Smackdown: The Giants of Grunge

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two major milestones of Seattle's grunge era are celebrating their 20th anniversaries. Today: We'll hear about watershed albums "Nevermind" by Nirvana and "Ten" by Pearl Jam, and we'll pit the two bands against each other in a Soundcheck Smackdown. Plus: a live performance from blues artist Keb' Mo'.

Listeners: Which band represents the greatest of grunge - Pearl Jam or Nirvana? Weigh in here!

Smackdown: Pearl Jam vs. Nirvana

Twenty years ago, Seattle’s grunge scene exploded. This Saturday will mark two decades since Nirvana’s watershed album, “Nevermind,” was released – and their Seattle sister band, Pearl Jam, also released its debut album, "Ten," less than a month before. There is, of course, no better way to mark the occasion than to pit the two groups against each other in a Soundcheck Smackdown. MSN music blogger Phil Freeman and music journalist Jeanne Fury face off in a dirty rock band debate.

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In Studio: Keb' Mo'

The spirit of the great Delta bluesmen of old lives on in the music of Keb' Mo'.  The blues singer and guitarist actually portrayed the legendary Robert Johnson in a documentary film, covered some of Johnson’s songs, and has gone on to win 3 Grammys.  He’s got a new record and he’ll stop by to play live.  

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Playlist: Smackdown: The Giants of Grunge + Keb' Mo'

Smackdown: The Giants of Grunge

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana (Nevermind)

“Alive” – Pearl Jam (Ten)

“Black” – Pearl Jam (Ten)

“Territorial Pissings” – Nirvana (Nevermind)

“Lithium” – Nirvana (Nevermind)

“Go” – Pearl Jam (Vs.)

“Serve the Servants” – Nirvana (In Utero)

“Jeremy” – Pearl Jam (Ten)


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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah members Sean Greenhalgh, Robbie Guertin, Alec Ounsworth,  Lee and Tyler Sargent.

Gig Alert: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is back with a new album, Hysterical, after taking some time off after its sophomore album. The band plays the Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night. Download the track "Same Mistake" here.

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