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Charlotte Krol Nick Cave and Warren Ellis reportedly record soundtrack for Marilyn Monroe film Blonde

Nick Cave and Marilyn Monroe

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have reportedly recorded a soundtrack for Andrew Dominik‘s film Blonde, about Marilyn Monroe, that is slated for release next year.

That’s according to The Guardian, which also reports that Cave and Ellis will perform songs from albums including Carnage and Ghosteen for a new music film by Dominik.

Cave and Ellis had previously worked with the director and screenwriter on his 2016 documentary One More Time With Feeling, which chronicles the recording of Cave‘s Skeleton Tree in the aftermath of his son Arthur’s death.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Credit: Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty Images

Blonde is due to be released next year though no firm date has been set. The production is a biographical film based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, which was released in 2000.

The Netflix movie stars Ana De Armas in the titular role, joined by Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, and Adrien Brody, among others.

Meanwhile, Cave and Ellis have announced that they will head out on their first-ever UK tour as a duo this autumn.

The Bad Seeds duo will play 20 shows across September and autumn in support of their acclaimed album Carnage, which arrived earlier this year.

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Alex Gallagher Warren Ellis on his new book Nina Simone’s Gum: “You can take a leap of faith inspired by the most ridiculous thing in your head”

Warren Ellis

Nick Cave collaborator and Bad Seeds multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis has opened up about his forthcoming memoir Nina Simone’s Gum ahead of its publication early next month.

Set to be released in the UK on September 2 via Faber, the non-fiction work is about a piece of Simone‘s chewed gum that Ellis acquired in 1999, when the jazz singer performed at London’s Meltdown Festival – which Cave curated that year.

Following Simone‘s performance, Ellis climbed onstage taking a piece of gum from her piano. The composer held onto it for two decades, eventually casting the gum in a silver and gold display as part of Cave’s Stranger Than Kindness exhibition.

“All I have seen the gum do is bring out love and care in the people who have come in contact with it,” Ellis explains in a new interview with The Guardian. “And that love and care has carried the most humble thing imaginable and elevated it to the status of a holy relic.

“I love the perversity of it, that it has become something almost sacred and spiritual, but, at the end of the day, it’s just this piece of chewing gum. It shows that you can take a leap of faith inspired by the most ridiculous thing in your head.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ellis discussed working with Nick Cave on the Bad Seeds 2019 album Ghosteen, written in the aftermath of the death of Cave‘s son Arthur in 2015, saying the record “threw [him]” for a time.

“It felt like there was something – or someone – else directing it. I’ve never put much stock in things like that, but it did feel that, if there was ever anyone else in the room, it was then,” Ellis said.

“When we finished, it just felt like the record I had always wanted to make. I remember thinking, how can we ever crawl out from underneath that? But, you push through. You keep going.”

Last month, Ellis and Cave announced they would embark on their first-ever UK tour as a duo in autumn. The pair will play 20 shows from September in support of their acclaimed collaborative album Carnage, which arrived earlier this year.

Back in June, it was announced that Ellis was helping open a wildlife sanctuary for animals with special needs in Sumatra, Indonesia. Ellis Park will serve as “a forever home for animals who are unable to be released back into the wild due to their injuries sustained from maltreatment by humans”.

In April, Cave and Ellis released a collaborative 7″ single titled “Grief”, based on a letter sent to Cave’s Red Hand Files website.

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Charlotte Krol Bon Iver announce limited 10th anniversary reissue of second album Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing live

Bon Iver have announced a special limited-edition 10th anniversary reissue of their second album, Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

The album, which was released on June 17, 2011, is celebrated more than a decade later with a reissue on CD and vinyl. Five songs from Bon Iver’s 2012 AIR Studios session will feature on the reissue. Physical formats and streams will be released on January 14, 2022.

Additionally, a personal essay written by Phoebe Bridgers will be included with the reissue. The singer-songwriter opens up about the “massive, sprawling, unbelievably complex” album and how it has impacted her life.

The reissue also comes with a blind embossed, white-on-white version of the original cover art with a white record to match. Pre-order/pre-save here.

Bon Iver album cover
Bon Iver, Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition) cover art.

Bon Iver, Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition) track list:

1. “Perth”
2. “Minnesota, W”
3. “Holocene”
4. “Towers”
5. “Michicant”
6. “Hinnom, TX”
7. “Wash.”
8. “Calgary”
9. “Lisbon, OH”
10. “Beth/Rest”
11. “Hinnom, TX” (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
12. “Wash.” (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
13. “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
14. “Babys” (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
15. “Beth/Rest” (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)

Elsewhere, Bon Iver are set to perform at the newly opened YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California for two shows on Friday, October 22 and Saturday October 23, 2021. Tickets go on sale on this Friday (August 20) at 8am PST (4pm BST) here.

