A cover of “Something In The Way” by Nirvana performed by Nostalghia appeared on the FOX TV show The Following last night. Nostalghia have a new album Chrysalis coming out on April 8th. The album is a mix of new wave sound with industrial ballads sonically, and there is a darkness in the melodies that bring back memories of the 90’s, with some shades of Bjork. You can watch the official “Cool For Chaos” video below, which features some pretty haunting screams. Go to NostalghiaMusic.com for more.
On the recent edition of “Teens React” from popular Youtubers The Fine Brothers, a group of teens viewing some of Nirvana’s most popular performances and voicing their real-time opinions on them. Most of the group appreciate Cobain or at least have heard or Nirvana however as you would expect there are some that aren’t just familiar with the band but grunge music in general. You can watch the video above. We finally must be experiencing a generation gap. I assume their reactions would be if you ask those in their thirties – forties their opinions on Imagine Dragons or Bastille.
Metallica were invited to contribute to the upcoming covers album for the late Black Sabbath and Dio frontman Ronnie James Dio. However, instead of just one song the group selected four and combined the four tracks (“Stargazer”, “Tarot Woman”, “Kill The King”, “A Light In The Black”) – all originally performed by Dio’s band “Rainbow” into one epic tribute song entitled “Ronnie Rising Medley” which can be heard above.
For the last week it has been hyped by Billy Corgan and fansite Crestfallen that The Smashing Pumpkins would make a big announcement on Monday in regards to the future of the band, but Monday has come and gone and there was no announcement and it has obviously been postponed.
Corgan said nothing on social media on Monday, but the owner of Crestfallen MonteLDS had a few interactions with people on Twitter about it but did not say if the announcement was being pushed back (the last tweet’s interaction began with a discussion about Zeitgeist being missing from a fanmade collage).
@StephenLennon2 that is what i was told. the day is still young.
— MonteLDS (@MonteLDS) March 24, 2014
@gaugauphil are you sleepy?
— MonteLDS (@MonteLDS) March 25, 2014
@Gossamer33 good one! 😀
— MonteLDS (@MonteLDS) March 25, 2014
We previously reported that the Pixies will be releasing their first full-length album in twenty three years entitled “Indie City” which will be due out April 28. A limited vinyl release will be made available via Record Store Day on April 19th. To celebrate the release of the new album Pixies have released a new music video for “Snakes”. Which will be featured on the album. You can be view the video for “Snakes” above.
In more music video news – Cage the Elephant have released a new video for “Take It Or Leave It”. The track is featured off of their third album Melophobia and the album can be viewed above
Sub Pop just released a track off their upcoming album, “Do to the Beast,” which will be released on April 15th. Listen to “The Lottery” below:
On our sister site Concertfy, we have up a new interview with Capital Cities’ Ryan Merchant. In this new interview Ryan discusses how the duo plan to follow up the success of “Safe and Sound,” whether Capital Cities make most of their money touring off of record sales or touring, the changing record industry, how Spotify can help artists, working with Andre 3000, and much more. Check out some excerpts below, and read the full interview on Concertfy.
You see a lot of guys out there like Thom Yorke bemoan Spotify and many say that you can’t make money off of albums any more, and that money is all in touring. You guys have a hit with over 60 million Spotify plays, are you currently able to make a comfortable living solely based off of your album and recorded music, or is touring even still the big market for you guys? Do you have to go out there to make sure to make sure you make a living?
Touring is extremely important, that is where we make the bulk of our money, is through touring. The licensing of our music is another big aspect to it, and also royalties. Like when a song gets played on the radio, that’s another stream of money that comes in as well. As far as record sales are concerned, we’re definitely selling records, we’re selling a lot of downloads. But we’re in a record deal right now, so a lot of that needs to be recouped. But that’s fine, because the label, how it works is they are the ones investing in getting our name out there and making sure that we have a radio hit. That’s leading to us getting to play tons of live shows, and that’s where we make our money. I think the music industry can still be very lucrative if you are luckily enough to have a radio hit and things go well, but as far as the streaming aspect of the business is concerned, I think there is going to be a weird transition.
Actually someone I was speaking to at Capital Records mentioned this, that right now the average American spends like 17 dollars a year on music, that’s their total music consumption. If everybody got onto Spotify, that average would go up. Because instead of paying 17 dollars a year, let’s say everybody paid the 9 dollars a month to stream unlimited songs, so that would actually come up to more like 110 dollars a year. The model has potential to actually grow the industry as a whole, it’s just right now we’re in this weird transitional phase where you still have downloads, but a lot of people are switching to streaming, myself included.
When it comes to your live show, you’re in the very unique position of playing a lot of rock festivals, like KROQ shows in LA last year. You also play a lot of the pop ones and Coachella as well, and you’re touring with Katy Perry this summer. Do you change your approach to performing at all depending on the crowd, especially with how many different types of crowds you perform for?
No, we actually don’t. Our show is pretty much exactly the same whether we’re playing in front of a corporate event, or if we’re doing a very hip festival, or if we’re doing our own club show. The energy is always different with every gig, we might take some songs out or put some songs in depending on how we read the crowd. If we’re playing a Capital Cities club show, we’re going to play everything because the people there typically are going to be more of a die hard fan that wants to hear even some of the less popular songs. But in general we just do our thing, that’s why we’re playing whatever show it is, they want us to do what we do.
MonteLDS, the owner of Crestfallen.com and friend/fan of Billy Corgan, has said that he was informed that the Smashing Pumpkins big announcement would come today. He just tweeted, “that is what i was told. the day is still young.”
More at 11.
With the departure of Wildabouts guitarist Doug Grean, Scott Weiland and his solo band have resumed work on their latest solo album, posting pictures from the studio. One was captioned “Laying down guitar tracks so loud they’ll melt your face…”
Photo credit: @SPpictures
Smashing Pumpkins/The Cold and Lovely bassist Nicole Fiorentino (@xocoleyf) just tweeted the following:
Hi beauties! You can now follow me on Instagram if you wish. @xocoleyf Warning, it’s mainly pics of my cat, Thom Yorke.
Still no announcements from Billy Corgan as of 5:36PM CST.
Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha posted the following on his Instagram minutes ago:
Like supernatural comedy? Take a seat and check out #Deadbeat, a new show I’ve scored the music for.…
Until Billy Corgan makes his announcement, we plan to #OccupyMadameZuZus. And we won’t be drinking tea, we’ll be drinking Steveweisers. GIMME A HELL YEAH!
But we have heard talk that today’s Smashing Pumpkins announcement is that next week, there will be THE announcement. Then next week, the announcement will be that the following week the Pumpkins will release a song titled “The Announcement.” The “The Announcement” track will actually be a studio recording of Siddhartha.
The Black Keys’ new album Turn Blue will be released May 13th. Pre-order the album later today and receive the single “Fever” instantly.
The Pixies have announced their first full length studio album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, Indie Cindy. The record will be compiling all twelve songs from the three EPs the band have released in pod format since September.
Two special versions of the album will also be released, a deluxe 40-page hardback book with CD of album and live 13 track CD recorded on this years World Tour, and a double vinyl. The album will be released worldwide April 28.
- 1. WHAT GOES BOOM
- 2. GREENS AND BLUES
- 3. INDIE CINDY
- 4. BAGBOY
- 5. MAGDALENA 318
- 6. SILVER SNAIL
- 7. BLUE EYED HEXE
- 8. RING THE BELL
- 9. ANOTHER TOE IN THE OCEAN
- 10. ANDRO QUEEN
- 11. SNAKES
- 12. JAIME BRAVO
DISC 2 – LIVE IN THE USA
- 1. BONE MACHINE
- 2. HEY
- 3. ANA
- 4. MAGDALENA 318
- 5. SNAKES
- 6. INDIE CINDY
- 7. I’VE BEEN TIRED
- 8. HEAD ON
- 9. THE SAD PUNK
- 10. DISTANCE EQUALS RATE TIMES TIME
- 11. SOMETHING AGAINST YOU
- 12. ISLA DE ENCANTA
- 13. PLANET OF SOUND
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Pixies have released their third and final pod-based EP, EP3. It contains”Bagboy”, originally released as a free download last year, as well as “Silver Snail”, “Ring The Bells”, and “Jaime Bravo”.
Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age/Eleven) posted a photo on Instagram of himself with Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam/Soundgarden), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), and Dimitri Coats (Burning Bridges/Off!). Dimitri Coats tweeted the following photo, and below that are more photos Alain posted from this new mystery project.
Nirvana will release a vinyl single on Record Store Day (April 19th).
Format: 7″ Vinyl
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release
Original plans for the single in 1994 were cancelled due to Kurt Cobain’s death
“Pennyroyal Tea”/”I Hate Myself and Want To Die”
Watch Christina Marie perform ‘Everlong’ on the Voice Live Quarter Finals.
Dead Sara’s cover of Nirvana’s classic “Heart-Shaped Box” is featured in the end credits of the video game “Infamous: Second Son”. The game is set is Seattle, and as such many real life locations are digitally recreated. The headquarters of Sub Pop Records, famous for its signing of the initial wave of grunge bands like Green River, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney, can be found on the map and is featured prominently in an early mission during an investigation of a sniper killing suspected heroin dealers.
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The Australian band Wolfmother have surprised fans with the release their third studio album, New Crown, via their official Bandcamp page. Click here to purchase the album.
Andrew Stockdale has taken a weird route in releasing Wolfmother’s follow up to 2009’s Cosmic Egg. After completing a third album with the intention of using the Wolfmother name, Stockdale announced Wolfmother’s dissolution and released Keep Moving as his first solo album. Stockdale later reversed his decision and began recording another record under the Wolfmother name. Demos from the album were officially released last year, and last night each song was uploaded individually to stream; the full, complete, and properly named album is now available for purchase.