Ex-REM Guitarist Peter Buck to Release Solo Album Featuring Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic

R.E.M.’s former members have retained a relatively low profile since the band’s amicable break-up in 2011 and have no intentions of reuniting. However, Peter Buck has remained fairly active in his solo work, and even conducted a partial REM reunion sans Stipe at a solo show in Athens, Georgia.  He has released two solo albums since the break up, Peter Buck and I Am Here to Blow Your Mind Once Again  on Mississippi Records.  These releases are only available on vinyl, perhaps due to the fact Buck is a huge vinyl collector, which at last estimates included over 25,000 vinyl releases.

His latest album, set for release on October 16th, is Warzone Earth, from Mississippi/Little Axe Records. Buck has talked the album up highly as his “magnus opus” and it includes his backing band Super Earth, as well as Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. More details are included in Buck’s official statement from the R.E.M. website:

“I’ve just had an exciting couple of weeks working with Tucker Martine on the new record by The Jayhawks which is a stunning tour de force. I think it will blow a lot of minds. I spent yesterday with my good friend Mike, who came to town to add some Millsian glamour to the proceedings. And I am pleased to announce this morning my new magnum opus Warzone Earth is now available. The record features two alternate covers by the folk art legend Mingering Mike. I never thought I’d look so good in tights!
All kidding aside, it’s the best solo record I have made, and I’m excited for it to be out in the world. It’s available through littleaxerecords.com who distributes the record. It should also be available in all the cool independent record stores in your neighborhood, once again, vinyl only, but feel free to make a cassette for your friends.
~Peter”

Despite the claim, it seems to not be possible to purchase the record from Little Axe at this time. Stay tuned, folks.

Listen To Kurt Cobain 1988 Demo From New Album

With the world waiting in anticipation, the powers that be have brought us a track from the Montage of Heck soundtrack, to be released on November 6th. The soundtrack will feature largely unreleased material. However, this version of “Sappy” is nothing unreleased.

This version of “Sappy”, although much different and noticeably slower and quieter, this version can be found on bootlegs occasionally as “Sad”, because the song has a much sadder tone than the other known versions of “Sappy”.

Below is the rumored tracklisting for the standard 13-track edition of the soundtrack and details on different editions:

Alternative Nation has tracked down the tracklisting for Kurt Cobain’s new solo album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, set for release on November 13th.

1. The Yodel Song
2. Been A Son
3. The Happy Guitar
4. Clean Up Before She Comes
5. Reverb Experiment
6. You Can’t Change Me/Burn My Britches/Something In The Way
7. Scoff
8. Desire
9. And I Love Her
10. Sappy
11. Letters To Frances
12. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
13. She Only Lies

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK SUPER DELUXE EDITION and KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS both include the highly anticipated soundtrack, an aural complement to the documentary in both concept and experience. Comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, the soundtrack allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and ultimately, pieces of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later Nirvana albums.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK SUPER DELUXE EDITION will include the 2 hour plus, full-length feature film and 48 minutes of bonus interviews on Blu-ray and DVD, a 31 track deluxe soundtrack on CD and cassette, a 160-page hardbound book with extended interviews and images from the Cobain archive, a puzzle with a collectable storage container, movie poster, postcards and bookmark. The 31 track deluxe soundtrack CD is exclusively available in the Super Deluxe Edition and showcases tracks from the documentary including spoken word, demos and full songs.

KURT COBAIN – MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS soundtrack will be released in two stand-alone physical formats: a 31 track deluxe album available on 2LP vinyl and a standard edition 13 track CD. The standard soundtrack focuses on the music discovered on Cobain’s personal cassettes. The soundtrack will also be available in standard and deluxe digital editions.

 

 

Chris Cornell Threw Out Soundgarden Album In Early 90’s

Photo credit: Rolling Stone

Chris Cornell revealed in a new interview with Acoustic Magazine that he threw out songs he had spent six months working on for a Soundgarden album in 1991.

“I can write songs for three days in a row, but on day four, I’m in a different mood, and it suddenly feels to me like I’ve completely gone in in the wrong direction and I wasn’t aware of it. I don’t know what creates that. You know when you hear your own voice on an answering machine? It’s whatever that phenomenon is. There’s something I’m hearing in me, something inherent that I hate. It’s unpredictable, and I’ve never been able to figure out a way to get past it.”

He added, “I remember writing songs for a Soundgarden album in 1991, where I spent six months writing about eight songs, and I threw them all out, and it was right that I did because they weren’t good. I just went down the wrong road.”

Cornell revealed that he actually dumped songs from Higher Truth, but then changed his mind and decided to use them. “The first songs I wrote, ‘Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,’ ‘Dead Wishes’ and ‘Murderer Of Blues Skies’, I wrote a couple of years ago, and I dumped them at one point. I didn’t think I was gonna use any of those songs – but then, having time away and doing other things and coming back, I had a different perspective. I thought, ‘No, these are great, I’m gonna record these’.”

Foo Fighters Mock Rich People: ‘Chicken Finger Eating Motherf***ers!’

At Foo Fighters’ show last week in Wichita, Kansas, Dave Grohl had some fun with some rich fans sitting in box seats.

“I will get a wave going, you rich motherfuckers in the box seats, I’ll even make you do a fucking wave. Look at you!”

Taylor Hawkins chimed in, “They’ve got the dinner and shit being served to them.”

Grohl added, “I know, they own car dealerships and shit up there, I know who they are. I know who you are, you’ve got fucking carpet cleaning company, I get it. You got tickets from the hockey team or some shit, it’s all good. Just so you know, I’m going to rock your fucking balls just as hard as these motherfuckers. You can sit there eating your trinket fingers, but your ass is mine motherfucker. (Laughs) That’s just how I roll. Hope ya’ll got some fucking ranch with that shit! I get it. Don’t get me started.”

Setlist:
All My Life (With “Carry On Wayward Son” Kansas cover snippet intro)
Times Like These
Learn to Fly
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Big Me (slow version)
Congregation
Walk
Eruption / You Really Got Me / Roundabout / MTV Theme Song / Tom Sawyer (Snippets during band intros)
Cold Day in the Sun
My Hero
Breakout
Arlandria
Skin and Bones
Monkey Wrench
These Days
What Did I Do?/God as My Witness (with Gary Clark, Jr.)
Best of You
Everlong

Slash Declines To Discuss Guns N’ Roses Reunion

In a new interview with The Times Telegram, Slash declined to discuss a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion. The reporter writes: “Slash politely declined to broach the subject. With a new album in his sights, Slash is firmly committed to his current project, and he’s excited as always to bring his brand of rock to audiences worldwide.”

He did discuss his songwriting process with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. “The majority of writing is done while we’re on tour,” Slash said of the new material. “I think that the writing process has been pretty consistent from (2012’s) ‘Apocalyptic Love’ all the way to the present, because we spend so much time on the road.”

“Most of the influences come from more than anything writing stuff that I’d want to hear,” he said.

“I think it’s the lack of new rock ’n’ roll nowadays compared to when I was younger that’s probably the biggest inspiration, you know? I’m trying to fill the void.”

On a late August Eddie Trunk podcast, Trunk discussed contacting Slash’s management for a comment regarding rampant Guns N’ Roses reunion rumors that have spread following the reports of Axl Rose and Slash reconciling. Trunk was told by Team Slash that the whole thing has been blown far out of proportion, and he’s laying low now when it comes to interviews. Trunk did say that he believes a Guns N’ Roses reunion will eventually happen.

John Frusciante’s Estranged Wife Wants $75,000 Per Month

Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante’s estranged wife Nicole ‘can’t stop’ asking for money from the iconic guitarist, TMZ reports.

Nicole Frusciante is asking for $75,000 per month from the ex-RHCP guitarist, as she states in the divorce documents that the initial $20,000 payment she got isn’t enough. She says she and John had 3 homes, personal assistants, and a private music studio. Nicole claims John is keeping her out of his bank account, which she claims is worth around $14 million, and that she only has $30,000 to her name. The couple filed for divorce earlier this year after 4 years of marriage. John Frusciante left the Red Hot Chili Peppers following the Stadium Arcadium tour and ensuing RHCP hiatus. Since then, Frusciante has focused on his solo material.

Billy Corgan’s Latest Project: People and Their Cars

William Patrick Corgan (Billy Corgan) or as he often signs now, “WPC”, has always been ahead of the game with a little something extra. After a short hiatus from frequent tweeting, a couple of days ago Corgan returned to Twitter with his newest project: “People and Their Cars.” While both people and cars are subjects in the blog, it is not what you think. The blog consists of vintage (or sometimes antique) photographs, a collection curated by Corgan himself. With Corgan’s ventures in music, poetry and teahouses, photography seems like a natural progression. A few days after the launch, Corgan announced the “Red Border Club”, an email listing for the blog. Benefits of joining the RBC include “the chance to receive additional images, but to be ‘first-in-line’ for updates on new merchandise and forthcoming People And Their Cars/Hexestential books.” No emails outside of confirmation have been sent out. Joining the RBC is also free, “with no catch, fees, or obligation to buy.” Corgan has always had a keen sense of art direction and the Pumpkins’ work has been influenced by the aesthetics of vintage photography (and other forms of visual art) over the years.

Two of the most prominent music videos from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, “Tonight, Tonight” and “Thirty-Three”, had their cinematography influenced by the early Edwardian days of film (a la A Trip to the Moon) and post-war photography/home video experiments respectively. You can really see Corgan’s interest in the vast spectrum of visual and cinematic art throughout the ages through the curating of this blog. No release date due for a book, but a book curated by Corgan is expected in the future.

Meanwhile, the Smashing Pumpkins put the final touches on their next seemingly unnamed album, set for release early next year with a single due out by the end of 2015. Stay tuned, ghost children.

