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Friday, January 21st, 2005

Marianne Faithfull's incredible Mojo interview with Sylvie Simmons.

Wooed by Dylan, ripped off by Jagger, too hardcore for Burroughs. A drug addict who recovered to make grainy, dramatic music rife with sex and cigarettes. Meet Marianne Faithfull. There’s a pack of cigarettes on the coffee table, a copy of Dylan’s autobiography and a cup of milkless ...

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Friday, January 14th, 2005

Neko Case featured on upcoming Hear Music compilation.

Neko Case is going to be included on an upcoming Hear Music compilation CD titled 'Sweetheart 2005: Love Songs'. The Compilation will be distributed through Starbucks stores: Hear Music’s second Sweetheart compilation features exclusive recordings from some of our favorite artists performing classic love songs and includes personal commentary ...

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Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Nick Cave takes #1 in the Mojo 40 Best Albums of '04!

40 Best Albums of ‘04 #1 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Abbatoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus MOJO writers’ records(s) of the year celebrated by Sylvie Simmons “THE WORK,” Cave told MOJO, “of a genius.” Though his tongue was presumably no too many miles from his cheek, he was spot on. This was his big one. A personal milestone in a more than quarter-century recording history. And the return of the Great Double Album- a long-lost creature last seen around the time Cave swapped Birthday Party for Bad Seeds 13 albums ago. With CDs offering a berth for 70 minutes of music, it’s rare these days for an act to stick its neck out and offer a double- unless they’re out of their heads (OutKast), bent on commercial suicide (Wilco), incapable of editing themselves, or all of the above. But Cave decided he needed two discs for his sweeping 80-minute treatise on Love, Lust, History, Humanity, Myth, Apocalypse, Panties, God, Rock n’ Roll- the capital letter stuff that’s been his lifelong obsession- and he was right. A mating pair, spiritual and secular, squally and sweet. Dealing lightly with weighty themes, weightily with light ones. With the help of the Bad Seeds (bar Blixa Bargeld), Birthday Party producer Nick Launay, a London gospel choir and a Paris studio, Cave dug first into rock’s blues-gospel roots then deeper, past Australia, right down into the Underworld in pursuit of the urrockstar of Greek myth, Orpheus, whose lyre-playing charmed the trees, rocks and even the dead. The result, among many excellent things, was a title track as picaresque and side-splitting as his greatest OTT narratives: O’Malley’s Bar from his Murder Ballads record or John Finn’s Wife from Henry’s Dream. The focus and authority needed to pull off a work this audacious is something you get form the great artists, particularly as they age. Although three years off 50, Cave seemed somehow too boyish to join that canon, preferring the role of admirer and emulator- Leonard Cohen and Neil Young tributes; singing harmonies with Johnny Cash; writing songs for Marianne Faithfull. But on Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, Cave a Prospero on his own Stygian island, has been guaranteed a spot up there with the big boys. SPEECH! Nick Cave says, Thank ...

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Friday, January 21st, 2005

Neko Case hits #1 on CMJ's Top 200 and AAA charts!

THE CHARTS HAVE SPOKEN NEKO CASE #1 AT CMJ! EAST COAST TOUR COMING SOON Anti- is pleased to announce NEKO CASE’s # 1 chart position on CMJ’s Top 200, Core, and AAA charts this week! NEKO’s chart topping cd The Tigers Have Spoken (released: Nov 9, 2004) captures ...

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Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

Tom Waits earns another Grammy nomination.

TOM WAITS EARNS ANOTHER GRAMMY NOMINATION— THIS TIME FOR “BEST SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE— FOR “METROPOLITAN GLIDE” FROM HIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ‘REAL GONE’ CD; ALSO FIRST LONDON SHOW IN 17 YEARS IS A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TOM WAITS has earned his 6th Grammy nomination in his prolific and distinguished career. This ...

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