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Melvins Discussion / A Future of Bad Men - Melvins Tribute
« on: September 02, 2022, 08:10:17 AM »

Black Donut Records putting out a Melvins tribute. Found out through Ralph Schaarschmidt (YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!) and had to share.

1. Grizzlor - Oven
2. Night Goat - Antitoxidote
3. Doctor Monster - Night Goat
4. Olde - Hooch
5. Trigger Cut - Lizzy
6. FRACK! - Revolve
7. Bovine Nightmares - The Bit
8. Work Party - Skin Horse
9. BÖNDBREAKR ft Jeff Pinkus - Bride of Crankenstein

Melvins Discussion / Bad Mood Rising
« on: July 28, 2022, 06:30:08 AM »
New Melvins drops in late August but a haze edition is coming a few weeks earlier.

Melvins Discussion / Five Legged Tour
« on: May 31, 2022, 07:24:52 AM »
And a third North American tour just got announced today, with We Are The Asteroid as direct support!

Sept 5  SF  Great American Music Hall
Sept 6  San Jose The Ritz
Sept 7  Bakersfield  Temblor Brewing Company
Sept 8  Petaluma Mystic Theatre
Sept 9  Felton  Felton Music Hall
Sept 10  Fresno  Strummer’s
Sept 12  Las Vegas  Backstage Bar & Billiards
Sept 13  Flagstaff Yucca North
Sept 14  Santa Fe  The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company
Sept 16  Boulder  Fox Theatre
Sept 17  Ft. Collins  Aggie Theatre
Sept 19  Omaha  The Waiting Room
Sept 20  Kansas City  recordBar
Sept 21  St. Louis Old Rock House
Sept 22  Louisville  Headliners Music Hall
Sept 23  Indianapolis  The Vogue Theatre
Sept 24  Grand Rapids  The Pyramid Scheme
Sept 26  Columbus  A&R Music Bar
Sept 27  Lancaster  Tellus360
Sept 29  New York  Irving Plaza
Sept 30  Asbury Park  The Stone Pony
Oct 1  Washington  Black Cat
Oct 3  Raleigh  The Pour House
Oct 4  Charlotte  Visulite Theatre
Oct 5  Greenville  The Radio Room
Oct 6  Savannah  District Live
Oct 7  Athens  40 Watt Club
Oct 9  Jacksonville  Jack Rabbits
Oct 10  Gainesville  High Dive
Oct 11  Orlando  The Social
Oct 12  Ft. Lauderdale  Culture Room
Oct 13  Tampa Orpheum Theater
Oct 15  Pensacola  Vinyl Music Hall
Oct 16  Baton Rouge  Chelseas Live
Oct 17  Jackson Duling Hall
Oct 18  Memphis Growlers
Oct 19  Little Rock  Revolution! Music Room
Oct 21  Tulsa  Cain’s Ballroom
Oct 22  Oklahoma City  Beer City Music Hall
Oct 23  Denton  Rubber Gloves
Oct 25  El Paso  Lowbrow Palace
Oct 28  Palm Springs  The Alibi
Oct 29  LA  The Halloween Freakout

Melvins Show Reviews / Madison Theater 5 March 2022
« on: March 07, 2022, 04:39:01 AM »
I guess I needed a good day or two to process this one! Part of me did wonder why they didn't just do this gig at Bogart's but in a way it really worked out, so we'll get to that! Despite the layout of this place, they're actually both the same capacity!

Me and the gang would get to the Madison close to 6PM to which a slowly increasing crowd would pour into this venue and as we got our IDs and all that fun I noticed that right at the entrance of the venue, immediately to the left and right, was the merch. COC and Melvins to the left and Ministry to the right. Felt weirdly claustrophobic but it set the stage...

The Madison Theater itself was actually very nice! With an upper level for viewing, the Madison has three tiers of standing room for viewing and compared to the Cincinnati venue Bogart's, isn't as wide. The place was already half full when we got there and mulling around over beers, Corrosion of Conformity would take the stage at 7PM sharp, Mike Dean arriving first with a bass solo that shook us, transitioning into drummer John Green joining in, followed by guitarists Woody Weatherman and Pepper Keenan, rounding out the opener of "Bottom Feeder" going into "Paranoid Opioid", bringing some heavy rock into the evening!

