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.
Spin: On the 20th anniversary of their iconic 1993 breakthrough, now reissued as an expanded package titled ‘LSXX,’ the Breeders’ definitive lineup reunites and AMANDA PETRUSICH dives in, talking with all the key players and supporters who helped make ‘Last Splash’ one of the most exhilarating albums of the decade. [Link]
It’s been really hard to go back and listen. I miss Baker. I miss Layne. I wonder how Layne would be met these days, what kind of music he’d be making or if he’d be a father. And his lyrics [on Above] in particular still sound fresh to me. They still make me feel, and that’s good.
I don’t understand why a band would make a big announcement about breaking up. Why would you do that, unless you actually absolutely hate each other and think there’s no way you would ever get back together or hang out? It always seemed weird to me that Soundgarden made this big statement about breaking up. Obviously, they’re back together. It took them a while but, you know, in those situations, you could just take time off. There’s no need to unfurl a banner. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, right?
New Mudhoney album news via Spin.com: Mudhoney Return With Sleazy Ninth Album ‘Vanishing Point’
It’s due out April 2 on Sub Pop! (Photo by Emily Reiman)