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The Melvins mind-melting first ever television appearance from 1995


An early shot of Washington State fuzz kings, Melvins.

Sound FX was a short-lived show on the FX Network back in the mid-90s. Its greatest claim to fame was when it had the honor of hosting the Melvins’ very first national television appearance in 1995.

This clip features the band absolutely slaying “Revolve” from their eighth album Stoner Witch in front of an audience that clearly has NO idea what was happening on stage or how to handle it. It’s an awesomely awkward experience from beginning to end as during the performance the show rolled a bunch of Melvins’ factoids on the screen to hip their viewers to the band. Such as the fact that none of them drink or do drugs—and even featured an artist sketching the band while they played.

But things get really uncomfortable when the band and King Buzzo sit down with one of Sound FX‘s hosts—and future host of the reality series Survivor—Jeff Probst who was tasked with interviewing the band. The trio had just released Stoner Witch which Probst carelessly describes as more “user-friendly” than other records their catalog. Yeesh. The entire affair is highly amusing to watch as the Melvins quite literally roll all over Probst and his silly questions and then thankfully take the small stage again and murder out a version of “Goose Freight Train.” Nice. The fifteen minutes of footage is ready for you to watch below.
 

The Melvins’ first national television appearance on the FX Network show ‘Sound FX’ in 1995.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
This Melvins rehearsal tape from 1985 features drummer Dale Crover’s pissed-off mom
That time it cost Bill Maher $1,700 to insult the Melvins

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That time it cost Bill Maher $1,700 to insult the Melvins


 
Bill Maher is sometimes a trenchant, cranky, and astutely funny gadfly telling brave truths to power, and that guy can be a joy to watch. However, sometimes he’s merely a smug and cringeworthy backpfeifengesicht poster child nursing a nauseating schoolgirl crush on his own opinions. Maher’s unabashedly opinionated nature is an asset, but his arrogant posturing often blemished (I won’t say “marred” because that’d be cheap) his otherwise great feature length documentary-as-takedown Religulous. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool atheist who largely agrees with him on matters of faith, but his pomposity in that film sometimes felt just as gross to me as the most self-satisfied hubris of right wing Christian exceptionalists. But when he’s on, he can be magnificent, and the remarks that land him in the hottest water often happen to be the ones where he’s most dead-on correct.

And once in awhile he’s just an ass with shit for taste in music.

Just a couple of years ago, Maher tweeted that the game show Jeopardy was a game show for smart people and that Wheel of Fortune was for idiots. He’s not really wrong, but he might be a wee bit biased, as he himself appeared on Jeopardy twice. In November of 1995, he played Celebrity Jeopardy against actors Swoosie Kurtz and Charles Kimbrough. (His charity of choice: PETA. Have fun with that.) He returned two years later for a “Power Players” match against NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and I shit you not disgraced Lieutenant Colonel and serial non-recaller Oliver North. In that episode, Maher pulled an Audio Daily Double in the category “It Came From Seattle,” wagered $1,700, and was treated to a clip of the excellent Melvins’ song “Copache,” a fan favorite from their 1993 album Houdini that’s liable to turn up in the band’s live sets to this day. The clip accompanied a question about the grunge movement, which of course rather famously emerged from Seattle (though Melvins themselves did not). Maher chose to opine about the song instead of answering the question, betraying his pedestrian tastes by lamely joking “well that song sucked, that’s for sure.” His pleas that he intended to answer the question fell on the tinnitus-deaf ears of righteous sludge metal rager Alex Trebek, and Maher forfeited his $1,700.

Serves his ass right. He’s probably a fuckin’ Eagles fan, anyway.
 

 
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Melvins’ Dale Crover joins Qui on ‘My Knees’: A Dangerous Minds premiere
08.04.2016
10:19 am

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It’s good to have cool friends, and I can think of few bands who get that like Qui does. In their decade-and-a-half of existence, the duo has morphed from a clamorous noise rock duo to a daring and melodic band making some of the most compelling and enjoyable experimental rock being made today. So it’s both a happy and unfortunate happenstance that many people know them mostly as “that band David Yow was in for awhile.” Unfortunate because they’re so much more than that, but happy because hell, at least more people know who they are.

