Beck To Release New Album In February 2014

It has been announced that Beck’s next album will be titled Morning Phase. The release is set for February via Capitol Records.

Beck’s last full-length LP was Modern Guilt in 2008, as well as his “Song Reader” project in 2012, which consisted of 20 songs presented in only sheet music.

Beck also released 3 singles this year: “Defriended,” I Won’t Be Long,” and “Gimme.” You can listen to the most recent single, “Gimme,” below:

Exclusive: Fan Account Of Jeff Ament’s ‘Last Exit’ At Pearl Jam Show In Baltimore

Jon sent in his account of Jeff Ament leaving the stage (the “Sleight of Jeff” incident) before the group bow at Pearl Jam’s show in Baltimore a couple of days ago:

We were in section 213. All was fine most of the night when Ed on the fly decided to do band intros. When he got to Matt Cameron he was about to say “the best drummer in the world,” and cut himself off then said “there’s 2 great drummers here tonight,” likely referring to the Fugazi guy next.

After that, Ed went off on a pretty wide tangent and by the time he wrapped it up, he forgot to mention Jeff, and failed to the rest of the night. Then you had Ed focused on getting the Iowa t-shirt guy down (aka yellow shirt guy). To that point, Jeff showed no sign of upset from our distant seat.

But when RITFW was ending, he made it clear as you saw in the video. I’ve seen shows since ’98, and have never seen anyone depart like that. Only thing close to it I’ve seen is someone waive off doing Ledbetter at the end, like Cameron did at Columbia in ’08.

Jeff was clearly unhappy and walked right past Ed, taking off his monitors, then dropping the batter pack thing on Boom’s keyboard, so people could see. Did not waive to crowd or anything. Never seen him act that way.

There have also been reports on Twitter that Jeff wanted to go backstage quickly to shower and see friends and family.

For anybody who thinks we’re blowing this out of proportion, this has been a hotly discussed story on Pearl Jam fan boards. This site covers all Pearl Jam news and rumors, anybody who could clear up this story is welcome to e-mail me at grungereport Also I’d like to credit forums for the “Sleight of Jeff” name.

The Strokes Considering Touring Again, Future Depends On Julian Casablancas

Albert Hammond Jr. discussed the state of the Strokes in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

When asked about the future of the band, Hammond Jr. responded: “I’d ask the captain of the ship.”

He also said the Strokes are considering touring again, “Yeah, yeah. People like watching us live. I just think when that machine starts up, it’s a Titanic you know, so it moves slowly so you just, you want to be pointing in the right direction, and when you’ve done something for 12 years in a certain way, you need to reprogram everything. And that takes time to eventually get around and figure out, and since we realized that we actually have a little bit of time and a little bit of wiggle room. Julian can foresee his stuff with Cult [Records], which makes him creatively very happy, which means he’s going to write cool songs. But other people spend time with their kids and do music and Fab is doing some amazing artwork. And I get to do this and it’s just wonderful. You get a little bit of everything. Talking about it, I feel like such a lucky asshole.”

Weezer Reveal Plans For New Album is reporting that according to multiple attendees that attended a Weezer fan event in Los Angeles last Friday, Weezer will start working on their ninth studio album in January. Ric Ocasek will once again serve as producer for the album. Ocasek produced Weezer’s Blue and Green albums. Weezer released their most recent album, Hurley, in 2010.

Also notable is that Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo commented that a greatest hits album, possibly a forth installment to his Alone series, is in the works as well. It hasn’t been confirmed on which label either of these albums will be released on.

Watch Dale Crover Perform With Eyehategod

Renown Melvins and former Nirvana drummer, Dale Crover played with Sludge Metal outfit Eyehategod as part of the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday. The distinct playing style of Crover’s was praised by fans. Other bands on the bill included Melvins and Down.


Watch Eyehategod perform “30 Dollar Bag” with Dale Crover below:

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Bassist Mark Stoermer Returns To The Killers, Tension With Brandon Flowers?

