The auction for a private plane ride and lunch with
Krist Novoselic, as mentioned here earlier, is now
up. The auction ends in 5 days and the current bid
is about 600 bucks. If you win the auction, you will
be taken for a plane ride in Krist's own Cessna 182
Skylane and flown to a restaurant in a city of your
choice for a lunch with the politician and former
Nirvana bassist. Check out the auction here.
The auction is part of a fundraiser for the organization
People for the American Way. They have a couple of other
interesting auctions up as well. View them here.
Thanks to Rob for the link to the Krist auction.
Apparently the new Nirvana box set is selling quite well; it is currently #7 on the amazon.com sales rank for music. A few days ago it was #4. Indeed, as the current NFC poll also shows, most people are very happy with this release. Check the WTLO section for lots of information about this release, including a list of the 'hidden' tracks on the DVD and much more. Or go here if you'd like to buy your own copy of this Nirvana box set.
Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan commented on the new Nirvana box set and the whole aspect of royalties: "The new Nirvana box set With The Lights Out is going to provide a payday for more than just the members of the band. Velvet Revolver's Duff McKagan, who watched the formation of Nirvana as a Seattle native, told The Fox that other musicians who are on the box set -- such as former members of the band and original Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel -- will be seeing royalty payments, which will help some of them quite a bit: 'You know, there's some guys who got cut in on this. The original drummer from Screaming Trees, for example -- he owns a record store, he lives in a little, little town in eastern Washington. He's just about to go under, (and) some lawyer called him and said, 'Well, you know, you're getting such-and-such percentage of this record,' and it's gonna change his life. These guys have been musicians all their lives, and never made a dime. That alone is a great aspect of this box set coming out.' " Story courtesy of 99.3 The Fox. Thanks to Daniela. Duff's current band, Velvet Revolver, did a cover of Nirvana's Negative Creep. Go to the 'misc files' section to check it out.
The documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke will be
shown at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA as part of
a tribute to L.A. Punk filmmaker David Markey. The film is
shown on December 9 at 7:30 PM. Apparently, Markey will be
there to present the film himself, and it will include some
previously unseen footage. For the full press release with
detailed information, click here.
Sony Connect are currently offering the Nirvana box set for purchase online; each song is 99 cents. They are giving away exclusive Nirvana posters for the first 300 that buy the box set from their website. The whole box is priced at just $29.99. You can also buy Nevermind: It's An Interview. Click the banner below to visit the Sony Connect music store. This promotion is for US customers only. Thanks to Ashley.
A laywer for Courtney Love comments that a 'best-of-the-box'
release is coming out in a few years:
" 'I'm personally delighted to see it out,' said Love's
lawyer, O. Yale Lewis. 'Between the greatest hits, released
earlier, and this box set ... it will provide the fans forever
(with) a good mosaic of the music of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.'
Universal's Geffen label recorded close to 400,000 advance orders
of the box set, which officially listed at $60 but was selling
at about $40 at many music stores. Another 100,000 copies were
expected to sell by the end of the first week." Read the
complete story here,
courtesy of AP and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Thanks to GGG.
The prizes for the latest NFC Competition are just about ready to be shipped to the winners. Notice, however, that it may take up to two months for your prize to arrive. One of the prizes had to be cancelled: The "NFC Compilation Best Of" CD as it is not yet finished. Also, I haven't heard back from 4 winners yet: Westley Ford (at msn.com), Ben De Wilde (at hotmail.com), Natisha Gleeson (at rock.com) and Chad Buck (at hotmail.com) If you've changed your e-mail address please let me know. A new competition will be up soon.
People, please stop e-mailing me about the song Suffocation. This song is fake. It has NOTHING to do with Nirvana. The site offering this song has nothing to do with the official box set website.
According to MTV, eBay will soon launch an auction where
you can bid on a dinner with Krist Novoselic! Here's the
story: "Nirvana fans can bid on a lunch
with Krist Novoselic on his private plane as part of People
for the American Way's annual Auction for the American Way.
