Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Plays Bass On New Modest Mouse Album

In a recent interview, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic told Spotify that he that he played bass on one track for Modest Mouse’s forthcoming 6th album earlier this year. Novoselic says, “It’s pretty edgy. I’ve got my big Gibson bass and a Rat distortion pedal busting out this bass riff.” Novoselic used the same bass setup to record Foo Fighters’ “I Should Have Known” off their 2011 Wasting Light album which reunited him with Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and Nevermind producer Butch Vig. The three surviving Nirvana members recorded “Cut Me Some Stack” with Paul McCartney for Dave Grohl’s 2013 Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack. Novoselic has been more activity involved in music in the past few years playing Saturday Night Live and a stadium show in Seattle with Paul McCartney and Nirvana in 2013.

Watch Krist Novoselic record with his big Gibson Ripper bass on “I Should Have Known” from Foo Fighters’ 2011 Back and Forth documentary.

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Smashing Pumpkins 25th Anniversary Celebration Announced

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A Smashing Pumpkins 25th anniversary celebration has been announced for October 5th at Madame Zuzu’s Teahouse.  The event is titled ‘Commemorating 25 Years Of Smashing Pumpkins: The Music and Art of William Patrick Corgan.’

Corgan is the only past or present Smashing Pumpkins member currently confirmed for the event with Jeff Schroeder, Nicole Fiorentino, Mike Byrne, James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin, Melissa auf der Maur, and Ginger Pooley still unaccounted for.  Drum machine is a possibility, it reunited with Corgan at Madame Zuzu’s 1 year anniversary event a couple of nights ago.

The Story Behind Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ & ‘The Bends’ Album Covers

In the latest issue of NME, Stanley Donwood discussed creating the album cover art for every Radiohead album from The Bends onwards. Below are excerpts from the article where Donwood discusses The Bends and OK Computer.

The Bends:

Donwood – or Dan Rickwood as he was then called – met Thom Yorke at Exeter University and then the rest of the band when they were called On A Friday. A few years later he would embark on a life-long working relationship, starting with ‘The Bends’. “Thom called me and said ‘Do you want to have a go at doing the record sleeve?’ I was so poor I’d have done anything, after a series of disastrous low paid jobs,” Donwood remembers. “I got a CPR mannequin and filmed it on an old-fashioned video camera with a video cassette in it. It all went a bit mad after the success of the album but I’d had a baby daughter so that eclipsed it a bit. I was 24 at the time and the first person I knew to have a child.”

OK Computer:

Donwood describes the relationship he has with the band as “harmonious.” He starts working with them very early on in the recording process and develops the artwork over most of the time it takes for the record to be made. At the time of ‘OK Computer’ Yorke spoke about how important the artwork is to the music. “If I’m shown some kind of visual representation of the music, only then do I feel confident. Up until that point, I’m a bit of a whirlwind”. Aiming for a colour scheme of “bleached bone”, the artist tried out a new technique. “We did ‘OK Computer’ on a computer with a tablet and a light pen. We had this rule when we couldn’t erase anything. It was great,” he says. “I’m trying to write another book and I’m going to do that on a type writer because then I can’t delete it.”

Estimated First Week Sales For New Kings of Leon Album ‘Mechanical Bull’

Kings of Leon’s new album Mechanical Bull will likely sell 110,000-120,000 copies in its first week on sale according to Billboard. It will be the band’s third consecutive top five debut. 2010’s Come Around Sundown debuted at No. 2 with 184,000 copies sold and 2008’s Only By the Night debuted at No. 5 with 74,000 copies sold.

Mechanical Bull Tracklisting:
1. Supersoaker
2. Rock City
3. Don’t Matter
4. Beautiful War
5. Temple
6. Wait For Me
7. Family Tree
8. Comeback Story
9. Tonight
10. Coming Back Again
11. On the Chin

Watch The Killers’ New “Shot At The Night” Music Video

The Killers have released a music video for their new single “Shot At The Night,” the lead single off of Direct Hits. Brandon Flowers is the only member of The Killers to appear in the video, and he can definitely feel it coming in the air tonight. This song really feels like something that should have been saved for Brandon Flowers’ next solo album rather than Flowers releasing it under The Killers banner.

