Brett Buchanan

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Bio: Brett hosted the BWR podcast from 2004 to 2009, and then opened GrungeReport.net in May 2009. The site changed its name to AlternativeNation.net in June 2013. Brett also owns Concertfy.com. Reach out to Brett at; brett (at) alternativenation.net

A lot of big name rock bands released albums this year, along with many indie rock artists.  Below is a list of the top 10 rock albums of 2014, as picked collectively by AlternativeNation.net’s main writers and including commentary from Brett Buchanan, Mike Mazzarone, Doug McCausland, and Riley Rowe.

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10. Beck – Morning Phase

Riley: A simply beautiful LP front to back. The orchestral segments mixed with the more conventional songs make for a relaxing, yet inciting listen.

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9. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Mike: I’m not usually a fan of electronic rock but they are on point. One of the more underrated releases of 2014 and one that deserves to be on this list. The songs might come off pretentious to the novice listener but Annie Clark clearly takes her work and her tracks very seriously. There are influences from Prince to Devo that you can hear throughout the record but at the root of it, this is one of the more underrated albums put out this year. “Severed Cross Fingers” is the one of the most beautiful tracks I’ve heard in a while. The lyricism of that particular song shows the sheer depth that this band brings. On the flip side, “Regret” has the balls of a classic rock track and is another standout.

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8. Crobot – Something Supernatural

Riley: Something Supernatural has heavy riffs, high energy, and a nostalgic 90’s alt-rock vibe. The only next step for this up-and-coming group is finding their own unique identity.

Mike: People tend to knock nostalgia acts. But when you have a new band acting like a nostalgia act, should they get a pass? In Crobot’s case, I think so. They play like a band that could of had a string of hit singles in the 1990’s and have a lot of promise. Hopefully they can translate that “could of been big in the 90’s” sound to hits in the modern era. They are Wolfmother meets Soundgarden and deserve some early praise.

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7. Sleeper Agent – About Last Night

Doug: Though the production is a bit more pop oriented, About Last Night is another batch of energetic songs about love and lust from Bowling Green’s Sleeper Agent. Husband/wife vocalist team Alex Kandel and Tony Smith have unprecedented musical chemistry, both in the studio and on stage.

Mike: Is Sleeper Agent more pop rock now? Absolutely, but Alex Kandel has such a powerful voice and the band puts out such catchy songs that it’s impossible to dislike them. Although it’s not a single, “Haunting Me” is my favorite track on About Last Night. There is a sense of soul to Alex’s voice and with an addicting chorus, it’s one track, along with “Waves,” that will get stuck in your head for weeks. They are a band to watch an eye on for sure.

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6. The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell

Mike: I was going to write my review but then I saw the album cover (again). *Drool* Five out of five Magic Mike boners.

Doug: Taylor Momsen really establishes her own musical identity on this album and delivers some heavy-hitting yet radio friendly tunes like “Heaven Knows”, “F’ed Up World”, and “Follow Me Down”. Cindy Lou-who?

Riley: The Pretty Reckless are back and even heavier this time. I’ve heard the single “Heaven Knows” on the radio plenty and I’m still not sick of it. The acoustic anthem, “House on a Hill,” is another highlight worthy of appraisal as it reveals the band’s more stripped-down talent.

Brett: There’s a few catchy song like “Heaven Knows.” Momsen knows how to write a catchy melody, but some of her music tends to lean too ‘rawk’ for my tastes, without the lyrical depth of albums that I play to death.  This isn’t a band that I would pay to see live yet or buy a CD, but there’s potential there.

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5. Jack White – Lazaretto

Doug: Jack White’s miserable sounding romantic life continues to be an inspiration for his visceral and to-the-point lyrics about his mistreatment by the women in his life, and 2014’s Lazaretto may very well be the best record White has ever recorded. I don’t see a need for a White Stripes reunion any time in the future as long as Jack can continue this winning streak started with 2012’s Blunderbuss.

