Listen To Hilarious New Red Hot Chili Peppers & Nine Inch Nails Parody Songs

This week two parody songs for iconic alternative rock bands have been released. The Red Hot Chili Peppers parody is titled “Abracadabralifornia” and was originally released on RHCP2014.com and presented as a special ‘Superbowl’ song from the band.

Freddy Scott’s “Trent Reznor Song” parodies Nine Inch Nails’ song structures, and sounds quite similar to “Copy of A.”


The Who’s Roger Daltrey Says He Can Reunite Oasis

in a recent interview with British newspaper The Sun, The Who frontman Roger Daltrey touted claims of being able to reunite Oasis for one of his Teenage Cancer Trust shows.

“Noel and Liam are brothers so it will all be alright. Don’t worry. Blood is thicker than music,” Daltrey said. “Could I bring them together for a Teenage Cancer Trust show? Ask me next year.”

The Gallagher brothers reconciled recently and there have been huge offers for Oasis to reunite.

Metallica’s James Hetfield: “Orion Festival Was A Disaster Financially”

James Hetfield spoke on Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz and announced that the Orion Festival would not be happening anymore due to financial reasons. Last year, the Orion Festival featured performances from Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, The Joy Formidable, Vista Chino, Dead Sara, and much more.

“Right now, it seems like metal is struggling a little bit in the States. Obviously, the Orion festival that we had tried to do the last couple of years has really not been… Gosh, it’s been a disaster financially, and it’s not able to happen again because of that. So it’s a bummer. So, you know, we’re doing what we can to keep being alive here. And I hope to get out and play in the States. It seems like forever since we’ve been out and about. You know, we’ve hit the coasts and we’ve done TV stuff and things like that. But it will happen again.”

U2 To Release New Single During Super Bowl Sunday

During the Super Bowl, you’ll have more than the halftime entertainment vying for your ears. This Sunday, U2 plans to release a new track called “Invisible.” The charity track is free, but it still counts as a monetary donation. In fact, for every download, Bank of America will donate a dollar towards The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Fans can donate up to two million dollars over the course of the night. Bank of America has already gotten the ball rolling with a donation of 10 million dollars.

Listen To Yuck’s New Song “Athena”

Yuck just released a song called “Athena” for streaming. The band will also be releasing a new EP, Southern Skies, in the Spring.

Yuck 2014 Tour Dates:
01/30 – Felton, CA @ Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
01/31 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
02/01 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
02/02 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
02/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
02/05 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
02/06 – Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
02/07 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
02/08 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
02/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
02/11 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
02/12 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
02/13 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
02/15 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
02/19 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
02/20 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
02/21 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
02/22 – Besancon, FR @ La Rodio
02/23 – Lyon, FR @ Le Sucre
02/25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
02/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Kleine Zaal
02/27 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko
02/28 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
03/01 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
03/11 – Madrid, ES @ Independence Club
03/12 – Zaragoza, ES @ Sala Lopez
03/13 – Barcelona, ES @ Music Hall
03/14 – Valencia, ES @ Wah Wah
03/18 – Berlin, DE @ Imperial
03/19 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
03/20 – Hamburg, DE @ Ballsaal, Uebel & Gefahrlich
03/22 – Istanbul, TR @ Salon IKSV

Incubus’ Brandon Boyd Talks Working With Brendan O’Brien

In a new interview with AMNetwork, Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd discussed working with music producer Brendan O’Brien for his solo act “Sons of the Sea”. Here are some excerpts:

“It’s one of those things that I didn’t really know what it was going to be. The intention is for it to be a very kind of open-ended musical project. The album part of it was very much a collaborative effort with [producer] Brendan O’Brien. The two of us kind of, in private, got to go sort of nuts in the studio and come up with this sort of oddball pop.”

