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Listen To Pearl Jam, Soundgarden & Screaming Trees Supergroup’s First Single

Ten Commandos, the supergroup comprising of Matt Cameron (Soundgarden/Pearl Jam), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age/Eleven), and Dimitri Coats (Off!) have released their first single as a band entitled “Staring Down the Dust.” You can listen below.

Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age) also appears on the single.

Lanegan discussed writing with Josh Homme and Alain Johannes in an October 2014 interview with Alternative Nation.

“Well when I’m writing by myself, I’m writing usually on guitar. Sometimes on the old Casio Keyboard, sometimes I start with a drum machine beat, and add a synthesizer or something to it, but usually it’s with a guitar. When I write with Josh for instance, he’s writing the music, we’re writing lyrics together. When I’m writing with Alain, he’s generally writing the music, and I’m writing the singing part, and the words. It’s always different.”

Alain Johannes discussed working with Mark Lanegan in a July 2013 interview with Alternative Nation.

“Well with Mark it’s quite easy. First of all I don’t think we’ve spent more than 4 to 5 hours from beginning to end on any song except for waiting for some guests to come and add like Aldo, Goss, Catching, and Dave Rosser you know. Basically Mark arrives, he’s got the song he plays it for me, we-acoustically and voice, we lay down a quick sketch of it. We discuss what the possible tonalities would be, some things are open some things he requests and then we just go and start layering stuff and adding stuff. He would sing it a couple of times and comp the vocal and it’s done [chuckles]. Then it’s really even close to the mix in the end, it was really crazy.

He’d come down, and then we’d get 1 done or post it done, and then 2 days later another one and maybe the week after he’d go away for a week, it was like that. After like, I think a couple of months or whatever it was it was done. There’s just something, he has a presence that makes you kind of into it, what he’s hearing in his head. I’m just there to facilitate and be a vehicle for that. He definitely knows exactly what he wants to hear, if you play something kind of not right he’ll be kind of ‘nah nah nah no’ [laughs] I’ll be like okay how about this? He’s like ‘yeah yeah that’s good.’”

Soundgarden, Pearl Jam & Screaming Trees Members To Debut New Single

On Friday October 9th, Monkeywrench Records will release Ten Commandos’ debut single “Staring Down The Dust.” Ten Commandos is Matt Cameron (Soundgarden/Pearl Jam), Ben Shepherd (Soundgarden), Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age/Eleven), and Dimitri Coats (Off!). Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees/Queens of the Stone Age) will be featured on “Staring Down The Dust.” The full album will be released in November.

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The project has been in the works since at least early 2014, as Ten Commandos members shared several photos at the time of the musicians working together on writing new music.

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Mark Lanegan discussed writing with Josh Homme and Alain Johannes in an October 2014 interview with Alternative Nation.

“Well when I’m writing by myself, I’m writing usually on guitar. Sometimes on the old Casio Keyboard, sometimes I start with a drum machine beat, and add a synthesizer or something to it, but usually it’s with a guitar. When I write with Josh for instance, he’s writing the music, we’re writing lyrics together. When I’m writing with Alain, he’s generally writing the music, and I’m writing the singing part, and the words. It’s always different.”

Alain Johannes discussed working with Mark Lanegan in a July 2013 interview with Alternative Nation.

“Well with Mark it’s quite easy. First of all I don’t think we’ve spent more than 4 to 5 hours from beginning to end on any song except for waiting for some guests to come and add like Aldo, Goss, Catching, and Dave Rosser you know. Basically Mark arrives, he’s got the song he plays it for me, we-acoustically and voice, we lay down a quick sketch of it. We discuss what the possible tonalities would be, some things are open some things he requests and then we just go and start layering stuff and adding stuff. He would sing it a couple of times and comp the vocal and it’s done [chuckles]. Then it’s really even close to the mix in the end, it was really crazy.

He’d come down, and then we’d get 1 done or post it done, and then 2 days later another one and maybe the week after he’d go away for a week, it was like that. After like, I think a couple of months or whatever it was it was done. There’s just something, he has a presence that makes you kind of into it, what he’s hearing in his head. I’m just there to facilitate and be a vehicle for that. He definitely knows exactly what he wants to hear, if you play something kind of not right he’ll be kind of ‘nah nah nah no’ [laughs] I’ll be like okay how about this? He’s like ‘yeah yeah that’s good.’”

