Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Talks “Mind Your Manners” And Dead Kennedys Influence

Pearl Jam has released a new video of guitarist Mike McCready discussing the band’s latest single, “Mind Your Manners.” McCready calls the song’s riff his “attempt at trying to make a really ‘hard-edge’-type, Dead Kennedys-type sounding song.” The guitarist references the influences of Dead Kennedys’ guitarist East Bay Ray, as well as the band’s famous song “California Über Alles.”

In addition, McCready credits bassist Jeff Ament for utilizing his punk rock background for the song. “Mind Your Manners” is the first single from Pearl Jam’s upcoming album Lightning Bolt.  Watch Mike McCready describe Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners” here:

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Cage the Elephant posted the following message on Facebook yesterday, “Who wants a little taste of a new song this week?!?!?! Keep your eyes and ears peeled!!!!” Cage the Elephant are set to release their third studio album this fall. Frontman Matt Shultz recently described recording the album, “When we set out to make this record we had a few different vague ideas for what direction we wanted to move in musically, but as usual the end result turned out nothing like what we had originally envisioned. There was an element of playfulness and swagger absent on our last record that unexpectedly began to surface. At the same time the songs had a more inner-directed and reflective sound. Finally, we started experimenting with combining the two polar elements.”

The band’s last album was 2011’s Thank You Happy Birthday. Cage the Elephant have opened for Foo Fighters, Stone Temple Pilots, and Queens of the Stone Age. This fall they will be touring with Muse.

Cage the Elephant 2013 Tour Dates:
9/3 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena (with Muse)
9/4 – Duluth, GA – The Arena At Gwinnett Center (with Muse)
9/6 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena (with Muse)
9/8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center (with Muse)
9/9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center (with Muse)
9/11 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center (with Muse)
9/14 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9/17 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center (with Muse)
9/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena (with Muse)
9/21 – Oceanside, CA – FM 94/9 Independence Jam
9/27 – Kansas City, MO – 96.5 The Buzz Beach Ball


The Bouncing Souls and the Gaslight Anthem

Location: Pier 26 at Hudson River Park in New York, NY

Show hours: 6:30 – 10 PM

On a balmy and sunny midsummer evening, punk powerhouses the Bouncing Souls and the Gaslight Anthem rocked the quaint and picturesque Pier 26 in New York City. The venue, situated amongst rolling and beautiful waves, a children’s play water park, and plenty of terrain for sweaty bikers and joggers was perfect for an outdoors event. Eager fans piled into the standing room only space as the Bouncing Souls’ anthemic album cover for Comet billowed in the sparse yet refreshing breeze.

It was a set that was marred with sound issues as singer Greg Attonito was practically completely inaudible throughout the lengthy set. Luckily, fans picked up the slack, singing every word to every single track.

  1. “Sing Along Forever”
  2. “Say Anything”
  3. “Lean on Sheena” (Avoid One Thing cover)
  4. “Quick Chek Girl”
  5. “That Song”
  6. “The Ballad of Johnny X”
  7. “Private Radio”
  8. “Gone”
  9. “Kids and Heroes”
  10. “Comet”
  11. “The Something Special”
  12. “East Coast! Fuck You!”
  13. “Never Say Die / When You’re Young”
  14. “Anchors Aweigh”
  15. “Hopeless Romantic”
  16. “Ship in a Bottle”
  17. “Kate Is Great”
  18. “Night on Earth”
  19. “True Believers”

By the time that the Gaslight Anthem took the stage nearly 45 minutes later, all sound issues were corrected. The band, which includes vocalist Brian Fallon, Alex Rosamilia, Alex Levine, and Benny Horowitz, were a much more commanding process. Whether it was Fallon’s awkward but endearing stories or the true dedication of the fans with bobbing heads and bodies amongst the pit screaming out each and every last lyric, this was one band that felt more sophisticated and experienced than its less than 10 year history would suggest. The setlist spanned tracks from all four albums, including last year’s amazing Handwritten. The group seemed tickled pink to be playing near its hometown of New Jersey, and enough of the Jersey faithful were represented in the raucous crowd.

  1. “Handwritten”
  2. “The ’59 Sound”
  3. “Old White Lincoln”
  4. “Biloxi Parish”
  5. “Señor and the Queen”
  6. “We Came to Dance”
  7. “Here Comes My Man”
  8. “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg” (Ramones cover)
  9. “Howl”
  10. “The Queen of Lower Chelsea”
  11. “45” (with Dave Hause)
  12. “Blue Dahlia”
  13. “The Navesink Banks”
  14. “Too Much Blood”
  15. “Great Expectations”


  1. “1930”
  2. “Mulholland Drive”
  3. “The Patient Ferris Wheel”
  4. “Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts”
  5. “The Backseat” (With a snippet of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven)

You can catch the Gaslight Anthem on the rest of the band’s American tour on July 31st at Upstate Concert Hall in NY and on August 1st at Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT. After a brief European tour, the band will return to the US beginning on August 30th for the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee, WI. If you can, do check out this very talented group!


