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“Then we went to Los Angeles, and [Alice in Chains] got an apartment at the Oakwood Apartments. They wanted to know where the local strip bar was. So they went to the Tropicana, and all the strippers ended up hanging out at their apartment. They had a calendar with all the Tropicana strippers on it, and they put X’s on the ones that they fucked. They had ’em all X’d out.”

– producer Dave Jerden, on what Alice in Chains were up to during the making of Facelift, from the upcoming book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge



This year, Chicago celebrates the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza, a mega-festival drawing a record crowd of 270,000 music fans to a sold-out three-day event.

Some 130 performers will take the stage this year, alongside headliners Eminem, Muse, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters. Lollapalooza runs August 5-7 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

For the first time this year the event expanded internationally, with a festival in Santiago, Chile, this past spring. Last year a reported 240,000 attended the Chicago event.

Other acts set to perform in 2011 include My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green, Deadmau5, Ween, The Kills, and White Lies, among many others.

For US fans, YouTube is streaming the event live via the Lollapalooza YouTube channel. While YouTube hasn’t detailed which acts will be streamed, the streams will include live performances as well as backstage scenes and interviews.


Check out the new Screaming Trees site


The Screaming Trees released their new unreleased (recorded in 1999) album Last Words today, the followup to 1996’s Dust. The album can be purchased digitally on and on iTunes.  There are supposedly plans for a physical release in the near future.

The album kicks off with classic rock/70’s esque “Ash Grey Sunday,” which has been one of my favorite Trees songs for years prior to its official release today (many of these songs leaked years ago). Lanegan’s lyric “Never felt so empty inside, I can’t find the tears to cry” is my favorite in the song. It’s always saddened me over the years that this song never got to be released properly as a single, because it just sounds like such a hit. It’s right up there with the Trees two rock radio hits “Nearly Lost You” and “All I Know.”

“Door Into Summer” has a very poppy melody with a dreamy vibe. “Revelator” is very reminiscent of the band’s previous album Dust from 1996, it reminds me a bit of “All I Know.” My favorite lyric from Revelator is “Destiny is never free but maybe fate’s confusing me.” The next track “Crawlspace” is a change of pace, with Lanegan singing creepily with some reverb effects. This song features some great bass playing by Van Conner, and a very grungy sounding riff from guitarist Gary Lee Conner.

“Black Rose Way” has that classic rock Screaming Trees song but Lanegan’s singing sounds a bit more modern, a bit like his singing on Queens of the Stone Age’s Songs for the Deaf album. “Reflections” is the first acoustic ballad on the album where Lanegan sings with some haunting harmonies supporting the main melody. This is a really great song, Lanegan sings “reflection of the life gone by don’t you pass me by” as he reminisces about life and his past.

The next track “Tomorrow Changes” sounds like it could have fit in on Sweet Oblivion. My favorite part of the song is when Lanegan sings “When tomorrow changes, change tonight, don’t say goodbye” followed by the poppy (and catchy) guitar riff. “Low Life” mixes acoustic guitars with with a retro electric riff. The ninth track on the album “Anita Grey” is the regular mix of the song found on the old leaked version of this album, not the alternate version. The song has a pounding riff and features another one of my favorite lyrics, “pieces of her in your mind, born on the wrong side of life.” Nobody can quite put misery and heartbreak into words like the Screaming Trees. This song is one of the catchiest on the album. The last song is the fitting title track “Last Words.” It only makes you wish these songs weren’t truly the Screaming Trees’ last words.

This album continues the Screaming Trees trend of not hopping on any musical trend, still firmly entrenched in their classic rock sound, juxtaposed with introspective lyrics and haunting/effortless vocals from Mark Lanegan. The songs on the album I hadn’t heard before were solid, but my favorite songs remain “Ash Gray Sunday” and “Anita Grey.” Those two songs are incredibly memorable and could have been hits if released at the right time. It’s a shame the Screaming Trees never reached big commercial success like other Seattle bands, they were on the brink of it with “Nearly Lost You” but what killed their momentum was waiting until 1996 to release the follow up to Sweet Oblivion. I think if the Trees had released an album in 1994 they would have a Platinum album to their name.

Anyways, it’s nice to see these songs finally get a real release rather than just sit around on torrent sites, but this only makes me wish more that the Screaming Trees would reunite. I know they are adamantly against it, but it would be nice to see them budge!  Even if just for a few club shows or opening up for a fellow Seattle band like Pearl Jam or Soundgarden on a tour, it would be nice to be able to see these guys play together again short term to expose a new generation of fans to their music, and to this album.