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

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

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

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Top 10 Pre-Nevermind Seattle Grunge Albums

After the massive success that was Ten of the Heaviest Bands From Japan, Anthony Carioscia chose to do a list that is more Alternative Nation friendly (minus Billy Corgan); here he talks about some of his favorite grunge albums that predate the popularizing of the genre in 1991 with the release of Nevermind and Ten.

Skin Yard – Skin Yard (1987)

Mother Love Bone – Apple (1990)

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Screaming Trees – Buzz Factory (1989)

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Tad – God’s Balls (1989)

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Mudhoney – Mudhoney (1989)

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Soundgarden – Louder Then Love (1989)

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Green River – Rehab Doll (1988)

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Alice in Chains – Facelift (1990)

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Nirvana – Bleach (1989)

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Melvins – Gluey Porch Treatments (1987)

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Mark Lanegan Releases Remixes Album Featuring Greg Dulli, Moby, & More

Singer Mark Lanegan released his ninth studio album Phantom Radio last October, as well as an accompanying EP No Bells on Sunday last summer, with a decidedly new wave-inspired sound and to strong reviews. Lanegan has now released a new remixes LP, entitled A Thousand Miles of Midnight, that features remixes of songs from those recent releases.

For the remixes album, Lanegan brought in the help of several of his consistent collaborators. The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli provides the remix for “I Am The Wolf,” while Earth tackles “Waltzing In Blue.” Belgium band Magnus, who recently featured Lanegan on their track “Singing Man,” remixes “Harvest Home.” Also included is UNKLE, Soulsavers, Moby, and Mikey Young.

Lanegan says of the remix album: “I thought these tunes would lend themselves to remixing and that it would be interesting to hear what other artists might make of them. All the people who did remixes are musicians whose work I greatly admire.”

You can purchase A Thousand Miles of Midnight via iTunes today.

Mark Lanegan Announces Fall U.S. Tour Dates

With the October 21 release of his new LP Phantom Radio right around the corner, Mark Lanegan has announced his upcoming United States tour dates. Set this fall, Lanegan and his full backing band will kick off the Phantom Radio tour on October 29 in Seattle. The tour will be Lanegan’s first with his full band since 2012’s Blues Funeral tour.

Meanwhile, Mark Lanegan will release Phantom Radio on October 21 via Vagrant. Songs such as “Floor of the Ocean” have already been released. Check out the lead single and the tour dates below:

Mark Lanegan Band Phantom Radio US tour:
10/29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
10/30 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
11/03 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
11/04 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
11/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – Wolf Building
11/08 – New York, NY @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
11/09 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

Mark Lanegan To Release Remix Album Featuring Josh Homme This Winter

Mark Lanegan is set to release a remix album this January, according to an interview with Greg Dulli published in CleveScene.com. The Afghan Whigs frontman states that he recently finished a remix for the album and that the new LP will feature Josh Homme, Moby, and UNKLE’s James Lavelle.

Regarding future work with Lanegan, his partner in The Gutter Twins, Dulli said: “I had breakfast with him last week … I would imagine in November or December we’ll go in the studio and see what happens.”

The remix album has not been officially confirmed by Lanegan or his record label, but if confirmed, the LP will continue in the singer’s typically prolific recording rate. Mark Lanegan released his EP No Bells on Sunday this summer and will reveal his latest LP Phantom Radio on October 21.

AlternativeNation.net Review: Mark Lanegan’s ‘No Bells On Sunday’ EP

Ahead of his upcoming album Phantom Radio, Mark Lanegan debuted a limited edition, vinyl-only EP No Bells on Sunday. The album, which was released in July in North America via Vagrant and this week in the UK and Europe via Heavenly, serves as a teaser for the full-length LP coming this fall.

Lanegan’s recent Phantom Radio recording sessions with friend and collaborator Alain Johannes proved to be particularly fruitful. Rather than discarding the unused songs, Lanegan prepared a five-track EP containing songs he has described as “too goofy” for the full-length. No Bells on Sunday acts as a teaser album similar in vein to his Bubblegum preview Here Comes That Weird Chill in 2004.

Although these songs didn’t make it on Phantom Radio, in no way are they inferior or particularly unusual. Beginning with the spectacular, six-minute, electro-tinged “Dry Iced,” Lanegan laments “I’m sorry” numerous times with a Reznor-esque driving beat. This is followed by the title track, structured like a traditional Lanegan song with bluesy lyricism among atmospheric synths.

