Some Velvet Sidewalk ran with Olympia’s K Records crew and, like most Northwest bands from the era, had a revolving door of members, including Bikini Kill’s Tobi Vail. Avalanche is their most focused and comprehensive album: 11 demented lo-fi punk tunes powered by singer Al Larsen, who sounds like he huffed paint thinner for an hour before bellowing his slack-jawed musings on the Loch Ness monster and home cooking.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 09.19.11 in Icons
When Pearl Jam finally compiled a catalog-skimming greatest hits collection in 2004 - a decade after the demise of Nirvana, six years after they stole Soundgarden's drummer and nearly 15 into their platinum-lined career...
By Tobi Vail on 03.21.14 in Features
"Holy shit, I'm talking to Tobi Vail about my relationship to feminism."
By Tobi Vail on 06.21.13 in Interviews
Like the innovators of American hardcore who inspired them, Unwound existed in a subterranean world that rarely intersected with the mainstream. Their successful blend of experimental guitar noise, aggressive melodic bas...
By Tobi Vail on 09.13.12 in Spotlights
20 years ago this October, Bikini Kill released our self-titled first EP. Recently, the rights to our records returned to us, so we started Bikini Kill Records as a way to document our work on our own terms. Our full cat...