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1992, Nirvana and Ryan by orlandooom407

The year: 1992. “The Year that Punk Broke” or whatever the fuck they called it in retrospect. I was eleven going on twelve years old. A lot happened in 1992. Bill Clinton became POTUS. John “The Teflon Don” Gotti got sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida. Mike Tyson was convicted of raping Miss Black Rhode Island, Desiree Washington. Much like today, all kinds of bizarre shit was going on around the world.

There were two things that happened in 1992 that changed and shaped my life forever. The first is the exoneration of four police officers for beating the absolute fucking dog shit out of the late Rodney King, and the subsequent riots that burned a portion of Los Angeles to the ground. At that point in my life I had no idea who I really was, but I was starting to rebel against everything. Parents, teachers, religion, you name it. At such a young age racial equality (or lack thereof, more accurately) wasn’t something I really thought about. I was just a white kid from the largely African-American community of Pine Hills, Florida. Much like any other pre-teen I wanted to ride BMX bikes, play football, and that type of thing. However, I was starting to figure out that I was really fucking angry. I was angry about a lot of things, but I couldn’t (and still don’t know if I can) pin point exactly what it was or is. At any rate, the L.A. riots got me paying attention to social injustices, politics, and just the world around me. I can’t really tell you if that’s a good or bad thing, but it is what it is.

The second thing that happened was a little band you may have heard of called Nirvana was thrust upon popular culture. I don’t think I could legitimately call myself a fan of Nirvana. Sure, they were a huge part of my childhood and introduced me to a lot of things that I love to this day. I do have a lot of problems with Nirvana as a band, but they aren’t important. What is important is how important Nirvana are as a band in the annals of rock ‘n roll history. It shouldn’t be forgotten.

As a child of the 80’s I was plagued with shit like Whitney Houston and even worse: hair bands. All the fucking “Living on a Prayer” and “Talk Dirty to Me” bullshit. I couldn’t relate to that goddamn nonsense. It seemed like I woke up one morning and all of a sudden all those bands were dead in the water, and here’s these three dirty sons a bitches from the Pacific Northwest that were fucking angry. About what? I had no clue. I couldn’t understand a fucking word Cobain sang. I didn’t mind, though. I didn’t need to know. I didn’t even know why I was angry, so it didn’t matter. They were just angry and accidentally throwing the entire record industry for a loop in the process. I felt I could relate to it.

I’m going to leave my negative feelings about Nirvana aside, and talk about the positives for this article. Whether you love them, or hate them matters not. You have to somewhat admire the dudes. I mean, for fuck’s sake they hammered the nails into the coffin of bullshit glam metal. Everyone should be forever thankful for that. To me, they were essentially the suburban white version of N.W.A. While N.W.A. were screaming “FUCK THA POLICE!” Nirvana were screaming whatever the hell they were screaming to suburban teens fed up with their mundane lives.

I’ve always felt that my generation didn’t really have any sort of identity. You had your beatniks, your baby boomers, your hippies, your disco queens, generation X, all this shit. We had Super Nintendo and….Nirvana. That’s pretty much it. Now that we’re all in our thirties, I can look back and say there is absolutely nothing exceptional about my generation. Though Nirvana changed the direction of the music industry forever, as a band, I don’t think there’s anything exceptional about them. I think that perfectly represents the generation of which I came from.

Anyway, whether you like it or not, if you’re in your early to mid-thirties, Nirvana were a big part of your childhood. At one point in time they were the biggest band on the planet. Kurt Cobain once said that the way he wanted ‘Nevermind’ to sound was like if the Bay City Rollers were being molested by Black Flag. I honestly think that’s a perfect description of the album. So, there you have it. Nirvana were the Bay City Rollers being molested by Black Flag, and white kids of the 90’s were being molested by Nirvana.

Though I don’t consider myself a fan, I do have respect for Nirvana and what they accomplished. Their impact on rock ‘n roll isn’t only undeniable, but it was absolutely necessary at the time. I thank them for that.

*side note: Though I absolutely HATE that Nirvana covered Turn Around by Devo, I do feel I should give some credit where credit is due. Normally I would be against anyone covering Leadbelly, but I’ll be goddamned if they didn’t absolutely nail this cover of Where Did You Sleep Last Night. It says a lot that I love it because as I previously stated I’m against anyone covering Leadbelly, and I fucking despised the whole MTV Unplugged concept. Bunch a bullshit, I say.

Thanks for taking the time to read my inane ramblings!

-Ryan Pemberton



Earth Joined By Holly Hunt For Only Florida Show In 2012 by orlandooom407

My excitement has been in the red zone since I heard Earth was playing a Florida show, and in my own town none the less. The god fathers, hallmarked and validated by Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain, have undergone a myriad of musical journeys through the catch all classification of ‘drone’. Whether you like your entrancing to be malevolent or more mystical there’s probably something in an Earth set for your ears. The show’s support includes the wacky piano enthralled jazz music of Steve Moore under the moniker Stebmo and the tectonic refrains of Miami’s loudest (drone) duo Holly Hunt. To help better explain the importance of this head hammering hat trick billing I spoke candidly to Holly Hunt earlier this afternoon. For those unaware of the pulverizing power of Holly Hunt their presence on stage is nothing short of sonic savagery akin to an eternal over exposure to CO2. Holly Hunt attributes their attention ‘riff length’ to “…a feel. Instinct.”. Gavin elaborated saying that “some deliberation occurs sometimes with some riff/tracks/compositions, mostly though it’s a gut feeling. We try and stay as present and aware as possible when writing.”

