|NFC News 10/2004|
October 29, 2004
Ladies and gentlemen. The tracklisting is here. As a world exclusive,
Q Magazine will bring the full tracklisting and an early review of the box
in their December 2004 issue (#221) as part of an article entitled "Last
Testament. The Nirvana boxset. Kurt Cobain's curtain call."
I believe the magazine will be published in a few days. The tracklisting appears on page 152 of the magazine. View a scan of that here. Also click here for a transcript of the full article (courtesy of Nirvana Music). A huge, huge thanks to Nick Beard for the info and scans. Also thanks to Andrew Johnson. Discuss the tracklisting here. Order boxset here.
October 28, 2004
Apparently a press release has been sent out in Germany
concerning the Nirvana box set - listing the five songs
that will appear on a promotional sampler given to radio
stations and certain retail stores. The songs listed:
Out of these I believe that "White Lace and Strange", "Blandest" and the acoustic version of "Lithium" are already circulating in trader circles. It depends on which version of "Lithium" they have used, though. "Heart-Shaped Box" could also be a version currently circulating if they are referring to the 1993 Rio demo. But while most of these songs are currently available to many fans, the officially released version will most likely be superior in quality compared to bootleg copies. The complete tracklisting of the box is not yet available, unfortunately, but it is rumoured to be made available about one week prior to the release. Also, two promo photos have been released. View them here: #1 & #2. The news and info is courtesy of Enrico and his Nirvana discography website. Sorry for the delayed credit!
If you get any news about the box set; press releases; pictures; recordings or any other material that relates to this release that hasn't already been posted in this news section, please e-mail the webmaster. Thanks!
October 27, 2004
"John Peel, a longtime British Broadcasting Corp. [BBC]
disc jockey whose enthusiasm for the offbeat, the eclectic and the obscure
launched the careers of dozens of bands, has died, the BBC said Tuesday.
He was 65. The broadcaster said Peel suffered a heart attack Monday while
vacationing in Peru with his wife, Sheila. Peel's program on Radio 1, the
BBC's flagship pop music station, exerted a huge influence for more than
30 years. He was often the first to play demo tapes by little-known bands,
and his enthusiasm propelled some to fame. His live studio sessions were
coveted by bands, and many were released on record as the 'Peel Sessions'."
Nirvana were on John's show a number of times and it is believed that songs
from these sessions will appear on the forthcoming Nirvana box set. News
courtesy of AP and the New York Times. Read more here.
October 21, 2004
Here is an official statement from the Geffen Records website
concerning the Nirvana box: "Nirvana Box Set
'With the Lights Out' to Be Released November 23rd. Geffen/UMe
Records is set to release a much anticipated 3 CD 1 DVD box set
of Nirvana. 81 tracks are included on the box of which 68 have
never been previously issued. Material for the CD's spans the
band's entire history from their inception and includes demos,
outtakes and live recordings. The DVD shows never seen before
footage of the band at rehearsals, recording studios and live shows."
According to Geffen, a detailed track listing will be available
in the coming weeks.
A story on the box from Rolling Stone Magazine: "With the Lights Out, the long-delayed box set of rare Nirvana recordings will finally hit stores on November 23rd. The Universal Music set will include three CDs of unreleased Nirvana audio recordings and one DVD of rare video footage. Retailers predict the box will be one of fall's biggest releases, along with new albums from U2 and Eminem. 'I think that in its first week it will be our biggest box set ever,' says music buyer Carl Mello of Boston's Newbury Comics. 'We'll bring in quantity on that first week like what we would bring in on a superstar's new album.'
The box was originally planned for release in 2001 but was derailed by battles between Love and Nirvana members Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, which eventually led to a lengthy court case in 2001. The case was settled in 2002 with an agreement that initially resulted in the 2002 greatest-hits album Nirvana, which includes the previously unreleased 'You Know You're Right.' All parties approved the box-set idea this summer, and production on it commenced soon after. The DVD included in the set is the first official Nirvana DVD release of any kind. The disc contains several rare promotional films, along with video of a 1987 house party the band played during its first year of existence. A sixty-page booklet will accompany the set." Read the full story here, courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Some news from Billboard magazine: "Sonic Youth guitarist/vocalist Thurston Moore has penned the liner notes for the highly anticipated Nirvana boxed set 'With the Lights Out,' due Nov. 23 via DGC/Universal. Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was an admitted Sonic Youth fanatic; the two bands' 1991 European tour is chronicled on the following year's home video '1991: The Year That Punk Broke.' Moore's notes will appear in the boxed set's 60-page booklet, featuring unpublished photos and an indepth chronology. Although it appears no specific track will be worked to U.S. radio outlets as a single, stations are expected to receive a five-song sampler of tracks from the 81-track collection." Story courtesy of Billboard. You can find it here.
