Dispatches from the Head

WTF - Nick Cave likes knives, doesn’t understand podcasts.



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mr c July 02, 2013 at 9:46 am


my jaw dropped.  How in the hell did you get Nick Cave to come to the garage.

Jason July 02, 2013 at 9:00 pm


Iggy, Cheech & Chong, David Sedaris, and Nick Cave—there’s a strange and compelling selection of artists.
Maron, you are blowing our minds. What a fucking stellar week of shows, buddy.
Love it.

Scott July 03, 2013 at 4:35 pm


I want to hear the Moon Zappa interview.

Chris July 04, 2013 at 8:51 pm


It was an OK interview up until the string of “so you’re from Australia, do you know (insert name of random famous Australian here)” questions. I had to shut off my player in ugly American shame; it was too painful and out of character for Marc. The only explanation I could think of was that he had been rattled by Cave’s somewhat cold, stand-offish demeanor and lack of ability to connect with Marc’s humor. It was a small hiccup in a long line of fantastic shows.

Zoe Dune July 05, 2013 at 3:06 am


I love it. Great stuff… but Cave kind of depressed me. I’ve seen him perform once long ago and it was one of those memorable shows, but for him to just switch it ‘off’ and ‘on’ day after day when he goes to his desk to work almost sounded like that process just takes the enjoyment out of it for him.

i understand ritual to summon the demons to get into that world but as someone who used to sit in cubicles for a living it isn’t fun at all. It seems to work for him though, he knows that world better than anyone else.

In the context that you presented the interview it definitely helped me focus on the sucking sound Nick Cave makes when he sucks the life out of a room. That was pretty loud.

Ryan July 06, 2013 at 2:53 pm


Gotta say, the Iggy interview was brilliant.  Super compelling and your excitement was evident, which drew me in.  I haven’t heard them all, but it was probably the best podcast I’ve heard from you.
Conversely, I thought your Nick Cave cast was poor.  Although he may not have been the most eager to share, it didn’t seem as though you did much research.  It seemed like you sorta mailed it in. 

Ryan July 06, 2013 at 2:59 pm


Gotta say, the Iggy interview was brilliant.  Super compelling and your excitement was evident, which drew me in.  I haven’t heard them all, but it was probably the best podcast I’ve heard from you.
Conversely, I thought your Nick Cave cast was poor.  Although he may not have been the most eager to share, it didn’t seem as though you did much research.  It seemed like you sorta mailed it in.

J July 07, 2013 at 1:14 pm


The part about Russell Crowe was the funniest fucking thing I’ve heard on this podcast in a long time, if he wasn’t just pulling your chain. Gladiator 2: Christ Killer. Was he making that stuff up?

Chris Buck July 07, 2013 at 2:57 pm


The Nick Cave interview was a treat. He can be pretty careful but your honest interest brought him out some. As a long-time fan of Nick I appreciated the questions asked, and the answers.

Ravi Jankar July 08, 2013 at 11:14 am


I’ve never gotten Nick Cave, and nothing in this interview suggested there is something I’m missing.  He doesn’t appear to have anything to say.  I don’t think it’s Marc; it’s Nick.

GYM SEE July 09, 2013 at 12:26 am


great job. i was uneasy when you said i have nick cave on the show today but you landed that plane. you even got some laughs outta him. sweet episode. no more shall we part from wtf. keep it up marc!

ccr July 09, 2013 at 11:24 am


Iggy was a truly great interview. Your admiration for him came through which allowed him to open up in a fresh way. Unfortunately you didn’t seem to do any research before interviewing Nick Cave. He didn’t open up because you didn’t have the material to ask in order to get him to. This was a missed opportunity and I hope will serve as an example to avoid as you are getting bigger guests. Thank you for your great work to 400, please don’t let your success cause you to take these guests for granted. Best.

Jason July 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm


Mark, the Nick Cave interview was a good one… not the firecracker of a show you might have wanted, but to those of us who know Nick Cave it was a treat.
I’ve been following this man’s work since 1990 or so, and even that’s quite late in his game. Trust us, the Nick Cave aficionados, getting good stuff out of the guy can be like pulling teeth. Your interview with Him was as good as it gets.
Yes, it was weird when you asked him if he knew that guy from Australia, but come on— that was a minor goof.
The “Gladiator II: Christ Killer” story was worth the shpilkes you suffered.

Glenn July 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm


Nick Cave is an under-appreciated genius on many levels and the interview went pretty well I think.  Beyond some outstanding music, he is one heavy writer.  His novel “And the Ass Saw the Angel” is as dark and complex as a novel can be.  Reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy or Faulkner at their most twisted.  I’m not saying he is their peer as a writer, I’m just saying he is a deep dude.  Really wish Gladiator II got made.

Marco Raaphorst July 29, 2013 at 10:57 am


loved this one Marc. love the way he talks about his work ethic. getting the thing on paper. just work. him in a room doing it. like that. he was focused. great interview Marc. just great. greetings from Holland!

Mysta Squiggle August 15, 2013 at 11:16 am


We Aussies are generally much more laid back than USAmericans and probably more suspicious within the whole showbiiz schmoozing game. Marc not knowing of Nick’s earlier band The Birthday Party did not help but Nick eventually appreciated the raw honesty and no bullshit approach. Maybe Nick should have done some homework too (not just Marc) although I must say it took me a few shows to appreciate Marc’s “punk” style. Am happy to report that was about 50 shows ago and hope there are many more to come.




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