Monday, December 6th, 2004
1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Abattoir Blues/The
Lyre of Orpheus (Anti-)
Nick Cave's magnum opus, a thrilling pasticcio of
magnanimous rock, pastoral folk, and wicked
church music, covers more ground in two discs
than most artists can in an entire career. God,
cannibals, deception, nature, divine inspiration, slaughterhouses, Johnny Cash, mythology, comfort, love, greed, sorcery, and little redemptions in the face of massive tragedies represent just the half of it. Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus is a sprawling "Song of Myself" manifesto, bubbling with piety, fear, and hope. The Bad Seeds sound like they're capable of anything; they use Cave's poetics as kindling to set fire to any stereo willing to risk its mechanical life. This year's gospel.
4. Elliott Smith, From a Basement on the Hill
From a Basement on the Hill presents a rawer
Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
Marianne Faithfull has been forced to postpone six shows on her current European tour because of severe exhaustion. She collapsed just prior to taking the stage in Milan last night (Wednesday 1st December) and doctors have now ordered complete rest.
The shows affected are in Milan, Zurich, Linz, Vienna, Palma ...