At home with the Flemion’s. This was recorded on July 16th 2012, in the living room at Dennis and Janice’s house after saying our final farewell to thee beloved Dennis Allan Flemion.
The songs will be officially released next week on iTunes/vinyl.
Going to just write my review in here rather than doing it in another article. I think “Victorian Machinery” is the best of the four B-sides yet, interesting melodies and vocal effects from Anthony. The song has the Grunge dynamic of loud/quiet/loud, really surprised this one didn’t make I’m With You. I could imagine it being one of the first few tracks on the album, maybe right after Monarchy of Roses.
I can see why “Magpies on Fire” didn’t make the album, it’s an enjoyable song, but Brendan’s Death Song and Police Station are the better ballads with better melodies, so they made the album and this didn’t. This song grows on me with each listen and is better than some songs on I’m With You. I know another guy reviewed Strange Man/Long Progression on GrungeReport.net and didn’t like them (made a couple mistakes as well, but was his first article on here). I liked Long Progression, it is unfocused at times but has a nice guitar riff, I like the breakdown into the guitar solo. Strange Man had some promise but just failed to fully take off.
Overall I definitely prefer the latest two B-sides over the first two. Here’s how I’d rank them so far.
1. Victorian Machinery
2. Magpies on Fire
3. Long Progression
4. Strange Man
September 4, 2012 – Chicago – The Vic Theatre (moved from Riviera Theatre)
September 9, 2012 – Winnipeg – Burton Cummings Theatre (moved from Winnipeg Convention Center)
September 11, 2012 – Calgary – MacEwan Hall (moved from Big 4 Building)
September 12, 2012 – Edmonton – Edmonton Event Center (moved from Shaw Convention Centre)
Chris Cornell has made his first tweets regarding his canceled Made in America slot this Sunday in Philadelphia.
Cornell tweeted “Woke up to learn some people fucked up. I pulled out of the MIA Festival 2 weeks ago….” and then promised that he’d find a way to make it up to fans. Although this doesn’t do much to assuage the hurt feelings of some Cornell fans, it appears to have been a case of miscommunication bigger than Cornell himself. Source
Faith No More frontman Mike Patton shot down rumors that Faith No More will record new material last week in an interview with news.com.au:
“We’re pretty happy with just touring. There was talk, ‘Should we write new stuff?’ and we all looked at each other and said ‘Nahhh, fuck it.’ We did work up one new little thing and that was really energizing.”
Very disappointing that Faith No More are resigned to being a nostalgia act. I’m sure Billy Corgan won’t be happy about it. This story is a week old but I looked up Faith No more news very frequently in the first couple of weeks of expanding coverage on the site, but there was no news on them so I stopped looking as much.
@ZeldaZonk13 told me on Twitter that the world famous Melvan sold for $24,701 last night. The 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van, used by the Melvins over 20 years ago, features artwork by Kurt Cobain. It was unsuccessfully listed on eBay recently but failed to sell after a bidder who had gone up to $99,000 failed to pay.
October 4 The Church Of Boston Boston, MA
October 5 Mercury Lounge New York, NY
October 6 Maxwell’s Hoboken, NJ
October 7 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
October 8 U Street Washington, DC
As your head reporter I will do all I can to attend the Hoboken show. In honor of the inspiring and legendary William Patrick Corgan, I plan on heckling Mr. Iha mercilessly. What will I DO to him? Well…that’s a question more suited for a Pretty Reckless show.
Thanks to Ben Chapman for sending this:
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, songwriter Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud are RNDM. “Modern Times” is the first single from Acts, their first album, set to release on October 30, 2012.
In a new inteview, Mark discusses a new cover album in the works, the recording of Blues Funeral, a 2-CD anthology set, a new Gutter Twins album, and more.
Here’s a few excerpts:
LTW: And are you recording with Alain Johannes again?
ML: I’ve started recording some stuff with him, but I might do a record of covers too, that’s the other thing Iíve got going on. The record of covers I’m gonna make with the same guy (Martin Feveyear) who did I’ll Take Care Of You (Mark’s previous album of covers, released on Sub Pop in 1999) as producer and as many of the same musicians as I can use.
