Entries tagged with: Nirvana
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...
In 2014, Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman released a self-published book titled Letters from Cythera, as well as an accompanying CD, The Island, which is an orchestral score he composed, performed by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. (Stream The Island below.) Cythera, by the way, is what Coleman calls New Zealand. Here's the description of the book:
Letters From Cythera was written between years 2007 - 2008 in the South Pacific and outlines how the occult sciences have shaped JAZ COLEMAN's philosophical outlook expounding on his preferred system for a personalized renaissance (the supersynthesis), which consists of completing 13 separate projects or masterpieces over a five to six year period. In the following book, JAZ documents his endeavors in tackling this epic undertaking. In short, it is the antithesis of a conventional rock biography.Jaz is mounting on a spoken word tour in support which hits NYC on July 21 at Saint Vitus where he'll be "discussing his personal memoirs through KILLING JOKE, mysticism, and the occult sciences." There will also be an audience Q&A, and tickets are on sale now.
Thus Letters from Cythera is the first of two books giving a detailed account of his hidden history and involvement with Hermetics, Earth Sciences and the Rosicrucian tradition noting the various Kabalistic innovations that have evolved over the last 33 years (and perhaps more significantly how they have influenced his work with both Killing Joke and Orchestra). Letters from Cythera also covers the principles of self-education, symbolism, quantum mechanics, numerology and of course his ongoing obsession with the image of a hidden island at the ends of the earth.
One of Jaz's other continuing projects is his Orchestrated series where he takes the songs of a popular rock band and adapts them into classical arrangements. The series, which includes The Doors, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd, will soon include a fourth, dedicated to a band that he's had an interesting relationship with: Nirvana. The grunge icons and Killing Joke had legal wrangles over "Come as You Are"'s resemblance to KJ's song "80s." Then Dave Grohl ended up playing drums with Killing Joke on their 2003 self-tiled album. The record is to be titled Orchestrated Nirvana: A Requiem to Kurt Cobain.. It was announced a year ago and no release date has been set, but you can follow the project's Facebook for updates.
Jaz Coleman tour dates are listed, with The Island stream and a video about Letters From Cythera, 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.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: La Dispute at Webster Hall in March (more by Mimi Hong)
How did the band pick "Polly"?Last week we heard Nothing's cover of "Something In the Way" from the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind (due 4/18 via Robotic Empire), and today we get La Dispute's cover of "Polly." Like the Nothing cover, La Dispute choose to keep it sounding like themselves rather than doing a Nirvana impression. The melody is unchanged, but the arrangements don't mimic the original (or even the New Wave version). Listen below.
La Dispute's Adam Vass: We had the option to do whatever Nirvana track we wanted, and it was daunting, because they have such a long list of really cool songs, and there was the initial struggle of deciding between a more popular song or a deeper cut that someone who only listens to the radio wouldn't have heard, and there are so many songs, and so many of them are good, we decided that "Polly" was the average between a deep cut and a popular radio song. And it's a pretty heavy song, thematically, which is something that our band is no stranger to dealing with, and with "Polly" being about a kidnapping and molestation, it was maybe a little bit farther than where we usually go, but we wanted to pick a song we could make a bit more vibe-y. The initial track is dark, and we tried to give a bit more life to it, which was a fun experiment. [AllMusic]
La Dispute were last in NYC with Title Fight and The Hotelier in late March. If you missed it, check out our pictures and review.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Nothing at Saint Vitus in March (more by PSquared)
This past weekend was the 21st anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, and now just a few days later, we're graced with a cover of "Something In the Way" from big Nirvana fans Nothing. It's an airy piano-based cover with the vocals pushed to the forefront more than they were on Nothing's debut LP. In its own way, it's as haunting as the original. Check it out below, via Noisey.
The song appears on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which comes out on April 18 via Robotic Empire. Torche, Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, La Dispute, Thou, Young Widows and more appear on it as well.
Nothing were in NYC not long ago on their tour with Torche, and they'll return on their tour with Merchandise and Cloakroom, which hits Palisades on June 6. That show is sold out, but show presenters AdHoc say, "so tix for @wmerchandise + @BandofNOTHING + @Myndfuneral are sold out, but i wouldn't lose hope yet..." Hmmm.
