Usually at Christmas I get a bit nostalgic with this slot; historically I’ve posted Wham!, Bing Crosby and David Bowie, so you’d be forgiven for thinking another Christmas classic was due. This year however, calls for a more serious bit of nostalgia, in the shape of one of the most memorable sets of music I’ve ever heard.
20 years and two days ago, MTV aired Nirvana’s now legendary MTV Unplugged in New York, months before Cobain’s death in April of the following year. From the very first bars of opener About A Girl through to Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (all shot in a single take I may add) I was beguiled and have held the record dear ever since.
So, not so cheery and Christmassy, but important none-the-less. Doesn’t it make you think how exciting it was to see MTV create exclusive, timeless content rather than re-runs of Jersey Shore? Either way, enjoy this full-length version (reherasals included) and bask in the glory of Cobain’s unashamed misery, and Dave Grohl smoking and playing the drums and wearing a turtle neck. Genuis.
- Ed Carvalho-Monaghan’s line work is translated into knitwear for It’s Nice That’s Unmade collection
- A fierce portrait of the battles, snaps and outrageous outfits of voguing culture from Ewen Spencer
- Artist Andrey Remnev’s hypnotic Russian Medieval-style paintings
- Illustrator Lili des Bellons' chipper images are full of geometric whimsy
- Matt and Dan’s stark graphic posters for Daniel Avery’s Divided Love
- A hotel’s Wes Anderson-esque dated decor and plant life photographed by Ina Niehoff
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- New Adult Swim project from the bonkers people behind some sexy Craigslist animations