Australian and international musicmakers have joined forces for a second tribute album honouring the music of Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his Gun Club.
Local acts Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Tex Perkins, and Hugo Race cover Pierce’s tunes on The Journey is Long. Leading international acts Debbie Harry, Lydia Lunch, and Mark Lanegan have also leant their talents to the project.
The Gun Club’s music blended punk and American roots in a way that no one had ever heard before. Their albums influenced many modern day artists including Jack White, Jon Spencer, Hoodoo Gurus, and the acts that appear on the disc. After living hard with drugs and drink, the world lost Jeffrey Lee to a brain haemorrhage in 1996.
The Journey is Long will his stores on April 6. It follows 2009’s We Are Only Riders. A third and final volume, entitled The Task Has Overwhelmed Us, should be released later this year.
It’s Valentine’s Day. Yes it’s a Hallmark holiday, and it was a day I used to loathe as a single teen so desperate to be in love. But as a happily married adult, I think there’s something pretty sweet about a day designed to celebrate love.
My husband and I don’t make a big deal about Valentine’s Day. We buy a joint gift every year, a Wii game or a cookbook, something that will encourage us to spend some extra time together. Sometimes we eat out but with it falling mid-week I’m on cooking duty this year. Add a nice bottle of wine and you’ve got the recipe for a pretty special night in, Valentine’s Day or not.
And there’s likely to be music. I’m not sure whether it’ll make its way to the stereo tonight, but with love in the air I thought I’d post “Into My Arms” by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. It’s one of those very honest love songs that doesn’t resort to cheesy lines or clichés. Whether you’re in love or still waiting for that special person, enjoy! And to my own darling boy, happy Valentine’s day!
Did you enjoy last night’s broadcast of Straight To You – Triple J’s Tribute to Nick Cave? Well if so you’re in luck, because the ABC is about to release the double CD and DVD.
The show was a fitting homage to Nick’s career, from his early outfits Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party to his celebrated work with The Bad Seeds and newish outfit Grinderman. He’s the most continually played artist on Triple J, an incredible feat that’s a testimony to his longevity.
Triple J assembled an amazing collection of artists who showed a clear appreciation for the material they tackled. I particularly loved Bertie Blackman and Muscles take on “Do You Love Me?,” Lisa Mitchell’s gorgeous version of “The Ship Song,” and Kram, Dan Sultan, and Lisa getting together on “There is a Kingdom.”
I can relive all those moments and more when the double CD hits stores on February 10. The DVD will follow on March 2.
Image used with permission from Universal Music Australia
The ABC is helping us celebrate Australia Day with some homegrown musical talent.
The main channel’s getting in early with the Australia Celebrates 2012 concert. The show features performances from INXS, The Potbelleez, Spiderbait, Sneaky Sound System, and Katie Noonan back with her Captains. See it on ABC on January 25 at 8:30 pm.
Then the following night make sure you tune in to ABC2. The channel will play Triple Js tribute to Nick Cave, which will see local artists like Dan Sultan, Adalita, Lisa Mitchell, Bertie Blackman, and Kram taking on Nick Cave classics. Now that sounds like it’s worth staying up for! If you’ve got work the next morning you may want to set your DVR for 9:30 pm on January 26.
Some of Melbourne’s most exciting musicians have paid their respects to one of the city’s most influential artists, Nick Cave, with a new compilation album. Dig Cave Dig is a homage to Nick’s diverse body of work.
A handful of the contributing musicians will be familiar to you, including Little Red, the Vasco Era, and The Fumes, but the CD’s also likely to introduce anyone outside Victoria to a few new up-and-comers.
The selection of songs is stellar if somewhat predictable. That’s disappointing considering Nick Cave’s innovative output. I would have loved to see some new takes on earlier material, especially “Shivers.” Thankfully though, we do get “Red Right Hand,” “Into My Arms,” and “Do You Love Me?” There was certainly potential to make this a double album, extending it beyond the existing 11 tracks. Still, with great songs and exciting new bands you really can’t go wrong.
Grinderman are offering budding photographers access-all-areas passes to their upcoming Big Day Out sideshows thanks to a very cool competition.
If you want to win one, simply show the band you’re worthy by sending a link to on online portfolio of your work to email@example.com. Make sure you include the show you’d like to capture in the subject line, and your full name and mobile phone number in the e-mail’s body.
You’ll need to be quick though, especially if you’re in Melbourne. Entries close 48 hours before each show. As a reminder, Nick Cave’s crew will play The Palace in Melbourne on January 17 and 18, Brisbane’s Tivoli on January 24, and The Enmore in Sydney on January 28. Good luck!
Nick Cave is preparing to unveil his second album with Grinderman this September.
Not so originally titled Grinderman 2, it sees Nick reunite with Warren Wllis, Martyn Casey, and Jim Sclavunos for another serve of dirty garage rock. Acclaimed producer Nick Launay twiddled the knobs for the album which was recorded at London’s RAK, State of the Ark, and Assault and Battery studios.
To celebrate the release Grinderman will tour around the United Kingdom and Europe throughout September and October. Hopefully we’ll see some Aussie dates to follow.
25 September 2010 – Rock City, Nottingham
27 September 2010 – University, Leeds
28 September 2010 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
29 September 2010 – Academy, Manchester
1 October 2010 – Hammersmith Apollo, London
4 October 2010 – Les Docks, Lausanne
5 October 2010 – Volkshaus, Zurich
6 October 2010 – Live, Milan
7 October 2010 – Atlantico, Rome
10 October 2010 – Gasometer, Vienna
11 October 2010 – Muffathalle, Munich
13 October 2010 – Haus Auensee, Leipzig
14 October 2010 – Columbiahalle, Berlin
15 October 2010 – E-Werk, Cologne
17 October 2010 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
20 October 2010 – MCV, Utrecht
21 October 2010 – Docks, Hamburg
23 October 2010 – Falkoner Theatre, Copenhagen
24 October 2010 – Power Station, Randers
26 October 2010 – Cite de La Music, Paris
Nick Cave fans are in for a real treat this October. Australia’s Prince of Darkness will return home for a double-header tour, which fittingly kicks off in Melbourne on Friday the 13th.
Nick will perform solo and Bad Seeds hits behind a grand piano during the first half of the concerts.
In the second, he’ll introduce his homeland to his new blues rock outfit, Grinderman. The band is a star-studded affair, featuring The Dirty Three’s Warren Ellis, ex-Triffid Martyn Casey, and The Vanity Set’s Jim Sclavunos.
Grinderman has already wowed crowds in London, and are set to do the same when they hit America later in the month. Tickets to the Australian shows are on sale tomorrow.
Lauren Katulka cannot remember a time when music was not a part of her life. Raised on an eclectic diet of Van Morrison, The Eagles, Cold Chisel, and Barbra Streisand, she remembers saving all her pocket money for weeks so she could buy cassettes featuring her favourite singers. At the tender age of 11 she saw her first live concert when Jimmy Barnes took his Soul Deep tour to Newcastle’s Civic Theatre. There was no looking back.
Today Lauren is a happily married freelance writer living on the New South Wales Central Coast. When she's not obsessing about the latest band, or some old favourite, she loves to experiment with new recipes, watch indie films, and cuddle her Devon Rex cat Gizmo.