Entries tagged with: Nirvana
The tributes to Nirvana's In Utero in honor of the album's 20th anniversary keep coming. This one comes from the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra, who also contributed to a covers album last year that featured classical versions of Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, and others.
For their In Utero tribute, they've done it as a 6-song EP featuring orchestral versions of "Serve the Servants," "Heart-Shaped Box," "Rape Me," Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle," "Dumb," and "All Apologies." The EP is out now on iTunes, but if you want to hear it before you pay, the entire thing is streaming in this post. Listen below.
And you can catch The Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra live if you're headed to this year's Voodoo Experience, which goes down this weekend (11/1-3) in New Orleans. They play twice on day 3 of the fest, first at 1PM on the Carnival Stage, and then again at 2:30 in the Soundwave tent for BrooklynVegan who will be set up there each day from 1-3 pm with a variety of live sets, DJ sets, live interviews and more.
Listen to the EP, along with its trailer video, below...
As you may know, Record Store Day's Black Friday (11/29) edition will be back this year aiming to get a piece of the post Thanksgiving Day pie (pumpkin, most likely). The RSD folks have just released the full slate of Black Friday exclusives and they include:
Steve Albini's 2013 mix of Nirvana's In Utero on clear 45 RPM vinyl.One place you'll hopefully be able to find most of these is at Rough Trade New York which is set to open the Monday before Thanksgiving (11/25). You can see the full list of RSD Black Friday 2013 releases below and more details are at RSD's site.
Josh Tillman - The History of Caves: The man better known as Father John Misty's instrumental score to his wife Emma's short film.
Stiff Records' Ten Big Stiffs 7" box set (classic singles w/ original sleeves by Tracey Ullman, Tenpole Tudor, Wreckless Eric and more).
Cheap Trick - The Classic Albums 1977-79, which packages their first five LPs in one vinyl box.
John Denver & The Muppets - Christmas Together reissued as a vinyl picture disc.
Low and Shearwater each contribute an unexpected cover ("Stay" by Rihanna and "Novacane" by Frank Ocean, respectively) on 12" vinyl.
The Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago in September (more by Cory Dewald)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2014 nominees (via Rolling Stone), and the list includes Nirvana who are finally eligible (your first single or album had to come out 25 years ago, and their "Love Buzz" cover came out as a single in '88), plus The Replacements (!), Peter Gabriel, The Zombies, Link Wray, Hall and Oates, Yes, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens, in addition to artists who have been previously nominated, N.W.A, LL Cool J, Chic, The Meters, Kiss, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple.
From now until December 10, you can vote for nominees on Rolling Stone, and the winners will be inducted at the ceremony in NYC this April.
by Andrew Sacher
The 20th anniversary celebrations for Nirvana's In Utero continue this week with, Milkin' It, a tribute album from a number of Toronto bands co-curated by Greys, The Wooden Sky, and the Hand Drawn Dracula label. In addition to Greys and The Wooden Sky, the compilation also features covers from Beliefs, Teenanger, Absolutely Free, Odonis Odonis, Hooded Fang, HSY, and more.
For the album, Greys took on In Utero's second track, "Scentless Apprentice," and that cover makes its premiere in this post. The headbanging riffage and dissonant chorus of this one was a great choice for the noise punk quartet who probably owe more than a little of their sound to tracks like this one. They do the song the justice it deserves, and you can listen for yourself, below.
Greys will also be in NYC soon for CMJ (as will a few other bands on the comp). Their currently announced shows include Cameo on 10/15 with Hunters, PUP, Big Ups, Kirin J Callinan, and Ovlov; and the Brixton Agency/MezzoForte showcase at Grand Victory on 10/17 with Pity Sex, Dads, Ovlov, Kal Marks and more.
All of their dates are listed, along with the song stream, 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?
As mentioned, Deer Tick's new album, Negativity, will be out at the end of next month (9/24). That's the cover art above. That's a real airplane banner they used and you can watch a video of how they shot the cover art (via The AV Club) below. The band, as mentioned, have tour dates this fall with Robert Ellis, including on in NYC at Webster Hall on November 7 (tickets).
Before that, though, Deer Tick will be back in NYC to do a show under their Deervana alter ego at Brooklyn Bowl on September 13, playing In Utero in full. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with that making-of video, below.
Like they did in 2011 with Nevermind, Nirvana will be giving their final studio album, 1993's In Utero, a 20th anniversary deluxe reissue this year. The reissue will include the original album (remastered), unreleased demos and b-sides from the era, and a full live concert (audio and video) of their December 13, 1993 concert on Pier 48 in Seattle. It will be released as a "super deluxe" version with three CDs and a DVD, a regular version (double CD or triple LP), and the concert DVD will also be released on its own. They all come out on September 24 via Universal.
