EDDIE VEDDER TO APPEAR ON JIMMY FALLON’S NEW COMEDY ALBUM

Jimmy Fallon to Release Blow Your Pants Off June 12

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On June 12, 2012, comedian and late-night host Jimmy Fallon will release Blow Your Pants Off on Warner Bros. Records. His second album release following his Grammy nominated debut contains new original music as well as viral favorites from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and features a mind-blowing roster of guest stars including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and more. Of the title, Fallon says, “So far everyone that’s heard the album had their pants blown off. There’s nothing that we can do about it.”

Fallon will also celebrate this Saturday’s Record Store Day by releasing a limited-edition 7-inch featuring “Tebowie” (his hilarious Tim Tebow/David Bowie mashup) with a B-side parody of the “Reading Rainbow” theme song as sung by The Doors.

Jimmy Fallon began his TV career with Saturday Night Live in 1998, where he quickly became an audience favorite. Known for his spot-on impressions, hilarious sketches and his stint as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Tina Fey, Fallon spent six successful years on the show. In March of 2009, Fallon returned to NBC and took over the Late Night legacy with Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The show has continued to garner attention for its viral videos, audience games, A-list guests, and Fallon’s choice of critically-acclaimed house band The Roots. In less than three years on the air, Fallon and the Late Night team have already begun collecting awards. Most recently, Fallon was honored with a 2012 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Late Night Host, and Late Night was celebrated with three 2011 Emmy nominations, including the show’s first nominations in the series and writing categories. In May 2011, Fallon and the writers of Late Night released the New York Times bestseller Thank You Notes, based on the popular show segment. Thank You Notes 2 is scheduled for a May 22, 2012 release. Additionally, Fallon received rave reviews for his first-ever stint as the host of the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. Most notably, he opened the show with a star-studded performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”

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FOO FIGHTERS TO PLAY MUSIC MIDTOWN FESTIVAL WITH PEARL JAM

Foo Fighters will headline Night 1 (September 21st) of the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta while Pearl Jam will headline Night 2 (September 22nd). T.I., Florence & The Machine, Ludacris, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Avett Brothers, and others are also set to play. Foo Fighters are also playing with Pearl Jam at the DeLuna Festival, Pearl Jam’s only other U.S. gig for 2012. Maybe Dave Grohl could drum with Pearl Jam for a song or two?

MARK LANEGAN SAYS HE IS ALREADY WORKING ON NEW SOLO MATERIAL

Mark Lanegan has answered fan questions from onewhiskey.com in a new Paste Magazine video interview.

When asked if there will be another 8 year wait until his next solo album, “Hopefully not, God willing it’ll be sooner than that. I’ve already started doing some recording of some new stuff.”

Lanegan also joked about reading reviews of his own work, comparing it to getting his prostate examined. He also said he is embarrassed by any music he made in the 80’s, and how long his hair was.

CHRIS CORNELL SAYS LIVE TO RISE IS ‘STRIPPED DOWN’ COMPARED TO SONGS ON SOUNDGARDEN’S NEW ALBUM

This is from the LA Times‘ informative new interview with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

The resulting song, “Live to Rise,” is currently being given away for free at Apple’s iTunes store (the promotion runs through Tuesday). It came out of the same recording sessions as those for the band’s upcoming album, tentatively scheduled for a fall release. “Live to Rise” opens with a menacingly direct riff, but soon gives way to more nuanced, hypnotic textures.

Don’t, said Cornell, look to it for any hint of what the band’s new album will sound like.

“It sounds kind of stripped down and more streamlined than a lot of other songs we’ve been writing,” Cornell said of “The Avengers” cut. “But if you take any song out of context, from any one of our albums, going all the way back to our first Sub Pop EP, it’s not going to tell you anything about the songs around it. We’re just that way. This would fit on our record … but if there’s a way that it stands apart, this is fairly rhythmically straightforward.”

Now a family man, Cornell compared Soundgarden’s upcoming album to a long-running childrens’ television series. “Look at it like ‘Sesame Street.’ You got all these different colors and different types of creatures and people from all over the place, but they all live happily together on ‘Sesame Street.’ All our songs are just characters on ‘Sesame Street.'”

WHO SHOULD SING ON THE SECOND MAD SEASON ALBUM?

