This Sunday, March 2, would have been Lou Reed's 72nd birthday. To honor him, the great local singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman will appear on Radio Valencia's Wax! Crackle! Pop! show to talk about his hero Reed and his most famous musical project, the Velvet Underground.
Richman, of course, is famous in his own right as the leader of raw power-pop band The Modern Lovers, and a longtime solo artist known for his sincerity and playfulness. Early on, Reed and the Velvets were a major influence on Richman -- it's not hard to hear at touch of that raw New York drone in "Roadrunner," for example.
Wax! Crackle Pop! appears on RadioValencia.fm from 10 p.m. to midnight this Sunday, March 2, and is hosted by Jim Granato, a local filmmaker who specializes in documentaries about musicians. He spins vinyl every Sunday as DJ Jim G, so expect to hear choice Velvet Underground cuts along with Richman's thoughts on the band, Reed, and their legacy.