Mudhoney is just the best. There are a load of reasons as to why this is—the group’s stubborn unwillingness to go the way of much of the first-wave grunge phenomenon and front man Mark Arm’s embrace of the curmudgeon lifestyle being among my very favorites. Last month the Seattle band released its ninth album, Vanishing Point, continuing a recent streak among bands with guitars that involves a look back to the early 90s—only this particular look is coming from a band that was birthed from that scene.