Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, live in Meervaart (Netherlands), 9th November 1984 (audio)

cave_cd_firstborn_1I like this a lot.  Early Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (November 1984), stripped back and raw.  The audio is bass-light and a bit spiky, but the fidelity is good.  

Most of the tracks are previewing their soon to be second LP “the Firstborn is Dead”.

Annoyingly, the audio is embedded into the page, and annoyingly you have to play each track separately, but it’s worth the effort.

Try out Black Crow King if you’re not sure.

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Nick Cave & Mick Harvey, radio sessions from 1990 (featuring songs from Tender Prey)

cave_cdr_tender-prey_1Another excellent post from the tender Dark Circle Room.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ masterpiece “Tender Prey” was released in 1988 during turbulent times, and the music reflects it.  This is one of the finest, if not the finest, Nick Cave LP.

Here are three high-quality FM broadcasts from 1990 featuring primarily songs from Tender Prey.  I haven’t listened yet, but they may be acoustic and/or  just Nick Cave and Mick Harvey performing, which would make them even more interesting.

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Nick Cave features on “West of Memphis” soundtrack

West_of_Memphis_posterThis slipped by earlier in the month.  A new film – “West of Memphis” is opening in the UK in January 2013 [official website], and the sound track has a stellar cast: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Patti Smith, Band of Horses, Bob Dylan, Henry Rollins, and more.

The film is a documentary about an 18 year attempt to get a re-trial for three very young men wrongly convicted for murder.  It is getting really good reviews, and looks really interesting – the trailer is below.

It is directed by Peter Jackson – yes, he of Lord of the Rings, Hobbit and, of course, Bad Taste (without doubt his finest hour – see the trailer) fame.  Pitchfork reports:

Earlier this year, it was reported that Bad Seeds/Grinderman bandmates Nick Cave and Warren Ellis were scoring another film together. Now, the full soundtrack has been unveiled for the documentary West of Memphis. It features Cave and Ellis, Band of Horses, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins, and more. West of Memphis: Voices for Justice is out January 15 via Legacy.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, BBC Four Session, 2008 (HD video, 60 minutes)

nickbypepeNick Cave and The Bad Seeds at LSO St. Luke’s 2008 (the “Dig Lazarus Dig!!” era), recorded for BBC Four’s “In Session” series.

The LSO is “the  London Symphony Orchestra’s Music Education Centre and venue for chamber music, rehearsals and commercial hire”

Line-up: Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Warren Ellis, Martin P. Casey, Conway Savage, Thomas Wydler, Jim Sclavunos.

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The Cure, “Why Can’t I be You?”, Robert Smith’s notes for the video (directed by Tim Pope)

why cant i be youTim Pope, director and all round nice guy, recently posted some of Robert Smith’s hand-written notes for the Cure’s “Why Can’t I be You?” video. He writes…

I often get asked how I worked with artists and specifically Robert. Robert would send me the track and I would see how it inspired me, what images came to me, what ridiculousness I felt we could get up to. We would then meet.

Usually for some bizarre reasons there would often be common ground to the ideas. Going away afterwards, Robert might draw some sketches (at other times one of us might bring these to the meeting). Robert, for example (as far as I can recall) came up with the wardrobe on the cliff. It was me that decided where it should go from there. Much of The Cure’s music was very cinematic, as were other bands like The The or Neil Young. You’d have to be a dork not to make great videos, to be honest.

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