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.
The Afghan Whigs performed publicly for the first time in 13 years on last night’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Here’s a web-exclusive performance of “I’m Her Slave.”
Here’s a full scan of the oral history of Sub Pop I wrote for the July 2008 issue of Blender (20 years of history crammed into a mere four pages!). This humble piece served as the basis for my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge (out in paperback March 13; order info here).
The Afghan Whigs’ cover of “Miss World” by Hole
The Afghan Whigs perform “My Curse” (with Marcy Mays of Scrawl on vocals) and “Miles Iz Ded” at the 1994 Reading Festival.