Entries tagged with: Nick Cave
photo: Mavis Staples @ Farm Aid 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Soul great Mavis Staples' new album is titled Livin' on a High Note and will be out February 19 via Anti. It was produced by M. Ward (you may remember Jeff Tweedy produced her last two) and features original songs by Nick Cave, Neko Case, Ben Harper, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArDs, Valerie June and others. Says Mavis:
I've been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new. I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I'm so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I'm always telling a part of history that brought us down and I'm trying to bring us back up. These songwriters gave me a challenge. They gave me that feeling of, 'Hey, I can hang! I can still do this!' There's a variety, and it makes me feel refreshed and brand new. Just like Benjamin Booker wrote on the opening track, 'I got friends and I got love around me, I got people, the people who love me.' I'm living on a high note, I'm above the clouds. I'm just so grateful. I must be the happiest old girl in the world. Yes, indeed.You can listen to "High Note" (written by Valerie June) and check out album art and tracklist, below.
Mavis, who'll play this year's Coachella, has other tour dates coming up, too. Nothing in NYC as of now (Upstate NY is as close as she comes, currently) but all are listed below...
The new issue of UK music mag Uncut is out now, and it includes their Top 75 Albums of 2015 list. Like fellow UK mags MOJO and Q, they've got a lot of love for Julia Holter. They also have Sleaford Mods pretty high, lots of the 2015 year-end regulars in the top 10 (Kendrick, Sufjan, Father John Misty, Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett), and lots of older musicians throughout the list (Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Nick Cave, Killing Joke, PiL, Paul Weller, Robert Forster, etc). Check out the full list below.
Back in July, the very sad news was reported that Nick Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling from a cliff, and now The Associated Press reports that the fall happened after Arthur had taken LSD. According to the Daily Mail, he had shared three tabs with a friend and was "freaking out." Here's how they describe it:
The teenager was tripping out so badly he 'couldn't feel what was real and what wasn't real any more' and in a final message to a friend he said: 'Where am I? Where am I?', police have revealed.The article continues, saying his friend "said that he recalls seeing him running around and covered in vomit but was unable to decipher whether the events were real or hallucinations." Nick Cave, his wife Susie, and Arthur's twin Earl left him a tribute at the location of the cliff from which he fell (pictured above). Earl left a note saying, "Arthur - I love you so much. You were a joy to be around. I will never forget you," and adding, "You were the best brother I could ever ask for."
In the minutes before the teenager died he was spotted by motorists as he 'zig-zagged' along the grass on the edge of the cliff before climbing over a safety fence and toppling over, it was said.
You can read the rest of the sad story here.
Nick Cave with his sons Arthur and Earl
Today in very sad news, Nick Cave's 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling from a cliff near Brighton on Tuesday. The Guardian reports:
His death is not being treated as suspicious. Nick Cave and his wife, Susie, paid tribute to Arthur, who also leaves behind his twin brother, Earl, in a short statement confirming his death.Really sad. Our thoughts go out to Nick and his family.
"Our son Arthur died on Tuesday evening. He was our beautiful, happy, loving boy," it read. "We ask that we be given the privacy our family needs to grieve at this difficult time."
A Sussex police spokeswoman said: [...] "Members of the public carried out first aid on the boy before he was taken to the Royal Sussex county hospital, Brighton, just after 6pm. He later died there of his injuries. The death is being dealt with by the coroner's officer."
The Sick Bag Song chronicles Nick Cave's 2014 tour of North America with The Bad Seeds. The account of this 22-city journey began life scribbled on airline sick bags and grew into a restless full-length epic, seeking out the roots of inspiration, love and meaning.Nick Cave's new book, The Sick Bag Song, will be out in two different editions. The "Unlimited" edition comes boxed and includes 44 color "sick bag images," as well as a download of Nick reading the audiobook as well as an E-book copy. That's out April 8. There are also 10 "Limited" made for for each of the 22 cities covered in The Sick Bag Song. Those are out June 1 and, at around $1000, they are not cheap, but they are pretty cool and come with:
• A unique sick bag customised by Nick Cave with notes, doodles and musings. Hand drawn by the artist onto a specially produced (and fully functional) sick bag, these are individually decorated, signed and rubber-stamped with the relevant city, displayed in a protective mounting. Each one is a completely bespoke piece of artwork. 10 are available for each of the 22 cities.Order yours now (The 10 NYC editions have sadly sold out).
• A highly collectible recording of The Sick Bag Song on 2 x 180gsm vinyl records in a limited edition run.
• Limited collectors' edition hardback of The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave, specially printed and bound in real cloth, signed and numbered in a limited run of 220 copies.
•Anyone who buys a copy of the Limited Edition will receive a complimentary copy of the Unlimited Edition bundle (featuring a print copy of the Unlimited Edition, plus ebook and audio download editions*).
