Tuesday, February 24, 2009

PotM : By a Painting

New photo of the moment:

Photo from ?

Saint Huck : Germany 1987 // Pinkpop 1990

Awesome version of "Saint Huck" (one of my personal favorite NC&TBS songs) live in '87 from thesoulbreath on youtube:



And this brilliant performance of "From Her to Eternity" from 1990 (*wonders if that's actually just orange juice, haha*):

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My Nick Cave 'Stache of Doom

A little while ago, I mentioned in the Nick-Cave.com forums that I'd taken pictures of myself donning a Grinderman 'stache. Since one person said they'd like to see these photos, here they are for your sick and twisted enjoyment.
WARNING: I am not afraid to look hideous in pictures. Also, if you don't know this by now, I am a complete and utter DORK.

My inspiration was http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v73/kamikazequeer/random/uglybastard.jpg, which I keep in a Nick folder called 'Douchey Pics of Wonder'. I called it ugly bastard not because of Nick, who I find dashing in it, but the guy I cropped out, which is odd, as he wasn't ugly really either. Hmm.

I posted more on the forum, but I'll save you that. Here is me before the 'staching (note lame-o husband on phone and Tigger wearing my cat's chicken suit):



Right, so me...looking like Nick Cave...EXACTLY like him, man...

Hmm...yes. Quite.


Ever wonder what Mr. Cave looks like taking a dump? Wonder no more.


Who am I kidding? I'll just be Salvador Dali instead.

Bad Seeds to Score Three Plays


Image from HERE.

NC&TBS to Score Plays

From icelandreview.com [ LINK ] comes news of Nick and the Bad Seeds' involvement in scoring some plays.

Vesturport, an Icelandic theatre group, has reached an agreement with the Seeds to get three of their plays scored by the band. The plays the Seeds will be working on are a version of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Georg B├╝chner's Woyzech, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.

The music for all three plays is going to be released simultaneously, and knowing Mr. Cave & TBS, it will be pretty damned amazing. I am unfamiliar with Woyzech, but the other two seem perfect for our fellows to work on.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bad Seeds' Gear // Nick Cave Plug Awards

If the Bad Seeds' equipment fascinates you (and why shouldn't it?), check out THESE photos of their gear, as well as some live images from the Dig!!! tour. Good times!


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Plug Awards March 6, 2008. Nine videos, most from Dig!!! Professionally shot, and gorgeous.

First video is Dig!!!:


All nine videos here.


Also, if you didn't know, Nick Cave Fixes is now located HERE, so make sure you update your bookmarks!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Nick Biffs It // 1996 Bizarre Festival Clips

Call me a complete jerk, but this video cracks me up. For those of you who own Live at the Paradiso, as I do, you've seen it already. It's sad, but hilarious. Nick totally biffs it during "Deanna", falling off the stage, bringing the mic stand down with him.



Aristotlekh on youtube uploaded nine EXCELLENT clips from the Cologne, Germany Bizarre Festival, 1996. They start with this one. Excellent quality, so check 'em out!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Nick Is Nothing Without Hits


(For what it's worth, of course she's a great singer, but...)

I've witnessed a few people lately talking about how Nick needs to give up the Grinderman "shit" and focus on making more "hits".

Since when does Nick have to make huge hits to make good music? Are you kidding me? To say he needs to have another huge hit is just...whatever. He's made many great songs that were nowhere near the commercial level "Where the Wild Roses Grow" was, but I would say they're even better. He doesn't need a huge hit on the charts to make good music.

Sorry, but this is something I really feel strongly about. Like, if you don't have a hit on the charts, you're music isn't good? Um, no, it just means you're not catering to everyone's idea of what is catchy/poppy/etc.

The fact that so many people NEED brainless, catchy pop drivel is WHY he isn't more famous than he is. I prefer my music thought-provoking and genuine, not radio-friendly, polished, and unoriginal for the sake of making a cheap buck. Thanks.

