Boner Records will be reissuing double albums of Ozma/Bullhead & Eggnog/'Lice-All' in all their remastered/gatefold packaging glory on January 20th of next year! (Check out more info on the Boner reissues below)

That's not all the vinyl news trickling out at this moment. Hold It In is now scheduled to be released on vinyl December 15th, and SSGmusic recently did a great interview with the band and among other things they mentioned that Third Man is planning on doing a re-release of the Atlantic era albums on vinyl in 2015 as well. Buzz said: "We’re re-releasing the vinyl [from] Atlantic Records on Third Man. The guy from Third Man got the masters from Atlantic for the Stag record, he goes, “What are these two songs on here that aren’t on the record?” … “I dunno.” He tells us [the names] and I don’t remember what those are." 

In addition to all that, Buzz was also interviewed in October by Highlight Media where at the very end of the interview he talks about re-releasing both Electroretard and the Bulls & the Bees on one record so we'll have to be on the lookout for that as well in 2015!

The LPs have been remastered and are back in print on vinyl for the first time in 15 years. The new gatefold packaging includes never-before-seen vintage photos, as well as the original artwork and insert, all tidied up and ready to meet Mom and Dad.

Ozma/Bullhead
This double-LP package combines two of the earliest releases from the often imitated but never duplicated Melvins. Formed in the early-’80s in the scenic wonderland known as Aberdeen, WA, the band took inspiration from Black Flag, Black Sabbath, Venom, Flipper, Stooges and other floggers of high-energy, low-velocity plod. Today, more than 30 years later, they might be more popular than ever. Slow and steady wins the race.

Disc one is Ozma, from 1989, which was recorded soon after their move from Washington to San Francisco, and was their first release to include the diminutive yet mighty Lorax (Lori Temple Black) on bass. In fact, the first sound one hears at the album’s opening is Lori standing on her tiptoes to switch on her amp, thereby warning the listener of the onslaught to come. Distorted, down-tuned doom riffs start, stop, lurch sideways with no warning, and seem to end before they start. Buzz Osborne adds extraneous guitar static and vocal squeals. Drummer Dale Crover plays as if he’s inside a barrel going over Niagara Falls; the long, slow fall allows the space between beats to grow and grow until he crashes into the water with the vessel blasting apart in an explosion of drum rolls. The classic Melvins heavy grind is set up and broken up by assorted odd sidetracks: “Revulsion / We Reach” flows forward slower and slower until it eventually melts into a gooey feedback drone. “Raise a Paw” is a superball paddled against one’s head by a grinning village idiot. “Love Thing” enlists in the Kiss Army before getting dishonorably discharged. 

Disc two is Bullhead, from 1991. The songs are longer, the mood is calmer, yet more menacing. “Boris” (which gave the Japanese group their name) is a long, slow, low death march of addiction and self-abuse. “Zodiac” is a frantic punk rock machine gun blasting away at Buzz’s demons (both inner and outer). “Cow” is a happy baboon bashing away at the best drum solo of his life. “It’s Shoved” is a groovy beat for the cast of Shindig to bop along to, until their carefree performances of The Pony, The Mashed Potato, and The Watusi are horribly interrupted by the soundstage tilting up and sliding them all into a mangled heap of screaming dancers, broken cameras and flaming electronic equipment at the bottom.

Eggnog/'Lice-All'
Disc one is Eggnog, from 1991. Originally released as a 10-inch, Eggnog is a wild ride into the outer limits of Melvins-dom. The first side cuts loose with three quick blasts. “Wispy” has the Lorax (Lori Temple Black) on bass and Dale Crover on drums, pounding one note in unison while Buzz Osborne bellows and whispers and turns his guitar on and off. “Antitoxidote” is a rabid horse galloping off into the desert, with yet more stops and starts and feedback detonations. “Hog Leg” sounds like a syphillitic Jimmy Swaggert trying to mimic Dio while being backed by a drunken ZZ Top cover band. Side Two features the side-long epic “Charmicarmicat,” with seasick waves of guitar and slow-motion madness bringing communicable disease and poisonous jellyfish ashore, stinging and infecting the unsuspecting sunbathers before gently washing out to sea again. 

Disc two is Lice-All, from 1992, previously known as self-titled, and also previously known as something else we’re all not gonna talk about, thank you very much. This was their last release before signing their Atlantic deal, and features the introduction of new bass player Joe Preston (previously of Earth, currently of Thrones). It’s one long, slow, loud blob of drones, moans and fuzztones. The opening endless power chord shimmer influenced Sleep, Sunn O))), and countless other sludge metal drone freaks for years to come.


Melvins were featured on Last Call w/ Carson Daly for the second time recently, they featured two songs from their new album Hold It in: Sesame Street Meat & Onions Make the Milk Taste Bad both from their October 23rd performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. UPDATE: I had to move the two video clips to the "Read More" section of this article due to slow loading times from NBC.


Read More to view the two clips.

SFWeekly talked to Buzz about Hold It In and the experience of collaborating with Jeff & Paul: "I've always been a huge Butthole Surfers fan. The first time I saw them was in the early '80s when all they had out was their first EP. I thought they were amazing. They've always been a huge influence and one of my all-time favorite bands. So from a long time ago, I always thought it would be great to work with Paul Leary. I always thought he was a great guitar player. He's one of my guitar-playing heroes for sure. I loved their sensibility about everything. Then we got to be friends with Jeff and it kind of just went from there. Things fell into place. I don't understand why more people don't hire Paul to play guitar for them." - Buzz

Seattle Passive Aggressive posted an interview and some photos after their show in Seattle last month: While we were recording, the album title came from him(Paul Leary) saying that he stopped taking LSD because it gave him so much gas. He got tired of walking around “holding it in.”  - Buzz

Buzz was recently interviewed by the Broward/Palm Beach New Times: "I was actually on a plane flying home. But I like when people make up stories. In fact, let's say that the moment that GWAR show was going on, I was in a straitjacket because I had gone crazy, and I was being pumped full of Thorazine. I was in a Miami mental institution for about six months. I got out and went to Wisconsin and fed baby ducks for the next two years. Dale did all the recording, and he got a Buzz lookalike to go on tour. So, I've been in and out of mental institutions... Yeah." - Buzz

Brian Walsby has a new Melvins shirt design available for purchase just in time for the holidays, it's a play on Van Halen's Fair Warning album art.

Secret Serpents has a ton of amazing Melvins show posters for sale and right now they are offering free domestic shipping on orders of $50 or more. All poster orders of $100 or more will get an additional poster as a bonus (in the same genre if possible). Offer ends December 20th. Coupon code: FREESHIPPING

Today Is The Day covered Zodiac on their outstanding new album Animal Mother


Buzz & Dale will be doing an in-store performance in January at Permanent Records in L.A. Poster Art by HAZE XXL


Here's two new teasers from the crew at melvinsmove.com!



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