FOO FIGHTERS RELEASE NEW “THESE DAYS” MUSIC VIDEO

Foo Fighters have release the new music video for “These Days” in the United States on iTunes for free. You can download the video here. I put a YouTube video of it up below but it might get pulled down.  Below are some screencaps I took of the video, which is mostly a combination of backstage/live footage and some footage of the band goofing around and Dave leaving home for tour (above is a photo of that).

MARK LANEGAN PLANS ON WORKING WITH ALAIN JOHANNES AGAIN ON NEXT SOLO ALBUM

Mark Lanegan has stated in a new interview with Exclaim.ca that he would like to work with Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age/Eleven/Them Crooked Vultures/Chris Cornell Solo Band) again on his next solo album.  Lanegan said:

“Working with Al made dealing with all that a lot easier because he’s so musically intuitive,” Lanegan says. “I’ve made records with a lot of people over the last few years, but Al really supports my vision, and god willing we’ll make the next record the same way.”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS DRUMMER ERIC KRETZ PERFORMS WITH CAMP FREDDY MEMBERS

Stone Temple Pilots drummer Eric Kretz performed with Camp Freddy members on Saturday night in Los Angeles BAE & Telefunken All Star Jam with Billy Morrison of the Billy Idol band/The Cult, Chris Chaney of Jane’s Addiction, Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver/Guns N’ Roses, and others. I’m not sure which musicians were actually on stage when Kretz performed, but he did Vasoline and Feels Like Making Love.

MARK LANEGAN DISCUSSES ELECTRONIC INFLUENCES & WHY HE DOESN’T WRITE POLITICAL SONGS

This is from a new German interview Mark did with DRadio:

Anja Reinhard: When I heard the album, I noticed again that we live in pretty dark times. In the eighties it was all about money, in the nineties to party and have fun. But the last five years are determined by very different crises. Climate crisis, banking crisis, financial crisis, pollution and much more. Do you agree with that?

Mark Lanegan: Maybe I’m just too busy with myself, but that’s not really my way of seeing things. I prefer to concern myself with things about which I am in control. In life there are so incredibly much about which we have no power. I’m so not that good. What else is there, of course, if someone I know, bad. If someone has experienced something bad, then I’m with. But I do not think about that my view of things and events could perhaps change something.

Anja Reinhard: Where the texts are full of your songs are not exactly on carelessness.

Mark Lanegan: Happiness is relative. What happens to a dark, can be funny or encouragement for another person. Personally, I find my peace and quite such a thing as happiness or solace in songs that others would regard as very dark. Man, you can then identify yourself with it. For me the best kind of music is the one where I have the feeling that they can share an experience with someone.

Anja Reinhard: In recent years you have worked with several people coming from the electronic music, such as Unkle or Tim Simenon of Bomb The Bass. Are you doing more in the future?

Mark Lanegan: I’ve always listened to music, had the electronic elements. On my last record I’ve used, for example, old drum machines and synthesizers that have certain textures that I like to use for my music. This creates a very different acoustic landscape, if you will. Has emerged as this album, I’ve heard a lot of old stuff from Germany: Can, Neu, Harmonia, Cluster, Kraftwerk, those things that I hear has been for years, but never so intensely!. Then I bought some old drum machines and keyboards, and instead of the usual to compose with the guitar, the songs I’ve been using these devices. And probably I’m going to write this kind continue.

SOUNDGARDEN FRONTMAN CHRIS CORNELL TO PLAY AT FUNDRAISER FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA

Credit: MercuryNews.com

President Barack Obama will be in San Francisco to raise campaign funds on Thursday, Feb. 16.

There’ll be a reception at a location yet to be named (when he did something like this last April, it was at the Masonic Auditorium on Nob Hill), featuring a performance by Grammy-winning performer Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave fame. Tickets will cost $100 for general seating; $1,000 for preferred seating; and $7,500, which includes preferred seating and an individual photo with President Obama (but you can have additional people in your photo at a cost of $2,500 per head).

PEARL JAM’S JEFF AMENT RAISES $17,000 FOR TUTORING AND WRITING CENTER

Credit: PhinneyWood.com

826 Seattle was thrilled today to learn that two custom-made and hand-painted bass guitars were sold at auction for $8,501 each, with all the proceeds going to the non-profit tutoring and writing center.

Jeff Ament, bassist for Pearl Jam, asked his favorite guitar maker, Mike Lull, to build the guitars, then Ament painted them. They were each valued at $5,500.

MARK LANEGAN REVEALS HIS THIRTEEN FAVORITE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME

There’s a lengthy new article on The Quietus where Mark Lanegan names his favorite 13 albums.  I recommend fans read the full article.

The Gun Club Miami

Joy Division Closer

Roxy Music Country Life (said Gary Lee Connor of the Screaming Trees turned him onto this)

The Bee Gees Trafalgar (Mike Johnson of Dinosaur Jr. turned him onto this)

The Flesh Eaters A Moment To Pray, A Second To Die

Fabrizio de Andre Canzoni

Kraftwerk Radioactivity

John Renbourn Faro Annie

The Leather Nun Force Of Habit

John Cale Paris 1919

Crime And The City Solution Shine

The New Christs Distemper

New Order Low Life

CHEVELLE FRONTMAN SAYS DAVE GROHL DOESN’T HAVE SECURITY GUARDS

Credit: RollingStone.com

Despite this, Chevelle doesn’t travel with any security, and it’s not because bassist Dean Bernadini is, according to them, a badass with huge fists. It’s because of a lesson they got on tour with the Foo Fighters. “We were playing shows with the Foo Fighters, and Dave Grohl walks us across the street. I said, ‘Dave, no security, no lines?'” Pete says. “He said, ‘Yeah, security makes more problems than they fix.’ We always felt like if Dave Grohl doesn’t need security, what do we need security for?”