The Deep Six compilation has become the stuff of legend in the Seattle music scene as one of the first important records in the history of “grunge.” It shouldn’t be a surprise considering considering the lineup. But back in 1986 when it was released, Deep Six was ignored for the most part Read more


Not quite part of the Seattle scene, Tacoma, Washington’s Seaweed was nonetheless sucked up in the whole grunge thing in the early 90s. This is the complete story of the punk band that made a career on the outskirts of Seattle’s city limits -- and its success Read More

Poneman and Pavitt, Sub Pop

Even before Nirvana made them rich, Sub Pop founders Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt always had big goals for their label. This excerpt from Gillian Gaar's World Domination: The Sub Pop Records Story looks at the early days of the influential label. Read More

Pearl Jam

After the death of Mother Love Bone vocalist Andy Wood, Wood’s former bandmates Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were still trying to figure out their next move. This excerpt from Jessica Letkemann's mini-book explains how a series of coincidences led to the creation of Pearl Jam. Read more

Lexicon of Grunge

The lexicon of grunge

In the early 90s, the mass media went crazy for anything "grunge," even going so far into finding out the slang of flannel-wearing kids in the northwest. And in typical Seattle fashion, they made a joke out of it Read more

Mr Cobain

“Going Out of Business Since 1988!”: An Oral History of Sub Pop Records

How Sub Pop – the label that brought you Nirvana and the Shins – survived constant money woes (rubber checks!), drunken rock stars (microbrews!) and grunge-era insanity (flannel!) Read more

Seven Year Bitch and 11 other forgotten bands

12 Forgotten Major Label Albums

Regional bands were being signed left and right in the early 1990s. Not all of them became national stars Read more

Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage is an exploration of the music scene centered around Seattle in the 80s and 90s. This project looks at all aspects of the rock scene, not just the part that became known as the “grunge explosion.” Learn more about Northwest Passage

Owen Atkins

We didn't really have any unfinished business. The reunion was fun, but I doubt we’ll ever do it again.

Birthdays / April

  • 1 Ben McMillan Skin Yard, Gruntruck
  • 1 Joanna Bolme The Spinanes, Quasi
  • 4 Mike Starr Alice in Chains
  • 5 Mike McCready Pearl Jam, The Rockfords, Temple of the Dog, Shadow, Mad Season
  • 7 Kim Warnick The Fastbacks
  • 9 Lori Black The Melvins
  • 13 Hiro Yamamoto Truly, Soundgarden
  • 14 Barrett Martin Mad Season, Skin Yard, Screaming Trees
  • 24 Patty Schemel Hole, Kill Sybil