After taking a relatively long time off (from vocal music–he did some soundtracks) after 2004’s Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus two-albums-in-one release, Nick Cave released side-project Grinderman in 2007, followed by Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! with the Bad Seeds in 2008. His prolific streak will continue, as another Grinderman album is planned for early 2009.
Grinderman will also be contributing a Suicide cover to a series of limited-edition releases celebrating Alan Vega’s 70th birthday. (Aside: so will Bruce Springsteen!)
I hope to have reviews of both Grinderman and Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! up soon. In the meantime, here’s Grinderman’s “Honey Bee (Let’s Fly to Mars)” from their debut: