Album Year List (2016)

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Although it’s hard not to jump on the bandwagon when talking about 2016 we still wish you a pleasant year’s end and a cheer for the new year. However, before we start the days that lay ahead with champagne and fireworks we counted our blessings which of course, also resulted in these two illustrious album year lists.

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Nadine Shah – Fast Food

Nadine-Shah_Fast Food coverRemember when you were totally pissed off when I didn’t review Deerhunter’s marvellous Monomania in 2013? Well, It’s looks like history is going to repeat itself because I am not reviewing the band’s latest release, Fading Frontier, either. Yes, again it’s a great indie rocker but there is more music around that deserves some attention right? Nadine Shah sophomore album, for example. So take a good look at the femme fatale artwork, count to ten or whatever and read on.
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[Live Review] Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam (4-11-2013)

NC&BS_official2Its been only a few months since the gig at the Netherlands’ biggest pop festival, A Campingflight to Lowlands, and from what we’ve heard from a few youngsters, Cave rocked the audience’s the socks off! Now for us ‘younger elderly’ Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds scheduled a new concert in Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall (HMH) halfway through November. Alas this was sold out in an instant. Luck has it Cave found another free date in his busy touring schedule, resulting in an extra (but far from sold-out) Amsterdam concert. Sounds from the Dark Side couldn’t resist the temptation and made the long and arduous journey to the sprawling edges of Holland’s capital.
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Sounds from the Dark Side top albums of 2013 (until now)

Hi folks, we’re almost halfway through 2013 and that’s why is time to give you a short overview of our favorite albums to this day. Continue reading

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away (2013)

Push-The-Sky-Away-PACKSHOT3-768x768It goes without doubt that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are not to be shunned by anyone who values dark and romantic music. Formed from the ashes of The Birthday Party (1983-1985) the band released multiple albums and is renowned for their noir perception on love and the world. Obviously, a challenge for the band was to keep things creatively interesting. Guitarist Mick Harvey, a patriarch member of The Bad Seeds, already brought this to the attention when The Boatman’s Call released in 1997. It was no secret that creative estrangement was increasingly on the rise within him. A year after the garage-rock inspired Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (2008), on which the biblical story of Lazarus is repositioned to present-day New York, Harvey decided to end his 36-year-long musical collaboration with Cave. After this weighty knot was cut, the remaining members diverted the focus towards their various side-projects. Cave finished up writing his second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro (2009) and composed two movie scores with another Bad Seed, Warren Ellis. Most attention was paid to their noisy blues rock spin-off band, Grinderman.  After a successful second record in 2010 Cave and his colleagues drew the conclusion that Grinderman was done for. At least for now. Drummer Jim Sclavunos told the press it was time to move on and announced the resurrection of The Bad Seeds. Honestly I lost track of the aforementioned activities. That was until a few months ago when Warren Ellis’ Dirty Three rocked their socks off in my hometown. In the days that followed I ended up re-listening much of the catalogue Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds created throughout the years. Besides this, I found out The Seeds kept word and announced their fifteenth official album, titled Push The Sky Away. Continue reading