Meanwhile, in slightly related news, here in the NYC-area (specifically Hoboken), we've been commemorating rock club Maxwell's, which closes this Wednesday (7/31). Many of the bands who played there back in the day, have returned this summer for a final show, but one band that played there and can't do that (for obvious reasons) is Nirvana. They played a show there in 1989 (that NY Mag discussed in their recent oral history of the club), and thanks to a good samaritan YouTube user, we can watch (almost) that entire show. A 20+ minute video from the Bleach-heavy set (with only a few songs missing) is below.
The second to last show is tonight with Lee Ranaldo, and it closes for good on Wednesday after a block party outside and indoor sets from The Bongos, The Individuals, and more. Earlier this week, Mission of Burma played, followed by Real Estate and The Feelies' Glenn Mercer.
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake from SNL
The Jiggaman aka Jay-Z, who will not perform atop Ed Sullivan Theater for now, released his new LP Magna Carta Holy Grail via Samsung app yesterday - though not without glitches, and will drop it proper-like on July 7. In addition, Shawn Carter is now streaming a new track featuring Justin Timberlake from said release, one that interpolates Kurt Cobain lyrics from a little song called "Smells like Teen Spirit." Courtney Love approves... sort of. Check out "Holy Grail" below.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rick Springfield / John Fogerty / Rick Nielson, Taylor Hawkins, Krist Novoselic
As discussed, Dave Grohl made his directorial debut with his new documentary, Sound City, which tells the story of the LA recording studio of the same name, and he brought his star-studded Sound City Players to NYC for show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. The lineup included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Dave Grohl himself, along with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
In addition to playing original tunes that the members wrote for Sound City, the show included mini-sets from the people involved. It opened with a set from Alain Johannes, who played "Hangin' Tree" by Queens of the Stone Age, which he co-wrote, and also played some tracks from his band Eleven. Then Masters of Reality head Chris Goss brought out RATM's Brad Wilk for a set of Masters of Reality songs. Fear's Lee Ving did an original Sound City song followed by all Fear cuts. Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick did his set with Nirvana's Krist Novaselic, and the pair did all Cheap Trick songs and his cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Then Rick Springfield was up, followed by John Fogerty.
Steve Nicks ended the show, doing original Sound City track, and combining that with Fleetwood Mac favorites "Dreams," "Landslide," and "Gold Dust Woman," plus here solo song, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," for which Dave Grohl came out and took over Tom Petty's role in the song. The sets were all backed by Foo Fighters members, and in between performances, clips of the film were played on stage. The
entire setlist (incomplete setlist, can anyone help fix it?) and more pictures from the show are below (though unfortunately, photographers were not allowed to shoot the entire show, and there are no pictures of Stevie Nicks & Dave Grohl).
Dave Grohl was also on The Colbert Report last night, where he discussed the Sound City documentary with Stephen Colbert. A video of that is below as well.
Dave Grohl in the 'Sound City' director's chair...
We already told you about Dave Grohl's directorial debut, documentary Sound City, which is a love letter to the famed (and now defunct) LA recording studio that gave birth to such classic albums as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn The Torpedoes and Nirvana's Nevermind.
The film made its debut at Sundance in January, and hit select theaters last night (1/31), the same night that Dave Grohl and his "Sound City Players" played the Hollywood Palladium in LA. The Sound City players are contributors to the film's soundtrack, plus a few others. The complete lineup includes Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
That same lineup will be making their way to NYC this month for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 13. Tickets ($87.50) go on sale, Tuesday, February 5 at 4 PM. They say this will be the "first and only" Sound City Players show in NYC.
You can watch the Sound City film now if you want to fork over $12 and download it. The soundtrack (which also features Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and others) will be out March 12 on Roswell/RCA. Trailer below.
by Andrew Sacher
Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.
Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.
Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."
But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Videos and setlist from last night are below...
As you know if you visit this site (or others like YouTube and Facebook), listen to the radio, watch TV, or leave your house at all, the huge 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit at MSG goes down tonight and it will include performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin and The Rolling Stones.
