Top 10 Alternative Rock B-Sides Albums

In honor of today’s revelation that Soundgarden will finally release the long-awaited B-sides and rarities compilation Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, let’s take a look back at some of the best B-sides compilations from Generation X and beyond.

10. Foo Fighters – Medium Rare

A more recent addition to the B-sides canon. Although 2011’s Medium Rare isn’t exactly acclaimed, who can go wrong with an extra helping of Foo Fighters, performing classics such as Cream’s “I Feel Free” and Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar”?

9. The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Power Of Negative Thinking

This ultimate, multi-disc B-sides and rarities collection collects a huge amount of songs throughout the cult Scottish band’s career.

8. The Killers – Sawdust

Sawdust was released by The Killers in 2007, with Dave Keuning calling the B-sides/rarities collection a homage to some of his favorite bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Oasis who had done the same.  Sawdust features some of The Killers’ best songs, like the epic Sam’s Town outtake “Sweet Talk” and the haunting “Tranquilize” featuring the late Lou Reed.  The collection also features some of The Killers’ heavier material like “All The Pretty Faces” and “Move Away.”

7. Pixies – Complete ‘B’ Sides

Released in 2001, Complete ‘B’ Sides is pretty much self explanatory. Along with an alternate version of River Euphrates and a live recording of the Pixies concert staple “In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator)” from David Lynch’s classic Eraserhead, some of the songs include two separate songs with “manta ray” in the title and  the brilliant “Evil Hearted You”.

6. Oasis – The Masterplan

Only three albums into their career, Oasis released their first B-sides compilation, The Masterplan. This record compiles every B-side to that point, including a live cover of “I Am The Walrus”. Several songs from this record would later appear on Oasis’s Stop The Clocks.

5. The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs

One of the only B-sides compilations to have landed on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Louder Than Bombs was released as an American counter to the UK release The World Won’t Listen.

4. Pavement – Westing

Not explicitly a “B-sides” album, Pavement’s Westing collects every song from the band’s early cassette releases and gives them a home on CD-ROM.

3. Nirvana – Incesticide

Barely requiring an introduction, Incesticide is held nearly as dear as the rest of Nirvana’s discography, featuring such classics as the live staple “Aneurysm”, the abrasive homage to classic rock known as “Aero Zeppelin”, the childlike “Sliver”, and an electric version of “Polly” off of Nevermind.

2. Pearl Jam – Lost Dogs

Pearl Jam’s acclaimed Lost Dogs finally gives “Yellow Ledbetter” a proper home, along with their cover of Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss” (which gave the band its biggest pop hit). You’ll find album outtakes spanning the band’s career to the point, from the albums Ten to Riot Act.

1. The Smashing Pumpkins – Pisces Iscariot

Pisces Iscariot, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, is acclaimed by fans of the Smashing Pumpkins for compiling the band’s early rarities. It includes “Landslide”, a Fleetwood Mac cover that would end up being one of the band’s most popular songs, along with many other tracks that characteristically venture between haunting and heavy/abrasive.

Billy Corgan Wears A Blue Wig

Former WWE and ECW superstar Justin Credible tweeted the following picture with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan on Thursday.

Billy Corgan discussed Smashing Pumpkins’ new album Monuments to an Elegy with AlternativeNation.net last month, “The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

Dave Grohl: ‘Music Shouldn’t Be About The Money’

Dave Grohl discussed why money doesn’t drive him to play music, and his thoughts on American Idol and The Voice in a new interview on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.

“The reward of playing music should be playing music.”

Cooper said it was easy for Grohl to say due to his success, and he responded, “It’s really easy for me to say, but that’s the way I felt before any of this happened. I wasn’t doing it so that this would happen, I was doing it because I loved it.”

Grohl then discussed singing shows like American Idol and The Voice.

“Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. Don’t let somebody say, ‘Sorry, you didn’t win the song contest, go home.'”

“Who is to say who is good or not? Imagine Bob Dylan standing there and singing Blowing In The Wind in front of those judges. ‘Sorry, it’s a little nasally and a little flat, next.'” He added, “I would never make it [on American Idol], never in a heartbeat.”

“People need to appreciate their voice. I don’t want to sing like someone else, I want to sing like me.”

Dave Grohl discussed Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways HBO series recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways
Tracklisting:
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

10 Of The Weirdest Horror Movies

It’s horror month here on AlternativeNation.net, we’ve recently published top ten articles on obscure 80’s slasher movies and the best horror movies of the past decade. What about those bizarre horror movies? And no, I’m not talking about so-bad-it’s-good horror movies.

What I’m talking about are those horror movies that can just feel bat**** insane sometimes, in a good way. A common complaint aimed at new horror movies is that they play it safe too much. With these movies, they so do not play it safe in the slightest. They just throw the most bizarre stuff at the viewer in the name of scares (or sometimes laughs, for the horror-comedies on the list).

Anyhow, on to the list (which is in no order)…

Eraserhead (1977)

Let’s begin with the most surrealist movie on the list. Eraserhead‘s basic story is simple: a man has to deal with the stresses of fatherhood. Now how could that go wrong?

Weird Factor: Could it be the dystopian setting? Could it be the haunting direction the director David Lynch takes? Could it be how there’s a freaking alien baby (as seen above)? Or could it just be how this film recreates the feelings of having a nightmare? Let’s go with all of the above.

Hellraiser  (1987)

This movie has a history of being unfairly lumped in with the 80’s slasher craze. It could be due to Hellraiser‘s infinite amount of sequels, but the original is insane.