Beginning Sunday and ending December 5 on eBay, the auction
will also include autographed memorabilia from Madonna, the
Pixies, Green Day, Maroon 5 and John Mayer." Story
courtesy of MTV. Thanks to Ben and Nicky for the link.
Gillian G. Gaar who served as project consultant for the new Nirvana box set wrote an interesting article for the Seattle Times, talking about working on this release: "On April 1, 1998, record producer Jack Endino and I were sitting in Hanzsek Audio as Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic played tapes from the band's last recording session in January 1994 at Robert Lang Studios in Shoreline. Most numbers were jams Novoselic and Nirvana's drummer, Dave Grohl, recorded before lead singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain showed up. Cobain only sang on one song, a haunting number the tracking sheets called 'Kurt's Song #1.' In 2002, the song was officially released on the 'best of' compilation Nirvana, retitled You Know You're Right. But our mission in 1998 was different. We were beginning work on a then-unnamed Nirvana box set. Three years after its original release date in the fall of 2001, the box set, With The Lights Out, is finally being released today." Read the complete article here.
The Tacoma News Tribune did an interview with Aaron Burckhard who was briefly Nirvana's drummer and appears on a couple of the songs included with the box set. Read more here.
I've added some more reviews of the box set to the new section of this site. Check it out here and let me know if you can add any reviews not listed on this page. Thanks.
With The Lights Out is officially released in the U.S. and Canada today.
In a new interview, producer Jack Endino speculates that
a Nirvana live album could be next. He also talks about
how he helped track down recordings for the new Nirvana
box: " 'There could have been a CD of live
stuff. There could have been a CD of acoustic stuff. There
could have been a CD of demos and outtakes. There could have
been a CD of B-sides. Just B-sides alone, you can make a full
CD of that,' Jack Endino says of the new Nirvana box set.
While the band has been heavily bootlegged, the box set pulls
things out of the vault that no one has ever heard before.
'There's a fair bit of this stuff that has been bootlegged,
but a hell of a lot of it hasn't', says Endino, Nirvana's
original producer in the early days and the project consultant
for With the Lights Out. 'Stuff turned up when we really started
digging that had been closely held by various people who didn't
want it bootlegged. Once the word got out we were doing the official
box set, people became a little more open about sharing stuff - 'Oh,
this isn't going to a bootleg. This is the real thing. The family
is involved. Courtney (Love) has given it the OK. Krist (Novoselic)
is involved.' That's a different story.' He first discussed the box
with Nirvana bassist Novoselic back in 1998. 'Basically it was a lot
of detective work,' Endino says. 'I kinda knew where a lot of this
stuff was in the course of my work and being at the epicenter of
things here for years.' He told Novoselic that 'I have copies of a
lot of this stuff on cassette that nobody has heard that I've been
hoarding because I didn't want it to get out.' 'I basically said
'Let me make you a tape of some of this stuff so you can start thinking
about what might be on the box.' Of course, Krist didn't have any tapes.
He lost everything. A lot of this stuff he knew existed, he didn't
have copies of.' Thus began a six-year process of tracking down rumors
and weeding out tapes. Sometimes they had to turn to cassettes and
VHS because the songs existed nowhere else." Read the complete
courtesy of the Rocky Mountain News. Read a similar interview with Endino
here, courtesy of Playlouder.
Over at bandbuilder.com they have a preview of 7 songs from the box set and a couple of videos. Check it out here.
In a new special issue of Q Magazine, they have made a list of the 100 Greatest Icons. Kurt Cobain is #5 on the list which is topped by John Lennon. Thanks to Sean.
A couple of articles about the box set: Toronto Star, Stuff and Sunday Times.
With The Lights Out is officially released internationally today.
