Entries tagged with: Kurt Cobain
More details have arisen on the Kurt Cobain solo album that Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen is putting together from the recordings he unearthed while making the documentary. The long-awaited collection of tracks, titled Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, will be out on November 13 on CD/cassette/digital via Universal. That's the artwork above, and there is reported to be a 13-track standard edition and a 31-track deluxe edition.
The vinyl release comes out December 4, and an additional single comes out that day too. The single has Kurt's cover of The Beatles' "And I Love Her" which leaked earlier this year but has since been deleted. It also includes a rough early demo of "Sappy" (sometimes referred to as "Verse Chorus Verse" but not the only Nirvana song to be given that title). The upbeat full-band version of this song is very readily available, but this solo recording is a lot slower and more somber than that. Listen below.
Meanwhile, Kurt's former bandmate Krist Novoselic is contributing to R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's new album, Warzone Earth (due 10/16 via Little Axe Records). Other guests include Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Peter's Super-Earth bandmates Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, and Kurt Bloch. Peter shared this about the album:
I've just had an exciting couple of weeks working with Tucker Martine on the new record by The Jayhawks which is a stunning tour de force. I think it will blow a lot of minds. I spent yesterday with my good friend Mike, who came to town to add some Millsian glamour to the proceedings. And I am pleased to announce this morning my new magnum opus Warzone Earth is now available. The record features two alternate covers by the folk art legend Mingering Mike. I never thought I'd look so good in tights!The remaining third of Nirvana, Dave Grohl, has been singing with Jewel and yelling about chicken fingers or something.
All kidding aside, it's the best solo record I have made, and I'm excited for it to be out in the world. It's available through littleaxerecords.com who distributes the record. It should also be available in all the cool independent record stores in your neighborhood, once again, vinyl only, but feel free to make a cassette for your friends.
And in other news, Kurt's daughter Frances Bean Cobain is married now.
Stream the demo of "Sappy" below...
As you may know, while making the new Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen unearthed several hours of previously-unreleased music by Kurt (like this newly-revealed Beatles cover). It turns out that enough material was unearthed that a new Kurt Cobain album will be released this summer. Brett Morgen tells Bedford + Bowery:
When we asked Brett Morgen whether there were any still-unreleased gems amidst the 200 hours of audio he combed through in order to create his new documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, he gave us the most exciting answer imaginable: "We're going to be putting out an amazing album this summer that I think will answer that question." The album of home recordings, Morgen said, "will feel like you're kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington as he fiddles about. It's going to really surprise people. Just to be clear, it's not a Nirvana album, it's just Kurt and you're going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him."Later in the interview, Morgen was asked what exactly was on the tapes, and he responded:
The audio ran the gamut from jam sessions with Courtney, some jam sessions with various friends and Nirvana, his first demo tapes, his Fecal Matter demos, his mix tapes and oral canvases like Montage, a lot of silly spoken word stuff and not-silly spoken word stuff like the story he told of losing his virginity, covers of the Beatles songs, it just ran the gamut. And a lot of sound effects and a lot of sound design. As that would essentially serve as the basis of this movie, because I wanted to make a film in which Kurt could tell the story of his life in the best way he could -- not through sharing it to an interviewer, because that was never a format that Kurt was that expressive in, but through his art, through the very reason we're talking about him.Well this could be interesting!
by Andrew Sacher
For the new Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck (coming to HBO on 5/4), director Brett Morgen unearthed some previously-unreleased music by the Nirvana frontman, including a cover of The Beatles' "And I Love Her." (Kurt's a known fan of early Beatles.) It's a rawly-recorded acoustic cover, and Kurt gives it a melancholic spin that sounds more like "Something in the Way" than The Beatles' original. Listen below.
HBO just premiered the trailer for Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck that will debut on the pay cable network on May 4. You can watch that below.
The film, directed by Brett Morgen which also has Frances Bean Cobain as an executive producer, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it was well received, and it will show next week (3/18) in Austin during the film portion of SXSW.
