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donhonyc
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From: The Quiet EAST Village
Posted: 2004-09-17 9:54 pm   Permalink

...they sucked! A friend and I saw them about two years ago and they blew our minds. We hyped this to a bunch of our friends and dragged them to the gig tonight, and they blew! So much for our close friends plunking down $20 each for a ticket. I felt so jipped. I mean the show had it' s moments, and maybe I wouldn't feel so bad if the show was cool and all out friends loved it too, but the band was riding the borderline of really, really kicking our asses. The Melvins live gigs are like a combination of Captain Beefheart meets The Grateful Dead meets Metallica. A great mix right? How could anybody go wrong with that (okay, maybe you all aren't in agreement with the Dead comparison)But usually they rock. Not tonight. Anybody out there have the same problem?!



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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2004-09-17 10:02 pm   Permalink

I love the Melvins I have seen them a handful of times all of them great. I live in LA and I am planning to see them on October 14th. I recently bought their new album "Pigs of the Roman Empire" and I really was disapointed. I think there are two actual songs the rest total crap!!! I played the record only once and got tired of listening to never ending boring noise. I am all for noise only if it is useful to a song. I hope I get a better show than you did!!

 
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2004-09-18 1:02 pm   Permalink

Hey Sperm Whale-

Yeah I became a big fan when I saw them in '02. I was so blown away, I actually bought a copy of 'Gluey Porch Treatments' righ there at the gig. From then on I was hooked. I've come to realize though that the Melvins are one of those bands that is purely hit-or-miss with their recordings, and as I found out with their live gigs too.

For example, their 'Houdini' album has some great songs on it, but as a whole it is kinda lackluster. Ironically (or maybe coincidentally...depends on how you look at it) the songs produced by Kurt Cobain on that album suck! By the same token 'Ozma" is a totally ass-kicking record. I was hoping to hear some of that last night, but no dice.

Also: they only played and hour last night, so beware of feeling ripped off at the gig you're supposed to go to. But to give the guys the benefit of the doubt, the venue they played here was Webster Hall, a pretty huge, old, ornate dance club. Back in the day it was known as The Ritz. These days it is mainly a dance club, and they just started showcasing live acts again, so the M.O. for the management is have the bands play live in the main room, get the crowd out and get the cheesey dance club crowd in so they can continue getting door charge and sell drinks at inflated prices. Hence the one hour show. Major let-down.


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2004-09-18 1:40 pm   Permalink

Hey Donhoyc-
My first melvins show was in 95 at UC Irvine during lunch it was so great!! Lorax was playing Bass and it was just before Houdini came out. I have been seeing them ever since. I like early stuff as well as the new stuff. One of my favorites is STAG. Other great album are Stoner Witch, The Maggot, The Crybaby, The bootlicker, Electro retard, Hostal Ambient Takeover, Oh hell, I like most everything. All of them a little different from the other.
I saw them at AMEOBA Records in Hollywood and they played H.A.T. in its entirety. Their bass player Kevin Rutamis totally kicks ass. Have you ever listened to his old band "The Cows"? I love that band as well.
Anyway I am rambling.
Later,
Spermy

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donhonyc
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Posted: 2004-09-18 1:56 pm   Permalink

Spermy-

Thanks for the reccomendations on the Melvins albums. The only way I ever get any info on them is word of mouth. I'll check out 'Stoner Witch'. That's a great title! Sounds like it could be pretty cool.

Melvins are a great band. I heard they opened for Kiss a couple of years back? While we were watching them last night a friend of mine turned to me and said he thought they sounded like "Nightmare Rock". Hey, maybe he coined a new term for the Rock genre. When I was watching them, diggin' it (during the good parts) I was like how do Buzz, Dale, and Kevin handle this beating night after night? They all must be totally deaf! Plus those wierd gowns (?) that Buzz and the bass player wear. They must be sweating their asses off. Insane! I guess if anything was worth the price of admission it was seeing Buzz in person. That guy is a bonafide freak!