An interesting story from Billboard:
"With numerous releases flowing through stores in the next
several weeks, many retailers are most excited about the
Nirvana boxed set, 'With the Lights Out', which comes out
Nov. 23. The defunct grunge trio's Geffen Records collection
'could be the biggest boxed set of all time', says Bryan Everitt,
director of music purchasing for Amarillo, Texas-based Hastings
Entertainment. 'I don't think there is a more dedicated fan
than the Nirvana fan.' Musicland senior music buyer Scott
Faragher also smells a hit. 'Nirvana's boxed set will be the
most sought-after boxed set this year,' he says. 'It will
appeal to the original Nirvana fan and also (to) the legions
of new alternative rock fans, since Nirvana, to most people,
was the beginning of the genre.' 'Stocking stuffer' is what
Jerry Kamiler, music divisional director of purchasing for
Trans World Entertainment, is thinking, although he suspects
many people will buy it for themselves. 'Everybody who ever
bought a Nirvana album, who is a fan, will want this. Those
people want this music. The key is its unreleased material,
and the DVD is very interesting.' " Full story here.
Chad Channing will be on Andy Savage's morning show on K-ROCK 96.5 in Seattle this coming Tuesday (November 23). Check out this website for more info.
HYPE! - a movie about the 90s Seattle music scene will finally come out on DVD. It is scheduled for a December 21, 2004 release. Thanks to Mika. Order it here.
Despite the fact that the Nirvana box set wasn't supposed to be
released officially until next week, several fans have already
obtained their copy. Apparently, stores around Europe have been
selling it from the 19th - one fan even reported buying it from
a store on the 18th. Particularly The Netherlands and Ireland seem
to be operating with a November 19th release date for some reason.
In any case, the box should be available in most of the world on
Monday and in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday (November 23, 2004).
Click here to read my review of it.
I recently got a copy of East of the Equator's debut album, Technology Nursery (to be released on December 6) and received permission to put up a couple of songs from it here. The band features former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing on drums, Travis North on vocals, Erik East on guitar, Mike West on bass and Ric Autumn on guitar. The album was produced by Jack Endino.
A short intro to the band from Chad himself: "As many of you may know, I've been in a number of bands since Nirvana and for one reason or another things didn't stick. However, the situation and people I play with now are a very dedicated bunch, and it just over-all has a different feel going on. Everything I've done has been very different from one band to the other. EOE (East of the Equator) is another direction for me in music. We all have fun together and enjoy what we do. Hopefully you will to. Take care all!"
Channing, of course, is prominently featured on the upcoming Nirvana box set, i.e. in the 1990 In Bloom video. Visit the East of the Equator website for a bio and a link to use to pre-order the album for just $9 USD.
In a special edition of Rolling Stone Magazine to be published
tomorrow, they list the top 500 rock songs of all time. At spot
#9 is Nirvana with Smells Like Teen Spirit - the only song
in the Top 10 written after 1971! In fact, only 3 current hits
made the Top 500. The list was compiled by a panel of recording
artists, producers, label execs, critics and songwriters. It is
topped by Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone from a 1965 album.
Click here for the full story.
Speaking of Rolling Stone, their April 1992 cover story on Nirvana
can be found online here.
Thanks to Michael for the link.
Earlier this month, a sampler CD was sent out to select radio stations in the US promoting With The Lights Out. It contains a selection of 7 songs from the box set and they are:
Over at BBC 6 in the UK they are having a Nirvana give away
next week: To celebrate the release of the
hugely anticipated Nirvana Box set, BBC 6 Music is
giving listeners the chance to win 5 of these unique collections
with our special 'Nirvana-rama' competition. All week, listeners
will hear a small clip of a classic Nirvana track disguised with
the use of our vintage 80's keyboard found in someone's attic and
given a good dusting down. If you can filter out the rubbish drum
fills and bossa nova beats and spot the actual tune, you'll be in
with a chance of getting your hands on the precious Nirvana Box set.
Here's when to listen out for our 'Nirvana-rama' clips throughout the week:
Plus, if you're unlucky with our on-air competition, we got a very special prize to give away online all week. Just click here from Monday to be in with a chance of winning a rare gold disc for Nirvana's Greatest Hits album!
Another competition just ended. I have now given away three pairs of tickets for the upcoming Nirvana tribute show in Manchester. The lucky winners are: Jeff Extine, Lyle Christine and Kurt Higham. Thanks to the 105 folks that entered legitimately with the correct answer.