As for the story, it’s about a guy who messes with a puzzle box called the “The Lament Configuration” and summons some hell-like creatures called Cenobites. These Cenobites drag the guy into a realm of unspeakable tortures. Said guy returns to a now-married former lover of his, and tells her to bring him back by murdering people, and that is while the Cenobites are trying to get him back.

Sounds like a mainstream horror movie, doesn’t it?

Weird Factor: Everything that is alive, but not a normal human being looks creepy. Of course in a horror film with demons, the demons would have to look scary. But in this, they wanted those designs to inhabit your nightmares! In addition, the film sorta implies this creatures engage in sexual acts considered to be sadomasochistic.

Gamera (1965)

The giant monster (Kaiju) genre is inherently a bizarre genre, but even considering this, Gamera is weird. As for what it’s about, well, that’s a simple: a giant flying turtle emerges from the Arctic and goes to Tokyo to destroy buildings and shrugs off whatever the military throws at it.

Weird Factor: Come on, it’s a movie about a giant turtle that destroys things.

May (2002)

I’m going to be honest, my moral compass forbids me to reveal anything about the movie’s plot. It is so good, you just need to go into blind. Have no expectations, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Now, time to spoil this movie in what makes it weird.

Weird Factor: Mostly, it’s the unsettling vibe you get in most scenes of the movie. In May, everything gets under your goddamn skin. Also, James Duval’s nipples cause problems.

Night of the Creeps (1986)

Sorta-remade in 2006 in the form of Slither, this movie is a simple story. Basically what exactly happens when college students unfreeze a dead body and inadvertently cause slugs to enter people’s brains which turns them into zombies? Well, we get a hell of a night. A night of the creeps. Okay now onto the weird factor before the trolls mock my pun…

Weird Factor: The basic premise of slugs going into people’s brains and having their hosts turn into zombies. Plus there’s a gritty detective haunted by his past in this movie who later gets a flamethrower from his police station. Hey, the 80’s were a simpler time for movies!

Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

By far, this is the most insane movie you’ll ever see, horror or not. I mean, it’s so weird, and you never can predict this movie’s next action. Basically, this is the movie that made me realize how insane Japan can be because this movie makes Gamera look completely normal.

As for the plot, there’s a totalitarian Tokyo where these violent police officers stop super-humans named Engineers (and their ability is to weaponize their injuries. Like a guy could lose his arm and it’ll turn into a chainsaw). Now, if this doesn’t sound strange at all…

Weird Factor: I should probably just say some of the most batshit moments in the movie. Just because nothing else can prove my point, and none of these were made up or exaggerated:

  • The guy in the picture is a major character in the movie.
  • There’s also a girl whose legs turn into an alligator mouth. As for her nipples, they were removed with stitches from where the nipples were.
  • A girl whose body has been transformed to look like a snail.
  • The fake ads (ex. Wrist-cutting blades).
  • This film was described by somebody as taking the last half hour of Dead Alive and stretching it to 90 minutes. Now, if you don’t know what that means, well it means this film has enough blood and gore to satisfy any sort of gore-hound.
  • Dick cannon. Yup, dick cannon. (Obviously NSFW):

Bad Taste (1987)

Before tackling Middle Earth, Peter Jackson made “splatstick” flicks like Bad Taste and Dead Alive. In Bad Taste, the alien invasion genre can’t wait for your presence in Z². But until then, we have this movie. With the blood and gore fitting in a Troma movie, this movie is about aliens trying to kill humans to use their flesh for their own fast food chain. This sounds like a formula for a generic horror film, right?

Weird Factor:  This is pretty much the only film to use this formula: aliens + gore = awesome. But with the execution of said gore, it really makes it almost slapsticky. In one scene, a guy loses a bit of brain matters and puts it back into his head.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006)

Poultrygeist is about a KFC knock-off that is built on top of an Indian burial ground and as a result, Native American chicken zombies start killing people.

Weird Factor: Did I mention this is the only splatter/comedy/zombie/musical movie in existence, or at least the only one that features Ron Jeremy and a somewhat well-known scene of diarrhea? (not-sure if SFW):

Sisters (1973)

This largely Hitchcock-inspired movie that’s about a journalist who witnesses a murder, and the police don’t believe her. So of course, the journalist goes on an investigation to solve the murder herself. Sounds like a run-of-the-mill thriller, but it gets bizarre in the end.

Weird Factor (highlight to reveal spoilers): So basically, the journalist’s investigation leads her to a mental asylum which is run by the murderer’s husband. You see, the murderer was a conjoined twin that was separated by her husband. Now back to the journalist, now that she has evidence, she tried to use the phone at the mental asylum. Big mistake because the murderer’s husband persuades the mental asylum staff that the journalist is a patient. So they force the journalist into the asylum where the murderer’s husband hypnotizes her to believe that there was no murder. After that the film shows the relationship of the murderer and her husband (which is a really bizarre sequence). In a twist, it is revealed that the murderer is not only a former conjoined twin, but she also has split personalities between herself and her twin. Then the murderer kills her husband. What a hell of an ending.

City of the Living Dead (1980)

Wanna know what happens a priest kills himself? A gate to Hell opens up and it’s up to a reporter and a psychic to close it up. Now that may sound straight foreword, but that’s not true about this movie at all.

Weird Factor: It’s a largely nonsensical “living dead” movie that feels a lot more Lovecraft that Romero, and it has a whole lot of gore in it (ex. in one scene, a lady pukes out her organs). There’s not much more to add. It is, for better or for worse, a movie that really puts the plot in the backseat so that the director, Lucio Fulci, can throw what he wants at the screen.

