KIM THAYIL CREDITS MATT CAMERON FOR GETTING SOUNDGARDEN BACK IN THE STUDIO, KING ANIMAL TOUR UPDATE

Here are a couple of quotes from KUPD’s interview with Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil:

“We get together and jam, the next thing you know we’re playing a show, after a few months of jamming we realized that we have a strong creative bond both playing musically and writing. And Matt decides he has some songs he wants to take in to the studio and wants us to try and learn. The next thing you know, we’re a creative entity and we’re recording again.”

“Probably in January we’re hoping to do a tour then, if not then late spring and summer.”

PHOTO TIMELINE OF LAYNE STALEY’S LOOKS FROM 1990-1998

Yesterday when I posted the new Scott Weiland 1990-2012 photo timeline I made in commemoration of Weiland’s 45th birthday, I mentioned a Layne Staley one I posted on April 5, 2010 on GrungeReport.net to commemorate the 8th anniversary of his passing. People asked me if I could repost it, so here it is. I made a slight modification to it, adding in the October 31, 1998 photo of Layne backstage at a Jerry Cantrell show that surfaced on GrungeReport.net earlier this year. The photo timeline covers the entirety of Staley’s recording career, from the Facelift days in 1990 all the way up until Staley’s final recording sessions in late 1998 (Get Born Again/Died with Alice In Chains and Another Brick In The Wall with Class of 99).  You can click on it to enlarge it.  I am considering doing photo timelines of Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder sometime around Christmas when news is slow.

Another Layne note, this photo has been in circulation for a long time but nobody has able been able to definitively confirm when it was taken.  The only date I’ve heard is New Years 1997 (December 31, 1996/January 1, 1997) but I’ve never gotten official confirmation.  So try and identify the other guys in the photo and contact them to figure it out!

JAMES IHA DISCUSSES PERFORMING ‘MAYONAISE,’ SAYS HE PLANS TO PERFORM MORE SMASHING PUMPKINS SONGS LIVE

Here is an excerpt from a new interview with ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha posted on the Smashing Pumpkins message board.

I was always a big fan of your Smashing Pumpkins songs, over the summer you didn’t play any of the songs you wrote and sang, but you did play ‘Mayonaise’, I was wondering why that song?
I wanted to do an old song, and I had a very short list of Pumpkins-era songs I wanted to do. I didn’t really put much thought into it other than wanting to do an old Pumpkins song, I just tuned my guitar to the freaky tuning I used to write the song and I just thought it’d be nice. Nothing more than that.

Can we expect to see some of your Pumpkins stuff?
Yes, I’m working on that now. It’s definitely hard as a solo artist to fill out a whole a set, so I’m kind of working on that.

EDDIE VEDDER DISCUSSES HEAL EB FUNDRAISER SHOW FROM LAST WEEK

Photo from Heal EB

MTV Hive conducted a short interview with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder regarding his attendance/performance at the EB fundraiser show in San Jose, California last week. Ed had this to say about the cause, “The EB fundraiser in San Jose was a smaller, grassroots event, but the impact of meeting these incredible kids and their parents was huge. I’ve only been aware of this disease for a few years and not many people are currently aware of it, though it affects one in every 50,000 children. Because of major advances in stem cell research, the non-controversial kind, it appears that a cure could someday be a reality. But only if the good doctors and researchers can acquire further funding, whether privately or through our government.” He elaborated by discussing meeting the kids, “I was so moved by the experience. Something I will never forget and carry with me everyday. I feel fortunate to have gotten a better understanding of the challenges these wonderful kids and parents are faced with, and hope that our communities and the global community can band together to provide hope and ultimately an end to this most brutal of diseases.”

GRUNGEREPORT.NET REVIEW OF NEW RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS B-SIDES THE SUNSET SLEEPS/HOMETOWN GYPSY

The latest pair of Red Hot Chili Peppers B-sides from the I’m With You sessions is The Sunset Sleeps/Hometown Gypsy, set for release on November 2nd.  The Sunset Sleeps is pretty interesting instrumentally, but Anthony Kiedis’ melody falls flat.  In the verses he hits some high notes, but the melody overall is just kind of boring.  Josh Klinghoffer has some country style guitar parts, his spacey and melodic solo is the best part of the song.

Hometown Gypsy has even more of a classic country/swing vibe, especially rhythmically.  The lyrics are interesting too, an early line ‘The girl who taught me what to do was missing her front tooth’ sets the tone for the song, it’s about a weird town that a man just wants to get out of.  There are some dark undertones too under the sarcastic lyrics.  Hometown Gypsy is definitely the stronger song over The Sunset Sleeps, and it’s one of the better I’m With You sessions B-sides.

COURTNEY LOVE’S LIFE COULD BECOME A BROADWAY MUSICAL

In a bit of weird news, music manager Sam Lufti revealed some interesting plans for Courtney Love in the midst of testifying against former client Britney Spears.

“[Courtney Love and I] are currently working on a possible motion picture or Broadway musical based on the Nirvana catalogue, based on her life and Kurt Cobain’s,” Lutfi said. Whether these plans come to fruition or not remains to be seen, as even Lufti seemed reluctant to talk about the possible Broadway ideas too much, maintaining that it’s just “an idea” of Love’s. Source

TRENT REZNOR TALKS MAJOR LABEL RECORD DEAL, HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE MUSIC BIZ

Trent Reznor and his manager Jim Guerinot recently sat down with Techdirt to discuss, amongst other things, Reznor’s record deal. Guerinot explained in depth the kind of deal that Reznor signed, which is not a standard record deal:

“It’s a licensing arrangement. The deal that Trent is able to do at this stage of the game is different than what he would have been able to do at 19 years old coming into his first arrangement…. There are always different levels of accommodation and leverage that you’re able to do. For Trent, fortunately, at this stage of the game, he’s able to license it and continue to own his masters… and, really, that’s the most relevant thing about the deal,” Guerinot said.

Guerinot also maintains the importance of Reznor maintaining the masters of any work he does:

“The toughest thing is when an artist takes an advance, pays back the advance, and doesn’t own his masters. That’s always been — and I’ve argued this with my friends who run major labels — that is the single greatest difficulty and why so many artists don’t trust labels. At the end of the day, artists have paid 50% of every video that gets made — it’s recouped against an artist account. But they didn’t benefit from the YouTube deal. They didn’t benefit from the creation of Vevo, despite the fact that it’s their money that went to creating that.”

Reznor also offered some advice to up and coming musicians dreaming of making it big someday:

“My advice today, to established acts and new-coming acts, is the same advice I’d give to myself: pause for a minute, and really think about ‘what is your goal? where do you see yourself?’ When I was coming up, things weren’t disrupted, and there was a logical progression…. As a 22-year-old kid in Cleveland, it seemed to me that just playing out in bars, hoping someone noticed your band, and then offered you a record contract, while that’s possible, I didn’t know anybody, and didn’t know anybody who knew anybody that that had ever happened to. The strategy, then, was let’s work on getting a band, and something that means something, music that matters, music that I feel proud of, and a vibe and name and ‘brand’ of this thing, and then try to reach maybe some small labels that had music in the same vein of what I liked. It didn’t work exactly that way, but that type of archetype of a plan led me to focus my energies on the thing that did start, and that fuse got lit, and it wound up happening.”

 

PEARL JAM BASSIST JEFF AMENT TALKS JAY-Z PERFORMANCE, NEW PEARL JAM ALBUM & SOUNDGARDEN

Here are some notes from WMMR‘s new interview with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament.

-Jeff on Pearl Jam’s performance with Jay-Z at the Made in America festival, “How awesome is that? That came together like 30 minutes before we went on. We sort of talked to him about it the night before, and he was like ‘well we’ll see how it goes’ then he showed up 30 minutes before we went on and we went over ’99 Problems.’ It felt good, I mean we were playing it with basically no volume at all in our dressing room so it’s kind of hard to completely tell but once he came out and once it was kind of locked into that first verse and he turned around and smiled at us, it was like okay this is pretty good.”

-He also mentioned that a Pearl Jam/Soundgarden tour is impossible because of how hard Matt Cameron plays drums, he couldn’t imagine him playing for 5 hours every night. He said a one time show could be possible though.

-Mentioned that Pearl Jam will record more sometime next year, hopefully around the time they play their South American shows but it’s not set in stone. He says they’re always writing individually and thinks they’ll come in with some new solid material. He said they’re trying to give Soundgarden some space to tour though since they’ve got a great record coming out next month.