Entries tagged with: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
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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...
Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the complete lineup below...
Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Katherine Hansen)
As mentioned, Bonnaroo 2014 happens June 12 - 15 in Manchester, TN. The fest has already been dropping hints as to who's going to play this year (Kanye and Elton John seem likely as headliners) but will finally spill the beans tonight via a web show called "Blam!" which airs at 9 PM EST on Bonnaroo.com (or an Xbox app). (Maybe you watched last year's with Weird Al Yankovich and Portugal the Man.) This year's announcement special is hosted by SNL's Taran Killam and Broad City's Hannibal Buress, with a "superjam" between The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds.
There's also a pre-Blam! web event from 7 - 9 PM EST featuring live cover song performances from Tenacious D, Kings Of Leon, Phish, My Morning Jacket, and others.
Or you can just check back here: we'll have the full Bonnaroo 2014 line-up in this post once its announced.
UPDATE (9 PM): Lineup now being announced and includes Kanye West, Elton John, Vampire Weekend, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, Mastodon, Frank Ocean, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Meshuggah, Damon Albarn, Disclosure, Broken Bells, James Blake, Lionel Ritchie, Jack White, Deafheaven, Janelle Monae, CHVRCHES, Darkside, Phosphorescent, Cloud Nothings, Danny Brown, Cut Copy, Typhoon, Sam Smith, Pusha T, Warpaint, Those Darlins, Cass McCombs, Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, Dr. Dog, The Bouncing Souls, Classixx, First Aid Kit, Fitz and the Tantrums, Chance the Rapper, Ice Cube, Caveman, Washed Out, Real Estate, Rudimental, Ty Segall, Polica, A$AP Ferg, Little Dragon, Omar Souleyman, Lucero, Goat, Okkervil River, Jonathan Wilson, Wiz Khalifa, The Avett Brothers and MANY more.
Tickets go on sale Saturday (2/22) at noon.
Full lineup (spoiler: no Outkast) below...
Pitchfork just posted their Honorable Mention Albums of 2013, which they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." It includes a number of albums that did get Best New Music throughout the year (like the Burial EP that got a 9.0 last week), a certain inescapable young New Zealand pop star (who just announced two Roseland Ballroom shows), some metal representation, a couple indie legends, and the raw noise punk demo of Perfect Pussy, who also made Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks.
Check out the full list in alphabetical order 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...
Tickets for the newly-added Paul Simon & Sting show at MSG go on Live Nation/Local presales today at 10 AM (password: "STINGSIMON"). Tickets for their other MSG show (same link) are still available but "not many left."
Arcade Fire tickets go on presale today too.
Rock n' roll's enigmatic everyman and dark poet, Nick Cave, spent an hour last week fielding questions in anticipation for his upcoming tour with The Bad Seeds as well as his most recent live album, Live from KCRW (to be released November 29). Tickets to those tour dates -- including Prospect Park on July 26 -- go on presale today at 10 AM via Cave's tour site. You do need to register with the site before gaining access to the presale.
Much of the press conference concerned Cave's touring experiences as well as his relationship to his songs both old and new. Cave's songs, known for their incredibly dramatic narrative threads, have a tendency to divide fans and critics alike, concerning their possible meaning and implication. For Cave, however, the meaning isn't important, as he says: "It's more where the songs take me and to the places they take me. I can kind of reconvene with the ghosts of my past in a way, and that can be a beautiful thing." When asked what a perfect audience was, Cave explained: "It's about the kind of tension between the people that I can see - the first few rows - that kind of empowers me on stage. Rather than the kind of looking out at the mass, I get a lot of power and energy from one to one performances with people."
We announced last week that Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will be touring North America in June and July 2014. The details are now announced! Starting in KY on 6/16, the NYC stop will happen at Prospect Park on July 26, and the tour ends 7/31 in Toronto. There's no Chicago or Montreal dates, so maybe Lollapalooza and Osheaga announcements are coming too?. Check out the full list of dates below.
Tickets for all dates of the tour will go on sale Friday (11/22) but a special presale starts Tuesday (11/19) at 10 AM.
You can access the presale by registering at nickcaveoffer.com where you can also get a free download of "The Mercy Seat" and "Mermaids" from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' new album, Live From KCRW, which will be out on double vinyl and CD for Record Store Day 2013 Black Friday (11/29). Check out the full list of stores.