I've just launched a comprehensive new section dedicated to With The Lights Out, the Nirvana box set coming out soon. Check it out here. If you have anything to add (i.e. reviews from the media), please contact me.
The official website at www.nirvanabox.com was updated again. Interestingly, it now allows you to listen to "Nightly Nirvana", a special feature that will be broadcast on radio stations in the coming week. It includes clips from a bunch of Nirvana's songs mixed with interview segments. Also available on the website now is some more reviews and the song "In Bloom" is playing when you enter the site.
I recently ended the 11th NFC Competition which offered no less
than 40 prizes, including several Nirvana-related books signed
by the authors; CDs; posters; magazines and much more. The lucky
winners have all been contacted. They come from all corners of the
world - i.e. Ireland, Finland, Denmark, England, Belgium, Holland,
the US, Australia, Canada, Hungary and Germany. The winners are:
Mads Pedersen, Bernard McKeever, Tiina Roiha, Garry Driver, Charlie
Miller, Gilles Van Schuylenbergh, Westley Ford, Jeroen de Wit, Aaron
Hood, Marc Massar, Ben De Wilde, Rhys Potter, Natisha Anne Gleeson,
Kasper Nielsen, Lasse Jensen, Mette Hessøe, Jeppe Kristensen, Greg
Roberts, Shawn Cothern, Elijah Jones, Jussi Kallio, Trevor Howlett,
Chris Stapleton, Neil Jaramillo, Ronni Foged, Dmitry Kichenko, Kevin
Sinclair, Michael Salzer, Boros Vera, Patrick Brock, Esmer Paul, Rich
Raynor, Kent Bendall, Chad Buck, Scott Reifinger, Cassandra Burgess
and Robin Panattoni. You will all receive your prizes as soon as
possible. Notice that the "NFC Compilation: Best Of" prize was cancelled
as the CD is not yet finished. A new competition will be up soon.
As mentioned in yesterday's update, a BBC Radio One show played the acoustic version of You Know You're Right from the upcoming box set. Today, on the same show, they played the 1990 acoustic version of Lithium. This track was previously made available by Apple's iTunes service for 99 cents.
Today on the BBC Radio One show Zane Lowe they played a previously
unreleased song taken from the upcoming Nirvana box set: the 1994
acoustic version of You Know You're Right. The track is simple
at best, but an interesting glimpse at what the box has to offer and
what Kurt worked on during the final few weeks of his life. Zane Lowe
promises to play another track from the box during tomorrow's show
which airs at 7 PM in the UK (on BBC's Radio One). For the time being
you can listen to Monday's show here.
You Know You're Right is about an hour and 47 minutes into the stream.
You can also listen to the song here.
The Nirvana box set will go for just $39.99 at Easy Street Records in Seattle, WA. They are having a midnight sale on November 22 to mark the release. At this event, you will also get a free poster and t-shirt when you purchase the box! While supplies last, anyway. Quite a deal indeed. The store is located at Queen Anne, 20 Mercer Street and West Seattle, 4559 California Ave SW. Thanks to GGG. Check out their website here for more info.
A letter Kurt Cobain penned to his wife is up for auction: "Written during Nirvana's 1991 British tour, the letter is expected to fetch between £6,470 and £7,550 at a sale of rock memorabilia on December 17. Headed 'Courtney Love Breakfast Fax', Cobain wrote the note in a Sheffield hotel room in black ballpoint on lined 8 x 11-inch paper and complains about feeling unwell after hallucinating on LSD." To read the full story, including excerpts from the letter, click here. Story courtesy of NME. Thanks to Suze for the link.
Jack Endino (who engineered Nirvana's debut album and worked with
them a number of times) updated his Nirvana FAQ. He says that
If You Must and Pen Cap Chew were not remixed for the
box set; he was given a chance to hear the fabled Fecal Matter
Demo which was not included on the set for some reason (he doesn't
know why); the box includes three tracks from the 1987 KAOS show;
Blandest will be on the box; Ain't It A Shame will
be on the box 'along with an unfinished intro from the same session
called Grey Goose and a Kurt solo (vocals/guitar) version of
a traditional song called They Hung Him On A Cross'. Check out
the complete FAQ here.
