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Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela
A fascinating, confounding documentary portrait of the "longest running religious festival in history" – the Kumbh Mela in Prayag, India, a 70 million-strong, once-every-12-years event.
Film Review  March 25, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day. As a fascinating, confounding portrait of "the longest running religious festival in history" – the Kumbh Mela in Prayag, India – Short Cut to Nirvana offers Westerners a tantalizing glimpse into this 70 million-strong, once-every-12-years event that by dint of sheer overwhelming humanity eclipses all other religious pilgrimages on Earth..."

'Major League Baseball 2K7' for the Xbox 360 Fails to Reach Nirvana
DAILY Sports  March 29, 2007, by Mark Fagan
"...If you follow sports at all, you've most assuredly seen the commercial for this game featuring Nirvana's "Breed." I'm a huge fan of baseball, video games, and Kurt Cobain, but while I can think of a few less-appropriate uses of Nirvana's catalog, this certainly ranks pretty high on the list. I'd rather not speak for a dead man, but it's highly unlikely that Cobain would have given permission to use his music to help sell a sports-related video game – or any video game – especially considering the contempt in which he held most jocks..."

Drag Nirvana
A new world-class restaurant on Guadalupe
Food Story  September 28, 2001, by Mick Vann
"...Our first visit at Mam's found us starting with the Tom Khah coconut soup with chicken ($5.95). The first spoonful was nirvana, with the aroma and flavor of galangal and makroot blending perfectly with the richness of the coconut cream, the sharpness of lime juice and zest, and the pungency of Thai chiles..."

Playback: Grohl Call
Nirvana drummer, Foo Fighter, and documentarian Dave Grohl passes it on
Music Column  November 20, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...AC: While making the Austin segment of Sonic Highways, did you think back to Nirvana's 1991 Liberty Lunch gig?..."

Tell Me Who's Bad
Hip-pop "Royals" Lorde and Iggy do battle Down Under
DAILY Music  June 12, 2014, by Nina Hernandez
"...Last week, hip-pop bad girl Iggy Azalea told Billboard that Lorde’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance with Nirvana was “inappropriate.” Azalea added that one of Kurt Cobain’s peers should have taken the mic for “All Apologies” instead of the Kiwi singer. The position made me laugh at the text posting on my cell phone...."

This sassy superhero movie is not your child’s comic-book origin tale
Film Review  February 12, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film is as postmodernly self-referential as it can get, which should be a hoot for the average viewer and nirvana for connoisseurs of the Marvel Universe. The opening credits immediately attune viewers to the movie’s sensibilities, with listings for such characters as “a British villain,” “a moody teen,” and “a gratuitous cameo,” as well as “asshat” producers and an “overpaid tool” as the director..."

Sonic Highwayman Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters frontman documents ATX culture and tradition
DAILY Music  November 20, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Foo Fighters tape their second Austin City Limits appearance tonight at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on the heels of a journey down Austin’s Sonic Highways. Dave Grohl called the Chronicle earlier this month to discuss the local segment of his HBO series and fielded questions about Nirvana’s Texas shows in 1991...."

British director Mike Leigh's latest is an uncharacteristic story about an indomitably joyful woman – a lovely state of being, perhaps, but not necessarily of dramatic interest.
Film Review  October 31, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Not even an encounter with an abused child is enough to stop her from laughing, and that's the film's problem: Leigh's creation is fixed and unchangeable, admirably optimistic as a person but completely unengaging as a movie character. Who wants to watch a film about someone who’s discovered nirvana on earth, who’s learned the answer to the universe’s great unanswerable questions and who therefore has no need to keep asking them? Argue for deeper psychological meaning if you want to, but Poppy’s happiness isn’t a defense mechanism or a coping device or an act of heroic sublimation in response to some horrible tragedy; it’s just who she is..."

The Wedding Singer
I can't help but think that retro-Eighties nostalgia trips like this one would be a lot more effective had we all not been rehashing the whole Eighties music thing since...
Film Review  February 13, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Everything from Dallas jokes to rubber bracelets, Michael Jackson gloves, and the Buggles make indiscriminate appearances. It's all a bit desperate, and by the time Billy Idol (he's alive?) appears in the film's final minutes, you're practically screaming for Nirvana to swoop down from the heavens and smite the whole mess with one big Sub-Poppy chord..."

Little Buddha
Tibetan monks on the Seattle monorail. A fair-skinned, blond-headed, American gameboy in a sea of dark-haired residents of Kathmandu. Such are the images in Bertolucci's new film Little Buddha, forming...
Film Review  May 27, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In that case, Little Buddha is a portal. Some of the movie's mysteries are more unsuccessfully secular than rapturously eternal, but the doorway opens far enough to offer a few glimpses of nirvana...."

