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I bought In Utero the day it came out. On that day, apart from "Heart-Shaped Box", I thought it was fucking terrible. I thought the production was horrible and the songs felt like practice jams. It wasn't until the MTV Unplugged broadcast a few weeks later that I realized how much I actually liked those songs and how good they were. After that, I got it. I wasn't alone - that's pretty much the story of that album. Very few people got it. It didn't sell. People really didn't appreciate In Utero as a masterpiece until after Kurt's death. But it was of their own design - in 1993, people knew Nirvana for what Nevermind was, not as this weird, abrasive thing. There's a sizeable number of Nirvana fans now who see them solely as the band found in In Utero. But, back then, that wasn't the case. By comparison, Pearl Jam's Vs sold a million in its first week. Unlike In Utero, a lot of people thought Vs was *better* than Ten - it seemed bigger and bolder, with much better production. Rather than reject their fanbase as Nirvana did, Pearl Jam expanded theirs. That doesn't mean that Pearl Jam was *better* than Nirvana, and I would never claim that. But it does mean that, back then, Pearl Jam was by far the "bigger deal". (And it wasn't close.)
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October 5, 2016 on Let’s Predict The 2016 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees
"and in their day, they were probably a bigger deal than Nirvana" You can strike "probably" from that sentence. Pearl Jam eclipsed Nirvana in mid-92 and never looked back. It's almost surprising at this point, but in 93/94, Nirvana was having trouble filling college arenas. Pearl Jam was playing 4,000 capacity venues by choice, but could probably have sold out five nights at MSG. PJ's Easter Sunday '94 broadcast from Atlanta was one of those era-defining evenings. If you were in college at the time, if your radio wasn't tuned to it, it was very likely that you were in earshot of someone else's.
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October 4, 2016 on Let’s Predict The 2016 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees
I was kinda hoping it was this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvLIDeXzhZ0
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April 28, 2016 on Saudade – “Saudade”
Weirdly, Temple of the Dog also joined Twitter, also verified, first Tweet today. https://twitter.com/templeofthedog
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April 5, 2016 on The Smiths Join Twitter
It looks like the store didn't close in 1984. From the 'net, it looks like it was still open as recently as 2013. After the original owner passed away (which appears to have happened in 1984), his son took over - and he died last summer, which would explain why the collection was up for sale. But according to a 1970s article, the original owner's policy from the time of the store opening was to not return unsold vinyl. The collection is probably legit, even if the 1984 part is off.
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March 3, 2016 on Minnesota Vinyl Collector Scores 100,000 Decades-Old Mint-Condition Albums
R.E.M.'s 2003 version of that song is almost a cover in and of itself. Their 1986 demo crushes both of these. (It's on the Life Rich Pageant expanded edition.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIAxtuqHs0o
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March 3, 2016 on Jesse Lacey – “Bad Day” (R.E.M. Cover)
I feel like Hawkins could probably get away without that, but what you're describing is a lot like what happened to first drummer William Goldsmith. Goldsmith tried to play in Grohl's style, and it didn't really work - Grohl knew he could do his own style better, resulting in Grohl re-recording the drum parts on Colour and the Shape. (Goldsmith is an incredibly talented drummer, proven in part by the first two SDRE records.) Hawkins style is so unlike Grohl's that Grohl was able (via There Is Nothing Left to Lose) to let go of the drum seat and give it over to Hawkins. Honestly, I think Hawkins made long-term Foo Fighters possible.
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March 2, 2016 on Foo Fighters Promise Announcement Tonight Amidst Breakup Rumors
U2Start.com is a fan community, unaffiliated with the band. That doesn't mean that they wouldn't describe their own tribute as "beautiful", but, in this case, they didn't.
