The Quietus is a cracking publication/website, in its own words:
A new rock music and pop culture website. Editorial independent music website offering news, reviews, features, interviews, videos and pictures
Several of their excellent articles have been featured on this blog and, according to the stats, they are certainly popular with the Gods and Alcoves visitors. Here are a few…
The excellent “Punk Britannia” set of three documentaries has been re-shown and is available on iPlayer for this week only.
The three documentaries deal in depth with pre-punk, punk and post-punk, and a re a “must see”. Here’s a link to the BBC Four web page, links to the individual iPlayer shows are included beneath each description below
Though various live releases emerged over the course of the band’s existence, no full-length capturing of The Birthday Party was approved by the band themselves until Live 81-82 was first released back in 1999, nearly 20 years on from when the recordings took place.
An essential record, Live 81-82 stiches together tracks from a London date in 1981, a German show in Bremen in 1982 and a ringer cut from a show in Athens, Greece (a version of the Stooges’ ‘Funhouse’ with Jim Thirwell aka. Foetus on sax).
Dark Circle Room is a fantastic resource. It is a treasure trove of goth, post-punk and new wave – bootlegs, demos, TV appearances, sessions – whatever. It has so much Sisters material that it has to break its listings down by year.
Even though the site doesn’t link to any “official” recordings, it is the subject of repeated legal takedowns.
Get a fucking grip people – DCR is a critical resource documenting a significant period in music, in immense detail – they should be given a medal and free bandwidth.
Nick Cave‘s first incarnation – “The Boys Next Door”. Their only LP “Door, Door” is worth checking out for historical value alone, but the excellent track “Shivers” is a real treat – and a real indication of where Cave’s sound would be a dozen years later…
Here is a short clip of Nick Cave & The Cavemen (the brief name adopted between the Birthday Party & the Bad Seeds) at the Electric Ballroom, Camden, London (12 April 1984).
Jonathan Ganley on The Birthday Party at Mainstreet Cabaret (Aukland Neww Zealand), 3rd May1983.
Friday May 3 2013 marks 30 years to the day since Nick Cave and The Birthday Party played their first New Zealand show at Mainstreet nightclub on Auckland’s Queen St. Photographer Jonathan Ganley provides the images and the story from the audience, while Simon Grigg of Propeller Records and tour promoter Doug Hood give some background and recollections of this legendary but shambolic performance, and the subsequent chaotic North Island tour.