Nick Cave and the re-invention of music journalism

That the songs are now of life, with life, not about life, is the tectonic shift that occurred with the Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away. The songs are fragmentary, coherent enough to have a defined form, but open too, as they become more familiar, through replaying, hearing them has the effect of walking … Continue reading Nick Cave and the re-invention of music journalism

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All the Details Matter … Incremental Technological Change

“We’re building something here, detective. We’re building it from scratch. All the pieces matter.” Lester Freamon. The Wire This abstract photo is of the spotlights set flush into the floor along the front windows of the Apple Store in Sydney’s CBD. Going into the Apple Store yesterday was a valuable reminder of the value of … Continue reading All the Details Matter … Incremental Technological Change

Some thoughts on the Australian Music Vault

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VAULT As much as a museum-like exhibit can the Australian Music Vault conveys the frisson of wildness around the rock’n’roll of a particular period, not the cliches of the wild behaviour of individuals, but the fiercely urgent sensation of something uniquely aligned with its time spontaneously emerging. My mind … Continue reading Some thoughts on the Australian Music Vault

The Return of the Laughing Clowns

  Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds invited the Laughing Clowns to reform to appear at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival they curated staged in Sydney on Cockatoo Island in January, 2009. It had been about twenty five years since their last performance. They were sublime. “I loved that band,” Nick said. All Tomorrow’s Parties looped back to … Continue reading The Return of the Laughing Clowns