The Sonics w/ Krist Novoselic (via Mady Kornegay)
Tacoma, WA garage rock legends The Sonics put out their first new album in almost 50 years last week, and they began their tour in support of it at Seattle's Moore Theater last night (4/2). Special guests were promised, and they turned out to indeed be very special. The band were joined by two fellow Washington musicians, who undoubtedly owe a thing or two to their hometown heroes. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic joined for a few songs, including "Cinderalla." And Mark Arm of Mudhoney (who opened the show) sang lead with The Sonics on "Shot Down." Check out videos of those collaborations (via Diffuser.fm) below.
The Sonics' tour rolls into the NYC-area for shows on April 8 at Irving Plaza and April 9 at The Stone Pony. Tickets for both are still on sale. We're also giving away a pair to the NYC show on Facebook.
Updated dates are listed, with the videos, below...
photos by P Squared Photography; words by Andrew Sacher
Torche / Nothing's crowd
Torche put out their killer new record Restarter on Relapse last month, and last night (3/26) they brought their tour with Nothing and Wrong to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus. The new album is Torche's heaviest since In Return and possibly their most psychedelic ever, and that came across even more so at last night's show. The droning quality of much of the new record was in full effect, and Torche were in total attack mode. We got almost all of the new record, but also plenty of older favorites too including "Healer," "Kicking," "In Return" and a handful of others.
Before Torche, their Relapse labelmates Nothing put on an equally awesome set, opening with one of their heaviest songs yet, the sludgy/grungy "July the Fourth" off their recent split with Whirr. Tons of favorites from last year's Guilty of Everything LP followed ("Bent Nail," "Dig," "Get Well," etc) and they had the front half of the room in a wild mosh pit the whole time. Opening was Wrong (ex-Capsule, Kylesa, and featuring Torche's drummer), whose Helmet-y jams were a fine start to the night. Pictures of all three bands are in this post.
Torche, Nothing and Wrong are all on the upcoming Nirvana tribute, Whatever Nevermind, which Robotic Empire is putting out on April 18. That comp also includes La Dispute (who play NYC tonight), Boris, Cave In, Touche Amore, Thou, Young Widows and more. The only song that's out from it at the moment is Circa Survive's cover of "Drain You," which you can stream below.
Torche also just put out the video for "Annihilation Affair" off their new album. That video and more pictures and setlists from the Vitus show, also 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.
photo: Buster Poindexter @ Don Hill's (more by Tracy Ketcher)
The lineup for this year's Tibet House US benefit concert keeps getting bigger. Happening March 5th at Carnegie Hall, the NYC show now also includes Blondie's Debbie Harry. She joins the previously announced lineup of Patti Smith and Her Band with Jesse Smith, The Flaming Lips, Laurie Anderson, Sturgill Simpson, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Ashley Macisaac, and the night's artistic director Philip Glass. Tickets are still available, and we're giving away a pair.
"Chairs for the evening are Chuck Close, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Arden Wohl and Uma Thurman. Proceeds support the work of the Tibet House US, a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure the survival of the unique Tibetan civilization."
It will be Debbie's only performance before she plays a sold out 10-show run at NYC's Café Carlyle (March 24-April 4).
Meanwhile, fellow CBGB legend and singer of the NY Dolls David Johansen will be taking on his Buster Poindexter persona for his own two week residency at Café Carlyle which begins tonight (February 10-21). Tickets for most nights are available at Ticketweb.
There was the all-star turnout, for starters: Morrissey, Johnny Depp, Tim Robbins, Thurston Moore, Susanna Hoffs, Rosanna Arquette, Rodney Bingenheimer, Diplo, Jimmy Iovine, and gusting through the Roxy's back entrance (nearly knocking us over) to join Iovine just before showtime, Pharrell and his entourage.LA Record has a review and pictures from one of the Ace Hotel shows. Video of her covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at one of them, below...
The Roxy's VIP section has seen its share of celebrities, of course, but this bizarre mixed bag was hard to miss. Even Patti herself took notice, dedicating one of her first numbers to The Moz and later speaking of Iovine's influence and production on her acclaimed album Easter, a moment which led into a highlight of the evening, a bewitching rendition of "Because the Night."