It’s no secret that Gavin and Betty are proud mega fans about Earth’s music. Gavin claims that their attractions to the band are the “…raw, mediated energy. The tone is sick, dark, entropic. The slow tempo perfectly illustrates the grind of life.” When asked them both what their favorite song was, they both simultaneously answered with ‘Ouroboros Is Broken’ (which you can jam below).

Make sure to grab your ticket now, because I hear they’re going fast and this show should be a sell out. You can purchase ticket by clicking here.


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– Jared Oates Haggard



(THE) MELVINS SEEK GUINNESS WORLD RECORD FOR THE FASTEST TOUR OF THE UNITED STATES & D.C. BY A BAND WITH 51-DATE FALL TOUR by orlandooom407

June 5, 2012, LOS ANGELES — The Melvins will attempt to become the Guinness World Record holders for the first band to tour the full United States and D.C. in 51 days with a tour kicking off Sept. 5 in Anchorage, Alaska and wrapping up Oct. 25 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“We figured it was time for us to do something REALLY crazy,” said Osborne. “51 shows in 50 states plus 1 on D.C. and all in 51 days?  Jeez!  I wonder if we can do it?”

The tour, which will feature the Melvins Lite line-up of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover and Trevor Dunn, also marks the first time in the band’s near 30-year history that they will perform in Alaska, New Hampshire, Delaware and Hawaii.

The Melvins Performance of “The War on Wisdom” from a recent episode of Last Call with Carson Daly

Arriving in-stores and online today is Freak Puke, the debut release from Melvins Lite that Spin recently described as “a unique detour for the long-running band” and adding “one of the loudest bands on earth has perfectly siphoned their gloomy energy into evil cocktail jazz.”


Trevor Dunn

“We had seen Trevor playing upright bass in a jazz setting and thought that we could utilize that for a recording project,” explained Crover. “This is something different from the two drummer/big hair line-up, which we plan on continuing with as well.”

Prior to the Fall, the Melvins have a full spate of appearances.  The band perform two shows in conjunction with Subliminal Projects: June 8 at The Echoplex in Los Angeles and June 30 at  TT Underground Gallery in New York.  Buzz Osborne will be a guest on Fox News’ “Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld” on June 28.   Melvins Lite will also venture north for a three week trek of primarily Canadian tour dates that kicks off on July 1 (dates below).

The Melvins 51-date United States tour dates:

September 5    Anchorage, AK    Bear Tooth Theatre and Pub
September 6    Seattle, WA    Showbox at The Market
September 7    Oregon    TBA
September 8    Boise, ID    Neurolux Lounge
September 9    Missoula, MT    Top Hat Lounge
September 10    Salt Lake City, UT    Club Sound
September 11    Casper, WY    TBA
September 12    Denver, CO    Bluebird Theatre
September 13    Lawrence, KS    The Bottleneck
September 14    Columbia, MO    The Blue Note
September 15    Omaha, NE    The Waiting Room
September 16    Des Moines, IA    House of Bricks
September 17    Sioux Falls, SD    The Vault
September 18    Fargo, ND    The Aquarium
September 19    Minneapolis, MN    Grumpy’s
September 20    Madison, WI    High Noon Saloon
September 21    Chicago, IL    Double Door
September 22    Indianapolis, IN    The Vogue Theatre
September 23    Louisville, KY    The Vernon Club
September 24    Detroit, MI    Smalls
September 25    Cleveland, OH    Grog Shop
September 26    Morgantown, WV    123 Pleasant Street
September 27    Jermyn, PA    Eleanor Rigby’s
September 28    South Burlington, VT    Higher Ground
September 29    Dover, NH    Dover Brickhouse
September 30    Portland, ME    Asylum

October 1    Boston, MA    Paradise Rock Club
October 2    Pawtucket, RI    The Met Cafe
October 3    New Haven, CT    Toad’s Place
October 4    Brooklyn, NY    Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 5    Hoboken, NJ    Maxwell’s
October 6    Wilmington, DE    Mojo 13
October 7    Baltimore, MD    Ottobar
October 8    Washington, DC    Black Cat
October 9    Charlottesville, VA    Jefferson Theatre
October 10    Carrboro, NC    Cat’s Cradle
October 11    Knoxville, TN    The Square Room
October 12    Greenville, SC    The Handle Bar
October 13    Athens, GA    40 Watt Club
October 14    Birmingham, AL    Bottle Tree
October 15    Pensacola, FL    Vinyl Music Hall
October 16    Jackson, MS    Duling Hall
October 17    Little Rock, AR    Juanita’s Cantina
October 18    Baton Rouge, LA    Spanish Moon
October 19    Austin, TX    Mohawk
October 20    Norman, OK    Opolis Production
October 21    Albuquerque, NM    Launchpad
October 22    Phoenix, AZ    Crescent Ballroom
October 23    Las Vegas, NV    Artifice
October 24    Los Angeles, CA    Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 25    Honolulu, HI    The Republik

Melvins Lite Canada + tour dates (Retox opens all dates except July 4 and 20):

July 1    Rochester, NY    Water Street Music Hall
July 3    Montreal, QC    Corona Theatre
July 4    Ottawa, ON    Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 5    Toronto, ON    Opera House
July 6    London, ON    Call The Office
July 7    Hamilton, ON    Club Absinthe
July 9    Winnipeg, MB    West End Cultural Center
July 10    Regina, SK    The Exchange
July 11    Saskatoon, SK    Louis’ Pub
July 12    Calgary, AB    Republik
July 13    Edmonton, AB    Starlite Room
July 15    Vancouver, BC    Venue
July 17    Bellingham, WA    Wild Buffalo House of Music
July 18    Portland, OR    Hawthorne Theatre
July 20    San Francisco, CA    Slim’s

Whoa. Spread the word guys! First Scion A/V models a car after the Melvins and now they’re attempting record breaking tour pace. It’s almost like they become stronger with age.