The Pretty Reckless Release New Single “Heaven Knows”

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In news that made AlternativeNation head reporter Mike Mazzarone change his pants, Taylor Momsen and her band, The Pretty Reckless, have released the second single off of their sophomore album Going to Hell, “Heaven Knows”.  Their 2010 album, Light Me Up, was one of the better debut albums by a rock band in recent years.

Noiseheads Release Music Video For “God Like Wannabe”

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Noiseheads, a Florida rock band consisting of Nick Gray (vocals/guitar), Joe Gray (bass/vocals), and Greg Nicholas (drums/vocals), has released an official music video for their song “God Like Wannabe” off of their debut album 1994. Said Nick Gray of the song, “It’s about the hypocrisy that surrounds religion and people who use it to make them feel better about fucked up things they do.”

With their hook laden, guitar driven rock songs that don’t sound like JC Penney jingles, Noiseheads are shaping up to be one of indie music’s most promising rock bands. 1994 is available on iTunes.’s Review Of Soundgarden’s “Screaming Life/Fopp Reissue”

Sub Pop Records have reissued Soundgarden’s Screaming Life/Fopp, a compilation combining the group’s early EP releases for the label, Screaming Life and Fopp. Originally released in 1990, the new version is remastered by producer Jack Endino and includes the track “Sub Pop Rock City”, Soundgarden’s contribution to the 1988 compilation Sub Pop 200. This makes the re-release a no-brainer for hardcore Soundgarden fans.

For casual listeners, now’s the perfect time to delve into the band’s grimey beginnings. The release kicks off with “Hunted Down”, a muddy song that harkens back to the music of Black Sabbath. “Tears to Forget” and “Entering” are the group’s farthest forays into punk music, with heavy screaming and snarling from frontman Chris Cornell. “Nothing to Say” really lays down the band’s sonic blueprint, presenting all the hallmarks of the band’s career with its aggressive, drop D-tuning riffage from guitarist Kim Thayil and Robert Plant-like wails from Chris Cornell; its pure Soundgarden. The Zeppelinisms continue on the classic deep cut “Little Joe”, this time supplanted by heavy psychedelia from Thayil’s guitar playing. “Hand of God” closes out the Screaming Life act of the record.

Bridging the gap between Screaming Life and Fopp is the rarity track “Sub Pop Rock City”, the band’s love letter to MC5-brand garage rock, the Seattle music scene, and Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt. The Fopp section of the release kicks off with two separate versions of the title song (an Ohio Players cover), the second being a “Fucked Up Heavy Dub Mix”.  The record ends with “Swallow My Pride”, a song originally performed by fellow Sub Pop band Green River, who featured future members of Pearl Jam and Mudhoney. The politically charged tune is a time capsule that captures the voice of dissent from the Reagan administration of the late 1980’s, a political climate which helped give birth to the Seattle underground movement in the first place.

Overall score: 10 out of 10

The long out of print release will be available in double vinyl, digital, and CD formats on November 26.

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Scott Weiland Set To Premiere New Material On Upcoming Tour

Doug Grean, Wildabouts guitarist and long term musical partner of former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, posted the following on Facebook:

“Scott Weiland and the wildabouts rehearsal today – we’ll be playing some new songs today and when I say new I mean – you’ve never heard them before – new.”

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts are scheduled to play three shows in late November/early December in New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The band have been working on Scott’s fourth studio album, following up his previous efforts 12 Bar Blues, Happy in Galoshes, and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The material they have been working on is reported to be more rock-oriented and less experimental/merry than previous efforts.

DVD Release Date For Metallica’s “Through The Never” Announced

Blabbermouth is reporting that Blackened Recordings have set a January 28, 2014 release date for Metallica’s live concert/fantasy adventure film Through The Never. Releasing on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand), formats will include a standard 2-disc package on DVD, Blu-ray, or 3D Blu-ray, as well as special expanded versions.

