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Song of the Day 10/24/08

Yeah, one of the reasons we do this is to make sure we have at least something new to put up here every day. More reviews, fun stuff, etc. coming momentarily. And if you’re looking for the constantly updated NYC live music calendar, it’s here. In the meantime, as we count them down all the way from #666 to the greatest song of alltime (the list is at top right), here’s #641:

Nick Cave – The Mercy Seat

Potently sardonic anti-death penalty art-rock anthem originally recorded in 1985. “And anyway I’ve spoiled the fun with all these looks of disbelief,” the wrongfully condemned man in the electric chair tells the witnesses. The best version available may be a recent one: there are scores of live takes floating around the usual places (Nick Cave fans are obsessive and generous with their files). Considering the vigor and intensity of Cave’s recent shows, look for something new.

October 24, 2008 Posted by | Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music | , , , , | Leave a comment