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December 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM

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Nice Paul McCartney-Nirvana jam session, but I really miss Kurt Cobain (and other musings on Seattle music)

Sir Paul McCartney is cool and all, but his performance with the surviving members of Nirvana just made me nostalgic for the days and nights I spent as a teenager listening to the band's "MTV Unplugged in New York" album.

The CD is somewhere at my parents' house. I'm listening to that live performance right now on Spotify. It should go down as one of the greatest concerts ever performed. Just sayin'.


Kurt Cobain, we really, really miss you. Has it really been 18 years since he took his own life in his Seattle home? Time flies. I remember the devastation his death unleashed on the grunge-loving youth in my hometown of Olympia, Wash.

In the lead-up to Wednesday night's 12.12.12. Concert for Sandy Relief, the posts I read on Twitter and Facebook implied that McCartney might actually attempt to stand in for the late Cobain by singing old Nirvana songs. Could a 70-year-old former Beatle really pull off the lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?

The reunion turned out to be more of a jam session. PHEW. They played a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack." It was OK.

In other music news, I see a couple other contemporary Seattle acts are enjoying a great week and well-deserved exposure before a national audience.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed "Thrift Shop" with The Roots on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Nice fur coat, man.

(Earlier this month, the duo also performed for NPR's "Tiny Desk" concert series. Watch. It's the performance that turned me into a bona fide fan.)

Last Friday, I saw Allen Stone in concert at The Paramount. Very nice to see the Chewelah native kill it on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

My personal Allen Stone favorite is a song called "Unaware." Great music. Socially conscious lyrics, too.

Every day the deficit grows, you spend more than you own
Papa always said to me, keep a close eye on your authority 'cause

You say that you care, I was unaware
You say that you care, I was unaware

See what I mean?

One final music note: Seattle's Blue Scholars are on tour right now. I saw their Nov. 30 performance at The Showbox. Tonight, they perform at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. I trust that east coast crowd will appreciate the duo's Seattle-centric rhymes about the country's most diverse zip code, their beloved Sonics, and our northwest obsession with Vietnamese pho.

Has any other group ever been so in tune with Seattle life? I don't think so. Are the late shows taking note? They should book these guys for a performance. Pronto.

Here's the video for "Slick Watts" — a righteous ode to the Emerald City:

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