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The Best Albums of 2013

The Best Albums of 2013

2013 was an awesome year for music. There were many great albums put out by some of my favorite artists, and there were several outstanding albums put out by artists I’d never paid much attention to in previous years, and a few by brand new artists. That said, let’s get to the number one album of the year:

1. Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsPush the Sky Away. This is the album I listened to the most during the year. It is a quiet follow-up to the cacophonous noise of Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! released five years earlier. The album sounds as spacious as the brightly lit room on the cover, but sounds much darker and as beautiful as the model on the cover – his wife, Susie Bick (in the nude!). Key tracks are “Jubilee Street” and “Higgs Boson Blues“. Here’s video about the making of the album.

2. Valerie JunePushin’ Against a Stone. I first heard Valerie June on Greg Vandy’s show, The Roadhouse, on KEXP. I was captivated by her arresting voice and the expert blending of folk, country, blues, and country music. Her album was released in Europe early in the year, and you could watch videos and listen to it on the web, but it wasn’t released in the US until August. The album was coproduced by Kevin Augunas and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who no doubt drew some extra attention from the press, and received great reviews in many major music publications. I bought it the day it came out and have been listening to it ever since. Key tracks are the title track and “Workin’ Woman Blues”. Here’s a video about Valerie and her debut album.

3. Holly WilliamsThe Highway. Prior to this year I had only heard Holly Williams singing her rendition of her grandfather’s, (Hank Williams, Sr. – she has the blood of Hank in her, and it shows) “Blue is My Heart” on the excellent album project titled The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. I was hooked on her voice and her style after hearing the song, and then I read a great review of The Highway in Uncut Magazine and went looking for the album to buy. I ended up buying it from Amazon, and I have yet to see it stocked in a brick-and-mortar store. That’s because it was independently released on her own label Georgiana Records, which apparently wasn’t picked up by any distributors. That’s a shame, because this album is a real gem. Holly’s voice sits front and center of a mostly sparse and acoustic production. The songs are of the south and of her family. Key tracks are the opener, “Drinkin'” and the closer, a song about her grandmother June Bacon White, “Waitin’ on June”.

4. Kurt Vile and The ViolatorsWakin’ on a Pretty Daze. If you like guitars and catchy melodies, you’ll love this album. It reminds me of some really great Neil Young albums I’d listened to very loud while driving around on a hot summer day. Go read Tulip Frenzy for a review. Key tracks are the title track and “Snowflakes are Dancing”.

5. Low The Invisible Way. I first learned of Low when they opened for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at The Fifth Avenue Theater in Seattle way back in 1998. The house was packed with people anxious to see Nick, and Low was kind of a quiet shoegazer band at the time, but I really like what I was hearing when I was able to hear it over the very loud man talking behind me. (I asked him to be quiet or leave. He stayed, but he was quiet.) Since then I’d heard them on the radio and liked the music, but never really got into them until this year. The Invisible Way was produced by Jeff Tweedy, and he has a way about bringing out the best in people. The album opens with a very humorous song, “Plastic Cup” sung by Alan Sparhawk. Mimi Parker sings backup on this one, but she takes the lead vocal on several songs on the album, including “Just Make it Stop“, another standout track.

6. DaughterIf You Leave. Elena Tonra is the leader of this London trio. I was hooked on this band the moment I first heard “Youth” on KEXP. The sound of their debut album is sparse and hypnotic, and the lyrics take you inward to a claustrophobic space. Beautiful record that I listen to all the time. “Amsterdam” is another standout track.

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at The Paramount Theatre, Seattle April 2013

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at The Paramount Theatre, Seattle April 2013

Nick Cave Paramount marqueeTickets for this show went very fast. The Paramount website says the band requested ticketless sales and a four-seat limit. Fans only. No re-entry. No scalpers. Ticket buyers had to show up in person with ID to claim their tickets. The Paramount staff was very good at getting people through the ticket pick-up lines that were organized alphabetically, so it didn’t take long to get into the venue. (There were paper tickets, but fans didn’t get them until right before they were scanned at the door.)

