Every time I listen to The Velvet Underground & Nico‘s “banana” album I think of roaming around downtown Manhattan in pleasantly chilly weather. That brisk, bundle-up weather you get around Thanksgiving and Christmas. And the soothing holiday vibe that seems to permeate all people and places from now though New Year’s Eve. Yes, from listening to Lou Reed sing about a Lower East Side girl drifting into prostitution. I would sooner listen to this than “O Come All Ye Faithful” any day of the week. You know what’s also great? Letting Spotify take you on a Lou Reed trip that lasts for hours and hours.