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Smashing Pumpkins To Release New Single On Monday

Billy Corgan posted a new blog on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com, where he revealed that The Smashing Pumpkins will release “Being Beige” on Monday, the lead single off of their new album Monuments to an Elegy:

With the album set now firmly set for a Dec 9 release, and our first track ‘Being Beige’ premiering on Monday, I’ve jaunted over to one of my favorite cities in the world, Berlin, for a zillion face-to-face interviews.

Berlin holds many memories for me, as SP first played here in 1992. And boy, the Germans weren’t sure what to think of our trip. And I’m not sure they still do, but this round of press has been very supportive of the new album, with lots of kudos handed around. One kind man even told me yesterday that our record was the best he’d heard in 20 years ‘from any band’; not just Pumpkins. Quite a compliment!

Also, Berlin was home for many years to my good friend Rudolph Kicken, who recently passed away from illness. ‘Rudy’ was a visionary, and as an art dealer who specialized in avante-garde photography taught me so much about life. He will be sorely missed, and is as I walk these streets.

So here’s to Rudolph, and all he stood for. I hope to make him proud….

Tomorrow I’m off to London.

W.P.C.

Corgan told AlternativeNation.net last month that he expects Monuments to an Elegy to keep up with the changing music landscape, “The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.

I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”

The Smashing Pumpkins revealed the artwork for Monuments to an Elegy earlier this week, which you can view below.

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Pearl Jam Play ‘No Code’ Front To Back & Debut New Song In Moline

Pearl Jam performed their 1996 No Code album front to back last night in Moline, Illinois. Eddie Vedder said he could only recall the band playing a complete album once before in 1991. He said he was grateful that the audience let them play all of No Code tonight, but now they didn’t know what to play. Pearl Jam played all of Avocado in Torino, Italy in September 2006.

During the first encore, Eddie Vedder debuted a new song titled “Moline” that he wrote just 10 minutes before the show, so it took him a little bit to remember it. He said the song relates to “Better Man.” This was definitely one of the most memorable recent Pearl Jam shows, and proves that they are the best live band around today. Not many bands perform full albums front to back unannounced and debut brand new material just based on inspiration.

Setlist:
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
No Code
Sometimes
Hail Hail
Who You Are
In My Tree
Smile
Off He Goes
Habit
Red Mosquito
Lukin
Present Tense
Mankind (Tour debut)
I’m Open (Tour debut)
Around the Bend (end of No Code)
Given to Fly
Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover)
Corduroy
Mind Your Manners
Brain of J.
Infallible
Even Flow
Gone
Garden
Porch

Encore:
Moline (New Song)
Bee Girl
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
In Hiding
Lightning Bolt
Do the Evolution
Jeremy
Why Go

Encore 2:
Eruption (Van Halen cover)
Alive
Fuckin’ Up (Neil Young cover)
Yellow Ledbetter

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Dave Grohl Chugs A Beer At Bar While Ripping On Guitar

Foo Fighters performed at the Cubby Bear in Chicago last night, see video of Dave Grohl chugging a beer at the bar while jamming on guitar, and see the full setlist below.

Setlist:
All My Life
I’ll Stick Around
Rope (Jam interlude)
Up in Arms (Dedicated to Steve Albini)
Big Me
White Limo
Arlandria
My Hero
Stiff Competition (Cheap Trick cover) (with Rick Nielsen) (Taylor on lead vocals, Dave on drums)
Cold Day in the Sun (Taylor on lead vocals)
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover) (Taylor on lead vocals)
Generator
Walk
Learn to Fly
This Is a Call (Jam interlude, Dave goes into … more)
The Pretender
Best of You
Surf Combat (Naked Raygun cover) (with Jeff Pezzati) (skipped encore)
Weenie Beenie
Surrender (Cheap Trick cover) (with Rick Nielsen) (opening riff of ‘Children of … more)
Something From Nothing (with Rick Nielsen)
Everlong

Chris Shiflett discussed Sonic Highways album with TheRock.net.nz, “The initial idea was that we were going to go all over the world, the scope was maybe going to be a little bigger, and wider. But once it got narrowed down to the 8 cities that we did, it maybe got a little more focused. After the last Foo Fighters record, Dave had a lot of big crazy ideas for that record, I remember at the beginning of that last record thinking, ‘There’s no way we’re going to pull all this stuff off,’ then we did. So when he came in with this idea, I thought, ‘Yeah okay, cool.’ When he comes up with a big idea, he figures out a way to get it done.”

