FishbowlLA’s perch for last night’s sublime KCRW private event at Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio in Santa Monica was about as far removed from the hot beating sun and whipping winds of Coachella as you can imagine. And… given the smooth, melancholy, 45-year-old Scotch-like flow of the set by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – who played Coachella last weekend and will do so again this Sunday – that perch could not have been more perfect.
There were two leather Barcaloungers in the small, second floor balcony space nestled under the wood-beamed, curved hangar roof of Berkeley Street Studio. That’s the ludicrously comfortable vantage point from which we enjoyed the private concert performance, which will be broadcast May 20 on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Here’s what we and the 200 other invited guests got to listen to:
“Higgs Boson Blues”
“Far From Me”
“Stranger Than Kindness”
“The Mercy Seat”
“No More Shall We Part”
“Wide Lovely Eyes”
“God Is In The House”
“Into My Arms”
“People Ain’t No Good”
“Push The Sky Away”
“Jack The Ripper”
The vibe put forth by Cave for an hour and 15 minutes after the effusive intro by Anne Litt was masterfully instantaneous. He also has a wily gift-of-the-in-between-song-gab, whether it’s a good-natured joke about the Red Hot Chili Peppers or the current boyfriend-status of a female audience member.
We thank Cave and co. for making each and every lyric intelligible, for sharing the ins and outs of song-chord recall and for ending with the night’s one change-up, rock-out jam. Be sure to catch up to the broadcast of this performance starting May 20.
Update – 05/20/13: Here’s the broadcast audio from Morning Becomes Eclectic.[Photo credit: Larry Hirshowitz]