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Another Nick Cave dream

We see Nick Cave give a talk in a small room beneath a record shop. A small crowd, an intimate gathering. At the end he asks if there’s any questions. A couple of people ask this and that, but I’m too shy. I have something for him to sign in my bag – a CD or DVD – but the event ends, Cave leaves and the audience filters out.

We leave the room. Already I’m regretting my failure. We go down some stairs – the kind that comprises many short flights that double back on themselves (there must be a proper term for that). My wife says she’s going somewhere, will be back in a minute. As I wait by the aluminium doors leading out into the street Cave walks in.

He’s clearly in a rush, but I seize my moment.

“Hey, Nick,” I say, “I was at the, er, thing. It was really interesting.”

“Thanks.” He sticks a cigarette into his mouth, heads towards the stairs.

“I’ve got something for you to sign. Would you?” I fumble around in my bag, trying to find the CD/DVD/whatever it is.

“I’d love to but I’m on a fifteen minute break and I’m really pressed for time.”

He’s very polite but is obviously in a rush and slightly flustered. I can’t find the thing for him to sign. Cave climbs the stairs and is gone.

When I wake up I have Stagger Lee going through my head.

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Do You Love Me Like I Love You? – my Nick Cave DVD contribution

O children, lift up your voice

I’m delighted to have received confirmation that I’m to appear on the DVD accompanying the reissue of Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsAbattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus album.

I was interviewed by Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth in August 2008, as I blogged here and here. During the interview I spoke about the wonderful O Children – a track that still gives me tingles. Also on the DVD are artists such as Martyn Casey, Dave Gahan, Mick Harvey, Beth Orton, and broadcaster Colin Murray. Having had a preview of the interviews, it’s clear that I’ve lost weight and had a haircut since filming!

The three films that complete the extensive Do You Love Me Like I Love You? series will be premiered at the East End Film Festival on Sunday 1 July, with Nocturama at 3pm, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus at 4pm and Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! at 5pm – all screenings are free and take place at the Vibe Bar at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1. There’s more info here.

To say I’m chuffed at being able to make a contribution to this DVD is an understatement: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have produced some of my favourite music. The reissue is provisionally scheduled for release on July 31st.

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Sunny Sunday Supplement

A sunny Sunday morning. I woke up with a headache. Managed to get back to sleep a few times but then got up and got myself a couple of Nurofen. Got dressed and made an espresso and sat in the garden watching the blue tits coming and going to the bird box to feed the chicks. Also saw our friendly robin and what I think was a great tit. Looks like I’m in danger of turning into Bill Oddie, here. And he is a great tit.

Last night saw the first part of the latest Dr Who adventure. Gotta say, for me Matt Smith is the best Doctor ever. Even better than Tom Baker. Yes, I know. But that assistant of his – not for me, thanks. I’m not finding the stories as good these days, though. That could be due to familiarity, but I doubt it. I could watch Blink and Father’s Day over and over.

Speaking of which, the wonderful Father’s Day episode was written by Paul Cornell – a truly talented writer who also wrote The Family of Blood episodes, an episode of Primeval and a couple for Robin Hood, in addition to the Captain Britain comics (among others) and a couple of novels. Busy, busy guy. He’s also written a new pilot for the BBC called Pulse. Apparently “medical horror and sci-fi”, the first episode of Pulse will screen on BBC 3 at 9pm on Thursday June 3rd. Well worth a look, I’d say. If you’re on Facebook there’s a group for Pulse that’ll keep you up to date and give you an idea what it’s all about.

Musically I’ve not done much recently. Can’t really face it at the moment. I might do some composing at home at some point but that would mean spending even more time in front of the computer, which I don’t really want to do. I certainly don’t want to be in another band. The last couple of weeks I’ve been listening to The Maccabees’ Colour It In album a lot. Some great lyrics in there and guitar work. Check ‘em out.

I’m coming towards the end of reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (recently made into a movie with score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis) for the second time. (McCarthy also wrote the novel of No Country for Old Men, also a recent successful movie.) McCarthy’s a master of understated characterisation and sparsity of language.

The first McCarthy book that I read was All the Pretty Horses. Part of The Border Trilogy, this is a beautiful book unlike anything else I’d ever read at the time. The Crossing is gripping and moving – 16-year old Billy Parham’s adventure with a wolf he captures. But for me the best work of his I’ve read so far is Blood Meridian. The story of ruthless mercenaries who collect scalps for cash in mid-19th century America, this is a truly dark book that’s not for the squeamish. When I’ve finished The Road this is the next one I’ll read again. Or maybe I’ll give Child of God a go.

If you haven’t read any McCarthy, you should.

The Death of Bunny Munro – new Nick Cave novel

I’ve just taken delivery of The Death of Bunny Munro – the new novel from Nick Cave. I met the publisher last August, at the filming of Do You Love me Like I Love You? for the remastered Cave albums currently in the process of being re-issued.

I’m looking forward to reading this book, which is a beautifully presented hardback featuring a pink ribbon bookmark. Cave’s last novel – And the Ass saw the Angel – was often breathtaking, but also sometimes suffered from Cave’s heroin addiction at the time of writing (I understand he actually lost the manuscript half-way through its writing in Paris). I’m intrigued to see what the clean Cave’s produced.

The Death of Bunny Munro

Nick Cave dream

I’m at an open air festival.
It’s dark. Late at night. Candles glow.
Nick Cave’s strolling around in an emerald green suit.
We’re walking in opposite directions.
Fans crowd around him, chatting as if they all know him.
The ground undulates gently. He’s walking uphill.
The grass is worn away. Hard-baked earth shows through.
People are sitting in groups around fires and clusters of candles.
Blonde women in kaftans with acoustic guitars.
Like a post-apocalyptic Woodstock.

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