Crazy new video (a little NSFW: tasteful breasts) directed by John Hillcoat for Grinderman‘s first single from their second album, Grinderman 2, due September 14 on Anti-. You think your husband will protect you / You are wrong.
I have to confess, unless it’s a movie soundtrack with a hefty blend of songs that fit nicely in the mix of the film, I rarely pay much attention to the music featured in movies. If it’s a movie score, forget about it. I appreciate how a score can bring emotional stock to a film and understand that modern day scoring is the closest thing that we may have in terms of classical composition, but it’s not anything that I feel the need to examine further.
There are a few exceptions to this, but I’d be hard pressed to name a soundtrack that spoke to me on any real meaningful level.
Coming off the wonderful return to dirtyass rock of Grinderman, Nick Cave resumes his work with the Bad Seeds with an album more akin to the raucous nature of that aforementioned project. The difference is that Ginderman sounded like a man kicking out some guttural mid-life crisis, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! sounds like a man baptized again on the alter of seedy six strings.
Marginally more restrained than Grinderman, Cave has instead focused on placing the negative energy in his words instead of merely turning up the amps. Placed against other performer’s mid-career work, one is hard pressed to find a reference point as consistently great as Lazarus.
And when you’re able to, you suddenly discover the kind of company that Nick Cave is in with. By now, it’s time to start realizing that he’s rubbing shoulders with people like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and there’s no better moment to start diving into his wide body of work than with this, an impeccably written and perfectly arranged statement from a man who’s delivering some of the best material of an already remarkable career.
Video for “No Pussy Blues” by Nick Cave’s new band, Grinderman. Single released February 19, 2007 on Mute. Debut album due April 10, 2007 on Anti. Sounds like Nick’s been listening to some Blues Explosion. Great video. Makes you wish the house parties you went to were this cool.