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Melvins Discussion / Re: Bad Mood Rising
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:57:07 AM »
Makes me wonder what is currently the most catchy Melvins song. 'Maybe I Am Amused' from Basses Loaded perhaps?

I'll be holding this claim up against "Black Bock"
"I slit the throat of a billy goat and let it bleed..."

Melvins Discussion / Re: Bad Mood Rising
« on: August 04, 2022, 10:03:10 PM »
Six brand new songs! The best part about a new Melvins album is that you're never quite sure what you're going to get. That's the genius of these guys! With Bad Mood Rising it's a tuned down rock and roll nightmare. BIG riffs and scary vocals. The album starts with ''Mr Dog is Totally Right'' which clocks in at over 12 minutes. This song also features guest guitarist Dylan Carlson from the world famous band Earth. What a treat!! From there it goes into ''Never Say You're Sorry''. It sounds like the way a big mean dog walks. Great fun! The rest of the album rounds out nicely. ''Hammering'' might be one of the catchiest songs the Melvins have ever written.

Just the blurb from Rough Trade page.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Bad Mood Rising
« on: August 03, 2022, 08:10:37 PM »
We don't get to see the bears, but it doesn't seem like the two labels cannibalize each other terribly. I think the people buying AmRep either always buy everything Melvins or only buy AmRep.

*'bears' was autocorrect from 'numbers' but I liked it

Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzz interview
« on: August 02, 2022, 08:57:38 AM »

The byline says this is new, but either it's a transcript of an older podcast or it all just sounds very familiar.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Have Melvins inspired you?
« on: July 31, 2022, 05:11:07 PM »

I think they had an impact on my attitude towards sports and thereby exercise. That they can be fans of baseball or golf, such "traditional" pastimes of the beer swilling public or corporate schmucks, yet enjoy for its own merit said something to me. These are not mutually exclusive.

I think it is also refreshing to know that a group who are so resiliently iconoclastic and provocative and detached from mainstream trends isn't just acting on impulse and throwing out shit as randomly as they can. They practice a lot of planning and self discipline.

Lastly I think it's good to see someone who has maintained such high quality over the years doesn't stay too precious about any given release. I get racked with preemptive regret, aka worry, before saying anything on the permanent record. And I guess that the Melvins make me feel better about just keeping a pace and knowing you can let sleeping dogs lie or you can back and redo it later if it really bothers you. Don't get stuck in analysis paralysis, just commit and move on. Reflect from time to time, but don't dwell.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Bad Mood Rising
« on: July 30, 2022, 11:22:09 AM »
Super sleuth!

Melvins Discussion / Re: Another new Buzz guitar from EGC
« on: July 25, 2022, 01:10:20 AM »
I suspect he's got some hearing loss in the high end. I don't think it's the gear. It's the mix. His preference for brightness is the same on stage as in the studio where he is not always using the ECG.

Melvins Album Discussion / Re: A Walk With Love and Death
« on: July 20, 2022, 10:24:40 PM »
Black Heath is at the top of my live wishlist.

Yes! Yes!!!! Can't believe they never played it live, or really anything from this record except "Edgar" and the old classic "Yuthanagia"

Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzz interview
« on: July 14, 2022, 12:05:23 AM »
It is kind of funny how Buzz will hoard information about upcoming releases, or give some stock answer about how they are always recording and they have a backlog of releases.

But then years down the road he will complain " nobody got that record. Everyone hates it when it came out. Now some people like it, but no one picked up on this cool thing we did."

Well yeah, Buzz, because you didn't tell anyone about it. You had the opportunity to tell people in an interview about what to listen for on the next record, but you hoarded that information. We are not all sheep, but we are not mind readers either.

And after five or ten years if no one has picked up on something just tell them (like how Toshi did the secret song on Mind the Drift) or drop a hint like Nintendo would. What was that magazine where they'd give out the maps and cheat codes? Nintendo Power? Sometimes we need that. Yeah it's more fun if you can figure it out yourself. But there's insight into these records that doesn't need to die with the band. I bet they could reveal mysteries about Melvins songs every month for twenty years and still have secrets to tell.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzz interview
« on: July 11, 2022, 10:40:09 PM »
I like this one. You can hear Buzz's voice in the way it's transcribed.

The intro and the idea to bring both of those artifacts to the interview is great. Wish this guy had been able to get a few other places with Buzz.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Track 9 of 12
« on: July 02, 2022, 01:51:19 PM »
During the pandemic I got into making canonical discographies of my favorite artists. I'd remove extraneous bonus tracks from the albums (usually). I'd take all the comp tracks, b-sides, and one-offs and make my own comp. Then I could move extraneous CDs to boxes in the garage, and have a proper listening experience for the car or work or whatever.

That exercise of sequencing is harder than it seems. Sometimes I'd end up trying to ape the sequencing of a record I love. Other times it's obvious what should be opening or closing tracks, and the middle is kind of random.

There's n! Possible outcomes for the sequence which if you know factorials from math class can get to really big numbers very quickly.

Sometimes chronological works. Often it doesn't.

Something that helped a lot is considering vinyl record constraints. Would this be one LP? Or maybe three sides, or an LP and 7"? Which tracks would suffer the most from the loss of dynamics at the back half of the vinyl?

Anyway, I do find in my experience that this part of the sequence is where the songs tend to get weird, and not in a good way. It's the place where fatigue hits, usually.

And if you're thinking "well how did this b-sides effort turn out with the Melvins? Can you share your sequences so I can gawk and critique?" Um, sorry, I haven't gotten to it yet. Kind of wanted to learn on some simpler artists first. There's literally still Melvins "tunes" I don't properly own and have only heard as MP3s.

But rest assured when I get to the Melvins discography I will bore you all with my petty drivel.

Melvins Discussion / Track 9 of 12
« on: June 30, 2022, 02:23:38 PM »
I was listening to a podcast by Jesus H Chris of Winnipeg, Manitoba about his band, Propagandhi. In it he mentioned that in his circle of musicians, they tend to agree that track 9 of 12 is usually the pace on the track list where songs go to die. Songs that were recorded but maybe didn't turn out as well as intended, or didn't fit the overall record all too well, or were written by someone else.

So I started thinking through the Melvins catalog and lo and behold they have a very small number of albums that have exactly 12 tracks. What do you think of these tunes? Do they fit the stereotype of track 9/12?

Tres Cabrones - "Stump Farmer"
Hold It In - "The Bunk Up"

Three Men and a Baby - "A Friend In Need is a Friend You Don't Need"

Rat-A-Tat-Tat! - "Untrue Crime"

Melvins Discussion / Re: The Electric Roach + Five Legged Tour 2022
« on: June 29, 2022, 12:26:25 PM »
For this recent set, Houdini and Bullhead are the records you'd want to be best versed in to really enjoy the show. Welcome!

Melvins Discussion / Re: The Electric Roach + Five Legged Tour 2022
« on: June 29, 2022, 01:15:33 AM »
I too had refunded Dunn/Buzzo tickets. I'm glad the return was a proper electric set, but I really hope we can get to both an acoustic tour and a Dunn set in the next year or so.

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