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Melvins Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Mon., May 18, 9 p.m. 2009

There’s a lot to love about the Melvins’ current double-drummer lineup, but it’s probably just as well that Jared Warren and Coady Willis are keeping their day jobs in Big Business—though Dale Crover and Buzz Osborne have been the core of the Melvins since 1984, other personnel tend to come and go pretty quickly. Just now Big Business is pushing the new Mind the Drift (Hydra Head), so the Melvins are taking their back catalog for a spin—specifically, they’re doing another round of performances of their 1993 major-label debut, Houdini, one of the most perversely compelling products of the post-Nirvana sellout boom. (They’ve previously played it at All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as in an empty warehouse for the 2006 concert album A Live History of Gluttony and Lust.) For Houdini the good King Buzzo will be joined, strangely, by nobody who played on the album: original Melvins drummer Mike Dillard, who left the band in ’84, and former Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn. (Lori “Lorax” Black—Shirley Temple’s daughter—was the Melvins’ bassist for Houdini, but quit shortly after its release.) Then Crover will take over on bass for songs from 2005’s Mangled Demos From 1983 (Ipecac), the only Melvins release Dillard actually appears on; the bassist on those recordings, Matt Lukin, retired from music after leaving Mudhoney. It’s a hell of a way for Dale and Buzz to celebrate their 25th year. Across the street the Flat Iron is hosting a Melvins art show from 8 PM till 2 AM. —Monica Kendrick

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