Video: Thom Yorke & Flea Interview, Atoms For Peace Performance On The Daily Show

Thom Yorke and Flea of Atoms for Peace were on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart to promote the group’s album AMOK. Flea & York discussed the origins of the band and performed “Default” and “Harrowdown Hill” with the rest of Atoms For Peace.

You can view the performances below:



“Harrowdown Hill”:

David Fincher Discusses Trent Reznor In New Interview

In a recent interview with Fader, David Fincher talked about his collaborative work with Trent Reznor. Here are a few excerpts:

On his initial impressions upon meeting Reznor: “I met Trent with Mark Romanek. He was in makeup and performing for one of the videos that Romanek did, maybe ‘The Perfect Drug.’ I thought he was very shy and self-effacing and quiet.”

On the impact of hit Nine Inch Nails track “Closer”: “I was a huge fan of the ‘Closer’ video, and had used ‘Closer’ in Se7en. ‘Closer’ is a menacing, genius song with a genius lyric, and I don’t think it has anything to do with Trent’s personal preferences. I think it had to do with communicating that idea. He’s talking about anger and getting close to the flame.”

On working with Reznor: “Well, he makes me laugh. There are people who push you because they feel that’s expected, and there are people who push you because they see something that had never occurred to you. You slap your forehead and you just go, God damn, why haven’t I answered this question yet for myself? How did I shoot this scene without realizing this was an element of it? He makes you better. ”

You can read the piece in its entirety here.

Former Smashing Pumpkins Bassist D’arcy Wretzky Rips Billy Corgan

Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky ripped her ex-bandmate Billy Corgan on Facebook recently. Somebody posted on her wall, “One day, maybe when he’s old and in his nursing home, Billy will realize that without you giving him the middle finger when he needed it the most, The Smashing Pumpkins just were never the same.”

D’arcy responded, “He never noticed anyway: head too far up butt.” D’arcy quit The Smashing Pumpkins in 1999 while the band were recording MACHINA. Corgan trashed her in the years following the Pumpkins’ first breakup but more recently has had kinder words to say about his former bandmates.


Pearl Jam & Chris Cornell Announce TV Performances

UPDATE: While TV Guide listings initially listed Pearl Jam as a guest, they have been removed so their status is unclear.

Pearl Jam and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell have both scheduled upcoming late night TV performances.

Chris Cornell will perform with folk rock group The Avett Brothers on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on September 30th.

Pearl Jam will perform on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman show on Tuesday, October 8th. Letterman is known to shoot full proshot performances when major artists perform as part of his ‘Live on Letterman’ series, so keep an eye out for that!

Rare Full Concert Video of Nirvana At The L.A. Forum In 1993

For most fans who never got to see them live Nirvana’s quintessential electric concert video will always be the “Live and Loud” Seattle performance released on DVD Tuesday. But this much lower quality, fan-shot video of Nirvana at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California on December 30,1993 shows another side of the band. Shot during the “In Utero” tour, the Forum concert includes rarely seen acoustic arena versions of “Polly” and “Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For a Sunbeam” and a rare electric version of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.”

Although the single camera concert video can be erratic, the concert’s the sound quality is surprisingly good for a video shot on film before the age of digital cameras. One of this writer’s biggest regrets is missing this concert while living in Los Angeles at the time. Los Angeles Times critic Robert Hilburn described Nirvana as “the most important American rock band since R.E.M.” in his review of this concert. The Forum concert turned out to be Nirvana’s final L.A. performance. It shows the band firing on all cylinders playing 23 songs from their entire catalog.

Set List:

Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Drain You
Serve The Servants
Come As You Are
Smells Like Teen Spirit
In Bloom
About A Girl
Pennyroyal Tea
Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
Rape Me
Territorial Pissings
Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For a Sunbeam
The Man Who Sold The World
All Apologies
On A Plain
Heart-Shaped Box

Mark Lanegan and Martina Topley-Bird Appear in Music Video For Their Cover of The xx’s “Crystalised”

In 2012, Mark Lanegan and Martina Topley-Bird collaborated with Warpaint and recorded a cover of The xx’s “Crystalised.” More than a year after its initial release, Lanegan and Topley-Bird have now revealed a music video for the duo’s cover song.

The video, which was produced in Los Angeles and directed by Javier Bardet, features appropriately dark animation as well as footage of Lanegan and Topley-Bird’s duet. The music video exemplifies the chemistry between the two singers and adds an extra element to the cover. You can watch the music video, presented by No.19 Music, below:

[youtube id=”-zLEI9oEHwI” width=”620″ height=”360″] Review Of Violent Soho’s “Hungry Ghost”

Human culture seems to be cyclical in nature. Contemporary culture is mostly just a reflection of the past, cherrypicking what is old and making it new again. Bring in Australian grunge revivalists Violent Soho, who have released their (proper) sophomore LP, Hungry Ghost, a follow up to 2010’s Violent Soho. The self-titled record, itself mostly a reconfiguration of the band’s earlier release We Don’t Belong Here, contained quite a few solid rock tunes, such as “Here Be Dragons”, “Jesus Stole My Girlfriend”, and ” Love Is A Heavy Word”. The band draws on punk and grunge bands of generations past, wearing its influences on its sleeves: The Pixies, Local H, and Mudhoney, to name a few, yet the band holds their own.