Sharon Van Etten came on stage at 8:00 p.m. and played a short set accompanied by only her percussionist. She played guitar and sang around six songs, and her voice sounded magnificent. I really like the way she sounds on her album Tramp, but last night she sounded better than she does on her album. Maybe it’s the size of the venue and the charge she got from such an appreciative and respectful audience that made her voice so strong and clear. I hope her producer can capture it on her next album. I wish I had written down the names of the songs she played, but I didn’t, so no setlist. The last song she sang was a new one that she said her boyfriend said sounded like she was ripping off Nick Cave. I thought it was her best song.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds took the stage at 9:01 p.m, and Sharon Van Etten joined them as a backup singer. That’s her second from the left.

Nick Cave 2About these photos: I took all but one of them with a Sony Cybershot using a 10X zoom. The camera has a hard time auto-focusing because of the colored lights, and Nick moves around a lot, so yes they are a little blurry. Best I could do though. Megan Seling posted some much clearer photos by Beth Crook on The Stranger’s “Line Out” blog.

Nick opened the show with three tracks off the new album, Push the Sky Away. First was “We No Who U R”, a tranquil song with sparse instrumentation. Next was “Jubilee Street” that starts out quiet and gradually builds into a rumbling, almost blues number accented by the very raw and loud guitar playing of Warren Ellis.

“Wide Lovely Eyes” is a happier, more upbeat song from the album, and it was followed by the epic “Higgs Boson Blues” that name drops Robert Johnson and the Devil, alludes to Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel, places Hannah Montana in the African Savannah, and ends with Miley Cyrus floating in a swimming pool in Toluca Lake.

During the song Nick moved all around the stage whipping his microphone chord in and out of his way, and Warren Ellis played some wicked loud riffs on electric guitar. Nick did stop near center stage and kneeled down in front of the audience to grab hold of a woman’s hand and hold it to his chest as he sang “Can you feel my heart beat? Can you feel my heart beat?” No doubt she did. So did the rest of us in the form of Martin Casey’s powerful bass playing.

Nick Cave 1For the cacophonous part of the show Nick drew from his catalogue of classic Bad Seeds songs starting with “From Her to Eternity”, followed by “Red Right Hand” featuring Warren Ellis going nuts on both violin and guitar, then “Deanna” and a short non-introduction to “Jack the Ripper”. (He started to say something but stopped. He’s just not into introductions.)

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Following the sonic maelstrom that is The Bad Seeds, Nick sat down at the piano and took off his suit jacket. The crowd cheered the jacketless Mr. Cave, and he responded with “Really? Is that all it takes?” Nick played piano and sang three songs, “Love Letter”, “People Ain’t No Good”, and “No More Shall We Part”.

He eased back into full-band mode again with “The Weeping Song” followed by “The Mercy Seat” delivered to us as a howl from Hell.

The band started into a slow blues groove, and Nick strutted around the stage as he got into character to tell his version of the story of a killer named “Stag” Lee Sheldon, better known to Nick fans as the bad motherfucker called “Stagger Lee”. The band exploded in shrieks of noise to highlight the end of each verse. Before the final verse of the recorded version of the song, Nick knelt down and wrapped his free arm around a fan at the edge of the stage and pulled him in tight against his body as he sang, ”

Just then Billy Dilly rolls in and he says, “You must be That bad motherfucker called Stagger Lee.”

Stagger Lee

“Yeah, I’m Stagger Lee, and you better get down on your knees and suck my dick because if you don’t, you’re gonna be dead,”

Said Stagger Lee

Billy dropped down and slobbered on his head and Stag filled him full of lead

Oh yeah

Followed by more high-decibel “gun shots” and electric screams from the band.

But that wasn’t the end of the song. The band quieted down and Nick began a new verse:

In come the devil said “I’ve come to take you down Mr. Stagger Lee. I’ve come to take you down Mr. Stagger Lee”.

Well those were the last words that the Devil said, ’cause Stag put four holes in the motherfuckers head.”

That’s right, Stagger Lee is badder than the Devil.

And what better place to end a set? They left the stage and came back after a few minutes for the two-song encore. Nick’s ode to Elvis, “Tupelo” was first, and the show ended with the title track from Push the Sky Away.