“Sad Lover” was premiered mid-July as the EP’s only single and is a throwback to the singer’s beginnings in the Screaming Trees. The upbeat rock tune balances Krautrock and psychedelia in an addicting way. Mark Lanegan remarked in a press release: “although the Trees drew on Nuggets psychedelia, 13th Floor Elevators and Love, we were actually listening to Echo And The Bunnymen, Rain Parade, the Gun Club. A lot of British post-punk. We loved that stuff. I just waited until I was in my late forties before I started ripping it off.”

Lanegan’s “goofy” remark rings true with the playful “Jonas Pap,” during which the songwriter repeats lyrics such as “hey now, everybody listen to the song of Pap” and “he ain’t no sucker, he ain’t no sap.” It’s not the finest track in the Lanegan discography, but an upside is the beautiful string arrangement. No Bells on Sunday ends on a fantastic note with the dark beauty of the ambient, haunting “Smokestack Magic.” The epic eight-minute track is similar to Blues Funeral‘s equally long “Tiny Grain of Truth,” with poetic lyricism and mysterious instrumentals pulling equal weight.

No Bells on Sunday serves a strong preview album for this October’s full-length LP, with its five tracks balancing their electronic-tinged sound and Lanegan’s mournful songwriting. The singer-songwriter’s albums this year are the follow-ups to 2012’s Blues Funeral and they continue in their predecessor’s electronic and Krautrock edge, adding in a lighter, ’80s new wave-inspired element to the mix.

Listen: Mark Lanegan Debuts New ‘Phantom Radio’ Track “Floor Of The Ocean”

above: Image by Steve Gullick.

Mark Lanegan’s new album Phantom Radio is set for release on October 21 via Vagrant Records. The new LP, the details of which we revealed a few weeks ago, was recently teased by the vinyl-only EP No Bells on Sunday.

Ahead of Phantom Radio‘s release, The Quietus has debuted one of the album’s finest tracks, “Floor of the Ocean.” Shelley Brien, Lanegan’s girlfriend of the past ten years, joins him on vocals. In a Vagrant press release, Lanegan says of the ’80s new wave-inspired song: ““It’s rare for me to be moved by my own, but that song has a sadness that actually affected me when I heard it back. I’m very fond of it.”

Mark Lanegan’s Phantom Radio is available October 21 via Vagrant. A review from Alternative Nation is coming soon, but pass the time and check out Lanegan’s new track below:

UPDATE: In addition, Mark Lanegan has revealed the album artwork for Phantom Radio, which you can view below. The artwork features Gustavo Rimada’s “Santa Muerte.”

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Listen: Josh Homme’s Electronic Remix Of Mark Lanegan’s “Sad Lover”

Last month, Mark Lanegan Band released their vinyl-only limited release EP No Bells on Sunday via Flooded Soil/Vagrant Records. The EP, which consisted of songs that didn’t make it onto Lanegan’s upcoming LP Phantom Radio, was led by his latest single “Sad Lover.”

The rockish, Screaming Trees-esque lead single has been remixed by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, a friend and frequent collaborator with Lanegan. Homme’s remix, which premiered on Rolling Stone, is electronic and industrial. Lanegan says of the remix: “Josh Homme channeled the ghost of Eighties New Wave for this mix.”

The release date of Lanegan’s upcoming album Phantom Radio has been pushed back to October 21, so in the meantime, listen to Josh Homme’s new wave remix of “Sad Lover”:

Mark Lanegan Reveals New ‘Phantom Radio’ Details & Release Date

New details regarding singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan’s upcoming album Phantom Radio have been revealed. The new Mark Lanegan Band LP will be released on October 14, according to a Vagrant press release.

For Phantom Radio, Lanegan enlisted the help of friends and past collaborators. The album was produced by Alain Johannes and features co-writes on some of its songs. British guitarist Duke Garwood, who collaborated with Lanegan on their 2013 album Black Pudding, assisted in the creation of “I Am The Wolf.” Dutch violinist Sietse Van Gorkom co-wrote the trip-hop-inspired song “The Killing Season.” On “Floor Of The Ocean,” Lanegan’s girlfriend of the past ten years, Shelley Brien, joins him on vocals.

Lanegan says of “Floor Of The Ocean”: “It’s rare for me to be moved by my own, but that song has a sadness that actually affected me when I heard it back. I’m very fond of it.”

Following in the same recording style as 2012’s Blues Funeral, Lanegan recorded every song he wrote for the album: “[Lanegan] would write a song. Bring it to Alain Johannes, his producer, who then arranged the recording at his West Hollywood studio. Once the song was recorded, Mark took a few days off and then wrote another.”