These are all movies anyone should check out at least once. So yeah, have a freaky Halloween.

Video: Pearl Jam Perform With Neil Young, Temple of the Dog Reunite Again

On Sunday at Night 2 of the Bridge School Benefit, Pearl Jam performed “Throw Your Hatred Down” with Neil Young. Temple of the Dog also reunited for the 2nd night straight to perform “Hunger Strike.” Watch videos of both performances below.

Pearl Jam & Neil Young – “Throw Your Hatred Down”

Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike”

Soundgarden Setlist:
Fell on Black Days
Blow Up The Outside World
Black Hole Sun
Zero Chance
Dusty

Pearl Jam Setlist:
Better Man
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
The Kids Are Alright (The Who cover)
Sirens
Black
Just Breathe
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog with Chris Cornell)
Throw Your Hatred Down (with Neil Young)

In other Eddie Vedder news, we reported yesterday that Vedder will be performing with The Who. See the press release below:

The Who, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands celebrate 50 years of Maximum R&B, as part of these celebrations November 11th will see a very special evening of Who music at the Shepherds Bush Empire in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The house band for the evening, THE WHO’S BAND featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Corey will be joined onstage by some of the best artists in the world all performing WHO classics.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Wilko Johnson, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Geddy Lee from Rush, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks as well as more to be announced soon, have chosen their favourite WHO songs to perform in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

THE WHO’S Roger Daltrey is a long-standing patron of Teenage Cancer Trust and has been curating the charity’s annual flagship event, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, for 15 years. In that time the shows have raised over £19 million to help young people with cancer and the charity has grown to include 28 specialist units and 48 expert teenage cancer nurses and youth-support coordinators. Go to TheWho.com for more.

Soundgarden Announce B-Sides Album ‘Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path’

As we previously exclusively reported, Soundgarden will release their long awaited B-sides and rarities compilation, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, on November 21st (in Australia, with a U.S. release within a few days of that) via A&M Records.  Below is the tracklist, featuring “Storm,” which is an old track the band re-recorded with Jack Endino in May.

Kim Thayil told AlternativeNation.net in June, “There’s a song that recently we were doing with Jack Endino, we recorded it a few weeks or a month ago. That was from the mid 80’s, we actually recorded that potentially to use it in some form, maybe a soundtrack or something. We recorded it just to see how it would turn out, we haven’t really confirmed how it’ll be used, but it’ll probably end up on a compilation of some sort, and I’d imagine that would then be included on a B-sides album.”

Disc 1
1. Sub Pop Rock City
2. Toy Box
3. Heretic
4. Fresh Deadly Roses
5. H.I.V. Baby
6. Cold Bitch
7. Show Me
8. She’s A Politician
9. Birth Ritual
10. She Likes Surprises
11. Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
12. Exit Stonehenge
13. Blind Dogs
14. Bleed Together
15. Black Rain
16. Live To Rise
17. Kristi
18. Storm

Disc 2
1. Swallow My Pride
2. Smokestack Lightnin’
3. Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey (John Peel BBC Sessions)
4. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) (John Peel BBC Sessions)
5. Come Together
6. Stray Cat Blues
7. Into The Void
8. Girl U Want
9. Touch Me (Friday Rock Show)
10. Can You See Me? (Friday Rock Show)
11. Homicidal Suicidal (Friday Rock Show)
12. I Can’t Give You Anything (Friday Rock Show)
13. I Don’t Care About You (Friday Rock Show)
14. Waiting For The Sun (Live)
15. Search And Destroy (Live)
16. Big Bottom (Live)
17. Earache My Eye (Live)

Disc 3
1. Twin Tower
2. Jerry Garcia’s Finger
3. Ghostmotorfinger
4. Night Surf
5. A Splice Of Space Jam
6. The Telephantasm
7. Black Days III
8. Karaoke
9. Fopp (Fucked Up Remix)
10. Big Dumb Sex (Dubbed)
11. Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)
12. Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino’s Back)
13. Dusty (Moby Remix)
14. The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)
15. One Minute Of Silence

Jack Endino also discussed recording “Storm” with Soundgarden in an interview with AlternativeNation.net, “In March of 1986 they were recording some tracks at a local studio. They didn’t like how the mixes were coming out so they called me to come in and try and rescue it. The engineer there resented this, I was kind of a nobody as far as he was concerned, and he pretty much stomped out of the control room and left us there on our own. This was three months before I started at Reciprocal Recording, so all I had was some basement studio experience with SG. We tried to rescue the session but it ended up getting shelved and they got Matt Cameron as a drummer a few months later and the rest was, uh, history.

Fast forward to the present, 28 years later, and I found a cassette of that stuff. Every one of those songs got re-recorded later except this one kind of oddball drony psych tune. I reminded Kim about that song and sent him the rough mix, just to jog his memory. A few months ago they asked to me to record it with them, they needed a new song for a movie or TV or something, I’m not sure what it was for, but they thought it would be fun to see what we could do with it now. What was interesting was that Chris and Kim remembered it, but Ben and Matt had never played the song before so they had to learn it from scratch. Chris actually did the final vocals himself at his home studio and sent me the files, and they were all arranged and perfect, I just dropped them into our ProTools session and it was nailed. He’s really, really good at recording himself. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the song, it may just end up as a B-side, but it was pretty cool working with them again, decades after we did Screaming Life.”

