Thoughts Away: Nick Cave

Thoughts Away: Nick Cave

*This is a brand new feature, which will include whatever music-related item is on my mind.*

Nick Cave, the magnificent Australian singer-songwriter and all kinds of other artist (author, screenwriter, and more – wow), is gearing up for a European tour with the Bad Seeds. Cave will also conclude his Conversations with Nick Cave appearances in January. We’ll have our coverage of the Seattle event soon.

I’ve been thinking especially about two Nick Cave things. One, the song, “Red Right Hand,” the other “Where the Wild Roses Grow.” “Red Right Hand” originally appeared on the Let Love In album, but it came to my attention – as to so many others – when it popped up on The X-Files soundtrack. Such a sexy song. Sexy in a different way is “Where the Wild Roses Grow,” which he recorded with Kylie Minogue.

So what’s new musically for Cave? Ghosteen, which comes out on disc/digital on November 8th. Right away I see the cover is to die for, and one I will most likely feature on my Cool Cover segment as well. But here it is now. I love the animals and artwork on it. I admit, sadly, I have not heard the album yet. Must rectify that soon! I’m seeing other writers giving it nearly perfect reviews. Congrats to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Keep on stunning.

Show Preview: Matt and Kim @ Showbox SoDo, Sat. 11/2

Show Preview: Matt and Kim @ Showbox SoDo, Sat. 11/2/19

Matt and Kim – photo by Caleb Kuhl

The dynamic duo that is Matt and Kim appear this Saturday at Showbox SoDo in Seattle. Brooklyn-based, Matt (Johnson) and Kim (Schifino) put on awesome and exciting live shows. I also love that they put a warning on their show schedule: LANGUAGE IS DEFINITELY NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES BECAUSE OF KIM.  Too sweet.

Matt and Kim’s current tour is their GRAND 10 Year Celebration Tour (these dates always stun me. How time flies). It’s also great to report that Kim recovered from her horrible 2017 ACL injury. Matt revealed that “2017 was not a great year for us. Kim got real depressed during her recovery, and anyone who knows Kim (or has seen her play) knows she’s such a bad-ass upbeat person so it was hard.” Instead of live dates, the pair spent time recording album number six, Almost Everyday.

They also do other cool and lovable things such as donating money to help adopt dogs. Sending them extra love for that!

Head over to the Showbox event page for tickets and more details. Show is all ages.

Photos: Vampire Weekend @ WaMu Theater

Vampire Weekend @ WaMu Theater, 9/27/19
Photos by John Rudolph

Vampire Weekend released album number four, Father of the Bride this spring, and Seattle was one of the absolutely lucky cities to see the band live. With a rather large gap of six years between this album and their prior work, Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend has made an incredibly welcome return. Their new work features Koenig as the primary songwriter of many of the tracks, in addition to his lyric-writing role. Watch for so many Vampire Weekend dates closing out this year, and all next year. Great to see them back!

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend – photos by John Rudolph

Photos: Ruthie Craft @ Café Racer

Local, soulful singer-songwriter Ruthie Craft performed at the Café Racer last week. The 2019 American Idol contestant was accompanied by Jason Kertson on guitar while singing originals and covers.  Be on the lookout for Ruthie’s EP to be released next year.  You can watch her sing with Keith Urban at the Washington State Fair HERE.

Ruthie Craft – all photos by Kirk Stauffer

Photos: Ingrid Michaelson @ Showbox at the Market

Ingrid Michaelson brought her Dramatic Tour to the Showbox at the Market last week. She and her five-member backing band were on the road in support of her ninth studio album, Stranger Songs. The always witty Michaelson kept the crowd on their toes throughout the sold-out performance. American Idol, Season 16 winner – Maddie Poppe – opened.

Ingrid Michaelson

Maddie Poppe