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Yesterday would have been Kurt Cobain’s 45th birthday had he lived.

Growing up when I did… I was 11 when Nevermind became the biggest thing ever.  I wasn’t really too into it.  I was still jamming out whatever my parents listened to, mostly CFUN soft rock on AM radio… or when my folks got me a clock radio (which still have to this day) to wake up for junior high (they had junior highs, grades 8-10 during the age of sail) I listened at first to classic rock on Rock 101.  I was more into Boston or Def Leppard.

When I went to junior high (I think in 1992-ish… how old are you in grade 8?) Grunge and hip-hop were the two biggest things.  All the cool guys were either Coquitlam versions of Tupac or Kurt Cobain.  Actually, my homeboy Dave King had glorious reddish Cobain hair if I remember correctly.

Nirvana was pretty much everywhere.  Talent shows had girls doing choreographed dance routines to like Paula Abdul and shaggy haired burnouts covering “Territorial Pissings” to an auditorium of 14-year-olds.  Oh the times.

Kurt Cobain was dead by the time I started buying Nirvana records.  I for sure had Nevermind and then Unplugged, then little later I bought Bleach.  I didn’t actually get my own copy of In Utero until I was an adult and going threw a Nirvana phase and needed the record to complete the collection.

When I was in my late teens and early 20s my favourite record was (still is I guess) Bleach.  Its a good record.  Loud, gnarly.  The guys are young.  Dave Grohl isn’t even in the band yet and Nirvana put the record out on Seattle’s Sub Pop label.  When I performed in a band, we covered “School” during our practices and sometimes in concert.  I still love that song.

Talking about Kurt’s birthday yesterday on the radio, a Zoner called up to talk about seeing Nirvana at a show in 1991 at The Forge.  An AC/DC tribute band was opener. Hilarious.

The concert was March 9th, 1991… a few months before they’d hop into the studio to record Nevermind.  The Zoner said there were about 67 people at the show in the basement of the Strathcona Hotel (where Club 9one9 is now).  The picture at the top of blog post is the only one I could find online form that show.  It features predominately Krist Novoselic… performing barefoot.  You’ll see Kurt off to the side… and some long-haired bro.  Good for that guy!

I found the setlist online and made a mixtape of the songs in the order played back in 1991.  If you’re feeling nostalgic for some Nirvana and want to hear a set heavy on Bleach era music with a few from Incesticide and even Nevermind, then tuck into this.  Set ends with would would be the mega hit “Lithium” and a cover of “Molly’s Lips.”  Rad.

Mixcloud: Mixtape >> Happy Birthday Kurt

Go with yourself.

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this is out of our reach

“The most exciting time for a band is right before they become really popular. I’d love to just be in bands that just do that every two years.  Every time I look back at the best times in this band it was just right before Nevermind came out. It was awesome.

“Without my choosing its become a job, whether I like it or not. Its something I love doing and I’d always want to do. But I have to be honest I don’t enjoy it nearly as much as I used to when I was practising every night… imaging what it would be like. And its nothing like what it was like the first couple of years actually playing in front of a few people. Loading up the van going to a rock show to actually play. The privilege of that can’t be reproduced after doing it for 10 years.” – Kurt Cobain

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I finally got a chance to check out Aux TV tonight.  I had heard Dylan Willows talking about the channel on the morning Zone sometime ago.  I never thought I had the channel…but I guess I do, as I was searching around and came across the documentary, Kurt Cobain: About a Son.

The documentary was amazing, sad, tragic and insightful.  In 1993, Kurt Cobain gave his time for a series of audio taped interviews with a journalist he trusted (maybe the only one he did as he was found of tearing into journalists during the interview).

The interview was very thorough and talked about Kurt’s growing up, forming a band, moving to Seattle, becoming famous, meeting and marrying Courtney Love and the birth of their daughter before getting into some of his plans for the future (like how he planned on breaking up Nirvana and his goals on life for providing for Francis Bean).

It was interesting to get into the mind of Kurt Cobain in his own words and listen to him share his stories.  It was at times hard to watch as we know the outcome of the story, especially when he talks about how much he loves his daughter and how he was so excited to provide a family for her.

If you have the time or energy, the documentary is on Youtube in 9 or 10 parts.  You’ll have to get started at part 2 as Warner Music blocked the audio of part one because of copyright or some bullshit: About a Son part 2

Go with yourself.

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Interview: Ko

Toronto singer performer Ko is in Victoria to perform tonight at Element.  If you have never had a chance to see this guy, you must take the time.  A talented performer with an exceptional life story.  He is a genuine, humble person and he sounds good singing about blazing.

Download: Ko performs “Capable” and “Kurt Cobain” on The ZAS
Link: Ko Nation dot com

See you at the show tonight.  Go with yourself.

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