Speaking personally this would be my second time seeing COC, weirdly the first in 2011 opening for Clutch and what was a revisit of the band's crossover era. This go around was a party and a revisit of some of the finest songs of their most famous era, with groovy rockers like Shake Like You and Diablo Blvd. in the mix! Woody Weatherman was all smiles rocking out and I couldn't help but feel that joy as well. Hearing a bit of chatter through the set, I did hear this guy stating he wanted to hear "Albatross" the most. COC had been playing with their setlist early on in this tour and after the classic "Vote With A Bullet", dude got his wish with the Deliverance classic. Finally, the band would close out with a jammed out epic version of "Clean My Wounds" in a rock solid forty-five minute opener.

While it wasn't Industrial, COC brought the strength in that opener and that strength would continue.

COC's Setlist - Bottom Feeder (El que come abajo), Paranoid Opioid, Shake Like You, Diablo Blvd., Vote With A Bullet, Albatross, Clean My Wounds

COC ended at 7:45 and the break-down transition into the next band would be surprisingly quick as The Melvins would be on at roughly 8:05, making their entrance to Sanford and Son! I've seen the Melvins play a lot over the years but it's been the long time since I've seen them as a support act, in fact since the first two times I ever saw them open for Down in 2009. With this space getting packed and a perchance for loudness, even a plucky, upbeat number like "The Kicking Machine" would feel like a gut punch in the best way possible. Melvins always deliver tonight and this evening was no exception, delivering old school and modern classics with the strength of sludge, the grime of grunge and the rock that pumped blood into our hearts.

King Buzzo smiled as he hammered out riff after riff, Steven McDonald brought his peppy energy on the bass and is still finding ways to twist and mutate old songs like "Queen" and "Civilized Worm", with his hands all over the neck of that bass! Dale Crover in particular was on fire with his drum work, sneaking in explosive drum bursts to transition songs and even getting in a Scott Steiner-esque kiss to the biceps between his little bursts at the end of "Evil New War God". Melvins were as confident as ever and the audience felt that be it the ones who came to see them or curious Ministry fans who were getting into it.

The setlist, barring new song "Never Say You're Sorry", was largely familiar territory but it's one thing to read a setlist or watch a YouTube video and it's another to see some of the classics play out in front of you. Really it didn't bother me and once the trio got to "Hooch" and "Honey Bucket" the crowd burst into a little pit as a precursor to the real rowdiness to come! If you're gonna get some Ohio metalheads riled up and you're not playing Night Goat, those two Houdini tunes will suffice! Finally, closing with The Bit, the band would thank everyone and leave one hell of a fifty minute set. No visuals, no flashiness, just a gut punch of rock that delivers every single time.

Melvins Setlist - The Kicking Machine, It's Shoved, Anaconda, Queen, Charlie, Billy Fish, Civilized Worm, Never Say You're Sorry, Evil New War God, Hooch, Honey Bucket, The Bit

Another quick transition and by this point the crowd had packed like sardines, for sure in the front section. Also the most hilarious bathroom break ever in guarding a stall for a blind man to use the bathroom packed full of people needing to piss and a sink that's needing a full-on combo swinging at the sensor just to work.

I can't speak for behind or above but in this little sweat box the free space began to dwindle as the cages and cross were set up. At 9:20 the lights would go down and a roar of the audience would swell as the band would take the stage, Al Jourgenson taking his jacket off as the band exploded into the appropriate "Breathe" as people began to jump, sway, mosh a little... What space to move your arms and legs got tighter as hundreds began to get a little rowdy to this punchy, ear-splitting industrial.

The legends of industrial dug into a trio of old-school numbers from "The Land of Rape and Honey" before delivering into a trio of deep cuts all recorded in the same session as "The Mind" in a cover of Black Sabbath's "Supernaut" (1000 Homo DJs) and two songs by Pailhead, a collaboration between Jourgenson and Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi). The band was delivering on all fronts, in particular drummer Roy Mayorga (Nausea, Amebix) tearing it up on the drums and new bassist Paul D'Amour (Tool) throwing his fist up to rile up the rowdy crowd and punching the low-end as he would at times just rub his face into the cage...

If one were by fate were at this gig and even a hint of claustrophobic they would have been overwhelmed in seconds, maybe even a bit crushed like ol' girl from Akira who got caught in the mass of Tetsuo in the film's climax. Once "Burning Inside" came on the crowd got a bit more familiar and rowdier and once "N.W.O." and "Just One Fix" followed it was ON. The pit came to us and there was no escape. We were knocked around, in stiff positions when we weren't getting knocked around and the merch table in it's precarious position really was a sign, like a warning sign. But the discomfort didn't faze us and we absolutely loved every minute of this industrial endurance test! Finally, the all-time classic "Thieves" got the whole crowd jumping and "So What" was a strong closer to the legacy of an all-time classic album in the world of industrial...