Boyd also said the following regarding the collaboration with O’Brien

“I had a ton of musical and lyrical ideas that I brought in. And then Brendan would sit with a guitar or a keyboard and kind of create music around it. Then there were moments where we’d meet up and he’d say, “I wrote this thing on the piano last night” — case in point, the song “Space and Time.” It immediately sparked these musical ideas and melodic ideas. That’s how you know when something is going well, when you hear it the first time and ideas start to arrive.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers Gearing Up For New Album

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith spoke to Billboard about RHCP’s future plans:

“We’re gearing up to start writing again. We’ve always got ideas bouncing, but until the four of us get in the room together, that’s when you see how it really takes shape. We’re just starting out now, just getting together. We’re gonna take a little different approach to the writing process, but for the most part when we all get together, that’s when it really starts. It’ll be fun to get into a groove of jamming and writing and all be in one place again. We’re all looking forward to that.”

In other RHCP news, the 25th anniversary edition of Mother’s Milk will be released later this year featuring “some extra stuff,” according to Smith.

Courtney Love Debuts New Web Series & Talks Dave Grohl

Courtney Love is debuting a new web series on her newly launched YouTube channel. Love describes the reason for starting both the series and channel:

“I’ve said “no” so many times to doing lame TV shows over the years. But then along came the digital world to disrupt everything.

There are so many cool things happening in web culture right now that I love- from all the weird and fringy stuff, to the fun over the top personalities of YouTube vloggers. From cool Fashion chick’s videos and makeup tutorials, to some amazing discoveries in new music and art from all over the world.

So follow me and subscribe to my new channel and watch me dive into the wild world of YouTube… and watch me have fun showing you all the things I’m passionate about! XX COURTNEY”

You can view the preview of Courtney’s new web series in which she discusses her relationship with Dave Grohl below:

Chad Smith Shoots Down Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Rumor

It was earlier reported that Red Hot Chili Peppers would be performing a Led Zeppelin cover during the Super Bowl Halftime show along with Bruno Mars. When asked about the cover, Chad Smith quickly denied the rumor to Billboard:

“I’m on the red carpet, and someone asked, ‘Super Bowl — what song are you gonna play?’ I can’t really talk about that. It’s supposed to be a surprise. So I’m like, ‘Oh, we’re doing the live version of ‘Dazed and Confused’ by Led Zeppelin — and they ran with it! I got, like, 16 different things, ‘Oh, the Chili Peppers are doing Led Zeppelin!’ Really? Anyone who knows anything about the Super Bowl and/or music should know Led Zeppelin does a very long version, the Super Bowl is 12 minutes long — and we’re just the special guest.”

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: January 2014

Welcome to the fifth installment of AlternativeNation’s newest feature, the New Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: The Wooly Mamas, Ume, Paradox, and Those Mockingbirds.  Click here to check out the previous feature. If you are interested in being in future installments of the feature, please email altnationbands@gmail.com to be considered, or just have a kick ass song or two out there that we’ll notice. For now, here’s some songs that peaked our interest. Let us know in the comments section what you think!

Today Riley Rowe handpicked the submissions for this edition:

RIBS

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Official Facebook, Official Website

Gaining much popularity through association, RIBS has recently opened up for Queens of the Stone age and The Joy Formidable. The trio consisting of Keith Freund, Blake Fusilier, and Chris Oquist released their debut EP, British Brains, in 2010 and later released their second EP, Russian Blood, in 2012. RIBS focus on textural sonic detail and creative, original riffs prove their potentiality to make it big.


Mothlight

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Mothlight began as frontman Matt Billings experimental solo project but slowly evolved into a full band. Billings released three EPs, which were recorded and produced by friends in college apartments and eventually created a live band with a constantly changing lineup. In 2013, the group began turning some of their demos into melodic pop masterpieces. With stunningly produced vocal harmonies and a indie, post-rock vibe, Mothlight’s “Blooming” and “Pretender” will have you hooked instantly.


Celeb Car Crush

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Official Facebook, Official Reverbnation

Celeb Car Crash possesses all the elements of a great rock band: heavy-hitting riffs, dark and mysterious lyrics, and of course, long-haired grungy men. But wait, there’s more! They’re all Italian. Celeb Car Crash won “Video of the Day” from Rolling Stone Italy last year for their cover of Bran Van 3000’s “Drinking in L.A.”

Idlehour

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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Just releasing their debut LP, Idlehour delivers a modern twist to 90’s alternative rock and grunge. The group is made up of Jesse Naish’s female vocals, Drew Patterson showing off hooky riffs on his guitar, and Paul Clark and Rob Emms holding together a solid rhythm section. Their influences include Nirvana, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, L7, and Veruca Salt.


Nostalghia

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Nostalghia is currently in Mexico opening for 30 Seconds to Mars, their debut album, Chrysalis, will be out on April 1, the first track, “You + I,” is getting airplay on specialty programs at Alternative radio, including Los Angeles powerhouses 103.1 and KCRW. They’ve done dates with Gogol Bordello, The Orb and Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and have been building a buzz in L.A. Singer Ciscandra Nostalghia definitely has shades of Perry Farrell in her voice. Check out “Cool For Chaos” below.

Billy Corgan Announces First Live Performance Of 2014

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has announced that he will be playing a special show at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse in Highland Park on February 28th. He said on his Twitter that it will be a “music only performance, i.e. no singing.”

Corgan has been DJ’ing recently at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse under the names The Ivory Tower and DJ Billy. He has also been writing new music and working on the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins Adore reissue.

Stone Temple Pilots Cancel All Upcoming Tour Dates

Stone Temple Pilots have dropped off the Soundwave tour, an Australian tour that was set to kick off next month with Green Day and Alice In Chains also featured on the bill. Here is STP’s announcement:

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS regretfully cancel all upcoming shows. The recording of the new album has now gone beyond schedule and sadly the availability of the recording studio, engineers and the producer or lack thereof dictates that the band have had to cancel their upcoming engagements.

The band were also set to perform in Indonesia and Hawaii. STP frontman Chester Bennington is simultaneously recording new albums with STP and Linkin Park.

Jane’s Addiction End Hiatus After Two Weeks

Perry Farrell announced that Jane’s Addiction were on hiatus nearly two weeks ago, but the hiatus will end at least temporarily in May. The band are set to perform Nothing’s Shocking in its entirety at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas from May 8-10th.

Farrell said in an October 2013 Facebook post that all was not well in Jane’s Addiction:

“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….”

Grammy Executive Producer Apologizes To Trent Reznor

Ken Ehrlich, the Grammy Executive producer, recently was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter and discussed Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor’s frustration with the Grammys cutting off his performance:

“I’m sorry he was upset. I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys. The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I want to end on a high, an up note. I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get.”

Exclusive Review & Photos: Pixies Deliver In Newark, New Jersey

Last night, the Pixies played the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, and AlternativeNation.net head reporter Mike Mazzarone and I were lucky enough to attend.

LA punk band FIDLAR opened the night, ripping through several songs off of their debut album and winning over many in the audience with their garage punk sound. When the band left the stage at 8:50, a marching band appeared out of nowhere, going into the pit and playing renditions of several Pixies songs, including “Where Is My Mind” and “Bone Machine”, keeping the crowd highly entertained while the roadies for the real deal set up the stage.

The Pixies’ set aptly kicked off at 9:15 with “Bone Machine” off of Surfer Rosa, continuing with the electric version of “Wave of Mutilation” and U-Mass, off of the underrated Trompe le Monde. This is actually my second time seeing the band on this tour (and in general). At my last show, the band opened with the U.K. Surf (acoustic) rendition of “Wave of Mutilation”, which means the band aren’t afraid to shake up the setlist every night.

Ripping through deep cuts (“I’ve Been Tired”, “Gouge Away”) and crowd pleasing favorites (“Hey”, “Where Is My Mind”), an hour and forty five minutes of straight music with no interruption small talk was played the audience. A fair share of new material was played, including “Greens and Blues”, “Indie Cindy”, “Bagboy”, and “Andro Queen”. The songs translate perfectly well in a live setting and are solid additions to the band’s revolving setlist. The set culminated in a three song encore consisting of “Debaser” and “Tame” from Doolittle and closing off with “Planet of Sound” from Trompe le Monde.

Despite the glaring absence of Kim Deal,Paz Lechantin proved herself to be a worthy successor , stealing the show with co-lead vocals on classics like “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone To Heaven”. One can only hope she’ll stick around for the entirety of Deal’s absence. 

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