|NFC News 05/2000
The transfer of this website to a new host has now been completed. Your Internet
provider might still point at the old location, though. If so that should change
shortly. All interactive sections of the website, including the Discussion Board,
are also back again after being down for a couple of days. Hopefully the new host
will grant the bandwidth and space needed for the site without too much hassle.
The new host is a bit faster than the old one and grants more disk space so there
should be a good foundation of expanding the site without too many problems. The
sound gallery will also be back very soon. Thanks.
IMPORTANT! Due to switching hosts, the NFC Discussion board will be closed for a couple of
days. All other interactive sections of the website (including polls and competitions) will
also be down for a little bit. In addition, certain sections of the website might also be
unavailable. Everything should be back to normal by the first couple of days of June, 2000.
Thanks for understanding.
"I have recently launched a website entitled 'toptenalbums' - each month we feature ten LPs
and ask people to vote for their favourite - for May we are doing live LPs and are including
'Nirvana unplugged'. People can come and vote at: www.toptenalbums.co.uk" Courtesy of Matt.
Later this month there will be an online chat session with none other than Courtney
Love! This is a unique opportunity for the fans to chat with Courtney, the widow of
Kurt Cobain and mother of his child. The chat is taking place on May 30 at 7 PM (ET),
4 PM (PT). It would be in particular interesting if she would answer a few questions
related to Nirvana and Kurt. So be sure to join the chat for your chance to ask Miss
Love a question. It it taking place at www.gurl.com.
Another very interesting event coming up is an online chat session with the wonderful
and talented actress Alicia Silverstone, who will be chatting with her fans on June 7
at 8 PM ET, 5 PM (PT). "Best known for her starring roles as an obsessed adolescent in
The Crush and as a Beverly Hills teen in Clueless, Alicia Silverstone is once again back
in the limelight starring opposite Kenneth Branagh and Nathan Lane as the Princess In
love with The King in the latest adaptation of a William Shakespeare work, Love's Labour's
Lost. Ask her about her multi-million dollar Producing deal with Columbia Pictures, working
with Kenneth Branagh, and her plans for the future." This chat session is arranged by
bigstar.com. Speaking of chat
sessions -- don't forget the official "NFC Chat" tomorrow, May 25, starting around 5 PM.
To join the chat you can either use the web-based chatroom
or connect to irc.afternet.org and join the #NirvanaClub channel. Note: The chat was
moved from May 24 to May 25.
The "Nirvana & Marketing" documentary that aired on German TV the other day was
not actually about Nirvana. It was in fact about a guy, Christopher Wilcha, who
used to work for the US record club 'Columbia House'. Basically it was about his
work at Columbia House, as he brought the camera to work almost daily to document
the company and how everything works there. As Nirvana is Chris' favorite band
there were a few references to them and clips of their 01/10/92 show for MTV. It
was a pretty funny documentary, proving how screwed up a large corporate American
ensemble as this one works in reality - and it provided a good impression of what
goes on "behind the scenes". You can read another little review of the special,
made by Franzi, here. Courtesy of Reidar.
Tonight on German TV a documentary called "Nirvana & Marketing" will be aired. I'm
not sure exactly what the docu is about but I assume it is about Nirvana! The docu
will air on the German channel 3 SAT at 11 PM (Central European Time) today, Friday.
If you have access to the Astra satellite, the channel is found at frequency 11.347V.
Hopefully the docu will be in English and not overdubbed with German as everything
else on German TV sadly is. Thanks to Dimitri Pischin for the news.
Preston sent this info in; "The May 2000 issue of Hit Parader has an article on Kurt
Cobain. Its the '6th anniversary Kurt Cobain tribute' and it has a few pictures to go
with the article which is called 'Kurt Cobain: Man or Myth'. It basically says that it
has been six years and his fans still love him and that the new generation just doesn't
understand or appreciate what he did. Great 2 page pull out of Kurt." Thanks to Preston.
I think I mentioned this earlier, but oh well!
Today the former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic turns 35. Since 1994 Krist has been
very active in politics, working with his JAMPAC organization and the Spitfire tours.
In the music world he formed a band called Sweet 75 who got to release one album before
the end. Most recently, Krist has been involved with a band called 'The NO WTO Combo'
who released a CD earlier this month - as mentioned in earlier updates. Krist has also
been appearing with Dave Grohl a couple of times, most noteably in the 'Stinky Puffs'
and on stage with the Foo Fighters in 1997 and 1999. As for Nirvana, Krist is currently
compiling a box set, scheduled to be the next Nirvana album. Or he should be at
least :) Happy birthday Krist!
I just got a copy of "Live From The Battle in Seattle" by the WTO Band, mentioned
several times earlier in this news section. The CD is quite good, offering several
interesting speeches and songs recorded at the show on December 1st, 1999. Just to
recap: the WTO Band was a band formed to protest against the World Trade Organization,
in connection with the WHO summit in Seattle last year. The WTO Band featured Jello
Biafra [Dead Kennedys] on vocals, Krist Novoselic [Nirvana] on bass/vocals, Kim Thayil
[Soundgarden] on guitar and Gina Mainwal [Sweet 75] on drums. The disc was mixed by
none other than Jack Endino. The CD also comes with some interesting liner notes by
Jello Biafra and Krist. Krist's notes is a chronological account of the days leading
up to the show, and his personal opinions on the whole WTO issue. The liner notes also
features some general info about the WTO, as well as disturbing pictures from the WTO
protests in December 1999. Generally I'd recommend picking up a copy of the CD direct
from the record label, Alternative Tentacles, who are selling it for a reasonable price.
They also use a very fast and effective shipping method, as opposed to Amazon and
CDnow's bull$hit where you have to wait 2 months for your order to arrive, and
pay a crapload in shipping expenses! If you live overseas at least ;) Anyway, you
can order the WTO Band CD here.
The webbased chatroom was changed a bit as the old one was a bit too instabile
and not very flexible. The new chatroom offers a java client that is very similar
to a regular IRC client. It also uses the AfterNET IRC network which is much more
stabile than the one we previously used (DALnet). In order to use the chatroom
you must have a browser supporting Java. Most recent browsers do. Thanks a lot to
Anthony Sanchez and AfterNET for providing the chat client. Also thanks to Scott
Byczek for all his help. Remember if the chat is empty, just stick around for a
few minutes and someone will probably turn up. Alternatively you can join several
'channels' and pick some of the more crowded ones. For a list of channels, just
type /list in the main chat window and double click one of them to join. Join the
Something nobody in the Nirvana community semes to talk about, is the band Stinky Puffs.
The band - featuring Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic - was actually the very first project
in the music world that both Dave and Krist was involved with after Kurt's death. On July
12, 1994 - just three months after Kurt died - the band performed briefly at the 'Yo Yo
A Go Go' festival in Olympia, WA. Some more info courtesy of an old article from Goldmine;
"On July 12, Novoselic and Grohl made their first live performance after Cobain's death as
part of the Stinky Puffs, a band led by Simon Timony, then 10 years old. Timony had previously
released a four-song EP, which he'd sent to Cobain, who acknowledged the gift in the liner
notes of Incesticide. Timony later met the band members when his then-stepfather's band, Half
Japanese, opened for Nirvana during the band's fall '93 tour. Timony himself joined the band
onstage during their November 15 performance at [the] Roseland [Ballroom in New York, NY]. The
July 12 performance was the opening night of the Yo Yo A Go Go Festival, held in Olympia (Yoyo
being another Olympia label). Sheenah Fair, Timony's mother and the Stinky Puffs' drummer, asked
Novoselic to sit in with the band. "Krist wrote the most beautiful letter back to us," she says.
"And it was 'I can't believe you asked me to do this. Should I do this? I think I should do this.
I'm gonna do this. Should I do this? This would be a good thing."' On the night of the show, Grohl
was also on hand with DGC's Mark Kates. "I saw Dave checking out Krist just about to go on," Fair
says. "And I said, 'Dude, get a drum set. Come on, come on with us. This'll be good, it'll be good
for you.' He’s like, 'I'm gonna fuck it up—I don't even know your music!"' Eventually, Grohl did
agree to go on, and though their appearance was unannounced, the media on hand for opening night
of the festival insured instant coverage of the event. "One journalist said that Simon had performed
a mass healing," says Fair. "And that's really how it felt." The set, which included a song for
Cobain, 'I Love You Anyway,' was recorded and released the following year."
VH-1 also put up a story about the Nirvana boxed set allegedly being slated for a September
2001 release, as mentioned in the May 9 update. Here's the beef; "Six years after the death of
Kurt Cobain, Nirvana still exerts a powerful allure over its fans. Therefore, the surviving
members of Nirvana have chosen September 2001 - the 10-year anniversary of the release of
Nevermind, the band's breakthrough and the key release of the alternative-rock deluge - to
unveil a career-spanning box set featuring rarities, outtakes, and live tracks. Nirvana
bassist Krist Novoselic spoke to Launch.com about the compilation of the set, which he has
been undertaking with his former drummer and current Foo Fighters general Dave Grohl. 'Sometimes
I feel like I'm going into the past,' Novoselic said, 'but I know that people really want it
and they really miss it, so if I can put time and heart and soul into it, then that's the least
I can do.' " Full story. As
I said before, I don't know how reliable that September 2001 date is. But its an interesting bet.
This story was courtesy of VH-1 and MTV Networks. Thanks to Bob of MTV for the link.
Krist Novoselic recently commented on the "No WTO" EP released the other day, as described
in yesterday's news update; "... the Combo's show nearly didn't happen. Biafra and Novoselic
got the ball rolling last October, when both appeared at a Spitfire show (a touring panel
discussion featuring speakers of varying political beliefs) and decided to put together a
band for the upcoming WTO conference, bringing in Thayil and Mainwal, whom Novoselic had been
regularly jamming with. Originally scheduled for Nov. 30, the show was one of two benefits held
that week for the Institute for Consumer Responsibility. As tensions between protestors and police
escalated throughout the day, Novoselic witnessed the activity first-hand. 'There's cops amassing
on the corner,' he remembers. 'There's tear gas all over the streets, our eyes are burning, people
are coughing, some girl had a concussion, she got a rubber bullet to the head. It just didn't look
good. I wanted to postpone the show for a night, because things were just getting worse and worse,
and I didn't know where they were going to go.' The show was ultimately canceled, and Biafra,
Novoselic, and Spearhead put on a make-shift show at the Central, a Seattle club just outside the
so-called 'curfew zone,' the core of downtown Seattle sealed off to all people except those with
'legitimate business.' Though the show did occur without mishap, Biafra says 'I don't think we
knew we were going to play until we walked onstage. We finally decided, 'Let's play anyway and
see who shows up.' Among those who did was a man who taped the show on a 16-track ADAT recorder
and presented the tape to Novoselic afterwards. A little tweaking by grunge-meister producer Jack
Endino, and liner notes by Biafra and Novoselic, and Live From the Battle of Seattle is ready to go.
'I'm excited to have a record coming out,' says Novoselic. 'It's a document about a moment in time.
It's a document about people power and motivation. And it's a document about bringing positive change.' "
This story was courtesy of allStar news and Gillian G. Gaar. Make sure to check yesterday's update
for more info on the EP, and some of December's news updates for the full story on the WTO show.
An interesting story, courtesy of Wall of Sound; "In the midst of the WTO riots in Seattle
last December, Jello Biafra (formerly of the Dead Kennedys), Krist Novoselic (Sweet 75,
formerly of Nirvana), Kim Thayil (formerly of Soundgarden), and Gina Mainwal (Sweet 75)
convened as the No WTO Combo for a one-off show protesting the World Trade Organization.