Kim Gordon's new memoir Girl In A Band comes out next week (2/24), and it's seeming like it's gonna be pretty awesome (not that we would've thought otherwise). A few excerpts have come out where Kim has less-than-nice things to say about Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and her split with Thurston Moore. One also appeared where she had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain (whose birthday is today, happy birthday Kurt). Catch up on those excerpts below.
Today a new Billboard podcast came out where Kim reads a part from her memoir about Sonic Youth's final show, and she also debuts a new solo track, "Close Your Eyes," on the podcast. Listen to that below too (song starts at 18:29).
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK © The End of Music, LLC/ courtesy HBO
Not only does Dave Grohl have an HBO series, but his former bandmate Kurt Cobain will now be the subject of a new documentary on HBO called Montage of Heck, coming in 2015. They're calling the film, made by filmmaker Brett Morgen (who also did a Rolling Stones documentary for HBO), the "first authorized documentary" on Kurt Cobain. Of course there are several other films on Nirvana and Kurt, but this was the first made with the cooperation of his family, and was also executive produced by his daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The name comes from a mixtape of the same name Kurt made with a cassette recorder around 1988. Here's more info via press release:
The film is a raw and visceral journey through Cobain's life and provides no-holds-barred access to Kurt Cobain's archives, home to his never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks. The film features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances as well as previously unheard Cobain originals.No exact premiere date is set at the moment but stay tuned for more info.
"I started work on this project eight years ago," says Morgen. "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth. However, once I stepped into Kurt's archive, I discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and over 4000 pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media."
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happened last night (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which among other things, saw Nirvana getting inducted. You already saw pictures of their acceptance speech and performances with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde, and fan-made videos have since surfaced of them playing "Lithium" with St. Vincent, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, and their introduction speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.
Stipe's speech talked about how Nirvana came from the '80s hardcore underground, called them greater than pop music, "artists in every sense of the word" and said they captured lightning in a bottle. In that same video, after Stipe's speech, Dave Grohl gives his acceptance speech in which he honors the four Nirvana drummers that came before him -- Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover of the Melvins ("my absolute drumming hero"), Chad Channing (who he credited for the "In Bloom" drum fill), and Dan Peters of Mudhoney. Up next was Kirst Novoselic's speech, in which he thanked Sub Pop, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Nirvana producers Jack Endino, Steve Albini and Butch Vig, and others.
As you may have heard, after Nirvana's induction, the members and their guests headed to tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus for a full set of Nirvana songs.
HBO airs the induction ceremony on May 31. Meanwhile, watch those fan-made videos below...
"Nirvana inducted in the Rock n Roll HOF tonight. Joan Jetted sang "Teen Spirit" Kim Gordon sang "Aneurysm" and Annie Clark sang "Lithium"" - Jody H
"Lorde joins Nirvana, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon for "All Apologies" - Rock Hall
More pictures from Barclays Center in Brooklyn below...
Courtney Love at The Paramount in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Last week, Courtney Love said in a Quietus interview that she'd be reuniting the mid-'90s Hole lineup of her, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Patty Schemel. However, over the weekend she told The Telegraph that the other band members "are all flipping out with [her]" about the comments. From the article:
She complains she has already been in trouble this week for implying there would be a reunion of the classic line-up of her original band Hole next year. "We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage," she says of tentative meetings with former band mates. "It's very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me."She also talks about the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which happens this Thursday (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and which Nirvana will be inducted at. Her ongoing dispute with Dave Grohl was brought up, and she took a little swipe at his band:
I can't just do a really good rock record and that's the end of it. I can't be Nickelback. And not to be a bitch, I can't be the Foo Fighters.As you probably know, this past Saturday (4/5) was also the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. In honor of that, watch the "Endless, Nameless" portion of Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!, along with a Hole video, below...
