This is the last installment of Nevermind Miami, a tribute to the generation-defining album Nirvana released 20 years ago today, on September 24, 1991. To commemorate the occasion, we asked local musicians to cover each of the 13 songs on the original release.
Intended as a tribute to Nirvana’s pièce de résistance, Nevermind Miami is also a testament to the local music scene, both its vibrancy and its generosity. All of the bands/musicians we asked to take part responded with a hearty “hell yes” and crafted their covers with intense sincerity and prodigious badassmanship. Thank you to all of them for making this series — which you can stream in its entirety at beachedmiami.com/nevermind-miami — an enduring work in its own right, and keeping the ghost of Kurt Cobain off our backs.
First up we have Lil Daggers yanking “In Bloom” out of the studio and dragging it by a fraying rope through the swamp. Proceeding at a chain-gang pace, the eerie rendition starts with a crackling crack of distortion and ends in a house (a hideout perhaps) on the bayou. To get more Lil Daggers in your shamelessly sunny life, check out their self-titled LP, released in April, on bandcamp.
Next (and last) up Arboles Libres takes us out on a clear tone with their acoustic version of “Stay Away”, an angry, irritable, anti-social yawp in its original form. To keep up with the experimental folk rock trio, pay a visit to the arboretum.
Previous Nevermind Miami Posts
1. “Nevermind Miami: Smells Like Teen Spirit” featuring Baby B Strings
2. “Nevermind Miami: Lithium and Polly” featuring PLAINS and Pocket of Lollipops
3. “Nevermind Miami: Territorial Pissings, Something In The Way” featuring Rachel Goodrich and Guy Harvey
4. “Nevermind Miami: Lounge Act, Come As You Are” featuring Animal Tropical and Ice Cream
5. “Nevermind Miami: Breed, Drain You” featuring Eztorbo and Racketeering Vultures
6. “Nevermind Miami: On A Plain and Endless, Nameless” featuring Sam Friend and KDK-12
To stream Nevermind Miami in its entirety, visit beachedmiami.com/nevermind-miami.