Category Archives: Hard Rock

Listen To A New Song From Billy Corgan’s Experimental ‘AEGEA’ Album

Billy Corgan posted the following on

Overall, AEGEA’s on-sale went fairly smooth, beyond a crushing demand making it so that we couldn’t access servers; and therefore put the record up for purchase. A few clever-types were able to access certain pages before they’d gone public too, which I’ll write off as ‘fans of my music tend to be smarter than others’ bragging rights. Anyway…

In planning to release ‘AEGEA’ I’d considered different means, one of which was to release the double-vinyl to whomever might want it first, and then perhaps offer a single-disc version afterwards; which would only remove the 2 longer, alternate versions of pieces #3 and #5. Having listened this way I’d say the single disc feel is more like a lost movie soundtrack, the longer more like a strange chant. Obviously one disc would also mean a lower price point, and would just be made available whenever each edition of 500 might sell out; for I love the idea of a budding, building catalog in-store at Zuzu’s. My long-range thinking would be the offer of other titles by other artists as well; songstress Sierra Swan being among them. Because the teahouse attracts a lot of casual customers who don’t follow every stitch of news, and it would be great to offer them this music too.

But whatever I do, the double vinyl series of AEGEA is (for now) capped at 500 copies; all signed and numbered. And if I was guessing I’d say I’ll make a decision on whether or not to make a single-disc pressing in the next 2 weeks, which I’d only put up for sale when they were in hand. So if you’d be among those ordering, your copy would come right away.

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Remembers Trying To Help Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon

Pearl Jam guitarist was on Pearl Jam Radio this week to discuss the 12th Annual Flight to Mars Benefit Concert for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America at the Showbox in Seattle. McCready discussed Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon, who passed away in 1995:

“It’s sad. I met Shannon when we played some shows with Neil Young and Blind Melon, I think in Canada [in 1994 or 1995],” McCready said.

He added, “I knew he was struggling with some stuff, I’d been through that kind of with myself. I’d done some Mad Season stuff with Layne, I was just trying to reach out to guys who were trying to get it together. He was one of them, and we had a few conversations. Unfortunately he died, it’s just part of the crappiness of that disease. I wish he could have figured it out, along with Layne and Baker too. I wish those guys could have figured it out.”

Click here to listen to the full interview, courtesy of @demetriosns

AMC Greenlights Billy Corgan’s Pro Wrestling Reality Show

Miss Walter White and Jesse Pinkman? Fear not, because AMC has revealed that Billy Corgan will be one of their next featured stars, as they have greenlit BillCo’s new pro wrestling reality show according to Variety.

“Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project” will consist of eight 60-minute episodes. The leader of The Smashing Pumpkins is now creative director of Resistance Pro, a Chicago-based wrestling league.Viewers will see Corgan create storylines, choreograph fights and manage intense post-match locker room arguments. Produced by Left/Right (“Small Town Security,” “This American Life,” “Mob Wives”); Executive Producers: Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Billy Corgan, and Ghen Maynard.

Mike McCready Reveals Why “Breath” Didn’t Make Ten & Talks Sequencing On Pearl Jam Albums

Pearl Jam guitarist was on Pearl Jam Radio this week to discuss the 12th Annual Flight to Mars Benefit Concert for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America at the Showbox in Seattle. McCready discussed why “Breath” didn’t make the cut on Ten and the sequencing of Pearl Jam albums.

“‘Breath’ was originally written around the time before our first record. When we put that back to back with “Alive,” and we were listening to all of the songs in the sequence we had it that one time, we felt they were too similar in terms of tempo. So ‘Breath’ didn’t make it on that, and eventually ended up on the Singles soundtrack. So ‘Alive’ won out on that.”

He added, “Sequencing is an interesting process, it’s kind of like a democratic process. We all kind of listen to it and go: ‘This is good, this is not good.’ Ed has a vision too, it’s a mixture of those type of things, it depends on the record. Brendan will have an opinion on that too, especially on Backspacer.”

Click here to listen to the full interview, courtesy of @demetriosns

Video: James Hetfield, Billie Joe Armstrong & Joe Satriani Perform ‘Turn The Page/Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ Mash Up

James Hetfield (of Metallica), Billy Joe Armstrong (of Green Day), Joe Satriani (of Chickenfoot) and Scott Mathews performing a mash-up of “Turn The Page” and “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” live at the UCSF Pediatric Cancer Benefit 1st Annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” live at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California on Thursday May 15, 2014.

Metallica Have ‘Multiple Albums’ Worth Of New Riffs

Kirk Hammett discussed Metallica’s upcoming album in a new interview with Loudwire:

“Still the early stages of a new album. I mean, we’ve got a lot of riffs. We’re blessed with the curse of having too many riffs. So you just have to be patient, but it’s a good curse to have. We probably have three or four albums’ worth of material but we want to make one really good album. Maybe we’ll just throw it all into one song, make it a nine-minute song with all those riffs!”

Metallica are currently touring and writing their new album, having recently debuted a ‘garage’ version of “Lords of Summer.”

Will Ferrell & Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith To Compete In Drum Off On The Tonight Show

Rolling Stone is reporting that Will Ferrell will face off with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in a drum off on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 22nd.

“We’re going to have a drum-off to see who the real Chad Smith is,” the real Chad Smith tells Rolling Stone. “I’m all for it. But unless Will’s been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it’ll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I’m ready to take him down.”

“I have not been practicing,” Ferrell tells Rolling Stone. “There’s no amount of practice that would help me become a good drummer.”

Linkin Park: ‘Rock Has Moved Into A Pop World’

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda discussed the state of rock in a new interview.

“I was telling [Roakim] here’s where we’re coming from on this record, the rock genre has moved into this pop world. It’s moved away from loud aggressive guitar based stuff, it’s gotten into this indie alternative pop thing, and we’re just not comfortable going there right now. He said, ‘That’s exactly what I’m going through [with rap].” Interview: One-Eyed Doll, In The Studio With Tool’s ‘Undertow’ Producer

One-Eyed Doll is a hard rock duo formed in 2005 in Austin, Texas by charismatic lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Kimberly Freeman. Jason Rufuss Sewell a.k.a Junior began as One-Eyed Doll’s producer/studio bassist & keyboardist in 2006. In addition Junior became the band’s full-time drummer in 2009. They were voted Best Punk Band 2009-2011 at the SXSW Austin Music Awards but they have more in common musically with Black Sabbath than Black Flag. One-Eyed Doll’s theatrical musical style has been described as “Pixies meets Siouxsie meets Hole” and as the “bastard laboratory love child of Dresden Dolls meets White Stripes and Marilyn Manson.” Their 2012 album Dirty, 2013’s Monster (ReMonstered), and their upcoming Committed albums were co-produced by Sylvia Massy, best known for producing Tool’s 1993 Undertow album. I caught up with One-Eyed Doll as they were in the midst of recording new material in California.

So you’re currently recording with Sylvia Massy in Weed, California? I hear you have like 100 songs already written. How many songs are you recording?

Junior (drummer): Over the last couple of years we’ve spent a lot of time at Sylvia’s studio. We’re always writing new songs. Some of them are just ideas recorded on our phones and others are finished or somewhere in between. We have about 3 albums worth of finished material. 

You really seem to take full advantage of working in the studio: adding bass, keyboards, banjo, vocal overdubs, etc. Do you consider how a song will translate live when you’re in the studio?

Junior: We really don’t concern ourselves with replicating the recording live. For us it’s two separate art forms. We want to make the best recording possible, which might include a banjo or violin. And we want to put on the best show possible, so we might perform the song differently from the recording to make it fit the stage. We’ll also perform the same song acoustically or perhaps with friends on stage. We try not to limit ourselves or keep our music boxed in. 

Is recording with Sylvia like being a kid in a candy store in terms of having so many instruments and different recording equipment to experiment with?

Junior: Absolutely. She has just about every piece of music gear you can imagine. You can hear a Theremin on “Plumes of Death” from our album Dirty. You’ll also hear a Hammond organ, grand piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, an actual Mellotron, Optigan, Arp 2600 etc. all over the music we’ll be putting out soon. She had a Chamberlain tape loop sampler which was the inspiration for the Mellotron. Amazing stuff. 

What role does Sylvia play as your producer?

Junior: Sylvia has a long history of creating some of the best albums of all time. She’s not just a hit maker… she’s an artist. Her taste and energy help inspire sonic exploration that we may not have thought of ourselves. We’ve learned a lot working with her. 

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[Kimberly Freeman, Producer/Engineer Ron Nevison (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne), Sylvia Massy, and Jason Sewell aka Junior at Sylvia’s studio.]

Sylvia Massy’s website includes some classic footage of her working with Tool and System Of A Down:

You’ve described your 2012 album Dirty as a depressive and 70’s sounding and your Committed album as more happy-go-lucky. Your current single “Crush” has a synth pop sound. Do try make every song or record sound different?

Kimberly (singer/guitarist): Not really. We just do whatever we feel like at the time!

Junior: We literally follow our muse and try to do what’s best for the song. We don’t really try to force a song into a specific genre or mood. But when several songs sound like they fit together we’ll make an album of them. Dirty was that way. Those recording all had a vibe that fit together nicely so they became an album. A lot of our songs don’t really fit into a collection so they might be released as a single. Perhaps in the future they’ll end up on an album. 

You recently released Monster (ReMonstered), a rerecording of your 2008 album Monster. Did you rerecord the entire album or just add Junior’s drums and make some production changes?

Junior: A couple of songs like “Be My Friend”, “Brief Candle” and “Monster” were recorded again from scratch. The rest we just recorded new drum parts or added a few goodies. The entire album was remixed and remastered to bring it up to the quality of our newer albums. 

In one of your last 2013 interviews you were debating whether to sign with a label or self-release your latest album Committed. Have you decided how and when you want to release the album?

Junior: Mum’s the word for now. Keep an eye out for news of our next release. We gotta keep it under wraps for now. 

Would a major label ever agree to let you license your album to them and allow you to keep full ownership or is that just a dream deal that the Foo Fighters get?

Kimberly: That particular contract hasn’t come by me yet (laughs). It would be nice to get that kind of support though. 

Since you already make a living and have your own label are there any advantages to signing with a major label for you?

Junior: There are things that a label can accomplish that we can’t on our own. We would love to have our music heard by the masses. Good record deals are few and far between these days, but if one came our way we would definitely consider. Until then we are happy to continue pushing ahead on our own. 

One-Eyed Doll embraces social media like no other band I’ve seen. How important has social media been for connecting with fans and building your audience?

Kimberly: It’s a neat tool to have, and I enjoy it. It’s kind of fun to casually chit chat with fans all over the world every day. It also connects us to people who wouldn’t ever have discovered us before social media. That’s huge for an indie band.

Do you still make your own tour merchandise?

Kimberly: Not all of it, but I do make small batches of things now and then. I just made a bunch of sweet spray painted shirts a week ago!

Have you ever considered adding a 3rd touring player or do you prefer playing live as a 2-piece band?

Kimberly: We actually have a buddy who comes out on tour with us sometimes on bass. It’s the kind of situation where we can just do that whenever we feel like it. Our fans have learned not to expect anything in particular from us (laughs).

Do you have any touring plans for this year?

Junior: We’ve spent the last three years on the road, so we’re happy to take some time in the studio and finish up some of the music we’ve been writing on the tour bus. I imagine we’ll be hitting the road again before long. 

Will you be headlining, playing as an opening act, or doing some of both?

Junior: We look forward to being able to sell out a headlining tour, but for now we’re mostly playing the main support slot just before the headliner. 

Last I heard you were touring with a roadie, a merch person, and renting a van large enough to sleep in. Will your touring set-up be similar on your next tour?

Kimberly: We have a tour bus now! It’s our home all the time, even when we’re not on tour. We’re currently residing in an industrial warehouse parking lot with the most amazing view of a salvage yard!

When you open shows do you enjoy the challenge of winning people over who have never seen you play?

Kimberly: In a way, yes. It can be a bit scary, though. Our friends Mushroomhead warned us about playing their big hometown Halloween show with them last October. Apparently being a non-Cleveland main support act on that particular show hasn’t always gone well. It was more than a little intimidating, and I was ready for the worst. I had my escape route all mapped out (laughs). Amazingly, it went really well, though!!! The die-hard Mushroomhead hometown crowd was AWESOME to us and treated us like family! Here we are, still alive and everything! 

A lot of heavy rock bands seem to have a hard time drawing a crowd in Austin. Yet One-Eyed Doll have a loyal fan-base in Austin and it seems to be growing across the country. What do you attribute that to?

Kimberly: It’s probably Junior’s good looks. 

Junior: I was a fan of Kimberly long before joining the band. She’s just an extremely entertaining performer and writes songs that actually mean something. Even if a song is funny or silly there is usually a deeper metaphor. When people get attached to Kimberly and her music it ends up being for the long haul. 

You have a new album set for release and are already recording your next album. Is this the most productive time in the band’s history?

Junior: We’re pretty much always writing, recording, touring and creating new merch. It’s what we do all day every day and has been that way for years. 

I hope you put out an album or two every year like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix used to. You don’t seem to be a band that will ever take 3 to 5 years or more between albums.

Kimberly: I LOVE putting out new music. We have so many songs that nobody’s ever heard! It’s so fun to share! Being in the studio with Jason is my happy place. I could just record all the time and be totally satisfied. Touring is great, too.. but my heart is in the studio!

Junior: I feel the same way. When Kimberly and I are in the studio there is never a “writer’s block” or lack of inspiration. It’s just pure fun.

Watch One-Eyed Doll’s “Committed” video:

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(Main article photo by Jonny Flash)

Watch: Queens of the Stone Age Austin City Limits Full Show & Exclusive Videos

Queens of the Stone Age’s debut Austin City Limits PBS Show aired Saturday, January 4, 2014. Below the live concert are some web exclusive live performances, behind the scenes footage, and an interview with Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen not included in its entirely in the broadcast.

Watch the entire performance.

ACL Web Exclusive: “Like Clockwork”:

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ACL Web Exclusive: “Kalopsia”:

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Behind the Scenes Preview: “Song For The Dead”:

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Interview with Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen:

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No One Knows
My God is the Sun
I Sat by the Ocean
In the Fade
If I Had a Tail
Little Sister
Smooth Sailing
Go With the Flow
The Vampyre of Time and Memory
A Song for the Dead

Interview: Danko Jones Discusses Uproar Festival, Vista Chino, and Recent Album

We’re here with Danko Jones on the last day of the Rockstar Uproar 2013 Festival. How do you think everything went?

I think it went great. It was a good tour and it was pretty easy. We only did 25 minutes a day, but it was a lot of fun.

Were you excited to see any of the other bands?

I like Middle Class Rut a lot and we had their first album, so it was cool to play with them everyday. Walking Papers with Duff and getting to meet the rest of the guys in Walking Papers was good. And Dead Daisies was good as well.

So going back to your early years, I know you started playing guitar at the age of 14. When did you know that music was going to be your career?

I guess when we are on the road after a couple tours and we were able to quit our jobs and just make this a full-time thing. That was 13 years ago.

Who were your influences while growing up?

The same ones that they’ve always been like KISS, Black Flag, ZZ Top, AC/DC, and Minor Threat.

You’ve talked about other bands like Thin Lizzy and Motorhead in the past. Do you have any more modern bands that you’re into right now?

Sure, there’s a lot of contemporary bands that I like. They’re just not very popular. Which is fine by me, but confounding at the same time. Church of Misery, Danava, Grand Magus, Doomriders, Shining, these are kind of bands I listen to a lot. Torch as well.

You’re been known to communicate a lot with the crowd in between songs. Is there a specific message you are trying to convey to the audience?

No, no message at all other than I hope you dig the music. Any band that has a message they’re trying to convey should go get fucked. That’s my opinion.

You’ve had John Garcia from Kyuss featured on a couple of your past albums. What’s your opinion on his new band, Vista Chino?

Yeah, I have Vista Chino, the album, it’s called Peace. It’s a good album. Bruno is on guitar, great guitar player. Nick Oliveri is on bass. It’s a good album.

Are you planning on working with him or anyone else on future albums?

I never rule out any future collaborations with John. Because he’s been there twice and we’ve toured with him and played a whole buncha times with him and it’s always cool with John. But, he’s always busy now with Vista Chino with the new album and stuff. There’s stuff that we’ve done that’s been on the back burner for years. I have it on my iTunes, but who knows if it’ll get released. You never say never, same with Brant.

What was your main focus while writing “Rock and Roll is Black and Blue” whether it be riffs, melodies or anything in your control?

There wasn’t too much of a focus other than just writing some rock songs that we would like if we weren’t in the band. The only markers we use is if whether or not we would buy it or whether or not we would listen to it.

Alright, thank you very much.

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