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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Albums Get Ranked Up!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be releasing a much anticipated new album in 2016.  However, with their current repertoire they have become one of the most successful and consistent bands in modern rock, so ranking their albums took quite bit of brainstorming. Focusing on the album as a whole and not the quality of the singles of each album was the main approach to this piece. RHCP’s first three albums are similar; a very young band trying to find its way.  However, when Mother’s Milk was released in 1989 the band finally tapped into their potential and the majority of the next six albums made the band one of the biggest, if not the biggest, band in modern rock music.

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers (self-titled) (1983)
The first album from RHCP was very raw and lacked cohesiveness, which would be expected considering the band wasn’t considered a serious project by guitarist Hillel Slovak who backed out of recording the album.  Anthony Kiedis and Flea have mentioned over the years that they prefer the demo versions of most of these songs which were recorded with the original lineup featuring Slovak.  Reaching just below the Billboard top 200, RHCP’s debut included very few highlights, however “Green Heaven” is a fan favorite and “Out In LA” is the first song that RHCP wrote together.
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9. Freaky Styley (1985)
Produced by funk mastermind George Clinton, Freaky Styley had some high points, particularly the comical “Catholic School Girls Rule” but still failed to garner much commercial success.
Bassist Flea had this to say about the album for the 2003 reissue:
“I know the music on this record was just way too obscure to ever be popular in a mainstream kind of way, but to me it really holds its own as a definitive and substantial musical statement. More than any other record we ever made it falls into the category of “too funky for white radio, too punk rockin’ for black.” Of course, the songs were very far away from any pop format; I realize it is/was not just the racial segregation at radio that precluded it from being a popular record.”
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8. The Uplift MoFo Party Plan (1987)
The Uplift MoFo Party Plan was the last album to feature all four founding members of the band. Guitarist Hillel Slovak would later die of a heroin overdose after the tour in support of the album, and drummer Jack Irons would quit the band being unable to cope with the loss of his friend.  As the RHCP sound continued to sprout, this album was their most successful one up to this point and was actually their first album to enter the Billboard top 200.  Some noteworthy tracks include “Fight Like A Brave”, “Me and my Friends”, and “Behind the Sun”.

7. I’m With You (2011)
The first album since One Hot Minute sans John Frusciante seems to be a band in rebuilding mode with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer who seemingly does not quite fill the shoes his predecessor left behind.  Many RHCP albums, specifically the ones released after the 1980’s, were very guitar heavy, but the guitar parts took more of a backing role with I’m With You. However, it seems that the talent of Josh Klinghoffer wasn’t the issue; the issue was in the production phase of the album as the recorded guitar parts were greatly turned down.  A fan re-engineered the album and posted the new version on youtube which brings the guitar parts out into the forefront. Many fans believe this change greatly enhanced the quality of the album and truth be told if that version was the one originally released it would have been ranked just below Blood Sugar Sex Magic on this list. However, based on the recording that was released, besides one of the most exceptional ballads the band has ever recorded in “Breaden’s Death Song”, the tracks don’t measure up to any of the singles that RHCP released since before Mother’s Milk. Tracks like “Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, “Look Around”, and “Monarchy of Roses” which all could be placed in the same category as “Suck My Kiss”, “Higher Ground”, and “Around the World” would all rank at the bottom of that category.  I’m With You was an album with great potential, but the decision to hide Klinghoffer’s talent greatly degraded the finished product.