Mad Season guitarist Mike McCready announced yesterday that he is looking to find singers for the unreleased second Mad Season record. There are 12 unreleased instrumental recordings that were done by Mike McCready, Barrett Martin, and the late John Baker Saunders in the late 90’s (known as the Disinformation sessions but they could not get Layne Staley or Mark Lanegan to sing on it at the time.

Here are some people who I think would be worthy of singing on the album.

Mark Lanegan is an easy choice. He sang duets with Layne Staley on two Mad Season songs from Above (Long Gone Day and I’m Above) and has strong ties to the group, especially since drummer Barrett Martin is his ex-Screaming Trees bandmate. I think Lanegan should definitely sing at least a couple of songs on the album.

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell is another great choice. He was the frontman for Temple of the Dog (which included Mike McCready) and it would be really interesting to hear what Chris would come up with.

One issue with Eddie Vedder singing on the album is, it would essentially become a Pearl Jam song featuring a different drummer and bassist. Vedder/McCready have written many songs together in Pearl Jam, but obviously Mad Season is in a different vein. But regardless, Eddie/Mike together is always gold so if this happens it’d obviously result in something great. It’s just that Mad Season has always seemed like Mike’s own project, his escape from Pearl Jam.

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell would be a very interesting choice. Jerry’s vocal range is limited but he is great at singing ballads, it would be interesting to hear Cantrell possibly sing a duet with Chris Cornell. For the record there’s no way William DuVall should have anything to do with this. William is a nice guy and good singer, but it wouldn’t feel right for him to take Layne’s place in another band.

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland would be a solid choice to sing on the song. I know Weiland and STP aren’t popular with everybody in the Seattle community, but Weiland is friends with Alice In Chains and has performed with AIC and Cantrell a handful of times. I think Scott could bring something different if he were to sing on a song.

I think it would be cool if there could somehow be some sort of small Layne Staley appearance on the album.  May it be a spoken word opening/breakdown to a song taken from Layne talking at a live Alice In Chains/Mad Season show, or from a vocal take from one of his various projects as a added harmony/bit part to a song.  Slim chance of this happening but it would be cool!

Just kidding.

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF NEW SCOTT WEILAND SONG “BREATHE”

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s new song “Breathe” from the Avengers soundtrack is a very catchy song. It’s pretty commercial sounding compared to much of Weiland’s solo material, but it has an amazing hook, “Now I say what I wanted, could have lost it never had it, now I’m free from my bondage, without you life would be nervous.” It’s better and more memorable than most of the material that ended up on Happy in Galoshes (probably the crappiest album of Weiland’s career despite having some good songs), it sounds very inspired and you can hear the anguish in Scott’s voice and through the lyrics. Other 90’s alternative rock frontmen like Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder are at good places in their lives, but Weiland’s struggles with depression have made his music continue to have that angry young man spirit well into his 40’s.

“Breathe” is better put together than Soundgarden’s Live to Rise (also on The Avengers soundtrack). Both songs obviously have commercial sounds, but Weiland’s has the memorable chorus while Soundgarden’s song sounds really thrown together and has a forgettable chorus (though the song is solid once the guitar solo kicks in). I’m not trying to brown nose Scott or anything, this isn’t the greatest song ever by any means or on par with STP’s best material, but it’s a really fun and catchy soundtrack song. I can understand why others wouldn’t like the song, but I’m a sucker for a good melody.

MAD SEASON TO REISSUE ABOVE, LOOKING FOR SINGERS TO COMPLETE SECOND ALBUM

Mike McCready announced during a radio interview on WFPK today that Mad Season are planning on reissuing Above and also have a live album in the works. Mad Season released their lone album in 1995 and played their final show in April 1995. 3/4 of the lineup (Mike McCready, Baker, and Barrett Martin) recorded the instrumentals for a second album in 1997 but couldn’t get Staley or Mark Lanegan to sing on it. McCready said they are looking for singers to complete it. There are 12 songs without vocals. Baker passed away in 1999 and Staley died in 2002.

STONE GOSSARD SAYS NEW PEARL JAM ALBUM WON’T SOUND LIKE BACKSPACER

This is from ArtistDirect‘s new interview with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard:

Are you working on new Pearl Jam simultaneously as you’re touring with BRAD?

We’re always picking away at this new record. We’re plugging along, and it’s taking shape. It’s pretty exciting.

What’s the most exciting aspect of this process?

Trying not to recreate Backspacer is one of the things we want to do. We want to make sure we’re not just locking ourselves in. We want to keep expanding our horizons. We’re still writing, and what it’s going to be is still up in the air.