Riley: Jack still has his sassy blues vibe as shown in “High Ball Stepper” or the title track. The experimental instrument choice (i.e. synths & strings) throughout the album is also a step in the right direction as Mr. White shows his maturation from The White Stripes.

Mike: When you are putting out albums like Lazaretto and Blunderbuss, you run the chance of being more well known as a singles artist then as a member of the The White Stripes. And to be honest, Meg needs Jack more than the other way around at this point. I think this is White’s best work to date.

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4. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Brett: Really catchy album.  I heard the lead single “Trainwreck 1979″ on a TV commercial and thought it was catchy but assumed it was another hipster act.  I checked out the album though and it’s a really solid effort.  “Cheap Talk” is another highlight on the album.

Mike: Death From Above 1979 is yet another group that should be on everyone’s radar in the new year. Their newest album, The Physical World, is as strong as anything I’ve heard all year in the rock genre. From ‘The Boss’- eqsue “White Is Red” to the head bobbing “Cheap Talk,” this album just takes you to so many places you would never expect. It’s arranged wonderfully and just a strong effort.

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3. The Black Keys – Turn Blue

Brett: I initially didn’t like “Fever” due to how different it sounded from the last couple Black Keys albums, but over time it has grown on me and become one of my favorite songs of the year.  “Gotta Get Away” might be my favorite track from the album, it’s a blues tinged upbeat rocker with some shades of The Rolling Stones.

Mike: Turn Blue grew on me like how Lightning Bolt by Pearl Jam did. I really was indifferent at first and then I came to appreciate how rockin’ the album is. It’s filled with classic hooks, deep blues, and a crazy 6-minute opener in “Weight Of Love”. “Gotta Get Away” sounds like a lost Lynard Skynard track, yet still a memorable closer. “In Our Prime” and “Fever” are the highlights. And while the album isn’t very high energy or equal to El Camino, it’s a very complex one that has more emotionally invested tracks. A very solid album.

Riley: Personally, making the switch from garage-blues rock to psychedelia for this release was one risky, yet smart move. Although Turn Blue still contains The Black Keys’ usual sound, the addition of Pink Floyd-esque riffs was a rather nice touch and positive addition to their discography.

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2. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy

Brett: I’ve grown pretty cynical about releases from 90’s bands and going into this I expected it to be another let down like most of the albums from Grunge era bands as they near social security, but this album took me off guard and has some of Billy Corgan’s best songs he’s written since Zwan’s Mary Star of the Sea.  “Being Beige” has hook after hook, “Run2Me” in anthemic, and “Tiberius” is an infectious rocker with shades of the Pumpkins’ past while also pushing the band forward sonically.  This album by no means is perfect, but it has some really well written pop songs and proves that BillCo has still got it.

Mike: For all the smack that Billy Corgan gets he knows how to put out a really wonderful album. The standout track for me is “Run2me.” Very Killers-esque track and shows that Corgan knows how to create modern sounding songs. That can also be said on tracks like “Anti-Hero,” one of Monuments‘ more addicting tracks.

Riley: While there are some stand-out memorable melodies and moments of experimentation on tracks like “One and All” or “Drum + Fife,” most of the compositions on this album come off as bland. This definitely is a more enjoyable listen in comparison to Zeitgeist and some early Teargarden by Kaleidyscope songs though.

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1. Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Mike: The moment I heard Royal Blood, I got the same reaction as I did the first time I heard other bands such as KONGOS, The Orwells, and Cage the Elephant. Just on a much higher level. There is no doubt to me that Royal Blood deserve this spot. With songs like “Out of the Black” and “Figure It Out,” they should be one of the premier rock bands to watch during the new year. When you were picked by Dave Grohl to be the opening act for Foo Fighters during their 2015 tour, then you know you are somebody. I strongly encourage music fans to listen to Royal Blood if they haven’t yet because they very well might just be the next big thing in rock. If you only seek out one modern era rock band, I urge you to make it Royal Blood. With these guys around, rock is alive and well.

