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Friend of Kurt Cobain uploads rare Nirvana demo tapes to YouTube: Stream

The Observer is a YouTube account run by John Purkey, an old friend of Kurt Cobain and someone who’s spoken at length about Nirvana’s rise and fall. Purkey regularly posts new videos, many of which include insider info on the band.

As Alternative Nation points out, Purkey recently uploaded four videos containing cassette audio of Nirvana demos circa the late ’80s. Apparently given to him by Cobain himself, the tapes include early recordings of songs that would eventually make up Bleach, as well as material recorded with Dale Crover. Perhaps even more intriguing is audio of early, pre-Dave Grohl Nevermind recordings featuring Chad Channing on drums.

Altogether, there’s well over two hours of material to work through. While some of the audio has been heard before by fans, perhaps not quite in such a raw, unpolished state. You also (sadly? thankfully?) won’t find any pop punk a la Weezer.

Check out each tape below, including comments from Purkey himself and tracklists (courtesy of diligent YouTuber Cancer God).

First tape: 

“This is the first tape Kurt gave to me. Sound quality is not perfect but it’s not too bad. It is listenable. Paper cuts sounds a little warbaly at first and that is exactly how it was when Kurt gave it to me. I got used to it. It slowly becomes clear sounding.”

0:38 – “Paper Cuts”
05:03 – “Downer”
06:53 – “Beeswax”
09:52 – “Aero Zeppelin”
14:36 – “Floyd the Barber”
17:03 – “If You Must”
21:12 – Spank Thru
24:57 – “Mexican Seafood”
27:06 – “Pen Cap Chew”
30:06 – “Montage of Heck”

Second tape: 

00:47 – “Blandest”
04:37 – “Mr. Moustache”
08:23 – “Sifting Instrumental”
13:51 – “Blew”
16:52 – “Spank Thru”
20:08 – “Love Buzz” (Early Single Version?)
23:55 – “Big Cheese”

Third tape:

“This was the tape he gave me after they recorded songs for what would become Bleach.”

00:00 – Intro
01:39 – “Scoff”
06:02 – “Swap Meet”
09:17 – “Blew”
12:23 – “Love Buzz”
16:11 – “About a Girl”
19:27 – “Negative Creep”
22:02 – “School”
24:50 – “Big Long Now”

Fourth tape:

“Recorded with Chad produced by Butch Vig. I think it is known as the smart studio demo. Kurt started high speed dubbing at the beginning of pay to play. [You] can hear a slight glitch when he pressed the high speed button.”

00:00 – Intro
00:44 – “Immodium”
04:04 – “Pay to Play”
07:39 – “Sappy”
11:17 – “Polly”
14:19 – “In Bloom”
19:00 – “Lithium” (Mix 6)
23:31 – “Dive”

To further expound on the tapes, Purkey posted a video discussing their origins over the weekend:

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Wilco share deluxe reissues of A.M. and Being There: Stream/download

Today, Wilco are revisiting their past with deluxe reissues of their first two albums, 1995’s A.M. and 1996’s Being There. Apple Music and Spotify users can taken a listen to both below.

Due out through Rhino Records, each reissue comes jam-packed with bonus material. A.M., available on CD and double-LP, boasts eight unreleased songs. Those include an early take on “Outtasite (Outta Mind)” and “When You Find Trouble”, the final studio recording from Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, and Ken Coomer’s pre-Wilco band, Uncle Tupelo. In liner notes provided exclusively for the reissue, Stirratt wrote, “Listening back to records 15 to 20 years later, I’m always taken with the confident but guileless quality of bands in their 20s, that strange mixture of innocence and conviction, and this is one of those records.”

(Read: Wilco in 10 Songs)

The Being There reissue, meanwhile, is bundled with even more extra goodies, spread across five CDs or four LPs. There are 15 previously unreleased bonus tracks, including alternate takes on “I Got You” and “Say You Miss Me”. For the digital and CD formats, a 20-song live performance recorded at California’s Troubadour circa 1996 will be included. All versions will come with a four-song KCRW set the band recorded later that same year.

A.M. and Being There Artwork:

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A.M. Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
01. I Must Be High
02. Casino Queen
03. Box Full Of Letters
04. Shouldn’t Be Ashamed
05. Pick Up The Change
06. I Thought I Held You
07. That’s Not The Issue
08. It’s Just That Simple
09. Should’ve Been In Love
10. Passenger Side
11. Dash 7
12. Blue Eyed Soul
13. Too Far Apart

Bonus Material
14. When You Find Trouble – Uncle Tupelo
15. Those I’ll Provide
16. Lost Love – Golden Smog (Take 1 Vocal 2)
17. Myrna Lee
18. She Don’t Have To See You – Golden Smog
19. Outtasite (Outta Mind) – Early Version (Take 6)
20. Piss It Away
21. Hesitation Rocks