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Rhian Daly Watch Elton John surprise restaurant with performance of Dua Lipa collab “Cold Heart”

Elton John playing the piano

Elton John surprised a crowd at a restaurant on Saturday (August 14) with an impromptu performance of his new collaboration with Dua Lipa.

The pop icon released his new single “Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)” in collaboration with Lipa on Friday (August 13).

Celebrating the release, John got behind the decks at La Guérite Beach restaurant in Cannes, where a DJ cued up the track and let the star sing along. “During lockdown I made this single and it came out yesterday with Dua Lipa,” he told diners. “I want you all to dance on the table and wave your hands.”

“Cold Heart LIVE performance,” John wrote on Instagram according to Metro, although the clip is no longer visible on his Story. “Thought I’d surprise the people at La Guérite beach restaurant with a performance of the new track.” Watch footage of the performance below now.

The original track seamlessly blends together some of John’s past releases, including “Sacrifice“, “Kiss The Bride” and “Rocket Man”. It is the singer and PNAU’s second collaboration following the 2012 album Good Morning To The Night, which also sampled some of the icon’s older tracks.

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Will Richards Joe Perry says Aerosmith considered replacing Steven Tyler with Sammy Hagar

Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Sammy Hagar

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says the band once considered replacing vocalist Steven Tyler with Sammy Hagar, AKA The Red Rocker.

According to Perry, the incident took place around a decade ago, when Tyler was appearing as a judge on American Idol among a number of other non-Aerosmith activities, moves which led Perry to believe the singer was distancing himself from the band.

Speaking to Ultimate Classic Rock in a new interview, Perry spoke of the episode, and how the likes of Lenny Kravitz, the late Chris Cornell, Paul Rodgers, Billy Idol and more were being mentioned with regards to replacing Tyler in Aerosmith.

He went on to say that Hagar came close to accepting the role, before Tyler ended up continuing to sing with the band.

“It was really another one of those times, you don’t keep a band together without a lot of bumps,” he said.

“But anyway, over the years, everybody has to bust out and do what they want. And I remember Steven doing that TV show, I thought that was great,” he continued. “I just knew he had to do something like that, and doing that solo record that he did. So the band wasn’t that tight, there was talk and there were so many people involved – lawyers, different managers.

“I thought Steven wants maybe to take four years off, do what he wants to do. And so the whole looking around for another lead singer thing, just as soon as that happened, that raised its head.”

Speaking of Hagar, Perry added: “I’m not sure how it got out there, but Sam I know as a really mellow guy, easy to get along with. And he definitely had the pipes – so I can see why that idea had been floated.

“But we also had a shortlist at that point. Things went the way they did, everybody got out of the system what they wanted to, and then we slowly glued back together.”

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Will Richards The Cure bassist Simon Gallup says he’s left the band

Simon Gallup, The Cure

The Cure bassist Simon Gallup says he’s left the band “with a slightly heavy heart,” writing that he’s “fed up of betrayal”.

Gallup joined the band in 1979 following a stint playing in Robert Smith‘s side project Cult Hero. After leaving the band in 1982, he rejoined in 1984, and is The Cure‘s second longest-serving member behind Smith.

“With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure!” Gallup wrote in a public post on his personal Facebook account Saturday night (August 14). “Good luck to them all.”

Asked by a friend if he was ok following the news, Gallup wrote: “Im ok Vicky… just got fed up of betrayal.”

With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure ! Good luck to them all …

Posted by Simon Gallup on Saturday, August 14, 2021

In a 2018 with The Irish Times, Robert Smith said that if Gallup were to leave the band, then they “wouldn’t be called The Cure“.

Speaking to NME in in 2019, Smith added that he and Simon’s relationship is “without question” the most dangerous combination within The Cure.

“For me, the heart of the live band has always been Simon, and he’s always been my best friend,” Smith said. “It’s weird that over the years and the decades he’s often been overlooked. He doesn’t do interviews, he isn’t really out there and he doesn’t play the role of a foil to me in public, and yet he’s absolutely vital to what we do.

“We’ve had some difficult periods over the years but we’ve managed to maintain a very strong friendship that grew out of that shared experience from when we were teens. When you have friends like that, particularly for that long, it would take something really extraordinary for that friendship to break.

He added: “You’ve done so much together, you’ve so much shared experience, you just don’t want to lose friends like that.”

