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Today the band premiered Pitfalls In Serving Warrants from their forthcoming acoustic double album Five Legged Dog. Check out the track below along with more details from the press release:
The Melvins recently announced their most ambitious project yet: Five Legged Dog (Oct. 15, Ipecac Recordings), a 36-song newly recorded, acoustic collection featuring a career-spanning collection of songs, from 1987’s Gluey Porch Treatments to 2017’s A Walk With Love & Death, the entire gamut of the legendary band’s catalogue is represented.
Today the Melvins share the acoustic rendering of "Pitfalls In Serving Warrants", which originally appeared on the band's 1997 album, Honky. About the track Buzz Osborne says: "’Pitfalls’ is one of my favorites. A severely underrated song and one that works very well on acoustic.”
Five Legged Dog also features acoustic versions of several rarities from the influential band’s overflowing discography including a cover of Redd Kross’ “Charlie” (from the limited-edition “Escape From LA” single), “Outside Chance,” a Turtles’ cover from the “Slithering Slaughter” single and new interpretations of The Rolling Stones “Sway,” Brainiac’s “Flypaper,” and Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talking” (popularized by Harry Nilsson). Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus lends his vocals (and banjo) to “Don’t Forget to Breathe” and “Everybody’s Talking.”
“I knew I wanted to do something ridiculously big,” explains Buzz Osborne of the band’s first ever acoustic offering. ”36 songs reimagined by us acoustically is certainly ridiculous but it works. The magic of the songs is still there regardless of it being acoustic. Since we weren’t touring we had the time to do something of this size. I’m very excited about this record. Dale and Steven did a fantastic job on this. I think it’s a very special record. I can’t think of anyone else who’s done something like this.”
Dale Crover noted: “I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like ‘Night Goat’ without losing any of the heaviness. We also worked hard on the vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!”
The collection, which is available for pre-order now, will be released digitally, as a double-disc CD, both on Oct. 15, with a 4LP colored vinyl release arriving on Jan. 28.
Amphetamine Reptile Records has also announced that the new vinyl of the audio from Melvins TV Volumes 1-3 will be released in batches beginning in September on SHOXOP. There will be art editions as well as factory editions later. As always keep an eye on their Facebook page for timely updates on release dates as these always sell out quick. A very small batch(less than 100) HAZE XXL art edition variants of the recent Ipecac (a) Senile Animal vinyl pressing will also be going up this Sunday, Aug. 22nd. The factory editions of the Melvins Slithering Slaughter EP were released last Sunday and promptly sold out as expected.
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Melvins have just announced the upcoming release of Five Legged Dog via Ipecac Recordings. Five Legged Dog is the bands first ever acoustic record, and it is a double album at that. It will feature over 2 1/2 hours of newly recorded acoustic versions of some of the band's classics along with special cover songs! The album is scheduled for release October 15th digitally and double CD. A 4LP color vinyl release is currently scheduled for January 28, 2022.
Rolling Stone is premiering an amazing acoustic version of Night Goat from the album. “They said it couldn’t be done! Actually, they didn’t say that, but the facts remain. We’ve taken some 30-plus songs that span our entire career and given them the acoustic treatment. There are also some fun cover songs, of course. We’ve covered songs by the Turtles and Brainiac! I think people will be surprised that we can do an acoustic version of a song like ‘Night Goat’ without losing any of the heaviness. We also really worked hard on vocal arrangements. People are going to freak out!” - Dale Crover
Five Legged Dog Tracklist
1. Edgar the Elephant (A Walk With Love & Death)
2. Up the Dumper (The Bootlicker)
3. Hung Bunny/Roman Dog Bird (Lysol)
4. Hooch (Houdini)
5. Billy Fish (Nude With Boots)
6. Shevil (Stoner Witch)
7. Charlie (Redd Kross cover from “Escape From LA” single)
8. A Growing Disgust (Freak Puke)
9. Eye Flys/Woman (Gluey Porch Treatments – “Woman” is a Free cover)
10. Pitfalls in Serving Warrants (Honky)
11. Outside Chance (The Turtles cover from “Slithering Slaughter” single)
12. Evil New War God (The Bride Screamed Murder)
13. The Bloated Pope (Pigs of the Roman Empire)
14. Bad Move (from Dale Crover’s solo album, The Fickle Finger of Fate)
15. With Teeth (Lysol)
16. Halo of Flies (Alice Cooper cover from Sieg Howdy!)
17. Oven (Ozma)
18. Sway (Rolling Stones cover – previously unrecorded by the Melvins)
19. Anaconda (Bullhead)
20. Lovely Butterfly (Honky)
21. Boris (Bullhead)
22. It’s Shoved (Bullhead)
23. Honey Bucket (Houdini)
24. We Are Doomed (The Bulls & The Bees)
25. Flypaper (Brainiac cover – previously unrecorded by the Melvins)
26. Let God Be Your Gardener (Ozma)
27. At the Stake (Stoner Witch)
28. Night Goat (Houdini)
29. Queen (Stoner Witch)
30. Everybody’s Talking (Fred Neil cover – previously unrecorded by the Melvins)
31. Revolve (Stoner Witch)
32. Suicide in Progress (Nude With Boots)
33. Prig (The Bootlicker)
34. The Bit (Stag)
35. Civilized Worm ((A) Senile Animal)
36. Don’t Forget to Breathe (Pinkus Abortion Technician)
The Quietus posted an interesting feature recently celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1996 album Stag, check it out!
The band has added a Hostile Ambiet Takeover to their Blixt Merch shop, classic artwork.