UPDATE from Vagrant: The Phantom Radio release date has been pushed back to October 21.

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Phantom Radio tracklist:
01. Harvest Home
02. Judgement Time
03. Floor Of The Ocean
04. The Killing Season
05. Seventh Day
06. I Am The Wolf
07. Torn Red Heart
08. Waltzing In Blue
09. The Wild People
10. Death Trip To Tulsa

Mark Lanegan Discusses Los Angeles Clippers And Donald Sterling Controversy

While Mark Lanegan is set to release his new EP No Bells on Sunday next week and LP Phantom Radio in October, the singer-songwriter sat down with Vice Sports‘ Chris Collision to talk about his love for NBA basketball. A fan of the Los Angeles Clippers and the former Seattle Sonics, Lanegan discussed the recent controversy surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling, his relatively quiet year musically in 2014, and much more. Here are some excerpts from his interview:

How did you end up a fan the Clippers?
Mark: I grew up a Seattle Sonics fan, in Washington state. And I moved to Los Angeles about 17 years ago. When I moved down here, I would go to Clippers games when the Sonics were playing, just to see the Sonics. And eventually I started just going to, to see basketball. I wasn’t really a Clippers guy, I was just into watching the league, and I would go when the good teams were in town. Eventually, you know, it became Oklahoma City, but before that, I became a Clippers fan, just somehow started rooting for them, and became a season ticket holder several years ago, and sat through a lot of terrible, terrible, years. [laughs] You know, I’m also a Seattle Mariners fan, so there’s a lot of heartache, on both those roads.

I imagine you’re still pretty raw about the way the team got stolen from Seattle.
Mark: Yeah, David Stern’s not popular around my house. Although Adam Silver is very popular around my house, for trying to get rid of Sterling. When that stuff [about Sterling’s racism] came to light, I was just…”I can’t.” I gave away my playoff tickets immediately, I was like, “I can’t support this team.” But less than a week later, he was banned and I was like, “Yes! Hey, did you give away that other ticket yet, man? Cuz I’m gonna go.”

You’re on tour right now, right? Opening up for Nick Cave?
Mark: Going to be, in a week or so. We’re going to be up in Portland. I’m just doing a few shows with those guys in the Northwest and then I’m going to Europe to do a few festivals with my band. Just a handful of dates.

That’s a pretty interesting version of “quiet year.”
Mark: Well, for me it’s quiet. It’s actually my quietest year in like ten. I’m learning how to be at home.

Read more of Mark Lanegan’s interview with Vice Sports here.

Mark Lanegan Debuts New Tracks, Performs Gutter Twins Song With Greg Dulli At Cactus Festival

Mark Lanegan Band and the Afghan Whigs performed on Sunday at Belgium’s Cactus Festival, with Lanegan debuting new songs from his recently announced album Phantom Radio and performances with friend and collaborator Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs.

During Lanegan’s daytime set at the festival, the singer-songwriter played with his Mark Lanegan Band and premiered upbeat rocker “Harvest Home” and somber tune “Judgement Time,” both new tracks from Phantom Radio. Lanegan’s upcoming album is set to be similar in sound to 2012’s Blues Funeral, with synthpop and Krautrock influences.

Greg Dulli took the stage to perform Bubblegum‘s “Hit The City” and “Methamphetamine Blues” with the group. Later, during the Afghan Whigs’ set, Lanegan joined Dulli for a reunion of The Gutter Twins and performed “The Stations” from their 2008 collaborative album Saturnalia. Watch these performances from the Cactus Festival below:

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Mark Lanegan Announces Two Upcoming Albums, Reveals New Music Video

Mark Lanegan Band is set to return with its first releases since 2012’s Blues Funeral, with an EP and an LP coming soon. Lanegan will release his upcoming five-track EP No Bells on Sunday through Vagrant Records in North America on July 29 and Heavenly Recordings in Europe on August 25. These five tracks will serve as an introduction to his full-length album Phantom Radio coming later in the fall.

Following a limited edition vinyl release of the EP, CD and digital copies will be made available when Phantom Radio is released. Lanegan has also premiered the new Steve Gullick-directed music video for the song “Sad Lover,” which is featured on No Bells on Sunday, and can be listened to below.