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Here’s the setlist:

We No Who U R
Jubilee Street
Wide lovely Eyes
Higgs Boson Blues
From Her to Eternity
Red Right Hand
Deanna
Jack the Ripper
Love Letter
People Ain’t No Good
No More Shall We Part
The Weeping Song
The Mercy Seat
Stagger Lee
Encore
Tupelo
Push the Sky Away

And when I find some more reviews I’ll link to them here.

Review for City Arts by Rachel Shimp.

Bobby Switchblade over at Will the Fire described the sound quite well.

It sounded like so much electricity was being channeled through the monitors that it could only process it by funneling it all into one disorienting din that reminded me of films that depict the heavy ringing in your ears that can follow exposure to a bomb blast or gun shot. Despite the array of instruments being played on stage, the sound they created became one giant gong amplifying the song’s sense of simultaneous implosion, explosion and disintegration.

Seattle Post Intelligencer review.

KEXP review.

Back Beat Seattle review and lots of photos by Dagmar.

YouTube videos of the concert: Deanna, Love Letter, Tupelo, Stagger Lee

Nick Cave Kicks off his 2013 US Tour in Austin at SXSW tonight

Nick Cave Kicks off his 2013 US Tour in Austin at SXSW tonight

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are touring the US in support of their new album, Push the Sky Away, and their first show is tonight at SXSW at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas.

Unless you are in Austin tonight and have a Platinum Pass, or won some sort of ticket raffle, or know someone in the band or a friend of someone in the band, or work at Stubb’s, you aren’t seeing the show. But you can watch it on your computer because NPR is broadcasting the special showcase tonight featuring Nick Cave, Waxahatchee, Café Tecvba, Youth Lagoon, Yeah Yeah Yeas, and Alt-J. Nick will take the stage at 5:45 p.m. PST.

So tune in on your computer, smartphone, or radio and listen to some of what Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will be playing at their nineteen sold-out shows across the US that are going on through April 21st.

They will be in Seattle at The Paramount Theatre on Sunday, April 7th. Sharon Van Etten will open the show.

There are no paper tickets so I don’t know how you can get in if you don’t have a ticket.

Set List

Higgs Boson Blues

Wide Lovely Eyes

Jubilee Street

From Her to Eternity

Red Right Hand 

Jack the Ripper

Deanna

The Mercy Seat

Stagger Lee 

Push the Sky Away

Only a one-hour set with no encore. I expect he’ll be doing much more during regular gigs.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away – US Release: 02/19/2013

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away – US Release: 02/19/2013

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From an interview by Alexis Petridis for The Guardian:

The cover was shot in his bedroom, a few streets away from where we are sitting. It features his wife, model Susie Bick, naked, something Cave is at pains to point out wasn’t his idea. He walked in on his wife’s photoshoot for a French magazine, the photographer happened to press the shutter button and that was that: “I was more reluctant to use it than she was, to be honest.”

That shot is in sharp contrast to Cheryl Waters’ image of Nick Cave the reclusive songwriter hunched over a typewriter at his desk in a dim, kerosene-lamp lit room. I remember when she posed a rather ridiculous question to him during a 2008 interview about whether or not he was connected to the modern world of computers and the internet. He responded with something like, “Is this interview live? If not, you might want to go back and edit out that last question.”

Back to the interview…

The city seeps into the lyrics too, on a song called Jubilee Street: the titular home of Headmasters’ hairdressers, the Jubilee Library and a branch of Tesco Express rather improbably taking its place amid what you might call the more classic Cavian lyrical concerns of violence, sex and strikingly drawn visions of Armageddon.

He was keen, he says, to “move away from guitar-orientated music and that classic Nick Cave ballad style, to let a little bit of air and a little bit of light in”. Still, as he points out, some things never change. “I don’t think the lyrical concerns have altered particularly.”

The deluxe edition comes with a facsimile of the notebook Cave worked out the album’s lyrics in. “Some of it’s dreadful and painful to read, but I just thought – what the fuck,” he says, before getting the actual notebook out and offering me a brief precis of his working methods. “Pages and pages of absolute shit,” he sighs, turning them over. “Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit. And just every now and then something, little tiny ideas start to come out.”

