Nick Cave Fix: June 3, 2008

UPDATES: MOJO Awards

Voting is now closed and the MOJO Honours List ceremony is set for June 16. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are up for 2 awards. Here are the categories and their competition. I think Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! will win Best Album but Duffy’s “Mercy” might run away with Song of the Year.

Best Album

1 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!! (Mute)
2 Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino)
3 Radiohead – In Rainbows (XL)
4 Duffy – Rockferry (A&M/Rough Trade)
5 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (Decca/Rounder)

Song Of the Year

1 LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends” (DFA/EMI)
2 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!” (Mute)
3 The Last Shadow Puppets – “The Age Of The Understatement” (Domino)
4 Richard Hawley – “Tonight The Streets Are Ours” (Mute)
5 Duffy – “Mercy” (A&M/Rough Trade)
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NEWS BITS:

The legend of Nick Cave
Articulate: ABC Online, Australia
— Could the semi-naked statue story be a send-up?

Nick Cave Trashing Hotel Rooms and Taking Drugs
Anti’s extract from Radar Magazine‘s May/June issue:
“What’s So Funny About Nick Cave?”

–Nick talks about his colorful f**king history with the Radar’s Aaron Gell.
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REVIEWS:

More News From Nowhere
The Mirror.co.uk (May 9, 2008)

“Cave’s crazed but charmed life must be a vital inspirational pool for this mighty song. Peopled with impossibly colourful characters driving into oblivion on the endless highway, News is pure rock ‘n’ roll magic.”
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ARTICLES:

A Wink and a Leer
By Jess Harvell
The Nation: June 2, 2008 Issue

“Maybe he got fed up with playing slow or decided that reconnecting with his musical id would be cheaper than therapy. Either way, in recent years Cave has slowly yet forcefully renewed his devotion to rock’s cheaper thrills while laying bare the liver spots, erectile dysfunction and impotent fears about the ruined planet his offspring stand to inherit. That’s his trick: with a wink and a leer, he inflates these middle-aged laments to the same mythical, near ridiculous proportions he once reserved for murderous backwoods boys. And he does it over a racket that offers a respectable third way for those who recognize the potential silliness of a fiftysomething father kicking out the jams while not necessarily wanting to cede the stage to those under 30. Cave’s unique, self-lacerating sense of humor helps him avoid the self-parody of rock’s sexagenarian cocksmen and middle-aged do-gooders preening across stadium stages.”

Morgan note:
Take that, Mick Jagger! “A Wink and a Leer” is among the best of the recent articles/reviews on Nick Cave’s life and art. I cannot tell you how cool it is to find this story in The Nation, a magazine I read voraciously before I burned out from writing mostly political posts.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Nick Fix. If you’d like to comment, click on the post title and you’ll open another page with comment options. You do not have to be a member or have an OpenID. I do have SPAM controls in place, however.

Yours, Morgan

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About Morgan Wolfe

I write contemporary LGBTQ fiction that explores the dark & light of human love and desire. Interests: Progressive politics, visual arts, vintage illustration, mid-century design. French films, Queer cinema. Literary quotes. J'adore Paris. Ich liebe Berlin.

5 thoughts on “Nick Cave Fix: June 3, 2008

  1. Hi Morgan,

    Thankyou so much for your lovely long note – I’m just dashing out to work but will email you a proper reply in a couple of hours!

    Speak to you very soon,

    Kate 🙂

  2. Kate,

    What a wonderful letter! First, I am delighted to know that you read Morgan’s Musings!

    As for this joint, there is no need to thank me for putting up the Nick Cave Fixes blog. I was spending so much time reading about him and watching videos that I thought I might as well share what I’ve come across. I’ll do it as long as I have the time.

    Like you, I’m relatively new to Nick Cave. My conversion to the Cave religion happened a couple of years ago, when I was frequenting a forum where we discussed deep politics, high weirdness, and conspiracy theories (among other things). Quite a few of the guys were Nick Cave fans and they started posting links to YouTube videos.

    The first I saw was probably the studio version of ‘Stagger Lee’! The sight of Nick in pink t-shirt and matching lipstick, hips shimmying to that crazy rhythm, singing THOSE lyrics blew my mind. I understood the video’s intent to subvert boy band pop culture with the campy makeup and dancing, which is too funny in such a violent song.

    After that, I was hooked.

    Nick Cave never disappoints me. I have never before experienced such satisfaction with a performance artist and I have never known one with such diversely rich talents.

    Many fans who write to me say similar things: that they feel a connection they cannot explain, that Nick Cave is their spiritual other, or that he is a musical soul mate. He is a phenomenon of the first magnitude: someone whose charisma continues to intensify and whose talent admirably matches his numerous creative ventures.

    Thanks so much for the links to artwork. I found them by going to your photostream: Steeringfornorth. You can use simple HTML tags here for links. Sometimes links are truncated by Blogger and it is difficult to click through to them.

    Kate, please e-mail me:

    morganwolf5[AT]hotmail.com

    Remove the [AT] and insert the appropriate @ symbol. I have a question about commerical use of your illustrations!

    Thank you again for writing.

    Best wishes,
    Morgan

  3. Hi Morgan,

    I wanted to write and say a HUGE thankyou for creating and hosting this Nick Cave Fixes site! 🙂

    I’m a relatively new but extremely enthusiastic convert to Nick and the Seeds, and check in every few days to read your postings. It’s a *wonderful* website, intelligently written, fun and informative, and really enjoyable to read – and the amount of info you gather is amazing! Many, many thanks for hosting it, and for keeping all us Nick fans up to date with the latest news, and for all the videos, interviews, etc – you’re a diamond 🙂

    Its also a great pleasure to read your Morgan’s Musings blog – again, a really intelligent, eloquent and fascinating site – and I always look forward to sitting down and reading your new posts.

    Do keep em coming! 🙂

    Many thanks again for it all, and for the update on the MOJO awards – I’ll keep everything crossed!

    Take care,

    All good wishes,

    Kate Simmons

    P.S. Here’s a selection of new Nick photies and artworks I’ve recently come across, posted by lovely people on Flickr – thought you might like em 🙂

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritchie19/2519869005/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelly_keith/2516564868/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11569205@N08/25213

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lelecolombo/2537129346/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dokhaus/2514177890/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boom_tis_ca/2315533490/

    and (shameless plug) two drawn that I drew meself –

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/steeringfornorth/23833

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/steeringfornorth/2473021035/

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