8 Things You May Not Know About Layne Staley’s Reclusive Years


1. Layne Was A Video Game Fanatic

In Greg Prato’s Grunge is Dead, Layne’s mother Nancy revealed that Layne was a ‘video game freak.’  He had a big screen TV, 5 games 5 different gamers. dawn to dusk.  Layne was even wearing a Metal Gear Solid video game shirt in his final public photo from Halloween 1998.

Layne Staley Alice in Chains

2. Krist Novoselic, Mark Lanegan, Mike Inez & Sean Kinney Tried To Help Layne

According to Greg Prato’s Grunge is Dead and Mark Yarm’s Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge, many of Layne’s rocker friends refused to give up on him and still tried to see him during his reclusive years.  Sean Kinney would try to visit Layne at his home, and he frequently called him to no avail.  Krist Novoselic brought him food, hoping he could save him after losing Kurt Cobain.  Mark Lanegan and Mike Inez also went to Layne’s home and bang on his door trying to see him.


3. Layne Was Going To Record With Taproot In 2002

Taproot were recording a new album with Alice In Chains producer Toby Wright in 2002, and wanted Layne Staley to sing on a song, according to Mark Yarm’s book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge.  Wright contacted Staley shortly before his death and Staley agreed to record the song, privately in a studio in Seattle.  Layne told Wright, “Wow, I get to perform again.”  Wright was preparing to fly up to Seattle to prepare the studio for Layne’s return to recording when he got the called that he had died.


4. Layne and Mark Lanegan Discussed Collaborating

“We talked about [working together] from time to time,” Mark Lanegan told CDNow in April 2002. “But that was contingent on him having the energy and focus to be able to work, and I guess that didn’t materialize.”


5. Layne Considered Sending A Demo To Jerry Cantrell

Though never verified, there have been rumors that Layne worked on a home demo called “Everyday” that he planned on sending to Jerry Cantrell, possibly as late as 2002.


6. Layne Went To A House Party And Hung Out With Ann Wilson

In the Heart book Kicking and Dreaming, Ann Wilson revealed that Layne attended a party at her home around 1999.  She said after most of the crowd left at night Layne was still there, and she wanted to go swimming so Layne followed her to the pool. Layne didn’t get in, but sat in a chair sipping a beer. He told her as a kid that he excelled at swimming, he said “I loved to dive into water.”  He said the water felt like a whole other world.  As Layne sat there and Ann was swimming, a huge meteor went over them and it lit up Layne’s face. She said he looked like a kid again, and at that moment there was no darkness in his life. Layne said, “Did you see that? How close do you think that was to us, Ann? Do you think that almost hit us, Ann? How lucky are we to have seen that?” Ann responded that it was beautiful, and Layne retorted, “Do you have any idea how rare it is for a meteor that big, and that bright, to come that close to us? We are really really lucky people Ann. You and me.”


7. Bob Forrest & John Frusciante Visited Layne’s Home

Around 1999/2000, Bob Forrest and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante tried to help Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley get clean. Forrest recalls the story in his book Running with Monsters: A Memoir.  Forrest had gained a reputation at the time as being someone who could communicate with addicts, he had helped Frusciante get clean in 1997. Frusciante was hesitant to visit Staley because he didn’t think you could really preach to somebody about getting clean, but Forrest was adamant about trying to help him.

Forrest called back Staley’s mother Nancy and told her that they’d try to help him, though he told her he didn’t know if it’d work. Nancy responded, “Layne’s got an odd sense of humor. I told him that John had gangrene once. He said, ‘In his arm? That’s terrible, Mom. John’s a guitar player. He needs his hands and arms. Me? I’m just a singer. I can get by without them.’ I know he was joking, but I don’t like to hear stuff like that. Can you try to talk sense to him?”

Forrest agreed to, and he and Frusciante visited Staley at his Seattle condo. Forrest says that Staley’s mind clearly still worked but that he was “a million miles away.”

Bob: “Hey Layne. What’s going on.”
Layne: “Nothing. I know why you’re here.”
Bob: “Your Mom’s worried, man. You don’t look too good.”
Layne: “I’m okay, though. Really.”

Staley was playing video games while they talked, and “pretended” to listen according to Forrest.


8. Layne Was Heavily Into His Art Work

Layne was very into his artwork during his later years, frequently buying art supplies that were scattered around his home.

Rest in Peace Layne Staley


Radiohead To Begin Work On New Album This Month

Following an 18-month hiatus, Radiohead is returning to the studio in the coming weeks to record their upcoming ninth studio album. In a new interview published this week in NME, drummer Philip Selway revealed that the band’s return to the studio is imminent, adding: “We’ve decided that now feels right to start making music and we’ve got the first week booked in together so we’ll see how it goes.”

Selway also noted that he’s not sure what the new record will sound like. “I have absolutely no idea,” the drummer stated. “And that’s what keeps us all there until the end.”

In a different interview, with BBC‘s Mary Anne Hobbes, Selway said that Radiohead has “got [their] best record still to come” and that the hiatus, which was filled with the band members’ solo projects, will enhance their creativity. In July, guitarist Jonny Greenwood revealed that he had been sending song ideas to Thom Yorke.

Although Radiohead is returning to the studio this month, it’s currently unclear when fans should expect the release of their next album. In the meantime, check out “Coming Up For Air” below, the lead single from Philip Selway’s solo album Weatherhouse.

George Harrison’s First Six Albums To Be Reissued As ‘The Apple Years 1968-1975’ Box Set

George Harrison released twelve studio albums during his extensive solo career, the first six of which were put out on The Beatles’ Apple Records label. These albums, a few of which have been out of print, are newly remastered and will be released on September 23 individually and as a box set entitled The Apple Years 1968-1975.

This eight-disc box set will include essays, previously unpublished photos, bonus tracks, and a foreword by Harrison’s son Dhani. Also included is a DVD comprised of previously unreleased live footage and a short film by Harrison’s wife Olivia.

The Apple Years 1968-1975 features 1968’s Wonderwall Music, 1969’s Electronic Sound, 1970’s All Things Must Pass, 1973’s Living in the Material World, 1974’s Dark Horse and 1975’s Extra Texture, all of which have been remastered using the original analog  tapes.

Dhani Harrison says of the new release: “Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It’s a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this.”

The set is similar in vein to a previous George Harrison release. In 2004, the material from Harrison’s Dark Horse Records label was reissued as a box set under the title The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992.

You can pre-order the new set here and watch a trailer for it below:

Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains & Guns N’ Roses Members To Play Football At Charity Event

Mike McCready is hosting flag football tournament on September 7th at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. There will also be a celebrity game held, featuring Team Duff, whose page you can donate on. Team Duff includes Duff McKagan, Brad Adam, Jeff Angell, Jerry Cantrell, Kerry Carter, Ryan Castle, Craig Gass, Mike McCready, Lawyer Milloy, Joe Tafoya, and Lenny Wilkens.

McCready discusses his problems with Crohn’s Disease with Seahawks.com, “I first got sick in the late 80’s when I was in L.A. trying to make it with my first band Shadow,” said McCready. “I was eating lunch with the band and had my first ever ‘attack.’ It was a pain I had never experienced before and I had to rush to the bathroom. I won’t go into detail, but I knew I had to see a doctor ASAP.”

Why Spider-Man Might Appear In Captain America 3

The ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe is probably one of the most ambitious creative endeavors in cinema history, taking dozens of characters from the comic book company’s back catalog and crossing them over in one epic continuity seemingly building up towards a final showdown with Thanos, the mad titan and wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet.

However, things get a bit complicated when it comes to the inclusion of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men; before the founding of Marvel Studios, the rights to those franchises were sold to Sony and Fox, respectively, along with many other characters, including Daredevil, Punisher, Ghost Rider, and Blade. The rights to the latter four heroes have since expired due to a lack of films being produced or poor box office results, allowing them to be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Daredevil himself is getting a Marvel-produced Netflix program in 2015. However, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Fantastic Four films are continuing to be produced, meaning Marvel would have to make a deal with those companies to use their characters.

There have been several clues lately to Spider-Man being included as a guest character in the sequel to this year’s acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due in 2016. Here’s a few reasons why the character might, and should, be included in the film.

Captain America Creative Team Keeps Giving Subtle Hints

When asked about the notion of the archer Hawkeye appearing in Captain America 3, director Joe Russo didn’t seem to shake off the idea, also adding that characters who aren’t under contract at Marvel Studios could also appear. That would pretty much narrow it down to Spider-Man or the X-Men, though its highly doubtful that Fox would team up with Marvel at this point in time where the two studios seem to constantly be at war with each other. He expressed his love for the classic Marvel storyline Secret Wars, which occurred in the 80’s and crossed over many of the company’s characters in one epic storyline.

Additionally, Joe Russo also said that Captain America 3’s subtitle will be taking “huge swings”. Should we take that literally?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Was The Lowest Grossing Film In The Series

Spider-Man was once considered Marvel’s most popular hero, and while he’s arguably still the most well known hero for them, the relevancy of his films has obviously diminished since the release of 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, seen by many as a needless reboot for a 10 year old film franchise. Perhaps if they decided to just continue the original continuity with Andrew Garfield instead of Tobey Maguire, or pulled an Edward Norton Incredible Hulk style deal with just skipping the origin story, things would have fared better for the franchise.

This year’s Captain America film has beaten Spidey at the box office! Sony will need to shake things up to regain audience interest for their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and what better way of doing that than making a deal with Marvel Studios to include the web slinger in the Avengers canon?

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Was Pushed From 2016 To 2018

The release of the third Spidey reboot film was pushed back by a whopping two years. There has to be some underlying reason as to the major delay. Could it be because Sony came to a deal with Marvel to include Spidey as a guest star in Captain America 3, due for release in May 2016? This could be the case.

Its worth noting that a Sinister Six film, based on Spider-Man’s supervillains, will be releasing in November 2016, so this may just be the studio’s way of clearing way for that film. However, why suddenly change plans now when the Spider-Man franchise is truly in need of a quick shock to the heart?

It Would Be A Mutually Beneficial Agreement 

Hypothetically, for future Spider-Man flicks, Sony would be the money machine that allows the films to be made, while Marvel get to put their seal of approval on the final product for quality control. This would allow Marvel to continue experimenting with new franchises like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange while still having access to dozens of Spider-Man characters in their canon.

Spidey’s Colors Are Also Patriotic

Okay, this reason is a bit more shallow, but hey, you can’t deny that Spidey’s red, white, and blue color scheme would fit really well in a film starring Marvel’s star-spangled super soldier.

How Would Spider-Man Fit In A Captain America Storyline?

Though he has taken part in the Avengers several times in the comics, Spider-Man was always more a loner than the other Marvel heroes, often expressing his distaste in doing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dirty work in Ultimate Spider-Man and sort of just running off and doing his own thing. Even so, you gotta admit that in the grand scheme of things, Spider-Man really isn’t a big-wig in the vein of Captain America, Thor, and even Iron Man; he’s just an nerdy teenager who stirs controversy and becomes sort of an urban legend in his hometown of Manhattan. Like the Naked Cowboy, if he beat people up.

That said, the third Captain America movie could see Cap having to visit New York City to take down some sort of emerging threat that is situated within the city. Having knowledge of Spider-Man’s growing career as a street level vigilante, Cap could end up going to Spidey to obtain info on the local criminal organizations that Spidey’s been keeping tabs on. To that end, Spider-Man would have a supporting role the size of the Falcon’s in Cap 2, being someone who happens to get involved with Cap’s affairs before taking part in the final battle.

Review: Louder Than Hell Is A Comprehensive Oral History Of Heavy Metal

Featuring a heart felt foreword by Scott Ian of Anthrax describing the day he found a Black Sabbath record in his uncle’s collection and discovered his passion for the “weird and dark intensity” of heavy metal bands, Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal tries to pinpoint the origin of the term “heavy metal”. After the initial debate, which features input from several noted individuals like Rob Halford, the late great Ronnie James Dio, Geezer Butler, and Ozzy Osbourne, Louder Than Hell becomes a comprehensive textbook of all things metal, fueled by interviews members from pretty much any metal act you can think of.

Although the book is presented in a chronological order, starting with proto-metal in the late 1960’s and reaching to the recent post-hardcore and “new-wave metal” bands of the late 2000’s like Avenged Sevenfold and Lamb of God, because of its sheer size (the paperback reaching 707 pages, not including the acknowledgements and index) and volume of content, anybody but a really dedicated reader would probably be compelled to read the book front to back. However, the text and language, straight from the metal artists, is accessible for anyone and is a wellspring of information.

In addition to tackling the darker side of heavy metal and hard rock music, the book is filled to the brim with amusing anecdotes and side stories; you’ll read about the time Al Jourgesen shaved Trent Reznor’s head while he was a shy roadie working for Ministry, and the time an angry Slayer fan managed to throw a bucket of pee at Sean Kinney during the Clash of the Titans tour in the early 90’s. The small moments alone make Louder Than Hell an easy recommendation. 

AltNation regulars interviewed include: Alice in Chains, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Trent Reznor, and Richard Patrick of Filter.

Faith No More To Release New Album In 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2, 2014 – Faith No More, who reunited in 2009 for a series of sold out performances and international festivals, is currently recording their first full-length album since 1997’s Album of the Year.

A limited edition (5000 copies) 7-inch single of the song “Motherfucker” will precede the April 2015 release, available via Record Store Day’s Black Friday event (Nov. 28). The single will be released digitally on Dec. 9.

“We’ve always shared a chemistry between ourselves that’s unique to this band, but these past few years of touring together have made us aware that we not only play better as a unit, but we like the new stuff we’re coming up with,” explained Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould, who also spoke with Rolling Stone in more detail. “So we’ve decided: we’re going to get busy in 2015…make an album we’re proud of, kick things up a notch, get out there and perform it and maybe even dedicate a little more focus to our fans in the States this time.”

The as-of-yet untitled album is being recorded in an Oakland, Calif. studio with Gould handling production. The release will be the first from Faith No More’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which will be distributed by Ipecac Recordings.

Prior to the new album’s release, Faith No More will headline Australia’s Soundwave Festival in February 2015. Worldwide tour dates will be announced soon.

Faith No More is Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jon Hudson (guitar) and Mike Patton (vocals).

Smashing Pumpkins Considering Acoustic Tour, Band To Now Have ‘No Limits’ Live

Billy Corgan revealed to a fan big news about a potential acoustic tour under the Smashing Pumpkins name. This would be in addition to the tour that will be upcoming in support for Monuments to an Elegy and Day For Night:

AlternativeNation.net Review Of Amazon’s New Pilots Starring Adam Brody & Ron Perlman


The Cosmopolitans

The show cuts pretty quickly to Adam Brody (Seth Cohen from The O.C.) and two dudes talking at a table outside a restaurant. They’re lonely and upset about love, or something. They find a girl, who is also sad, then they go to some party. The blonde dude is upset about some girl named Clemence, I think Brody or the other dude also dated a girl named Clemence.

There’s kind of a weird French version of Seth Cohen, but no sign of Henri Michel so far. I wish Brody himself was doing a French accent the whole episode, at least there would be something to laugh at. So anyways they go to this party, people hit on each other, more wannabe Woody Allen dialog. Brody hits on this blonde girl, but he’s upset about some song playing. He probably wishes it was Death Cab For Cutie. He goes to the kitchen too, but no bagels. Anyways, at some point he wins over the girl. The blonde guy is doing a bunch of pointless stuff too, including spouting off lines like, “I couldn’t just plunge into some decadent affair.”

French Seth then gets upset at the tough French guy when he invited some drug dealer buddies over. This is the big conflict of the episode. Tough French Guy’s explanation for inviting the gangsters with drugs in is, “Calm down, this is a party, women like this, it makes them truthful.” Should have cast Tommy Wiseau. So French Seth kicks out Tough French Guy, and Brody and the brunette girl leave too. They then sit in a car looking unhappy or whatever and the episode ends.

Overall this came off like bad attempt at a Woody Allen movie, without Woody’s trademark witty dialog and all of the things that make Woody’s movies awesome. The lead blonde guy was stiff, and Adam Brody seemed flat without any witty dialog to play with. The female cast seemed strong, including Chloë Sevigny, kind of a waste. Hopefully Brody can find a better television project, he just needs the right role.  I think out of all the comedies though they’ll pick this one up for perceived ‘indie cred.’

Grade: C

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Red Oaks

This might have felt fresh 10-15 years ago, but I feel like movies and television may have gone to the 80’s well one too many times. The show is set in the 80’s and it’s about this kid who works at a tennis club. He has an insanely hot out of his league girlfriend, but oddly enough they never really comment on this or make it a plot device at all. Hank’s illegitimate son from Californication plays his buddy, and the Mayor from Spin City plays his father. I think doing a coming of age comedy is a good idea on paper for Amazon, but they need a more original concept with better writing.

Grade: D+



This Jay Chandrasekhar vehicle has a strong cast, with Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Lindsay Sloane (Weeds) being very recognizable faces. Subway from Community is also on the show. The problem is it’s a show about nothing (couples navigating life), but it doesn’t have the sharp writing that other shows about nothing have (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm). If they picked this up maybe they could figure out a direction, but the jokes were predictable.

The first real physical comedy bit is Chalke’s character attempting to give a blowjob to Chandrasekhar’s character under the sheets in bed, and their daughter walks in. Subway from Community later gets a blowjob from Selma Blair at a party, and Chandrasekhar finally gets his at the end of the episode.

Grade: C

Hysteria - Season Pilot


Hysteria is a drama about about a strange psycho-physiological disease that starts spreading in a seemingly safe town through social media. The show is very well directed and the plot has some potential, at times though I couldn’t really tell what was going on with Mena Suvari’s character, while the dance squad/cop drama was easier to follow. I thought Ella Rae Peck was strong in this, though her shows as of late (Deception and Welcome to the Family) haven’t had too much luck.

The main cop character though may have been a bit of a miscast. When you’re writing a male character in his mid 30’s who is having an affair with a 17 year old girl while his wife as pregnant, you better cast somebody who can somehow make the character at least somewhat sympathetic. Overall though I think if Amazon gave this show a shot it could have some potential despite some missteps in the Pilot.

Grade: B-


Hand of God

Hand of God is one of the best Pilots I’ve seen in 2014. Ron Perlman stars as a Judge who is struggling to deal with his son PJ’s suicide attempt that has him on life support. PJ’s wife had been raped several months earlier, leading him into a deep depression. Perlman is pressured by his daughter in law and wife to pull the plug, but after being baptized he begins having religious experiences that lead him to believe he has to seek vigilante justice and find the man who tried to rape his daughter in law, and he believes a miracle will happen and his son will survive.

I was surprised to see Andre Royo in this, he was a standout on The Wire and he plays a completely different character here. Alona Tal’s work is also strong here, good to see her pop up in something good after The CW’s 2013 flop Cult.  The ending leaves a lot of unanswered questions, hooking you in for future installments.

Grade: A


Overall Amazon have a winner here with Hand of God, an alright pilot with Hysteria, and three crappy comedy pilots.  I’ve watched every Amazon comedy pilot so far (including Alpha House) and none have impressed me.  Amazon really need to shell out the money to get a great comedy mind like a Dan Harmon or Garry Shandling to really establish their comedies, like Hand of God will likely do for their dramas.  They definitely have attracted talented actors here, but the material needs to be stronger for their comedies.  Hand of God though seems like a huge step in the right direction though on the drama side.

Exclusive: Twin Peaks’ James Marshall Discusses Early 90’s Artistic Revolution, Motorcycles & David Lynch

Continuing our celebration of Twin Peaks’ recent The Entire Mystery Blu ray release, I talked to James Marshall last week, who portrayed James Hurley on the cult classic series. In Part 1 of our interview, Marshall remembers the early 90’s hitting a ‘crescendo,’ talks Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, David Lynch, an infamous Twin Peaks Season 2 plot, and motorcycles. Part 2 of the interview will go up tomorrow, in that part Marshall discusses his ideas for a hypothetical Twin Peaks spinoff series, and why he thinks it could happen. Check out our recent interviews with Ray Wise, Dana Ashbrook, and Bob Engels here.

How was The Missing Pieces premiere, getting to see everybody there, and also the Twin Peaks festival?

I ended up not going to the festival because I did this independent movie that I was fortunate enough to be a part of, it was a pretty neat little thing. The premiere was really fun. It was just really nice, it gave me a little boost. Meeting everybody again, it was a nice energy thing, I really want to stay in contact with [those] people more. [The Twin Peaks cast and crew] just [has] very unusual, very independent thinkers, who are unique and brilliant, most of them. Just really good people.

I know you’ve seen a lot of those people over the years, but what about people like David Lynch? Had it been a long time since you’d seen some of the people like that?

Yeah, really long. It was great seeing him, I hadn’t seen him in a very long time, so it was nice to see him of course.


What were your thoughts on The Missing Pieces, did you have any favorite scenes that you thought maybe should have been in the film?

No, I thought exactly what was supposed to be in there, should have been in there. What was shown, you can see why [David] would put them in, but you can also see why [they] maybe just didn’t gel with the rhythm of the movie or something, and it could have maybe blown it off key a bit. It’s almost like energetic pauses that take place during editing, and they don’t need to be there sometimes. It can be too much of a pause, there can be lulls, in other words. But it was stunning watching that stuff, man what a powerful time. I don’t want to sound like everybody who is always looking back at stuff, ‘Oh, that was really a time when men were men.’ (Laughs) All that crap, but it was really a powerful time.

There was something about that area of time between the late 80’s and mid 90’s, something was going on. I don’t know what, but there were different kinds of peaks and valleys during life’s course. The 60’s were one of them, and while this era wasn’t anything like the 60’s, but it had its unique corner, kind of hair in the fabric that everyone kind of looked through. To me in the early 90’s, UFO consciousness was rising, people were looking more at close encounters. People were looking outside the box for the first time, coming out of the late 70’s and 80’s lull. It seemed to be the exact right time for something like Twin Peaks. That time was just really powerful, it just felt different from anything I’ve seen before or since, the early 90’s especially.

I was born in 1991, but I’m really drawn to that era. If you look at the filmmakers like Tarantino, or music like Nirvana, a lot of rebellious things going on, and television like Twin Peaks.

All the artists were blooming, like Prince, even though he had come out earlier. There was still this strange ethereal romance vibe that was hanging over from the 60’s, coming into the early 90’s. In the early 90’s it kind of blossomed into a last little awakened look before diving into something really strange, which is where we’re at now. It felt like that a little bit, like a diver taking his breath right before going deep. It was just this moment of everything coming to a crescendo, because nothing really earth shattering has happened since then entertainment wise or art world wise. I’m not putting down the music now, there’s a lot of interesting music that’s been starting to happen in the last 5 years, but there’s not much in the way of visual stuff. Twin Peaks I think was one of those rare things that was kind at the top of the crest of the wave during that period. But yeah like Nirvana, all that stuff, it was a changing period, some kind of shift happened then.

Hopefully young people discovering Twin Peaks is a sign of good things to happen in the future, crossing my fingers.

It seems like there are kind of a lot of young people who really do know about it, it’s a trip.

Everybody I know has been discovering it in the last year or two. I think the reason why is Twin Peaks is a timeless show, if you look at today’s shows the cell phones and technology will make it all dated. But Twin Peaks’ setting is very timeless, it seems like it could be now, without stupid cell phones.



When it comes to Fire Walk With Me, did Sheryl Lee’s stirring performance as Laura surprise you, after you had only previously worked with you as Maddie on the show?

It didn’t really surprise me because she was always really good.

Yeah Maddie was great.

As an actor, it didn’t surprise me that she pulled that off. She really just committed and stayed, and she’s really skilled, as a natural skill. Not necessarily trained, but she has more than that, she has a natural screen ability, and natural skill.

With Twin Peaks the series, you left in mid Season 2 to do a movie, but were there any plans to bring back James in a Season 3, and how did the conversations go regarding your exit with the powers that be in Season 2?

Basically I only got let out of the show to do two movies, and then once that was done I was going to come back. I was going to come back to Twin Peaks, or whatever.

Did you have any discussions about what you might do when you came back?

No, as a matter of fact, I think most of the cast can testify to this, they gave very little heads up to anybody about anything. Whether it was their characters, or anybody, they got a little on their characters, but really barely anything.

When I was talking to Dana Ashbrook a couple weeks ago, he said he tried not to go to the writers that much, so he didn’t get much direction from where he was going in the future. But he said some actors would go to the writers to try to see what was going on. Do you have any memories of that, with the interaction with what the interaction between the writers and actors was?

There was some, but I didn’t have much either, I kind of stayed to myself too. I didn’t feel it was my place to suggest. I didn’t go to them much, we would talk, and I would suggest things, but I didn’t feel it was my place to say much of anything. It was a big gig, it was my first real job, I was just having fun. It was the kind of place where you trust the writing, you trust everybody, even though you have instincts like, ‘Why is this going on?’ It’s like being hired on, to a huge thing.

With Mark and David, did you ever see any difference in the direction they would give you? David directed several episodes, Mark directed one and was the head writer. Did they see to be in the same place creatively, or did you ever hear different types of visions from them when it came to the show?

No, that was private between them for the most part. I would catch little glimpses of the things they would be talking about and the directions they would be going, but not really, that was private between them.


Talking about some of your Season 2 plots, I’m sure you’ve been asked about it, but what did you think of the Evelyn stuff when you were doing it? They separated you from the entire cast. Somebody even edited it together on YouTube, and made it a fictional spinoff pilot, it just shows how disconnected they made it. But what was your reaction to that?

That’s funny, like a satellite TV show walking around a different TV show, that’s what it felt like. I don’t even really want to go there, I don’t want to start sounding like I’m pointing fingers. I don’t know what happened, that was the writing and everything else. It didn’t feel natural to me, and I’ve been interviewed before and I said it didn’t go right. I thought Donna and James should have carried on, it felt like the innocence between those two and the connectedness should have stayed. Everybody had their own light to shine, and Donna and James had their certain kind of light, and it should have stayed like that, I felt. It put a bad taste, a little bit.

Somebody you worked with a lot was Everett McGill. Do you have any cool stories or anecdotes from working with Everett, and have you kept in touch with him? Because I saw David Lynch looking for him on Twitter recently.

No I haven’t been in touch with him, but he was great to work with. He was just about my favorite person there, he was one of my top favorite people there, he just has a great great vibe. Really good person, with a good heart, and really professional. He’s just a good person to be around, he felt like a genuine person, and he always made me feel good to come to set.

Who did you get to bond with a lot, besides Everett obviously, on set? Also people you maybe didn’t get to spend screen time with, like Lara you obviously filmed with.

Everybody pretty much, we all kind of bonded for the most part. Some people not quite as much as others, but Lara Flynn and I would take off on the motorcycle, I had a bike at the time just for fun. Dana occasionally, Kimmy too, we’d hang out.


You just mentioned your motorcycle, which is your iconic thing on Twin Peaks that everybody associates you with. But what happened to the motorcycle that was used on the show? Also, do you still ride today? I’m sure if a fan saw you on one it’d be a pretty interesting moment.

I don’t ride now, I’d like to get one, it would be fun. But any time I’m about to I just stop myself, if I had one to do once in awhile I know I’d do it more, but LA is just hardcore for driving. Here it’s just too much when you’re in a car, so it just freaks me out a little bit.

As far as the bike [from the show], that thing was owned by the guy who supplied them initially for the Pilot. Then he got his bike back, and they imitated the bike, they did a replica of the bike for the show. It actually came out pretty damn good, it was a pretty good imitation of it, I don’t think it ran as good as the other one (chuckles). It always had problems with starting and all that stuff, but I don’t know what happened to that one. You could tell by the decals that it was a replacement. I think the original placard on the side of the tank said Harley Davidson, then on the tank on the replacement one it was like a sticker imitating the same shape as the placard, but that’s the only detail you could really see.

Radiohead Updates PolyFauna App With Unreleased Music And New Artwork

Earlier in 2014, Radiohead debuted their newest venture, an audio-visual app called PolyFauna. PolyFauna was described by frontman Thom Yorke as a an idea coming “from an interest in early computer-life experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious”. Today the app was given a massive update and overhaul which includes previously unreleased music and new visuals.

You can look at the new images and listen the new audio below: