You know what? Fuck that Spotify CEO who said that bands had to release more albums every year to stay connected with their fans during these difficult times! There are many ways to stay connected with fans, and I am not only talking about live streams. I am certainly not talking about live streams because we are saturated with them, I have OD-ed on live streams a few months ago, and bands have to find something else.
You can always count on Nick Cave for coming up with something new to keep his fans entertained. Not only they have the fabulous and amazing newsletter, The Red Hand Files, which allows Nick to answer questions asked by his fans, but today he has opened a new virtual shop ‘Cave Things,’ with things conceived, sourced, shaped and designed by Nick Cave.
The shop offers a unique selection of prints, objects, and apparel. The prints include original drawings signed by Cave, lyric sheets, reproductions of original notebook pages described as ‘collages of cut and printed paper, self-adhesive labels and rubber stamps hand-applied on lined notebook paper’ and a rejected cover for ‘Into my arms,’ an erotic drawing doodled by Nick. The ‘objects’ are a miscellaneous collection of useless to essential ‘things,’ from pencils with quotes (very useful) to that overprice Warren Ellis plectrum (only useful if you are a musician) or that totally overpriced Red Hand charm (completely useless but so beautiful). Then there are the oddities, like the signed Polaroids, the ‘Feet of Christ’ and ‘Madonna at Sea’ notebooks, the tiles with silkscreen transfer of Nick’s drawings (why not remodeling my bathroom?) plus more Christ postcards, and erotic drawings. ‘Well, I’ve always had a thing about decapitated saints, hair and date stamps – I have a thing about things,’ Nick writes.‘The Hyatt Girls’ doodles will also be available in wrapping paper and wallpaper! But tiles and wallpaper… is Nick thinking about a new career in home decoration?
For the more classic fans as I am, there is a good selection of tote bags and shirts of course, with my favorite black tee, the motivation shirt nº1 ‘Head High And Fuck ‘Em All’ a quote by Nick Cave’s Mom,… there’s also a blood drawing of ‘Mutiny’ by the Birthday Party.
In a nutshell, it’s Nick’s world and he is happy to rule it, with its equal part of sacred and profane, ‘The terrible residue of an over-stimulated mind,’ he also writes.
Check out a few ‘things’ from the ‘Cave Things.’
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1986 (Volume 17, Number 9)
They’ve got me a bit wrong. I’m not completely chaste
Brief Encounters: New Album Releases 3-24-23 – 3-30-23 Reviewed
Gospel was in her blood
US Top Ten Singles Tracking 3-17-23 – 3-23-23
an armed and loaded female power track…
US Top Ten Albums Tracking 3-17-23 – 3-23-23
Morgan will be pulling off singles for at least the next year
Press Releases For March, Here Are The Artists
A cold and nonchalant delivery for a song that rocks hard
Going Steady: New Singles 3-24-23 – 3-30-23 Reviewed
essence of a certain American masculinity
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – February 1986 (Volume 17, Number 6)
the perceived threat to authority is more class-based than generational