- Written by brian
As we all anxiously await the outcome of the recent show of strength by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and its 'Great Leader' Kim Jong-Il, a different albeit arguably just as formidable show of strength rears its head across the horizon on this day the 10th of October in the year of OUR Lord Two Thousand and Six. I write not of a devastating natural disaster or another school shooting which calls into question our path of evolution, but one of the few things that can be relied upon as an affirmation of the greatness that is 'WE', (a) Senile Animal, the latest recording from those supremest of supreme leaders, the Melvins.
Now before you clean out your local munitions supplier in the preparation of forcing your entire region into purchasing the album by gunpoint, take note there are reasons you can supply prior to pistol whipping the locals into submission! The Melvins are now officially a four-piece. The new members are Jared Warren and Coady Willis, the guys from Big Business. If you are unaware as to who these people are or what this means take a few moments to grab a switch from the nearest tree, give yourself a few good lashes and then return to this note.
Jared Warren has taken over bass duties in addition to additional vocals, this equals lots of vocal harmonies as there are now 3 people vibrating the vocal chords on this album. Beyond that, the thing that is really going to make your Mother's Kenny G discography literally burst into flames upon bringing (a) Senile Animal home for debriefing is the fact that Coady Willis is the Second drummer of the Melvins. When I first heard the Melvins had a new drummer I feared Dale had lost his arms to a radial saw making those birdhouses he is so famous for in the local craft shows up and down the beautiful Pacific coastline. Rest assured I was wrong! What this means is (a) Senile Animal has two drummers on every track and therefore a sound which is certain to provide a re-definition of your neighborhood watch's list of offenses.
An album of 10 tracks with titles such as "A History of Drunks" and "A Vast Filthy Prison", this is out now in the U.S. and should be available in all countries dependent upon it for music in short order.
If you'd like to help me pay for server space please purchase the album using the above link!
If you'd like to receive further notifications of tour dates and releases please go to the below address and sign up for the new mailing list. themelvinsdotnet mailing list
Please visit the below page in order to view the remaining U.S. tour dates for this year, this page is incorporated into the new MelvinsWiki which I've just begun, feel free to contribute!
Melvins Tour Dates 2006
For those unable to attend, there's a video posted on YouTube of 'A Civilized Worm' a song from the new album, the video is from the performance on Sept. 11th in Seattle, Wa. See it here.
- Written by brian
The official Buzz Osbourne approved note about the new album has been released:
(The) Melvins (A) Senile Animal The Melvins are family entertainment on another level. Some people say The Melvins are the wave of the future. Some people think The Melvins have already influenced a huge wave of music on a global level but most people expect The Melvins to totally fuck up. Most people think they should be called "The Fucks" because they're fucked. Well, maybe so, but nonetheless it's the last half of 2006 and The Melvins have a new new NEW album called (A) Senile Animal. (A) Senile Animal was recorded in Hollywood and as you may or may not know. The Melvins have been through a lot this last year: wars, drugs, impeachment but they never lost sight of what was important AND what was festering in their bowels. Once again the Melvins have "started over" with two, count em TWO, new members, Coady Willis and Jared Warren from the band Big Business. This will be super colossal and totally beyond reason. We can't even believe it's happening but believe it or not it's becoming more and more believable. No shit man! It's like that drug trip I saw in a movie when I was on that drug trip. And there it is my friends. One thing you can be sure of is this (A) Senile Animal album is really really great and it really works! It's ten songs long and is most likely the best album they or anyone else will put out this year or any previous year or ever probably. They have double everything this time. Double drums. Double, triple and even quadruple vocals, double bass and guitar... Well, not really double bass and guitar but... Well sort of double bass and guitar but in order to explain how that works we would have to get into a lot of technical mumbo jumbo that even we don't understand so let's just leave it at the double drums. DOUBLE DRUMS everybody! And, AND... The Melvins will hit the road with Big Business in September for a full United States tour. Keep your eyes peeled for the dates in your town or at least a couple of hundred miles from where you live. Take a road trip with your friends and go see the Melvins. Take time off from work, get your tickets and go go go to the show show show. Or shows. You and all your friends should go to as many of the Melvins shows as you can because all sorts of crazy shit will be happening. It will be un-fucking-believable and besides, hell, why not? It will be a kick in the ass! Well, earlier in 2006 and as usual the seemingly tireless Melvins released yet another brand "new" CD. Big surprise. This time, as a result of their strange work last year in Europe with the famous Trevor Dunn playing bass they've recorded a full length record entitled "Houdini Live: A Live History of Gluttony and Lust", which was released in May. So put down your beer bongs and your crack pipes and dash out and buy two or three copiesÉ or maybe twenty copies just in case. Remember, this isn't bullshit so don't worry. It would be criminally and morally irresponsible not to get behind, promote and endorse The Melvins with every tool (legal and illegal) possible. Get busy, don't fight it, just do it! - Buzz Osborne Release date: Oct. 10, 2006
Total Running Time: 41:24
1. 2:41 the Talking Horse
2. 2:45 Blood Witch
3. 5:57 Civilized Worm
4. 2:20 A History of Drunks
5. 2:41 Rat Faced
6. 2:35 the Hawk
7. 2:30 You've Never Been Right
8. 6:43 A History of Bad Men
9. 6:26 the Mechanical Bride
10. 6:44 A Vast Filthy Prison
Remember to keep checking the tour dates page for updates on your area!