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“Vedder had a stalker chick that would come by his house that was freaking him out. He would start to avoid his house after a while, so he would just come by my place. Vedder’d come over and we’d sit ‘round the kitchen and drink and stuff. He would talk about his stalker problem a little bit, but I would just blow it off. It was just drunken talk, throwing darts, having fun. There’d be other people there, sometimes four or five of us. Just me and Eddie and our wives and mutual friends like [then Mudhoney manager] Bob Whittaker. The Pearl Jam song ‘Lukin’ is about how my kitchen’s a sanctuary for him. Also, I was giving him shit about all their songs being too long. That inspired him to make ‘Lukin’ a one-minute song. I’ve always flipped him shit. Never let him be the rock star that he is.”

—former Mudhoney/Melvins bassist Matt Lukin (outtake from the forthcoming book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge)


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More MTV 30th birthday fun! Kurt Loder recalls the infamous Courtney Love/Madonna incident at the 1995 VMAs in this outtake from my upcoming book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge.

“We were set up on the side of Radio City Music Hall, and I was talking to Madonna and something came sailing through the air, and I had no idea what it was. It was a powder compact or something, and there was this kind of garbled shouting. I was up on a platform with Madonna, and we looked down, and there was Courtney. Madonna  said, ‘Don’t bring her up here.’ Meanwhile, someone is in my ear, saying, ‘Get her up there. That would be great.’ I said, ‘Come on up, Courtney.’ So she came up, and she was a total mess, of course, but a wonderful mess—I love Courtney. Madonna, who was like an elder statesmen, said, ‘Oh, poor Courtney.’ She stayed for a little bit, until someone got her out of there.

“And then it was just Courtney. She was talking, and then she fell off the stool she was sitting on and landed on her back with her legs splayed, displaying herself to the camera guys, who were aghast. It was a memorable evening.”


Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and STP frontman Scott Weiland

Review of STP and Bush at KROQ-ATHON in Syracuse, New York from Saturday.

Credit: Mark Bialczak of

Stone Temple Pilots and Bush ripped out big-time sets to prove quite convincingly that bands that started their arc of rock in the 1990s can quite nicely put the big ribbon on a daylong fest aimed toward the next generation.

Certainly, some of the raucous crowd of 20,000 or so Saturday night at the state fairgrounds infield outside of Syracuse had departed K-Rockathon 16 by the time Scott Weiland and Stone Temple Pilots took the main stage for the headlining set. In fact, you could see a march of the teens and twentysomethings drifting away from the side-by-side stages after California band Hollywood Undead fulfilled their rock-sprinkled-with-hip-hop wishes in the ninth of the 13 sets.

But mostly the diehard fans hundreds deep and wide in front of the stages crowd-surfed, pumped their fists and figuratively throbbed with energy for Bush and Stone Temple Pilots – and Dropkick Murphys and then Seether on the second stage, too.

Front men Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Gavin Rossdale of Bush gave them plenty to be enthusiastic about.

Weiland, notorious for a spate of unsober onstage behavior in the first half of STP’s career, won fans over with a performance solid in artistic merit; his voice sounded clearer singing than it did in his several between-song talks. Weiland proved athletic, too, hopping from platform to platform on the stage and climbing a third of the way up the light stanchions at the flank.

Band mates Dean and Robert Deleo on guitar and bass, and Eric Kretz on drums added to the fire as STP delivered songs from the 90s that still matter, and cool songs from last year’s self-titled album, too.

A very cool screen of lights behind the stage added to the passionate atmosphere for “Vasoline,” “Heaven and Hotrods” and “Plush.”

Dean Deleo’s slide guitar intensity helped lift ballad “Big Empty” to great heights. Weiland’s southern twist rode “Interstate Love Song” to great places.

When Weiland talked to the crowd, he told them that crowd surfing was OK, but grabbing women who were riding the crowd was not cool.

For the encore, Weiland invited a fan onstage to sing the first verse of “Dead and Bloated.” The guy named Tim did a fine job, earning praise as the best fan singer so far this tour. Then STP closed with a racing “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart.”

Rossdale and his mates in Bush started their set with a glorious nod to the 90s.

“Breath in, breath out,” Rossdale sang, and the crowd quickly got carried away by “Machinehead.”

Rossdale looked sweaty in his black jacket, but quicky shed down to a white T-shirt, better to jump into the front of the crowd. Beefy security guards watched the Bush front man like a hawk, but fans seemed content to dance next to him instead of trying to get too grabby.

Back together since last year, drummer Robin Goodridge, guitarist Chris Traynor and new bassist Corey Britz sprinkled in work from the album “The Sea of Memories,” which is scheduled for release Sept. 13. Single “The Sound of Winter” is hot.

“We appreciate you not going out to get a beer,” Rossdale told the crowd when talking about the new album.

Nah. They were there to hear the new with the old, including “Everything Zen” and “Glycerine.”