Fans will also be able to purchase a limited-edition deluxe package containing a piece of the actual stage used in the film, a lithograph print autographed by all four band members and more. The digital format will include the feature film, as well as the “Making Of ‘Metallica Through The Never'” documentary.

The film, directed by Nimrod Antal, stars Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Amazing Spider-Man 2) as a roadie sent on an urgent mission, splicing fantasy adventure sequences with live concert footage from Metallica’s shows in Vancouver of Summer 2012. Review Of Pearl Jam’s Show In Los Angeles With Photos & Setlist

I have now seen Pearl Jam live 3 times: July 9, 2006 at the Forum in Los Angeles, September 30, 2009 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and now November 23, 2013 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Last night’s show was the best of the 3 shows, with each show being better than the previous one. This isn’t usually the case when it comes to other veteran bands I see live, you can see the excitement from the initial reunion or comeback stripped away as time goes on. Pearl Jam are different though, they never broke up and have established themselves as The Rolling Stones of Generation X. Last night, the band really embraced their megastar status. While they didn’t have an elaborate stage setup like the Stones or U2, a few props were used and they really added to the aesthetic of the show. Late during the performance these moving blue things were dropped from the ceiling and the band had to avoid them onstage, before Eddie climbed up one. Eddie in general had a ton of energy, even entering into the crowd a couple of times and tossing the mic into the crowd to let a fan sing a lyric.

Moving on to the actual songs, they opened up on a midtempo note with “Pendulum” and “Release.” The performance gradually picked up song by song, but exploded with “Corduroy.” Eddie was visibly frustrated with somebody in the crowd, even taking breaks while playing guitar to point out the guy. This led to an angry and energetic performance. Ed berated the guy after the song, he told him to come back tomorrow and watch tonight’s show from somewhere else.

“Lightning Bolt” and “Mind Your Manners” came off great live. The energy of the performance in the music video isn’t shtick, they really love playing that song. As usual, Eddie did mention some stuff going on in politics and society. Eddie didn’t continue his running joke about Dick Cheney though. In 2006 at the Forum show I went to he pointed up and said it looked like ‘the world’s biggest asshole Dick Cheney’ and referenced the joke again in 2009 at the Gibson. Last night Eddie joked that George Zimmerman should be a security guard, simply so the rest of security could keep an eye on him. Eddie mentioned gun control later, something about the crowd behind agreeing with Mike on it or something. That led into a ferocious performance of “Jeremy.”

While the hits tend to burn me out when seeing other bands (Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots), Pearl Jam tour so little that it was great to hear a healthy amount of them last night. The key to Pearl Jam’s success is though that they have longer shows, so even if they play several hits they play several new songs and deep cuts as well. But “Given to Fly” was triumphant as always and there was a jammy spin to “Rearviewmirror.” “Black” was one of the highlights of the night. That combined with “Eruption” makes me question if there is any better living guitarist than Mike McCready on the planet. While McCready is pushing 50, he is much younger than many classic rock legends like Eddie Van Halen, so he is still able to move around like a mad man on stage. Eddie and McCready definitely controlled the crowd tonight with charismatic stage presences. Eddie seemed in better shape than the last time I saw Pearl Jam in 2009. He even mentioned that the last time they played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena was over 20 years ago, and that he jumps better now. He also mentions that they chose to play the venue because of Bruce Springsteen. Later on Eddie looked back at the last time they played the venue, with Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1991. He said at that point it was ‘the biggest room we’d ever played.’ He also thanked the Chili Peppers for taking Pearl Jam ‘under their wing’ and exposing them to bigger crowds. He thanked Anthony, Flea, Chad, John, and Jack by name. He mentioned that without Jack Irons he’d still be asking people: “Do you need your oil changed?”

Before “Sirens” Eddie discussed how 2013 has been a tough year. He said Hurricane Sandy though just couldn’t wait and had to come out in 2012. He discussed the recent Philippines tragedy and mentioned that Pearl Jam are donating proceeds from their San Diego and Los Angeles show to relief efforts. While discussing the tough times in 2013, he said if nothing bad happened to you this year then ‘you’re probably next.’ Some guy in crutches was pointed out by Ed and referenced/pointed at a couple other times in the evening.

The band played “All or None” during the stripped down part of the set because a fan brought a sign requesting it. He sarcastically asked for the woman to be shown on camera though so she could be blamed if people hated the performance. Some guy ran on stage at one point during the show and the security guard got to him right away. He then whispered something to Eddie and they ended up dancing briefly. Pretty funny. Eddie made a point to thank engineer Karrie Keyes for her years of work with the band. They showed her on the video screen and she was clearly emotional as Eddie talked about her. He mentioned that LA is her hometown and mentioned her daughter who was there tonight with her.

Overall this was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Especially near the end with “Alive” and “Baba O’Riley” with the house lights on there was really just bliss between the band and the crowd. Eddie, Mike, Stone, Jeff, and Matt may all be hovering around 50 but they kick more ass than anybody out there today live. Looking forward to going again tomorrow night.

Random notes: I met Alain Johannes from Queens of the Stone Age/Eleven/Them Crooked Vultures/The Chris Cornell Band in line at Will Call. I interviewed Alain for nearly an hour back in July. He was as confused as I was about the seating arrangement. It was a pleasure to get to meet him. I also met Danny Masterson from That 70’s Show in line, I complimented him for being a Pearl Jam fan. Near the end of the show I spotted Pau Gasol from the Lakers and I met him as well.


Long Road
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Why Go
Got Some
Do the Evolution
I Got Id
State of Love and Trust
Eruption (Van Halen cover)
Spin the Black Circle

Yellow Moon
All or None
Come Back
I Believe in Miracles (Ramones cover)
Given to Fly

Encore 2:
Unthought Known
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)

Dave Grohl Almost Didn’t Perform At Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged Show

Several days ago, MTV celebrated the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Unplugged performance by airing some behind-the-scene footage and some interviews with the associates involved.

Alex Colletti, the producer of the show discusses an issue he had with Grohl: “What I didn’t know was up until the day, there was talk of Dave not playing at all in the show. Kurt wasn’t happy with the way rehearsals were going; he didn’t like the way Dave sounded playing drums with sticks … He’s a heavy hitter, and the thing about ‘Unplugged,’ especially with rock bands, is if the drummer doesn’t really, really get it under control and tries to play a rock show on a smaller kit, then it brings the show to a bad-sounding electric show instead of a good-sounding acoustic show.”

You can watch a segment of the interviews below:

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: ‘We Haven’t Done Things With Ulterior Motives Or For Commercial Gains’

Lars Ulrich, the drummer for Metallica, recently sat down with The Talks. You can view some quotes from the interview below:

Regarding their poorly received albums from the 90’s:
“The bad thing the Internet is that at some point everything becomes these super short sound bites. Everything is sort of getting shorter and shorter because people have a shorter and shorter attention span and there’s a tendency to define everything. So define Metallica: “Metallica had a bunch of pioneering records in the ’80s and then they had a slump in the ’90s and then they figured it all out again in the 2000s.” If our slump was the mid-’90s, I think that’s pretty good. We pushed four records out in four years — ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99 — and if those four records are our not-great records, then I’m pretty happy with that because I think all four of those records are pretty fucking cool.”

When asked to define “Metallica”:
“Listen, each one of those records, each one of those time frames, was always the best it could be at the time, the most it could be, the best we had to offer. The one thing I’ll always hold my head up high about is that 32 years later, it’s been quite a ride — it’s been a pretty pure ride, a pretty honest ride, a pretty straight ride — we haven’t done things for ulterior motives or tried to do things for commercial gains or for this or for that, so I feel pretty proud of all of it. I think I can look myself in the mirror and go, “It’s okay,” because that was what I felt at the moment and I did my best. I’m pretty pleased with the first 32 years, so we’ll see what the next 32 years bring.”

Muse Reveal Plans For New Album

English rock band Muse have been eying 2015 as the year for the release of their seventh studio album, which, the band says it will be “rawer” than their more recent releases.

