Speaking with BBC Radio, Courtney Love discussed rockstardom, helping Kurt Cobain write lyrics, and singing love songs. “I’ll always be in rockstardom until all my teeth are out,” Love explained, “it’s just part of who I am.”
“I did watch [Kurt] write the songs ‘Dumb’ and ‘Rape Me’ in subsequent order in Amsterdam in about twenty mintues,” Love recalled, “I kind of got pissed. I went and bought him ‘The Drunked Boat,’ I bought him a thesaurus, I threw them at him and went ‘You’re gonna have to up your game on your lyrics, son!’ I had him in the lyrical department, but not in the tune department, it came to him like God was speaking through him.”
Love was asked if there were any subject that she shouldn’t write a song about: “I’ve a hard time singing very straight up co-dependent love songs. It’s just a blockage. I can sing co-dependnent hate songs with love twisted in them — but I can’t do a ballad-y love song, I just don’t know how.”
You can listen to the whole interview here via BBC.
In an interview with Music Feeds, Alice in Chains frontman, William DuVall compared playing festival venues to band tours.
“It’s hard to say [what is better] because with the festival thing, you might make some compromises in terms of your own production or your details,” said DuVall, “your logistics of putting the show on. But you might get to reach people that you never normally reach. You get to see a lot of bands, some of whom are your friends, which is great. But your own gigs, you’re controlling every aspect of the atmosphere and you’re playing your people.”
Alice in Chains will be touring Asia before hitting in the road in the US this Spring.
Watch the interview below:
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In an interview with David Griesinger of BackstageAxxess.com, Alice in Chains frontman William DuVall talked about the state of the band and his role as a writer and guitarist.
“Your goal as an artist is to keep growing and expanding. Between Black Gives Way to Blue and Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, there were several world tours, [there were] so many things that happened in my personal life. It’s been like trying to surf a tsunami,” said DuVall. “I think that the Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and the growth on that is the beginning of trying to express and make sense of this whole eight year ride that is still continuing. We’ll be making sense of this thing for a long time.”
“I’ve been playing lead guitar on songs like Phantom Limb.” DuVall explained, when asked about his role in the band. “Bands are very peculiar entities, they are very fragile alliances but we’ve been able to make it into a cool thing and I think we’re in a cool place. I think it’s from all of those years, and climbing that hill we had to climb to make Black Gives Way to Blue and doing all of that work prior, just to reestablish [the band.]”
Alice in Chains is set to do a tour around the Pacific in the coming months, playing in countries such as Australia and Japan.
Following a fierce backstage fight in 2009, Oasis’ Liam and Noel Gallagher have made peace, some five years later. The brothers even have plans now to open a pub in Ireland in the near future, with help from their mother, Peggy Gallagher.
In proper Oasis manner, the two will be naming the bar “Champagne Supernova,” after the song that appeared on their 1995 album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?.
A source states that they are thinking about an indie rock-themed bar that will serve artisan style food.
Former frontman of The Smiths, Steven Morrissey will be releasing a new album sometime in the future as stated in a conversation with a fan. This album will be the followup to Morrissey’s 2009 solo release, “Years of Refusal.” The title to the future release has not been revealed yet is said to feature a song titled “Istanbul.”
“It’s all, now, solely a question of marketing.” Morrissey stated while talking about chart ranks. “All success stories are safe and dreary, and you will never be taken by surprise by a hit song that sounds out of place. This is not just my view but the view of everyone I know.”
Announced yesterday on Amphetamine Reptile Record’s Facebook page, Melvins frontman, Buzz “King Buzzo” Osborne will be on the road this spring in a “mini tour” of solo acoustic sets accompanied by a 10′ vinyl. In addition to the announcement, AmRep Records also revealed the tour’s poster by renown punk artist, Thomas Hazelmyer, featuring the image of a guitar with the phrase “This machine kills artists” written on it. A reference to folk musician Woody Guthrie’s guitar which was labeled “This guitar kills fascists.”
Announced via the Melvins Facebook page, the band will be releasing a nice package that includes a special New Years Eve colored vinyl, a shirt featuring the legendary Christmas devil, Krampus, and a letterpressed copy of their “Everybody Loves Sausages” album.
This bundle will only be sold in a limited quantity of 77 on Christmas Eve. And the black gift wrap with signed tag is just the icing on the cake.
Courtney Love’s drama seems to have no end as on Friday a judge stated that a lawsuit regarding tweets made by the 49 year old in 2010 can proceed. The lawsuit was filed by Rhonda Holmes of G&H Law, Love’s former attorney, who was accused, via Twitter for being “bought off” following a failed prosecution. Holmes represented Courtney Love in 2008 in the dispute between her and the accountants and attorneys whom she had claimed stole money and property from her late husband, Kurt Cobain.
Los Angeles judge Michael Johnson stated that “the statements involved comments that (Love) made about her own lawyer in a widely used Internet vehicle for communicating personal views. The Tweet,” Johnson continued, “referred to Holmes individually. Holmes operated her law practice through Holmes and the G&H law firm. There are triable issues as to whether all of the circumstances clearly imply that (Love’s) references concern Holmes and G&H as well as Holmes individually.”
The Stoner Rock outfit “Vista Chino” (formerly Kyuss Lives) have just released a new biographical book on the story of their band. For those not familiar with the band, Vista Chino features three of the former members of the long-defunct Kyuss, who called it quits in 1995. Missing from Vista Chino is guitarist and Queens of the Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme who, when Kyuss reformed as “Kyuss Lives” in 2010, was involved in a fierce lawsuit prompting Kyuss Lives to reform as “Vista Chino.”
“Freedom Run” provides insight into the battle for the Kyuss name as well as a look into the live of the members. It is available here.
Vista Chino has also released the new video for their single “Sweet Remain” from their debut album “Peace.”
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Earlier today, stoner rock giants, Queens of the Stone Age released an alternate version of the song “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” featuring a totally different vocalist. In this version, a woman who appeared in the original music video for the song performs over the album version of the track — to great effect.
The lady, sporting drawn on eyebrows, and fake eyelashes is credited only as “Ms. Dolly Boyd.” Watch the video of Boyd performing “The Vampyre of Time and Memory” below:
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Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is teaming up with renowned hip hop artist and headphone mogul Dr. Dre for the release of Beats Music. Beats Music is aiming to be a new competitor against Spotify and Pandora, taking the listener’s music library to “mathematically” discover new artists that a user might enjoy.
“It’s like having your own guy when you go into the record store,” Reznor said “who knows what you like but can also point you down some paths you wouldn’t necessarily have encountered.”
Beats Music drops in January.
Black Francis of Pixies fame will be teaming up with comic book artist Steven Appleby to make a graphic novel. The book, titled “The Good Inn,” follows the exploits of Soldier Boy as he escapes the fallout of a destroyed Toulon, France. Throughout Soldier Boy’s story, he finds himself “navigating past homicidal gypsies, combative soldiers, and porn-peddling peasants.”
“The Good Inn” will be released in May of next year.
Eccentric rock icon Marilyn Manson has had a rather busy week. During a podcast with Bret Easton Ellis, Manson talked about movies and television. He admitted that he cried during the 2004 film ‘The Notebook.’ He also had kind words for the recently released action movie, ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’
Manson also posed for the cover of the infamous Candy magazine that features celebrities in drag. Wearing his famous eye makeup and donning boots and a dress, this isn’t really too out of character for him.
Metallica has announced that they will not be having their third Orion Festival next year. Frontman James Hetfield stated that the reason was due to budget and finance problems. Even through this, he is still excited about what the future holds:
Making the next record is in our sights, I’m itchin’. I’m sitting here at HQ right now looking at all my gear going, ‘Man, I want to write a record!’ We’re a band and we write music — that’s what we like doing best. We have tons of material to sift through, and that takes a lot of time ’cause there’s a lot of great stuff. I know we only need a few songs, but there’s 800 riffs we’re going through. It’s kind of insane. We have sifted through a lot of the stuff and pulled the cream of the crop. It’s just sitting there waiting for us to take it to the next level. Hopefully it happens soon.
English rock band Muse have been eying 2015 as the year for the release of their seventh studio album, which, the band says it will be “rawer” than their more recent releases.
“The last two albums, we sort of veered away from our instruments a little bit,” Matt Bellamy, the trio’s frontman told Radio.com, “We sort of focused on things like synthesizers, drum machines and various electronics and stuff. I kind of feel like on this next album, we’re going to veer back towards musicianship again and focusing on our own instruments: guitar, bass and drums. It’s probably going to be a bit of a rawer album, and definitely a bit more rock, I’d say.”
Chances are, if you are a fan of the punk or metal scene, you’ve seen Mackie Osborne’s art. Mackie has created the art for such musicians as Tool, Social Distortion, and Melvins (she’s also married to the singer/guitarist). In an interview with Punk News, the designer talked about the punk scene and upcoming projects, one of which is nothing other than Tool.
“The work with the Melvins is mostly my thing,” Mackie stated, ” so that’s really easy. Working with Tool is mostly Adam’s thing. My job is to make his thing happen and make it look good. I love working with him. He’s got great ideas and I like his aesthetic. Other bands – it’s always different. Sometimes it’s easy and fun, sometimes it’s the biggest nightmare you could ever imagine. Sometimes I want to… (never mind) Some bands have great ideas and that’s fun, some have no idea and trust me which is great too. Sometimes bands want me to work with a painting that their neighbor’s kid did. That’s a bummer. As of this year, I’m declining those kinds of jobs. ”
When asked about future projects, Mackie responded: “I’m redesigning my website and about three other sites. Plus working on something for Tool and a bunch of different stuff for the Melvins. We’re going to sell some stuff on there that you can only get there, in very limited quantities. Christmas is next. Then I think we’ll do one for Valentine’s Day… maybe Groundhog’s Day… not sure. ”
You can read the whole interview here
The singer and guitarist for the alternative rock outfit, Kings of Leon, shared some details about his time in school in an interview with BBC Radio 2.
“My uncle was my school teacher and would let me cheat,” Followill explained, “I was valedictorian in my class thanks to him. He only did it because I had two jobs and went to school, I had reasons, Nathan and Jared [Caleb’s brothers and bandmates] applied themselves a little more than I did.
Everyone used to say I looked like him, we had this bond, he got me through some tough times, we were all really good [at school] we were athletes, we were all pretty smart.”
In a new interview with Conesquence of Sound, Buzz Osborne, the singer and songwriter for the Melvins talked about, among other things, how he knew that the Melvins would never be “million-selling popstars” and how the looks of Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell contributed to their success.
“Weirdly enough,” Buzz said, “by the late ‘80s we were making enough money, barely, to not have to have another job besides playing in the Melvins. We were very creative financially to make that happen. But this was long before the grunge explosion or any of that happened. We knew very well that we were probably going to do okay, but it was never going to be in the millions of people liking us. Nobody understood that better than me. So, I never had any false ideas that we were going to be million-selling pop stars.
Cobain had that wounded junkie look that people at MTV thought was so amazing. But, honestly, if him or Chris Cornell looked like Fat Albert, they’d never have sold anywhere near as many records. Nobody would’ve cared. The whole package was there. Whether people believe that or not, it does make a difference. I don’t look like Chris Cornell, and I’m never going to. I’ve never had those false delusions. So, oh well, that’s how it looks.
Once in a while it happens, where looks don’t matter. But I’m very at home with where all that stuff is. If somebody wanted to dismiss our band because of what we look like, then I can’t spend any time worrying about it.”
In a shocking Facebook status from Soundgarden drummer, Matt Cameron made an announcement that he will not be accompanying Soundgarden in 2014, but will instead be performing on the promotion tour for Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt and spending time with his family.
Read the full post below:
Hello Knights of the Soundtable faithful,
I will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring due to prior commitments promoting “Lightning Bolt” with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden. Chris, Ben, Kim and I are in the process of finding the perfect substitute for the upcoming Soundgarden dates in 2014.
Thank you all for listening and the Years of Support!
Loudest of Love.
What does this mean for Soundgarden’s future? Who do you think would be the best substitute for Cameron?
Huh Magazine is reporting that 26 year old Jared Followill listed his mansion in Tennessee for a whopping $3.5 million dollars. The Kings of Leon bassist’s home boasts a total of five bedrooms, a gym, a spa, outside pool and — get this, seven bathrooms!