Read Steve Albini’s Letter to Nirvana Before the Recording of “In Utero”


Recently, Nirvana’s In Utero 20th Anniversary Edition was released, and it includes the original mixes of the album’s songs by engineer Steve Albini. Included in the deluxe edition’s artwork is a letter Albini sent to the band upon being contacted by the band to record with him. He starts off by mentioning that he was making an album with Fugazi, and ends it by practically begging the band to not pay him a fortune. Read it below.

You can also click here to check out Albini’s original mix to “Heart Shaped Box,” and click here for the 20th anniversary edition track listing.

Albini's letter to Nirvana

Albini's letter to Nirvana

Albini's letter to Nirvana

Albini's letter to Nirvana

Listen: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust “Ambulancer”

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust

“Ambulancer” is the latest cut off Lee Ranaldo‘s new solo album, Last Night on Earth, and comes from a place close to his heart:

“When this song started out, on acoustic guitar, the riff that I began with reminded me of Neil Young’s ‘Ambulance Blues’ in some way – which is a song I love dearly,” Ranaldo tells Rolling Stone. “It’s turned out nothing like that but that initial spark carried over into the finished lyrics.”

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust’s Last Night on Earth is out October 8, 2013 on Matador Records.

(via RS)

Ian MacKaye on Washington, DC, Sports, Technology, Archiving, and More in Lengthy New Interview

photo of Ian MacKaye by Dakota Fine for Brightest Young Things

One thing you can be sure of when Ian MacKaye does an interview is that it will be long, thorough, and full of thoughtful responses. Since it has been awhile since we’ve done one here at Verbicide (here is our interview with Ian from 2002; here is the other from 2005), I thought our readers would appreciate seeing what Ian has to say in 2013.

As with anyone who does so many interviews, a lot of familiar ground is retread (explaining his take on straight edge as a movement, the misconceptions the public has about him, etc.), but he also discusses his take on sports, whether he could leave Washington, DC, and even opens up, albeit briefly, about his father’s role as a White House correspondent and ongoing involvement in the St. Stephens church. The interview is by Jeff Jetton and is accompanied by photos by Dakota Fine.

Visit Brightest Young Things to read the interview.

George Clooney Says He “Terribly Destroyed the Part” of Batman, Comments on Ben Affleck

Alicia Silverstone, Chris O'Donnell, and George Clooney in "Batman & Robin"

While almost everyone on social media has already chimed in with their opinion regarding the news that Ben Affleck will star in the forthcoming Zack Snyder-directed Batman vs. Superman film in 2015, apparently no one asked George Clooney what he thought.

Finally, when Clooney was questioned regarding Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight, he stated the following:

“I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part. I tend to look at it like this – let’s just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing.”

Probably the best advice to take. Also, Clooney shouldn’t be so hard on himself. It’s not his fault that his suit had nipples, or that Chris O’Donnell had to do ninja laundry in 1997′s Batman & Robin:

(via UTF)

Listen to “Indie Kidz Songs,” an Album (by Adam Horne) of Covers by “Artists” Such as Grimes, Vampire Weekend, Pixies and Danny Brown

Indie Kidz Songs

Ever wonder what your favorite songs from your childhood might sound like if performed by some of your favorite musicians as an adult? Bear Ceuse guitarist Adam Horne has attempted to answer this question, as his compilation of covers of songs such as “B-I-N-G-O,” Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is performed with amazingly accurate imitations of bands and artists including Grimes, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Japandroids, The Cure, Vampire Weekend, and more. Listen below.

(via Animal)

Watch Pearl Jam Short Documentary Film, “Lightning Bolt”

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam

Danny Clinch directed the last documentary about Pearl Jam, the 2007 concert film, Immagine In Cornice, as well as the two videos already released from the band’s forthcoming Lightning Bolt, “Mind Your Manners” and “Sirens.”

Today, the band has released Lightning Bolt – A Short Film By Danny Clinch, a mini-documentary with interview clips (including with Judd Apatow and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and “Portlandia”) and snippets of songs from Lightning Bolt. Watch below.

