Posts Tagged ‘nirvana’

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Study Break-Soundgarden

March 25, 2011

Before Nirvana turned their punk sound into what people would later think is grunge, before Pearl Jam sold tickets NOT through ticketmaster, before Alice in Chains went into the flood again, there was Soundgarden.  Soundgarden were the perennial rockers of Seattle.  Led by the riffs of Kim Thayil, the insane rhythm section of Matt Cameron and Ben Sheperd(Yes , Hiro Yamaoto too) and the fearless vocals of Chris Cornell, Soundgarden helped transform a Seattle trend into the defining sounds of the early 90’s.  Everyone says Grunge died when Kurt Cobain blew his overrated, at certain times, brain all over a wall, but true fans of grunge knew it died when Soundgarden broke up in 1996. Read the rest of this entry ?

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My Favorite Tracks of The Past Week: 2/8/2011

February 8, 2011

Sick as a muhh yo.  Don’t think I did that shit intentionally just to diss you.

Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle (Pretty Lights Remix)

Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)

James Blake – Wilhelm’s Scream

The Hood Internet – Real You (Lil’ B vs. Gold Panda)

Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

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Throwback: Nirvana – MTV Unplugged

February 1, 2011


Damn, what happened to the interesting musicians?  The best we have today is Lady Gaga, who is more known for her outfits than anything she has ever said or any music she has ever created for that matter.  Nirvana’s studio albums sound dated today, but this album is absolutely timeless.  Kurt was an absolutely fantastic performer and IMO he gets more mileage out of these covers (about half of the album is covers) than he would out of performing Nirvana’s “hits” (though “Come As You Are” and “All Apologies” are on here).

It’s funny that he covers Bowie, as they were both dynamic personalities*, even though I love Bowie’s music/hate him as a person and love Cobain as a person/am so-so on his music for the most part.  I wonder what Nirvana’s legacy would have been if Kurt didn’t die**?  Something interesting I was reading from Chuck Klosterman was that our collective hindsight generally forgets that Nirvana was plunging out of public favor and was less popular than Pearl Jam before Cobain died.  My guess is that Nirvana would have remained critical darlings and become a cult band, something like the career of The Clash.  Hipsters today would love Nirvana (right today they’re fairly indifferent or dislike them if anything).

Some interesting reading for your Tuesday:  Kurt’s rant in the liner notes of Insesticide and David Bowie’s infamous 1976 Playboy interview (long but incredibly interesting and revealing).

DL:  Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover) (224 kbps)

DL:  Nirvana – Lake of Fire (Meat Puppets cover) (224 kbps)

DL:  Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Lead Belly cover) (224 kbps)

Bonus:

DL:  David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (320 kbps)

*  I mean all musicians are fuckups to a degree, but at least they were interesting fuckups (unlike say…Axl Rose)

**  “Wasn’t murdered”