June 5th, 2014

Spin: Get Yourself Control: The Oral History of Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’

Michael Beinhorn (producer): [Artis the Spoonman] takes his shirt off, and he’s like, “I hope someone’s got a video camera here, because you’re going to want to film this.” We start running the track [“Spoonman”], and he just starts picking these tools up, and he strikes the living crap out of himself with them. I’m not talking about light slaps, either; some of them are big, hard pieces of metal. Within a very short period of time, there was blood flying everywhere. It was actually quite beautiful to watch because he was almost like a dancer; it was flowing and graceful…. but it was also incredibly brutal.

April 8th, 2014
We probably went overboard in sucking up to them.
former Spin music editor (and later my boss at Blender) Craig Marks on Spin's Nirvana coverage
March 25th, 2014

Former Spin editor Mark Blackwell posted the above images on his Facebook page last night and encouraged me to share:

"From my collection of stuff…here’s a never-before-seen Polaroid of Nirvana taken as a test during our cover shoot for the October 1993 issue of Spin magazine. It’s been in a box of my old photos for over 20 years. You can see the creases where the Polaroid was folded to approximate the eventual rectangular cropping of the cover. 
Photo by Frank W. Ockenfels III.”

September 19th, 2013

Spin is streaming "American Cow," from the Melvins' forthcoming album Tres Cabrones, featuring original drummer Mike Dillard.

September 8th, 2013

From Spin’s slideshow of cassettes (“bootlegs, official releases, and homemade wonders from back in the day”):

And finally, a bona fide copy of Nirvana’s legendary “Smart Studios” demo — recorded with Butch Vig in April of 1990 — slipped to us by an A&R guy later that year (it was such a hot item that the exec actually tried to obscure the band’s name with Wite-Out). The tape included seven then-new songs along with three from Bleach. Five of those new songs would be re-recorded for Nevermind (including “Pay to Play,” a.k.a. “Stay Away”) along with two that weren’t: “Dive” (released as the B-side of “Sliver”) and “Sappy,” later re-recorded and retitled “Verse Chorus Verse.” It did not have a j-card — this one, such as it is, is homemade.

August 19th, 2013

Drumgasm, the supergroup made up of Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi) and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), release their self-titled debut next week. But you can listen to the full album now via Spin.

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