

January 5, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

Let me tell you the story of an artist from New York City. He was an older guy who wrote songs that were more like poetry set to music. One day he started singing his  poetry – which was pretty insane by nearly any yardstick – over a musical accompaniment provided by some younger kids playing loud rock. The result was something completely crazy and cathartic and thrilling and I was a fan. The guy I’m talking about is the… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part Two: “The View”

January 4, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

I took a two-day break between songs because of ‘the holidays,” which blew the rhythm of what I’m hoping to establish within this exercise. I want a new Lou Reed and Metallica song to enter my world every day with the contrails of the previous number still hanging in my head. So in an attempt to get to that place where these songs are a part of my existence for the next ten days I made a point of listening… Continue»

Tom Meets Lulu Part One: “Brandenburg Gate”

January 2, 2012  |   By   |   Columns, Featured

The announcement of the Lou Reed-Metallica team-up was like chum in the water for the snark that passes for critical thinking in so many circles. It’s not hard to see why: Lou has been a punching bag to multiple generations, with much of the hatred openly courted by Reed’s crankiness and critic-baiting, and Metallica more or less became a reality show about a metal band after the amazing documentary SOME KIND OF MONSTER yanked open the curtain on their ultimately… Continue»