Qui was formed in L.A. in 2000 by drummer Paul Christensen and guitarist Matt Cronk, and they announced their existence to the world with the album Baby Kisses. It’s a bit throwbacky, developing ideas that largely tap an acutely ‘90s Skin Graft/Touch and Go vein, but they attracted former Scratch Acid/Jesus Lizard singer David Yow, who served as a guest vocalist before becoming a full-blown member of the band in 2007, appearing first on the “Today, Gestation” 7” and then the Love’s Miracle album. (Recommended. I saw the band on that tour and GOD DAMN.) Yow would appear on another single in 2009, but as of a 2013 split 7” with Mike Watt, Qui were a duo again.
 

 
That split 7” reveals what could be an entirely different band. Though the drumming is Shellac-ishly sparse, the noisy guitar is all but gone—in place of the distorted guitar textures, the song is mainly characterized by sunny two-part vocal harmonies. Which they pulled off really well. The openness in their arrangements and those harmonies bouyed their excellent 2014 album Life, Water, Living…, co-produced by Melvins’ drummer Dale Crover and engineer/sometime Big Business guitarist Toshi Kasai. Dale and Toshi kept the gig, producing Qui’s forthcoming new E.P. How to Get Ideas, and guitarist/singer Matt Cronk took the time to answer some questions about it all via an email exchange:

Dangerous Minds: So—you had David Yow in your band for a spell, and now you have Dale Crover guesting on your new E.P. Is it possible that your duo is in fact a frustrated trio? Do you have a strong preference for either configuration? Would you add another full-time member again?

Matt Cronk: We’re certainly not frustrated. Quite the contrary, in fact. There are huge advantages to being small, both artistically and practically. With only two people we are generally sympatico on what we want to do musically. Over the years we’ve gotten really good at collaborating, allowing one another room to try out ideas, etc. That’s not to say it was hard to collaborate with David, not at all. Getting to work with him was a dream come true for us and writing music together was an enormous pleasure. We jelled right away but I doubt that would be the case with just anyone. On the practical end, with only two people, there are fewer schedules to accomodate, fewer people needing hotel rooms and food, fewer girlfriends, and so on. We can tour in a smaller vehicle than we could with more members so our fuel costs are cut nearly in half. All those things add up quickly. I guess to answer your question about a preference, if I had to pick one I would pick the duo. Paul and I have been friends since high school and have been joined at the hip ever since. We get along and can obviously work and travel together for long stretches. I can’t stress enough, however, how much we loved playing with David Yow. He has remained very close to us and I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten to both be his friend and bandmate. Dude’s one of a kind.

We are and have always been open to playing with other people. In fact, we just finished tracking a record with Trevor Dunn. We are talking about doing some dates with him next year, it’s a matter of working it out logistically.

As for taking on another full-time member, it’s not out of the question, depending on who it might be. As of now, we are really digging being able to have these collaborations, yet not be totally beholden to them. We have a couple other things in the works with other people.

I know that before this E.P., Crover co-produced Life, Water, Living…. Did he perform on any tracks on that album?

MC: Yes, in much the same capacity. When we were tracking vocals for Life, Water, Living… Dale had suggested adding a third harmony part to one song. We were both a little hesitant for whatever reason, and he said, in his soft-spoken cadence, “come on, guys, I’m trying to sing on your record!” We, of course, were only too happy to oblige. He ended singing on a few things on that one. Working with him and Toshi Kasai has been yet another incredible blessing. It is not lost on us how lucky we are to get to work with our heroes. We are truly honored.

Is it “key” or “kwee,” and does the name have a specific meaning or was it selected because it doesn’t?

MC: Kwee. We chose it specifically because it doesn’t mean anything. We wanted a name that was oblique and didn’t conjure any kind of image like, say, Goat Master or The Black Things or whatever. We have always tried to be unique in our aesthetic and presentation.

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Melvins meet godheadSilo, and of course it’s COMPLETELY BADASS: A Dangerous Minds premiere
02.25.2016
09:41 am

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Not so terribly long ago, we at DM noted that over their 30+ year career, sludge-metal and grunge forefathers Melvins had experienced a perpetual revolving-door phenomenon with regard to their bass players, and I compiled what I thought was an exhaustive list of the musicians who’d filled that slot. But at the time, I had no idea this had happened: in 1999, during Kevin Rutmanis’ (ex-Cows) tenure as bassist, a two-bass Melvins lineup briefly existed, the second bassist being Mike Kunka of the equally bludgeoning Northwestern bass/drum duo godheadSilo. That band made itself underground-famous in the ‘90s with a literal wall-of-sound approach—Kunka would line the back walls of the small venues they played with enough amplification for a massive arena show, while drummer Dan Haugh battered a set of compensatorily humongous drums. As their gear utterly dwarfed them, the effect was as amusing as it was deafening. Under the moniker “Mike & the Melvins,” they recorded the album Three Men and a Baby, an album which for unclear reasons went unfinished for over 15 years.

