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The Pizza Underground – 60s Pizza-Themed Revival of The Velvet Underground.

Jem Written by Jem

The Velvet Underground

It was during the early 2000s when I first became obsessed with The Velvet Underground. Amidst working a full-time job, my first year in college, my first time living on my own, and having my own car – I would drive around aimlessly (back before gas prices became too steep) pop their ever famous recording with Nico cassette in my car tape deck and bliss out to the drug-fueled tunes of this mid 60s band.

The Velvet Underground

I feel like this is a common story when people recall  their first time getting into The Velvet Underground it usually stems around some sort of ‘glory days’ or excellent times in people’s lives.

The Velvet Underground

The band was created by Lou Read and John Cale right here on the dirty streets of NYC and they also had the fortune of being managed by one of my biggest artistic influences Andy Warhol, which I’m sure was nothing short of inspiring in the way of having free creative musical rein.

The Velvet Underground

As the band went through many different band-mate configurations throughout the late 60s and early 70s it is the early two recordings that stay most in people’s brains when thinking about The Velvet Underground.

The Velvet Underground

With Lou Reed’s death this October has brought upon many tributes to the late singer. And with that sad event has come something lovely that originated once again on the now cleaner streets of NYC.

The Velvet Underground

The Pizza Underground, a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band. That may be a mouth-full but it sure is amusing. Take a listen here :

Currently they are just a medley band and do not have any full tracks – which anyone who is a fan of The Velvet Underground may be a little disappointed with – considering the droning on of the longer tracks on their albums is always a treat to get lost upon. The band was originally formed in February 2012 obviously as just a joke/laugh by musicians Phoebe Kreutz, Matt Colbourn, and Deenah Vollmer. The band may have a little celebrity upper hand with Macaulay Culkin joining the band this November and pulling together the above recording.

Not only have they created some fun music to hopefully let the younger generation segue into learning about the original band – they also have some fun imagery being created in their honor.

The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground
The Pizza Underground

Personally I am in love with this combination and want to urge all my fellow New Yorkers to head over to their free show in Williamsburg TODAY at Baby’s All Right @ 7pm! Free Pizza While Supplies Last!

Record Collecting.

Nicki Written by Nicki

There’s no denying it- I am a music fanatic. I’ve been collecting records since I was about 9 years old, which wasn’t easy considering I was 9 years old in 1992. Vinyl records had all but vanished into thin air, and the shiny new CDs were all the rage. My mom’s small collection of mostly Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin records helped to keep my passion alive for several years, and then in the mid-2000′s, something wonderful happened. Vinyl was back! The world had turned away from the easily damaged CDs, and went the way of the digital download. Suddenly, with nothing tangible to represent their passion, music lovers everywhere began turning to that old, warm sound of a needle on a big black dinner plate. I was thrilled!

Besides the fact that artists were beginning to release their albums on vinyl again (many accompanied by a digital download), one of the greatest things about the record upswing was the increasing availability of affordable turntables. Companies like Crosley started mass-producing record players that not only were in new working order, but had the classic look of players from the 1960s and 70s. Plus, they’re less than $150! That teal one is mine, I picked it up from Urban Outfitters about 3 years ago. In case you’re wondering what that checkered tape is all about, it’s holding a few coins on the back of the needle arm for counter-balance. An age-old problem with record players is that after a while, the arm becomes unbalanced and begins to drag on the record. The coin trick is something my mom taught me on one of her old players when I was a kid. Works every time! One day, I hope to get my hands on a classic record player cabinet- one of the most brilliant pieces of furniture ever created, in my opinion. The turntable, shelving, and speakers are all built in!

For now, I’ve got a pretty nice shelving cabinet to keep my current collection. It’s of course full to the brim, so there’s some spill-over. When my husband and I were in Paris recently, we hit the mother-load at a record store called Vinyl Office. We stocked up on early reggae records and french pop from the 60s. We even got a hefty discount for buying so many at once!

Here’s my favorite record in my collection- not necessarily because of the music, but because of the story behind it. I was minding my own business in a record store in Orlando, and who do I see but Fred Schneider of the B-52s! He autographed this B-52s single for me. Look closely- he wrote “wooo nicki”! Best autograph ever.