UPDATE ON ALICE IN CHAINS’ NEW ALBUM, PRODUCER CONFIRMED & MORE

Nick Raskulinecz, the producer of Alice In Chains’ last album Black Gives Way to Blue, confirmed in a new interview with Ultimate Guitar that he will also be producing the band’s upcoming 5th studio album:

“I have also got Alice In Chains doing preproduction in Los Angeles for the rest of the year and we’ll be gearing up to make a new Alice In Chains record.”

Alice In Chains were rumored to have began working on their new album in July/August, with the band currently in pre-production I’d expect the new album to come out sometime next summer.

BILLY CORGAN SAYS THERE ARE 65 UNRELEASED ZWAN SONGS

frednirv632 posted this on the SmashingPumpkins.com board:

just got out of the smashing pumpkins record club meetup. billy was there!
a couple points off the top of my head:
-he thinks releasing pastichio medley songs would not be worth the effort -not enough interest for the amount of work it would take to prepare them for release.
-releasing 5-6 hours of pre-gish stuff next year.
-someone from fancy space people designed artwork for this tour – didn’t catch the name.
-wants to release residency and spun soundtrack eventually
-65 unreleased zwan songs

SOUNDGARDEN TO RELEASE LIVE ON I-15: BEFORE THE DOORS SOUNDCHECK VINYL ON BLACK FRIDAY

Soundgarden will release an EP titled Live on I-5: Before The Doors Soundcheck on 10″vinyl on November 25th. The five-track effort comprises soundcheck performances from the band’s 1996 tour. The set is limited to 4,000 copies in the U.S. Live on I-5 originally came out earlier this year, with a Before the Doors Soundcheck bonus disc available on Soundgarden’s website.

BILLY CORGAN SAYS FORMER SMASHING PUMPKINS BANDMATE JAMES IHA COULDN’T PLAY CERTAIN GUITAR PARTS

Here is an excerpt from MusicRadar.com’s excellent new interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.  In the interview Corgan discusses his excitement about Oceania, wanting “Jellybelly” to be the lead single for Mellon Collie, and more.

Let’s get into how the band functions musically these days. How do you and Jeff connect on a guitar level, particularly with the older songs?

“For the most part, Jeff plays what used to be James’ parts, and I play what used to be my parts. In certain places, Jeff plays my guitar parts because in the old Pumpkins there were things that James couldn’t play, and I’d have to play them and sing at the same time. Jeff is such a good guitar player that he can play my parts and let me do a better job of singing.

“As far as the rest of it, we don’t talk about it that much. As an example, there’s a song from Adore called For Martha, and we put a coda on it where there’s sort of a lead at the end. In a rehearsal, originally Jeff was taking the first lead, and then I’d play the second lead, and then I’d do a vocal and it would be the end of the song.

“After we played it live a few times, I just let him play the whole solo. What he was playing was so good, so I just felt like I should get out of the way. He was seizing the moment better than I was. [shrugs] Hey, it’s my song, and it works better that way. I can do what I want with it.”

Now that [Oceania]’s finished and you’re getting good response, would you consider recording another full album, or are you just not ready to go there yet?

“I would. I can see where we’ll make another album after this. The difficulty is that it’s such a consuming thing in my life. Making Oceania, I basically had six months of no life. I was in Chicago for half a year, and making this record is all I did.

“It’s different for me now. When you’re 24 and you can’t wait to get your video on MTV, somebody can sell you the idea of doing nothing else for six months. But if you’re 44 – uncertain, not sure who’s going to listen, no idea where things are going – six months is a really big commitment.

“I know this might sound trite, but I want to play with my dogs. I want to go shopping. I want to stand on the beach and look out at the water.”

ALICE IN CHAINS FANS HOLDING RAFFLE IN BENEFIT OF LAYNE STALEY FUND

Thanks to Alexis:

International Alice In Chains Day : http://www.facebook.com/groups/178578218863643/
December 27th the Facebook Group: International Alice In Chains Day is hosting a raffle in benefit of the Layne Staley Fund(LSF). The Group’s members are donating prizes from their personal collections to make this happen such as a signed poster, signed shirt, Facelift Newspaper ad, Angry Chair Gold Record, RAW Magazine 1993 w/Layne on the cover and Inez and Starr guitar picks and possibly more to come. To be part of this event you have to join the Facebook group International Alice In Chains Day and donate some amount of money to the LSF. After you have done that you must sign your name in the document on the group labeled **Raffle Participants**. Once you have donated and signed your name in the document you are fair game to win some prizes on December 27th. The winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on the group and messaged the day of the raffle. More details such as times to be announced when the day comes closer.  Ask on the group if you have any questions. Come Join this great cause..!

PEARL JAM’S JEFF AMENT ATTENDS DEDICATION OF SKATE PARK ON NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATION

The Native Times has an article up about the dedication of a skate park on the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation. Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was there, here are excerpts from the article regarding Jeff:

The Eagle Bull family of Pine Ridge, led by Evelyn “Sissy” Eagle Bull, grandmother of Toby Eagle Bull, gathered before the crowds to honor individuals responsible for the creation of the skate park. Walt Pourier was presented with an OST tribal flag, with a quote of his that encouraged many throughout the process “I Thrive, You Thrive, We Thrive”. Jim Murphy, Jeff Ament and a representative from Vans, were all gifted with star quilts, and the entire audience, including dozens of skaters, formed a line to shake hands with the family and thank the sponsors and volunteers. Local volunteers were gifted with hoodies embroidered with their names and the name of the skate park.

Jeff Ament suggested that it would be another creative outlet to invite the local graffiti artists to come and “tag” the park before the vandal graffiti gets out of hand on the park surfaces. Ament and several of the builders of the park were kept busy interacting and mentoring many of the area skaters as they tried out the new park. Ament, a lifelong skater summed up the hugely positive reaction to the park in three simple words, “Skating saves lives.”

COURTNEY LOVE ORDERED TO PAY $100,000 FOR MISSING JEWELRY

Credit: NYMag.com

The tricky thing about being fabulous enough to borrow thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry for parties is that you have to remember to return it afterward. A Manhattan judge ruled this week that Courtney Love owes over $100,000 of jewelry that she loaned from Jacob & Co. to wear to the New Yorkers for Children gala in September. According to court papers, she borrowed two white-gold diamond chains ($34,200 each), one white-gold floral mesh cuff bracelet ($70,000), and one pair of gold diamond pave hoop earrings ($45,300), but then only returned the bracelet. Love claims that she gave the rest of the jewelry to the staff at the Mercer Hotel, where she was staying, to return for her, and alleges that they must have lost it. Her lawyer, James Janowitz, told the court, “I don’t know what happened, but Courtney doesn’t have the jewels.” The judge found her responsible for their loss, but says that she should only have to pay “reasonable value/market value” in damages, not their full retail price.