But what we didn't know, and The Sun is now reporting, Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl won't just both be at the show, they'll actually be performing together along with Dave's ex-Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic and NIrvana (touring)/Foo Fighters/Germs member Pat Smear. Despite multiple news headlines that are calling the show a NIrvana reunion with Paul McCartney, it doesn't explicitly say they'll be performing NIrvana material. It's been reported that they will perform a new song and Paul also suggested they "just make something up." Regarding the collaboration Paul said:
I didn't really know who they were. They are saying how good it is to be back together. I said 'Whoa? You guys haven't played together for all that time? And somebody whispered to me 'That's Nirvana. You're Kurt.' I couldn't believe it.Many sites are reporting that it will be the first time the surviving members of Nirvana perform together in 20 years, but Krist performed with the Foo Fighters in 2010 for a Nirvana cover and recorded on their 2011 album. It's hard to imagine anyone stepping in for Kurt as the frontman of NIrvana (they aren't exactly INXS, Journey or Sublime), but if tonight does end up living up to the Nirvana rumors, at least Kurt loved the Beatles.
In related news, Dave Grohl will be recording with Queens of the Stone Age again (but not touring with them), will be the keynote speaker at SXSW 2013, and is directing the new Sound City documentary.
A video of Krist performing "These Days" with Foo Fighters in 2011 below...
Sound City Studios is a two-building complex in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, which houses sound stages. It was most notable for being the recording studio for albums such as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Nirvana's Nevermind. The studio is operated since 1970 by the Skeeter family, with the first album to use the facilities being Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. Until the closure of the recording studios on May 2011, the Sound City was used by artists such as Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon, Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash, Metallica, and the last band to record there, Everclear. One of the mixing consoles was removed to make room for sound stages, and the mixing console is now owned by Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer and current leader of the Foo Fighters. -[Wiki]Dave Grohl will serve as a director for the documentary on Sound City, which will feature appearances from some of the biggest names in music, all of which recorded in the hallowed halls of the studio. The movie will make its premiere at Sundance in February and you can check out the trailer for the film below.
From December 6 through 9, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.In addition to the official events of Art Basel in Miami, there are loads of parties going on throughout the city, including a Kurt Cobain tribute at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on December 6 that includes an appearance by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a 15 minute live dance performance based on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. More info is here.
The exhibiting galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.
Other music artists playing shows during or around Art Basel include Chromatics, Prince Rama, Nicolas Jaar, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Brenmar, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Hundred Waters, ITAL and Jacuzzi Boys. Paper Mag has a pretty good guide to some of it.
If you're going to Miami, we'd like to point out that BrooklynVegan photographer Dana (distortion) Yavin will be showing more than 26 prints of her mostly-BrooklynVegan concert photography (including Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more) in two different galleries, LMNT and OVERTURE, from December 4 - 9. A flyer for the show below has more details.
Babs at Barclays, 10/11/2012 (via @cpcayaba)
Barbara Streisand played her first of two, and first-ever Brooklyn show at the Barclays Center last night. Those in attendance missed the live Vice President debate, but still got a taste of politics at the show:
"I love Big Bird and I hope no one tells Romney how to get to Sesame Street ... or to Pennsylvania Avenue," cracked Streisand, according to the Huffington Post.Babs plays the new venue, that only Jay-Z played before her, again Saturday night.
Streisand also said of Romney: "He's a good actor. [He's] a chameleon. It's great."
Meanwhile: "Barclays Center VIP Lounge Issued Health Violation For Lack Of Toilet Paper."
The Revelation Records 25th Anniversary celebration is happening this weekend in NYC. Check out photos of Night One (Texas in the Reason, Underdog, Gameface and more) here, and pics Texas's MHOW show here, and Chain of Strength's Acheron show here.
Don Caballero are releasing a live LP, titled Gang Banged With A Headache, And Live, on November 27 via Joyful Noise.
Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato says, "Nobody's doing us a favor by buying our shirt after they took our album."
We've got a couple Smiths/Moz superfans on staff (Tim Griffin in our Austin office; Bill here in NYC) but both pale to the adoration Dave Hill has for Morrissey. Read his account of this week's Radio City show.
Conspiracy theory time: Gawker asks, "Did Nirvana fan Paul Ryan steal his 'Bean' anecdote from Kurt Cobain?"
And while on the same theme: Friday Night Lights television series creator Peter Berg wants Mitt Romney to stop using its "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" slogan. But FNL author Buzz Bissinger takes the other side.
More stuff 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.
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.