The Observer reviewed the Nirvana box set today. Read the view here. Please let me know if you come across any reviews of the box in the media.
Last night, MTV2 in the US aired an interesting special
with clips from the DVD that is included with the forthcoming
Nirvana box set, as well as clips from some of the CD's.
Some of the highlights included Don't Want It All (home
recording), Immigrant Song (Krist's Mom's house 1988),
Blandest (studio session 1988), School (Seattle, WA
show from September 1990 with Dan Peters on drums), Love Buzz
(Olympia, WA show from October 1990 - first show with Dave Grohl on
drums), Drain You (demo 1990), Jesus Don't Want Me For A
Sunbeam (Seattle, WA show from October 1991), Smells Like
Teen Spirit (Seattle, WA show from April 1991 - first ever live
performance of this song) and finally some clips from the 1993 session
in Rio, Brazil. Very cool indeed! The show will air again today at 10:30 AM (ET).
The official website for the new Nirvana release at
www.nirvanabox.com has been updated. It now offers the
trailer that MTV put up a few days ago as well as the
1990 In Bloom video - taken from the DVD that is included
with the box set. The website also offers a couple of new
photos and a review. Check it out here.
Thanks to Dinesh, Kevin, Greg, Andrew and David for the news.
Some people have been unable to view the trailer that MTV put up
a couple of days ago, promoting With The Lights Out. In
particular, people using Macintosh computers were apparently
unable to view the trailer. Here are links to the trailer in different
formats which will enable everyone to view it properly (courtesy of Universal)
MTV just put up a very, very cool trailer to promote the upcoming
Nirvana box set, With The Lights Out. The trailer includes
video footage from the DVD and sound clips from the three CDs that are
included with this much-anticipated release. Some of the songs
that we hear clips from include: Dumb (radio 1991), Even
In His Youth (studio session 1989), Sliver (home demo 1989),
Serve the Servants (home demo 1993), Old Age (Nevermind outtake 1991)
and Blandest (studio session 1988). There were also clips of at
least three different songs that I didn't recognize! One of
them is most likely Do Re Mi (home demo 1994)
As for the video footage, they showed clips of the rehearsal at Krist's Mom's house in 1988, footage of Kurt fooling around as a teen, a performance of Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin cover), clips from their 1991 Halloween show in Seattle, the June 1989 record store gig, Dave's first show, the 1993 studio session in Rio with Kurt playing drums for their Seasons In The Sun cover, and much more. Everything appeared to be in quite good quality, too. Spectacular! Did I mention Old Age? Fans are going to go nuts over this! View the trailer here (courtesy of MTV and Universal).
Some screenshots from the trailer. Click image to view it in full size (thanks to MTV).
A track from the box set With The Lights Out is now available from Apple's iTunes music store: the complete solo acoustic performance of Lithium from the September 1990 session at KAOS radio in Olympia, WA. The song is only 1:51min long but still longer than the incomplete version that has been available in the community for years. iTunes apparently secured the exclusive rights to sell this song ahead of its release. You can buy the song for 99 cents at iTunes here. Also see a screenshot here (courtesy of Bill Termunde at LN).
As I mentioned more than a year ago, British author Rob Jovanovic has been working on a book called "Nirvana - The Recording Sessions". This book has now finally been published. As the title suggests it chronicles all of the known recording sessions that the band did, and all of the known Nirvana-related songs. From the back cover:
"This is the first book to put Nirvana's music centre stage; unashamedly ambitious, it traces the evolution of the band - and of the individual songs and albums - from early rudimentary jams to the finished masterpieces. Over 25 sessions plus private recordings between 1982 and 1994 are analysed session-by-session and track-by-track." I have now written a review of this excellent book which you can read here.
The book is out on FireFly Publishing in the UK. It will be published in the US in January I believe, although Amazon list it as being in stock (it is possibly an import). Buy it here.
You may also visit Helter Skelter bookstore for more info.
