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Remembering Grunge Pioneers Kurt Cobain & Layne Staley
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Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley

There are two tragic rock and roll death anniversaries to remember today, April 5, both for key figures in the early 1990s Seattle grunge music scene: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died 18 years ago, and Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley, who died 10 years ago.

Both bands (along with a few others) were instrumental in changing the face of a musical style and generation that was choked by heavy metal, second generation glam, tepid pop music, and unoriginality in many forms in the musical universe during the late 1980s. Nirvana came into that stifled world like a dirty, grungy tidal wave, washing over all the aforementioned genres in a river filled with glass and soot, which was exactly the approach they wanted to take.

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2011 Black Friday Lightning Deals – Music CDs & Box Sets
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All week, Amazon has been offering up Lightning Deals, limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time, as a prelude to the biggest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out, the sale is over. Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Music CDs and Box Sets for Friday, November 25, starting at 5AM PST (that’s 8AM EST) and running through 9pm PST. See a sample of some of the Black Friday deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work. You can visit the main Sale calendar page to see ALL the deals and the exact times they’ll be going up.

Jimi Hendrix: Winterland (5 CD Box Set)
$25.99

Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam Twenty
$10.99

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Social Blend Podcast: Steve Jobs, Occupy Wall Street, Doctor Who, Gene Simmons
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Social Blend Podcast

Occupy Wall Street dominates discussion on this week’s edition of Social Blend, among other topics including the sad news of Steve Jobs passing away, and the anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind.

Click here to listen to the latest episode.

Joining the discussion for this episode is Jeremy Rosen from Roadrunner Records (who kindly brought along some Opeth and Dream Theater for us to play) and musician Terr Ciavarra aka Media Nox.

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With Anniversary Of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Album, Iconic Baby Turns 20 Years Old
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Nirvana

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of what’s widely considered to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded, Nirvana‘s Nevermind, many will no doubt be asking one question: “I wonder what happened to the baby from the album’s cover!”

The baby, recognized my millions of people as the infant swimming naked after a $1 bill, is named Spencer Elden, and he is now 20 years old. And as you might have expected, he’s often still referred to as the “Nirvana Baby.”

Continue on below now to see the famous album cover recreated in 2008 by Elden, and to see a video of him talking about the anniversary on CNN!

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Former Nirvana Members Reunite On Upcoming Foo Fighters Album
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Foo FightersButch Vig, best known as the producer of Nirvana‘s Nevermind album and drummer of the band Garbage, recently discussed that he reunited ex-Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for a track on an upcoming Foo Fighters album. The track is titled “I Should Have Known,” and will be featured on the next album from Grohl’s band.

The new song sees Novoselic contribute both bass guitar and accordion (!!) to the track. Recording for the as-of-yet untitled album was completed at the beginning of this year, and is being held for a release during April.

Grohl and Novoselic first worked together in the band Nirvana, led by frontman Kurt Cobain. Their breakthrough album was Nevermind, released in 1991, and produced by Butch Vig. The release of the album would usher in a new attitude, sound, and feel for the hard rock/metal and punk community that would eventually be labeled as the “Grunge” genre by the media. During their career, Nirvana released songs such as “About a Girl,” “Smells like Teen Spirit,” and “All Apologies.”

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Foo Fighters Call Upon Fans To Direct Next Music Video
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Rock band Foo Fighters has recently put the finishing touches on its latest as-yet-untitled seventh studio album. In the build up to its April release, the band, led by ex-Nirvana man Dave Grohl, is looking for 11 aspiring filmmakers to direct a music video for its next single.

(Please note this is only open to U.S. residents.)

Foo Fighters’ filmmaker fans can upload their showreel to the website thisvideosucks.foofighters.com, from which the winning directors will be selected. Those winners will see their music videos premiered on Fuse.

Foo Fighters have a history of memorable videos such as Monkey Wrench, All My Life and the hilarious Learn To Fly which featured the awesome Tenacious D.

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MP3 Album Deal: Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’
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NevermindThe MP3 album deal of the day at Amazon today is Nirvana‘s Nevermind for only $3.99.

Released in 1991, Nevermind was the band’s second album and what propelled Nirvana to stardom with their big hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

I can easily say that every song on Nevermind is a good one, but if you need to justify the four bucks… There’s 12 songs on the album and sold separately they’re $.99 each, so you’re saving nearly $8 by buying it now on sale. Also, all you need are four good songs to justify the price — I already said they’re all good but here you go: There’s the aforementioned “Teen Spirit,” along with “Come As You Are,” “Drain You,” and “On A Plain,” and I’ll tell you, it was really hard for me to choose those four songs amongst the twelve.

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