What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

Singers laugh for various reasons, not all of them sincere. Take, for instance, the laugh that closes out Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”—a giggle some people find so fake, they made their own fan edits just to cut it out. There is intentional laughter, layered in to create a wild, maniacal atmosphere (“Thriller,” “…

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will score Netflix’s War Machine

According to Pitchfork, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, members of the Bad Seeds and composers behind the music of films like Hell Or High Water and The Road, have already written their next score. The duo’s music will appear in War Machine, Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Michael Hasting’s book The Operators: The Wild &…

Nick Cave’s One More Time With Feeling is an intimate but not invasive portrait of grief

“I don’t believe in narrative anymore… I don’t think life is a story,” Nick Cave says early in Andrew Dominik’s documentary One More Time With Feeling. He’s explaining—haltingly yet articulately, as he does throughout—the reasons why the songs he’s written lately have taken a turn toward the abstractly expressive,…

Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” gets a whimsical Dr. Seuss makeover

Nick Cave’s 1994 classic “Red Right Hand” is a rad tune, but it’s also pretty spooky and ominous for some people’s tastes. To undercut that a little bit, a DeviantArt user known as DrFaustusAU paired the song’s lyrics with some Dr. Seuss-style drawings, and the combination makes the song feel a lot more lighthearted…

Bon Iver, Wilco, and much, much more: Here’s what’s coming to record stores in September

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to review sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Nick Cave to release new album, concert film in September

Long-time rocker and “Prince Of Darkness” Nick Cave has announced that he’s releasing a new multimedia project, combining his and his band The Seeds’ latest album with a film that will play in art house theaters. The new project—one of a few “visual albums” that’ve been released this year—is still untitled, but is…

Duh! What’s your pop culture facepalm moment?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

20 live versions of songs that slay their studio counterparts

Going to live shows can be amazing, but it’s rare that a live version of a song is better than whatever a particular artist has already laid down on tape. (Production takes weeks, costs fortunes, and requires producers for a reason.) It happens, though, and when it does—when a live song surpasses its original…

And now 57-year-old rocker Nick Cave has his own skateboard

A lot of band/brand partnerships make sense, like Mastodon’s new whiskey-tinged coffee from Dark Matter or Guided By Voices’ Beer Thousand brew. But then there’s the new Fast Times x Nick Cave skateboard deck, which ostensibly celebrates the 57-year-old goth rocker’s music by slapping it on something he’s probably…

What song would be your sports entrance music?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…