Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Grinderman News! BOOYAH!

New Grinderman release date (September 14th in America)! European Tour (please come Stateside)! New band photo! Promo video!

Nick Cave Fixes' post.

Those NCF lovelies may have beaten me to that, but via Jamie Warren, who found this on the Grinderforums, I bring you this. The most amazing concert flyer of ALL FREAKING TIME. NOT an edit. This is a REAL ad, from Grinderman's forum AND their facebook. Hahahaha.

Oh, click it...it gets bigger and more hilarious.

Nice undies, Nick.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Singer

Not sure if I've ever seen this performance. I think I'd remember the weird, slightly creepy way Nick is looking at the camera at the beginning.

Video from marcoscraggs. Nick looks so handsome. And I love that he's chewing gum. Is it just me or are his live vocals not in this? Isn't that the album version? I don't know; it doesn't sound live to me.

And my favorite N.C. song (along with "Are You the One..."), from StinkyBohoon. I never have seen this done live, so I think the quality is forgivable:

Saturday, May 15, 2010

The 'Stache is Back!!!!

Click for a close-up of this exciting news!

Kicking Against the Originals

First of all, sorry for the ungodly length of this post. That's what I get for embedding videos. Anyway, I've been wanting to do this for awhile, just for my own benefit. I figured some of you might enjoy this as well. Original versions of songs covered on Kicking Against the Pricks. Some originals are so different that it's insane.

Rhapsody allows 25 free streamings a month. Only linking to them here because some of these aren't on youtube.

1. "Muddy Waters" by Phil Rosenthal (performed here by Johnny Cash)

2. "I'm Gonna Kill That Woman" by John Lee Hooker (streaming on Rhapsody)





7. "Black Betty" by Leadbelly
"Looky Yonder" by Leadbelly


9. I highly prefer the V.U. version, I gotta say (I love Nico):

10. I REALLY like Nick's version more...leaving it at that.


12. I'm sorry...this cracked me up...SO MUCH.

13. Recorded earlier by other people, but jeez...I'm glad I'm almost done.


Remind me to never do this again. It started off fine, with fuckin' JOHNNY CASH, then it took a turn for the horribly, horribly LAME (in my opinion). Dear god...make it stoooooooooooooooop! Love the Cave album and this just shows his covers KICK ASS!!! (Or kick pricks, if you prefer.)

I also added more (thanks to you all!) to the Books and Authors Nick likes list. Woohoo!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Books and Authors Enjoyed by Mr. Cave

You can definitely tell, listening to Mr. Cave, that he is a well-read individual. Something I've been meaning to do for a long time is come up with some sort of definitive list of books/authors he either likes and/or has mentioned in his songs.

It is my goal to explore all of these at some point. Whether or not you are thinking of doing the same, please help me by submitting references from songs, interviews, etc. that I have missed. YAY!

To get things started, you must, as a Cave fan, read his own two books:

And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989) [PLOT SYNOPSIS]
The Death of Bunny Munro (2009) [PLOT SYNOPSIS]

Now, here is what will be, I assume, a constantly-updated list of authors and novels mentioned by Mr. Cave. See something missing? Let me know!

In the Belly of the Beast by Jack Abbott1
Thank You by W.H. Auden1
Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire1
Collected Poems by John Betjeman1
American Murder Ballads and Their Stories by Olive Woolley Burt1
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Roger Burton1
Butler's Lives of the Saints1
Louis Wain The Man Who Drew Cats by Rodney Dale1
Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis1
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky5
George Eliot8
The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis11
Harlot by Jill Alexander Essbaum2
The Unvanquisher by William Faulkner1
Paul Gauguin3
The Odyssey by Homer7
High Windows and Selected Letters by Philip Larkin1,3
Federico Garcia Lorca and his concept of "duende"10
The Bad Seed by William March 9
Das Kapital by Karl Marx3
Paradise Lost by John Milton6
News From Nowhere by William Morris4
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 1
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor1
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid edited by Michael Ondaatje1
The Cantos by Ezra Pound1
A Flower Book For the Pocket by Skene1
W.H. Auden a Tribute edited by Stephen Spender1
The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross1
The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila1
Inferno / From an Occult Diary by August Strindberg1
Dylan Thomas3
John Wilmot3
W.B. Yeats8
And, of course...The Bible

1 Shown in Stories, with a caption of "a selection of Nick Cave's favourite books." In the case of Lolita, Nick has mentioned numerous times his love for this book. He mentions Nabokov in "There She Goes, My Beautiful World" and in Nick Cave Stories [LINK], which is way over-priced, in my opinion (and I can say that since I own it).

2The picture at the top of this entry, which came from HERE.

3Mentioned in the song "There She Goes, My Beautiful World" from Abattoir Blues.

4One can only assume he is referencing this book with the song "More News From Nowhere". I have this book because of a utopia/dystopia class I took, but I've yet to read it.

5Here, among other places. His dad made him read it. (Thanks, scarletts-web!)

6As in "Song of Joy" and "Red Right Hand". (Thanks, Caroline!)

7From "More News From Nowhere". (Thanks again to Caroline.)

8From "No Pussy Blues," as pointed out by jutkacsak.

9Title of the band, duh. :) (Thanks, manilla-manish!)

10Nick Cave's Love Song Lecture [LINK], as pointed out by corpse-in-snow.

11HERE, as pointed out by abattoir_blues)