FILM REVIEW: Once More With Feeling

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Music documentaries often follow one of a few common narratives, whether documenting the rise (and often) fall of a band or musician, or following the making of an album or tour. Once More With Feeling fills a couple of different roles in that it acts as a preview and scene-setter for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ new album Skeleton Tree, released the day after the worldwide screening of the film, as well as a raw and intimate insight into negotiating the cycles of grief and how real-life tragedy can inform creativity.

Filmed on exquisite black and white (and in 3D), Andrew Dominik takes a layered approach of performance, voiceover, evocative and inventive establishing shots and straight interview footage. The result is a documentary of a documentary. He’s produced a film that looks magnificent and most importantly, conveys the range of emotion when Cave’s family unit is fractured by the accidental death of his son Arthur who fell from a cliff in 2015. Cave is confused and frustrated, seesawing between self-doubt and resilience while he and wife Susie immerse themselves in their work as one way of dealing with the trauma.

Warren Ellis is portrayed as a loyal and steadfast friend and musical partner and there is a strong sense that their music – and the physical process of making it – is a critical way forward, a beacon through the darkness. Cave comes out of the film as an utterly human figure, creatively paralysed by his loss but knowing that the music and his family are also his saving grace.

Chris Familton

NEW MUSIC: Zola Jesus announces new album Taiga

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After three excellent albums in Conatus, Stridulum II and The Spoils, Zola Jesus has announced her new album Taiga will be out on October 7th via Mute. Below you can stream the first single ‘Dangerous Days’.

In regards to the album title, Nika explains, “Taiga is the Russian name for the boreal forest. For me it feels very alive… very expansive. It represents a feral, untapped world that could happily exist without us. There are taiga forests in Northern Wisconsin where I was raised, and also in Russia where my ancestors are from, so it also feels very native.”

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW: Jane’s Addiction | Live In NYC

by Chris Familton

Rating7.5square-600-8Recorded at Terminal 5 in New York in July 2011, Live In NYC marked the release of Jane’s Addiction’s most recent studio album The Great Escape Artist. As with most live albums you are left with a ‘you had to be there’ feeling but as far as aural representations of live shows go this is a dynamic, visceral and sonically engaging recording.

The band naturally lean heavily on many of their biggest songs with all being essentials in the JA canon aside from the lone track from The Great Escape Artist in Irresistible Force (Met The Immovable Object) though that more than stands it ground amid the classics. It shows the band taking their sound and expanding it to widescreen in an epic grandiose fashion, sounding far superior to the album version. Elsewhere Ocean Size is a battering ram of Stephen Perkins’ superb drumming and finds Perry Farrell at his best, pitching his voice high and far into the audience, laced with reverb and delay. He throws in a “come on motherfucker” before Dave Navarro unleashes another of his wah drenched, cosmic shredding solos. For fans Three Days is perhaps the band’s finest moment and here it is a masterclass in the building and release of tension via a glorious rock n roll climax.

The quartet round out the set with their signature song Jane Says, reminding us again of their ability to combine power and restraint, sex and religion, raw emotion and pretension in rock music. This release is really a document for the fans but if anyone asks if Jane’s Addiction are a great live band this will provide the answer.

this review was first published on themusic.com.au

WATCH: The Bridge School 25th Anniversary DVD trailer

This year is the 25th Anniversary of Neil and Pegi Young’s Bridge School benefit concerts that has seen a plethora of big names play the charitable event. This year’s show happens on October 22nd and 23rd at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.To celebrate they are also releasing a 3DVD and 2CD commemorative package. Check out the trailer below…

Lineup

  • Neil Young
  • Dave Matthews
  • Arcade Fire
  • Foo Fighters (Sunday only)
  • Eddie Vedder
  • Los Invisibles, featuring Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana & Guests
  • Beck
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Tony Bennett (Sunday only)
  • Diana Krall (Saturday only)
  • Jenny Lewis

WATCH: The trailer for the reissue of JAMC’s Psychocandy…

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s seminal 1985 debut is a classic of that decade (or any other) with its amalgamation of The Velvet Underground, narcotic drones and hazy pop sensibilities,. Rightfully so it now gets the makeover with a ton of extras. Here’s the lowdown with the trailer at the bottom…

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN — PSYCHOCANDY — Expanded Edition. 2 CD + DVD in digipak

