January 29th, 2013

Danny Bland, of Cat Butt/Dwarves/Best Kissers in the World fame, has a novel coming out this summer via Fantagraphics. The audio book sounds particularly exciting:

An exclusive roster of legendary artists, musicians, actors and friends have lent their support and donated their talent by reading and recording chapters of the book including Dave Alvin (Blasters, Knitters), Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers), Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy, American Splendor), Blag Dahlia (Dwarves), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), John Doe (X, Knitters), Jacob Pitts (actor, Justified), Damien Echols (West Memphis Three), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age), Rob Delaney (comic, Twitter superstar), Lou Beach (author, artist), Steve Earle (singer, songwriter, actor), Mark Boone Jr. (Sons of Anarchy), Aimee Mann (singer, songwriter, actress), Marc Maron (WTF podcast), John Sinclair (White Panther Party, MC5 manager), Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects, The Walking Dead), Mark Arm (Mudhoney) and others t.b.a., with a portion of the proceeds benefiting MusicCares, a non-profit organization helping musicians and roadies gain sobriety and obtain medical care.


Fantagraphics Books to publish In Case We Die, a novel by Danny Bland

March 15th, 2012

Willie Nelson and the Supersuckers perform “Bloody Mary Morning” on The Tonight Show, 1996 (H/T Seattle Weekly's Reverb)

November 7th, 2011
I was using [heroin] then, but I never really did it that much. For me, it was a weekend-only sort of a thing, and then it became weekends and Wednesdays. When Andy [Wood] died, mainly people wanted to know where he got it. People thought it must have been really good, and that he’d obviously just done too much. 'Where did he score that good shit from?' People were sick and twisted with that drug. It really fucks you up.
Supersuckers singer/bassist Eddie Spaghetti, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
September 1st, 2011

Celebrity Grunge Playlist No. 2: JOEL MCHALE

Joel McHale
, host of E!’s clip-fest The Soup and star of the NBC sitcom Community, grew up in the Seattle metropolitan area (specifically Mercer Island) and enrolled at the University of Washington in fall of 1991, just as punk was breaking. “As a kid, I didn’t know any better—I just thought every city had great music,” he says. While Joel cites the hilarity of many of his playlist selections, he cautions, “Please don’t put this together like, ‘He’s a comedian, so he likes funny music.’ That is not what I like about it. I like it because there was a hopeful youth to it, which was expressed through not taking itself so seriously, while bands like Extreme took themselves very seriously.” (Photo: Emmy magazine)

Listen to Joel’s playlist at Spotify. Meanwhile, be sure to pick up Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge.

1. Mudhoney 
- “Touch Me I’m Sick”
“It’s really a great song, and it fucking rocks. And it’s a great example of how funny the Seattle scene was. The phrase ‘touch me I’m sick’ is funny.”

2. Soundgarden - “Burden in My Hand”
“It has one of the best drums riffs in any song that’s ever been made. And it’s just the coolest song. It’s. So. Dang. Cool.”

3. Young Fresh Fellows - “Amy Grant”
“I wouldn’t even count the Young Fresh Fellows as part of the grunge movement, but ‘Amy Grant’ is one of the best Seattle-scene songs ever made. Ever. ‘She comes home from church/She takes off her pants/That’s what I like/About Amy Grant.’ It’s so funny—and an incredible piece of music.”

4. Nirvana - “Sliver”
“It’s about being taken care of by your grandparents: ‘Mom and Dad went to a show/They dropped me off at Grandpa Joe’s/I kicked and screamed/Said please, don’t go.’ It’s just hilarious. And that was a rock song that won song of the year on KCMU when it came out.”

5. Nirvana – “Sappy”
“One of my favorite songs by them. It’s not as inherently funny at the other ones. It’s just a really good rock song.”

6. Alice in Chains - “Man in the Box”
“Even though that was the big hit. There’s a reason why big hits become big hits. It is creepy. But the drummer, Sean Kinney, could have been a standup comic if he wanted to. He’s remarkably funny.”

7. Supersuckers 
- “I Say Fuck”
“It’s really funny, and it’s short. It’s just ridiculous. Another band that didn’t take themselves seriously—their lead singer is named Eddie Spaghetti.”

8. Screaming Trees 
- “She Knows”
“It’s beautifully done. And I love [Mark Lanegan’s] voice.”

9. TAD - “anything off of 8-Way Santa
8-Way Santa is the funniest album name in history.”

Previously: Celebrity Grunge Playlist No. 1: TAYLOR MOMSEN

March 25th, 2011
I remember being on that tour with the Reverend Horton Heat and the Dwarves in Europe in ‘93, and the drummer from the Dwarves and the Reverend Horton Heat himself had this contest going to see who could bang the most chicks on tour. The tour was like 30 dates, easily a month long. And the winning number was two. No one was getting very lucky on that trip.
from my interview with Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers
March 25th, 2011

"Seattle’s Other Music Scene." Seattle Symphony ads from 1997, featuring members of Mudhoney, Gas Huffer, the Supersuckers, the Presidents of the United States of America and more.

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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.