Nick Cave, News & Updates, Feb 13, 2013

In today’s press, an interview with Nick Cave by Simon Cosyns, The Sun, Feb 16, 2013

“I’ve never done the bad record where it all goes down the toilet” – Nick Cave
(Image copyright 2012 News Group Newspapers Ltd.)

Nick Cave on the cover photo of Push The Sky Away:

“That picture was not set up,” he says. “It was taken in our bedroom by Dominique Issermann, the unbelievably brilliant French photographer, who was doing an editorial shoot of my wife for a French magazine.

“She was in between costumes, naked under a cape, when I walked in. She just said, ‘Look, go over and open that window up’.

“As I went over to do it, she dropped the cape and Dominique took a few photographs. Later on, we saw this one and thought, ‘Wow! What a strange, beautiful, ambiguous photograph’.”

Did it bother him to have such a personal image on the album cover? “There was bit of discomfort when I showed it to everyone, saying, ‘All right, firstly the cover’s got my wife on it and secondly she doesn’t have any clothes on’.

“But that was largely my own feeling. I mean she’s so present within the record anyway. I think she’s walking in and out of that record all the time.”

Read more:

Nick Cave: ‘The greatest feat of artistic honesty would be to retire’
The Guardian by Alex Patridis  (Feb 14, 2013)

For an artist with a remarkable body of work behind him – and who is furthermore in the midst of a creative purple patch during which critical adoration seems to be a foregone conclusion – Cave occasionally seems a surprisingly self-doubting character. After 30 years of live performance, the prospect of getting onstage still fills him with “fucking dread”. Whenever he releases a record, he says, he finds himself gripped by the fear that he is “going to be exposed, people are going to realise I was never really that good anyway, someone’s going to come round and find out I was supposed to be a different person or something like that”. (READ IT)


Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

By Various Artists 2013
Produced by Hal Wilmer

First Listen:

‘Son Of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys’


Reviewed by Stephen Thompson

February 10, 2013




Track Listings

Disc: 1
1. Leaving of Liverpool (Shane MacGowan w/ Johnny Depp & Gore Verbinski)
2. Sam’s Gone Away (Robyn Hitchcock)
3. River Come Down (Beth Orton)
4. Row Bullies Row (Sean Lennon w/ Jack Shit)
5. Shenandoah (Tom Waits w/ Keith Richards)
6. Mr. Stormalong (Ivan Neville)
7. Asshole Rules the Navy (Iggy Pop w/ A Hawk and a Hacksaw)
8. Off to Sea Once More (Macy Gray)
9. The Ol’ OG (Ed Harcourt)
10. Pirate Jenny (Shilpa Ray w/ Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
11. The Mermaid (Patti Smith & Johnny Depp)
12. Anthem for Old Souls (Chuck E. Weiss)
13. Orange Claw Hammer (Ed Pastorini)
14. Sweet and Low (The Americans)
15. Ye Mariners All (Robin Holcomb & Jessica Kenny)
16. Tom’s Gone to Hilo (Gavin Friday and Shannon McNally)
17. Bear Away (Kenny Wollesen & The Himalayas Marching Band)

Disc: 2
1. Handsome Cabin Boy (Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention)
2. Rio Grande (Michael Stipe & Courtney Love)
3. Ship in Distress (Marc Almond)
4. In Lure of the Tropics (Dr. John)
5. Rolling Down to Old Maui (Todd Rundgren)
6. Jack Tar on Shore (Dan Zanes w/ Broken Social Scene)
7. Sally Racket (Sissy Bounce (Katey Red & Big Freedia) with Akron/Family)
8. Wild Goose (Broken Social Scene)
9. Flandyke Shore (Marianne Faithfull w/ Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
10. The Chantey of Noah and his Ark (Old School Song) (Ricky Jay)
11. Whiskey Johnny (Michael Gira)
12. Sunshine Life for Me (Petra Haden w/ Lenny Pickett)
13. Row the Boat Child (Jenni Muldaur)
14. General Taylor (Richard Thompson w/ Jack Shit)
15. Marianne (Tim Robbins w/ Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs)
16. Barnacle Bill the Sailor (Kembra Phaler w/ Antony / Joseph Arthur / Foetus)
17. Missus McGraw (Angelica Huston w/ The Weisberg Strings)
18. The Dreadnought (Iggy Pop & Elegant Too)
19. Then Said the Captain to Me (Two Poems of the Sea) (Mary Margaret O’Hara)

5 thoughts on “Nick Cave, News & Updates, Feb 13, 2013

  1. That was a good interview.

    Deluxe CD/DVD arrived today. Beautifully packaged. Black linen book containing the CD and DVD plus all the lyrics and some very nice pictures.

    DVD is just the two bonus songs with accompanying videos from the recording sessions. Perhaps they could have included Iain and Jane’s short film plus the videos for Jubilee Street and We No Who U R.

    Loving the album.

      • Lightning Bolts is interesting as it makes political comment/observation on the situation in Greece which is very unusual for Nick. Some very interesting instrumentation going on on both tracks. Needle Boy feels more like a Grinderman B-Side. Only heard them once so far so need to listen some more before I can come to a real conclusion on them. Not sure they would have fitted in with the rest of the album.

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