But last year, for equally unclear but entirely welcome reasons, Melvins core duo Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover reconvened with Rutmanis and Kunka to finish the album and deliver it to Sub-Pop records over a decade and a half behind schedule. If you’re in for this sort of thing (and since you’re still reading, I think it’s fair to assume that skillet-meets-face sludge rock is more or less your zone), the album was worth the wait. The release date is April 1, but the track “Chicken ‘n’ Dump” is available for download now, and it’s DM’s pleasure today to premiere the song “Limited Teeth.”
 

 
Keep reading after the jump…

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Melvins and Redd Kross mashed up in real life and in handy T-shirt form
01.05.2016
10:11 am

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Brian Walsby


 
Like time itself, the procession of Melvins bass players marches ever onward. That sludgy parade has included luminaries like ur-Melvin and eventual Mudhoney founder Matt Lukin; Lori Black, the daughter of the ridiculously famous 1930s child actress Shirley Temple; Cows’ Kevin Rutmanis; Joe Preston of doom pioneers Earth, who went on post-Melvins to form the wonderful ambient/drone project Thrones; erstwhile Alchemy Records honcho Mark Deutrom; Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn; Karp/Big Business bassist Jared Warren; and, most recently, Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus.

My pals and I have long had a running joke—and we surely can’t be the only ones—that this tendency will reach its apotheosis once Minute/hose bass legend Mike Watt becomes a Melvin, but in a way, something close enough has actually happened. It was announced last month that the latest Melvin will be Steve McDonald of Redd Kross, the early L.A. hardcore band featured in Desperate Teenage Lovedolls and Lovedolls Superstar when they themselves were still actual teenagers, making themselves notorious with a gleeful take on hardcore that pushed towards manic power-pop, and a penchant for hilariously nailing near-heretical cover songs. In the mid-‘80s, they made a dramatic turn towards full-blown psychedelia, releasing the unspeakably brilliant Neurotica, an album that would leave a large stain on the grunge movement that was soon to come. McDonald resurfaced in the 21st Century as a member of the hardcore alter-kaker supergroup OFF! with members of Circle Jerks and Hot Snakes, and with Redd Kross again, on the 2012 LP Researching the Blues. He’s reportedly already recorded a Melvins EP called War Pussy, and will perform on this year’s sure-to-be-completely-sick tour with Japanese spazzcore gods Melt Banana and Napalm. Fucking. Death.
 


 
To celebrate this unholy union, Melvins have released a Neurotica mash-up T-shirt, designed by illustrator and onetime Polvo drummer Brian Walsby, who in 2014 gifted the world with a wonderful Melvins/Forever Changes shirt. Preorders are currently ongoing, and quantities are limited to 500 standard Ts and 500 raglan sleeve baseball shirts.

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This Melvins rehearsal tape from 1985 features drummer Dale Crover’s pissed-off mom
11.21.2015
08:15 am

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A wonderful artifact just popped up on YouTube this week—a 1985 Melvins rehearsal tape, of pretty high quality for a boombox recording, bookended by the complaints of band member Dale Crover’s mom that the band is drowning out the TV!

Melvins, as constituted in 1985, were already on their second lineup. Founders Buzz Osborne and future Mudhoney member Matt Lukin (the first in Melvins’ Spinal Tap drummer-like procession of bassists) had recruited drummer Crover the year before to replace original member Mike Dillard. Osborne was 21 at the time, and Crover only 18, and the band practiced in Crover’s mother’s Aberdeen, Washington home. But despite their youth, the soon-to-be-influential band were already burgeoning road warriors. After the rehearsal tape, I’ve included footage from a concert that same year, in Calgary, Alberta.
 

 
Here’s part one of that concert in Canada. Part 2 is here, and 3 is here.
 

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King Buzzo goes mansion shopping
06.30.2015
09:20 am

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An amusing side-effect of the ‘90s post-Nirvana OMFG SIGN EVERY BAND WITH WEIRD CLOTHES RIGHT NOW moment was the attention given to quality strivers who would likely have escaped the mainstream radar altogether had the corporate music sector not taken to throwing entire scenes at the wall to see what would stick. And while yes, we had to suffer the temporary ubiquity of 4 Non Blondes and Crash Test Dummies, moments like this almost made up for it: sometime in the mid-‘90s, MTV took Melvins singer/guitarist King Buzzo mansion shopping in Beverly Hills.

