Feb 6, 2013

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: 'Push The Sky Away' Album Review

On this the band's fifteenth album Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds step back from the edge of passionate rage they know so well, to simmer and stew throughout Push The Sky Away's nine songs. There isn't a track on the new record that knocks you down and straddles your chest like the seminal “Stagger Lee”, screaming in your sweaty face. The music on Push The Sky Away seeps into your skin on each listen, slowly building a darkened church inside the listener. Mr Cave and his Bad Seed cohorts whisper, scratch, and clatter from their well worn pulpit and as they often do, give us something to willingly embrace, if not ponder.

Release Date: Feb. 23rd

jubilee street [mp3]
Links to pre-order the record can be found here.

Feb 4, 2013

Nick Cave: NEW Video "Jubilee Street" NSFW

 "Jubilee Street" is the second song shared from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds fifteenth studio album, Push The Sky Away, and Mr Cave had this to say about the video and actor Ray Winstone.
“It was a real pleasure hanging around the set and watching Ray do his thing. He is a master. What a great actor. And of course, working with my friend and collaborator John Hillcoat is always a blast.”
It's a song about a lonely man and a hungry girl and where they meet in the middle... down on "Jubilee Street". The song is sad and the music is swirling slowly... round and round and round... as these 'minor players in the minor key' live their shadowy lives.

The record will be unveiled February 18th on Bad Seed Ltd., the band's own label.

Thanks to Noisey

Devendra Banhart: New Album And Single

On March 12, 2013, Devendra Banhart releases his Nonesuch debut, Mala, and typical of Banhart it's heavy on songs that don't wear out their welcome. The second track shared by the label is "Never Seen Such Good Things" and it's a bass heavy lilting beauty that may be the best pop song you've heard this year. It wouldn't sound out of place on a Strokes record, it's simply a great melody with well chosen instrumentation and the editing of experienced musicians. Mala, his eighth release, was recorded in Banhart's home with long time collaborator Noah Georgeson on an old Tascam recorder find in a thrift shop.
“A lot of early hip-hop had been made on [the Tascam],” says Banhart. “And knowing my songs are not hip-hop whatsoever, we thought it would be interesting to see how these kinds of songs would sound on equipment that was used to record our favorite rap. Let’s see how this technology would work for us. In the past we were more like, let’s use the oldest equipment we could find.”

Mala Track List:
01. "Golden Girls" - 1:35
02. "Daniel" - 3:05
03. "Für Hildegard von Bingen" - 2:35
04. "Never Seen Such Good Things" - 3:13
05. "Mi Negrita" - 3:24
06. "Your Fine Petting Duck" - 5:46
07. "The Ballad of Keenan Milton" - 2:12
08. "A Gain" - 1:35
09. "Won't You Come Over" - 3:35
10. "Cristobal Risquez" - 2:28
11. "Hatchet Wound" - 3:08
12. "Mala" - 1:08
13. "Won't You Come Home" - 3:31
14. "Taurobolium" - 3:16
15. "Something French" (LP-Only Bonus Track) - 2:57
16. "Loring Baker" (LP-Only Bonus Track) - 2:25