Posts Tagged ‘Nevermind’

In 2011, Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band recorded a cover of the entire Nirvana album, “Nevermind”. Assuming you’ve heard of that one, I’ll just let you know that this is the first vinyl pressing of it and it’s limited to 500 units on regular ol’ black vinyl. There’s a picture to the left (or above, if you’re on mobile).

From Kevin: “It’s basically impossible for me to talk about Nevermind objectively. I recognize its canonical place as a cultural artifact, and that there is nothing unique about being one of the tens of millions of people for whom that album was literally life-changing.That doesn’t make it any less true. I played it for my parents, and I play it for my daughter. It’s unquestionably the most important music I’ve ever heard.

It engaged and clarified murky looming interior early adolescent messinesses, introduced me to entire aesthetics and subcultures and sociopolitical sensibilities and non-traditional iterations of masculinity to which I am indebted to this day, encouraged me to write songs and yell and sing and play guitar and worry less about expertise and more about expression, and helped define whole friendships, installing in us a language we still speak fluently.

It made things seem possible. It was a magic trick, a ubiquity that felt like an insurrection, something that was everyone’s and yours, too. We recorded this because we wouldn’t have done any of what we’ve done – or even known each other – without this record.

It felt like a fitting tribute to its spirit to knock it out in a basement over a weekend. That’s how I learned it in the first place, 28 years ago.

releases on November 22nd, 2019. It’ll be on digital platforms that day. Records will start shipping immediately and if you buy from our webstore we’ll also email you a link to download the album immediately on that day.

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Philadelphian band Nothing have shared a cover of Nirvana’s muted and melancholic “Something In The Way,” the last track on the band’s seminal 1991 album Nevermind (second-last if you count the secret song “Endless, Nameless”). The cover will be included on Robotic Empire’s second Nirvana tribute album, “Whatever Nevermind”, which is due out on Record Store Day and features contributions from La Dispute, Touche Amore, and Torche among others. Last year, the label put out In Utero: A Tribute. “Something In The Way” is already one of the gloomier tracks on Nevermind, and Nothing aren’t trying to redress it in any particular way. Their cover features a lone piano delicately treading over ambient room-tone sounds — there might even be a violin thrown in there too, in case you weren’t already weeping.

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Nothing’s cover of ‘Something In The Way’, off Robotic Empire’s second Nirvana tribute release. “Whatever Nevermind” sees a diverse range of bands covering the “Nevermind” album in full.

Instead of their trademark whitewash of guitar layers, NOTHING opts for a starker approach to the somber classic, with piano and vibrant vocals up front in Will Yip’s beautiful mix.

On April 18th, Robotic Empire will release their second Nirvana tribute, “Whatever Nevermind”, which features a number of bands covering the 1991’s iconic album “Nevermind” in full (for those of you somehow wondering, yes, this is the record with the naked baby on the cover). Here we premiere a cut, which sees Philadelphian band Nothing taking on “Something in the Way,” one of the album’s more somber tracks.

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Nirvana nostalgia may feel like it’s a bit played out these days—we’re at the point where we’re getting critical essays about the critical essays about the critical essays about what the Seattle band means—but that doesn’t take away from Cobain and company’s incredible influence. The fact that in the year 2015, nearly two decades after Kurt Cobain killed himself, crews of young musicians are still regularly coming together to pay tribute to his work is nothing short of moving. In Nothing’s cover, the band proves themselves worthy. Vocalist Brandon Setta delivers, his trembling tenor voice—above a slow building burn of guitars by Dominic “Nicky” Palermo and piano by Mikele Edwards—somehow carrying the weight of the deeply emotional song, driven by nonsensical lyrics weirdly full of a titanic amount of self-analysis. Cobain was the expert of looking inward and trying to figure out just what the fuck was going on in his head. He made music because he needed to—not necessarily because he wanted to.