On April 7th, 2015, Stephen Malkmus had a revelation.
I finally get Nirvana
— Stephen malkmus (@dronecoma) April 7, 2015
Just a couple months later, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks played at the fifth annual Quiet Music Festival Of Portland, and the former Pavement frontman demonstrated his newfound appreciation of Kurt Cobain and co. by opening with Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” The entire set consisted of “re-arranged songs, one-off covers, and deep rarities from the depths of our catalog,” according to Jicks keyboardist Mike Clark, and the performance was captured on analog 2-track 1/4″ tape. Now the festival has released the recordings, and you can listen below. In addition to Nirvana, the Jicks cover the Minutemen, Pink Floyd, and Chad & Jeremy.