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Melvins Show Reviews / 26 Oct 2017 - Trezzo sull'Adda - Italy
« on: October 27, 2017, 04:42:35 PM »
Show was killer,  one of the best i've seen in recent years. Maybe it was the setlist (it flows so well) , or maybe the current line up. This is my Melvins. Red Kross were ok, fun music, good musicians. Dale was a bit low in the mix, but fortunately that did not happen with the Melvins set. First four tunes were just perfect, Sacrifice, Oven, Anaconda and Queen... is there a better way to start a show? answer is no! I mean, which other band have such good opening songs.. how many other band plays with no break between songs,   being so tight until the end of the set?  one word: professional musicians. The Lysol stuff was crushing. No merch except for some fake shirts out of the venue.. not official stuff. Nothing more to add except this band never stop amaze me. It's just ridiculous how three men in their 50's can sound so tight. Do not miss this line up!

Melvins Discussion / DINOSAUR JR 'recognition' demo w/ Dale Crover
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:24:10 AM »

nice story behind this as written by Lou Barlow on his fb page:

i’m not gonna lie (like i usually do?), recording my 2 songs for Dinosaur Jr’s ‘Farm’ LP was really was our second reunion-era record and though contributing to the ‘Beyond’ went surprisingly well, ‘Farm’ was another story.. afterwards I vowed, to myself, that when and if we did another record i would figure out an better way to present my songs (specifically drum-parts) to J and Murph..
a few years later when we began work on the songs that became ‘I Bet On Sky’ I was still searching for a plan to get my tunes across.. i was freaking out about it until I had a vivid dream in which I asked Dale Crover to play drums on some song-ideas..
the answer was right in front of me!..I knew Dale well, he lived close-by, our families hung out together, we lived parallel touring/fathering lives.. he had even helped me out with my ‘Goodnight Unknown’ solo LP..
you may ask: why didn’t you go to him in the first place? why did you have to have a dream about it? well, i never assume that anyone -wants- to play music with me (yes, even people i have played with before) , in fact i think the opposite.. I know lots of people that have no trouble calling fellow musicians to collaborate, to be on their records etc…I’m not one of those people..I have a really difficult time asking for favors and i doesn’t even occur to me to ask for help when i need it.. it’s just the way it is (do -not- tell me how i shouldn’t feel like that etc., it’s just a thing with me, ok? i don’t understand it either, it’s annoying)
anyway..i woke up from the dream and then mustered up the courage to call Dale.. anyone who knows Dale knows this is ridiculous because he’s easier than easy to talk to and always down to play music ..but, i’m a reject so i had to psych myself up to it..
he came down to my space and laid down f-in perfect drum ideas and i finished writing the music for 3 tunes in about an hour and a half with him behind the kit.. it was great. I had 3 reasonably clear-sounding, quick sketch demos to take to the sessions at J’s house..
needless to say having demos with Dale Crover piqued J and Murph’s interest and I was able to hold their focus and give them real details to chew on.. the sessions went smoothly and i was satisfied with the results.. though, honestly, Dale’s original takes on the tunes give me melancholy pangs, they’re so good..
for the latest Dinosaur Jr LP ‘Give A Glimpse..’ I made sure to -not- record the demos as well and leave more to Murph’s discretion… I also moved back east from LA so Dale wasn’t a resource anymore (swear to god that in itself made the move bittersweet)..
anyway, I yacked up a you-tube video to accompany the Dale version of Recognition so you can check it out…it had the working title ‘get addicted’..the vocals were improv’d live when we he did the drums.. i like to keep early vocal attempts as sketches and let the words form out of the gibberish..i zero in on the final lyrics when the studio version is taking shape, i like the idea of the music influencing the words..
my final anecdote about this song, the LP version in particular: i took an incidental recording of a verbal melt-down i had during the Farm sessions and placed it in the instrumental section of the song backwards (hopefully indistinguishable!) to symbolize a victory over the confusion and anger of the time.. Dale really saved my ass on that record and put my head in the right place for everything that followed

Melvins Discussion / Jam In The Van
« on: February 09, 2017, 12:52:12 PM »

Melvins Show Reviews / Leoncavallo - Milan (IT) 1 Oct 2015
« on: October 03, 2015, 05:38:53 AM »
A bit late with the review...i won't be too long..

The show took place last thursday in a big and very important squat in Milan called Leoncavallo. i got there almost an hour before, after a long day at work. Jules was already there with another friend of mine so i texted them when i was about to arrive and we met at the bar of the venue ,just in time for a beer and some chips i stole from jules ( yeah,you didn't notice that! you know, Italians do it better..EHEH).

First thing i want to say is about my english friend  :)... super nice guy with great sense of always know you'll have fun and laughs with him..and surprises... like two GODHEADSILO cd's he put in my hands as soon as i arrived and that was such a great gift i was almost embarassed  :oops:.

Big Business started early, their set was STELLAR if you ask me. the bass sound was a bit confused but still huge and the two piece was very tight.. vocals, including Coady, were perfect in the mix. i must have noticed three new songs, they started with Chump Chance and ended with an EPIC version of Lonely Lyle, with a psychedelic outro. i was very impressed and think they're actually my favourite band!

after that i had a cig alone as  jules and the other friends disappeared somewhere...waiting for the big Melvins and the Sabbath intro to start

first thing i noticed: Dale's tom was smaller than Coady's  :shock:. after this i concentrated on the show. i will not talk about set list as you probably know it very well,  i will just say  the band was very tight and Buzz had no words for the audience, which is always cool. 

sound was very loud but not perfect.... especially from my spot in front of Jared but i knew that venue had bad sound, so it wasn't Melvins' fault.

personal highlights were At The Stake, YOA and Your Blessened which sounded great. they eneded with a long drum jam with Dale&Coady shacking hands .

after another beer with Jules i went home thinking Melvins is one of the greatest live bands ever, really hoping to catch them with Jeff Pinkus, which is my favourite incarnation of the band at the moment .

PS:  no merch, just a few shirts, the latest BB's LP and a DVD. for a moment me and jules thought it was the documentary  :shock:

Melvins Discussion / Dale on The Trap Set podcast
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:35:28 AM »
Dale Talks to Joe Wong on The Trap Set podcast. Check it out here;

Melvins Discussion / Melvins bass sound
« on: November 02, 2014, 04:32:24 AM »
just watched a video from '94 with Mark D, noticed he didn't seem to use any pedal effect with his Precision bass. just clean sound!

you can tell each Melvins bassist got his own bass tone...get Pinkus for example, he's got a totally different sound than Jared

btw, if you had to tell who is your favourite bassist depending on the sound/tone, who would you pick?

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