LTW: Any more Gutter Twins work planned?
ML: Yeah. Me and Greg just got up and did a song for Pukkelpop the other day. We’re both gonna do another record first and then we’ll hook up and do that. So after whatever comes next for me I think the next record after that will be a Gutter Twins record.
LTW: It’s kind of greedy, but it’ll be nice to have another Mark Lanegan record and another Gutter Twins one!
ML: Well, God willing, you’ll have both.
For the rest of the inteview, visit louderthanwar.com.
From Chris Cornell’s Facebook:
Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict Chris Cornell is unable to perform at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia on September 2 as previously planned. Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment. – Team CC
Pearl Jam are set to headline the Made in America festival and many fans were expecting a Temple of the Dog performance. Cornell announced yesterday that he is going to perform in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday September 1st at a show for President Barack Obama. Very disappointing that we won’t get to see Cornell and Pearl Jam on the same bill.
If the reason for the cancellation is not the Obama gig, I will report it. But with Matt Cameron performing with Pearl Jam it can’t be Soundgarden, and Cornell doesn’t have any shows scheduled in the ensuing days.
Former Screaming Trees/Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin recently did an interview with Big Tea Blog about Walking Papers (featuring guest appearances by Pearl Jam/Mad Season guitarist Mike McCready), and he had this to say about working with Mike McCready for the first time since Mad Season ended: “Mike and I are old friends that go way back, and even though we hadn’t recorded together since Mad Season in about 1996, it was just like the old days. We’ve been rehearsing together the last few weeks, writing some new songs, and it’s pretty great. We were joking the other day that we are now in our mid-40s, but we are now much better players than we were in our mid-20s, when we formed Mad Season. It’s a funny trick the Universe plays on you – we’re older and grayer, but also much better musicians.”
Ron Howard, photographed left, on the set of Arrested Development’s 4th season this month.
Ron Howard will be directing a documentary about the Made in America festival. The festival’s lineup features promoter Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell, Skillrex, Drake, and Run DMC. It won’t just be a concert film, it will feature footage of artists before and after their performances. The festival takes place this weekend in Philadelphia.
Howard has directed countless films including Apollo 13, Ransom, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Beautiful Mind, and The Da Vinci Code. He also acted on The Andy Griffith Show, Happy Days, and American Graffiti. He narrates and produces the cult classic TV series Arrested Development, which is currently shooting its 4th season for Netflix (HUZZAH!).
New Musical Group Featuring Pearl Jam Bassist Jeff Ament, Singer-Songwriter Joseph Arthur and Drummer Richard Stuverud
Debut Album, “Acts,” in Stores October 30th
16-Date North American Tour Kicks off November 2nd
SEATTLE — RNDM (pronounced “random”) is a new musical group featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud. The band will release their debut album, “Acts”, on Tuesday, October 30th in CD, vinyl LP and digital formats via Monkeywrench Records/RED in the U.S. and Canada. In support of “Acts”, RNDM will embark on a 16-date North American tour, which kicks off November 2nd in Brooklyn, NY and ends November 27th in Seattle, WA (full list of tour dates below).
In April of this year, Joseph Arthur joined Jeff Ament and drummer Richard Stuverud in Montana for a jam session, which would give birth to RNDM “Acts”. After four days with longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason behind the boards, the group had nearly 20 finished tracks, which have been whittled down to 12 for the album (“Acts” tracklist below).
“It felt like those first bands you’re in, where the first few weeks you ate and slept and breathed the music that you were working on,” Ament says. “All you did was hum those songs until you got to the next practice. I was completely open to whatever was going to happen, and I know Joseph was too.”
As the project’s name suggests, Jeff Ament and Joseph Arthur met randomly in June of 1999, when Arthur opened a show at the late New York club Wetlands on a bill headlined by Ament and Stuverud’s side project, Three Fish.
The pair stayed in touch over the years and reconnected in 2010 after Arthur played a KEXP-sponsored lunchtime gig in Seattle. Ament extended Arthur an invitation to come to his Montana home to jam, but before they could make plans, a song emerged unexpectedly.
