I mentioned Reinhard Kleist’s graphic novel, Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness so long ago in these pages (2009), and in such a short blurb, that it’s not even worth linking. Suffice it to say, I loved it. And now, here’s Kleist (an amazing artist)’s book on another amazing artist, Nick Cave.
This work captures the restlesness, the angst, the anger, the poetry, the power, the swirl that is Nick Cave, forces it all down into pages that can barely contain him. Written as flights of fancy and using song lyrics and characters from Cave’s songs, this book is as unrelenting as its subject. The artwork is gorgeous, as we expect from Kleist.
From the early days with the Birthday Party through to driving his car into the large hadron collider with Robert Johnson riding shotgun, this book as a goddamn must-read.
Yeah, so it’s been a while. Again.
Fuck Your Pain Away
Our buddy Brian is the King of Mixes. He has a long history, going right back to the mix tapes of years and years ago. He spends hours on them, getting the mix just right. He always picks just enough bands I’ve heard of (but not always the usual tracks), and tons of bands I’ve never known existed. Where he finds all this stuff, I’ll never know. These days, the internet must be helpful, but back in the day it must’ve been more difficult. Brian just attracts good music to him, somehow. And now he has computer technologies so he can even fade one song into the next, like a radio station, and he photoshops fancy covers to go with it all. It’s very High Fidelity, and it’s awesome because every so often I am privileged to receive a new mix from him.
During their recent visit here from the States, Brian brought several new mixes with him. Hooray! This first one is called Fuck Your Pain Away, after the first line of the first song, and it’s a great mix. Rockin’ indie-sounding mayhem that shifts into smooth reggae bliss and then back again. Loved it.
Clicks – Complicated
Olympus Mons – Being God
Gossip – Fire With Fire
Against Me! – Don’t Lose Touch
Eagles Of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard (Bad Boy News)
Magenta Lane – Daggers Out!
Tapes N’ Tapes – Insistor
Kings Of Leon – Charmer
White Stripes – Little Cream Soda
Silver Sun Pickups – Lazy Eye
Clicks – Oh Yeah
Johnstones – No Time For The Moment
Zerolene – All Good
Aggrolites – Work It
Delroy Wilson – This Life Makes Me Wonder
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – Hold Tight
Detroit Cobras – Shout Bama Lama
Immaculate Machine – Jarhand
You Say Party! We Say Die! – You Dit It
Flogging Molly – If I Ever Leave This World Alive
Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
Clicks – Cry Me A River
Noisettes – Don’t Give Up
Chris Ligon – Crazy Daisy
That was awesome.
Another mix from Brian, this one is very soulful, with tons of great tracks that groove and slide and gently hold your hand as it smoothly goes from song to song. Nice one in the car.
Ray LaMontagne – You’re The Best Thing
Rapheal Saddiq – Sure Hope You Meant It
John Legend – Slow Dance
Al Green – Take Your Time (f. Corinne Bailey Rae)
Emiliana Torrini – Heartstopper
Adele – First Love
Rocco DeLuca – Open Pages
Alexi Murdoch – Orange Sky
Brett Dennen – Desert Sunrise
Coco Rosie – Noah’s Ark
Nizlopi – Helen
Vampire Weekend – Oxford Comma
Ben Folds – You Don’t Know Me (f. Regina Spektor)
Kooks – Naive
Pretenders – Breakin’ The Concrete
Jill Sobule – Palm Springs
Decemberists – The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid
Loretta Lynn – Portland, Oregon (f. Jack White)
Andrew Bird – Fake Palindromes
Bob Dylan – One More Cup Of Coffee
Madeline – I Left The Light on
Jowi Taylor – Six String Nation
Charting the adventures of a guitar named Voyageur, which was made from many chunks of our collective nation, this book is fascinating. It has warmth, humour, intelligence and creativity – just like us. Well done, and recommended.
Reinhard Kleist – Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness
I was quite impressed by this graphic novel. The artwork is stark yet full, and the choice of black and white is fitting. The story is the one we all know already, with a bonus bit that you might not know about, told by a prisoner at Fulsom. We all love Cash. Bet he’d love that someone made him into a comic book.
Jack Johnson – En Concert
I have this thing about Jack Johnson’s music. Although there’s a fundamental punker part of me that resists it on some level, ultimately I always get into the groove pretty easily. This live record is beautifully recorded and the track-to-track mixing (each track recorded in a different place on tour) is seamless. It’s a showcase of the talented musicians on stage, pure and simple, and a love-fest with Johnson’s ardent fans. I will play this many, many times.