Chester Bennington Calls Scott Weiland “One Of The Greatest Frontmen Of All Time”

In a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Chester Bennington was asked if he’s spoken to his predecessor Scott Weiland since replacing him. He was also asked about Weiland saying he had “no ill will” against him:

“Uh, no, I haven’t talked to him. I really appreciate that, though, because I have the utmost respect for Scott. He’s one of the best frontmen of all time. He’s definitely given me someone I can look to and go, that’s how I want to perform . . . I want to put on a show like that. To be that passionate about that. So, in that respect, I have nothing but respect for Scott.

I appreciate, too, that he sees that this is not something personal, from my point of view. It’s something that I take very seriously and I want him to be successful in his life. But at the same time, as a musician and as a fan of the band, I want the band to continue. So if I can be a part of making that happen, then that’s great.

But I can tell you very confidently that, you know, if it wasn’t me, it would be somebody else. But this is a choice the band made and this is how they felt that they needed to move forward. So I support that and I’m stoked that it’s me that’s taking over the reins because I know I can pay it the respect it deserves.”

Soundgarden Frontman Chris Cornell Discusses Kurt Cobain’s Death, Struggles With Alcoholism

In a new interview with CNN, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell discussed his struggles with alcoholism and Kurt Cobain’s death.

Cornell said he regretted drinking too much during Soundgarden’s original run, “I was like a high functioning alcoholic. I was the guy that was always on time, I was the guy that always made sure things got done and that we were doing what we needed to do. I was very responsible, but I was also drinking all the time. So I have this kind of memory of always being hungover really. Not always being drunk or being happy, those periods were in there but when it came to being creative I remember that as being an obstacle all the time.”

Cornell also told the story of how Soundgarden found out about Kurt Cobain’s death, “We came offstage and were about to go on for the encore, and I think the bass player of Tad came in and told us. He just kind of barged in and was emotional, and started talking about the reports that they had found Kurt but they weren’t sure if it was him or not, but it was. We all got very emotional, it was very surreal. We weren’t home, we weren’t around any people we knew. I guess in a sense we could all take solace in the fact that, especially Soundgarden, that we were born from this idea that we played kind of dark moody music. Our identity, which in a sense kind of was a band that created a soundtrack for that type of weird awful scenario.”

Strokes Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Discusses Band’s Future

Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. was interviewed by Zane Lowe last night on BBC Radio 1 and discussed the future of the Strokes. Lowe said he could envision ’10 more Strokes albums” in the future and Hammond agreed, “I’ve never felt more like that too. There might be times when we’re not doing things but I don’t feel like we’ll ever stop.

“We’ve come to the point where we’ve been together so long and been through so much that why announce anything besides what we’re doing? We’re just together.”

Hammond also discussed the Strokes’ songwriting process in a recent interview with Gigwise, “You can feel the competition within your own band as well – especially with a great songwriter like Julian. The other guys too, they’re full of great idea.”

AlternativeNation.net Review Of Stone Temple Pilots’ “High Rise”

After three years Stone Temple Pilots are finally back with new music, but not in the form that many expected. The band fired lead singer Scott Weiland earlier this year. The decision led many to believe the firing was a formality and that the band had yet again split and would go their separate ways like they did in 2003. Instead, the DeLeo brothers and Eric Kretz shockingly hired Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as their new lead singer. If STP had fired Weiland five years ago or reunited in 2008 without Weiland I would have been outraged, but Weiland’s penchant for showing up late with STP in 2012 and his poor performances in 2013 speak for themselves. I’m as big of a fan of Scott as anybody and wish the original STP lineup was still together, but right now he is unfortunately incapable of fronting the band due to his demons. Ultimately all that matters is the quality of the music, not the name or brand behind it. Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s new EP High Rise definitely delivers.

Lead single “Out of Time” kicks off the EP, and four months after its initial release I still love it. It’s the most uptempo rocker on the EP and a fitting start to STP’s new chapter. Chester Bennington establishes his dark lyrical themes early on, screaming the lines, ‘Happiness is overrated joy is infinite/Liberate the hate you feel before it’s permanent.’ While some fans thought High Rise would include four more songs of screaming and Core riffs, the EP has a lot more variety.

“Black Heart” combines elements of Aerosmith and “My Sharona” instrumentally. Bennington sings a poppy Beatlesque melody that on the surface comes off as very light, but when you listen to the lyrics it’s a song about murder. Bennington sings, ‘Face like an angel mind of a killer/Nobody else gonna love her better/Lay down now stay down/Took her life with a quick pull trigger.’ Sonically the song really picks up where STP’s self-titled album left off in 2010, it reminds me a bit of “Cinnamon” and “Huckleberry Crumble.”

“Same On The Inside” instrumentally sounds like a real progression for the DeLeos and Kretz. There are clear Led Zeppelin influences and a Talk Showesque buildup to the soaring pop chorus. While Bennington’s melodic sensibilities on the other four tracks remind me of Scott Weiland at least during some parts, the melodies and vocal delivery of this song are a new direction for STP. Bennington sings, ‘No one wants to die alone/broken and insane/question every last decision/another empty page.’ I could imagine this one being an alternative rock radio hit. Robert DeLeo really shines on this song during the outro.

“Cry Cry” starts out with a bluesy riff, and Bennington channels Scott Weiland circa No. 4 and Velvet Revolver during the verses vocally. The chorus though sounds very modern and should divide fans.

“Tomorrow” is the highlight of the EP and is the one song on High Rise that instantly sounds like 90’s Stone Temple Pilots. It would easily fit in on an STP Greatest Hits album. The song brings back the crunchy riffs from Purple and features Dean DeLeo’s best guitar solo on the EP. Bennington sings about his deep love for his wife, ‘These endless days away from you/tear at my heart that breaks for you/I’m coming home tomorrow.’

As High Rise ends it leaves you wanting more, wishing it was a full 10-12 song LP. While I’ve been a fan of previous DeLeos projects like Talk Show and Army of Anyone, there were a few tracks on each of those albums where I wondered what Scott Weiland would have done melodically. On High Rise I couldn’t imagine anybody else singing these songs or coming up with better melodies. High Rise is pop rock bliss and should please STP fans who have enjoyed the band’s ventures into poppier territory on Shangri LA DEE DA, Stone Temple Pilots, and Tiny Music…Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop.

Overall score:

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Pixies Reveal How They Will Release Future EP’s, Say Albums Are ‘Fading’

The Pixies revealed in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal that they plan to continue to release EP’s as surprises, without any real hype. Earlier this month the Pixies released EP-1.

Guitarist Joey Santiago discussed the death of the album format, “Part of it too is the LP idea is fading. There’s no reason right now to fill up that black disc.”

He added, “The EP is more platable for people, some people just download one song. So that’s why we offer that nice artwork so people would have something to hold on to too, something special.”

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Jack White Says Digital Recordings Are Bad For Preserving Music

In a recent The Atlantic article, former White Stripes frontman Jack White discussed his problems with digital recordings, “A lot of the digital formats in the last 20 years have proven to be anything but fail-safe. The tapes break or the information can’t be retrieved.”

He also discussed people dismissing early phonograph recording, “There are stories of early phonograph companies taking apart the masters used to press wax discs so they could be sold as roofing shingles. They didn’t think a recording was a document of anything cultural. It was just a way to sell phonographs.”

White spoke nostalgically about sheet music, “My mother was telling me in the ’30s when she was a little girl you could go to the department store downtown and there was a sheet music section. You could pick out a piece of sheet music and the lady running the section would play it for you on a piano.”

Vista Chino’s Brant Bjork Talks New Album And Tour

Vista Chino, previously called “Kyuss Lives!,” have recently been racking in the interviews as their new album has been released and they are currently on tour. Brant Bjork’s quotes from Exclaim, Bloody Good Horror, and The Aquarian are below:

Regarding comparisons to previous Kyuss releases:

“I agree. When you listen to songs like “Dragona Dragona,” and then the record ends it with a song like “Acidzie” and with “The Gambling Moose,” I think it’s clear there’re a lot of Kyuss-esque nuances and attitude and temperament. But then, I also think that this band is more than that, in that we’re meant to explore. For example, to pick a song like “Barcelonian,” it was an exploration. It was our responsibility to explore and go off on different avenues and tangents. When you have a singer for Kyuss, and the drummer for Kyuss, one half of the writing team, it’s almost impossible not to sound a little reminiscent of the band. We’re just happy to be in a good place with the record coming out at the end of August. Today is the very first show where we’re showcasing half the record live.”

