With the reissue of Nirvana's In Utero now less than two weeks away, surviving band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic took to NPR's "All Songs Considered" program to explain the intricacies of the four disc set, reminisce on recording the album, and share some unreleased tracks.
NPR's Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton do a fantastic job of parsing out Grohl and Novoselic's recording jargon for the untrained ear, giving us an in-depth look at In Utero producer Steve Albini's acclaimed recording techniques. In addition, the Nirvana members let their geek flags fly when discussing isolated bass and drum tracks from Queen songs (quoth Grohl: "'Killer Queen?' You ever listen to the drums for that?... It's raw! It's great!").
Of course, the interview's not all about overdubs and multi-tracking. Grohl shares a particularly hilarious running joke that occurred during the In Utero sessions involving a tube sock filled with mashed potatoes. Not to be outdone in the humor department, Novoselic goes on a few rants about modern recording technology, the lyrics to R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon," and "the obligations of being the number one rock band."
The 40 minute-long interview also includes unreleased mixes of "All Apologies," "Heart Shaped Box," and Nirvana rarity "Forgotten Tune." Stream it in its entirety above.