Posted in music | pictures on November 16, 2010

photos by Greg Cristman

Grinderman

Onstage at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Sunday, in a powerfully loose performance, [Nick Cave] sang "Heathen Child," from [Grinderman's] new record, "Grinderman 2" (Anti-). "She don't care about Buddha!" he called out. "She is the Buddha!" And later, in "Evil!": "Who needs the TV? You are my TV!/ Who needs the record player? You are my record player!"

As he sang, he battered his guitar. Mr. Cave doesn't play much guitar; it's plain to see that the instrument is foreign to him. But he plays it in Grinderman, and it sounds like a car being cut in half. -[New York Times]

Nick Cave and the boys in Grinderman headlined a sold out show in NYC on Sunday night, 11/14, bringing their gothy blues to the masses and showcasing their new LP Grinderman 2 out now via ANTI-. Theremin artist Armen-Ra was the opener..

Last night, one night later, Grinderman appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (a show that will have Bruce Springsteen on it tonight). After the taping, Nick Cave was spotted hanging at the Delancey. Not sure if they have a TV he could have watched it on. You can watch the episode in an embedded video below.

Grinderman's US tour continues tonight in Washington DC at the 9:30 Club. More Pictures from Best Buy (formerly Nokia) Theater, videos and the Grinderman setlist, below...

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Grinderman - Intro

Grinderman - "Grinderman" (Live in New York City)

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Grinderman - When My Love Comes Down To Meet You, Best Buy Theater, NYC 11/14/2010

Grinderman on Fallon

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Comments (51)

sorry, i never understood the allure of this guhy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:00 AM

They didn't do any of the second encore listed on the setlist. Shame I would have swapped out many of those tunes for "Go tell the women we're leaving."

Amazing show though. Super loud.

Posted by noamjamski | November 16, 2010 11:06 AM

you have also never understood how to use a keyboard.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:08 AM

really? never understood the allure of nick cave from all people?
do you really need to be his fan to understand his allure?
which allure you do get? dirty projectors?
animal collective? lady shmaga? josh groban?

Posted by me | November 16, 2010 11:22 AM

Jaded Noo Yawk pieces of shit were too cool to clap for another encore ... they barely made any noise for the first one ... people in the seats just sat and looked at their fucking Iphones like the zombies they are ... so the people who were enthused didn't get the second set of encores.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:25 AM

badass show

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:30 AM

you're a mean one, mr. grinch...

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:40 AM

It was an awesome show but I was surprised they used so many pre-recorded tracks. The best part of Get It On is Warren Ellis's guitar work and he didn't even play guitar. Not that it wasn't fucking awesome. Just sayin'.

Posted by anonymous2 | November 16, 2010 11:45 AM

Show of the year.....awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:48 AM

well said 11:25. fucking nick fucking cave!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:49 AM

Still with the backing tracks! FFS pal, give it a rest, it wasn't that big a deal.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:50 AM

Makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to see this thread right after the James Chance one. 2 for 2!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:51 AM

11:00am, however, does understand the "allure" of The Arcade Dire -- he's their #1 fanboy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 11:59 AM

the arcade fire are equally boring, as is dirty projectors?
lady shmaga? josh groban?

guhy=phonetics. say it to yourself. guhhhhhyyyyyyy

what makes you think i'm a he.

ladyboy

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 12:05 PM

seriously - nick cave blows...anyone that says otherwise blows nick cave.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 12:15 PM

thank you Dr. Cave & Co. for permanently rearranging my brain cells and internal organs! not just show of the year, it was a fucking LEGENDARY performance!!

Posted by jt | November 16, 2010 12:18 PM

i would watch Ellis play in any band.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 12:19 PM

"Still with the backing tracks! FFS pal, give it a rest, it wasn't that big a deal."

I was the person that commented on the backing tracks in the original post. I am not the person that commented above.

That makes two of us that disliked the use of backing tracks. It basically makes every song very rigid instead of opening it up to the great potential of the band.