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6. Mothers Milk (1989)
Mothers Milk was the album that RHCP finally polished their unique sound to form something that was widely accepted on MTV and rock radio. The Stevie Wonder cover “Higher Ground” and the second single “Knock Me Down” both received significant air play and became the sound the band would feed off of for years to come. Other great highlights from this album include the Jimmy Hendrix cover “Fire” and the scorcher “Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky”.
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5. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
Blood Sugar Sex Magik made the Red Hot Chili Peppers a worldwide phenomenon. Hard hitting and funky tracks like “Suck My Kiss” and “Give it Away” are the yin to the yang of two of the best ballads in the RHCP catalog in “Breaking the Girl” and “Under the Bridge”.  This album contained some of the band’s best singles, but as a complete piece wasn’t their best cohesive work.
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4. One Hot Minute (1995)
The one off album featuring guitarist Dave Navarro in place of John Frusciante is a bit of an enigma. Flea once eluded that Navarro wasn’t a good fit for RHCP, and the band very rarely play a song from this album live. However, as a whole it is just about as great as the rest of their classics. It contains some of the bands more standard alternative rock tracks like “Coffee Shop” and “Warped” and along with the ballad “My Friends” and the fun oddity “Aeroplane” One Hot Minute is surprisingly RHCP’s most well rounded album.
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3. By The Way (2002)
By The Way was critically acclaimed but a bit of a change of pace from the band’s previous releases. However, as solid as it was, the album wasn’t as consistent as Californication or Stadium Arcadium, even though “Can’t Stop” and “By The Way” were great singles. Other highlights include tracks like “Dosed”, “Universally Speaking” and “The Zephyr Song” in which the band strayed away from their norm and the tracks became a favorite among many fans.  Additionally, the track “Throw Away Your Television” may be the best track to come out of the By The Way sessions and has since become a spectacularly performed live staple.
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2. Californication (1999)
After the release of One Hot Minute, five long years passed and the buzz surrounding RHCP had chilled a bit. There were some drug problems in the band during this hiatus plus the departure of Dave Navarro, however, that departure allowed for the return of John Frusciante, and the fire was restarted after the release of Californication. This album contains everything that makes the Red Hot Chili Peppers great songwriters. Tracks like “Otherside”, “Californication”, and “Scar Tissue” have the same essence that made “Under the Bridge” such a landmark track, and the funky “Around the World” was a throwback to the RHCP standard which helped get the critics back on their side.
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1. Stadium Arcadium (2006)
I can see it in the comments section already… This guy put which album #1!!!???
John Frusciante’s swan song.. or.. swan album (hardy har har) is, as a complete work, the Red Hot Chili Peppers BEST album.  Stadium Arcadium contains over two hours of great single worthy tracks and it’s difficult to single out a specific track that stands out amongst others because of the album’s consistency, and in all honesty, the singles may be the weakest tracks on the album.  Stadium Arcadium doesn’t have a track that is as epic as “Scar Tissue”, “Give It Away”, or “Under the Bridge” however, from start to finish, it is RHCPs most solid album and may actually be one of the best double albums of all time.

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Top 10 Rock Albums Of 2015

Nearly 10,000 Alternative Nation readers voted, and we now have the Top 10 Rock Albums of 2015!

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10. Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings

It’s basic, low-fi, and stripped down to the bare bones. It’s raw! The Montage of Heck soundtrack companion jumps straight into Cobain’s psyche. From the opening strumming and mumbles on “The Yodel Song,” to the ever-angelic, elongated, work-in-progress take of “Do Re Mi,” the album is a trip inside of Cobain’s creative process.

It feels exactly like you’re in the room with Kurt, as he’s practicing the chords, tuning the guitar, or just goofing off with one of his voices for comedy. In conclusion, Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings (Deluxe Ed.) is exactly what any hardcore Nirvana/ Kurt Cobain fan would love, to understand the creative process – along with the film, of Kurt Cobain. (Full review)

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9. Dead Sara – Pleasure To Meet You

Dead Sara returned with their second album Pleasure To Meet You earlier this year, featuring the triumphant but tragic “Suicidal,” the California rocker “Something Good,” and Grunge tinged “Mona Lisa.”

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8. Puscifer – Money Shot

While Tool fans anxiously await for what is becoming their version of Chinese Democracy, Maynard James Keenan kept rolling with Puscifer’s Money Shot. The video for the title track perfectly encapsulates the appeal of the album, bring a sense of attitude and heaviness, but juxtaposing it with the absurdity of Luchadores fighting in a bar.

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7. Chris Cornell – Higher Truth

Chris Cornell went back to basics with Higher Truth, stripping away the Timbaland beats and synth found on 2009’s Scream. The album was very much in the same vein as his recent Songbook shows, with an adult contemporary stripped down sound that sounds very age appropriate. “Dead Wishes,” a song that analyzes the psyche of homeless people, is one of Cornell’s better tracks he has recorded in the last several years. (Full review)

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6. John Frusciante – Renoise Tracks 2009-2011

Some complained of 2015’s Trickfinger as underdeveloped and bare bones. Those tracks were made in 2007-2008 and it in the following years, 2009-2011 worked on these tracks and there is a supreme difference. With clips of audio from different media, it almost feels like a movie. It is awesome to see Frusciante progress like this and I can only imagine what his work sounds like today, the work he has been working on this year. He evolved a lot from Trickfinger to Renoise, what will the coming work sound like? Frusciante easily could become a hit in the underground electronic scene, he seems to take a lot of good element from those scenes and makes it exclusively his own. (Full review)

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5. Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down

Zipper Down is their fourth studio album, and it has been seven years since the last. This time, original members Jesse Hughes (on the album cover referred to as Boots Electric) and Josh Homme (Baby Duck) do everything themselves without help from additional musicians, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The album hit the right spot immediately.

