Listen to Jesus Lay Down Beside Me

As mentionned in a previous post, Nick Cave has written a song for Mavis Staples’ upcoming album Livin’ on a High Note. The album is released tomorrow but you can already listen to Jesus Lay Down Beside Me.

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Movie adaptation of The Death of Bunny Munro

bmIt’s been reported that Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw, who are Melbourne producers, have launched Carver Films, and are set to produce The Death of Bunny Munro. The novel will be adapted by Nick Cave, and directed by Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth (20,000 Days on Earth). I don’t know about you but I can’t think of better directors than Jane and Iain considering how fantastic 20,000 Days on Earth was.

Financing and casting have just started so it might be a while before it hits the big screen but it’s a fantastic project to look forward to.

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P.S.: I have made the banner a bit more Halloween-y. Hope you like! 😉

Happy Birthday Mr. Cave

We would like to wish Nick Cave a happy 58th birthday!

Thank you for inspiring so many of us every day.

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Birthday cards made by Roberta Fidora. On sale @ Etsy.

Nick Cave & Plasticgod Collaboration

Bit of a fun news today, Nick Cave has commissioned Pop Artist Plasticgod to design six limited edition, vinyl toys based on his songs. Only 250 of each designs has been produced by 3DRetro, a producer and retailer of collectible figures.

The toys will premiere this weekend at San Diego Comic Con where the artist will sign the Red Right Hand version from 1pm to 2pm. Location: 3Dretro/DKE booth 5045.

Plasticgod is a Los Angeles based pop artist known for clever parody interpretations of celebrities and pop culture icons in his unique, colorful, mini-figure toy style. Over the past 15 years, his clients and collectors have ranged from A-list celebrities to Fortune 100 companies, including political ambassadors. Having shown in galleries and museums in countries all over the world, Plasticgod continually recognizes the plight of those less fortunate as well, demonstrating his compassion by donating proceeds from the sale of his artistic works to an array of charities and not-for-profit organizations helping those in need.

After Comic Con, the figures will be sold at Plasticgod.com, 3Dretro.com and boutique, vinyl stores around the world.

The 6 inches tall figures are expected to retail around $50.

Red Right Hand

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Tupelo

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Into My Arms

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The Ship Song

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Babe, You Turn Me On (Glow in the dark version)

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Babe, You TDurn Me On

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Nick Cave visits the charity organisation: Deti Pavolvska

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At the time of the Moscow concerts I stumbled upon some cute pictures of Nick Cave with a group of kids from St Petersburg. I was a bit curious as their Instagram account (detipavlovska) was described as “an experimental project of social integration.”

I got in contact with them to find out more about it, and I received a wonderful email from their Founder and CEO Evgenia Shtill. She kindly explained to me their goals and sent me some pictures. I have also decided to only share the pictures that were already public on their Instagram as I think the other ones are wonderful but I think reflect a very special moment between Nick and these kids, and should remain somewhat private.

Anyway I thought it’d be a great idea to put them in the spotlight on this blog, and if you can, please consider making a donation. All the details can be found at the end of this post.

Deti Pavolvska (meaning kids of Pavlovsk) is a charity organization that take care of disabled kids (with down syndrome, autism, cerebral paralysis) who grew up in huge orphanages. The social system in USSR created these orphanages so that the parents could get rid of their kids as they were not seen as champions. It was the norm so to speak to not keep these children at home.

These orphanages are still open and the one in the town of Pavlovsk is the biggest one in Russia. They used to have a thousand kids living there. Now they are down to 400. The volunteers of the charity met the kids there years ago and decided to travel with them to the city, teach them how to read, count, paint, read, etc After a while they were faced with an even bigger problem. Once the kids had become adults, they had to move from the orphanage to a psycho-neurological internat which is basically a big hospital with no structure to improve their quality of life. That’s when they decided to create the foundation to support them.

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They are currently taking care of 17 teenagers (18+) who are living in wards. They want to make them part of the society and live ordinary life as citizen. Of course their mission is incredibly difficult as these kids are prisoners of a social system that don’t allow them to go out. But Deti Pavolvska is not giving up and they are being successful.

They have an art studio based in one of the institution. The teenagers make fantastic artwork there. They can make whatever they want with their hands, and have the opportunity to sell their art. They also have teachers and psychologists who work with them to improve their intellectual level. Four of their kids have already managed to leave the institutions and are currently living alone in their own flat!

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Their main issue now is to find money to renovate an old building in St Petersburg. The building needs works to be suited for their art studio, they also need art supplies etc That’s where, dear readers, you might be able to help them by making a donation. They are currently looking for €70000 so every cent counts.

Evgeniia would really be grateful “if people from the other side of the earth take care about the life of 17 unordinary adult kids who are able to do amazing art.”

