A Friday night concert fix:
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
RAI CONGRESCENTRUM, AMSTERDAM
16 June 1997
Photos: © Niels Van Iperen
Far From Me
Lime Tree Arbour
Red Right Hand
West Country Girl
People Ain’t No Good
Nobody’s Baby Now
Stranger than Kindness
I Let Love In
Into My Arms
The Weeping Song
(Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?
Where the Wild Roses Grow
The Mercy Seat
Your Funeral… My Trial
Do You Love Me?
The Ship Song
Listen under the cut…
MADNESS AS A TENANT
By: Maria Alessandra Scalise and Andrea Cangioli
ROMA, MAY 23RD, 1992
A conversation before a gig, the occasion is the release of Henry’s Dream and the Italian translation of King Ink.
M.A. I’ve read somewhere, that, speaking about And The Ass Saw The Angel, you said “Read it and forget who I am” or something like that. But in the book there are many things that appear in your lyrics as well, especially characters are obviously really yours…
A. Even their names, like Crow Jane and Jane Crow
M.A. Did you decide to write the novel because you needed more space to develop your characters? Did you feel that a song was no longer sufficient to express what you wanted to express?
N. It’s very difficult to say something in three verses. When you write a song you get three verses, four verses to say what you want. When you write a novel, you can really grab something by the throat and take it down, and descend with that, and go, and take it to its furthermost extreme, in a way… I mean… the book was conceived a long long time before a lot of these lyrics we are talking about ever were in my head, so what really happened was that I created in my head this mythical landscape in which Euchrid and the story operated and, because I was writing the book continuously, and I was quite obsessed with the book, many of the songs also came from the same mythical landscape.
Interview continues under page cut…
Here’s the most recent list of vintage Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds full concerts. (via RoyOh)
Nick Cave – Novellara 11/28/1987 [full show]
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds playing live in Novellara, Italy at Ritz on November 28, 1987.
Drunk Nick! Unbelievable. A Nixa quarrel after Stranger than Kindness.
Nick Cave – Milan 05/24/1992 [full show]
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds playing live in Milano, Italy at Rolling Stone on May 24, 1992.
GUEST WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER JONATHAN GANLEY on Nick Cave and the Birthday Party at Mainstreet, 1983
Friday May 3 2013 marks 30 years to the day since Nick Cave and The Birthday Party played their first New Zealand show at Mainstreet nightclub on Auckland’s Queen St. Photographer Jonathan Ganley provides the images and the story from the audience, while Simon Grigg of Propeller Records and tour promoter Doug Hood give some background and recollections of this legendary but shambolic performance, and the subsequent chaotic North Island tour… VIEW ARTICLE
Jonathan Ganley is an Auckland photographer whose work has covered many subjects, notably New Zealand musicians. Visit Jon’s photo gallery: pointthatthing.com
Thank you, Jonathan, for publishing an expanded account of that night. Marvelous to read your comparison of Nick’s performance 30 years ago with Grinderman at Coachella.
Folks, I don’t have the Mainstreet show but I do have the bootleg audio from two nights later, May 5, 1983, when the band played Palmerston. Here’s an audio fix celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Birthday Party’s NZ tour. Enjoy!
The Birthday Party – May 5, 1983 – Palmerston North, Massey University, NZ
Lineup: Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Tracey Pew, Des Hefner (replacing Mick Harvey)
Audio tracks are under the cut…
In case you missed it, scroll down for Valerie’s translation of Nick’s interview.
Nick Cave interview: Les inRockuptibles (Feb 2013)
Journalist: JD Beauvallet
Photographer: Benni Valsson
Your album is more crepuscular: the kind of album from a man who has calmed down…
A wise old man album? I don’t know how it happened (laugh)… I had no attention to make a quiet album, it just happened. It’s a very French album: it was recorded when we were full of French food, and local wines at La Fabrique studios, in Provence. The place really had an influence on the mood of the album, its atmosphere transported me… After a week of living together in this place, we sat down to listen to the first recordings and we couldn’t’ believe it: we had no musical direction when we arrived there, but clearly the place had decided for us. We had never made such a coherent album, with continuity in the lyrics and music. We had never given such an importance to silence.