That gig was recorded live on a multi-track and mixed by Novoselic and Jack Endino, and now
it surfaces as a five-song EP on Jello Biafra's label, Alternative Tentacles. The set includes
29 minutes of music and 15 minutes of spoken word. Track List - No WTO Combo: Live From the
Battle in Seattle (Alternative Tentacles)"
Thanks to "angel's ass" for the link. The EP was released yesterday, May 8. You can purchase this album for a very reasonable price at the Alternative Tentacles official website. I hope to have some soundclips from the EP up soon.
"(5/8/00, 5 p.m. ET) - The surviving members of Nirvana (Punk) are eyeing the 10th anniversary of the release of their landmark album Nevermind to issue the band's still-in-the-works boxed set. That would mean September 2001 for the project, giving Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic ample time to work through all the available material. Novoselic tells LAUNCH that there's plenty to choose from. 'There's a lot of stuff. I can't believe how many live shows there are, how many outtakes there are, alternate versions, jams, [and] video[tapes],' he says. 'Not everything's gonna make on there, so we're just kinda gauging it and see what would best represent Nirvana; because, you know, I feel like a boxed set should be encyclopedic, and it should be for the serious fan and for, you know, the not-so-serious fan. So, it's gonna be something there for everybody.' Novoselic adds, 'Sometimes I feel like I'm going into the past, but I know that people really want it and they really miss it, so if I can put time and heart and soul into it, then that's the least I can do. -- Neal Weiss, Los Angeles" An interesting story indeed, courtesy of Launch Media. While a September 2001 release date is possible, I don't know how likely it is. Though, it might be a good idea to use the Nevermind anniversary as the release date. Time will tell what they do.
"Mudhoney have a exclusive new song on Musicblitz.com. They've pretty much been inactive since their bassist (Matt Lukin) quit almost a year ago. I thought that this might be worth mentioning, since Kurt was a big fan of theirs and they seemed to be friends, and the fact that Dan Peters played on Sliver." Thanks to Scott for that one. You can get more info about the new song here.
From Daniella: "There was this article in a Brazilian magazine called ISTOE about a new book. Sorry for the translation, I did the best I could; 'It was released on April 24th in Rio de Janeiro - the 'Guia do Rock em CD, uma discoteca basica' (Guide of Rock, a basic cd collection). The authors are the journalists Arthur Dapieve and Luiz Henrique Romanholli, who selected 300 albuns from 170 rock singers or bands. Among these albuns there are all the albums from NIRVANA, two albuns from the Pixies and some pioneers, such as Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly. The guide covers 44 years of rock history. Brazil is represented by 20 bands."
Here is small, but important, warning about a guy who claims to have videos such as 10/31/91 and 7/23/93 but does not; "This message is to warn you all of a poor trader / evil dishonest human that has been making his rounds and ripping people off in the NIRVANA bootleg trading community. Marc Paradis from Quebec, Canada, has earned the reputation over the last several months of being the worst trader of all time. He claims to have lots of unsurfaced stuff that doesn't exist and asks hundreds of dollars for it from smaller traders. One major warning sign is that the guy can barely speak english. BASIC INFO TO REMEMBER - NAME: Marc (Mark) Paradis, E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org. LOCATION: Canada. If you are contacted by this guy please email the maintainer of the LiveNirvana.com Bad Traders List at morris@LiveNirvana.com"
The design of the main page was changed a bit. It's not that much different from the old
design, but still a significant change. I've wanted to change the design for a while, so
here is the result. The new design should be a little faster to load, compared with the
old one. It basically contains the same information, though one little new feature has been
added; The main page now displays the names of the five latest topics discussed in the
forums "Nirvana" and "Born in a junkyard" (general discussion) of the NFC Discussion Board.
So if there is a subject that catches your eye, just click the link to read the entire thread.
Remember you still need to register if you'd like to reply to a thread. You can view the new
design here if you haven't already.
Not that Nirvana related but somewhat interesting; "We've got the Foo Fighters' new video
'Breakout' and behind-the-scenes goodies all on mtv.com! *The Foos on being ugly, dumb, &
funny. *Dave Grohl on the concept of the video. *Dave's thoughts on the final outcome of
'Breakout'. Go here
for behind the scenes video/audio clips & more info." Thanks to Maro of MTV for sending this in.
