Nick Cave Live in Seattle and on KEXP 90.3 FM

Nick Cave Live in Seattle and on KEXP 90.3 FM

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds played the first of two sold-out shows at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle last night.  I’ve seen them perform many times, but I’ve never seen them do what they did last night. 

Nick Cave is not one to stay in the same place for too long.  He and the Bad Seeds have evolved over the past 20+ years, and for this tour, the same players (sans Blixa Bargeld) that backed him for tours supporting his more quiet, contemplative albums like The Boatman’s Call and No More Shall We Part have transformed the band into a loud, cacophonous rock band.  This transformation started with Nick’s experiments with his piano-less side project, Grinderman.  Nick learned to play guitar for that album, and his focus on guitar instead of piano based songs carried over to his latest Bad Seeds effort, Dig!!!  Lazarurs Dig!!!

Last night’s show was centered around the new album and it was all about the new sound.   Nick played guitar for over half the songs and he rarely touched a keyboard.  The arrangements for songs from previous albums were changed to fit the new rock formula, and, for the most part, it worked well. 

If you are not going to the show but want to check out the band’s current sound, tune in to KEXP’s live or streaming broadcast at 12.45 p.m. PST today for an in-studio performance. 

Of course there’s a chance that the in-studio performance could be completely different from the live show.  I say that because I don’t see how they could squeeze all the band’s equipment into the studio.  They could very well choose to do a stripped down acoustic set. 

Tune in to find out.

Update:  The whole band performed on KEXP.  You can listen to the streaming archive here.  Go to Cheryl Water’s show, and choose 9/24 at about 12:45 p.m.  (I’ll update this again when the permanent link on the In-Studio Performances page is available.)  Update to the Update:  I contacted KEXP and found out that the Nick Cave in-studio performance will not be available on their archive page.  They are working with Nick and the band to come to an agreement about a dowloadable podcast.  So keep checking their podcast page for that.

Update:  Set List

Night of the Lotus Eaters
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Today’s Lesson
The Weeping Song
Your Funeral … My Trial
Midnight Man
The Mercy Seat
Get Ready for Love
We Call Upon the Author To Explain
Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
More News From Nowhere

Hard On for Love
The Lyre of Orpheus
Stagger Lee

Tonight I go back. I will try and remember my camera so I can post a blurry shot of the band.

Update:  Cherrybombed review hereSeattle Post-Intelligencer review here.

Update:  There are some excellent photos of the Tuesday night show on this Flickr page. Nice job by whoever the photographer is (goes by “shitbrain”), and he has a way better camera than mine.

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