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These Gifts: Mark Arm Of Mudhoney's Favourite Albums
Nick Hutchings , May 26th, 2015 15:35

As they embark upon a run of UK dates tonight, the Seattle fuzz merchants' frontman takes Nick Hutchings on a tour of his top 13 LPs

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The Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die
We played with the line-up from this album at 2007's All Tomorrow's Parties. We were allowed to curate a day and we brought them over. That record A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die just got reissued on Superior Viaduct and they played a couple of shows in California. Danny Bland - a guy I knew from way back from the band Cat Butt, works very closely for Dave Alvin from Flesh Eaters [and The Blasters] - asked me if they came to Seattle, would we want to play with them and I was like: "Fuck yeah!"

They were great man. They exceeded expectations I think and there were a lot of people at the show who were probably not familiar with the record but were familiar with the guys. They're like "we like The Blasters, we like X" but it's a totally different beast to those bands. It's got more of a Captain Beefheart, early Dr. John feel to it with the marimbas on the record, the Steve Berlin sax (another record with sax!).

It was kind of an anomaly at the time. It was part of the punk scene but it wasn't a punk record. There was this thing at the time that I confused it with at first - bands like 45 Grave and Christian Death and the Dance With Me-era TSOL where everything was kind of getting satanic. I initially lumped it in with that stuff but it's so much better and further ahead of the game than that.

The record for me was kind of a slow burn. I worked in a radio station and when it came in I put it on a cassette with a more normal hardcore band on the other side. I eventually found myself fast-forwarding through the hardcore side and just listening to A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die over and over again. It wasn't like initially "this is great!", it was more like "this is weird!" to a 19-year-old. Chris Desjardins' lyrics are awesome and dense and intense and pretty much like Nick Cave's. Both those guys - they don't write short, concise pop songs.

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May 26, 2015 5:29pm

Vanishing Point is not an Antonioni film.

("Since We've Become Translucent and Vanishing Point; it's Antonioni film reference aside...")

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May 26, 2015 5:37pm

However, Zabriskie Point is an Antonioni film.
And, Vanishing Point the LP is much, much better than the film.

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Mick Leg
May 26, 2015 6:34pm

As hard as it is to believe the half of Green River that didn't become Mudhoney became Mother Love Bone and then Pearl Jam. Soundgarden were contemporaries of Green River

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May 26, 2015 7:07pm

Excellent to see Black & White in there, a much under-rated album

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May 26, 2015 7:20pm

Nice selection that. Anybody who has copies of Black & White, Duck Stab, & A Minute To Pray... in their collection gets a cheery thumbs-up from me.

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May 26, 2015 8:54pm

In reply to Lucas:

it was not sound garden it was Pearl Jam unfortunately

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Scott Udell
May 26, 2015 9:09pm

Half the band went to Pearl Jam, not Soundgarden.

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The Former Mrs. Epp
May 26, 2015 9:35pm

Zabriskie Point is a great great GREAT fucking movie, hugely underrated by simps and ths soundtrack is a great also, even if drunk Puritan (how's that for inner conflict) John Fahey couldn't understand.

Also, though it pains me to recall this because Green River themselves were overrated, they split into Mudhoney (great band, mediocre but sometimes better songwriters) and motherfucking... Pearl Jam... not the always loathsome Soundgarden, even when they had the Japanese guy.

Mark's hep though, glad he's doing wel.

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Winged Eel Ding-a-Ling
May 26, 2015 9:42pm

Great to see Alice C. and Pharoah Sanders on there-- once upon I time I'd play "Karma" and Spacemen 3 "Playing With Fire" (a record I think Mark has heard, hah) back to back to back to back...

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May 26, 2015 9:54pm

"My friend Smithy and I had a fanzine called Attack".

That should be "Smitty", as in "Jo Smitty" of Mr. Epp and the Calculations (and currently of Clearinghouse).

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May 26, 2015 11:40pm

In reply to The Former Mrs. Epp:

Agreed. ZABRISKIE Point is a "great great GREAT fucking movie" as is its soundtrack. VANISHING Point is not a great or even good movie.
My comment was pointed at the writer of this about Vanishing Point being an Antonioni reference... hence, pointing out that ZABRISKIE Point is Antonioni not VANISHING Point.

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May 26, 2015 11:43pm

In reply to :

I said nothing about Soundgarden or Pearl Jam. And I could give a shit either way, anyway.

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May 27, 2015 2:09am

1. Mark Arm is a fucking national treasure.
2. His take on the Discharge LP is spot-on. More psych than punk.

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May 27, 2015 8:40am

Good choices, but I have to say I thought 20,000 Day on Earth was the most painfully pretentious music doco I've ever actually made me dislike Nick Cave a bit

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May 27, 2015 9:39am

In reply to :

Go ahead & spoil yourself: dislike him A LOT like I do. :)

His skin-crawling pseud-factor has sky-rocketed since the hair transplant, eh?

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May 27, 2015 12:23pm

funniest thing about Nick's hair is they the new mullet from his fucking scrote! Smoooooth.... But for guys like Mark, Nick is their Springsteen so they indulge a lot... tho' Bruce aged more gracefully even if his kid claps her beefy thighs around jumping horses for sport... but then Mark Arm wears a wetsuit now so who we too judge... Bloodloss?

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May 27, 2015 3:49pm

Nick's a good singer and bandleader but goddamn what a horrible fucking writer he is; the hair plugs only exacerbate the fact. Wot, no Cunty Munro II?

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May 27, 2015 5:07pm

Mr. Epp and the Calculations:

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Oh, Calcutta!
May 27, 2015 6:56pm

Loved their 1st, 2nd albums. Great rock wailer. Should give it up at that age.

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May 28, 2015 12:46pm

Mark Arm put a Pharoah Sanders album in his Baker's Dozen?! Just when I thought the guy couldn't get any cooler!

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Me & Mrs. Epp
May 28, 2015 3:36pm

Nick references = Cave, pull down thy vanity you fucking simp

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Tim Tracy
May 28, 2015 4:38pm

Here's a spotify playlist with all of the albums. Enjoy!

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Jun 5, 2015 11:01am


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Jun 17, 2015 11:54am

but wasn.t sterlin morrison in the bizarros when he quit the velvets.either that or a bar band called the bizarros from texas

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