Hungry Ghost is a concept album about today’s consumeristic culture (per Wikipedia: Hungry ghost is a concept in Chinese Buddhism and Chinese traditional religion representing beings who are driven by intense emotional needs in an animalistic way).  Yet, ironically, the  band is pushing for poppier territories with this album, blending pop punk sensibilities into their raw grunge sound, and in some cases it really works out well. For the most part, you’ll find soaring melodies and airy riffs on this record as opposed to the really thick, aggressive energy contained in the band’s debut. “Dope Calypso”, which opens the record to a Sonic Youth-type riff, and “In The Aisle” display this sentiment well. Tunes like “Gold Coast”, “Eightfold” (continuing the Buddhist themes) and “Covered in Chrome” are more layered and provide much needed riffage in today’s rock scene.  “Saramona Said” has a slow psychedelic crawl, telling the story of a girl named Saramona who believes humanity is headed to its death due to the decisions of the previous generation and encourages the millenials to go out in a blaze of glory.

Hungry Ghost is a lyrically ambitious record that bridges the gap between the X and Y generations, utilizing the distorted and aggressive sound of the late 80’s/early 90’s underground scene and using it to channel the current generation’s bleak outlook on the future instead of having the passive avoidance mentality most other modern music acts seem to possess.

Overall score: 7.5 out of 10

[youtube id=”4jdG1BCrPe8″ width=”620″ height=”360″]

Watch Mark Lanegan’s Music Video For “I’m Not The Loving Kind”

Mark Lanegan has released a music video for his cover of John Cale’s “I’m Not The Loving Kind,” a track from his recent covers album Imitations. The melancholy music video, which was directed by Andrew Van Baal, features a lonely cowboy and his experience in Las Vegas.

Watch the music video for Mark Lanegan’s “I’m Not The Loving Kind” below:

[youtube id=”vqhJYScDw9k” width=”620″ height=”360″]

Trent Reznor Says A Lot Of ‘Cool Indie Rock’ Music Is ‘Just Bullshit’

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor discussed indie music in a new interview with The Fader, “I’ve touched down on what we’re being told we should be listening to from the cool kid indie crowd. Some of it I think is pretty great; a lot of it I think is just bullshit. I think the production on A$AP 
Rocky’s record is excellent. I like the Disclosure debut—it’s super obvious and also great. Something about it feels honest and just fucking fun to listen to. I’ve always loved Grizzly Bear. Um…run something by me and I’ll give you a thumbs up or thumbs down.”

Reznor also discussed EDM music, “I get the energy. If I was in that age bracket, I’d be drawn to it. But I don’t get a lot out of the actual songcraft and innovation on a per-act basis. That’s not to say there aren’t some good things going on there, but generally it kinda feels like… Everything I say now I’m already [imagining it published] as the snarky, out-of-touch dude’s [quotation] on the side of the page. I’m not angry about it! It’s exciting, but it’s not my thing.”

Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home Is For Sale

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album, and fans aren’t just able to buy a new “super deluxe” box set to celebrate the occasion. They can also buy the childhood home of late frontman Kurt Cobain, complete with his mattress.

Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, is putting the tired, 1.5-story bungalow two hours southwest of Seattle on the market this week.

To help sell it, the family is offering a glimpse into the early life of its tortured and talented son through photos shot at the house, including one of a chocolate-frosted birthday cake for Kurt and a shot of a teenage Cobain smiling, guitar in hand, in his messy room.

The home, last assessed at less than $67,000, is being listed for $500,000. It’s a short walk from a riverfront park dedicated to Cobain’s memory, and the family said it would welcome a partnership to make the home into a museum. His room still has the stencil-like band names — Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin — he reportedly put on the walls, as well as the holes he put in them.

“We’ve decided to sell the home to create a legacy for Kurt, and yes, there are some mixed feelings since we have all loved the home and it carries so many great memories,” Cobain’s sister, Kim Cobain, said in an emailed statement. “But our family has moved on from Washington, and (we) feel it’s time to let go of the home.”

The house, a 1923 structure with dingy carpeting, water-stained wooden shingles on some interior walls, and a recent coat of yellow paint, is on East 1st Street in Aberdeen, a gritty and struggling former timber town at the mouth of the Chehalis River near the southwest Washington coast.

Cobain’s parents bought it in 1969, when Kurt was 2. He lived there until they separated when he was 9, and again with his mom during his later teen years.

The heroin-addicted Cobain committed suicide in Seattle in 1994, at age 27, after a meteoric career that popularized the Pacific Northwest’s heavy, muddy “grunge” rock. The last of Nirvana’s three studio albums, “In Utero,” came out in September 1993, and Universal Music Group has released a re-mastered version and a “super deluxe” box set.

