Melvins are coming! The Melvins are coming! Yes, those Melvins.
(To Revolution Hall, in fact, on Saturday.) And their new
album A Senile Animal is a brutal, hook-happy,
motherfucker of a dust-up that doesn’t stop to smell the
roses. We think it may just be one of the Melvins’ best
albums ever, and so does Dale Crover. Yes, that Dale Crover.
You might know him for some of his extra-Melvinian activities—namely,
the time he spent drumming for Nirvana.
We spoke to Crover while he was being driven around Spokane
in a minivan. “We’re on the mean streets of Spokane, Washington,”
he de-clared. “We had a day off, and I treated everyone
to some buffalo steaks!”
buffalo is great! You never had buffalo?” Crover replies,
happy as a clam. “It’s good. It’s not too much different
from cow. It’s a little bit different. We had it with a
nice bottle of wine, crème brulee and Marion Barry cobbler
Marion Barry cobbler for dessert.” Crover clarifies. “And
then we went to the movies. We saw Hollywoodland.
It was a real feel-good movie, wasn’t it?” Crover asks his
companions in the minivan.
Band frontman Buzz Osbourne (aka King Buzzo) and drummer
Crover didn’t go it alone this time. It is their connection
to fellow musicians’ connections that landed Crover in Nirvana
and Osbourne in Fantomas. And it was their willingness to
experiment that Crover says pushed A Senile Animal
into full-force mode. “We kicked our bassist out again,
as tends to happen, and we didn’t want to deal with someone
else’s neurosis, and we were wondering what we should do,”
had played with these guys in Big Business. We knew those
guys really well. My wife suggested we get the bass player.
Buzz said, ‘Why don’t we get both of them?’” So the Melvins
got themselves a bassist and a second drummer. Yes, that’s
right, the Melvins, who are known if nothing for Crover’s
influential skin-rupturing, decided to double the freshness
and double the fun.
had been talking about (adding a second drummer) for quite
a long time. The time was right.” The recorded and live
result is akin to Black Sabbath and Black Flag playing together
and using Einstürzende Neubauten and Ministry as a rhythm
Asked if he thinks, after all these years of being cited
as an influence by bands of many genres, that this album
may finally get them serious radio airplay, Crover replies,
“I think so. I think that about all our records. It’s my
opinion that we’re one of the best bands around and everyone
should love the Melvins. But I understand that there are
more straightforward songs on the record. Sure, I think
it should be played on the radio. Everyone should love it!”
Crover says the band will tour hard behind the album. And
despite the fact that they’ve been around since the late
’80s, Crover says, “To quote Matthew McConaughey from Dazed
and Confused, ‘I keep getting older and they stay the
same age.’ We’re out for 76 shows ’til December. The U.S.A.
is the best place to tour in the world. There is no place
I’d rather tour than here. Well, I’d go to Japan. Japan
and Italy and the U.S.A., although Australia is pretty nice,
Crover adds that the band will play smaller cities. He says
shows in places like Albany tend to be the best because
the city doesn’t get as many acts. But then he comes to
his Melvinsy senses and says, “We’re coming there ’cause
we’re cool! And . . . we think you guys are cool too!”
The Melvins, with special guests Big Business and Ghostdigital,
will play Revolution Hall on Saturday (Oct. 14). Tickets
for the 8 PM show are $15. For more information or to buy
tickets, call 274-0533 or visit www.revolutionhall.com.
by over 20 million theatergoers! “More productions playing
internationally”—right this minute—than any other musical!
This is the juggernaut that is Mamma Mia!
we don’t endorse this kind of burger- pimping, over-80-million-served
promo talk. But Mamma Mia! is the ABBA musical, and,
god help us, we love us some ABBA. Sure, there’s a plot:
A young woman, on the eve of her wedding, tries to determine
which of three guys is her long-lost father. Fine. Whatever.
Any excuse to hear these classic ABBA hits is OK with us:
“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do,” “The Name of the Game,”
“Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,”
“Take a Chance on Me,” “S.O.S.” and over 20 more!
Such gooey pop goodness is irresistible, so we won’t even
try. (You shouldn’t either.) And we won’t even criticize
Benny and Björn for not figuring out a way to work “Fernando”
into the story.
Mia! opens Tuesday (Oct. 17) and continues through Oct.
22 at Proctor’s Theatre (432 State St., Schenectady). There
are shows at 8 PM Oct. 17 through 21, and 2 PM on Oct. 19,
21 and 22. Tickets are $64.75 to $19.75. For more info or
to order tickets, call the box office at 346-6204.
writer and poet R.M Engelhardt will celebrate the release
of his new book, The Last Cigarette: The New and Collected
Poems by R.M. Engelhardt 1989-2006, with a signing and
performance tomorrow (Friday) at Lark Street’s Upstate Artists
Guild. Engelhardt is known around these parts as the host
of the former spoken-word open-mic School of Night and as
a huge advocate of the local poetry scene. His work has
been published by many journals both in print and online
including Retort, Verve, Industrial Nation,
Sure!, The Charles Bukowski Newsletter and
During his performance, Engelhardt will be accompanied by
Dr. Sax and John Weiler on guitar.
R.M. Engelhardt will perform at the Upstate Artists Guild
(247 Lark St., Albany) tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 13) at 7 PM.
This event is free. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thelastcigarette
or www.upstateartists guild.org.