I’m having trouble pinning down the actual date of this, but judging from Buzzo’s hair, my best guess would be between 1994-1996ish, give or take. (And I love the idea of Buzzo’s hair functioning as rock ‘n’ roll carbon-dating. Surely someday it’ll serve as an oracle.) This was squarely within the short period during which Melvins were on Atlantic records, but though they’d influenced very very successful bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden, the Melvins themselves weren’t really filling stadia in accordance with their accolades. Which, along with Buzzo’s natural charm and warped sense of humor (that ridiculous fake evil laugh gets me every time), is exactly what makes this video hilarious—America’s love affair with quality notwithstanding, he’s not a guy who’s ever going to be buying a Beverly Hills mansion.
 

Hanging with Kim Thayil? Cool, no doubt, but no mansion. Maybe a nice bungalow?
 

Hanging out with Kurt Cobain? STILL no mansion. Sorry, Mr. Influential.

And he hammers that point home at the end, attempting to pay for the place with indie-cred, in the form of magazine articles full of accolades for how influential he was. But of course, all that influence didn’t really make Melvins any real cash. The real estate agent, who took this shameless waste of her time in admirable stride, then proceeds to state the incontrovertible fact artists of all stripes have been trying to tell cheapshit clients for ages: praise and exposure for your work don’t support you if you don’t get MONEY for it. And really, in that era of overwrought and myopic Fugazi-purity, that it took a goofy prank on a real estate agent to point out something so screamingly obvious is actually kind of unsurprising.

By the way, Melvins are on tour, and Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus is serving as their bassist (he and BHS guitarist Paul Leary played on the last Melvins album Hold It In). If there’s a show coming your way, do try to make it out to see them. After over 30 years, they still bring it HARD.
 

 
Thanks, Rob Galo, for letting me know this exists.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
King Buzzo of The Melvins gets a dream-come-true invitation from Dave Grohl (and totally blows it)
The Melvins’ King Buzzo talks about his rescue dogs
From Brainiac to Buck Owens: King Buzzo guest DJs with Henry Rollins on KCRW

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The Melvins’ King Buzzo talks about his rescue dogs
03.13.2015
09:46 am

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Animals
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King Buzzo


 
There’s all kindsa Melvins news to report: they’re soon to be the subject of the documentary with the best name ever, The Colossus of Destiny - A Melvins Tale, which you can help Kickstart here, and they’ve announced a summer tour to support their LP Hold It in, with the Butthole Surfers’ Jeff Pinkus on bass (YAY!). But I’d way rather tell you about the band’s singer/guitarist Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne’s recent interview on Dogster. It seems that the godfather of sludge-metal and his wife have quite a few rescue dogs, and frankly, I respond to dogs the way the Internet writ large responds to cat pictures. I have a rescue, myself, a terrier mutt, most likely part miniature schnauzer, part Boston, possibly part Scottie, named “Lulu” after Emily Flake’s alt-comic, and she happens to be the single most adorable goddamn thing on Planet Earth. (I’ll spare you the treacly “who rescued who” shit, as I hate that kind of naked mawkishness with the power of a million squirrels.) If I lived on a huge property instead of in a rented duplex, I’d probably have a commensurately large number of rescue dogs. Dogs kinda rule.

Osborne talked to Dogster’s Kezia Willingham about life with his two Jack Russells and his Staffordshire, Buster, Coco, and Gigi (cool that he’s a terrier guy, too…), and how he and his wife came to be serial rescuers:

The first dog my wife and I had was a rescue Pit Bull-Whippet-Lab mix named Itchy. He lived to be 17, and we had to finally put him down a little over a year ago. That was tough. He was pretty much the best dog ever.

When we got him, he had been severely abused and had never been indoors, never slept on a dog bed, and never eaten or drank out of a bowl. He was malnourished and extremely skittish. The people who had him before us used to let their children throw baseballs and other assorted garbage at him while he ran around terrified and helpless in their backyard. People who behave like that should be in jail. They ended up abandoning him to a neighbor of theirs, who told us the whole story.

He didn’t trust us at first, but once we started treating him right he warmed up and became a wonderful companion for the better part of two decades. I can’t imagine a better dog. The first time he ever tasted steak, I thought his eyes were going to pop out of his head.

Rest in peace, Itchy. G’boy.
 