Here’s part of a review of the album by Stuart Berman on Pitchfork:

Push the Sky Away presents an uncharacteristically weightless, eerily atmospheric sound; in lieu of crossover ballads like “Into My Arms” and “People Ain’t No Good”, we have foggy reveries built upon ominously rumbling bass lines, twitchy rhythmic tics, and hushed-voice intimations. It may not erupt with same force as the Bad Seeds’ stormiest gestures, but the underlying menace fuelling it remains.

Cave and his increasingly prominent foil, Warren Ellis, could experiment with textures and loops (to the point of spawning a remix album). These production intricacies form the bedrock of Push the Sky Away, which is less a showcase for Bad Seeds’ powerhouse prowess than a reconstructed fever-dream memory of it, transmuting the familiar into something foreign. There’s a sense of the Bad Seeds expanding their sound and unlearning it at the same time.

I’ve heard three songs off the new album, “We No Who U R“, “Jubilee Street“, and “Higgs Boson Blues” and liked all of them. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear the whole album, and until Sunday, April 7th to see him live at The Paramount Theater.

Friday Night Videos – The Duke Spirt, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Johnny Marr

Friday Night Videos – The Duke Spirt, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Johnny Marr

Every once and a while a I click on The Duke Spirit link in the blogroll (you should too) to see what’s going on with the band, and this week I found out they have a single out that I had not heard and they have video to go with it. Here it is…

More often I click on the Nick Cave link to see what’s new. He is putting out an album with The Bad Seeds on Februay 19th titled Push the Sky Away. I read a review of the album in Uncut Magazine last night. They wrote:

… a record whose thoughtful tone and drifting, becalmed manner have very little to do with rock ‘n roll and much more to do with the sonic colouration explored by Cave and Ellis in their soundtracks. Ellis is clearly the musical driving force here, particularly now that Mick Harvey has departed the band. His string and keyboard loops hang over the songs like mist, haunting the action with a deep, contemplative melancholy; and freed from the imperative of carrying guitar riffs, the drums and percussion of Thomas Wydler and Jim Sclavunos are able to explore more intimate, subtle rhythms, allowing the songs to find their own pulses, rather than urging them to more explosive efforts.

The effect is transformative: for all the comparative lack of overt activity, there is a much greater expressivity about the songs on Push the Sky Away, even when nothing seems to be happening. It’s as if the new approach were better able to reveal the emotional currents working beneath the songs’ surfaces, rather than be preoccupied with the surface activity. This works wonders with Cave’s songs, as by his own admission he’s more of a voyeuristic, narrative songwriter than an emotional miner: here, the music fills in the unwritten emotional content lurking behind his observations.

Here’s the video for the first single, “We No Who U R” (that looks like a Prince title, but it doesn’t sound anything like Prince).

While you are at it, you should watch “Jubilee Street” too. Uncensored version here (sign in required) and Walmart version here. (Do they sell any Nick Cave albums at Walmart? I have no idea.)

I also read Mojo Magazine. Johnny Marr is on the cover of the February 2013 issue, and it includes a cd compilation featuring Johnny Marr playing guitar on his new album and on tracks by many of the artists he’s collaborated with over the years. Here’s a video for the the title track of The Messenger and, like Nick, he too is walking through the woods.

I had not been a big fan of Johnny Marr, but I think I am now.

KEXP 40th Anniversary Top 40 of Past 40 Years

KEXP 40th Anniversary Top 40 of Past 40 Years

All week during KEXP’s pledge drive, they have been playing the top albums of the past 40 years as voted on by their supporters to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The list is 650 albums long. Like me, you probably liked a lot of it, and didn’t like some of it.

You can read the whole list of 650 albums on the KEXP Top 40 of the Last 40 years here.

