Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Green River - Come on Down

I last wrote about founding grungefathers Green River in this space over six years ago, if you can believe that. At the time Seattle was buzzing with gossip that they might be playing the Sub Pop 20th birthday celebrations that summer. I can now tell you that they did indeed play that weekend, and ifRead more...

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Review Revue: Dead Moon - Defiance

It turns out I have previously blogged in this space about a Dead Moon album, but I’m going to do it again, because 1) that was over four years ago, which on the Internet is like a whole nother geological age; 2) they have fourteen albums, I think I can write about two of ‘emRead more...

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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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