Brett: It took me awhile to give these guys a real hard look since most new music does nothing for me, but when I heard “Figure It Out” I knew these guys were onto something.  They’re a cross between early 2000’s rock like The Whites Stripes and also Grunge, it sounds fresh and not like a ripoff.  They not only rock, but they clearly have songwriting talent that will only continue to grow.

Doug: What can I say, except… when you have Jimmy Page telling you you’re something special in the real of rock music, you’re doing something right.

Staff Picks

Brett Buchanan’s picks:
1. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy
2. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
3. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
4. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
5. I wasn’t too into any other albums this year outside of select songs.  Classic rock radio is where I primarily go now to discover gems from the past that I’ve never heard since there isn’t too much interesting stuff coming out these days.
6. Billy
7. Corgan
8. Is
9. God
10. Billy Corgan – AEGEA

Honorable mention: (U2 – Songs of Innocence.  Because fuck hipsters who shit on U2.)

Mike Mazzarone’s picks:
1. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
2. Smashing Pumpkins’ Monuments to an Elegy
3. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
4. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
5. Jack White – Lazaretto
6. The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell
7. Crobot – Something Supernatural
8. Sleeper Agent – About Last Night
9. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
10. Pixies – Indie Cindy

Honorable Mentions: (The Growlers’ Chinese Fountain)

Riley Rowe’s picks:
1. Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
2. The Burning of Rome – Year of the Ox
3. Seether – Isolate & Medicate
4. Beck – Morning Phase
5. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter
6. Black Map – And We Explode…
7. King 810 – Memoirs of a Murderer
8. Arctic Sleep – Passage of Gaia
9. Nothing More – Nothing More
10. Crobot – Something Supernatural

Honorable Mentions: (Incite’s Up in Hell, Revocation’s Deathless, Justin Symbol’s Voidhead)

Doug McCausland’s picks:
1. Jack White – Lazaretto
2. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
3. The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell
4. Linkin Park – The Hunting Party
5. Foxy Shazam – Gonzo
6. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
7. The Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy
8. Kongos - Lunatic (reissue)
9. Sleeper Agent – About Last Night
10. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt

Honorable Mention: (Guardians of the Galaxy’s Official Soundtrack)

Bob Schallau’s picks:
1. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
2. Linkin Park – The Hunting Party
3. ††† (Crosses) – ††† (Crosses)
4. The Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy
5. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
6. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End
7. Jack White – Lazaretto
8. Seether – Isolate and Medicate
9. The Black Keys – Turn Blue
10. Beck – Morning Phase

Greg Prato’s picks:
1. OFF! – Wasted Years
2. Death from Above 1979 – The Physical World
3. Primus – Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble
4. John Garcia – John Garcia
5. Grinder Blues – Grinder Blues
6. Duo de Twang – Four Foot Shack
7. Philm – Fire from the Evening Sun
8. Melvins – Hold It In
9. Davenport Cabinet – Damned Renegades
10. King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists

Anthony Carioscia’s picks:

1. Behemoth – The Satanist
2. Howls of Ebb – Vigils of the 3rd Eye
3. Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere
4. Eyehategod – Eyehategod
5. Dead Congregation – Promulgation of the Fall
6. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails
7. Sargeist – Feeding the Crawling Shadows
8. Necrophagia – White Worm Cathedral
9. Electric Wizard – Time to Die
10. NOLA: Life, Death, & Heavy Blues soundtrack

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed his recent criticism of Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam in an interview with ESPN Radio‘s Dan Le Batard & Stugotz.

“I wouldn’t call it a beef, Howard [Stern] asked me an honest question, to rate my generation’s greats, and I gave an honest answer, and suddenly I’m a bad guy. I’ve held that opinion for over 20 years, so nothing new. I wouldn’t discourage anybody from listening to a band like Pearl Jam, it’s not that. Look, they once asked Charles Barkley if he thought Michael Jordan was better than him, and he said, ‘Hell no. I wouldn’t play if I thought Michael Jordan was better than me.’ So in the gist of competition, I view as an equal or lesser than, and in that case, I gave an honest answer.”

