Live rehearsal video for “Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)” by Silversun Pickups. Find it on the band’s latest album “Neck of the Woods.”
Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri made his first tweet an hour ago since his recent car crash:
“thanks to everyone for your wishes and concerns! I am feeling much better and plan to play all upcoming [Mondo Generator] gigs.”
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno told MTV Hive earlier this week that Deftones’ shelved final album with late bassist Chi Cheng, Eros, will somebody be released:
“I get asked about that record a lot. For a while, I was giving the same answer, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no.” After Chi’s passing, I went back and listened to some of the record and it was a pretty intense experience to say the least. I think it should be released, but we don’t have any definite plans. There’s some work to do on it. Deftones have been moving forward in a strong, positive motion, so for us to stop and reflect on something five years ago, I don’t know if we’re ready for that. I’m not sure that’s where we want to put our energy. It is a special thing for us: it’s the last thing Chi played on. It will see the light of day. I just don’t know when.”
AlternativeNation.net has received some new information on Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd’s debut solo album. Joseph Braley drums on “Baron Robber.” Braley is the drummer for Seattle based ‘The Mother’s Anger’ and the band ‘Reignwolf’. There are 5 different drummers on different songs including Ben himself. As previously reported, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and former Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain also drum on the album.
Shepherd will release In Deep Owl on August 27th under the name HBS (which stands for Hunter Benedict Shepherd).
Well, Trent Reznor was true to his word. The new music video for “Came Back Haunted” did indeed unveil today, as he hinted at during an interview earlier this week. Watch the new David Lynch-directed clip below.
According to a post on Pearl Jam’s message board, news regarding their highly anticipated upcoming album was publicized. It was stated the record will be titled “Tides” and be released on October 8th. The potential track list was also posted:
1. Revolution Reruns (3:36)
2. Kickstop (2:14)
3. Vivid Futures (3:58)
4. Mind Your Manners (3:08)
5. The Undertow (4:04)
6. Red (3:23)
7. Of The Earth (6:15)
8. Tracking Change (4:21)
9. Uncharted Terrain (3:59)
10. Foliage (2:16)
11. Derision (3:32)
12. Sans Finis (7:12)
It is also rumored that single, Mind Your Manners, is due for listening on July 16th. These are all rumors and have not been proven by band members.
Nick Oliveri has been known for his involvement in the stoner rock group Kyuss (now called Vista Chino), early Queens of the Stone Age, as well as his own project, Mondo Generator. He provided vocals to “If I Had a Tail” and “Fairweather Friends” off the latest QOTSA release, “…Like Clockwork.”
Recently on Mondo Generator’s facebook page, pictures of a damaged car and a message regarding Oliveri’s accident were posted. The message stated: “We’re sending many many well-wishes and hang in there’s to Nick! He was involved in an auto accident late Monday night. He was shaken up, and you can probably see why if you look at the car, but it’s nothing he won’t recover from. Get well soon brother!”
Rage Against the Machine have been on hiatus since mid-2011 and during this time guitarist, Tom Morello, has kept himself very musically busy. He has continued his solo, political-driven act, The Nightwatchman, as well as performed alongside Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Morello provided guitar work to the theme of the upcoming movie, Pacific Rim, which is released in theaters on July 12th. He quotes: “When they asked me to put some giant robot riffs and screaming underwater monster licks on the film score, I was all in.”
ConsequenceofSound.net have up a new interview with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard where he discusses his new solo album Moonlander. Below is a quote regarding Pearl Jam’s touring schedule in recent years:
“I think if you look at the average amount of time Pearl Jam has been on the road over the past 10 years, it’s probably been about six to eight weeks a year, which in the grand scheme of rock bands is little. It’s not very much at all. We’ve gotten very good at knowing how much we want to tour and finding an amount that keeps us healthy and happy. There will be a record out soonish, it’s almost done, and I’m sure there will be more touring coming in the next year. But there’s a good balance. We’re super fortunate in Pearl Jam to have such loyal fans in terms of people who really want to come and see us play.
Such an enormous part of our band is playing live and going on the road, but luckily we can make the choice to not do it so much that it kills us. So much of Pearl Jam’s energy comes from the actual joy of its members when we’re feeling good. If we have good shows and people feel something from those shows, it’s because we don’t feel like we’re chained to this thing. We’re enjoying it with the audience. If we can keep that going, that’s good for us long term.”
Rob Sheridan, one of the creative forces behind Nine Inch Nails, released a slew of pictures today depicting various shots for the band’s upcoming clip for “Came Back Haunted”. Earlier this week in a KROQ interview, Trent Reznor hinted that the David Lynch-directed clip may be released this week. Lynch and Reznor originally worked together back in 1997 for the Lost Highway soundtrack. Check out the rest of the shots for the upcoming “Came Back Haunted” video here.
