February 28, 2013 – 4:22 am

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Berlin 2013 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany; February 13, 2013. Excellent FM broadcast.

For his 15th album, Push The Sky Away, Nick Cave has written one of his loveliest, yet most menacing, songs in We No Who U R. With a relaxing warm piano motif, Cave’s picture of destruction is marked by an insinuating refrain: “And we know who you are/And we know where you live/And we know there’s no need to forgive.”

To promote the album, Cave performed the album this month in sequence, knowing that it would be shared: “We are going to play you our new record… It’s going on the radio so you know what that means… except that people are listening to me right now.” Accompanied by strings and a children’s choir, the live show also features founding member, Barry Adamson (not present since Your Funeral… My Trial, 1986) and Aussie indie stalwart, Ed Kuepper, of the seminal punk band, The Saints.

Garnering hyper-rave reviews, Push The Sky Away is perhaps not as momentous as avid reviewers make it out to be. Cave just knows how to play it up for his fans and it shows in lyrics such as in Mermaids - “She was a catch/We were a match/I was the match that would fire up her snatch.”

It could have been greater if Cave had followed his mellow instincts as the rage noticeably dissipates in the second half of the performance. But Cave prefers to age un-gracefully and he succeeds in parts. - Philip Cheah

Thanks to kigonjiro for sharing the tracks at HungerCity.

Tracks 101-112: Captured and seeded at dime by _volta_
Lineage 01-12: FM broadcast (Radio 1, Germany) > cable FM > Technics SA-EX140 > Olympus LS-5 > PCM 44,1khz/16bit > cd wave > track splitting > traders little helper > FLAC [level8]

Tracks 201-206: Captured and shared by kigonjiro
Lineage 13-18: FM broadcast (Radio 3, Spain) > DVB-T > Topfield 5400 > MPEG Streamclip > AIFF 44,1khz/16bit > Amadeus Pro > track splittin g> FLAC [level8]

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Disc 1
Track 101. We No Who U R (7.8MB)
Track 102. Wide Lovely Eyes (8.7MB)
Track 103. Water’s Edge (8.4MB)
Track 104. Jubilee Street (14.1MB)
Track 105. Mermaids (7.1MB)
Track 106. We Real Cool (9.2MB)
Track 107. Finishing Jubilee Street (7.5MB)
Track 108. Higgs Boson Blues (15.4MB)
Track 109. Push The Sky Away (10.8MB)
Track 110. From Her To Eternity (11.4MB)
Track 111. O Children (11.3MB)
Track 112. The Ship Song (9.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Jack The Ripper (5.8MB)
Track 202. Deanna (5.3MB)
Track 203. Love Letter (6.7MB)
Track 204. Your Funeral My Trial (6.5MB)
Track 205. The Mercy Seat (8.0MB)
Track 206. Stagger Lee (13.1MB)

Nick Cave - vocals, keyboards, guitar
Warren Ellis - violin, mandolin, guitar, vocals
Ed Kuepper - guitar
Barry Adamson - guitar, bass, keyboards
Conway Savage - keyboards, vocals
Martyn P. Casey - bass
Jim Sclavunos - drums, percussion

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  1. 12 Responses to “NICK CAVE - BERLIN 2013”

  2. Nick Cave is great!!! Thanks for sharing.

    By Waas on Feb 28, 2013

  3. thanks big-O!!
    >I’ll be seeing them in April
    >waiting for the US vinyl release of PTSA

    By chromonster on Mar 1, 2013

  4. Cave has gone down. Blixa Bargeld quit, presumably sidelined by the greater emphasis on ballads and piano (see the video where he doesn’t even touch his guitar, just stands there bored). Mick Harvey quit, and gave his reasons, as Cave moved further from him and closer to Warren Ellis. Cave used to hate the press, now he courts them (the “quality” press, that is). He used to hate awards (see the pretentious MTV letter he wrote), now he turns up at the Mojo awards to socialise. He releases B-sides. He makes fancy videos. His audience has become yuppy (see the St Luke’s video). He used to tell the audience to “shut up”, now he wallows in their praise. Cave, I think, now believes his own publicity and has become aware of what will be his legacy. He started out as a true outsider and dragged his audience along behind him until it accepted him on his terms and grew due to the sheer quality of the music. Now he plays up to the fans. The music isn’t great like it was. This is my opinion, respect it. I have been listening from early on, not as a Johnny-come-lately. Thanks for the brilliant early recordings but the last few years haven’t done it for me (or Bargeld or Harvey)

    By Chris Maddock on Mar 1, 2013

  5. I tend to agree with CM. I don’t feel the same excitement and pleasure when I listen to Nick Cave’s recent music, this performance included. I’ve followed Nick Cave for perhaps 12 years or so. Of course, I’m certainly in a different place these days and I’ve listened to a lot of impressionable and un-impressionable music in the last fifty-plus years. I suspect I will continue to give him the benefit of the doubt as new performances and recordings come my way however. He’s not a Kardashian yet in my book. Thanks for the music Big-O.

    By Arizona on Mar 1, 2013

  6. Nick is getting old. And like all of us, he’s mellowing - with a dash of testosterone. Add Ed Kuepper and mate, this tour is a milestone. Of course he’s more reflecting, but, like bowie, he still tends to push the envelope. In a nutshell, he’s still timely - at least to me. And on a personal level, when you really get down to it, that’s all that matters.

    By Stanley on Mar 5, 2013

  7. Good to hear these sensible comments.

    By Chris Maddock on Mar 5, 2013

  8. Nice self-congratulatory comment.

    By Anon on Mar 5, 2013

  9. good to hear you enjoy your own posts chris. just last week one of the most interesting posts was ever made here about the actual real history of bootleg recording,don`t think i saw you mention anything about it, darth loved it.

    By marrs vomit on Mar 6, 2013

  10. I was referring to the comments by Arizona and Stanley but, hey, I’m not going to argue about it!

    By Chris Maddock on Mar 13, 2013

  11. Agree about Nick Cave’s demise. The new album is tepid musically and lyrically. There no energy in it, no drama, no intensity.

    What happened? Age? Complacency?

    I first saw Nick and the Bad Seeds in 1985. The peak was just after he kicked heroin in 2000, when he did a couple shows “solo” at the Palace Of Fine Arts, with Neko Case opening. The two Grinderman club shows in SF were pretty neat, but by their second album tour they had worn out their promise, and the show I saw on that tour was one of the worst I’ve ever seen.

    By soldout in SF on Mar 13, 2013

  12. i just saw a book written by nick cave.i didn`t know he was also a writer .

    By the other darth on Mar 14, 2013

  13. Ok, I know it’s taken me a while to get to this post… and I normally don’t comment, for obvious reasons, as there always seems to be a chorus of dicknoses with ridiculous comments beforehand, either slamming the artist, each other, or both. You people really are fuck wits. So many other people would probably comment if you didn’t carry on like this ad nauseum.
    Thanks for this post. I happen to love it. I think that album, Push The Sky Away, features some of Nick Cave’s best songs (Jubilee street, We No Who U R, Higgs Boson blues), unlike the tripe written above. People do change, you know. He might sound different to the past, but not worse.
    It is a real privilege to be able to access such a wide range of recordings on this site. Thankyou, again, for making all of this possible!

    By Flash Gordon on Sep 21, 2016

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