Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ box set contains Steve Albini’s pitch letter to the band; Cobain’s childhood home for sale + other news
by Doug Moore
As you’ve no doubt heard (several times over), Nirvana‘s seminal In Utero turned 20 roughly two weeks ago. Geffen Records released an über-deluxe edition of the album on Tuesday — 3 CDs, a DVD, and a lengthy booklet that together contain just about every version of the In Utero set that you could possibly want. If you ever listened to With the Lights Out and thought, “Man, this could be more comprehensive,” then this is your jam.
The 20th-anniversary In Utero contains, among its extras, the letter that In Utero producer/all-around scabrous bastard Steve Albini wrote to Nirvana during his courtship of the project. Someone has helpfully uploaded the whole thing. It’s a great read; Albini is both a colorful character and a crisp writer. The letter offers a revealing look into his (highly influential) attitudes as a producer, plus some quotable one-liners. Some favorites:
“Remixing is for talentless pussies who don’t know how to tune a drum or point a microphone.”
“I would be a little concerned about having you at my house for the duration of the whole recording…it would be a fine place to mix the record though, and you can’t beat the vittles.”
“If a record takes more than a week to make, someone’s fucking up.”
Read the whole thing here. The über-deluxe In Utero 20th anniversary pack is available on Amazon for the low, low price of $130. I predict that it will be the Christmas gift of choice among 30-something professionals.
While on the subject of In Utero, Deer Tick, in their Deervana guise, played the album in full at Brooklyn Bowl a couple weeks back on the album’s release anniversary. NYC Taper was there and you can stream a song and download the whole set over his weay.
In other news, Kurt Cobain’s childhood home is on the market for $500,000, though the list price is reportedly less than $70,000. His mother and sister, who currently own it, would like it to become a museum. If you have that kind of dough burning a hole in your pocket, you can take a look inside before you buy without schlepping all the way out to Aberdeen, WA.
If that’s not enough, there’s some previously-unreleased rehearsal footage of “Very Ape” and “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter” floating around the web; you can stream it below.
Check out those live videos below. What are we missing?