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  1. Nick Cave

    Sooo much better than 2009 - took on the challenge of a largely disinterested Sunday night audience, and even Mumford fans were won over by the end. Incendiary is a word cheaply banded about when talking about live music but justified by that performance. Bad Seeds also on fire. Bobby Gillespie and Morrissey (2011) could have learnt a lot! The contact with the girl in white during 'Stagger Lee' was a perfect 'Glastonbury moment' - I began to think I was hallucinating after a long, sleepless week Just a pity that the organisers didn't take a little risk and make him headliner... Can't wait for October if it's even half as good as that.
  2. Nick Cave

    A bit more wiki-research reveals the following explanation: 'In 2006, Clark began recording a studio album, under the stage name St. Vincent. In an interview on The Colbert Report, she said that she "took [her] moniker from a Nick Cave song, which refers to the hospital in which Dylan Thomas died. "The reference is to the line "And Dylan Thomas died drunk in / St. Vincent's hospital" from Cave's song "There She Goes my Beautiful World" off the album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. Its the place where poetry comes to die, she has said. Thats me.[16] [6] The name is also a reference to her great-grandmother, whose middle name was St. Vincent.[17]' Very nice. I love that song but agree - it's kind of the reverse of Jubilee Street in that it's magnificent on record but rarely so great live. Incidentally, talking of TSGMBW as we are, my Uni English tutor described John Wilmot as being a cross between Mick Jagger and Lady Diana, which has always stuck with me. His poetry is filthy and brilliant too, if you haven't read it.
  3. Nick Cave

    I was not aware of this. Like her even more now: One of Clarks favoured musical tricks is to make the normal suddenly unsettling, whether by bending notes to make it seem as if the floor is shifting, or throwing in a guitar solo that sounds like an anxiety attack, or uprooting the mundane with an unexpected lyrical twist. On the song Birth in Reverse (its title taken from a Lorrie Moore short story, Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People), she sings, Oh what an ordinary day, take out the garbage, masturbate. I tell her it made me laugh. No, she corrects, drily. That was deeply sexual. Thats weird that you werent turned on, fuck. Clark admits shes a comedy nerd (her first album is called Marry Me, after a recurring gag in the sitcom Arrested Development, and she has twice appeared in the sketch show Portlandia) and theres often a black humour in her lyrics. Not in a put the honking nose on the clown kind of way. Not like, you know, slapstick. But I think the Nick Cave song, There She Goes My Beautiful World, which I took the name St Vincent from, thats a hilarious song. It illustrates the squalor, and the grandeur. From Guardian interview (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/aug/07/-sp-st-vincent-interview-always-felt-like-weirdo)
  4. Nick Cave

    80%?! I know it's Friday but...
  5. Nick Cave

    With each of these lists I'm thinking 'Oh, yeah forgot about THAT', in this one it's 'Nobody's Baby Now', or 'Nobby's a Baby Now', as Scruffy would say
  6. Nick Cave

    Like it. Very different from mine which just goes to show you never will please all the people all the time when you've got such a stonking back catalogue!
  7. Nick Cave

    Similarly... People ain't no good Hallelujah Lime tree arbour Henry Lee Midnight Man There She Goes Tupelo Deanna Papa won't leave you, Henry Cannibal's Hymn (bubbling under Lucy, Mercy Seat, Into My Arms.etc.etc) If I could only save one from the waves, it would probably be Lime tree arbour - pretty much the perfect Nick Cave song, for me.
  8. Nick Cave

    The live Jubilee Street would be in my top ten Nick Cave tracks, the Push The Sky Away version wouldn't. I just haven't got into PTSA at all. I think it's trying too hard to not be a NCATBS album. Top ten songs - subject to constant change of course - now there's a challenge...
  9. Nick Cave

    FFS!
  10. Nick Cave

    If you pulled the chips from the tea that would be fine. In London everything's 'pulled' these days. Or drunk out of a jam jar.
  11. Nick Cave

    20,000 bumps
  12. Nick Cave

    Looking forward to this QUITE a lot.
  13. The National

    Was the first time I've seen him and I was impressed, although found the setting a bit 'meh.' The National also good, plus saw Caitlin Rose in the tent which was great. Not bad for a free ticket I was offered yesterday morning! And NY did finish about 10 mins early, but I guess fitting another song in might have been difficult, given how long they were lasting!
  14. Nick Cave

    Now now, we'll have no more of this - take your medication.
  15. Nick Cave

    I've got a feeling the same thing will be said about 'Dolly Parton Miming' in a year's time...
  16. Nick Cave

    I was looking for this thread - what a nice person you are!
  17. Dolly Parton MIming?

    Did anyone really think for a moment she was playing those instruments? I thought it was pretty obvious they were meant to be props. The guitar for 'Jolene' was no worse than Chris Lowe (or non-original members of Kraftwerk) pretending to play keyboards; with the sax it was part of the joke - 'Playing the sax backwards' was more the point than highlighting her musical abilities . But then there is a serious sense of humour failure on this thread. Clearly we need a committee to stand in front of the Pyramid Stage and look for signs of duplicity or subterfuge and report back to the festival bookers!
  18. Dolly Parton MIming?

    I didn't think she was miming - that would have been harder work than actually singing! I took my niece to see Britney a few years ago and there was no doubt about it - she hardly uttered a word between songs, no video screens (in the O2) - it was obvious. If Dolly was miming then the mix between her recorded singing and live interjections was flawless. She may just be a very good at what she does.
  19. Arcade Fire

    I thought they were excellent - not a big fan since the first album as I always think they sound a bit pseudy, but they were incredible live - never let the pace flag and the contrasting manners of Win and Regine worked beautifully. Definitely a highlight for me.
  20. Last night i watched Jools Holland........... and

    I can see that could be true - the production on the album makes the songs sound really plodding. Hopefully It'll be like the difference between 'Jubilee Street' live and on vinyl! Still don't like Butler's voice though - not enough range - but maybe that'll sound better live as well.
  21. Simple + effective x inventive = genius
  22. Last night i watched Jools Holland........... and

    I thought Natalie Merchant was brilliant. St Vincent also excellent - will be a Glastonbury highlight I think
  23. If you've got an iphone (rubbish battery included) which you want to take to Glastonbury and your idea of hell is standing in the queue for the charge tent -mine certainly is - then I can recommend this to you: http://www.amazon.co.uk/13000mAh-Portable-External-smartphones-lightning/dp/B00BQ5KHJW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1399370659&sr=8-4&keywords=anker+charger I've had chargers before which were dangerous(!) or gave you a couple of hours extra but this really does work: I've been charging my iphone, and using it as normal, since last Wednesday and it still has some juice left in it: so certainly will see me through the five days and nights. It's not cheap but I will use it in other situations so I think it was worth it. I'm sure someone posted a link to this, or a similar device, a few pages back so thanks whoever you are. That's all.
  24. Nick Cave

    Nice - although the thought of it being sung in a broad Aussie accent ('Aussie anthem') makes me shudder slightly - hooroo!
  25. Kasabian 2014

    This is true. It's a bit off-thread but this reminds me of something that happened while waiting for The Stones to appear last year. It was getting pretty packed and there was a Welsh guy in front of me who was paralytic: eventually he threw up in an impressive and indiscriminate manner. His wife was hugely embarrassed but the reaction of everyone around was to make sure that they were both ok. It was good to see, even if it did smell a bit for a while...
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