Being There Deluxe Reissue Tracklist:
Disc One: Original Album
01. Misunderstood
02. Far, Far Away
03. Monday
04. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
05. Forget The Flowers
06. Red-Eyed And Blue
07. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
08. What’s The World Got In Store
09. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me

Disc Two: Original Album
01. Sunken Treasure
02. Someday Soon
03. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
04. Someone Else’s Song
05. Kingpin
06. (Was I) In Your Dreams
07. Why Would You Wanna Live
08. The Lonely 1
09. Dreamer In My Dreams

Disc Three: Outtakes/Alternates/Demos
01. Late Blooming Son
02. I Got You – Dobro Mix Warzone
03. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Alternate
04. Far Far Away (Dark Side Of The Room)
05. Dynamite My Soul
06. Losing Interest
07. Why Would You Wanna Live – Alternate
08. Sun’s A Star
09. Capitol City
10. Better When I’m Gone
11. Dreamer In My Dreams – Alternate Rough Take
12. Say You Miss Me – Alternate
13. I Got You – Alternate
14. Monday – Party Horn Version
15. I Can’t Keep From Talking

Disc Four: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part One)
01. Sunken Treasure
02. Red-Eyed And Blue
03. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
04. Someone Else’s Song
05. Someday Soon
06. Forget The Flowers
07. New Madrid
08. I Must Be High
09. Passenger Side – Punk Version
10. Passenger Side
11. Hotel Arizona
12. Monday
13. Say You Miss Me

Disc Five: Live At The Troubadour 11/12/96 (Part Two)
01. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
02. The Long Cut
03. Kingpin
04. Misunderstood
05. Far, Far Away
06. Give Back The Key To My Heart
07. Gun
Live On KCRW 11/13/96
08. Sunken Treasure
09. Red-Eyed And Blue
10. Far, Far Away
11. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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Wild Beasts announce final EP, farewell shows

Photo by Sion Marshall Waters

After more than 15 years together, Wild Beasts announced yesterday that they were calling it quits. Now, the UK indie rockers have detailed how they plan to take their final bow: with a new EP called Punk Drunk and Trembling and a trio of last-ever shows set for early 2018.

Punk Drunk and Trembling collects three rare tracks that originated during the sessions for the band’s most recent album, 2016’s Boy King. There’s “Maze” and “Last Night All My Dreams Came True”, which were both previously only available on the deluxe vinyl version of the LP; the third song, the EP’s title track, is also an “uncovered gem” and can be heard down below.

“It was never designed to be our parting song but in many ways it’s fitting because it’s the most highly evolved song of all of ours,” Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thorpe tells NME. “It’s a song that started in fragments around the first album and it’s taken the entire journey of our career to come to the fore.”

The Punk Drunk and Trembling EP is due out via Domino, digitally October 20th and on limited vinyl November 17th. As for Wild Beasts’ final shows, they have three gigs lined up in the UK for February. Tickets for these will be available for pre-sale via the band’s website on Wednesday, September 27th from 9 a.m., general sale from 9 a.m. on Friday, September 29th.

Punk Drunk and Trembling Artwork:

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Punk Drunk and Trembling Tracklist:
01. Punk Drunk and Trembling
02. Maze
03. Last Night All My Dreams Came True

Wild Beasts 2017-2018 Tour Dates:
10/20 – Bristol, UK @ Simple Things
01/11 – Istanbul, TR @ Salon IKSV
02/15 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia #
02/16 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall #
02/17 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo #

# = final shows

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Hüsker Dü share huge Savage Young Dü box set with loads of previously unreleased material: Stream

Chicago reissue label Numero Group will give fans a comprehensive look at the early days of Hüsker Dü when they release the massive Savage Young Dü box set this November 10th. Compiled over seven years from tapes and early demos, the 69-track collection is already being streamed in full over at NPR.

Available as four LPs or three CDs, Savage Young Dü features fresh remasters from sound board tapes, session masters, and demos captured between 1979 and 1982, many of which come from the band’s former soundman Terry Katzman. Included in the set are all the band’s 7-inch singles from that time, such as “Statues”/”Amusement” and “In a Free Land”; a new remaster of Hüsker Dü’s sophomore full-length, 1983’s Everything Falls Apart; and 47 previously unheard demos, alternate takes, live versions, and never-before-released songs.

(Read: The 50 Albums That Shaped Punk Rock)

There’s also a new version of their 1982 debut, Land Speed Record. The original release came from the first of two sets the band performed at Minneapolis’ 7th Street Entry on August 15th, 1981. However, the original tape was stolen some time ago, and all that’s left is a multitrack copy and decades-old mixdown. Though Numero has the original tape from the second set that night, they decided to use a third tape, one recorded two weeks later at a Twin/Tone Records showcase. “They played basically the exact same set,” Numero’s Ken Shipley told NPR. “They’re even better than they were two weeks earlier. And the soundboard tape was way better. It was just a marked improvement over Land Speed Record. We said, ‘Let’s do a better version of it.’”