- Written by brian
The word is out on various music news sites that the Melvins first album recorded with Big Business is due out on October 10th on Ipecac Records. There are some photos of them in the studio located at kaztsurudome.com/melvins/melvins.htm
Buzz has been quoted as saying 'I'm very pleased with the results and I can't wait to play this stuff live.'
Speaking of which, the fall tour dates are starting to roll in, take note of the date in England for the Thurston Moore curated ATP festival, no word on which day Melvins will play:
All dates with Big Business
Aug 27, 2006 the Scene Bar Glendale, CA
Sep 6, 2006 The Library Sacramento, CA
Sep 8, 2006 WOW Hall Eugene, OR
Sep 9, 2006 The Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Sep 10, 2006 Hell's Kitchen Tacoma, WA
Sep 11, 2006 Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room Seattle, WA
Sep 12, 2006 The Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
Sep 13, 2006 The Nightlight Bellinghaam, WA
Sep 15, 2006 Big Easy Concert House Spokane, WA
Sep 16, 2006 The Other Side Missoula, MT
Sep 17, 2006 Zebra Cocktail Lounge Bozeman, MT
Sep 18, 2006 the Mangy Moose Teton Village, WY
Sep 19, 2006 Aggie Theater Ft. Collins, CO
Sep 20, 2006 Gothic Theater Denver, CO
Sep 22, 2006 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
Sep 23, 2006 House of Bricks Des Moines`, IA
Sep 24, 2006 the Reverb Cedar Falls, IA
Sep 25, 2006 Fine Line Music Cafe Minneapolis, MN
Sep 26, 2006 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
Sep 27, 2006 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
Sep 28, 2006 the Double Door Chicago, IL
Sep 29, 2006 the Magic Stick Detroit, MI
Sep 30, 2006 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 1, 2006 Frankie's Toledo, OH
Oct 2, 2006 Top Cat's Cincinnati, OH
Oct 3, 2006 Little Brother's Columbus, OH
Oct 5, 2006 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
Oct 6, 2006 Showplace Theater Buffalo, NY
Oct 8, 2006 Axis Boston, MA
Oct 10, 2006 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT
Oct 11, 2006 Pearl Street Northampton, MA
Oct 12, 2006 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
Oct 13, 2006 The Living Room Providence, RI
Oct 16, 2006 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ
Oct 17, 2006 Warsaw Brooklyn, NY
Oct 18, 2006 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Oct 19, 2006 Black Cat Washington, DC
Oct 20, 2006 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Oct 21, 2006 Mr. Smalls Theater Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 23, 2006 Star Hill Music Hall Charlottesville, VA
Oct 24, 2006 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC
Oct 25, 2006 the Milestone Charlotte, NC
Oct 26, 2006 the Orange Peel Asheville, NC
Oct 27, 2006 Ground Zero Spartanburg, SC
Oct 28, 2006 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Oct 29, 2006 Whirlyball Atlanta Roswell, GA
Oct 31, 2006 Jack Rabbit's Jacksonville, FL
Nov 1, 2006 Beta Bar Tallahassee, FL
Nov 2, 2006 State Theatre Saint Petersburg, FL
Nov 3, 2006 The Social Orlando, FL
Nov 4, 2006 Abbey Road Gainesville, FL
Nov 5, 2006 the Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nov 7, 2006 Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
Nov 8, 2006 Rhythm&Brews Chattanooga, TN
Nov 9, 2006 Blue Cats Knoxville, TN
Nov 10, 2006 Exit In Nashville, TN
Nov 11, 2006 New Daisy Theatre Memphis, TN
Nov 12, 2006 Juanita's Cantina Little Rock, AR
Nov 14, 2006 One Eyed Jack's New Orleans, LA
Nov 16, 2006 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Nov 17, 2006 Emo's Austin, TX
Nov 18, 2006 Gypsy Tea Room Dallas, TX
Nov 20, 2006 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
Nov 21, 2006 Bob's at Cain's Tulsa, OK
Nov 24, 2006 Launch Pad Albuquerque, NM
Nov 25, 2006 The Clubhouse Tempe, AZ
Nov 26, 2006 Celebrity Showroom, Downtown Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
Nov 28, 2006 New Oasis Reno, NV
Nov 29, 2006 Great American Music Hall San Francsisco, CA
Nov 30, 2006 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Dec 1, 2006 Casbah San Diego, CA
Dec 2, 2006 Detroit Bar Costa Mesa, CA
Dec. 8-10, 2006 Somerset, England ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival
Another fun thing brought to my attention was this video of the melvins on german tv circa mid-90's through you tube.
