Monthly Archives: July 2012

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BILLY CORGAN SAYS THAT JAMES IHA HAD TROUBLE MOVING ON FROM BREAKUP WITH D’ARCY

Here is an excerpt from Rolling Stone Australia’s new interview with Billy Corgan:

According to Corgan, at the time [around the Siamese Dream era] the Smashing Pumpkins were a unit “that existed in a state of unease because it was a band that didn’t have any close relationships in it, except maybe for James and D’arcy.” Here, though, Corgan reports that the fact that the rhythm guitarist and bassist had previously been romantically involved meant that even this pairing was not without its complications. His assersition is that although Wretzky had married someone else, Iha “continued to treat her psychologically like she were still his girlfriend.”

“He was still very deferential toward her even though they were no longer together,” is his recollection. “He tended to side with her in arguments, so it kind of squared into two versus two, and on my side was Jimmy, who was out of his mind.”

Corgan is also of the belief that Iha and Wretzky “never fully accepted [their drummer] as being part of the band.”

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SMASHING PUMPKINS BASSIST NICOLE FIORENTINO SAYS BILLY CORGAN GAVE HER CREATIVE FREEDOM ON ‘OCEANIA’

Here are some excerpts from MusicRadar.com‘s new interview with Smashing Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino.

On her influences when she was younger

“I was listening to a lot of Nirvana, Hole, PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, Pixies, obviously the Pumpkins.” [laughs]

Here are some quotes on working with Billy and the Pumpkins on Oceania

“Beyond the formative years, I think I’ve become more of an aggressive player since joining the Pumpkins. You know, on the majority of the records, Billy played bass, and he has such a heavy hand, so I’ve had to kind of blend my style with his to play those older songs well. But I’ve definitely brought my own style to it.”

“He gave me a lot of freedom, which is something I don’t think he’s done with bass players. In the past, he’s played on all the records. But with me, he was very open with whatever I was going to bring to the table. We started working on the Oceania songs, and that took up pretty much all of last year. Now we’re gearing up to start touring on the record, which is going to be really exciting. It’s very rewarding to get up there and play my own parts. It’s cool to play the old songs, too, and have that blend, but doing the new stuff is so rewarding.”

“Mike and I actually work on harmonies a lot together. We were working in this big studio, so there was something going on in every room at any given time. Mike and I would be in one room doing harmonies while Billy was doing a guitar part, or Jeff would be in another room doing a different guitar part. Everybody was really busy.

“Billy just kind of left us alone to figure things out. He’d peek his head in and say, ‘Why don’t you try this in this part?’ But Mike and I did a lot of parts on our own. Pale Horse just kind of fell out of us. It was probably one of the easiest.”

Nicole also told a story about how Billy Corgan asked her to come up with a bassline for “One Diamond, One Heart” in 20 minutes because the song needed some more flair.

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MARK LANEGAN TO SING ON NEW MAD SEASON ALBUM

According to guerrillacandy.com, Barrett Martin stated in a recent Q&A with Jet City Stream that Mark Lanegan will sing on some songs on the new Mad Season album. The songs Lanegan is singing on were originally written for Layne Staley to sing on. Martin and Lanegan were bandmates in the Screaming Trees from 1991 to 2000, and Lanegan contributed vocals to two songs on Mad Season’s first album (Long Gone Day and I’m Above).

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GRUNGEREPORT.NET TO POSSIBLY CHANGE NAME & COVER MORE 90’S ALTERNATIVE ROCK BANDS

