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NFC News Patti Smith covers Nirvana - live video available
AOL's Spinner.com put up an exclusive video of Patti Smith performing her Smells Like Teen Spirit cover live. You can watch it here:

  • Patti Smith, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Video Premiere on Spinner

    "I always wanted to do a covers album, but I didn't really feel I had the range to do the kind of album I wanted to do," Smith told Spinner. "As the project evolved, a lot of the songs on the [original] list didn't make the final cut, and a lot of songs that I didn't plan on doing wound up being the ones I chose. They're all special to me for different reasons. But Nirvana was the most emotional experience." The video is directed by New York City filmmaker -- and longtime friend of Smith's -- Jem Cohen.

    Thanks to Kelly!
  • Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 06-23-2007 @ 5:01 AM (GMT) by RH.

    NFC News Massive Nirvana Tribute Album Contest 2007 unveiled
    Reality Entertainment and Sonicbids present the NIRVANA TRIBUTE ALBUM CONTEST 2007. Contest sponsored by Epiphone Guitars and the Digital Rights Agency.

    Reality Entertainment, formerly CMC International, the same company who brought you Judas Priest, ELO, Marcy Playground, KC and the Sunshine Band and many more great artists is looking for the most amazing versions of Nirvana's greatest songs. From "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to "Floyd the Barber", we're looking for the most compelling versions circa 2007.

    Reality will launch a worldwide online campaign for this release. 14 finalists will be selected to represent this special Reality Entertainment tribute to Nirvana, one of the greatest bands in Rock/Pop History. Needless to say, signed and unsigned bands chosen will reap worldwide exposure that may be the key to generating that much needed interest in indie and major labels, professional management, booking agents et al.

    All artists must submit their best mixed and mastered versions that are ready for prime time.

    This 14 song album will be made available through major online download retailers worldwide: iTunes, Yahoo Music, E-Music, Microsoft, MusicMatch, MusicStream, Napster, Real Networks, Sony Connect, Touch Tunes, Zingy, Starbucks, Groove Mobile, InRadio, Sony Connect, Virgin, Urge, Amp'd Mobile and many many more.

    Reality Artist's music has been selected for the Xbox 360, Dell Computers, MTV's Meet The Barkers, Viva La Bam, Films such as Bend it like Beckham, Galerions Rion, Hell Boy, Queen of the Damned and many more.

    Reality Entertainment is a record label with offices in California and Switzerland. Reality artists have played on festivals such as Ozzfest, Wacken (Europe's biggest festival), and the Harsh Reality Tour sponsored by Epiphone and Metal Edge and more!

    Read more here.
    Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 06-15-2007 @ 5:09 PM (GMT) by RH.

    NFC News "About a Son" soundtrack
    From Pitchfork: "New music from Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, as well as unearthed audio excerpts of interviews with Nirvana's Kurt Cobain will appear on the soundtrack to the film About a Son, based on interviews with Cobain conducted by journalist/Come As You Are scribe Michael Azerrad.

    Cobain's contemporaries Mudhoney, the Melvins, Mark Lanegan, and more, contribute previously released tracks, as do Cobain favorites like Iggy Pop, R.E.M., Half Japanese, David Bowie, and Leadbelly. The soundtrack is set for release September 11 from Barsuk.

    Along with the soundtrack songs, the film features an original score by Ben Gibbard and producer Steve Fisk."


    Here's the tracklisting:

    01 Steve Fisk & Ben Gibbard - "Overture"
    02 "Never Intended" [interview excerpt]
    03 Arlo Guthrie - "Motorcycle Song"
    04 The Melvins - "Eye Flys"
    05 "Punk Rock" [interview excerpt]
    06 Bad Brains - "Banned In D.C."
    07 Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Up Around the Bend"
    08 Half Japanese - "Put Some Sugar On It"
    09 The Vaselines - "Son of a Gun"
    10 Butthole Surfers - "Graveyard"
    11 "Hardcore Was Dead" [interview excerpt]
    12 Scratch Acid - "Owner's Lament"
    13 Mudhoney - "Touch Me I'm Sick"
    14 "Car Radio" [interview excerpt]
    15 Iggy Pop - "The Passenger"
    16 Leadbelly - "The Bourgeois Blues"
    17 R.E.M. - "New Orleans Instrumental No. 1"
    18 "The Limelight" [interview excerpt]
    19 David Bowie - "The Man Who Sold The World"
    20 Mark Lanegan - "Museum"
    21 Ben Gibbard - "Indian Summer"

    Story courtesy of Pitchfork. Also thanks to JF, Brian and Kevin.
    Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 06-14-2007 @ 4:32 AM (GMT) by RH.

    NFC News Nirvana on LOST - clips and more info
    As reported previously, a Nirvana song was played during a critical scene in the season finale of the popular ABC show LOST.

    This is the first time a Nirvana song has been licensed to a show on network television. According to an article in Forbes, four Nirvana songs were to be used in an episode of CSI: Miami last year. Ultimately this never happened but the use of a Nirvana song continued to be of interest to network executives.

    As far as NFC has been able to gather - ABC later expressed interest in using a Nirvana song for their season finale of LOST. They provided a description of the scene in question, and the representatives of the Nirvana catalogue presented them with 4-5 songs that they could choose from. In the end they selected Scentless Apprentice. Here is how it was used in the episode:

    Shortly into the episode, Through The Looking Glass (Part 2), in a flash-forward scene with Jack, you see him driving in Los Angeles, on his way to a funeral home. On the radio, Nirvana's Scentless Apprentice is playing.

    In the car, Jack is looking at a newspaper clipping from the April 5th edition of the Los Angeles Times. It is conceivable that the radio was playing the Nirvana track in memory of Kurt Cobain who comitted suicide on the same date in 1994.

    Indeed, suicide is a general theme of the episode: both Jack and Locke contemplate suicide. Mikhail uses a grenade as a suicide bomb to kill Charlie. And Sawyer, Juliet, and Hurley embark on an apparent suicide mission to save the three at the camp. As for other reasons behind using this particular song, Nirvana and LOST fans alike are eagerly discussing the topic in various online forums. NFC's own board has a thread on the subject here.

    For more information about the song, check this link.

    See below for the clip of LOST with the Nirvana song.

    Bookmark and Share NFC News RSS feed Direct link to this story Printer-friendly version Posted or updated: 06-04-2007 @ 1:26 PM (GMT) by RH.

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