Alternative Nation’s Artists to Watch Showcase

AJ
AYRON JONES AND THE WAY

From: Seattle, WA

Biggest Influences:
Nirvana, Dr.Dre, Jimi-Hendrix, SRV and Michael Jackson

What’s your story?
From Ayron Jones: In 2010, I had the idea of putting together a band that featured members from Seattle’s inner-city. The idea was to capture the blues and soul tones of Seattle’s Central District and fuse them with that legendary Seattle Rock sound. In 2012, we caught the ear of Seattle Hip-Hop legend and Central District native, Sir Mix-a-lot. After attending a live show, Sir Mix-a-lot was so captivated by the band that he offered to record and produce our first album. In 2013, we released our debut album Dream, which was followed by extensive touring and appearances with legendary names such as, B.B. King,Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robin Trower and more.

How would you describe your music?
From Ayron Jones: I would describe my music as Seattle Rock meets Inner-city soul, ‘Urban Rock’

What’s on tap?
From Ayron Jones: Right now I’m currently working on my next album, travelling, touring and getting ready for 2016. Amazon just released a video series on the band, we’re trying to sell out two local shows back to back for the first time at The Tractor and opening for Walter Trout next week

We’re slowing down on touring for the Fall/Winter to work more on the album. We plan to tour extensively
in the US and beyond in 2016.

Recommended songs:
My Love Remains, Boys from the Puget Sound, Take Your Time

Where can you find them?
www.ajandtheway.com, facebook, twitter

clifford
MIKE CLIFFORD

From: New York, NY by way of Allendale, NJ

Biggest Influences:
From Mike Clifford: I’m a huge fan of everything Van Morrison did in the 1970s. The writing, the singing, the sounds he got in the studio. All of it. Vocally I’ve spent a lot of time listening to great soul singers like Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway. I love and admire how they can be so technically flawless and, at the same time, sing with such raw emotion.

Martin Sexton, a singer-songwriter from the Boston area, is another big influence. He’s written some beautiful music and he can do some things with his voice that I’ve never seen or heard another person come close to.

What’s your story?
From Mike Clifford: I’m an NYC public school elementary music teacher. I love my job, but it ain’t always easy. It requires a deep reserve of patience to do it well. I wrote a lot of the tunes on the new record during my lunch break at work. The process of writing and demoing new ideas just relaxes and centers me. It makes me a better teacher. And, hopefully, I get a few good tunes out of it.

How would you describe your music?
From Mike Clifford: My newest release, Among the Evergreens, came out on September 12th. Thematically I think the songs speak to the ups and downs of everyday living that we all experience. There’s a longing in there to regain some of the innocence that we inevitably lose as we get older, and a celebration of the love and simple pleasures that can be found along the bumpy road of modern living.

Sonically I was after capturing something a bit more raw and less polished than a lot of the pop music out there. We played the songs live, and there are mistakes in there. For mixing, we ran a bunch of the instruments through an old Portastudio 4-track with 1/4 inch tape to take some of the gloss and sheen out of the basic digital tracking that we did with Protools.

What’s on tap?
I just had a great record release show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall. I’ve got a bunch of shows booked around the NYC area and I’m looking to book some stuff further out of town in the near future.

Recommended songs:
Mother of Mercy, Swept Away, Carry Me Home, On a Friday Night, Hey Hey Darlin’

Where can you find him?
www.mikecliffordmusic.com, facebook, twitter

Jaffe
MATT JAFFE AND THE DISTRACTIONS

From: San Francisco, CA

Biggest Influences:
The Talking Heads, The Clash, Elvis Costello, X, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons

What’s your story?
From Matt Jaffe: Jerry Harrison, the keyboard player from the Talking Heads discovered me playing solo at an open mic in San Francisco. Since then, I’ve worked a lot with him and he was the one who actually encouraged me to start a band. He helped shop us and he helped us record. He also really encouraged me to write more proactively and take it more seriously. He’s been a huge mentor and friend to me in navigating this weird business.

I had already ironically already met Jerry a few years back. I have always been a huge Talking Heads fan and I interviewed him for a school project. Several years later, he just happened to be in the audience. He remembered me from the interview he so graciously had granted me. I think he gets recognized plenty, but probably not as much by teenagers so I think I probably stuck out because of that.

How would you describe your music?
From Matt Jaffe: Rock is the stylistic core. I never write songs thinking it has to be a specific genre. It’s usually just whatever happens. We then arrange it based on the ensemble at our disposal. Overall, I would say rock is at the center, put there is a ton of country, punk and folk influences in there.

What’s on tap?
From Matt Jaffe: After opening for Blues Traveler through the fall, we will then be putting out a full length record. We are in talks for more touring and have a couple videos on the horizon as well. Basically just keep releasing music in all platforms and tour in support of it.

We have a really interesting relationship with social media. We have a big social media following that is largely separate from our fanbase that attends the show. That’s something we working on, how we get those that click like to come to our shows. We’ve been lucky having a few youtube videos that have gone somewhat viral. The past year though, we’ve really done a lot to build our audience through touring constantly.

Recommended songs:
Write a Song About Me, Stoned on Easter, I Wanna Be Cruel

Where you can find them:
Currently on tour with Blues Traveler, MattJaffeMusic.com, facebook, twitter

SBA
SOAPBOX ARMY

From: New York, NY

Biggest Influences:
Jeff Buckley, dredg, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Prince, Pink Floyd, Tool, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Sunny Day Real Estate, Alice in Chains, City and Colour, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean

What’s your story?
From lead singer/guitar player Dan Tucker: I’ve been a huge music fan my whole life, but was always the sort of bedroom singer-songwriter guy pursuing a different career path until I got the courage to try a few open mics. I can remember the first couple times I played my songs live, I had to sit down – I was sweating, my entire body was shaking and it was almost impossible to even hold the guitar pick. But I pushed through and eventually managed to assemble a band, record 3 albums, play countless shows and meet some awesome people from around the world through the music. It’s been incredibly rewarding. Point is, put yourself out there kids! Especially if you really love something.

How would you describe your music?
From Dan Tucker: Our new music is probably the biggest departure since the band’s inception. At least sonically. It’s still rock, but incorporates a range of styles, from electronic to folk to pop and blues/R&B. Whereas the past albums have taken (a majority of) inspiration and influence from other rock artists and singer-songwriters.

I think our tastes have changed and grown, and we’ve both consciously and subconsciously pushed the music in a different direction. Lyrically it’s still coming from a similar place as past albums. I tend to write about both personal things as well as things that affect me in some way out in the world.

What’s on tap?
From Dan Tucker: Next show is on November 13th at Black Bear Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We’re mostly focusing on our upcoming EP at the moment – hoping to have that out early 2016.

Recommended songs:
Mountain, Headlight, Stay Home, Cycle, The Tower, Say Something New

Where can you find them?
www.soapboxarmy.com, facebook, twitter

WR
WHITE REAPER

Where are you from?
Louisville, KY

Biggest influences:
The Cars, Ozzy Osbourne, the Ramones

How would you describe your music?
From lead singer/guitar player Tony Esposito: We just make music that we want to hear

What’s your bands story?
Tony Esposito: I met Ryan in 2nd grade and I met Nick and Sam in 5th grade and they’re pretty much my only friends

What’s on tap?
From Tony Esposito: We got a split 7″ with Daddy Issues coming soon, full US tour in November/December with together PANGEA, and after that we’ll do more records and touring.
Next show is Saturday October 10th at Northside Yacht Club in Cincinnati, OH.

Recommended Songs:
Cool, Pills, I Don’t Think She Cares

Where can you find them?
www.whitereaperusa.com, facebook, twitter

Top 13 Non Romero Zombie Films

October is around again, the time of year where everyone binges on horror films. To celebrate his one year anniversary on the site, Anthony has decided to bring the horror lists back from the dead. While last year he talked about slashers, this time he goes into the zombie sub-genre… just none of these zombie films are directed by horror master George A Romero, pioneer of the genre renowned for his … of the Living Dead films.

 

Tombs of the Blind Dead (1971)

We start the list off with a serving from Spain. The film is about the Knights Templar coming back from the dead. They are blind due to having their eyes pecked out when they were hung on the gallows, but they are still pretty deadly. The film contains the great atmosphere and visuals that Spanish horror is known for and it helped kick start a boom of films from that country. The film would later get three sequels,none of which would connect story wise.

28 Days Later (2002)

Directed by acclaimed director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting,Slumdog Millionaire) this film is credited for bringing the zombie genre back from the dead! A man wakes up from a 28 day coma to a word over run by people infected by a rage virus. The film put a new spin on the genre by using a virus instead of the undead making these zombies faster and more violent. The score is also very well done something rare for scores done during this time period. The sequel 28 Weeks Later is also pretty good.

City of the Living Dead (1980)

Italian director Lucio Fulci was made many great films including some in the zombie sub genre. City of the Living Dead is one of those greats. The film is about a reporter and a psychic race to close the gates of hell after a clergyman’s suicide caused them to open. While these gates are open all kinds of strange and evil things happen as well as you know zombies! The film has good dark atmosphere as well as some really brutal deaths that you will not be able to unsee!

Deadgirl (2008)

From writer Trent Haaga, known for his Troma films Citizen Toxie and Terror Firmer, comes a different kind of film. The film is about two teens that skip school to go to an abandoned mental hospital where they find a tied girl who is of the undead. The boys do what any person would do if they saw a zombie girl… make her their sex slave (not making this up). Thing is those shackles won’t hold forever! The film is very disturbing and caused controversy when it came out though it was also praised for being smarter than most teen horrors.

https://youtu.be/tHWAoKzHut8

Brain Dead (1992)

Known as Dead Alive in the states, this New Zealand horror-comedy is one of Peter Jackson’s earliest films. The film is about a man whose mother is bitten by a when visiting a zoo. The woman becomes a zombie and this slowly starts an outbreak. Considered the goriest film of all time at its releases, the film is a fusion of Monty Python humor and splatter gore. Anything can possibly happen in this film.

