Melvins have made a lot of friends through these years, because, you know, they’re real nice people. Tons of collaborations and side-projects kinda prove the point I’m making here, but how about not forgetting a collab that should have been released in 2000? That thing is the Mike & The Melvins get-together, which is now getting properly fixed and released. BuzzDale and Mike Kunka of the currently defunct godheadSilo will, once and for all, fulfill the promise made almost two decades ago.

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The release has an apt name “Three Man And A Baby” and gets street time on April 1st through Sub Pop. But, yeah, it’s the digital we’re living in, so Youtube is already cutting the corner and streaming the track “Chicken n’ Dump”. Listen to it, tapdance to it and, if you accept my educated suggestion here, read the label’s compendium on what happened for this LP getting delayed again and again:

These are the facts we can be sure of: in 1998, around the time his band godheadSilo went on hiatus, bassist/vocalist Mike Kunka busied himself by tagging along on a tour with his friends the Melvins. Somewhere along the way, Mike and the Melvins – King Buzzo (guitar/bass/vocals), Dale Crover (drums/vocals), and Kevin Rutmanis (bass/vocals), at the time – decided to make a record together, and gave the project the imaginative moniker Mike and the Melvins. Sub Pop, ever on the hunt for music’s Next Big Thing, enthusiastically agreed to fund and release the super-group’s debut, and recording commenced sometime in 1999.

It’s at this point that things get hazy. Apparently, one or more of the following happened:
·         Some “junior-high level bullshit.”
·         A house was built, a barn was raised, children were born.
·         Typical record-label skullduggery.
·         A scorching case of whooping cough.
·         Surgery. Lots of surgery.
·         Shocking and poorly-timed gear theft.
·         Some other stuff, probably, or maybe not.

Whatever the reasons, the incomplete recording languished on a shelf from 1999 until 2015, when, much to everyone’s surprise, the involved parties reconvened, finished the damn thing, and delivered it post-haste to Sub Pop International Headquarters, where it was promptly scheduled for the coveted April 1st, 2016 release date. What a story, right?