April 16th, 2014


"We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again," says Dave Grohl. "That’s what made it so powerful"

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic give us the inside story of Nirvana’s one-night-only reunion.

Some highlights from the piece (though you should read the whole thing):

  • The group reached out to a handful of A-list male rock stars [to sing at the Rock HOF], but none wanted to take on the challenge. “Some of them were nervous,” says Grohl. “I think some of them were maybe apprehensive because of how heavy the whole thing is.”
  • After Jett signed on, they reached out to PJ Harvey. “Kurt loved PJ Harvey,” says Grohl. “We had always imagined playing our song ‘Milk It’ from In Utero with her. It’s a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it.”
  • The goal was to present the guest singers in chronological order. “Joan Jett, who formed the Runaways, changed rock & roll for women,” says Grohl. “Kim Gordon, from Sonic Youth, was this beacon of light in the predominantly macho, male underground punk rock scene. St. Vincent is a wicked musician that’s pushing boundaries now. And Lorde has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist.”
  • It’s no secret that Grohl and Courtney Love hadn’t had the best relationship over the past 20 years, and the induction ceremony marked the first time they were even in the same room in a very long time. “Early on in the evening I just tapped her on the shoulder,” says Grohl. “She turned around and I just said, ‘Hey.’ She said, ‘Hey.’ Then we gave each other a big hug. I said, ‘How are you?’ She goes, ‘Good, how are you?’ I said, ‘All right.’ And she said, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s rock this tonight.’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ That was it.”
  • The original plan was to end the night with an all-star jam on AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell,” but the E Street Band went long on their speeches and the night had gone past curfew. “They expected Nirvana to learn that song,” says Grohl. “It’s hard enough for Nirvana to learn a fucking Nirvana song.”
  • Cameras were rolling [at the after-party show] the entire time, but the group refuses to say what’s going to happen to the footage. “I didn’t even see the cameras,” says Novoselic. “I think they were bolted to the ceiling. I don’t know what Dave is going to do with it. But he’s a film guy. He’ll figure it out and make something good.”
Reblogged from Rolling Stone
April 16th, 2014

Hear a demo version of Soundgarden’s "Black Hole Sun," from the forthcoming Superunknown reissue.

April 16th, 2014


For further proof that the #SubPop SeaTac Airport store isn’t an elaborate hoax, we give you the completed storefront. One fortnight and counting until opening, plan your layovers wisely!

Reblogged from Sub Pop
April 16th, 2014
A Tribute To The Kinks


Melvins - Victoria

B-side from the recent 7” A Tribute To The Kinks. The A-side is Attitude from Everybody Loves Sausages.
Ripped from vinyl, because it was only released on vinyl.

Reblogged from A Bloody Mess
April 16th, 2014
[Prince Andrew is] a nice enough fellow. Nothing happened: I made him really nice tea, and I made him drink out of a mug with his mother on it, which I thought was hilarious. And then he said: ‘So what do you do all day?’ The NERVE.
Courtney Love recounts having tea with Prince Andrew in this excellent Quietus interview
April 16th, 2014


This blog is suddenly trending—probably as a result of my zealous coverage of Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction—so I figured I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself to all my new followers.

Hello, people! My name is Mark Yarm, and I’m the author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (BTW, I am not Mark Arm of Mudhoney—people think I’m kidding when I throw that out there, but the name thing has caused some confusion over the years.) I cover all things grunge (not just Nirvana) on this blog. I’m currently a freelance writer for magazines like Wired and Rolling Stone, so I also share my non-grunge writing on here from time to time.

Hope you enjoy! Be sure to peruse the extensive archive. And, while you’re at it, why not pick up a copy of the book? A Finnish edition just came out, and a Chinese version is on the way. Plus, a deal’s in the works for another foreign-language translation, the details of which I will reveal soon.

Finally, please like the ELOT Facebook page and follow me (@markyarm) on Twitter. Thanks!

April 15th, 2014


We now have a new employee over at @NirvanaPictures ! Go follow this account on Twitter, please and enjoy the daily Nirvana photography.

Reblogged from
April 15th, 2014

Enter this contest to win Soundgarden’s Superunknown 20th anniversary super-deluxe CD box set and an autographed 2-LP vinyl set.

Also, enter to win a copy of music journalist Keith Cameron’s new Mudhoney book (and a poster) here.

April 15th, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme plays a “disappointing gay” on this Friday’s episode of Portlandia.

April 15th, 2014

Veruca Salt announce their first tour dates since 1995 to feature the original lineup. Read about their Record Store Day 10-inch (featuring “Seether” and new material) here.

April 15th, 2014

Spin has an excerpt from the new Dinosaur Jr. oral history/photo book. Here Lou and J talk about the artwork on their first LP:

Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr. bassist):
The cover is by Maura Jasper, who’d met J [Mascis] at U-Mass, and was one of those totally cool punk rock girls hanging out with him, she was part of the crew. J came up with the idea for the first record, “I want a guy standing in a field.” He had a bizarre relationship with this little kid at U-Mass called Artie, they’d formed a weird bond, with J treating him like a whipping boy, and Artie lapped it up and seemed totally bewildered by J’s fascination with him. J wanted Artie’s face on the cover so he took a photo of him and put it there in the corner.

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist): Artie didn’t have too many friends. I met him at college and we would hang out and I’d bring him to some parties. Lou’s view makes it seem like it was a little more cynical, but I was just hanging out with this guy, a fellow freshman who I thought was interesting.

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