August 1st, 2012

Trailer for The Taking, a 10-part film starring Duff McKagan’s Loaded and featuring appearances by Seattle luminaries such as Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, the Fastbacks’ Kim Warnick and Kurt Bloch, and Presidents of the United States of America’s Chris Ballew. More info here.

March 18th, 2012

"Sub Pop: Seattle: Rock City" by Everett True, Melody Maker, March 18, 1989 (scan by Archived Music Press)

"There’s a quote of mine from the Sub Pop article that has been used more than anything else I’ve written, which is the earliest description of Nirvana in a British music paper—how ‘They’re four working-class guys from Aberdeen, blah blah blah.’ What’s really kind of annoying about seeing that description everywhere is, although it’s attributed to me, they’re not my words. I was on serious deadline, an I wasn’t an experienced writer by any stretch of the imagination back then. So I was on the phone to [Sub Pop’s] Jonathan Poneman in Seattle and I was copying down word-for-word what he was telling me about these artists. That’s quite dreadful, really, but what the hell.”

—former Melody Maker writer Everett True, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

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.

August 28th, 2011

northwestpassageblog:

Happy birthday, Kurt Bloch!

Fastbacks, It’s Your Birthday 7” insert. 1981

Reblogged from Northwest Passage
August 24th, 2011

Trailer for the forthcoming documentary The Hash After the Bash: The Untold Story of Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll, featuring Duff McKagan, plus past and present members of Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Brad, Shadow, Candlebox, Goodness, Hammerbox, Green Apple Quick Step, the Fastbacks, the Posies and more. (Background here.)

August 18th, 2011

Nevermind 20th-anniversary concert is sold out!



Only two days after it was announced, the September 20 Nevermind Live in Sky Church benefit show at Seattle’s Experience Music Projectfeaturing Krist Novoselic, the Presidents of the United States of America, the Fastbacks, Vaporland, the Long Winters, Visqueen, Valis and moreis sold out.

August 16th, 2011

Krist Novoselic, Fastbacks, more to cover Nevermind live, in its entirety

Nevermind Live in Sky Church: A Benefit Show for Susie Tennant
Experience Music Project museum - JBL Theater, Seattle, WA
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

Twenty years after its release, experience Nirvana’s
Nevermind performed LIVE, in its entiretyeach song played by a different Seattle group. Performers include the Fastbacks, Krist Novoselic, Vaporland, the Long Winters, Visqueen, Campfire OK, Valis (former Screaming Trees), Ravenna Woods and more to be announced soon. This show will be a benefit for long time Seattle music industry maven Susie Tennant, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Ticket info here.

July 9th, 2011

Video from yesterday’s Fastbacks reunion (it’s been nearly a decade since they played together) at the West Seattle Summer Fest. Songs: “K Street” and “Set Me Free.”

June 16th, 2011
We were horrible. We had a car with a trailer, which broke down in Bakersfield—that’s a long way from Seattle. So we hitchhiked with our guitars and used the Fastbacks’ gear. But it was great for me coming back to Seattle. That was our first real gig. Well, I think we played a gig the night before we left, at Madame Wong’s East or something, to three people. In Seattle, we played to 12. There’s been thousands that said they were at that gig, but actually there were 12, and four of them were the Fastbacks.
Guns N’ Roses bassist and Seattle scene vet Duff McKagan tells me about GNR’s June 1985 show opening for the Fastbacks at Seattle’s Gorilla Gardens
May 14th, 2011

Seattle’s Fastbacks to reunite at West Seattle Summer Fest, July 8. Kurt Bloch, Lulu Gargiulo, Kim Warnick and Mike Musburger will play together for the first time in nearly 10 years. (H/T @swreverb; photo courtesy of Sub Pop.)

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