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Nick Cave’s hirsute side project Grinderman get remixed by Faris Badwan’s mascara’d side project Cat’s Eyes to good and somewhat spooky effect. I imagine no-one involved sees these as side projects, but it’s a bit inevitable. Faris Badwan, spindly goth/art-rock front man from the Horrors, has joined up with Canadian classical starlet Rachel Zeffira to make music inspired by Italian horror soundtracks and the 60s girl groups, with an e.p. and album to come. They played their debut gig at the Vatican. Amazingly, they make all these things seem like really good ideas.

When My Baby Comes Cats Eyes Remix.mp3

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Well, Most Of All Nothing Much Ever Really Happens

Nick Cave is back next month with his heavily bearded, heavily laced with black humour, heavy blues guitar monster machine Grinderman. This is good news. Some of Nick Cave’s records, from The Birthday party to The Bad Seeds to Grinderman are amongst the finest late 20th century/early 21st century stuff there is. And some of his piano ballads can go on a bit. His recent stuff (Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus from 2004, Dig Lazarus, Dig!!! from 2008 and the first Grinderman album have all been high points. Even if I’ve never loved the entire album from start to finish they’ve all had some great songs- We Call Upon The Author (DLD!!!), No Pussy Blues (Grinderman) and this one Get Ready For Love (AB/TLOO) for starters. Supercharged punk gospel this one, co-written with the Grinderman boys. Top stuff.

The Grinderman single and album are released in September. At grinderman.com you can buy the single on 12″ red vinyl with a poster and a different version of the single with guest guitar solo from Robert Fripp. If you give them your email they’ll let you download the radio edit of Heathen Child for free. If you then get on over to Moggieboy’s Ripped In Glasgow blog you’ll find the eagerly anticipated and very, very good Andrew Weatherall remix of Heathen Child (also free, but less legal). Finally, if you’re not at work you should have a look at the video which features Grinderman dressed as all sorts including Greek heroes, a wolf, hairy monsters, various Gods, lots of facial hair, nudity (male and female), laser beams coming out of eyes and other orifices and a girl in the bath.

01 Get Ready for Love.wma