“The Color of Noise” Amphetamine Reptile documentary debuts in Nashville

On May 30 the documentary “The Color Noise” debuted at Third Man Records in Nashville, bringing audiences the inside story of Amphetamine Reptile Records and it’s founder Tom Hazelmeyer.

Originally from Michigan, Hazelmeyer (aka Haze XXL) moved to Minneapolis, where he begin playing in punk rock bands at age 14. After enlisting in the U.S. Marines Hazelmeyer was stationed in Seattle, where he started Amphetamine Reptiles, which rivals SubPop in terms of importance to the development of the Northwest music scene (not us, the actual scene-scene).

Since it’s inception in 1986 the label has boasted noteworthy acts such as: The Melvins, The Jesus Lizard, Boss Hog, Gas Huffer, Hammerhead, Helmet, Jawbox, Killdozer, Steel Pole Bathtub, Mudhoney, The U-Men, Dwarves, Halo of Flies and Tad.

The documentary, produced and directed by Eric Robel, features interviews with several of the label’s artists and former artists.


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Shawn Skager is just an everyday joe like you, who loves music and is lucky enough to be able to write about it. When he's not enjoying long walks on the beach, getting caught in the rain, pina coladas and cheesy 70s music by guys named Rupert, Shawn can usually be found in the Northwest Convergence Zone radio studio doing either the Northwest Music Scene radio show or the Hooligan Honky Tonk Radio Hour. And just for the record, Shawn believes that Rush's exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Hank Williams Sr.'s exclusion from the Grand Ol' Opry are crimes against humanity.

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