"Our apartment was a railroad flat—a long room running from the windows in the front to a small bedroom and a bathroom in the back. I slept on a mattress, under the windowsill in the front overlooking Ludlow. We burned crates and furniture in the fireplace to keep warm. There was no heat in the winter other than the gas stove. Tony and I lived on what we could afford—mostly canned stew and milkshakes. Across the street in the morning, you could hear kids from the nearby high school singing doo-wop in the doorway there. Other kids threw rocks at us because they thought we looked like the Beatles. [...]
One week after his former bandmate Lou Reed turned 70, the great John Cale reaches that same pinnacle. As is the case with Reed, there is too much Cale to choose from. (And I'm certainly not going to go with his cover of "Hallelujah," because enough with anyone apart from Leonard Cohen singing that song.) Anyway, here's one from his collaboration with Brian Eno. And, as a bonus below, a track with Hector Zazou and Suzanne Vega that somehow always calms and happifies. Many happy returns.