Housed in a linen-finished slipcase, the deluxe box set features a 144-page hardcover book, 40 previously unpublished photographs, and a 12,000 word essay by Erin Osmon. Those who pre-order via mail order will also get a bonus 7-inch called Extra Circus and containing five previously unissued songs from the 1983 Metal Circus sessions. Pre-order everything at the Numero Group website.

Stream disc one here, disc two here, and disc three here. Below, find the cover art and full tracklistings.

Savage Young Dü Box Set Artwork:

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Savage Young Dü Tracklist:
Disc 1
01. Do You Remember?
02. Sore Eyes
03. Can’t See You Anymore
04. Picture of You
05. The Truth Hurts
06. Do the Bee
07. Nuclear Nightmare
08. All I’ve Got to Lose Is You
09. Chinese Rocks
10. Uncle Ron
11. Data Control
12. Insects Rule the World
13. You’re Too Obtuse
14. Outside
15. Sexual Economics
16. What Went Wrong
17. Statues
18. Amusement
19. Writer’s Cramp
20. Let’s Go Die
21. Walk with the Wounded
22. Industrial Grocery Store

Disc 2
01. Drug Party
02. Call On Me
03. Termination
04. I’m Tired of Doing Things
05. Stick It to Me
06. Wheels
07. All Tensed Up
08. Don’t Try to Call
09. I’m Not Interested
10. Guns at My School
11. Push the Button
12. Gilligan’s Island
13. MTC
14. Don’t Have a Life
15. You’re Naive
16. Strange Week
17. Big Sky.
18. Ultracore
19. Let’s Go Die
20. Won’t Say a Word
21. Don’t Try It
22. Private Hell
23. Diane
24. Sex Dolls

Disc 3
01. In a Free Land
02. What Do I Want?
03. M.I.C.
04. Target
05. Signals From Above
06. From the Gut
07. Blah, Blah, Blah
08. Punch Drunk
09. Bricklayer
10. Afraid of Being Wrong
11. Sunshine Superman
12. Signals From Above
13. Everything Falls Apart
14. Wheels
15. Target
16. Obnoxious
17. Gravity
18. Do You Remember?
19. Travel in Opposite Car
20. It’s Not Funny Anymore
21. Real World
22. Out on a Limb
23. It’s Not Fair

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Beach Slang announce US headlining tour

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Beach Slang played to crowds across North America earlier this year when they hit the road alongside Jimmy Eat World. The Philly punk rockers are set to revisit a number of those same cities on a new fall US tour they’ve just announced today.

Set to commence October 22nd and run through early December, the trek includes stops in Nashville, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Pittsburgh, and New York. Dates feature supporting acts such as Pet Symmetry and Dave Hause & The Mermaid.

(Read: 20 Must See Artists At EMERGE Music and Impact Conference 2017)

Fans who pre-order tickets beginning July 25th will have the chance to purchase a limited-edition 7-inch which features two previously unreleased tracks: a cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” (recorded live at Atlanta’s The Masquerade) and a demo recording of the 2015 The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us track “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”. For more info, head here.

Find the full itinerary below. Beach Slang’s last full-length came with 2016’s excellent A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. They also recently covered Green Day and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Beach Slang 2017 Tour Dates:
08/02 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow
08/03 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
08/04 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
08/05 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/06 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
08/27 – Scranton, PA @ ALTitude
09/02-03 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America Festival
09/04 – Harrisonburg, VA @ The Golden Pony *
09/05 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St. *
09/06 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight *
09/08 – Memphis, TN @ Growlers *
09/09 – Kansas City, MO @ Buzz Beach Ball Festival
09/11 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
09/12 – Grand Rapids @ The Pyramid Scheme *
09/13 – Detroit, MI @ Shelter *
09/14 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
09/15 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room *
09/16 – Akron, OH @ Musica *
09/17 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
10/22 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall #!
10/23 – West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern #!
10/24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade #!
10/25-26 – Tampa, FL @ Pre-Fest
10/27-29 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
10/30 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn $#
10/31 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East $#
11/01 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar $#
11/02 – Newport, KY @ The Southgate House Revival $#
11/04 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club $^
11/07 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre $^
11/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge $^
11/10 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux $^
11/11 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey $^
11/12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre $^
11/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall $^
11/16-18 – Las Vegas, NV @ EMERGE Music and Impact Conference
11/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex $^
11/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge $@
11/20 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda $@
11/21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall $@
11/22 – Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club $@
11/24 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room $@
11/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo $+
11/28 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat $+
11/29 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza $+
11/30 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair $+
12/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts $+

* = w/ Repeat Repeat
# = w/ Pet Symmetry
^ = w/ Hannah Racecar
@ = w/ See Through Dresses
+ = w/ Homeless Gospel Choir
! = w/ Positive No
$ = w/ Dave Hause & The Mermaid

Revisit Teenage Feelings highlight “Future Mixtape for the Art Kids”:

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