April 10th, 2013

Grunge elder statesmen Mark Arm, Kim Thayil, Tad Doyle and Jack Endino formally announce Sub Pop’s free 25th anniversary concert, in Seattle July 13.

The Silver Jubilee lineup so far: Mudhoney, J Mascis, Greg Dulli, Pissed Jeans, Shabbazz Palaces (with THEESatisfaction), Baptist Generals, Shearwater, Father John Misty.

Not announced on the video, but confirmed to perform: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and Endino’s Earthworm. (More TBA.)

December 15th, 2012

TAD in the studio with Jack Endino (far left)

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November 20th, 2012

Feast, one of ’80s-era Seattle’s unheralded proto-grunge bands, reunited in 2011 and finally released their first album this past October. They’ll play tomorrow night (it’s the Feast before Thanksgiving—get it?) as part of the second-annual “retrospective” of long-gone Seattle rock club the Vogue. On Friday, Love Battery and Truly (featuring ex-members of the Screaming Trees and Soundgarden) play the fest.

September 15th, 2012

Washington State lieutenant governor candidate Bill Funkbeiner (R) campaign video, featuring vocals by Funkbeiner and bass/guitar by supporter Krist Novoselic. Production by Jack Endino. Full story here.

September 12th, 2012

JACK ENDINO (Skin Yard guitarist) There was a little bit of weirdness with Sub Pop, because Skin Yard was not a band that they felt was appropriate for the label, and it wasn’t hard to see why—we were a little too metal. But strangely enough, our bass player, Daniel, wound up working for them for a couple years. It used to drive Daniel nuts that he couldn’t get his own band onto the label, but I stayed the hell out of this because I was still recording all the records for Sub Pop.

DANIEL HOUSE (Skin Yard bassist) When I first started working there, it was Bruce [Pavitt], Jon [Poneman], and me. Charles Peterson had been there earlier and a couple people would come and go. Bruce seemed to have almost contempt for Skin Yard. He hated Ben’s singing. Too melodramatic. He felt like there were elements of our music, the prog- rock elements, that were anti-everything that his label was trying to establish. Jon liked our band. And he actually tried to push Bruce to put us out, but Bruce wouldn’t budge. They eventually put out a Skin Yard seven-inch to just shut everybody up, or at least that’s how I saw it.

Excerpted from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge. Order info here.

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May 15th, 2012

The Skin Yard catalog is now available on iTunes, “all completely remastered, one title reMIXED, one title never commercially released before, and a couple of tracks never heard before before this,” per the band’s Facebook page.

February 27th, 2012

Bid on a copy of Everybody Loves Our Town signed by Krist Novoselic, Duff McKagan and other Seattle scene luminaries

Bid on a hardcover copy of my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge signed by Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Loaded, the Fartz, etc.), Kurt Danielson (TAD), Jack Endino (producer; Skin Yard), Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks), Kim Warnick (Fastbacks), Marco Collins (radio DJ), Chris Ballew (Presidents of the USA), Jason Finn (Love Battery, Skin Yard, PUSA), Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows), Ben London (Alcohol Funnycar) and yours truly!

All proceeds go to the Susie Tennant Fund. Make sure to check out the other cool items being auctioned off to benefit Susie, Nirvana’s former Northwest promotion rep, who is fighting ovarian cancer.

February 15th, 2012

Blood Circus Primal Rock Therapy sampler cassette (designed by Kerry Simmons)

December 9th, 2011

@Endino: Remastered (NOT remixed) TAD’s Gods Balls and Salt Lick from original tapes. Working on 8-Way Santa now. Huge improvements in sound.

November 2nd, 2011
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August 25th, 2011

Book excerpt: Did Mudhoney’s Mark Arm coin the term “grunge”?

This excerpt from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge addresses the enduring mystery of who coined the term grunge:

JACK ENDINO (producer; Skin Yard guitarist)
None of us is entirely sure about who used the word [grunge] first. I saw it in a Lester Bangs record review in Rolling Stone in the ’70s. Mark Arm had used the word in the early ’80s.

MAIRE MASCO (Desperate Times zine cofounder) Desperate Times had letters to the editor, and Mark Arm wrote this letter complaining about his own band, Mr. Epp and the Calculations, being “pure grunge.” Before that, the word had been grungy, an adjective. Mark basically turned it into a noun.

I actually remember when we got his letter, I said to Daina Darzin, the editor, “I don’t think grunge is a word.” And she said, “It doesn’t matter, it sounds cool.”

MARK ARM (né Mark McLaughlin; Mudhoney singer/guitarist; Green River 
singer; Mr. Epp and the Calculations guitarist/singer) Am I the person responsible for coining the word grunge? I don’t think so. In 1981, I wrote a fanzine a fake letter from the perspective of a disgruntled person who happened to stumble upon my shitty band at the time, Mr. Epp. It was fake hate mail. You know, this publicity stuff is very tricky!

The word grunge was tossed around a little bit here and there well before I ever used it. [Mudhoney’s] Steve Turner picked up this ’70s reissue of a Rock ’n’ Roll Trio album, and the liner notes talk about Paul Burlison’s “grungy guitar sound.” That was written in the ’70s about a ’50s guitar player.

Grunge was an adjective; it was never meant to be a noun. If I was using it, it was never meant to coin a movement, it was just to describe raw rock and roll. Then that term got applied to major-label bands putting out slick-sounding records. It’s an ill fit.

(Scan of Desperate Times July 22, 1981 letters section courtesy of Maire Masco.) 

July 9th, 2011

"Have you seen the first TAD single? It has a photo of Tad on it, and the text looks like he wrote it all with the wrong hand: ‘Hi, my name is Tad. I like make music.’ It was ’tardo grammar and punctuation—and I’m not saying that to offend people of intellectual diminishment. Like this guy is musically a savant but had some kind of social or intellectual impairment that made him this brilliant folk artist. I was upset in that the way he was presented diminished the talents of a friend of mine.”

—Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, from the forthcoming Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

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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.