I remember the first time I saw Nirvana on Spin Magazine (all of last month, Spin Magazine celebrated its anniversary) and Rolling Stone Magazine, and pretty much everywhere else. They were really HYPED. But you know the first time I heard "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and not able to understand what the heck Kurt Cobain was saying, it wasn't like any song I've never heard! History was made.
Anyway, Nevermind got a special 2-disc release last month, but super fans will probably want to pick up the deluxe 4-CD/1-DVD edition. I think it retails for about $50, a little too rich for my blood. Besides, I already bought the album when it was originally released.... still, who would blame me for lusting after its packaging with rarities, b-sides, and alt mixes.
Can't get enough Nirvana? Gibson Guitar had just announced its upcoming release of Krist Novoselic Signature RD Bass! This Signature model can be seen on various Nirvana tours in 1991. One thing to expect is that the bass guitar will be massive, quote Novoselic "I play Gibson RDs from the 1970s and it's incredible to now have my own signature model. This is a big bass! I am 6'7" tall and these long-scale beasts fit me physically. You've got to pound those heavy grunge riffs and you need the weight to do it. At the same time, there's plenty of fretboard that accommodates the finer runs and fills higher on the neck." The guitar is a wee bit expensive (over $2,000), but if you're a fan... more details on gibson.com
Updated: Oct 18, 2011
Size: 132 MB
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You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
I really don't understand why people really, really hate this thing. Haven't you ever used your iphone and wished you had a bigger device? I'm sorry, but watching movies on a small screen on your phone is not a great experience.
Just to give you a little background, I love comic books. I've started collecting since 1985 with Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 (I maintain george-perez.com). I am an old-timer, I still prefer printed comics, but I do understand that the medium is moving towards digital.
Anyway, Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel is basically a comic book app, reprinting Omnibus' Godspeed - The Kurt Cobain Graphic from 2003. While the pages are readable, I wish they'd gone in and digitally clean up the colors or make it more vibrant, because it just look like they scanned the artwork. My other gripe is that the application requires iOS 5.0 to run the software. Don't really understand why it needs iOS 5, there's nothing fancy about the graphics or anything.
The comic book is basically a biography of Cobain, from his childhood to his eventual suicide. I was kind of surprise how the writer (Barnaby Legg) and artist (Jim McCarthy) paints this picture that Cobain was like Jesus Christ - at least playing with the cross and angel wings images. I know that during Nirvana's final tour, they played a lot with the religious elements, but according to the comic book, these things were with Kurt Cobain when he was a boy).
If you're familiar with Comixology, the Kurt Cobain: The Graphic Novel works the same way - you can tap on an image and it will zoom in the panel... making it easier to read (especially on an iPhone or iPod). I recommend reading it in vertical mode on your iPad for the best experience.
The only extra feature is that get a rather long introduction, which goes uncredited (I am assuming the writer Legg wrote it), and a "About" page talking about the source material (Godspeed - The Kurt Cobain Graphic).
If you're a hardcore Nirvana fan (and over 18 years old), you should consider picking up this iPad app. If you want to take one step further, the printed Godspeed - The Kurt Cobain Graphic can be purchased at musicroom.com for £9.95 (the iPad app is cheaper at £3.99).