Grunge Tuesday
  • TUESDAY, MAY 01, 2007

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Sometimes, on random Tuesday afternoons, our thoughts inexplicably drift to a far-away land of lumber, flannel shirts, muddy river banks, and distorted guitar. We're talking about grunge, and today's news is rife with it.

First off, we've got a reunion album from Buffalo Tom. It's been nine years since this Boston trio released anything new, and we can only watch that one episode of My So-Called Life so many times before we really miss slow-dancing to "Late at Night" during awkward school functions. Stereogum's currently flaunting the title track for Three Easy Pieces, which will be released on June 10th by Animal Records. In typical Buffalo style, the song strikes a balance between Dinosaur Jr.-style distortion and folky, americana melodies. Nice chorus, too. This is what the Goo Goo Dolls wish they sounded like, but - alas - that band sucks.

Moving along, Courtney Love has decided to auction off some of her late husband's belongings, which are reportedly worth around $40 million. Having such memorabilia around is apparently a tiresome thing. "[My house] is like a mausoleum," she reported to Spinner.com. "My daughter [14-year-old Frances Bean] doesn't need to inherit a giant Hefty bag full of flannel f***ing shirts ... A sweater, a guitar and the lyrics to 'Teen Spirit' -- that's what my daughter gets. And the rest of it we'll just f***ing sell."

Love also has an upcoming album hitting stores, but that's just totally unrelated. Right? Right? Regardless, it's called "Nobody's Daughter," and it's apparently not going to be financed by her earnings after this Cobain-filled auction. "Most will go to charity since the money isn't what I'm that interested in," she assures.

Most? So what's going to happen with the, say, remaining $3 - $5 million? Is that going into a fund to fight the remaining Nirvana bandmates in court over... well, over anything? There's always something.

ANYWAY, last but not least, Kyle Anderson just released his first book ever: Accidental Revolution: The Story of Grunge. Anderson is an editor at SPIN, and he's really been ramping up his duties there ever since the magazine changed owners (and, for the most part, staffers) in early 2006. Accidental Revolution is odd, though, in that it seems to have two different titles. The US calls it one thing, and the UK calls it Grunge: The End of Rock and Roll. Anybody know what that's all about? Or did Anderson-the-wonderchild simultaneously write two different books about grunge, tailoring each to its respective country of publication, despite the fact that the 20something Anderson was pobably just entering middle school when Cobain committed suicide? Inquiring/jealous minds want to know...

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