Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged Guitar Is Headed to Auction

How much would you pay even just to touch the guitar that Kurt Cobain played during MTV Unplugged in New York?
How much would you pay even just to touch the guitar that Kurt Cobain played during MTV Unplugged in New York?
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On November 18, 1993, the members of Nirvana assembled beneath a chandelier on a flower-strewn stage and performed an acoustic set in front of a small, captivated audience at Sony Music Studios in New York.

MTV Unplugged in New York was the Seattle band’s most intimate, stripped-down concert on record. In addition to “About a Girl,” “Come As You Are,” and other Nirvana originals, Kurt Cobain and the rest of the crew performed some unexpected covers, like David Bowie's “The Man Who Sold the World,” and The Vaselines’ “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam.” It was a chance for established fans to see a softer side of Cobain, and a chance for skeptics to realize there was much more to Nirvana (and other grunge bands) than the unbridled angst of youth. The concert album was released several months after Cobain’s death in April 1994, and quickly went on to become one of the most acclaimed live albums of all time.

Now, Nirvana superfans have the opportunity to take home the most important prop from the concert—Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar. Julien’s Auctions is selling the instrument as part of its “Music Icons” auction in Beverly Hills from June 19 to June 20, 2020. The guitar also comes with a few other items: Cobain’s hard-shell guitar case, decorated with a flyer from Poison Idea’s 1990 album Feel the Darkness, baggage claim stubs, and an Alaska Airlines sticker; a partially-used pack of Martin guitar strings; three guitar picks; and a marijuana stash bag. The starting bid for the items is estimated at $1 million.

The right-handed Martin D-18E, which Kurt Cobain played left-handed.Julien's Auctions

If you’re eager to own a piece of Cobain’s legacy but not able to shell out such a high sum, there are some alternate options available in the auction, including a button-down shirt he wore in the 1993 music video for “Heart-Shaped Box,” valued somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000; a set list from the MTV Unplugged in New York performance that could cost you around $4000, and a Bleach CD cover signed “Kurdt” and scrawled with drawings by Cobain himself.

You can bid on the items at the in-person auction or online through Julien’s Live—find out more here.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The Most Popular Songs Named After Each Country

Burst, Pexels // Public Domain
Burst, Pexels // Public Domain

Geography is a popular source of inspiration for many songwriters. When a musician sings about their home country, it can be a way to express patriotism—or criticism. Crooning about a foreign place, on the other hand, is a way to transport listeners to a different part of the world. Inserting place names into lyrics is so common, nearly every country on Earth has a song named after it. Budget Direct compiled the most popular of these songs in the map below.

To make the graphic, the insurance website searched every country name on Spotify and picked the songs with the highest play counts. The most-played track on the map is "China" by Anuel AA with 631,980,232 streams. Though the lyrics don't actually mention the country, the artist claims China's influence can be heard in the song's rhythm.

"Born in The U.S.A." by Bruce Springsteen is the most popular song named after the United States, which is funny considering the song's not-so-patriotic message. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" from Evita, "Russian Roulette" by Rihanna, and "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles are a few of the other hit songs that make the map. Some entries, like the national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina, are deeper cuts.

You can check out the full map of popular songs named after countries below. And if you'd like to continue your musical tour of the world, Budget Direct put together a Spotify playlist of the tracks here.

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