Eddie Vedder & Liam Gallagher To Perform With The Who

Legendary rock band The Who have posted the following on their Facebook page today:

TheWho50th
THE WHO HITS 50!
AN EVENING OF WHO MUSIC
IN AID OF TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, NOVEMBER 11th

FEATURING EDDIE VEDDER, LIAM GALLAGHER, WILKO JOHNSON, GEDDY LEE, RICKY WILSON, JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD, THE STRYPES, RIZZLE KICKS, TOM ODELL, AMY MACDONALD, BRODY DALLE, ANDY BURROWS AND MORE

THE WHO, one of rock’s legendary and defining bands celebrate 50 years of Maximum R&B, as part of these celebrations November 11th will see a very special evening of Who music at the Shepherds Bush Empire in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

The house band for the evening, THE WHO’S BAND featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Corey will be joined onstage by some of the best artists in the world all performing WHO classics.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher, Wilko Johnson, Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Geddy Lee from Rush, The Strypes, Brody Dalle, Tom Odell, Amy Macdonald, Andy Burrows and Rizzle Kicks as well as more to be announced soon, have chosen their favourite WHO songs to perform in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

THE WHO’S Roger Daltrey is a long-standing patron of Teenage Cancer Trust and has been curating the charity’s annual flagship event, Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, for 15 years. In that time the shows have raised over £19 million to help young people with cancer and the charity has grown to include 28 specialist units and 48 expert teenage cancer nurses and youth-support coordinators.

Tickets for An Evening Of Who Music In Aid Of Teenage Cancer Trust are on sale from 9am Friday 31st October from:

www.ticketmaster.co.uk / www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk

https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/ www.thewho.com

Tickets for THE WHO HITS 50 UK tour are on sale now from http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/The-Who-tickets/artist/945180

THE WHO HITS 50! – THE VERY BEST OF THE WHO 2CD/DIGITAL IS RELEASED NOVEMBER 3rd ON UMG/POLYDOR

Jimmy Chamberlin Reviews New Smashing Pumpkins Single “Being Beige”

Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has praised the band’s new track “Being Beige (World’s On Fire)” in a new tweet. Chamberlin exited the Pumpkins in 2009, but has made amends with Billy Corgan in recent years. See Chamberlin tweet below:

Billy Corgan told AlternativeNation.net last month, “My relationship with Jimmy is great, we talk here and there. As far as playing together, I don’t know, I think we’re kind of happy to not have that be part of the equation of our relationship at this point. In essence, we can have a relationship without the stress of the band, or a musical relationship on top of it sort of altering the dynamic. I know he’s in a great place, he’s been out lately with this company he’s working with, I know he’s very excited about that. He’s such a smart guy, most people don’t realize how brilliant Jimmy is as not only a musician, but as a person. So I don’t know, I’m so much in the moment. I get the gist of those questions, and the general interest in those types of questions, but right now I’m just so focused on getting the new album out, and how to tour it and all of that.”

Smashing Pumpkins will release Monuments to an Elegy on December 9th. The band’s lineup on the album is Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, and Tommy Lee.

Tracklisting:
1. “Tiberius”
2. “Being Beige (World’s On Fire)”
3. “Anaise”
4. “One And All”
5. “Run2Me”
6. “Drum And Fife”
7. “Monuments”
8. “Dorian”
9. “Anti-Hero”

Listen To New Soundgarden Song “Storm”

Soundgarden have released a new song titled “Storm.” It is the band’s first new track since 2012’s King Animal. Listen below.


Soundgarden – Storm

In related Soundgarden news, the group’s B-sides and rarities compilation which has apparently in the works since 1997, is rumored to be released this holiday season. Soundgarden has teased such a project over the years. Interviewed by AlternativeNation.net last June, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil told us, “Any pre Screaming Life material? I don’t think so. Well, if it was something it might be from Deep Six. We were on the C/Z records cassette Pyrrhic Victory, we had ‘Incessant Mace’ on that, but we released that on Ultramega OK. So some of the pre Screaming Life stuff; there’s maybe two dozen songs that were never released. There’s songs that we liked well enough to record and play live all the time, but we never released in any form. I don’t think those would be included on a B-sides thing. We could re-record them, or take the crude early recordings and have that stand alone as a release on its own.”

Thayil also told AlternativeNation.net that a reworked version of an older song could make the cut: “There’s a song that recently we were doing with Jack Endino, we recorded it a few weeks or a month ago. That was from the mid 80’s, we actually recorded that potentially to use it in some form, maybe a soundtrack or something. We recorded it just to see how it would turn out, we haven’t really confirmed how it’ll be used, but it’ll probably end up on a compilation of some sort, and I’d imagine that would then be included on a B-sides album.”

Kasabian Mock Billy Corgan For Being Old

Kasabian’s Tom Meighan took some pot shots at Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan at the Q Awards. Meighan said after saying he himself is 33, “Some of [the bands] here are old men. It’s sad really, but that’s what it is. Is that Smashing Pumpkins? How sad is that?”

He later added, “I saw Billy Corgan, where did he come from? I haven’t seen him in years, fucking push the cobwebs off him, Jesus.”

He then laughed sarcastically and said, “No, he’s a nice man.” He also joked that he himself is old at 33.

Billy Corgan discussed Smashing Pumpkins’ new album Monuments to an Elegy with AlternativeNation.net last month, “The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

Dave Grohl Drops His Kids Off At School With Paul Stanley

Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins discussed classic rock bands on 60 Minutes last night with Anderson Cooper.

Taylor On Queen: “I wanted to be Roger Taylor, and I wanted to be in Queen. I wanted to play stadiums when I was 10 years old, no question.”

Dave On KISS’ Paul Stanley: “One of the great things about my life now, is that every day during drop off, I get to hang out with the singer of KISS, because our kids go to school together. There was this one morning at drop off where Paul Stanley pulls up in his car in the parking lot of the school. He rolls down the window and goes, ‘Hey Dave, I wanted you to have this,’ and he hands me the new KISS record. I just had this flash, if at 10 years old I ever thought the singer of KISS was going to handle me his new record at drop off.”

Taylor On Black Sabbath: “They’re kind of like Zeppelin’s ugly cousin,’ which led to everybody laughing.

Dave On Prince:
“Prince is a genius, everybody knows it. He’s better than everybody at everything he does, the end.”

Dave On The Beatles: “The Beatles really created the blueprint for the rock band. I feel like they were four members, each of them were brilliant musicians and songwriters. As a kid, that’s just how I learned to be a musician. I had a guitar, and I had a Beatles songbook, and I swear to God, I think still to this day, that’s all a kid needs to learn how play music. If it weren’t for the Beatles, I don’t think we’d be here.”

Watch video of Dave and Taylor below, and a clip of Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, and Nate Mendel being interviewed. The special aired on CBS’ 60 Minutes last night.



Jack Bruce, Cream Vocalist and Bassist, Dead at 71

Jack Bruce was born on 14 May 1943 in Glasgow, Scotland, to musician parents. He started touring with them at a young age, traveling through Canada and the United States. Jack went to 14 different schools. In 1962, Bruce left Scotland at the age of 16. In London, he joined Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc. Charlie Watts, the bands drummer, later joined the Rolling Stones. In his prime as the bassist and vocalist of the band Cream that also featured guitarist Eric Clapton, they combined American Blues with Psychedelia which helped shape the music sound at the time.

Although more attention was paid to Clapton, Bruce wrote many of the bands songs and was the lead vocalist. Unfortunately for Cream, egos got in the way and the band eventually broke up. The Animals, Rolling Stones and Jack Bruce were all very important members of the British blues movement. The movement saw British musicians imitate and then expand on the American blues tradition. Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, reunited in 2005 for a concerts in London and NYC. 5 years after that Bruce announced Cream was done for good. Jack Bruce enjoyed a lengthy and successful solo career. He passed away at the age of 71 Saturday from liver disease. He is survived by his wife, Margrit, four children and a granddaughter.

Eric Clapton’s Facebook page posted: It is with great sadness that we learned that Jack Bruce had passed away this morning at his home in England. “He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me” ec

AlternativeNation.net sends its condolences to Jack Bruce’s family.

Article written by Mike Nagel

Review Of Foo Fighters’ New Song “The Feast and the Famine”

Foo Fighters released the second track off of Sonic Highways on Friday, “The Feast and the Famine.” The track has an instantly catchy hook, and is far more straight to the point than “Something From Nothing,” and actually sounds like more of a radio single than the former. It sounds like a classic Foo Fighters riff, somewhat similar to “Breakout,” but with more of Dave Grohl’s screaming singing style that has predominant on the band’s heavier material since In Your Honor.

Lyrically the song is obviously about Washington DC, since that’s where the song (and episode of Sonic Highways) was recorded. Many of the verse lyrics seem to be about the people of Washington DC, especially those suffering through hard times that were depicted in parts of the episode. There are references as well to the straight edge punk scene, ‘Where is that PMA?’

A new part comes in where Grohl proclaims that ‘we need a monument’ that at first doesn’t quite work melodically, but they quickly move into the ‘Is there anybody there?’ part which works much better, before going back to the hooky riff. Overall this is a catchy song that is more focused than “Something From Nothing.” It sticks to the Foo Fighters formula and works because of the song’s tight structure. There are a few parts in the verses where Grohl sounds like he may be trying to fit in too many lyrics, which could be because of his format of writing the lyrics as he is inspired while recording in each city. It’s something that is only noticed if you nitpick the song after several listens though, this is a solid effort from Foo Fighters that fans of the band’s singles should love, with one of the catchier guitar riffs to come out in recent memory.

Foo Fighters will release Sonic Highways on November 10th.

Exclusive Photos From Ex-Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin’s Show In New York

AlternativeNation.net correspondent Christine Lawrence was in attendance at Jimmy Chamberlin’s show last night in New York, New York yesterday at the Iridium. Chamberlin performed with Love Supreme Collective (Frank Catalano, Percy Jones, Adam Benjamin, and Chris Poland). See the photos below!

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Jimmy Chamberlin is best known as the former drummer for the the Smashing Pumpkins. Jimmy Chamberlin exited The Smashing Pumpkins in 2009, in what was described as him quitting, and also being fired according to a 2010 Rolling Stone article. Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin have since reconciled and become friends again, but Corgan told AlternativeNation.net last month that he doesn’t want to compromise his friendship with Chamberlin by entering back into a musical relationship, “My relationship with Jimmy is great, we talk here and there. As far as playing together, I don’t know, I think we’re kind of happy to not have that be part of the equation of our relationship at this point. In essence, we can have a relationship without the stress of the band, or a musical relationship on top of it sort of altering the dynamic.”

“I know he’s in a great place, he’s been out lately with this company he’s working with, I know he’s very excited about that. He’s such a smart guy, most people don’t realize how brilliant Jimmy is as not only a musician, but as a person. So I don’t know, I’m so much in the moment. I get the gist of those questions, and the general interest in those types of questions, but right now I’m just so focused on getting the new album out, and how to tour it and all of that.”

Chamberlin drummed on Gish, Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, MACHINA, MACHINA II, and Zeitgeist.

Liam Gallagher Announces Beady Eye Break Up, Will Oasis Reunite?

Liam Gallagher announced the break up of Beady Eye over the weekend on Twitter. Beady Eye featured former Oasis members Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell, and Chris Sharrock. Kasabian’s Jay Mehler also joined the band playing bass on tour last year. Beady Eye formed following Oasis’ breakup and released two albums: 2011’s Different Gear, Still Speeding and 2013’s BE.

Liam has claimed that he would be opening to reuniting Oasis with his brother Noel for a lot of money, but the brothers have trashed each other in the press in recent years, though they apparently made up earlier this year. Here are some of the Gallagher Brothers’ quotes regarding Oasis’ breakup.

Liam Gallagher (Daily Star, 2011):

“The people that go: ‘Oh, Beady Eye is not Oasis,’ well, Noel’s music ain’t Oasis either,” he said. “It might remind you of it but there’s something missing – fucking me.”

Liam Gallagher (Q 2011):

“Listen, [Noel]‘s a mouthy fuck too. He said we had a year to come up with a band name and came up with Beady Eye. He had three and came up with the High Flying Turds. I don’t know who dressed him but he looks like something out of Westlife.”

Liam Gallagher (The Guardian 2011):

”That’s the thing that makes me want to throw up. I just look at him now and think, ‘You’re a fucking fake’.”

Noel Gallagher (Press Conference 2011):

“On the way out [of the dressing room in 2009, Liam] picked up a plum and he threw it across the dressing room and it smashed against the wall. Part of me wishes it did end like that, that would have been a great headline. Then he kind of leaves, he goes out the dressing room, for whatever reason he went to his own dressing room and he came back with a guitar and he started wielding it like an axe and I’m not fucking kidding. And I’m making light of it because it’s kind of what I do, but it was a real unnecessary violent act, and he’s swinging this guitar around, he nearly took my face off with it.”

Liam Gallagher (Twitter 2011):

“[In respond to press conference quote] SHITBAG!”

Liam Gallagher (Daily Mail 2011):

“I’m quite prepared to go head to toe (sic) verbally, physically, musically, mentally with Noel Gallagher.”

Liam Gallagher (Lawsuit Statement 2011):

“I am used to being called all sort of things by Noel and I have in the past said things about him, but what Noel has alleged this time went way beyond rock-and-roll banter and questioned my professionalism.” He added, “This is not about money, all I want is a full apology from Noel.”

Noel Gallagher (NME 2012):

“[I wouldn’t reunite Oasis], not even if all the starving children in the world depended on it.”

Noel Gallagher (BBC6 2012):

“[Liam]‘s like a squeaky toy that swears a lot… in a blazer.”

Liam Gallagher (Q 2013):

“Fuck Oasis as far as I’m concerned and fuck Noel Gallagher. The thought of going onstage with that fucking idiot and hanging out with his daft mates, the pretend drug addicts and all his snobs from Sloane Street. Fuck that, not interested, mate.”

Liam Gallagher (NME 2013):

“If you want to play fucking Oasis songs put the band back together and stop being a fucking gobshite.”

Liam Gallagher (Clash Music 2013):

“The fuckin’ geezer that’s in the band? I fuckin’ absolutely fuckin’ despise [Noel when he’s in the band]. And I guess he feels the same way. But if you speak to him, he’ll probably go: ‘Yeah, I know; I hate both the cunts’. But yeah, I love our kid when he’s not surrounded by the bullshit.”

Interview: Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Talks Pearl Jam, 90’s Rock & Super Bowl

While Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is one of the NFL’s most popular quarterbacks, he is also a passionate fan of rock music. Rodgers met Eddie Vedder at Pearl Jam’s show in Milwaukee last week, and is also a big fan of Anberlin, Foo Fighters, and many other bands. In this exclusive AlternativeNation.net interview, Rodgers discusses bands he listens to, his favorite Pearl Jam songs, meeting pro wrestlers, playing in the Super Bowl, and his day to day life in the NFL. You can listen to audio of the interview at the bottom of the article.

I know a few of your favorite bands are Counting Crows, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Anberlin, and Acceptance. Is that some of the stuff you listen to to pump you up before a game?

Some of those bands can pump you up a little bit, but I’ve always been more on the mellow side as far as my pregame music. There’s definitely songs from those bands that can get you pumped. But I tend to pick maybe the quieter, more ballad type songs, less hardcore songs, for pregame. I always need to be pretty even keeled.  Some of the guys can thrive off of passion and energy, where I feel like I thrive when I’m able to find a place of relaxation on the field, so I like to listen to some quieter stuff before the game.

What type of music did you listen to growing up?

Well I grew up in the 90’s, so I love all 90’s alternative. Then also 90’s rap, so I definitely listen to both of those. I got into country in high school a little bit, then I had some friends who were in alternative rock bands. Anberlin is actually on their farewell tour as we speak, and we’ve gotten to know them over the years, and I have always enjoyed their music. Actually, one of the guitarists that is now in Anberlin played in Acceptance, I loved that one CD they put out.

Got to see Pearl Jam last Monday, and meet Eddie, that was a big highlight. I got to meet Taylor Hawkins and a couple other guys from Foo Fighters at the Superbowl, which was an absolute highlight. Then Adam Duritz from Counting Crows used to sing in our locker room after wins at Cal, so it’s been great to get to know some of those guys, who I just have the utmost amount of respect for, what they do. It is true in a lot of cases, that athletes often dream about being rock stars, and I know meeting some of these guys, how much they love sports, and it really does cross over.

What are some of your favorite Pearl Jam songs?

Well Eddie played “Just Breathe” the other night, which has always been one of my favorites. Playing the guitar, any song that involves finger-picking has always been really interesting to me, because it takes talent to move your fingers that quickly, so I have a big appreciation for the musicians especially. I really enjoyed the Into the Wild soundtrack that Eddie put together, “Society” is a track on that record that I really love. Obviously “Better Man,” “Alive,” and “Daughter” are some of my favorites, the classics that people like. He was unbelievable the other night, I mean [the fact that] him and his band could play 36 songs, there’s no other place I’d rather be than a live music concert. It was a special moment.

Did you talk to Eddie about the Steve Gleason story?

Yeah I did actually, that was one of the first things I talked to him about. I told him what an impression it left on me watching it. I don’t know how you can watch that clip and not get choked up, because that was very powerful. What Steve’s going through, and Eddie and his stuff through that whole piece, that was unbelievable. Eddie does a lot with charity, and I shared some of my passions, with pediatric cancer, and some of the foundations we work with out here, so that was actually the first thing I said after we got through the pleasantries, was just how much that meant to me.

A few months back it was Hulk Hogan’s birthday celebration, and you were on Monday Night Raw, are you a big wrestling fan?

I was as a kid yeah. I remember a big PPV match, I think 9 of us put together like 5 bucks each and rented the PPV. Hulk Hogan and the nWo, with Dennis Rodman, had a tag team match against DDP and Karl Malone. At the time I was a big Chicago Bulls fan, loved the Jordan Bulls. I was a big Pippen, MJ, and Dennis Rodman fan. We really liked the WWF as well, Hogan was always one of our favorites, so we pulled hard for Hogan and Rodman, and they came out on top. So to get the opportunity to get to wish Hogan a happy birthday, that was something we really looked forward to.

Now when you win the Super Bowl this year, do you want Hulk Hogan to present you with that new WWE belt they have?

Just maybe a message from him or Ric Flair maybe. I got to meet Ric Flair 3 or 4 years ago, I was a big fan, but Graham Harrell, who was my backup quarterback at the time, is the biggest wrestling fan, and he was freaking out. He is a big talker, but he went dead silent when we met Ric, so that was a good moment for him. I’ve always followed wrestling, not as closely the last few years, but we’ve got some people who enjoy it, so I stay up to date on John Cena, and who is dominating.

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Can you describe what it was like winning the Super Bowl?

It’s hard to, it’s such a high. It’s almost a blur as I look back on it, that’s why I want to get back, because the second time I would guess, you can really enjoy it even more. But the first time you’re just so focused, and excited about the opportunity, you probably miss out on some of the festivities during the week, and really embracing how big the moment is, which probably actually helped us. We had a lot of guys who hadn’t had a ton of success up until that point, a lot of young guys who were hungry, and we just didn’t know how good we were. Now the path to success, I think that’s what the greatest challenge is, is to build a path to success, and continue to do it. I like where our team’s at right now, but there’s nothing that can take the place of that feeling of being on the field in the Super Bowl.

There’s been the Bart Starr era, there’s been the Brett Favre era, and now the Aaron Rodgers era. Is there a lot of pressure on you to succeed?

I think so, when you play in a town like Green Bay, the expectations are so high every year, that you’re going to win, and achieve greatness in a similar fashion that this history has been built on. Guys like Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, and Brett Favre. It’s been a lot of big names who have coached and played here over the years, and they expect greatness every time you take the field.

How does it feel to be the starting quarterback at Lambeau Field, and how much did you dream about being an NFL player growing up?

It’s a dream come true. I’ve dreamt of being a quarterback since I was a kid watching Joe Montana and Steve Young on TV on Sundays after church, watching the 49’ers, and then going to the backyard and playing catch with my Dad and brothers. We’d take turns being quarterback, or John Taylor, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Tom Rathman, or Brett Jones. I just dreamed about being a pro athlete, and more specifically a pro quarterback. Every day I get to do the job, you’ve got to be thankful for fulfilling dreams.

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Can you take me through a typical week during the NFL season? What do you typically have to do before your game?

Every Wednesday and Thursday we have a long practice, Friday has turned into kind of a body maintenance day, where we have more of a half day, and a lot of meetings and walk throughs. Saturday is much of the same, with a short one hour practice. Then we travel if we’re on the road, or if we’re off, we’re home. Then we have to stay at the hotel Saturday night, home or away. Sunday is game day, usually. Then Monday is film review and workout, Tuesday is the NFL off day for most teams. The quarterback doesn’t really have any off days. You still go in there, and do any body maintenance you need to do, the ability to watch film on your own, have conversations with the coaches and the players you need to, and you get ready for Wednesday to do it all over again.

Does anything change during a bi-week? I know you have a bi-week coming up next week.

It does yeah, we’re off, which is great. We’re in Monday, and hopefully we’re 6-2 at that point, halfway through our season, then we’re off, and everybody is off to their own desires, and you just make sure you’re back by Sunday, because we start back up on Monday with practice, meetings, and film review.

What do you do during your down time?

I love to play golf when the weather’s nice, mostly off season. I enjoy some TV programs, Jeopardy is usually on most nights. It’s not the mindless TV that sometimes I need after a long day, it’s actually very stimulating, and I enjoy it. But I enjoy Jeopardy, I’ve always been a big Game of Thrones fan, I got into South Park years ago, and if I need a good laugh, I enjoy that. Key and Peele is a newer show I enjoy watching. Not a lot of free time, get to play the guitar every now and then. But it’s a lot of watching film, studying it during the week, then when I don’t have to, find the time for mindless activities, and your body and mind can just rest.

