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|NFC News Nirvana in "Rock Band" game
Earlier this week, Rock Band - a new game by Harmonix - was released. Similar to the Guitar Hero games, players form a band and work their way up from rags to riches by pleasing fans and racking up points, and then unlocking bigger and bigger venues.
In front of the animated band performing on stage is a kind of giant guitar fret board, with a camera that sails down it as the song plays, to show players which notes/drums to hit at certain points in the song. Color-coded buttons on the guitar neck and drum pads must be hit at the correct time, while the singer must follow the karaoke-style lyrics to hit the right note at the right time, for the proper length of that note. It sounds difficult, and for new or younger players it is, but there is a practice mode and multiple levels of difficulty.
The music soundtrack in Rock Band is extraordinary, featuring nearly 60 classic and newer rock songs, mostly from the original bands (unlike many Guitar Hero songs, which are remakes by sound-alike artists). Highlights include The Who's Won't Get Fooled Again, David Bowie's Suffragette City, Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper, The Ramones' Blitzkrieg Bop, Nirvana's In Bloom and Bon Jovi's Wanted Dead or Alive.
Published by MTV Games, Rock Band is available for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3.
|Posted or updated: 11-24-2007 @ 4:35 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Reviews of Nirvana Unplugged DVD
As announced previously, the Nirvana Unplugged in New York DVD was released earlier this week around the world. See our earlier news stories for details about the DVD which is now available in stores. Selected reviews of the DVD:
Buy the DVD online here. Also check this story where Dave Grohl comments on the Unplugged show.
|Posted or updated: 11-24-2007 @ 4:30 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Nirvana to be featured on FUSE "Videos That Rocked The World"
This November, fuse is rocking your world with an all-new original series that takes a closer look at the videos that changed everything. From Nirvana to Madonna, Videos That Rocked The World spans generations and genres to tell the true stories behind these classic clips. Premiering across two weeks in November, each episode will take an in-depth look at the people, controversies and scandals behind the videos while examining the legacy each has left behind. There are thousands of videos out there, but only a few have truly rocked the world and their story is only on fuse.
The premiere episode airing November 26 @ 10.30 PM will feature Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit video. The show will include interviews with Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and others. More info here. The website offers a clip from the show.
Also see Krist's blog post about the program (the story is below this one).
|Posted or updated: 11-10-2007 @ 11:32 AM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Krist Novoselic blogs for the Seattle Weekly
In a blog post on the Seattle Weekly website, Krist Novoselic comments on the upcoming FUSE special on the Smells Like Teen Spirit video:
"Of course, I didn't put the show together so I'm not completely satisfied. There is not enough screen time of myself or Dave Grohl, (People who were in the band / video!).
Someone else in the program told a story about the title of the song, Teen Spirit, that I want to get straight.
Indeed, Kathleen Hannah wrote, 'Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit' on Kurt's apartment wall. I recall seeing it and thinking, 'Too much cheap red wine!'
I don't know why she wrote it but I know for sure that Kurt Cobain did not have any odor problems. Even though his place was a mess, he took care of his hygiene. This person would soak in the bath night after night only listening to the Beatles.
I don't do a lot of Nirvana interviews. I could do a documentary interview about the band everyday, forever! For better or worse, the digital revolution is the great leveler. You don't need the volume of knowledge regarding shutter speeds, light conditions for film stock or other expensive aspects of celluloid.
But FUSE is mainstream media and the production company has quality standards. The biggest reason I did the interview is that I wanted to talk about the Anarchy A symbol worn by the cheerleaders in the video, on national television! (I am the bass player in Flipper after all.)
Of course anarchy is synonymous with chaos and disorder. But Anarchy has another meaning; it's about people associating outside of the state structure. Committed Anarchists are actually meeting oriented people.
Itís no coincidence that the Anarchy A symbol was prevalent in the underground / hardcore music culture of the early 1980's. Many principles of this ideology were practiced in the scene.
The punk rock sub-strata was independent of the corporate / government Goliath. It functioned within a decentralized structure of individuals committed to the music and values promoted through fanzines and live performances. Countless publications were printed on photocopy and had circulations of not even 100. I attended, and even played at shows with 20 people in attendance. The point was not to be part of some kind of trend, it was to associate with people with common needs and values.
Anarchist organizations are temporary. The idea is to not encourage bureaucracy or employ developmental directors just for their sake. Also, participation with these organizations / efforts are voluntary.
The independent hardcore / punk movement thrived nationally before the domination of the internet.
I even used the term anarcho-communalist in the interview. But after they taped my spiel regarding this political philosophy, all that they edited in was my saying that the Anarchy A was in the video because it reflected the underground values from where we came. So much for the prime time!
