NEWS arrived this week of the latest opus from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: their 15th album, Push the Sky Away, which will be released in February. The missive that brought this information is a curious creation, revealing that the Brighton-based Aussie composed much of the work ‘‘on a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of a year’’. The songs, it continues therein, ‘‘convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically tinged absurdities sit side by side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what’s genuinely important’’. One can recognise immediately, between the lines, that
Push the Sky Away must be one weighty, important piece of art. There’s a nice trailer at http://bzz.is/8k8 of the band and producer Nick Launay going about said work in a 19thcentury mansion in the south of France, just to whet the appetite and make us a teensy bit jealous that we can’t all be in a mansion doing something totally fun. And I’d like to thank Mr Cave personally for teaching me a new word, pupal, which refers primarily to the second stage in an insect’s development. ‘‘I enter the studio with a handful of ideas, unformed and pupal,’’ says the singer; ‘‘it’s the Bad Seeds that transform them into things of wonder. Ask anyone who has seen them at work. They are unlike any other band on earth for pure, instinctive inventiveness.’’ And Cave has a few more bons mots on the nature of his latest offering and on multi-instrumentalist collaborator Warren Ellis: ‘‘Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children,’’ he says, ‘‘then Push the Sky
Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren’s loops are its tiny, trembling heartbeat.’’ Bless. AND now to cricket news, or at least news of music in cricket, which isn’t an everyday occurrence. All I can say is that it’s going to be MASSIVE. It appears Cricket Australia is playing the music card big time for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank one-day series between Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in January and February. Following the announcement that London duo Basement Jaxx will be doing its DJ thing at a number of these matches, CA has added Sneaky Sound System, Zoe Badwi and Sarah de Bono to the roster. ‘‘Grab your friends, dress up and get along to the Commonwealth Bank Series for a big day of partying,’’ says CA senior marketing manager Julian Dunne, who clearly knows what a good day out at the cricket is all about. ‘‘The entertainment at this season’s series will be massive,’’ he adds. There are prizes for the best dress-ups, although no mention of rewards for grabbing your friends. How long before singalongapartyaussieaussieaussieoioioi enters the domain of the hallowed Test match? Five days of top-quality musical entertainment mingling with the hurly-burly of runs, wickets and sledging would surely be too much to handle. SPEAKING of five-day events and additions to the roster, the Bluesfest in Byron Bay, held over the Easter weekend, continues to put more acts on the bill on what seems like an hourly basis. The latest names to be added include US rockers Counting Crows, the Lumineers, Taj Mahal and Shuggie Otis, Tav Falco and Panther Burns, and Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, among others; this on top of previously announced drawcards Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Iggy and the Stooges and Santana.