Hard Boiled
(This print of Hard Boiled is John Woo's “director's cut” which includes several extra minutes deleted from the initial release print. Let's see... that ought to allow at least a...
Film Review  September 10, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...In its final 30 minutes -- the notorious hospital shootout that director Martin Scorsese is rumored to be so fond of -- Hard Boiled approaches something like a kind of Zen violence, an aria of muzzle-flashes, bullet hits, and tightly-edited explosions. It's nirvana for seekers of action, and it rarely gets any better than this...."

Marcos Valle
Manic Nirvana
Music Review  August 16, 2013, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Eighteen years before a naked baby swam into pop culture consciousness on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind, a floating Marcos Valle stared blankly through the water on the jacket of 1973 LP Previsão Do Tempo, his unwieldy beard and long hair drifting toward the surface. Light in the Attic has reissued four Valle LPs released between 1970 and 1973, a streak of creative brilliance highlighted by the sunbaked samba-soul of Previsão Do Tempo and grandiose bossa-experimentalism of 1971's Garra..."

Overhang Party
Manic Nirvana
Music Review  August 16, 2013, by Austin Powell
"...In 1991, the year punk broke via Nirvana's Nevermind, an altogether different movement seized the Japanese underground. As documented by PSF's Tokyo Flashback series, speed freaks like Ghost, High Rise, and White Heaven ushered in a second wave of heavy psych on the island country..."

Crash Landing in Teen Heaven
A reunited Sincola on the 1990s
DAILY Music  September 8, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...KOOP inquired if I'd like to talk about Nirvana and the 1990s, but other than the Gits, it wasn't my favorite decade musically. Then Sincola's reunion appeared – at the ND Saturday..."

Whither Rock?
Books Story  October 17, 1997, by Gina Arnold
"...John Cougar Mellencamp -- via the auspices of a pre-punk band called the Brains -- said it first, and in some ways he said it best. "Money," he said, "money changes everything." After Nirvana released Nevermind in the fall of 1991, money did indeed change everything in rock, and it changed it swiftly, and irrevocably...."

Shooting Star
Music Story  December 31, 1998, by David Holthouse
"...Yet as the lens of retrospection contracts, their band, the Meat Puppets, is viewed as one of the most influential groups of the past two decades of rock music. Six months before he splattered his brains, Nirvana superstar Kurt Cobain cited the Meat Puppets as a primary source of inspiration..."

Girl Talk's Gestalt
Gregg Gillis and his monster mash-up brain
DAILY Music  October 20, 2008, by Austin Powell
"...OTR: You sample Roy Orbison, Nirvana, and Jimi Hendrix on Feed the Animals. Is nothing sacred?

Rock & Roll Books
Music Story  June 1, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...Nirvana: The Biography..."

Welcome to the Jungle
Metal and alt-rock collide and flourish during the Back Room's glory years
Music Story  July 28, 2006, by Ray Seggern
"...Once Dangerous Toys got signed, everyone wondered when Pariah would follow suit. Some feared that lightning wouldn't strike twice for Austin, but it did in summer 1991, even as Geffen prepared for the release of Nirvana's Nevermind..."

Gift guide
Music Story  December 10, 2004, by Raoul Hernandez
"...NirvanaWith the Lights Out (DGC)..."

Music Critics Poll: The Decade
Music Story  January 7, 2000
"...Band: Nirvana..."

What Is This?
Music Story  April 8, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Connected by superior songwriting ("Plateau," "Oh, Me"), lit up by virtuosic psychedelic guitar solos, and made "gelatinous" by Spot-on production work, Meat Puppets II was instantly hailed as an indie rock masterpiece right about the time those things were invented. By the time Kurt Cobain declared the album a seminal component of his musical education -- inviting the Kirkwoods to help him perform "Oh, Me," "Plateau," and "Lake of Fire" on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged special and soundtrack -- Meat Puppets II had already been in the Indie Album Hall of Fame for more than a decade...."

Record Reviews
Music Review  November 1, 1996

Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous
Twenty years after Nevermind, only Austin albums feel relevant
Music Story  January 6, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...One Friday this past August, a board member for KOOP 91.7FM emailed me about possibly guesting on-air at the community radio station to discuss the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. "In terms of what it meant for music when it happened (here in Austin and beyond) and what the legacy is." Locally, personally, that meant a decade spent at Emo's on Red River, as well as at Liberty Lunch and the Electric Lounge – venues all now gone..."

When the album becomes Immersion
Music Story  December 9, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...NirvanaNevermind Limited Edition (Universal)..."

Music Review  December 18, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...NirvanaBleach (Deluxe Edition) (Sub Pop) NirvanaLive at Reading (Geffen/UMe)..."