The host asked if BillCo felt Pearl Jam went too commercial. Corgan responded, “I would say it’s kind of the opposite, I would say they never completely fulfilled their commercial promise. I think they were a great band who kind of got wrapped up in a trip, like we all get wrapped up in trips, and never completely fulfilled their promise. It’s weird because I know people who are fans don’t feel that way, but a lot of people that I know feel the opposite, so there’s that weird divide. But again, it’s not a diss to say that you don’t rate somebody as high as you rate somebody else, I don’t get that. I listen to your program all of the time, you guys sit there and rate football teams, players. Is that a personal attack? No. It’s just the way you see it.”

Gossip Extra reports that Creed frontman Scott Stapp filed charged against his ex-wife on Thanksgiving against his wife, Jaclyn, accusing her of stealing his money. Since filing charges though, cops and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies who have tried to contact him for more information have not been able to find him. The criminal complaint filed claimed that someone transferred $26,000 out of his Wells Fargo bank account, and that his password was changed. Despite this, Stapp is not listed as a missing person.

In other recent Scott Stapp news, TMZ released a series of bizarre 911 calls Stapp made last month. In one Stapp calls the Dean of his son’s school and says his family are members of ISIS, “Call me immediately, it’s urgent. It’s involving national security. The people in Florida are at risk. I’ve uncovered that the core of ISIS is within my own family.”

In another call, Stapp claims he had been running for 36 hours straight. “I was running all night. 15 vehicles, and it just finally ran out of gas. I’ve been running straight for 36 hours.”

Stapp said in another call that someone was trying to kill him. “Someone is trying to kill me. I have called 3 times, I am running down the highway, okay, I’ve called 911 about 8 times on this trip I’ve had, working, and nobody ever shows up.”

“I’ve been running for about 6 or 7 weeks, trying to keep them away from my family. Somebody told me that there’s already reports that I’ve been killed that’s already on the internet. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’m not dead, I’m alive, and I need some help.”

“It’s been large groups of cars. It could have been messed with or tampered with, I was about to run out of gas so I abandoned the vehicle.”

Stapp also claimed to be reported dead, “It was reported that I was killed last week, but I’ve been on the run to keep them away from my family. About 20 million dollars of my money have been stolen. These people are trying to cover it up. This is a fact, banks already know about it, there’s already an investigation going on. So I have all of the information to give to police officers. I just need to get to the hospital, I haven’t eaten in 2 days.

1,000 Foo Fighters fans will simultaneously play the band’s 1999 hit “Learn to Fly” in Cesena, Italy to try to get the band to play in their city. The fans are seeking to bring Foo Fighters to their town, much like fans recently did with a crowdfunded show in Richmond, VA. Watch the video below via Consequence of Sound.

In a recent interview with Howard Stern, Dave Grohl revealed that his favorite Foo Fighters song is “Times Like These”. Taylor Hawkins also shared his memories of the song.

Grohl said, “I mean honestly, that song, I like really simple songs, that have simple hooks, and simple melodies. [Times Like These] is kind of the one.”

Hawkins added, “We did that a demo of that in my basement for the first time. That’s a poignant song, because it’s about the band starting over again.”

Grohl then said, “We almost stopped playing in 2001. It was like a 7 year itch thing, where I went off and played with Queens of the Stone Age, we were recording and it wasn’t turning out well, so we were like, maybe we shouldn’t do this any more.”

In the same interview, Dave Grohl revealed that he almost recorded with David Bowie.

“We were going to maybe do a thing together, and it really didn’t pan out.”

“I had the opportunity to do a song thing for this movie. I thought, I don’t really want this to be just me, it would be really fun to get someone else to sing on it. I had worked with his producer Tony Visconti, and I asked Tony, ‘Do you think David would be interested in doing something?’”

He added that he became e-mail buddies with Bowie, “He’s wickedly funny.” He said logistics is the reason the collaboration didn’t happen, “The logistics just didn’t work out, one of those things. They don’t always work out, sometimes you want to do something, and there’s no time.”

