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NFC News Meat Puppets to play classic second album live at UK show
Meat Puppets will play their classic second album II as part of the Don't Look Back season this December.

This will be an exclusive performance; Meat Puppets will not be playing the LP at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival. This is of course the band's most influential LP and the one that had three of its songs covered by Nirvana at their Unplugged show.

The show will take place at London's small ULU venue on December 4th.

Full info follows:

ARTIST: MEAT PUPPETS PERFORMING 'MEAT PUPPETS II'
SUPPORT ACT: TBC
VENUE: University of London Union (ULU)
DATES: THURDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2008
TICKET PRICE : 14.50
VENUE ADDRESS: Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY
VENUE TELEPHONE: 020 7664 2000
DOORS OPEN: 7.30PM
TICKETS: www.seetickets.com, www.ticketweb.co.uk, www.wegotickets.com, www.gigantic.com & www.stargreen.com

Thanks to Jamie for this one.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-13-2008 @ 2:34 PM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Buy Kurt Cobain's watch...!
"Kurt Cobain's Personally Owned, Stage and Screen-Worn Wrist Watch. It was the only watch he wore, according to good friend and legendary Babes in Toyland singer Kat Bjelland. Kurt Cobain's wrist watch, like most pieces in his wardrobe, was staple. Worn until his last days, the watch was everywhere."

The watch is currently part of an online auction, expected to fetch past $35,000 ...

Thanks to Mark for the tip.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-12-2008 @ 8:15 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News The Slip guitarist covers Nirvana song
Brad Barr (guitarist for Boston-based band The Slip) has released an instrumental guitar version of "Heart Shaped Box" on his new album. You can check out an mp3 of the cover here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-12-2008 @ 8:05 AM (GMT) by RH.

NFC News Foo Fighters My Hero used without permission for Republican campaign
The Foo Fighters recently issued a statement accusing Republican candidate John McCain of using their 1997 hit My Hero as an anthem for the presidential campaign, without asking the band for permission.

And as the Foo Fighters made clear in the statement, Republican senator John McCain isn't, er, their hero.

"It's frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property," they growled. "This isn't the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist."

The band said that permission to use the song was not sought from them, their management, their label or their publisher.

"The saddest thing about this is that My Hero was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential," the statement reads, although many fans have speculated that the song, written by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, refers to his admiration for former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain.


More about the scandal here and here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-09-2008 @ 7:41 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Goldberg talks about Cobain in new interview
In a recent interview for the Seattle Times, former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg talks about his newly-released book Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business and about some of the artists he's worked with, especially Kurt Cobain, whom he calls "the greatest rock artist I would ever work with."

I know one thing for sure: That he wanted to be successful, that he insisted on it. He came to L.A., no one made him. Plenty of artists from that punk scene didn't come searching managers out, didn't decide to go on major labels.

The fact that he wanted success didn't mean that he liked all the things he got when it happened. He loved the integrity of the punk culture and never wanted to betray it, and it pained him when he thought he was betraying it
, Goldberg told Seattle Times music critic Patrick MacDonald.

The former Nirvana manager also talks fondly about Dave Grohl, although he admits he didn't know him too well, and praises Krist Novoselic's political activism.

Krist is so serious about his political activism. So disciplined. I am so impressed with him. He's like a policy wonk. He's highly sophisticated. Not the image of the big bass player who threw the bass into the air and it hit him on the head. He is so serious. I admire him a lot.

Read the full article here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-07-2008 @ 5:23 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News Cobain's ashes not stolen, says Courtney Love rep
According to Gigwise, Kurt Cobain's ashes were never stolen from the home of Courtney Love, as previously reported by tabloids.

Love's publicist, Alan Nierob revealed that Cobain's remains "were never taken" and said the story had been "erroneously reported".

Nierob responded after a German artist claimed she would smoke Cobain's ashes as part of an exhibition at Berlin's Wagner + Partner gallery later this month.

A statement for the exhibition said Natascha Stellmach had "acquired" Cobain's ashes by a "kind of magic" and would smoke them in order to free Cobain "into the ether from the media circus".


More here.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-02-2008 @ 11:42 AM (GMT) by Oana.

NFC News New book by Charles Peterson
"Acclaimed rock photographer Charles Peterson is back with a new subject: the world of contemporary breakdancing. B-boying, as it's referred to by its adepts, centers around the cypher (circle) created when b-boys and b-girls gather to practice or to battle.

Bigger and badder than ever, breakdancing has grown since its beginnings in the early eighties to become a global youth phenomenon today. Yet it remains a highly individualized practice. All one needs to get down are some beats and a smooth floor (and, of course, scads of strength, style, and brio).

With Cypher, Peterson takes a fresh look at this phenomenon with his own brand of fine-art documentation: part Larry Fink, part Barbara Morgan, with a heaping dose of the spirit that defined his previous powerHouse monograph, Touch Me I'm Sick. He focuses not only on some of the most radical performances by today's most talented breakers, but also on the fans, the sidelines, and the camaraderie of the crews in order to put you inside the world of the b-boy.

Taken primarily with cumbersome medium-format cameras, the photographs have the depth and resolution normally associated with high-end fashion and portrait photography - even when the subjects are caught spontaneously in mid-air! Despite the awkwardness of the method, the photos still have all the buzz and excitement found in Peterson's iconic images of the grunge movement, with an added twist of unexpected elegance.

Cypher was shot over a period of six years, primarily in Peterson's hometown of Seattle, as well as at major events over the last few years in Los Angeles, New York City, and Portland, Oregon."


The book is available now. More info here.

Charles Peterson did numerous photo sessions with Nirvana and often photographed the band live, becoming their official photographer. His work was also used in the recent documentary, About A Son.
Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 10-01-2008 @ 12:47 PM (GMT) by RH.
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