Elsewhere, Smith recently said he believes that The Cure‘s next album will be their last. “I can’t think we’ll ever do anything else,” he told The Sunday Times. “I definitely can’t do this again.”

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Elizabeth Aubrey David Byrne’s American Utopia: Spike Lee’s film is heading to US cinemas

David Byrne, American Utopia

David Byrne‘s American Utopia is coming to US cinemas for a special one-off showing.

The acclaimed concert film, from director Spike Lee, is coming to cinemas in the US nationwide for a special one-night-only showing on September 15.

The event will also feature a new introduction from Byrne and will also show a never-before-seen conversation between Byrne and Lee, according to Deadline

American Utopia is a concert film documenting Byrne‘s Broadway show of the same name.

In a 9/10 review of the film, Uncut called it “a dazzling blend of greatest-hits show, avant-garde ballet and timely political statement” and “a glorious celebration of music as unifying force, joy as an act of resistance”.

Meanwhile, Byrne‘s American Utopia stage show has been confirmed for a re-run on Broadway in 2021 after an initial 17-week return schedule was postponed last year due to the coronavirus crisis.

The show, which is based on Byrne’s 2018 album of the same name, will this time see a longer, six-month run in New York City’s theatre district, moving from The Hudson to the larger St. James Theatre on 44th street.

The Talking Heads frontman and solo artist is joined by an 11-piece mobile ensemble playing songs from American Utopia as well as other tracks from his solo catalogue and Talking Heads material.

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Elizabeth Aubrey Arctic Monkeys have reportedly recorded a new album in Suffolk

Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner

Arctic Monkeys have reportedly been recording a new album in Suffolk.

According to the website of Butley Priory, a venue just two hours from London on the Suffolk coast, the group were recording their next, seventh album there between June and July.

“We’ve had a band staying with us for the last month recording an album,” the post on the venue’s website began.

“Musicians love the acoustics in the Great Hall and Drawing Room, with their huge vaulted ceilings. Being serenaded while watering and weeding the garden, listening to the double bass, drums and piano wafting out of the open double doors, was pretty nice. Thank you, Arctic Monkeys.”

A further post later appeared on Instagram which you can see below.



Back in January, Matt Helders revealed that the group were in the “early stages of trying to write a [new] record”.

Speaking on Instagram Live on January 13, the drummer explained that the Sheffield band had been “faced with the obvious obstacles” while working on the follow-up to Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

“Being separated by the sea is one of them,” Helders said, referring to the travel restrictions that have been imposed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“We’re all eager to do it – we would have been doing it by now in a normal time. There’s definitely a desire from our end to do a new record as soon as we can.” Helders went on to say that he is “always tinkering on machines and synths” at his home in Los Angeles. “I’ve got drums here,” he said, adding: “[I’m] always trying to improve on and study certain things.”

The musician was photographed in a recording studio in October 2020, leading fans to speculate that new music could be on the horizon.

Then in January, Arctic Monkeys’ manager revealed that the group had been “working on music” and had initially planned to record last summer.

“In this rather disjointed time, the guys are beavering away and I hope that next year they’ll start working on some new songs, new ideas, with a view on a future release,” explained Ian McAndrew.

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Michael Bonner Nanci Griffith has died, aged 68

Nanci Griffith has died aged 68.

The news was confirmed by the singer’s management in a statement on August 13, but did not specify a cause, according to The Guardian.

“It was Nanci’s wish that no further formal statement or press release happen for a week following her passing,” Gold Mountain Entertainment added in a statement.

Griffith, who came out of the the mid-70s folk scene in and around Austin, Texas, was renowned for classics such as “Love At The Five And Dime” and “Outbound Plane”.

She was also known for her recording of “From A Distance”, from her 1987 album Lone Star State Of Mind, which went on to become a popular Bette Midler cover.

Writing on Twitter, Jason Isbell praised her “beautiful songs” and “big beautiful heart”.

Other tributes came from Roseanne Cash, Michael McKean, Tanita Tikaram, Ron Sexsmith and Brigid Mae Power.

Meanwhile, Don McLean described her as “a lovely person.”

He added: “I worked with her on a TV special we did for PBS TV and on that show, we sang two duets. They were ‘And I Love You So’ and ‘Raining In My Heart’.

“I never heard anyone sing harmony in a more beautiful way. We should have done an album together. At this taping in Austin, Texas she brought her father to see it. I really loved her spirit it was warm and loving and I’m really sorry to hear she has gone.”

Griffith’s work became increasingly political with age, openly criticising George W Bush and supporting Barack Obama.

She described her 2012 record ‘Intersection’ as “a protest album”. It was her last album before she retired in 2013.

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