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December 6, 2015 on U2 Pay Tribute To Terror Victims In Paris
As ubiquitous as the singles were, I knew very few people who actually owned the album itself, and few of those seemed to make it all the way through it. A lot of them picked one of the two discs to focus on. A few made mixtapes of their favorite songs. It felt like the singles were the experience - most people were listening to those songs on the radio and/or watching the videos on MTV. For example, when the Thirty Three video came out (without looking, I think it was the last MC video), it seemed awfully ho-hum, and I didn't know anyone who even knew the song. If people were really digesting the album at the same level, that shouldn't have been the case. Even for me - I bought it not long after "Bullet" hit the airwaves, but I can't say I listened to the whole thing more than once. I cherry-picked my favorite songs onto mixtapes and pretty much ignored the rest. And the reality - everyone I ever talked to about it back then thought there was a 10/10 one-CD album in there somewhere. But the singles themselves, especially "1979" (and "Tonight Tonight") were everywhere. Honestly, I still consider "1979" to be the iconic song of early '96. Every time it comes on, I can see my memories of that period - and I usually end up cranking it up.
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October 23, 2015 on Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness Turns 20
So we get another clickbait misleading article that Stereogum has becoming known for in the last year. Is this some kind of edict from upstairs? This is The Grateful Dead in the same way that The Doors of the 21st Century (or Riders on the Storm) was the The Doors. Phil Lesh isn't involved. It's not being billed as The Grateful Dead. Anyone attending Soldier Field last month saw a different show than what this will be. Everybody else reporting this story seems to have it right. Is it really that hard?
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August 5, 2015 on John Mayer Joining The Grateful Dead For Dead & Company Tour
This was the kind of thing I always liked about Letterman. One of my favorites: when the Heavy were on a few years ago and played "What Makes a Good Man?" - they absolutely killed it (I love those background singers), and Letterman came out and asked them to play "How You Like Me Now?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RARp3IFJEz4
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May 14, 2015 on Watch David Letterman Bring Ryan Adams Back For An Encore
Rock & Roll Pizza is getting an awful lot of mileage out of that banner.
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May 13, 2015 on Watch Foo Fighters’ Surprise Covers Set At A California County Fair
That's probably why he didn't find it on YouTube. (Sung by Chevy Metal's bass player, so, enh.) Chevy Metal - "Miss You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd-63m3LoWs
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May 13, 2015 on Watch Foo Fighters’ Surprise Covers Set At A California County Fair
The Pearl Jam one isn't Pearl Jam, but that is Vedder. In 2000, Sean "Birdman" Gould invited Vedder to show up to his studio in Miami, and, for some reason, he did. They recorded a bunch of random covers, including "Creep". They're referred to as The Birdman Sessions. Copies of the session were given out to the participants, with the rule that they not share them with anyone. Of course, that didn't last. Starting after the first leak, and for a long time, PJ took legal action against websites sharing the songs. Vedder really really didn't want those songs out there.
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November 26, 2014 on 20 Covers Of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Rated
And just as a live wildcard, their cover of Lou Gramm's "Midnight Blue": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQbAizfsvrQ
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September 18, 2014 on R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs
They have so many great covers. One of my absolute favorites is "Arms of Love" (Robyn Hitchcock): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00fy4Gc397c
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September 18, 2014 on R.E.M.’s 10 Best Cover Songs
Btw - not to be my usual pedantic self, but "Something in the Way" isn't the really the right reference here. That song wasn't included in the original MTV broadcast, and wasn't heard by the public until after Kurt died. (It was one of the "unreleased" songs on the CD when it came out in November of 1994.) And the complete set (the one included here) didn't get a full video release until 2007 - though there was a relatively crappy VHS bootleg of it that started circulating around 1995. (Trade "Something" for "All Apologies" in the article and the spirit would be pretty much exactly right.)
