Back in May, Marek - an NFC visitor spent three weeks in the US,
staying in the Seattle area during the last two days of his trip.
He shot a bunch of photos from areas such as underneath the bridge,
a couple of Kurt's former homes, and at Viretta Park. He was kind
enough to send me these pictures which are now available for download
as one big zip file here. Thanks
a bunch to Marek for these pics.
A different visitor, Melinda, sculpted the Incesticide album cover into marionett style dolls and sent me a picture of it. Check it out here. Thanks to Melinda!
Back in April I wrote a review of the excellent "Nirvana: The Chosen Rejects" book by Kurt St. Thomas and Troy Smith. For some reason I only got around to putting it online now. Find it here.
As mentioned previously in this news section - Krist Novoselic has written
a book, Of Grunge & Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!,
which is set to be published on September 15 2004. The book spans 125 pages
and is priced at a mere $9.95. "One part memoir, one
part political platform, the bass player of Nirvana--the most heralded and
influential rock band of the past twenty years--tells the story of his
own musical and political coming-of-age. From his relationship to Kurt
Cobain to his evolution as a political activist, Novoselic's passion,
intelligence, and integrity come shining through in this moving and
inspirational book." Chapter One of the book is now available
on the website of New York based publisher, Akashic Books. You can find
it here. You can
order the book online here.
In the July 19 update I mentioned Seether covering Nirvana's You Know You're Right live in concert. It turns out they closed their performance at this year's Rock in Rio Lisboa festival with the same cover. I have put up a video of this which you can download here. Other bands performing at the festival included Metallica, Evanescence, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Peter Gabriel, Sepultura, Britney Spears, Sting, Alicia Keys and many others.
The latest Q & Mojo special edition, The 150 Greatest Rock Lists Ever!, is a 148-page collection of funny, useful rock trivia celebrating the best – and worst – of everything, for music fans everywhere, including The Best – And Worst – Nirvana Songs Ever as voted by Q and Mojo readers • plus The 20 Richest Rock Stars Now • 20 Number 2 Hits That Should Have Been Number 1s • 10 Albums You're Supposed To Like More Than You Do • 15 Most Ridiculous Rock Star Duets • 5 Rock Stars With Missing Bodyparts • The 10 Best 'Best Of' Albums Ever • 20 Rock Stars That Have Appeared Naked On Their Own Album Sleeves • The 30 Greatest Metal Songs Of All Time • And More ... On sale now. Available in all good newsagents or by ordering online from here. Thanks to Mark.
Not only in Aberdeen (Washington) are they working on a way to pay tribute to Kurt. Now his hometown of Hoquiam, WA also joins in: "[The] mayor recently signed a proclamation naming Kurt a native son of Hoquiam. This is because Hoquiam was Kurt's first hometown after he was born. I am making a public marker in honor of Kurt and it will be placed in what will be called 'Cobain Rock Garden'. It will feature the marker, a rubbing stone so people can take home a souvenir, a pebble pool so people can leave a small stone from their hometown, and a guitar shaped garden." Thanks to Eric Stubb for this one. For the latest info on the Kurt Cobain Memorial Project in Aberdeen, please check this.
Shane sent in this one: "I was at the Evanescence/Seether show
last night in Toronto and at the end of Seether's performance they played Nirvana's
You Know You're Right. And it was just amazing. They played everything
perfectly, and Shaun Morgan [Seether frontman] had the voice down. After they
played the song, Shaun destroyed the set (vintage Kurt!) and then walked off
with the feedback cranked." After Seether's performance, Evanescence played and
did a cover of Korn's briliant Thoughtless, joined by Korn's own guitar player.
They also played the intro of Would? by Alice In Chains and Zero by the
Smashing Pumpkins, which has been part of their set for a while. Sometimes they also
cover Soundgarden's 4th of July. But yes, the better part of the set is their
own songs ;) Thanks to Shane for the story.
Seether's current single Broken actually includes a cover of Nirvana's Something In The Way performed live on 'X Session', 99x, Atlanta. Of course, the A-side Broken features the beautiful and talented Amy Lee of Evanescence - a great song that can also be found on the new edition of Seether's album, Disclaimer. It is also available on the soundtrack CD to the movie The Punisher. And, speaking of Evanescence, as mentioned here before - their single for Going Under includes a live acoustic cover of Nirvana's Heart-Shaped Box. You can listen to it here.
Now that we're on the subject of popular bands covering Nirvana, I have previously mentioned Velvet Revolver's first single Slither including a cover of Nirvana's Negative Creep. You can now download that track here. The band has been finishing a number of their concerts with this very cover. For those who don't know, Velvet Revolver features former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and three former members of Guns N' Roses: Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan, as well as Dave Kushner of The Cult. Their first album, Contraband, came out last month.
"Has Dave Grohl become a Nine Inch Nail? Grohl has been logging
some time behind the drum kit with Trent Reznor for the brooding rocker's first studio
album since 1999's 'The Fragile'. Grohl's contributions are expected to appear on NIN's
long-awaited new album, 'Bleed Through', due later this year. An unattributed message
on Nine Inch Nails' official website says the band is 'in the midst of a very inspiring
recording session that has everyone thrilled. We're working on a new batch of songs
Trent just wrote and we cannot wait for you to hear them.' " Story courtesy of MuchMusic news.
Sorry for the lack of updates. Aside from Courtney's usual soap-opera lifestyle, there
hasn't been much happening in the Nirvana world. Here's some interesting news though:
"Kurt Cobain's guitar is going to be one of the main attractions
of a new exhibition chronicling the long history of the Carling Weekend: Reading
Festival. Featuring music, film, photographs and memorabilia from the musicians and
fans, 'Music, Mud And Mayhem - 30 Years Of The Reading Festival' will take place at
the Museum Of Reading between August 19 and November 28. Other artefacts sitting
alongside Cobain's guitar from Nirvana's performance at the festival in 1992 include
items from The Stranglers, Foo Fighters and Genesis. The festival arrived in Reading
in 1971 following its move from Plumpton in Sussex. Matthew Williams, museum curator
said: 'The festival has very much become part of life in Reading over the last 30
or so years. Almost everyone here is affected by it, either as fans or residents.
It is a rite of passage that many young people go through and we are hoping to
capture something of that sense of adventure in this exhibition." Story
courtesy of ultimate-guitar.com. Thanks to Shane and Sam for passing it on.
XFM are asking people to vote for their all time favorite top 3 tracks. Last year, Nirvana made it to #2 with "Heart-Shaped Box". They had an additional 5 tracks in the Top 100. More info here. Thanks to Nina for the link.