Enlighten Up!
The filmmaker, a yoga practitioner, documents a skeptic’s journey into the big om.
Film Review  June 19, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...It's a great choice on her part. Rosen is open to experiencing yoga in all its myriad forms and styles, yet remains wholly unconvinced that nirvana is attainable simply by clearing one's mind and bending in ways that would have likely made Mahatma Gandhi's aged bones splinter like raw spaghetti..."

Lake of Fire
Meat Puppets, Chapter 3: Curt and Cris Kirkwood, reunited, and it feels so good
Music Story  July 20, 2007, by Doug Freeman
"...By 1989, the Meat Puppets had outlasted most of their contemporaries and, with SST suffering increasing legal trouble, signed to major label London Records. The result was 1991's Forbidden Places, a breakthrough eclipsed by the release of Nirvana's Nevermind just two months later...."

Smells Like Preteen Spirit
Kid rockers Three Hourz Sleep confront their first major crisis when their drummer moves away.
Music Story  December 28, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...The crowd looked a little too old to cut loose to a Nirvana song played in a parking lot. They looked suspiciously like parents, in fact, when the band launched into some original songs and they continued dancing..."

The Death of Rock & Roll
Top 10s: Year, Decade, Eternity
Music Story  January 7, 2000, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Certainly by the next year, at South by Southwest 1998, the music industry had more or less decided that two turntables and one DJ were far more interesting than two guitars and a Marshall stack. If nothing else, the dissolution of Chris Cornell & crew suddenly brought the Seattle hard rock group's main benefactor, "alternative rock radio," the medium's defining format in the post-Nirvana Nineties, into sharp relief; turns out "modern rock" playlists were as stale as those of "classic rock" stations..."

Top 10 Decade/National
Music Story  January 7, 2000
"...2. Nirvana, Nevermind (DGC)..."

The Shot Heard 'Round the Dial
Austin' "Alternative" Radio Market
Music Story  September 8, 1995
"...First, it was K-NACK four years ago, and because radio was only beginning to suffer from acute hair-band withdrawal, the upstart station was dismissed as a bunch of freaks who had just moved from the far left of the dial to the far right. Then a little band called Nirvana came along and left radio programmers scratching their heads, thinking there might just be something to this "alternative" thing after all...."

This Is Pop?
Pondering the Beatles' Legacy
Music Story  August 11, 1995
"...It's the 50,000-strong college populace - one of the largest in the country, mind you - that I blame for not coming to the rescue. Shouldn't we have a thriving college scene that reflects the pop that was borne of college radio (and then promptly shoved onto alternative and now mainstream radio)? The bleating herds trip over themselves to buy records from Matthew Sweet, Green Day, the Offspring, or Nirvana, yet they studiously avoid live shows from Cotton Mather, Magneto USA, Stretford or Spoon..."

Playback: SXSW News and Sightings
Polaroids, print, and dance funk – can they survive SXSW?
Music Column  March 19, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck re-screens tonight, 6:45pm, at the Marchesa Theatre (6226 Middle Fiskville). The documentary, directed by Brett Morgen and executive produced by the late icon's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, offers an enlightening look at the late Nirvana frontman through exclusive home movie footage and interviews with his family and confidants..."

The Replacements: Waxed Up Hair & Painted Shoes
Long hair, flannel, torn jeans – who influenced who?
Music Story  December 6, 2013, by Michael Bertin
"...The Replacements: Waxed Up Hair & Painted Shoes: The Photographic Historyby Jim Walsh & Dennis Pernu Voyageur Press, 160 pp., $30 Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated Historyby Charles R. Cross, Gillian G..."

Bumping into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business
Music Story  December 5, 2008, by Jim Caligiuri
"...At the beginning, he covers Woodstock because no one else at Billboard had any interest in attending. From there, it's a roller-coaster ride involving an unimaginable array of characters that includes Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Stevie Nicks, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Warren Zevon, and Steve Earle..."

Gift guide
Music Review  December 21, 2007, by Darcie Stevens
"...NirvanaUnplugged in New York (Universal)..."

Music Review  December 27, 2002, by Greg Beets
"...Nirvana(DGC) This by-the-numbers best-of may work for kid brothers who missed out on Nirvana the first time, but anyone invested in the catalog will be rightfully pissed at having to buy an entire album for "You Know You're Right." Twenty years ago, Nirvana's last recorded song together would've come out as a single. Today, the same buyers who might have paid $2 for the song in 1982 can download it for free, and who can blame them?..."

