Entries tagged with: Kurt Cobain
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.