Meanwhile, Nick will be doing special The Sick Bag Song events in Los Angeles, New York and London next month where he'll read from the book, talk with a TBA host and take questions from the audience. The NYC event happens at Florence Gould Hall on April 10. Tickets go on sale Monday (3/23) at 10 AM.
Watch a video trailer for The Sick Bag Song below...
Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As they usually are, Rough Trade Shops are one of the first this year to post their favorite albums of 2014 list. It's 100 albums long and mostly filled with the bigger indie and indie-related releases of the year, but there's a few surprises in there too. Mark Kozelek will not be happy to see that The War On Drugs placed #2, 8 higher than the Sun Kil Moon record. Mark should be proud that he made the list not once, but TWICE though. His Christmas album landed at #84. Run the Jewels, who are not on it all, have started a "Suck My Dick Rough Trade" chant. Check out their full list below and see more on each album here.
Marianne Faithfull will celebrate her 50th anniversary as an artist this year with her 20th album, Give My Love to London, due September 29 via Dramatico in Europe and November 11 via Easy Sound in North America. She had a lot of impressive contributors on hand while making the record. A press release reads:
Produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Flood, it features an impressive roll call of studio collaborators including Adrian Utley (Portishead), Ed Harcourt, Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds). Songwriting contributors and coconspirators - with Faithfull penning the majority of the lyrics - include Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi.Its brand new single, "Late Victorian Holocaust," features lyrics by Nick Cave. Stream that, plus one written by Rogers Waters and an Anna Calvi collaboration, below...
While on tour this summer, Nick Cave held special screenings of the film Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth with solo live performances, like at NYC's Florence Gould Hall. He'll be back for another special screening in NYC at Town Hall on September 20 that will include a performance and a Q&A with the film's directors and special guests. Tickets go on sale Saturday (9/6) at noon with a presale happening Friday (9/5) at noon.
Additionally, Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth will have a two-week run at NYC's Film Forum from September 17 - 30. Tickets for Film Forum screenings are on sale now.
The acclaimed film, made by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, intermingles dramatic elements and documentary footage for an idiosyncratic look at the iconic performer. Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth trailer below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
photos by Ellie Pritts
Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.
They continue below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Nick Cave @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 7/27/14
After Nick Cave & and the Bad Seeds' current tour with Nicole Atkins hit Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Saturday (7/26), it hit another NYC venue, Hammerstein Ballroom, the next night (7/27) for another larger-than-life performance from the legendary frontman. The setlist was similar but not identical this time around, including plenty of 2013's Push the Sky Away, as well Bad Seeds classics "Red Right Hand," "The Mercy Seat," "Stagger Lee" and others. Pictures from Hammerstein are in this post.
photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Marinaccio
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Prospect Park - 7/26/14
As self-aware as the Bad Seeds' Vegas-styled image has become, Nick Cave is still running on the primal engines that hatched The Boys Next Door. Last year's leg of the Push the Sky Away tour canonized many of that album's fragile ballads, which were all bolstered through the Bad Seeds' live rigor. Consider their 2014 tour a victory lap, yielding the potent fruits of that labor. Their show Saturday night (7/26) at the Prospect Park Bandshell was another round of hits, without the locally-sourced children's choir or string section of last year. The band sounded fuller and more dramatic, burning through their set with suave command and evangelical conviction.
After the Bad Seeds processed on stage to the bass loop of "We Real Cool," old readings from the Book of Cave began, the band ripping through late set show-stoppers like "Tupelo" and "From Her to Eternity" from the get-go. Cave embodied his signature preacher mode with hysterical grace, shifting the audience as he waved them toward wherever he stood with his ring-bedecked fingers, him reaching for their hands as the audience reached for about anything they could. He made liquid hand movements with a crowd-surfing attendee as they beckoned each other closer. While reciting "Can you feel my heart beat?" during the comedown of "Higgs Boson Blues," a flock of hands reached past his glittering champagne-colored shirt to do so.
Most of the other members of the Bad Seeds only need to stand and brood to look the part, but Warren Ellis gave Cave's swagger a run for its money. With the mountainous uplift of "Jubilee Street" he tossed the bow of his violin up to the stage's canopy, keeping frayed spares tucked in his collar as he gyrated out shots of noise and mangled the clean acoustics of "Mermaids" with an electric tenor guitar solo.
Standards like "The Mercy Seat" and "Stagger Lee" were gleefully unhinged that one might believe the band wouldn't know how to play these songs with less vigor. Deeper cuts like "West Country Girl" and "Do You Love Me?" were orated as if Cave's muses never let him hear the end of his storied affairs. Cave has mentioned in interviews that the Bad Seeds have found a new creative center since recording Push the Sky Away. Fancy suits and gold rings be damned, it's a claim to take at face-value.
