“Wouldn’t it be great if there were like hundreds of people playing it like that, turning you on to some really good shit?” says Lou Reed of the new Sirius satellite radio program he’s doing with Hal Wilner. And it wouldn’t it be great if Lou was aware there are hundreds of people playing it like that, most of them toiling for free for non-commercial and/or college stations, some of whom offer programming far superior to what you’d catch on Sirius, ‘cept without the monthly subscription fee? From New York Magazine’s Andrew M. Goldstein (link courtesy WFMU’s Brian Turner)
Q: Your show is called the “New York Shuffle.” As music has been migrating from local stores and radio stations to satellite radio and the Internet, do you think there’s still such a thing as a New York sound?
I think these days it’s more of a Brooklyn sound. It’s not out of New York anymore; it’s all out of Brooklyn. I go out there to listen to music. A lot of the stuff we played, when we checked out where it came from, it was from Brooklyn.
Q: The music industry is going through a lot of turmoil, obviously, with labels closing and record stores shutting down all over the country. What role do you think radio plays today?
Stations should pay attention to what people really want to listen to and not have these restrictive playlists. That’s what I think. I’m not usually the one someone turns to about advice on how to make money.
Q: Sirius’s impending merger with XM is anticipated to boost earnings. Do you own any stock in the company?
What are you, a fucking asshole? I’m here telling you the truth about music and you want to know if I have stock in the fucking radio? You fucking piece of shit. What did I do to deserve that?
Q: Moving on. You’ve got a film out, you’ve got your radio show, you’ve got a new book of photography coming up – is there a new album in the works?
No. Nothing I feel like talking about. Good-bye.