Simon Reynold’s article in Slate on grunge nostalgia is a good read. Especially the idea that grunge was “the last blast of rock as a force at once central in popular culture yet also running counter to mainstream show biz values.” I agree. The White Stripes might have come as close to that as anyone … Continue reading Do Not Forget Sha Na Na
The story of two dorks trying to scam their way into a legendary club.
Video: Nirvana – “About a Girl” (live in Austria, 1989) This “rarely seen” video may not be “official” but it was passed along via Sub Pop’s Twitter feed, and it’s pretty cool. Dudes are young. MP3: Nirvana – “About a Girl” (remastered) As a big fan of straightforward pop music “About a Girl” has always … Continue reading Nirvana – About a Girl
In case anyone’s confused about why Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic, and now reportedly Courtney Love (who approved the deal) would care about the use of Kurt Cobain‘s likeness in Guitar Hero need look no further than this video: Video: Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5 Love has threatened to sue Activision for allowing Cobain to … Continue reading Video of Kurt Cobain in Guitar Hero
Is rock and roll music a teenager’s game? Meaning: once one enters her or his mid-20s and beyond, does the whole meaning of the music change? In other words, is music the muse or the medium? I say yes.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana‘s Bleach, Sub Pop is releasing a remastered deluxe edition on November 3. The second disc will contain an unreleased live recording of a complete February 9th, 1990 show at the Pine Street Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Full press release and track listing after the jump… … Continue reading 20 Years Ago: Nirvana's Bleach
The NME reports that Nirvana‘s notorious 1992 Reading Festival appearance will be released on DVD this May. Titled Life Takes No Prisoners, the disc features 27 songs, including covers of Boston‘s “More Than a Feeling” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” There’s no US release date nor a listing on Amazon as yet. Track listing after … Continue reading Nirvana Reading Appearance on DVD
MP3: The Vaselines – “Son of a Gun” from Enter The Vaselines, due May 5 on Sub Pop. Kurt Cobain was such a fan of this Scots band that he recorded covers of three of their songs: this one, “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam,” and my all-time favorite Nirvana song, “Molly’s Lips.” Enter The … Continue reading The Vaselines – Son of a Gun
There’s a ton of fascinating information in the state of Washington’s Legacy Project’s oral history of Krist Novoselic (93-page PDF). For example, his name, if spelled the traditional Croation way, Krste, should be pronounced like “cursed.” And his last name should be pronounced “No-voss-o-litch”, although Novoselic himself pronounces it “Novo-sell-itch.” Tons of cool stories about … Continue reading Oral History of Krist Novoselic
Great topic of debate here at Matadornights: Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon. Their list includes: Elliot Smith “Needle In The Hay” Metallica “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” (featuring the late Cliff Burton) Jeff Buckley “Halleluja (live at Sin-e)” Nirvana “Drain You (live in Seattle, WA, October 31, 1991)” Buddy Holly “Everyday” Chris Bell “I … Continue reading Ten Songs By Musicians Who Died Too Soon