The first track, ”Complexity”, captures the spirit of EoDM: funky, uptempo and fun. ”Silverlake”, ”Got a Woman” and ”Got the Power” follow the same pattern, while ”I Love You All The Time” is a slower song that is, as the title suggests, full of love. ”Skin-Tight Boogie” is a groovy kind of rap, featuring Hughes’ girlfriend Tuesday Cross on backing vocals. (Full review)

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4. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia (EP)

Foo Fighters surprised fans last month with a new EP recorded in Austin, Texas. The eponymous “Saint Cecilia” kicks off the E.P. with the “comfort food” side of the Foos familiar in tunes like “Walk” and “Learn to Fly”, with layered vocals from Dave Grohl accompanying a country/heartland melody. “Sean”, the shortest and fastest tune of the release clocking in at 02:11, captures a pop-punk vibe in the verses punctuated by a simple chorus hook consisting of a noodly riff and shouts of “Sean!”.

“Savior Breath” fuses the Foos’ Washington D.C. hardcore punk roots with Motorhead; it’s one of the group’s heaviest songs, right up there with “White Limo” off of 2011’s Wasting Light. Dave Grohl’s solo is one of the most memorable out of his recent output. “Iron Rooster” is the slow acoustic ballad here, capturing a bit of a Pink Floyd-vibe in Dave Grohl’s vocals and loose guitar solos. (Full review)

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3. Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts – Blaster

Editor’s pick for best album of the year: Blaster was Scott Weiland’s first album of original material in 5 years, and he hadn’t lost a step creatively. On the album Weiland hit melodic highs, and his lyrics were as beautiful, dark, and abstract as ever. “Amethyst” is one of the album’s highlights, a throwback to Purple era Weiland, featuring Jeremy Brown’s greatest guitar solo on the album.

In the one of the album’s most powerful songs, “Parachute,” Weiland sang about seeing through the eyes of love: ‘Catch you when you’re fallin’/Even when you’re not/I’ll see you through the eyes of love/Even when you’re crawlin’/Even when you’re fallin’/I’ll be your parachute, hold you up.’ The song feels like a spiritual successor to “Dare If You Dare,” with a feeling of frenetic euphoria driving the ending.

“Circles” ended up being the bookend to Weiland’s discography with his death just a few weeks ago, and it will definitely end up going down as one of his most underrated tracks. The country tinged ballad has themes of love, desperation, but also a feeling of hope sprinkled throughout it. (Full review)

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2. Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

For this LP, the non-conventional approach at first seemed to convey a somewhat underwhelming experience, yet with time, a more detailed and expansive sound was revealed on tracks like “Warship My Wreck,” “Slave Only Dreams to be King,” and “The Devil Beneath My Feet.” The current singles are not the strongest released in his catalog, but still provides a heavy edge. In conclusion, The Pale Emperor is a significant milestone in Marilyn Manson’s musical career as he takes a step farther in a dark, melodic direction. (Full review)

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1. Faith No More – Sol Invictus

Faith No More live reunions have been on and off since 2009, but the large gap of time between an official album release had lead the quirky, alternative rock community to borderline hopeless until more recently. Marked as their seventh album in the discography, Sol Invictus, clearly had a reputation to live up to.

On the album, Faith No More still have the means of creating enjoyable tracks that mediate between a mainstream sound and avant-garde. Although it is clear which songs will fall through the cracks with time, a few tracks plus the singles are deserving of high praise and allow this album to serve as a solid return to the rock world after eighteen years. (Full review)

Review: The Renaissance of John Frusciante

Author’s note: Was published without sections on “Zone” and “Renoise Tracks 2009-2011” originally. Now included below.

I can say confidently, as anyone would who knows Frusciante’s history well, that Frusciante does what he wants and it usually turns out very well for him. The sky is the (questionable) limit. Quit the one of the world’s biggest rock bands of the last 25 years – twice – and he lived to tell the tale.

Though when Frusciante goes to tell a story it may be non-linear, upside down, rightside up again, essentially anything non-conventional. This is not to say that his solo work is not enjoyable – it is very much, at least in my view.  Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt is one of my favorite albums ever. I would also recommend To Record Only Water for Ten Days and The Empyrean. I have not finished Inside of Emptiness but I did like what I heard from it, I believe the track “Look On” to be one of his finest works. What people forget sometimes is that Klinghoffer was one of Frusciante’s most frequent collaborators before he joined John’s old band. Klinghoffer was featured on the albums Shadows Collide With People, the Will to Death, Inside of Emptiness, A Sphere in the Heart of Silence and both Ataxia albums.

A few months ago, we reported that John Frusciante was “no longer releasing music for the public”. In fact, I wrote that article. I became a little disheartened because I really enjoy his art and him as a person, but I respected his choice allegedly to not release music. Thankfully, Frusciante goes through a lot of phases. Which is great, I love that about him but you can expect him to say “I’m going to be an elephant from now on” and he’ll come to your next party as a rhinoceros . 2:10 am, I got the most exciting email in awhile. It was a long letter from John Frusciante from his email listing, announcing a triumphant return. In an excerpt from the letter, we see this:

“Even when you make music purely for the sake of doing it, as I do, it sometimes helps to have friends who’s ears and taste you have in the back of your head when you’re making it. But this can also put you in a straightjacket, just as aiming your music at the masses can.  Therefore, in Jan 2014, I decided to stop having an “audience” in this sense, and so I stopped finishing songs or sending what I was doing to friends, and started making a lot of songs at once rather than one song at a time. This freed up my mind so that I could make music purely to hear it and live with it, in order to grow in a different direction for a while. This was not a permanent decision. In fact, I’m already past that phase.

Excellent news, right? He also enclosed links to his Bandcamp and Soundcloud with new releases, about 20 songs spanning different genres. Here, we will discuss them and see how they hold up.

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4-Track Guitar Music (6 tracks, recorded in May 2010)
Download and listen here from Bandcamp

 

For fans of Frusciante’s acoustic and low fidelity works, this is something you would be interestedin , though it is not exactly Niandra Lades. As much as I love Niandra Lades, I actually like watching artists grow. Of course, bands and artists will always harbor old material that is dear to me but if they truly inspire me I like to see where the course of their artistry takes them. Many critics of Frusciante’s latest electronic directions tell him to simply “pick up a guitar”, well, he’s got a guitar here! But the percussion is from a drum machine. As the album cover implies, it is music that may best be listened to at a beach sometime between dawn to dusk. It gives the tracks a beautifully tarnished and retro-electro feel to it, led by melodic but anti-rock guitar soloing. 5 out of the 6 tracks are untitled, except for “Venice”, where Frusciante spends a lot of his time. To me, this is still “classic” Frusciante and I’ve come to really enjoy it. If one tried to summarize Frusciante’s solo work in a couple of songs, well, not saying this is the best candidate only because it is missing his vocals but it incorporates his iconic guitar work with electronic undertones, some of the biggest elements of his solo work. It’s free, I would at least say give this a listen, regardless of where you stand on Frusciante’s solo work. Frusciante quit the Chili Peppers, it’s time to accept that. He has plenty more to offer. This is a beautiful gift.

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Medre (Recorded in 2008)

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A single track, it is easy to see the connection this track has to his last and self-titled album under Trickfinger. Both album artworks are derived from similar materials and both lie between acid house and electro. Some may be happy to hear this actually includes a very worthy guitar part over an electronic beats, but very drastically different than what was offered in 4-Track Guitar Music. The guitar here is more characteristic of, well, Stadium Arcadium in my book. I wish there was more offered in this collection because I am sure Frusciante has more from this time period. This is one of my favorite tracks from this collection. I am very interested personally in the intersection of electronic and guitars and this is a perfect example of how the two may compliment each other.

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Fight for Love (from the Casa de Mi Padre soundtrack, recorded in November 2013 with Omar Rodriguez of the Mars Volta)
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Rodriguez and Frusciante’s friendship is well documented and they have been involved in several different projects together. Naturally, they come together to cover a song for Casa di Mi Padre, the satirical Spanish language film starring Will Ferrell. Close to the original, it is purely instrumental and has electronic percussion. A good showcase of guitar work, it is something to listen to whilst in the middle of a desert, contemplating life.

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Zone (Acoustic version, from 2014’s Enclosure)

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A poignant rendition of a track from  his 2014 electronic album Enclosure, “Zone” with just guitar and vocalsThis track may be the most “accessible” if it was commercially released. I did not listen to all of Enclosure, but it was a solid effort by Frusciante and it is always interesting to see how artists re-interpret their own work and give alternative versions. I would hope to see a few more of these – either acoustically re-interpreting electronic music or vice versa.

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Renoise Tracks 2009-2011
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The biggest collection of songs from either of the Souncloud or Bandcamp releases and the most comprehensive in a sense. Some complained of 2015’s Trickfinger as underdeveloped and bare bones. Those tracks were made in 2007-2008 and it in the following years, 2009-2011 worked on these tracks and there is a supreme difference. With clips of audio from different media, it almost feels like a movie. It is awesome to see Frusciante progress like this and I can only imagine what his work sounds like today, the work he has been working on this year. He evolved a lot from Trickfinger to Renoise, what will the coming work sound like? Frusciante easily could become a hit in the underground electronic scene, he seems to take a lot of good element from those scenes and makes it exclusively his own.