Grohl was interviewed on Marc Maron’s podcast last year and praised David Bowie’s comeback single “Where Are We Now?” Grohl said, “The song is about Berlin and it’s heartbreaking dude.” He added, “I was playing it and our drummer Taylor said ‘Dude is he gonna die?’ It’s fucking the most beautiful thing you’ve heard in your entire life.” He ended the discussion by saying to the host, “You’ve got to hear it, it’s mind blowing.”

Grohl also discussed his newfound appreciation of disco. He said he didn’t listen to it much when he was younger and discussed the disco backlash, but said that he enjoys today, “I listen to disco now, and I’m like, well wait, what’s wrong with disco? I put it on in the morning when I make breakfast and the kids dance. Those drummers were amazing, those disco drummers were fucking amazing.” He added, “Disco’s great! What’s wrong with disco?”

Courtney Love posted a photo of herself on Instagram meeting The Interview star James Franco on Instagram. Love called Franco a ‘sexy mensch.’ She added, “Still have my crush on Seth [Rogen] though :).” Love also posted a second photo of herself with Franco, saying, “I think we actually took this in bed @JamesFrancoTV #afterglow? Bwahaa xx.”

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Amid scandal involving a massive hack on their computers that leaked many terabytes of personal information regarding the company’s staff, upcoming pictures, and embarrassing email exchanges between high level employees, Sony Pictures yesterday dropped a bombshell: they will be pulling screenings of Seth Rogan and James Franco’s new picture, The Interview, from theaters across the country. This came in the wake of a new claim by the so-called “Guardians of Peace” hacker group that theaters showing the film would be targeted for terrorist attacks that would rival 9/11.

In response, I gathered site contributors Mike Mazzarone, Travis Weiss, Anthony Carioscia, Cameron Cloutier, and Gabe Brady, along with guest contributors Josh Hadley, host of Radiodrome and a friend of The Guy With The Glasses, and Charles Peralo, co-founder of Binge Pictures, for a roundtable debate to answer the following questions: was Sony’s decision to pull the film the proper course of action? Was Sony’s intention noble, or is there an underlying sick sort of marketing tactic in the matter?

Josh Hadley: There were two acts of cowardice perpetrated in this matter, one by literal terrorists and one by Sony Entertainment. The terrorism of hacking Sony, releasing the data and then threatening violence to those who would choose for themselves if they wanted to watch this film is despicable. Sony is hardly blameless in this matter though as them pulling the film from release due to these threats is equally of cowardly an act. I know, they are doing it to protect their consumers… or are they?

Jesse Dunning: As much as I wanted to see the movie, I think it’s pretty understandable why the movie was pulled. Korea loves to run their mouth but this could of been a one off chance where there snapped and did something about it. You never know.


Doug McCausland: The Guardians of Peace aren’t officially sanctioned by NK, as far as we know.


Anthony Carioscia: Eh, it would probably be another dumb bro-comedy.


Jesse: Sometimes bro comedies are good though.


Charles Peralo: Well look, I was amazed hearing about this that the North Korean government could afford the Internet which it took to watch the trailer on YouTube.


Gabe Brady: I think Sony should have kept the movie out and allowed theaters to do what they wanted with it.


Anthony: Isn’t the internet not a thing in North Korea?


Charles: They are absolutely broke and of zero threat.


Mike Mazzarone: The White House was imploded in Indpendence Day… other films we have seen the death of Americans or of the political figures, like in Olympic Has Fallen and even in silly ones like Mars Attacks. We are allowed to release documentaries that slander the president’s name …however an empty threat by some pimply redditers shuts down the entire industry? Insane.


Kim Jong Un in “The Interview” (played by Randall Park)

Charles: Well, it was more just a joke on Kim being a savage man child who looks like he wants to be blown by Dennis Rodman.


Mike: Total knee-jerk reaction and as Anthony pointed out they aren’t, as we are aware right this second, have no involvement with North Korea.


