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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis released a new album titled “Carnage”. It was somewhat of a surprise release, although Cave had previously hinted at the album on his website. While the album works well as a complete piece, we picked album highlight “White Elephant” for this list. It features Cave tackle somewhat current events with such striking lyrics as “A protester kneels on the neck of a statue/The statue says, ‘I can’t breathe/The protester says, ‘Now you know how it feels’/And he kicks it into the sea.” Cave is backed by an incredibly deep bassline and ominous strings, before a choir erupts midway through the song, singing, “A time is coming/A time is nigh/For the kingdom/In the sky”—and suddenly it’s a Spiritualized song.

Carnage is available now digitally via Goliath, and will be available on CD and vinyl on May 28th. 

Cave describes the album in a press release as “a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe.” Ellis adds: “Making Carnage was an accelerated process of intense creativity. The eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days.” For such a literate person, Nick Cave does his new album with Warren Ellis a bit of a disservice by choosing to describe it as “a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe.” That is, of course, an accurate description of what this music is, but it doesn’t really encompass everything Carnage can blossom into once it reaches the listener’s ear. Part of what’s made Cave and Ellis’ voluminous body of work so beguiling is the way that primary-colour descriptors like “brutal” and “beautiful” lose their meaning in the endless shades the two musicians have at their disposal. And to prime the audience to expect something that slots neatly into Cave’s setup is to constrain an extraordinarily complex work of art. 

In November of last year, Cave put out a solo live concert album, Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace, on Bad Seed Ltd.

“Carnage” is a new album by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, recorded over a period of weeks during lockdown. Although the pair have composed & recorded many soundtracks together, and Ellis is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, this is the first time they have released an entire album of songs as a duo. After cancelling his already rescheduled 2021 UK and European tour due to the spread of coronavirus, Cave described this period as an “opportunity to take stock” and “time to make a new record”. Cave describes the album as “a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe. Making “Carnage” was an accelerated process of intense creativity,” says Ellis, “the eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days.”

Cave said that his inspiration came from “reading, compulsively writing and just sitting on my balcony thinking about things”. With no initial intention of making an album, he said “the record just fell out of the sky. It was a gift.”

Cave & Ellis’ sonic and lyrical adventurism continues apace on Carnage, an album that emerged almost by accident out of the downtime created by the long, anxious, global emergency. Carnage is a record for these uncertain times – one shot through with moments of distilled beauty and that resonates with an almost defiant sense of hope. Cave and Ellis’ creative chemistry is rooted in their long history of music making, both as collaborators and as individual artists. They first crossed paths in 1993, when Ellis played violin on several songs for the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Let Love In, before going on to join the band as a full time member. The two have also recorded as Grinderman, formed in 2006, and have composed and recorded numerous, film, TV and theatre soundtracks together.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. Credit: Joel Ryan

Warren Ellis: “Two people sitting in a room taking risks and letting whatever happens, happen. The eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days and then it was, ‘let’s just make a record!’ There was nothing too premeditated about it.”

Nick Cave: “The inspiration came from reading, compulsively writing and just sitting on my balcony thinking about things”. The record just fell out of the sky. It was a gift.”

NME says: “‘Carnage’ is arguably Cave and Ellis’ best record since The Bad Seeds’ latter day reinvention on 2013’s ‘Push The Sky Away’, or maybe even ‘Abattoir Blues’. It’s certainly two master craftsmen at the peak of their melodramatic powers.” first Impression: A mix of the romantic crooner and the haunting crooner. Growing with every spin. Compelling orchestrations, classical arrangements, with Ellis showing his musical skills once more. Can’t remember when Cave made an average album. Did he, actually? Okay, Carnage once again on my headphones.

Cave told fans via The Red Hand Files that these songs were born from missing the sensation of “the complete surrender to the moment” that comes from being on stage. They’ve certainly captured that abandon, along with all the heightened rushes of panic and mania that come with lockdown and recent world events, and those merciful moments of peace, serenity and hope for what’s to come. Cave and Ellis have taken a bold leap into the COVID era’s dark night of the soul, and found a truth that we all share.”