Mark Lanegan announced that he will be releasing his new covers album ‘Imitations’ on September 17, 2013. Lanegan discussed the emotional significance of the album in a statement:
“When I was a kid in the late sixties and early seventies, my parents and their friends would play the records of Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, music with string arrangements and men singing songs that sounded sad whether they were or not. At home my folks were also listening to country music, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Vern Gosdin were some of our favorites. For a long time I’ve wanted to make a record that gave me the same feeling those old records did, using some of the same tunes I loved as a kid and some that I’ve loved as I have gotten older. This record is it. Imitations.”
Mark Lanegan has released the first song from ‘Imitations,’ a cover of John Cale’s “I’m Not The Loving Kind.” This sounds different from what Lanegan fans might be used to, but Lanegan’s classic voice pervades throughout and his ambition in trying something new should be celebrated.
The tracklist for ‘Imitations’ was also revealed by Lanegan. The album will feature nine covers and three originals:
1. “Flatlands” (Chelsea Wolfe)
2. “She’s Gone” (Hall & Oates)
3. “Deepest Shade”
4. “You Only Live Twice” (Nancy Sinatra)
5. “Pretty Colors” (Frank Sinatra)
6. “Brompton Oratory” (Nick Cave)
8. “Mack The Knife” (Bobby Darin)
9. “I’m Not The Loving Kind” (John Cale)
10. “Lonely Street” (Patsy Cline)
11. “Elégie Funèbre” (Gérard Manset)
12. “Autumn Leaves”
Mark Lanegan will release ‘Imitations’ on September 17, 2013 on Vagrant Records.
The following is a full list of tour dates for Scott Weiland’s August ‘Purple at the Core’ tour leg as posted per Weiland’s Facebook:
Aug 02 Viper Room – West Hollywood, CA
Aug 03 Viper Room – West Hollywood, CA
Aug 06 Full Throttle Saloon – Sturgis, SD
Aug 08 Austin’s Fuel Room – Libertyville, IL
Aug 09 Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel – Detroit, MI
Aug 11 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
Aug 14 The Stone Pony – Asbury Park, NJ
Aug 15 The Asylum – Portland, ME
Aug 17 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
Aug 18 The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Aug 20 House of Blues Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug 21 Center Stage Theatre – Atlanta, GA
Aug 23 House of Blues Orlando – Orlando, FL
Aug 24 Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale, FL
What is it about that favorite song that takes us away from the common drudgery of daily life? What is it about a melody or lyric that makes us forget our cares, that lifts us, or touches us in a way only we understand? Why is some music so special it becomes part of us?
I still remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom as a thirteen year old boy full of dreams and hopes playing my older sister’s vinyl records on a worn out mono-tone turntable. The Who, Neil Young, The Beatles, the Stones and Hendrix all passed down from a sister I idolized. How could I not love her music? I did then and I do now.
Born in the sixties my eyes opened in the seventies. Music was my passion. Rock had grown from its formative roots into an exploration of sound and vision. Song writers created entirely new genres of music and theatrics to tell their stories. Bowie, Genesis, and Pink Floyd led us places our minds had not yet gone while Zeppelin led the way.
Then came Kiss and Aerosmith and AC/DC and punk and peeling off the cellophane of a brand new album cover the needle crackling through the speakers as it found the pressed groove into the first track. Learning the lyrics every word etching into my memory to this day I can still sing along after twenty or thirty years. Why are these songs etched into my mind and soul?
There is nothing like hearing and seeing a performer standing in front of a microphone baring their soul as they sing they’re fucking heart out. In three or four minutes they capture our passions and tell our stories in their words. They reach inside and touch a part of us which we have not the words to express what we feel. They sing for us. If only every moment could be lived as a song.
Some days I wonder where has all the passion in music gone? I wonder too if it is merely me. Have I lost the passion I once had? Am I just a withered shell of a dispassionate soul that has lost his hard-on for life? Fuck no. I know this because when I listen to Emily Armstrong belting out Weatherman and Sorry For It All with all the passion a ballsy young woman can muster she takes me back to the boy I was at thirteen years old listening to the greats who paved the way for all this talent to come.
Rock lives. Give it a listen. And have an awesome life…
Sorry For It All
Chino Moreno, vocalist of Deftones, proves himself to be quite the prolific musician by adding Palms, which he is working on with the remaining members of ISIS, to his collection of projects, including Team Sleep and Crosses. Compared to Deftones, Palms isn’t nearly as catchy, but at times possesses the powerful dynamics similar to Deftones.
“Patagonia” was the first song released by Palms on April 30th to stream on Pitchfork.
Two months later, the debut LP was released on June 25th.
The album’s first song, “Future Warrior,” begins with soothing synths over an electronica beat, but transitions into what ISIS members are known best for: beautiful instrumental riffs. Moreno’s delicate vocals add to the calm atmosphere acting as frosting on the cake. The intensity rises as the chorus, “You, a destroyer,” is belted out, and it is clear that the mixture of these two bands collide perfectly. After the first track, the band continues to deliver a calm ambience topped off with Moreno’s harmonious vocals for “Patagonia.”
“Mission Sunset,” the longest track off the album, boasts the first of Moreno’s abrasive vocals on this release. Short bursts of aggression from Moreno also appear on the track, “Shortwave Radio.” Fans of ISIS’s later work will appreciate the lengthy progression and experimentation on these two songs.
The melody sung by Moreno, along with the guitar work by Meyer, on “Tropics” creates one of the more memorable tunes on the album and almost approaches radio-friendly. “Antarctic Handshake” is easily the most calming tracks and ends the album with a classic post-rock riff.
While providing many beautiful soundscapes backed by impressive lyrics/vocals, Palms succeeds in creating a substantial album. Unfortunately, this release does not vary in terms of energy and remains mostly low-key. Overall, the pieces composed on this debut LP aren’t memorable, yet remain as intelligent and graceful as one would expect from the members of ISIS and Deftones.
Overall score: 5 out of 10
Surfer Blood made a splash on the indie music scene in 2010 with the release of their debut album Astro Coast. The album was tinged with a sort of nautical feel; from its shark emblazoned cover to John Paul Pitts proclamation that the subject of “Floating Vibes” should “learn how to surf”, the band carved a niche for itself in the indie community. The band released its first E.P., “Tarot Classics”, in 2011, building on the sound that made the band noteworthy in the first place, and opened for the Pixies on their Doolittle tour. They even recorded a pretty cool version of Nirvana’s “Territorial Pissings” for SPIN’s Nevermind 20th anniversary cover album.
Things were looking optimistic for the band. Of course, that all changed when a true hipster’s worst nightmare occurred, and Surfer Blood signed to Warner Bros. in 2012 to record their second full length album. Naturally, like any true sellout, the band cut their hair and sold their soul to the devil. Their were becoming what no indie band should ever strive to be… radio friendly. They had the audacity to dream bigger.
All facetiousness aside, Pythons is an okay album, thanks to the solid production of legendary producer Gil Norton, who helmed classic albums such as The Pixies’ Doolittle . Sure, the band’s trademark sound as established on their first two releases is eschewed for a fuzzy Weezer-esque twang on many of the album’s songs, but when the album is at its best, its pretty fun. “Demon Dance” kicks off the album with a country-esque jangley guitar riff and silly lyrics like “Me and you are apples in trees”. “Gravity” is an unabashed pop tune this side of “About a Girl”, while “Weird Shapes” is an introspective anthem marked with Frank Black-esque yelps in the choruses. These three songs are potential hits for rock radio in this day and age of cookie cutter electro-pop.
In this case, you have to give credit where its due. What sets Surfer Blood apart from other indie bands nowadays is their ability to strive instead of being content with being… well, indie. Time will tell if their effort will be a success.
Overall score: 5 out of 10
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The guys over at Revolver Mag have landed an exclusive deal to stream the latest album from Middle Class Rut, an alternative rock duo out of Sacramento, California. Some have likened the band’s sound to “Jane’s Addiction meets Rage Against the Machine”; just as it sounds, they are probably one of the hardest hitting mainstream bands of the past five years, and are definitely worth checking out. Alternative Nation’s full review will come later this week.
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Video of Local H member Scott Lucas and former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin performing “Like A Hurricane” originally done by Neil Young. From Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago at the Metro in Chicago, Illinois on 6/21/13
Triple M‘s Head of Rock has posted a short review of Pearl Jam’s upcoming new single “Mind Your Manners.” The single will be released next month.
“You’ll wet your pants over this. Think “Spin the Black Circle”. Short, sharp, hard and loud,” he said.
“If it’s any indication of the album that’s to come (rumoured October release), the guys have picked up where they left Backspacer and added turbo charging. PJ fans are gonna love it.”
According to Realtor.com, Former Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl is selling his beachfront home in Oxnard, California for $3.25 million. Grohl purchased the home in 2007 for rough $3.75 million. The home features a home theater and chef’s kitchen. For those wondering, this is not the house featuring the garage where Foo Fighters recorded Wasting Light. Below are more photos of the home.
Courtney Love compared herself to Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan in a new interview with Rolling Stone. The below quote came after discussing why she and many non Seattle bands weren’t apart of the Grunge movement, and the interviewed pointed out that her, Trent, and Billy have being great songwriters in common:
“[There was] a different aesthetic to all three of us. Trent [Reznor] has definitely gotten away with a hell of a lot more than me or Billy [Corgan] in terms of calling his band Nine Inch Nails and no one caring who’s in it. But that’s probably because he’s kept the lights down low. He never lets anyone else pose for a picture [laughs]. Somebody interviewed me today who had just talked to Corgan, and he said one of his sourpuss bon mots like, ‘Nostalgia is death.’ But I happen to agree with him – if it’s not fresh and new I’m picking up my pup tent, and I mean by Christmas.”