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The Melvins “Electric Flower” (video)

18th Oct 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

The Melvins‘ “Electric Flower” official music video…

~Dan – np: The Weepies – Be My Thrill

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REVIEW: The Melvins @ John Henry’s (Eugene, OR – 7/7/10)

8th Jul 10 (Thu) 7 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

A hot and sweaty return to Eugene, just under a year from when they were last here… the Melvins rocked hard on John Henry’s sticky stage.  This was a waaaay early show (6pm doors, 7pm start time); so I missed the opener, Totimoshi.  From what I heard on MySpace, I wish I hadn’t missed them.  Oh well, on to the Melvins…

This was near the end of their June/July tour with Toptimoshi, which included a mid-June stint with Isis (see split Melvins 12″ vinyl with Isis to the rightI picked up one at the Isis show in late May).  Being near the end of a month-long tour, the Melvins had enough practice along the way… they ripped through many songs from their back catalogue and their brand new release, The Bride Screamed Murder (out now on Ipecac).

That album is the Melvins’ first album to ever hit the Billboard 200 chart.  I guess it goes to show you, corporate rock is dead if an indie sludge metal band can break the chart with 2,800+ units moved… when their “hit album” Houdini moved 110,000 units to date never got there.  Well, I doubt Buzzo and rest of the Melvins care about chart success.  I just think it’s funny to see the industry implode on its own greed.  I’m glad indie artists, like those on Ipecac and other many great indie labels, are still cranking away.

The show was quite good.  Despite who dark and hot & sweaty John Henry’s is, the sound quality was right on… no bad feedback or muddy sound – beyond the normal intended muddiness that is the Melvins. As mentioned before, a great mix of older tunes and material from their latest. I’m bad on their song names; so here’s a tentative setlist based on prior recent shows.  If anyone has any help (especially on 2nd set), I’d greatly appreciate it…

Setlist: ~90 minutes spanning 2 sets

  • Set1: Dueling Banjos
  • Sacrifice [Flipper cover]
  • Civilized Worm
  • Black Stooges
  • Pig House
  • Electric Flower
  • Anaconda
  • Black Bock
  • The Kicking Machine
  • Billy Fish
  • Skin Horse
  • Set Change (bassist Jared’s solo set): Summer Breezes
  • Autumn Breezes
  • Stage Breezes (with Dale)
  • Set 2: The Water Glass
  • Evil New War God
  • Amazon
  • The Talking Horse
  • Hung Bunny
  • Roman Bird Dog
  • My Generation [The Who cover]
  • Let It All Be
  • Revolve
  • Bacon Industry
  • Lovely Butterfly
  • Drum Duo
  • No Encore
    any setlist assistance is greatly appreciated

I can’t wait ’til the Melvins’ next stop through Eugene… which, based on recent history shouldn’t be too long… :)

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

See their Spring/Summer 2010 tour dates below.

~Dan – np: John Zorn’s Locus Solus50th Birthday Celebration Vol 3

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all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Spring/Summer Tour Dates (winding down)

  • June 1, 2010 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
  • June 2, 2010 – Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
  • June 3, 2010 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
  • June 5, 2010 – Austin, TX – Emos
  • June 6, 2010 – San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
  • June 7, 2010 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
  • June 8, 2010 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
  • June 9, 2010 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
  • June 10, 2010 – Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
  • June 12, 2010 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Festival
  • June 14, 2010 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
  • June 16, 2010 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
  • June 17, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of The Living Arts
  • June 18, 2010 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
  • June 19, 2010 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
  • June 20, 2010 – Boston, MA – Paradise
  • June 21, 2010 – Boston, MA – Paradise
  • June 23, 2010 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
  • June 24, 2010 – Detroit, MI – Small’s
  • June 25, 2010 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
  • June 26, 2010 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
  • June 27, 2010 – Des Moines, IA – House Of Bricks
  • June 29, 2010 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • July 2, 2010 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Sled Island Festival
  • July 3, 2010 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Sled Island Festival
  • July 5, 2010 – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Rickshaw Theatre
  • July 6, 2010 – Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
  • July 7, 2010 – Eugene, OR – John Henry’s
  • July 9, 2010 – San Jose, CA – Blank Club

REVIEW: The Melvins @ John Henry’s (Eugene, OR – 8/9/09)

10th Aug 09 (Mon) 5 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I hear that King Buzzo has three dogs.
I bet he walks them really slow.

So, The Melvins have been around for… ever.  First album in 1986, but I didn’t get turned onto them until Melvins’ guitarist King Buzzo joined Mike Patton’s avant-noise metal supergroup Fantômas on the 1999 debut (along with Mr Bungle’s Trevor Dunn & Slayer’s Dave Lombardo).  I saw The Melvins in 2003 play with Skeleton Key & Mike Patton’s Tomahawk in Columbus, Ohio (Tomahawk’s Mit Gas tour).  I found a new respect for a mainstay on Patton’s Ipecac Recordings… The Melvins are a major force in heavy music.

