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Sunday, 01 June 2008 ,  Written by Matt Fink
Islands - Arm's Way
Back when Nick Thorburn was a vocalist/guitarist/songwriter in the Unicorns, it was hard to imagine that he’d ever grow up. Barely in his 20s at the time, he seemed more interested in elaborate media pranks than performing and recording, with he and his bandmates getting into staged fistfights, hiring homeless people to join the band for a night, and starting press wars with other bands they knew. When they broke up in late 2004, it seemed like the logical conclusion for a band that was good enough to earn considerable indie buzz but probably not ingenious enough to outlast their reputations as notorious goofs. When Thorburn formed Islands with former Unicorns drummer Jamie Thompson with the stated intention of playing world music, his announcement was met with reasonable indignation and suspicion, dismissed as another likely ruse. But their debut, 2006’s ...
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Thursday, 01 May 2008 ,  Written by Matt Fink
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Despite the fact that nearly every great artist will reach a point where everything they do will be considered a “comeback” of sorts, the fact remains that very few songwriters seem to have much left to say after their 50th birthday. Stretching from Paul McCartney and Neil Young to Brian Wilson and David Bowie, the list of artists who have simply become lesser versions of their earlier selves is long, littered with onetime visionaries who are left to make warmly received but soon to be forgotten albums. But some songwriters do manage to find a second life, and the select few that have experienced a career renaissance have done so by moving away from what they have already proven they do best. Take Bob Dylan and his back-to-the-basics exploration of bedrock American music forms or Tom Waits and his willingness ...
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