Pretty slow news weekend, so I thought I’d post this! Fitting time to do it, because if I end up doing this there wouldn’t ever be another dead news day! I am tentatively planning on changing the name of GrungeReport in early 2013 to AltRockReport, obviously based on what the reaction from readers is in the comments section is to this article. The site’s focus would continue to be on the 90’s alternative rock/Grunge era (with the bands currently covered still as the heart of the site due to my bias towards them), but with more non Seattle bands added. Currently the only ones we cover who are not from Seattle are Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, and Hole. I picked the name AltRockReport because it is close in name to GrungeReport, and really the only change to the site would be more bands being covered so I don’t see the point in a drastic name change. It would still be run how it is now, but with more content and less filler stories.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Live, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr., Pixies, and Rage Against The Machine are examples of bands that would be added on to the site in addition to the bands currently covered. Queens of the Stone Age are the only post 90’s band I listed but Homme was a touring rhythm guitarist for the Screaming Trees and he was also in the underrated 90’s band Kyuss. My original idea was to make this a companion site, but it would be too similar of a site to really justify making it separate and both sites would get repetitive. And I can’t just add those bands onto GrungeReport, because people will get too pissy and say “that’s not Grunge.” What I’d like to do is have a ‘Grunge’ category that people could go to if they just want to read about the Seattle bands. Also for anybody wondering, GrungeReport.net would simply re-direct to the new domain, so you could continue to just type that in to get to the site.

So basically, please sound off in the comments section! What do you think of the name change idea (also do you prefer AltRockReport.com or AltRockReport.net, I bought both), what bands would you like to see added on, would you rather just see the site stay the same and not grow, or anything else.

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QUICK FAN REACTIONS FROM SCOTT WEILAND’S SHOW YESTERDAY IN CLARKSTON, WA

Here are the first few fan reactions I could find online regarding Scott Weiland’s performance last night at Rockin’ on the River in Clarkston, Washington.  GrungeReport.net does not think the last two fan reactions are very nice!  Anyways, here they are, I’ll hopefully edit more in later so keep checking back:

@TJKeternal posted this on his Twitter: Scott Weiland. Awesome. Didn’t play mainstream, radio bullshit same old songs, just busted ass playing solid..

Russell posted this on his Facebook:
Scott weiland of STP tonight oh yeah a music icon.

Billie posted this on his Facebook:
Scott weiland, I hope you put on a better show at the Betty Ford clinic cuz this sucks!!! Amazingly disappointed this year :/

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r posted this on his Twitter: Scott weiland sucks really disappointed in this worn out druggie punk

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BIKINI KILL RELEASE MUSIC DIGITIALLY, SEAWEED PLANNING TOUR

Thanks to Mike:

Bikini Kill’s entire back catalogue is now on sale digitally. Everything they’ve done from The Frumpies to Casual Dots and beyond are now available when they previously were out of print. They created their own record label (Bikini Kill Records) and are slowly re-releasing what seems to be their discography on actual discs soon. They have shirt, photos and everything. Not sure if there’s a reunion, but they’re certainly making a concentrated effort to get all of their past material out to the public in some way. You can read more on their site:

http://www.bikinikill.com/

Seaweed have been busy lately, in 2011 they reformed and released the “Service Deck/The Weight” record, which I got as soon as it was released. And lately have been touring across the U.S. Last I heard they were playing with Superchunk and Bad Religion in Texas at the Fun Fun Feast. And gearing up for a mini northwest tour now. They have a Twitter and FB to keep track of everything to do with them.

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BILLY CORGAN TALKS ABOUT HIS BROTHER JESSE, FEUDING WITH HIM IN PRO WRESTLING STORYLINE

From Billy Corgan’s new interview with The Huffington Post:

It has been a year since your brother, Jesse Andersen, was robbed and attacked on the CTA Red Line train while he was on the way to work. I know that you took to Twitter and were outraged about this. A year later, how’s he doing?

You know he’s gone through some interesting changes. Part of what happened was that, you know, he got, let’s call it negative attention, which is he’s on the news because someone did something terrible to him. Then he got positive attention which is a lot fans reached out to him through his Facebook and it kind of brought him out more into the world, and there’s a mixed blessing there of course because not everybody is a good person and not everybody is necessarily interested in him, they might just be interested in him because he’s my brother. But it’s also been part of his maturation process because, like many special needs people, he wants to be in the world. You know, he doesn’t want to live on the edges of our society, he wants to be squarely in the middle and have a very real experience and I’ve seen a transformation in him in the past year where he’s sort of wrestling, for lack of a better word, with what it means to be who he is naturally against who he can be publicly, and being my brother is part of that struggle where he has to figure out who he can trust and all those types of things. So, it’s been interesting for him and it’s sort of opened up something that he’s still kind of figuring out.