Click here for  Pearl Jam’s video for “Mind Your Manners”Lightning Bolt will be released October 15, 2013.


(via CoS)

Man Has New Nose Grown on His Forehead

A man has a new nose grown on his forehead

A man from China’s Fujian province has had a new nose grown on his forehead following a traffic accident last year.

The 22-year-old man suffered severe nasal trauma and his subsequent treatment caused his nasal cartilage to corrode. Surgeons came up with the idea of growing a nose on his forehead. After nine months of growth, surgeons say that the the nose is in good shape and the transplant will be performed soon.

To watch a video, visit the BBC.

Guitarist and Singer Bill Bartell, aka “Pat Fear,” Founder of Punk Band White Flag, Found Dead at Age 52

Bill Bartell, aka Pat Fear, of White Flag

William “Bill” Bartell, also known as Pat Fear, was found dead in his Moreno Valley, California home on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Bartell, 52, was the guitarist and singer of punk band White Flag.

The initial report from the Riverside County coroner’s office said the death was due to natural causes, but results of the standard toxicology tests are pending. Friends said Bartell had been struggling with declining health in recent years.

Bartell founded White Flag in the early 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek reaction to the Los Angeles punk scene. The genre, founded as a way to break the rules, developed its own rules of how to be “punk,” which White Flag defied as its way of being punk. With his Flying V guitar and always-present mustache, Bartell and White Flag bent the rules, playing KISS and Blue Oyster Cult punk covers, releasing dozens of albums, singles and compilations around the world. In addition to playing in White Flag, Bartell became a reserve officer with the Beaumont Police Department in the early 1990s, and was a rodeo bullrider.

For more information, visit The Press-Enterprise.

Dave Grohl Reflects on the Making of “In Utero” and the Last Days of Kurt Cobain in New Interview

Dave Grohl drumming for Nirvana

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have been doing the rounds with the press recently regarding the release of the  In Utero 20th Anniversary Edition, and the results have been quite good. A couple weeks ago, Grohl and Novoselic stopped by for an interview on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” to share memories of working with engineer Steve Albini, and released some of rare bonus tracks on the new release. And now, a new interview with Grohl has appeared on RollingStone.com with further insights on songwriting, the making of In Utero, and his final interactions with Cobain before his tragic death.

I called Kurt after Rome. [In March, 1994, during a European tour, Cobain overdosed on pills and alcohol in a hotel in Rome. Nirvana returned to Seattle, where Cobain died a month later.] I said, “Hey, man, that really scared everybody. And I don’t want you to die.”

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

Western Addiction Announce New Seven-Inch Album, “Pines,” to Be Released on Fat Wreck Chords

Western Addiction

San Francisco’s Western Addiction have announced their new seven-inch album, Pines, to be released on Fat Wreck Chords. The three-song album is set to be released on November 7, 2013, and will mark the first release for the band since Cognicide in 2005. Track listing is below.

Western Addiction Pines Track Listing
1. Black Salt
2. God Says No
3. My Opinion Is, I Hate It

(via For the Love of Punk)

Veruca Salt Original Lineup to Enter Studio to Record First New Material Since 1997

Nina Gordon and Louise Post of Veruca Salt - photo courtesy Veruca Salt official Facebook page

Back in July, we reported that Veruca Salt’s original lineup of Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro has reunited. Since March, the band has been posting tons of old photos, flyers, fan art, and magazine covers from their mid- to late-’90s heyday on their official Facebook page. And on September 21st, they made their biggest announcement yet:

“It’s confirmed: We are heading into the studio in October with none other than Brad Wood to record a couple of songs.”

The Los Angeles-based Wood produced Veruca Salt’s debut album, American Thighs, back in 1994, and has also worked with bands including Sunny Day Real Estate, Liz Phair, and Smashing Pumpkins.

