Live From KCRW was recorded last April during the week separating the Bad Seeds’ two appearances at Coachella (where Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, and Jim Sclavunos also pulled double duty with the their bastard-son band Grinderman), before a small studio audience at the station’s famed Santa Monica studios.
And though the Bad Seeds discography is hardly lacking for concert documents—this counts as the fourth—Live From KCRW is, much like Push the Sky Away itself, something of a wild card among them. The Bad Seeds are without a doubt one of the most consistently exhilarating live acts in the biz, a band worthy of any discerning rock fan’s bucket list. But they’re also guilty at times of being a predictable one. Their setlists tend to showcase whatever new album’s being promoted alongside a familiar greatest-hits revue of their most canonical songs from the 1980s and 90s; to see the Bad Seeds on tour this year, you’d think Push the Sky Away was their first album since 1997, their shows rarely touching upon the totemic works released in the interim.