Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share Memories, Unreleased Tracks From ‘In Utero’
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Steve Albini is a man who lives in Chicago, Illinois and owns and operates the really remarkable Electrical Audio Recording facility. He is the guitar player and primary singer in the band Shellac and he makes a mean cup of fluffy coffee. The 1993 album In Utero by the Washington-State-based band Nirvana is among the thousands of records that Albini has engineered over the course of his time doing that sort of thing and earlier this summer he gave the songs from those sessions fresh mixes for the 20th anniversary edition of In Utero, which is due out in North America on September 24. In our past midnight conversation, Steve discussed his interesting history with Kurt Cobain, his abandoned work with Fugazi, the stories behind making In Utero, why the new edition of the record was mastered to sound the best it possibly can, the highs and lows of the relatively recent rash of remastered reissues that record buyers face each and every day, the mostly good but surprisingly sad and surreal professional aftermath of making In Utero, how it might have changed his life, how the new Shellac LP’s test pressings are on route to the band and artwork is close to finalized (also the new Bottomless Pit record is done!), and why he doesn’t care about Breaking Bad but can tolerate The Newsroom.
This week things get a little sentimental. Please bear with me while I get personal and tell one of my stories about my time with Kathleen Hanna. Also Kathleen tells her story about how she came up with the title "Smell’s Like Teen Spirit."
Jim and Greg have talked on the show before about France’s “3 Strikes” downloading law before on the show, and they’ve been wondering when they US will present its own anti-piracy initiative. Well, the Senate just did. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced the “Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act”, a bipartisan bill that would allow the D.O.J. to shut down websites with pirated content. Record labels and Hollywood studios have been waiting for this for some time. Jim points out that a similar bill was introduced during the Bush administration, but, perhaps rightly so, some lawmakers didn’t feel the government should be footing the bill for these legal actions. With President Obama’s appointment of an Intellectual Property Czar, Greg sees a trend toward supporting corporate copyright holders in this administration.
In related news, U2’s manager Paul McGuinness recently published his own manifesto about the future of the music industry as it relates to downloading. There are few men as powerful in music today, so his words carry a lot of weight, but Jim and Greg aren’t sure McGuinness is being very forward thinking. He feels that internet service providers are not doing enough to catch pirates, and that the solution is to bundle royalty costs into your internet fee. U2 is one of the few bands, like Radiohead, who could choose to revolutionize their business model. But, disappointingly it’s business as usual for them.
They say that it takes a lifetime to make your first record and only a few months to make your second. If that’s true, then it’s no surprise that most artists face the dreaded “sophomore slump.” But, a rare few release second albums that meet or even exceed the first. Here are Jim & Greg’s picks for Sophomore Success Stories:
- Nirvana, Nevermind
- The Cars, Candy-O
- A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory
- PJ Harvey, Rid of Me
- Jimi Hendrix, Axis Bold As Love
- Sinéad O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
- Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model
- Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique
Now it comes time to look at a new sophomore effort: Grinderman 2. Nick Cave’s blues punk side project wowed Jim and Greg with its debut. And with this one, they’ve proved they can do more than just pure, raw energy. Jim hears a lot more experimentation, but also a lot more melody. Greg even found some songs just plain creepy. He calls Cave a wonderfully “nasty rock and roll machine.” Grinderman 2 gets a double Buy It.
Watford, UK Mark Vidler, the man behind Go Home Productions, just played the Bootie SF 7-Year Anniversary party, and to commemorate the occasion, he put together a special three-song EP entitled “Rockin’ In San Francisco.” This has quickly become the standout track, blowing up the twitterverse and on the road to going viral. What makes this one special is its use of Nirvana’s vocals rather than music, fusing it with Michael Jackson’s “Rockin’ Robin” backing, and its oh-so-happy and innocent tweedle-dee-dee’s — putting a brand new spin on “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” resulting in a case of dead pop stars uniting in perfect harmony.
Rick Astley vs. Nirvana.