Melvins / Mudhoney – White Lazy Boy

2020 has been a challenging year for almost everyone I know – probably an understatement for most folks reading this review. Pandemics, economic distress, political unrest, police brutality – and we are still in July. As for me, I haven’t avoided the curse of 2020, but onward life goes. Fortunately, Melvins / Mudhoney have provided a short soundtrack to the chaos of the year. That’s right – two pioneers of grunge have combined into one force of nature to deliver a powerful 4 song EP.

White Lazy Boy was originally released in June of 2020 on an almost instantly sold out CD (snagged it) followed by a vinyl release in July of 2020 (missed out). It features Mark Arm and Steve Turner from Mudhoney along with King Buzzo, Dale Crover, and Steven McDonald from Melvins. Two originals / two covers, two sung by Mark / two sung by King Buzzo. My War is a fitting way to kick off the EP – Mark Arm screaming his way through a cover of the Black Flag classic. The Melvins / Mudhoney lineup bring a garage rock sensibility to the song and gets your heart racing. Exhilarating! Walking Crazy follows with King Buzzo on vocals. This tune feels closer to a Melvins song, imbued with a sludge layered sense of doom. Black Sabbath worthy riffs galore. Killer tune. 10 Minute Visitation is sung by Mark Arm and might be my favorite song on this release. Mudhoney’s rawness combined with the Melvins’ riffs & stoner grooves makes for an intoxicating brew. Drive Back originally appeared on Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Zuma – considered by some to be an influence on the grunge era. Here, the song is given a harder edge with King Buzzo delivering a fine vocal performance. Guitars swirl, white noise overwhelms, and…silence. A perfect ending to a perfect EP.

You can pick up the release here and stream below. Absolutely recommended.

Verdict: Grunge Deluxe

For Fans of: Mudhoney, Melvins, Nirvana, Green River, Alice in Chains, Neil Young

Mudhoney – Digital Garbage

I first fell in love with Mudhoney in the summer of 2013. You could say I was about 25 years late to the party. I’d owned their records and liked them. But it wasn’t until I was at my first Mudhoney show at the Sub Pop Festival in Seattle that everything clicked for me. The perfect unholy alliance of garage rock, punk, and grunge. Fortunately, Mudhoney play a ton of local shows and I’ve had the opportunity to meet members of the band, catch their live show over a dozen times, and even appear in one of their music videos. Digital Garbage is the band’s first album in 5 years and reflects the uncertain times in which it was recorded.

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Mudhoney – You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)


Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.

At some point I’d imagine this section of the site could turn into “Mudhoney Corner”. For 26 years now, the band has cranked out punk-garage-grunge rock at a healthy clip. Saturday the 15th of February I had a chance to see the band live for the 2nd time in 7 months. A certain benefit to living in the Seattle region is that Mudhoney plays local shows at a regularly, even when not touring the US. I missed out on their opening slot for the sold out Pearl Jam show, and I couldn’t make their small gig at Full Tilt Ice Cream a few months ago so you could say that I was determined not to miss this show at the Tractor Tavern. The show didn’t disappoint – Mudhoney displayed a youthful vigor that would put bands half their age to shame. What had me smiling the most was watching the band (late 40’s to early 50’s) spit out punk rock gems with absolute glee on their faces. “You Got It (Keep It Outta My Face)” was originally released as a single in 1989 and appears on the extended SuperFuzz Bigmuff EP as well as the self titled debut full length. A catchy intro, with lyrics that initially seem positive, it builds to a chorus that is anthem for the ages. This song came out as grunge was exploding, but to these ears it sounds like garage rock with punk attitude. The band is on fire – Mark Arm’s vocals are menacing, Steve Turner’s guitar is melodic yet heavy, Matt Lukin’s bass is perfect, and Dan Peters lends an almost jazzy feel to the drums. What initially sounds like praise – “They say you’ve got it / I see you got it / You got it good” quickly turns to condemnation of the braggart stance “You got it / Damn right you got it / SO WHAT / KEEP IT OUTTA MY FACE”. This, my friends is punk and garage rock perfection. It was one of the highlights for me at the show last weekend, so I’ve embedded the studio version as well as a version from a relatively recent concert. It sounds just as incredible in 2014 as it did in 1989.

A Geek’s Guide to Music in 2013


Another year gone by too quickly. Nothing left to do but try and recount all the great music releases of 2013. We saw the return of David Bowie, (3) new Mark Kozelek records, band reunions, and high-profile hip-hop releases. We also saw people upset with Miley Cyrus quite a bit and while I don’t enjoy her music I thought that the controversies were overblown. I was really looking forward to the new Eminem record but ended up liking only a few songs. Kanye West’s new record didn’t really do anything for me and I couldn’t get into the long-awaited My Bloody Valentine. My list is lacking some of those albums that are on other sites – some of them I didn’t dig all that much and some of them I just didn’t replay very much.What can I say? I march to my own beat. On the flip side, I loved every Mark Kozelek related album, discovered a few gems, and rocked out to Black Sabbath. So here’s a look at 50 music releases from 2013 that I played over and over again. I’ll see you in about a week with the 1st article of 2014.

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Mudhoney – I’m Now


Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.

2013 has proven to be a banner year for Mudhoney – jointly celebrating a 25th anniversary alongside their 1st and current record label, Sub Pop. I had the chance to see Mudhoney’s set at the Sub Pop Silver Jubilee over the summer and have found myself revisiting, rediscovering, and in some cases discovering gems from every era of their career. Add in the amazing documentary I’m Now alongside the biography Mudhoney: The Sound & Fury From Seattle by Keith Cameron, and let’s just say…I’ve been losing a day or two here and there listening to Mudhoney. I’m Now is the song that lent its title to the documentary, and it is a quintessential slab of Pacific NW garage punk rock (or…grunge). Taken from the band’s 2008 record The Lucky Ones, it is one of the standout tracks from Mudhoney’s career. Mark Arm’s vocals recall Iggy Pop at his rawest, conveying angst with each nuance of pronunciation. Guy Maddison bounces along on bass and Steve Turner provides the garage rock guitar refrains. Lest we forget, that’s Dan Peters holding down the beat on drums, holding the shambolic, melodic track down. What happens when the students become the equal to their teachers? You’re left with Mudhoney, holding their own alongside The Stooges, MC5, and The Sonics. A band that just keeps going and keeps delivering on every level. I could honestly write about quite a few Mudhoney tracks that are amazing but for now let Mark Arm and the band pummel you with this classic, with these words:

The past makes no sense,
The future looks tense
I’m now!