“The last two albums, we sort of veered away from our instruments a little bit,” Matt Bellamy, the trio’s frontman told, “We sort of focused on things like synthesizers, drum machines and various electronics and stuff. I kind of feel like on this next album, we’re going to veer back towards musicianship again and focusing on our own instruments: guitar, bass and drums. It’s probably going to be a bit of a rawer album, and definitely a bit more rock, I’d say.”

Noel Gallagher Once Again Shoots Down Oasis Reunion Rumors

Noel Gallagher once again addressed a possible Oasis reunion in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone asked Gallagher if he’d consider a reunion for the twentieth anniversary of the band’s debut album Definitely Maybe. To which, Gallagher answered with a hint of sarcasm:

“Well, there would be the inevitable reissues, I would’ve thought. But are you asking, are the band going to get onstage and have a blast through ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ somewhere, like the Philippines or something? I think I’d rather not . . .”

Gallagher then added:

“Yeah, so, ergo, band splits up, band is no more. There is no band. So, no, I won’t be getting involved, anyway. If there is a reunion, I won’t be in it.”’s Review Of Pearl Jam’s Show In San Diego, CA

The first time I saw Pearl Jam I was a little freshman in high school about 5 years ago. When I heard my favorite band was coming to San Diego again, I bought tickets as soon as I could and impatiently waited. Finally, the day arrived and the traffic did too. I arrived at Viejas Arena just in time to buy some shirts and take my seat. They opened with “Pendulum,” Nothingman,” and “Sometimes” which were relatively low-key but got the crowd fist-pumping as they played “Why Go.” The tracks off the most recent album, “Lightning Bolt” and “Mind Your Manners” were a bit rough around the edges but packed a punch. Ed then called out an audience member named Rob who has been a Pearl Jam fan for 21 years living in the Phillipines. Later in the show, Ed told Rob that the band was donating a check for $25,000 to his family to aid them regarding the recent deaths and disasters in Rob’s country.

Being in his hometown, Eddie had much to reminisce about. He dedicated many of the songs to local San Diego characteristics. He gave a shout to all the local heroes at Camp Pendleton and Point Loma before playing “Army Reserve.” He also dedicated “Spin the Black Circle” to Lou’s Records, a small record store in Encinitas which I actually have bought most of my PJ albums from.

“Even Flow” was the most impressive performance from the first half of the show. McCready’s solo was spectacular and was played behind his back, Jimi Hendrix-style, for a good portion of it. The band finished their first set with the classic, “Porch,” before setting up for the first encore. The first encore consisted of mostly acoustic, mellow songs like “Sleight of Hand,” “Speed of Sound,” and “Just Breathe.” Then, Eddie told everyone that during the tour they have played every track off the new album except one and proceeded to play “Sleeping by Myself” for the first time.

Eddie introduced the next song as a tune about “responsible drug usage” and began playing “Severed Hand.” They then finished off the set with “In My Tree” and “Rearviewmirror.” For the last encore, Pearl Jam delivered their hits as well some covers. “Black” and “Alive” had everyone singing along and “Yellow Ledbetter” boasted McCready’s guitar shredding skills. The show ended with “Rockin’ in the Free World,” which was a perfect combination of sing along and high energy.

Pearl Jam seems to be one of the only bands from the 90’s to still deliver relatively consistent albums as well as play a large variety of songs from their discography during their live sets. During the Lightning Bolt tour, the band have played over 130 different songs. Each time I have seen them live, I’ve been shocked by their energy, versatility, and storytelling. Each member of the band proves to possess their own unique and necessary qualities.