 

 
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‘If Heaven was real’: OFF!, Melvins and Dinosaur Jr. interviews by a 10-year-old kid


 
Last spring, we told you all about Kids Interview Bands, a web series featuring two young ladies from Central Ohio talking to members of Mastodon, Slayer, the Pixies, and even ICP. Well, perhaps predictably, the boys are on the case too: a young fellow named Elliott conducts musician interviews for littlepunkpeople.net, and he’s doing a fine job. (He’s the son of the site’s masterminds, Daniela and Justin Fullam—the site is basically a family art project. Cool family, I must doff my cap to them!)

Here he is getting Keith Morris of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and OFF! talking about the go-for-it ethos of early So-Cal hardcore, what he’d do if he were President, and other critical subjects like “the government or Dracula?” And Morris is plenty awesome here.
 

 
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The Melvins/Love mashup shirt you didn’t know you wanted has arrived
09.08.2014
12:08 pm

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Artist/musician Brian Walsby has been active for a solid 30 years, making art for Maximum Rock ‘N Roll and Flipside, and drumming for bands as varied as SoCal hardcore shit-stirrers Scared Straight and math-rock gurus Polvo. His latest opus is a hilarious Melvins shirt that parodies the famous cover art of Forever Changes, the classic third LP by Love.
 

 
The shirt features six members of the Melvins’ forever-changing (GET IT? GET IT?) lineup, including Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk), Jared Warren (Big Business, Karp), Coady Willis (Big Business, Murder City Devils) and, obviously, ur-Melvins Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover. These will be limited in quantity to 500, and per the Melvins’ Facebook page, they’re already running low, so pre-ordering soon would seem wise if you’re just dying for one of these.

The Melvins’ new LP, Hold It in, features Jeff Pinkus and Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers, and is due out in October. While you wait, enjoy the Osborne / Crover / Willis / Warren lineup’s live performance at L.A.‘s Amoeba Records in 2008.
 

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Stream the new King Buzzo acoustic LP only at Dangerous Minds
05.27.2014
11:22 am

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One of the least likely candidates this side of Whitehouse for an acoustic phase was surely The Melvins’ King Buzzo, whose name is pretty much onomatopoetic for his IMMENSE electric guitar sound. But the progenitor of both grunge and sludge-metal did just that this year, doing a brief solo u-word tour and releasing a super-limited 10” acoustic EP called This Machine Kills Artists.. The tiny number of copies of that EP that were released online were gone in no-time (I got extremely lucky and nabbed one, just by the sheer happenstance that I took a look at AmRep’s Facebook page right when they announced it was up for sale), and the rest were sold only on tour dates.

But if you got shut out of that release, never fear. All but two of the EP’s six songs are coming out on Buzzo’s full acoustic LP, also called This Machine Kills Artists, which will surely confuse no one. As the EP was accompanied by a short tour, the LP will herald a long one. The dates are listed here.
 

 
The album will be released physically and digitally by Ipecac Records on June 3, and will feature 17 songs. Individual tracks have made their way to the public via The Quietus and ScionAV, but Dangerous Minds is proud to be the first to bring you the entire album stream.
 


 

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‘The Color of Noise’: The Amphetamine Reptile Records story


 
So blah blah blah Nevermind, huh? It was an epochal album that experienced world-altering success, but in the early ‘90s underground, it was more like a harbinger of doom.

Once Nevermind hit radio, heavy indie-rock concert audiences began filling up with the types of hateful “normals” whom fans of weirdo music had spent their lives trying to avoid, so the more dedicated and tribal noise-ists, whose embrace of post-hardcore was less flannel-and-MTV-oriented, dove deeper. And when Sub-Pop band after Sub-Pop band kept shooting for the big time, “deeper” meant Amphetamine Reptile.

AmRep was in many ways like a ‘90s SST, a natural home for fearless disreputata to make the twisted and powerful music they needed to make. Tar’s Roundhouse, Helmet’s Strap It On, Cows’ Cunning Stunts, Surgery’s Nationwide, and Hammerhead’s masterpiece Into the Vortex were all crucial documents of this new noise from the Midwest and NYC, and all of them were on AmRep. The label stopped releasing new artists at the end of the ‘90s, but it never deactivated entirely, and it still occasionally releases material by its older acts—King Buzzo’s painfully limited 10” acoustic E.P. from earlier this year was an AmRep release.