"I was just reading the May issue of Newsweek and there is an interview with Neil Young. In it there's this bit where he says: 'The [entertainment] business is so crude and brutish and forceful with the gentlest of objects', says Young. 'Nirvana's just one illustration of where a real artist can end up in real trouble being honest and pure. I try to stay as far away from that as I can. Never look the devil in the eye.' " Thanks to "Angel's ass" for sending that story.
Mitch from Digitalnirvana is looking for a copy of the February 1993 issue of Select Magazine, with Nirvana featured in the 'images' section. If you can help him locate this issue, please drop him a note here. Thanks in advance.
"In the latest issue of KERRANG magazine (Issue 800), they did a poll on the 100 most influental rock bands ever. Nirvana finished 3rd, behind Black Sabbath and Metallica." Thanks to Andrew.
The 'Experience Music Project' museum opening in Seattle soon will, as mentioned before, feature some unique Nirvana things up for display. In its opening weekend, a number of bands will perform there - including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Filter, Eurythmics and more. For more info about that, check this story. Thanks to "Angel's Ass" for the link. Also check the official experience site.
"In Greece, there's a movie called 'Freedom Deep'. I don't if you've heard of it, but the whole movie is a tribute to Kurt Cobain. It's about a little boy who has family problems and the other usual stuff (rejection etc.). You can see a great painting in his bedroom wall, with Kurt nailed on a cross! So it's a GREAT MOVIE, very complex in a way you should notice that the boy never speaks or anyone else having a dialogue, it's very strange." Thanks to George for that info. Brendon found a site with info on the movie here.
At approximately 3:30 PM (Eastern Time) today, this website hit visitor number 2
million. In other words, since April of 1997 the main page of this site has been
visited more than 2.000.000 times! Of course this doesn't mean that exactly two
million people have visited it. What it means is that the main page itself has
been 'hit' at least 2 million times over the past three years. Someone
might increment the counter several times during one session, some people visit
the site regularly, and some go to specific sections of the site (ie. the NFC
Discussion Board) without actually going to the main page first. In any case,
I am glad to see the counter at 2 million, exactly three years after the site
was opened on nirvanaclub.com. Ironically, the Internet has been the biggest
news story (on Danish TV at least) today, because of the infamous 'I love you'
virus. Anyway, a big thanks to all of you out there for visiting this site and
for all the support. Now let's see if we can hit 4 million before 2002 ... :-)
Here is some more info on the Todd McCormick benefit event, described in the
April 20 update; "This Sunday, May 7th, 8pm pacific-time - Spitfire invites you
to join us on the web for a special audio-broadcast of the Todd McCormick benefit,
taking place at LA's House Of Blues. Todd is currently in Federal prison for growing
medical marijuana, which is legal under California state law. Performers include:
* Comedian Bill Maher, * Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, * Janes Addiction's Perry
Farrell (DJ Peretz), * Spearhead's Michael Franti (band will perform post-Spitfire),
* X's Exene Cervenka, * Todd's Attorney David Michael. You can listen to the live show
with Firetalk technology.
[After downloading], go to The Spitfire site on Sunday at 8pm & click the banner ad
promoting the live event. Spitfire's site is at: http://www.colleges.com/spitfire."
Tomorrow evening there will be an online chat session with the legendary band
Metallica; "It's a fan forum with Metallica. The band will be taking questions
and comments straight from the fans on the Napster controversy. It's your chance
to chat with the band directly and get your questions answered. Hold nothing back:
This is Metallica, after all. They can take it! Be sure to check out Metallica.com
and ARTISTdirect and join the chat on Tuesday, May 2nd at 8pET/5pPT." This info was
courtesy of Yahoo! The even more legendary Deep Purple will also be chatting online,
already tonight at 8 PM ET; "Chat with the group, (regarding their new world tour,
complete with the 80 piece orchestra, including a run of summer dates in the States
beginning in June), Monday, May 1st at 8pET/5pPT." This chat is @ rockonline.com
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