The conspiracy theories that Kurt Cobain was murdered as opposed to suicide have gone on for almost exactly two decades now, and following yesterday's news that his case was possibly being reexamined, it appears the case is officially closed. The NY Times reports:
Though his death was ruled a suicide some refused to believe that, leading to conspiracy theories that Cobain had been killed.In other Nirvana news, there's a campaign set up to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum; Bleach-era drummer Chad Channing is not getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Kurt, Krist and Dave; they're releasing a Record Store Day 7", and Sivu covered "Dumb."
In a statement on the Seattle Police Department's online blotter, the detective who re-examined the case dismissed that speculation.
"Sometimes people believe what they read_some of the disinformation from some of the books, that this was a conspiracy. That's completely inaccurate," said Detective Mike Ciesynski, who found the four rolls of undeveloped crime scene photos. "It's a suicide. This is a closed case."
It's almost exactly 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, and that of course means tons of things about Kurt and Nirvana have been popping up in the news (some, like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have nothing to do with his death though). First, KIRO 7 reported that Seattle police unearthed four developed rolls of film that had been sitting in a police evidence vault for years, and would be reexamining the case of his death. KIRO 7 also say they will be showing one of those images tonight at 11, and will explain why the police wanted to reexamine it. From their report:
The morning of April 8, 1994, Veca Electric employee Gary Smith went to Cobain's home at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East to do electrical work.HOWEVER, The Seattle Times reports that despite KIRO 7's claims, the case has not been reopened:
"I noticed something on the floor and I thought it was a manikin," Smith told KIRO 7 at the time. "So I looked a little closer and geez, that's a person. I looked a little closer and I could see blood and an ear and a weapon laying on his chest."
The medical examiner determined Cobain had killed himself three days earlier - only days after he had left a rehab facility.
Before he was shot, police said Cobain had a lethal dose of heroin. The syringes Cobain used and the heroin kit was kept in the Seattle police evidence unit and was part of the re-investigation along with the previously undeveloped film.
On KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Eleven at 11, we ask the lead detective about the evidence and why it was kept for years, even though the initial investigation determined it was a suicide.
A recent re-examination of the investigation into the suicide of rock legend Kurt Cobain nearly 20 years ago uncovered undeveloped photos of the death scene but nothing that changed the findings, Seattle police say.In anticipation of the April 5 anniversary, a Seattle police cold-case detective recently took another look at the case file, according to police spokeswoman Renee Witt. However, she said there were no new findings and the case is not being re-opened, contrary to some media reports.Fox News also posted two tweets from the Seattle Police Department which seem to confirm the case has not ben reopened:
The detective "dug up the files and had another look, and there was nothing new," said Witt.
The detective found rolls of undeveloped film, were developed and showed the scene of Cobain's suicide, said Witt. She called the new photos "underwhelming."
"Despite an erroneous news report, we have not 'reopened' the investigation into the suicide of Kurt Cobain," the Seattle Police Department tweeted from a verified account.In less confusing news, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by Jaime Dunkle to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum. Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports:
The police went on to explain on Twitter that the case was simply being reviewed in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of Cobain's untimely death.
"Our detective reviewed the case file anticipating questions surrounding the closed Cobain case as the 20 yr anniversary approaches," another tweet explained.
To get the approval for the possibility of the museum, Dunkle had to send a bio about herself to Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, and prove that she wasn't a "crazed fan" and could actually pull this off. She highlighted numerous scholarships she's received and other achievements. "I used to be in the American Criminal Justice Association, so I made a long list of everything I've ever done and emailed it to the real estate agent, and she said she was forwarding it to Mrs. O'Connor. After that, they started taking me more seriously, I think. It took weeks of phone calls and emails, but I successfully set up an appointment to see the house. I deliberately arranged it to be on what would have been Kurt Cobain's 47th birthday."To donate, head to GoFundMe.
"Being inside was a total head spin. I had to meet with city officials and the realtor first, and by the time we finished hashing out some logistics for making it a museum, I only had 15 minutes to take pictures and make a video. As I wandered around, looking in closets, I imagined him as a teen, crouched inside, scribbling in his diaries or making sketches. The walk up the stairs into his bedroom made the hairs on my neck stand up. All I could think was that I was seeing through his eyes and walking in his footsteps, literally."
