Pronunciation: \ˈnüz, ˈnyüz\
Function: noun plural but singular in construction
Usage: often attributive
Date: 15th century

1 a : a report of recent events b : previously unknown information <I’ve got news for you> c :something having a specified influence or effect <the rain was good news for lawns and gardens — Garrison Keillor> <the virus was bad news>
2 a : material reported in a newspaper or news periodical or on a newscast b : matter that is newsworthy
3 : newscast

February 15, 2010


Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsKicking Against The Pricks: Collector’s Edition (Mute)
Nick Cave found his voice on this album. That’s his literal voice as a singer/stylist; as far as his rangy, evocative, often confrontational songwriting, well, that’s still evolving nicely. 1986’s Pricks finds the man and his coconspirators tackling meaty material from John Lee Hooker, Lou Reed, Jimmy Webb, Leadbelly and more. The results are a mixture of alluring and distressing, with all involved rattling the ghost chains inside the iconic tunes. As a singer, Cave discovered his sweet spot mouthing other’s words, and has only refined what’s present here since. You’d be hard pressed to find better takes on “Hey Joe” and “Long Black Veil,” and the fine remastering job does wonders over the original’s slightly murky haze. The sharp edges, well placed strings and conscious space shine through the speakers now, further adding to Pricks‘ considerable heft. And the informative, interview rich liner notes by Amy Hanson further situate this gem in the Cave-nology. Mute continues the Bad Seeds reissue series on March 30 with audio retools plus video and 5.1 Surround mix bolstered editions of Tender Prey (1988), The Good Son (1990) and Henry’s Dream (1992) arriving March 30. (DC)

February 2, 2010

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January 26, 2010



July 30, 2009
by  Dave Thompson

Kicking off one of the most anticipated reappraisals yet of the 1980s alternative-rock scene, these deluxe repackagings serve up the first four albums by what remains one of the most extreme acts of the modern age.

Painstakingly remastered for both stereo and 5.1 surround sound, with bonus video footage and short “making of” films, a handful of bonus tracks and restored art work, all four remain as brutally brittle today as they did on release; the debut From Her To Eternity, shaking off the shadows of Cave’s last band, the Birthday Party; Kicking Against The Pricks’ twisted collection of covers, with its rat-riddled retreads of blues, pop, country and torch; and two on either side of it that hung so defiantly within their own time and space that it is hard to believe that either one is now close to 25 years old. They both sound so much more ancient than that, and so vividly fresh as well.

Today, of course, we can look back on Cave’s entire career and see the patterns he was tracing and the course he was mapping out, and each of these albums falls into its allotted space therein.  At the time, however, there was simply nothing to compare, or even relate them to; twisting surreal Americana into nightmarish backwoods Britannia, all four albums are pure pop revisited through a shattered funhouse mirror.

Whether it’s Cave revisiting “In The Ghetto” (among the bonus tracks on the first album), or reanimating Elvis himself (“Tupelo,” opening the second); relating “The Carny”’s psychodrama on Funeral, or reanimating the Seekers at the close of the covers set, none of these albums sit still for a moment; no sooner do your ears get a grip on where one’s going than it veers off someplace else, but if the overall sheen is uneven, it’s deliberately so; there was no room for relaxation on any of these records, and both first- and longtime listeners will be well advised to keep one eye firmly on the liner notes, penned by Goldmine’s own Amy Hanson, because they’re the only road map you’re going to find.  Illustrated by both Cave and former lieutenant Mick Harvey’s memories of the sessions, Hanson’s words not only illuminate the darkest corners of the four albums, they also add their own layers of mystery to the unfolding dramas.

Once complete, this series will be 14 albums long, and it’s a loyal soul, indeed, who can love each of Cave’s children equally. But these first four unlock all that’ll follow and, as such, are practically perfect.

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