to my visit to Seattle in the summer and to the legendary Reciprocal Studios, in its heyday operated by Jack Endino and Chris Hanszek, and associated to some of the most influential independent labels of the time, such as C/Z Records, Sub Pop, Amphetamine Reptile, and Twin Tone.
The studio is the site of the first Nirvana demo session on January 23, 1988. Jack Endino recorded ten songs with the band, and afterwards sent a copy of the demo tape to Sub Pop. Nirvana re-entered the studio a few months later to record Bleach. Other notable albums recorded here include Mudhoney’s “Superfuzz Bigmuff” and “Mudhoney”, TAD’s “God’s Balls”, Green River’s “Dry as a Bone”, Soundgarden’s “Screaming Life”, and Babes in Toyland’s “Spanking Machine”. Since Reciprocal closed in 1991, the Ballard building has housed a string of other recording studios. Here it is worth mentioning that in 2000, Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie renamed the studio Hall Of Justice Recording, and recorded both his own and other bands until 2004. Afterwards, in 2008, the Fleet Foxes took over the lease, renamed it back to Reciprocal, and recorded here part of their album Helplessness Blues. In 2010, Walla once again took over, renovated both building and studio, and re-opened Hall Of Justice in 2011, under which name it still operates today.
4230 Leary Way N.W., Ballard, WA 98107