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Top 10 Pre-Nevermind Seattle Grunge Albums

After the massive success that was Ten of the Heaviest Bands From Japan, Anthony Carioscia chose to do a list that is more Alternative Nation friendly (minus Billy Corgan); here he talks about some of his favorite grunge albums that predate the popularizing of the genre in 1991 with the release of Nevermind and Ten.

Skin Yard – Skin Yard (1987)

Mother Love Bone – Apple (1990)

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Screaming Trees – Buzz Factory (1989)

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Tad – God’s Balls (1989)

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Mudhoney – Mudhoney (1989)

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Soundgarden – Louder Then Love (1989)

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Green River – Rehab Doll (1988)

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Alice in Chains – Facelift (1990)


Nirvana – Bleach (1989)

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Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments (1987)

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Listen To New Song From The Melvins’ King Buzzo’s Upcoming Solo Acoustic Album

After 30 years of making sludge metal with the influential band the Melvins, Buzz Osbourne will release an acoustic EP This Machine Kills Artists this March. An acoustic LP, which is set for release on Ipecac in June, will include the songs on This Machine Kills Artists as well as more originals. According to Rolling Stone, King Buzzo says despite its acoustic sound, it still sounds like the Melvins. “My wife said, ‘It sounds like the Melvins,'” he says. “Well, which would make sense because I write 99 percent of the material.”

In addition to his upcoming acoustic releases, Osbourne also has planned a 15-date solo acoustic tour for March as well as a new Melvins album in the near future. You can listen to Buzz Osbourne’s “Dark Brown Teeth” from his upcoming This Machine Kills Artists below:

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Buzz Osbourne’s Solo Acoustic Tour:
3/2 – Minneapolis, MN – Grumpy’s
3/4 – Des Moines, IA- Vaudeville Mews
3/6 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
3/7 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
3/8 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
3/10 – Norman, OK – Opolis
3/11 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
3/13 Austin, TX – Record Label Rummage Sale
3/16 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
3/17 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone
3/20 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
3/21 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
3/22 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
3/23 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon

Melvins’ King Buzzo Announces Acoustic Solo Tour

Announced yesterday on Amphetamine Reptile Record’s Facebook page, Melvins frontman, Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne will be on the road this spring in a “mini tour” of solo acoustic sets accompanied  by a 10′ vinyl.  In addition to the announcement, AmRep Records also revealed the tour’s poster by renown punk artist, Thomas Hazelmyer, featuring the image of a guitar with the phrase “This machine kills artists” written on it. A reference to folk musician Woody Guthrie’s guitar which was labeled “This guitar kills fascists.”


Music Art Legend Mackie Osborne Talks New Tool Project

Chances are, if you are a fan of the punk or metal scene, you’ve seen Mackie Osborne’s art. Mackie has created the art for such musicians as Tool, Social Distortion, and Melvins (she’s also married to the singer/guitarist). In an interview with Punk News, the designer talked about the punk scene and upcoming projects, one of which is nothing other than Tool.

“The work with the Melvins is mostly my thing,” Mackie stated, ” so that’s really easy. Working with Tool is mostly Adam’s thing. My job is to make his thing happen and make it look good. I love working with him. He’s got great ideas and I like his aesthetic. Other bands – it’s always different. Sometimes it’s easy and fun, sometimes it’s the biggest nightmare you could ever imagine. Sometimes I want to… (never mind) Some bands have great ideas and that’s fun, some have no idea and trust me which is great too. Sometimes bands want me to work with a painting that their neighbor’s kid did. That’s a bummer. As of this year, I’m declining those kinds of jobs. ”

When asked about future projects, Mackie responded: “I’m redesigning my website and about three other sites. Plus working on something for Tool and a bunch of different stuff for the Melvins. We’re going to sell some stuff on there that you can only get there, in very limited quantities. Christmas is next. Then I think we’ll do one for Valentine’s Day… maybe Groundhog’s Day… not sure. ”

You can read the whole interview here


Buzz Osborne: “If Kurt Cobain & Chris Cornell Looked Like Fat Albert, Nobody Would’ve Cared”

In a new interview with Conesquence of Sound, Buzz Osborne, the singer and songwriter for the Melvins talked about, among other things, how he knew that the Melvins would never be “million-selling popstars” and how the looks of Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell contributed to their success.