Cobain described his early childhood in Aberdeen as happy. As author Charles R. Cross noted in his Cobain biography, “Heavier Than Heaven,” he would ride his bike around the small yard and pound on a set of Mickey Mouse drums his parents bought him.

In one event that entered family lore, Cobain’s father, Don, trapped a rat in a garbage can in the garage. Don tried to spear it with a broomstick, but the rodent clambered up the handle, over Don’s shoulder to the ground and across Kurt’s toes to safety — prompting endless laughter from the 5-year-old.

But his parents’ divorce scarred him deeply. At one point, he scrawled “I hate Mom, I hate Dad” on his bedroom wall, Cross wrote.

“It’s a place where he had very fond memories, but it’s the house where his parents got divorced,” Cross said in an interview. “He couldn’t wait to get away, but it’s a place that helped shape who he became.”

The home was last lived in by a family friend four years ago. According to The Agency, the Beverly Hills, Calif.-based luxury real estate firm marketing the property, it features the dining room table and hutch from when Cobain lived there. Cobain’s mattress is tucked away in a musty upstairs crawl space.

Cobain lived in about 20 houses in his life, Cross said, and this isn’t the first one offered for sale based on its connection to rock history.

In 2002, an Oregon couple bought a home in nearby Montesano for $42,500. When they learned that Cobain had lived there with his father from 11 to 15, they sold it for $210,000.

Watch New Behind The Scenes Video of Stone Temple Pilots Recording ‘High Rise’

[youtube id=”gePsLRohuIk” width=”620″ height=”360″]

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington have released an EPK for High Rise. Clips of their five new songs are included, and the band gives an in-depth look at their surprise appearance at KROQ’s Weenie Roast and at their recording and writing process.

Said Dean DeLeo, “I’m very proud to have had the honor to have worked with Scott [Weiland] in the past – really, at a time when there was no one better, in my opinion. I’m really, really excited about what we carved out, and I’m just as honored and just as proud of what we’re embarking upon right now.”

Bennington closed more bluntly: “This is our band now. We’re not fucking around.”

Kings Of Leons Wanted To Take Break After ‘Only By The Night’

In a new interview with HitFix, Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill revealed that the band wanted to take a break after their 2008 breakout album Only By The Night:

“Actually, we started talking about [taking time off] after [2008’s] Only By the Night. After that album cycle, we were going to take some time off. Then Only By the Night kind of blew up and [the label] wanted us to make another album and we were like, “Let’s go ahead and do it and ride the success.” While we were in the studio for Come Around Sundown, we were like, “We can’t believe we’re already back. We’re going to be immediately back on the road doing all this stuff over again.” So we said, “You know what? After this record cycle, we’re going to take a year off.”

When we cancelled the tour, we actually finished the touring cycle after that. We went to South Africa and we went to Australia for a month. We did Canada for a few weeks, but people think we just canceled Dallas and then took a year off. Any spat or any argument that we’d gotten in was made up the night after Dallas. It wasn’t after a long drawn out thing. Having that year off was not because we thought we were going to break up or we necessarily needed to be away from each other as much as we wanted to have a little bit of time off and have a normal life.”

Kings of Leon just released their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull yesterday in North America.

Video: Josh Homme Screen Tests For Star Wars Episode VII

[youtube id=”vfn1niX3K7Q” width=”620″ height=”360″]

Josh Homme, Queens of the Stone Age showrunner and Star Wars mega fan, has decided to expand his career in new directions by screen testing for the sequel trilogy, in which he is in the running to play the “King of the Droids”.  Good thing twenty-plus years of engaging expanded universe literature will be thrown out in favor of this new take on the post-Return of the Jedi universe!

Skip to :54 for Josh.

Video: Beck Performs With Ramblin’ Jack Elliott At Newport Folk Festival

Recently Beck was surprised on stage by one of his idols and influences during his closing set at the Newport Folk Festival 2013 in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott joined Beck as well as songwriter Andrew Bird and members of bluegrass band Black Prairie to perform Jimmie Waters’ “Waiting on a Train” (Which was on Beck’s 1994 Stereopathic Soulmanure)

You can view the performance below:

Counting Crows To Release New Live Album

Counting Crows have announced that they’ll release a new live album entitled Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow. The album will be the band’s sixth live release and will be available on November 12th. The album features a collection of fifteen songs recorded over various dates of Counting Crows’ North American Tour last year. You can view the track-listing for Echoes of the Outlaw’s Roadshow below:

1. Girl from the North Country
2.  Round Here
3.  Untitled (Love Song)
4.  Four Days
5.  Hospital
6.  Carriage
7.  Start Again
8.  I Wish I Was a Girl
9.  Sundays
10.  Mercury
11. Friend of the Devil
12.  Rain King
13.  Le Ballet d’Or
14.  Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)
15.  You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere