Listen To Clip Of Foo Fighters’ New Pink Floyd Inspired Song

Foo Fighters have changed the background audio on their mysterious website with a countdown clock to a new instrumental that sounds very Pink Floyd inspired. It it also accompanied by a new image. Click here to download the song clip from Foo Fighters’ lobby website, and view the new image below.

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Foo Fighters have launched a new website featuring a countdown clock with audio in the background of people talking for a few minutes with Dave Grohl’s voice briefly being heard, set to expire 23 days from now. On the website, Foo Fighters’ logo is in the middle of a U.S. highway sign that resembles U.S. Route 66 (and many others). Alternative Nation has put the countdown clock and the Route 66 sign side by side in the above photo.

U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). The announcement may involve a tour in the area or perhaps a continuation of Sonic Highways, the band having recently recorded 5 new songs in Austin shows that the band have no plans to go on hiatus in the immediate future. What do you think is next for Foo Fighters and Sonic Highways? Let us know in the comment section!

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Dave Navarro To Release Documentary About His Mother’s Murder

Jane’s Addiction guitarist/songwriter Dave Navarro has announced the release of a documentary concerning the murder of his mother Constance Navarro and everything else that came to his life as a result. It is due out December 1st on certain outlets. His mother Constance Navarro and his aunt were murdered by Constance’s boyfriend John Ricardi along with on March 3rd, 1983. He escaped justice for 8 years until he was caught thanks to a tip provided by a caller after America’s Most Wanted aired an episode on the case. Ricardi was caught January 4th, 1991 in Houston, Texas, as Jane’s Addiction was between legs for the Ritual de lo Habitual tour. In the years that followed his mother’s murder, he struggled with different addictions to cope with his feelings, including heroin. After Jane’s Addiction broke up in late 1991, Navarro went clean, cut his dreads and started a one-off project with ex-bandmate Eric Avery named Deconstruction, who released one (excellent) self titled album in 1994. His tenure with the Red Hot Chili Peppers lastled from late 1993 to 1998. Ricardi faced court in 1993 and was sentenced to death and without a doubt guilty. He currently resides at San Quentin Prison, though his death sentenced has been annulled and instead he now is just to serve a life sentence for as long as he lives.

The death of Navarro’s mother became a defining moment in his life, but it would not be the last. Despite his battles with addiction (of which is he now four years sober) and subsequent trauma, he has become one of the most varied, accomplished and weird musicians of the last 30 years. His work with Jane’s Addiction, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette and Nine Inch Nails, not to mention his solo work, always carries with itself an incredibly distinctive tone between heavenly choirs and hellish screams. He is also known for his roles in Sons of Anarchy and Ink Master. I’m sure his mother is very proud of him. Watch the trailer below:

 

Chris Cornell On If Eddie Vedder Would Have Made It Had Andy Wood Lived

During a recent interview with WMMR, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was asked about Andy Wood having passed away just as Mother Love Bone was on the verge of breaking out commercially, and if had that not happened Pearl Jam never would have existed. Cornell gave his thoughts on if Eddie Vedder would still had cultural influence with his music had Pearl Jam never formed, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Yeah, the thought crossed my mind I think before. For sure, I think Eddie’s creative output would have obviously come to be in a way that affects popular culture no matter what. I can’t imagine that that wouldn’t have happened, it just wouldn’t have happened in that way. I think that’s probably a difficult thing to kind of sit and think about, when you’re close to the person that’s died, that somehow their passing has made way for another forum that becomes really important (laughs), it’s sort of tough. But it’s definitely something that I’ve thought about, I’m not going to pretend that didn’t occur to me at some point.”

He also discussed living with Andy Wood.

“The funny thing is he ended up being my roommate because I called Stone Gossard and said, ‘My brother just left, and I need a roommate. Do you want to be my roommate?’ He’s like, ‘No, that’s alright, I’m pretty happy still living at home.’ I don’t know how old we were, we were still pretty young. Then he said, ‘You should call my buddy Andy.’ I kind of knew him, a little bit. I think he was looking for a place to stay in town because there’s an island thing going on in Seattle. There’s a big difference between being on an island and being in town. So I called him, and he moved in.

It was fun, because we were sort of having a friendly competition as singer-songwriters the whole time. I had a 4-track and I would record him, we were both writing songs all of the time. He was almost the opposite of me, in terms of how he dealt with his own sort of creative output. He seemed to have no editing voice in his head at all, he was just free, and he’d kind of write and record anything, and not really analyze it too much. I was sort of the opposite, I had an editorial staff in my head, arguing about what I’m doing.

I took that definitely from him as a lesson to just chill out and be creative and let someone else judge it, or judge it later, but don’t have that sort of circumvent the process in the moment. Like starting to work on a song and being like, ‘Oh no, this probably sucks. It sucks.’ The other dangerous one: ‘This is the fucking best song anyone has ever written.’ That’s where the argument comes in, then the other voice: ‘Uh uh, no it isn’t.’ ‘Yes it is!’ ‘No it isn’t!’ Then the third voice: ‘It doesn’t have to be either of those things!'”

Nirvana Borrowed ‘Come As You Are’ Riff From Another Band, Claims Frontman

There has been quite a bit of talk over the years that the guitar riff of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” bears some resemblance to an earlier tune by Killing Joke, “Eighties.” While recently interviewing JK singer Jaz Coleman for the Songfacts site, the subject of the lyrical inspiration behind “Eighties” came up, for which he responded:

We wrote that song in Geneva and it’s kind of an interesting story about it, because we played in a squat – we did two nights in this fallout shelter in Geneva that became sort of a legend in Switzerland. It’s funny, because in 1983, we were going through Switzerland, and the promoter said, “Do you want to stay at a Hilton Hotel or would you want to stay in this seven-bedroom farmhouse, where this couple will cook for you?”

So we took the latter option, and had such a good time there. What transpired is the next morning, I said to this couple, “Can I come back to this house again, to do some writing? I’ve had such a good time here.” And they were very kind and said, “You could.” After the tour, I got a flight back to Geneva, and went to this wonderful house again, and of course, Raven [Paul Raven, Killing Joke bass player at the time] was there – he’d done the same thing! [Laughs] So a new chapter started in Switzerland.

That song I remember was written in the house, and I still live in that house. I’ve still got a room in that house. That song was written upstairs.

That song, of course, became “Come As You Are” for Nirvana. I think of the repercussions of that song and how I went upstairs to the little room where Geordie had his amp. I remember when he knocked that riff out, it was so memorable, it kind of embodied everything that was happening at that time.

And at that time, I was reading Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s The Coming Race, and that line is in the song: “I’m in love with the coming race.” So it was looking forward to the trans-human future that is upon us now.

Killing Joke recently issued their 16th studio effort overall, Pylon, and will be launching a U.S. tour early next year.

Noel Gallagher Wants More Money To Reunite Oasis

Noel Gallagher has denied rumors that Oasis will headline Glastonbury as they ‘don’t pay enough.’

The former Oasis guitarist says if the band ever were to reunite, it wouldn’t be on the iconic Pyramid Stage.

Speaking to The Daily Star, he said: “I don’t know where the rumors keep coming from about Glastonbury.

“Would we ever do it? They don’t have enough money I’m afraid. That’s the bottom line, they just don’t pay enough.”

The Daily Star recently reported the latest Oasis reunion rumors, claiming that Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell, and Gem Archer are in ‘serious talks’ to make a boatload of money with a series of UK arena shows in 2016.

The source said, “Other bands have reunited and had a fantastic pay day so it makes sense for everyone involved.”

“It has been discussed seriously – it’s only a matter of time.”

“It is looking so certain it is worth betting on for next year.”

However, approached for comment by NME a spokesperson for Liam Gallagher said that the rumors are “totally unfounded”. A request for comment from Noel’s camp has not received a reply at the time of writing.

When asked during a recent BBC Radio 4 interview if he and Liam were close when growing up in Manchester, Noel said: “When you are 10 and your brother is five it is a lifetime away and so I never hung out with any of his friends, but, yeah, we got on.

“You can gain some strength from being in a band with your brother when everyone else is a stranger, but as time goes on it becomes your Achilles heel because you know how to push each other’s buttons.

“On our day we were great. People are there now at my concerts that weren’t even born then and they are crying at Oasis songs. All all over the world people are still in massively in love with that band – and none more so than me.”

Ex-Guns N’ Roses Drummer Says Foo Fighters Aren’t Dangerous Enough

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum criticized Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters in a new Windsor Star interview.

“You know, I see bands with lead singers who are really nice. Squeaky clean. And I really don’t feel I’m getting that wild, rock n’ roll sensibility that I want.”

“I love Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters frontman), don’t get me wrong. But he’s a drummer who got out front with a guitar. Is there any danger in it? Not really. If you go to a Foo Fighters show, you’re gonna see a band play their set, and everything is gonna go down nice, and he’ll thank the crowd, and everyone’s gonna go home and go ‘Wow, that was a really nice rock n’ roll show.’”

“Not everything went perfect in any of the bands I’ve been in, but I know one thing: People on their way home were going ‘Holy ****, what was that?’”

Listen To Cage The Elephant’s New Single “Mess Around”

Cage The Elephant have premiered via the group’s official Facebook page, “Mess Around” which is the lead single of the group’s upcoming album “Tell Me I’m Pretty” and is set for release on December 18th. You can view it below:

Produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, the album was recorded this past Spring at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville, TN.

From Matt: “With this record, we wanted to be more transparent. We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that.”

Pre-order Tell Me I’m Pretty now. Exclusive items, including postcards from the band, signed posters and instruments, and handwritten lyric sheets, among others, are available here.

Make sure to follow the band on Instagram for the album artwork reveal later this month!

Tell Me I’m Pretty
01. Cry Baby
02. Mess Around
03. Sweetie Little Jean
04. Too Late To Say Goodbye
05. Cold Cold Cold
06. Trouble
07. How Are You True
08. That’s Right
09. Punchin’ Bag
10. Portuguese Knife Fight

Foo Fighters To Make Major Announcement: More Sonic Highways?

Foo Fighters have launched a new website featuring a countdown clock with audio in the background of people talking for a few minutes with Dave Grohl’s voice briefly being heard, set to expire 23 days from now. On the website, Foo Fighters’ logo is in the middle of a U.S. highway sign that resembles U.S. Route 66 (and many others). Alternative Nation has put the countdown clock and the Route 66 sign side by side in the above photo.

U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, with road signs erected the following year. The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km). The announcement may involve a tour in the area or perhaps a continuation of Sonic Highways, the band having recently recorded 5 new songs in Austin shows that the band have no plans to go on hiatus in the immediate future. What do you think is next for Foo Fighters and Sonic Highways? Let us know in the comment section!

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Chris Cornell On Layne Staley’s Death: ‘It’s Harder To Find A Silver Lining’

Chris Cornell discussed Mad Season and how listening to Above in preparation for his performance with the band’s surviving members earlier this year at Benayora Hall in January.  Read the quote below from an interview with WMMR, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“When I was asked to do that, what came next was listening to the original recordings, which was listening to Layne sing in headphones over and over to learn it, and feel like I really knew it. That was kind of unexpected, I don’t want to say dark, but it was tough, because I hadn’t really done that. Listening to his voice intimately, and sing those words and sing those songs, it definitely sort of forced me to reckon with what happened in his life, and the fact that he’s not around anymore. I think that’s tough for everybody that knew him, as it is for anyone that loses someone who is a friend that is young, or that affects your life, just fans of his even.

I think that sometimes almost the bigger tragedy in a weird way is all of the future imagined creative projects that could have happened that didn’t. I feel the same way about lots of brilliant people who die young, kind of senselessly especially. If it’s an accident you feel like it’s an act of God, but if you feel like they did it somehow, it’s sort of harder to reconcile. It’s hard to find a silver lining, but it doesn’t change what he did at all.”

He was also asked if he would do more with Mad Season after the Benayora Hall performance earlier this year. “It’s not really something that we talked about, no. We might do something else some day (laughs), who knows?”

Kurt Cobain Sings About Not Selling Records & Smoking Hash In New Punk Rocker

Edited by Brett Buchanan

Kurt Cobain’s Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings will be released next month, and it features an unreleased song called “Rehash.” “Rehash” sounds like Henry Rollins era Black Flag thrash-style with a heavy guitar riff and heavy screams, while the chorus (Rehash, Rehash) doesn’t sound at all like Cobain’s regular vocals. It’s clearly an in-development idea, as Cobain recites where he wants the solo, by orally saying: “Solo” as he plays the riff, over and over again. While the sound quality makes it hard to guarantee that all of these lyrics are correct, this is my stab at them from what I heard, with some missing.

“Rehash” lyrics:

I tried out for the high school band
then I tried to join the crowd
My records didn’t sell
Now I keep them very healthy in my cellar what do you want?
????
????
????
????

Chorus:

Rehash x 15

Post Chorus/ Bridge( ?) :

Playin’ in a Bar Band
Playin in a bar band
Playin in a bar band
Thank God I’m not bland
Playin in a bar band
playing in a bar band
Thank God I’m not bland
Playin’ in a bar band

Rehash x 15
OH!!!

Kurt’s speaking voice: “Solo”

“Solo”

“Solo”
“Solo”
“Solo”

“Chorus”
“Chorus”

Rehash x13
“Smoke hash”

Check out the lyrics to other unreleased Kurt Cobain tracks from Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings on Alternative Nation’s articles on “She Only Lies” and the new version of “Do Re Mi.” Also read our in-depth track by track review of Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings.

Pearl Jam Rumored To Tour Canada In 2016

The Journal de Quebec is reporting that sources have indicated to them that Pearl Jam have had talks to perform at Quebec’s Videotron Centre, and chances are good that the discussions will lead to a concert there along with other Canadian dates. The rumored May 8th date could change, but the concert would take place in May. The article also mentions the recent online rumors about Pearl Jam’s 2016 North American tour, which actually made them contact sources to check about the validity of the Quebec rumors specifically.

Below are the rumored 2016 Pearl Jam tour dates that recently leaked on Pearl Jam’s message boards. Keep in mind many of these dates do not have official sources backing the, so take them with a grain of salt.

2016 Rumored Pearl Jam Tour Dates:
4/8 Ft Lauderdale
4/9 Miami
4/11 Tampa
4/13 Jacksonville
4/15 Atlanta (a second person also confirmed)
4/16 Nashville
4/18 Columbia SC
4/20 Charlotte
4/21 Raleigh
4/23 Lexington
4/26 Pittsburgh
4/28&29 Philly
5/1&2 NYC
5/5 Buffalo
5/6 Albany or Hartford
5/8 Quebec
5/10 Ottawa
5/11 Montreal
5/13&14 Toronto

Maynard James Keenan Clarifies Tool Comments: ‘The Fanatics Are Insufferable’

Photo credit: Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage

Maynard James Keenan has taken to Twitter to clarify his comments about Tool’s fanbase. Keenan had kind words for the band’s fanbase, but was still critical of the Tool ‘fanatics’ who he called retards a couple of days ago. “Our core fanbase aren’t fanatics. They’re music lovers & artists & good people. Its the fanatics that are insufferable.” He also said it is untrue that he wants nothing to do with Tool or the band’s fanbase. Keenan also mentioned ‘context,’ implying that he was only talking about specific types of fans. Tool also posted a photo of Facebook with the caption: ‘4hrs a.m. w/ @puscifer 4hrs p.m. w/ @tool @barry_mccockener and I TOTALLY hating on each other. #donttaketheclickbait #context.’

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Maynard James Keenan joked about his Tool bandmates and mocked fanatics of the band in a new Phoenix New Times interview.

Kennan acknowledges that there was indeed humor on Tool’s albums to the reporter. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.

“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”

He shakes his head.

“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?

“No, they had to con me into it.”

Deftones is also playing the festival. Are we going to hear “Passenger,” the Deftones song featuring Keenan guesting on vocals? Keenan hasn’t performed it live in more than a decade.

He shakes his head vigorously.

Then the million-dollar question: When’s the next Tool album coming out?

“There’s nothing to say,” he says. “I can’t.”

Scott Weiland Dedicates New Mobile App To Jeremy Brown

Current Wildabouts frontman and former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver member Scott Weiland has teamed up with Google Play architect Tim Quirk and Freeform Development, Inc. to release a brand new application and content delivery system across multiple mobile operating systems, available now for download.

Simply titled “Scott Weiland”, the app currently features free one time listens of the first seven tracks of 2015’s Blaster with a link to purchase; alternatively, several “offers” to receive a free digital download of the record include subscribing to Rhapsody or taking advantage of promotional offers from partners such as Subway and DirecTV. A previously unreleased bonus track entitled “Back to the City” is unlocked by sharing the app via Facebook.

The app opens with a note from Weiland explaining his intent for the new app:

Check out my new record with The Wildabouts, “BLASTER”, along with a brand new bonus track “Back To The City”. 

You can crank most of these tracks up once a day for free. But if you just gotta have it for keeps, and who doesn’t, just TAP the OFFER bar! 

Be on the lookout for more + more +more, offers and free stuff; big thanks to all of my fans. -Scott Weiland

At the end of the “notes” section of the app, offering a summary of Weiland’s career, Weiland left a dedication to former Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown, who tragically passed away on the eve of Blaster’s release at the age of 34:

Jeremy Brown, you are in my thoughts, prayers, and dreams, God speed, love and peace brother; we will meet again. 

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Scott Weiland Announces New Track & US Tour: ‘It’s A Rebirth’ – AlternativeNation.net

Multi-platinum singer/songwriter of Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland hits the road with his band The Wildabouts (Tommy Black bass guitar, Joey Castillo drums, Nick Maybury guitar) for an extended tour this fall in support of the release of their full length record BLASTER (Softdrive/INgrooves) in App form developed by Google Play architect Tim Quirk (Freeform App). This cutting edge delivery platform will feature a previously unreleased track “Back To The City”, which finds Scott & The Wildabouts laying down a dark, thick, hook filled, must listen prime cut. “This tour is about making a connection. We’ll perform the hits for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans. I made BLASTER for them, but it is fresh; we’ve made an album that can resonate, and attract a whole new group of fans. It’s a rebirth,” stated Weiland.

The official tour will be preceded by and exclusive engagement on October 5th at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California. If you did not get tickets, sorry, the show sold out in minutes, and a lucky few will get a chance to engage Scott in a Q &A, as well as experience the Wildabouts up close and personal.
Check out this rock icon’s rebirth, as Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts take their brand of rock music out on the road in the U.S.A.

New dates listed under Tour Dates. And more to come…

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Top 10 Japanese Horror Films That Aren’t About Ghost Or Kaiju

Japanese horror films or J-horror have always been a force to be reckoned with. The country has produced some of the scariest, weirdest and most extreme films the genre has known. In Western pop culture, people normally think of giant monsters (aka Kaiju) or ghost children when it comes to horror flicks from Japan, though the country has produced a diverse wealth of them spanning multiple subgenres. Here, in no order, are ten of the country’s best horror films that feature neither of those things.

Suicide Club (2002)

During the late 90’s to mid 2000’s Japan was making many controversial horror films, one of the most notable being Suicide Club. The film is about police investigating a wave of unconnected suicides and is most notorious for a scene where schools girls happily jump in front of a train. Despite having such a dark subject matter, the film has plenty of humor. Recommended for fans of films that are disturbing and funny at the same time.

Versus (2000)

Versus is a horror, comedy, martial arts, gunplay fusion directed by the now acclaimed Ryuhei Kitamura. Set in a place known as The Forrest of Resurrection, a gang of Yakuzas fights hordes of zombies while trying to stop their leader from opening a portal to hell. With good laughs, gore and fight choreography, the film has stuff to please just about any kind of geek. In 2004 an extended edition called Ultimate Versus was released. This is the best version to see.

Wicked City (1987)

In the 1980’s anime was known for being very violent and this horror anime is a prime example of that. Set near the dawn of the year 2000, a human agent named Taki and a female demon named Makie take on a group of demons called The Radicals. They must also protect a 200-year-old man named Giuesspi who is the only one who can bring peace to the human and demon worlds. The film mixes frightening visuals with high-octane action and explicit gore and nudity and never feels slow for a minute, but at the same time is able to tell a good story.

Kuroneko (1968)

During a civil war, two women are raped and murdered by samurai. After the war, many samurai start mysteriously dying. A young hero is then called in from the government who are convinced it’s the work of a demon. Though the film’s plot does involve ghosts, the film is not structured like a ghost movie and is different in style than what Japan’s horror scene would be known for.  The black and white look mixed with its feudal setting gives the film great atmosphere. The acting is also very good and you really feel for the characters, something that is lost in a lot of horror.

Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988)

Yet another genre blender, this film mixes horror with science fiction and historical fantasy. The plot is about a demonic reincarnation of an old Japaneses emperor on a mission to destroy all of Toyko. The film was a major part of the occult crazes that swept Japan from the late 80’s-early 90’s. Though very slow at times, this film is full of atmosphere and a story that just draws you in and shocks you at when it wants to. The emperor from this film was the inspiration for M. Bison from the game series Street Fighter.

Onibaba (1964)

From Kaneto Shindo, director of Kuroneko, comes another feudal era horror film. Two women have a hobby that involves killing soldiers and stealing their belongings. The women then meet a mysterious man who wears a bizarre mask. Like Kuronekothe film’s setting and lack of color give it good atmosphere. The free-jazz and tribal score also help give the film a bit of a bizarre tone. If Akira Kurosawa made a horror film, it would be Onibaba.

Tetsuo:The Iron Man (1989)

Shinya Tsukamoto is known for directing some of Japan’s craziest films and Tetsuo is no exception. The film is about a businessman who accidentally kills a man who has a fetish for sticking scrap metal in his body. The businessman then starts sprouting metal appendages such as drills out of random parts of his body (not making this up). Shot in black and white and on a low budget this film feels like Eraserhead on crack.  The industrial score is also very good and fits the film perfectly. The film would get two sequels, Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer and Tetsuo: Bullet Man.

Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Based on the first of the Vampire Hunter D novels, this film is horror anime at it’s finest. In the year 12,090 AD, a young woman named Doris hires a half-vampire half human named D to protect her from a powerful vampire lord who has bitten her and wants to make her his new bride. Vampire Hunter D is mostly known as the film that inspired the game series Castlevania. Some of the similarities include Doris using a whip as her main weapon and D resembling recurring Castlevania character Alucard. In 2000, the film would receive a sequel titled Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, based on the third book in the series.

Ichi The Killer (2001) 

Considered to be one of the most disturbing films of all time. The film is directed by famed Japanese director Takashi Miike and is based off the manga of the same name. The film is about a Yakuza named Kakihara who gets turned on when he feels pain. While torturing a rival Yakuza, he learns of an assassin named Ichi who is a great martial artist who gets turned on when he inflicts pain (not making this up) . The film was banned in many countries due to its explicit violence. Though it is full of shock value, the film doesn’t fail in the story and character departments. The film has a prequel called 1-Ichi, which is done in the style of an anime.

Audition (1999)

Also from Takashi Miike, Audition is one of the most well-known and greatest J-horror films out there. A father who lost his wife looks for a new girlfriend. The method he uses is a false movie audition held by his friend, who is a filmmaker. Eventually, he finds the girl he wants. The two relate real well though, though the film hints that this girl is not right in the head, leading to an unforgettable climax. The film is known for its roller coaster-like story structure. Most of it is like a romantic drama with hints of horror; you know things are going to get bad, but you don’t know when. The film is very disturbing and creepy without the use of much onscreen gore.

Chris Cornell: ‘Kanye West Has Done Entire Shows To A Laptop’

Chris Cornell recently discussed using a turntable at his concerts and Kanye West during an interview with WMMR, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“It came from initial discussion with my one time manager about ways of making an acoustic show cool. The idea of having a turntable came up, on stage. He was talking about, ‘You could talk about records you love, and go play part of it.’ I liked the idea of that, that immediately kind of makes it intimate, kind of like the living room when you’re doing that. But I didn’t really like – it didn’t make sense for me to play someone else’s record. As soon as I thought that, I realized that most modern touring artists perform to track on some level, if not entirely.

Where Kanye West has done entire shows to a laptop, really, to basically the record. Why not just press songs that I want versions of my songs in whatever form I want to vinyl, and sing to them that way, and I still sort of get that quality. The first time I did it, I knew it was a good idea just because as soon as you drop the needle, and the audience heard the sound of vinyl, they reacted just to that. That kind of changed the atmosphere.”

Chris Cornell was critical of Kanye West’s roadies at Big Day Out’s show in Gold Coast, Australia in 2012.

Kanye West showed up 45 minutes late to the show, and the crowd broke into chants of “bullshit” numerous times as they waited, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

Frontman Chris Cornell wasn’t impressed when a sound check of West’s upcoming set at the neighbouring main stage could be heard in between Soundgarden songs and the rock band’s fans started booing.

“Sounds like there’s children playing music there, retarded children, retarded as in held back. There’s no other word for it,” Cornell told the crowd.

Kurt Cobain Sings ‘I Really Hate Her’ In New Song ‘She Only Lies’

Edited by Brett Buchanan

Kurt Cobain’s Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings will be released next month, and it features an unreleased song called “She Only Lies.” It is a haunting song, with dark lyrics alluding to guilt and self-condemnation, along with shame towards the other person. This could’ve easily been another song by Nirvana, with such a great bass-line. While the sound quality makes it hard to guarantee that all of these lyrics are correct, this is my stab at them from what I heard, with some missing.

“She Only Lies”

She only lies
Just to save my feelings
I cry inside
Just to make to her feel good
I hold inside
Guilt that isn’t real in
I find the lie
Just to burn my eyes

Oh, Oh

She only lies
Just to save my feelings
I only cry
Just to make her feel guilty
I cry inspite
Just to save my reasons
I know its right
Cause i wont hurt to die…
I love her
Oh i really hate her
And i know that you will hate her too
If you were given half the chance at all

I’ll definitely be listening to Kurt Cobain’s Home Recordings, not just for historical value, but as it was intended: as a way to get inside Kurt’s mind and listen how he composes songs the way he does. It feels exactly like you’re in the room with Kurt, as he’s practicing the chords, tuning the guitar, or just goofing off with one of his voices for comedy. In conclusion, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (Deluxe Ed.) is exactly what any hardcore Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain fan would love, to understand the creative process – along with the film, of Kurt Cobain. 5/5 Stars.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, will be released by Universal Music Enterprises in multiple formats, including the Super Deluxe Edition as well as in Blu-ray, DVD and digital video formats. The soundtrack album, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings will also be released on CD and digitally on November 13, 2015. A 2LP vinyl edition of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings will follow on December 4, 2015. In addition, a 7-inch single featuring “And I Love Her” and “Sappy (Early Demo)” is also scheduled for release on November 20, 2015.

Read Alternative Nation’s full review of Kurt Cobain’s Home Recordings by clicking here.

Top 10 Tom Morello Albums: From Rage Against The Machine To Audioslave

Tom Morello is one of the most unique guitar players in the history of music. With Morello being the lead guitarist in two of the best-selling bands of the past two decades and plenty of solo albums and side projects to boot, it’s time to rank up the top ten albums featuring Tom Morello on guitar.

10. Nightwatchman
Worldwide Rebel Songs
As many Morello fans know, The Nightwatchman tracks are not exactly for fans of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. Morello’s Nightwatchman is in singer/songwriter style and includes mostly acoustic tracks. However, there are hints of classic Morello such as the track “It Begins Tonight” and “Union Town”, where he actually plugs in in an Audioslave/RATM esque track. The music is very politically and lyrically driven, and it’s best to be a fan of Neil Young or Bob Dylan when you give The Nightwatchman a try. However, of all Nightwatchman releases, Worldwide Rebel Songs is the Morello’s best album as The Nightwatchman.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJBZD45zGGqLjGxMMkaSwaYcgA7hmGc6C

9. Audioslave
Revelations
With Revelations, Audioslave took what was done with Out Of Exile and made it more mainstream and made it more radio friendly (yes, it was possible to do so), unfortunately radio and other promotion outlets were over the supergroup by this point. Revelations was overproduced and seemingly lacking passion and sounding like a band at their end, which is exactly where Audioslave was. The best track on the album is “Shape Of Things To Come” which Morello and company should have put at the end of a greatest hits album and ended Audioslave there.
https://youtu.be/ioD1wmI_hpY
8. Street Sweeper Social Club
(Self Titled)
After releasing two albums under his acoustic Nightwatchman nom de guerre, Morello goes back to his roots in 2009 with Street Sweeper Social Club, though they’re debut album features classic style Morello guitar lines and effects, he plays as more of a rhythm guitarist for the majority of the album. This album seems to be more of a rap album, with vocals from Boots Riley being the main focus of the band. Morello rarely takes you on a journey like with Rage Against the Machine or early Audioslave. However, those who are in dire need of classic Morello there are some that fit the profile, tracks such as “Fight! Smash! Win!”, “100 Little Curses”, “The Squeeze”, “Somewhere In The World”, and “Megablast” are high points.

7. Lock Up
Something Bitchin’ This Way Comes
Lock Up features a guitar legend in training as the first major label release featuring Morello. Lock Up is reminiscent of early Red Hot Chili Peppers or Janes Addiction simply for the fact Morello’s style was similar to Hillel Slovak and at times even Dave Navarro. However, there are hints here of Morello coming into his own, such as with the tracks “Nothing New”, “24 Hour Man”, “Maniac” and “Peacekeeper”.  All things considered, this album is a bit underrated, and though the elements may not work well together as a whole, the elements themselves are actually very good, Morello in particular.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHWKCOTJJeBTB8QXdX66q620h5UxwyK3_
6. Audioslave
Out of Exile
With Out of Exile, Morello expands what was done with Audioslave’s debut album; however it suffers from what many bands go through with a sophomore album, with the idea of doing something different but ending up not being as spectacular. There are some high-points however, the opening track “Your Time Has Come” is essential Morello, the quasi-ballad “Be Yourself” is one of the best examples of latter Morello, and “Drown Me Slowly” is probably one of the most underrated Morello/Audioslave tracks which features the best guitar work from Morello on either of the last two Audioslave albums.
https://youtu.be/VZ_jSpoLA5I
5. Rage Against the Machine
Evil Empire
Evil Empire, Morello’s second album with RATM is mostly known for the tracks “People Of The Sun”, “Bulls On Parade”, and “Down Rodeo” however it’s the tracks where he experimented with his already unique sound that gives this album some validation. The album as a whole is more unique and a bit less radio friendly than RATM previous debut self-titled release, however, with Morello experimenting with space and tempo changes on tracks such as “Revolver” and “Year Of The Boomerang” it demonstrates how Morello and the band didn’t want to do the same thing twice, and rightfully so, it didn’t hit on quite as high of level.

4. Rage Against the Machine
Renegades
A collection of covers that ended up becoming the last full length album from Rage Against the Machine. The album is solid from start to finish, with Morello giving his signature twist to tracks from legendary artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Minor Threat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, and many others. A covers album from one of the most unique sounding bands in rock history was a must, and Morello and RATM hit a home run with Renegades.

3. Audioslave
(Self-Titled)
This album, including Chris Cornell and excluding Zach De La Rocha on vocals, is the first from Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk as Audioslave. The new lead singer seemingly gave Morello the opportunity to create something he has never had a chance to do, a ballad. Tracks like “Like A Stone” and “I Am The Highway” gave Morello another dynamic in his already great resume. Additionally, “Show Me How To Live”, “Cochise”, and “What You Are” give the listener what they have always liked from Morello; great, heavy, and unique riffs.
https://youtu.be/JpZlnEd1IEE
2. Rage Against The Machine
Battle of Los Angeles
Battle Of Los Angeles is RATM final album of originals, and along with Evil Empire, Battle Of Los Angeles showcased some of Morello’s most unique guitar work, however, the experimentation with space and tempo changes seem to come to fruition on Battle Of Los Angeles, tracks like “Calm Like A Bomb”, “Ashes In The Fall”, and “War Within A Breath” are high on the list of standouts in the Morello catalog. RATM combined the dynamics of Evil Empire with the consistency of their self-titled album and the end result was Battle Of Los Angeles.  RATM left on a high note with their final album of originals.

1. Rage Against The Machine
(Self-Titled)
Where the signature Morello guitar style came to prominence. From start to finish, Rage Against The Machine (Self-Titled) is 53 minutes of heavy hitting riffs. Tracks like “Bullet In The Head” and “Fistful of Steel” showcase Morello’s unique style and ability for the first time. This album is nothing short of a classic.
https://youtu.be/TcFRq8BXOn0

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Maynard James Keenan Calls Tool Fans Retards, Says Band Conned Him

Maynard James Keenan ripped his Tool bandmates and fans of the band in a new Phoenix New Times interview.

Kennan acknowledges that there was indeed humor on Tool’s albums to the reporter. But as with any time he’s asked about Tool, his answers quickly become curt. A hint of exasperation creeps into his voice and he exhales heavily through his nose.

“Yeah, it’s there,” he says. “But people miss it because they’re so focused on the other bullshit.”

He shakes his head.

“It’s lost. Insufferable people . . . It’s just ridiculous, retards. I’m sorry. Can’t help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up.”

Did he have to corral the other band members to play this one show in 2015?

“No, they had to con me into it.”

Deftones is also playing the festival. Are we going to hear “Passenger,” the Deftones song featuring Keenan guesting on vocals? Keenan hasn’t performed it live in more than a decade.

He shakes his head vigorously.

Then the million-dollar question: When’s the next Tool album coming out?

“There’s nothing to say,” he says. “I can’t.”

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Count William Corgan To Host Halloween Bash

Billy Corgan (aka William Corgan, William Patrick Corgan, WPC, The Ivory Tower, and BC) is taking holiday festivities to the forefront. On Halloween night, he will be hosting a “Halloween Bash” as “Count William Corgan” at Madame Zuzu’s, his esteemed tea house in his hometown of Chicago. With a band name like “The Smashing Pumpkins”, it is hard to see how a love of Halloween wouldn’t cross someone’s mind. The original Madame Zuzu listing details:

Join Zuzu’s on Halloween Night, Oct. 31 for a special Halloween bash. Your reservation includes: one reserved seat, special servings of ghoulish tea and v-gf dessert, a chance to participate in our (now) annual costume contest, and a vintage-style, peel-apart picture of you taken by your creaky yet congenial host, Count William Corgan. Only the dead could want more!  

At $15.00 a pop, it is far beyond sold out. Corgan has been making more appearances at Madame Zuzu’s lately after the End Times tour, including the three year anniversary event last week. The shop’s culture has grown the last few years and has poetry readings and comedy nights about once every month. The tea house has also recently hosted auctions of art and photography sanctioned by Corgan. Corgan’s interest and activity with photography has been showing especially lately, with the advent of his new blog and outlet People and Their Cars. People and Their Cars however, is not limited to people nor cars. Up today are some peculiar, quaint and mildly disturbing pictures of vintage Halloween costumes.

Around the holidays, we should be expecting a single from the new Pumpkins album whose title is unclear. While Corgan still had his Twitter, he revealed an acronym, “SFTMITHOTS,” which was allegedly an acronym of the album’s full title. The album was originally planned as “Day for Night” but the title was apparently scraped.

Ex-Sex Pistols Frontman Gives Definitive Answer On Reunion

In addition to interviewing the great John Lydon for Songfacts, I was also able to interview the man that you also know as Johnny Rotten for Long Island Pulse.

When asked about the possibility of a Sex Pistols reunion, Mr. Lydon had the following to say:

“No. That’s done. Never say never, but it wouldn’t be a reunion. We’re trying now to get to like each other outside of work and I think that’s more important to us as human beings. Because when we get back on stage, all those old resentments just keep creeping in, and it gets foolish. I want to remember them as my friends. We did enough as a band. Can’t go back at it, don’t want to. Can’t write for it, don’t need to. That served its place in history really well. And now, I’m serving my place in history really well, in a completely different way. Welcome to progress. It doesn’t always make you popular, but I’ve never done this for popularity.”

Lydon’s other band, Public Image Limited (PiL), recently released their tenth studio effort overall, What the World Needs Now, and are embarking on a U.S. tour from Halloween through November 29th (of which a complete list of dates can be viewed here).