This is their EURO account if you are able to make a donation.
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I know this post is a little different from what you can read here, but it’s a wonderful charity and even if are not able to donate, I think it’s incredibly important to be aware of the situation.

You can also find them on Facebook.

European Tour: St Petersburg (Audio Bootleg) & Thank you!

BKZ Oktyabrsky – Saint-Petersburg / Russia – May 26th, 2015

Update December 11th 2015 – Full audio bootleg of the show. Thank you to everybody involved for making this happen.

It is available on Mega.  As usual please respect the work of the tapers. Always share the files as you have downloaded them and do not sell them. Convert to mp3s for your personal use.

Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Brompton Oratory
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
God is in the Shouse
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
the Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

We No Who U R
Up Jumped the Devil
People Ain’t No Good
Jack the Ripper
Push the SKy Away

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More here.

Well the “solo” tour is over and I think it has been pretty incredible. I can’t wait to see what will be the band’s next project. A big thank you to all of you who have followed the blog during this tour. There was a big increase in the stats!

Remember you can still order official recordings of the Hammersmith and Royal Albert Hall concerts here.

As for bootlegs: Brussels day 1 – day 2. Den Haag day 2.

It’ll probably be a bit more quiet now but you can still follow us on Facebook and there are more audio/videos goodies to come.

European Tour – Moscow – Audio Bootleg

Crocus City Hall – Moscow / Russia – May 25th, 2015 

Update December 11th 015 – Full audio bootleg of the show. Thank you to everybody involved for making this happen.

It is available on Mega.  As usual please respect the work of the tapers. Always share the files as you have downloaded them and do not sell them. Convert to mp3s for your personal use.

Setlist

Water’s Edge
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Higgs Boson Blues
Mermaids
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Stranger Than Kindness
Love Letter
Into My Arms
West Country Girl
Tupelo
Black Hair
the Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Encore

Up Jumped the Devil
People Ain’t No Good
Breathless
God is in the House
Jack the Ripper
Push the Sky Away

Fan review:

From Liza Elagina (Facebook).

Thought I should write something about the show in Moscow last night. I didn’t take pictures but everybody else did, so there will be plenty of them anyway.

Nick looked very happy and content through the whole set. To me he didn’t seem tired a bit. He was full of enthusiasm and energy. The band, quite in contrast to him, seemed rather weary. At some point Nick even commented on Tommy being “fucking lazy”.

After the third song EVERYBODY stood up, I don’t really understand the whole idea of “seated” concerts. The rows of seats were just in everybody’s way. Though Nick’s walk above the rows is majestic, of course.

The best moment of the night for me was From Her To Eternity. First, because it’s the best song in the world, second, because I never expected them to play it live again, so when I saw it in setlists of this tour I could not believe my own eyes. When Nick said, “This is a song from our first record” and then went “I want to tell you about a girl”, I felt my life was quite complete. Stranger Than Kindness had the best introduction of the night. “It’s a very old song but it’s… very old. But nice!”

I have to say that I prefer Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds to Nick Cave solo. As much as I love Nick Cave, I love him not for being a great piano player (which, of course, he is). So I really appreciated the moments when he actually stood up from his piano to join his worshippers. There weren’t TOO many of them which is a good thing, because I don’t know if my heart is strong enough to have endured more of that.

Nick was happy to engage in conversations with the audience and kindly laughed at all the ridiculous things shouted at him. Fortunately, he missed “Flowers is for Warren!” after receiving a bouquet of red roses.

Mercy Seat, my absolute favourite, went down quite quietly. I feel that it sounds a bit empty without Mick’s guitar intro, and this is the song where I feel his absence most. The song still sounded divine. At some point somebody even requested it again to which Nick, kind of offended, replied, “We’ve done Mercy Seat”.
Jubilee Street was ecstatic. It’s the song that made me fall in love with Nick Cave in the first place. Still – every time I hear I can’t believe anything that beautiful can exist. “The Russians moved in” got an expected cheer and laughter. 

Another thing about this tour that I am eternally grateful is Up Jumped The Devil. Most old bands have a “must-list” of songs that they absolutely have to play, so if you like a particular song from a particular album that doesn’t make their top 20, you will probably never hear it. But with The Bad Seeds basically being a band with no hits, Nick Cave is quite free to make rather unpredictable choices from his old songs. And I would say Up Jumped The Devil is a happy choice.

At some point somebody yelled “Where’s Barry?” – “Where’s Barry? He’s quit”. Then came the inevitable “Where’s Blixa?” – “Blixa’s quit. Mick has… quit. Conway… No, Conway’s still in. We’ll be here all night if we start recalling everyone who’s quit. Warren hasn’t quit. Martin’s here. Tommy’s still here.” It was the most gracious band introduction I ever heard and a beautiful moment.

Anyway, Nick didn’t seem to pay attention to empty seats in the stalls (though I had fears it might break his heart). He seemed very happy with those people who WERE there.

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