In other Record Store Day release news: Mudhoney on Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle LP
Mudhoney’s “Touch Me I’m Sick” used to great effect in this ad for the PS4 game inFAMOUS: Second Son. (H/T Keith Cameron)
Courtney Love playing at the Rough Trade Shop, 1993.
"I first met Courtney Love on the 10th of August 1991, it was at the Bad Moon office on All Saint’s road (as most things were back then) - I was there to photograph Mudhoney. Courtney’s first word’s to me were "You look like my ex boyfriend but less handsome"… Thank’s Courtney." - Steve Gullick. © [photographer]
Watch: Thirty years ago this week, Mark Arm's first band, Mr. Epp and the Calculations played their last show (?) at Seattle’s Metropolis.
Shirt: Sub Pop - I Love Payola
Brand: Oneita Power T
Source: Who doesn’t really. Payola even sounds fun. it sounds like winning the lottery, and in an old school way it might have been, depending on how poor you were.
I am very fond of this label. I have known people and worked with in some way or another with them since 1998 and not once have a ever encountered an employee there who is a dick. people hardly ever quit, they always either just got promoted or moved on to other passions in their life and that really speaks bundles for the label. I’m sure they aren’t giving away cars to keep employees there but they do dish out plenty of self respect. which to me is job requirement #1 when looking. i don’t wanna ask someone to do a job that i wouldn’t do myself. i wanna be proud of the artists i work with, even if i am not a fan of the music per-say but i want to respect them as artists at least. I want to be in great company with other people i work with, and i want to be just as inspired by each one of them as i am in the company as a whole.
Not to mention that Mark Arm from Mudhoney is the shipping Manager there so every piece of mail from Sub Pop comes shipped with his name on it.
that sounds like it impossible and it doesn’t exist, but Sub Pop is proof. Great people doing a great job with great artists all doing things they love with people they respect. thanks for being a really fucking great label for 25 years. you guys rule.
Im almost oging to go as far as saying that if you have ever met a dick there you yourself are probably a bigger dick that you think.
Some very kind words about Sub Pop from The Minor Thread. We should really reissue this shirt.
As I may have mentioned, due to rain and no work, I dedicated my entire day yesterday to listening to records. I also finally got around to digitizing the piece above, Cat Butt's Journey To The Center Of. I got to meet and hang out with Cat Butt’s lead singer, David Duet, on many occasions in Los Angeles a few years ago before he moved back to Austin, TX. His stories about playing with the above band, partying in Seattle, and epic tours across the US with Cat Butt, Girl Trouble, and The U-Men back in the late 80’s intrigued me so much that I went out of my way to track down a copy of Cat Butt’s one and only 12”, Journey To The Center Of. The record marks one of Sub Pop’s early releases and caught the band at the height of their success making a ruckus across the Northwest and gigging with the soon to be sensations like Nirvana, Mudhoney, and L7.The record captures the intense brand of psychedelic garage punk that the band delivered and offers a glimpse of the multitudes of sounds and influences that were churning around in the early days of Seattle’s grunge scene. Though I never saw Cat Butt live (I was just starting elementary school when they played their last show) I get the feeling that these recordings only hint at how out of control they must’ve been when they took the stage. Based on the stories David told me about how wild their shows were and the even wilder after parties that would follow, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that they may have scared away any major label interest that was in the area signing many of their peers. It probably also didn’t help that the run-out groove on this EP reads, “When The Man From Geffen Comes… Shoot Him With A Gun.” If you ever see a copy of this record or their one and only 7” floating around, snag’em. Cat Butt was an integral part of early Seattle grunge and their music is well worth having in any collection.
Since his Cat Butt days David Duet has been in several groups including his most recent project, Austin, TX’s El Pathos, which also features members of The Dicks and The Offenders. However, several months ago, David was side lined big time by an extremely virulent infection which almost cost him his hand and part of his arm. David being the tough SOB he is, beat that stuff back and is back on the stage performing again, even doing a few numbers at the benefit for Gary Floyd the other weekend alongside David Yow, from Jesus Lizard, and The Dicks. Though David is out of the woods with his hand, he’s still got a ton of medical bills to contend with so if you have any interest in helping the guy out, check out the El Pathos site for information on how to donate.