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December 16, 2013 on Nirvana Unplugged Premiered 20 Years Ago Today
Nevermind had a huge impact on me. But when In Utero came out, I didn't understand it. I loved how melodic Nevermind was - In Utero felt like the giant middle finger that it more or less was intended to be. My Nirvana love had definitely subsided a good bit by December, but I decided to watch Unplugged anyway, just out of the curiosity of what the band might do. (The popular question at the time: "Can you imagine 'Teen Spirit' unplugged?") The idea of them doing anything acoustically seemed impossible. I remember being completely floored by it. The covers definitely made it - they made Unplugged its own thing rather than the musical retread that some of the other Unpluggeds seemed to be. But the big thing for me - it made me appreciate the In Utero songs for the first time, and gave me an "in" to finally decipher that album. I copied Unplugged to a cassette, and spent the next several weeks listening to it repeatedly. I shifted to In Utero in March. I always felt a little bit sad that it took me that long to really get Nirvana.
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December 16, 2013 on Nirvana Unplugged Premiered 20 Years Ago Today
This entire situation feels completely calculated, and this letter seems grossly insincere. Forgive the sports metaphor, but what GoldieBlox has done here is the equivalent of the douchebags who commit an intentional foul, then immediately afterward acknowledge the foul and apologize. The apology is totally insincere, since they still got what they wanted in committing the foul. If they were truly exhibiting good sportsmanship, they wouldn't have made the foul in the first place. "We would like to respect his wishes and yours." Really? Did you bother to find out what they were first? For his entire career, Weird Al Yankovic has made a point to get the artists' permission first before releasing a parody - DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE DOESN'T NEED TO. It's a courtesy. If an artist says "no", he abandons the song. GoldieBlox could certainly have done the same. (Of course, the answer would have been "no".) Instead, they released something knowing there were legal questions, took legal action, screamed "Help, Help, I'm being repressed!", and now want us to believe they didn't mean any harm and are acting in good faith. It's a cynical attempt to profit off of the Streisand Effect, and it's about to work. I want the Beasties to continue whatever legal action they had in mind (if they've ever intended to), if only to dissuade other companies from pulling this shit. Of course, if that happens, the next step in the GoldieBlox playbook is: "Oh, look at the big artists bullying the little company, after we apologized and everything." Instead, I already see Debbie high-fiving Team GoldieBlox at the end of a successful campaign.
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November 27, 2013 on Toy Company Removes “Girls” Ad, Writes Open Letter To Beastie Boys
This legend gets repeated so often, so I'll say it again: "SAPPY" WASN'T MISIDENTIFIED. FANS DIDN'T 'MISTAKENLY' CALL IT THAT. The band had already given up on the song "Verse Chorus Verse", so Kurt reused the title for "Sappy" when it was released on No Alternative. They specifically called it "Verse Chorus Verse" in at least one interview/press release for the album. It was only long after the fact (once "Verse Chorus Verse" from an L.A. soundcheck and the older unreleased versions of "Sappy" showed up on bootlegs) that people 'corrected' the song titles. But, at the time of No Alternative's release, this was the only known version of either song - it was "Sappy", but it was called "Verse Chorus Verse". Honestly, I think it may actually be mentioned in the liner of With the Lights Out. (I don't have it in front of me, but I vaguely recall a note under "Sappy" that says "Originally released as 'Verse Chorus Verse'.)
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October 28, 2013 on No Alternative Turns 20
I don't think Kiss makes it this year. They've been eligible for a while. A lot of the Hall voters hate them passionately, mainly for the crass over-marketing. (I read a story some years ago that claimed that some Hall voters were concerned that Simmons would basically make the the entire ceremony about him/them, thereby disrupting it for the other inductees.) I think Kiss gets in eventually. But I think it'll be either after a) a bunch of the current voters die off or b) Gene Simmons is dead.