Opening at Prospect Park was tourmate Nicole Atkins as well as freak folk OG Devendra Banhart. Pictures of all three artists are in this post.
More Prospect Park pictures, and the setlist from that one, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ The Mann Center 7/25/2014
Cave and the band (featuring feral violinist Warren Ellis) play with primal, animalistic fervor, delivering songs of brooding, measured grace that burst out in sustained sections of explosive rage. They're not fooling around up there.Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' current tour hit the East Coast over the weekend, playing Philadelphia's The Mann Center on Friday (7/25) before descending into NYC on Saturday and Sunday. Cave seems to really be having a good time on this tour, spending a lot of time in the crowd and playing up his larger-than-life persona. Pics and setlist from the Philly show are in this post.
But Cave, at 54, is much more playful with his persona than he once was. (Or who know, maybe I missed the self awareness the first time around.) What's incontestable is that he's a remarkable front man, working the stage like a demon as footlights cast his giant shadow on the walls of the Mann, and as he put the world's longest microphone cord to good use as he spent about 1/4 of the band's galvanic set (which lost a little steam during an encore in which he took requests) moving about in the crowd, a good 10 rows in, while he encouraged reserved seat holders to move down and fill up the aisles around him. [Philly.com]
Also on the bill were tourmate Nicole Atkins and Philadelphia's own local-boy-done-good Kurt Vile. Pictures from their sets, along with more of Nick Cave, below...
words by James Richards, photos by Joshua Ford
Kansas City's Midland theatre hosted Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Wednesday night (6/18). Warpaint opened the show with a solid set of their post-punk influenced psych-rock and what seemed like two hundred feet of rope lights.
Then came Cave dressed in a blue suit and unbuttoned shirt--Neil Diamond on speed with the bearded Bad Seeds in tow. They opened with "We No Who U R" and wasted no time upping the energy on a rocked out version of "Jubilee Street" that saw Cave dance from one end of the stage to the other, and then move behind the piano for a few measures before bouncing up toward the front again, whipping the mic chord behind him like the tail of a caged panther.
During "Tupelo", Cave paced with intense eyes fixed on his congregation, pointing and holding out his hands only to recoil before someone could grab them--a weird foreplay the singer kept with the audience throughout the night. At one point in the song, he descended into the crowd and they pulled at him and lifted him up and his pale hairless chest shown in the spotlight while endless cell phones flashed in the theatre.
The set continued to build intensity through "Red Right Hand" and "Mermaids" on into a violent rendition of "From Her to Eternity" where Cave went into attack mode, slapping the audience's hands away and screaming the chorus. The first half of the set culminated in a soaring version of "The Weeping Song."
While the band reloaded, Cave went solo at the piano for "Into my Arms," "God is in the House," and "The Ship Song."
When the Bad Seeds rejoined--phasers set to kill--they ratcheted up the horsepower on the slow burner "Higgs Boson Blues" and an acoustic-driven "Mercy Seat." "Stagger Lee" followed and, while looser and less noisy, the tune managed to maintain the funky menace of the record. Midway through the tune, Cave's gaze, full of seductive vehemence, zeroed in on a heavyset gentleman as he sang, "I'll crawl over fifty pussies just to get to one fat boy's asshole." People cheered while Cave serenaded the man for several verses and the fan pressed forward and reached up like a proselyte at a tent revival.
The closer "Push the Sky Away" came too soon and left the crowd hungry for more. They performed "Papa Won't Leave You, Henry" for an encore. As the song ended, the Bad Seeds looked ready to soldier on, but a spent Cave abruptly dropped the mic and exited the stage.
The band may not have reached too far into their catalog, but the set was tight and scorching. Cave and company show no signs of slowing down.
More pictures and the setlist from Kansas City, below...
What sets 20,000 Days... apart from most documentaries is that it doesn't follow the usual linear and chronological narrative; it instead it opts to jump around -- quite often -- blurring the lines between fiction and reality. In the film, Cave himself says that writing and creating stories is about throwing together two of the most unlikely things, and seeing what happens. That train of thought forms the basis of his songwriting technique, as well as the entire film's concept. It contains scenes in which Cave has conversations in his car with friends, friends who disappear as abruptly as they appear, leaving him driving quietly alone. Were these conversations scripted within Cave's mind, or were they real? Scenes like this are scattered throughout the film and kept me constantly intrigued. [BV Chicago]20,000 Days on Earth, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's new film of which Nick Cave is the subject, recently screened at Chicago's CIMM Fest (check out an excerpt of Milos Markicevic's review on BV Chicago above and read the whole thing here) and now it's set to screen at multiple North American cities in conjunction with Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' upcoming tour.
In NYC, the film screens on August 4 at Florence Gould Hall Theater at The French Institute. At that date, and a select few others, Nick Cave will be there for a conversation and solo performance. All screening dates are listed below.
The Bad Seeds tour hits NYC soon before that on July 26 at Prospect Park and July 27 at Hammerstein Ballroom with Nicole Atkins on both dates, and Devendra Banhart also on night 1. Tickets for both shows are still available.
Watch the 20,000 Days on Earth trailer, with the list of dates, below...
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in NYC in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As previously discussed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are going on another North American tour soon, and they've just expanded it to include additional dates in LA and NYC. The LA dates are part of their run with Warpaint and the NYC dates are with Nicole Atkins.
In NYC, they'll now play Hammerstein Ballroom on July 27, the day after their previously announced Prospect Park show (7/26) which also includes Devendra Banhart. Tickets for the newly-added shows go on sale Friday (5/9) with a nickcave.com preasle starting Wednesday (5/7) and a promoter/Ticketmaster presale starting Thursday (5/8). The Prospect Park show (same link) is still on sale too.
Updated dates are listed, with a video, below...
Nicole Atkins' newest album, Slow Phaser, came out this past February. This week, like she's been doing at her other recent shows, she'll play some of it in Austin at SXSW (full schedule below) where one of her shows is the Thursday BrooklynVegan free day party. Meanwhile, we cornered Nicole and asked her 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
NA: Bowery Ballroom in NYC bc it's our home venue and it has the best sound. Also we love the staff! Kenny and Kevin I'm lookin at you!
Devendra Banhart @ MHOW, 2/8/2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As you may recall, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will touring North America this summer, and while openers haven't been announced for the whole tour, Devendra Banhart and Nicole Atkins will be opening both the Celebrate Brooklyn! show in Prospect Park on July 26 and the Philadelphia show at The Mann Center on July 25. Tickets to both the NYC and Philly shows are still available.
It's the first snowfall of 2014, and not only a pretty big one, but we've also been given such freezing temperatures that it's probably not going anywhere anytime soon. New York actually got it pretty easy in comparison to nearby cities, but there's still a bunch of school closings, road closings, and flight cancellations in the area. (Nothing stops the cronut line, though.) So there's a good chance you're staying in today (maybe you're shoveling, like new Mayor Bill de Blasio), and if you are, we've put together 14 snow-related songs for your first snowfall of 2014 that you can spend the day inside listening to.
Have at it below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We've done some year-end lists in the past at BrooklynVegan, though you might notice that we're not the most consistent with them. This is for a few reasons, one being that with the varying tastes of our current group of contributors, we could never in a million years agree on a top 10, let alone an Album of the Year. So in an attempt to get around that obstacle, this year two BV writers, Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher, have made individual lists of the albums they loved most which we think each represent different parts of 2013 here at BrooklynVegan. They both made top 20s (and only had two albums in common), with commentary on the top 10, and you can check out both lists below...
Queens of the Stone Age at ACL 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Queens of the Stone Age made a solid comeback this year with ...Like Clockwork, an album which has ended up on many year-end lists, including NME, Rolling Stone, Paste, SPIN, Q, Mojo, Amazon and Rough Trade. We asked them to send a list of their favorite albums of the year. They're a big band, and their list mostly includes other big bands (and big solo artists), but it's also got a certain Jack White-approved compilation, and two relatively smaller artists, Earthless and Kurt Vile, so kudos to those guys for being QOTSA-approved. You can check out the full list below.
QOTSA's best of 2013 list below...
UK music weekly NME has just published its end-of-year issue, with their Top 50 LPs and Tracks of 2013. As for the albums list, we'll let you read on to find out what their #1 pick is, but it might just be the one NME called "absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of [said band's] career" and "the greatest record of the last decade." It's not Palma Violets, who were last year's Track of the Year, as their debut LP came in at #32 on the list.
As for tracks, their single of the year is a pretty obvious (certainly ubiquitous) choice. Check out the full lists of NME's Top 50 LPs and Tracks below...
by Bill Pearis
#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'
Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:
Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.
You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..
by Bill Pearis
Bill Calahan's album Dream River has topped MOJO magazine's Best Albums of 2013 list which is in the new year-end issue. Seems about right for a magazine that had both Paul McCartney on the cover of one issue this year and The Beatles on another (also the Stones, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Marr). Their #2 was a bit of a surprise, at least to me. The Arcade Fire's Reflektor only came in at #18 but they can just be happy with being the issue's cover stars. Check out that cover -- and the entire Top 50 list - below...
Nick Cave at Beacon Theatre in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are going on a North American tour in 2014. Tickets to that tour, including the NYC stop at Prospect Park (7/26), go on sale today (11/22) at 10 AM. If you'd like to see that tour for free, we're giving away a pair of tickets to any show on the tour, your choice. Three winners will be selected (one pair per winner). Details on how to enter to win, along with the list of tour dates, below...