April 16th, 2014
[Prince Andrew is] a nice enough fellow. Nothing happened: I made him really nice tea, and I made him drink out of a mug with his mother on it, which I thought was hilarious. And then he said: ‘So what do you do all day?’ The NERVE.
Courtney Love recounts having tea with Prince Andrew in this excellent Quietus interview
April 16th, 2014


This blog is suddenly trending—probably as a result of my zealous coverage of Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction—so I figured I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself to all my new followers.

Hello, people! My name is Mark Yarm, and I’m the author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (BTW, I am not Mark Arm of Mudhoney—people think I’m kidding when I throw that out there, but the name thing has caused some confusion over the years.) I cover all things grunge (not just Nirvana) on this blog. I’m currently a freelance writer for magazines like Wired and Rolling Stone, so I also share my non-grunge writing on here from time to time.

Hope you enjoy! Be sure to peruse the extensive archive. And, while you’re at it, why not pick up a copy of the book? A Finnish edition just came out, and a Chinese version is on the way. Plus, a deal’s in the works for another foreign-language translation, the details of which I will reveal soon.

Finally, please like the ELOT Facebook page and follow me (@markyarm) on Twitter. Thanks!

April 15th, 2014


We now have a new employee over at @NirvanaPictures ! Go follow this account on Twitter, please and enjoy the daily Nirvana photography.

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April 15th, 2014

Enter this contest to win Soundgarden’s Superunknown 20th anniversary super-deluxe CD box set and an autographed 2-LP vinyl set.

Also, enter to win a copy of music journalist Keith Cameron’s new Mudhoney book (and a poster) here.

April 15th, 2014

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme plays a “disappointing gay” on this Friday’s episode of Portlandia.

April 15th, 2014

Veruca Salt announce their first tour dates since 1995 to feature the original lineup. Read about their Record Store Day 10-inch (featuring “Seether” and new material) here.

April 15th, 2014

Spin has an excerpt from the new Dinosaur Jr. oral history/photo book. Here Lou and J talk about the artwork on their first LP:

Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr. bassist):
The cover is by Maura Jasper, who’d met J [Mascis] at U-Mass, and was one of those totally cool punk rock girls hanging out with him, she was part of the crew. J came up with the idea for the first record, “I want a guy standing in a field.” He had a bizarre relationship with this little kid at U-Mass called Artie, they’d formed a weird bond, with J treating him like a whipping boy, and Artie lapped it up and seemed totally bewildered by J’s fascination with him. J wanted Artie’s face on the cover so he took a photo of him and put it there in the corner.

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist): Artie didn’t have too many friends. I met him at college and we would hang out and I’d bring him to some parties. Lou’s view makes it seem like it was a little more cynical, but I was just hanging out with this guy, a fellow freshman who I thought was interesting.

April 14th, 2014

On Episode 1 of The Van Conner Show, Van talks to his former Screaming Trees bandmate Barrett Martin about the vinyl release of the Trees’ final album, Last Words. (Producer Jack Endino is behind the camera.)

April 14th, 2014
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Official Tumblr for Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, a Time magazine book of the year. (Now in paperback; purchase info here.) The blog is run by the author, freelance writer/editor Mark Yarm; he is of no relation to Mark Arm of Mudhoney.