Phantom Radio, produced by Alain Johannes and previewed by this new song, follows in a similar sound and vein as 2012’s Blues Funeral. The album is set to include some upbeat rock tunes influenced by psychedelia and Krautrock but trademarked with Lanegan’s classic baritone and poetic lyrics. As previewed on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 with songs “Judgement Time,” and “I Am The Wolf,” Phantom Radio will also include bluesy, less upbeat tracks.

Lanegan says of the new material: “I’m less apt to throw away a song that might be a little weird nowadays. I can make it work with whatever I’ve got going.” Discussing its 1980s influences, he states: “although [Screaming Trees] drew on Nuggets psychedelia, 13th Floor Elevators and Love, we were actually listening to Echo And The Bunnymen, Rain Parade, the Gun Club. A lot of British post-punk. We loved that stuff. I just waited until I was in my late forties before I started ripping it off.”

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No Bells on Sunday tracklist:
Dry Iced
No Bells On Sunday
Sad Lover
Jonas Pap
Smokestack Magic

Video: Mark Lanegan Debuts New Songs “Judgement Time” & “I Am The Wolf”

In a live performance on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM, singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan debuted two new songs, “Judgement Time” and “I Am The Wolf,” set to appear on Lanegan’s upcoming and soon-to-be announced new album. The songs are reminiscent of the singer’s 1990s blues work and were also accompanied with a cover of Irving Berlin’s “Reaching for the Moon,” famously recorded by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as traditional song “The Cherry Tree Carol.”

Lanegan is set to announce the details of his new album within the next few days. Internet rumors are abound, including rumors of a 7″ EP coming in August entitled No Bells on Sunday and an LP coming in October entitled Phantom Radio.

AlternativeNation.net will provide an update once an announcement from Vagrant Records and Heavenly Recordings is made. In the meantime, watch Mark Lanegan perform “Judgement Time” and “I Am The Wolf” on KEXP and watch his full performance including an interview with the singer and his other songs below:

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AlternativeNation.Net Summer & Fall 2014 Albums Preview: Foo Fighters, Mark Lanegan & More

With 2014 more than halfway in the books, AlternativeNation.net takes a look at many of the most anticipated rock releases of the rest of the year. From punk rock to acoustic rock, noise rock to indie rock, and more, the alternative rock scene has a varied group of promising upcoming releases.

Antemasque Antemasque July 15
Fans of The Mars Volta were pleasantly surprised when Antemasque, consisting of ex-Mars Volta vocalist, guitarist, and drummer, released their punkish single “4AM” earlier this year and announced a new LP. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea played on a few tracks of their self-titled debut, which will be backed by tour dates in California, Texas, and Arizona this August. Listen to Antemasque’s lead single “4AM” below:

Morrissey World Peace Is None Of Your Business July 15
Influential artist and former The Smiths vocalist Morrissey is set to release his Joe Chiccarelli-produced (Beck, The Strokes) tenth studio album this July via Harvest/Capitol. Ahead of its release, Morrissey has revealed several spoken word performances of his new tracks with music videos featuring cameos from Nancy Sinatra and Pamela Anderson. Below, listen to a non-spoken word version of “Earth Is The Loneliest Planet”:
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Tuatara Underworld August 5
Seattle instrumental group Tuatara, led by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season) and includes Mike McCready (Pearl Jam, Mad Season), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), and saxophonist Skerik (Mad Season), are releasing a new double album this August. The new LP was mixed by Jack Endino and is the group’s first record in six years. Stream Billboard’s exclusive premiere of Tuatara’s “The Skeleton Getdown” here, and read Barrett Martin’s interview with AlternativeNation.net contributor Greg Prato here.

Naomi Punk Television Man August 5
Olympia, Wash. rock group Naomi Punk is set to release their sophomore album on independent Brooklyn label Captured Tracks next month. The punk trio’s “visceral” debut LP was hailed by Pitchfork in 2012 for its “emotional resolve.” Naomi Punk blends a driving beat with heavy, sludgy guitars inspired by its Washington predecessors. Their work is aggressive, abrasive, and deceivingly catchy. Listen to their lead single “Television Man”:

The Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt August 19
New Brunswick, NJ group The Gaslight Anthem will release their fifth studio album via Island Records. The group recorded their follow-up to 2012’s Handwritten in Nashville and will tour the United States and Europe this fall. Listen to the album’s lead single “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” below:
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J Mascis Tied to a Star August 26
Dinosaur Jr. frontman and accomplished solo artist J Mascis will reveal his follow up to 2011’s Several Shades of Why this August on Sub Pop Records. The new album, which Mascis calls “acoustic, mellow stuff,” will be backed up by an extensive United States tour this fall. Listen to J Mascis’ “Every Morning”:

Earth Primitive and Deadly September 2
Dylan Carlson’s drone band Earth returns this summer with its tenth album, distributed by Southern Lord. Although the band will maintain its heavy sound, Earth’s new album will feature more vocals and will include guest appearances from Mark Lanegan and Built to Spill’s Brett Nelson. Earth will tour Europe and the United Kingdom in October. Below, listen to Earth’s “From the Zodiacal Light”:

Robert Plant lullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar September 9
Legendary artist and former Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant recently released a poignant trailer on YouTube introducing his new album, which will be released later this year via Warner Bros. “These songs are an ode to life and love, and the fragile adventure that you set out upon unknowingly and unwittingly,” Plant says. The vocalist will tour Europe, the UK, and Japan with his Space Shifters band for the rest of the year. Below, listen to his new song “Rainbow”:
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Shellac Dude Incredible September 16
Shellac, the noise rock group fronted by Steve Albini (Big Black, Rapeman), will release their long-awaited fifth LP this September via Touch and Go Records. The nine-track album is Shellac’s first output since 2007. The band notes in a press release that there is “no correlation between shows and record releases.” Read Steve Albini’s interview with AlternativeNation.net’s Doug McCausland’s here.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Tyanny September 23
The Strokes lead vocalist Julian Casablancas is set to release his new album with The Voidz this fall on his indie label Cult Records. While The Strokes will headline festivals in Los Angeles and Las Vegas this August, Casablancas and The Voidz will tour the United States in October. View an album preview for Tyranny below:
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The Vaselines V For Vaselines September 29
Influential Scottish pop rockers The Vaselines are back with their first release since 2010. V For Vaselines takes on a more energetic, punk-inspired sound than the duo’s previous work, and will feature appearances from Belle & Sebastian’s Stevie Jackson, Teenage Fanclub’s Frank Macdonald, and more. Nirvana famously covered The Vaselines on their albums Incesticide and MTV Unplugged in New York. Below, listen to their lead single “One Lost Year,” which is also available as a free MP3 download:

Philip Selway Weatherhouse October 7
Radiohead is currently on a brief hiatus, so drummer Phil Selway will release his second solo album on Bella Union Records. In addition, Selway is currently performing new compositions this summer with London’s Rambert Dance Company. Listen to Phil Selway’s Radiohead-esque “Coming Up For Air”:

The Flaming Lips With a Little Help From My Fwends October 28
The Flaming Lips have announced a track-by-track cover album of The Beatles’ legendary 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which will be released this October on Warner Bros. Fans that pre-order the album can download the band’s cover of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” featuring Moby and Miley Cyrus, which you can listen to below:
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To Be Announced
Foo Fighters TBA Fall 2014
The Foo Fighters are returning with their eighth studio album this fall via Roswell/RCA Records. The album’s release will coincide with the band’s 20th anniversary and Dave Grohl’s new HBO series, which will document the album’s recording process. Each song on the album was recorded in a different city with “local legends.” Cities visited by the band include New York and Seattle, while studios visited include Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio and Rancho De La Luna in California. Below, watch the teaser trailer for Dave Grohl’s upcoming HBO series “Sonic Highways”:
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Mark Lanegan TBA Summer/Fall 2014
Singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan is set to release a new album later this year. It is rumored to be called No Bells on Sunday and is said to be an EP with a release date in August. Lanegan premiered two songs at London’s Meltdown Festival, “Judgement Time” and “I Am The Wolf.” It’s possible that the album will feature Duke Garwood, who collaborated with Lanegan on 2013’s Black Pudding. A press release from Vagrant Records and Heavenly Recordings is expected soon, and we’ll update you when it arrives.

Weezer Everything Will Be Alright in the End 2014
Weezer’s new album and follow-up to 2010’s Hurley was produced by the Cars’ Ric Ocasek and is due by the end of the year. The band has been teasing the album with snippets released every Wednesday, which you can find on their official Tumblr page.

The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments to an Elegy, Day For Night, additional releases 2014-2015
Billy Corgan and The Smashing Pumpkins are currently busy at work on their ninth album Monuments to an Elegy, which will enlist the drumming talents of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee. The album’s lead single is expected by the end of 2014, with album releases coming in 2015 via BMG. The band is also expected to release reissues for 1998’s Adore and 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God by the end of the year.

