Hear Nirvana Play Satyricon 25 Years Ago

Audio of a set from the night Kurt met Courtney has surfaced on YouTube.


Of all the glorious shit-holes that have existed in Portland, Satyricon is certainly the most hallowed. The Old Town punk club is among the most iconic venues on the entire West Coast, nurturing the Pacific Northwest rock scene that would eventually take over the world in the early '90s—Nirvana included.  Kurt Cobain and co. played Satyricon several times in their pre-megastardom days, but ...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Meat Puppets on Unplugged In New York: The Extended Interviews

The full Q&As with the Brothers Kirkwood and producer Alex Coletti.


In this week's print edition, we published an oral history commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Meat Puppets appearing on Nirvana's legendary episode of MTV Unplugged. Here are the complete Q&As with Cris and Curt Kirkwood and the show's producer, Alex Coletti, featuring more remembrances and tidbits about the performance that didn't make it into the print piece. Curt KirkwoodMeat Puppets ...   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cover Your Hair In Your Eyes

An oral history of the Meat Puppets on Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York.

Music Stories
When Nirvana agreed to film an episode of MTV’s Unplugged in November 1993, the network execs were giddy over the possibilities. Who would the biggest band in the world bring as a guest? Eddie V   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Live Recordings Made in Portland

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Nirvana (2/09/1990, Pine Street Theatre)Appended to Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary edition of Bleach in 2009, this show captures an epochal band winding down the “regional upstarts” phase of its   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: Letter to Eric

Kurt Cobain writes back to Eric Erlandson.

 Click on letter below for larger version.WW Photo Illustration SEE IT: Eric Erlandson will speak at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., on Tuesday, Sept. 4. 7:30 pm. Free. He   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

I Think I Was There

An oral history of Satyricon.

Cover Story
In 1983, Portland’s Chinatown was, by all accounts, a real shithole. Peppered with empty lots, boarded-up storefronts and dealers pushing cocaine and heroin as casually as a grocery store clerk might ask “paper or plastic?”—it was a part of town best avoided altogether. It was in the heart of this dubious neighborhood that George Touhouliotis, a 36-year-old Greek immigrant and former cab driver with a fondness for poetry and rebellious youth culture, opened an equally dirty bar called Satyricon...   More

Extended Q&A: Stephen Malkmus


Stephen Malkmus has done a lot of interviews in his 20-odd years fronting Pavement and the Jicks. So when we talked on the phone in advance of the latter group’s Portland stop—it will be the first time the latest incarnation of the band, which features Jake Morris of the Joggers on drums in addition to longtime Jicks Joanna Bolme and Mike Clark, has played Portland—I wasn’t surprised ...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Achieving Nirvana

The Top Five albums released on the same day as Nevermind.

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On Sept. 24, 1991, the rock world changed forever. That’s the day Red Hot Chili Peppers released Blood Sugar Sex Magik. And, less notably, some Seattle hair band called Nirvana made its major-labe   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 CASEY JARMAN


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