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Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Austin, Tx - April 30, 2018 - Mohawk
« on: April 30, 2018, 06:06:22 PM »
You’re right on about the curfew. All Souls will go on in about 20 min.

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Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Austin, Tx - April 30, 2018 - Mohawk
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:32:05 PM »
Sound check 2

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Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Austin, Tx - April 30, 2018 - Mohawk
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:25:47 PM »
Sound check

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Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Austin, Tx - April 30, 2018 - Mohawk
« on: April 30, 2018, 03:32:23 PM »
Melvins doing sound checks. Just finished Don’t Forget to Breathe. Talking Horse now. It’s outdoor venue so sound is clear as day.

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Melvins Show Reviews / Austin, Tx - April 30, 2018 - Mohawk
« on: April 30, 2018, 02:36:56 PM »
Three hours before doors open and it’s raining.

Outdoor venue. Fuck.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Pinkus Abortion Technician
« on: April 28, 2018, 06:45:39 PM »
Just some random thoughts and opinions to go along with this thread:

I'm what one would consider a Melvins fanboy. Some of their stuff that I couldn't really get into at the time (Big Biz trilogy, Bootlicker) I listened to over and over and developed an appreciation for it. I guess that's my keyword for this post: appreciation. PAT is far from perfect, too many covers, etc., but I appreciate it because it comes from the Melvins and their allies.

Shit, I'm just glad they don't release the same album time after time like AC/DC or Judas Priest do. On PAT, my favorites are Flamboyant Duck and Breathe. I'm glad they did the Butthole covers because it was a chance for me to get into the Surfers (I only previously knew Electric Larryland really).

I've only seen Melvins four times live (in two days it will be five!), so I've only seen Pinkus and Steve. I like Steve's jumping around and his energy onstage, but it does get old after a while. I prefer Pinkus' style of hanging back and plucking away with his beer within easy reach on a cinder block (at least at the Texas shows he does that).

I thought the Death album was a masterpiece (notice I didn't say AWWLAD). Melvins have lots of misses and things that don't work on their albums -- Barcelonian Horseshoe Pit comes to mind -- but I will always love and appreciate what they do because they're the fuckin' Melvins. I try to see those tracks as soundscapes and not just "songs."

I think their best album this decade is Hold It In (Yes, even though I said Death was a masterpiece). HII has the raw elements that I love. Pinkus' singing style sounds like a pissed off Buzz, in a good way.

By the way, does anyone else make Melvins shows into mini holidays from work? I'm taking one day off as a travel day (only 2 hour drive) and to see the show and another day to recover.

If Melvins seem in a rut or stuck in dad rock or whatever, remember, it's a pendulum. Sooner or later they'll be working with other people, and that pendulum will swing again. Just enjoy the music and have fun. That's what I do.


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Melvins Discussion / Re: Pinkus Abortion Technician
« on: April 28, 2018, 05:06:33 PM »

Overall, I like the album, but honestly I'm already waiting for the Steven era to end.

Couldn't have put it better...

I met Steven after the Orlando show last September as he came outside to smoke a cigarette while I was waiting for a cab. We spoke for 5-10 mins and I can say that he is a super nice, cool guy.

However, I also must say that I didn't like his fit in the melvins pretty much from day one, mostly on stage.

He brings in a more "poppy", clean vibe, which I probably wouldn't mind in bands who are NOT Melvins  :D

For me, Melvins (especially live Melvins) was always about heaviness, weirdness, something you FEEL, DIVE INTO, EXPERIENCE, rather than just watch or listen to.  The 2 shows I've attended with Steven on bass lacked that X factor, that elusive feeling that you normally get after a Melvins show. That "what the fuck did I just watch?" (in a good way) feeling...

The shows with Steven look more "professional" if u'd like, more of a "rock show" for the fans as opposed to standard Melvins which is "Anti-fans"  :lol:   it lacks that "fuck you" attitude, that uniqueness that distinguishes Melvins from other bands.

It really hit me again a couple of months back when that video of Night Goat with Kevin surfaced. I'd much rather see someone like Kevin on bass...


So yeah I agree about Steven  :).

I also agree that this is not a bad album, but I think it's far from being one of their best.

BTW apparently I'm the only one here who likes embrace the rub??

Actually, I also like Embrace The Rub. You're not the only one.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Pinkus Abortion Roll-Call
« on: April 28, 2018, 04:48:01 PM »
April 26 San Diego, CA Casbah GrimReaper Nizamark
April 27 Tucson, AZ The Rock
April 29 Dallas, TX Tree’s
April 30 Austin, TX Mohawk   Topaz
May 1 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 3 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
May 4 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May 6 Charlottee, NC Visulite Theater
May 7 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 9 Baltimore, MD Ottobar - Johnny G
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts - Johnny G
May 11 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw - danimal
May 12 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
May 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club Pound4abrown
May 14 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre -
May 16 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground Flutter Nuts, Mount Ambulance
May 18 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
May 20 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall Captain CoryCory
May 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
May 24 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
May 25 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
May 31 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom meezer
July 12 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour Nizamark AMAZONamazon
July 14 Fresno, CA Strummer’s - lust
July 16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
July 17 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
July 19 Seattle, WA Neumo’s GrimReaper Bad Ronald
July 20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom GiveMe45 deatheats
July 21 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub
July 24 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
July 25 Calgary, AB Marquee Room
July 27 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
July 28 Fargo, ND The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue  JUDY Brian
July 30 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon - PAUL
July 31 Chicago, IL Park West
August 2 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme jozzy, bigfil38, beerdestroyer
August 3 Detroit, MI El Club - Flutter Nuts A E U S T I N  GLEN, Mount Ambulance (??) GrimReaper JUDY Brian rictus
August 4 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar 10centbeernight
August 5 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre fortysixand2Captain CoryCory
August 6 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company ( JUDY Brian maybe)
August 7 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
August 8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
August 10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
August 11 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
August 13 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
August 14 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse Salon asjbean

