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NFC News Weezer reveals Nirvana influence
From MTV: "Weezer are returning with a new album next month and in one track have revealed how Nirvana inspired them to form the band. On Heart Songs the group- fronted by Rivers Cuomo- list their influences and mention legends Nirvana.

The lyrics run: 'Back in 1991 I wasnít having any fun, Until my roommate said C'mon and put a brand new record on, It had a baby on it, he was naked on it, And then I heard the chords that broke the chains I had upon me.'

The reference to a naked baby is clearly about Nirvana's classic album Nevermind."


Full story here.

Back in 1998, Weezer played an entire show of Nirvana covers under the name "Goat Punishment".
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NFC News An evening with Krist Novoselic @ The EMP
On June 27, Krist will be speaking at the Experience Music Project museum in Seattle, WA. The event begins at 7 PM in the JBL Theater. He'll be answering questions related to the Seattle music scene as posed by Jacob McMurray, EMP curator. Note that he will also be playing a show with Flipper that same night at The Funhouse, close to the EMP.

More info: "The Oral History Live! series features intimate interviews before a live audience. In June, join us for an evening with Krist Novoselic, the acclaimed rock musician best known as the bassist for Nirvana. In addition to performing with Nirvana, Novoselic currently plays in the band Flipper and has been active in politics, including creating the Joint Artists and Musicians Political Action Committee (JAMPAC). JAMPAC has been active in local politics including fighting the Teen Dance Ordinance, a 1985 law that limited the ability of minors to attend shows. Novoselic published his first book, Of Grunge and Government: Letís Fix This Broken Democracy, in 2004. The Oral History Live! series is sponsored by Wells Fargo."

The EMP is located at 325 5th Ave. in Seattle, Washington (US). Be sure to mark this day in your calendar if you're in the Seattle area! Info courtesy of The Examiner and the EMP websites.
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NFC News Upcoming Flipper tour dates
As mentioned in the previous story, Flipper will be playing some more shows soon. Here are the tour dates if you want to catch them live with Krist Novoselic on bass:

June 27, 2008: The Funhouse - Seattle, WA
June 28, 2008: Hell's Kitchen - Tacoma, WA
July 26, 2008: The Fillmore - San Franciso, CA (Pioneers of Punk)

As for the latter show at the Fillmore, the bill is completed by The Avengers, The Mutants, Negative Trend and Target Video. The tickets are on sale NOW through Ticketmaster.

For more on Flipper, including live MP3s and tour dates, check out their Official MySpace.
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NFC News New Krist Novoselic interview by Kurt Danielson (TAD)
Kurt Danielson who played, recorded and toured with TAD just did an interview with Krist Novoselic for the Seattle Music Examiner. In the interview, Krist gives us an update on his activities and some more insight into his career in music of the last few years. As you probably know, Krist joined legendary punk band Flipper a couple of years ago and will be playing shows with them again in June.

An excerpt from the article: "As a tribute to Nirvana, Flipper has been playing a cover of Scentless Apprentice, which is off of In Utero, Nirvana's last non-compilation studio recording. It's a bit strange for Krist to be playing a cover of a song for which he wrote the bass-line, but it's not strange to be playing in Flipper, a band which embraces the kind of cathartic punk ethos that originally heavily influenced both Krist and Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain as well as the Nirvana sound in general."

Read the complete article here, courtesy of the Seattle Music Examiner.
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NFC News "Rape Me" on 'Bad songs by good bands' list
On a Spinner.com chart of "Bad Songs By Good Bands", Nirvana made it to spot #13 with Rape Me: "With its look-at-me outrageous title begging to be misinterpreted, Kurt Cobain and his unhelpfully obtuse lyrics managed to alienate the women he claimed to write this song in solidarity of. The big box stores refused to stock 'In Utero' on its shelves until Cobain agreed to change the track's name to 'Waif Me.' It says a lot when Wal-Mart's censorious meddling actually improves a song." Courtesy of spinner.com.

Other songs on the list include classics by Smashing Pumpkins, Kiss and U2. See the full list here.
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NFC News Dave Grohl writes open letter to Metallica??
Allegedly, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl has written an open letter to Metallica who are currently working on their latest album:

Hey, it's Dave! Remember me? Yeah, I'm the guy that's been listening to your band faithfully since 1983. I bought your first album 'Kill 'Em All' from a mail order catalogue called Under The Rainbow, I think. Actually I can't remember. It was 1983 for Christsakes! But that album changed my life and I've been listening to your albums ever since (even 'St Anger'!).

"I can't wait to hear the new shit, and no matter what you guys do I'll always be first one at the shop waiting to hear it. I'm sure you'll come out and blow everybody's fuckin' minds, because you're fuckin' METALLICA!

"Good luck. And don't release it until it's kick-ass.

"Yours, Dave Grohl.

"P.S. Are you finished recording the drums yet?"