John Frusciante is again on the rise. Is this Red Hot Chili Peppers? No, but it shouldn’t be. He wanted to evolve as an artist and he is achieving it. He will continue down this path and I’m very happy to see him go down it, as great as it would be for him to be in the Peppers (his “old band” as he referred in the letter). I’m sure the band feels the same about him. He gave them so much and he will continue an abundance of music. God bless John Frusciante, what a great Thanksgiving present to the world and us fans.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante Fake Album Pranks Fans

UPDATE: The quote from John Frusciante was also fabricated by RHCPTV5, meaning they are solely responsible for the prank, not Frusciante.

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante appeared to have a new album called Ghosts over the weekend, with a tracklist ‘leaking’ online.

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New songs then also ‘leaked,’ with a copyright notice even being sent to the person who uploaded one of the songs.

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Frusciante then released a statement:

“It all came about recently. I have this group of friends that share music and love and cat stories, late one night a good friend of mine and a fellow traveller of the 4th dimension came to me with this song he made, it was originally called Things That Go Bump In The Night.. It was a recording that he made overnight while he slept. He captured noises from the spirit world and added some sounds of his own. That song is called Pareidolia. Pareidolia is a phenomenon whereby one can perceive to see or hear something that’s not there, hidden messages if you will. This particularly applies to my favorite track from the record; St. Nuc. I decided to experiment, could I release a song by a guy nobody knows of, and simply attach my name to it, and cause a stir. Well, yeah apparently. There are no ghosts. I mean there is no ghosts. It was all down to Asa C-H.”

Uhhhm, sorry. -JF

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante Refuses To Fund Ex’s Crappy Music Career

Ex-Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist John Frusciante is refusing to pay his estranged wife Nicole the exorbitant amount of money she recently requested, TMZ reports.

According to new legal docs filed in their divorce, John says Nicole’s request for $75,000 per month in spousal support is crazy, especially because $21,000 of that is just to rent a music studio. Nicole claims she is a struggling musician.

John says, “I don’t know if you can call her recording efforts a hobby or a past-time … but it seems improper to characterize Nicole as a professional musician.”

Nicole also wants more than $2,600/month for gifts and expenses for her “adult” brother, which John also finds ridiculous.

Nicole Frusciante recently asked 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.

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.

John Frusciante To Produce Upcoming Black Knights Album ‘The Almighty’

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist and accomplished solo artist John Frusciante is producing the upcoming LP from Los Angeles rap group The Black Knights, according to a post on the group’s Facebook page. The post read that The Black Knights will be releasing a new John Frusciante-produced album The Almighty later this year and would be performing two new songs from the upcoming project at their next concert.

In addition, The Black Knights announced that John Frusciante, also known by his producing pseudonym Trickfingers, will be in attendance at their next show and will be there “to support and be the sound man.” John Frusciante produced the hip-hop group’s LP Medieval Chamber, which was released earlier this year. The ex-Chili Peppers guitarist recently called the collaboration the “funnest musical collaboration I’ve ever had with anybody in my life,” citing his musical freedom and his friendships with the rappers.

Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Playing On Upcoming Duran Duran Album

John Frusciante, who recently released his solo LP Enclosure, is featured on the cover of the May 2014 issue of Guitar Magazine in Japan. According to John Frusciante fan site Invisible Movement, the new article reveals that the former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist will be playing on the upcoming Duran Duran album. Specifics about Frusciante’s involvement are currently unknown.

In 2010, Duran Duran’s John Taylor made a guest appearance on the debut album of Swahili Blonde, a collaborative effort of John Frusciante and his wife Nicole Turley. Duran Duran’s last LP was 2010’s All You Need is Now.

AlternativeNation.net Review Of John Frusciante’s ‘Enclosure’ LP

In the five years since John Frusciante announced his departure from the Grammy Award-winning Red Hot Chili Peppers, the guitarist has shifted his focus from radio-friendly songwriting to producing and releasing experimental synth-pop and hip-hop albums. While Frusciante has been releasing lo-fi solo albums since 1994, his recent work has focused specifically on experimental electronic music, beginning with 2012’s PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, continuing with 2013’s avant-garde Outsides EP, and more recently, producing rap group The Black Knights’ Medieval Chamber, which was released this year.

Frusciante’s latest release, Enclosure, is distributed via Record Collection beginning April 8, 2014. In February, the former Red Hot Chili Pepper revealed that Enclosure “is presently [his] last word on the musical statement which began with [PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone]” and that the album represents  “the achievement of all the musical goals” of his past five years.

Enclosure reveals an artist that has continued in a similar style to PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, but has developed this style into a more coherent album and fused it with stronger songwriting. Rather than continuing with the free jazz, avant-garde songwriting style of PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, Frusciante has fused a more traditional songwriting style with his electronic sound. Fans of Frusciante’s early 2000s albums might be disappointed as Enclosure does not live up to the standard of the classic songwriting of The Will to Death or Shadows Collide With People. However, this album is a significant improvement from the much less listener-friendly PBX and Outsides. 