I wouldn't mind if a song was a hit, but with his stuff, he doesn't need commercial success to be great in my eyes.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The OTHER Nick Cave // 2007 Magnet Q&A

This is the funniest thing I have read in for-freaking-ever.

I'm sure many of you, while googling, have come across this OTHER Nick Cave (how dare he have the same name?!) that makes soundsuits. Whatever soundsuits are; I really don't know and frankly couldn't care. To the best of my knowledge, they're suits made out of popcans and hair (maybe Euchrid made them...?) Whatever they are, they'd be much more amusing and strange if our Nick Cave made them. As they are, they're just...really fucking strange.

Anyway, this guy thought that the soundsuit Nick Cave was Mr. Black Crow King, went to the event, and was bouncing off the walls in excitement at having a front row seat.

Then he realized his mistake. It is documented HERE for our amusement. I am SO glad this didn't happen to me. But it's a very well-written, very hilarious play-by-play of the mishap. Bwahahaha. I laughed so hard that my balls dropped. And I don't even have balls, so there ya go.


"I just couldn't bring myself to write a song called 'No Dick Blues'":
Magnet interview from 2007 HERE.

Playground Dad // '99 L.A. Record Interview

After deeply skimming through THIS ARTICLE from 1999, I came to the end and thought, "that is adorable". So here it is.

At the end of our lunch - during which Cave eats heartily - he asks me for the time and jumps up, stricken, when I tell him.
“Oh God, if I don’t go now I’ll be late for Luke,” he says, looking like the 12-year-old I first saw. “You know what it’s like in the playground; I’m terrified of getting into trouble with the teachers.” His father, I think, would be proud of him.

I was looking for more old interviews...WHY had I never read this interview before? [ LINK ] This is not the entire interview, just a taste. Read the whole thing if you've never done so - it's quite good.

How serious were the deliberations when you were a judge the World Beard And Mustache Championships?

To be completely honest I was at sea—completely at sea. I wouldn’t know one fucking mustache from another one.

How did you decide?

I just said what the guy next to me said. All I know is I felt humbled because I had this kind of pathetic sort of thing growing on my face, and I know there were some extraordinary mustaches and partial beards, particularly. You know—‘A man without a mustache is like woman with one.’

What kind of things do you write in your office that will never see the light of day?

Oh, the hardcore porn that I get into?

Would you be opposed to a posthumous collection of all your pornography?

Not at all. I’m just saving it for a rainy day.

What book have you given away the most copies of?

One book I tended to give away quite a lot which I think is extraordinary is The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis. I think it’s great book. I’m actually a huge fan of his. That particular book—The Informers—line for line is just extraordinary. It has this effect—you feel you like you need to read him fast, and if you don’t and you just check out one line followed by the next line, what he’s writing to me is just extraordinary. He’s definitely a contemporary writer that I’ve sort of turned people on to—that particular book of his.

What films? The Dark Knight?

I saw that—fucking wild! I saw that with my kids. They’re like eight and it blew their fucking heads off. They kind of walked out with the blood drained from their faces.

What’s something practical you can tell people to help them make daily life a little bit better for themselves?

Right now I’m hearing the most beautiful violin I’ve ever heard in my life being played by Warren Ellis.

You’re breaking my heart by proxy.

He’s unbelievable. I don’t know. Who wants to hear what I got to say? You have to try a bit harder than that to wrap up the interview. You want me to do all the fucking work.


—Chris Ziegler


Monday, February 9, 2009

iTunes Live : London Sessions EP (link)


(Photo by Daniel Boud)

There is a really brilliant set of live Dig!!! tracks up at THIS BLOG. I highly, highly recommend picking them up, since they're incredibly good quality and just all-around amazing performances.

It's from some iTunes live sessions in London, and the tracks are:

"Dig, Lazarus, Dig"
"Moonland"
"Midnight Man"
"Lie Down Here (and Be My Girl)"
"More News From Nowhere"

Definitely a must-grab.

