24 September 2021
Today NICK CAVE shared a new track called SHYNESS. A spoken word musing as
an answer to questions he received from two fans, Daniel and Vera, back in 2019.
Daniel: “What is shyness?”
Vera: “What was your first date with your wife like?”
Cave responded with the song: “Shyness is the tentative sound of the orchestra tuning
up before the symphony begins. It is a beautiful, fractured piece of music in itself. It is the orchestra attempting to find its shared intent and is over all too quickly if you ask me.”
About his wife Susie: ““My wife, Susie, has a hummingbird shyness. In social situations she displays herself for a magical, weightless moment then darts away. It is as if she is so acutely tuned into the inherent discomfort of others, whether they display it or not, that the situation becomes overwhelming. She is a rare thing, an exhibitionist that hates to be seen.”
Hear the intimate and poetic storiette here…
NICK CAVE: The Red Hand Files Website where he answers questions from fans
(Image: cover of Cave’s album ‘The Boatman’s Call’)
22 September 2021
My wife and I wish you a fantastic 64th birthday
and on this occasion we want to thank you once
again for writing our wedding song. The lyrics
reflected exactly what we felt then, and still
Mr. and Mrs. Turn Up The Volume
Come sail your ships around me
And burn your bridges down
We make a little history, baby
Every time you come around
Who: Rowdy side-project of Nick Cave with
Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos
Two albums (so far): Grinderman (2007)
and Grinderman 2 (2010)
Song: NO PUSSY BLUES
Where: Exit Festival – Novi Sad, Serbia.
Madness in motion…
GRINDERMAN: Band Info
BOY ON FIRE
The Young Nick Cave
A new autobiographical 432-page book about Nick Cave as
a young man (‘the Dark Lord’ as one of his friends called him).
From growing up in Wangaratta to joining the music scene in
Author: Mark Mordue.
Australian writer, journalist, and editor.
Louder Than War (Melanie Smith) writes: ‘Although it is primarily about the younger
Nick, we still get a flavour of how the Nick of today thinks and feels about the world around him. Nick has had no easy ride in life as he’s been hard on himself, pushing himself to achieve greater things. I’d say he was a perfectionist, constantly driven to create, whether it be music, art, screenplays, or books. It’s taken a considerable time for him to emerge and be accepted as one of the greatest songwriters and live performers of our generation; experiencing him live is like a religious experience. Colin Cave (his father) would be proud of the good son he turned out to be.” Full review here.
Available via Amazon
Talking about confidence…
(image: cover ‘From Her To Eternity’ album)
Nick Cave: Le dernier maudit du rock
Nick Cave: The last cursed rocker
25 February 2021
Artists: NICK CAVE and longtime collaborator WARREN ELLIS
Released: 25 February 2021 (digitally)
CD and vinyl follow May 28.
Warren Ellis: “Two people sitting in a room taking risks and letting whatever happens, happen. The eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days and then it was, ‘let’s just make a record!’ There was nothing too premeditated about it.”
Nick Cave: “The inspiration came from reading, compulsively writing and just sitting on my balcony thinking about things”. The record just fell out of the sky. It was a gift.”
NME says: “‘Carnage’ is arguably Cave and Ellis’ best record since The Bad Seeds’ latter day reinvention on 2013’s ‘Push The Sky Away’, or maybe even ‘Abattoir Blues’. It’s certainly two master craftsmen at the peak of their melodramatic powers.”
Turn Up The Volume‘s first Impression: A mix of the romantic crooner and the haunting crooner. Growing with every spin. Compelling orchestrations, classical arrangements, with Ellis showing his musical skills once more. Can’t remember when Cave made an average album. Did he, actually? Okay, Carnage once again on my headphones.
Stream CARNAGE here…
NICK CAVE: Facebook
WARREN ELLIS: Facebook
(pic from ‘Alexandra Palace’ album)
22 November 220
Late July midnight crooner NICK CAVE played a solo live-streamed
concert inside the cavern of London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.
The recordings of the performance are out now out, titled
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace,
containing 22 songs; old and new ones.
Pitchfork: “Cave performed 22 career-spanning songs alone in a deserted concert
hall, reworking them into haunted piano sermons that glow with unnerving intimacy…
The result is a performance that exists in a strange hinterland, an album that’s unnervingly intimate yet flickers with the strange unreality of a dream. Idiot Prayer is as up-close and personal an encounter with Cave as there’s ever been. But a little mystery remains, always.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.
Nick Cave: “I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling
them to their essential forms – with an emphasis on the delivery of the words. I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage – whenever I could find the time. Then,
of course, the world went into lockdown. The Bad Seeds’ global 2020 tour was postponed. Studios shut down. Venues shut down. And the world fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence.”
Turn Up The Volume: Nick Cave‘s dramatic voice and just a piano, stripping his songs
to the bone feels so natural, so real, and also familiar because his gloomy vox was/is dominant on most of his records. He’s the crooner you want as a comforting companion for the midnight hours. Lockdown blues from start to finish.
Dim the lights…
NICK CAVE: Facebook