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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.

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