“Weirdly enough,” Buzz said, “by the late ‘80s we were making enough money, barely, to not have to have another job besides playing in the Melvins. We were very creative financially to make that happen. But this was long before the grunge explosion or any of that happened. We knew very well that we were probably going to do okay, but it was never going to be in the millions of people liking us. Nobody understood that better than me. So, I never had any false ideas that we were going to be million-selling pop stars.

Cobain had that wounded junkie look that people at MTV thought was so amazing. But, honestly, if him or Chris Cornell looked like Fat Albert, they’d never have sold anywhere near as many records. Nobody would’ve cared. The whole package was there. Whether people believe that or not, it does make a difference. I don’t look like Chris Cornell, and I’m never going to. I’ve never had those false delusions. So, oh well, that’s how it looks.

Once in a while it happens, where looks don’t matter. But I’m very at home with where all that stuff is. If somebody wanted to dismiss our band because of what we look like, then I can’t spend any time worrying about it.”


Watch Dale Crover Perform With Eyehategod

Renown Melvins and former Nirvana drummer, Dale Crover played with Sludge Metal outfit Eyehategod as part of the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday. The distinct playing style of Crover’s was praised by fans. Other bands on the bill included Melvins and Down.


Watch Eyehategod perform “30 Dollar Bag” with Dale Crover below:

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Buzz Osborne On Modern Music: “I Might As Well Be Listening To The Sink Drip”

In an interview with Noisey, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins talked about, among other things, the state of modern music.

“Musically, I mean the music is just nothing. There’s nothing there at all. ” Buzz said, “I might as well be listening to the sink drip. Really, it’d be more entertaining. And as far as the rest of it goes, nobody’s fooled by it. There’s no singing or music going on there. That’s clearly obvious. Even rock bands now, I would say a large percentage don’t even play live. So that’s how far down on the scale we’ve come. Now you have to give credit when people actually play. That’s fucked up.”

In the interview, Buzz also went on to praise Nine Inch Nails, and their 1994 album, The Downward Spiral, stating that they are his “guilty pleasure.”

Friday Night Noise: Hepa-Titus’s “Omlet Face”

Some might know bassist Kevin Rutmanis from his work with Melvins, Cows, or Tomahawk, but in more recent years, Rutmanis has spearheaded a new project named Hepa-Titus.  Hepa-Titus has to be one of the most innovative bands in the modern underground scene, with a very distinct sound that shows just how much of an influence Rutmanis had during his tenure with the Melvins.  Rutmanis and Hepa-Titus released their newest album, titled “Follow Me,”  last year.


Watch the video for “Omlet Face” below:

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Stream Melvins’ “American Cow” From Their Upcoming Album “Tres Cabrones”

Spin.com is exclusively streaming a new track from the upcoming Melvins’ album “Tres Cabrones,” titled “American Cow.” This album sees a reunion with drummer Mike Dillard, who played on the first Melvins demos in 1983. Dale Crover, who has been the established drummer for the Melvins for nearly 30 years will be performing bass on “Tres Cabrones” in an interesting spin to the Melvins’ formula.

Click here to listen to “American Cow”


AlternativeNation.net Fall Preview: Eight Albums to Watch

With 2013 already winding down, AlternativeNation.net takes a look ahead at the upcoming releases you should look out for in the fall. From the quiet beauty of Mark Lanegan’s covers album Imitations to the electrifying sound of Pearl Jam’s Lightning Boltthe fall season of 2013 promises to deliver a variety of strong releases from alternative rock acts. The following set of albums, which varies from punk rock to crooner ballads, indie rock to sludge metal, signifies the continuous efforts of these musicians, both old and young, to deliver unique and quality music to their fans. Take a look at this fall’s releases below.

