Setlist from The Offspring’s show at Kobetamendi

Bilbao, Spain
August 31, 2013

All I Want
Bad Habit
Come Out and Play
Days Go By
Have You Ever
Staring at the Sun
Slim Pickens Does the Right Thing and Rides the Bomb to Hell
Want You Bad
Walla Walla
Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?
Gotta Get Away
Hit That
Why Don’t You Get a Job?
You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)
The Kids Aren’t Alright

(Can’t Get My) Head Around You
Self Esteem

Mark Lanegan Talks Upcoming Album ‘Imitations’ And Recording With Kurt Cobain

Mark Lanegan recently talked with’s Will Levith and discussed his upcoming covers album Imitations, the music of The Byrds’ Gene Clark, as well as recording Leadbelly covers with Kurt Cobain in the early 1990s. Here are some excerpts from Lanegan’s interview:

Your latest, ‘Imitations,’ is a covers album — but there are only a few tunes on here that audiences have probably heard of. Are you the type of guy that sends his friends obscure LPs and says, “You’re gonna love this?”

Yeah, I do that, but my friends do the same. They turn me onto the obscurities out there, too.

Is that how you came about some of the songs on the record?

Well, a lot of that stuff came from my childhood. They were records my folks were listening to when they were playing cards with their friends. Some of the songs I heard on Andy Williams records. He was very popular in our household, and to do this day, I still consider him to be one of the greatest singers of all time, although some people might consider him schmaltzy. I think he’s fantastic.

We read somewhere that you recorded a blues covers album with the late, great Kurt Cobain. Have you listened to the masters since his death?

We were going to make an EP of covers of Ledbelly songs, and we went in and recorded a few, and then lost interest pretty quickly. I put ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’ on my first solo album [‘The Winding Sheet’], and then Cobain later re-did that same song in the ‘Nirvana Unplugged’ session. The other songs I don’t think I put any vocals on. I think that stuff has come out on a Nirvana boxed set. I haven’t listened to it since the day we did it.

 You can read the rest of the interview at Mark Lanegan is set to release his new covers album, Imitations, on September 17. In the meantime, you can listen to Lanegan’s cover of The Twilight Singers’ “Deepest Shade”:

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A Look Back At The Bands Of Steve Albini

Steve Albini. He’s a polarizing man within the rock community. He’s recorded (he hates the term “producer”) some of alternative rock’s most enduring works, which includes In Utero by Nirvana and Surfer Rosa by The Pixies. He was a one time rock journalist, and is still an outspoken critic against the norms and tropes of the music industry that makes Billy Corgan seem like the shy kid in the corner who never speaks.

Though he has recorded more music than most will ever even listen to in their lifetimes, many don’t realize that he is actually an influential and prolific singer/guitarist for multiple rock outfits, all of which share the trait of having weird names. Here’s a sample of three of his biggest projects: Big Black, Rapeman, and Shellac.

Big Black

Albini’s first major project, Big Black have released two full length albums and multiple extended plays. This was the project that really made Steve into the underground legend that he is today. Besides their outspoken lyrics that held no bars in subject matter, what really set the band apart from other punk outfits of the 1980’s was their use of a drum machine, credited as an official band member named Roland. Apparently, Albini didn’t know any human drummers who didn’t “blow out of a pig’s asshole”. This gave them a distinctive industrial sound, predating the industrial rock revolution by years.  Their classic Atomizer, which Kurt Cobain listed as one of his favorites of all time in his journals, contains songs like the unrelentingly brutal “Jordan, Minnesota”, displaying stark lyrics about sexual abuse, the obnoxiously catchy riffage of “Passing Complexion”, and what is perhaps their most popular tune, “Kerosene”.[youtube id=”HuO3wwLuF0w” width=”620″ height=”360″]


No, Albini’s not glorifying rape. Rapeman (which also features members of Scratch Acid) was named after an offbeat Japanese manga that Albini became enamored with.  Albini’s second major project after the collapse of Big Black, Rapeman managed to release an EP and LP during their two years on the circuit. The group’s sound is similar to Big Black, though augmented with sort of a post-punk attitude.

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Albini’s third (and current) major project, Shellac is described on Wikipedia as being “post hardcore” or “math rock”. I hate labels, and its best to let the music do the talking. All I can really say is this: really tight riff-based rock music.  Go listen to their debut album At Action Park if you get the chance.

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William Corgan Says There’s Not Enough Enthusiasm To Do Smashing Pumpkins 25th Anniversary Shows

In the final part of Crestfallen‘s new interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan, William said that the Smashing Pumpkins 25th anniversary shows that he talked about a couple of months ago likely will not happen:

“Probably not happening. I considered doing it in different forms. There’s things I’d like to say that would only get me in trouble, so I’m not going to say them. Just not the level of enthusiasm I need to see, and that’s not fans I don’t want to put that on fans. I didn’t go read somebody’s blog, it’s internal stuff that’s just kind of boring that nobody wants to hear about. Again I think it’s just symptomatic of a namby-pamby world.”

“Smashing Pumpkins is just not meant to be that stone that you roll over kind of easy. If the weight falls on my shoulder that it can only exist in the way that I want it to if I’m better than I’ve ever been well, then I can accept that. If I’m defeated by that than that’s okay, it just means that one round was enough. But I don’t like the idea of opening for the artist that doesn’t have the same love and respect for it as I do, I don’t get that. I don’t see that as a good career move, I don’t see that as my destiny. It’s just not going to happen, I’d rather just sit here and watch the dogs chase imaginary rabbits dreaming. That’s a good bootleg title for anyone listening.”

Friday Night Noise: Wellwater Conspiracy’s “Teen Lambchop”

What do you get when you cross the precise drumming of Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) and the fuzz-filled guitar playing of John McBain (Monster Magnet, Hater) with the distinct voice of Josh Homme (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age)? You get one of the best pieces of psychedelic rock in the past 20 years. “Teen Lambchop” appeared on Wellwater Conspiracy’s 1999 album “Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives,”  that featured Josh Homme on several other tracks as well.

Listen to “Teen Lambchop” Below:

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William Corgan Says He May Need A Big Comeback Like Robert Downey Jr.

In Part 4 of Crestfallen owner Jonathan Monte’s new interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan, Corgan continued to discuss his desire to put the Smashing Pumpkins on hiatus and his problems with his career.

On the state of his career: “The one thing that you know, and I know, is that excellence at the highest level trumps every argument, which is why a filmmaker who is on the dust heap if he makes the brilliant film, or if she makes the brilliant film, suddenly they can have a comeback. Robert Downey Jr., the top to the bottom to the top. So anything is possible with excellence, in his case, I’m lucky enough to know him barely, he’s a fantastic actor, no doubt about it. The guy’s a great actor and he deserves to be a big movie star and I’m happy that he’s back where he belongs, because that’s where he belongs. Maybe that’s it, maybe there’s only room for me in that dust heap when I’m at my best best best best. Maybe that’s what I’m trying to say. Maybe the days of hoping the audience is willing to let me be less than robotically perfect or, do you want to follow me down B-side lane, young Jonathan. Do you understand? Maybe all those days are over, and there’s only one thing left to do.”

He later said, “I’m not going to continue on this [current] path, but I think we’re on a path where if we kind of were willing to kind of slog our way through the next 4 or 5 years, we could kind of come out the other end. But I don’t see doing that.”

On Smashing Pumpkins’ 2007-2013 resurrection: “If 50 songs were released and 10 were excellent and 40 were shit, well at least you got 10 more excellent songs. It wouldn’t have existed [without bringing the band back].”

New Kings of Leon Album Influenced By Queens of the Stone Age

Nathan Followill said in a new interview with Rolling Stone that a track on the new Kings of Leon album Mechanical Bull is influenced by Queens of the Stone Age:

“Lucky for us we were all in the same headspace, and taking that break allowed us to fall back in love with what we get to do for a living,” he said. “We did what we’ve known to do for 12 years, which was pick up our instruments and play.”

He went on to add: “We’d go in every day and play stuff we were into, and it was interesting hearing what people were into. There are a couple songs that could be considered country ballads, even though they’re not country songs. One song has more of a Queens Of The Stone Age feel. Another one sounds more like Sly And The Family Stone. It’s all across the board.”

Kings of Leon Frontman Discusses Drinking: “I’ve Never Been to Rehab”

Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill denied being an alcoholic and said he’s never been to rehab in a new interview with The Telegraph.

Followill said, “Once I start to drink you don’t want to be around me because there’s a level of brutal honesty, if not just pure meanness.” He later added, “In a way, I lash out at everyone else ’cause that’s when I start to point fingers at myself. I don’t know what I’m tormented by but it’s something. Maybe I’m just a drunk.”

“I’ve never been to rehab,” he said. “I just stopped. I enjoyed rediscovering what it’s like to be normal, and not play the role people expect. It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. It doesn’t mean there aren’t gonna be times when we all want to cut loose and let our hair down. But I enjoy not drinking. Next time you see me, you’ll probably be saying, well, that didn’t last long.”

Arrested Development Creator Compares Netflix Revival to Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’

The beloved television sitcom and cult hit Arrested Development recently made a comeback via a fourth season exclusive to streaming on Netflix. While many fans approved of the new content, others were critical of the show’s new format in which episodes tended to focus on one character at a time. Speaking with Rolling Stoneshowrunner Mitch Hurwitz compared the new season’s reception to that of Radiohead’s classic Kid A.

“There was a long lapse of time after they released OK Computer,” he says. “And then Kid A came out and everybody was like, ‘We don’t like this. We don’t like this.’ And then later they came around to thinking it was even better than OK Computer. Also, it’s difficult to make this comparison because it sounds self-aggrandizing and I don’t mean it that way, but I remember when The Godfather II came out. People were like, ‘What? What is this? I want to see The Godfather where they shoot people, not this thing where they talk about Cuba.'”

NOTE FROM BRETT: Arrested Development Season 4 actually debuted the new Pearl Jam song “Getaway”

Yuck Find A New Guitarist, Release New Tour Dates

Yuck have announced via the group’s official Facebook page that they have settled upon a new guitarist. Ed Hayes will now be taking over the reigns as the lead guitarist for the group. Yuck described his abilities as being “kind of like Jimi Hendrix but better.” A video introducing Hayes can be seen below.

Yuck have also announced that they will be playing several shows in Europe this September and October and that tour dates in the United States will be released shortly. The European dates are as follows:

17th, 18th, 19th September – Macbeth, London
21st Sept – Incubate festival, Holland
26th Sept – Lido, Berlin
28th Sept – Madrid (secret venue)
29th Sept – Paris (secret venue)
2nd Oct – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
3rd Oct – New Slang, Kingston