Pic by Joel Ryan

Nick Cave’s profoundly effective and affecting solo performance from earlier this year will be coming out to have and to hold this November.

These unique reinterpretations received effusive praise from any and all who bore witness. this is so much more than a live album or a live performance – these reinterpretations change the colour, tone and feel of every song in a way that proves that Cave is the finest songwriter of his (or, perhaps, any other) generation. This summer, Nick Cave hosted a ticketed livestream of a solo piano concert in London. That special will now be released as a live album and concert film. Packaged with four unreleased performances, Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace is coming to cinemas around the world on November 5th, and the live album will follow on November 20th. Watch the recording of “Galleon Ship” below.

Idiot Prayer features music from across Cave’s career, including early Bad Seeds, Grinderman, and material from his latest album Ghosteen. The film was shot by cinematographer Robbie Ryan and edited by Nick Emerson; Dom Monks recorded the music. Read Nick Cave’s statement about Idiot Prayer below.

The film Idiot Prayer evolved from my Conversations With… events. I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling them to their essential forms. I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage – whenever I could find the time.

Then, the pandemic came—the world went into lockdown, and fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence. It was within this silence that I began to think about the idea of not only recording the songs, but also filming them. We worked with the team at Alexandra Palace—a venue I have played and love—on securing a date to film just as soon as they were allowed to re-open the building to us.

On 19th June 2020, surrounded by Covid officers with tape measures and thermometers, masked-up gaffers and camera operators, nervous looking technicians and buckets of hand gel, we created something very strange and very beautiful that spoke into this uncertain time, but was in no way bowed by it. This is the album taken from that film. It is a prayer into the void—alone at Alexandra Palace—a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history. I hope you enjoy it.

An essential album for every Nick Cave fan. we’re already counting down the days…the telegraph ****
Cave’s solo live stream could be the most the beautiful and sombre performance he’s ever given” the guardian ****
Cave’s performance in an empty hall, with just piano and voice, seems to try and ward off the terrifying silence of the covid-19 age” evening standard ****
“gravitas echoes beautifully in the void of an empty Alexandra Palace

“This is the album taken from that film. It is a prayer into the void – alone at Alexandra Palace – a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history. I hope you enjoy it.”

After its cinematic release, Idiot Prayer will be released on vinyl, CD and streaming services on November 20th.

Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex

A new Marc Bolan tribute album will be released by BMG Records on September 4th, featuring T.Rex (and Tyrannosaurus Rex) songs covered by the likes of Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams, U2 with Elton John, Devendra Banhart, Father John Misty, Beth Orton, Marc Almond, Joan Jett, Todd Rundgren, Peaches and many more. Marc Bolan and T. Rex are remembered with AngelHeaded Hipster a new compilation album which features interpretations of his songs.

AngelHeaded Hipster also acts as a tribute to American music producer Hal Willner who died earlier this month from COVID19. He worked on this project and before his death he discussed his thoughts on Bolan and this album:

I became immersed in this artist by listening to everything, talking to Bolan experts & fans, researching his reviews and interviews. And I found that Bolan was hardly ever talked about as a “composer”. It was all about what a great rocker he was, how innovative he was, how David Bowie took his essence and Bolan was in his shadow… But I put him in the same pantheon as other composers that I’ve explored before. So, the concept for the album became to show Bolan as a composer with our typical cast of artists from different worlds that one rarely sees in the same place.”

AngelHeaded Hipster (the term is from a line in Allen Ginsberg’s poem ‘Howl’) It’s available as a two-CD set and on double vinyl. A limited white vinyl edition is also available. A special AngelHeaded Hipster online store has also been set up. Watch Nick Cave play his version of “Cosmic Dancer” below:

The Official Video for Cosmic Dancer, interpreted by Nick Cave. From the forthcoming album ‘Angel Headed Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T.Rex’ out September 4th

Last year, Nick Cave and his band, the Bad Seeds, embarked on one of the most emotional tours of his career, supporting an album recorded in the aftermath of the death of one of his sons. Now he’s releasing a film, Distant Sky, of a concert the band played in Copenhagen as a one-night only screening in movie theaters around the world.

