Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds from the 2008 album Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! on Anti-.
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! marks the 14th album for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and one of the strongest of their career. The record has all the energy and complexity of last year’s mind-boggling Grinderman project, but achieves a sound more direct and engaging, less raw and sprawling. With more talking than singing, Cave explores his time-tested themes of religion, sex, death and violence. He has described the title track as a
comic re-imagining of the Lazarus myth, placing the recently ‘risen’ Lazarus in ’70s NYC. Cave and The Bad Seeds bring their stunning road show to the States this Fall for the first time in years, stopping in Seattle along the way for two sold-out shows at Showbox Sodo. Later this month fans can score a copy of the Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! book, which will include photos, illustrations, lyrics and interviews. Additionally, it’s been recently confirmed that Cave will have a semi-nude statue of himself riding a horse erected in his hometown of Victoria, Australia, granted he can raise the funds. While I’m all for this sort of expression, can you imagine if everyone with enough money had this done? Regardless, here’s a video for the tabla-tinged
Night of the Lotus Eaters: