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‘The Cat Piano,’ narrated by Nick Cave
10:19 am

The Cat Piano is an award-winning short animation directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson and narrated by Nick Cave. For some odd reason the Wikipedia entry makes note not to confuse this with Keyboard Cat. So let’s not do that, okay?

A brief summary of the animation:

In a city of singing cats, a lonely beat poet falls for a beautiful siren. When a mysterious dark figure emerges, kidnapping the town’s singers for his twisted musical plans, the poet must save his muse and put an end to the nefarious tune that threatens to destroy the city.

Released in 2009, The Cat Piano won “Best Short Animation” at the Australian Film Institute Awards and “Best Music in a Short Film” at the APRA Screen Music Awards. The short’s bold animation style was achieved using Adobe Photoshop, with the artists drawing directly into the computer with Wacom tablets.

Watch it in its entirety, below:

h/t Coilhouse on Facebook

Posted by Tara McGinley
10:19 am
Nick Cave’s Bunny Munro, The Cat Piano

A trove of enticing Nick Cave news spotted over on Pitchfork:

The Death of Bunny Munro, the new novel from Nick Cave, is the story of a sex-addicted salesman, and it reads something like Charles Bukowski with a raging boner and an obsession with MTV Hits.  But since we’re living in the multi-media age, the book itself is only part of the story.  So: The Death of Bunny Munro isn’t just a book.  It’s also an audio recording!  And an iPhone app!  And a tour!

The iPhone app for the book, available now, features not only the book itself in text form but also the audiobook (read by Cave and featuring music by Cave and Bad Seed Warren Ellis) and video clips of Cave reading from the book (see above).

In the coming months, Cave will also take the book on the road.  On September 14, next Monday, Cave will come to New York, appearing at Barnes & Noble’s Union Square location alongside journalist Katherine Lanpher.  And Cave will spend the fall touring Canada, the UK, and Europe, appearing alongside fellow Bad Seeds Warren Ellis and Martyn Casey.  The shows will mix readings with live music, and Cave will take questions from the audience.  And finally, in non-Bunny Munro news, Cave has also narrated “The Cat’s Piano,” a new short film from the People’s Republic of Animation.

You can watch the animated short below, but I can’t wait for some of that live stuff to trickle L.A.‘s way!

Official site for Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
12:56 am