The official website for promoting Nirvana's upcoming With The
Lights Out boxset has been updated. The update includes the
complete tracklisting and the official press release that Universal
Music released earlier this week. There is also a link to the Quicktime
website which suggests that video clip(s) are on the way. It will most
likely be a clip of the 1990 In Bloom video - at least for starters.
Thanks to Wouter, Kevin and others.
Some info I received from a person at Universal: the DVD is not limited edition as initial reports suggested. There will most likely not be a single to promote this release. The music video used to promote the set will be the 1990 In Bloom video which was first aired many years ago. Also, a picture has surfaced that shows what the boxset actually looks like inside. Check that out here.
The L.A. Times published a very interesting review of the upcoming Nirvana boxset, written by Robert Hilburn. You can read the review here.
I have updated the source information for the boxset tracks again. By now, I have provided source information for almost all the songs, including the entire DVD. The DVD is set to feature video footage of the only show to have Dan Peters on drums; Dave Grohl's first show with the band, and a rare clip of a secret show in Seattle, October 1992. Check the updated source information here. Order the boxset here.
An article from Billboard with comments from Sub Pop about the boxset: "The upcoming Nirvana box set 'With the Lights Out' features 18 previously unreleased audio tracks and four video clips from the archives of venerable indie label Sub Pop, to which the Kurt Cobain-led band was signed early in its career. Included are three Leadbelly covers recorded in August 1989 at Seattle's Reciprocal Studios, with assistance from Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan and then-Trees drummer Mark Pickerel. Cobain had designs on forming a group around these players, to be named Jury or Lithium, but it never materialized.
'When Lanegan was in the studio recording the [1990 album] The Winding Sheet, he was working with so many people,' Sub Pop general manager Megan Jasper tells Bilboard.com. 'Kurt plays some music on that record. There were just people randomly coming into the studio. As musicians do, they'd end up goofing around and doing their own thing. In those sessions came those ''Jury'' tracks, which have never been released. We've been sitting on those for a long, long time.'
As fans continue to clamor for unreleased material, Jasper admits Sub Pop's contribution to 'With the Lights Out' is 'pretty much everything we have. Kurt used to just write stuff, this is even before [the band's 1989 debut] Bleach came out, and sent it over to Sub Pop. I think a lot of that stuff is lost, tucked away or not really in any condition to be out in the world. That said, you know the way artists work. You write songs and you toss them aside. There is probably stuff sitting out there somewhere, but it's being held onto because it's one of the few things people can have just for themselves.' " Story courtesy of Billboard. Read it here.
As mentioned before in this news section, a Nirvana tribute band will be performing live in Manchester (UK) on November 19. The band has been called "even better than the real thing" by Kerrang! Magazine and are praised as one of the best tribute bands around. Click here for a press release about the show.
We are now giving away 3 pairs of tickets
for the gig and some signed CDs. The competition closes on November 17.
To enter, just answer this simple question: How old was Kurt Cobain
when he died? Send your answer to: email@example.com.
Also include your name. You should only enter if you are able to attend the concert in Manchester, UK.
Universal Music Enterprises finally put out an official press release concerning the Nirvana box set, With The Lights Out. You can read it here. You can also find a high-resolution photo of the cover artwork here.
MTV's website is currently offering a complete stream of the 1990 version of the "In Bloom" video which will be featured on the DVD that is included with the upcoming Nirvana boxset. I believe AOL are also streaming the video. Visit MTV's website here. Thanks to Sara and others for the info. MTV also published an interesting story about the video, along with the full tracklisting. Read that here.
Apparently MTV2 will air footage from the boxset DVD on November 12 at 7 PM (ET): "About: Spankin' New DVD: Nirvana. 30 minute excerpt from the forthcoming DVD boxset which is a collection of 79 tracks (68 of which are previously unreleased) ... and a 60 page booklet ... with liner notes by Thurston Moore ... and a slew of never-before-seen photos from the band's personal collections."
I have updated the source info for the songs on the Nirvana boxset. It is still not 100% correct but we're getting there. Read the updated file here.
The 11th NFC Competition has ended! Winners will be determined shortly.