Entries tagged with: Nirvana
Meat Puppets recently finished up a tour in support of their most recent LP Lollipop which came out this past April. After a couple dates with Soundgarden at the end of the month, the Meat Puppets will take a short break before playing a few more dates this fall. Their last string of dates never came through NYC, but this one will on November 4 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Meat Puppet Curt Kirkwood recently spoke to JSOnline about their tour and Nirvana, who they played with at Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance, and whose seminal album Nevermind celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Meat Puppets recorded a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for Spin's new Nevermind tribute album, Newermind. The album also features contributions by EMA (who has shows coming up soon), The Vaselines, JEFF the Brotherhood, Amanda Palmer, Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood and others. The album will be available for free download on Spin's website starting July 26. Tracklist below.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, Universal is also releasing a deluxe edition of the album on September 19. The reissue includes a 4 CD/1 DVD boxset with rarities, B-sides, unreleased recordings, BBC radio appearances, and an unreleased concert on DVD.
Universal will also reissue 1991: The Year Punk Broke on DVD on September 6. The film documents a Sonic Youth tour with Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball. The reissue includes a bonus film titled (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale, which features live footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana.
Meat Puppets dates and video of them with Nirvana at MTV Unplugged in 1993, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Frisicano
The "Our Band Could Be Your Life" tribute Sunday night at Bowery Ballroom ran more than four hours with 14 bands playing the music of 13 bands (plus a special encore act that covered Nirvana). Set changes were kept short, and bands generally played about 10-15 minutes (between one and four songs). Unannounced guests included Tim Harrington and Lee Ranaldo singing the Minutemen, Craig Finn playing the role of Minneapolis cop, and Dan Deacon's multimedia barrage and three-piece band. More highlights, lots of pictures, and a bunch of videos (UPDATE: NPR has audio of the show) are below...
Deervana by Ryan Barkan
I'll always be a Nirvana fan and I'm currently a huge Deer Tick fan (obviously), but I had low expectations for this Saturday night "cover band" show at Lustre Pearl. There was so much going on in Austin, I had already seen Deer Tick on Friday at the BV day party, and Sunday was the only day I didn't have to be up in the morning, but I followed friends who I would have rather been with than anywhere else anyway, and I'm so happy I did. It ends up Deer Tick does an amazing Nirvana, and the capacity crowd at Lustre Pearl did a great job dancing, crowd surfing and singing along. Someone next to me kept repeating that it was the best thing they saw all week. It definitely felt that way at the moment.
The bill for the night also included Holy Sons (who I was psyched to catch a whole set by after missing most of it at the BV day party Friday), Robert Ellis (an up and coming country singer who I was happy to check out for the first time) and Dawes (who always put on a great show). I knew Deervana would also be done by 2am so that meant I could still jet to either Odd Future at the Vice party or Kanye West at the Vevo party to really end SXSW week with a bang (I ended up opting for my bed instead).
Deervana, who previously played a show in Rhode Island and will be back
again at Brooklyn Bowl on June 19th (part of the Northside Festival), ended their smashing set by smashing their instruments, though if you look closely at the pictures and videos, you'll see they weren't actually the guitars they were playing. More, including a shot of the setlist, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Like he did on stage in California in December (they played "Marigold"), Dave Grohl is bringing together the surviving members of Nirvana for the seventh Foo Fighters album, due out April 12. Produced by Butch Vig, who produced Nirvana's breakout album Nevermind, Grohl has chosen to record the entire album in his garage on entirely analog equipment. He has also confirmed that Nirvana's touring guitarist Pat Smear is again a full time member of Foo Fighters and has recorded on every track on the new album. But most importantly, Nirvana bassist Krist Noveselic recorded bass and accordian for the track "I Should Have Known." Butch Vig talked to MTV News about the recording:
"We had Krist Novoselic come in and play bass [on the song], and I'm not exactly sure what the song's about, but to me, it seems there's definitely some references about Kurt Cobain, and it's one of the most primal, raw things the Foo Fighters have ever done, and I think it's one of the best tracks on the record," Vig said. "It's distorted and raw, and Dave, the take on the vocals is like the first take he did at the end of the song. He's just blowing his lungs out. ... We played the record for some people yesterday, and the whole record is great, but that song, God, it's quite an emotional roller-coaster ride when you hear it."The album also features guest vocals from Bob Mould of Husker Du. You can listen to snippets at FooFighers.FM.
The Foo Fighters are also planning a documentary spanning Dave Grohl's career from his time as the drummer of Nirvana through The Foo Fighters' 16 year career. The film also includes in-depth footage regarding the release of the new album. The film will be making its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, and the band is rumored to be performing at SXSW, as are Queens of the Stone Age and the Strokes (all rumors at this point).