White Zombie (1932)

This early Bela Lugosi film is considered to be the very first zombie film. In this film a man goes to a witch doctor to try to find a lure the woman he loves away from her fiance. Instead the witch doctor turns her into a zombie and then turns the man into one soon. The finance of the woman then travels to Haiti to find his lost lover after he finds out she is in fact not dead. Instead of the living dead, this film is about people under the control of voodoo. The film would eventually get a sequel called Revolt of the Zombies.

Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

Known as Cemetery Man in the states this Italian film is a very distinct one. This genre blender of horror, black comedy and romance tells the story of a young cemetery caretaker who battles undead all awhile looking for love. With great jokes, beautiful atmosphere and visuals and very Gothic feel, this flick is a must watch for all zombie lovers.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Speaking of horror, romance and comedy fusions, Shaun of the Dead is the debut film by acclaimed director Edgar Wright. Shaun is just a man with your typical family problems… he just tries fixing them while a zombie apocalypse is going on! Though this film is normally thought of as a straight comedy, plenty of horror elements still exist.

Zombi 2 (1979)

Though films tied to Romero’s dead series are excluded from this list, Zombi 2 gets a pass for being an unofficial sequel to Dawn of the Dead. Fucli’s first attempt at a zombie film, this film is very gory and has several iconic scenes including one where a zombie fights a shark.

Carnival of Souls (1962)

A woman named Mary is riding around in a car with some friends. The car falls of a bridge and all of them die except Mary. She then gets a job as an organist for a church. She then starts seeing weird and disturbing images including zombies that seem to be coming for her. Layered with atmosphere; Carnival of Souls influenced many and is still shown at festivals to this day.

Re-Animator (1985)

Adaptations of H.P Lovecraft’s stories tend to normally be bad, but Re-Animator is one of the few diamonds in that rough. Herbert West is a new student at a medical school who is trying to find a way to bring the dead back to life. It works but not in the way he’s planned! While really really gory, this film also has a good sense of humor and characters. The film would get two sequels, Bride of the Re-Animator and Beyond Re-Animator.

The Beyond (1981)

A woman inherits an old hotel and not too long after many bizarre and horrid events happen (including zombies of course). She later learns that this place was built on one of the seven layers of Hell. A horror masterpiece and Fulci’s best work by far, The Beyond is a must watch for anyone into horror. Mixing splatter gore with weird, artsy horror, this film unites both cinema snobs and exploitation lovers everywhere.

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Directed by film legend Dan O’ Bannon, Return of the Living Dead is the most popular none Romero zombie film. In this horror comedy three men and a group of punks end up having to deal with a horde of the undead. These zombies crave brains instead of human flesh and can only be killed with fire or electricity. The soundtrack includes songs from punk classics such as The Cramps and The Damned. Loads of fun is to be had when watching time capsule of the 1980’s. The film would receive two theatrical sequels and two SYFY channel sequels.

 

Sub Pop Reveals Mark Lanegan’s ‘One Way Street’ 5-LP Box Set

Sub Pop Records has revealed the first details of Mark Lanegan’s upcoming vinyl box set One Way Street: The Sub Pop Albums, set for release on November 20th. The 5-LP box set will include Lanegan’s first five solo albums, all of which have been unreleased on vinyl or out-of-print for many years: The Winding Sheet (1990), Whiskey for the Holy Ghost (1994), Scraps at Midnight (1998), I’ll Take Care of You(1999) and Field Songs (2001). These first five albums are definitive of Lanegan’s classic singer-songwriter, blues-inspired solo work.

Available for pre-order at Sub Pop’s Megamart, each album in the One Way Street box set was cut from new lacquers and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and is housed in a sleeve reproducing the art for its original release. The vinyl set includes downloads for a digital copy and can be purchased separately in a digital format as well. Lanegan’s upcoming tour dates include the Macefield Festival on October 3rd in Seattle, WA and the ‘Love And Other Crimes: The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood’ tribute event on October 30th at London’s Barbican.

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Chris Cornell Says Soundgarden Is Most Adventurous Grunge Band: ‘We’re Underrated’

Chris Cornell discussed the reasons Soundgarden are underrated and how they were more adventurous than other bands of their era in a new Status Magazine interview.

“I could say that maybe in some levels, Soundgarden is underrated. If I could say all the arrogant things about my band, I think that out of all the rock bands that probably came out in the same era, we’re one of the most experimental. I could say that we were the most varied in our songwriting. I think we were way more adventurous from one album to the next.”

He also talked about the competition of the Grunge era, “We’re kind of trying to one-up each other without really talking about it, and that was good, that really elevated each other.”

“Twenty years ago, we were sort of everyone’s contemporaries. There’s a certain amount of feeling that we’re special and that we’ve achieved this level of success than can make us feel like we’re ‘rockstars.’ But it’s very different now. In their minds, these 15-year old kids would think that we’re legends on stage, in a way that I would look at Neil Young, because he would sing to a form that I would never have thought about, song that I would never expect.”