While Ament was working on his solo album, he kept hearing Joseph’s voice instead of his own on one particular track, “When the Fire Comes.” He sent Arthur an email to gauge his interest in collaborating and two days later, got the finished song back. From there, the two knew there was a creative connection.
Ament and Arthur performed this song together live at Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary weekend last summer at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. A studio version of the song was released as a CD single to commemorate the special event and also appears on Ament’s latest solo album, “While My Heart Beats.”
1. Modern Times
3. The Disappearing Ones
4. What You Can’t Control
5. Hollow Girl
6. Walking Through New York
7. Look Out!
8. New Tracks
9. Throw You to the Pack
11. Letting Go of Will
12. Cherries in the Snow
RNDM NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Date / City / Venue
Nov 2 / Brooklyn, NY / Music Hall of WIlliamsburg
Nov 3 / Washington, D.C. / The Black Cat
Nov 4 / Philadelphia, PA / Union Transfer
Nov 7 / Boston, MA / Paradise Rock Club
Nov 8 / New York, NY / The Bowery Ballroom
Nov 9 / Montreal, QC / Théâtre Corona
Nov 13 / Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall
Nov 14 / Milwaukee, WI / Turner Hall Ballroom
Nov 15 / Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue
Nov 16 / Lawrence, KS / The Bottleneck
Nov 18 / Boulder, CO / The Fox Theatre
Nov 21 / Los Angeles, CA / Troubador
Nov 23 / San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall
Nov 25 / Portland, OR / Doug Fir Lounge
Nov 26 / Vancouver, BC / Biltmore Cabaret
Nov 27 / Seattle, WA / Showbox at the Market
Ticket on sale information will be announced by local market.
RNDM’s bio follows. For more information on the band, visit: RNDMBAND.COM
The chance encounters of everyday life shape us in more ways than we can imagine. From them spring unexpected opportunities, exciting new directions, burgeoning friendships and, quite often, great music.
Such as is the case with “Acts,” the debut album from RNDM, featuring Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, songwriter Joseph Arthur and drummer Richard Stuverud. As the project’s moniker alludes to, Ament and Arthur met randomly on a June evening in 1999, when Arthur opened a show at the late, great New York club Wetlands on a bill headlined by Ament and Stuverud’s side project Three Fish. At the time, Arthur was drawing acclaim for his solo performances, which employed a looping pedal that made the artist sound as if he was being backed by a full band.
“I’d seen people mess with a looper a little bit, but I’d never seen anybody do what Joe was doing at that time,” Ament recalls. “He made it all so seamless.” Says Arthur, “I remember meeting Jeff and being nervous to talk to him. It’s always nerve-wracking to meet someone in a band that big. But on the other hand, I met a girl there that night that I ended going out with for five years.”
The pair stayed in touch via email over the ensuing years, and reconnected in 2010 after Arthur played a KEXP-sponsored lunchtime gig in Seattle. Ament extended Arthur an invitation to come to his Montana home to jam, but before they could make plans, a song emerged unexpectedly.
“As I was finishing up my last little group of solo songs, there was one called ‘When the Fire Comes’ that just wasn’t working for me vocally,” Ament says. “I kept hearing his voice instead of mine. I sent Joe an email gauging his interest, and two days later, I got the track back from him. At that point, I knew there was something there — some sort of creative connection.”
Ament and Arthur performed “When the Fire Comes” together at Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary blowout concert last summer at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin. A studio version of the song was released as a CD single to commemorate the special event, as well as on Ament’s latest solo album, “While My Heart Beats.”
Which brings us to “Acts,” and the jam session that would eventually birth it. Says Ament, “After PJ 20, Joe told me he’d never really been able to write up-tempo songs, and I said, ‘I have a slew of them. Let’s get together and make an up-tempo record.'” Thus, in April of this year, Arthur finally joined Ament and Stuverud in Montana thinking he’d just be singing over the top of instrumental tracks that had already been completed.
Instead, “I’d told Richard, but not Joe, that I just wanted to be Joe’s band for the first day or two, to see how it went,” Ament says. After some initial jamming on the first night in the studio, Arthur volunteered a song of his called “What You Can’t Control” that the trio bashed into shape within an hour, and RNDM was off and running. Later, Ament delved into his work tapes to find riffs and instrumentals that would form the basis for other new songs.