Some history… they’re from Seattle and were considered an early founder of grunge (Kurt Cobain listed them as a major influence).  The Melvins have since moved into what could be best called “sludge metal“… which spurred Earth, and subsequently Sunn O))), in the drone & doom metal sub-genres.  All that to say, The Melvins have been around for a long time and have been an artistic force in music.

I haven’t had a solid chance of seeing them in 6 years.  They swung through Eugene last year, but I was out of town.  Last time, they played a bigger venue (WOW Hall), but this time, they played two full sets (with no opener)… so I’ll take it. :)  This was only their 2nd date of their 2009 U.S. Summer tour (see dates at the bottom), but they were pretty tight regardless.

They took the stage right at 7:30 and played six songs as a duo, just Buzz Osborne on guitars and Dale Crover on drums.  They were then joined by Jarred Warren on bass and Coady Willis on a 2nd set of drums.  Their first set started with more of the grunge/punk but had plenty of the sludge to go around.  It was a powerful 40-45 minute set.

They came back on 20 minutes later and belted out another 50 minute set without stopping.  “Hooch” was the highlight for me, but it was an amazing show all around.  No banter, barely stopping to tune… just a full force, heavy wave of music.

Setlist:

  • 1st set ~ Dale drum intro -> Ballad of Dwight Fry [Alice Cooper cover]
  • It’s Shoved
  • Let Me Roll It [McCartney cover]
  • Suicide in Progress
  • Oven
  • Black Bock
  • Let God Be Your Gardener
  • Pigs of the Roman Empire [Jared & Coady join]
  • The Talking Horse
  • The Bloated Pope
  • Dog Island
  • Dies Iraea
  • 2nd set ~ Dies Iraea (cont’d)
  • Billy Fish
  • Mr. DNA [Devo cover]
  • Anaconda
  • Zodiac
  • The Kicking Machine
  • Civilized Drums
  • Blood Witch
  • Hooch
  • Smiling Cobra
  • With Teeth
  • Night Goat
  • The Bit
    *- from Buzzo’s setlist, corrections by Ryan (Idlehanz)

Overall… bloody brilliant.  I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it, and I don’t know half of their songs… :)  I’m definitely seeing them anytime they come through town.  A great band with 2 great sets!!

Their latest CD, 2008’s Nude With Boots, is great.  And the concept behind their upcoming CD, Chicken Switch, is intriguing.  It’s a remix album, but not a normal remix album.  Each song is a remix of an entire Melvins’ album (boiled into one song).  Some of the remixers included are Matmos, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Eye Yamatsuka, and Merzbow (Masami Akita).  It’s out on September 29th on Ipecac.  Read more over at themelvins.net.  I’m looking forward to it…

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~Dan – np: dredgEl Cielo no torrent or free download here

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2009 U.S. Summer Tour

  • August 7, 2009 – San Jose, CA – The Blank Club
  • August 9, 2009 – Eugene, OR – John Henry’s
  • August 11, 2009 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox SoDo w/ Down
  • August 12, 2009 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre w/ Down
  • August 14, 2009 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom w/ Down
  • August 15, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater w/ Down
  • August 16, 2009 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues w/ Down
  • August 18, 2009 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues w/ Down
  • August 19, 2009 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues w/ Down
  • August 21, 2009 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue w/ Down
  • August 22, 2009 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre w/ Down
  • August 24, 2009 – Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
  • August 25, 2009 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
  • August 26, 2009 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues Pontiac Garage
  • August 27, 2009 – San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
  • August 28, 2009 – Houston, TX – Meridian Red Room
  • August 29, 2009 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
  • September 1, 2009 – Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage w/ Down
  • September 2, 2009 – Orlando, FL – House Of Blues w/ Down
  • September 4, 2009 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues w/ Down
  • September 5, 2009 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte w/ Down
  • September 6, 2009 – Knoxville, TN – The Valarium w/ Down
  • September 8, 2009 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar w/ Down
  • September 9, 2009 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights w/ Down
  • September 11, 2009 – New York, NY – NOKIA Theatre Times Square w/ Down
  • September 12, 2009 – Monticello, NY – Kutshers Country Club – ATP NEW YORK 2009 CURATED BY THE FLAMING LIPS
  • September 13, 2009 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues w/ Down
  • September 15, 2009 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre w/ Down
  • September 16, 2009 – Rochster, NY – Main Street Armory w/ Down
  • September 17, 2009 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
  • September 18, 2009 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
  • September 19, 2009 – Detroit, MI – Emerald Theatre w/ Down
  • September 21, 2009 – Indianapolis, IN – Vogue Theatre w/ Down
  • September 22, 2009 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues w/ Down
  • September 24, 2009 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium w/ Down
  • September 25, 2009 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub w/ Down
  • September 26, 2009 – Mokena, IL – The Pearl Room w/ Down
  • September 28, 2009 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five w/ Down
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