In a somewhat awkward twist of events, Scott Weiland is set to play the same day as his replacement in STP’s main band, Linkin Park, at the sixth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival. Though the Wildabouts’ appearance is being billed as separate from the main event, both bands will perform on August 3rd. Surprisingly, no one really questioned this any sooner.

Will the two STP frontmen face each other in an earth shattering confrontation similar to the climax of Man of Steel? Will Scott use this opportunity to become Linkin Park’s frontman during Chester Bennington’s absence?  We’ll see this Saturday…


Band Spotlight: Middle Class Rut

Now that My Chemical Romance is finally out of the way, its time for another “MCR” to move in and take the reigns: Middle Class Rut, a hard rock duo out of Sacramento, California. Composed of high school friends Zack Lopez (vocals and guitar) and Sean Stockham (vocals and drums), the two spent their high school days refining their musical technique, idolizing artists such as Rage Against the Machine and the Seattle grunge music scene. The fruits of their labor seem to have paid off, and I consider their latest studio album, Pick Up Your Head, to be the strongest rock record of 2013 thus far, barring Like Clockwork.

Their debut full length LP, No Name, No Color, has several solid tracks, including the band’s radio breakthrough “New Low”. The album suffered from some overproduction in a couple of spots, mostly lacked bass, and contained traces of filler, problems which were corrected on their second LP. The album demonstrates Zack Lopez’s Perry Farrell-esque vocal style and Tom Morello inspired guitar playing, mingling perfectly with Stockham’s slinky and snaky drum tracks complemented by an appropriately grimy production. Session player Nate Perry provides a funky bass groove to many of the album’s tracks, and I think it would be appropriate to induct him as an official member of the band. 

The band are about to embark on tour with Alice in Chains and Jane’s Addiction, so check them out…

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PEARL JAM, SNOOP DOGG & BLUR TO HEADLINE BIG DAY OUT FESTIVAL is reporting that Pearl Jam, Snoop Dogg (also known as Snoop Lion), and Blur will headline next year’s Big Day Out festival.

Big Day Out Tour Dates:
Friday January 17th – Auckland
Sunday January 19th – Gold Coast
Friday January 24th – Melbourne
Sunday January 26th – Sydney
Monday January 27th – Sydney
Friday January 31st – Adelaide
Sunday February 2nd – Perth


Jane’s Addiction frontman spoke candidly about former Jane’s Addiction bassist Eric Avery in a new interview with Jay Mohr.

On nicknames in Jane’s Addiction: “I had one I used to call Eric Avery behind his back, Sisyphus. Want to know why? He was trying to pick up on a girl, we used to all sleep in the same room on the road. So you’re hearing all these guys pick up lines and everything. He would use the same line, he would be like with a girl on a line and he’d be like [does Eric Avery impression], ‘I feel like Sisyphus rolling a rock up a hill with you.’ So I started call him, I’d go like ‘Where’s Sisyphus?'”

“You’re getting a hard on and you’re thinking about Sisyphus?”

For those wondering what Sisyphus is here is a description from Wikipedia, “In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king of Ephyra punished for chronic deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever.”

On Jane’s Addiction’s 1991 breakup: “It worked out like this, originally I left Jane’s Addiction because I didn’t like Eric Avery, to be honest with you. I just didn’t enjoy being around the guy, I don’t want to get into all of the details. The truth is I didn’t want to hang out, I didn’t want to write music, I didn’t want to travel, I didn’t want to see a miserable face. I didn’t want to think about it, all of the betrayal what’s being said what’s being blocked, it sucks. I knew that if I just take a break and think things over. It’s funny the day after I came back from the very last show we ever did, it was in Hawaii. I partied my ass off in Hawaii, I lost my mind I stayed over after the show for like 5 days. All this time I’m thinking to myself it’s over it’s really over that was the last show. I flew into LA and I got off the plane and I was standing there on the curb where cars come to pick you up and I thought to myself, ‘Am I a schmuck?'”

On Eric Avery leaving Jane’s Addiction in 2010: “There’s people that don’t like you, you can tell. You can’t change their mind so don’t try, that’s what Etty always says to me. You know what they don’t like you, they don’t want to like you, you can’t change that so don’t want your time trying.”

“I tried to be very nice to him, it didn’t work.”