Let's do the math. A band, who just put out the 12th best album of the year (just kidding), and who feel confident enough to announce a show at Citi Field (capacity: 45,000+) (not kidding), is playing a show at Irving Plaza (capactity: 1000+). No tickets were available in advance, and a good portion are obviously going to the guestlist. This is the type of band people will camp out to see, and they're giving tickets out first come, first served. Translation: YOU PROBABLY AREN'T GETTING IN, no matter what system they implement. If they gave out wristbands-good-for-a-ticket before 3pm (which was the time they said you couldn't line up before), then that's definitely kind of messed up, but then again, a giant mob of people showed up, and some of those people that got tickets slept in their spot in line last night! If you got there at 3pm and found out it was sold out already, at least you didn't have to wait in line at all.
If you didn't get tickets, look at it this way... you're now free to see all the more interesting shows happening around town like tUnE-YaRds, Cibo Matto, Sharon Jones, Elvis Depressedly, Doomriders, Single Mothers, The Feelies, Philip Glass, and The Blow. Or you can set yourself up for even further disappointment by using your new found free time to try and weasel your way in to that Vice shindig.
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."
Foo Fighters in Chicago in October (more by James Richards IV)
Foo Fighters put out their stadium rock album, Sonic Highways, earlier this month, and now they've announced a tour where they'll appropriately be playing stadiums. Following a NJ show at Susquehanna Bank Center (7/6), the Foos will hit NYC on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. In order to "beat the bots" (aka scalper bots), there will be a box office-only presale for most dates starting Saturday (11/22) at 10 AM local time. You can visit the band's website for the complete list of box office locations. You'll just have to camp out for tickets like people did in the ol' days.
The NY and NJ shows, and other dates, are with the UK-loved rockers Royal Blood, but on a much cooler note, several other dates are with Mission of Burma (sometimes we need a reminder that Grohl actually does come from an amazing punk background). Their sold-out Chicago gig is also stacked with cool openers: Cheap Trick, Naked Raygun and Urge Overkill. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Grohl's amazing punk background, anyone remember that Nirvana interview where they're talking about playing at the same festival as Extreme, and when Krist Novoselic says "I'm not even really sure if they're aware that things can actually operate on a different level" regarding their way of musical life vs Nirvana's, Dave interrupts and says "I don't think they're aware of how much they SUCK!" Would the Dave Grohl of today, who says Lorde represents the Nirvana aesthetic, ever diss a mainstream rock band in a public interview like that?
Meanwhile, Extreme celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album Pornograffiti at a Long Island show on January 24. Tickets go on sale Friday (11/21) if you're into that sort of thing. We're pretty sure we're doing laundry that day.
Watch that Nirvana interview, with the list of Foo Fighters dates, below...
Arcade Fire at Fuji Rocks Fest 2014 (more by Erina Uemura)
Arcade Fire's massive fourth album Reflektor has been out for almost a year now and it's still producing new singles, like "You Already Know" which just got the music video treatment. You can watch that below.
As you probably know, Arcade Fire have been doing covers at the shows on their ongoing tour specific to the location they're in. You can watch a couple of the recent ones -- Feist's "I Feel It All" (after the bobbleheads mimed Loverboy's "Working for the Weekend") in Calgary and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in Washington -- below. The tour hits NYC on August 22, 23 & 24 at Barclays Center with the reunited Unicorns and Dan Deacon opening all three dates, plus NYC punk legends Television on night 3. Who will they cover at those?
Australian hotshot producer Flume also recently remixed Reflektor track "Afterlife." You can stream that as well, with those videos, below...
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Cubs fan Eddie Vedder made some controversial remarks this week about the conflict going on in Israel (and sang "Imagine" in response to critics). Fellow Seattle rocker Krist Novoselic, who in his own words is "Best Known For Playing Bass On All Those Nirvana Records", but "Can Get Into Wonky Politics," posted his own reaction earlier this week. If you missed it, it starts off:
Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world. Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic. Let's face it, the relationship between the Palestinians and the Israelis is a disaster! I don't know how many times I have heard the same explanations and excuses and it matters not, there is a continuing catastrophe between those two peoples.Read the rest with some videos at Krist's blog (where he also posted "Give Peace a Chance"), and check out his original, similar article that appeared in Seattle Weekly in 2009.
photo by Kevin Mazur
As you probably heard by now, the surviving members of Nirvana performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and then at Saint Vitus after with a number of guests including St. Vincent, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett and more. HBO will be airing the Induction Ceremony special this Saturday (5/31) at 8 PM, but you can get a sample of what you'll see in that special by watching a clip of St. Vincent performing "Lithium" with Dave, Krist and Pat, below.
