The Cars’ Perfect Debut Album Turns 40 Today: 9 Great Covers

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The Cars 1978 album“The debut album that plays like a Greatest Hits album” is an old rock-journo cliché, but sometimes that’s what you have to go for — and damn, the Cars’ debut album qualifies better than just about any major release of the late ’70s. Only three singles were officially released, but every one of its nine … More »

Iconic Kurt Cobain Guitar Goes To Frances Bean’s Ex After 2-Year Legal Battle

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The iconic 1959 Martin D-18E guitar that Kurt Cobain played on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged has been at the center of a two-year legal battle as a result of Frances Bean Cobain’s divorce from Isaiah Silva. The former couple officially divorced last November, but they only just recently reached a property settlement agreement and part of … More »

Midoca Covers A Nirvana Deep Cut

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Midoca dropped Something In The Way yesterday April 12. Yesterday was my 41st birthday and you may ask why is that of any relevance to this; I will tell you. Something In The Way is a remix of a Nirvana song and unless you are my age, and yes I feel downright geriatric saying this

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Frances Bean Cobain Shares An Original Song On The Anniversary Of Her Father’s Death

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Back in February, on what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 51st birthday, his widow Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean posted tributes to the late Nirvana frontman. Now, on the 24th anniversary of Cobain’s death, Frances Bean has previewed an original song. More »

Gotcha Covered: White Light/White Heat

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Weird: The Velvet Underground’s second album doesn’t feel 50 years old. Granted, Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison are no longer with us, Mo Tucker went tea party, and John Cale… well, he’s a still-active 75. But aside from the fact that guitar-bass-drums rock bands aren’t the default for experimental pop music anymore (if they ever … More »

In obvious windfall from Donald Trump’s sizzling economic plan, cassette sales saw 35% growth across 2017

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The world’s a pretty fucked up place these days. You’ve got ice caps melting on either pole, you’ve got more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald’s combined — and now, apparently, you’ve got more people buying cassette tapes than healthcare plans. (Actually don’t quote us on that last one).

That’s sorta right, though: according to data released by Nielsen Music Ratings (and published by The Hollywood Reporter), total cassette sales reached nearly 175,000 copies in 2017, which is up from the roughly 130,000 copies that were sold in 2016.

The spike in sales was apparently attributed to the popularity of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie (as well as the Stranger Things Netflix series), but we’re still holding out contention that it might just be windfall from President Trump’s obviously spellbinding long-term business model. I mean, do you really think the Chinese are going to go looking for revenue shares in the lo-fi recordings financial sector? Yeah, didn’t think so…

Some of the top sellers over the course of the year were (obviously) the Guardians and Stranger Things soundtracks, but Eminem (The Eminem Show), Prince (Purple Rain re-issue), and Twenty One Pilots (Blurryface) also fared nicely.

Before you go selling off all your worldly possessions to open up your own boombox repair shop, though, be advised that the increase in cassettes still only accounted for less than a single percent (0.17) of all physical album sales. Apparently, compact discs are still crushing it (just ask your local Best Buy manager).

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TOP SELLING CASSETTES OF 2017 (US):

01. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (19,000 copies sold)
02. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (15,000 copies sold)
03. Soundtrack: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 (5,000 copies sold)
04. Soundtrack: Stranger Things, Volume One (3,000 copies sold)
05. Eminem, The Eminem Show (3,000 copies sold)
06. Various Artists, The Hamilton Mixtape (3,000 copies sold)
07. Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain (2,000 copies sold)
08. Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface (2,000 copies sold)
09. Kanye West, Yeezus (2,000 copies sold)
10. Nirvana, Nevermind (2,000 copies sold)

FIDLAR – “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” (Nirvana Cover)

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FIDLAR have new music in the works, but first they’re sharing their cover of a Nirvana classic. The LA party-rockers have begun 2018 with a raucous rendition of “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” from In Utero. Fidlar’s version delivers all the feral aggression of the original but with a … More »

The 10 Best Covers Of 2017

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Now that the year’s over, it’s time to go over a list of the 10 best covers to emerge from the various corners of the music world over the past 12 months. I mean, it’s time for a lot of things, many of which are more important, per se, and say a lot more about … More »

Autograf flip Nirvana classic in mellifluous ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ rework

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A standout of any rock catalogue, Nirvana’s iconic alt jam “Smells Like Teen Spirit” represents a formidable challenge to any intended remixer, yet Autograf rise to the occasion, producing a stripped down re-imagination of the track that is barely recognizable when compared to the gritty original.

Autograf handle the remake with dexterity, substituting the song’s raucous guitar and vocal elements for a minimalistic vocal supplied by Queen Sessi, overlaid atop a melodious and transformative collection of tempered synths. The remix hits a number of sweet sonic spots, the silken structuring of the track signifying that the production all-stars reserved what is irrefutably one of their most masterful releases for a strong end of year finish.

 

 

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Watch Surviving Nirvana Members Perform Together In Eugene

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The surviving members of Nirvana had a little mini-reunion at Foo Fighters’ show in Eugene, Oregon last night. Krist Novoselic joined Dave Grohl and Pat Smear to play “Big Me,” and you can check out their performance below via Alternative Nation. More »