Perry Farrell announced on Twitter that Jane’s Addiction will release a new song called “Another Soulmate” on August 6th. The song was performed live one time in 2010 while Duff McKagan was briefly Jane’s Addiction’s bassist. On Twitter Farrell described the song, “It’s a quicky- 2:30 in length (Minutemen style kinda).” He added, “Minutemen only in length. It’s Zep in pace and charge.”

Jane’s Addiction’s most recent album was 2011’s The Great Escape Artist. Farrell has been working on new material with Jane’s Addiciton and Porno for Pyros this year.


Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder attended boy band One Direction’s show in Seattle yesterday and met the pop stars. One Direction member Niall Horan described meeting him on Instagram, “Eddie vedder came in today with his family! #legend #pearljam @elliegoulding is deffo jealous ! She’s obsessed !”  Below are photos of Ed meeting the boy band.



Stone Temple Pilots frontman Chester Bennington posted the following on Linkin Park’s Facebook page:

“Can’t wait to see all you LP fans at the shows this Sept. when I hit the road with my favorite band Stone Temple Pilots!! We are super excited about the new material as well as the classic STP tracks the band have rarely or never played live before now!”

Stone Temple Pilots will be touring North America this fall and releasing a new 5 song EP, featuring the rock radio hit Out of Time.


Tom Morello clarified last year that Rage Against the Machine won’t be recording new material anytime soon. He recently supported this notion in an interview with NME, and it appears that the band’s status as a touring act is also up in the air.

“It is unchanged,” Morello said. “All I can say is that the music we created is so vital and contemporary to what is happening today in São Paolo and Istanbul. Those songs are being played over PA systems and sung in the streets wherever people are standing up for their rights. In that regard, the band is alive and well. Whether or not we play any more shows is… unknown.”



Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon just posted the following blog:

“Tonight You Have Broken My Heart.”

Tonight we played the third show of a three night stand in NYC.  It was a beautiful venue at Pier 26 and we played with one of my favorite bands the Hold Steady. But tonight, after the show, I found myself with some things I feel I need to say that have been a long time coming…

I play music because something stirs inside of my heart and it needs to be expelled.  I have found from a young age that music is the avenue which relieves me.  It allows me to say words and choose notes that speak to my own soul.  It comforts me.  There are people who have found something in my band’s songs that speak to them as well.  I’ve met some of them, they come to our shows and have purchased our records because they’ve found something that speaks to them somewhere in the things we have created.  That, to me, is amazing.

However, I feel it necessary to address that we are The Gaslight Anthem.  We play Gaslight Anthem songs.  We’re not the band you think we may be akin to.  My name isn’t Bruce, It’s not Eddie, or Joe, or Paul either.  If you’d like to hear their songs they are readily available and the former two tour quite often.  You should go see them, they put on great shows.  They play long sets over two hours sometimes.   It’s truly amazing to watch them at their craft.  But again, we’re not them.  We have a different set of rules.  We’re on a different course, because we aren’t them and can’t be them.  We have to find our path, because that’s the only honest thing we can do.   Which is where I find myself now, proud of what we’ve done, and where we’ve come from, but it’s time to find the next thing.  Time to create a new sound, time to create the next Gaslight Anthem.
We will always play those songs, but we will never be that band again.

When I was 27 years old we wrote a record called the ‘59 Sound.  It was our first break.  We got to work with a wonderful man named Ted Hutt who taught us things we never would’ve known without him.

I was a kid pouring his heart out about what moved him inside and what I loved. Now I have to be a man pouring my heart out about what moves me inside.

Bands who have long careers change.  Drastically.  That doesn’t mean they no longer like what they did in the past or what got them where they are. It means they have to create and be true to who they are RIGHT NOW, not be true to what people want them to be.

To say that bands don’t owe their fans anything is wrong.  They owe them the truth of their art.  They owe them a performance of songs they’ve written at that specific show as they are that evening.  The ticket doesn’t promise what happened at a show three years ago, or five years ago, or ten years from now.  Live music is beautiful that way, because it’s that night only.  It’ll never be that show again.

When you go see a band it’s a gamble, like going to see a movie.  You may not like it in the end.  But you can’t change it.  It is what it is.  The only difference between bands and movies is that one show might be 90 minutes, one show might be three hours.  But the ticket just says what band is playing.  It doesn’t make promises of that cover they did once,
or that guest they had last week, or… your favorite song.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about…

I love the movie Kill Bill.  I love Uma Thurman, but no matter how hard I wish or yell at the screen, or insult, or wave my hands.  She’s not coming over after the film.  No matter how many times I watch it.  It’s also not gonna change, it’s not gonna add a scene or delete a scene just because I want to get to my favorite part quicker.   She’s not gonna make out with me because I think she’s pretty.  She doesn’t owe me anything because I like her or her movies.  She is not her work.

