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Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard & other longing goodbyes

A longing goodbye to 2009, the year I acknowledged the greatness of Nick Cave. (Not that Nick Cave, though it's also the year I fell in love with doubling.) Below is the video clip for what may be Cave's greatest song "Into My Arms." Try listening to it and not misting up.

Also, a longing goodbye to Cave's former bandmate Rowland S. Howard who passed from this earth yesterday, dead from liver cancer. (Obituary via Australia's The Age.) Rowland's song "Shivers" which he wrote for The Boys Next Door, the first band he shared with Cave, seems to have provided one of Cave's main songwriting templates. If you don't believe that peep the two versions of it I've embedded below.

Such are the winding paths of influence. Such is the complicated paths of accreditation and fame when a communal activity decays into "drug-related exhaustion."

Nick Cave "People Ain't No Good" (Live)

"Into My Arms" (Live)

Rowland S Howard "Shivers" (Live)

The Boys Next Door featuring Nick Cave & Rowland S. Howard "Shivers" (1979)

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Alec Hanley Bemis lives in Brooklyn, NY but spends a lot of time in California. He obtained his B.A. in History from Yale University. His writing has appeared in LA Weekly, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Spin,, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. In 2001, he co-founded Brassland, a record label that documents the work of a growing community of musicians, including The National and Nico Muhly. Currently he continues to run Brassland, consults for the UK-based music company All Tomorrow's Parties, co-manages The Dirty Projectors, and acts as general manager at Cantaloupe Music. In the past, he has taught in New York University's graduate journalism program, produced projects for the new media-design firm, Funny Garbage, and written for Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve.