It's hard to think of an individual who's more of a Seattle Rock Institution than Jack Endino. Whether as a musician or producer/engineer, he's been knee-deep in this city's growing and changing music scene for about three decades. By the time he released Angle of Attack, his first solo album (which you can, and should, stream and purchase via Bandcamp), he had only recorded a dozen or more Seattle classics, including the debuts from his own band Skin Yard, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Tad... the list goes on.Based on his recording discography, he was at least as busy in 2013 as he was in 1988, having worked with local bands from The Fruiting Bodies to Stag. Oh, and Set Myself on Fire, his fourth solo album, is either out now or coming out any second. (Keep an eye on Endino's Earthworm to find out when they'll be playing out next.) Angle of Attack met with mixed reviews at KCMU at the time, but it's clear at least a couple people got it.
"This is different/better than I expected, but still, to escape the Seattle 'Rock' sound only to record the sound of tapping on wood & flicking one guitar string etc. (& not in an original way) is kinda dorky in my book. Some stuff is better - Re A-1. As a whole maybe L."
"Nothing too interesting here. I like Skin Yard better. 'X-Echo 1' sounds like an instro that belongs on U2's Unforgettable Fire. Oh, well..."
"FOOLS! By reputation alone this should be in M, but goddamn it, it's good! HHHH!"
"I don't think so!"
"One of the nicest surprises of 1990. This album covers a lot of ground, sort of like a more muscular Roger Miller Project. Too bad it got completely neglected at this station when first released. Rolling Stone liked it, and so do I. A-6 is incredible!"
Did somebody say Jack Endino? Here's one of those Endino-produced classics I was talking about last week. If Mudhoney needed no introduction by the time they released their self-titled debut LP in 1989, at this point they should be, I don't know, playing on top of the Space Needle or something? O...
It's worth reminding ourselves that the recent heady days are by no means the first wave of Seattle hip-hop, or even the first time Seattle hip-hop has made it big on the national scene. Of course we all know Sir Mix-a-Lot, but it's not like he just appeared out of nowhere. There were other artis...