SPIN - Newermind

To celebrate Nevermind’s 20th Anniversary, SPIN put together a tribute album called Newermind. It includes, in original track order, covers by Titus Andronicus (“Breed”), EMA (“Endless Nameless”), and Surfer Blood (“Territorial Pissings”) as well as the Cobain-approved Meat Puppets (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”) and Vaselines (“Lithium”). You can download the whole thing for free from now until 7/25 via SPIN’s Facebook Page. After that, it’ll be housed at SPIN proper, where you can currently get information about each track. Also, check out the cover for the new Nirvana-packed issue:

SPIN Nevermind Issue

Wavves doesn’t appear on the final tracklist. Maybe he got stoned instead of submitting a track? If so, a move Cobain would’ve appreciated.

Comments (3)
  1. Sounds like Pro Tools drums on the Surfer Blood cover. Classy.

    This whole thing is just depressing.

  2. The only covers here worth anything are the dead-eyed electro take on “Come As You Are,” Amanda Palmer’s “Polly,” and JEFF the Brotherhood turning “Something in the Way” into an epic stoner jam. Everything else was either a straight imitation (Titus, Surfer Blood, EMA) or stumbling attempts at kitsch (Foxy Shazam).

  3. ^ The Midnight Juggernauts’ “Come As You Are” really wasn’t very good. I mean, it could’ve been if it weren’t for the distorted chipmunk vocals. They’re incessant.
    On the contrary, I think Butch Walker, Charles Bradley, and Jessica Lea Mayfield did very good jobs of reinterpreting their given songs, and making it sound good too. As for the imitations, they’re at least good imitations. You don’t know a bad cover until you’ve heard a bald guy with a thick Italian accent singing “Holidays In The Sun”.

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