1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van, better known as the "MELVAN" Featured in many books, Cobain Unseen, Come As You Are ETC. & Many NIRVANA documentary films. This is a very unique piece of MELVINS/NIRVANA history & truly one of a kind. The KISS Mural on the side was hand drawn by Kurt Cobain using sharpie markers shoplifted from the Thriftway grocery store in Montesano Washington. (former employer of King Buzzo) This was one of the first MELVINS tour vans & was used on at least one U.S. tour. Kurt himself was often times known to drive this van to local shows, also included are two former registration's, one signed by Roger Osborne (King Buzzo) & the second signed by former MELVINS bass player Matt Lukin ! Bid High & Bid Often ,this will probably be your one & only chance to own this unique piece of music history !Place your bid on the the "Melvan" at Ebay now. Maybe you can get Buzzo/Dale to sign it at their upcoming dates with Unsane.
In other news, Nirvana's former manager is part of a group that is "planning to pour substantial funds into the Occupy Wall Street movement in hopes of sustaining the protests and fostering political change."
Kurt Cobain in his homemade Flipper shirt vs Forever 21's version
Forever 21 is under fire... this time for selling a shirt designed by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.A video from that episode of SNL below...
No, Cobain wasn't much of a fashion designer. But he knew how to use a magic marker, which is how he made the noted Flipper band T-shirt he wore during a 1992 performance on "Saturday Night Live."
Earlier today, a replica of the shirt was retailing on Forever 21′s website for for $16.90. The shirt has since been pulled from the site, meaning Forever 21 might not be too keen on fighting legal battles over items that cost less than $20.-[SeattlePI]
DOWNLOAD: Porcelain Raft - Come As You Are (MP3)
Porcelain Raft at Cameo Gallery in August (more by Jessica Amaya)
As mentioned, Porcelain Raft is going on tour with Yuck this September and October. That tour concludes in NYC on October 13 and 14 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Those shows also mark the US debut of Gross Magic, who will release the physical version of his debut EP in the US on Fat Possum a few days earlier.
Before kicking off the Yuck tour, Porcelain Raft will play his own show in NYC on September 22 at Mercury Lounge with The Archive. Tickets for this show are on sale now.
Like many are doing during Nevermind's 20th year, Porcelain Raft just released a Nirvana cover. Download above. Stream, with all tour dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
September 24 marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind and amongst the hoopla we've already seen SPIN devote an entire issue to the album as well as curate a free, downloadable tribute. Naam has also released a tribute 7". And there are surely more to come.
The most recent, and one of more unlikely, is Little Roy's new album Battle for Seattle, on which the reggae legend (who's first Jamaican #1 was in 1969) does an entire album of Nirvana covers. Though it sounds like a questionable idea on paper, Battle for Seattle is surprisingly good. Credit producers Prince Fatty (aka Mike Pelanconi) and Mutant Hi-Fi (aka Nick Coplowe) who are clever, tasteful arrangers. They recorded the album on analogue tape using vintage gear which gives the album a classic Studio One sound. Pelanconi did similar work with Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols' drummer Paul Cook) on her entertaining debut from earlier this year.
Spotify users can listen to the whole of Battle for Seattle here. For everyone else there are a few tracks to stream below.
Meanwhile... of course there's a 20th Anniversary edition of Nevermind coming out. A two-disc, 39-track Deluxe Edition (four vinyl LPs) hits stores September 27 and comes with single b-sides the original demos for Nevermind recorded at Butch Vig's Smart Studios, as well as rehearsal demos recorded on a boombox. There's also a five-disc Super-Deluxe box set version out October 25 that, in addition to those two discs, contains Butch Vig's original album mixes, plus a live disc recorded at the Seattle's Paramount Theater on Halloween 1991, and a DVD with the Paramount concert plus music videos. Only 10,000 are being released in the U.S.
Nirvana's influence goes far and wide, not just to bands like Meat Puppets, Jeff The Brotherhood, or EMA who appear on the recent Spin compilation. Brooklyn's Naam has felt the burn of those riffs too, and are preparing to release their tribute in the form of a new and limited-to-300 7" via Tee Pee. The record features Nevermind's "Drain You" & In Utero's "Pennyroyal Tea". Download both covers above or stream them below. The rest of the colorful 7" art is also below.
The release will be celebrated this weekend, on July 30th at Union Pool where the Brooklyn band will be joined by Dead Stars and Unstoppable Death Machines . Show flyer below.
Thou also paid tribute to Nirvana in the recent past, recording "Sifting" from 1989's Bleach for the 2010 Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For EP, and performing the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" B-side (which is also on Incesticide, rarity comps) "Aneurysm" on the road. Thou will play The Bell House on September 12 with Wolves In The Throne Room. Tickets are on sale.
Nevermind's iconic art was recently banned from Facebook in adherence to their "no nudity" policy. That has since changed. Nirvana (the real one) recently announced the tracklisting on the deluxe edition of Nevermind. Check that out below.