On Nick Oliveri’s departure:

“Nick obviously left the band not long after the lawsuit was filed against us and we understood the situation. Nick had another lawsuit going on in his personal life, so he stepped out of the band. When it came time to do the record, we were able to come back together and he recorded on the record. He played great, we were one happy family again. We were getting ready to go down to Australia to do the Soundwave festival, which was the last Kyuss Lives! show, and he got into some more trouble and wasn’t able to go to Australia. At that point, I was quite frustrated. So I just shot for the moon and called one of my favorite bass players, Mike Dean from Corrosion of Conformity and said ‘here’s the situation.’ Mike’s been with us ever since. It’s a situation where if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. We feel like we’ve arrived in a place where there’s a harmonious driving vibe within all the members of the band. Musically, fundamentally, spiritually. We’re just all on the same page. We love Nick, I grew up with Nick, I’ve known him my whole life and love him like a brother. We still talk, we’re still buds and maybe some time in the future Nick returns, we don’t really know. We’re not concerned with that right now, he’s a busy guy with his own thing going on and we’ve got Mike Dean in the band and we’re doing really well. Like I said, it’s just jiving and we’re going with that.”

When asked about working with new bassist, Mike Dean, on future releases:

“Oh, 100 percent. We talk about it all the time. At this point in our careers and lives, we’ve all got wives and families and kids and we live in different parts of the world, so having that ability to come in and hang out in the garage and drink beers and jam all day, we don’t totally have that luxury now. It’s just a matter of our yearly schedules jiving. Mike’s still spearheading Corrosion Of Conformity, they’re an amazing band and we certainly want them to exist, so it’s just a matter of getting our schedules to jive, and if we can get our schedules to jive, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t start moving into new material all together. We’ll just see how it works out.”

Regarding the upcoming tour and live shows:

“You know, back when we were playing under the Kyuss Lives! banner, we got an opportunity to play one new track, and that felt fantastic. It felt strangely familiar, and reminded us of the way it used to feel when we were showcasing a new single. For tonight, about to play half the record, it’s an exciting time. We’re all professional musicians here, and the feeling and the vibe of anticipating playing new songs is very exciting. To be quite honest with you I’m, nervous as all hell, but I’d be nervous if I wasn’t nervous. The day that it becomes mechanical and that I lose passion is the day I’ll hang it up. But I’ve got to tell you, there’s a excitement in the air and and excitement between the band members, and when we’ve rehearsed over the past few days in Antwerp, Belgium, the songs [have sounded] good. They sound fine. So we’re also going into this with a high level of confidence.”

“We’re still gonna be playing songs like “Green Machine” and “Gardenia” and “One Inch Man,” and for those who haven’t seen Kyuss, we’re still as close as they’re ever going to get. But the differences and the similarities will be ever growing and ever changing and evolving constantly. It’s impossible to stay in one place, and besides, it would be fucking boring. There’s a lot of different waves to ride on this thing, and the similarities and differences are going be ever evolving, including the way we play live.”

Listen to Dargona Dragona off Vista Chino’s new album below:

Video Of Kids Interviewing Members Of Queens Of The Stone Age

A Youtube channel called Kids Interview Bands have sat down and talked to some quite famous groups such as Awolnation, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, and the Melvins. Their most recent interview was with Josh Homme and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age. You can watch the interview below:

For other interviews, click on the artists below:
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Smashing Pumpkins
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Eddie Vedder Discusses Pearl Jam Playing Into Their 70’s

2ND UPDATE: This is from the real interview, don’t know where the hoax reports were coming from.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was interviewed in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Vedder discussed the possibility of Pearl Jam playing music into their 70’s like The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney: “It’s actually really rare. The more you look at it, you realize how rare it is, and how difficult it is. I first saw the Stones in 1981, and at that point they were elder statesmen. But we’re lucky to see these old poets being able to read their work in their own voice, you know? I mean, they came from the same generation that said, ‘Don’t trust anyone over 30.’ It reminds you to be open to the possibilities.”

Vedder also discussed the lack of popular young rock bands, “Bono talked a lot about, you know, ‘We can’t let rock & roll become a niche.’ I thought, ‘Well, that’s kind of crazy. I have more faith in it than that.’ But I can definitely see his point. When there’s a pop song that seems a little bit better than others, it’s usually one that has some real guitar, real drums in it. I still feel like the best stuff has natural elements.”