The sound on this album is less disconnected and the electronic rhythms compliment Frusciante’s vocals well. Although the album starts out with the avant-garde “Shining Desert,” the next track “Sleep” focuses on songwriting over experimentation. With this attention to songwriting, “Sleep” establishes a greater emotional depth on the album and diversifies the album’s sounds. “Run” has a grungry intro and sludgy sound intertwined with the intricate electronic synth sounds. “Fanfare” has a catchy tune and emotional songwriting, while “Cinch” features an experimental six and a half minute guitar solo. The album chills out with Frusciante’s falsetto and dreamy soundscape on “Zone,” and speeds up with an interesting mix of jazzy drums and an addicting beat on “Crowded.” The experimental and expansive “Excuses” ends the album with power.

Enclosure is a good, diverse sampling of the experimental electronic sounds of John Frusciante’s post-Red Hot Chili Peppers career. Frusciante has now successfully fused the attention to songwriting of his past with his abstract, free jazz attitude of the last few years. His vocals range from reverb-washed falsetto to a clearer, more emotional tone. The album is a strong and worth-while representation of Frusciante’s musical goals or “musical statement” of the last few years. However, if Enclosure is truly Frusciante’s last word on electronica, the guitarist’s talent for songwriting would definitely be welcomed by fans of Frusciante’s pre-2010s work. Regardless, John Frusciante is an artist that refuses to compromise his integrity or settle for a money-making sound. Frusciante will continue to expand and develop his craft, and his fans can expect solid material from him in the future.

Below, listen to two highlights from John Frusciante’s Enclosure: “Crowded” and “Fanfare”
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John Frusciante’s New LP ‘Enclosure’ Launched Via Space Rocket For Streaming

John Frusciante’s upcoming new LP, entitled Enclosure, is set for release via Record Collection on April 8, 2014. Frusciante has stated that the album is his “last word on the musical statement which began with PBX” and that Enclosure represents his musical goals from the past five years.

On March 29, Frusciante’s upcoming album was launched into outer space aboard an Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE Modular Rocket using an experimental Cube Satellite called Sat-JF14. Fans can now download a free mobile app, available via Apple and Android devices, to track the satellite’s movement and listen to the album for free when the satellite hovers over a user’s geographic region. The preview will last until April 7, at which point Sat-JF14 will cease transmission. The app encourages fans to chat with other users using a social network platform.

If you prefer the more typical formats of CD, vinyl, or digital download, you can pre-order John Frusciante’s Enclosure here. Watch an instructional video about Sat-JF14 below:

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John Frusciante’s Upcoming LP ‘Enclosure’ Available For Pre-Order

John Frusciante will release his latest LP Enclosure on April 8, 2014 via Record Collection. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist has now made the album available for pre-order on his store, and more information can be found at Frusciante’s website.

Last month, Frusciante revealed details of his upcoming release to the public, calling Enclosure his “last word on the musical statement which began with [PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone].” Frusciante also added that the album will represent the “musical goals” that he has been aiming to achieve in the past five years since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante has released several experimental synth-pop projects including 2012’s PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone and 2013’s avant-garde Outsides EP. According to an early review from Premier Guitar’s Tessa Jeffers, who rated the album 4 out of 5 stars, Enclosure will be less experimental than its predecessors. Jeffers writes that the album has “the kind of balance that keeps a song a song without getting too messy or alienating the audience.”

In addition, Frusciante has also released a free download of “Scratch,” which was the first song recorded during the Enclosure sessions, but was written five years ago during The Empyrean sessions. The song is available for free download, listen to it below:

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John Frusciante Reveals New LP ‘Enclosure’ Release Date, Tracklist, & New Song

John Frusciante has announced his upcoming LP Enclosure, which is set for release on April 8, 2014 via Record Collection Music. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist will release his upcoming experimental album as his “last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.”

In a statement on his official website, John Frusciante has made the following statement: “Enclosure, upon its completion, was the record which represented the achievement of all the musical goals I had been aiming at for the previous 5 years. It was recorded simultaneously with Black Knights Medieval Chamber, and as different as the two albums appear to be, they represent one investigative creative thought process. What I learned from one fed directly into the other. Enclosure is presently my last word on the musical statement which began with PBX.”

Since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frusciante’s work has primarily been experimental synth-pop. Enclosure is Frusciante’s first solo LP since 2012’s PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone and his first solo release since 2013’s avant-garde Outsides EP. An early review from Premier Guitar’s Tessa Jeffers, which rated the album 4 out of 5 stars, says that “all tracks [on Enclosure] have vocals except “Cinch,” a more than six-minute opus framed entirely by distorted guitar apeggios.” Jeffers also writes that Frusciante’s Enclosure possesses “the kind of balance that keeps a song a song without getting too messy or alienating the audience.”

