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April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney among Northwest artists featured on Record Store Day

The first Record Store Day of the year is set for this Saturday, April 19, when record shops across the country will carry limited edition vinyl releases as a means of luring customers into their stores. And there’s a nice selection of rarities from Pacific Northwest artists this time around:

Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain's death.

Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain’s death.

Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea,” 7-inch single (DGC/UMe) “Pennyroyal Tea” was set to be the third single release from Nirvana’s “In Utero” album. It was cancelled after Kurt Cobain’s death, not least because the single’s B-side was “I Hate Myself and Want to Die.” The Record Store Day reissue utilizes the original artwork planned for the single.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: David Lynch, Jack Endino, Mudhoney

April 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Finally, a Mudhoney biography | Book review

“Mudhoney: The Sound and The Fury From Seattle”

Keith Cameron

Voyageur Press, $19.99

 

Keith Cameron's book is the first full biography of Mudhoney.

Keith Cameron’s book is the first full biography of Mudhoney.

Green River was Seattle’s seminal grunge band of the 1980s. Kim Neely’s 1998 book “Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story” documented what happened to one half of the group after Green River split in 1987. Now there’s finally a book detailing the events that followed for the other band members, who went on to form Mudhoney.

Keith Cameron, a writer for prestigious UK monthly “Mojo,” was a young aspiring journalist when Mudhoney first toured England in 1989, and, having covered the band from the very beginning, is well-placed to take the reader through the labyrinthine twists and turns of the burgeoning grunge era.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Book review, Mudhoney, Sub Pop

December 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Full house at Full Tilt for Mudhoney appearance | Concert review

It’s been a heady week for Mudhoney. Last Friday, they played to a packed house of 16,000 when they opened for Pearl Jam at Key Arena. Wednesday night, they played to an equally packed house — though at 100 attendees, the numbers were a bit smaller — at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center.

Guy Maddison, Mark Arm, Dan Peters, Steve Turner (left to right) rock the house at Full Tilt Ice Cream (Gillian G. Gaar)

Guy Maddison, Mark Arm, Dan Peters, Steve Turner (left to right) rock the house at Full Tilt Ice Cream. (Gillian G. Gaar)

The special in store appearance was set up to celebrate the release of Full Tilt’s newest flavor, “Mudhoney,” a pleasant mix of fudge, cinnamon, and honey. A line of Mudhoney fans braving the cold snaked down the street as they waited patiently for the doors to open at 7 for the 8 p.m. show. Though the store’s capacity was said to be around 50, a store employee counted nearly a hundred who managed to jam themselves inside. With the band strategically set up in Full Tilt’s front corner, by the window, they were also visible to crowd filling the street outside.

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Comments | Topics: Concert Review, Full Tilt Ice Cream, Mudhoney

December 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Bruce Pavitt book signing draws Seattle music personalities

The Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Georgetown was packed full last night, with well-wishers eager to celebrate the publication of “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989,” by Sub Pop records co-founder Bruce Pavitt.

Bruce Pavitt addresses the audience as Sub Pop photographer Charles Peterson kneels to take his picture. (Gillian G. Gaar)

Bruce Pavitt addresses the audience as Sub Pop photographer Charles Peterson kneels to take his picture. (Gillian G. Gaar)

Business was so brisk that sales of the book, a photo-journal of Sub Pop bands Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad on tour, were limited to one per person. “So there will be enough to go around,” bookstore manager Larry Reid explained.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Experiencing Nirvana", Bruce Pavitt, Mudhoney

November 29, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Nirvana in Europe, 1989 | Book review and author appearance

Colosseum1NIRV-frontIn November 1989, Sub Pop Records co-founders Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman headed to Europe to see how three of the label’s bands — Nirvana, Mudhoney and Tad — were faring on their overseas tours. Fortuitously, Pavitt brought along his Olympus pocket camera to document the trip.

What Pavitt ended up capturing was, he said, “a true turning point in the international stature of the Seattle music scene.” This was two years before Nirvana’s explosive success in the fall of 1991 with the release of its major label debut, “Nevermind.”

Pavitt’s photos first appeared in “Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe 1989,” a self-published e-book that came out last year. The book was then picked up by Brooklyn-based publisher Bazillion Points, which is reissuing it in physical form this month.

Pavitt will read from the book and sign copies at a release party Saturday at the Fantagraphics Bookstore in Georgetown. Seattle photographer Charles Peterson will D.J., and prints of Pavitt’s photos will be auctioned, the proceeds benefiting Seattle’s all-ages club The VERA Project.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Experiencing Nirvana", Bruce Pavitt, Kurt Cobain

July 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

It’s true: Mudhoney will play atop Space Needle

In a quirky conjunction of two Seattle icons, grunge band Mudhoney will play a live broadcast from the roof of the Space Needle Thursday to kick off the Sub Pop label’s Silver Jubilee celebration. Video and audio streams of Mudhoney’s rooftop show will be broadcast live by radio station KEXP 90.3 FM at 5 p.m. For its 20th anniversary, Sub…

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: J Mascis, Mudhoney, Sera Cahoone