To the anarchist, the state is the enemy. I don't believe in that. I was appalled at the knuckleheads who committed acts of violence against property during the Seattle WTO ministerial in 1999. I walked through the broken glass and inhaled enough tear gas to leave that scene in disgust. There is the non-violent vein of the ideology called pacifist-anarchy.
I also believe in reasonable regulation because it's naive to think many people will act principled and not take what's not theirs. We need to respect both private and public property. And who makes the regulations? The government does. This can work under a representative democracy.
Popular political thinking is like a three-legged stool. One leg is reactionary conservatism, another reactionary liberalism and the third apathy. All three seat into to a centralized government / economic structure.
Considering the lack of a coherent ideology, why not take a look at decentralized structures? While it's an antiquated term, in need of a new name, Anarchism needs to be discussed in context of the current system. We need not smash our institutions. But we can transition toward practical reform. The key is in another term used within the punk rock movement: Do It Yourself or DIY.
And yourself doesn't mean alone."
Courtesy of the Seattle Weekly and Krist Novoselic. Read more here.
Apparently Krist is to post a regular column, which has yet to be named, every Tuesday on The Daily Weekly. He plans to write about politics, news, music, and culture. The Daily Weekly blog site can be found here.
|Posted or updated: 11-10-2007 @ 11:28 AM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News New Cobain biopic to feature original Nirvana music
From NME: "The forthcoming Kurt Cobain biopic from Universal Pictures is set to be the first Nirvana film to feature the band's music, NME.COM can reveal.
It had been reported that Universal had recently bought the rights to Charles R Cross' Cobain biography, 'Heavier Than Heaven'.
Cross has since told NME.COM that the package Universal have bought would be a combination of both the book rights and the rights to Nirvana's music, as put together by Courtney Love, who owns the rights to Nirvana's music.
'Courtney Love has packaged my book rights with Nirvana's music,' he explained, in reference to the package Universal now have rights to. 'It's important, as for it to be a definitive Kurt biopic you need the music.' "
The new issue of NME - published November 7 - will have more details. Story courtesy of nme.com
|Posted or updated: 11-10-2007 @ 11:17 AM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News New book; The 27s - The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll
The book begins and ends with Kurt and places him in the context of 27s who include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Pete de Freitas of Echo & the Bunnymen, Rolling Stones' Brian Jones, D. Boon from the Minutemen, original Stooges bass player Zander, Seattleites Kristin Pfaff of Hole and Mia Zapata of the Gits, and two dozen others.
Published winter 2008 the 224-page book created by Josh Hunter and Eric Segalstad looks and reads quite unlike anything else out there. Packed with original artwork on every page, it's a roaring saga about rock & roll seen through the lives and legacies of the enigmatic 27s.
If you want to stay updated sign up at www.the27s.com. The authors promise early page releases, giveaways, and specials to people on their mailing list.
Thanks to Josh for the info.
|Posted or updated: 11-10-2007 @ 10:55 AM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Courtney cleans out her closet?
|Posted or updated: 11-10-2007 @ 10:48 AM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News "Nevermind" on BBC Radio 1 show
This past Monday on Radio 1's Zane Lowe show, he featured Nevermind as part of his Masterpiece's week and basically played the entire album on the air. More info here where you can also listen to the show.
Zane Lowe's Masterpieces
Between 5-8 November, Zane presented four of the greatest albums of all time - works of genius; albums that have made an indelible mark on the musical landscape. As well as interviews and documentary material, Zane played each album in full, gaps an' all, with no interruptions, so you could hear the masterpieces as they were meant to be heard.
Thanks to Jonny for the tip.
|Posted or updated: 11-10-2007 @ 10:36 AM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News MTV Unplugged DVD trailer + full info
Full details about the DVD:
Complete Show (Unedited):
About A Girl
Come As You Are
Jesus Doesnít Want Me For A Sunbeam
The Man Who Sold The World
On A Plain
Something In The Way
Lake Of Fire
Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
MTV News - Bare Witness:
Come As You Are
The Man Who Sold The World
Approx. Run Time: 102 mins
Picture Format: 4:3
Audio: 5.1 DTS Surround Sound, 5.1 Dolby Digital & 2.0 Dolby Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Release date International: November 19, 2007
Release date US/Canada: November 20, 2007
|Posted or updated: 11-06-2007 @ 5:59 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Get 10% off when ordering Unplugged DVD
NFC has teamed up with Insound in New York to offer NFC visitors a 10% discount on the upcoming Nirvana Unplugged DVD. To use the offer, pre-order the DVD now using this link:
Pre-order @ Insound AND then make sure to type the coupon code nirvanafanclub10 on the check-out page. The coupon expires on November 9th.
Thanks to Andy and Insound.
|Posted or updated: 11-03-2007 @ 9:01 AM (GMT) by RH.
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