The screening will take place April 12th. David Barnard, whose credits include films and documentaries about Radiohead, Björk, Alice Cooper and the Spice Girls, directed the film. At the Copenhagen concert, the band played a career-spanning set list that went back to the title track of their first album, 1984’s From Her to Eternity. Though the majority of the set focused on the moving 2016 album, Skeleton Tree, which Cave & Co. recorded in the wake of his personal tragedy. The subsequent tour was one of the most powerful and touching of his career, as he connected with audiences, even holding hands with some people in the front row. The poster for the film shows Cave holding a towel to his face as if he were weeping.

At the time of Skeleton Tree’s release, Cave declined to do interviews, opting instead to release a documentary film, One More Time With Feeling, which showed fans how he was coping with the loss at home along with footage of the group recording the album. “It wasn’t conceived as a work of entertainment,” director Andrew Dominik said. “It was a practical solution to a practical problem. I think there may be a certain voyeuristic interest in what happened to him. But I think his fans are very much interested in how he and his family are doing, and that’s the subject of the film: How they are.”

Cave completed the Skeleton Tree tour late last year with a pair of performances in Tel Aviv, Israel, after facing criticism from Roger Waters and Brian Eno who support a cultural boycott of the country, claiming it supports apartheid with regard to Palestine. “At the end of the day there are two reasons why I am here,” Cave said at a press conference about his decision to play Israel. “One is that I love Israel and I love Israeli people and two is to make a principled stand against anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians. So really you could say in a way that the [boycott] made me play Israel.”

The Birthday Party played the legendary Haçienda Club in Manchester once in 1982 and once in 1983, and, per Haçienda policy, both shows were videotaped for posterity. The Birthday Party’s two most recent releases at that point were also their two best albums, Prayers on Fire and Junkyard, and based on this footage there’s a strong argument that they were as good as any band in the world at that moment.

The shows were released under the title Pleasure Heads Must Burn on VHS by Ikon in 1983 and then again on DVD by Cherry Red in 2003. The DVD release had a bunch of nifty extras such as a bizarre video for “Nick the Stripper” and some other Dutch and Australian and British clips.

In the 1982 show Cave is wearing a pale blue (possibly grey) blazer he would probably not be caught dead wearing today; a year later his jacket is black. So many of their best songs are represented here, “Hamlet (Pow! Pow! Pow!)” and “Dead Joe” and “Release the Bats.” Both shows are shot in an immersive, “up the bracket” style that is very effective.

The Haçienda July 22nd, 1982:
Dead Joe
A Dead Song
Release the Bats
(Sometimes) Pleasure Heads Must Burn
Big Jesus Trash Can

The Haçienda, February 24th, 1983:
Hamlet (Pow! Pow! Pow!)
Pleasure Avalanche
6” Gold Blade
Wild World
The Six Strings That Drew Blood
Sonny’s Burning
She’s Hit

Nick the Stripper promo video

The Ace Cinema, Brixton, UK, November 25th, 1982:
Fears of Gun
Hamlet (Pow! Pow! Pow!)

Trade Union Club, Sydney, Australia, May 14th, 1983:
Deep in the Woods

VPRO TV Studios, Götterdämmerung 2000, Netherlands, July 1982:

Filmmaker Andrew Dominik explains how he worked with singer in wake of the death of the Bad Seeds band leader’s son NicK Cave have shared the official video for “Steve McQueen,” a spoken word piece featured in the documentary “One More Time With Feeling” but left off the accompanying LP Skeleton Tree .

The black-and-white clip from the harrowing Andrew Dominik-directed film shows Cave and his Bad Seeds rehearsing the Skeleton Tree track “Girl in Amber” while the singer recites his foreboding poem in voice over.

“I’m a housefly called ‘God,’ and I don’t give a fuck/ Here I come up the elevator, 60 floors, hoping I don’t get stuck/ And everyone out here does mean, and everyone out here does pain/ But someone’s got to sing new stars, and someone’s got to sing the rain,” Cave says. “I’m the atomizer, I’m the vaporizer, I turn everything to crud/ I like it here in your flesh and blood.”

One More Time With Feeling arrived on DVD, Blu-ray and 3-D Blu-ray today. On May 5th, Cave and the Bad Seeds will release the box set “Lovely Creatures” , a 3CD/1DVD collection that culls the band’s greatest hits and fan favorites from 1984 to 2014.

One More Time Feeling is a feature film about the making of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ acclaimed Skeleton Tree directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford). Visually unique, One More Time With Feeling is a stark, fragile and raw documentary. Shot in 3D, color and black & white, the film probes the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the making of Skeleton Tree (the band’s 16th studio album) and features interviews and live performances by the band in the studio, along with interjected voice-over commentary by Nick Cave. This double-disc release features three exclusive short films from Andrew Dominik.


“Avalanche” was the first Leonard Cohen song Nick Cave ever heard, as the lead-off track to Cohen’s third album “Songs of Love and Hate”. Cave comments  “I discovered Leonard Cohen with Songs of Love and Hate,” Cave said in a 1994 interview on French radio. “I listened to this record for hours in a friend’s house. I was very young and I believe this was the first record that really had an effect on me. In the past, I only listened to my brother’s records. I liked what he liked, followed him like a sheep. Leonard Cohen was the first one I discovered by myself. He is the symbol of my musical independence. I remember these other guys that came to my friend’s house that thought Songs of Love and Hate was too depressing. I’ve realized that this ‘depression’ theory was ridiculous. The sadness of Cohen was inspiring, it gave me a lot of energy. I always remember all this when someone says that my records are morbid or depressing.”

Fittingly, Nick Cave’s cover was probably the first song of his many heard, as the lead-off track of his first album with longtime backing back the Bad Seeds in 1984. Thirty-one years and a few other Cohen covers later (“Hallelujah,” “I’m Your Man,” “Tower of Song,” “Suzanne,” “Dress Rehearsal Rag”) Cave has revisited that first song for the Starz pirate show Black Sails. It strips it back to just a piano and haunting violin, presumably played by Cave’s longtime collaborator Warren Ellis.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have shared a new music video for “Magneto” from their recent album “Skeleton Tree”.

The clip, which you can watch below, is taken from Andrew Dominick’s accompanying film One More Time With Feeling.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds recently confirmed a tour of Australia and New Zealand for January of next year. They will then play North American dates during May and June. One More Time With Feeling returns to cinemas 1st December,


NICK CAVE – Sick Bag

Posted: June 6, 2015 in MUSIC
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The Sick Bag Song is an exploration of love, inspiration and memory shaped around the events of Nick Cave’s 2014 tour of North America. It began life scribbled on airline sick bags during Cave’s 22-city tour of North America in 2014. It soon grew into a restless full-length contemporary epic. Spurred by encounters with modern day North America, and racked by romantic longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the significant moments, the people, the books and the music that have influenced and inspired him, and drops them into his Sick Bag.

The Sick Bag Song blends poetry, lyrics, memories, musings, flights of fancy and journal entries. Both mythic and contemporary, it lies somewhere between The Wasteland and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and explores and develops the imaginative universe of Nick Cave.

The sumptuous physical edition reproduces in full colour twenty-two sick bags, each hand-customised by Nick, that are integrated throughout the text.THE SICK BAG SONG (THE UNLIMITED EDITION) features three formats in one: an exquisite boxed hardback edition of The Sick Bag Song; the audio download of Nick Cave reading the book (unabridged); and the ebook edition.

Nick Cave has been performing music for more than thirty years as the lead singer of The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. He is also an acclaimed film score composer, screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor. His first novel, And The Ass Saw The Angel, was published in 1989 and The Death of Bunny Munro was published in 2009. Cave has also published a collection of lyrics & prose – The Complete Lyrics.

Born in Australia, Cave now lives in Brighton, England. He continues to record and tour with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and is involved in an ever-increasing variety of music, literary, film and theatre projects. His new book – a long-form prose/poem called The Sick Bag Song – was released this year.