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October 16, 2013 on Nirvana, Replacements Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Solid list. I held TCATS as the best Foo record for many years, but I don't feel like it's aged as well. I think I now may favor TNLTL. A couple of minor observations: 1) A lot of One by One's failure as an album has to do with the production. Grohl wanted it to echo his experience in recording Songs for the Deaf. And that's the problem: it sounds like a QOTSA record, not a Foo Fighters record. 2) "Foo Fighters also began performing 'Marigold', a Nirvana song Grohl had sung, but that had never been officially released until years after Cobain's death." Not exactly true - "Marigold" was officially released in 1993 on Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" single. In fairness, that single wasn't officially released in the US - but many record stores carried it at the time. (Best Buy even carried the Nirvana singles box set in later years.) The other semantic is that "Color Pictures of a Marigold" appeared on the Simple Machines cassette (Late! Pocketwatch) that was issued in 1992. Weirdly, "Marigold" got quite a bit of radio airplay in the late Spring of 1996 on alternative radio - once stations had burned through the obvious Foo singles.
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August 16, 2013 on Foo Fighters Albums From Worst To Best
Comparing this to mashups is absolutely ludicrous. The Grey Album was done as an art piece. Nobody made any money off of it. Same for 99% of the mashups in existence. (Note that all of Girl Talk's albums are free downloads.) Mashups that have been sold (legally) for profit had the permission of the sampled artists. If Abel put this music out as "art" as a free download, you might have a reasonable argument. But Abel's putting this out FOR PROFIT. Artists have a right to say how their work is used if it's being used for commercial purposes. When Geoff said NO, that should have been the end of it - Abel should either have ditched the track or reworked it completely. (I doubt Geoff would have given two shits if this song had shown up in its current form on a random mixtape.)
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July 17, 2013 on The Weeknd Denies Sampling Portishead
Do a Google search for "had to work the late shift at DISH" (in quotes) and see their handiwork. I'm not sure I understand how this is effective at all. If I'm looking into a product and want an opinion, I think the last person I want to hear from is an employee.
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May 19, 2013 on Watch Fred Armisen’s SNL Farewell With Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, J Mascis, Aimee Mann
Kind of semantics, but this isn't the Foo Fighters. It's Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and what looks like (Foo Fighters and Rush producer) Nick Raskulinecz on bass.
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April 19, 2013 on Watch Foo Fighters Cover Rush At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions
I've tried several different browsers on two different machines, and I can't get it to play. (I'm not using Flashblock.) I think there's a problem with the filename - either the capital H or the question mark. (Probably the question mark.)
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February 13, 2013 on The Ocean Blue – “Sad Night, Where Is Morning?” (Stereogum Premiere)
Grohl has already done pretty much the exact same thing, a thousand times better, and did it back in '97. It's on the Foos Greatest Hits, for crying out loud (aka, "Everlong [Acoustic]").
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October 28, 2012 on Watch The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Cover Foo Fighters’ “Everlong”
One lost side note - "Down in a Hole" was placed after "Angry Chair" in the first pressings. I was profoundly disappointed when I found out (years later) that they'd moved it up. The transition from "Angry Chair" to "Down in a Hole" was my favorite on the album, and it followed "Angry Chair" perfectly. It was a perfect coda for the album. (Having said that, it actually made "Would?" feel even more tacked-on.)
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September 28, 2012 on Dirt Turns 20
I saw it in Toronto. Not only is this trailer the entire movie, it's actually better edited than the actual movie. The real thing is a little bit all over the place - the Tim and Jeff storylines never really come together as they should, and there's a totally unnecessary denouement after the concert. Having said that, what Badgley does in the record store scene (seen briefly in the trailer) is brilliant. And he generally does a fantastic job as Buckley (with the lone exception of a scene where he and Lucas are working on something - it seemed like he was pushing himself harder than Jeff would have). It would behoove anyone seeing this movie to familiarize yourself with Tim Buckley's music beforehand. It focuses pretty heavily on it, and some moments are a little confusing if you aren't familiar with it. Despite my criticism, still worth seeing. (Though I'm hoping they take another pass at editing before its official release.)
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September 19, 2012 on Watch The Penn Badgley-As-Jeff Buckley Movie Trailer