Flashback: Nirvana Play a Bit of Boston’s ‘More Than a Feeling’

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live at Reading 1992)

 

 

When Kurt Cobain first came up with the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” riff, he didn’t think he had anything that special. “It was such a cliched riff,” he said. “It was so close to a Boston riff or ‘Louie Louie.’ When I came up with the guitar part, Krist [Novoselic] looked at me and said, ‘That is so ridiculous.'”

After the song became an enormous hit, many others pointed out that the main riff did indeed sound like Boston’s “More Than a Feeling,” even though they’re in different keys. They probably weren’t similar enough for Boston’s Tom Scholz to file any sort of legal action, but he said he didn’t mind at all.

“I take it as a major compliment,” he said in 1994, “even if it was completely accidental.”

The group made fun of the whole thing in the summer of 1992 when they played the Reading Festival in England. After the opening bars of the song, Kirst Novoselic and Dave Grohl sang the chorus of “More Than a Feeling” while Bivouac drummer Antony “Dancing Tony” Hodgkinson danced around wildly. After about 18 goofy seconds, Novoselic launches into the “I see Marianne walk away” part, but Kurt interrupts him by beginning the song for real. It’s a great moment, though completely absent from the official Live at Reading CD. You can watch it right here though.

A couple of years ago, Tom Scholz admitted that he’s extremely unfamiliar with Nirvana’s work since he has barely heard any new music since 1974. “The only times when I’ll hear other music will be at the ice skating rink or the gym,” he said. “It’s been debated whether [Nirvana playing a bit of “More Than a Feeling”] was homage or thumbing their nose. Regardless, Nirvana was, from what I’ve heard, a great band. I was really impressed by the couple of things I heard. Regardless of what the context was, it’s an honor to be heard in the same airspace as Nirvana.”

Watch: The Black Keys – “Bullet In The Brain” | Album de la Semaine 2014 (Live)

 

 

Published on May 13, 2014

Live at Canal Plus, Album de la Semaine, May 10th, 2014.

The Black Keys performs live “Bullet In The Brain”, from the album “Turn Blue”.

The Black Keys en live dans l’Album De La Semaine avec son titre “Bullet In The Brain”, extrait de l’album “Turn Blue”

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Watch: R.E.M. members and Joseph Arthur cover Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” on Letterman

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R.E.M.

 

David Letterman may have announced his retirement from the Late Show yesterday, but it was Lou Reed that last night’s musical guests paid tribute to. Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and Mike Mills — whose tweet heard ’round the world was the first to break the Letterman news — came together to perform a poignant cover of Reed’s classic “Walk on the Wild Side”. Watch the replay below.

 

 

Arthur will release his Lou Reed tribute album, simply titled Lou, on May 13th through Vanguard Records.

Meanwhile, as Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, Mills’ appearance on the show is rather fitting, considering R.E.M. made their television debut on Letterman’s old program, Late Night with David Letterman, back in October 1983. Revisit that performance below.

 

Dawes Live @ Crystal Ballroom, Portland Oregon

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Dawes has spent a good deal of time with rock royalty during its short lifespan. They backed up Robbie Robertson of the Band, as well as opened up for Bob Dylan on his spring tour, earning them a bigger following and perhaps even more confidence as performers. Now, Dawes is headlining their own shows at larger venues in support of their third studio album, Stories Don’t End. Comprised of brothers Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Griffin Goldsmith (drums) as well as Wylie Gelber (bass) and Tay Strathairn (Keyboards), Dawes co-headlined a show with Dr. Dog at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. Heavily influenced by ’70s rock such as Crosby Stills Nash, the Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jackson Browne, Dawes brought their free and easy music to a small, but appreciative crowd.

After Dr Dog’s set, a significant amount of the crowd left, never to return. That was expected considering it was a Sunday evening and Dawes didn’t go on until 10:45. However the band remained unfazed and energetic. They came on and dove right into the catchy chord progression of “Most People.” Taylor with messy hair and a tight white button-up shirt, confidently and passionately belted out his vocals.

All of the instruments sounded tight, despite the muffled acoustics of the Crystal Ballroom. The hour and 15 minute set was mostly filled with songs from their new album, peppered by a few older ones. Taylor showed off his guitar chops on solos during “Most People” and “From a Window Seat”, shredding on his white Telecaster as he hopped across the stage. Taylor didn’t speak very much to the audience, besides, “What’s up Portland? We’re Dawes.” All four members made facial expressions that even Bruce Springsteen would be proud of, grimacing through each song.

Even though the crowd was small, the group that stuck around were very engaged. From the start of the show, the majority of the audience sang along . “From a Window Seat” and “Time Spent in Los Angeles” definitely got the biggest reaction from fans including three guys in their mid-twenties who stood together, arms around each other as they enthusiastically jumped around and sang along.

The energy that Dawes brought to the stage makes them a band I definitely would recommend seeing live. As each new album comes out, the songs become more mature. It will be interesting to see them continue to progress as a band and as showmen.

You must watch these guys live!

  • Venue:
    Crystal Ballroom
  • City/State:
    Portland, OR
  • Date:
    04/28/13

Watch Ryan Bingham performing “Hallelujah” Live at Gruene Hall + Free download of ‘Until I’m One with You’ – Single

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Singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham

 

Published on Sep 18, 2013
Ryan Bingham “Hallelujah” recorded live at Greune Hall March 13, 2013. Filmed and edited by TourGigs http://www.tourgigs.com
From the album “Junky Star” (C) 2010 Lost Highway Records

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Americana singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham was raised in rural Texas, where years of hardscrabble ranch work and rodeo competitions would later lend a sense of authenticity to his music. Living alone since his mid-teens, Bingham shuttled back and forth between Southwestern border towns and relatives’ homes, often sleeping in his truck after rodeo shows. It was during those treks that he began entertaining friends with the guitar, an instrument he’d learned at the age of 17 from a mariachi neighbor. Drawing inspiration from Bob Dylan, Marshall Tucker, and Bob Wills — all of whom populated the jukebox of The Halfway Bar, a roadhouse owned by Bingham’s uncle (whose musical tastes influenced those of his nephew) — Bingham fashioned a road-weary sound that piqued the interest of a barroom proprietor in Stephenville, TX. Bingham was offered a weekly residency at the bar; soon after, he began issuing self-released albums like Lost Bound Rails and Wishbone Saloon. The material was brought to the attention of Nashville heavyweights Lost Highway Records, who signed Bingham and issued his major-label debut, Mescalito (featuring production by Marc Ford, former guitarist for the Black Crowes), in October 2007.

Mescalito was well received by critics, with Rolling Stone aptly comparing Bingham’s raw, scratchy voice to that of “Steve Earle’s dad.” After supporting the album with ample tour dates, the songwriter reprised his relationship with Marc Ford, who produced 2009’s Roadhouse Sun. Later that year, he joined another music veteran — producer/songwriter T-Bone Burnett — in contributing music to the film Crazy Heart. Revolving around the the attempted comeback of a down-and-out country singer, Crazy Heart became one of the year’s highest-praised films and won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for “The Weary Kind,” one of Bingham’s original compositions written with T-Bone Burnett, the soundtrack’s musical director and producer. Bingham and his band the Dead Horses followed it with the album Junky Star in September of 2010, produced by Burnett. Bingham left Lost Highway after three albums and released 2012’s Tomorrowland, recorded in Malibu, CA and co-produced by Bingham and Justin Stanley, on Bingham’s own newly created Axster Bingham Records imprint.