Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, M.I.A., Wilco Stun In Top Albums Of The Week – September 3 – 9.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are an Australian alternative rock band that was formed in Melbourne in 1983 by lead singer Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey, and guitarist Blixa Bargeld.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The group have featured international personnel throughout its career and presently consists of Cave, violinist and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, bassist Martyn P. Casey and keyboardist Conway Savage (all four from Australia), keyboard/percussion player Barry Adamson and guitarist George Vjestica (both from the United Kingdom), and drummers Thomas Wydler (Switzerland) and Jim Sclavunos (United States).
The band has released fifteen studio albums and completed numerous international tours.
They found Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds after the demise of Cave and Harvey’s former group the Birthday Party.
The Early material
Their early material—From Her to Eternity (1984), The Firstborn Is Dead (1985), Your Funeral… My Trial (1986) and Tender Prey (1988)—primarily featured a post-punk sound.
The band has progressively incorporated other songwriting elements; for example, the 2008 release Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! experimented with garage rock. Also an influence of the side project Grinderman. Synthesizers and minimal guitar work feature prominently on Push the Sky Away (2013), recorded after the departure of Harvey in 2009.
Head picture Nick Cave, photographed in Kemp Town, East Sussex, on 24 October 2012 Picture credit to Bleddyn Butcher
It has shaped up to be somewhat of a landmark week when it comes to new albums. Jack White released a compilation of acoustic recordings he made between 1998 and 2016. Allah-Las debuted their new album Calico Review. Sidewalk tags reminding Angelenos that The Head and the Heart would be releasing Signs of Light have been around for awhile now, and finally release day has come.
Indie stalwarts Local Natives unveiled their newest material on Sunlit Youth. Okkervil River has been dropping songs and videos for Away for some time now and today the record saw its release. The youthfully energetic Sunflower Bean released a new EP, From the Basement, and we caught up them to discuss their most recent LP Human Ceremony. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with sensational new albums.
Here are our favorites:
M.I.A. – A.I.M. – Interscope
A.I.M. may be M.I.A.’s final album, and with how impressive the record is, it’s clear that she will be missed. All we know about M.I.A.’s future is we hope she keeps producing records.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Skeleton Tree [Bad Seed] – Skeleton Tree
The word masterpiece gets thrown around too often these days, but it has become almost synonymous with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds records. Nonetheless, Skeleton Key is something special on its own, full of love and devastation.
D.A.R.K.: Science Agrees [Cooking Vinyl] – Science Agrees
D.A.R.K. unveiled their new record today, and we caught up the the ex-Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to discuss Science Agrees.
Wilco: Schmilco [dBpm] – Schmilco
We weren’t really sure what to expect from Wilco’s new record. It’s been awhile since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but Schmilco is a return to form. It’s mostly acoustic and filled with shining memories. It may not be better than some of its predecessors, but it’s certainly worth the listen.
all credits to—The ARTIST direct Staff and Wikipedia. 09.09.16
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