In more news, as you probably know, Nirvana are getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 at Barclays Center, but Radio.com recently confirmed that drummer Chad Channing (who played on Bleach, and 1988's Love Buzz 7", the release that made them eligible to be nominated) will not be inducted. The Rock Hall contacted Nirvana's manager via a text, saying "Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn't being inducted... It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt."
Before learning that he wasn't being inducted, Chad told Radio.com, "When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me! So much of my excitement about it is for her! She's pretty awesome! My little boy is too young to understand though. So yeah, it does feel pretty good!"
Nirvana is also releasing the "Pennyroyal Tea" single b/w "I Hate Myself and Want To Die" on 7" vinyl for Record Store Day 2014. "Original plans for the single in 1994 were cancelled due to Kurt Cobain's death."
And lastly, London's Sivu has recorded a chilled-out cover of "Dumb" which you can exclusively listen to below...
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."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.
"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."
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?
In related news, Tweak Bird have been added as an opener to the Melvins Lite tour, which the band are going on to set the Guinness World Record of "fastest tour of the US by a band" by hitting all 50 states and DC in 51 days. As discussed, that tour hits the NYC area on October 4 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and October 5 at Maxwell's. Tickets for the MHOW show are still available but the Maxwell's show is sold out.
All Tweak Bird dates are listed below.
This is an actual press release:
A STATEMENT FROM FRANCES COBAIN:This all came after "Courtney Love Calls Jason Segel "A Coward" After Muppets/Nirvana Debacle"
While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy.
Twitter should ban my mother.
In related news, an exhibit of Kurt Cobain photos is up at Morrison Hotel Gallery now.
by Bill Pearis
Oshin cover art
Local upstarts Dive have just announced details of their debut album, Oshin, which is out June 26 on Captured Tracks. You can download the album's first single "How Long Have You Known?" at the top of this post, which was crowned Best New Track by Pitchfork today. Dive are playing Le Poisson Rogue tonight (4/6), opening for legendary NYC post punk act Bush Tetras, and will soon be hitting the road with Frankie Rose. (NYC date is May 5.) All Dive tour dates are below.
In addition to the Best New Track nod, the Pitchfork-Dive love can also be seen with a new "Rising" Q&A with frontman Zachary Cole Smith who also spends time playing guitar in Beach Fossils:
Beach Fossils is a big influence on me just because [Beach Fossils leader] Dustin [Payseur] is one of my best friends, and I really respect him musically. But I have not written or played on any Beach Fossils material that people have heard. It's funny to think about the two projects being linked in that way, because to almost every single person who has listened to Beach Fossils, there's no actual connection.I don't know if I'd go that far -- Dive's first single "Sometimes" had Beach Fossils fingerprints all over it -- but anyone who's seen the band play recently (maybe at our day party in Austin last month) knows that Dive has really come into their own sound and are one of the most exciting live bands in Brooklyn right now (according to this writer). Unlike the early singles, which were Cole Smith on his own, Oshin was recorded with the whole band. Before that, Dive will release non-LP single, "Geist," on April 24. The A-side is downloadable at Pitchfork, and you can grab the b-side -- a cover of Kurt Cobain demo "Bambi Slaughter" -- above.
Dive at "Hotel Vegan" (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Click through for Oshin's tracklist, plus all upcoming Dive tour dates and a video for Bush Tetra's classic "Too Many Creeps".....
The Morrison Hotel Gallery says:
We are very excited to present Jesse's amazing Kurt Cobain photographic collection at our SoHo Gallery on April 5th. While earning a degree in economics at the University of Michigan, Jesse Frohman picked up a camera and never put it down. When he returned to New York, he had no formal training or experience, but he did have a portfolio of platinum prints, which caught the interest of legendary photographer Irving Penn, who hired Jesse to manage his studio.The exhibit will be open to the public from April 6th through Aprol 23rd at the 124 Prince Street gallery.