Mark LaneganImitations, September 17

Imitations is the eighth solo studio album by singer Mark Lanegan, and his second consisting of cover songs. Inspired by the records collection of his parents, Lanegan has created a collection of songs, both new and old, that he says “gave [him] the same feeling those old records did.” The album’s tracklist includes covers of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin, as well as newer artists The Twilight Singers and Chelsea Wolfe. Lanegan has made two Imitations songs available to the public so far: his cover of John Cale’s “I’m Not The Loving Kind,” and his cover of The Twilight Singers’ “Deepest Shade.” Both songs employ the quiet, dark beauty of Lanegan’s typical work but also masterfully add the element of a string orchestra. Listen to Mark Lanegan’s cover of The Twilight Singers’ “Deepest Shade” below:


SebadohDefend Yourself, September 17

Indie rock band Sebadoh, founded by Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow, is set to release its first LP in fourteen years with Defend Yourself. This new album follows the band’s 2012 comeback release of Secret EP. Sebadoh’s label, Joyful Noise Recordings, states that Defend Yourself  “marks a return to the self-recorded DIY ethos of early Sebadoh albums.” Lou Barlow has stated the band didn’t have any “outside intervention” during the LP’s recording and says that element “makes it a true Sebadoh record & aligns the style of Defend Yourself with our early releases.” Listen to “I Will” from Sebadoh’s upcoming album below:


NirvanaIn Utero 20th Anniversary Reissue, September 24

The surviving members of Nirvana have prepared a 20th anniversary reissue of their classic 1993 album In Utero, the third and final studio album recorded by the band before the death of Kurt Cobain. The reissue will be available in a number of versions, including a vinyl set, a 2-CD set, as well as a ‘Super-Deluxe’ edition featuring 3 CDs and 1 DVD. The reissue’s DVD will feature rarities as well as remastered footage of Nirvana’s famous Seattle Live and Loud concert, which will also be sold separately. Notable features of the tracklist include a previously unreleased “Forgotten Tune,” 2013 mixes of the original album, and rare demos. The set will be pricey, but worthwile for the band’s hardcore fans. Watch a trailer for Nirvana’s In Utero reissue below:

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Kings of LeonMechanical Bull, September 24

Nashville’s Kings of Leon will release their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull this month, the band’s first album in three years. Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill has stated the album will have a ‘lighter’ sound, as showcased by the lead single “Supersoaker.” The band’s new sound is likely influenced by the fact that the members are now husbands and fathers. “We’re still the same people, we just have kids,” the guitarist said, “we just had a little more fun with things.” The band has also released the new track “Wait For Me” in addition to the lead single. Listen to Kings of Leon’s “Supersoaker” below:


Stone Temple Pilots with Chester BenningtonHigh Rise, October 5

Following the highly publicized firing of lead singer and founding member Scott Weiland, the Stone Temple Pilots return with a new EP, entitled High Rise. The new release will feature the vocal talents of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, as well as a slightly altered moniker that includes the new singer. High Rise is highlighted by the band’s latest single, “Out Of Time,” an energetic rock song which is the first to feature Bennington and the first STP single in three years. Meanwhile, as legal drama between Scott Weiland and his former bandmates continues, Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will tour the United States, Japan, and Australia. This release is notable because it will be interesting to see the development and evolution in the band’s sound and lyrical content following Weiland’s firing. Listen to Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s latest single, “Out of Time,” below:


Cage the ElephantMelophobia, October 8

The third studio effort from Cage the Elephant, Melophobia, is set for release in October. Lead singer Matt Schultz recently referred to David Bowie and EDM as Melophobia‘s influences in terms of the band’s attitudes. Schultz said that the band wanted to “take that playfulness and swagger [of David Bowie] but have it open-ended like EDM.” The album’s title, Melophobia, means ‘a fear of music,’ and refers to the struggles of the recording process, which Schultz calls “riddled with adversity and growing pains.” The band recently revealed the new album’s lead single, the catchy “Come A Little Closer,” which you can listen to below:


