Jim Sclavunos' five tips for 2009...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds lit up 2008’s album spread with the fiery ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’, the most urgent long-player yet in the group’s acclaimed career.

Led by its scintillating title track, the album slipped into the Clash top 40 albums of the year – check the current issue of the magazine for the full run-down and commentary on every entry. For the lazy/stranded/both, ClashMusic.com will be simply listing our top albums of 2008 online next week.

And now, attentions turn to next year, and acts that could burst into mainstream attentions. While other magazines and sites are filling their pages with tips straight from the editor’s own tastes, ClashMusic.com is flipping the format rather, inviting buzz bands for the next twelve to suggest their own tips, alongside suggestions from some of 2008’s best bands.

Which brings us back to The Bad Seeds: here, drummer Jim Sclavunos – also a member of Grinderman, and recently seen playing in Teenage Jesus & The Jerks at ATP – gives us five bands to look out for in 2009…

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’

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The Bellmer Dolls


“Williamsburg's best unsigned secret: slinky, sinister, sexy rockers.”

Polly Scattergood


“Mute's budding pop genius-ingenue creates shimmering melodic pop and ballads.”

Joe Gideon & The Shark


“Clever, quirky and charming rants and rave-ups from a brother-sister act, my neighbors in Queen's Park and my choice to open for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds on our recent 2008 UK tour.”

Fredo Viola


“Baroque electronica from a fabulously gifted NY vocalist. Think Brian Wilson meets Sigur Rós.”



“Icy minimalists from down under render stark expansive architectural slabs of noise and mesmerizing grooves.”

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘More News From Nowhere’

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!’ is out now via Mute. Find the band on MySpace HERE.

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