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"When I look outside, when I go to the front door. That is my new canvas. Today. It's not really what happens in the studio. It's what happens outside of the studio." Visual Artist Nick Cave joins Helga Davis to talk about the evolution of his sculptural work, his community collaborations, and how to move from Black sorrow to Black excellence.  Nick Cave (b. 1959, Fulton, MO; lives and works in Chicago, IL) is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance.  Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body, initially created in direct response to the police beating of Rodney King in 1991. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. They serve as a visual embodiment of social justice that represent both brutality and empowerment. The Let Go, Cave’s Park Avenue Armory Commission, premiered in June 2018. 


14 Jul 2021

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Mark Mordue, "Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave" (HarperCollins, 2020)

New Books in Music

Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave (HarperCollins, 2020) is the first volume of a long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.A beautiful, profound and poetic biography of the formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story. This is a portrait of the artist as, first, a boy, and then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become.As well as a powerfully compelling biography of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta, to the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and the manic, wild energy of nights at the Crystal Ballroom.Mark Mordue is an award-winning Australian writer, journalist, editor, and teacher. In addition to Boy On Fire, his new biography of the young Nick Cave, Mark is the author of Dastgah: Diary of a Headtrip, a roadtrip memoir, and Darlinghurst Funeral Rites, a poetry collection. Mark is co-winner of the 2014 Peter Blazey Fellowship, which recognises an outstanding manuscript in the fields of biography, autobiography or life, and is winner of the 2010 Pascall Prize: Australian Critic of the Year. His work has consistently appeared across mainstream, alternative and literary publications. Mark has also been the editor of three national magazines in Australia: Stiletto in the 1980s; Australian Style in the 1990s; and Neighbourhood Paper from 2017 to 2019. His poetry, fiction, essays and memoir work have appeared in Australian literary journals including HEAT, Meanjin, Griffith Review, and Overland. Mark teaches at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.Dr Matthew Thompson is a literary nonfiction specialist who recently moved from rural Australia to the Pacific Northwest of America. He is the author of MAYHEM, Running With The Blood God, and My Colombian Death. For more information visit https://matthewthompsonwriting.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/music

1hr 43mins

16 Jun 2021

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Nick Cave & Bob Faust

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

1hr 7mins

31 May 2021

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Ep247: Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party, PJ Harvey, Solo Artist)

Conan Neutron's Protonic Reversal

Conan Neutron's Protonic Reversal

2hr 9mins

14 May 2021

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Black Country, New Road, Greta Van Fleet, Nick Cave, and The Beatles

Album Nerds

New release recommendations from UK 7-piece post punk group Black Country, New Road. As well as from Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet.Our Old Dog picks feature two examples of great songwriting – Nick Cave’s intimate and emotional Boatman’s call from 1997. As well as a classic record from late-era Beatles – their 1970 album Let It Be.Here’s the full list of album recommendations from the show:Black Country, New Road – For the First TimeGreta Van Fleet – The Battle at Garden’s GateNick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Boatman’s Call (1997)The Beatles – Let it Be (1970)What do you think of these records? What great albums are we missing out on? Email us, podcast@albumnerds.com. Or leave a voicemail at (585) 210-2454‬. Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!


4 May 2021

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Breakdown: Mark Mordue on Nick Cave

Life Sentences Podcast

In this episode,  Caroline talks to Mark Mordue about the personal cost of spending ten years writing about musician Nick Cave, why he decided to alter his original concept of what the biography should be, focussing on Cave’s childhood and adolescence and his access to Cave’s friends and family. Life Sentences is a Two Heads Media production Producers: David Roach and Jennifer Macey Music: Blue Dot Sessions www.carolinebaum.com.au All the books in this series are available from good bookshops and online.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


4 Apr 2021

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Wellington Paranormal - Nick Cave - Album reviews


Chris Wasser previews the acclaimed, cult mockumentary, Wellington Paranormal, with the police force’s first paranormal unit, Nick Cave's history spans six decades & a colossal body of work, Mark Mordue is the author of 'Boy on Fire', Siobhan Kane & Simon Maher review albums. Dry Cleaning, John Spillane & Demi Lovato.


2 Apr 2021

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RSR289 - Adam "Atom" Greenspan - Producing & Mixing IDLES, Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and The Veils