Here is their top 40:

1

NirvanaNevermind

2

RadioheadOK Computer

3

PixiesDoolittle

4

The ClashLondon Calling

5

U2The Joshua Tree

6

Arcade FireFuneral

7

David BowieThe Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust

8

RadioheadKid A

9

Pink FloydDark Side Of The Moon

10

WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot

11

Bob DylanBlood On The Tracks

12

Sex PistolsNever Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols

13

Beastie BoysPaul’s Boutique

14

The Rolling StonesExile On Mainstreet

15

Michael JacksonThriller

16

Joy DivisionUnknown Pleasures

17

Pearl JamTen

18

Prince and the RevolutionPurple Rain

19

The CureDisintegration

20

PixiesSurfer Rosa

21

Neutral Milk HotelIn the Aeroplane Over The Sea

22

RadioheadThe Bends

23

Talking HeadsStop Making Sense

24

Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy

25

Fleetwood MacRumors

26

R.E.M.Automatic For The People

27

Paul SimonGraceland

28

New OrderPower, Corruption and Lies

29

The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead

30

Smashing PumpkinsSiamese Dream

31

The Flaming LipsYoshimi vs. The Pink Robots

32

RadioheadIn Rainbows

33

Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti

34

Beastie BoysLicensed To Ill

35

WeezerWeezer

36

Violent FemmesViolent Femmes

37

Neil YoungHarvest

38

Jeff BuckleyGrace

39

Sonic YouthDaydream Nation

40

Sufjan StevensIllinoise

41

R.E.M.Murmur

And now you may be asking yourself why this list of the top 40 goes to number 41. Well let me tell you: In my opinion, Sufjan Stevens’ album is not worthy of being on this list and R.E.M.’s Murmur is.

Sufjan bores the hell out of me.

Placement matters. Fore example, when KEXP did their top 903 albums of all time back in 2008. Sufjan placed 15th of all time, and Patti Smith placed 104th. (Anyone that tells me that Illinoise is better than Horses I immediately dismiss as a fool). So as I am glad to see that enough people have come to their senses to drop Sufjan’s album 26 places since 2008 and move Patti Smith’s Horses up 52 spots from 104th to 52nd, I still cannot accept that Illinoise is in KEXP’s top-40 list. Again I must ask who the hell are my fellow KEXP supporters and why do they like such boring music? And I won’t go too far out on a limb to predict that, in the next multi-generational poll, the fools will all have forgotten Illinoise, and Horses will prevail.

Enough of that…

What’s most interesting about these lists besides who made it to the top ten (Congratulations to Nirvana for taking the Number One spot over Radiohead, who usually places Number One in these polls, and yes I have come to appreciate Radiohead more since the last multigenerational poll [more about that here, although I prefer The Bends over OK Computer, but nevermind]) are the albums missing from the list.

What’s missing?

Scott H. Biram – Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever

Capsula – In the Land of Silver Souls

The Duke Spirit – Cuts Across the Land

Jim White – Wrong Eyed Jesus

Nick Cave – every album except Let Love In that placed 591st.

Richard Hawley – True Love’s Gutter

Lydia Loveless – Indestructible Machine

Alejandro Escovedo – Gravity

Just to name a few…

I can’t blame KEXP for these omissions, because they play and promote all of the above artists who are missing, so all I’m left with is their listeners.

Wake up KEXP listeners! There are way better artists than many of the 650 listed, but you just aren’t paying attention. Maybe some of the ones I’ve pointed out are not in your wheelhouse. I get that, and I also get that expanding your horizons is why KEXP is so loved around the world.

So next time you hear Capsula, Jim White, The Duke Spirit, Scott H. (the “H” stands for “FUCK YOU”) Biram, Alejandro Escovedo, or Lydia Loveless – pay attention and expand your horizons. You might really like some of this stuff. You might even like it more than you think you like Sufjan Stevens!

Oh… I forgot I was done with that.

Oh well, whatever, nevermind.

Friday Night Videos Featuring Barry Adamson, Chuck Prophet, and Mark Lanegan

Friday Night Videos Featuring Barry Adamson, Chuck Prophet, and Mark Lanegan

I know Barry Adamson from his work with Nick Cave on his first three albums. I had not paid much attention to his solo work until I heard tracks of his new album, I Will Set You Free.

This one is from Chuck Prophet’s latest album, Temple Beautiful.

And here’s one from Mark Lanegan’s new album, Blues Funeral.


