TBT: Go Listen to Nirvana

He may have had his HUGE problems, but what a song writer.

January 7, 2016

In my house, we have a routine: when my fiance wants to watch TV while I work, I put on headphones and listen to music. My attention span is too short to have Hollywood distracting me in the background. It usually means that I dig around in my iTunes or Spotify and find something I haven't heard recently and prepare for some (likely annoying) air-drumming on the couch while I dig through the grossness of the internet for show sludge. 

Last night, out of nowhere, an old favorite called my name: Nirvana Incesticide. First, hilarious album name with the weirdest art. Second, though never considered a proper album, there were times in the 90's when listening to Incesticide I felt it's strangely special voice. There's an unpolished assortment of influences and styles mashed together on songs that either never made it to a proper album or were performed through a weird filter (see "(New Wave) Polly").

Nirvana \

Released in December of 1992, Incesticide featured four of the drummers throughout the career of the band: Channing, Peters, Crover, and Grohl. Pulling from their whole history, this album serves more as a cross-section of a band over it's then short life and the changes associated.

What stands out most for me on this album is the simple songwriting - imagine seeing these guys playing these songs in Pioneer Square or Olympia. All the songs are, in the best Nirvana fashion, simple. No wonder this guy, Kurt Cobain, shot to success so quickly in an age without the internet to share music. Well written, exciting songs not meant to be on an album - that's the core of a rad band with a strong writer and artist pushing them forward.

Go listen to it now - specifically here so someone in some record business makes the appropriate tiny amount of streaming money (maybe it will pay for Krist to keep working on his beard or flying planes or something).

Or here's a way lower quality version bc lazy:

"Turnaround" is my favorite because I can't stop hearing the influence of Steve Albini/Big Black in the intro. Albini would go on to helm the studio for In Utero which would be released the year following this compilation.