As you might have heard if you have any kind of internet presence, last night Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they brought along some special guests for the ride. When we started hearing rumors about the band’s quasi-reunion and performance, we were feeling a kind of weird, beating-a-dead-horse disappointment, but now we feel a sweeping, consuming sense of FUCK YEAH, possibly having to do with the fact that the band chose four of our favorite lady songwriters to front the band in Kurt Cobain’s stead. Check out video clips below – Joan Jett joined the band for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (why not Kathleen Hanna, though?), Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth for my personal favorite Nirvana jam “Aneurysm,” St. Vincent’s Annie Clark for “Lithium” and, later at an afterparty at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar, “Heart Shaped Box,” and Lorde for “All Apologies.” Check it out.
April 5th was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, and leave it to our favorite demon goddess and possible extraterrestrial St. Vincent to cover Nirvana’s “Lithium” in tribute. Thanks to video shot by a fan in Chicago that night, you can watch Annie Clark and company’s take on the Nevermind highlight, which sounds as bombastic and wild as Kurt would probably have loved, particularly when Annie takes to that “I’m not gonna crack” part. The video quality’s alright, but hearing the whole crowd sing along is pretty special. Check it out – here’s hoping we get better quality audio sometime soon.
Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s Darkside continue to produce dark liquid vibes with their new remix of St. Vincent’s ‘Digital Witness’. A far cry from the original track (already very solid from the progressive pop artists ), the boys have applied their black musical alchemy to produce a slightly frightening but consistently groovy remix, evoking a strangely paradoxical phantom/robot sound.
A cold bassline, solid 4/4 bounce underlaying the track and a mass of eerie sound bites constitute the track, with Annie Clark’s vocals incredibly warped from here to Timbuktu. What eventuates is a sound caught between The Knife, a cold winter’s night and a robot having a seizure…sexily.
The remix is available on Jaar’s Other People website – click here to access it. Also check out their mind-numbingly good Boiler Room set – played out on a Brooklyn Rooftop late last year, sans your normal Boiler Room munting crowds. Impressive!
Darkside are currently on their Australia Tour, kicking off at the Hi-Fi in Sydney tonight. Are you heading down?
Happy Sunday! Nicolas Jaar’s Other People label just let loose this immense DARKSIDE remix of one of our top songs of the year, St. Vincent’s “Digital Witness.” Check it out below, or at the Other People website.