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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ sixteenth studio album, Skeleton Tree, will be released globally on vinyl, CD and across all digital platforms on 9th September 2016.

Skeleton Tree began its journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016.

The first opportunity anyone will have to hear any of the songs from the album will be to watch One More Time With Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly). The film will screen in cinemas across the world on 8th September 2016, immediately prior to the release of Skeleton Tree the following day.

Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’ filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination.

Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D, the result is stark, fragile and raw.




I'm sure that listening to and watching these will be emotionally gruelling... Nevertheless, this is very welcome news indeed. 

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On 6 June 2016 at 19:39, boxoctosis said:

I've got tickets for the Edinburgh filming on the 8th. Going for drinks beforehand, it's going to be hard going. 


But yeah, good to see him back. The solo tour in 2015 was I think the best gig I've ever seen. 

The nearest cinema to me showing it is a hundred and twenty miles away :(  You'll have to let us know what you make of it.

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I thought the film was amazing, and in some ways brave, and exceptionally difficult to watch. 


New album sounds amazing, and agree with The Boatman that it's some of his finest work.


Utterly raw though. I've a 15 year old son myself :(


As far as I could see, most people in the cinema were in tears for at least the last half hour.

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I saw it last night too.


Fuck me.


Seeing Nick so utterly bewildered, confused and shattered was the saddest thing I've ever seen. The scene at the table where Susie showed the painting by Arthur was particularly harrowing, Nick looked totally lost and haunted there. 


The rare moments of brevity in the movie helped to release some of the tension in the theatre, but there were people crying around me and a few even left the room.


Aside from "the bad thing", it was interesting to get a glimpse into Nick and Warren's writing partnership and how Warren has become a kind of musical director for Nick's writing. Personally my favourite Cave period is from way before Ellis played such a prominent role, but seeing their process helped to explain why some of their albums sound the way they do.


The 3D looked really amazing, I thought it was a weird thing to do in a film like this before I saw it, but it really made sense artistically - there was a scene with Susie on the beach walking away from the camera that looked incredible.


An incredible document of something no one should ever have to live though. Makes you think about your loved ones in a different way and how important they are. 


Gonna be a while before I can face the album, I think. 





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20 minutes ago, The Boatman said:


Interesting that they pick up on the fact that God and religion is completely absent from this album, that's a really good point. Wonder if Nick has completely rejected his faith now.

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12 minutes ago, milko said:

Without having heard it yet (and not sure I want to yet, even) - given one song is called Jesus Alone can that be true?


I've not heard the album yet, but I can't remember any mention of faith/religion in the film at all. There were some outright rejections of well-meaning phrases like "he lives on in your heart" - "no he doesn't, he's gone, completely" or something to that effect. Just really raw with no cushioning of the blow whatsoever.



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2 hours ago, hebejebe said:


Looks like the entire new album is up on his YouTube channel.


Best song on the album for me. Also the point in the film where I broke. So sad. 


Also, Warren, who's come under a fair amount of stick over the years, it's clear from the film just how amazing he's been. 


Album arrives tomorrow, still not sure if I can listen to it. 

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Just got home from watching the film. Going straight to bed cause I can't really deal with anything, I'm not back on earth yet. I feel like I'm under a blurry blanket, disconnected from everything around me, and at the same time hypersensitive to the sights and sounds I encountered on the way home.


The film was beautifully shot and I'm so glad my friend told me about it. When the credits finished rolling, the entire room was just quiet. I haven't experienced that in a while.


Definitely worth it. 

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Great album (although the vinyl is a piece of shit, which is a travesty) 


I am sure his next album will be more difficult, as he was already some way through on this album before his son's death. But it might of shaped some sort of re-writes during the finishing sessions (not seen the film yet). 


For me, Magento is the best track on the album. It evokes Talk Talk's later work, the highest praise I can bestow on anything.



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On 9/19/2016 at 20:49, englishbob said:

Great album (although the vinyl is a piece of shit, which is a travesty) 

It really is, I had to return mine because it kept skipping. Shame too because the cover was actually made from really nice thick material, guess they spent more time on that than on the vinyl itself :(.

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Someone alerted me to a post over at Discogs about the quality of the vinyl from the distributor Kobalt Label Services. I sent them an email with my name and full address, and a picture of my copy as proof, with a piece of paper next to it with my email address on it to prove its not just ripped off Google images, and my replacement turned up today and its miles better. You won't have to return your existing copy





 October 3, 2016

referencing Skeleton Tree, LP, Album, BS009V, 5060454943846 

Message from Kobalt Label Services / Bad Seed Ltd

We are aware that some purchasers of the Skeleton Tree vinyl have experienced issues – the vinyl is dusty and / or marked. And in some cases we understand this has affected the playability.

We have discussed this with the manufacturers and distributors of the vinyl, and it appears to be caused by issues with either the ink or glue from the print of the inner sleeve.
In some cases it does seem that the problem can be rectified by cleaning the vinyl, however we know that this won’t work in all cases. 

If you continue to experience problems, and are able to, please return the vinyl to the store you purchased it from. If you have issues obtaining a replacement copy, please email skeletontree.vinyl@gmail.com

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, we want to do our best in resolving this issue.

Kobalt Label Services / Bad Seed Limited

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