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Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy Cover Lou Reed’s “Rooftop Garden”

For New Year’s Day, Callahan and Oldham have served up their rendition of “Rooftop Garden” from Lou Reed’s 1983 album Legendary Hearts. With an assist from George Xylouris of Xylouris White, they’ve turned the gleaming new wave track into loose, noisy experimental Americana, led by Oldham’s unmistakable vocal and haunted by Callahan’s baritone beneath the surface. This version of the song has more in common with Reed’s early Velvet Underground recordings than his ’80s material, and it’s probably my favorite in this covers series so far. Listen below, along with the Reed original.

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