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.
On Friday, June 8th, the new and very good documentary film about Mudhoney called I’m Now will be screening at The Triple Door here in Seattle. As more clearly and eloquently displayed in the image associated with this blog post, there is a screening at 8:00 pm (that is open to people of all ages) and also a screening at 10:30 pm (that is restricted to people over the age of 21).
Directly below this sentence you will find the press release associated with I’m Now.
In the harsh world of the music industry, survival is the greatest revenge.
Today Mudhoney stands as one of the only survivors of a musical movement that inspired a generation and changed Rock and Roll forever. The band’s seminal hit “Touch Me I’m Sick” is on the short list of songs that define Grunge, the early ‘90s rock renaissance and, let’s face it, is one of the best rock songs ever, regardless of genre niche or time period. Mudhoney’s music and attitude have inspired countless artists and continue to do so today.
This documentary tells the story of Mudhoney from their very beginnings, to following them on their recent world tour and everything in between. Complete with testimonials from friends, music industry veterans, and musicians such as Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard & Jeff Ament, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and Mudhoney themselves, this movie shows the true story of the founding fathers of Grunge (please do not describe Mudhoney as the founding fathers of Grunge).
I’m Now is a portrait of a band that has seen and done it all, while never losing site of why they originally started playing music… to have a good time!
After meeting in college, filmmakers Ryan Short and Adam Pease established King of Hearts Productions in 2004 and hit the ground running, producing concert DVDs and music videos for MTV and Fuse, all while still in their early 20s. In 2008 the filmmakers were nominated for an award by MTV Europe for one of their music videos, that same year they released their second documentary film, the critically acclaimed TAD: Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears. In Late 2009 filming began on I’m Now when the filmmakers traveled to Japan to document Mudhoney’s world tour for the album The Lucky Ones. Filming continued as Mudhoney traveled to Europe and South America.
I’m Now is a comprehensive look at Mudhoney’s career told by the members of Mudhoney, record label execs, critics, and fellow musicians.
Cast: Keith Morris, Tad Doyle, Kurt Danielson, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, David Fricke, Charles Peterson, Jack Endino, Wayne Kramer, David Katznelson, Kim Thayil, Bob Bert, Stevie Chick, Danny Baird, Bruce Pavitt, Jonathan Poneman, Megan Jasper, Keith Cameron.
Ryan Short, age 29, and Adam Pease, 28, currently live in Seattle and operate King of Hearts Productions full time.
I’m Now was Directed, Edited and Produced by Ryan Short and Adam Pease.
This past February we were shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Rick Kulwicki. Kulwicki was best known as the guitarist for The Fluid, Sub Pop’s first non-Seattle signing, and had been a mainstay on the Colorado music scene for more than 25 years. While his passing left a big hole in the music world, it left an even bigger hole in his family.
Rick was a proud single father and his life revolved around his sons, Richard and Roman, whose well-being and happiness were important to him above all else. He was proud of their academic achievements, their band Purple Fluid, and their profound kindness. The fact that they were growing up to be individuals who were wonderful beyond his imagination filled him with happiness.
While the pain of something like this can be unbearable for the family, the financial strain of losing a sole parent and provider is also a great hardship and the boys’ basic needs should not be threatened because Rick died unexpectedly. These are teenagers with very bright futures and together we can help lessen the strain by giving generously in memory of their dad.
Which is why Mudhoney has teamed with the Denver-based organization Prints For a Cause to offer signed, limited-edition photographs taken during their mesmerizing performance at The Kulwicki Twins Benefit show in Denver on January 6th, 2012. Proceeds from the sale of the signed prints will be donated directly to The Kulwicki Twins Foundation in the name of Mudhoney.
Mudhoney jumped at the opportunity to take part in the benefit. “Rick is an old friend of ours and we want to do whatever we can to help his boys out,” Mark Arm said before the show. “We met Rick and the rest of The Fluid back in ‘88. In fact, we played with them at a small club in Denver on our first tour in October of that year. It’s a fucking tragedy that we even have to do this.”