Gentle Groove: The Hidden History of Grunge in the Modern City

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We wound down the hills of Queen Anne, one of the many ritzy districts in the thriving Seattle metropolis. With the water in the distance and the incredibly steep streets, it felt like we were in San Francisco. Past the buzz of a busy city on a Tuesday, we ended up in Belltown, the most densely populated area of the city. We pulled into a graffiti covered alley and hopped out of the car.

However this wasn’t graffiti like you’d see on the wrong side of the tracks, rather this looked like some sort of artsy hipster scene. We walked up to the elaborate and ornate alley entrance to Black Dog Forge, a blacksmith shop that’s been in operation for a quarter century. Fittingly, two black dogs walked out and greeted us, along with the sounds of machinery and metalwork emanating from inside.

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Show #45: The 27 Club

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In honor of Nirvana’s In Utero hitting the 20 year mark, I spent the week focusing on the members of the 27 club. As I listed the top ten musicians that died at age 27, I thought it was prime time to jam to their tunes yesterday. So here you have in all its glory a collection of fine musicians that left us far too young. 

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Remembering The 27 Club

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Being in a club is usually pretty cool. It’s like that exclusive thing, and once you’re in, you’ve got it going on. Have you ever rolled up to a place, then the bouncer looks at a list and lets you in? Me neither.

The 27 Club, however, is a pretty crappy club to be a part of. It’s the collection of many amazing musicians that have all died at the age of 27. Being that I turn 27 today, I got to thinking about 10 musicians that left us way too damn early.

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Jam of the Week: Nirvana

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Artist: Nirvana

Album: In Utero

Genre: Grunge

Date: 1993

Sound: The Wild Mind of Kurt Cobain

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