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The origin of “grunge”

The term “grunge” was almost-universally reviled by the bands it was supposed to describe. Where did the name come from? And how did it stick? A look at the etymology of grunge Read more

Pearl Jam

Was Pearl Jam part of the birth of grunge? Was Nirvana's worldwide popularity inevitable? Did Kurt Cobain's death signified the end of northwest music? We explore some of the myths around the northwest music scene Read more

Modest Mouse

Seattle's reign as capital of the music universe was short lived, but great music continued to be made in the pacific northwest even after the peak of grunge. Up Records was one of the labels that documented the "new" Seattle scene 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

Carrie Brownstein

Nothing is as nice as plugging in your guitar and turning up the volume really loud, just seeing what kind of beautiful noise you can make with it.

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Birthdays / June

  • 8 Rod Moody - Swallow, Deranged Diction
  • 30 Rusty Willoughby - Pure Joy, Flop, The Fastbacks