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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Jam of the Week: Mother Love Bone

Artist: Mother Love Bone

Album: On Earth As It Is

Genre: Grunge

Date: 2016

Sound: Box set covering their entire short-lived career

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Jam of the Week: Temple of the Dog

Artist: Temple of the Dog

Album: Temple of the Dog

Genre: Grunge

Date: 1991

Sound: A deluxe reboot of the ultimate tribute album

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Show #48: Old Dudes Party Too

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The new Pearl Jam album got me thinking about old dudes and how sometimes they keep partying into their elder years. Look at the Stones. They look like they should be in nursing homes…yet they party harder than all those young whipper snappers out there. These aren’t necessarily comeback albums, just recent (within the last decade) releases coming from bands that emerged many years before. Some are awesome and some are just an excuse to go out and party. Man,  you just can’t tame these old dudes (example: Keith Richards).

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Show #42: Left & Right Hands

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We’re back to another mixed brew, sipping on a milk stout from Left Hand Brewery up in Longmont, Colorado. This weeks mix was inspired by Nine Inch Nails, as the band is releasing their first album in five years. The jam was inspired by my fav NIN album, The Fragile, which bookends the mix. Now if you’re scared of Metal, fear not! This mix took a pretty wild turn, not just Metal, but lots of tasty rockin’ tunes too. Beer + Loud Jams = Amazing. See I know how to do math.

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