In other Dave Grohl related news, on Wednesday, Matador Press tweeted an illustrated letter from a 15-year old Dave Grohl to Seattle band Aerobic Death about a compilation tape in 1984. That letter and all tour dates below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Horse Feathers @ Bowery Ballroom
Horse Feathers released a 7" vinyl single via Kill Rock Stars on November 2nd. The A side is a cover of the Nirvana song 'Drain You' "done in Horse Feather's own unique style" (aka it's a folk song). Their third album 'Thistled Spring' came out in April on on the same label, and they're currently on tour with Anais Mitchell supporting both pieces of merchandise. That tour hit Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, 11/13. NYC band The Loom, though not on the tour, opened as first of three on the bill.
All tour dates, a video of Horse Feathers covering the Nirvana song live, and more pictures from the Bowery show, below...
photos by Anna Scialli
Deer Tick and Dawes played a sold out, tour-ending show to a packed house at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Friday (7/24).
These United States (who play Mercury Lounge on August 27th) (and two shows at Union Hall the very next day) opened the show. Anna said they had an "energetic, fun alt-country rock vibe", and an "interesting sound with the pedal steel - a good mixture of rock songs as well as more folky slow songs."
Dawes, who also played their own headlining set Sunday night at Union Hall, played second at Bowery to an enthusiastic crowd. They graciously thanked everyone for coming, and thanked Deer Tick for the tour. Deer Tick then joined them on stage at the end for a rowdy version of "When My Time Comes".
Deer Tick's headlining set was a combination of songs off their new album (Born on Flag Day), old favorites off War Elephant, and covers including one Nirvana song and "La Bamba" for the encore that had the stage full with all three bands, members of bands that were just in the audience, and many other audience members as well. Earlier in show Liz Isenberg (who has been touring with the band) came up to sing (as she always does when she is around), and Tick front-man John McCauley (who was and is always engaging the crowd) pulled an audience member on stage so she could sing "These Old Shoes" with him because it was her birthday.
More dates HERE. More pictures below...
by Bill Pearis
Winter Gloves, who got stuck at the border when they were supposed to play here last month, are coming back to the US for a short tour in May, including a May 13 stop at Mercury Lounge. Here's what I said last time:
I caught Winter Gloves last November at M for Montreal where they were already local favorites. Not dissimilar from Tokyo Police Club, we're talking keyboard-driven dance rock with a lot of participatory handclapping. "Let Me Drive," which you can download at the top of this post, is pretty typical of their debut album, About a Girl, which came out last year. They're great live and worth the $8 alone.In addition to "Let Me Drive," check out their cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" the band recorded recently in tribute to the 15th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.
The Mercury Lounge show (tickets) is a great bill: BV-faves Wye Oak headline the show, and Cincinatti's fine Pomegranates also play, so that's three worthy bands. Wye Oak and Pomegrantes are on tour together and played the Bell House in Brooklyn with Croooked Finges the other night. Check out Pomegranates' "Corriander" above too.
Before heading across the border, Winter Gloves will be doing a series of opening dates for Thunderheist in Canada. All dates and the video below...
The members of the legendary and influential alternative rock band The Fluid have announced they will be performing select shows starting this January in Brooklyn & Hoboken, after reuniting to perform at Sub-Pop Records 20th Anniversary Festival in Seattle this past July...Another band associated with Nirvana, the Meat Puppets, were just here this past week and played the same two venues. Video of The Fluid performing at SP20 in July, below...
...Due to timing and the band's associations with Sub-Pop and various acts of the Northwest underground scene-the group were early boosters of Nirvana, and the two acts even shared a split single in 1991-The Fluid has long been lumped in with the period's so-called grunge movement. But in actuality the outfit's unapologetically rock 'n' roll sound bypassed the shallower sludge metal and hardcore punk influences of its contemporary brethren, reaching deeper to hint at the classic styles of forbears like the New York Dolls, The Stooges, the MC5, the Rolling Stones, and the garage bands of the 1960s...
...The Fluid's upcoming shows at Hoboken's Maxwell's on January 16th [tickets], and Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on January 17th [tickets] will bring together all five of the band's original members for one of the most rabidly anticipated musical reunions in years-and one that will give metro area fans the rare chance to once again experience firsthand the band's singular brand of timeless and powerful rock 'n' roll.
"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]
by Ryan Barkan
Gogol Bordello @ Irving Plaza (more by Jefferson)
The second edition of this controversial new feature is back. "It's Not Selling Out Anymore" (or is it?)...
Aggressive racing game, Motorstorm, was one of the most successful titles for the Playstation 3 in 2007 (selling over three million copies world wide). It was only natural then, that Sony Computer Entertainment would get a sequel out in 2008. Enter Motorstorm: Pacific Rift. The game recently hit shelves in the US at end of October and in the UK this past week. The TV spot announcing the new game brilliantly matched Motorstorm's crazy, edgy style of racing on tracks in exotic locations with the "authentic energy" of Gogol Bordello's "Wonderlust King." Watch the video of the commercial below. Gogol Bordello tour dates are HERE.
While Gogol did not make the in-game soundrack, David Bowie, Clutch, Megadeth, The Hives, Simian Mobile Disco, Death From Above 1979, and more all made the cut. Eight of the forty-five songs are exclusive to the game including a remix by Diplo of Nirvana's "Swap Meet" *.
Speaking of exclusives, The Ramones' classic jam "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" was covered by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and singer Jemina Pearl (from the now defunct Be Your Own Pet). Their version exclusively premiered in this past week's episode of Gossip Girl. Love & Rockets made the episode too...though not as an exclusive.
Other Notable Licensing News:
On the tube, One Tree Hill had songs by Ra Ra Riot and Margot & the Nuclear So-So's; 90210 had Florence & The Machine, The Raconteurs, and The Bravery; Grey's Anatomy had The Bird And The Bee, Whitest Boy Alive, and Brett Dennon.
M83's "You, Appearing" provides a solemn background to a French commercial for Douleurs' "Pain Without Borders" commercial. Watch the video below. M83 is currently on a tour of the US (and in NYC this week).
Cadbury's new "Favourites" commercial features the song "Stars and Sons" by Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene. Watch the video below. Pics from the band's recent show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple can be seen HERE.
Supreme continues its love for musical collaborations with the announcement of a Bad Brains x Supreme collection. The line consists of a couple hoodies, a t-shirt, and two different styles of Vans shoes. Bad Brains have been busy lately playing shows in Austin, NYC and elsewhere.
Vans recently released its fourth Iron Maiden tribute shoe, this time featuring the artwork from the Powerslave album. The Sk8-Hi and slip on models are available at the vans online store as well as local distributors.
by Black Bubblegum
Bruce gets Loose, some dude achieves Nirvana (anthonyrigano)
Flipper are kicking off a tour in the month of November at Fun Fun Fun Fest (um, who isn't playing this thing), scooting up the east coast and then out to Europe. NYC gets a date - it's Nov 15th @ The Knitting Factory with locals Excepter and Monotract. Tickets are on sale.
Flipper 2008 looks like this:
Bruce Loose (Not Original Vocals, but close - joined in 1979)Novoselic (Nirvana) hopped on board Flipper in 2006 when the band toured Europe with old friends The Melvins and played the Thurston Moore-curated ATP. The band recently finished recorded a batch of new songs with producer Jack Endino. Endino has produced High On Fire, Valient Thorr, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Nirvana, and most recently, Toxic Holocaust who are touring with Gwar and Kingdom of Sorrow and are playing Irving Plaza on 10/8 (tickets here).
Ted Falconi (Original Guitarist)
Krist Novoselic (Bass)
Steve DePace (Original Drummer)
You can catch Novoselic blogging about politics at the Seattle Weekly. All Flipper dates below....
The Vaselines @ Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ - July 9, 2008 (Music Snobbery)
The Vaselines played Maxwell's last night.
With their setlist, you pretty much got what you came for, unless you wanted Teenage Superstar. Their set was about 45 minuteslong, focusing on their top songs. Their voices haven't aged at all, even though I'd like to meet the person who saw them back in the day and remembers how they played. I can't emphaisze more how unique and special the night was, and then having it be a tribute to the indie rock of 20 years ago. It seems like it could be made today and not feel dated. [Music Snobbery]Tonight is Southpaw (July 10, 2008). Stevie, Bobby and Richard of Belle & Sebastian are playing as their backing band. Bill also pointed out that UK band The Indelicates are the opener. The Vaselines' only other US show is the Sub Pop Festival in Seattle this weekend. Video of Nirvana unplugged, and the Maxwell's setlist, below....
note: Super Tuesday is today, so don't forget to vote.
Wilco and Obama (CRED)
Music blog Hard To Find A Friend contacted a few musicians & industry people, and not surprisingly found out most of them were voting for Obama. Anyone who saw Joanna Newsom at BAM last week knows what she thinks, and Morrissey wears it on his shirt. Craig Wedren, Wilco, The Grateful Dead, and some comedians have also let us know where they stand.
The Guardian also has an article on this very subject today. They report that.....
...On the Republican side... there are not very many famous activist musicians. Ted Nugent, he who once said "We should Nagasaki [Iraq]" has turned out in favour of conservative Mike Huckabee, while moderate John McCain will have Burt Bacharach tickling his ivories. Libertarian long-shot Ron Paul is backed by Krist Novoselic, formerly of Nirvana. Country-singer Pat Boone has loaned his septuagenarian twang to the campaign of Mitt Romney, who can also count on the help of fellow Mormons Donny and Marie Osmond....Other musicians for Ron Paul (not Ru Paul) include John Mayer (I think), and TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek. I wonder what his friend Scarlett Johansson would say. You can see her in one of the two Obama-themed music videos below.....
DOWNLOAD: The Decemberists - Perfect Crime (Junior Boys Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Page France - The Ruby Ring Man (live at the Crocodile Cafe) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nirvana - talk to me (crocodile cafe 1992) (MP3)
"I think it's a blow to the scene," said David Meinert, a local promoter and publicist. "Part of the side effect of the mayor's downtown development plan, which seems to have no room for live music in it. The Croc is an institution. At the same time, things change, and keeping a venue open as long as the Croc has been, through all the changes the music scene has been through, is a very difficult job. I feel for any club owner trying to make it in Seattle."David Bazan played the last show. Nirvana played there. Beth Ditto fell there.
Local musician Chris Martin, a guitarist in local rock band Kinski, called the Crocodile Café "the most exciting club to play in town." [The Seattle Times] (thx Renee)
According to the schedule that is still posted on the club's website "Bobby Bare Jr. and the Decemberists" were supposed to play there on January 26th - which, according to the Tractor Tavern where the show will now take place, is actually Bobby "with members" of the Decemberists. The Decemberists have played with Bobby before, and they're (all of them) scheduled to play Seattle twice just four days later - two of four West Coast shows they have scheduled. It will be the first time they play since cancelling a whole tour due to illness.
It's Mudhoney time in NYC - the first of three shows kicks off tonight (Nov 30) at Maxwell's in Hoboken, and though Mudhoney didn't appear on the show (Meat Pupppets do), I thought this would be a good place to give away one of those new Nirvana Unplugged DVDs. Details on how to win, a video featuring Kurt Cobain playing with Mudhoney, and Blender's list of the "100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever", below.....
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.
Meat Puppets formed in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Melvins formed in the early 80's too - in Montesano, Washington. Mudhoney formed in 1988 - out of the ashes of Green River, and with Matt Lukin (who had recently left the Melvins) on bass - in Seattle, Washington. Nirvana became Nirvana in 1988 too - in Aberdeen (or Seattle), Washington (Dave Grohl joined in 1990).
Mudhoney cites Meat Puppets as an influence. Nirvana was influenced by Mudhoney & the Melvins. Kurt Cobain even unsuccessfully tried out to be in the Melvins. The Melvins' Dale Crover played drums with Nirvana for a bit, and then the Melvins' Buzz Osborne eventually introduced Dave Grohl to Nirvana. Kurt Cobain later became a fan of Meat Puppets after seeing them open for Black Flag.
Meat Puppets and Mudhoney both opened for Nirvana at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona on October 18, 1993. In November 1993, members of Meat Puppets appeared on MTV Unplugged with Nirvana - the Meat Puppets were then mainstream. Kurt Cobain died on April 8, 1994. Meat Puppets went on their first hiatus in 1996. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) and Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) later formed a short-lived band called Eyes Adrift. The Melvins, Meat Puppets & Mudhoney are all currently active bands (again).
Upcoming shows in NYC/NJ, 2007
Oct 05 - Melvins @ Irving Plaza (info)
Oct 06 - Melvins @ Luna Lounge (info)
Oct 17 - Meat Puppets @ Pianos (BrooklynVegan free day show)
Oct 17 - Meat Puppets @ Lion's Den (info)
Oct 18 - Meat Puppets @ Maxwell's (info)
Nov 30 - Mudhoney @ Maxwell's (info)
Dec 01 - Mudhoney @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (info)
Dec 02 - Mudhoney @ Bowery Ballroom (info)
Patti Smith played the new Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (Sept 6, 2007) - two nights later than she was supposed to. I unfortunately wasn't there, but Edwina Hay was on hand do document the festivities. Her report includes the part where Patti humorously read from the Brooklyn Vegan comments. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think that was pretty cool.
Keep reading for more of Edwina's photos & words.....
* WOXY Goes Silent Again
* Notes on Today's Webcasters Blackout
* The Verve reunite, playing shows in UK
* The baby on Nirvana's Nevermind album is 17 (Pic) (via)
* Lily Allen flees UK to New York City
* Pela get in scuffle at Sweet Jane's in Hartford
* heartonastick's Mermaid Parade Pictures
* The 25 Most Ridiculous Band Names in Rock History (via)
* Weezer Comes Back To Life With New Album
* The Rentals touring, etc
"Dr. Martens boots are ‘made to last,’"
See Neko this summer. She's one of many artists playing free shows at Central Park Summerstage.