Music News: Statue of horseback Nick Cave in loincloth planned for Australia

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Two views of a Nick Cave sculpture by Corin Johnson.
Two views of a Nick Cave sculpture by Corin Johnson. (corinjohnson.co.uk)

An intentionally outrageous life-size statue of Nick Cave, inspired by a joke made over 20 years ago, may become a reality in Australia. Sculptor Corin Johnson ran into Cave and the Bad Seeds at a club in the mid-1990s, and said he'd love to create a statue of the singer-songwriter sometime. The band's former manager Rayner Jesson joked that it should be a horseback pose, and...well, one thing led to another.

Johnson has now finished a design for the statue, and presented one copy to Cave, who is reportedly "very happy" with the figure of himself wearing a loincloth, and approves of a planned crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary $200,000. Peter Loy, a Nick Cave fan from the musician's birthplace of Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia not only got the local civic authorities to approve of the placement of a statue, the Warracknabeal Arts Council and other entities plan to contribute funds.

"There isn't anything better than this," says Loy. "It's bizarre, controversial, and expected by the fans." The crowdfunding campaign is expected to launch later this summer. (The Guardian)

Suspect arrested in XXXTentacion killing

Florida authorities have apprehended a suspect in the Monday shooting death of popular young rapper XXXTentacion. The New York Times reports that "Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was arrested after a traffic stop shortly before 7 p.m. in Pompano Beach, on charges including first-degree murder — described in documents as 'murder dangerous depraved without premeditation' — as well as grand theft of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle without a valid driver's license."

Coachella radius clause revealed

Artists who agree to play Coachella, the world has just learned, agree that they won't play any other North American festival between Dec. 15 and May 1. The revelation came via documents released in a lawsuit filed against Coachella by Soul'd Out, an Oregon festival arguing that Coachella's extraordinary "radius clause" (so called because it sets a radius of geography artists need to avoid during the agreed-upon timespan) gives the mega-festival an illegal monopoly. "Such a clause has a substantial chilling effect on the market for music venues," says the suit. (Rolling Stone)

Big Red Machine to release album in installments

Big Red Machine, the collaboration between Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), plan to release an entire ten-song album over the course of the summer on their streaming platform PEOPLE. (Pitchfork)

Bryce Dessner told TCI about how the platform plays into the project.

I don't think the record would exist without this kind of platform and this community that came together to make it. We took the music to a certain point and then we reached out and sent it far and wide to a lot of people. You see on every song — we've only posted four — but you kind of see the whole record as a thing where 30 or 40 or 50 different people feed into it. We've viewed it from a community standpoint.

For those who want to see the music played live, Big Red Machine are considered a lock to appear at the officially lineup-less Eaux Claires festival this year.

Led Zep plan Song Remains the Same reissue

Sept. 7 will mark the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s first-ever show. To celebrate the occasion, the band will release a remastered reissue of the soundtrack to their 1976 concert film The Song Remains the Same. Jimmy Page supervised the remastering, and the reissue will be available in various formats — including a vinyl reissue that will, for the first time, fit the entire half-hour performance of "Dazed and Confused" onto a single side of an LP. (Rolling Stone)


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