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September 2, 2014 at 5:00 AM

‘No Seattle’ highlights lesser known NW rock acts | Record preview

"No Seattle" documents the great variety of the NW's indie music scene (photo: Soul Jazz Records)

“No Seattle” documents the great variety of the NW’s indie music scene (photo: Soul Jazz Records)

The grunge boom of the ’90s didn’t happen in a vacuum. Before the world had heard of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, Northwest clubs were ringing to the sounds of acts like Hitting Birth, Vampire Lezbos, Chemistry Set, and Thrillerhammer.

Clark Humphrey’s “Loser: The Real Seattle Music Story” and Mark Yarm’s oral history “Everybody Loves Our Town” were among the few books that put the grunge scene in this wider context. Now comes the audio equivalent, “No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the North-West Grunge Era 1986-97,” set for release September 9, in CD, vinyl, and digital formats.

The compilation features 23 different bands, largely unknown today but featuring a fair number of familiar names in the lineups. The Ones featured Jack Endino on bass, before Endino became Sub Pop’s go-to producer for the burgeoning Seattle music scene. When Bundle of Hiss went their separate ways, drummer Dan Peters joined (and still plays with) Mudhoney, while bassist Kurt Danielson took up with the heavyweight TAD. And after her tenure in Kill Sybil, drummer Patty Schemel became the drummer for Hole.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Nick Soulsby, Nirvana, Northwest rock

August 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Seattle comedian Brett Hamil on losing his virginity to Nirvana’s ‘Teen Spirit’

There were a lot of laughs throughout the The Laughs Comedy Spot Showcase at the Leo K. Theatre on Saturday, but it was Seattle’s Brett Hamil that stood out with his self-deprecating and revealing take on sex and marriage.

“I married up,” Hamil admitted, “Four years ago she slid this ring on my finger and for the first time in my life I own something pawn-able.”

Hamil also spoke candidly about the time he lost his virginity.

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Comments | Topics: Bret Hamil, Bumbershoot 2014, Nirvana

May 29, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Love Nirvana? Don’t miss Rock Hall induction on HBO | TV preview

Dave Grohl performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, 2014. (Kevin Mazur)

Dave Grohl performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, 2014. (Kevin Mazur)

On Saturday, May 31, HBO will air a three-hour special of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. If that sounds like a long ceremony, consider that the event itself — which took place April 10 in Brooklyn, New York — ran nearly two hours longer.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic

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 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Cartoonist Ward Sutton revisits Nirvana

Nirvana will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10, in a ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y. In anticipation, The Seattle Times asked artist Ward Sutton to draw a tribute to the band. Sutton, a New York-based cartoonist, illustrator and rock-poster artist, lived in Seattle in the band’s heyday in…

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Nirvana, Nirvana cartoon, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

April 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Chat with the world’s foremost Nirvana expert

Nirvana, the rock band that put Seattle on the rock map, will be inducted April 10 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Coincidentally, the induction comes just five days after the 20th anniversary of the day Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain committed suicide. What are your thoughts about Nirvana and its legacy? Many readers…

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Nirvana, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

March 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

What does Nirvana mean to you? Share your memories with us

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

With the 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death on April 5, and the induction of Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following Thursday, April 10, we reached out to acquaintances of the band, cultural figures and fellow musicians to get their personal impressions of Nirvana and their legacy.

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton remembers Cobain’s “striking blue eyes.” Photographer Alice Wheeler recalls seeing the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video for the first time. Graphic designer Art Chantry tells the story of hearing “Nevermind” before it came out. Rapper Black Cobain told us about listening to Nirvana in a childhood neighborhood dominated by hip hop. And local musician Michael Benjamin Lerner, of Telekinesis, explains what it’s like to cover “On a Plain.” (Read the whole article here.)

Their accounts, and others, will be published Sunday, March 30, both in print and online. We want to know your recollections, impressions and stories about what Nirvana meant to you. About what you remember most vividly. Submit using the form below (email addresses are not published), and we’ll collect the responses and run them online this week.

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Comments | Topics: Kurt Cobain, Nevermind, Nirvana

March 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Come As You Are: A panel discussion with Nirvana experts

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Experience Music Project will host A panel discussion on April 6 with Charles R. Cross (Cobain biographer and author), Charles Peterson (photographer), Jack Endino (producer and musician) and Bruce Pavitt (co-founder of Sub Pop) with host Jacob McMurray, EMP’s Senior Curator of “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.” The group will share stories about the legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana along with video and audio clips.

Admission to the panel discussion, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. at EMP, is free.

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Bruce Pavitt, Charles Peterson, Charles R. Cross

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