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NFC News Review of LTSO DVD
@N:Zone Magazine did a comprehensive review of the new Nirvana DVD. Read it here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-30-2006 @ 4:13 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Courtney Love to guest-DJ on BBC
"COURTNEY Love is getting her headphones on for a day stint as a DJ. She will be on Radio 6's Selector event, playing rare Hole and Nirvana sessions on December 11. Courtney also plans to talk about her favourite music, and play artists that have influenced her career, including The Beatles and New Order. She said: 'I like to think I have good taste in music.' " Story courtesy of the Daily Record.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-29-2006 @ 4:54 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Smells Like Teen Spirit is best pop song
From ABC News: "Nov. 27, 2006 — Nirvana's iconic 1991 single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' beat out hits from Madonna, Britney Spears and U2 to be named the best pop song in 20 years by Britain's Q Magazine.

In its November issue, which celebrates Q's 20th anniversary, the publication set out to identify the top 20 singles of the past two decades. Their picks range from pop sensations like Britney Spears' ' … Baby, One More Time,' and Outkast's 'Hey Ya' to The Prodigy's punk/techno mix 'The Firestarter' and Guns N' Roses' hard-edged rock ballad, 'Sweet Child O' Mine.'

'The thing about 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' it was a watershed moment in rock music. It changed everything,' said Q magazine deputy editor Gareth Grundy of the iconic Nirvana hit. 'It put heavy music back on the map in the early 90's, really, that combination of punk-rock anger and the heavy Black Sabbath 70's metal. It was something new. Sulky kids everywhere loved Nirvana and continue to do so.'

During its relatively hype-free release, few guessed that front man Kurt Cobain's sound and lyrics would become the defining one of an era. To this day, nearly 15 years after its release, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' remains MTV Europe's most played video and continues to strike a chord with angst-ridden teenagers everywhere.

The songs were chosen by the staff of Q, and while the tunes have little in common, Grundy said they are all 'instantly memorable.'

'The song just basically had to be a good song,' Grundy added. 'We took a poll of all our writers and the staff of the magazine and we counted the vote and the list came in as you see it in the magazine.'

'You can't put your finger on what specifically makes a song great,' Grundy said. 'You know it when you feel it.' "
Read the full story here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-28-2006 @ 1:28 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Flipper tour with Novoselic; more details
Here's some more detailed tour info for the upcoming Flipper tour which features Krist Novoselic on bass. Most of these shows are headlined by The Melvins. You can also follow the links for info on how to buy tickets.

12/01/2006: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon - Tickets
12/02/2006: Portland, OR @ Dante's - Tickets
12/08/2006-12/10/2006: All Tomorrow's Parties Festival (UK)
12/11/2006: London, UK @ The Scala - Tickets
12/13/2006: Manchester, UK @ The Academy 3 - Tickets
12/14/2006: Glasgow, Scotland @ The Garage - Tickets
12/15/2006: Belfast, Ireland @ Lavery's
12/16/2006: Dublin, Ireland @ The Village - Tickets
12/17/2006: Galway, Ireland @ Roisin Dubh - Tickets
12/20/2006: San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord - Tickets
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-25-2006 @ 10:25 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News MTV looking for Nirvana fans based in England
MTV is currently looking for huge NIRVANA fans who are willing to appear in a short piece, talking about how much they adore the band. Ideally, the fan should have a room full of posters and other Nirvana paraphenalia that MTV can film. You should be based in England - possibly London.

If you are interested, contact MTV here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-23-2006 @ 12:37 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Everett True book tour
Come and see Plan B’s editor-in-chief in action, talking about his new book Nirvana: The True Story and magazine publishing, maybe signing the odd napkin or two, in the company of select guests, at the following establishments. All events are free and will feature panel discussions plus Q/A sessions; plus improvised live performance (Scotland only). Please check www.planbmag.com for more details, and further dates.

STOP PRESS: The London date will have a mystery band playing live and acoustic

Monday 20 November, 6pm
Borders Bookstore
Bristol

Wednesday 22 November, 6pm
Borders Bookstore
London Charing Cross Road

Thursday 23 November, 6pm
Borders Bookstore
Brighton Churchill Square

Friday 24 November 6.30pm
Manchester library - Everett True Vs John Robb

Saturday 25 November, 5pm
Edinburgh Forest Café
3 Bristo Place
Edinburgh
EH1 1EY

Sunday 26 November, 11 am
Glasgow Hitherto/Tinderbox
Unit 4 McIntyre Hogg Building
14/1 Ingram St
Glasgow G1 1EJ
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-14-2006 @ 12:55 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Nirvana in San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial about Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. Read it here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-13-2006 @ 1:23 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Krist Novoselic joins Flipper for short tour
Influential punk band Flipper will soon embark on a short tour that begins in Seattle, WA on December 1 and ends in San Francisco, CA on December 20. In the mean time, the band will play shows in the UK and Ireland. The current lineup features Krist Novoselic on bass.

The band reunited last year to support the legendary New York City club CBGB, followed by some live dates in early 2006. Now, the band is back with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana on bass.

Here are the tour dates:
  • Dec 01 Seattle, WA
  • Dec 02 Portland, OR
  • Dec 07 Sommerset All Tomorrows Party’s Festival
  • Dec 11 London, England
  • Dec 13 Manchester, England
  • Dec 14 Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dec 15 Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 16 Dublin, Ireland
  • Dec 17 Galway, Ireland
  • Dec 20 San Francisco, CA

    Below you can view a Flash presentation of the new line-up.



    Courtesy of B. Canfield. More photos and info here.
  • Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-13-2006 @ 12:48 PM (GMT) by RH.

    NFC News Review of "Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!" DVD
    Had someone asked me a while ago what the Nirvana camp should first release on DVD, Live! Tonight! Sold Out!! would be near the bottom of my wish list.

    Nevertheless, a reissue of the 1994 VHS was released worldwide earlier this week - the first official stand-alone Nirvana DVD to come out. The main difference from the original VHS is the fact that the footage has been color-corrected and digitally remastered in 5.1 surround sound (2-channel stereo is also available). The DVD does not offer subtitles, as most other DVDs do.

    The new transfer is clearly better quality than the old VHS, but not a significant upgrade considering that much of the footage was poor quality to begin with (in some cases because inferior sources were used when the footage was originally compiled). Some fans even report that the camcorder footage, for one, looks more granier on the DVD compared to the old VHS.

    The sound, while slightly overdriven, is also better than the VHS and, as mentioned, now available in surround sound. Especially the professionally shot concert footage sounds really good on this DVD.



    The artwork is essentially the same as the artwork that came with the VHS. The DVD doesn't come with a booklet but simply a double-sided thin glossy paper, complete with the same factual errors concerning the dates of certain performances as the booklet for the VHS did ("About a Girl", "Polly", "Endless, Nameless", "Noise" (part of) and "Breed" were recorded in 1991, not 1992, "Something in the way" was recorded in 1992 and not 1991. The extras are also mislabeled as being recorded in 1992 instead of 1991).



    The extras included with the DVD - five songs from Nirvana's 1991 show in Amsterdam - reflect the fact that this is not an 'original' release, but merely a quick and dirty VHS to DVD transfer. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a more uninteresting choice for the extras. For starters, the main program that you've spent the previous 83 minutes watching includes no less than six songs from the very same concert. On top of that, a full pro-shot video of the Amsterdam performance has been widely circulated in collector's circles for at least a decade. In other words, for most members of Nirvana's fanbase, the extras are unappealing at best.

    For the hardcore Nirvana fan, arguably the only reason to get the DVD is to watch a previously unreleased clip of Nirvana performing "On a Plain" at a 1991 rehearsal session. The clip, featuring the complete song, appears after the end credits roll over the screen.

    Otherwise, fans will have to wait for a better DVD to emerge from the Nirvana camp, offering some of the previously unseen material that the 2004 Nirvana box set boasted. Hopefully the next Nirvana DVD to hit the stores will be an actual complete Nirvana concert, e.g. the legendary Unplugged performance of Nirvana's finest hour.

    According to the latest NFC poll, 89% of those participating have pleged to buy the DVD.

    Rating: 2 out of 5.

    Other reviews:
  • Rolling Stone
  • Associated Press
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Watch the DVD trailer here or order the DVD here.
  • Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-12-2006 @ 2:55 PM (GMT) by RH.

    NFC News Nirvana feature in Q Magazine
    The December 2006 issue of the British Q magazine features a Nirvana cover story: "672 days that changed your life" which chronicles two years of Nirvana's career.

    "Included inside this spanking new issue is the definitive feature on how Nirvana and the Nevermind album changed the world, rewriting the rules of mainstream music. Dave Grohl, Courtney Love and many others talk us through the 672 days that changed YOUR life."

    The magazine is available at newsstands now.
    Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 11-12-2006 @ 1:04 PM (GMT) by RH.
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