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NIRVANA – IN UTERO reissue, Sept. 24

Nirvana’s seminal masterwork and final studio album In Utero, originally released via Sub Pop in 1993, will be born again next month thanks to Universal Music. The album’s 20th anniversary edition will arrive in a delectable collectible format, featuring the remastered album, B-sides, unheard demos, compilation tracks, live recordings, show footage, et cetera. The 70+ track collection includes the “Live and Loud” concert from Pier 48 in Seattle, which took place December 13, 1993 with Cobain, Novoselic, Grohl, and Pat Smear.

Sub Pop has been having a field day revealing little tidbits about the band on their Tumblr, the latest being the original contract Kurt Cobain and the guys signed back in 1989.

“Six hundred bucks well spent—not that we had it at the time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Steve Albini’s cut of “Heart Shaped Box” below (side note: the forthcoming reissue contains a four-page note from Albini to the band before they worked together on the record), and prepare yourself for the rebirth of a timeless classic into the airwaves, next month here at the Great 88.

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Rock Charts – End Of August

As we end August and summer swings slowly into September, here are the new sounds spinning on KZSC:

images1. COKE WEED – Back To Soft
2. BASS DRUM OF DEATH – Bass Drum Of Death
3. THE MALLARD – Finding Meaning In Deference
4. HUNX AND HIS PUNX – Street Punk
5. DIARRHEA PLANET – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
6. SALVIA PLATH – The Bardo Story
7. SMITH WESTERNS – Soft Will
8. COOL GHOULS – Cool Ghouls
9. SUPERCHUNK – I Hate Music
10. MEDICINE – To The Happy Few

And don’t forget about these:

images-31. TY SEGALL – Sleeper (on tour and coming here in September)
2. NO AGE – An Object
3. RUBY PINS – Ruby Pins
4. SKI LODGE – Big Heart
5. SO SO GLOS – Blowout

 

 

 

I am super in love with this new Coke Weed album. Every track is worth listening to, but here’s one of my favorites:

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Loud Rock Charts: 8/20

This week in new metal music is one of the more diverse in recent memory. You’ve got extreme metal in Watain, electro-deathcore with Born of Osiris, and a huge epic album from Fleshgod Apocalypse. Speaking of which, they’re coming to San Francisco this Sunday with their very own grand piano. And we all know there’s nothing more metal than a grand piano…right?

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2 BORN OF OSIRIS Tomorrow We Die Alive Sumerian
3 FACEBREAKER Dedicated To The Flesh Metal Blade
4 WATAIN The Wild Hunt Century Media
5 ENDRAH The Culling Epochal

 

 

Chimaira-Crown-of-Phantoms1 CHIMAIRA Crown Of Phantoms E1
2 KARNIVOOL Asymmetry Density
3 LEGION Woke eOne
4 NORMA JEAN Wrongdoers Razor and Tie
5 TEAR OUT THE HEART Violence Victory
6 NEWSTED Heavy Metal Music Collective Sounds
7 SPIRITS OF THE DEAD Rumours Of A Presence The End
8 FUELED BY FIRE Trapped In Perdition Napalm
9 TROUBLE The Distortion Field FRW
10 HEY! HELLO! Hey! Hello! The End

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From MJ to MJ: Take a Chance on “Acid Rap”

Chancelor Bennett is not old enough to buy alcohol. Chances are (heh), he probably doesn’t remember when mixtapes were actually tapes. Despite all of this, Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, recently released his highly-anticipated second tape Acid Rap. Following up his highly-acclaimed first tape 10Day, whose title is a reference to the amount of time he was suspended from school, during which time he recorded it, Acid Rap (whose title comes from the fact that Chance did a whole lot of LSD during the albums writing and recording process) takes his music to another level, filled with scratchy, soulful samples, clever wordplay, and high-profile guest spots. Beginning with uptempo, Beyonce-esque vocals ushering in opening track “Good Ass Intro”, the album oozes good vibes, with a chorus featuring an ecstatic Chance chanting “you did it, you did it/you did a good-ass job” (Fun fact: “Good-Ass Job was a working – and in my opinion much better – title for Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). The album quickly moves into highlight “Pusha Man”, likely a callback to Curtis Mayfield, and a two minute fast-paced banger which quickly ends and we’re left with fifteen seconds of silence before secret track “Paranoia” begins. Here, Chance gets serious for a bit, lamenting the murders that happen every summer in his hometown of Chicago, which go unreported in mainstream media. The song is mellow and contemplative, with a catchy hook floating in a river of questions that don’t seem to get an answer. Other highlights on the album include the party-starter “Juice”, which soundtracks a hilarious and heartwarming video of Chance handing out roses to people on the streets of Chicago; the funky bass grooves of “NaNa”, featuring Action Bronson (or is that Ghostface?); and “Chain Smoker” whose “bridge” section I will defy anyone not to get hyped on. Finally coming to “Everything’s Good (Good Ass Outro)”, the album closes on a feel-good note, with everything feeling just about right. All in all, I highly recommend you take a trip through Acid Rap, and keep a tab on this Bennett kid, ’cause he’s goin’ places.

Download Acid Rap for FREE here!

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Punky Prima Donna!

Once again the punky pop prima donna is back and better than ever! After the large success of her intimately emotional yet rough 2008 album, ‘Fun House,’ P!nk continues to pour even more soul into her newly released album, ‘The Truth About Love.’  The hardcore tough loving artist reveals more of her past with a range of bass-tastic beats and soft beautiful melodies. She also includes a slew of fellow artists including the main singer from the band ‘FUN’ Nate Ruess, Eminem, and Lily Rose Cooper.

To top off her fame and success P!nk also celebrated the birth of her new baby girl, Willow. Yet, the proud Mama isn’t ready to stop there. She will also be starring in the new film, ‘Thanks For Sharing,’ a comedic drama that focuses on several individuals coping with sex addiction in a world filled with social pressures fueled by sexual advertisements. The film also stars Marc Ruffalow, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Tim Robins, and more.

Also, catch her ‘Truth About Love’ tour running now through November 8th. Spaces are limited and some shows have already sold out, be sure to get your tickets soon!

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Rock Charts – Mid-August

HUNXXXX!  We’ve been loving the new Hunx and His Punx album at The Great 88.  Here’s our current Top 10:

images-11 HUNX AND HIS PUNX Street Punk
2 SMITH WESTERNS Soft Will
3 COOL GHOULS Cool Ghouls
4 MALLARD Finding Meaning In Deference
5 BASS DRUM OF DEATH Bass Drum Of Death
6 GOGOL BORDELLO Pura Vida Conspiracy
7 BOOKER T Sound The Alarm
8 RUNNING Vaguely Ethnic
9 KING TUFF Was Dead
10 SALVIA PLATH The Bardo Story

 

Also:

images1 HIATUS KAIYOTE Tawk Tomahawk
2 DIARRHEA PLANET I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
3 SUPERCHUNK I Hate Music
4 JULIA HOLTER Loud City Song
5 DESTRUCTION UNIT Deep Trip

 

 

 

 

This week we’ve got two Top 10 debuts from Thee Oh Sees’s record label Castle Face: The Mallard’s Finding Meaning in Deference and Running’s Vaguely Ethnic.  Both are definitely worth a listen.

Here’s a track from The Mallard: