Days Of The New Reunite Original Lineup For Summer Tour

90’s acoustic grunge band lead by frontman Travis Meeks has just announced a reunion tour for this summer. The lineup consists of vocalist/guitarist Travis Meeks, bassist Jesse Vest, guitarist Todd Whitener and drummer Matt Taul.

Days of the New tour dates:
6/27 — Arlington Heights, Ill. — Home Bar Chicago
6/28 — Sterling Heights, Mich. — Stars and Stripes Festival / Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
7/17 — Bristol, Ct. — Bleachers
7/18 — Lawrence, Mass. — Claddagh Pub
7/19 — Pennellville, N.Y. — Monirae’s
7/24 — Sellersville, Pa. — Sellersville Theatre
7/25 — Poughkeepsie, N.Y. — The Chance
7/31 — Fayetteville, Ark. — Rib House
8/1 — Houston, Texas — Scout Bar
8/2 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Chameleon Room
8/29 — New Albany, Ind. — Befuddled Festival
10/4 — Newport, Ky. — Thompson House

Billy Corgan: ‘BC Is Different Than Billy, WPC, William & Zero’

Billy Corgan posted the following blog on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com:

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No, that is not 3 men sitting around a tribal fire. That would be a snare destroyed by T Lee, the lugs literally disemboweling from within. Sounds like the true definition of heavy drum vibes, no?

I’ve found by experience that when true rockers play, things melt, splinter, shatter; and people cry. Oh yeah: and poseurs perish.

So what are we really doing? Technically speaking, tracking drums against the last of the demos, and which when done will be re-adorned with: guitars, bass, vocals, bird calls, the howling storms of Odin.

Spirit wise we’re having a lot of fun, the stories shared the stuff of legend; rings in the fire narratives. Young man goes into a BLANK and then BLANK and BLANK happens. Which then requires a BLANK to be hired to clean up the BLANK.

Back to this reality we’re knee deep in ANTI-HERO, improving by degrees the songs continuity and storytelling. Which is a tough but pleasing process knowing we’re going the extra mile to bring the urgency required; for isn’t the world sleeping?

“Wait,” says Anonymous AL427, “what if I want to stay asleep? Isn’t that my right?”

Reply: “You mean though your every move is being tracked, cradle to grave, by commercial and technocratic entities?”

“Yeah! But they are my friends! I know because I’ve seen the commercials.”

“Sorry AL,” says multi-dimensional Billy, who embodies every era of his musical 9 lives in some sort of weird, anime time-warp construct. “The rock cannot be stopped.”

“But when you say ‘rock’ BC, that confuses me? Since every song on the new album is not heavy! Heck, one is even disco-like!”

“Buddy, that’s what the kids like. Haven’t you heard? But don’t worry. T Lee’s bringing the real deal upside your brain. Think spinning pentagrams digging into your cerebellum and you’ll get the idea.”

“Whoa, sounds cool, but scary too!”

Hearing that, BC, who is different than Billy, WPC, William, and Zero, patted AL sympathetically on the shoulder. “It is my friend. It is. Just trust you’ll thank us later.”

W.P.C.

Amon Amarth Announce Tour Dates With Skeletonwitch and Sabaton

Amon Amarth have revealed the tour dates for their North American tour with support from Skeletonwitch and Sabaton. Vallenfyre will be playing on the October 18th New York show instead of Skeletonwitch.

Check out the tour trailer below:

Amon Amarth tour dates:
09/25 — Riverside, Calif. — Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/26 — Santa Cruz, Calif. — The Catalyst
09/27 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
09/29 — Portland, Ore. — Wonder Ballroom
09/30 — Seattle, Wash. — El Corazon
10/01 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Commodore Ballroom
10/03 — Edmonton, Alberta — Union Hall
10/04 — Calgary, Alberta — Flames Central
10/05 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Louis’ Pub
10/06 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — The Garrick
10/07 — Thunder Bay, Ontario — Crocks
10/10 — Toronto, Ontario — The Sound Academy
10/11 — Montreal, Quebec — Metropolis
10/12 — Quebec City, Quebec — Imperial
10/14 — Burlington, Vt. — Higher Ground
10/15 — Hartford, Conn. — Webster Theatre
10/17 — Albany, N.Y. — Upstate Concert Hall
10/18 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theatre
10/19 — Columbus, Ohio — Newport Music Hall
10/21 — Chattanooga, Tenn. — Track 29
10/22 — Knoxville, Tenn. — Bijou Theater
10/24 — Charlotte, N.C. — The Fillmore
10/25 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Freebird
10/26 — Birmingham, Ala. — Iron City
10/27 — New Orleans, La. — The Civic
10/29 — St. Louis, Mo. — The Pageant
10/30 — Joliet, Ill. — Mojoes
10/31 — Detroit, Mich. — Royal Oak
11/01 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
11/02 — Des Moines, Iowa — Wooly’s
11/04 — Lincoln, Neb. — Bourbon Street
11/05 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Diamond Ballroom
11/07 — Austin, Texas — Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 — El Paso, Texas — Tricky Falls
11/09 — Tucson, Ariz. — Club XS

Billy Corgan On His Cats Sammi & Mr. Thom: ‘We’re Equals’

he latest edition of PAWS Magazine featured an interviews where Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discusses adopting his cats via PAWS:

After meeting the litter, Corgan adopted a brother and sister and his engineer adopted the other two brothers who were littermates. Sammi and Mr. Thom were expert models for the cover shoot. “They’re rock ‘n roll cats, used to different environments,” Corgan beamed proudly. He contrasted this relationship with how he grew up. “I was raised in homes where animals were part of the family but subservient to other goals,” he recalls. “In my home, the animals run the show. At best we’re equals. But that’s the way it should be. They have every right to live and be happy as much as I do.”

Alternative Nation’s Modern Artists Showcase: May 2014 (#2)

Welcome to the fifteenth installment of AlternativeNation’s newest feature, the Modern Artists Showcase. Last time, we posted the bands: Young Widows, Cursed Graves, Phantom Suns, and Inner Temple. 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!

Dead Sons
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Sludgy, catchy garage rockers Dead Sons began their career in 2010 onstage Sheffield’s Tramlines music festival. The group instantly gained a following and released two EPs and one full-length LP. Earlier this year in March, the band announced their break-up due to other commitments. Dead Sons official site released the news and stated: “The door will never be closed. It will always be slightly ajar with an ever present temptation to step back inside.” Check out the video for “Gasoline” below.

Soda Pants
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Official Facebook, Official Website

Earlier this year, AlternativeNation.net released the exclusive debut premiere of Soda Pants’ single, “Amarillo.” Two weeks later, the folk-rock group released their debut self-titled album. Similar to the single, the album includes elements of folk, country, and indie rock. The band will be touring the west coast this summer along with other big-name indie and folk artists. Check out tracks “Seattle” and “The Fall” below.


We Speak in Sounds
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Official Facebook, Official Bandcamp

Revolving around acoustic harmonies and sonic detail, We Speak in Sounds is a relaxing, indie-pop four-piece group located in Marlton, New Jersey. The band recently shared the stage with Foster the People, Third Eye Blind, Cage the Elephant and more at the 104.5 Birthday Show. We Speak in Sounds released their debut EP, Mirrors, earlier this year. Check out the video for “Full Hearted” below.

Montoyas
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Montoyas is a four piece indie rock band from Sweden consisting of members, Anders Wik, Torbjorn Larsson, Jonas Welander, and Thomas Karlsson. The group formed when friends from childhood eventually decided to create music after sharing influences including artists such as Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Led Zeppelin, and Neil Young. Montoyas’ music is currently on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. Check out the video for “Walls” below.

Former Pearl Jam, Melvins & A Perfect Circle Members Perform On New Burning of Rome Album

The Burning of Rome, an avant-garde pop rock band, has just recently released their fourth LP, The Year of the Ox. The album was produced by Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers guitarist, U2/Sublime/Meat Puppets producer) and includes guest musicians Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam’s former drummer/Soundgarden’s touring drummer), Dale Crover (Melvins/Nirvana drummer), and Josh Freese (NIN/A Perfect Circle drummer). The group released the album’s single, “God of Small Things,” earlier this month. You can listen to the single by clicking here. Check out the band discuss the album on Carson Daly below:

You can also watch the official trailer for the album below:

New Supergroup Featuring Pearl Jam, Mad Season, Screaming Trees & REM Members Announced

From the Screaming Trees’ Facebook:

Hey Folks, Barrett Martin has just finished producing the forthcoming album from Tuatara, the renowned instrumental group which features Pearl Jam/Mad Season guitarist Mike McCready, Barrett, saxophone virtuoso Skerik, and REM guitarist Peter Buck. Their new double album (!) is titled, “Underworld,” and it has a song in a new short film from underwater filmmaker Drew Alston. Drew is a contributor to Google Ocean, and he uses the Tuatara song “She Dreams Of Snow” for his short film about ocean conservancy. His film, “Save Your Planet Everyday”, will debut on June 8th at the Reef Renaissance Film Festival on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, but you can preview it here first!

Axl Rose Responds To Being Named Greatest Singer Of All Time, Lists Singers He Thinks Are Superior

Axl Rose has responded to ConcertHotels‘ study that Axl Rose (though it was later reported to be Mike Patton) has the broadest vocal range of any singer in popular music via a new letter to SPIN. See an excerpt below:

If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I’d say first that I don’t know there’s a definitive answer as in my opinion it’s subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers.

That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70’s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me!

Peace!

Axl

Metallica’s Black Album Surpasses 16 Million Sales, Best Selling Album In Past 20 Years

Metallica’s Black Album is the first album to sell 16 million copies since SoundScan started in 1991, Billboard reports. The album sold 3,000 copies the week ending May 25th, bringing its cumulative total to 16,002,000. So much for Napster and the internet hurting their business. The Black Album surpassed Shania Twain’s Come On Over in December 2009 as the highest selling SoundScan era album, with Twain’s album clocking in at 15.57 sales. 22 albums have hit 10 million sales, but those are the only two to hit 15 million.

The Black Album sold 650,000 copies domestically in its first week in August 1991 and debuted at No. 1.

Bob Mould – “Beauty & Ruin” – A Track-by-Track Review

Bob Mould – “Beauty & Ruin” – A Track-by-Track Review

            With the new album, Beauty & Ruin is split between 12 tracks, it’s good to think of this record in sides, as in side 1: the beautiful, punk side with heartbreaking lyrics synched with catchy guitar hooks and melodies, and side 2: The hard-core-rocking conclusion that sums up the album, going from sadness on the first track “Low Season” all the way through a war with oneself and others “The War”, and then through the track “Forgiveness” in which the narrator forgives those people, things, and thoughts that may have harmed him in the past. The album flows on through, declaring reconciliation throughout “Let the Beauty Be” and that closing off with the track “Fix It” in which the listener should do just that, for life’s struggles are nothing to procrastinate over.

Low Season   The first track to the follow up of The Silver Age starts with the leaking of a faucet, almost akin to what Mould was probably feeling when writing this track, in which he recently lost his father while writing the track and lyrics. Clocking in at 4:10 minutes, it’s a heavy rocker. As the track progresses, the listener is not opposed to feelings of dread or despair. With lyrics like “Chances that I’ve wasted in my unforgiving days, You were always there, to hear my spirit drown.” as well as being the opening track to Beauty & Ruin, it’s a sludgy-rock opener that is reminiscent of last year’s release of a demo of “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” from Nirvana’s Deluxe 20th Anniversary Reissue of In Utero. The lyrics are reminiscent of that of someone whom want’s out of either a defining bad pinnacle within their life, or as well as someone whom brought the narrator/ singer within the song down throughout the course of their life, but are now finally coming to terms with this and kicking this pain in the ass.

The next track is  Little Glass Pill” and clocking in at 3:41 with a jangly- riff that starts off the song, Mould still proves that underneath the fast punk leanings and hard-core styling’s of this track, the melody proves to be the hook from this guitar-based rocker. The narrator throughout the song sings about denial, particularly losing someone you really love, in which this song could be a metaphor regarding his father’s death, not unknown at the time, but still a very tragic loss in which Mould’s feelings of loss, sadness, and losing one’s own hero are clearly portrayed.

The next track, “I Don’t Know You Anymore” which clocks in at 3:58 is a fast catchy rocker, about not knowing someone you used to know. As Bob stated in an interview with Stereogum, it will be the “first proper single from the album.” This track really catches the listeners’ attention about alienation from a lost friend, or enemy.

The next track, “Kid with Crooked Face” is another Hard-core punk song. Mould has certainly never lost his roots in the underground punk scene which he left when pursuing his first solo album and again this second time around with Beauty & Ruin.  This track features heavy hitting drums, akin to sounding like something Dave Grohl would be drumming on.

Continuing on, the song “Nemeses Are Laughing” starts off with a jazz- swing style with Moulds vocals “do-do-do- doo, do-do, do “, then launches into a raunchy guitar riff attack with Wurchester’s drums leading the song. Another song regarding one’s enemies, in which Mould gets the last laugh. 

Speaking in sides, like a vinyl album, “The War” closes up Side 1 of Beauty & Ruin. It is a mid-tempo rocker with guitar leading in, joined by drums, catchy hooks underneath. Within “The War” the narrator instructs the listener to hear their own voice, in which is the only weapon said narrator chooses to use against “The War”. Clocking in at 4:43 minutes, it’s a fast tempo rocker like the rest of the album, with only one short section of verse spoken by Mould at the ending of the track.

Forgiveness” – This track opens up Side 2 of the album and could be seen, interpretively as the aftermath of the previous track. The drums lead in this track, with a syncopated guitar intro, in which Mould’s lyrics then are introduced. A mid-tempo rocker, which includes a piano riff

After that, here comes, “Hey Mr. Grey” in which could be portrayed by the listener as a self-reflection of Mould’s life, or the listener’s life in general, about the new generation of “hard-core rockers” whom presume to think, because of “grey hair” they cannot rock out. A stellar rocking track from Bob Mould, in which his Husker-Du styling and fast/punk dynamics are shown in this track which, is 2:06 minutes long.

Up next is “Fire in the City” – a fast-tempo upbeat rocker that clocks in at 3:16. The song speaks of the troubles within, but also defers these troubles by reconciliation, and is trying to shine a new light on life, to look up and see the future for what it is.

What follows is “Tomorrow Morning“, another fast-tempo hard-core rocker in which the narrator, presumably Mould, proclaims that “Tomorrow Morning” will be a better day, as well as life in general. The song is an addendum to the previous in which Mould is looking for a better, more meaningful reconciliation after the grief and loss of someone close to them.

Let the Beauty Be” – this track starts out acoustically, some reverb and Mould’s voice as the only accompaniment.  The slowest song on the album, and for good reason. After listening to the previous tracks, all of which are hard rocking, tracks, it’s nice to hear Mould speaking directly to the listener about letting the beauty be, and when he sings that, he means just that. Live life and be happy and free. With a backing band that joins in at the 1:35 mark, we can clearly still distinguish the acoustic guitar and hear Mould’s voice clearly throughout the track, something in which most other tracks lack, although was also something purposeful on Mould’s part when compiling the album.

Fix It” closes the album, and brings the listener back to the rough, hard-core styling that Mould is more commonly known for. Although the music may be hard-core, the message is clear- whatever problems you’re facing in life, it is better to fix them than to be at war with oneself or another.

Throughout the album, because of Mould’s current lineup, hearing this record really solidifies how a great power-trio can pack their punches. Wurster’s drumming is akin to Grohl’s drumming on Nevermind and Jimmy Chamberlain’s drumming on “Cherub Rock” from Siamese Dream. Listening to the powerful velocity of the drumming on the record, it was as if Wurster was firing a cannon 1 metre away from your ears.

The musicianship throughout the album really gives off a nostalgic feeling that this is Sugar performing on this album, but also gives it a fresh new insight into both Bob’s world as well as the world around himself.

With a core lineup which includes bombastic drumming on par with Dave Grohl and Jon Bonham, as well as a great vocal performance by Mould, in which many hints of early influences in his younger years come back for a visit, it is a great record for both young and older of Bob Mould who will enjoy this very much.

The album cover (yes, I’m commenting on that too.), is a very realistic representation of turmoil, grief, and greyness that Mould must have been feeling at the time of writing such a passionate, intricate, yet hard-rocking record. The time-lapse of the cover, in which it portrays a young Bob Mould having a cigarette, and then this era’s Bob next to him, clearly portrays the changes he went through both recording this album, as well as the other 11 solo albums he has made throughout his career (not including the Husker-Du albums in his teenage-angst-ridden years.)

The lyrics, like most of Mould’s work are straight and to the point, and as he stated in an interview, some songs, like “Fix It” did not have lyrics until the mixing session of the album. As with most of the albums he has written, the lyrics definitely speak for themselves. Bob Mould still has it, after 30+ years.

Overall rating for this album: 7/ 10, and 3.5/5 Stars

Bob Mould’s new album, Beauty & Ruin is out June 3rd 2014, via Merge Records.

Paul McCartney Leaves Tokyo Hospital

Paul McCartney has been reportedly released from a Tokyo hospital, where he was admitted on March 22, and has left the country.

On the website for his now-postponed Japan tour is a message stating that he checked out of his hotel on Monday and was leaving the country on a chartered plane. The message also states that McCartney hopes to re-schedule the Japan tour dates, and that he apologizes to his fans for any inconvenience that canceling may have caused.

McCartney had planned to play five shows in Japan and one in Seoul, South Korea. But he contracted an undisclosed virus, which prompted the two-week tour to be scrapped. The concerts were supposed to feature the debut of “Newman,” a robot who appears with McCartney in his video for “Appreciate.”

Watch the video for “Appreciate” below:

Shonen Knife’s Naoko Talks Influences, New Album “Overdrive”, Nirvana, Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In AlternativeNation.net Interview

Over the holidays, I contacted the Osaka Japanese punk rock trio known as Shonen Knife. Shonen Knife started out as just a hobby between sisters Naoko (Guitar/ vocals) and Atsuko (drums) Yamano and Michie Nakatami (bass).

Their sound could be described as “The Ramones fornicating with The Beatles while singing songs about peace and happiness with The Grateful Dead.” The band keeps an upbeat image throughout their songs as well as their videos, which is something of a rebellion towards their own culture, in which a female’s role was to follow a strict path.

They soon gathered a following most notably from the Alternative Rock boom in the late 80’s/ early 90’s from bands such as Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, who both cited Shonen Knife’s work as influential to their own song writing. With over a 30 year history of the band, I had the chance to conduct an interview over email with the only founding member left (due to line-up changes), vocalist/guitarist Naoko Yamano.

In the interview we discussed the band’s very long tenure, Naoko’s influences, and Shonen Knife’s new album, how they thought of the name “Shonen Knife”, lyrics to the songs, and differences between the American/ Canadian music cultures towards the Japanese culture. Here is what Naoko, vocalist and guitarist of Shonen Knife had to say:

Interview conducted by Osty Gale on January 6th, 2014.

What was it like growing up in Japan in the early 60’s and 70’s?

Naoko: “The 60’s and 70’s were very good years for rock music. Many great bands like The Beatles or KISS were around. For daily life, I grew up in the downtown area and I could buy records in town and listened to radio a lot. There are not so much differences between now and back then except for the Internet.”

Naoko, as you’re the only original member in the band, has your outlook on the band changed over the years since you first formed the band in 1981?

Naoko: “Shonen Knife is continuing to grow. The present lineup is the best lineup in our 30 years as a band.”

Who has been the biggest influence on your career, both musically and non-musically?

Naoko: “Musically, it is The Beatles, as for non-musically, I don’t have any special person.”

How did you come up with the band name “Shonen Knife”?

Naoko: “When we got together as a band, I just happened to see a pencil-sharpening knife with the brand name “shonen knife” stamped on the side, and I thought, “That’s it!” The “shonen” part means “boy”, so it’s kind of cute, and “knife” sounds exciting, so I thought “Shonen Knife” was perfect for our band name and sound.”

What are some contrasts to the mainstream rock songs in Japan to the mainstream rock songs in Canada/ United States?

Naoko: “J-POP’s lyrics are Japanese and the basic melody lines are different. I can’t explain well, though. You can try to listen to J-POP songs through the internet or YouTube. I like rock songs in Canada/ United States.”

With a new album coming out in 2014 of the New Year, what sort of themes and subjects will be on this album? Can we expect a more 60’s-styled Surf Rock album like 2012’s Pop Tune?

Naoko: “The concept and the subjects are not decided. I’m still in the process of writing songs but I’d like to make an album which is enjoyed and loved by many people.”

Does the new album have a name yet?

Naoko: “Not yet. I have to think of it.” [Note: New album is now titled as “Overdrive”]

When does the band usually agree on the album name, track listing, etc.…?

Naoko: “I decide everything by myself. The other band members are supporting me a lot.”

Your songs aren’t typical “songs” in regards to themes such as; love, politics, losing friends or gaining fame. Is this approach to writing themes within your music the conventional style in Japan, or is it centric to your band / other rock acts in Japan?

Naoko: “I don’t want to write metaphysical lyrics. My lyrics are simple and easy to understand. I just like that. I don’t listen to J-POP music and I don’t know the lyrics so much.”

Have you ever thought about writing a memoir or a book regarding the history of Shonen Knife? If so, what would you want it to be called?

Naoko: “We are still on the way to become more popular. It might be better to make a history book after we get famous.”

As a fan of your band, Shonen Knife, and Nirvana I would like to ask if there were there any interesting things that happened on that 1993 tour you did with Nirvana and The Breeders?

Naoko: “The tour was massive and the dressing rooms of Nirvana and us were far apart. There weren’t so many chances to talk with the members of Nirvana. I just remember that there were many people at their dressing rooms and catering cargo was touring with the bands.”

What are your feelings towards Nirvana being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame?

Naoko: “That’s very nice. Nirvana is a great band.”

Looking back on the years of your band, did you ever think you would be touring for over thirty years? What are your feelings towards this?

Naoko: “I’ve never thought I would be continuing the band so long but I don’t look back and I can’t imagine that the thought of “I used to be in this band”. I’m just going to keep making music.”

What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how did you overcome it?

Naoko: “Everything for Shonen Knife is the biggest challenge for me. Every show, every recording…”

When you performed in Canada for the first time, what were some things you did not like about the country and what were some things you really did like about our country?

Naoko: “I love Canada a lot. People are kind and so nice to us. Our audience in Canada is very friendly and they rock.”

What was the most impressive show the band has played in 2013, to you?

Naoko: “It was on September 29th at “Dingwalls”, in Camden, London. The show was request set. It was so fun. I wrote a blog about it here:

http://www.shonenknife.net/blog/archives/14474

 In 10 years, do you think Shonen Knife will still be around or will you take up your time to do other things within music or writing?

Naoko: “I can’t imagine. I’m occupied with the present activities of the band.”

In your own words, what makes an amazing writer, whether it is musical writing or just a writer in general?

Naoko: “Creativity.”

What are some new bands and artists that you’re listening to now?

Naoko: “Hmm… I’m studying ’70’s bands now. Please introduce “new” interesting bands to me.”

What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?

Naoko: “Keep on rockin’!”

Linkin Park Respond To Claims That They Had Cops Take Sublime With Rome’s Weed

Sublime With Rome had their weed confiscated over the weekend in Arizona, and they’re blaming Linkin Park for it. TMZ reports that the Pima County Sheriff’s Department claimed that security for Linkin Park approached off-duty deputies at the KMFA Day concert in Tucson on Saturday and told them that members of Sublime were smoking weed and that one of the members of Linkin Park was allergic to marijuana smoke. The cops went to Sublime With Rome’s dressing room and while it was empty, there confiscated several bags of marijuana. A Sublime With Rome rep told TMZ that Linkin Park then offered to replace the weed that was taken by police. Below are Twitter comments on the story from Rome Ramirez, Chester Bennington, and Mike Shinoda.

Chris Cornell Says Soundgarden Are ‘Clearly Pioneers Of Grunge,’ Talks New Song Ideas

Chris Cornell discussed Soundgarden’s past and future in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

On being lumped into the Grunge genre 20 years later: “We’re clearly pioneers of that genre. So imagining that we weren’t part of it, if we were from somewhere else, when that story is told we would not have been part of it. That comparison could be Jane’s Addiction or Smashing Pumpkins, who won’t necessarily get mentioned when some new rock fan is researching these dramatic pivotal moments. So for that reason I feel whatever we had to put up with over the years, all the Seattle questions, it’s worth it.”

On Soundgarden’s future plans: “Literally, in the last couple days, I started coming up with ideas for songs for a new album. I can’t describe the direction it’s taking, though. There’s no album we’ve ever made where I would have been able to describe a direction it was taking while making it.”