In addition to revealing details of his new LP, Frusciante has also released a free download of “Scratch,” which was the first song recorded during the Enclosure sessions and written during The Empyrean sessions. “Scratch” can be listened to below or on Frusciante’s website

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Enclosure tracklist:
01. Shining Desert
02. Sleep
03. Run
04. Stage
05. Fanfare
06. Cinch
07. Zone
08. Crowded
09. Excuses

John Frusciante Talks The Black Knights & Solo Career In First Video Interview In Six Years

John Frusciante, former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recently sat down with Heavyweights Radio and rap group The Black Knights in Frusciante’s first video interview in six years and the first since leaving the Chili Peppers.

In the interview, Frusciante discussed making hip-hop music, Rick Rubin’s influence, and his solo career releases. Frusciante recently produced The Black Knights’ LP Medieval Chamber after befriending the group through Wu Tang Clan’s RZA. The Black Knights’ Rugged Monk complimented Frusciante’s extensive and diverse musical knowledge and the friendship that the group had made with Frusciante.

Frusciante said of his friendship with The Black Knights, “we’re smoking and drinking and enjoying the atmosphere,” calling it a “pleasant musical relationship.” Frusciante also commented on the organic nature of his friendship with the rappers which he prefers over the political nature of being in a band. The ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper also said that he enjoys his musical autonomy now, stating: “I believe in what I’m doing and I don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks of it.” Watch the interview below (Frusciante’s interview starts at 21:15):

Listen To New Song From John Frusciante’s Band Kimono Kult

John Frusciante, solo artist and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, has teamed up with ex-The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, his wife Nicole Turley, and more to form Kimono Kult, a new band whose debut EP Hiding in the Light is due March 4.

Frusciante’s wife, Swahili Blonde’s Nicole Turley, spearheaded the project while contributing bass, synths, trumpets, drum machine, and backing vocals and releasing the EP on her record label Neurotic Yell Records. Meanwhile, both Frusciante and Omar Rodríguez-López contributed guitar tracks to the album.

Fans can now stream the first song from Kimono Kult’s upcoming EP, entitled “Todos Menos El Dolor,” below or on Neurotic Yell Records’ website.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ John Frusciante Forms New Band With Ex-Mars Volta Guitarist

John Frusciante has teamed up with his friend, collaborator, and former The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López to form a new band called ‘Kimono Kult.’ The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Frusciante will release an EP with the band entitled Hiding in the Light on March 4 through Neurotic Yell Records.

Also a member of the Kimono Kult lineup, Frusciante’s wife Nicole Turley contributed bass and synths for the four track EP and produced the new album. According to the band’s record label, the new EP is described of songs of “electro/dub/afro-beat/ avant-freak/jazz-like conversations of instrumental ecstasy.” You can pre-order Kimono Kult’s Hiding in the Light on Neurotic Yell Records.

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Listen To New Songs From John Frusciante’s Project With Rap Group Black Knights

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante recently produced the new album of Los Angeles hip-hop artists Black Knights, entitled Medieval Chamber, which is set for release on January 14 through Record Collection. In July of last year, Frusciante called the project the “funnest musical collaboration I’ve ever had with anybody in my life.”

With the release date of Medieval Chamber nearing, Frusciante has released two new tracks from the collaboration on his website. These new tracks are available for download in MP3 and 32 bit source audio formats on Frusciante’s site, or can be listened to below. One of the songs, “Roundtable Discussion,” features some vocal samples from John Frusciante.

Additionally, you can pre-order the Black Knights’ upcoming album Medieval Chamber here and get a free download of the Frusciante-produced Black Knights song “Never Let Go” with your pre-order.

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John Frusciante Talks Producing Hip-Hop Album, Set For Release In January

Since he left the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2008, John Frusciante has been relatively silent, occasionally releasing solo experimental electronic albums. However, in July, Frusciante called his latest project the “funnest musical collaboration I’ve ever had with anybody in my life.” Frusciante has produced the new album of Los Angeles hip-hop artists Black Knights, Medieval Chamber, set for release on January 14, 2014.

Frusciante commented on his production of the hip-hop album, making the following statement in a press release: “The great freedom I’ve found in doing hip-hop is that as long as the beat is hard and something that rappers will respond to creatively, the music can be literally any style of music you want. On any given song I can end up chopping up classic music or rock music or melodies based in free jazz ideas. I’ve felt more free doing this album than I have doing anything else.”