You obviously are not a musician.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 12:34 PM

They use BACKING TRACKS? WTF?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 12:41 PM

Here we go....

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 12:50 PM

OMFG GRINDERMAN WAS AWESOME!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 12:52 PM

Backing tracks are lame. Might as well just have simulated applause as well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 1:02 PM

12:15 go to a fucking Ting Tings concert or some other indie rock shit show full of cross armed hipster tools. This is easily one of the best show's i've seen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 1:10 PM

grinderMEHn

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 1:39 PM

how long was the show? anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 2:17 PM

An amazing show, with great sound from where I was. Samples? Whatever. There wasn't anyone on stage that was less than possessed. Extremely potent performances by a bunch of 40- and 50-something men who looked like they'd been living in cars with their families (albeit, in nice suits). Speaking of homeless chic: what ever happened to Vietnam?

...and 11:51, you're absolutely right, between The Contortions and Grinderman, it was a memorable weekend for music in NYC.

MIDDLE-AGED ROCKERS RULE!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 2:33 PM

Wow, never seen Nick Cave with a guitar before. It seems... unworthy somehow.

Posted by Elisa | November 16, 2010 2:35 PM

Never underestimate Nick Cave fanmen.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 2:35 PM

fanwomen, too

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 2:36 PM

1:39. wow, clever...

Posted by gnarlk | November 16, 2010 2:39 PM

They used SAMPLES???

OMG I'M GOING TO KILL MYSELF!!!!

Just kidding.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 3:02 PM

The girly-men complaining about samples need to realize: real (grinder)men do whatever they fucking please.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 3:15 PM

those were not samples, those were backing tracks

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:05 PM

Best Buy theater? When did that happen?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:23 PM

Love Nick Cave, but backing tracks are weak.

Just saw Roger Waters at MSG and the whole show was a giant backing track. Awful.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:36 PM

backing tracks? ugh.

glad i was at sufjan. none of that shit there.

oh wait

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:47 PM

What a whiny bunch of Noo Yawk ninnies.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 5:56 PM

The term "backing tracks" generally implies pre-recorded musical parts that a musician (or musicians) or a singer would play along to. An easy and obvious example of this would be most rap acts, who rap over backing tracks. Grinderman, on the other hand, use looped samples that Warren created. In many instances, these loops were instrumental (no pun intended) in the actual composition of the songs.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 7:17 PM

Roger Waters had a live band.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2010 8:04 PM

^^^ nick cave blows roger waters out of the water.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 1:19 AM

Nick cave is a hummus eating man and deserves your respect.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 2:17 AM

Arcade Dire blows -- just for the record.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 5:51 AM

Thank you 7:17 for being the first person to get that tape loops do not = backing tracks. Idiots. Does no one read anything about the musicians they like or go to see? Jeez. Warren Ellis is a master of tape loopery along with everything else brilliant he does. Best show of 2010 by far!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 3:55 PM

Oh yeah and, they brought up the fucking house lights while Nick was still walking off the stage, that's why there was no second encore.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 4:05 PM

STUPID NOO YAWK SHITS CRYING ABOUT "BACKING TRACKS" ... YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ... YOU DUMB YANKS DON'T EVEN DESERVE A GRINDERMAN SHOW ... GO BOMB A MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRY AND LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE!

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 4:15 PM

Grinderman's entire sound is based on ellis's tape loops, you morons.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 4:19 PM

Let us know where you reside 4:15, and we'll call in the air strike.

Posted by Anonymous | November 17, 2010 11:44 PM

Amen to comment 1:10! arrogant 20 something hipster kids and their horrible taste. $100,000 dollar art degrees can't buy taste.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2010 9:31 AM

Mr Cave went to Art school for the record, Birthday Party was the real deal

Posted by Anonymous | November 21, 2010 1:01 PM

No, that wasn't a very good article.

Posted by Anonymous | November 22, 2010 1:06 PM

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