Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will reflect on their 30-year tenure together with Lovely Creatures – The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1984-2014.
Nick said “This release is designed to be a way into three decades of music making. That’s a lot of songs. The songs we have chosen are the ones that have stuck around, for whatever reason. Some songs are those that demand to be played live. Others are lesser songs that are personal favourites of ours. Others are just too big and have too much history to leave out. And there are those that didn’t make it, poor things. They are the ones you must discover by yourselves.”
The collection will come in a variety of formats, like standard 2CD with 21 tracks, a triple vinyl LP and a deluxe 3CD/1DVD package armed with 45 songs and a two-hour DVD filled with “rare and unseen footage.”
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ haunting new song, “Jesus Alone,” comes from the forthcoming Skeleton Tree, with a performance video taken from the band’s One More Time With Feeling film.
Cave travels through humanity to an old man sitting by a fire, a young man covered in blood, a woman in a yellow dress surrounded by a charm of hummingbirds. “With my voice, I am calling you,” he sings as a creator visiting his creation, acknowledging its faults, its beauty, but also his imperfection: “You’re a distant memory in the mind of your creator, don’t you see?”
Marvin Gaye seminal 1971 album What’s Going On is to be the subject of a documentary.
Centred around themes of poverty, police brutality, drug abuse and injustice in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination and with lyrics written from the perspective of a Vietnam war veteran, the film will document the making of a soul classic that “challenged America and the world to self-reflect, going on to inspire a generation of artists and music lovers”, the producers said.
“The relevance of [his] masterpiece … is as strong as ever.” It is expected to air sometime in 2017.
An astonishingly clear recording of Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra performing “Ain’t Misbehavin’” has surfaced. According to the video’s description, the track comes from a metal “mother record” that New York City’s Okeh Records sent to Germany’s Odeon Records for their pressings.
Considering the poor quality of most early jazz records, these tracks are a rare treat for any fan of the pioneering New Orleans trumpet master.
Sadly very little of Prince’s music is freely available online, but there is at least one glorious exception: this 1982 concert from Prince’s Controversy tour at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. The show was pre-1999 and Purple Rain, so it’s relatively intimate compared with later arena shows, but that doesn’t mean Prince holds back.
Here is a partial list of the wonders contained herein:
A gospel opening to herald the coming of His Purpleness
A pole dance (also from His Purpleness)
Prince simulating sex with his guitar for four full minutes (starting around 24:40)
Prince dancing and doing splits in heels (see around 35:00 for just one example)
A Prince striptease (starting around 43:10)
Hits including “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Uptown,” and “Dirty Mind.”
I can think of no better way to celebrate him than watching the whole thing.