Monday, October 22, 2007

Cave In

I was walking down Chapel St a couple of weeks ago when I spotted Nick Cave eating breakfast. We struck up a conversation – God, songwriting, heroin addiction – and before long he asked me to sit in with the Bad Seeds. “You look like a pretty happenin’ dude,” he said. “How’d you like to sling a six string for me some time?” I told him I’d be honoured, but had to confess to not knowing how to play the guitar. All Cave said was: “Twelve months ago neither did I!” The upshot is that his people are going to call my people and Nick and I are gonna rock out and stuff. Fuck yeah.

Anyway, I was reminded of this almost totally fabricated encounter by the news that Cave is being inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame next Sunday night. He sounds bloody rapt:
"I'm actually dreading it to be completely honest because I have to go to the ARIA Awards," Cave said.

"That's something I've been avoiding for 25 years because I think it's so f...ing tedious.

"But I think I'm allowed to come in the back door, get inducted - however they're going to induct me - and leave and go and get a kebab."
What is the Aria Hall of Fame, anyway? It's not actually a hall, of that I am pretty sure. What is the induction process? Is there paddling of swollen arses - with paddles?

Friday, October 19, 2007

Weekend Reading

- Simon Sellars on the Ballardian nature of 21st century Australia.

- Fact Magazine interviews Burial ahead of his forthcoming album Untrue.

- Yet another interview with Tom McCarthy.

- Amazing images of places where vehicles are left to die.

- k-punk on John Foxx's Metamatic.

- Radiohead's "All I Need" as rendered in lolcat images. Awesome.

- Update (20/10): Ooh, new Scarecrow!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Free to a good home

18 books, five in hardback, all g. to ex. cond., author a fuckwit.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Radiohead Don't Really Like Your Recent Stuff, Either

According to a new report, the majority of the members of British rock group Radiohead are unsatisfied with your latest musical offerings and prefer your earlier, rockier sound.

The group, whom you have criticised in recent years as "pretentious" and "too arty for their own good" are likewise disparaging of your own output. Guitarist Ed O'Brien says, "You have exchanged inspired indie rock for insipid electro noodlings". Meanwhile, bassist Colin Greenwood claims that he feels "betrayed" by your recent material's lack of chorus hooks.

Eighty-percent of the band feel your latest single lacks the "late-night pub sing-along" qualities of your earlier hit "Cad", with only Jonny Greenwood conceding that your new direction is "interesting, if not entirely satisfying".

This is not the first time you have been drawn into a war of words with a major act. In 2003 your criticism of Metallica's St. Anger album led Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to label you a "talentless piece of ass mucus", dramatically effecting sales of your debut album, Crotch Pony Sauce.

Your latest album, Please Dispose of Yourself Thoughtfully, is available through Shock. Thom Yorke says it "sucks".


This post originally appeared on Sterne on April 8, 2006. It is republished here to honour the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, and the many, many stupid things that have already been written about it.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Yeah right

I am so right-brain. How about you?

My first thought was "Wow, that animated silhouette is hot!" Don't think that's got anything to do with my brain, though.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

How much am I willing to pay for Radiohead's new album?

Honestly, nothing for the download (released on October 10), but I will be shelling out the £40 for the discbox. This is Radiohead we're talking about, after all.