Scott Weiland Rips ‘Bullsh*t’ Drug Claims: ‘I Don’t Give A F**k’

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland joined the Mike on Much podcast to discuss recent drugs claims:

“It (social media) makes all the haters think they have a voice and a reason to be negative. People can say whatever bullsh*t they want and claim that I’m back on drugs when it’s been thirteen years since I’ve been on drugs.”

Weiland continued:

“That bothers me. I think that there are certain people that hold that perception and I educate them once but if they continue to talk about it then I really don’t give a f**k.”

Weiland also took time to criticize organize religion during the interview when speaking of the meaning of “Circles”, one of the tracks on his newest album Blaster.

“(Circles) is about organized religion. I don’t buy into organized religion and I think it’s hogwash. I believe in spirituality but organized religion? No. I think it’s destructive and causes war, famine and overpopulation.”

It should be noted that this interview was recorded several months ago but was just released to the public yesterday.

2015 has been a tumultuous year for former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland; despite releasing the moderately well received album, Blaster, with The Wildabouts, Weiland’s guitarist, Jeremy Brown, passed away at the age of 34 on the eve of the album’s release. In addition, Weiland has seen a barrage of negative press surrounding his on-and-off stage antics.

However, it appears as if Weiland is restrategizing and moving forward, promising a new track titled “Back to the City”, a new American leg of the Blaster tour, and a new mobile phone application and content delivery system designed by Google Play architect Tim Quirk. Declaring the upcoming multimedia campaign to be a “rebirth”, Weiland issued the following press release via his official Facebook:

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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Axl Rose ‘Should Grow The F**k Up And Let Guns N’ Roses Play’

I recently interviewed Eagles of Death Metal singer/guitarist Jesse Hughes for the BraveWords site, and in addition to discussing the group’s new album, Zipper Down, I couldn’t help but ask a Guns N’ Roses question (in case you forgot, EoDM were set to open shows for Guns in 2006, but it only lasted a single performance, with Axl Rose calling the band “Pigeons of Shit Metal” from the stage):

BraveWords: I’ve heard that two guitarists recently left Guns N’ Roses. Would you be a suitable replacement?

Jesse Hughes: “You know what man, every year, since Axl Rose fired us from the tour [in 2006], I have sent him a very sincere request – around Christmas time – inviting him to come in the studio and record two Christmas songs, and be released as ‘The Pigeons Of Shit Metal.’ And I always close it with a very judgmental, ‘Because I want you to know Axl, I’m willing to forgive you, and I feel like the rest of the world is, too.’ So I think that final statement he probably doesn’t appreciate too much, but Axl Rose unfairly – and incorrectly – is identified as ‘Guns N’ Roses.’ And I take umbrage to that. To me, Guns N’ Roses is Duff McKagan, Izzy fuckin’ Stradlin, Slash, and Steve Adler, and then Axl. When Axl was alone in the band, it was just ‘G n’ R.’ The ‘uns’ and the ‘oses’ became Velvet Revolver. And we just played a show in England, and Duff was there. It was fuckin’ awesome. I think if Guns N’ Roses really wants to play again, then Axl should grow the fuck up, and let THE Guns N’ Roses play. And that ain’t gonna happen unless it’s the actual members. Unless you want to turn Guns N’ Roses into a band like Menudo, or if it’s trying to turn it into Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. I mean, the Ringling brothers are dead, but you can still go to their circus, I guess.”

Read the rest of the interview (trust me, it’s an entertaining one) here.

Queens of the Stone Age Planning New Album

During a recent interview with Billboard, Queens of the Stone Age and The Dead Weather member Dean Fertia spilled the beans on Queens of the Stone Age ending their break when discussing why The Dead Weather aren’t touring behind their new album Dodge and Burn.

“Schedules. The Kills are working on a record, Queens of the Stone Age are starting up again. City and Colour is starting up soon. Jack’s just been going forever so he just needs a minute. We all would love to play. Obviously, it’s our favorite thing in the world to play together. Maybe some day, but immediate future, it’s not happening.”

He also discussed Jack White’s Dead Weather absence, saying he’s busy doing ‘a million other things.’

“Right now he’s concentrating on Third Man opening a store in Detroit and there’s a lot of things going on in his world. We’re just happy that he’s able to be here to do this stuff.”

Queens of the Stone Age recently played at Rock in Rio. You can watch their full set below.

Setlist:
You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire
No One Knows
My God Is the Sun
Burn the Witch
Smooth Sailing
In My Head
Regular John
Sick, Sick, Sick
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
If I Had a Tail
Little Sister
Fairweather Friends
Go With the Flow
A Song for the Dead

New Kurt Cobain Album Tracklisting Featuring “Letters To Frances”

Alternative Nation has tracked down the tracklisting for Kurt Cobain’s new solo album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, set for release on November 13th.

1. The Yodel Song
2. Been A Son
3. The Happy Guitar
4. Clean Up Before She Comes
5. Reverb Experiment
6. You Can’t Change Me/Burn My Britches/Something In The Way
7. Scoff
8. Desire
9. And I Love Her
10. Sappy
11. Letters To Frances
12. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
13. She Only Lies

Below is the rumored artwork.

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon in KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK. Acclaimed filmmaker Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, never-before-seen movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends. Wildly creative and highly praised, the documentary follows Kurt from his earliest years in this visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist struggling to come to terms and make sense of his place in the world. 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 20th.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK SUPER DELUXE EDITION and KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS both include the highly anticipated soundtrack, an aural complement to the documentary in both concept and experience. Comprised from various early and raw cassette recordings made by Kurt alone, the soundtrack allows a rare, unfiltered glimpse into Cobain’s creative progression from early song snippets and short demos to musical experiments and ultimately, pieces of songs or lyrics that eventually appeared on later Nirvana albums.

KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK SUPER DELUXE EDITION will include the 2 hour plus, full-length feature film and 48 minutes of bonus interviews on Blu-ray and DVD, a 31 track deluxe soundtrack on CD and cassette, a 160-page hardbound book with extended interviews and images from the Cobain archive, a puzzle with a collectable storage container, movie poster, postcards and bookmark. The 31 track deluxe soundtrack CD is exclusively available in the Super Deluxe Edition and showcases tracks from the documentary including spoken word, demos and full songs.

KURT COBAIN – MONTAGE OF HECK: THE HOME RECORDINGS soundtrack will be released in two stand-alone physical formats: a 31 track deluxe album available on 2LP vinyl and a standard edition 13 track CD.  The standard soundtrack focuses on the music discovered on Cobain’s personal cassettes. The soundtrack will also be available in standard and deluxe digital editions.

The documentary, KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, is an authentic and unflinching look into Kurt’s life, art and mind through his own unique lens.  Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, WA, through the height of his fame, the film creates an immersive cinematic insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame. Brett Morgen who wrote, directed and produced the documentary began working on it in 2007 when Cobain’s family approached him with the idea and offered him unrestricted access to all of Cobain’s personal and family archives. The documentary features Cobain and Courtney Love’s only daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, as a co-executive producer on the film and includes footage from various Nirvana performances as well as unreleased home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, and songbooks.

The title, KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, takes its name from a musical collage that was created by Cobain with a 4-track cassette recorder in 1988, of which there are two versions; one is about thirty-six minutes long and the other about eight-minutes long. Several of the film’s scenes were animated by Stefan Nadelman and Hisko Hulsing. The film was co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, also internationally billed as Cobain: Montage of Heck, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It was released in theaters across the globe by Universal Pictures and premiered on television in the United States in May, following a limited theatrical run. Following its initial global success, ABRAMORAMA re-launched Brett Morgen’s critically acclaimed documentary, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck in select theaters across the country on August 7th.

Unreleased 1987 Nirvana Songs Leak

Several previously unreleased Nirvana songs from a summer 1987 rehearsal at Kurt Cobain’s home have surfaced. The rehearsal featured a mixture of previously heard Nirvana tracks, and unreleased songs. Aaron Burckhard played drums on the tracks.











Several unreleased Nirvana tracks leaked online a couple of months ago, including several alternate takes, alternate mixes, and demos. The standout is the Sound City version of “Sappy.” The band took another stab at recording “Sappy” at Sound City. Cobain played lead guitar while attempting to sing one live scratch vocal. He also made one formal vocal pass. After overdubbing the lead fuzz guitar with his Rat pedal, Cobain laid down his guitar and walked straight into the control room. I don’t want to do this, he insisted. I’m not into this song right now. So let’s leave it. The song is in a different key to that of previously recorded versions, it opens without instrumental intro and features a few lyrical changes, the guitar solo is also subtly different.

There is also an instrumental version of “Heart Shaped Box” with an alternate extended guitar solo that is significantly different from the album version. It was recorded in February 1993 at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN

“Verse Chorus Verse (Alt. Take 1991)” is another leaked track. It was recorded in May-June, 1991 at Sound City Studios, in Van Nuys, CA. The band recorded this track live, with Cobain providing a scratch vocal. Cobain then overdubbed three guitars to complement the bass and drums. Although the song was finished instrumentally, Cobain never recorded a formal lead vocal part.

A previously unreleased 8 minute Nirvana jam that is reportedly from 1993 or 1994 also leaked. The song features a droning riff and vocals from Cobain that are tough to hear about 3 minutes in. Cobain starts screaming 5 minutes in, and there are definite similarities to “Scentless Apprentice.” The song ends with a clip of an advertisement where a man says: ‘[they] harken back to the days when needles were big, and prices were small.’ The exact date or source of the recording is unknown to Alternative Nation.

Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains & Soundgarden Members Attend Chris Cornell Show

Chris Cornell’s Benayora Hall performance in Seattle a couple of days ago was a reunion of sorts of Mad Season’s epic January 2015 Sonic Evolution show. While Mike McCready performed on stage, he wasn’t the only Pearl Jam member in attendance. Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron were also spotted in the crowd. Cameron’s Soundgarden bandmates Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd were also reportedly in attendance, along with Cornell’s daughter Lily.

Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney and Mad Season/Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin were also there. Duff McKagan was busy touring so could not attend, but the day before the show Barrett Martin shared a funny photo of himself, Mike McCready, and a portrait of McKagan. See photos below of the Pearl Jam members at the show!

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Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready joined Chris Cornell onstage at the show at Benayora Hall in Seattle to perform Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike” and Mad Season’s “River of Deceit.” Watch videos below.


Setlist:
Before We Disappear
Can’t Change Me
Moonchild
The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bob Dylan cover) (Rewritten version called “The Times Are A-Changin’ Back”)
As Hope & Promise Fade
Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Fell on Black Days (Soundgarden song)
Thank You (Led Zeppelin cover)
River of Deceit (Mad Season cover)
Hunger Strike (Temple of the Dog song)
Wide Awake (Audioslave song)
Doesn’t Remind Me (Audioslave song)
Be Yourself (Audioslave song)
Blow Up the Outside World (Soundgarden song)
Let Your Eyes Wander
All Night Thing (Temple of the Dog song)
Call Me a Dog (Temple of the Dog song)
When I’m Down
Worried Moon
Rusty Cage (Soundgarden song)
Sunshower
Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden song)
Like a Stone (Audioslave song)
Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince cover)
Ave Maria (Franz Schubert cover)
Cleaning My Gun
Wooden Jesus (Temple of the Dog song)

Encore:
I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan cover)
Josephine
Higher Truth

Mike McCready discussed Mad Season and Chris Cornell in an interview with Alternative Nation earlier this month:

I’m very proud of the whole Mad Season Benayora Hall album that just came out. We got on the classical charts, we’re number 5 on the classical charts, which is bizarre to me, and amazing. That was an incredible journey that I started 2 and a half years ago talking to Ludovic Morlot, who is the head of our Seattle Symphony. When he said yes I would like to do this, and do these Mad Season songs, that’s when I gave him the CD, and he came back about a year later. Then Chris got involved, and it turned into something bigger and more magical than I could have ever imagined. Jeff and Stone came, we did some Temple [of the Dog] stuff, I know I’m going back in time right now, but I’m very proud of that moment and that release, that we recorded it. Maybe we’ll do something else, we filmed some stuff from that show, so maybe we’ll do something with that someday.

I’d like to do something else with the Symphony someday, but I kind of need to figure out what that is, and if they’d even like to do that again. I’d love to do any kind of cool independent movies that touch me, that come my way. I’m sure we’ll end up doing some Pearl Jam stuff next year. Like I said opportunities arise if you are aware of them, if you keep your ear to the ground. I don’t know, I’d love to do something with Cornell again, he’s very busy, but that would be an amazing thing too, and I look forward to doing more stuff with my guys too.

Billy Corgan & Courtney Love Statues Unveiled

One day, our modern civilization will be a distant memory, and all that will remain will be our cultural footprints in art & culture. The question must be put forth: which songwriters in the pantheon of modern music will survive the test of time and emerge as historical figures such as Beethoven and Mozart?

Matt Clark, an Oahu-based sculptor behind RAUXSTARS, seeks to strike this message across by crafting intricate busts of some of the most notable figures in popular music over the past few decades. Clark tells Alternative Nation, “The series was created to celebrate some of our most talented artists.  It was created to help people visualize the parallels between music’s masters of the past and the artists of today.  Rock musicians’ maximum impact (like their pre-recorded predecessors) won’t be fully realized until many decades from now.”

You can check out his busts of Alternative Nation regulars Courtney Love and Billy Corgan below.

Corgan is, of course, frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins, and a vocal proponent of innovation in the rock music scene. According to Clark, “Billy Corgan was chosen because he embodied 90’s alternative and pushed it to its ragged edge with albums including the two disc Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. He has proven to be talented with music ranging from goth, alternative, electronica and hard rock. He’s still touring today.”

A bit more of an unconventional choice is Courtney Love, frontwoman of Hole. Many would probably see her former husband, Kurt Cobain, as more of a timeless figure for his trailblazing yet short career with Nirvana, though according to Clark: “Choosing Courtney Love was easy. She’s arguably the most courageous and resilient artist in the music industry. She also dated and inspired Billy Corgan and, of course, married and inspired Kurt Cobain. She remains an outstanding artist, creative firebrand and enigma. We’ll never truly know everything about Courtney Love…and that’s what’s at the core of her mystique. She has remained relevant in pop culture for over 20 years. On a personal note: reading her biography got me on a plane off the mainland.”

You can check out several other busts, including Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie, on Clark’s official Tumblr profile.

Liam Gallagher Responds To Oasis Reunion Rumors

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.”