No other details are yet available. It sounds like the band has, as of yet, only planned to record two songs. These would be the first recordings with the original lineup of Veruca Salt since the 1997 album Eight Arms to Hold You.

Release Date of “Minions,” the “Despicable Me” Spin-Off Film, Pushed Back to July 2015

Minions from "Despicable Me"

Universal has decide to push back their Despicable Me spin-off, Minions, from December 19, 2014 to July 10, 2015.

The new release date will place Minions between the release of Independence Day 2 on July 3rd and Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman film on July 17th.

Minions will be a prequel to the Despicable Me franchise and will follow the history of Gru’s helpers, the Minions. Along with the return of Steve Carell as Gru, Minions will also star Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm as a married super-villain team, Scarlett and Herb Overkill. (via Paste)

Luscious Jackson Confirm First New Album in 14 Years, “Magic Hour,” Plus Reunion Show Dates – Listen to “Show Us What You Got”

Luscious Jackson

Having recently confirmed the November 5, 2013 release of Magic Hour, their first new album 14 years, Jill Cunniff, Gabrielle Glaser, and Kate Schellenbach — better known as Luscious Jackson — have announced their first live shows in over a decade: November 23rd at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and December 7th at Webster Hall in New York City.

Produced by Jill and Gabby (with an assist on the track “So Rock On” from old friend Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys), Magic Hour will be released on the band’s own City Song imprint. The trio plans to release more information and possible tour dates in the coming weeks on the official Luscious Jackson website.

The band recently released a new single, “Show Us What You Got,” which you can listen to below:

Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels Post First “Dumb and Dumber To” Photos on Twitter

Today, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels tweeted the first pics from the forthcoming Farrelly Brothers film Dumb and Dumber To.

First, Carrey tweeted the message “How Roland Rolls comes out TODAY but it may be a little too sophisticated for Lloyd and Harry!” with the following image of the two (in character as Lloyd and Harry) attempting to read Carrey’s new children’s book:

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on the set of "Dumb and Dumber To"

Later, Daniels tweeted the following photo:

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels on the set of "Dumb and Dumber To"

In addition to Carrey and Daniels, a number of additional names have appeared on the cast, including Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, and Boston Bruins president and Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, who will reprise his role as Sea Bass.

Dumb and Dumber To is expected in cinemas in 2014, marking the 20th anniversary of the original film’s release.

Carolyn Cassady, Author and Companion to Beat Generation Icons Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, Dies at Age 90

Carolyn Cassady

Carolyn Cassady, an author who entered the American consciousness in 1957 as a character in Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road and later chronicled her life as a member of the Beat Generation in a book entitled Off the Road, died on Friday near her home in Bracknell, England. She was 90.

Her death was confirmed by her daughter Cathy Sylvia, who said Cassady lapsed into a coma after an emergency appendectomy.

Cassady was immortalized in On the Road as the character Camille, the second wife of “Dean Moriarty,” based on Neal Cassady, her husband during the period recounted in the novel.

Cassady was born Carolyn Robinson on April 23, 1923, in East Lansing, Michigan, the youngest of five siblings. The family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when Carolyn was eight. After attending an elite prep school and Bennington College in Vermont, she studied painting and theater design in a graduate program at the University of Denver. It was in Denver in March 1947 that she met Neal Cassady.

Her two books, Heart Beat: My Life With Jack and Neal (1976), which was made into a 1980 film, and Off the Road: My Years With Cassady, Kerouac and Ginsberg (1990), documented her experiences as a central figure in the Beat Generation.

“I kept thinking that the imitators never knew and don’t know how miserable these men were,” she told the novelist Gina Berriault in 1972. “They think they were having marvelous times — joy, joy, joy — and they weren’t at all.”

Carolyn and Neal divorced in 1963; Neal died in 1968. She is survived by three children — Cathy Sylvia, Jami Ratto, and John Allen Cassady — plus three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Just one month prior to her death, Beatrice Kozera — also known as Bea Franco, and known to readers as “Terry, the Mexican girl” in Kerouac’s On the Road – died at age 92.

(via NYT)