Vanishing Point, Mudhoney’s latest in a long (and getting longer…), illustrious (and getting illustriouser…) “career” comes out today on Sub Pop Records. This is their ninth full-length record in 25 years, and these guys continue to write, record and perform music with unflagging passion, intensity, incisive humor and real g-d charm. It has always been and continues to be our great good fortune to work with Mudhoney. Happy release day, you guys!
Last night (the night popularly known as “Vanishing Point Eve”), these same Mudhonies played a really entirely excellent and altogether FREE set at Easy Street Records in West Seattle, WA. It was a super fun event and you can read more about it here.
You can also, and we would go so far as to suggest “should,” order Vanishing Point from Sub Pop.
Well, well, wellington: aren’t you the lucky ones? Since they’ve become translucent, things from tomorrow in the Mudhoney camp are really hitting today. Okay, I’ll quit with the album title puns, I’m doing a really bad job.
BUT Mudhoney is doing a really good job with a tidal wave of activity in the near future! First off there’s going to be a stellar live show at Nuemos on March 30th. The very next day (the 31st, right?), tune your radio (or compu-radio) to KEXP.org (90.3 FM) for a radio session at 2pm PT. AND THEN the very next day after that (no foolin’, April 1st) the lads will appear at Easy Street Records at 8pm (which we just happen to have Limited-Edition screen-printed posters by Ed Fotheringham for this instore event on sale now in the Megamart. There are only fifty for sale, so get to it if you want one). Then these guys will jet on over to KNDD (107.7 FM) for yet another radio appearance. Will this flurry of activity wear Mudhoney down? They’ve assured us that it’ll all be a piece of cake. (whoops, sorry!)
Adding insult to injury, Mudhoney’s brilliant new LP, Vanishing Point, will wash onto the shore of the world on April 2nd, which will be the same day of their video premiere for “I Like it Small” on Spin.com! So grab your brother the cow (OOF) and head for higher ground! The Mudhoney is coming!
Our very close, personal friends Mudhoney will release Vanishing Point, their 9th full-length album in 25 years, on April 1 in the UK and Europe and April 2 in North America, on CD, LP and digitally. All of this will happen on the record label whose offices we occupy, Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. The 10-track album is led by the single “The Only Son of the Widow from Nain”, which we are offering as a free download starting right now.
In support of Vanishing Point Mudhoney has scheduled NW record release shows for late March, and a 3-week UK/EU tour from late May to early June. The EU tour begins on May 21 in Dusseldorf, DE at Zakk and ends on June 10 in Birmingham, UK at HMV Institute. Preceding the tour, the band will play two Pacific Northwest record release shows: March 29 in Portland, OR at Doug Fir and March 30 in Seattle, WA at Neumos. Additional US tour dates will be announced soon. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
In related news, Mark Arm spoke with SPIN last month about the recording of the album, sharing touring plans and what fans can expect from the new record (see interview December 11).
1) Slipping Away
2) I Like It Small
3) What to Do with the Neutral
5) The Final Course
6) In This Rubber Tomb
7) I Don’t Remember You
8) The Only Son of the Widow Nain
9) Sing This Song Of Joy
10) Douchebags on Parade
Mar 29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Mar 30 Seattle, WA – Neumos
May 21 Dusseldorf, DE – Zakk
May 22 Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
May 23 Bielefeld, DE – Enger
May 24 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
May 25 Leipzig, DE – Werk 2
May 26 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
May 27 Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
May 28 Warsaw, PL – Stodola
May 29 Prague, CZ- Lucerna Music Bar
May 30 Zagreb, HR – Pogon Jedinstvo
May 31 Firenze, IT – Viper Theater
Jun. 01 Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
Jun. 02 Winterhur, CH – Salzhaus
Jun. 03 Frankfurt, DE – Zoom
Jun. 04 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Jun. 05 Glasgow, UK – ABC
Jun. 06 Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Academy 2
Jun. 07 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 2
Jun. 08 London, UK – HMV Forum
Jun. 09 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
Jun. 10 Birmingham, UK – HMV Institute – The Library
It comes with a school boy level of giddiness to announce that on April 2nd, Sub Pop is releasing Mudhoney’s 9th full-length, Vanishing Point. Mudhoney’s Mark Arm sat down and talked to SPIN about the forthcoming record and you can check that out by clicking here.
If the prospect of waiting four long months for new Mudhoney is a little too daunting to you (it certainly is for us), than perhaps the new-on-DVD Mudhoney documentary, I’m Now, or their Live In Berlin show will do the trick of tiding you over until then.
Mudhoney have a brand new DVD out today featuring an almost 25-year-old live performance from Berlin, Germany. As this post was being written, the author realized he was just beginning to plagiarize the press release from !K7 Records, the company almost entirely responsible for this DVD. So, in lieu of that literary infraction, he just cut+pasted the original press release following the next sentence.
On November 13th, 2012, !K7 Records will release Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988 on DVD. The footage, filmed by a professional camera crew at 1988’s Berlin Independent Days festival and only recently rediscovered, captures the Seattle Grunge pioneers’ first ever performance on foreign soil. Playing as representatives of Sub Pop Records to a crowd of curious punters, critics and members of Europe’s independent music community, the show was also the first Grunge gig in Europe, laying essential groundwork for the genre’s subsequent global domination.
Besides its historical importance, Mudhoney: Live In Berlin, 1988 presents one of the greatest rock’n’roll groups of all time at their very best, a glorious mess of flailed hair, acidic caterwaul, gnarly riffage and fried guitar skronk as Mudhoney tear through material from their epochal (but then-unreleased) Superfuzz Bigmuff EP and eponymous debut album.
Wild, thrilling, and funny-as-fuck, much like Mudhoney themselves, the performance captures an unguarded moment for the band, removed from the expectations and hyperbole that would later accompany the Grunge movement they unwittingly helped kick off. “We couldn’t understand quite why this was happening, why ours was the band that was flying out, or what was going on,” remembers Mudhoney vocalist and guitarist Mark Arm. “We’d only played Portland, outside of Seattle, at that point,” says Arm. “And to be flown out to Berlin to play a show, at that point, seemed almost like a joke to us.” Little did they know they know their off the cuff performance, enlightening and eye opening for the industry professionals in attendance, would have such long standing consequences in Rock ‘n’ Roll history.
A testament to the enduring vitality of the independent music scene, the release happens along side the 27th anniversary of !K7, a Berlin-based independent label and distributor with offices in New York and London, and an internationally renowned purveyor of electronic music in particular. In its early days, !K7 also served as a video production company run by label-owner Horst Weidenmueller, whose crew filmed a number of performances from that year’s Berlin Independent Days festival. Weidenmueller recently rediscovered the Mudhoney footage, realizing that he held in his hands a crucial rock ‘n’ roll document that had to be shared with the world.