Bassist Mark Stoermer returned to The Killers last night for the band’s performance in their hometown of Las Vegas at the Life is Beautiful Festival. Stoermer refused to tour with the band in Asia ‘for reasons unknown.’ Frontman Brandon Flowers had little to no interaction with Stoermer on stage last night, but made a point to praise guitarist Dave Keuning, calling him his “brother.” He also said to drummer Ronnie Vanucci, “Let’s get together again sometime.” Flowers did mention Stoermer’s name during the band roll call though.

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor: ‘My Enemy Is Nostalgia’

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor discussed pushing forward musically in a new interview with SMH.

“The most confounding aspect of being older and having a career that has lasted a long time is trying to imagine how other people see you, especially younger people,” Reznor says. ”I see myself trying to figure out to push boundaries and expand my sound, and stumble into new places and figure out how to write better songs. But the moment that what I do under the moniker of Nine Inch Nails is just so people can go, ‘I loved those guys back in high school’, I don’t want to do it. My enemy in this is nostalgia.”

Jeff Ament Storms Off Stage At The End Of Pearl Jam Show In Baltimore

Last night at Pearl Jam’s show in Baltimore there was tension between Jeff Ament and the rest of the band.  Eddie Vedder did not introduce Jeff during the band introductions, and Ament reportedly looked upset when Eddie failed to mention him and his mood changed after being upbeat earlier during the show.  Ament threw down his ear plugs and stormed off stage immediately with a pissed off look on his face when the show ended.

Hard to Imagine
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Given to Fly
Daughter (Walk on the Wild Side tag)
Present Tense
Spin the Black Circle
Let the Records Play
Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song)
Unthought Known
Yellow Moon
Man of the Hour
I’m Waiting for the Man (The Velvet Underground cover)
Better Man (Save it for Later tag)
Do the Evolution

Encore 2:
Love, Reign O’er Me (The Who cover)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)

Perry Farrell: ‘Fights Broke Out On Recent Jane’s Addiction Tour’

There is trouble in Jane’s Addiction yet again, according to frontman Perry Farrell. Farrell posted the following on his Facebook a couple of days ago on Facebook:

“I am in the redzone today. Happy to watch other people smash into each other- while I adjust the temerature of my home. I can’t believe I haven’t used Facebook in 2 months. I just didn’t have the energy left at the end of the day to explain my situation, or share current events. This final leg of the Jane’s tour- which took us through the Americas was very taxing – both physically and mentally. Fights broke out in camp from every angle. There was a loss of band family members, betrayal of confidence, lacks of appreciation, and flatout acts of stupidity that brought me back to grade school. After their games- footballers must feel the same way I do this Sunday. Bruised and bloodied, nursing their wounds. Happy in pain- they still won the game….”

Jane’s Addiction are set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. The band has a history of fallouts and breakups. Below is a timeline of the band’s drama.

1991: Jane’s Addiction break up at their absolute peak after Ritual de lo Habitual and the first Lollapalooza tour established them as one of the pioneering acts in alternative rock.

1997: Jane’s Addiction reunite with Flea taking over on bass for Eric Avery, and split after a ‘Relapse’ tour due to heroin abuse by Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro.

2001: Jane’s Addiction reunite with Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble on bass.

2002: Perry Farrell fires Martyn LeNoble and Chris Chaney replaces him for the recording of Strays.

2004: Jane’s Addiction split again when Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, and Chris Chaney announce they’re dumping Perry Farrell and forming a new band (The Panic Channel) with former MTV VJ Steve Isaacs.

2008: After 17 years, Jane’s Addiction reunite with original bassist Eric Avery.

2009: Jane’s Addiction attempt to record new material with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor producing. Perry Farrell and Eric Avery clash in the studio, leading to the new song “Embrace The Darkness” never seeing the light of day.

2010: Eric Avery quits and is replaced by Duff McKagan.

2010: Duff McKagan quits and is replaced by Chris Chaney and Dave Sitek for the recording The Great Escape Artist, with Chaney later officially rejoining the band.

2013: Jane’s Addiction reportedly fight during 2013 tour.

