Nirvana’s legendary Unplugged in New York has never really had the chance to be evaluated outside of the canonization of Kurt Cobain that followed his entry into the “27 Club.” It’s admittedly hard to hear him sing lines like “I swear I don’t have a gun.” and “Don’t expect me to die,” without thinking about what would tragically follow, only four months after the performance.
But on the 20th anniversary of the song set’s airing, it’s worth considering the performance as a work of music, not mythology. Because as music, it’s incredible. The band run through a tense and brilliant 14-song set in one scintillating take, something unusual at the time for the popular MTV series, and the result is one of the greatest live albums ever—an unforgettable document of raw tension and artistic genius.
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I get the feeling they’re more introverted people than I am. Nobody really talked about deep issues, at least out loud. There was a show at the Mayan in Los Angeles where I got overly enthusiastic and jumped into the crowd, and I know they weren’t thrilled about that. When I got offstage the manager told me not to do that again. I said, ‘Really, for my own safety?’ And he said, ‘No, because the Pixies don’t do that.’
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Happy birthday, Kat Bjelland! (December 9, 1963)
"There’s so many pussy bands on the radio that just aren’t pissed off with anything anymore! Nobody has any balls to say what they honestly feel!"
A day late on this, but happy 50th birthday to Kat Bjelland of Babes in Toyland.
Source: Shutterhound Photography
Shutterhound Photography: “I really cannot explain what is happening here, he took a seat next to his moniter and started crying. The band was rocking near the end of the show while he sat there”.
Pearl Jam - Seattle, WA - 6th December, 2013
Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Mudhoney’s Mark Arm and Steve Turner join Pearl Jam onstage for “Kick Out the Jams” last night in Seattle. (Song starts around the 12-minute mark.)