SOUNDGARDEN ARE BEING PAID A MILLION DOLLARS FOR EACH BIG DAY OUT SHOW

Thanks to RhapsodyInBlue_ for letting me know about this on Twitter, this an excerpt from a new AdelaideNow.com.au article on Australian traveling festival Big Day Out’s problems this year:

Big Day Out promoter Ken West retooled the Big Day Out, paying Soundgarden and Kanye West a million dollars each, per show for 2012.

Twitter and Facebook slammed the Big Day Out’s bill. And promoter Ken West can see their point.

“I believe in every act on the show, I just don’t necessarily believe all those acts should be on the (same) show,” West says of the line-up. “We flew too high on borrowed wings and borrowed time.”

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF MARK LANEGAN’S NEW ALBUM BLUES FUNERAL

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF MARK LANEGAN’S BLUES FUNERAL
WRITTEN BY GRUNGEREPORT.NET OWNER BRETT BUCHANAN

Basically as long as I’ve been a Mark Lanegan/Screaming Trees fan I’ve been waiting for him to followup his masterpiece Bubblegum, and the time has finally come!  No more side project distractions!  Blues Funeral comes out on February 6th to kick off what is expected to be a golden year for Grunge, here is my review of the album.

“The Gravedigger’s Song” really is the perfect opener and makes more sense in the context of being an album opener rather than it does as a standalone single.  It builds and builds, it ups the anticipation for the rest of the album.

“Bleeding Muddy Water” sounds a bit like Mark’s work with Soulsavers, very soulful with some religious lyrics.  There is a lot of religious imagery on the album.  My favorite lyric to this song is, “you’re the bullet, bullet and the gun, muddy water, you’re heaven’s son.”

“Gray Goes Black” sounds a lot like “Burning Jacob’s Ladder,” which didn’t make the album.  The vibe here is a little lighter than Burning Jacob’s Ladder though, especially the rhythm.  It reminded me a bit of the Screaming Trees too.

“Quiver Syndrome” is a very upbeat rocker and it is one of my favorites on the album.  It has a very textured and layered sounding.  The verses are reminiscent of Mark’s work with Queens of the Stone Age a bit, but there is a sweet poppy riff with some harmonies over it that make it a bit different.

“Riot In My House” reminds me of the Screaming Trees, Bubblegum, and Queens of the Stone Age.  It has that same dark rhythm that Bubblegum had but the guitar riff is all Josh Homme (who plays on the song reportedly).  The lyrics are also fantastic, “there’s a riot in my house, chaos is blossoming, run and hide little mouse, go on and get yourself together, the burn-outs buy the score, strung out in metal cages.”  While other Grunge era artists may soften in their old age lyrically, Lanegan just gets darker.

“Harborview Hospital” is very synth heavy and has kind of a dreamy sound, it is a new type of sound for Lanegan.  It’s a creepy dance song, if that makes any sense.  “Ode To Sad Disco” also has a similar driving beat with melodic guitar playing mixed in.  Mark’s melody is really soothing here.  “St. Louis Elegy” is a pure blues song.  “Leviathan” sounds like an evil Beatles song, really cool vocal layering with Lanegan and Chris Goss.  “Tiny Grain of Truth” has a big time 90’s vibe, some of the guitar work actually reminds me of the Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness a bit, on some of the epic songs on that album (like Porcelina of the Vast Oceans).

Overall this is a great album, it is exactly what Mark Lanegan fans have been waiting for.  It has Lanegan’s blues influences like always, but with a new sense of groove on many of the songs that have never been heard before on Lanegan’s previous work.  Alain Johannes did a great job and continues to be a great help to Grunge musicians.  When that dude is in the room, you know good shit is being made.

My favorite Mark Lanegan Band album is Bubblegum, and I’m not quite sure that Blues Funeral has passed it up yet.  In time I think it could, but damn Bubblegum is good!  Blues Funeral will grow on you with each listen.

