A new bootleg of Nirvana in their pre-Dave Grohl days has caused quite a stir among fans. Recorded by a fan at the Satyricon venue in Portland on January 12, 1990, it has languished in a box of tapes for 25 years until it was recently uploaded.
That particular gig is also loaded with significance as it also provided the setting for the first meeting between Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love.
It all whets the appetite nicely for the Cobain documentary due in April, a project for which his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is executive producer on.
The young Cobain had a bit of a Twitter spat with Lana Del Rey last year over the glamourisation of death, and earlier this week her ‘Big Eyes’ lost out on a Golden Globe for best song to John Legend, but the moany pop princess has announced some details of a new album for the summer.
Entitled Honeymoon, it will be released in August, and will be “more noirish” than previous offerings. We wouldn’t be qualified to say who the best politician is in Britain, but after the next election we may be able to easily pick out the best dancer in the House of Commons.
Bez of the Happy Mondays is stand for the Reality Party in his native Salford near Manchester, with one of his slogans being: “Shake your maracas if you are against the frackers.”
The Christmas rush of announcements has made for a fairly quiet January so far, so it’s probably a good time to plug some of the decent smaller gigs.
For instance, US urban star Anthony David is at the Sugar Club in Dublin on Thursday. He never quite kicked on from his Grammy nomination for ‘Words’ with India Arie in 2008, but it’ll be interesting to see if he reveals some Irish blood, as he was born Anthony David Harrington.
Jazz fans can look forward to the visit of Phronesis in early February, with Jasper Høiby and his superb trio playing such venues as Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge (Feb 4); Triskel Christchurch, Cork (Feb 5); and Whelan’s, Dublin (Feb 8).
Denver folk-rocker Nathaniel Rateliff is at the Academy in Dublin next Friday.
Waze & Odyssey are probably best known for their chart remix of R. Kelly’s Bump n’ Grind, and the British house production duo will perform a DJ set in the Savoy in Cork on Feb 13.
In Dublin, the great Kenny Dope has been lined up for a set at Opium Rooms on January 31.
It’s a bountiful time for cinema fans, with the upcoming Oscars ensuring another crop of decent mainstream offerings being released today.
Among them are: American Sniper, with Clint Eastwood directing Bradley Cooper; Whiplash, about an obsessive jazz drummer; and Wild, penned by Nick Hornby and starring Reese Witherspoon.
Cork Cine Club at St John’s College resumes its weekly programme with French film, Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tete Chinois), showing next Thursday.
Also in Cork, Triskel now has weekend showings of its films, including British drama My Old Lady on offer from tonight.
It’s full steam ahead for the Quarter Block Party (Feb 6-8) in Cork, which will see music and other events taking place in South and North Main Streets.
Also, the Barriers exhibition by the group of Cork art teachers, Art Group 7, finishes at Wandesford Quay Gallery tomorrow.