All tour dates are listed below.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds @ Beacon Theatre (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, who released Push the Sky Away and played a sold-out run of shows earlier this year (including three in NYC at Beacon Theatre), will embark on an 18 city tour in summer 2014 (mid June to early August). Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, November 22, but look out for a special offer and more information on Monday (11/18). Meanwhile, cities (but not dates or venues) where the tour will hit are listed below.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' will release Live from KCRW for Record Store Day 2013 Black Friday (11/29) which will be out on CD and double vinyl. (Digital will be out December 3.) You can also check out the tracklist for that below, and stay tuned for more about what we just learned in the press conference Nick just gave via webcast.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Wei Shi
Ghost BC / The Three O'Clock / Thee Oh Sees fans
After two weekends, Coachella 2013 officially came to a close this past Sunday (4/21) with sets from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jessie Ware, Tame Impala, and more. Pictures of those artists, and some of the comparatively smaller but not less exciting artists that we missed at Weekend 1, like Ghost B.C., The Three O'Clock, DIIV, and Thee Oh Sees, are in this post.
We didn't catch James Blake this time like we did the first time, but he brought out RZA (who was there with Wu-Tang Clan) to perform their song, "Take A Fall For Me," which appears on James' new album, Overgrown. You can watch a video of that below.
In case you haven't been keeping up with our coverage, pictures of Weekend 2 Day 1 are HERE and Weekend 2 Day 2 are HERE. For Weekend 1 pictures, check out day 1 (HERE and HERE), day 2 (HERE) and day 3 (HERE).
More pictures from Weekend 2 Day 3 and the James Blake video below...
Anthrax at Wellmont Theater in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
today in NYC
* Asssscat 3000 @ UCB
* Jamie Saft @ The Stone
* Furthur @ Capitol Theatre
* Kingston Yard @ The Stone
* Junior Brown, Sturgill Simpson @ City Winery
* Dead Milkmen, The Brooklyn What @ Bowery Ballroom
* Gracie & Rachel, Money and King, Luray @ Cameo Gallery
* Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail @ Irving Plaza
* Brother Reverend, Reputante, Divining, No Kill @ Glasslands
* Raven, A Sound of Thunder, Holy Grail, Brohammer @ Saint Vitus
* Big Neck Police, Bluffing, The Gradients, Large Lady @ Silent Barn
* Colleen Green, Habibi, Pop Zeus, Juniper Rising @ Death By Audio
* The Nowadays, Tommy Kodak & The Loaders, Viking @ Cake Shop
* Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, Todd Barry, Calez @ Knitting Factory
* Dusty Brown, Life In A Blender, Sarah Donner @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Sadat X, Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian), ArtiFacts, DITC Crew @ S.O.B.'s
* Aspects of War, Bad Noids, Violent Reaction, Slugz, Anasazi @ Saint Vitus
* Vulture Shit, Clean Girls, Old Monk, Low Fat Getting High @ Bowery Electric
* Drowners, Summer People, The Can't Tells, Rewards @ Brooklyn Bowl (DJ)
* O'Death, Big Wilson River, Nude Dudes, Thomas Wesley Stern @ Mexicali Live
* The BlkHands, Skyzoo, Skyway, Ragnarok, Doc Casion @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Crazy Spirit, Green Beret, Hound of Hate, Extoplasm, Altered Boys, Nomad @ 285 Kent
* After The Burials, Within The Ruins, The Contortionist, Glass Cloud, City in The Sea @ Santos Party House
* En Nihil, The [law-rah] Collective, Iron Forest, A Murder of Angels, Kama Rupa, Lussuria, Jane Vixen (DJ), Theologian Prime (DJ) @ Public Assembly
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Hope everyone had a great Record Store Day yesterday. As always, many of the previously unreleased tracks that came out yesterday have wound up on the internet. Check out streams of MGMT's new single, "Alien Days," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' Push the Sky Away b-side, "Animal X," Chelsea Wolfe's "Fight Like Gods" from her split with King Dude, Nicolas Jaar's remix of Grizzly Bear's "Sleeping Ute," and the video for Garbage and Screaming Females' Patti Smith cover below.