Doug: Sony Pictures is a division of a Japanese company, who have a hard enough relationship with NK as it is. I heard that Kaz Hirai had to go in and tone down certain things, like Kim Jong Un’s planned death scene.


Charles: Honestly, all Sony did was make a stroke on Kim’s ego.


Mike: Without any sort of research done into this group or anything. Anon trolls people all the time.


Charles: Here’s what happens if North Korea sends in a bomb or whatever for the film at any part of the planet.


Doug: Kim eats it before takeoff?


Mike: It’s the neutering of America. 10-20 years ago we would of laughed at something like this and played it anyway.


Josh: In New Hollywood, they would have put it out and said ‘fuck you’ to the terrorists.


Anthony: 10-20 years ago, we wouldn’t have been hacked.


Charles: Well, I don’t think this is a generational thing.We have an embassy in South Korea and North Korea doesn’t have really any modern military tech. We would bring down Kim’s regime in about 20 minutes.


Anthony: I’m one hundred percent against censorship.


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Mike: Where were the threats and outrage over Team America? Where were the death threats over the White House blowing up in Independence Day or Olympus Has Fallen?


Gabe: But when we make movie insulting another country is a terrorist grade threat.


Charles: This isn’t having a comedy series where someone’s mom doesn’t have a job and it’s sexist. This is a weirdo in North Korea.


Doug: The hacking is second nature, this is about bending to the whim of a veiled terrorist threat.


Josh: In a legal sense, they most likely would have been covered if something did happen (Warner Brothers was hardly responsible for Aurora Colorado) but in a much more cynical manner they decided to use this as a marketing move. Think about it, this is the best marketing the film could ever get, now more people want to see “The Interview” than ever before, they are talked about in all of the press and they are seen as ‘heroes’ for doing this which will surely result in a mass of DVD sales and tickets purchased when the film finally does come out to the masses.


Mike: It screams PR stunt almost because the fact that we caved without even looking into who sent something like this is amazing. This is the United States. The King capital of “oh my! This is offensive!”


Anthony: Freedom of speech is a very odd freedom indeed.


Gabe: I don’t think they’re just gonna drop it entirely.They’ll probably release it on DVD.


Mike: As if people buy DVDs anymore.


Gabe: I do.


Anthony: Maybe release it online only?


Doug: But then Kim Jong Un would threaten to destroy Best Buy. We lost Blockbuster and I don’t want to lose Best Buy.


Charles: Netflix kills Blockbuster and North Korea kills Best Buy. I like it.


Mike: If this was an order of Korea they would ask for the master footage to be destroyed.


Anthony: Blockbuster actually killed themselves.


Charles: Honestly, I’d be shocked if they don’t just leak this film. At this point, it’s not going to make money. Just due to weirdos thinking they will be bombed. Just leak it online and not care. Like nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence.


Mike: This doesn’t make any sense. This clearly isn’t a legitimate threat. If they were they would say do not release the film on any platform and to erase the master footage.


Doug: I give Sony a lot of credit, however. In spite of all of this, they choose to possibly preserve human life in the wake of a terrorist threat instead of releasing the film to make a few bucks.


Charles: They might just release this in six months.


Gabe: They only cancelled the film because so many theaters refused to show it.


Charles: True.


Mike: I think this wasn’t even a snowball and we let it become a massive igloo.


Anthony: Yeah, if theaters didn’t refuse, they probably would have done nothing.


Charles: Yet for Sony, this was just letting them be bullied.


Gabe: So, I still think they should have released it in theaters that chose to show it.


Josh: They may not have planned this but they will ride this as far as it can go. This is not the way you want to market a movie but any publicity is good right? I know people that had ZERO interest in this film prior that now want to see it with great desire. I know how cynical that is but it is also the harsh reality of Hollywood. I have worked in television and I can tell you that NOTHING which brings attention to the product is scoffed at… at least in private.


Mike: We didn’t ask any questions, we didn’t try to get the names of the people involved, no real work was involved. They just laid down.


Doug: Mike, there’s plenty of investigation going on behind the scenes.


Charles: If someone made death threats saying they will shoot up a theater that shows a new Adam Sandler movie, would they shut down for that? This threat is legitimate as that.


Anthony: At least they’re ending Adam Sandler’s career.


Charles: And the reasoning behind it makes more sense. We all agree he belongs in North Korea.


Josh: I think they are using this as an excuse to do something they wanted to do anyway, but now they come off like heroes.


Mike: This movie would probably be as offensive as Team America. Maybe less.


Charles: Curious. Did Kim actually ever see this? He might like it. Like Mark Zuckerberg.


Doug: I hear he’s a movie buff.


Anthony: Yeah, he owns thousands of films.


Doug: Which he inherited from Daddy.


Charles: Yet, did Kim ever get shown the film? Sony should send him a copy.


Anthony: Maybe he has a sense of humor.


Charles: Well, he clearly doesn’t show it. I hope if one Blu Ray is made, it goes to him.


Gabe: Honestly, if someone made a movie about how they’d kill me, I’d watch it!


Doug: So would everyone else you know.


Mike: I’d boycott and send death threats.


Anthony: It’s filming time!


Doug: So, in short: was this a good decision by Sony, or not? One paragraph answer from everyone.


Charles: This move by Sony was idiotic. Instead of making this a chance to publicly say “Hey let’s stand up to the idiot threats of this man child who tells his people to eat bark in dry seasons, let’s fight.”. It was a dumb idea. My advice is they get Andrew Garfield to deliver him a blue ray copy in person.


Cameron Cloutier: Whoever greenlit The Interview has to be canned after this whole ordeal.


Anthony: Bad idea. Sony should have let the film stay in whatever theaters would show it. I highly doubt anything would happen.


Gabe: Honestly, I think Sony’s cancelling of The Interview was a good move, but at the same time, I think they still could’ve gotten away with releasing it in theaters that agreed to show it.


Mike: I think this was completely idiotic. The film’s premise alone is pretty childish but Seth and James’ films aren’t exactly for intellectuals. They knew some sort of backlash should come from this but I think it’s it was a horrible one to pull it from theaters. Watch Vantage Point, Olympys Has Fallen, White House Down and even corny films like Mars Attacks, you’ll see that death of political figures and even shown description of the White House is nothing new. No hacking or threats ever went on over those films. That, along with the lack any real research on who sent out that death threat to SONY and STILL rolling over is just amazing to me. Some 19 year old, pimply geek is probably bragging to this friends that he “brought down SONY”. This country is losing it’s edge. And that’s the problem. We are too sensitive. That’s why movies like this get pulled and movies like The Hobbit Part 5 or whatever gets released. We’re too scared to push any buttons and we have to stay in this perfect PC world.

Travis Weiss: Well basically, even though I am not like pro-censorship by any stretch of the imagination, I think making a movie about killing Kim Jong-Un to be something stupid.


Josh: Sony pulling “The Interview” is a black eye on both cinema and to the very ideal that outside forces can effect something as frivolous as film. Terrorists (there is no other word for them) had made Sony cave in and halt from release a film that was greatly anticipated… they also sent the message that if you threaten violence you can get what you want. If I threaten to kill any person that gives positive mention to Avengers: The Age Of Ultron will Disney pull that? Of course they would not nor should they. Just because you don’t like something does not mean others can not ingest it and decide for themselves their feelings on that something. The early reviews for “The Interview” are scathing and hardly positive which means the movie would have most likely faltered under it’s own weight anyway.


Doug: I think that Sony is smart to pull The Interview for the time being. I don’t believe it should be shelved. They’re deep enough as it is right now and I understand if they don’t want to tread on a touchy subject like a terrorist threat when they’re the subject of all bad press they’re already in. They need to reassess and release it when the iron isn’t so hot, maybe after the investigation produces some results. Or, at the very least, release a movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogan about two stoner dudes breaking into Sony Headquarters to steal a copy of the fabled movie, “The Interview”.