It was an incomparable apprenticeship. To the techniques and aesthetics he learned from Penn, Jesse added his own sensibilities of strength, dignity and quiet energy, all of which are evident in his pictures.
Jesse has photographed countless celebrities and still lifes. In addition to his work for magazines, advertising, and recording companies, he has been commissioned to create two award-winning books. His work is also in many private collections.
Jarvis Cocker, Mike Nouveau and others will DJ, along with a live set by the Virgins, at the opening night afterparty at Tribeca Grand, a Grand Life hotel.
In related news, Courtney Love is planning on auctioning off some paintings made by Kurt Cobain (if she's alllowed), and "Clint Eastwood's 'A Star is Born' Remake is Really About Kurt Cobain" (via).
Kurt Cobain's life ended on April 5, 1994.
"Oh Me by the Meat Puppets - In late 1993, when Nirvana played their famous "MTV Unplugged" show, they were on tour with Curt and Chris Kirkwood, the brothers who made up the heart of the Meat Puppets. At this point, Cobain was using pretty heavily, and barely made it through soundcheck. During the taping, the Meat Puppets joined Nirvana for three songs, all Meat Puppets originals.Hear it live, maybe, TONIGHT (December 11th) @ Maxwell's in Hoboken. Or try again Friday in Philly, or at the show Saturday (12/13) night in Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Oakley Hall opens both NYC dates. "Oh Me" videos, and all Meat Puppets dates, below...
Each band gave a gift to the other that night: Nirvana, by bringing an influential but essentially underground band up to play with them; the Meat Puppets by basically surrendering those wonderful songs to Nirvana, specifically to Cobain. Obviously, having those songs on Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged" album provided the Meat Puppets with some pretty fair publishing royalties (Allah be praised!). At the same time, thanks to that legendary concert, those songs become Nirvana's -- specifically they are associated with Kurt Cobain and that performance. That's got to be an honor for the Meat Puppets. But who knows, maybe it also stings.
I say this only because the originals are so good; indeed, my own preference is for them, especially the fully electric version of "Oh Me," with its fuzz and building distortion and feedback. Curt Kirkwood's soloing is so haunting and sad on this, growing until the sound is profoundly huge. It's a song that deserves to be heard, especially during a season that is supposed to be about giving."
[Charles Bock's holiday playlist of non-holiday treats]
Speaking of Hole, have you been keeping with Courtney Love's blog? If not, you're missing out on stuff like,
its not dexactly cake to get tebh fbi to help u despite heaps and masses of documents they had the nerve to leave behind the ftc helping you is bogus too, they dont do JACK whats your best suggestion for clearing up old id theft but MASSIVE old id theft open corps you knew nothing about bogus tax stuff...[Courtney]Look what's out now on DVD:
Mixed in surround sound by legendary surround mixing engineer Elliot Scheiner, this DVD allows fans to experience this performance like never before, completely unedited including the two songs not originally broadcasted ("Something In The Way" and "Oh Me" ), and with the best sound ever available (to anyone not in the studio for the original taping.) For the purists, also included on this DVD is the original 44 min broadcast version of the show, plus never-before-seen REHEARSAL performances. As an extra bonus to the DVD, a 14-minute interview segment called Bare Witness produced by MTV focuses on the recollections of those who experienced this magical moment in music history, those who produced it and interviews with the band from the day of the taping.It seems to be selling well for a music DVD, but still not nearly as popular as Planet Earth.
I didn't even realize Amy Winehouse was working with David LaChapelle....
David LaChapelle, Heaven to Hell, 2006
on the set of Amy Winehouse's video *
* photo (c) copyright 2007 by FranklynPassmore.com
Asian transgender models found....
"Dr. Martens boots are ‘made to last,’"
See Neko this summer. She's one of many artists playing free shows at Central Park Summerstage.