The Path to an Album Part Two

With only three sets of comparable data trying to state a definitive and rigid prediction is simply impossible. What yesterday’s post and today’s post are presenting aren’t in anyway scientific measures — it’s just as easy to say Nirvana had releases in 1989, 1991 and 1993 so they’d obviously pump an album out for late … Continue reading The Path to an Album Part Two

The Path to an Album Part One

While examining the live sets over the past month, arranging data and seeing how it fell, one noticeable element was how strangely regular the development pattern toward each album was if judged according to the live record. For comparison, here’s when the songs on Bleach first appeared at a live show: Ignoring the weird outlier … Continue reading The Path to an Album Part One

Nirvana: Topping ‘In Utero’ – What Would Have Been Next?

I’d like to thank Mitchell for popping up and asking me to speculate on Nirvana’s next direction in light of the material shared on ‘Montage of Heck’ – if I did the math I suspect we’ve now seen more of Nirvana’s leftovers than we did original songs while the band was actually a living entity. … Continue reading Nirvana: Topping ‘In Utero’ – What Would Have Been Next?

The Music of Kevin Drumm Matches the Moment

https://kevindrumm.bandcamp.com/music One of the lyrics that floats through my head quite often is “what happened to us? We were the kings of the back of the bus and now it’s just massage music in your house,” from Steven James Adams’ song ‘Kings Of The Back Of The Bus’ (Old Magic, FortunaPop). There’s more functional sound … Continue reading The Music of Kevin Drumm Matches the Moment

The Long Threads of QAnon Conspiracies

As a fan of outsider musicians, fringe music scenes, and alternative cultures, I’ve always been fascinated by mainstream responses to ‘the weird’. In essence, a majority of people are trying really hard to fit in and avoid standing out: it means, when young, they don’t get bullied or abused, and it’s the easiest path to … Continue reading The Long Threads of QAnon Conspiracies

Sex Pistols in America, 1978

A fabled tale of excess, personality clashes, and managerial manipulation, the Sex Pistols’ seven U.S. shows in January 1978 reward revisiting even at so many decades’ distance. The Sex Pistols’ 1978 U.S. tour looks like attempted homicide. Malcolm McClaren, the band’s 31 year old manager, was hungry for the photogenic controversy that might arise if … Continue reading Sex Pistols in America, 1978

Posthumously Respecting The Word and Art of Kurt Cobain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krb2OdQksMc Over recent years, I’ve had quite a lot of experience of death. Here’s what happens: your body empties of any vestige of the person therein, your physical presence in this world is then destroyed and/or discarded. Your family/friends/loved ones will dispose of near all the belongings you accumulated during life because – ultimately – … Continue reading Posthumously Respecting The Word and Art of Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain: Could He Have Changed?

At the Louder Than Words literary music festival in Manchester last weekend I watched Penny Rimbaud (once and always of Crass) speak of his life philosophies and experiences including time spent at a meditational retreat: his conclusion being (I paraphrase) “I stared at a wall for 13 hours a day and discovered I only had … Continue reading Kurt Cobain: Could He Have Changed?

Live in Carlisle: Nirvana, Cobain on Cobain, Conversation

http://www.cumbrialive.co.uk/Author-Nick-Soulsby-to-discuss-his-journey-in-search-of-Nirvana-0cd8655f-c92f-47e1-b930-da3647d8dbcb-ds Friday 11th November at Cakes & Ale (Castle Street, Carlisle) – something a bit different for an autumn evening, I’m going to be sitting down with Doug Baptie (who runs the Words & Guitars magazine/site) and talking about Nirvana. Sounds like my kind of venue, frankly, the idea of sitting with a group of … Continue reading Live in Carlisle: Nirvana, Cobain on Cobain, Conversation

My Ever Long-Winded Thoughts on Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: the Home Recordings

Tape Me: Re-Considering Kurt Cobain’s Montage of Heck I’ll have more to say next week but this is a starting point. I’ll confess I’ve found the snarky remarks of various music sites a true yawn populated with the endlessly repetitious cliches that always emerge when a posthumous recording is released. The simple truth, ultimately, is … Continue reading My Ever Long-Winded Thoughts on Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: the Home Recordings