The label was started in the ‘80s by the colorfully cranky Tom Hazelmyer, a USMC vet, printmaker, firearms enthusiast, and the leader of the vociferous Minneapolis trio Halo of Flies, whose collection Music for Insect Minds is a must-have if you go in for this kind of stuff. Hazelmyer is the subject of the forthcoming documentary The Color of Noise. Financed by a Kickstarter two years ago and directed by Eric Robel, the doc is set to debut at the end of this month in Nashville, in conjunction with an exhibit of Hazelmyer’s linocuts. It features archival concert footage and interviews with most of the above-mentioned, plus The Melvins, Today is The Day, Unsane, Helios Creed, and several noteworthy poster artists. Clips, outtakes and the official trailer made their way online this week. Here’s a snippet that looks at the label’s amazing R&D series of gorgeous 7” picture discs.
 

 
And here’s the trailer. If you’re going to be in Nashville around the end of the month, the debut screening is scheduled to be held at Third Man Records on May 30th. If you’re just dying to know more but can’t wait, an official blog has been documenting the process of making the film, and this Hazelmyer interview is top-notch.
 

 
Some Halo of Flies footage that didn’t make the final cut, after the jump…

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From Brainiac to Buck Owens: King Buzzo guest DJs with Henry Rollins on KCRW
04.03.2014
05:41 pm

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Melvins’ frontman Roger “Buzz” Osborne guest DJ’d on Henry Rollins’ KCRW show last Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these two yap about music and life. Buzz describes his playlist as “musically schizophrenic.” I’m going to have to agree.

It’s definitely a fun listen. Hope you enjoy.

Set List

Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign
Brainiac – Fresh New Eyes
Gang of Four – Paralyzed
Scientists – Set it on Fire
Judy Garland – Stormy Weather
The Fugs – I Want to Know
U-Men – Blight
Birthday Party – Fears of Gun
King Buzzo – Drunken Baby
Jimi Hendrix – Power of Love
Miles Davis – Black Satin
Tweak Bird – Spaceships
David Bowie – Quicksand
Bobby Darin – Beyond the Sea
Gun Club – Ghost on the Highway
MC5 – I Want You Right Now
Tom Waits – Bad as Me
Latin Playboys – Lemon ‘N Ice
Captain Beefheart – Glider
Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Buck Owens – Memphis

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King Buzzo of The Melvins gets a dream-come-true invitation from Dave Grohl (and totally blows it)
03.27.2014
11:38 am

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As DM reported several weeks back, Melvins singer/guitarist Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne went on an unlikely-seeming acoustic tour this year, and released a now sold out tour-only acoustic E.P. on the Amphetamine Reptile label. (It’s since been announced that he’ll be releasing a full length acoustic album on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label in June.) Osborne has always been an affable storyteller in interviews, so it was no surprise to hear that his stage banter in these intimate shows were just as worthy of the ticket price as the music, but THIS story, told last week in Chicago about Nirvana/Foo Fighters/Them Crooked Vultures/total rock god Dave Grohl, is just AMAZING:
 

 
Poor bastard COMPLETELY BLEW IT.

In case you were wondering how the music on the tour was, there’s more live King Buzzo after the jump…

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King Buzzo of The Melvins announces solo acoustic tour
02.04.2014
12:27 pm

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Guitarist Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne of the Melvins is widely known for a brutally heavy sound that served as a major influence on post-hardcore, stoner rock and doom metal. Despite almost never having played a quiet, undistorted note in his 30-plus year career, he’s just announced a solo acoustic tour for this spring.

This has GOT to be interesting. The following dates were listed this morning on the Melvins’ official Facebook page:

Mar. 2 - Minneapolis, MN - Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
Mar. 6 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Mar. 8 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Mar. 10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Production LLC
Mar. 11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
Mar. 13 - Austin, TX - Record Label Rummage Sale
Mar. 16 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack
Mar. 17 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
Mar. 20 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Mar. 21 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
Mar. 22 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
Mar. 23 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

 

 
In commemoration of the tour, a 10” EP titled This Machine Kills Artists will be released by Amphetamine Reptile.

Footage of Osborne playing without amplification is unsurprisingly hard to come by, but what exists is terrific. Here he is playing an acoustic version of “Revolve” from the Melvins’ 1994 LP Stoner Witch, and talking in some depth about his process.
 

 
Bonus! Here’s Buzzo being interviewed by Fox News’ douche-god Greg Gutfeld, on the now-canceled Red Eye. You’ll cringe at Gutfeld’s name-dropping attempts to establish OG punk bona fides, but Buzzo is his usual laid-back self, and he uses the platform to inform America’s neurotically hyperpatriotic mouthbreathers about totally sweet bands they’ll never listen to, like Tweak Bird.
 

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