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
Record Store Day 2014 is Saturday (4/19) and there are upwards of 800 RSD exclusive titles released worldwide this year. Which is clearly too many. But if you're reading this now you're probably at least thinking of going out and joining the throngs of music fans, record collectors, and eBay types trying to get all the stuff on their list. Or maybe you're going out to check out some in-store performances, or just hoping to have a couple free beers.
We've already written about a whole lot things being released this year. But we've got more. BV editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis each picked 11 RSD exclusives they think are worth the dough. (Ten just wasn't enough.) What titles are you looking for this year?
Their respective lists, along with some streams, below...
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...
After the Rock and Rall Hall of Fame induction at Barclays Center, "Nirvana" headed over to Saint Vitus for another show.
Actually it's happening right this second (2:30am Thursday night). Follow @BrooklynVegan on Twitter for more. UPDATE: 4am: It's over.
Joan Jett, J. Mascis, Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, John McCauley of Deer Tick (and Deervana when Deer Tick is a Nirvana cover band), and Kim Gordon fronted Nirvana (aka Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear) at the gig.
More photos, video setlist from the surprise Greenpoint gig, 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...
UPDATE: Yep, Joan fronted Nirvana and so did a few others (like Kim Gordon, St Vincent, and Lorde).
As mentioned a few times, this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens this Thursday (4/10) at Barclays Center with Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt all being inducted. You can still get tickets (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"). Since this is also a TV broadcast, Gotham Casting is also helping to fill certain seats which means free tickets are also available, but you have to RSVP for a chance for one of them, and they might not be the best seats (there's a chance you won't be able to see at all, make sure to read the fine print before you RSVP).
In terms of Nirvana's induction, as you may know, Kurt, Krist and Dave (but not Chad) are getting inducted, and Courtney & Frances Bean will be there to accept Kurt's award despite any awkwardness between Courtney and Dave. Krist also recently hinted that there'd be some kind of performance too. Of course the issue of "Who will front Nirvana?" at these things is always a touchy subject (and apparently the answer can't just be "no one"). Paul McCartney has done it, but not to sing a Nirvana song. As many have pointed out, a not-so-mysterious Foo Fighters instagram hints that the singer in question this time may be Joan Jett. The instagram (pictured above), shows what appears to be Joan's Melody Maker, Dave Grohl's kit, Krist Novoselic's bass, and Pat Smear's guitar as well. Could be worse?
French artist David Redon has taken on a new project, "Ads Libitum," where he takes vintage American ads and posters, but applies themes of modern pop culture (mostly music), as Animal New York points out. The project included takes on Kanye West (above), Nirvana, Outkast, Daft Punk, Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z, Breaking Bad, The Beach Boys and more.
This comes not longer after we saw rappers painted as royalty portraits.
Check out all of them here and more below...
photos by James Richards IV
St. Vincent at Chicago's Riviera Theatre - 4/5/14
St. Vincent is an alien from another world.St. Vincent has been supporting her new self-titled album on her ongoing tour which already hit NYC at Terminal 5, SXSW, and came to Chicago this past Saturday (4/5) for a show at the Riviera Theatre (which the above review is from). Like on the rest of her tour, she played a lot from the new album and Strange Mercy, in addition to earlier favorites like "Your Lips Are Red," and because this show coincided with the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, she covered Nirvana's "Lithium" in the encore. A video of that cover, plus pictures (including opener Noveller) and the setlist from the show, are in this post. Her tour brings her back to Chicago in the summer for Pitchfork Festival.
This much might be obvious to anyone who has digested the sonic mayhem of her albums, with guitars distorted beyond recognition, baritone saxes providing a funky bite and a Theremin being tortured in place of a solo.
And yet Annie Clark's meticulously choreographed stage show for her self titled tour suggest that this alien has a scarily deep insight into our heads and a palpable tension as she readies an attack.
"Hello ladies and gentleman, and hello others," Clark addresses the audience. "We're not so different, you and I." In between songs she'll slyly suggest the questionable behavior and thoughts we all share while leaning heavily on her own creepy confessional. She'll admit to fantasizing about seeing people naked on the L, about looking at her hands and believing there to be a mix-up, or telling a lie and fearing the universe might be punishing her.
Such is the way an alien might communicate, but Clark utilized the remainder of her near two hour set at the Riv Saturday night seducing, entrancing and terrorizing through her exotic dancing and strobe lighting used "extensively." [Brian Welk]
More St Vincent pictures, the "Lithium" video and setlist, 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...