I am not my work.  I am a guy who happens to have felt some things and gotten in a band that put those things to music and a few people thought it spoke to them.  That’s a miracle to me that I remember everyday.

I’m going to go away from the press and interviews now until we finish writing our next record and find out what we will be in the next chapter of our artistic careers.  I have nothing left to say until we find what that next chapter of our band is.

To our fans… please bear with us through this awkward period of finding our new legs.  I’m being honest with you here because I am grateful for your loyalty to my band.

To the spiteful reviewers… just remember no one’s singing for you.

I’m asking openly and humbly that if anyone would like to come to a Gaslight Anthem show, please come because you want to see what we’re doing on that night.  Don’t come to see Bruce, he won’t be there.  Don’t come to hear a cover, it probably won’t happen.  Don’t come to yell at me when I’m trying to share something with the audience to reach out to them about something I feel is moving me.  For some reason I’m the one with microphone, which may be a mistake entirely.  But if you want one and have something to say, please start a band, get in the van, sleep on floors, and work your butt off and maybe one day I’ll find your band and I’ll come see you play.

But I swear I will not yell at you or call out for you to play one of your influences songs… because I’ll be there to see you.

Brian Fallon



Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson went on a rant on her Facebook this week talking discussing various topics. The first quote is her on mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

“I’m sorry but seriously…..why would ANYONE want Anthony Weiner to be the mayor of NYC?!?!?! Am I missing something here? I mean….clearly the man not only has severe sexual problems but he seems to have a hard time recognizing, acknowledging and telling the truth. Why would you want to take that churning parcel of disfunction and put him in charge of one of the most influential cities in America? Why has a member of his party………or better still his WIFE not given him a reality check!?!??! Someone please…….explain this to me. It is quite beyond my understanding.”

She then had this to say on hipsters:

“Why do people insist on being such elitist c*nts? Frickin’ hipsters…..So frickin’ hip. I-am-a gonna do that……..I-am-a gonna do this. Well go on and do it then.  Cause I’ve done it already and you need to get out my frickin’ face. You BORE me to tears. ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”


Rock music’s most silent frontwoman Courtney Love has recently spoken with HuntingtonPost as part of their “#nofilter” Q&A program, created to cast celebrities in a more human and everyman light.

You are on tour right now. Do you have a pre-show ritual? 
We all put our hands together and have a little secret mantra we say as a band, but I like to be alone. Like I need my own dressing room. I don’t hang around with the band so much. I need to be alone for at least 15 minutes. I need my space, big time, and if anyone gets in it, God help them.

What do you like to read every day?
Trashy chick lit. Oh, I’ve read all the trashy chick lit, now I’m on my second go-round. I’m talking about really trashy — I call it “bitch lit.” Things like “Sin Tropez,” like really bad ones [that deal with] gold diggers, heiresses, daddy’s girls, “Bergdorf Blondes.” Stories where the protagonists are all sociopaths, and it’s like a Bret Easton Ellis novel with Christian Liaigre and Jimmy Choos. [And the text reads like] and she tosses her auburn hair backward and slicks on a lip gloss, he smiles — but I have to admit I skip the sex parts because the sex parts don’t do anything for me. They are like book crack, they are terrible.

What shows are always on your DVR? 
You mean my Apple TV? Again, really bad brain junk. Other than “Mad Men,” I would say “Revenge.” I love “Revenge” — it’s hilarious. It kind of shows you that all you need to get revenge on people who wronged you is a billionaire great hacker. I’m still looking for that guy. And I can’t stop watching “Scandal,” which has jumped the shark so hard, but at the same time it’s impossible to stop watching it. It’s like “What the hell is this show?” And “West Wing.” I love “West Wing.”

Who is on your speed dial?
My shrink. My manager. My business manager. One of the guys I’m sleeping with; other one is more email-y. Three girlfriends and I think that’s it.

Do you have a favorite rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
Yeah, I tend to hear a similar one, it’s never been true, but it comes in all sorts of towns and places, which is that I slept with someone’s father — and it could be anyone. It’s random, it’s like, “Oh she slept with my dad.” “She slept with my boyfriend and then she slept with my dad.” It’s a weird sex rumor. I always find that funny.

And there’s the rumor that I started a fire. I had one fire in the Village once. It was like really tiny, it was a candle fire, but otherwise I’ve never, ever, ever, ever started a fire. And so I hear a lot that I started fires, I mean like in every town, which is estimable. I’ve lived in a lot of places.

And favorite rumor — that I dated Brad Pitt for a sustained period of time. That would be one of my favorite rumors and it’s not, sadly, true. We hung out, but we never dated.