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The Sound and the Fury: James McMurtry, Nirvana, and Manu Chao

By Enrique Lopetegui

If you like your rootsy rock and roll straight, go see Austin-based singer-songwriter James McMurtry's set Friday at Sam's Burger Joint (330 E Grayson St., $10-$15, 9 pm). The former leader of The Heartless Bastards has just released the tight Live in Europe, which could very well be his best album.

If you're a lazy bastard who doesn't want to come out of the house, get this instead:

It's the long-awaited two-CD/DVD set that came out this week with Nirvana's legendary August 30, 1992 UK's Reading fest concert, arguably the most bootlegged album in history and Nirvana's finest live hour. It includes practically the whole Nevermind album, plus In Utero's "All Apologies," "Dumb," and the first-ever performance of "Tourette's," all of which would come out two years later. The band also played a few tracks from Bleach ("Blew," "About a girl," "School," "Negative creep," and "Love buzz") plus two covers (Fang's "The money will roll right in" and the Wipers' "D-7"). Only two of the 25 songs have been released before, and the DVD looks and sounds great.

Manu Chao's Baionarena â?¦

â?¦ filmed and recorded at France's Roman Amphitheatre in Bayonne, was supposed to come out this week, but it was pushed back to December 1, so get ready. The DVD includes a 30-minute behind-the-scenes video and the album and concert footage also include a few songs from the glorious Mano Negra years.

Now, if you're not only a lazy, but an impatient, cheap bastard, go to and download for free the album Manu produced for the mental patients behind La Colifata (roughly translated as “The nut”), a radio show hosted by actual locos in Buenos Aires, even though, if you ask me, everybody is loco.

The album is a riot, but it helps if you speak at least some Spanish. When you download, give 'em a “pay-what-you-want” donation. A few bucks go a long way in Argentina.

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