Verve Records, the original label home of The Velvet Underground, have unveiled the new tribute album I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico, set to be released on September 24.
The project includes tracks from Iggy Pop, Matt Sweeney, St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett, Thurston Moore & Bobby Gillespie, Matt Berninger, and more.
The record’s debut track, a version of “Run Run Run” by Kurt Vile & The Violators, is out now. Limited autographed items including vinyl and vinyl test pressings signed by Kurt Vile and other featured artists.
I’ll Be Your Mirror was overseen and executive produced by Hal Willner, Lou Reed’s dear friend, and producer who passed away last year. Willner was a master of the tribute album, with each project he worked on extending the magnitude of the artist or work under consideration. In particular, he very much viewed himself as a primary curator of Reed’s legacy, and the care and love he felt for his friend’s work is evident in every note on I’ll Be Your Mirror. Fittingly – and sadly – it is the last album he worked on.
The release of I’ll Be Your Mirror marks the kickoff of a robust campaign of Velvet Underground activity in 2021. The tribute album was conceived in 2017 at the same time as Todd Haynes signed on to direct The Velvet Underground, the highly anticipated Apple Original film that just premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and marks Haynes’ first foray into the documentary space. The Velvet Underground will make its global debut in theaters and on Apple TV+ worldwide on October 15, alongside a soundtrack curated by Randall Poster and Todd Haynes via Republic/UMe.
I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico Tracklist:
Sunday Morning – Michael Stipe (3:50)
I’m Waiting For The Man – Matt Berninger (3:44)
Femme Fatale – Sharon Van Etten (w/ Angel Olsen on backing vocals) (4:43)
Venus In Furs – Andrew Bird & Lucius (6:55)
Run Run Run – Kurt Vile & The Violators (6:59)
All Tomorrow’s Parties – St. Vincent & Thomas Bartlett (4:52)
Heroin– Thurston Moore feat. Bobby Gillespie (7:24)
There She Goes Again – King Princess (3:29)
I’ll Be Your Mirror – Courtney Barnett (2:27)
The Black Angel’s Death Song – Fontaines D.C. (3:12)
European Son – Iggy Pop & Matt Sweeney (7:45)