Apparently, to promote the box, there will also be a music video for an as-yet-unknown song and a half-hour TV special about the set (to air on the M2 cable network). The tracklisting is not yet available. Other stories about the box: LiveDaily, SoundGenerator, NME and Reuters
As I wrote earlier, Krist and Dave appeared together at a John Kerry/John Edwards campaign rally this past Tuesday. Here is a story about it from the Las Vegas Review-Journal: "The two remaining members of Nirvana, a seminal band in rock history, hadn't stood on stage together since 1993 [sic], when singer Kurt Cobain killed himself [sic]. But on Tuesday night, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic walked on a stage in the parking lot of the Sahara and hugged. It was the hug that rocked the vote. That was the intention, at least. The rockers were joined by Tom DeLonge of the punk band Blink-182. They picked Las Vegas to launch a 10-day bus trip through battleground states in the presidential election. They're stumping for votes for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. Grohl performed solo, acoustic versions of songs by his other famous band, Foo Fighters: 'Learn To Fly' and 'Times Like These.' And he lobbied crowd members to board minivans to vote at the polls.
'John Kerry's already kickin' Bush's ass. Let's make it worse' for Bush, he said, a reference to early-voting results that show Kerry leading Bush in Nevada. The tour is aimed at younger voters in particular. MTV reported the rally. It was covered by journalists working for Rolling Stone, US Weekly and 'Entertainment Tonight,' a campaign spokesman said. Of the two former Nirvana mates, Novoselic spoke first. He said Kerry will get rid of Bush-era tuition cuts.
Three teenagers -- Nick Robinson, 16, Chris Alvarado, 18, and Brian Holly, 16 -- said they're in a band together, and they recited Nirvana's music and pro-Kerry talking points with equal ease. 'This,' Robinson said, pointing to a Kerry sticker stuck to his forehead, 'is to let people know I can't vote, so vote for me.' When Novoselic introduced his old band mate, he asked, 'When was the last time I was on the stage with Dave Grohl? I love the man.' He looked earnest. They hugged. Grohl smiled, all teeth. Grohl said the Bush campaign had used his songs without permission. One reason he's voting for Kerry is so people in other nations might like Americans the way they used to, pre-Bush. 'Everyone would want to meet an American. Meeting Americans was like meeting Elvis,' he said, getting laughs. But now, people overseas, 'they don't see me, they see Bush' and scream at him."
Very interesting indeed. By Doug Elfman, courtesy of The Las Vegas Review-Journal. Read it here. Note that Krist and Dave have actually appeared on stage together a few times since Kurt's passing in 1994. In August 1997 Foo Fighters played a show at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle where Krist Novoselic joined the band for the encore - a band that still included Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear at the time. Also, in December 1999 the Foo's played a Seattle gig with Krist on bass for 3 songs. We will have more photos from the Las Vegas event soon. Also see the story from E! News here. There are some photos from the event here, only they have the name of the website plastered all over them, unfortunately.
Apple's iTunes service is currently offering the Nirvana video 'In Bloom' (1990 version) for download. Apparently they have gotten the exclusive rights to distribute the video to promote the upcoming box set. iTunes is essentially a program for storing and playing music. The iTunes music store is built into iTunes and is the most popular legal download service to date and has so far tried to get a lot of Nirvana material - more than most. The Nirvana video as of now is right on the front page of the music store in iTunes. Otherwise click on the music videos section if you can't find it. You can download the iTunes software here (Windows 2000/XP or Mac OS 10.2, 10.3 required to install). Thanks to Andrew for this info. Also thanks to Nick, Fred, Chris, Joel, Chad and Jeremy. Note that the video has previously been released on Sub Pop's "Video Network, Vol. 1" VHS and it has been aired a number of times on MTV, MTV2, VH-1 and other channels.
If you haven't already - don't forget to sign up for the 11th NFC Competition offering more than 50 prizes! It ends on November 1st. View more info here.
A couple of more dates for Krist's current book tour:
Also present at the Democracy Fest will be author Sherman Alexie, Congressman Jim McDermott (as seen in the Fahrenheit 9/11 movie) and more. Read more here.
October 19, 2004
Tonight, an event to promote the John Kerry and John Edwards
campaign will feature Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. From
Rolling Stone: "DAVE GROHL and KRIST NOVOSELIC
will make their first public appearance together in more than ten
years this Tuesday night [Oct 19] in support of John Kerry. The two will
attend a rally for the presidential candidate in the front parking
lot of Las Vegas's Stardust Hotel and Casino, accompanied by BLINK
182's TOM DELONGE and Alex Kerry and Chris Heinz, Kerry's daughter
and step-son." The event begins at 6 PM at the Stardust Hotel
parking lot, 3000 Las Vegas Blvd. South in Las Vegas, NV (USA). If
you attend and shoot some pictures there, please e-mail them to me afterwards.
