The Bandcamp Guide to Earth 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

For nearly 30 years, Dylan Carlson has occupied an unlikely dual role as a true vanguard of experimental music and an undisputed Lord of the Riff, garnering respect from outer-sound explorers and metal heshers in equal measure. He’s also a critical part of a mainstream history of alternative music that doesn’t quite know what to do with him. Earth’s debut EP, Extra-Capsular Extraction, came out on Sub Pop the same year Nirvana released Nevermind, and when Kurt Cobain committed suicide three years later, it was with a shotgun Carlson bought for him (originally as a means of self-defense). You’d forgive a band whose early years were so intense for flaming out quickly, or for milking their notoriety on the nostalgia circuit. Neither of those scenarios has been the case for Earth.