rock gods

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig & Jon Stewart – Two hours of Nevermind reminiscing.

With Nevermind celebrating its 20th anniversary this month (side note: how old are we all now?!), there’s been a ton of great material floating around the blogosphere lately. But I think this might just be my favourite.

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart hosts a SiriusXM chat between Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic with Nevermind producer Butch Vig. Not only do the live audience members ask some really great questions of the trio, but there are some really touching moments… and some anecdotes that I don’t think I’d even heard before.

It’s around 2 hours, so set aside some time before you dive into it… but if you have even a modicum of interest in Nirvana, you’ll be glad you listened to this. If you’re a fan… well, you’ll be in heaven.

Listen below.

Download Nevermind Retrospective

2011 releases

Ryan Adams, ‘Ashes & Fire’ [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a Ryan Adams blog, given the last few posts here… but c’mon, we all know I have major love for the guy. So, it is with much joy that I present to you (courtesy of NPR), the full stream of Ryan’s new album, Ashes & Fire.

A full review will be up sometime in the next week (I’ve got a few things on, weddings and the like to plan… so I want to take my time with this one); but I will say that, on first listen, this is definitely one of Ryan’s most relaxed albums I’ve ever heard. I don’t want to say “grown up”, but… well… the guy’s all grown up. Standouts are immediately the previously mentioned “Lucky Now“, “Come Home”, “Save Me”, and the simply sublime “Kindness”.

Dive in head-first below.

2012 releases

First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar [TEASER]

It’s been nearly a year since I last mentioned First Aid Kit on this blog, which is far too long considering how much I fell in love with their “Ghost Town” single.

The good news though is that can now change, with the news that Klara and Johanna Söderberg’s sophomore effort, The Lion’s Roar, will drop January 24, 2012; featuring production by Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis as well as guest performances from Conor Oberst and Nate Walcott.

Below, a teaser trailer for “The Lion’s Roar”. 2012 can’t come fast enough.

live songs

Ryan Adams talks about (and performs) “New York, New York”

So this is a few days late, but Ryan Adams recently appeared on WNYC to talk about (and perform an absolutely killer version of) his tune, “New York, New York”. As WNYC says:

In the wake of 9/11, certain music that was recorded well before the attacks suddenly took on new meaning. Alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams joins us to explain how “New York, New York,” his country-pop rave-up about heartbreak in the East Village, was transformed by tragedy and triumph. Plus: Adams performs a stunning arrangement of the song at our piano.

Listen to Ryan’s thoughts on how “New York, New York” was changed by the events of 9/11… and watch the song video – which was shot on location just 4 days before the towers fell – below that.