Nick Cave: 'Songwriting is like pushing watermelons out of a tiny little orifice, Bob Dylan honoured in US, David Bowie's wife hints at tour plans... Music News Daily
Wednesday, 13 March
Nick Cave has likened songwriting to "pushing watermelons out of a tiny little orifice". Speaking on a panel at this year's South By South West festival, the singer compared a good lyric to giving birth. "I think to write a good lyric is very, very difficult. You're always brought back to the pain of birth each time. There's all these nasty little births," he explained. "You're pushing out 13 tiny watermelons out of this tiny little orifice." He also described Kylie Minogue - who he collaborated with on Murder Ballads - as a "force of nature", adding that he felt like an outsider within music. "I still feel very much an imposter in the whole music scene," Cave explained, "which I'm quite happy about to be honest."
Bob Dylan has been voted onto the American Academy Of Arts And Letters. He joins the likes of Philip Roth and Woody Allen in the century-old organisation. "The board of directors considered the diversity of his work and acknowledged his iconic place in the American culture. Bob Dylan is a multi-talented artist whose work so thoroughly crosses several disciplines that it defies categorisation," explained executive director Virginia Dajani, adding that they couldn't decide whether he belong among their number for his words and music so made him an honorary member instead.
Morrissey has been diagnosed with severe pneumonia. He is currently been treated in hospital in San Francisco.
Watch Andy Burrows' new video for If I Had A Heart.
The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne has made an advert for Virgin Mobile in the US. Fortunately it's suitably weird.
Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna as revealed she dropped out of music because she was suffering from Lyme Disease. "I was embarrassed," she said, explaining it took doctors six years to make a diagnosis so kept her illness secret. "I wanted to be the person who could handle anything and was unstoppable and didn't want to disrupt that myth I even had about myself."
Now that's commitment, Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs have made their own video for their next B-side. Feathers And Tar will feature on the flip side of Things Will Be (out 25). The band's Edwyn Collins produced debut album is released on 20 May.
Yes' founding guitarist Peter Banks died last week at home in London after suffering heart failure, it has been announced. He was 65.
Taylor Swift doesn't read her fan mail... she doesn't even pay a lackey to do it for her it seems after a dumpster full of unopened letters to the singer was found in Nashville.
Watch Earl Sweatshirt's new video for WHOA, directed by Odd Future bandmate Tyler, The Creator.
Patti Smith is collaborating with Philip Glass for this year's Edinburgh International Festival. The pair will stage a homage to beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The annual arts festival runs 9 August to 1 September.
David Bowie's wife Iman has hinted that the singer may tour again. While talking about their daughter's schooling the model appeared to suggest Bowie is hitting the road, explaining: "We have a 12 year old in school, so we are stuck, we can't travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don't know. We'll have to go visit him, but we won't be on tour with him because she's in school."
Listen to East India Youth in session for BBC 6music.
Major Lazer will release second album Free The Universe on 15 April.
The Joy Formidable, Mike Skinners, The DOT, Digitalism and more have joined the line-up for this year's Standon Calling. The Hertfordshire festival takes place 2-4 August. Tickets are on sale now.
Today's Track Of The Day is Fossil Collective with Brother
That's it for today. Music News Daily returns tomorrow at lunchtime.
12:00 PM | 13/03/2013
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