Mark Lanegan Releases Remixes Album Featuring Greg Dulli, Moby, & More

Singer Mark Lanegan released his ninth studio album Phantom Radio last October, as well as an accompanying EP No Bells on Sunday last summer, with a decidedly new wave-inspired sound and to strong reviews. Lanegan has now released a new remixes LP, entitled A Thousand Miles of Midnight, that features remixes of songs from those recent releases.

For the remixes album, Lanegan brought in the help of several of his consistent collaborators. The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli provides the remix for “I Am The Wolf,” while Earth tackles “Waltzing In Blue.” Belgium band Magnus, who recently featured Lanegan on their track “Singing Man,” remixes “Harvest Home.” Also included is UNKLE, Soulsavers, Moby, and Mikey Young.

Lanegan says of the remix album: “I thought these tunes would lend themselves to remixing and that it would be interesting to hear what other artists might make of them. All the people who did remixes are musicians whose work I greatly admire.”

You can purchase A Thousand Miles of Midnight via iTunes today.

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Listen To Faith No More’s New Single “Superhero”

Faith No More has just released the second single from their forthcoming album, Sol Invictus, which will be released on May 19th via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings. The LP marks the first studio album released by the alternative rock/metal group since 1997’s Album of the Year. You can listen to the track “Superhero” below. Also, be sure to check out FNM’s upcoming extensive tour by clicking here or viewing under the video.

Faith No More tour dates:
2/17 – Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
2/18 – Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast
2/21 – Adelaide, Australia – Soundwave Festival
2/22 – Melbourne, Australia – Soundwave Festival
2/28 – Sydney, Australia – Soundwave Festival
3/1 – Brisbane, Australia – Soundwave Festival
3/3 – Auckland, New Zealand – WestFest
4/15 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
4/16 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
4/17 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
4/19 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
4/20 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
4/23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
4/24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
4/25 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
5/7 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
5/8 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
5/9 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
5/11 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
5/13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
5/14 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
5/15 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
5/29 – Nurburgring, Germany – Grune Holle Festival
5/31 – Munich, Germany – Rockavaria Festival
6/2 – Milan, Italy – Sonisphere
6/4 – Vienna, Austria – Vienna Rocks Festival
6/5 – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic – Rock For People Festival
6/12 – Landgraaf, Netherlands – Pinkpop Festival
6/13 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
6/20 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
6/21 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Festival
6/24-6/27 – Seinajoki, Finland – Provinssi
8/7–8/9 – Montreal, QC – Heavy Montreal

Smashing Pumpkins ‘Machina/The Machines of God’ 15th Anniversary Retrospective

Edited by Brett Buchanan

While some today are promoting February 28th as the 15th anniversary of Machina I as today, that is actually not the case. In a typical weird Pumpkins move, Machina I was actually released on February 29th, 2000.

This is as close as we’ll get.

The Machina albums (both I & II), according to Corgan, are both in the works for a remastered and complete release, with the original intended track listing to be restored. The two track listings contain about 40 songs, and several commercially unreleased demos exist from this era, and a few, I’m sure, Corgan has kept to himself for an occasion like this. It may end up being the largest reissue of Smashing Pumpkins music.

Traveling from the giddy dream pop-psychedelica of Gish all the way down to the deep, dark and tragic folk-electronica of Adore, you can hear the band really mature and ripen their sound as their discography progressed. During this evolution, they accepted the somber lessons they accumulated through a turbulent and crazy decade of internal drama, mental health crises, drug abuse and even the death of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin, brother of Wendy Melvoin of Prince and the Revolution and Wendy & Lisa fame, which resulted in the firing of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin from 1996 to 1999.

The Smashing Pumpkins cycled through several guest drummers like Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) and Joey Waronker (Beck) from the latter part of 1996 to 1999, but worked most extensively with Filter’s Matt Walker, who helped them finish the rest of the Mellon Collie tourdates, with Dennis Flemion (The Frogs) on keyboard. All 3 drummers contributed to 1998’s Adore, but the album relied more on drum machines and loops than anything. Corgan had a vision for the album to create a sound combining influences of electronica and folk rock, to create a sound both “ancient” and “futuristic.” At the end of 1996, guitarist James Iha claimed in an interview regarding the future of the band’s music that “the future is in electronic music. It really seems boring just to play rock music.”

In 1999, the band brought Chamberlin back as their full time drummer and embarked on a short American ‘Arising’ tour, playing older hits, deep cuts and new material. After The Arising Tour, long-time bassist D’arcy Wretzky left the band, though by that time most of the Machina album had been recorded. Remaining bass parts were filled in by Corgan and Iha, and Melissa auf Der Maur of Hole joined the Pumpkins on bass for their (at the time) final tour.

Machina/The Machines of God upholds a mesh of influences, but is connected through a concept of a band falling apart. Although almost at any point of the Pumpkins’ career their latest album could have been the last, there is a distinct feeling of “The End” when one listens to these recordings.

This feeling is not completely melancholy either, the Pumpkins knew that things were falling apart fast and were doing their best to keep things together and give their fans one last great effort. The break up’s inevitably became especially apparent after Wretzky left. In later years, Corgan would lament on her departure from the band, “To this day I miss D’arcy’s sense of integrity, but it’s not like the integrity of the indie world, she had a certain kind of musical taste, I think is the best way to put it, that I still respect. A real good keen sense of bullshit, and was very principled in that regard.” Wretzky was arrested for crack cocaine possession later in 1999.

The Machina albums, instead of departing from Adore’s styling all together, combine its sonic landscape with a cybermetal sound to create a greater soft-loud dynamic. The Machina albums may have some of the greatest examples of the soft-loud switch-off dynamic in the realm of alternative rock music. The album opens with the insatiable catchy deep metal riffs of “The Everlasting Gaze” (complete with mid-song rant) which abruptly ends to the beginning of the mysterious and ominous “Raindrops + Sunshowers”, a Corgan eulogy to the lack of communication between him and everyone around him. As the lyrics are penned: “Rain falls on everyone  /The same old rain/ And I’m just trying to /Walk with you /Between the raindrops /I send my echo out /To get your love without /Obscured reflections of /My love”.

This pattern is repeated virtually in uniform throughout the album’s tracklisting. Additionally, the Machina albums, especially the second, has a distinct influence of shoegaze and 80’s post-punk that had been downplayed in the band’s sound the last few years before the Machina albums. The earliest Smashing Pumpkins demos are riddled with direct influence from the Cure, My Bloody Valentine and Joy Division. The Machina albums brought all of their influences, past and present (and future), into a full circle concept.

3 singles were released from the album, “The Everlasting Gaze,” “Stand Inside Your Love,” and “Try, Try, Try”, along with the promo single “I of the Mourning”.  The first two singles fared pretty well, with “Stand Inside Your Love” even making it to #2 on  Billboard’s Modern Rock tracks. The album’s promotional campaign was heavily laced with mythos. The album artwork by Russian artist Vasily Kafanov was covered in drawings and etchings in the style of Renaissance alchemy, decorated with esoteric and astrological symbols. An online gallery of them is displayed here, on Kafanov’s website. Oftentimes many forget that the Machina albums were meant to be a concept double album. The album was full of concepts, many of which still go unraveled and ignored today.

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“Plates VII & IX – So empowered, the Lovers negate the blinding brilliance of Love” [Diptych]

One of the main concepts, exemplified in the track “Glass and the Ghost Children,” is a fictionalized version of the band. A rock star, Zero (Corgan), is spoken to by the voice of God and renames himself Glass, and his band, the Machines of God. So this, in a way, is the first self-titled album by Glass and the Machines of God, and the last album by the Smashing Pumpkins, until Corgan and Chamberlin’s reunion.  A small collection of animated episodes was created in the series’ promotion featuring the story behind Glass and the Machines of God, in the vein of the cyberpunk shows that existed during the late ’90s like Batman Beyond. The 3 known episodes can be seen here:

Smashing Pumpkins fans are one part blessed, and one part cursed to love a band with such a diverse sound and strange sense of artistry that makes them a band set apart from virtually all of their contemporaries. The Pumpkins were the first band to venture into a realm that crossed the borders between electronica and rock, treating each influence as an equal. Meanwhile, the budding contemporary electronic and EDM movements were beginning to overrun rock on all fronts, from Britpop to the very few remaining acts from the late ’80s and early ’90s alternative scene, both by and large who refused to conform to any standard of electronica. In the history books they are usually regarded as a “grunge” or “alternative” rock band, but in truth the Pumpkins really emerged in their first incarnation as a new wave/shoegaze band, and closed as a new wave/shoegaze band in their last original incarnation.

Contract disputes, the rehabilitation and exudation of band members, the media’s perception of Corgan, an array of diverse musical influence, the magic of alchemy, and the first honest plea of ceasefire between electronica and rock create this wholesomely weird album. Today, there are those who yearn for the Smashing Pumpkins of the past, and this album, taking in the diversity of influences, is the most comprehensive image of the old Smashing Pumpkins. I anxiously await the reissue of this neglected album (along with MACHINA II), so the world can finally see the album for what it is: the last stand of the classic Smashing Pumpkins that fans knew and loved in the 90’s.

Happy birthday, Machina!

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Soundwave Festival Day 3 (Brisbane & Sydney) Setlists

Soundwave Festival is a hard rock/metal event that occurs in Australia on February 21st, 22nd, 28th, and March 1st in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. You can view the setlists of some of the main acts below during the third day of the festival. Stay tuned for the last day!

Brisbane

Slipknot:
Sarcastrophe
The Heretic Anthem
My Plague
The Devil in I
Disasterpiece
The Negative One
Psychosocial
Opium of the People
Dead Memories
Before I Forget
Duality
The Blister Exists
Spit It Out
Custer

Encore:
(sic)
People = Shit
Surfacing

Smashing Pumpkins:
One and All (We Are)
Being Beige
Cherub Rock
Tonight, Tonight
Drum + Fife
Glass and the Ghost Children
Stand Inside Your Love
Monuments
Pale Horse
Disarm
Zero
Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Heavy Metal Machine
United States

Encore:
1979

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators:
You’re a Lie
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Standing in the Sun
Ghost (Slash cover)
Back from Cali (Slash cover)
Wicked Stone
You Could Be Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
The Dissident
Doctor Alibi (Slash cover) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
Welcome to the Jungle (Guns N’ Roses cover) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
Starlight (Slash cover)
Double Talkin’ Jive (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Bent to Fly
World on Fire
Anastasia
Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)

Encore:
Paradise City (Guns N’ Roses cover)

Marilyn Manson:
Deep Six
Disposable Teens
No Reflection
mOBSCENE
The Dope Show
Rock Is Dead
Cupid Carries a Gun
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Eurythmics cover)
Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover)
The Beautiful People
Irresponsible Hate Anthem

Judas Priest:
Dragonaut
Metal Gods
Devil’s Child
Victim of Changes
Halls of Valhalla
Turbo Lover
Redeemer of Souls
Beyond the Realms of Death
Jawbreaker
Breaking the Law

Encore:
Hell Bent for Leather
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

Encore 2:
Painkiller

Godsmack:
1000hp
Cryin’ Like a Bitch
What’s Next
The Enemy
Something Different
Awake
Locked and Loaded
Voodoo
Batalla de los Tambores
Whatever
I Stand Alone

Killer Be Killed:
Fire to Your Flag
Curb Crusher
Face Down
Twelve Labors
Dust into Darkness
Save the Robots
I.E.D.
Melting of My Marrow
Wings of Feather and Wax
Snakes of Jehovah

Exodus:
Black 13
Blood In, Blood Out
Children of a Worthless God
Piranha
Blacklist
A Lesson in Violence
Bonded by Blood
War Is My Shepherd
The Toxic Waltz
Strike of the Beast

Animals as Leaders:
Tooth and Claw
Tempting Time
Ka$cade
The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing/Behaving Badly
Physical Education
The Woven Web
CAFO

Apocalyptica:
I’m Not Jesus
I Don’t Care
Seek & Destroy (Metallica cover)
Shadowmaker
Advance Australia Fair (Peter Dodds McCormick cover)
Inquisition Symphony (Sepultura cover)
Hall of the Mountain King

Nonpoint:
Pins and Needles
What a Day
The Truth
Victim
Breaking Skin
Hands Off
99 Problems (Jay Z cover)
In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins cover)
Fuck’d
Alive and Kicking
Bullet with a Name

Sydney

Faith No More:
Motherfucker
Caffeine
Ricochet
From Out of Nowhere
Evidence
Epic
Get Out
Midlife Crisis
Zombie Eaters
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy (Commodores cover)
Cuckoo for Caca
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Encore:
Digging the Grave
I Started a Joke (Bee Gees cover)
We Care a Lot

Soundgarden:
Flower
Outshined
Kickstand
Spoonman
Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
My Wave
Been Away Too Long
Hunted Down
Fell on Black Days
Like Suicide
Ugly Truth
Mailman
A Thousand Days Before
Black Hole Sun
Birth Ritual
Rusty Cage

Incubus:
Wish You Were Here
Anna Molly
Adolescents
Absolution Calling
Nice to Know You
Trust Fall
In the Company of Wolves
Vitamin
Pardon Me
Megalomaniac
A Crow Left of the Murder

Lamb of God:
Desolation
In Your Words
Now You’ve Got Something to Die For
Ghost Walking
Redneck

Ministry:
Hail to His Majesty
Punch in the Face
PermaWar
Fairly Unbalanced
Rio Grande Blood
LiesLiesLies
Waiting
Worthless
Life Is Good
N.W.O.
Just One Fix
Thieves
Enjoy the Quiet

Fear Factory:
Shock
Edgecrusher
Powershifter
What Will Become?
Damaged
The Industrialist
Archetype
Martyr
Demanufacture
Self Bias Resistor
Zero Signal
Replica

DragonForce:
Fury of the Storm
Three Hammers
The Game
Symphony of the Night
Cry Thunder
Ring of Fire (Anita Carter cover)
Valley of the Damned
Through the Fire and Flames

Godflesh:
Like Rats
Christbait Rising
Streetcleaner
Spite
Mothra
Crush My Soul

Ne Obliviscaris:
Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes
Pyrrhic
Painters of the Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux
And Plague Flowers the Kaleidoscope

Monuments:
Origin of Escape
Degenerate
Atlas
Doxa
Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise
Regenerate
I, The Creator