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 Alexis Late

A knot in my heart: The Raincoats at the Feminist Library Summer Benefit, London, 2 July 2016

A knot in my heart: The Raincoats at the Feminist Library Summer Benefit, London, 2 July 2016

Photo by Amber Bateup. It’s hard to talk about The Raincoats. I’m writing this from a teahouse in London, trying to figure out why that is. I can’t find the right phrase to describe the knot in my heart that tightens when I think about them. It’s the kind of knot that holds you together. […]

 Lee Adcock

The Worst in Music of 2015

The Worst in Music of 2015

The name “Viet Cong” So this year, we watched as a band named after an off-hand racist comment rose on the charts. They’ll no doubt crop up on bunches of more positive lists this month, even after colleges like Oberlin barred them from playing. Sang Nguyen, a writer at Impose and also a second-generation Vietnamese-American, […]

 Everett True

Montage of Heck | “undercooked and over-thought”

Montage of Heck | “undercooked and over-thought”

By Alexandra Duguid Since the suicide of Kurt Cobain in 1994, he and his band have always been mystified, covered in conspiracy, touted and disparaged. With exciting new footage, audio and illustrations of and created by Cobain, film maker Brett Morgen’s Montage Of Heck promised a demystifying of the Great Cobain Myth. The film explores […]

 Everett True

Kurt Cobain died 21 years ago – so here are 21 of his best songs (with actual songs attached)

Kurt Cobain died 21 years ago – so here are 21 of his best songs (with actual songs attached)

I love livenirvana.com sometimes. Many thanks to John George, and also Mattia Cuda, for filling in the blanks. I’ve altered a couple of suggestions to make it work. 1. That one most people know if they know more than one Nirvana song 2. That one that ‘changed the world’ (NOTE: ought to place this lower down […]

 Everett True

Kurt Cobain died 21 years ago – so here are 21 of his best songs

Kurt Cobain died 21 years ago – so here are 21 of his best songs

1. That one most people know if they know more than one Nirvana song 2. That one that ‘changed the world’ (NOTE: ought to place this lower down the list) 3. Some obscure one from In Utero to show we know our stuff 4. Some even obscurer one from the ‘rarities’ box set to placate the […]

 Everett True

“You don’t have to be an activist to want to make a change” | Students on authenticity

“You don’t have to be an activist to want to make a change” | Students on authenticity

I should preface this list by stating that authenticity in popular music is mutable (if it exists), that it is utterly dependent upon genre, time and place (if it exists), that it is defined in relation to its ‘inauthentic’ counterpart (if it exists), that it is a construct with dubious links all the way back […]

 Everett True

What I did last night instead of seeing Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks play live

What I did last night instead of seeing Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks play live

I watched a few episodes from season 3 of The West Wing and thought, not for the first time, this is the cast of Friends moved to the White House. I wondered whether there was even the remotest possibility Stephen and his band could be even a 10th as good as this cover version would indicate – and […]

 Everett True

In Search of Nirvana: Why Nirvana: The True Story Could Never Be ‘True’

In Search of Nirvana: Why Nirvana: The True Story Could Never Be ‘True’

In my book Nirvana: The True Story (2006), I undertake an autoethnographical approach to biography, attempting to impart an understanding of my chosen subject—the rock band Nirvana—via discussion of my own experiences. On numerous occasions, I veer off into tangential asides, frequently using extensive footnotes to explain obscure musical references. Personal anecdotes are juxtaposed with […]

 Everett True

Daniel Johns turns ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ into a Coldplay song

Daniel Johns turns ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ into a Coldplay song

Wow. I don’t know which is worse. The idea of Daniel Johns (the Chris Martin soundalike guy from national embarrassment Silverchair) covering ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ at a triple j party, the actuality of Daniel Johns (the whiny, wallpaper, Chris Martin soundalike guy from national embarrassment Silverchair) covering ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ with harp and […]

 Everett True

Song of the day – 672: Dot Wiggin Band

Song of the day – 672: Dot Wiggin Band

Dot still has the cadence that made The Shaggs The Shaggs

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