Album Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, ‘Midnight Sun’

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl

 

 

Music is one of the only fields where we hold the sins, or saintliness, of the father against the son. Sean Lennon has had it both a lot harder, and a lot easier, than most musicians over the years. His second release as the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, his group with his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, should lend credence to both the misgivings of critics and the joy of fans. In short, there’s a lot of Lennonesque psychedelia going on here, the “Tomorrow Never Knows”-style backward guitars and Eastern tones of “Xanadu” in particular. “Too Deep” sounds like Oasis doing their Beatles shtick. But on the title track, where Muhl takes a more prominent vocal role, the song’s sitar-funk sounds like a Mod-era soundtrack to a car chase. “Golden Earrings” is a meandering, pensive slice of cinematic psychedelia, while “Great Expectations” is a descent into the watery abyss. It’s an accomplished, enjoyable record from start to finish, regardless of references or lineage. (Out Today)

 

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The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger performs at Brighton Music Hall on June 7.

 

Police Release Previously Unseen Photos From Kurt Cobain’s Death Scene

Kurt Corbain

Kurt Cobain

The images include his suicide note and drug paraphernalia

 
Last week, Seattle police said they were reexamining the evidence surrounding Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Although they didn’t find anything that warranted reopening the case, they did unearth a series of bleak photos taken at the scene of the Nirvana frontman’s death that they had not previously released. A gallery of the images is located at CBS News, including shots of Cobain’s suicide note, his wallet with the ID pulled out so he could be identified and his various drug paraphernalia.

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The photos paint a sad picture of Cobain’s final days: They include the rock icon’s cigar box “heroin kit” and discarded cigarette butts littered across his home. The suicide note, left on top of a greenhouse planter, is punctured with a red pen.

Seattle Police Department/AP Photo

Seattle Police Department/AP Photo

With the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death arriving next month, the Nirvana frontman has been in the news frequently in recent months: Earlier in the year, his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington declared February 20th “Kurt Cobain Day” (and unveiled an odd crying statue). Meanwhile, Dutch brewing company Bavaria debuted a face-palm-worthy commercial that depicts the late singer-guitarist and various music royalty (Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur) tossing back fruit-flavored beer in a bizarre tropical paradise. Cobain will also soon be honored in comic-book form: Writer-illustrator Jayfri Hashim will chronicle the musician’s early career and rise to fame as part of his Blue Water Productions “Tribute” series (which has also included issues on Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jim Morrison and Keith Richards).

In more imminent news, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt at this year’s ceremony. It will take place on April 10th at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Watch: Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Tupac star in the greatest TV commercial ever

Hey Jude.
 
 
Maybe the Seattle Police Department shouldn’t have been so quick to finish their reexamination of the Kurt Cobain death case. Turns out, he along with John Lennon, Tupac, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Bruce Lee are just chilling on a remote desert island, kicking back with a few cold Bavaria Radlers. Elvis looks like shit, John looks like Jesus, Kurt still dresses like it’s 1991, and Marilyn is seriously crushing on Tupac, who hasn’t aged one bit.

In truth, this nutso alternate reality is the basis for Bavaria Radlers’ incredible new commercial. Something tells me, though, that the Dutch beer company didn’t secure the proper licensing to depict these iconic figures in their advertisement. So, watch it below before it inevitably gets pulled (via Dangerous Minds).

What is with European commercials being so god damn awesome?

Bavaria Radler Commercial