Thanks to Shane, Rachel and Kevin for the news.
October 16, 2004
An official website has been launched to promote the Nirvana box
set. Right now, all it offers is a Nirvana photo (possibly the
one that will be used as cover artwork), and the release dates.
Apparently, the site will provide sound clips, video clips and images
later. The site confirms that the international release date is
November 22, 2004 and the U.S./Canadian release date is
November 23, 2004. It also confirms that the boxset is
indeed entitled With The Lights Out. No more rumours!
Oh, I almost forgot: the website can be found at www.nirvanabox.com
October 13, 2004
Some very interesting new details about the box set,
from NME: "The long-awaited Nirvana box
set 'WITH THE LIGHTS OUT' will feature 68 previously unreleased
recordings. Released on November 22, the four-disc set will
feature 81 tracks including 68 previously unreleased recordings -
rehearsals, outtakes, Kurt's home demos, as well as a DVD which
is confirmed to have unreleased band home movies, live footage,
rehearsal footage and 20 full-length video performances. A
60-page booklet will accompany the release. A source told NME.COM:
'I've seen some of the footage and it's amazing stuff. There's a
video of them performing at a friend's party with Kurt reading lyrics
off a sheet of paper on the wall, footage of them covering Seasons In
The Sun in a studio with Kurt on drums and lots of other great stuff.'
The artwork for the set is currently being put together, with the
likely choice being a 'landscape' box, retailing in the region of £40-50."
Story courtesy of NME. Read it here.
Thanks to Dinesh for the link. The box will be released on Nov 23 in the US.
HMV have listed the box with a price tag of £42.99 (about $77 USD) on their website,
while amazon.com suggests a list price of $59.98. You can pre-order the box set
October 12, 2004
Now that the fabled Nirvana box set is supposedly only some
six weeks shy of being released officially, I have put together
a list of recordings that could potentially be included. Obviously,
not all of the recordings on my list will feature on the box but it
is certain that some of them will. The list represents most of the unreleased
material and many recordings that have been very much sought after by
Nirvana fans for years. The list concludes with a handful of recordings
that, while very much in demand, will most likely not be included. Note
that pretty much none of the recordings listed below are guaranteed to
be in the box. The list is based on interviews, articles, rumours and guesswork on my part.
... and for the DVD:
... and songs/sessions that are less likely to be included:
Hopefully, an official tracklisting will be released soon, so we know for sure what the box contains. Pre-order it here.
October 11, 2004
October 10, 2004
Apparently Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne has expressed interest in
playing Courtney Love in a new movie about the singer and actress:
"Avril Lavigne has dyed her hair blonde because
she is desperate to play Courtney Love in an upcoming movie. The film,
which will trace Love's life from her childhood, through her marriage
to late Nirvana star Kurt Cobain, and will include her much-publicized
battles with drink and drugs reports Teenhollywood. Lavigne says, 'Courtney
is really nice and a great mom. It would be an honor to play her.' 'I've been
looking for a feisty role that suits my personality, and I think this is the one.'
And former Hole frontwoman Love is anxious for Lavigne to portray her. She says,
'Avril rocks and is pretty enough to play me!' " Well there's something
you don't see every day. Thanks to Ananova and TeenHollywood for the story and Kevin for the link.
Read it here.
October 4, 2004
British music mag NME claims to have gotten confirmation on
a November 22 UK release date for the box set:
"A UK spokesperson for the band's label has now confirmed details.
Currently untitled, the four disc compilation will be comprised of
three audio CDs with over 40 tracks on them, and one DVD with archive
footage, including a rare promo of 'In Bloom'. An early live show is
also expected to feature. The audio tracks on the box set will be
rare and in some cases, previously unheard demos, alternative versions
and radio session tracks." Story courtesy of NME. Read more
other box news - over at amazon.com, the set is currently enjoying a
stay as #168 on their sales rank list. It was #462 just a couple of
days ago - briefly even landing at #82 or so. According to amazon.com
and a couple of other sources, the release will be entitled With
The Lights Out (a lyric from the legendary Nirvana track Smells
Like Teen Spirit). Pre-order the box here.
October 1, 2004
As mentioned earlier in this section, Krist Novoselic is
currently on a tour of the US to promote his book, Of
Grunge and Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!
Here are some pictures from his appearance in San Francisco, CA
on September 22: #1, #2,
#3, #4 and #5.
Special thanks to Andrew for these. Krist also confirmed to
people on his book tour stops that the box was indeed coming
out, though he didn't seem to want to commit on a release date.
For more stories from people who have met Krist on his book tour, check the
NFC discussion board.
Feel free to add your story and pictures if you met him.
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