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Mark Lanegan To Release New Album “No Bells On Sunday” This August

Mark Lanegan is set to release his new album No Bells on Sunday on August 25, 2014 via Heavenly Recordings. Although no official press release has been made by Heavenly yet, pre-orders advertising a 12″ EP by the Mark Lanegan Band have been appearing around the web, as well as rumors of an upcoming album coming this fall.

Lanegan recently performed two new tracks, “Judgement Time” and “I Am The Wolf,” at London’s Meltdown Festival. He also made a guest appearance with Queens of the Stone Age bandmates Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen at the festival, performing “Hangin’ Tree” and “One Hundred Days.”

UPDATE: This article previously included YouTube footage from the Meltdown Festival of Lanegan performing his new song “I Am The Wolf” with collaborator Duke Garwood, as well as his performance of “Hangin’ Tree” with Homme and Van Leeuwen. The videos have since been taken down, but AlternativeNation.net will keep you updated on any future Lanegan news.

AlternativeNation.net Review of Mark Lanegan’s “Has God Seen My Shadow? Anthology 1989-2011”

Mark Lanegan has enjoyed a long and very prolific career. After beginning his career with Ellensburg, Washington rock group Screaming Trees in 1985, Lanegan has worked with everyone from the Queens of the Stone Age to Mad Season, Kurt Cobain to J Mascis, Greg Dulli to Isobel Campbell, The Gutter Twins to Duke Garwood, and many more. The most impressive part of Lanegan’s career is that today he continues to release albums, tour the world, and keep his music fresh and interesting.

Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 is an appropriate homage to the legendary singer’s prolific discography, with the first disc compiling tracks from 1990’s The Winding Sheet to 2004’s Bubblegum, and the second disc showcasing twelve previously unreleased tracks.

The first disc, which compiles music from Lanegan’s solo career in backwards-chronological order, covers songs within a fourteen year period. Although Lanegan’s music has gone through many transitions and musical styles, the anthology selects tracks that capture a similar mood and give Lanegan’s music and this compilation a classic feel. While cutting out some of Lanegan’s noisier and more experimental music, Has God Seen My Shadowinstead selects quieter, and more timeless-sounding tracks. This element gives the anthology a more seamless and sentimental feeling and resists an awkward, all over the place feeling that a greatest hits compilation might suffer from.

While examining Mark Lanegan’s long career, one would find a variety of styles and collaborators. Although this is not a negative aspect, Has God Seen My Shadow? makes the case for a more consistent level to Lanegan’s career which simply exemplifies Lanegan’s classic whiskey and smoke-stained baritone and themes of loneliness, addiction, and broken relationships. Lanegan’s music is a reflection of the man himself, an experienced man of rich complexities and contradictions, of love and heartbreak, of addiction and sobriety, of tragedy and success, of overwhelming joy and overwhelming sorrow. Through these themes we witness a reflection of life itself and many of the experiences that we all face everyday.

From 2004’s Bubblegum to 1990’s The Winding Sheet, any listener of this anthology will get a glimpse into a variety of emotions and experiences that reflect the human experience. Lanegan’s steady baritone guides us through the simple beauty of “Bombed” and Mirrored,” through the sensual seduction of “Come To Me,” and through the comfort of “Kimiko’s Dream House” and “Wheels.” Despite a lot of sorrow in Lanegan’s work, his voice gives the listener a level of comfort, while his songwriting is a relatable peek into his life rather than an overwhelming listen to a man’s self-pity. Rather than sounding like a sad stranger, Lanegan instead sounds like your friend.

The second disc, which contains previously unreleased tracks, is a valuable addition to Lanegan’s discography. Although these tracks aren’t essential to a collection of Lanegan tunes, they continue in the anthology’s quest of compiling tracks that sound classic and relatable. Any fan of Lanegan’s previous work will enjoy these unreleased tracks, both new and old. “Dream Lullabye” is a quiet, sorrowful tune while “Leaving New River Blues” is a driving, fittingly bluesy song that showcases Lanegan’s gravelly voice. “Sympathy” has a dreamy vibe while “To Valencia Courthouse” is a ‘typically Lanegan’ song, filled with sorrow and regret, which sounds like a Field Songs outtake.