Courtesy of Blabbermouth and NME. Read more here.
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NFC News MTV interview with Courtney Love from 1994
MTV is combing through their vaults and uncovered a 1994 Kurt Loder interview with Courtney Love where she talks about the recent loss of her husband and the new Hole album which also came out that year. Check it out here.
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NFC News Nirvana cover @ Studio Brussels
From Wim in Belgium: The Belgian radio station Studio Brussels is celebrating its 25th birthday. They are doing a "rendez-vous" special where they let a band cover a song of each year from 1983 up to 2008. For the year 1991 they've chosen the band Hooverphonic to cover Nirvana's In Bloom. For more information (in Dutch) you can go to this page. To hear the cover you have to click on "Herbeluister" (re-listen, translated literally). Thanks to Wim!
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NFC News Upcoming auction features unique Nirvana items including guitar used on first Cobain demos
The upcoming "Icons of Music" auction to be held in New York on May 31 will include a number of unique and fascinating items of music memorabilia. The auction includes some Nirvana-related memorabilia:

  • Item #370: Kurt Cobain played bass
    Sears model bass guitar, serial number 20180. In 1982, according to Cobain's Aunt Mari Earl, Cobain recorded his first demo at her home in Seattle using this bass. The demo was called "Organized Confusion" a name he wished to call his band. In 1985 under this band moniker Cobain recorded a second demo also using this bass called "Fecal Matter." Accompanied by letter of authenticity from Cobain's aunt Mari Earl and a photo of Cobain playing the guitar.
    - estimate: 40000.00 - 60000.00 USD

  • Item #371: NIRVANA "SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT" MTV MUSIC AWARD
    MTV Video Music Awards Moonman, dated 1991-1992, awarded to Nirvana for Best New Artist 1992 for "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
    - estimate: 4000.00 - 6000.00 USD

  • Item #372: KURT COBAIN SIGNED MAGAZINE ARTICLE
    Signed page from the Australian magazine HM (Hot Metal), signed "Kurdt" in black marker over Cobain's photograph, c.1991. A quote from the accompanying article reads:"...except for autographs. I don't mind compliments from people but autographs are becoming really obnoxious for me. I am planning on having an official Kurt Cobain autograph stamp made up." 15 3/4 by 26 1/4 inches, matted
    - estimate: 600.00 - 800.00 USD

  • Item #373: KRIST NOVOSELIC NIRVANA BASS
    Ibanez Black Eagle bass, serial number F760076, mahogany body, pick guard has been removed, neck has been replaced. Novoselic used this bass on tour with Nirvana in 1992-1993. At one point he smashed the bass on stage and broke the neck, which he had replaced. Black case is beat up and road weary. Accompanied by a signed letter from Novoselic. In part: "Please play the heck out of that bass. I know I did." A photograph of Novoselic with the bass on stage from Halloween 1993 also present.
    - estimate: 10000.00 ó 20000.00 USD

  • Item #374: KURT COBAIN STAGE WORN JACKET
    Dark cerulean velvet jacket, with six brass buttons, worn by Kurt Cobain on December 13, 1993 at a MTV Live and Loud at Pier 48, in Seattle Washington. No tags present.
    - estimate: 6000.00 - 8000.00 USD

  • Item #375: NIRVANA SIGNED LETTER
    Mailed October 14, 1991, Newsletter from Nirvana, printed on green paper, accompanied by t-shirt order form, with tour dates listed on reverse. Newsletter is signed "Chris," "Kurdt" and "Dave."The newsletter was mailed one month after the release of "Nevermind" which shot Nirvana to mainstream stardom. Both the newsletter and order form exhibit the early 90s DIY spirit of cut and paste plus photocopying. The newsletter has a brief and amusing anecdote about spelling "Kurt's" name as "Kurdt." But lacks an explanation of why "Krist's" name is spelled "Chris."
    - estimate: 800.00 - 1200.00 USD

  • Item #376: NIRVANA - MUDHONEY CONCERT POSTER
    Nirvana and Mudhoney poster from October 29, 1991 at the Fox Theatre in Portland, Oregon, yellow with green print. 17 by 11 inches This concert was on the same day that the album "Nevermind" went gold.
    - estimate: 600.00 - 800.00 USD

  • Item #377: DAVE GROHL CUSTOM SIGNED GIBSON
    Inspired By Series Gibson Custom Dave Grohl guitar, serial number DG 174, based on Grohl's Gibson Trini Lopez guitar, laminated maple body and one-piece mahogany neck, Burstbucker pickups, diamond shaped f-holes, Pelham blue finish, inscribed "Cheers Dave Grohl" in black marker also present, accompanied by a Gibson Custom certificate of authenticity also signed by Grohl.
    - estimate: 600.00 - 800.00 USD

    Out of the 502 items in total, there's also rare letters, guitars and other memorabilia from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra.

    A full listing of the items is available here. More info about the auction here.

    The items will be exhibited for the public in Ireland, Los Angeles and New York. The actual live auction begins at the Hard Rock Cafť in New York on May 31 at 10 AM, EST.

    From the press release:

    "U2's the Edge announced the Icons of Music Sale II to benefit Music Rising to be held on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square. This second annual auction event, hosted by Julienís Auctions (www.juliensauctions.com), will offer one of the most significant collections of music memorabilia from many of music's greatest legends with proceeds benefiting Music Rising (www.musicrising.org), a campaign co-founded by U2's the Edge, legendary producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz in 2005 to aid musicians of the Gulf Coast Region in regaining their livelihood after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita."
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