Favorite Songs: Ode To Sad Disco, Riot In My House, Quiver Syndrome, Bleeding Muddy Water

BILLY CORGAN SAYS JOHN LENNON, JESUS CHRIST, WALT DISNEY & OTHERS ARE HIS BIGGEST INSPIRATIONS

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan did a Q&A with fans on Twitter yesterday.  Here are some of the things he said:

@TwitterMusic @towishdangerous i would love to tour with @janesaddiction or BLACK SABBATH @officialsabbath

@TwitterMusic @Amieesmith444 my biggest inspirations:John Lennon/Bob Dylan/Picasso/Jesus of Nazz/Mary Magdalene/Wm Burroughs/Walt Disney

@TwitterMusic @Veynis my fave song to ever record was XYU, which we recorded live at the Chicago Recording Company in 1995

@TwitterMusic @Noiseheads today’s musicians should focus on making their own world: music/style/social media and ignore what’s come before

@TwitterMusic @isabella_isza simple answer: the internet must be kept FREE/Freedom of expression is more vital than protecting commerce

@TwitterMusic @Lophofo [Favorite wrestler is] The Nature Boy Ric Flair.But i’d have to say that @ShawnMichaels is a very, very close second. Amazing storytellers

NEW SOUNDGARDEN ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED IN JUNE OR JULY

Thanks to Lee for letting me know about this:

Chris Cornell’s mother in law Toni has stated on Twitter that Soundgarden’s new album will not come out until after the band’s European tour, which means the album will come out until June at the earliest.  My bet is mid to late July since Pearl Jam will be touring from June 20th to July 10th.  I’m kind of surprised the album won’t come out in May though, since Pearl Jam won’t be on the road at the time.

REPORTS FROM MARK LANEGAN BLUES FUNERAL LISTENING PARTIES

Note to Lanegan’s management: I’d love a review copy! Please send to grungereport @yahoo.com!

thatdamnracket posted this on the onewhiskey.com forums:

I got to Music Millennium right at 6 and they held the “party” in the 2nd room of the store (away from the busier front). When I asked if this is where its at, the clerk said yea and turned it on. I was the only one there at the beginning. People started wandering in and about 10 people pre-ordered the album and they received the signed 7″ on the spot tonight. I hung out near the front and chatted with the clerk as the LP played. When I was going tonight, I thought no way would I win the test pressing, but as I got there and saw there were only about 20 people filling out the raffle tix, i thought I had a better chance at it. A few people seemed to stuff the raffle box so I gave up hope of winning and just focused on the new record.

It won’t disappoint. Yes, they are a few tracks with different arrangements that as fans we might not be used to, but its still a “Lanegan” album. Most of it has what you would expect from him. Deep black vanishing train sounds so great. There are a couple other burners just like it too.

As soon as it ended, they pulled a name from the box and I was glad to hear my name called.
Will give fuller report later.

chravez posted this on the onewhiskey.com forums:

Sweet! I just got back from the listening party at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA…the album is sick…they had everone who was there for the listening sign up for a raffle then the 1st name drawn was the winner of the test pressing then they also had a total of 10 7inch signded Gravediggers Song singles and I scored one…#124 out of 1000…nice! …Bleeding Muddy Water and Gray Goes Black are the first standout tracks that I really dug…L.A. at the Echoplex baby! …the wait is on!

EDDIE VEDDER ANNOUNCES SPRING U.S. SOLO TOUR

Eddie Vedder Announces 2012 US Solo Tour
01.23.12

Eddie Vedder has announced a 13-city U.S. solo tour, starting in Las Vegas, NV on April 11th and ending in Orlando, FL on May 16th.

DATE CITY VENUE PUBLIC SALE
April 11 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Feb 3
April 13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater Feb 3
April 16 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium Feb 3
April 19 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater Feb 3
April 22 Houston, TX Jones Hall For The Performing Arts Feb 3
April 25 San Antonio, TX Lila Cockrell Theatre Feb 3
April 27 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall Feb 3
April 30 Dallas, TX Music Hall At Fair Park Feb 3
May 3 New Orleans Jazz Fest, LA New Orleans Jazz Festival

Feb 3
May 8 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theater Feb 3
May 10 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall Feb 3
May 13 Ft Lauderdale, FL Broward Center For The Performing Arts

Feb 3
May 16 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Center Feb 3

SOUNDGARDEN FRONTMAN CHRIS CORNELL TRASHES KANYE WEST

Kanye West showed up 45 minutes late at Saturday’s Big Day Out tour show in Gold Coast, Australia.

Credit: news.com.au

The crowd broke into chants of “bullshit” numerous times as they waited, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

American hip hop superstar Kanye West managed to make up for lost time with a theatrical performance augmented by his ballerina corps, but he may find the reunited Soundgarden less forgiving.

Frontman Chris Cornell wasn’t impressed when a sound check of West’s upcoming set at the neighbouring main stage could be heard in between Soundgarden songs and the rock band’s fans started booing.

“Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back. There’s no other word for it,” Cornell told the crowd.