August 16 Los Angeles, Echoplex + Boris asjbean AMAZONamazon

Two more freakin' days!!  :D

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Melvins Show Reviews / Re: San Diego 26 April 2018 Casbah
« on: April 28, 2018, 04:41:03 PM »
Here was the setlist...


Sesame Street Meat
At A Crawl
The Kicking Machine
Saviour Machine
What They Say
Anaconda
Stop Moving To Florida
Edgar The Elephant
Sway
Let It All Be
Honey Bucket
The Bit
Don't Forget To Breathe
Onions Make The Milk Taste Bad
The Talking Horse
Evil New War God
Eye Flys

Damn, I shouldn't have looked at this. Couldn't resist.  Seeing them two days from now!  :P

It looks like I'll still have to wait to hear Pinkus sing Crankenstein...

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Melvins Show Reviews / Re: San Diego 26 April 2018 Casbah
« on: April 28, 2018, 04:27:41 PM »
Forgot about the pedal
Did you get any show footage Grim?

I found this so far.



Somehow I was thinking they would have the two bass players standing together.

I always stand in front of the bassist. Guess I'll have to choose this time!

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Embrace the Rub video
« on: March 29, 2018, 08:22:49 AM »
Also, is it just me or does this sound like a bit of a mess truth be told.

I agree. It does sound like a mess. I was disappointed with Moving to Florida (I like Stop though).

This new album just might turn out to be filler to hold us over until their other 2018/2019 CD release -- whenever that may be.

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Melvins Discussion / Re: Pinkus Abortion Roll-Call
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:29:57 AM »
April 26 San Diego, CA Casbah GrimReaper
April 29 Dallas, TX Tree’s
April 30 Austin, TX Mohawk   Topaz
May 1 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 3 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
May 4 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May 6 Charlottee, NC Visulite Theater
May 7 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
May 9 Baltimore, MD Ottobar - Johnny G
May 10 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts - Johnny G
May 11 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw - danimal
May 12 Hamden, CT Space Ballroom
May 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club Pound4abrown
May 14 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre - Flutter Nuts
May 16 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground
May 18 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
May 19 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
May 20 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall Captain CoryCory
May 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
May 23 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
May 24 St. Louis, MO The Ready Room
May 25 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
May 31 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
July 12 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
July 13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
July 14 Fresno, CA Strummer’s - lust
July 16 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
July 17 Sacramento, CA Holy Diver
July 19 Seattle, WA Neumo’s GrimReaper
July 20 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
July 21 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub
July 24 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
July 25 Calgary, AB Marquee Room
July 27 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret
July 28 Fargo, ND The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs)
July 29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
July 30 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon - PAUL
July 31 Chicago, IL Park West
August 2 Grand Rapids, MI The Pyramid Scheme jozzy, bigfil38, beerdestroyer
August 3 Detroit, MI El Club - Flutter Nuts A E U S T I N
August 4 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar 10centbeernight
August 5 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre fortysixand2
August 6 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Company
August 7 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
August 8 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
August 10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
August 11 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
August 13 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
August 14 Las Vegas, NV The Bunkhouse Salon

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Melvins Discussion / Re: What/Where/When was your first Melvins show?
« on: February 06, 2018, 09:21:31 AM »
My first time was the Hold It In tour in June 2015(?) at the Korova in San Antonio, TX. Pinkus was on bass.

I arrived at the venue about 3 hours early, first one there, and the band was leaving the venue and strolling down the sidewalk with two other dudes. No one else was around.  I stalked them (hehe) and took a pic of them from behind. I was too scared to approach/bother them. Dale was carrying a water bottle and was keeping himself hydrated.

That pic is the best souvenir ever, even if I can barely identify them from the back and them being about ten feet in front of me.

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Thank you for the review! It all happened pretty much like I remembered.

Questions about the setlist you posted:

What do the dividing lines and the letters on the right side represent?
Those are the guitar tunings they use throughout the set. They block them together so they only have to change once and then play the maximum number of songs they can with each. It gives the strings section a breather and Dale usually plays some impromptu drum stuff while they tune.  :D

Thank you, sir, for the explanation! I appreciate it.

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Thank you for the review! It all happened pretty much like I remembered.

Questions about the setlist you posted:

What do the dividing lines and the letters on the right side represent?

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