Why Go
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
All Night
Given to Fly
Tremor Christ
In Hiding
Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song)
Swallowed Whole
Army Reserve
Even Flow
Better Man (With ‘Save It For Later’)
Spin the Black Circle
Light Years

Sleight of Hand
Speed of Sound
Just Breathe
Sleeping By Myself (Pearl Jam live debut)
Severed Hand
In My Tree

Encore 2:
Leaving Here (Edward Holland, Jr. cover)
Do the Evolution
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
Yellow Ledbetter (With ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ guitar outro)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover) (With Ray Cameron on guitar)

Chris Cornell Claims Soundgarden Playing For President Obama Was “Triumphant”

Chris Cornell was recently interviewed by the Washington Post and discussed a variety of topics including playing acoustically and for President Obama. Here’s an excerpt:

“I had done three different Obama fundraiser events alone, just with an acoustic guitar. When inauguration came up, they invited me to play, and I said, “I’m out touring with my band. What if my band played?” And they loved the idea of Soundgarden doing it. To me it just seemed like a triumphant thing to be able to do.”

“When we went there, unfortunately, it becomes less about the moments you’re onstage and more about just getting from the hotel to the event, and getting inside and everything happening the way it’s supposed to. It was all that – it was totally crazy, and we were totally fish out of water in terms of the kind of music we play. I like that. . . . The moments that Soundgarden has done things where we were fish out of water have always been the most memorable and the most rewarding.”

Setlist From Pearl Jam’s Show In San Diego, CA

Posted by Sea on the forums:

Pearl Jam
Viejas Arena
San Diego, CA
Nov. 21, 2013
Set List

01. Pendulum-from the new album “Lightning Bolt”
02. Nothingman
03. Sometimes
04. Why Go
05. Lightning Bolt-from the new album “Lightning Bolt”
06. Mind Your Manners from the new album “Lightning Bolt”
07. All Night

(“A lot of people say this and mean it but it is special for us ‘cuz I am a semi local boy so it is great to be here in San Diego. Traffic still sucks. It was a perfect Seattle day.” Ed compliments the venue and notes that his brother Chris is a spot operator tonight. “This is for Chris.”)

08. Given To Fly

(Stone starts to play “In Hiding” and Ed stops him saying, “I was gonna try and sneak another one in before that because it is appropriate for here.”)

09. Tremor Christ
10. In Hiding

(Ed asks if Rob and his wife from Manilla are at the show tonight and plan on going to LA as well. Ed asks them to come up to the stage and hang out on the side because he wants to meet and talk to them. Ed then talks about an out of body experience he had in New Orleans.)

11. Setting Forth
12. Swallowed Whole-from the new album “Lightning Bolt”

(We would like to dedicate this one to all the local heroes form Camp Pendleton and Point Loma. It is called Army Reserve.”

13. Army Reserve
14. Even Flow

(“A lot of our folks are here tonight, Matt’s Mother sister and brother, All three of my brothers are here. Mike McCready’s pop is here with his buddy. It is almost like they are showing off for their parents but they are like that every night. In fact they may have been holding back so they didn’t freak their folks out. Mike’s dad thinking, ‘my sons a monster!!” This song ties into San Diego. Here they make (planes?) and this is about planes that drop bombs)

15. Insignificance

(“Before we do the next song can I ask if our new friend Rob is in the house? C’mon up here. Someone turned me on to this really nice story about Rob who has been listening to us for about 21 years. We played (Manilla) in ’95 and you missed that. We have great memories of playing there. We are gonna see you in LA but we are going to give you a check to take back so you can help out. We thought we could save the postage and give you 100% of the money…Now I hear you had a child and you named him?
Rob says, “Eddie, we named him Eddie.” Ed says, “Well Cameron is a much better name but anyway.” Ed gives Rob a bottle of wine.)

16. Sirens (with sing along outro)-from the new album “Lightning Bolt”
17. Better Man/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling)

(“I wanna dedicate this to the last man standing..Lou’s Records, where I bought all my records, there still going, Lou’s Records.”

18. Spin The Black Circle-(during song Ed tells some people to settle down. They must have calmed down because he then says “you got it. that’s good.”)
19. Light Years (“this is for Ryan, Kelly and Lacey…you are all here)
20. Porch (during the song Mike beats one of the globes with his guitar (a 1959 Les Paul TV Junior for you collectors out there) until chunks of the globe break off.)

