J*DaVeY Catches Some Of Nirvana's 'Teen Spirit'

Yesterday was not a great day for me. First, I woke up and read that Sarah Palin somehow wobbled the earth's axis, and I may no longer be a Sagittarius. Then, I hear that Lil Kim track. And then, I had to admit something I never thought I'd have to admit: J*DaVeY released a song that I don't love. (This is where you console me with gummy worms.) As their annual Christmas gift to fans, the LA-based duo quietly released the studio version of their cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Anyone who's seen the pair over the last few years has heard the song, which frequently opens their sets. Live, the song is powerful, yet stripped down, and less busy, without the driving guitars of the original. I suppose the aid of a band, smoke machine, and the unavoidable magnetism of the the "ladytripper" Miss Jack Davey makes it more enjoyable in a live setting. That, or the effects of the Long Island Iced Tea have begun to appear by then. Here, though, it's pretty run of the mill, and didn't get the same jump-up-on-the-counter-and-dance reaction that most of their music requires of me. Well, if nothing else, it holds me over until their phantom album/mixtape, Evil Christian Cop, a follow-up to 2009's near-perfect EP, Boudoir Synema, sees the light of day this spring.

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