Things clicked so easily that the trio were half-jokingly discussing touring, designing t-shirts and making costumes within hours of pressing the record button. “We had six tunes after that first night and day. Everybody was just buzzed,” Ament says. “Jeff and Richard have been playing together so long and they have such a great chemistry,” Arthur adds. “To hear the songs filtered through that rock and roll style was really awesome.”
After four days with longtime Pearl Jam engineer Brett Eliason behind the boards, the group had nearly 20 finished tracks, which have been whittled down to 12 for the album “Acts.” Throughout, the songs crackle with a plug-and-play spontaneity. Pearl Jam fans will surely note Ament’s distinctive bass work on concise blasts of rock’n’roll like “Letting Go Of Will,” “Throw You To The Pack” and “Look Out!,” while the trio stretches its musical muscles on blissed-out jams like “Hollow Girl” and the soulful, wah-wah guitar-tinged “Williamsburg.”
Elsewhere, the acoustic, harmonica-tinged “Cherries in the Snow” highlights Arthur’s knack for simple, effective songwriting, while the rumbling mid-tempo rocker “Darkness” and the hard-charging opener “Modern Times,” driven by a power-pop Stuverud beat, showcase how the hybrid styles of the three musicians blend together so smoothly.
“Joe’s instincts, just based on the way he plays by himself, are to layer things, especially his voice,” Ament says. “And I kept saying, ‘No, man! We’re a power trio! It’s OK if all you hear during a guitar solo is bass and drums.’ I’ve always been in bands with two guitars, so I’ve always wanted to be in a power trio where you can hear that space behind the voice.”
“All of the songs I contributed to the album existed in some recorded form, but they were stuck in the ‘backlog,'” Arthur says. “To give them a fresh treatment and produce them in a way that almost veers into underproduction was very uplifting.”
With “Acts” now ready for release, RNDM is preparing to hit the road for its first tour, while still savoring the rush of creativity that birthed the album. “It felt like those first bands you’re in, where the first few weeks you ate and slept and breathed the music that you were working on,” Ament says. “All you did was hum those songs until you got to the next practice. I was completely open to whatever was going to happen, and I know Joseph was too.”
Billy Corgan was on Rockline last night, and he stated that he already has the title for the next Smashing Pumpkins album. Here are some notes from the interview.
-Sketching out forms for next album. Haven’t gotten to musical end, plenty of ideas lying around though.
-Trying to figure out what kind of record to make.
-Blamed ‘the Twitter wave’ for the poor response to Teargarden songs, “If people get a negative inclination, people can’t shake out of that first perception.” Also said, “With social media things, those negative impressions can add up pretty quickly.”
-‘Porcelina of the Vast Oceans’ was inspired by Neil Young’s Cortez the Killer. Regarding the lyrics Billy said, “I scribbled them out before the show, and just ended up keeping them.”
-was very humble when talking about fans. Talked about posting thankful things on Twitter for fans and that whenever he does it it’s genuine, unlike other phony alternative rockers. Joked that he complains a lot but has his moments of clarity where he is thankful for all of success and his fans. Says when fans come up to him he is so flattered all he can muster out sometimes is a thank you.
Thanks to Ben B.:
Stone Temple Pilots’ concert film ‘Alive in the Windy City’ is on iTunes for $4.99 thru September 10th. The show took place in Chicago in March 2010, it was one of the first shows of STP’s year and a half tour in promotion of their self-titled album. Click here to buy the concert.
1. Monarchy of Roses
2. Around the World
4. Dani California
5. Can’t Stop
6. Wet Sand
7. Look Around
8. She’s Only 18
9. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
10. Right on Time
11. Under the Bridge
12. Factory of Faith
13. Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder cover)
15. By the Way
16. Chad & Mauro Jam
17. Sir Psycho Sexy
18. They’re Red Hot (Robert Johnson cover)
20. Give it Away
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will appear on Rockline tonight 8:30PT/11:30ET. Call in toll free 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). More info at http://www.RocklineRadio.com
Call BillCo and ask him what he thinks of Soundgarden’s Live to Rise! Or what he thinks of Stone Temple Pilots currently on tour without a new album to promote!