Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Mecca Normal - Calico Kills the Cat

What a happy coincidence! When I began my usual internet research for this week’s piece on Northwest heroes Mecca Normal, I fully expected to find the usual nostalgic laments for a great band that was no more. How wrong I was! Not only is the two-piece guitar/voice unit of Jean Smith and David Lester fullyRead more...

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Review Revue: Mondo Vita - Fins de Paris

There’s not much information out there about the ’80s Seattle band Mondo Vita. Their leader Eric “Travis” Wilson (who has been working as a musician in Las Vegas for the past decade) claims on his own web site that the band “appeared on every TV station Seattle had to offer.  They also populated their stageRead more...

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Review Revue: Richard Peterson’s First Album

As you might have noticed, the pictures I gathered on my most recent visit to the KEXP stacks were exclusively from the local section, and I feel like I’ve been learning a lot of our fair city’s history that simply living here for 12+ years has not been enough to absorb. Case in point: SomehowRead more...

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Review Revue: Room Nine - Voices . . . of a Summer’s Day

Room Nine were, it seems, a pretty big deal in Seattle in the late ’80s; like Diamond Fist Werny, they were another band doing their own thing — with their own lighting designer! — while it probably seemed like everyone around them was churning out noisy, grungy rock. Room Nine broke up not long afterRead more...

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Review Revue: Mudhoney - s/t

Did somebody say Jack Endino? Here’s one of those Endino-produced classics I was talking about last week. If Mudhoney needed no introduction by the time they released their self-titled debut LP in 1989, at this point they should be, I don’t know, playing on top of the Space Needle or something? Oh, that’s right, theyRead more...

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Review Revue: Endino - Angle of Attack

It’s hard to think of an individual who’s more of a Seattle Rock Institution than Jack Endino. Whether as a musician or producer/engineer, he’s been knee-deep in this city’s growing and changing music scene for about three decades. By the time he released Angle of Attack, his first solo album (which you can, and should,Read more...

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Review Revue: High Performance - All Things Considered

It’s worth reminding ourselves that the recent heady days are by no means the first wave of Seattle hip-hop, or even the first time Seattle hip-hop has made it big on the national scene. Of course we all know Sir Mix-a-Lot, but it’s not like he just appeared out of nowhere. There were other artistsRead more...

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Review Revue: Icky Joey - Pooh

While there was often a healthy debate on any given album’s merits at KCMU, every once in a while it seems that everybody just ganged up on some poor defenseless record for no good reason. Icky Joey (not a name familiar to me until I pulled this record off the shelf) was a super groupRead more...

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Review Revue: Diamond Fist Werny

I was talking to KEXP engineer extraordinaire Kevin Suggs the other day, and the band Diamond Fist Werny came up in conversation. Having moved to Seattle in 2001, well after their heyday, I had never even heard the name, but apparently they were a pretty big deal around here in the ’90s, doing their ownRead more...

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Review Revue: Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World

London’s Kitchens of Distinction, like so many bands championed by KCMU, were a promising and critically acclaimed band in the late ’80s and ’90s that never quite broke as big as they might have hoped, but have maintained a devoted following over the years. Last year, almost two decades after breaking up, the band reformedRead more...

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