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The band has announced Melvins TV Volume 3.5: InDUHpenDUNCE Day - Playing June 25 through July 9. For a measly $10, you get access to all 3 previous episodes of Melvins TV plus a new bonus episode with new content! Toshi Kasai opens! And don't forget to pick up the righteous Hostile Ambient Takeover shirt with your ticket. MELVINS.VEEPS.COM
Amphetamine Reptile Records has also announced a CD release of the Melvins TV Vol. 1-3 episodes. Pick it up over at SHOXOP for only $5! Rumor has it vinyl will also be available later this year from AmRep.
Hilbish Design recently announced a new guitar effects pedal designed with Buzz, the DEATHIMIZER! "Introducing our newest and noisiest collaboration with King Buzzo from The Melvins...The Deathimizer! This is no transparent overdrive, amp like distortion, or smooth fuzz. The Deathimizer is a fuzz with ear drum wrecking highs stacked with an analog two octave down circuit for maximum chaos. Don’t expect H9000 tracking, the Deathimizer unpredictably blips, bloops, groans, and drones its way to give you the most brutal noise making machine possible. With the octave control off you have crusty fuzz tones that sound like rusty nails shooting from your speakers, as you mix in the two octave down signal you can conjure 8-bit leads, synth sounds, and unpredictable drones."
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Today Ipecac announced vinyl reissues of the three Big Business era lineup full lengths. I know fans have been waiting a long time for vinyl reissues of these recent classics! Bride Screamed Murder had previously only been released by AmRep in limited Art edition quantities, and the same was the case for the original 4 single sided (A) Senile Animal release that HydraHead Records put out at the time.
Reminder: Melvins TV Volume 3: MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! starts tomorrow at 3PM eastern and stays up for a week! Over an hour of music, deep philosophy and stupid stunts! melvins.veeps.com
More from the label:
Making our way through the (the) Melvins catalog and bringing back the "Big Business line-up" releases on vinyl for your collections on June 25th!
(A) SENILE ANIMAL - Sea Blue 2LP gatefold set, cut at 45rpm. Plus a limited edition Aqua Blue Splatter
NUDE WITH BOOTS - Apple Red LP. Plus a limited edition Red w/ Black Splatter
THE BRIDE SCREAMED MURDER - Apple Red LP. Plus a limited edition Tri-Color Red/Pink/White
All come with a 12 page booklet with expanded art from Mackie Osborne
Regular vinyl available at stores everywhere, but the limited editions (500 each worldwide) are only in our Blixt & Townsend webstores
Bifocal Media even has a special limited to 100 T-Shirt featuring the original HAZE XXL cover art to memorialize what is sure to become another Melvins classic!
April 1st Melvins announce new all-bass lineup/record.
30 albums deep into a career of bottom-heavy surrealistic sludge, the Melvins are leaning into their lower frequency proclivities with the announcement of their new album “THUD!,” set to drop this weekend as an ultra-limited vinyl edition on Amphetamine Reptile Records with artwork by HAZE XXL.
The full length release bears the first fruit of a newly-minted all-bassist lineup, something that Buzz Osborne says was inevitable: “Over the years Dale and I have played so many ear-splitting live shows, it’s sheared the higher frequencies out of our hearing range. I’ve been writing songs for 5 years now that I can’t even hear. It’s mostly just by feeling the vibrations these days. Writing exclusively for basses gives us a chance to actually listen to what we’ve done”
Dale Crover says that he wanted to retain his percussive identity for the record, and studied slap-bass techniques for weeks on end: “Thank Christ for Flea.”
In addition to the core lineup, the record features recent bass-mongers Steven McDonald, Trevor Dunn and Jeff Pinkus, with a special noise bass solo emailed in from former bassist Kevin Rutmanis.
Osborne says that the biggest challenge was writing songs where listeners could differentiate the parts from each other: “By the time we were ready for Toshi to hit the record button, my strings were so loose that they were literally falling off of my bass if I strummed too hard. This is the most brown-note-laden album ever recorded.”
Artwork by HAZE XXL
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Melvins have announced they'll be doing a 3rd live stream via Veeps on May 1st, get your tickets now!
From the band:
Catch the third volume of our Melvins TV series, with the May 1 streaming event: “Melvins TV, Volume 3: May Day! May Day! May Day!”
Melvins (acoustic) opens (yes, two Melvins sets!). Tickets and exclusive merchandise, including a limited-edition t-shirt designed by Skinner, are available now via melvins.veeps.com
“Melvins TV #1 and #2 were a blast. So you can expect more blasting with #3. Remember to inhale deep.” - Buzz
Limited Edition T-Shirt for Melvins TV Vol. 3, artwork by Skinner
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Amphetamine Reptile Records will be releasing a new EP of acoustic tracks from the Melvins. This will be out on both 10" vinyl(in 3 different art variants with a factory pressing coming at a later date) and CD via shoxop.com. The cover art linocut by HAXE XXL pays tribute to the Alice Cooper album Killer which is fitting as the band covers Halo of Flies from that album on the A-side of this release. Check out the details and track listing below!
Slithering Slaughter artwork by HAZE XXL
From AmRep: After the year we just had, it's a great time for some mellow, easy listening tunes. Thankfully, the Melvins had the exact same idea with their new, all-acoustic album, Slithering Slaughter. Get all cozy with a cup of chamomile tea & fire up the hi-fi starting things off with a 12-minute cover of Alice Cooper's Halo of Flies. HAZE XXL made the cover artwork & kept the theme going with his own serpentine tribute to Cooper's Killer album.
- Halo of Flies (Cover of the Alice Cooper song)
- Honey Bucket
- Outside Chance (Cover of The Turtles)
- Up the Dumper
On sale at SHOXOP - Sunday April 11th at Noon Central time