Recording Studio Rockstars

My guest today is Adam Greenspan A Grammy-nominated engineer, mixer, and producer who had a pretty good start to his career engineering Faith No More’s “Album of the Year” at age 20. He later spent time at two world-class studios, Westlake Audio and The Village Recorder, working with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine, and Bono before going freelance in 2000. As a consultant for setting up home studios, he met Nick Launay and began collaborating on albums by Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Refused, while at the same time taking on more and more producing and mixing gigs of his own for the likes of The Veils, INVSN, and French Style Furs (featuring members of Cold War Kids.) More recently Adam has seen great success receiving a Mercury prize nomination for IDLES “Joy As An Act Of Resistance.” also nominated for Best Album at the UK Music Producers Guild Awards and won the Ivor Novello award for writing. In 2019 Adam was Grammy-nominated for Thomas Dybdahl “All These Things” and he just had his first #1 in the UK with IDLES “Ultra Mono” and a top 10 with Cliff Richards. I have really enjoyed listening to Adam’s discography which we have put together in a special playlist for you in the show notes. Thanks so much to Adris Evelis at JZ Microphones for making our introduction. Thanks to our sponsors! Soundporter Mastering: Get your free mastering demo at https://www.soundporter.com JZ Microphones: Use coupon ROCKSTARS to get 50% off The BB29 mic at JZmic.com Spectra1964: https://www.spectra1964.com OWC: Other World Computing: https://www.OWC.com iZotope: iZotope.com/Rockstars code ROCK10 10% off ADAM Audio: https://www.adam-audio.com RSR Academy: http://RSRockstars.com/Academy Want to learn more about mixing? Get Free mix training with Lij at: http://MixMasterBundle.com Hear discography on Spotify If you love the podcast, then please Leave a review on iTunes here CLICK HERE FOR SHOW NOTES AT: http://RSRockstars.com/289

2hr 13mins

19 Mar 2021

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Nick Cave - his early days

Mick and the PhatMan Talking Music

Warren Zevon, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, REM, The Tigerlilies, music on soundtracksMick's been listening to "Trouble Waiting to Happen" by Warren Zevon.  This song is a perfect example of his humour, often aimed at himself.   A typical great lyric says that, "I read things I didn’t know I'd done, sounded like a lot of fun, well I guess I’ve been bad or something!”  The band is also great – REM minus Michael Stipe.The PhatMan has discovered The Tigerlilies, a very unusual band - a falsetto singer and minimalist circus-sounding music - singing about prostitutes, death and destruction!   Featured item:  Nick Cave This week, Mick has found some of Nick Cave's early material in the Globite school case.  Nick Cave is one of the most respected Australian musicians in the world - he's a singer, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor - and he's worked with the cream of musicians and producers.His first few albums were still in the formative stage of his solo career, with great songs like “Your Funeral, My Trial”, and “Tupelo” but he still hadn’t struck that spark that came with later albums.   His work has often had a broody character to it.  ALWAYS!  Tender Prey contains what most fans would regard as perhaps THE definitive Nick Cave song, “The Mercy Seat”  (because it has such a strong story line that is so bleak).  It's about the thoughts of a man who is on death row, and about to go to the electric chair.  He's confused, pleading, and finally admitting that he “told a lie”.  The song itself is a staple of Cave’s live performance and appeared on “Live Seeds” in 1993.  Mick's seen him perform the song many times and it really is a great example of controlled intensity, building over the song’s duration of five minutes or so.  Like much of Cave’s work, it’s also an ensemble song, not just performer & backing band.   Cave's turn at 1993 "The Big Day Out" was a highlight. "The Mercy Seat" has been covered by a number of people but by far the most special version is that done by Johnny Cash on “American III: Solitary Man” in 2000.  That series of records marks some of the most remarkable recordings in Cash’s career. and we'll talk about it in more detail some other time on Mick & the Phatman Talking Music. It’s a story of how a Jewish rap record producer from New York worked with a rock pioneer in the fading years of his career to take songs by people such as U2, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Diamond, Tom Petty and Cave to give new life to his career AND the songs.  Cash performed "The Mercy Seat" very simply and made it his own without losing Cave from the song.  Cave himself has covered Cash in the past, and was particularly proud of the fact that Cash had covered his song:  "'It doesn't matter what anyone says,' remarked Cave, 'Johnny Cash recorded my song.'"  Recommended Listeninghttps://open.spotify.com/playlist/2xmxAl9O6hhGtjZZSl5b2F?si=m0CwSTpdRSqBd91TPWw1ww______________________________________________________________________We’d love to know what you think of the podcast, what you’d like to hear us talk about, ask questions, or even let us know if we got something wrong!!Contact us:https://www.facebook.com/Mick-and-the-Phatman-Talking-Music-104246385065739https://www.instagram.com/mick_and_the_phatman/mickandthephatman@gmail.com


14 Mar 2021

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S4E158 - Nick Cave "Push The Sky Away" with Chris White

That Record Got Me High Podcast

Released in the 30th year of their existence, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ 2013 “Push The Sky Away” is a dark, evocative piece of work that’s both unlike anything they have done before and classic Nick Cave. Returning guest Christopher Lee White was instantly drawn into Cave’s lush tales of faith, mermaids, “city girls” and late-night internet surfing. It’s a sparse-yet-thrilling ride:
 “And some people say it's just rock and roll
Ah but it gets you right down to your soul
You've got to just keep on pushing it
Push the sky away”We appreciate your support for That Record Got Me High on Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/join/TRGMH

1hr 33mins

13 Mar 2021