A confluence of events, including the impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has put Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in the forefront of our pop culture consciousness lately. Susceptible as anyone else, I threw on Nevermind last night and, holy shit, did it sound great. Can you imagine a record like that becoming the biggest thing in the world today? I burned out on listening to it years ago, but now it sounds totally fresh again. Anyway, remaining core Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, talking about how quickly the band got huge, destroying their instruments, as well as what it was like when Paul McCartney joined them in the studio.
R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into the Hall of Fame tonight. Word is that Joan Jett will be on hand to help them celebrate with a performance. Watch the Tonight Show interview below.
The lineup for the 2014 Bonnaroo Club Stage has been announced and it looks like a pretty stellar bill. Our very own friends Bronze Radio Return will be there, which alone should be enough to steer you away from the main stage for a bit. But add to that a number of emerging favorites, including Skinny Lister, who dropped by our studios last year for an exclusive session, and our hometown heroes Speedy Ortiz and, well, you might do well to consider how you’re going to divide your time, festival-goer.
Rolling Stone reports: “Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has teamed with Mars Volta nucleus Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala and mid-era Mars Volta drummer Dave Elitch to form the new band Antemasque.”
This should be interesting. As played-out as RHCP have been for well over a decade (more, if you’re like me), Flea is obviously great at what he does and is a natural musical adventurer. He previously collaborated with Mars Volta, who have since broken up, but were also known for experimentation and blurring genres.
Check out some studio footage of the new band at work.
Since the success of his 1994 smash single “Cold Beverage,” the artist also known as Garrett Dutton has been quietly refining and enriching his career as a performer and producer in the Philadelphia music scene, with a few recent acclaimed solo albums.
Now he’s back with the original lineup of Special Sauce, celebrating 20 years since their debut album and promoting the newest, Sugar. Check out this great looking and sounding performance clip for “Good Life.”
Boulder, Colorado’s Paper Bird have just released Rooms Remixed, which, of course, is a collection of remixes of their rootsy 2013 LP Rooms.
We recommend checking out both (via Bandcamp), as they are each distinct and beautiful animals. The original LP is a shimmering burst of Americana-infused indie pop, where the new album is an adventurous and often darker take on the same songs, displaying the interpretations of a variety of other artists.
Watch this new video and listen to the whole thing below.
Yesterday, we learned that Dave Lamb of Providence’s beloved folk duo Brown Bird passed away after a long battle with leukemia. The singer had been in remission, but the disease recently recurred. He was 35.
The prolific Lamb, along with partner MorganEve Swain, among other Brown Bird collaborators, released several records over the course of his too-short career, with each earning increased international acclaim. Brown Bird played the Newport Folk Festival for the first time in 2011, and were known for their mesmerizing live show. After attending a 2009 performance, OurStage’s Rainy Logan wrote:
Brown Bird never ceases to give me chills. Usually, I see them perform as a three piece, but on this night they were five members, adding Maine-based Jerusha and Jeremy Robinson to the lineup. Many tracks from the brand new album The Devil Dancing made their way into the set. Sprinkled with their signature moody folk and bluegrass sound, tempo changes and thoughtful lyrics, the freshest songs also featured more polyrhythmic vocal lines than some of the older ones. David, the band’s primary vocalist, predominately interacted with MorganEve and Jerusha in complex and interesting melodies and harmonies. I also felt like they were flat out singing louder than normal. It was truly exciting.
Dave Lamb and his rare talent, and by all accounts his good nature, will be greatly missed. Listen to some of his music today, and read Swain’s statement regarding the loss below.
April 5th, 2014
Over the past year, and especially this past week, I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the amount of love that has surrounded Dave and me throughout our life and career together. You all have posted so many beautiful stories about Dave- how humble he was, how gracious, how talented¦He certainly was all those things.
Four days after Dave and I met we became bandmates, lovers and business partners, and set the tone for what our life would be for the next six years. We never imagined the amount of success we would enjoy in those years, how many incredible friendships would be forged, the experiences we would share, and nothing could have prepared us for the events of this past year.
Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could- determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future. His incredible ability to continue writing through his struggle is something I’ll forever aspire to.
This week was the toughest in the battle, as Dave’s body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse.
Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go.
Thank you for all the love you’ve all shown us. It helped so very much to know we had an army behind us.
Love and gratitude,
Richard Ayoade, of The IT Crowd, and director of the upcoming film The Double, cast Dinosaur Jr. mainman J. Mascis in the new movie, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and is based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. In the film, Mascis plays a janitor whose primary affect is apathy. Ayoade told NME why he found the guitarist perfect for the role.
Weezer is back in the studio, in between tour dates and themed cruises, hard at work on record number nine. The band has posted two videos, so far. The first is a rather well-edited teaser, while the second has more behind-the scenes action, with live tracking, studio chatter, and a few comments from the band’s stalwart webmaster, archivist, and all-around spokesman Karl Koch.
Drake just released a new song called “Draft Day.” Straight and mellow, and built on a Lauren Hill sample, it’s chock full of Drake’s signature wordplay, with a bit of a tossed-off feel that actually serves the song nicely. He sends a shout out to Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games, and mentions Chance the Rapper, which some are reading as a diss, though we think it’s just a convenient reference.
The film, which was funded in part via Kickstarter, will feature insights from Smith’s close friends, family, and collaborators, including his sister and a number of producers and engineers he recorded music with.
Director Kevin Moyer says, “This project is a love letter to Elliott and his music. And it’s a love letter to Portland really too – as well as Texas, New York, and Los Angeles which are the other places that Elliott called home. And most importantly, it’s a love letter from a whole bunch of other great people who were close to Elliott and loved him just as much too; friends and confidants who graciously trusted us with such a sensitive subject and put their own vulnerabilities aside to help us explain to the world why we all loved him.”
Watch the Kickstarter video below.