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Jesu (live at The Scala)

The Scala, London 20 November 2007

This has been a long time coming. Last time I tried to see Jesu (supporting Jarboe, in this very venue) it got scaled down to a Justin Broadrick solo perfomance as Final, which consisted of him hunched over his laptop making incredible noises. Now, while this may have sounded awesome, on every other level there was little to distinguish between the experience and watching a young Paul Weller playing World of Warcraft. And when I say young, I mean very young indeed. Considering Mr Broadrick’s pushing 40, and the album which really made his name as King Of Distorted Guitars, Godflesh‘s Streetcleaner, is nearly half that old itself, he really does seem to have the fresh-faced, shy yet intense demeanour of a high school shooter. Drummer Ted Parsons, on the other hand, is his polar opposite, looking more like what I’d imagine

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

Label: Mute Format: CD

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford - sleeveOK, confession time- I have yet to get around to seeing the film to which this is the soundtrack, though I have been assured by people who have and whose opinions I respect that it’s awesome. Though that’s not really the point – the point is that I’m only able to judge this album on how well its stands up on its own. Don’t blame me if, when the music is heard in conjunction with the film, the whole thing seems as stunningly inappropriate as a skateboarding elk at the funeral of a dearly-beloved, though legendarily elkophobic, loved one. It seems unlikely, though, given how perfectly-judged Messrs Cave and Ellis‘s soundtrack for John Hillcoat’s The Proposition was. And you’d be forgiven for expecting more of the

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