“No, I am not real. I am like a dude who adjunct teaches at the local college and then, in his free time, makes little gnomes. My music is a hobby. I am making fucking gnomes.”...more
Inner Classics (Arts & Crafts Records)
Sometimes ascribing a name to something (a painting, a song, a poem) becomes easier after creation. One may not realized the extent to which her subconscious has been influenced by outside factors (e.g., geography, philosophy, scholarly text, etc.) until after the book has been written, or the painting has been painted, or in the case of Snowblink’s Inner Classics, until after the record was written....more
We talk to indie-rock musician Kurt Vile about his recording process, life on the road, and the all-time best Dead Milkmen song....more
Nick Cave was a singer named Freak Storm in the 1991 film Johnny Suede. Tom DiCillo wrote and directed the film. It was his directorial debut. Before this film he paid his dues as cinematographer for Jim Jarmusch.
One day, Nick was at DiCillo’s friend’s place in London and saw the script for Johnny Suede on the table....more
There is nothing I have experienced that is so physical, nothing that resonates in the bones and meat of a person like it does to make music with other people at that sort of level....more
If you commit manslaughter, you better run to the City of Refuge. It’s what the Old Testament tells us to do because under biblical law the family of the victim can kill you even if it was an accident.
We learned about an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth in Nick Cave Monday #4. So, in bible times if you kill someone on purpose, then you’re dead....more
The core duo of bliss-drone-space-twang group Speck Mountain formed when Karl Briedrick went looking for a singer for his Brooklyn-based band...more
Rick Moody talks with Frank Zappa’s widow, Gail, about her new idea to license distribution rights of an unreleased project to Zappa fans....more
Ralf Hütter of the German band Kraftwerk (famous for pioneering of krautrock and drone) confirmed in an interview with The Guardian that the band is indeed continuing work on their twelfth studio album, exclaiming that with the band, “it’s music non stop!” The album is to be Kraftwerk’s first release in over a decade....more
A few months back, legendary indie rock band Sebadoh quietly posted 5 new tracks on their Bandcamp page.
Those tracks are now being officially released by Joyful Noise Recordings as Secret EP, a precursor to an LP titled Defend Yourself that will be released by Joyful Noise on September 17th....more
In a dreary, isolated town stands a building. Throughout the bland hallways are rooms that have been deserted for years. Old computer equipment, basically just a bunch of shit around.
That doesn’t stop Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds from cleaning it up, bringing in some gear and throwing a moderately attended party....more
Before someone spilled Hi-C on it during a hot Iowa summer and my car window fixed sunlight into its silky black innards, warping Steve Earle’s voice into that of a sexually beleaguered chipmunk, that tape drove me through a lot....more
We talked to composer-performer Missy Mazzoli about the sometimes invisible world of new classical music, her relation to it, and what she’s doing to help to redefine what it means to be a composer in the 21st century....more
Rest in peace. RIP. That’s what we say when someone dies. So this Jesus dude in the Bible resurrects some people according to the gospels. One of the privileged to come back from the dead was Lazarus.
Lazarus was in his tomb and all of his family wept....more
If you chase a song from the tips of its branches down its broad trunk, you’ll eventually hit cold soil and muscular roots. Good songs lead somewhere. They are present and fruitful when you need them....more
Dawn Oberg’s writing covers a range simultaneously comedic and biting, sad and sardonic. Her music finds a new way to twist the knife in, or maybe deliver an earnest compliment, while never allowing a listener to pin her down....more
What does it all mean? Does it even matter that we are all Bad Seeders in this existence? Is the journey worth it? When we suck our last breath and the only good we end up doing for planet Earth is decaying in the soil, will anyone care?...more
It’d be a stretch to say that Johnny Cash and Iggy Pop are connected in any meaningful way....more
It is not a coincidence that among the synonyms for “practice” is “ritual,” and for “ritual,” “practice.” When you do a thing over and over—even if it is only so banal and small as lighting a cigarette—it will assume a shape and a meaning, a weight and a force....more
With her haunting voice looped in a wordless glossolalia over pianos, keyboards, and other instruments, Julianna Barwick makes music like no other artist working today....more
Even though we’re in the month of May, we can always use a little bit of Christmas spirit. The Birthday Party, Nick Cave’s pre–Bad Seeds band, gave us a song that we can sing anytime of year.
There was this dude named Joe....more
The album was the warm yellow window of someone else’s house as you walk by on a cold night. Listening to it was the feeling you get when you look into this stranger’s window and wish you lived there....more
Happy Mother’s Day. And a big hug to Dawn Cave, the mother who gave us the King of The Bad Seeds.
Thank you, Dawn, and thank you, Calliope. Calli-a-who?
Calliope was the mother of the greatest musician of all time, Orpheus....more
“The Ship Song” can induce emotions of love, lust and affection. It’s a sexy and soft ballad. If you listen to the song and no one is around to kiss or fondle, there is no shame in showing your affection to a soft pillow....more
Hip Mama, which started as Ariel Gore’s student project at Mills College in Oakland and debuted as a zine in 1993, elevated Gore to rockstar status...more
Have you ever been harassed by a bully? Someone who comes up to you on the school playground. And all you’re trying to do is eat your ice cream cone in peace.
So the bully comes up to you and first asks why you’re wearing a fitted suit and have your hair slicked back....more
Iceland’s Ólöf Arnalds (cousin to contemporary classical wunderkind Olafur Arnalds) is only in her early 30′s, yet has already charted an impressive career path that is only gaining traction with the release of her latest full-length, Sudden Elevation....more
David Bowie, who isn’t doing press for his new album The Next Day, provides Rick Moody with a workflow diagram for the album. A Rumpus exclusive....more