Also Mammoth Press pulled together all the submitted questions from fans (as mentioned in the previous news post) and posted the resulting interview: mammothpress.com
- Written by brian
Message from Buzz:
This is the entire Houdini record plus a few changes and some extras, recorded live and made into a CD which will be immediately uploaded into cyberspace. The whole concept originated from an invitation by the delightful All Tomorrows Parties people in England to perform the entire Houdini album live as part of their Don't Look Back series. It included The Stooges, Gang of Four, Dinosaur Jr, Mudhoney, The Lemon Heads, The Dirty Three and... well... I don't know who else but I know they all had to play one album in it's entirety. It sounded like a brilliant idea and we thanked God that they hadn't ask us to do the Ozma record. The only problem was The Melvins were once again without a bass player. Fortunately I'd been playing in the stupidly complicated Fantomas with the stinkingly talented Trevor Dunn since 1998 and I knew if he could pull off playing those nightmarish songs he could handle learning the Houdini record with practically no rehearsal. It was perfect. Trevor's a charming cat, besides we felt sorry for the little fella because he's really only been involved in the drowsy, headache-inducing, goosehonking New York jazz scene.
We thought he should finally get a chance to participate in a first-class outfit like ours. Happily for us, he agreed. We figured it was our duty to put this out as a live record since we went to the trouble of RE-LEARNING all of the songs, a third of which we never ever intended to play live. Figuring out HOW to play some of them was problematic but it worked out beautifully. The shows in London and Dublin went great. Unfortunately we didn't hit upon the idea of the live record until after the shows were over. This was a dilemma that could only be remedied by recording another show, and that wasn't easily done. Not only did we have a limited amount of time, locating a suitable venue and assembling the recording equipment was a BITCH. In the end, we couldn't find a venue that would work on such short notice so we rented a warehouse in Vernon, just south of LA, set up the gear and rehearsed all afternoon for our invitation only performance that evening. Then after running through the show twice, we took the tapes to the studio, picked out the best songs of the two sets, mixed them and mastered them onto this CD. DONE! In the exact same order we played them.
- Buzz Osborne 2006
1. 1:39 Pearl Bomb
2. 2:33 Hooch
3. 7:36 Night Goat
4. 4:49 Lizzy
5. 4:35 Going Blind
6. 1:55 Cop-Ache
7. 2:52 Set Me Straight-DCH
8. 3:18 Sky Pup
9. 2:46 Teet
10. 4:19 Joan Of Arc
11. 2:21 Honey Bucket
12. 8:05 Hag Me
13. 12:30 Spread Eagle Beagle
- Written by brian
In addition to the below information on the european dates, there will be a special performance in NYC by the Melvins and along with Cameron Jamie's films:
LIVE PERFORMANCE AT SYMPHONY SPACE
Cameron Jamie, The Melvins, and Keiji Haino
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17; 8PM
Post-punk band the Melvins plays the live score to Kranky Klaus/BB/Spook House; avant-garde musician Keiji Haino performs to Jamie’s most recent film, JO. The performance will occur at Symphony Space, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street; tickets available at symphonyspace.org.
Presented in conjunction with the 2006 Biennial.
from ipecac.com: Well blow me down! This one caught us off guard. The FantômasMelvins Big Band has decided to do a little mini tour in part of Europe in April! No new record, no real reason, just doing it because some promoters offered em a bunch of cash to dust it off. Look for the dates in the calendar section. This is not part of any bigger tour. No plans to tour other parts of the world and not sure if any dates will be added to this European run. It is very rare when the Big Band is able to get all the musicians available at the same time. And to answer your question, the reasons these cities were chosen is because this is where the offers came from. Don't blame us if they are not going to your city or country. These musicians do this for a living so they go where they are offered good money. Private jets and full body massages are expensive, you know?
Apr. 19, 2006 --- Ljubljana, Slovenia --- Cvetlicarna Mediapark
Apr. 21, 2006 --- Krems, Austria --- Donaufestival
Apr. 22, 2006 --- Berlin, Germany --- Kesselhaus
Apr. 23, 2006 --- Brussels, Belgium --- Ancienne Belgique
Apr. 24, 2006 --- Munich, Germany --- Backstage
Apr. 25, 2006 --- Fribourg, Switzerland --- Frison
Apr. 26, 2006 --- Bologna, Italy --- Estragon
Apr. 27, 2006 --- Rome, Italy --- Qube
Apr. 28, 2006 --- Turin, Italy --- Teatro Della Concorrdia
Apr. 29, 2006 --- Bourges, France --- tba
May. 1, 2006 --- London, England --- Forum
- Written by brian
OX-OP ARTS PRESENTS:
The Juxtapoz Annual Group Show 2006
Artist Receptions € 2 Opening Nights € Many Special Guests in for shows!
Friday, March 24th @ Soo Visual Arts Center 7-10pm
Saturday, March 25th @ OX-OP 7-10 pm
The actual art show is free & open to the public at both venues.
Each Melvins show is $10 per night.
the Melvins show is at 7pm SHARP!
(The art show will open after the concert.)
For tickets, please stop by SooVAC at
2640 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Melvins are playing at Grumpy’s Bar at around 11pm after the art show.
If you’re in the Twin Cities area & want to purchase Melvins tickets please come to Grumpy’s Downtown in person
1111 Washington Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – In a major coup, OX-OP Arts and Soo Visual Arts Center (Soo VAC) have snagged what is likely to be 2006’s most groundbreaking group art show. Featuring 70-plus internationally-acclaimed artists who epitomize the most current trends in fine art, this show is so big it takes two galleries to display it all! The show opens Friday, March 24th at Soo VAC, and Saturday, March 25th at OX-OP, and will be on display at both galleries throughout the month.
To those in the know, Juxtapoz Magazine is the authority on what’s cutting edge in the fine art world. As the first ever Juxtapoz show ever to be held outside of L.A., San Francisco or New York, this is an unusual and extraordinary opportunity for those of us in “Flyover Country” to get a crack at a major international art show, and the Twin Cities are incredibly lucky to have it in their midst thanks to the hard work of OX-OP’s Tom Hazelmyer and Soo VAC’s Suzy Greenberg.
According to the L.A. Weekly, “Something remarkable is happening just beneath the surface of the art world. Its makeup has been shifting — slightly and subtly at first, but with a recent torrential surge that may have put it on the verge of a sea change. Rich new collectors are buying up strange artworks from a host of until recently fringe-dwelling galleries, and the guardians of high culture are being forced to sit up and take notice.”
Both OX-OP and Soo VAC have been in early on the Lowbrow movement, which makes them the perfect venues for this monumental show. Juxtapoz Magazine, founded by artist Robert Williams (who coined the term “Lowbrow” to describe his own gutter surrealistic paintings) has been around for 11 years and is close to eclipsing Art News as the number-one art magazine.
As further elaborated in a recent L.A. Weekly article, “Lowbrow Art is the loose amalgam of excluded visual culture ranging from tattoos, underground comix and custom hot rods, to slick post-graffiti street-art campaigns and immaculately glazed pop-surrealist oil paintings. Once relegated to small galleries on the fringe, it has emerged from its scrappy underworld beginnings and is finally getting the respect it has always craved.” In fact, museum spaces have begun programming Lowbrow in earnest. A trend that is certain to continue.
Bottom line? This March, displayed between these two galleries, will be a body of work created by names that will be remembered as the pre-eminent artists of the early 21st century. Wouldn’t it be nice to say that you were there?
OX-OP is open to the public
Tuesday through Friday 4-8pm
Sat 1-5pm, or by appointment
New shows opening the first Saturday of every month.
1111 Washington Ave S.
(Behind Grumpy’s Bar)
Minneapolis, MN 55415
2640 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
AsLike usual there will be a limited edition exclusive 7" available at these shows:
A Side: PIGSKIN
B Side: STARVE ALREADY
Pigskin is the Melvins. Starve Already has King Buzzo on guitar with Haze XXL and Grant Hart on Bass & Drums. Both songs are sung by King Buzzo and are over 2 minutes on each side, both are "rock songs".
Tom Hazelmeyer wrote: 2 different sleeves (one for each night of the event).
There will be a 1000 pressed. 500 clear vinyl / 500 black.
Just to be a bastard - probably get only the black ones signed by the band and sell those on the website.
The exact numbers of what will be sold show nights, what will be available via AmRep site, and what the band is getting has yet to be determined.
Test pressings have already been showing up on ebay.
Also The Melvins will be doing a book signing and toy signing at Robot Love at 2-5pm Sat. Mar 25th. (It’s next door to SooVAC). They’ll also have copies of the LP version of their newest collaboration with Jello Biafra which is signed by all band members and cover artist Camille Rose Garcia.
The official show poster is on sale at burlesquedesign.com for $50.
The 7" set is being sold for $20 at amrep.