“A Song While Waiting” has an experimental sound and creates an immersive soundscape, “Blues For D (vocal version)” takes the familiar instrumental from Field Songs and adds an extra level of bittersweet emotion, while “No Contestar” showcases the strength of Lanegan’s vocal talents. “Big White Cloud” is an outstanding cover of the Velvet Underground’s John Cale, while “Following The Rain” is an outstanding acoustic demo from the Whiskey For the Holy Ghost era. “Grey Goes Black” is in no way related to the Blues Funeral track, and instead delivers a longing feeling, while “Halcyon Daze” is true to its name, very calming and tranquil. The final track, “Blues Run The Game (live),” which was recorded in 2000, has a bit of humor, with guitarist Mike Johnson messing up his part and some onstage banter, but the song itself also completes the anthology with its poignant sound.

The physical release of the anthology, which comes in 2-CD and 3-LP formats, is an added extra to the already-outstanding compilation. Featuring rare photos of Mark Lanegan as well as his handwritten lyrics, the physically appealing set is a great addition to a collection of a Lanegan fan. The anthology itself can be enjoyed by those who aren’t familiar with Lanegan’s work, casual fans, as well as his dedicated fans that greatly appreciate his long career. The anthology cements the legendary singer’s existence in the ranks of a master singer rather than an alternative rock journeyman or consistent collaborator. While bringing together a compilation of classic and timeless tunes that reflect the complex human experience and delve deeply into the hardships of addiction, loneliness, and heartbreak, Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 is a beautiful homage to one of rock’s finest singers.

Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 is available on January 14, 2014 on Light in the Attic Records.

 

Mark Lanegan: “I’m Starting The Follow-Up To Blues Funeral”

In a new interview with MOJO Magazine, Mark Lanegan discusses writing his new Mark Lanegan Band album, his latest covers album Imitations, Lou Reed, doing voice-overs for athletic underwear commercials, why he hates interviews, and more.

Lanegan stated that after playing an acoustic tour, he will resume playing with the Mark Lanegan Band and that “[he’s] starting the follow-up to Blues Funeral in January.” Lanegan says that the Mark Lanegan Band did not really fit the music of Imitations, which included cover versions of Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin songs, and that instead he has been touring in “classier, mellow settings.”

On the passing of Lou Reed, Lanegan stated: “I don’t think I’ve cried about someone passing away who I had never met since I was a kid and John Lennon died.” On a lighter note, Lanegan stated that he was recently hired to do voiceovers: “a recent one (chuckles) was for athletic underwear.” The singer also added that after Joy Division/New Order’s Peter Hook followed him on Twitter, he “ran around the house like a little girl. I told my girlfriend, check it out, bitches! It’s the shit man, they’re the forefathers.”

The new interview is available to read in MOJO Magazine‘s latest issue.

Mark Lanegan Talks Addiction, Kurt Cobain, Screaming Trees & More In New Interview

Mark Lanegan is set to release his new anthology set Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011 on January 14, 2014. In the meantime, Lanegan looks back at his long career in an interview and retrospective from Uncut Magazine. In the article, Lanegan tells stories about nine different projects, spanning from the Screaming Trees’ 1989 Buzz Factory to Lanegan’s 2012 Blues Funeral.

Lanegan tells Uncut’s Alastair McKay that after he and Kurt Cobain aborted a project of Leadbelly cover songs, Sub Pop exec Jonathan Poneman offered Lanegan enough money to do a solo album so that Lanegan could quit his warehouse day job. The project would become The Winding Sheet:

“I got a Mel Bay chord book, and at the end of the day when I was lowering my last conveyor belt of boxes I would come up with a melody. I would have it in my mind on the bus all the way home. I would get home and find the chords.”

Following The Winding Sheet, Lanegan worked on Whiskey For the Holy Ghost, but struggled with the project for many years. While struggling with a crippling addiction and constantly changing producers, Lanegan came close to aborting the project all together:

“I was like, you know, “Fuck this!” There was a creek out back, I grabbed the tapes, I was actually walking through the yard and [Jack Endino] grabbed a hold of me and said: “No fucking way am I going to let you do that.” I was like, “Dude, I’m over this, I need to get rid of it.” I realised it was making me crazier, and I wanted to be clear of it. I was deep in addiction for the entire thing.”

In the rest of the interview, Lanegan goes on to talk more deeply about the nature of his addiction and mental health, the struggle to record Screaming Trees’ Dust, recording Songs for the Deaf with Josh Homme, Isobell Campbell and Greg Dulli, as well as the relatively happier music found on Lanegan’s latest album Blues Funeral

You can read the rest of the interview at Uncut.co.uk and preorder Mark Lanegan’s upcoming anthology set at Light in the Attic Records.