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In Utero (20th Anniversary) [Remastered] – Nirvana

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In Utero (20th Anniversary) [Remastered]

Nirvana

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 21, 1993

© ℗ 2013 Geffen Records

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MTV Unplugged In New York (Live) – Nirvana

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MTV Unplugged In New York (Live)

Nirvana

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: November 1, 1994

© ℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Ravi 2nd MIXTAPE [NIRVANA] – Ravi

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Ravi 2nd MIXTAPE [NIRVANA]

Ravi

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Price: $ 5.99

Release Date: January 23, 2018

© ℗ Jellyfish Entertainment

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Live and Loud – Nirvana

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Live and Loud

Nirvana

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 19.99

Release Date: January 1, 2013


During their 1993/94 In Utero Tour, Nirvana perform a special hometown show at the Seattle waterfront warehouse Pier 48 for a spectacular concert shot by MTV known as Live And Loud. Originally broadcast with 9 songs, this concert video features an additional 8 songs never-before-seen with the complete concert available for the first time ever, newly edited, and mixed from the original multi-track master tapes in 5.1 surround sound and stereo. Experience the first officially released electric live version of "The Man Who Sold The World," an ear-shattering performance of "Scentless Apprentice," Nirvana classics "Come As You Are," "Lithium," "School," "Breed" and the ever popular, instrument destroying concert closer "Endless, Nameless."

© © 2013 Geffen Records

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From Nirvana to GG Allin, Flipside’s Krk Dominguez Photographed Post-Hardcore in L.A.

Like all vital, dynamic art movements throughout history, punk rock suffered from the high bar set by the earliest proponents of the movement. By 1980, no punk band in England could ever hope to match what the Sex Pistols and Clash had done and likewise in Los Angeles, the Germs and Black Flag were high water marks of the genre that few in the mid to late 1980s could reach.

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Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

As it was for the bands in L.A., so too was it for the photographers on the scene. The footsteps of the great Ed Colver were impossible to fill. With the lion’s share of the iconic shots hoarded by that one talent, few could imagine that an artistic record of the ongoing movement would make for a compelling art exhibit.

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Nirvana onstage at Al’s Bar, Downtown Los Angeles, June 1989. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

And yet, almost thirty years after he began, Krk Dominguez has delivered a reminder that there was life after “Damaged” in the clubs and bars and that documenting it in the shadow of a giant allowed him to find his own artistic voice. Hanging floor to ceiling, the over-poster-sized photo editions are printed on thick paper and feature glimpses into bygone moments of beer, sweat, anarchy and the culture of suburban American nonconformity made manifest.

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Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

The bands that came after punk’s first wave knew they were not foraging new territory and that created a hunger to push any edge they ever happened upon. At L.A.’s Lethal Amounts Gallery, Dominguez presented “More Than A Witness,” his solo exhibit documenting thirty years of photographing punk and alternative performances. Dominguez casts a wide umbrella to describe the scene he covered: Post-Hardcore. The Post-Hardcore scene broke from many orthodoxies that had strangled the creative energy out of punk. Long hair, the last taboo of original punk, seems the trademark at times in these pictures. Bands suddenly didn’t give a shit to admit they liked Black Sabbath as much or more than they liked Fear or Bad Religion. The Post-Hardcore scene welcomed many touring acts through Los Angeles, returning the favor that many early L.A. greats had done small scenes nationwide in relentless touring across the country.

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A large centerpiece triptych of GG Allin installed beneath an enlarged proof sheet of Norvana playing in 1989 at Al’s Bar. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

Post Hardcore was good at finding the edges and Krk’s camera found its chief purveyors heading straight toward the cliff. The glazed eyes of GG Allin stare into oblivion in the show’s artiest indulgence, a wall installation triptych that repeats the same photo of Allin once on a car hood and twice on more traditional rectangular surfaces. The patron saint of self-destruction holds center court, but look above – a proof sheet blowup of Nirvana playing to twenty people on a bill they shared with bands like Claw Hammer at Downtown L.A.’s Al’s Bar in 1989. The installation seems to imply that while Allin did himself in quite spectacularly, Kurt Cobain was ultimately no less self-destructive when he committed suicide.

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A photo of Nirvana at Raji’s from 1990 emblazoned across the front window of the Lethal Amounts gallery. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

Nirvana pops up a lot here, with the legendary Claw Hammer co-bill show and hanging out at Raji’s two years before fame would strike, pre-Dave Grohl. Nirvana’s “Grunge” label belies them as the ultimate purveyors of a Post-Hardcore sound that fearlessly played verses slower than the punk thrash standard and then blew out all cylinders in sheer intensity on choruses. Yes, they were the band that “won it all” and in true punk fashion, threw it all away. And Krk was there when they were just one more band to shoot and interview for the pages of Flipside, L.A.’s longest-running punk zine.

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Photographer Krk Dominguez at the mid-August opening reception for his solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

The motto of founder Al Flipside: “Be more than a witness,” is a maxim Dominguez took in earnest. We are treated to a chaotic stage shot of Savage Republic that blurs where the band ends and the crowd begins. GWAR in all of their costumed glory are still the furthest thing from quaint over 25 years after Krk shot them in what appears to be a nightclub parking lot. Fugazi, the Dwarves, the Melvins – it all starts to blur in an installation that packs in large prints with no concept of what a minimal hanging might even look like. And were proper gallery centerline hanging instructions given, well, El Duce, of the Mentors, has a time-honored one-finger salute to cure you of any illusions of artsy seriousness or nostalgia for a simpler time.

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El Duce Hollywood Live, Hollywood, circa: 1991. From the Krk Dominguez solo show “More Than A Witness: Post-Hardcore and Beyond 1985-2015.” Lethal Amounts Gallery, Downtown Los Angeles.

•All photos here from the gallery’s opening reception courtesy of Ben Easley.
•Photos of Nirvana and El Duce are courtesy of the artist.
•Krk’s solo show runs thru the end of September at Lethal Amounts Gallery in Downtown L.A. – for more info visit their website.
•Follow Krk Dominguez online: FaceBook – KRK Dominguez • instagram: @krkdominguezphoto

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MTV Unplugged In New York (Live) – Nirvana

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MTV Unplugged In New York (Live)

Nirvana

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 27, 1994

© ℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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In Utero – 20th Anniversary (Remastered) – Nirvana

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In Utero – 20th Anniversary (Remastered)

Nirvana

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: September 24, 2013

© ℗ 2013 Geffen Records

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Nirvana: Live At Reading – Nirvana

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Nirvana: Live At Reading

Nirvana

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 12.99

Release Date: January 1, 2009


Ranked #1 in Kerrang Magazine's "100 Gigs That Shook The World" and voted as "Nirvana's #1 Greatest Moment" by fans in an NME poll, Nirvana's historic August 30, 1992 stands as a watershed moment in the history of rock. While the show's centerpiece was a performance of nearly the entire Nevermind tracklist, also noteworthy were early performances of three as yet unrecorded songs which wouldn’t be released until 2 years later on In Utero: "All Apologies," "Dumb," and in its first ever public performance, "Tourettes." The career-spanning setlist also reached back to the band's 1989 Sub Pop debut album, Bleach, for "Blew," "About A Girl," "School," "Negative Creep" and first single "Love Buzz," and even further back to the mid-'80s for "Spank Thru." Other songs from the Reading set would appear in studio form on the Incesticide compilation later in the year: "Aneurysm," "Been A Son" and "Sliver." Additionally, the band played a pair of beloved covers by two bands that helped shape the formative Nirvana sound– "The Money Will Roll Right In" by Fang and "D-7" by The Wipers.

© © 2009 Geffen Records

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MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana – Nirvana

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MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana

Nirvana

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: October 27, 1994

© ℗ 1994 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Nirvana – Live At the Paramount – Nirvana

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Nirvana – Live At the Paramount

Nirvana

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 15.99

Release Date: January 1, 2011


Five weeks after releasing what was to become the seminal album of a generation, Nirvana was on a nationwide club and small theatre tour that brought them to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for a very special Halloween 1991 homecoming show. Launching the nineteen song set with a brilliant cover of the Vaselines’ “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam,” the band tears through Nevermind hits like “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Lithium” and “Breed,” plus earlier favorites like “School,” “Love Buzz” and “About A Girl” and a very early version of “Rape Me.” The Paramount concert is the only show ever shot of the band on 16mm film and has been mixed in 5.1 surround sound and stereo from the original multi-tracks. Witness the complete concert for the first time ever.

© © 2011 Geffen Records

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Nirvana – Nirvana

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Nirvana

Nirvana

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: October 29, 2002

© ℗ 2002 Interscope Geffen (A&M) Records A Division of UMG Recordings Inc.

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