Don't Erase Me

Somehow, I accidentally deleted all the N.C. album tracks from my computer. So now I have to strip them all into iTunes again.

That's not the part that annoys me.

What annoys me is that now my playcounts for those songs are all reverted back to zero. I had reset the plays after the September 22nd concert, just so I could see how many times I'd listened to any given song since then. "Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!" had 27 plays, for instance. Now, they're all back to zero.

I am incredibly saddened and pissed off by this.

Mr. Cave is also not amused. He seems to have a rather "what the fuck?" attitude about this matter.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Crane Game Cave

I just realized that, for those following this blog on the LJ feed, you won't be able to tell when I change the "Photo of the Moment," which is on the right-side of the blog. So I will post it within entries when I do so.

I call this one "THAT IS AMAZING":


My Nick Cave Concert Experience



You can view my crappily handwritten journal entries, comments, and photos from the concert I went to at the link below. There are a couple photos at the end I did not take, but feature me looking like I am a crying American Idol fan. I wasn't crying, but it looks like I was.

To advance through the pages (there are three pages of photos in all), click the "next page" link at the upper right. Read the comments with each photo, because they are amazing. Oh, and a.) click each thumbnail, b.) click the bigger picture to view even bigger.

I apologize to Mr. Cave for some of the less-than-great photos. I know you actually look great - I just have bad timing and caught you at some odd moments.

My Nick Cave Concert Experience : complete with witty comments ahoy! Or, you can CLICK HERE and then just click "next picture" to go through all the concert pics, minus the journal entries. The comments are below each photo.

Have photos/experiences of your own? Share away!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tori's Pubes

Many of you have read this before, but Jesus...it's fucking classic/amusing to me right now, so (as Mr. Cave says) "there ya go" (anyone else notice he says that after really lame questions sometimes? "There ya go..."

Anyway...


Interviewer: 'What about Tori Amos. You said the "twinkling cunt" line in Green Eyes [also on The Boatman's Call] was about her sewing sequins into her pubic hair. I bet she wasn't flattered by that.'

Nick: 'That's simply not true. It keeps getting repeated in the press, but it's not true.'

Interviewer: 'It's here in this music magazine from 1997. The journalist asks, "You have first-hand experience of this?' and you say, "Yes."'

Nick: 'I lied. I start to lie when things get really tedious. Anyway, I met Tori in the lobby of a hotel once afterwards. She seemed a lovely girl. She didn't send any letters of complaint. I think even if it were true it's kind of flattering. I mean, how sweet. What a sweet thing to do...to sit there and sew sequins into your pubic hair.'

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Marianne Faithfull's New Album


(Oh, come on. You know why I had to use this photo of her.)

Marianne Faithfull's newest album, Easy Come, Easy Go, is slated to hit U.S. stores March 17th. This will be her 22nd album, and it features many guest vocalists. Chan Marshall (the lovely Cat Power), Sean Lennon, Keith Richards, Rufus Wainwright...

And our very own Mr. Nick Cave. Yep, Nick and Marianne are back after their collaboration on Marianne's Before the Poison album. This time, they are taking on The Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3".

You can read more about Marianne's newest album HERE.

Merchandise

I have found in nearly impossible to find decent Nick Cave / Birthday Party / Grinderman merchandise (shirts, etc.) online. What I have found is linked below.

If you have any non-eBay links to add, it would be greatly appreciated.

All T-Shirts 4 You has one lonely shirt.
The Arts Centre Merchandise
Birthday Party Official Shop
Mute Shop
Nick Cave Official Merch Shop

Sunday, February 1, 2009

MOJO Awards - Backstage

At 1:25 or thereabouts, Nick makes a priceless look as Amy Winehouse walks by. Haha! I love him. I'd probably do the same thing.

View the video here.

Here's an interview with him backstage at the MOJO awards. He's so cute, smiling about John Fogerty.