Download an Excellent, Free Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ Tribute Album


September marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind, and the folks at Spin are celebrating with a fantastic — and fairly diverse — full-album cover project they’ve dubbed Newermind. The compilation does a great job pairing current bands with tracks. Titus Andronicus do a faithful take on “Breed,” managing to up its already manic energy, while EMA adds ghostly layers of distortion to noisy “secret” screamer “Endless Nameless.” More unexpected but no less effective are Charles Bradley’s soul cover of “Stay Away” and Midnight Juggernauts’ vaguely tropical, dance version of “Come As You Are.” Best of all, Spin convinced two of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands, whose songs Nirvana covered, to return the favor: The Vaselines kill the shout-y parts of “Lithium,” rendering it starker and creepier in the process, while the Meat Puppets transform “Smells Like Teen Spirit” into a finger-picked document of quiet desperation. There is not a single bad track on the comp, and we say this despite our very low tolerance for Amanda Palmer. You can — and should! — download Newermind for free here.