As mentioned, Pharrell was promising something "extra special" for his House of Vans show on Friday (4/19), and though Daft Punk didn't show up, he did play his new collaborative single with the duo, "Get Lucky." Three times. Check out a video of that below (via CoS).
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin; words by Bill Pearis
"The rendition of "Jubilee Street" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds just turned in at the Beacon should drive every other band into retirement." @JohnJFrusciante
Nick Cave @ Beacon Theatre, 3/28/2013
Like he did at SXSW a couple weeks ago (and pretty much his whole career, really), Nick Cave owned the stage last night (3/28) at Beacon Theatre, the first of three shows he and The Bad Seeds are doing at the tony NYC venue. Maybe not seemingly befit of a man who has songs like "No Pussy Blues," but Cave is pure class. A string section and choir added to the grandeur as they ran through material from the new Push the Sky Away, as well as classics like "Red Right Hand," "The Ship Song," and the one-two-KO of main set enders, "The Mercy Seat" and the profanely awesome "Stagger Lee." Setlist is below.
Sharon Van Etten very ably opened the show, as she'll do again tonight (3/29) and Saturday (3/30). More pictures from last night's Beacon Theatre show below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at NPR's 2013 SXSW Showcase
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have been on tour for a while now, and it finally hits NYC this week for three shows with Sharon Van Etten, starting tonight (3/28) at Beacon Theatre and continuing Friday and Saturday at the same venue. All three are sold out. The Bad Seeds' tour was also down in Austin for SXSW earlier this month, where they played NPR's showcase at Stubb's with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alt-J, Waxahatchee, and Youth Lagoon. Pictures of Nick Cave and YYYs are HERE and pictures of Waxahatchee's set are HERE. Even more pictures of Nick Cave's set are in this post.
Nick Cave also recently launched a Spotify app, which you can use to "discover the music of Nick Cave." It has streams of Nick's new album, Push the Sky Away, along with his classic material, and features a mood wheel where you can browse "carefully chosen moods which represent his songs" including Murder & Mayhem, Classic, Spiritual, and Super Dark. You can also make your own Nick Cave playlist and check out playlists made by others like Lou Reed and Jarvis Cocker.
And speaking of SXSW and Spotify, check out our "Best of BrooklynVegan SXSW 2013" Spotify playlist.
Updated dates are listed, along with more pictures from SXSW, below...
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds returned this year with a great new album, Push the Sky Away, and are touring in support of it. Much of that tour is with Sharon Van Etten and it hits NYC on March 28, 29, and 30 at Beacon Theatre (sold out). The tour also goes through Austin for a show with Yeah Yeah Yeahs during SXSW.
In a groundbreaking installation and performance piece by internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave, thirty colorful "horses" will periodically break into movement. Choreographed uniquely for Grand Central Terminal, this is Cave's first public project in New York City. Co-presented by MTA Arts for Transit and Creative Time.Head to Hyperallergic for more about this project.
If you haven't seen it, the band's Gaspar Noe-directed video for "We No Who U R" is below...
As mentioned, Nick Cave & the Bad Seed's Push the Sky Away will be released Febraury 19. You can stream the whole thing right now, though, and it makes for a particuarly nice soundtrack to a snowy day, which is what NYC is in for if the forecast is right. It probably sounds just as good in other climates, though. Listen over at The Guardian.
Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...
You've already heard "We No Who U R" off Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new album, Push the Sky Away (due out February 19) and the band have now revealed the lyric video for another new song, "Jubilee Street." You can watch it below.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will be in NYC soon on their upcoming tour with Sharon Van Etten.
Nick Cake & the Bad Seeds two shows at Beacon Theatre (March 28 - 29) sold out, and they have now added a third show on March 30. Like the other two, Sharon Van Etten will open. Tickets to the show go on presale Thursday (1/10) at noon with the general on-sale on Friday (1/11) at noon.
If you haven't seen it you, check out the Gaspar Noe-directed video for Nick Cave's "We No Who U R."
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' brooding intensity is reigned in on the new track "We No Who U R" from the band's forthcoming LP Push The Sky Away. We previously posted the streaming audio, and here is the video directed by the one and only Gaspar Noé (responsible for films like Irreversible and Enter the Void). Pre-order your copy of the LP now via the band or at iTunes and get the track now.
Nick Cave is touring the US in March.