I would kind of liked to have heard a third Grinderman album but I guess you treasure what comes in small doses sometimes. It would be three years after the second and final Grinderman album (2010) that Cave released Push The Sky Away and three years later in 2016 The Skeleton Tree, both released as Bad Seeds albums and both largely subdued and quite gentle, far removed from the chiefly raucous and shrill mayhem of the Grinderman outings. Yeah, I miss Grinderman. The one Bad Seeds album that was released between the two Grinderman releases, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (2008) remains a far cry from its two off-shoot predecessors and contains some rocking good tunes. It may be the last Bad Seeds release that presents lyrics as a narrative, long, twisted narratives, the like of which we may not witness again. In the cinematic documentary One More Time With Feeling (2016) Nick Cave very early on seems to take great succour in telling the camera that he is done with creating narrative lyrics. "It's become very hard," he says quietly. He makes it clear that he wants to simplify his lyrics, tailor them to reflect real life, his real life. And that's largely what he's done with the last two Bad Seeds albums. The loss of his young son is painfully reflected in The Skeleton Tree, with its low-key instrumentation and heartfelt reflective lyrics. It must have been his way of working alongside the grieving process. But it's good to see him and the band were on form during their recent USA tour and more recently doing the business in the UK and currently around Europe. I have also been re-watching the Nick Cave 'documentary' - I call it a semi-doc, to be honest - 20,000 Days On Earth (2014) nowhere near as poignant or unscripted as '...Feeling' but with an exhilarating finale that brings me back to 'Jubilee Street' time and time again.
Just came back from a chamber music concert, featuring two string quartets by Mozart and one by Haydn, played on period instruments with gut strings (two violins, a viola, and a cello). Very beautiful.