First, we'll start with the happier stuff.
If you haven't skimmed through the comments, you missed former Rocket scribe Adem Tepedelen's comment in which he linked to an article he wrote ("Long Live Grunge") for Backfire Magazine. He makes the case for grunge much more eloquently than we've been able to do. It's a terrific read.
Also worth reading is "R.I.P.: Dead Nightclubs of Seattle," a stroll down memory lane by Seattle Times writer Tom Scanlon in which he revisits the sites of long-gone nightclubs and bars. We came across this link while reading Clark Humphrey's excellent Seattle-focused blog MISCMedia.
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Now for the sad news: Former Skin Yard and Gruntruck vocalist Ben McMillan died recently of complications related to diabetes. He was 46 years old. We've mentioned before that one of our biggest musical regrets is that we never had the chance to see Skin Yard while they were still active (although we did see Gruntruck at the OK Hotel with Unsane and a couple of other bands), but frankly, that regret seems quite small in light of the fact that this talented, awesome man died at such a young age. Requiescat in Pace, Mr. McMillan.