Encore Break 1

(Ed says he sees a lot of the same faces from San Diego from back when he lived here. Someone in the front say they are from Tijuana which cause Ed to ask if “Iguana’s” is still there? It is. “scary place. great place to see a show but scary.” He reminisces about San Diego. He ends by noting that he wrote this song here and about having to wear a tie.

21. Sleight Of Hand
22. Speed Of Sound
(Ed talks about their friend and former crew member who now works for Neil Young and managed to live and work in San Diego. Ed says this next song if for all the great couples)
23. Just Breathe
(“We have played every song from the new album except this one. I am just letting you know that we are going to experiment and try this one out……I don’t know how to start it..”)
24. Sleeping By Myself–from the new album “Lightning Bolt”
(when the song is over Ed plays the Ukulele trying to remember how to play the song. “See now I remember it…”) He plays for a bit and says, “I just had to figure it out. If this wasn’t my favorite one (ukulele) I would smash it for effect.
This next song is about responsible drug use which I think you can do.”)
25. Severed Hand
26. In My Tree
27. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 2
(“I hear the surf is gonna be shitty anyway so we may as well stay. I mean we are on a college campus and I would like advantage of that..” Ed points his mom out in the audience and asks the audience to pass a wine bottle over to her. Ed also wants to mention a friend of Stone’s named Camille and another friend of theirs Gloria Steinem. “This is for all the great woman here. It is called “Leaving Here.”

28. Leaving Here-(Holland, Holland, Dozier)
29. Black
30. Do The Evolution
31. Alive
32. Baba O’Riley-(Townshend)

(Ed jokes about playing the next show’s set list so they can keep playing. He then says he wants to be serious and he tells Rob (from the Philippines) that they want to give him a check in his families name. “it is couple of bucks for each person here so it is about $25,000 it isn’t much..” Ed goes on to talk about other ways people can donate and help and talks about some locals who are putting on a food drive. Lastly he mentions Mike’s father being here along with his friend. They were shot down in the Gulf of Tonkin and they want to play this song for them.

33. Yellow Ledbetter/Star Spangled Banner
34. Rockin’ In The Free World w/ Ray Cameron on guitar-(Young)

Beck Reveals Details About New Album ‘Morning Phase’

Beck revealed to Rolling Stone that his upcoming album, “Morning Phase,” will include many of the musicians that worked with Beck on his 2006 LP, “Sea Change.” These musicians include Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, and Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

Regarding the sound of the record, Beck said, “I’m hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young—the bigger idea of what that sound is to me.”

A portion of the tracklisting can also be viewed below:

Blue Moon
Say Goodbye
Waking Light
Blackbird Chain
Country Dawn

Music Art Legend Mackie Osborne Talks New Tool Project

Chances are, if you are a fan of the punk or metal scene, you’ve seen Mackie Osborne’s art. Mackie has created the art for such musicians as Tool, Social Distortion, and Melvins (she’s also married to the singer/guitarist). In an interview with Punk News, the designer talked about the punk scene and upcoming projects, one of which is nothing other than Tool.

“The work with the Melvins is mostly my thing,” Mackie stated, ” so that’s really easy. Working with Tool is mostly Adam’s thing. My job is to make his thing happen and make it look good. I love working with him. He’s got great ideas and I like his aesthetic. Other bands – it’s always different. Sometimes it’s easy and fun, sometimes it’s the biggest nightmare you could ever imagine. Sometimes I want to… (never mind) Some bands have great ideas and that’s fun, some have no idea and trust me which is great too. Sometimes bands want me to work with a painting that their neighbor’s kid did. That’s a bummer. As of this year, I’m declining those kinds of jobs. ”

When asked about future projects, Mackie responded: “I’m redesigning my website and about three other sites. Plus working on something for Tool and a bunch of different stuff for the Melvins. We’re going to sell some stuff on there that you can only get there, in very limited quantities. Christmas is next. Then I think we’ll do one for Valentine’s Day… maybe Groundhog’s Day… not sure. ”

You can read the whole interview here