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2004-09-18 2:41 pm   Permalink

Just thought I'd Tell you that I actualy met Buzz. He is pretty much a normal guy. Anyway, I Think you should check out THE COWS when you get a chance. THey are not like the Melvins but they are great.

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Kono
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From: Orlando
Posted: 2004-09-18 8:33 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-09-18 14:41, The Sperm Whale wrote:
Anyway, I Think you should check out THE COWS when you get a chance. THey are not like the Melvins but they are great.



Years ago one of my hobbies was making road tapes (mix tapes) to listen to in the car and one time I decided to make a scary/insane themed tape, for whatever reason. The peak of the tape was TAD "Wood Goblins" segueing into a Sebadoh song I don't remember the title of (it was off of a 7" and it was a folksy ditty about the thing that lived in the cornfield and ended with a spooky monologue, in an ever deepening voice, on the nature of magic) and that segued into The Cows "Almost a God." Pure gibbering insanity!

The Cows were a very unusual band. Are they still around? I've got some Melvins but not enough. Mostly singles. I'm gonna check out those recommendations as well. Thanks.


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2004-09-18 9:04 pm   Permalink

Unfortunatley the cows broke up a few years ago. The singer is now in a band called "THe Heroin Shieks". The bass player plays with "the Melvins" and "Tomahawk". I am glad that there is people on this site that not only love TIKI but also have eclectic taste in music. Exotica to Punk that is way cool!!

 
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hala bullhiki
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Posted: 2004-09-19 10:39 am   Permalink

the melvins were great here in chicago on this tour....ive seen them prolly 10 times over the last decade.....and the heroine shieks have the same booking agent as my band tummler

 
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-09-21 10:23 am   Permalink

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On 2004-09-18 14:41, The Sperm Whale wrote:
Anyway, I Think you should check out THE COWS when you get a chance.



Wow, I caught them in London a good while back. The singer was swinging a wig he was wearing around and had something weird going on with a pair of someone else's dentures he had in his mouth. Blee!

They don't make frontmen like him, Gibby Haynes or David Yow any more...

Trader Woody


 
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davew
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Posted: 2004-09-21 12:46 pm   Permalink

donhonyc:

for a truly great live band check out the CRAMPS,theyll be doing 2 nights at irving plaza in oct/nyc..........dave from jersey


 
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Tiki Chris
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Posted: 2004-09-21 12:49 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-09-21 10:23, Trader Woody wrote:
Quote:

On 2004-09-18 14:41, The Sperm Whale wrote:

They don't make frontmen like ... Gibby Haynes ... any more...




That's the kind o' sound I like!


 
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2004-09-21 1:54 pm   Permalink

Hey Dave-

Thanks for the recommendation. I am a Cramps fan from way back. I saw them at Roseland back in '97 and was planning on checking them out again at Irving.


 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2004-09-21 2:26 pm   Permalink

Her is more more exciting info on another Melvins Release:
As of the 17th the collaboration between the Melvins and Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedy's) has been released exclusively on his label's website, it still won't be in stores until Oct. 19th though so the only way you can get it is through the web. Jello Biafra accompanied the melvins on stage for the last half of their set these last few days of their tour beginning with chicago last thursday. They've been playing a couple songs off the new album "Never Breathe What You Can't See" .
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? What happens when the most controversial Punk Rock vocalist/activist on earth teams up with the heaviest band of our time? What happens when Jello Biafra and the Melvins put their collective heads together and do an album?

"Never Breathe What you Can't See" is what happens! A musical monster of massive proportions is born, bristling with Jello's manic energy and anchored by the sheer heft of the Melvins' collective heaviness. With both camps flexing their musical prowess, the result is something that retains the signature qualities of both artists and yet sounds refreshingly unlike anything that either has recorded in the past.

If the tag team of Jello Biafra and the Melvins wasn't enough, there's guests from Tool, Phantom Limbs, Fleshies, Frisk, Spitboy, Malnourished, and Gag Order as well!


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hala bullhiki
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Posted: 2004-09-21 7:18 pm   Permalink

jello was at the chicago show and he joined the melvins for several dead kennedys songs.....

 
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