It all sounds strange, but the link is Joseph Cahill, director for the Fiona Apple clip “Every Single Night” from 2012’s the Idler Wheel. Perhaps in exchange, Fiona Apple agreed to have a small role in a small web series that Cahill created called H-Man. The show is all in French and/or German, but in the five-minute episode in which Apple appears, she plays a character named BioFrau, who plants a giant radioactive flower that threatens to take over the world. Apple speaks German too. You may want to turn on YouTube’s captions to enjoy the action in English. You can watch the clip below.
John Frusciante’s upcoming new LP, entitled Enclosure, is set for release via Record Collection on April 8, 2014. Frusciante has stated that the album is his “last word on the musical statement which began with PBX” and that Enclosure represents his musical goals from the past five years.
On March 29, Frusciante’s upcoming album was launched into outer space aboard an Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE Modular Rocket using an experimental Cube Satellite called Sat-JF14. Fans can now download a free mobile app, available via Apple and Android devices, to track the satellite’s movement and listen to the album for free when the satellite hovers over a user’s geographic region. The preview will last until April 7, at which point Sat-JF14 will cease transmission. The app encourages fans to chat with other users using a social network platform.
If you prefer the more typical formats of CD, vinyl, or digital download, you can pre-order John Frusciante’s Enclosure here. Watch an instructional video about Sat-JF14 below:
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If you’ve been dying to see a bit of Billy Corgan’s pro wrestling organization Resistance Pro Variety, the wait is over. Corgan will have a new reality show on AMC about the tribulations of creating one’s own wrestling company. According to Resistence Pro itself: “Billy Corgan pulls back the curtains on the pro-wrestling world as he takes over creative direction for the independent wrestling company Resistance Pro.”
A source told The Mirror that former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was kicked out of the Holly Bush pub in Hampstead, North London recently.
A source said: “He was acting irrationally and started kicking off and swearing after the barman told him he hadn’t paid for his drinks.
“He took exception to what the barman had said and started giving it the big I am, like ‘I’m famous!’
“It was bizarre behaviour, he didn’t seem like he was quite with it, a lot of people didn’t recognise him initially because he was so dishevelled.
“He looked more like a penniless tramp than a millionaire musician.”
The witness said about 15 to 20 minutes later, at around 11pm, Gallagher went to the toilet and was then thrown out by the bouncer.
“He accused him of snorting cocaine off the toilet seat and said there was still some left on the seat even after he came out.
“Apparently Liam hadn’t even bothered locking the door. Liam wasn’t happy about being thrown out.
“The bouncer told him ‘you’re barred’ and he was like ‘are you joking?’ It was embarrassing to watch.”
Two months before Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Nirvana had been in Paris, and had posed in an unplanned photo shoot with photographer Youri Lenquette. Lenquette and Cobain were friends and the singer arrived at the studio with a gun, which he used as a prop in many of the photos.
Twenty years on, Lenquette is exhibiting all the photos from that session. Many have never been seen before.
Lenquette spoke to the BBC’s Alain Galès about a day that became part of rock’n’roll mythology.
Forbes reports that Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is selling his Hollywood bachelor pad for $949,000. View photos of the condo below.
Billy Corgan gave his sonic impressions of poems by Rumi yesterday on synthesizer at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse. The performance was titled ‘Sunday With Rumi’ and was a followup to last month’s 8-hour ‘Siddhartha’ performance. Below are some photos from the performance.
Billy Corgan posted the following on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com tonight:
Great progress today. Was able to locate the right melodies for DARKNESS AND LIGHT (which isn’t the title; I only say that to have some fun by having a title that makes fun of a title I might have come up with in 1987; or 2014!). That took us straight into WORLD’S ON FIRE (which is the title). Had that middle-of-the-road quality that gets pretty boys on the radio, but not SP. So off we went into the magic box looking for that last bit of gold dust. It took hours, some trying, us trying, but at the end The Shredder was playing this kind of Echo B meets an orchestra part that meshed wonderfully with ‘ye olde triplet figure from yours synthi. And with that we sat around and told stories about betrayals past. More tomorrow. Exciting days.
Oh, and lest I forget, tomorrow is my dear friend Art Shay’s birthday. If you don’t know Art’s incredible photography, search him up. He’s on Pwittah I believe.
The Flaming Lips have released what they dub as a “companion piece” to the classic 1973 Pink Floyd album “Dark Side of The Moon” entitled “Flaming Side Of The Moon”. Listeners are encouraged to listen to both “Flaming Side” and “Dark Side” at the same time. “Flaming Side Of The Moon” was also made to sync up word for word with the 1939 film “The Wizard Of Oz”
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Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, and Faith No More are set to play at Hyde Park in London on July 4, 2014. This will be Faith No More’s first show in 2 years.
A Kurt Cobain comic book is set for release on April 2nd by Bluewater Productions, which specializes in graphic novels and comics. The comic, which is being released just days before the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death, was written and illustrated by Jayfri Hashim as part of Bluewater’s “Tribute” series. It chronicles Cobain’s early days and his overwhelming rise to fame. The “Tribute” series has previously issued comics on the lives of living and deceased rock icons including: Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Keith Richards.
Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis told The Hollywood Reporter, “The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us. It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.” On Cobain, Davis said, “Not only is this a great way to understand the importance of his contribution to music, but it is a great tool for kids to read about him in a different medium. Our biography comic books are now taught in schools and libraries for students and reluctant readers.”
The print edition of Tribute: Kurt Cobain can be ordered for $3.99 at Comic Flea Market, and digital versions will me available for order on iTunes, Kindle, and other eBook websites.
You can preview the Tribute: Kurt Cobain comic book below. The last image is erroneous because Cobain’s ashes were scattered and he has no gravestone. (Click on images to enlarge):
Neil Young’s portable music playing device, Pono, was recently announced and revealed at SXSW festival. The device is noted for it’s high-quality audio playing abilities and it’s 128 GB of memory. The product’s price starts at $399. Arcade Fire, Beck, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and more have Artist Signature Series PonoPlayers currently being sold on Pono’s kickstarter.
Recently, Trent Reznor bashed the aesthetics of the Pono publicly by saying “Anything that elevates music back to where it should be is inherently cool. I have great admiration for Neil Young as an artist. But as a device I can’t pretend it doesn’t look a bit like a Toblerone.”
You can view testimonials by artists impressed by the Pono such as Eddie Vedder, Rick Rubin, Arcade Fire, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews, Brendan O’ Brian in the video below:
Billy Corgan posted the following on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com last night, and discussed working on more new Smashing Pumpkins songs with bandmate Jeff Schroeder:
Our most productive day so far; picked up where we left off with ‘I SAID;’ fusing a COUGAR idea that had been set aside the first day back onto the shift into a wider chorus. As Howard said: “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you do that kind of change (meaning dynamic) in a song.’ To which Jeff replied, “And that’s a good thing!” We followed this up with ‘THE HUNTED’ (?), which has the distinction of being so catchy from the first you almost don’t know what to do with it. So Howard name checked some band I won’t mention and said how they’d had a hit where the bass carries the song forward (the guitars as such being held back). This prompted a running of the bass line (WALDORF) into a FOX-FUZZ, which sounded great; the song untouched and dosed with guitars at the appropriate moment. Next from the random pile was ANAIS: a riff I’d toyed with on the last SP touring cycle but hadn’t gotten far with; too busy I guess. But in the first round of demo-making I was able to turn the busy-body riff into a shoegazer wash which when laced with big, simpler guitars feels fatal.
Somehow all this fuzzing-about led to a discussion that maybe I should sell my Siamese Fuzz so I can buy more synths (a joke, mind you: sorta). Howard said “I’ll buy it,” and then quoted a price that I guessed was about 6 or 7 times less than I’d expect to get for a piece of equipment that launched a thousand sonic armies (another joke, not really). This prompted Jeff to say that perhaps we should get a company to clone the exact pedal. I agree! (Because none that have ever tried in my estimation have come close. An opinion).
Lastly, my eyes a-closing, we got into an idea without a melody (let’s call in DARKNESS and FLIGHT). To find one I’d pull up my recently purchased ARP SOLUS with drifting pitch and tap away; the underneath groove so alluring that I suggested that maybe this could be a song with but one change. But Jeff disagreed, and a search began for the elusive new part. Found one, chopped it in and left it at that. Not sure how good it can be, but let’s just say as I write this the loop of farkness and dight is stuck in my head.
And yes, we’re working tomorrow, post-other show for those who seem to think that one musical life does not somehow equal another.
Remember, when they ask for your occupation on a visa form, write: ARTIST. Not: NOT-ARTIST.
William Patrick Corgan posted the following last night on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com:
Dizzy day. Started with CARDINAL RULE, and was able to turn the corner on it by stripping back the busy/arpeggiating figures taken from the original guitar part; until all that was left was a simple chimed guitar and strings. Then it was off to TOODLE-LOO, which I’d classify as a rocker in the straightest sense. So rather than reinvent the wheel (as I’ve tried in vain oh so many times!) we focused on just getting the song heavier, bolder, and more epic-er. Biff-Bam-Vroom! Ended the night on one of those whose titles escapes me, and messed with the songs upward potential after a suspended beginning sets a dramatic stage. Oh yeah, it’s called I SAID (as opposed to I FORGOT). So that’s where we’ll start tomorrow.
Having lots of fun and good times with my mates, where the laughter is free.
Billy Corgan has announced another concert for March 30th at 1 PM: ‘Sunday With Rumi,’ which promises 4 sonic impressions on poems by the great Sufi mystic. For admission there is no fee, but with limited seating at Zuzu’s (and interest is expected) they’ve announced a new way to reserve a handful of spots.
BillCo performed an 8 hour ‘Siddhartha’ set at Madame ZuZu’s Teahouse last month. He is currently recording the new Smashing Pumpkins albums Monuments to an Elegy and Day to Night.
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland posted a photo of himself as a child on his official Facebook yesterday: “Me at five, home sick from school, hanging out with my dog… #tbt”
Soundgarden performed their first show with new touring drummer Matt Chamberlain in Lima, Peru last night. Below are several videos from the show.
The Seattle Police Department have released new photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain’s 1994 suicide.