Grohl discussed the HBO Foo Fighters series recently with The Pulse of Radio, “This has been two years of my life — and I’m still not done, man. On the break between the last interview and this one, I had to go in there and approve edits on the next episode that we’re working on. My life has been consumed by this thing — which is amazing, and I’m so psyched — but, when it’s done… I’ll probably miss it. But, good God, I can’t wait to get this thing (done).”

Sonic Highways Tracklisting:
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

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Video: Pearl Jam Debut New Song “Moline”

As we reported earlier, during the first encore at Pearl Jam’s show in Moline last night, Eddie Vedder debuted a new song titled “Moline” that he wrote just 10 minutes before the show, so it took him a little bit to remember it. He said the song relates to “Better Man.” You can watch video of the debut of the track below. Lyrics include ‘Knew there was trouble so I left Detroit/I left my old man for a plane full of poise,’ ‘He took my share and still didn’t care/he probably would have killed me if I had stayed there,’ and ‘The Mississippi rise is a wide as the sea.’

Pearl Jam also performed their 1996 No Code album front to back last night in Moline, Illinois. Eddie Vedder said he could only recall the band playing a complete album once before in 1991. He said he was grateful that the audience let them play all of No Code tonight, but now they didn’t know what to play. Pearl Jam played all of Avocado in Torino, Italy in September 2006.

Setlist:
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
No Code
Sometimes
Hail Hail
Who You Are
In My Tree
Smile
Off He Goes
Habit
Red Mosquito
Lukin
Present Tense
Mankind (Tour debut)
I’m Open (Tour debut)
Around the Bend (end of No Code)
Given to Fly
Interstellar Overdrive (Pink Floyd cover)
Corduroy
Mind Your Manners
Brain of J.
Infallible
Even Flow
Gone
Garden
Porch

Video: Foo Fighters Debut “Something From Nothing” Live On David Letterman

Watch Foo Fighters debut “Something From Nothing” on David Letterman with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen below. The track is the lead single off of Sonic Highways, set for release on November 10th.

Foo Fighters issued the following press release in August regarding Sonic Highways:

“This album is instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record, but there’s something deeper and more musical to it. I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our ‘sound’.”—Dave Grohl

FOO FIGHTERS have confirmed the worldwide release date of the band’s long awaited follow up the 4X-Grammy-winning, international #1 Wasting Light: The band’s eighth studio album of all-new material will be titled Sonic Highways and will be released globally on Monday, November 10.

The cover art of Sonic Highways has also been unveiled along with a first taste of some of the new music at Foofighters.com.

Additionally, http://bit.ly/sonic-highways is now accepting pre-orders for the Sonic Highways CD and 180 gram vinyl LP. The vinyl album comes in an assortment of nine different covers including eight variants each themed for one of the cities in which the album was recorded: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C..

http://bit.ly/sonic-highways will be the only place where fans can order the specific cover – or covers—collect ‘em all!—of their choosing. An array of limited edition bundles featuring exclusive collectibles will also be available.

Produced by Butch Vig and Foo Fighters and being released in the U.S. on Roswell Records/RCA Records, Sonic Highways clocks in at just over 44 minutes and is made up of the following tracks:

1. Something From Nothing
2. The Feast and The Famine
3. Congregation
4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
5. Outside
6. In The Clear
7. Subterranean
8. I Am A River

Though not a soundtrack album by any stretch, Sonic Highways shares its title with the Dave Grohl-directed eight-episode HBO series described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music and premiering Friday, October 17 at 11 p.m.. For the album and series, Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear wrote and recorded one song in each of these eight cities, delving into the local musical currents: how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns. All songs feature local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities who became part of the process.
www.foofighters.com