I just saw that State Farm commercial with Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey as Hans and Frans, do you think you’ll ever transition into acting in the future?

No, not really, I’ll leave that to the professionals (laughs). I enjoy being around football, football is what I know best, it’s what I’ve enjoyed doing for the last 10 years. I’d love to still be involved in some capacity with it, and look at some other options in business and what not. Maybe kind of disappear for awhile.

Interview conducted by Mike Nagel

Bridge School Benefit Night 2: Pearl Jam Perform ‘Mirror Ball’ Track With Neil Young, Temple of the Dog & Soundgarden

Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Temple of the Rock performed again at Night 2 of the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California. Neil Young also joined Pearl Jam to perform a Mirror Ball track. See setlists and photos below.

Soundgarden Setlist:
Fell on Black Days
Blow Up The Outside World
Black Hole Sun
Zero Chance
Dusty

Pearl Jam Setlist:
Better Man
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
The Kids Are Alright (The Who cover)
Sirens
Black
Just Breathe
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog with Chris Cornell)
Throw Your Hatred Down (with Neil Young)

Like Creed, But Much Better, Nirvana ‘Shreds’ In New Video

If you’re not aware, there’s been a practice going on for a number of years now called SHREDDING. Basically, all instrument and lip movements are synched up with new audio to make funny remixes.

Bands such as Van Halen, Kiss, most infamously Creed, and now Nirvana have been subjected to this practice.

According to KnowYourMeme.com: “The first videos seemed to have surfaced around 2007 when YouTube user StSanders (real name – Santeri Ojala) from Finland used a few live performances from notable musical acts and after stripping the original audio from the footage, he re-dubbed the audio with his own instruments.”

The ‘Nirvana Shred’ from the Paramount where the song “About a Girl” is used is kind of nonsensical and incoherent, and in my opinion, parodied “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” where Kurt Cobain’s words were hard to understand at least in the realm of pop culture like Weird Al’s parody.

I can appreciate the time and effort spent by people like Ojala, but it’s just not for me. Maybe I’m just too old to appreciate it in the context it’s meant for. But if this is your type of thing, you can watch below:

In other recent Nirvana news, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl discussed why he didn’t heavily contribute to Nirvana’s songwriting process in a recent interview with with KROQ

“I started playing guitar when I was about 9 or 10 years old, so that’s my first instrument. I played guitar in bands when I was young, but the drummers were always kind of, um, crappy. I don’t know how to say it. So I finally said to one of the drummers, “Hey give me those things. Let me try this.” I started playing the drums and had a knack for doing it, so I was the drummer from then on. But I always had a guitar with me on tour wherever I was and always wrote songs, and I would record them by myself, but I never let anyone hear them because I didn’t think they were any good and I didn’t think anybody would want to hear them.”

“Being in Nirvana it’s like, you don’t want to confuse the songwriting process when you’re in a band like that with the greatest songwriter in the world and all I had to do was beat the hell out of the drums and have Nirvana. That was great, but then after the band was over it was the one thing that I realized was going to help me get on with life, to try something new and to challenge myself rather than just become a drummer of another band.”

Grohl did write “Marigold” and wrote the riff to “Scentless Apprentice,” along with receiving a co-writing credit on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Article written by Mike Nagel

Weezer Rock The Trocadero In Philadelphia With Acoustic & Electric Sets

On October 25, Weezer rocked the Trocadero in Philadelphia with their special Everything Will Be Alright In The End show. The Trocadero was smaller than their usual venues and was packed with die-hard Weezer fans. With no opener, Rivers Cuomo entered the stage and began a set of acoustic renditions of his classics, starting with “You Gave Your Love To Me Gently” and eventually drawing in the rest of the Weezer members into an awesome nine-song acoustic set finishing with “Buddy Holly.”

Weezer left the stage only to return in their infamous lab coats and a complete electric set. Scott Shriner wowed the crowd on the bass while in a hand cast. As promised, they played their latest album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, in it’s entirety. The band kicked off with “Ain’t Got Nobody” and a black and white video intro (much like the first 13 seconds of the album track). The venue was set ablaze during “Back To The Shack”, the first single released off this album. “Anonymous” translated exceptionally well in a live setting, as did the entire “Futurescope Trilogy”.

After about fifteen minutes of practically begging for an encore, Weezer finished with “Surf Wax America” (an epic track off their Blue Album), once again reminding us all that they’ve still got it.

Acoustic set: 

  1. You Gave Your Love To Me Gently
  2. Why Bother?
  3. King
  4. El Scorcho
  5. The Other Way (The band’s second time playing this song!)
  6. The Good Life
  7. Island In The Sun
  8. Susanne
  9. Buddy Holly

Everything Will Be Alright In The End set:

  1. Ain’t Got Nobody
  2. Back to the Shack
  3. Eulogy for a Rock Band
  4. Lonely Girl
  5. I’ve Had it Up to Here
  6. The British Are Coming
  7. Da Vinci
  8. Go Away
  9. Cleopatra
  10. Foolish Father
  11. The Waste Land
  12. Anonymous
  13. Return to Ithaka

Encore: Surf Wax America

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Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam & Soundgarden Rock Bridge School Benefit

Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden performed stripped down sets at the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California last night. See the setlists, video, and photos below.

Soundgarden Setlist:
Fell On Black Days
Blow Up the Outside World
Black Hole Sun
Burden In My Hand
Dusty

Pearl Jam Setlist:
Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
Rain (Beatles)
Sleeping By Myself
Daughter
Given to Fly
Last Kiss
Fuckin Up (Young)

Temple of the Dog Setlist:
Hunger Strike

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