Bands that didn’t release new material or tour weren’t nominated like Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Faith No More, the Pixies, Rage Against The Machine, and Nine Inch Nails. I also didn’t nominate side project bands since those could split the vote among Pearl Jam fans, and other groups with side projects.
JT sent in word that Stone Temple Pilots’ Vasoline and Alice In Chains’ Rooser are featured in the new film This Is Forty. The film is directed by Judd Apatow and stars Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segal, and Megan Fox. It is a spinoff/sort of sequel to the 2007 film Knocked Up. The two songs are heard for close to a minute each in the film, Rooster is used during an important plot point.
Pearl Jam wished its fans a happy holidays through a posting on its website. A photo (above) of the band in the studio was also included. Here’s what the message said:
2012 has been an amazing year for Team PJ — Europe, Missoula, DeLuna, Midtown, “99 Problems”,
Jeff’s solo record, RNDM, EV solo, Brad, Po & the 4fathers, “Fat Kid Rules the World”, Soundgarden, our new site….
We’re so glad to have shared it all with you.
As we near 2013, we can’t help but get even more excited about what’s in store for the year ahead.
P.S. Are you a Ten Club member yet, and/or is your membership current?
Barrett Martin posted this update to Walking Papers’ official Facebook page:
Yes Folks, we’re back in the studio again working on album #2, this time at Seattle’s classic, old-school, Avast Studios. I’ve played on countless recording sessions in these studios going on close to 20 years now, recording everything from Screaming Trees, Mad Season, Tuatara, Barrett Martin Group, and of course the first Walking Papers album. I’ve played on lots of other people’s albums here too, and many good times have been had. I heard Soundgarden play in this exact room not too long ago, and its definitely one of those places where you wish the walls could talk. Or maybe its better if they didn’t. One thing is for certain, some great albums have been made in here, and there is a definite VIBE in the building. Which I have deduced to be the industrial-strength espresso machine which whines all day, and late into the night. Its a kind of ritual you might say, to pause from the music to grind yourself an espresso, and more than once I admit to stopping by the studio when I didn’t have a session just to “say hello” to the crew and grind myself an espresso before I continued on my daily errands. It’s like a pilot’s lounge from the 1960s, so cool. The people, bands, and characters that have congregated around that espresso machine……. Some photos below. *Barrett
In a new interview with Hails and Horns, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil discussed possible Soundgarden B-side releases, “We never put out the B-sides because we went from Telephantasm to Live on I-5 then we started recording the new album. So the B-sides compilation has been put on hold. We want it to be a standalone album of Soundgarden originals that were not compiled in an album format. It might be two or three albums. There’s one that would be originals that were only available on compilation records for other labels or movie soundtracks, or B-sides in Australia and Europe. We also want to do an album of some covers that we’ve recorded. Then I want to do an album of some instrumental stuff and some dub mixes.”
Thayil also discussed Soundgarden’s future, “Just like I explained when people asked why we broke up, “Not much is written in stone.” I used to ask, “What’s the longest you ever had a girlfriend or boyfriend?” or ‘What’s the longest you’ve ever had a job?’ Soundgarden was together for 13 years. At that point I’d never been with a girl that long, or had any other job that long. But yes, for the foreseeable future. It’s always going if it’s going.”
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello responded to a fan question on Twitter regarding Rage Against The Machine recording new material. A fan said, “We need some new RATM music.” Morello responded, “If it was up to me we’d make 2 new records a year.” Morello elaborated, “If you really want new groundbreaking earth rocking political music that shapes hearts & minds & kicks ass FORM A BAND, don’t wait for RATM.” Rage Against Machine have been largely inactive in the last 2 years. The last time the band performed live was on July 30, 2011 at the LA Rising festival.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan did an interview with TimeOutChicago yesterday and discussed fans failing to move on from the original Smashing Pumpkins and accept new material, “It’s frustrating, but I feel worse for them. You’re cheating yourself out of the experience of moving forward. I’m not responsible for the fact that you lost your virginity to this song. It doesn’t behold me to something. I meet young people to whom the old records don’t have that emotional connection but Oceania does.” Corgan also discussed the Smashing Pumpkins live show while discussing the visceral experience of attending an independent professional wrestling show, “Chances are if I try to give you that visceral experience, you’re going to want it the way you saw it in some MTV video in ’95. I deal with it every night I’m onstage: ‘This isn’t the Smashing Pumpkins I wanted.’ Dude, you’re about 15 years too late.”
Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan sings on the track “Abbadon” on Lustmord’s upcoming album The Word As Power. Above is a clip of the song.
I decided to do ‘Single of the Year’ rather than ‘Music Video of the Year’ this year since some bands did not do music videos for their singles. I listed Alice In Chains’ Hollow despite it not being a radio single, but it is a digital single release for their upcoming fifth album.
Soundgarden- Been Away Too Long
Alice In Chains- Hollow
Nirvana and Paul McCartney- Cut Me Some Slack
Smashing Pumpkins- The Celestials
Mark Lanegan- The Gravedigger’s Song
Jane’s Addiction- Underground
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Brendan’s Death Song
Foo Fighters- Bridge Burning
Garbage- Blood For Poppies
Bush- Baby Come Home
Local H wants you to get into the holiday spirit and that’s why they are offering their fans a free gift. This gift being a free download of their cover of Rush’s 2112 Overture/The Temple of Syrinx.
The band had this to say about the offering:
“Attention all planets of the solar federation! In honor of the Winter Solstice, the end of the world according to the Mayans and, uh, Christmas, Local H humbly offers you this gift of song. The band has been playing this opus live since last New Year’s Eve and decided to record it properly this fall. With the help of producer Andy Gerber at Million Yen, they’ve gotten it together just in time for 21/12. Rush on over to click the link below to download the surprise track for free. And in the words of Tiny Tim: “A Merry Christmas to us all; and Neil Peart bless us, every one!
You can download the cover at LocalH.com or you can stream it below:
Techno star Deadmau5 will be appearing in Soundgarden’s new “By Crooked Steps” music video.
No that is not a typo. Deadmau5 will be playing a cop in the video according to his girlfriend – Kat Von D (on Instagram/Twitter). To fans, this strange pairing should not be a surprise at all as Soundgarden has been affiliated with strange pairings before. Lead singer Chris Cornell collaborated with rapper Timbaland on his classic 2009 solo album Scream.
Von D reportedly had a dream about the shoot saying the following: “Had weirdest dream last nite where we’re in the Valley for some reason.. Joel was a cop n then he arrested C …but then Dave Grohl showed up on a Segway and everyone laughed.”
You can view pictures from the shoot below:
Check out the song “So Long Sin City” that Slash composed with Mark Lanegan for the film, This Is Not A Movie (2011), directed by Olalla Rubio, and starring Edward Furlong, Peter Coyote, Miguel Ferrer, and more.
Here are a couple of excerpts from ArtistDirect.com‘s new interview with Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello. He discussed the importance of the early 90’s LA rock music scene that consisted of Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Jane’s Addiction, and others.
“Certainly, Tool and Rage Against The Machine were helpful in each other’s formations. First of all, we were good friends. Sometimes, we were roommates and whatnot. There was a healthy competitive edge in the first shows. We played a lot of club shows. Some of the footage on the DVD is us opening for Tool. We’d see the latest batch of songs they’d written, and they would see the latest batch of songs we’d written. Then, we’d play a show together where we’d want to be better than we were the last time. Sometimes, we’d get the better of them. Sometimes, they’d get the better of us. It really helped to sharpen our rock knives on the flint of each other’s bands [Laughs].”
“There wasn’t one scene. There were two competitive scenes. There was the Sunset Strip. It was the end of the hair band scene, but it was still going strong. There was this pay-to-play scene in those clubs. On the Eastern side of town—like Crescent Heights and east, there was the scene that Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Fishbone had begun. There was a second wave of bands with Tool and Rage Against the Machine. We didn’t have to pay money to play. You could develop an audience and maybe make gas money to make it to rehearsal the next day. We used to go out every night and check out every band. Every band would come to our shows. It was a mutually supportive scene. I think Rage Against The Machine and Tool were the last couple of bands that made it out of there.”
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Eddie Vedder and an eclectic list of performers–including Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Manson, and even Johnny Depp–have all contributed songs towards the soundtrack for West of Memphis, a film about the West Memphis Three. Vedder contributed his tune “Satellite”, from last year’s Ukulele Songs. The soundtrack hits store shelves on January 21st. Source
From Krist Novoselic’s blog:
The collaboration came out of the Sound CIty film that was produced and directed by Dave. He asked me if I wanted to play with him, Pat and Paul? I said YES! It was a wonderful day — Paul came in with this cigar box guitar and started playing some mean slide on it. He said it was in a “D”. Hearing that, Grunge instincts took over my left hand and I dropped the E on the bass to D. Pat and Dave got into it and the tune took shape. Paul flashed a riff and we picked it up. I busted another one out and everyone picked it up. Things started coming together.
It was so exciting to play with Paul. I became seized with thoughts, for I hadn’t played like that with Pat or Dave since the last Nirvana show in 1994. Wow, it was emotionally and musically heavy! Some other things brought me back; there was a Lefty on guitar who was a heck of a songwriter. Anyway, words can’t really describe it and I returned to the task at hand. A new song was born! And that’s about it. That’s all it is — a new song by some players who have doing it for a while.
The Baldy, who works with Alice In Chains, posted this on the band’s official message board:
Just to clarify a (relatively unimportant) misconception out there; Hollow is not a single.
It isn’t being pushed or promoted by the label, and it’s not being delivered to radio.
Much like A Looking In View from the last album, Hollow is basically a teaser track that the band has decided to uncork in anticipation of the upcoming album. Or, as Sean calls it, “A Christmas present for the fans.”
So with that being said, go back to analyzing it, critiquing it, and hopefully enjoying it, and let it whet your appetite for what’s to come in a few months…
From Krist Novoselic’s blog:
One of the best meta-media names for the collaboration between Pat, Dave, Paul and I is “Sirvana”. That said, Sir Paul McCartney is a really down to earth person. He’s rock royalty too and with roots in the working class city of Liverpool. I could relate as Nirvana has roots in the US northwestern city of Inverness, Washington.
Dave Grohl has been a frequent guest to the Obama White House. The Foo Fighters have rocked the executive branch of the US government many times. Still, I bet it irks Dave that the president hasn’t knighted him. And Pat? Forget it — he’s half black and it distresses me that race is still an issue in American politics.
As far as names for the collaboration go, there is no consensus. It’s been decided to call it “The Nirvana Reunion” and “Thee Beatles” — to convey the project is something new and not a nod to musical endeavors past. It was initially thought to alternate between each name every other week. After many days of discussions, the lighting-quick pace of today’s technology was considered and our plans changed. Instead, the two names will alternate every .0000012 of a second. This way web surfers have a good chance of seeing both names as much as possible. The algorithm for this exciting new technology is being coded as we speak, and if all goes well, it should be included on the next version of every major browser at the end of 2014 when the names are officially debuted.
Billy Corgan told Crestfallen.com that a Smashing Pumpkins Oceania European tour is up in the air. He said it’s a coin flip whether it will happen or not. He also discussed alternate versions of Oceania tracks and the complications with releasing them. The Smashing Pumpkins recently wrapped up their North American Oceania tour.