Need to know: Grinderman is essentially a more stripped, unhinged version of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Formed by Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos as a way to unlock their more primal rock’n’roll urges and liberate themselves from the Bad Seeds canon. Aside from the looseness and no holds barred attitude of the music, it’s Cave’s decision to pick up the guitar that distinguished Grinderman from the Bad Seeds most. The band released their self-titled debut album in March 2007, but returned to the Bad Seeds the next year to record and release Dig, Lazurus, Dig!!!. Grinderman 2 was recorded in August 2009 with Nick Launay, who also produced the first album.
In a 100 words or so: Like the threatening wolf that graces the cover, Grinderman 2 is one snarling, temperamental beast. Like its predecessor, Cave’s unguarded prose reveals this sexual predator persona, waxing about mid-life neuroses and triple-x urges through biting one-liners. On the slithering, skronking “Worm Tamer,” Nick boasts that “My baby calls me the Loch Ness Monster/Two great big humps and then I’m gone,” while on the sludgy blues of “Kitchenette,” he tries to woo a housewife with the line “What’s this husband of yours ever given to you?/Oprah Winfrey on a plasma screen?” For all of his lyrical double entendres and free-flowing zingers though, Cave’s lyrics are only as dangerous as his band. But he’s got three depraved souls behind him, not to mention himself clawing away at the guitar, to make this some of the dirtiest, unbalanced music since Cave’s first band, the debaucherous Birthday Party. But just when you think you have them pegged, Grinderman throw in the surprisingly spiritual and sophisticated “Palaces of Montezuma,” a song that can save any soul, even these four brutes.
Best track: “Worm Tamer”
R.I.Y.L. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party, The Stooges
Buy, download, steal or don’t bother: Buy.
Sample: “Heathen Child”
Six years is what it’s taken them but FINALLY L.A. shoegazers Autolux will follow up their 2004 debut Future Perfect with their ridiculously long-awaited second album. Transit Transit will see the light of day on August 3rd thanks to TBD Recordings. The album is described as a “deep and profound world in which to immerse yourself.”
Klaxons haven’t kept us waiting as long as Autolux, but it has been four years since they dropped the Mercury Prize-winning Myths of the Near Future and it’s felt like an eternity. Well, the band (now an official quartet) have given us a taste of what to expect over at their official site. “Flashover” doesn’t sound too drastically different, but you can definitely hear the guitars a lot more, thanks to nu-metal guru Ross Robinson’s production. Check it out.
If a new EP by psychedelic blues man Kurt Vile is exciting news to you, well, Matador Records is now giving it away for free until tomorrow. That’s right, grab your complimentary download of his Square Shells EP over here.
Speaking of freebies, you can also get a new FACT-commissioned mixtape by the one and only Ariel Pink, not to mention his crew in the Haunted Graffiti. Grab the link and the tracklisting of all the wonderfully weird tunes here.
Nick Cave’s other band, Grinderman, put out a wicked self-titled album back in 2007 and now they’re coming back to give us more of that “pussy blues” of theirs. Anti- will release the band’s second album, simply titled, Grinderman 2, on September 14th. Get ready…
Peaches has taken a jab at Lady Gaga. In an interview with the A.V. Club, she responded to a question about Gaga ripping her off. “I’m not hating on her,” she said. “That’s cool for 12-year-olds, and when they turn 15, they find Peaches.” Ouch.
So, Liam Gallagher is going after a solo career now. After saying he was going to form a band with the members of Oasis who aren’t his brother, Liam is now seeing it as a solo career. He’s working hard too, telling MTV Italy, “After Christmas we might go in the studio and record it and hopefully have an album out in July.”
The singer of the late, great UK indie band Hefner was viciously mugged last Friday. Darren Hayman was left with a fractured skull after being attacked after a gig in Nottingham.
Members of The Velvet Underground will reunite on December 8th at the New York Public Library. Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule won’t be playing live, but will be discussing their music and legacy with rock journalist David Fricke as part of the “LIVE from the NYPL” series.
And Nick Cave’s book The Death Of Bunny Munroe has been shortlisted for the annual Bad Sex Award, which the author who produces the worst description of a sex scene in a novel. What an honour!
Morrissey ended his show in Liverpool the other night when a water bottle clocked him in the head. The way it bounces off his noggin is actually pretty funny.
Not funny at all was the death of Jerry Fuchs, renowned drummer for !!!, The Juan Maclean and Maserati. Fuchs died early Sunday morning after falling down an elevator shaft at a party in Brooklyn. He will be missed.
Nick Cave is developing his dirty new book, The Death of Bunny Munro, into a TV series. Director John Hillcoat, who adapted Cave’s screenplay in The Proposition, is said to be involved with the project.
If you bought your copy of Blueprint 3 to hear MGMT’s expected collaboration, you may have noticed that they aren’t actually on it. Jay-Z told Gotham Magazine it was because “MGMT turned me down.” Whoa, who turns down Jay-Z?
Finally, if you were planning on seeing Girls in Montreal tonight, I’m afraid they’ve had to cancel their gig. One of the members lost their passport, so they’re waiting on a new one. Tomorrow’s show in Toronto is still scheduled to happen.
Pavement’s screaming percussionist Bob Nastanovich has spilled some beans about the band’s reunion, saying that there will be no new material and that it will be a “once and once only kind of deal.”
Sufjan Stevens is in doubt over his future in music, asking “What’s the point of making music anymore?” in interview with Exclaim!’s Vish Khanna.
Grizzly Bear to re-release Veckatimest in November as two-disc deluxe edition.
Nick Cave apologizes to Kylie Minogue and Avril Lavigne for writing sexually explicit fantasies about the two starlets in his latest book The Death of Bunny Munro.