• Since Psychocandy was first released in November 1985, the Jesus And Mary Chain’s debut album has received a massive amount of critical acclaim and is now widely regarded as a classic. Regularly featured in articles on classic albums, it has recently appeared on the NME’s list of the Top 50 Greatest Debut Albums Ever and Q Magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest British Albums, and continues to exert a considerable influence on contemporary bands.
• This deluxe expanded edition features all the non-album b-sides, as well as previously unreleased demos, rare outtakes including controversial early track “Jesus Fuck” which the pressing plant refused to manufacture at the time due to the blasphemous lyrics — it is heard here for the first time, the complete BBC Radio Sessions the band recorded for John Peel in this period (including their legendary 1985 acoustic session) and the seminal debut single “Upside Down”, the release that put the nascent Creation Records on the map and immortalised in the recent documentary film of the same name.
• The DVD features the promo videos for the singles released from the album alongside seminal and previously unreleased TV appearances, including their jaw-dropping live TV debut on the Old Grey Whistle Test, a performance of two songs on The Tube, a studio performance and interview from Belgian TV, and never before seen footage of the infamous riot at North London Polytechnic — this includes excerpts of the band’s performance on the night, highly entertaining interviews with all four original members, and scenes of the crowd destroying the venue!
• The 32 page booklet contains exclusive new interviews that tell the band’s story in their own words, including an extensive contribution from Psychocandy-era drummer Bobby Gillespie, who went onto fame as frontman of Primal Scream, and the first ever interview with elusive first drummer Murray Dalglish, along with rare memorabilia and previously unpublished photos.

DISC ONE

PSYCHOCANDY

1. Just Like Honey
2. The Living End
3. Taste The Floor
4. The Hardest Walk
5. Cut Dead
6. In A Hole
7. Taste Of Cindy
8. Never Understand
9. Inside Me
10. Sowing Seeds
11. My Little Underground
12. You Trip Me Up
13. Something’s Wrong
14. It’s So Hard

B-SIDES
15. Suck
16. Ambition
17. Just Out Of Reach
18. Boyfriend’s Dead
19. Head
20. Cracked

DISC TWO
UPSIDE DOWN SINGLE
1. Upside Down
2. Vegetable Man

BBC RADIO SESSIONS
3. In A Hole
4. You Trip Me Up
5. Never Understand
6. Taste The Floor
7. The Living End
8. Inside Me
9. Just Like Honey
10. Some Candy Talking
11. Psychocandy
12. You Trip Me Up
13. Cut Dead

DEMOS
14. Up Too High
15. Upside Down
16. Never Understand
17. Taste The Floor
18. In A Hole
19. Something’s Wrong
20. Just Like Honey
21. The Living End
22. My Little Underground

OUTTAKES
23. Never Understand (Alternate version)
24. Jesus Fuck

DVD
PROMO VIDEOS
1. Never Understand
2. You Trip Me Up
3. Just Like Honey

TV APPEARANCES
4. In A Hole – Old Grey Whistle Test
5. Riot at North London Polytechnic – Interview and Live Clips
6. Interview – VRT, Belgium
7. Never Understand — VRT, Belgium
8. Just Like Honey – The Tube
9. Inside Me – The Tube

Release date: 19th September 2011

WATCH: The trailer for the DVD release of 1991:The Year Punk Broke…

Finally one of the seminal documents of the early days of the 90s punk/grunge/garage rock boom gets a release on DVD – right on the 20th anniversary of its original issue. Featuring performances, footage, interviews with Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Babes in Toyland, The Ramones and Dinosaur Jr this is essential viewing.

All footage has been fully restored with audio re-synced and remastered in uncompressed PCM stereo under the supervision of Sonic Youth.

1991: The Year Punk Broke is also packed with 65 minutes of bonus material, including the previously unreleased featurette “(This Is Known As) The Blues Scale” featuring over 40 minutes of additional live footage of Sonic Youth performing “White Kross,” “Eric’s Trip,” “Chapel Hill” and “Inhuman” plus a rare Nirvana performance of “In Bloom.” Other extras include live rough cuts of “Mote” and “Flower,” the original movie trailer, and “Broken Punk” — a 2003 panel discussion Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo, Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis and Filmmaker Dave Markey.