Is Jesse at the same job and does he still ride the ‘L’ down to work?

Oh yeah. That’s probably one of his greatest sources of pride. I think he’s held that job down maybe 17 or 18 years. You know, you’ve got to remember with my brother that when he was born, we were told as a family he would never walk or talk. The doctors at the time recommended that he just be put in a state home. The horrible term that they used back then for kids like [my brother] was that they called them vegetables, which is horrible in hindsight to think that’s what they would refer to these kids as. We didn’t want that for him; we kept him at home and we fought hard to bring him into real life as much as we could. My [older] brother and I didn’t treat him with kid gloves. We beat him up just like we beat each other up. He was raised to be a normal boy, but, of course, not everyone in the world sees him as a normal boy; and hence my song “Spaceboy” on “Siamese Dream,” because here’s this kind of kid who comes from some other planet and he’s had to figure it out for himself as he’s gotten to be a man.

You seem to be very protective of Jesse. Growing up, did you feel compelled to look out for him?

Yeah. I essentially raised him. Our father was out of the house and his mother, my stepmother, worked a lot as a stewardess, so I raised him in a way and I watched him go through a lot. I saw him be teased and I’d have to get up in somebody’s face and say, ‘You’re not going to talk about my brother like that.’ The worst part of the experience was probably the adults who would stand there, five feet away from him, and talk about him like he couldn’t even hear what they were saying. They would call him all sorts of names that they didn’t think were names — words which are now considered inappropriate in our culture. It was very, very hard to watch because my brother has a great intellect. He’s got a great mind and is very charismatic and charming in his own devious way. It’s hard to explain because he’s his own person, but somewhere in there he needs a bit of a buffer. It’s a complicated thing and the best way I explain it is that he’s like a Rain Man type of character. He’s got certain things probably greater than someone else and he’s lacking in a few things that most of us just take for granted.

I understand that you recently wrote Jesse into a script and he made his wrestling debut at Resistance Pro’s ‘Taken by Force’ event last month. What was it like to have your brother in the ring? I heard he was an active part of the storyline that you wrote.

It was interesting. He really wants to be a bad guy (laughs). We can peer into that psychology; I think he likes the empowerment of a bad guy. He’s lived his whole life sort of being picked on and neglected and here — he obviously understands it’s fantasy — he gets to go in the ring and kind of misbehave. You know, go on a little bit of a tear. In this particular storyline, he turned on Chris Nowinski who’s very publicly known for his work with concussion issues. Chris has testified in front of Congress, and is in many ways singlehandedly changing the culture of sports as far as how concussions are affecting athletes, which is a very serious issue. (He’s helped change Illinois State policy and Chicago school policy.) Chris used to be a professional wrestler in the WWE, so here you’ve got Chris in the ring with my brother and this part of the storyline is that Jesse turns on Chris, and part of the reason that he turns on Chris is that he wants to screw me, so now my brother and I are at war in Resistance Pro.

Did he like it?

He loved it. He had three things that he had to pull off: he had to be endearing, he had to be naïve and then ultimately, he had to be the bad guy. He hit every note that he had to hit and even improvised a bit. He aligned himself with this bad guy in our promotion. There’s a bad guy manager called Rinaldo Piven and as he was leaving the ring, my brother announced through the microphone that his name was now Jesse Piven (laughs).

Do you plan on bring Jesse back into the ring?

Yeah, oh yeah. He’s going to be part of a longer storyline. Part of the storyline that we’re going to be working is he’s aligned with this manager and they’re not going to start blowing all my money.