There are celebrations in St Kilda tonight as the Port Phillip Council has voted unanimous in favour of the naming of a laneway after Rowland S Howard, the legendary guitarist of The Birthday Party, who died from liver cancer in 2009.
The laneway is between Eildon Road and Jackson Street in St Kilda. LINK
UPDATE – April 27, 2013 Watch video of Harry and Angela Howard on the RSH laneaway.
Tx to Deb for the submission!
Gallery: Nick Cave – The Story booklet scans (Photo credits included with images.)
“Killer Instinct” interview by Andrea Cangioli (1996) is under the page break.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Stranger than Kindness
Live in Vienna, Austria, May 10, 1987
More stuff at my YT channel: Morganwolf5.
The Brute Lives / Der Wüste lebt
Nick Cave interview by Hanspeter Künzler
Published in Musikexpress, March 2013
(Photo credits pending)
German text translation by Anna.
Translator note: The title contains the word “Wüste”, which means “desert, wilderness, or barren wasteland” in German. Referring to a person ( “Wüstling” ), it describes a wild man. Additional meanings are “rake, libertine, lecher, brute”. I chose the English translation for Wüstling (“brute”).
Introductory text by Michael Pilz (extract)*
After 30 years Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds establish their late work with „Push The Sky Away“, the most beautiful record since they disappeared from Berlin.
Back in the 80s Nick Cave went into the basement when he wanted to laugh. (note: In German you say a person goes into the basement to laugh when you want to describe a gloomy and sad character.) Today he goes down there to write and make music. Every day at nine in the morning he puts on his suit and goes down to his office, a souterrain in the seaside resort Brighton in the south of England, where subcultures fought until it drew blood in the ancient world of Pop. At five in the afternoon he goes back up the stairs to his wife and children. When Rock n’ Roll was still young, it forced its protagonists to either resign early or nod off miserably. Immortality or age. „Complete bullshit“ says Nick Cave. „Age is a blessing, youth a misapprehension. Is there anything more beautiful than walking through ruins?“.
With „Push The Sky Away“ the Australian establishes his late work with the Bad Seeds. The band has its 30th anniversary this year. The birth-year-record indeed sounds more deliberate than any of the previous fifteen releases. It sounds like Cave demanded music landscapes of his colleagues instead of songs, to hike through them as a singer and marvel at the sound of ruined instruments. On the other hand: As every caveian („Cavianer“) knows, nothing is as illusive as idyll.
Continue reading …. under the page cut.
Nick live (not sure which concert) Tx vintagebirdlostatsea
Videos are starting to come in from the first of three New York shows.
Massive thanks to allbearsrule for filming this show. *KISSSSS*
*BTW: Check comments for goodies.
Jubilee Street, Beacon Theatre, NYC (Mar 28, 2013)
From Her to Eternity, Beacon Theatre, NYC (Mar 28, 2013)
Continue under page cut ….. Read more…
The beard is gone, and suddenly Nick Cave looks ten years younger. Moving elastically as if he was made of rubber, he enters the old-fashioned pub with the creaky floorboards where we agreed to meet for an interview. It’s a short way for the singer, the pub is within walking distance from his house in Brighton. Cave, in his customary black suit and white shirt, takes off his sunglasses and greats two women with the words “hi girls, how’re you doing?”. The singer himself is doing very well. He doesn’t smoke and drink anymore, he is agile and alert. During the following hour, we’ll talk about the effects the increased research possibilities provided by the internet have on his work as an author, the old days in Westberlin and the re-orientation of the Bad Seeds on the new album Push The Sky Away that is about to be released. It’s a hazy and grey day, and during pauses in our conversation, the wind carries over the cries of seagulls from the nearby ocean shore.
TEXT: Max Dax PHOTOS: Nic Shonfeld (Translation: Selysia)
(Interview translation + scans under the cut)
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Perform “Jubilee Street” live in Austin.
On edit: If you missed the Austin concert the other night, NPR will rebroadcast it HERE. (It’s not up yet but keep checking). Meanwhile, while you are waiting, and because the audio for Jubilee Street is no longer public, here’s one of my favorite live oldies.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Long Time Man – Live at the Ritz, Stockholm, 1987
Here’s a pic from Austin show. A great shot by Tim Griffin.