The crowd would clear up a bit as the lights brightened a little and scared the crowd a bit as the crew took the cages down. On a surface level the encore of new songs seems weird but when one sees the career-spanning montage of band photos, music video clips and tributes to the members who've passed (Paul Raven, John Davis, Mike Scaccia, Bill Rieflin, Joey Jordison) transition into the latest album popping up on the screen, it kind of makes sense. Ballsy for sure but most of the crowd was still there for it and the night was still young. New songs "Alert Level" lulled the crowd into a head-bobbing existential groove while "Good Trouble" and Stooges cover "Search and Destroy"  brought one last explosive heavy burst to close out.

And over by just a bit after 11PM. All of this packed into a compact and tight four hours, this well-oiled machine delivering a satisfying endurance test in the final hour. It's one thing seeing Ministry in a basketball arena opening for Slayer and doing the hits but seeing them even in a crowd of 1000 packed like maniacs was something truly remarkable, even for a band forty years in their career. Back home and in bed by 2AM and a smooth drive, jolted with the energy of rock and industrial with no bursts of fatigue at any point in that drive home through the endless seas of night.

This one's gonna leave me spoiled for the rest of the year and if you have a chance to see it, by all means do it.

Ministry Setlist - Breathe, The Missing, Diety, Stigmata, Supernaut, Don't Stand in Line, Man Should Surrender, Burning Inside, N.W.O, Just One Fix, Thieves, So What, Alert Level, Good Trouble, Search and Destroy

Melvins Discussion / So Dave Grohl likes Gluey Porch Treatments
« on: December 04, 2021, 01:36:55 PM »

Like Bad Brains, Melvins remain more revered and admired than they are commercially successful. They were in the wave of rock, punk, and metal bands that immediately presaged grunge, giving them immense influence. But anyone expecting Nirvana levels of punk and pop will probably be off-put by the sludge that is the Melvins’ music. But even if you’re hesitant, Grohl makes a strong case for them.

“The Melvins started off as this fast, hardcore punk rock band, but then turned into this sludgy Black Sabbath metal militia that they knew everyone would hate. They started playing as slow as they could because everyone screamed for them to play faster – just to piss everyone off. They were the kings of that whole bratty nature of punk. It’s kind of a basement production job, but it sounds heavier than any fuckin’ Dio or Slayer record I ever heard.”

Melvins Discussion / Industrial Strength Roll-Call
« on: November 08, 2021, 11:33:28 AM »
Like old times, innit?

So these are all of the dates listed for the 2022 tour with Ministry and COC. You know the drill.

Mar. 02 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live! +
Mar. 04 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE +
Mar. 05 - Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre + CoryCory
Mar. 06 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
Mar. 08 - Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Mar. 09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall
Mar. 11 - New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall +
Mar. 12 - Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater
Mar. 13 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre +
Mar. 15 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Mar. 16 - Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks
Mar. 18 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz +
Mar. 19 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium + CoryCory
Mar. 20 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel +
Mar. 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Mar. 23 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
Mar. 26 - Dallas, TX @ Amplified Life
Mar. 27 - Austin, TX @ Emo's +
Mar. 28 - San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater
Mar. 29 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Mar. 31 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera
Apr. 01 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora
Apr. 02 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave +
Apr. 03 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall
Apr. 05 - St Paul, MN @ Palace
Apr. 06 - Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland +
Apr. 07 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom +
Apr. 09 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
Apr. 10 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
Apr. 12 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Apr. 13 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 14 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 16 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Apr. 18 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

Melvins Discussion / Early 2000s interview I stumbled on.
« on: June 02, 2021, 05:27:48 PM »
Digging through stuff for quick edits on Riffipedia and stumbled on this late 90s/early 2000s interview right after their tour of Japan with Boris and Melt-Banana. To add to the timeline it's around right when Kevin joined, when Fantomas formed and before Colossus of Destiny dropped. The interviewer is Scott Slimm, who recorded countless bootlegs and hosted the ARCHIVE label in the 2000s.

Melvins Discussion / So What's Your Favorite Melvins of the 2010s?
« on: August 09, 2020, 03:31:11 PM »

I had this planned for a bit and just now got to it, regardless of the timing. So among the nine/ten albums the band put out which of the bunch is your favorite? I picked the albums along with some select releases.

