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19 July 2011

"Newermind" Nirvana tribute album free to download

By Nancy Woo

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind album, SPIN magazine has released a free compilation of 13 Nirvana cover songs on the tribute album Newermind. Until July 25th it will be available to download exclusively from the SPIN Facebook page, and after July 26th it will be available from their website. Click that link to see the other artists, and some brief interviews with them about what it was like to cover Nirvana.

Among the 13 artists covering each song from the album are two bands who, in a weird twist of fate, had been covered by Nirvana themselves on the grunge legends' MTV Unplugged taping. These are the Meat Puppets and the Vaselines.

The Meat Puppets chose to tackle the iconic "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and the band played it with confidence.

The Meat Puppets will not be intimidated.

"It wasn't daunting," says Curt Kirkwood, head Puppet. "'Teen Spirit' is just a few chords. It's easy to play -- slap some reverb on there and it's good to go." And anyway, he continues, "This was a cool, weird opportunity -- like playing with Nirvana on MTV Unplugged -- so we're happy to take it."

Steve Kandell, SPIN's editor-in-chief, tells NPR, "The most intriguing angle was getting bands like the Meat Puppets and the Vaselines, who were famously covered by Nirvana, to finally repay the favor, and with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "Lithium," respectively, Nevermind's two best-known songs, at that."

So what are you waiting for? Let your curiosity guide you to a free download of the album, and tell us what you think of the covers on our Facebook.

In related news, the Meat Puppets are touring right now to support the release of their 13th full-length LP Lollipop, which can be bought at the Meat Puppets' website. There's a free download of "Damn Thing" available off the new release right there on that page, too.

Meat Puppets Tour Dates
July 29 - Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC ^
July 30 - Gorge Amphitheatre - George, WA ^
Aug 19 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 20 - Crispy Music Fest @ White's Bar - Saginaw, MI
Sept 14 - Chelsea's - Baton Rouge, LA
Sept 15 - One Eyed Jack's - New Orleans, LA
Sept 16 - Club Downunder @ FSU - Tallahassee, FL
Sept 17 - Crowbar - Ybor City / Tampa, FL
Sept 18 - The Social - Orlando, FL
Sept 20 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro/Raleigh, NC
Sept 21 - Visulite - Charlotte, NC
Sept 22 - Greg Eagle - Asheville, NC
Sept 23 - Barley's Tap Room - Knoxville, TN
Sept 24 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
Sept 25 - Melting Point - Athens, GA
Sept 27 - Mercy Lounge - Nashville, TN
Sept 28 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
Sept 29 - Stickyz Rock'n'Roll Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR
Sept 30 - Will Rogers Auditorium - Fort Worth, TX
Oct 1 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX
Nov 1 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
Nov 4 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY
Nov 5 - Middle East - Boston, MA
Nov 6 - Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ
Nov 11 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
Nov 13 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA

w/ Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age ^

Two free downloads in one blog post: check. Satisfaction from the Nirvana covers? TBD.


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