TRENT REZNOR’S CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II SONG WILL SEE COMMERCIAL RELEASE

The ever-busy Trent Reznor took some time out of his schedule to write a track for the game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which he described as “aggressive” guitar rock that has “a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface”. Now that song will see commercial release, as on November 13th, the Call of Duty: Black Ops II soundtrack will be released, featuring over 40 other songs, Reznor’s included. Source

KIM THAYIL TALKS CHRIS CORNELL’S VOCALS ON SOUNDGARDEN’S KING ANIMAL

Here’s an excerpt from Exclaim.ca‘s new Soundgarden retrospective, which features an interview with Kim Thayil:

The album appropriately kicks off with a song called “Been Away Too Long,” with Cornell asserting that “You can’t go home, no I swear you never can.” However, what most long-time fans will get from the album is the satisfying feeling that Soundgarden have never been gone. “I wouldn’t want to use maturity as a euphemism for age, I would interpret maturity more as a different focus or a tension that we have,” Thayil says. “Chris is older and he’s a father now, and if I were him I wouldn’t want to be screaming all the time. Would you believe him if he was doing that? You might start thinking it’s a gimmick. But this is Soundgarden, so he’s going to have to yell and scream, although I wouldn’t expect that of him for a whole record.” The guitarist adds, “We’re old enough that we don’t have to mince words. It’s been 30 years that we’ve basically known each other, and all the pluses and minuses that go with that. I think everybody is really happy, or else we wouldn’t be doing it.”

BILLY CORGAN DISCUSSES AMERICA’S POOR ECONOMY & THE LACK OF AN ARTISTIC RESPONSE

Here are some quotes from CBC‘s new interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, discussing America’s current problems and the lack of an appropriate artistic response from musicians.

“40% of Americans don’t have more than 500 dollars in their savings account.  That ought to tell you something, I mean that is a nightmare waiting to happen.  We’re all partying like it’s 1999, to quote another great artist.”

“What’s interesting to me about artistic response is most have taken the let’s just pretend the party is still going.  Most music, if you listen to the radio, most music is hey everything’s great.  I’m having the ‘tiiiiime of my liiiiife.’  Everything’s great, ‘tonight’s gonna be a good night.’  It’s all like just keep that party going, keep that kick running into infinity.  I’m sorry we’re about to hit a wall where that’s just not going to work anymore.  There are artists out here who are trying to represent, sort of an anticipatory wave that’s coming.  What does it mean to lose something, in my case it’s what does it mean to lose the American dream.”

“My point is what we’re doing to ourselves economically, how we’re f’ing ourselves by our Chinese debt and all this stuff.  I mean that is going to have a real impact on our children, and our children’s children, and their children.  That is the loss of the true American dream.”

Billy also talked about how news outlets troll his interviews for quotes.  While we do tend to use some juicy/sexier quotes of Billy’s, I think our articles usually contextualize the quotes by including as much as possible in the actual stories.  When I think Billy talks about something interesting like this as well I turn it into a story.  It’s not always the Stephen Malkmus/James Iha quotes!

JEFF AMENT SAYS PEARL JAM WILL LIKELY DECIDE WHAT THEY’RE DOING NEXT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament discussed Pearl Jam’s upcoming plans in a new interview with The Toronto Sun: “There’s nothing really scheduled right now. That’s a little bit by design. Whenever we come out of a time when we’ve had a bunch of stuff lined up, we like to have a few months where we just kind of clear the plate a little bit. I’m sure once we get through the holidays, we’ll get on the phone with each other and figure out what we’re doing next.”

FRANCES BEAN COBAIN TO HOLD FIRST SOLO ART SHOW IN FEBRUARY

Frances Bean Cobain has announced on her Twitter account (@alka_seltzer666) that she will be holding her first solo art show at Dark Dark Science in Los Angeles, California in Feburary. Frances tweeted, “Thnx @Jessicka for this thrilling&humbling opportunity!So fuckin excited”

Frances has been active on Twitter since launching her page a couple of weeks ago. Her background picture is of Beavis and Butthead, and she linked to several Oasis videos yesterday. She also tweeted Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, who she is friends with, “have u ever read the vault of horror? It has a Tales from the Crypt vibe, but darker. I think you’d enjoy it. I’ll bring u a copy.”

CORGAN SAYS GENERATION X BANDS THAT LACK CONFIDENCE TO PLAY NEW MATERIAL ARE DONE

Here is video from ByStarlight.org of Billy Corgan’s Q&A at Sunday’s Smashing Pumpkins show in Montreal. Here are some memorable quotes. Read this Stone Temple Pilots, we want new music!:

“At the beginning when people started doing [old albums] I actually thought it was kind of cool. But then I saw all these bands of my generation who didn’t have confidence to go out and tour new material, so they were running out to play these old albums, and then it became like an expectation. If anybody knows anything about me once you put that kind of expectation on me I’m just not going there, because that’s lame.”

“Once you lose that fighting spirit to go out there and make new music, that’s the end.”

“My point is that, Strictly playing old songs ain’t getting it done for anybody. If you’re talking about Generation X right, which is my generation.”

“People say why use the name? Because I want to say fuck it bring it on I’m not afraid of that. Because when I did a solo album, there’s people out there shouting for fucking Pumpkins songs. So what was the difference? When I was in Zwan people shout for Pumpkins songs. Everywhere I went. Radio stations I show up with Zwan and they ask if I can play Pumpkins songs, different band. Once you’re in that world you say fuck it all. To me that’s what I’m trying to say, that’s alternative. I got here by being alternative, not by being somebody else’s fucking bitch.”

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REPORTER MAGIC MIKE MAZZARONE HIT BY HURRICANE SANDY

Magic Mike Mazzarone, photographed in 2005

GrungeReport.net Head Reporter Magic Mike Mazzarone, like many others on the east coast, has been hit by Hurricane Sandy. Magic Mike texted me last night to let me know that his power has been knocked out, and he probably won’t be able to report or help me find stories for a week. He wants his legions of fans to know that he and his family are alright. Magic Mike’s computer also crashed recently, for undisclosed reasons, so it hasn’t been too good of a week for him.

Mazzarone lives with his family in New Jersey.  His favorite singers are Billy Corgan and Taylor Momsen.

UKE LEGEND JAKE SHIMABUKARO TALKS EDDIE VEDDER

Ukulele legend, Hawaii’s Jake Shimabukaro, who partly inspired Eddie Vedder to pick up the uke, spoke about Vedder in an recent interview.

When people like Eddie Vedder are singing your praises and critics are repeatedly saying how you have revolutionized the use of the ukulele as an instrument, does that ever get embarrassing? Or do you just smile and say thanks?

It’s an honor, really. I remember when I first read that quote from Eddie Vedder in Rolling Stone and the way he was talking about me. I just couldn’t believe it. I was thinking, “There must be some other guy out there named Jake playing the ukulele.” But it touched me to hear him say those things because he’s one of my heroes. He’s such an icon, and just the fact that he’s familiar with what I do just blows me away. Source