VIDEO: Dale Crover’s “Bad Move”

Melvins drummer Dale Crover will be releasing his debut solo album after playing with the same band for 422 years. In truth, more like close to 35 years and while Crover has done a good amount of session work and a solo EP in 1992 for Boner, he has never done a full solo album. That will change with The Fickle Finger Of Fate (Joyful Noise Recordings) and for the first video, he goes back 37 years ago to honor the solo video for Paul McCartney, “Coming Up”. Check out “Bad Move” and see if Crover has any bad moves. The album will be out on August 4th but you can pre-order it below via

RECORD CRACK: Qui release split 7″ with Dale Crover

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A unique vinyl union is here for you: the group known as Qui are on a record where the flip side features drummer Dale Crover of Melvins. It means another morsel to add to their distinctive discographies and if you are a Melvins collector, I bet that Melvins room is packed up to the neck. Now you can add a new 7″ single courtesy of Joyful Noise and check out Crover’s “Big Uns” (a song meant for big uns and lil’ uns) and Qui’s “Shame On You.” Not only that, Qui have made a video for their song, which you may have a look at below. The single can be ordered directly from Joyful Noise.

RECORD CRACK: Melvins’ Dale Crover to release new 7 inch this month

As Lord Roger takes a time out from his Melvins duties to do the solo thing, drummer Dale Crover decided to take a time out to make some new music too. This time it’s a 7″ single which features Lou Barlow (of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh fame) and one-time Melvins member Kevin Rutmanis (whom you may know from Cows). Along with drums, Crover takes the microphone again to sing beautifully. Have a listen to its A-side, “United Fruit”. Below is a look at a linoleum cut Thomas Hazelmyer made for the cover. Ordering information will be posted when made available.

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AUDIO: Hew Time’s “Nine Pan Alley”

We’re only four days away from the release of the debut record by Hew Time, a new all-percussion project from drummers Dale Crover, Coady Willis, and Joe Plummer. If you know of their work through the bands they’re in or have played with, let’s just say this sounds more like those Persuasive Percussion albums you find at thrift stores more than it does their own music, and that’s the whole point. Consider this a great record for those who cannot get enough of the drums. The self-titled EP will be released by Joyful Noise Recordings, which you may purchase directly from the label.

REVIEW: Indian Handcrafts’ “Civil Disobedience For Losers”

Photobucket The moment someone mentions Indian Handcrafts, it will lead to discussions of heaviness, music that will floor you like a safe crushing your bowels. However, another word thrown around with these guys is groove. Some of the best hard rock and heavy metal bands have a sense of groove that is often overlooked, but Indian Handcrafts know why it is a necessity: the best rock music is also the best fuck music. Civil Disobedience For Losers (Sargent House) know how to do this by blending up bits of The Stooges, Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, and marijuana brownies to create something that will make you want to find someone else’s wife and do figure 8’s inside of her. Yes, THAT kind of groove.

Anyone who remembers the band Big Chief will relate to what Indian Handcrafts are going here. This is a hard rock band who aren’t afraid to bring in elements such as gospel, pop, and soul and make themselves sound like they are about to start a revolution. The album definitely has a classic feel, reflective of their collective influences, but it’s not just done to be retro. “Bruce Lee” has the kind of texture exploration that may remind people of Black Sabbath’s Sabotage album.

In “Zombie”, they enter that warble-of-no-return sound that always made Sabbath’s songs work, one that countless bands from Seattle used in the mid to late 80’s that would lead to the foolish name of grungy. It’s that crusty guitar and bass crunch that makes you want to do dances and hand gestures you never knew existed until you realized those riffs and drum fills would make you want to dance. If the music isn’t heavy enough for you, “Lion At The Door” sounds like what would happen if W.A.S.P. were raised in Mountlake Terrace, Washington instead of Los Angeles, and I also think what works about thiis album too is while one can cite influences and references for days, in the end this is just heavy, raw rock at its best. One may go “oh that part sounds like the end of Kiss’ “Black Diamond” or “if Tad became a meber of Blackfoot, it would be this brutal” but after that happens, you begin to enjoy Indian Handcrafts for being Indian Handcrafts. The fact that Melvins’ Dale Crover and Coady Willis are on this, indirectly giving their seal of approval, should mean something.

Again, the best metal has always had some sense of groove, so while other people may want to throw in a Funkadelic comparison to explain this, you know that deep down, it’s unnecessary. You’ll find what you’ll want to find in their music but this is Indian Handcrafts, who create their rock to sound as thick as that soup in the fridge that your daughter thought was something from your engine. Disobedient rock? Isn’t that how it should be by default? Yes.

(Civil Disobedience For Losers will be released on MP3, vinyl, and CD on October 30th. You may pre-order yours below from by clicking the boxes below.)

SOME STUFFS: New Shrinebuilder out now, featuring Melvins drummer Dale Crover

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Here are the ingredients;
Scott “Wino” Weinrich
Al Cisneros
Dale Crover
Scott Kelly

Stoners now have a reason to act hyperactive in their hazy splendor, as the four of these men are what make up Shrinebuilder, who just released their self-titled debut album on Neurot Recordings. The CD has been out for a few weeks, but the double vinyl was released yesterday, so hunt it down and scare your neighbors.

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SOME STUFFS: Nirvana’s “Bleach” gets the deluxe treatment for its 20th anniversary

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I’m glad to say that I am one of a number of people who were aware of Nirvana before they were on MTV, and the album that you had to hear was Bleach (Sub Pop). It was pushed because critics back then loved it. They could have remained an obscure band from Aberdeen, Washington, but soon the world would discover an album by a band who paid around $600 for this to be put together.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Sub PoP Records have put together a special deluxe edition of this album. If you didn’t get the original limited edition white vinyl pressing in 1989, you settled with the regular black vinyl version and that was that. But take a look at how this deluxe edition will look, be it vinyl or compact disc. Loads of extra songs, photos previously unseen (including the cover shot that isn’t a reverse negative, so you can see how it actually looks), and liner notes found in a 52-page booklet for the CD version, or a 16-page booklet for the double LP. The album was remastered by its producer, Jack Endino, so you know it’s going to beat up your face.

The deluxe will be released on November 3rd, and both the vinyl and CD versions can be pre-ordered directly from Sub Pop (click the link).