Mick Harvey – Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants (deluxe reissue)

Thanks to improved international distribution of his work, Sylvie Simmons’ informative 2001 biography, 2006’s Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited tribute LP, Joann Sfar’s eccentric 2010 biopic and copious referencing from contemporary artists, Serge Gainsbourg is no longer such a misunderstood figure outside of his native France or recognised only for … [Read more...]

Interview with Simon Bonney of Crime & The City Solution

The nomadic Crime & The City Solution previously dissolved in the wake of 1990’s career pinnacle Paradise Discotheque and a sublime contribution to Wim Wenders’ Until The End Of The World film score in 1991. It's doubtful that even close followers expected a resurrection for the band that had been conceived in late-‘70s Sydney and Melbourne, … [Read more...]

Soulsavers – The Light the Dead See

If any longtime Erasure or Depeche Mode fans were perplexed by this year’s collaboration between Vince Clark and Martin Gore (VCMG), they’re not likely to have many questions answered by the latest release from Soulsavers, which finds the beautifully tortured Dave Gahan assuming lead vocal duties.  Depeche Mode was - and perhaps, still is - the #1 … [Read more...]

Grinderman – Grinderman 2

As fun as 2007’s eponymous Grinderman debut was at the time, on reflection it now feels more like a libidinous hirsute recharge for Nick Cave & three of his Bad Seeds, needed to power-up 2008’s swaggering full-blooded Bad Seeds LP Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!, rather than a bona fide standalone gem in the increasingly vast Cave catalogue.  So when a … [Read more...]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Tender Prey, The Good Son & Henry’s Dream (CD/DVD reissues)

Although it initially seemed that the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds reissue programme was to run through its 3 or 4 album batches with exhausting frequency, it’s taken nearly a year for this second wave to hit upon us.  What was perhaps conceived as a between Bad Seeds albums interest-retainer, has in fact been derailed by Cave’s own prolific … [Read more...]