25 February 2021
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.”
Turn Up The Volume‘s 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.
Stream CARNAGE here…
(pic from ‘Alexandra Palace’ album)
22 November 220
Late July midnight crooner NICK CAVE played a solo live-streamed
concert inside the cavern of London’s iconic Alexandra Palace.
The recordings of the performance are out now out, titled
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace,
containing 22 songs; old and new ones.
Pitchfork: “Cave performed 22 career-spanning songs alone in a deserted concert
hall, reworking them into haunted piano sermons that glow with unnerving intimacy…
The result is a performance that exists in a strange hinterland, an album that’s unnervingly intimate yet flickers with the strange unreality of a dream. Idiot Prayer is as up-close and personal an encounter with Cave as there’s ever been. But a little mystery remains, always.”
Full review here. Score: 8/10.
Nick Cave: “I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling
them to their essential forms – with an emphasis on the delivery of the words. 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,
of course, the world went into lockdown. The Bad Seeds’ global 2020 tour was postponed. Studios shut down. Venues shut down. And the world fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence.”
Turn Up The Volume: Nick Cave‘s dramatic voice and just a piano, stripping his songs
to the bone feels so natural, so real, and also familiar because his gloomy vox was/is dominant on most of his records. He’s the crooner you want as a comforting companion for the midnight hours. Lockdown blues from start to finish.
Dim the lights…
NICK CAVE: Facebook
2 November 2020
On 20 November the performance will be released as a live album, titled
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace.
Ahead of the release Cave gave us two tracks…
– GALLEON SHIP –
– EUTHANASIA –
NICK CAVE: Facebook
Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…
22 July 2020
They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day…
14 July 2020
The solo concert – without an audience – by living legend NICK CAVE at ALEXANDRA PALACE in London filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic is planned to premiere 23rd July. He just shared a trailer for the movie featuring him reading a poem in voice over
as we see him sitting at a piano.
Nick Cave revealed how the project came about: “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 – with an emphasis on the delivery of the words.
I started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions. Then the world went into lockdown. The Bad Seeds’ global 2020 tour was postponed. Studios shut down. Venues shut down. The world 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. ”
Watch the trailer here…
NICK CAVE: Facebook
Top singles from the past…
5 June 2020
Artist: Roy Orbison
23 April 1936 – 6 December 1988
Single: Running Scared
Written by Orbison and Joe Melson
B-side: Love Hurts
Released: March 1961
Score: Topped the US charts on 5 June 1961 (59 years ago today)
selling over more than 1 million copies / peaked at #9 in the UK
Here’s the BIG O with a monumental live version…
Nick Cave‘s cover…