On April 1st, 2016, Sub Pop will release Three Men and a Baby, the long-awaited collaboration between Mike Kunka (godheadSilo, Enemymine) and the Melvins. The 12-song album features the highlights “Chicken ‘n’ Dump” and “Limited Teeth.” You can hear “Chicken ‘n’ Dump” right now via YouTube or Soundcloud, so click on over and treat your earholes!
Noisey had this to say of ”Chicken ‘n’ Dump”: “Delivers on the promise of the Kunka/Melvins pairing, fixing Mike’s hellacious, chugging low end to Buzz Osborne and the boys’ thick racket, banging out a riff as joyous and as it is punishing (see premiere January 26th).”
Three Men and a Baby is now available for preorder through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. LP preorders through megamart.subpop.com will receive the Loser edition, housed in a custom dust sleeve and on white vinyl (while supplies last). There’s also a rad new T-shirt.
Most of Three Men and a Baby was recorded in 1999 at Louder Studios by Tim Green (The Fucking Champs), and it was finished in 2015 at Sound of Sirens by Toshi Kasai.
About Mike and The Melvins:
Three Men and a Baby is the new album by Mike and the Melvins. It was supposed to come out sixteen years ago.
These are the facts we can be sure of: in 1998, around the time his band godheadSilo went on hiatus, bassist/vocalist Mike Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with his friends the Melvins. Somewhere along the way, Mike and the Melvins – King Buzzo (guitar/bass/vocals), Dale Crover (drums/vocals), and Kevin Rutmanis (bass/vocals), at the time – decided to make a record together, and gave the project the imaginative moniker Mike and the Melvins. Sub Pop, ever on the hunt for music’s Next Big Thing, enthusiastically agreed to fund and release the super-group’s debut, and recording commenced sometime in 1999.
It’s at this point that things get hazy. Apparently, one or more of the following happened:
· Some “junior-high level bullshit.”
· A house was built, a barn was raised, children were born.
· Typical record-label skullduggery.
· A scorching case of whooping cough.
· Surgery. Lots of surgery.
· Shocking and poorly-timed gear theft.
· Some other stuff, probably, or maybe not.
Whatever the reasons, the incomplete recording languished on a shelf from 1999 until 2015, when, much to everyone’s surprise, the involved parties reconvened, finished the damn thing, and delivered it post-haste to Sub Pop International Headquarters, where it was promptly scheduled for the coveted April 1st, 2016 release date. What a story, right?
So, about the record: It’s real good! Mike’s signature bass crunch and vocals are all over it, and the Melvins are in fine form. It has everything from hefty noise-rock churn to a Public Image Ltd. song to cough-syrup blues to deconstructed black metal. Neither Melvins nor godheadSilo fans will be disappointed, nor will detractors of either; to paraphrase Mike, if you don’t like it, it probably wasn’t meant for you (read more at Sub Pop).
Our old pal Zak Sally (musician [Low, Dirty Three, Kid Dakota, etc.], cartoonist Recidivist, Sammy the Mouse, the forthcoming Like A Dog hardcover collection due this fall from Fantagraphics], and publisher La Mano 21) somehow ended up making a record; wrote, sang and played every damn thing on it, recorded it with his old pal Ben Durrant (Andrew Bird, Dosh, Shearwater) at Crazy Beast Studios.
It’s called Fear of Song (as in: “Zak Sally’s Fear of Song,” get it?). 9 songs 37 minutes, and will be released on CD in a signed and limited edition, with all the packaging and such done BY HAND on the La Mano press. It will be very nice. We at Sub Pop also did a 7" from that record, featuring the single “Why We Hide”, and an exclusive track “When I Said I Missed You I Just Meant My Aim Was Off (The Quiet Life)”. It’s here. You should really buy a copy.
There is also probably going to be a video for that first thing by Phil Harder (Foo Fighters, and, uh…Prince). The release date for the single is July 21, release date for the CD is July 22.
Zak has set up an associated HUGE, AMAZING RECORD RELEASE SHOW/ LA MANO BENEFIT!
It’ll be hosted by the good folks at Eclipse Records (and therefore is ALL AGES and CHEAP) right on University Ave. in St. Paul. Starting at 5:30-ish, you will see performances by these local luminaries:
JIM AND THE FRENCH VANILLA (Jim from the blind shake’s solo venture)
PAUL METZGER (solo treated guitar unbelievable-ness)
SKOAL KODIAK (sorry everyone else, but the best damn band to come out of Minneapolis in a decade solid)
T.O.G.P.T.F.F.S.O.T.W.O.T.E.R.A.T.S.Y.O.A (Three Old Guys Play The First Five Songs Off The Wipers’ Over The Edge Record And The Song Youth Of America) featuring Zak Sally, Dale Flattum (Milk Cult, Steel Pole Bath Tub), and double duty from Freddy Votel (Cows, Skoal Kodiak, a million other bands)
and the SEAWHORES.
Besides that, there will be tables selling zines, posters, books and whatever by a bunch of your favorite local arteests. ALL AGES. CHEAP. How does SIX BUCKS sound? The aforementioned “benefit” aspect in this case means that the $6 you spend getting in will get you SIX BUCKS OFF OF ANY LA MANO BOOK OR POSTER (and aside from all that, the first hundred or so people in the door will almost certainly get some free thing from the La Mano archives, not sure what exactly yet, but…).
In addition, and further on the benefit/funding the making of his record front, Zak is also selling on eBay the original painting he created for the cover of Low’s 2005 album The Great Destroyer. Check out the auction here!
In the new, Spring 2007 issue of Magnet Magazine, there is, fittingly enough (it’s their 75th issue), an article entitled “75 Lost Classics.” The fine folks at Magnet describe it like so!
They’re nobody’s buzz bands anymore. But since 1993, MAGNET has discovered and documented more great music than memory will allow. The groups may be broken up or the albums out of print, but this time, history is written by the losers. Here are 75 of the finest albums that time forgot.
Good news, gang! We found eight of them! (Nine, if you count the indie-pop/twee sidebar that featured a picture of Trembling Blue Stars and talked about their Broken by Whispers album from 2000, but actually picked The Lucksmiths’ album The Green Bicycle Case…)
And, in even better news, we would like to sell these Lost Classics to you!
Still in print:
Pond Pond (1993) – on CD for $9 and LP for $7.
Velocity Girl Copacetic (1993) on CD for $9 and LP for $7.
godheadSilo Skyward in Triumph (1995) – on CD for $9 and LP for $7.
The Spinanes Strand (1996) – on CD for $9 and LP for $7
The Go Whatcha Doin’ (1999) on CD for $10.
Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees (2001) on CD for $10 and double-LP for $11.
Out of print, but you can still buy ’em on the iTunes:
Seaweed Four (1993)
Zumpano Look What the Rookie Did