Here is good article about Nick Cave’s upcoming second novel, The Death of Bunny Munroe, which is finished and set for release in mid-2009 by Canongate (translation rights are being secured now). Nick says he wrote most of the novel on the tour bus and “it was an absolute joy to write this thing”.
“The return of the bard seed”
By Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 January 2009.
[BZ] What was so pleasurable about writing this time compared with the tortuous path its predecessor took [And The Ass Saw The Angel]?
“It’s kind of what I do naturally. Something that is very natural to me is to sit down and write. I don’t have any kind of psychological obstacles in the way, as I do when for example I’m writing a song. Writing a song is excruciating, really difficult and way more challenging on every level … So to write prose I am freed of a lot of constraints I battle against to write a song.
“And there was also the feeling that it didn’t really matter. If it turns out to be a pile of shit it didn’t matter because I’m not going to live or die by whether this book is any good. So I felt hugely free about what I wrote.”
Adelaide Now (15 Jan 09) reviews the 14 Jan show at Thebarton Theater. The reviewer writes that Nick ‘running hot’, still cool, but the band appears a ‘bit bored’ with the older hits, notably Ship Song, Mercy Seat, and Red Right Hand. This meshes with something I noticed at the LSO St. Luke’s show last July. It must be a challenge to keep the sound fresh with a back catalog the size of Nick Cave’s. Curious to know how you fans feel about it? When a band’s entire musical direction changes, as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds did with Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus, is it reasonable to expect them to continue performing the older songs indefinitely? Thoughts?
Dark Lord Nick Cave puts paid to the credit crunch
Melbourne Herald Sun, 9 Jan 2009
“F*ck the credit crunch!” (A strange quote in a strange Palace review where the writer compares Cave to Lee Van Cleef in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, then goes on a tangent about retro-punk’s ‘former desperado’ Sid Vicious.)
All Tomorrow’s Parties News:
Music comes to the mountains
The Age, 12 Jan 2009
“ON SATURDAY night, Nick Cave thanked 3500 music fans for their commitment in trekking to Mount Buller for the inaugural Australian All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival. ‘I wouldn’t have done it,’ he said dryly.” A surprise kick-ass performance by Grinderman was the highlight.
Grinderman Play Surprise All Tomorrow’s Parties Gig Down Under
(The Quietus, 11 Jan 09)
Veterans Rock for Cave the curator
(The Australian, 12 Jan 09)