Nirvana's In Utero vs. Nevermind: Which is better?

It's been 20 years since Nirvana released their final studio album, In Utero. Recorded at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, the release is getting the deluxe treatment with a 70-song reissue, including a remastering of the original album tracks, B-sides, demos, and remixes of "Heart-Shaped Box," among others, on September 24.

Two years ago, Nevermind received a similar second look. But clearly one of these albums has stood the test of time better, when the 12 tracks of each are pitted against each other. Oh, I know, I know. "But what about Bleach?" "What about Unplugged?" No. These are the iconic recordings. It's Butch Vig vs. Steve Albini. A swimming baby against a winged study in female anatomy.

The overall outcome is surprising, especially given my vocalizations of both favor and displeasure at parts of both of these albums over the years since their respective releases. There are no two albums I have thought about or picked apart more -- although Licensed to Ill is a very close third -- in my lifetime. Picking them apart methodically was cathartic in a way I have trouble putting into words. Let the territorial pissings begin.

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Nirvana's In Utero studio site in Cannon Falls overhauled
Matt Mueller, former Pachyderm Studio owner, dies in car accident

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Top 10 best grunge songs

Photo by Sam Holden
Grunge survivor Mark Lanegan.

With Saint Kurt gone for 18 years now, it's important to remember grunge wasn't just Nirvana. It was a movement, and though each year it seems a little bit sillier than it did the last, it was important. Most of the bands (and sadly many of the people themselves) didn't stand the test of time, some did and many of those songs are still as enjoyable to listen to now as they were then -- maybe even moreso now that they're a bit easier to hear above the din of down-tuned, sludge-filled rock that permeated everything for a few years in there.

Mark Lanegan comes to the Cedar tonight as one of the few still-vital survivors from the grunge era, operating at a high creative level and winning new fans that don't view him through a lens of diffused, detached irony, as often happens when a genre is "rediscovered." In honor of Lanegan's return -- and it should be noted that his old band, Screaming Trees, made this list and is still very much listenable -- here are ten grunge-era songs that are still just as good now as they were then.

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SXSW: It's like 90 degrees out, why are people wearing jackets?

It's between suntan and sunstroke in Austin most of the year, and right now it's just slightly cooler, damaging only the freckle-prone. It's weather to wear as little as physically possible in, but the far-flung guests of SXSW's Gruyère fondue didn't get the message.

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Photos, SXSW, WTF

ICP show pictures: The best of the worst

Nikki Miller for City Pages
Shaggy 2 Dope misdirects the crowd so he can go take a leak.

Look if you dare--the unsightliest of the unsightly, Faygoiest of the Faygoey, the irascible, incomprable Insane Clown Posse, in all their glory.

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The Clique: An imagined synopsis

Here at Gimme Noise, our offices are choked with promotional CD's. Like corpses on the Ganges, they drift into our mailboxes, bloating our shelves, our desk drawers, and, ultimately, our trash bins.

On their long journey from the factory to the landfill, the occasional disc gets plucked from the pile for a morbidly curious listen. It seems only fair to those thousands upon thousands of unknown soldiers, who will spend unknown centuries decomposing in unmarked mass graves.

This week's lucky disc was the official soundtrack to The Clique, an upcoming straight-to-video film about teen girls in an upper crust prep school. In a fit of journalistic speculation that would make Studs Terkel fart in his grave, Gimme Noise has formed what seems the only likely plot synopsis for the film, based entirely on a single spin of the sound track. So, ever unfettered by the limits of good taste, Gimme Noise presents The Clique: An imagined synopsis.

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On local, all-ages shows

This just in, from my magical bag of letters to the music editor:

I have a tween-age daughter (12) who is looking for a safe, age-appropriate venue to experience live music and dance in the Twin Cities (ok, she is looking for music and dance, I am looking for safe and age-appropriate). I know that places like the Triple Rock have all ages shows, but are they intended for an older audience? Any info you could provide would be helpful. Thanks!

St. Paul, MN

This is a great question, and one that I hear quite frequently. My suggestions for music loving tweens and teens seeking live music options are after the jump.

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