If you don't feel like thumbing through the writeup I ranked them like this:

15. The Bride Screamed Murder (2010)
14. A Walk With Love and Death (Love) (2017)
13. A Walk With Love and Death (Death) (2017)
12. Bassed Loaded (2016)
11. Gift of Sacrifice (Buzzo and Trevor Dunn) (2020)
10. Freak Puke (Melvins Lite) (2012)
9. Crystal Fairy (Crystal Fairy) (2017)
8. This Machine Kills Artists (King Buzzo) (2014)
7. Pinkus Abortion Technician (2018)
6. The Fickle Finger of Fate (Dale Crover) (2017)
5. The Bulls and The Bees (EP) (2012)
4. Everybody Loves Sausages (2013)
3. Hold It In (2014)
2. Three Men and a Baby (Mike and The Melvins) (2016)
1. Tres Cabrones (Melvins 1983) (2013)

Two years in a row the Melvins come to Louisville and two years in a row I couldn't see them in my own hometown. Last year they played on a Sunday super early and I was stuck on nights by way of working open to close the entire Spring. This time they played one of those Danny Wimmer festivals in Louder Than Life, performing about 40 minutes while Ice Cube played the main stage around the same time.

But at least it's a trip to the Vogue and this time it was legitimately the smoothest trip yet. I honestly broke a tradition this year in grabbing a couple beers when I rarely ever drink at Melvins shows. Leading up to the tour Swedish trash rock band ShitKid were supposed to open but couldn't get in the country because suddenly a lot of bands were having trouble getting VISAs to tour the United States. It's amazing how this issue feels kinda buried among all the recent events. That said it honestly worked out for the better as nothing about ShitKid appealed to me even if the trashy, lo-fi aesthetic was intentional or tongue-in-cheek.

Seriously I looked this band up and got a big "WTF" vibe. I understand that the Melvins tends to get a wide range of openers but I'd imagine this would have made 2017 Spotlights look like Le Butcherettes. That said Toshi Kasai's experimental noise set was pretty awesome. With a visual display of this green swirling effect that hummed and swayed as all sorts of weird sound were coming. Then that green effect would explode into a wall of jagged weirdness as we got a wild mesh of ambient, noise and much more. A couple up-front jolted at the sudden sound shifts. A solid 25 minute opener that links well enough to the band all things considered.

Redd Kross would follow and this was long overdue as I'd been wanting to see them for some time. Sparking into the title track from their latest album "Beyond The Door", watching the McDonald brothers tear into catchy rocker after catchy rocker made for an excellent career-spanning musical party to take us through the evening. Among Melvins openers they were definitely in the upper tier.

Setlist: Beyond The Door, When Do I Get To Sing "My Way" (The Sparks), Lady in The Front Row, Switchblade Sister, Peach Kelli Pop, Uglier, What's A Boy To Do?, Stay Away From Downtown, The Party Underground, Fighting, Annie's Gone, It Won't Be Long (The Beatles), Neurotica, Jimmy's Fantasy, Linda Blair, Annette's Got The Hits

Dale and Steven would return to the stage a half-hour later alongside Buzz to bring out the heavy, powering in with opener "Sesame Street Meat". Seamlessly the band lined into "The Kicking Machine", "Anaconda", "Queen", It's Shoved" and "Oven". Up to this point it was a familiar affair but all of which bangers I'd always enjoy hearing in a Melvins setlist. A side point but the venue was fairly packed for another Melvins Monday, which gave it up 100%.

The next few songs were all songs I'd never heard them do live, beginning with old-school grunge cover "With Yo" Heart Not Your Hands". I almost wish they would have done Leech as well but this murky rocker was a dig further into the past as the tonal shift would dive back forward with the excellent "Billy Fish", a cover of "Charlie" and the excellent "Civilized Worm". The rest of the set flowed well enough, "Hooch" and "Honey Bucket" getting the crowd into a frenzy as best as I recall. The set played out similar enough to recent years, closing with one song I've rarely heard of them in "With Teeth". The rest of Redd Kross would return to do one more Redd Kross song and close out proper with KISS.

Of all the Melvins sets I've seen it's was one of the better ones and Indianapolis' crowds tend to attract a more dedicated fanbase throughout, not to mention a more pleasant one to talk to as compared to some of the hipster assholes I'd meet in Louisville. Mostly a familiar set with some long-awaited gems to witness but nonetheless one always worth seeing.

Setlist: Sesame Street Meat, The Kicking Machine, Anaconda, Queen, It's Shoved, Oven, With Yo' Heart Not Yo' Hands (Malfunkshun), Billy Fish, Charlie (Redd Kross), Civilized Worm, Hooch, Honey Bucket, A Growing Disgust, Your Blessened, The Bit, With Teeth, Standing In Front of Poseur (Redd Kross), Deuce (KISS)

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