Heavy Western
The Derailers
Music Story  November 14, 1997, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."That's a good description. The cool thing is -- and we don't have anything to prove it -- but [the Barnburners] opened up for Nirvana once...."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...SIX VOLT SUNBEAM: Not to be confused with Six Finger Satellite, although in places, L.A.'s Six Volt Sunbeam are nearly as hostile. The music carries a surprising amount of texture, encompassing jangly, melodic pop, surf twang and yell-a-long rock (with frequent nods to that soft-loud-soft-loud song structure made de rigeur by Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins)..."

Braver Newer World
The Year in Albums
Music Story  January 10, 1997, by Raoul Hernandez
"...On the contrary, it was welcome. The Nirvana flame finally burned down to a single lit candle (From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah), and with it both punk and grunge flickered out..."

Scenes From a Scene
Interview with Hype! Filmmaker Doug Pray
Screens Story  November 22, 1996, by Phil West
"...Not that everybody was the same, but we didn't run into any real assholes at all. Although we began by interviewing just a bunch of the lesser-known bands and building the film around that, we knew potential investors would ask us, "Do you have Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden in it?" That was a Catch-22; we knew they'd have to be involved but it took longer to gain their trust..."

The Year That Slipped Away
The 6,000 Albums of 1995
Music Story  January 5, 1996
"...Sure, Hootie & the Blowfish sold more albums (13 million at last count - Cracked Rear View will most likely become Atlantic Records best-selling album), and Alanis Morissette turned more heads with references to the same, but the still fab four - with the help of a six-hour, ratings-robbing rockumentary and a 2-CD set of mostly unreleased rock & roll music - clearly demonstrated that the Beatles continue to embody the great American rock & roll dream on these shores. Perhaps it was only because there wasn't a Nirvana or Public Enemy to fire the first shots of a new musical revolution, or because like 1975 or 1985, this year bogged down in mid-decade musical disinterest..."

Whither Grunge? Seattle Rocks
Books Story  December 8, 1995
"...They're big, glossy, immensely attractive, enjoyable, easy browses -- which is sort of ironic, because they're also both about punk rock. Specifically, they document the Seattle music scene which spawned Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Pearl Jam, among others, in the mid- to late-Eighties..."

1991: The Year Punk Broke
This snarling, loudly exultant record of the 1991 European tour by Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., and other bands, bursts with lunatic concert footage, inspired backstage antics, baffling contract riders, and self-deprecating humor from the groups.
Film Review  December 4, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: Dave Markey. Starring: Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, Gumball and the Ramones..."

Beautiful Boy
Steve Carell soars above this overly-earnest addiction biography
Film Review  October 26, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...He mostly keeps the story on the right side of melodrama (although a snippet of "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof is risibly schmaltzy), but the psychodrama leans too hard on Nic's upbringing to pin down why Nic becomes a junkie. (He's special! His parents got divorced! Maybe he listened to too much Nirvana!) That undercuts some of the most powerful and truthful, that much of it is neurochemical..."

Playback: Strike Up the Bond
Can the City finally save endangered clubs? Plus J.J. Offender obit and an Austin Music Poll plug.
Music Column  January 11, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...That viral remix of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," re-tuning the iconic grunge single into major scale intervals, was created by Will Patterson of the Austin band Sleep Good. "Teen Sprite" garnered stories from Billboard, NME, and Esquire, and further proved the difference between grunge and Christian pop-punk is just a couple of notes...."

“Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s”
The Blanton Museum of Art’s retrospective may tap nostalgia for a certain generation, but it can be deeply moving, too
Arts Review  April 28, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...When Kurt Cobain killed himself, I had no idea why I was supposed to care. Nirvana wasn't on my radar, so when kids showed up at school wearing blue because, I don't know, it was the color of his eyes, I didn't understand..."

Peter Pan origin story goes off the plank
Film Review  October 9, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Jackman – at 46, playing eternally youthful is still no stretch – gets his best moment early on, when he jumps three feet into standing splits on a rail. This guy’s a rock star, all right, which might be why Wright thought it was a good idea for Blackbeard to nonsensically lead his hundreds of enslaved pixie-dust miners in a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Together they chant “Here we are now/ entertain us!” – a not unreasonable audience demand, come to think of it – but in that respect, the film takes a long walk off a short plank..."

Playback: ACL Fest's First Weeknd Moves Mountains
ACL Fest 2015 weekend one wrap
Music Column  October 8, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Even with a bum leg, the former Nirvana drummer once again proved a relentless rock & roller. Three hours after his band closed the fest with an excessive version of "Best of You," he ambled into Arlyn Studios and inquired, "Why's it so fuckin' quiet in here?" The South Austin recording studio was hosting a party for renowned rock photographer/unrenowned harmonica player Danny Clinch, who'd just jammed with Gary Clark Jr..."

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