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January is a tricky month for this column. Of course, it’s when all the bad movies come out. A bunch of great TV shows returned last month, but a lot of them — Parks And Recreation, Archer, Justified — haven’t historically made use of a ton of pop songs. And then you’ve got Girls, perennially… More »

It has to be a toss-up between Coachella and Bonnaroo as to which is our most iconic currently active American festival. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I found the earlier years of Bonnaroo somewhat mythic — I had friends who would make summer trips down to the festival, and they talked about it like it wa… More »

The year 2000 saw the release of a three-disc Johnny Cash compilation with each disc bearing a one-word title indicating the thematic scopes of the chosen songs: Love, God, and Murder. One could do much the same for Nick Cave, if not for the inconvenient fact that, more often than not, he’s singing about all… More »

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Nick Cave Toys Released Just In Time For Comic-Con

The LA-based pop artist Plasticgod designed a series of Nick Cave toys just in time for Comic Con. The figurines, which were modeled in Cave’s likeness, are each named after a different song title and boast features that mimic its lyrical content, and one of the pair that represent “You Turn Me On” glows i… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 2, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Nick Cave – “The Sick Bag Song – Los Angeles” Video

Nick Cave’s The Sick Bag Song began as a series of poetic musings scribbled on airplane barf bags during the Bad Seeds 2014 tour of North America. Now it’s a full-fledged book, with a new limited edition version just published. In honor of that, filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard — the team behind the… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 7, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, And A Million Others Paid Messy Tribute To Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” In L.A.

It was an unusually wet evening in Los Angeles, and soggy Allen Ginsberg fans lined up outside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ginsberg’s legendary poem, “Howl.” They chatted excitedly about the show while glaring at the sky. Drought be damned, they were taking the sudde… More »

By: Molly Bergen / April 8, 2015 - 11:13 am

Nick Cave Announes New Book Written On Barf Bags

Nick Cave spent a lot of time on airplanes when he and his Bad Seeds toured North America last year. In the process, he began a project that will soon become a full-fledged book. Cave’s new literary work is called The Sick Bag Song, and it’s a book he wrote entirely on airplane barf bags. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Nick Cave – “Avalanche” (Leonard Cohen Cover, Black Sails Version)

Nick Cave has recorded a new version of his cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche,” a song that he first covered as the opening track on From Her To Eternity, his first album with the Bad Seeds that was released all the way back in 1984. Cave’s new version will appear in trailers for Starz’s BlackMore »

By: James Rettig / January 9, 2015 - 8:04 pm

Check Out The Official Nick Cave Skateboard

Nick Cave is a 57-year-old man who wears nice clothes, and I have personally witnessed him falling on his ass at least once. He is not built for skateboarding. This has not stopped Cave from teaming up with the Melbourne skate company Fast Times to make a skateboard. Cave collaborated with the company on theMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 5, 2015 - 9:39 am

Watch Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Full Austin City Limits Episode

The Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds episode of Austin City Limited aired last night. Featuring performances from their ACL concert back in July, the band runs through songs like “Jubilee Street,” “Tupelo,” and “Red Right Hand,” and closes the whole thing out with “Push The Sky Away.” You can watch the full episode below,… More »

By: James Rettig / November 2, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Marianne Faithfull – “Late Victorian Holocaust”

The legendarily dark British singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull has been making music for 50 years now, and she’s celebrating her five decades in the game by putting together a new scorched-earth album called Give My Love To London. Case in point: Nick Cave wrote the song “Late Victorian Holocaust” for Faithfull, and it sounds a lot… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 22, 2014 - 11:33 am

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – “Give Us A Kiss”

The new movie 20,000 Days On Earth is a sort of half-fictional portrait of the Australian scorched-earth postpunk icon Nick Cave, which honestly seems like the only realistic way to approach the life of a person who barely seems real. The movie comes out later this month, and to celebrate its impending release, Cave and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Watch The Trailer For Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days On Earth

The official trailer for the Nick Cave pseudo-documentary 20,000 Days On Earth has been released. The concept is simple and intriguing: Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard followed Cave around throughout his 20,000th day alive, tracking him through situations they invented for him such as having lunch with collaborator Warren Ellis, writing on a typewriter,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 14, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Hear Tyler The Creator, Nick Cave, Katy Perry, And Others Cover “Daisy Bell”

Though it was a lovely little folk tune originating in 1892, “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two)” has been the subject of strange interpretations at least since Hal 9000 sang it in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now artist Mark Ryden (whose influential album artwork includes Tyler, The Creator’s Wolf cover) has put together a compilatio… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 12, 2014 - 10:28 am

Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, & Thurston Moore – “Nobody’s City” (The Gun Club Cover)

A key part of the early L.A. punk scene, the Gun Club brought a sort of dessicated blues glamor to the scene where hardcore was being born. A new tribute album called Axels & Sockets will honor the band and its late frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce by collecting tracks from the Jeffrey Lee Pierce SessionsMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014 - 10:23 am

The Best Soundtrack Moments Of 2013

Maybe it’s because I spend the bulk of my time reading and writing about music or talking with people who do the same, but as much as I love TV and movies on their own merits, the second or third sentence I’ll say about any given piece of visual media usually deals with what sort… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Higgs Boson Blues” Video

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds made a grandiose post-Grinderman comeback with Push The Sky Away, which earned Album Of The Week honors way back in February. One standout from that record was “Higgs Boson Blues,” a moribund eight-minute epic involving the devil, Robert Johnson, and, uh, Miley Cyrus. (“Hannah Montana, she does the Africa… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 5, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Watch Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Play New Song “Give Us A Kiss” In London

Earlier this year, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds rumbled back into action with the grizzled, dangerous, generally excellent Push The Sky Away, their first album in five years. And especially with Grinderman, Cave’s other band, on the inactive list, we’re seeing indications that we might not have to wait five years for another one. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2013 - 9:15 am

FIDLAR – “Red Right Hand” (Nick Cave Cover)

One of the best songs you could ever find by Nick Cave is his cover of “Knoxville Girl,” made famous originally by country greats the Louvin Brothers. He took their sadly sung murder-ballad and made it something fierce and terrifying in a way that the original only hinted at. Well in that tradition, the punk… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 28, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Listen To Nick Cave On Marc Maron’s WTF

WTF is the podcast of standup comic Marc Maron. On the most recent installment of the podcast, Maron featured Nick Cave. They spoke about “his time as frontman of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and all the opportunities that sprung from there.” Download or stream the podcast at the WTF with Marc Maron site. More »

By: Liz Pelly / July 6, 2013 - 10:10 am
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