The project came about after the Black Knights, a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate, met John Frusciante through their mutual friend, Wu-Tang’s RZA. Since the meeting, the relationship between Frusciante and the rap duo flourished. In July, Frusciante stated that for the previous six months, he had only been making hip-hop. He stated that hip-hop is “the form of music where [he] can be completely free,” and that he would never be in a rock band because of the freedom of technology.

Black Knights member Rugged Monk said of Frusciante: “John brings the music and the intelligence side to it. This is his first go-round as far as doing hip-hop, but John Frusciante is a very musical guy. If you sit down and talk to him, he can take you from Donna Summer to Led Zeppelin to Jane’s Addiction back to Ice Cube.” You can pre-order Black Knights’ upcoming album Medieval Chamber here, and listen to a John Frusciante-produced track from Black Knights below:

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John Frusciante Talks Quitting Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Future Of His Career

In a new interview with Billboard‘s Patrick Flanary entitled “John Frusciante Q&A: On His Electronic Evolution and Why He’s Done With Rock Bands,” John Frusciante discussed his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, why he doesn’t play live shows, the current state of the music industry, and what he’s currently working on.

On his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers:

“I had always wanted to do electronic music and I had only dabbled in it throughout the 10 years or whatever it was that I was in the band after rejoining [in 1998]. And it’s one of those things like anything else that you have to do it every day for years to get good at it. And so it didn’t really occur to me to quit until Flea came to me at one point and said, ‘I want to take a two-year break after this tour.’ And he said that to me about halfway through the [2007 Stadium Arcadium] tour, and when he said it I was kind of shocked, ’cause I thought we were on a roll, let’s just keep moving with this, you know? But once he said it to me, my mind started thinking, ‘What would I do with that two years if I had two years to just do whatever I wanted?’ And by about four months later I was so excited about quitting the band I didn’t even want it to be a two-year thing anymore. I just knew that I didn’t ever want to be in the band again, you know? And I didn’t actually quit until several months after we were already on the break, but I knew I wanted to quit months before the tour was over. I was determined to.”

On not playing live shows anymore:

“No, I have no interest in playing live. I really don’t think of myself as a performer anymore. It was never something that came naturally to me. It was something that I adapted to, but it was never really an expression of who I was. […] I’m not a performer. I don’t appreciate the effect that audiences have on me, because for me music is something that comes from inside of me.”

On his current project:

“For the last six months, I only make hip-hop now. But it’s been a year that I’ve been working with these artists called Black Knights. And we’ve had a really successful collaboration. […] Due to technology, we have a musical relationship in which nobody tells anybody what to do, nobody restricts anybody, nobody argues with anybody. My job is making the music, their job is rapping, and we don’t get in each other’s way at all. We all want to hear the same record, is how I think of it.”

Read the rest of the interview here. Billboard’s interview is Frusciante’s second published interview since he officially announced his departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2009. John Frusciante is set to release his new EP Outsides on August 27.

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John Frusciante Talks Electronic Music In First Interview In Four Years

John Frusciante recently gave his first interview since press for his 2009 solo album The Empyrean. Following the Japanese release of his new EP Outsides, Frusciante discussed his recent approach to music, including the influences to his electronic sound and the learning process required to master it.

Frusciante says that after joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the second time in 1998, he was listening to electronic music and discovered a different approach to guitar playing. For this realization, the ex-Chili Peppers guitarist gives credit to the band Aphex Twin, and says that their Analord series was as much of a landmark work as The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. 

Furthermore, Frusciante says that after purchasing a synthesizer, his work was exciting and that he had to rethink his approach to melody and music. By stepping into the world of electonic music, the experience became fresh. Playing guitar as a member of a band had limit, and that band members must play in harmony at the control of the drummer. Meanwhile, Frusciante says, electronic music is not dependent on traditional songwriting and that making electronic music gives him freedom. Read the entire interview, entitled “Complete composition, perfect freedom” here.

UPDATE: Read the entire interview in English here.

Listen To John Frusciante’s New ‘Outsides’ EP

Although John Frusciante is set to release his new EP Outsides on August 27, his new album has already leaked. According to a John Frusciante fan site, the distributor sent out copies of the EP early, thus ‘leaking’ the album to fans who had pre-ordered the album. You can listen to the album here:
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Outsides has an experimental sound similar to Frusciante’s 2012 LP PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone. “Same” opens the album with a ten minute instrumental track and features a guitar solo. “Breathiac” is a much shorter instrumental track, while “Shelf” is more upbeat, and features the EP’s only lyrics. “Sol,” which was released earlier in the month, completes the EP.

The EP sounds even more experimental than Frusciante’s PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone, as the latter features a decent amount of vocals. Outsides continues with PBX’s unconventional nature and lack of song structure, but lacks the vocals that helped PBX greatly.