Interview: Recording Artist Ezra Furman

Surveying the sound of the indie singer-songwriter, from a Bandcamp release to the Sex Education soundtrack

With the recently released Bandcamp-exclusive album To Them We’ll Always Be Freaks, literary rocker Ezra Furman shares rarities and “reject recordings” from behind the scenes of 2018’s urgent, erudite and experimental LP, Transangelic Exodus. A lot has happened between those releases: a catchy, substantive soundtrack for the hit Netflix series Sex Education, the boisterous brilliance of 2019’s Twelve Nudes, and the release of a book on Lou Reed’s iconic album Transformer, …

New York Public Library’s Lou Reed Archive

Before NYC rock icon Lou Reed passed away in 2013, he did not give instructions on how to handle the large collection of recordings, photographs, notes and other artifacts from his prolific career. His wife, Laurie Anderson, decided to donate the collection to an institution that would display it for the public—and to “present raw material and let people make up their own minds.” Two …

Andrew Bird + Matt Berninger: Perfect Day (Lou Reed Cover)

From his stunning home performance series “Live From the Great Room,” the multi-talented Andrew Bird partnered with The National’s Matt Berninger for a cover of the Lou Reed classic “Perfect Day.” Between the powerful shared vocals and Bird’s signature whistle and pizzicato violin, the duo lend the track a refreshing sonic recalibration but stay true to the original’s emotional relevance. To be frank: it’s magnificent.