Music Features

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Nick Cave poster by Joe Castro_600

I was super stoked to design a poster for one of my favorite bands of late, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, for their gig last night at the Keswick Theatre, just outside of Philadelphia. It’s a 3 color silkscreen on 100lb Black French Construction paper and only 50 were produced. These were specially commissioned by the promoter, AEG Live, and were given to the band as a gift and were not for sale at the venue. However, I do have a small handful of these available through my Etsy shop so, if you dig it, pick one up soon because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Click Here to purchase the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds poster

Anyway, the show last night was incredible – totally blew me away. The band were water tight, like the James Brown band if they were brought back from the grave and fronted by Edgar Allen Poe. He climbed across the crowd, pushed away all camera phones & thrust his crotch at the adoring masses. Shaman, snake oil salesmen, preacher, rock god – the whole thing had an air of sideshow revival, and I can see the influence he’s had on bands like The Make-Up. And, damn – Warren Ellis is a badass. My only regret is waiting this long to see them live – I won’t miss them again. Best show I’ve seen in a long time, and totally inspiring.

And if you haven’t picked it up yet, definitely grab their latest, Push the Sky Away – then take a midnight drive down some deserted back roads with the sound turned up and enjoy the ride.

PERMANENT Invites You: The Ghost of Piramida Screening


Following the release of fourth album Piramida (Sep 2012, 4AD), Efterklang add another string to their bow with The Ghost of Piramida, a film by Danish director Andreas Koefoed, that documents the Danish trio’s visit to the abandoned Russian mining town where the record’s inception began back in the summer of 2011.

Accompanied by their taciturn and indifferent Russian polar bear guard, the group goes on an audio treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the abandoned town, while the narrator, former Piramida citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida flourished and the immigrant Russian miners and their families lived in a Soviet parallel society far from the brutal reality of their homeland.

The Ghost of Piramida premiered in November 2012 in Amsterdam at the world’s biggest documentary film festival IDFA, and here the film was selected as one of the top three music films of the year. Since then, the film has been screened at several other film festivals and in art house cinemas around Europe.

Directed by Andreas Koefoed, Music by Efterklang, Running Time is 57 minutes.

Skulls and Straight Edge

skulls-hat copy
As we all know Spring is coming on strong, so time to put something on our heads to save us all from skin cancer. In the sea of five panels hats out there….Skulls seems to be having the most fun at it. I have been friends with Ivan Jimenez, who is the creative behind the Skulls project, for many years and so stoked that he has been making these lately. He now lives in LA but is originally from Spain and is also vegan and straight edge. I too was vegan for many years and am still vegetarian but I have never been straight edge. The closest I have been to being straightedge is when I wore a Youth of Today shirt in a bar in New York to show respect to the great band from that city. Does that count? No, I don’t think so.
Actually I am listening to Project X right now and I am stoked. I have always liked straight edge bands and music…. So that’s probably why I like Skulls so much. The hats are crazy but that’s the way they should be.
See what Ivan is doing right below.
Check out this Project X song (from a reunion show), looks like the kids (mostly dudes) are having some fun there.
If you ever find the 7″ at your friendly record store I would buy it, if it is one the original 500 pressings then its rare and worth some cash. I wish I had it. I only have the mp3’s. Cant complain though.

Efterklang Presents “An Island” EP/DVD


A while ago I hosted a screening for the film An Island, a film by Vincent Moon about the amazing band Efterklang. This was definitely more than a music/video project, it’s an inspiring look at how important sound is to regional cultures. They are now releasing a limited edition DVD/EP designed by Hvass&Hannibal featuring the photography of Antje Taiga Jandrig and a custom-made cover printed by Stumptown Printers in Portland, Oregon.

The DVD release is limited to 5000 copies and they are all individually numbered. The cover holds 5 postcards and a 35 page booklet with lots of photos and background info written by Efterklang. When ordering the DVD you get the new EFTERKLANG EP ‘Live at Roskilde Festival 2010′ as a bonus! An Island is also available digitally after the Pay-What-You-Want model. Available via

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