 

Nick Cave Receives Honorary Degree from University of Brighton

Nick Cave Receives Honorary Degree from University of Brighton

The University of Brighton bestowed Nicholas Edward Cave with an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree. He received the award last Thursday “in recognition of services to the arts and his patronage of CineCity, the annual Brighton Film Festival.” (link)

Nick Cave - Brighton Honourary Degree

photo via Nick Cave Fixes

Anne Boddington, dean of the faculty of arts, said: “We are fortunate that Nick Cave is not only resident in the city but has chosen to contribute to its creative life as a performer, musician and singer, as a writer and as a patron of CineCity.”

The 54-year-old was born in Australia but now lives in Hove. He is best known for his releases as Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, as well as collaborations with Kylie Minogue and PJ Harvey. He has also written two novels, including The Death of Bunny Munro, which is set in and around Brighton. (link)

This is Dr. Nicholas Edward Cave’s third honorary degree. He has also been awarded,  “a Doctor of Laws in 2008 by Monash University, the university he dropped out from in 1977 when he was studying fine arts, and he was also awarded another Doctor of Laws by Dundee University.” (link)

Nick was right; Jesus did not return. Now what?

Nick was right; Jesus did not return. Now what?

Well for most of us, life goes on just as it did before.

Followers of the false prophet Harold Camping are, as the BBC reports, “perplexed.”

Followers of an evangelical broadcaster who declared that Saturday would be Judgement Day are trying to make sense of the failed prediction.

Some believers expressed bewilderment or said it was a test from God of their faith, after the day passed without event.

Robert Fitzpatrick, a retired transportation agency worker in New York, said he had spent more than $140,000 (£86,000) of his savings on advertisements in the run-up to 21 May to publicise the prediction.

After 1800 passed and nothing had happened, he said: “I do not understand why… I do not understand why nothing has happened.”

“I can’t tell you what I feel right now. Obviously, I haven’t understood it correctly because we’re still here.”

The Washington Post reported that suicide prevention hotlines were set up in case believers fell into depression after the apocalypse failed to happen.

A group from the Calvary Bible Church in Milpitas, California, organised a Sunday morning service to comfort believers in Mr Camping’s preaching, the New York Times reported.

“We are here because we care about these people,” the newspaper quoted James Bynum, a church deacon, as saying. “It’s easy to mock them. But you can go kick puppies, too. But why?”

Open note to Robert Fitzpatrick, the retired transportation agency worker in New York who spent $140,000 of his savings to promote Camping’s prediction:  Uh… I am trying to think of a nice way to say this… but I can’t.  You are a dumbshit.  “I don’t understand why nothing has happened.”  Really?  You don’t understand why an 89-year-old California Christian radio broadcaster’s interpretations of The Bible and his crazy math turned out to be wrong?  Let me help you out:  He’s nuts! And so are you for believing him.

Family Radio and the billboard companies thank you for your generous contribution, but there’s really no hope for you now.  If you have any money left, my advice is to spend it on a good bottle of whisky and some Nick Cave albums.

If you don’t believe Jesus returns on May 21st, then I have a song for you

If you don’t believe Jesus returns on May 21st, then I have a song for you

Nick Cave thought about the second coming of Jesus…

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I’ve searched the holy books

I tried to unravel the mystery of Jesus Christ, the saviour

I’ve read the poets and the analysts

Searched through the books on human behaviour

I travelled this world around

For an answer that refused to be found

… and then he wrote a song about the return of Jesus:

Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum

We were called to the forest and we went down

A wind blew warm and eloquent

We were searching for the secrets of the universe

And we rounded up demons

And forced them to tell us what it all meant

We tied them to trees

And broke them down one by one

On a scrap of paper they wrote these words

And as we read them the sun broke through the trees

‘Dread the passage of Jesus for He will not return’

Then we headed back to our world and left the forest behind

Our hearts singing with all the knowledge of love

But somewhere, somehow we lost the message along the way

And when we got home we bought ourselves a house

And we bought a car that we did not use

And we bought a cage and two singing birds

And at night we’d sit

And listen to the canaries’ song

For we’d both run right out of words

Now the stars they are all angled wrong

And the sun and the moon refuse to burn

But I remember a message in a demon’s hand

Dread the passage of Jesus for He does not return

(listen to the recording by Nick Cave and The Dirty Three on YouTube)

Come 11;59 p.m. Hawaii time, we’ll see who was right:  Harold Camping or Nick Cave.

I’m betting on Nick.