Pearl JamLightning Bolt, October 15

The most anticipated fall release for many alternative rock fans is Pearl Jam’s upcoming LP Lightning Bolt, the Seattle band’s tenth studio album and its latest since 2009’s Backspacer. Lightning Bolt will feature twelve tracks including the fiery lead single “Mind Your Manners” as well as “Sleeping By Myself,” a track that originally appeared on singer Eddie Vedder’s 2011 solo album Ukulele Songs. Guitarist Mike McCready has stated that the upcoming album has “a Pink Floyd vibe to some of it” and “there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.” The punk rock edge was showcased in the fast-paced “Mind Your Manners,” the lead single released in July which McCready has called his “attempt to try to make a really hard edge-type Dead Kennedys-sounding song.” You can read an exclusive AlternativeNation track-by-track review of Lightning Bolt here. Watch the music video for Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” below:

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MelvinsTres Cabrones, November 5

Legendary sludge metal band the Melvins will release Tres Cabrones on Ipecac Recordings in November, the nineteenth studio album from the prolific band. Original drummer Mike Dillard is featured on drums, with longtime drummer Dale Crover recording on bass. Melvins founder Buzz Osbourne states that the upcoming album “is as close as [they’re] willing to get to the Melvins 1983 line-up, which featured now-retired bassist Matt Lukin. King Buzzo also said that he “specifically wrote tunes that would be good for [Dillard and Crover] to play and it worked out great,” and that the band “had no interest in rehashing tunes [they] wrote 30 years ago.” The Melvins recently released the Gaylord single to serve as a teaser for Tres Cabrones, so listen to “City Dump” from the teaser below:

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Honky Finish North American Tour With Melvins

The southern rock outfit Honky, featuring Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers, Melvins) and Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana) ended their summer tour as the special guest accompanying  the Melvins on the 27th. They entered the studio on the 30th and played a special post tour show the following day at the Redwood Bar in LA with Hepa/Titus and Golden Rulers.


Watch Honky perform “Just A Man ” live from their 2012 album “421” below.

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To kickoff my addition to the Alternative Nation staff, I hereby present you with our new weekly article — “Friday Night Noise”. Every Friday I’ll post a link to a tune for your enjoyment. They may be a band that you already know, or a band that is totally new to your ears. We’ll start “Friday Night Noise” with the Japanese sludge metal group Boris.

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Formed in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan, and named after one of the Melvins’ most intense tracks, the sludge outfit Boris is essentially the East Asian cousin of legendary grunge group.  “1970” from Boris’s 2002 album “Heavy Rocks” saw the band take major influence from the stoner rock genre while still retaining the heavy distorted guitar tone that Boris has became known for.



There has been a lot of talk over the past few days in social media regarding Melvins’ drummer, Dale Crover, after a photo was recently posted on (the) Melvins Facebook page. The photo, taken during their night in Atlanta as they begin to wrap up their 30th anniversary tour, shows Coady, their secondary drummer borrowed from the stoner rock band, Big Business, Buzzo, a rambunctious Andre3000, and a very slimmed down Dale Crover.

There were quite a few comments posted on Facebook giving  notice to the guest-star of Outkast fame, Andre3000, but most of the posters were focused on a seemingly metamorphosized Crover.

Here’s just a few quotes from Melvins’ fans, that go from congratulatory and surprise to general concern for the drummer’s health:

  • “Dale looks like he’s lost a decent amount of weight. Good job dude!”
  • “what the f***, is this some amazing photoshop, i am not surpised (sic) about andre 3000 but dale crover looks like he lost 100 lbs”
  • “Look at dale! Atkins? Crystal meth?”

I sat backstage with the Melvins last September during their 51/51 tour and Dale definitely looked about 40 or 50 pounds heavier then than he does today. The new Dale doesn’t actually look unhealthy, but the rapid weight loss does arouse some questions, if not concern.

Compare the new photo to one I took in September and speculate until we get some proof positive answers. For now I’ll just say, congratulations and keep up the good work Dale! And I really can’t wait to hear his bass skills on the upcoming record, Tres Cabrones.