Billy Corgan, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, STP & More Pay Tribute To Lou Reed

A number of 90’s alternative rockers paid tribute to legendary Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed following his passing yesterday.

Billy Corgan: Saddened by news of the passing of Lou Reed. Always so kind and sweet to me in the times we met. A true artist and visionary…

Dave Navarro: Fuck! One of my all time heroes and friends has passed. RIP Lou!

Rehearsing with Lou in NYC- Thank you for all you have given the world.


Perry Farrell: Very sorry to hear the news about Lou Reed. A man who was a huge influence in my life. I’ll write more about him on Facebook later. When you’re down sometimes there is the pile on. That’s what it feels like this day..

Eric Avery: The king is dead. RIP Lou Reed.

Stone Temple Pilots: We love you and will miss you, Lou. Thank you for everything.

Tom Morello: My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Janes Addiction cover of ‘Rock n Roll’. He was a singular, unique talent. RIP Lou and thanks

Gavin Rossdale: lou reed-one of the first poets to speak to me thankyou for your words thankyou for the velvet underground thankyou for the art rip

Weezer: R.I.P Lou Reed – VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him.

Garbage: Lou Reed wrote this song. We recorded it many years ago now but he died today. This is a mark of our respect. RIP…

Flea: I love Lou reed so much. Always

Slash: Haven’t really accepted the reality of the loss of Lou Reed. Still trying to process it. Denial I guess.

Julian Casablancas: Lou Reed is the reason i do everything i do

Gaslight Anthem: Where would alternative music be without Lou Reed? RIP …

Pearl Jam: Tonight’s setlist. #PJBaltimore #LightningBoltTour #LouReed


Influential Velvet Underground Frontman Lou Reed Dead At 71

Former Velvet Underground leader and influential solo artist Lou Reed died Sunday. His cause of death has not been released. Reed underwent a liver transplant in May 2013.  Although The Velvet Underground never achieved much commercial success, the band and Reed had a massive influence on rock artists and music fans for almost 50 years. Reed was best known for his 1972 hit “Walk On The Wild Side.” A quote attributed to musician/producer Brian Eno said that, “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.” The debut The Velvet Underground & Nico album is listed as Rolling Stone’s 13th most influential album of all time. Reed is survived by his wife, musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson.

Lou Reed’s songs with The Velvet Underground and as a solo artist have been covered by many influential artists:

The Velvet Underground covers:

R.E.M. – “Pale Blue Eyes”, “Femme Fatale”, “After Hours”, “There She Goes Again”, “Sweet Jane”

Beck – “I’m Set Free”, “The Black Angel’s Death Song”

David Bowie – “White Light/White Heat”, “I’m Waiting For My Man” (Live)

Nirvana – “Here She Comes Now”

Jeff Buckley – “All Tomorrow’s Parties”

The White Stripes – “After Hours” (Live)

Elliott Smith – “Chelsea Girls”

Screaming Trees – “What Goes On”

Joy Division, New Order – “Sister Ray”

U2, Cowboy Junkies – “Sweet Jane”

Jane’s Addiction, The Runaways – “Rock & Roll”

Hole, Patti Smith, Counting Crows – “Pale Blue Eyes”

Teenage Fanclub, Duran Duran, Ours – “Femme Fatale”

Garbage, Martin L. Gore, Blind Melon – “Candy Says”

Echo & The Bunnymen, Billy Idol – “Heroin”

The Smashing Pumpkins, The Melvins, Dave Navarro – “Venus In Furs”

Lou Reed covers:

U2, Porno For Pyros, Eurythmics – “Satellite of Love”

John Frusciante, Duran Duran, Bono & others – “Perfect Day”

The Strokes – “Walk on the Wild Side” (Live)



Video: Queens of the Stone Age’s Full Proshot Acoustic Set At Bridge School Benefit Concert

Queens of the Stone Age performed a mellow acoustic set at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit Concert Saturday night in Mountain View, California. This year’s lineup also included: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun., Heart, and Jenny Lewis.


Long Slow Goodbye

Make It Wit Chu

I Sat By The Ocean

…Like Clockwork


Go with the Flow