April 18th, 2014

flowerscrackconcrete:

Sonic Youth in Rotterdam, 1985

Thurston’s holding NON record «Pagan Muzak»

Photo by Carlos Van Hijfte

Reblogged from Flowers Crack Concrete
April 16th, 2014

rollingstone:

"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 14th, 2014
April 13th, 2014

nirvananews:

April 11th, 1991 - Nirvana attends a party with Sonic Youth in Seattle, Washington. Photographer Charles Peterson is present to snap pictures of the two bands together which would be the only photos known to exist of all members shown together in the same shot.

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April 11th, 2014

christopher-walken:

So. I just fucking saw Nirvana play at the bar I work at here in Brooklyn. It was fucking INCREDIBLE. Some of the guest singers were Joan Jett, J Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr), Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)… I can’t handle this. It was just too amazing. Carrie Brownstein was rocking out only a few feet from me. I’m dead. Fucking FUCK, guys. (at Saint Vitus Bar)

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April 11th, 2014

For all those asking about video of Kim Gordon performing “Aneurysm” with Nirvana last night: Here it is, around the 7:10 mark. (Big thanks to Annie Zaleski!)

April 11th, 2014

And there was a Nirvana after-party at a Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus! The band played 19 songs. Joan Jett, J Mascis and John McCauley (Deer Tick) sang, as did Annie Clark and Kim Gordon. Billboard has the details.

(Source: concertfy.com)

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