Anthony: And be minimal on the dudebro humor.


Mike: But bro humor is great.


Doug: Yeah, bro. We all know this is a conspiracy by Marvel to get the rights to Spider-Man back anyway.


 

Krist Novoselic remembered his reaction to Nirvana’s success in a new interview with The Young Turks (as transcribed by AlternativeNation.net), and described dreams he still has about Kurt Cobain, and he also remembered meeting Dave Grohl.

“I think, looking back, I was just confused. It took me a lot of years to work through that, I tried to do the best I could. We were at our best when we were playing. We liked to rehearse, we liked to make songs, and play together. That’s what we did best, that’s when we were happy. I have dreams about Kurt. I’m so happy to see him in a dream, like ‘Oh my god, it’s so good to see you.’ Then we’re always like, ‘Okay, let’s go play.’ We’re always going to go play music, so there’s some kind of connection there, which is good. That’s what it’s all about.”

Novoselic also tells the story of how Dave Grohl joined Nirvana.

“Kurt and I drove to Los Angeles from Tacoma, Washington, which was like a 14 hour drive. We just slept in our van in a parking lot on the I-5 somewhere. We talked to some music industry people about getting a major label deal, because at the time all of these underground bands were getting deals on major labels. So we got introduced to a few people, but we didn’t have a drummer, so we rushed down to LA because we had this opportunity. Susan Silver, who was managing Soundgarden at the time, she took us around and introduced us to folks.

Then we took our leisurely drive back north, and [stopped] in San Francisco to see Buzz and Dale from the Melvins, our connection, our friends, lifelong friendships. It was in North Beach up in San Francisco, and Buzz was like, ‘Hey, Scream is playing.’ [We like like], ‘Oh, we love Scream.’ It was a seminal punk rock band out of Washington DC, and they had this drummer who was really good, and played this really big drum set. I met him briefly, and we talked to Buzz, ‘Wow, what a cool drummer.’ Then Kurt and I drove up the 101, I think we found a cat, we stopped somewhere in the Oregon Coast. Then we got a call from Buzz, ‘Hey man, Scream went down to LA after San Francisco, and their bass player split, and they’re just broke at the singer’s sister’s house.’ She was a stripper, and she owed money on rent, so then the landlord came and took the front door off the house. So Dave was stuck in LA, and he got enough money to get a plane ticket and his drum set, and he came up and started playing with us. We were hooked, it gelled right away.”

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed his legacy, not getting enough credit, and influencing Muse in a new interview with Gigwise.

“I don’t even feel I’ve even come close to getting the credit that I deserve, which is a weird thing, I even hesitate saying it because immediately somebody says, ‘What does that mean?’ What I mean by that is I wrote more hits than anybody of my generation, I’m not seen as a songwriter. I helped launch a bunch of people playing in guitar bands, Muse being a perfect example, the sound, the feel. God bless them, great band. Don’t get credit for that. Broke different styles in the alternative pop mainstream with strings, and all sorts of stuff. Don’t get credit for that.

I’m more treated, particularly in America, more treated like the weird uncle, where nobody understands why he’s at Thanksgiving. I’m just tired of that story, and I’m tired of trying to prove that story, so in a way the best thing I can do is just make great music, and let everyone else, young, smart people like you, figure out where I fit in on the pantheon. I know what I did. Maybe this is an American problem, but America’s really into humility. Like, ‘Hey, I’m just happy to be here.’ That’s not rock and roll. I didn’t get in a band to be just happy to be here, I got in a band to kick your head, and fuckin let’s rock.”

Watch the full interview below.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey are auctioning off a signed guitar for charity on eBay.  See more details below.

This signed Gibson SG guitar is from Eddie Vedder’s own personal collection. The legendary Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, brought this guitar over with him from the states especially and performed using this very guitar at the recent ‘The Who hits 50 Tribute Show’ at Shepherd’s Bush in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6O8WfFT8UA for actual footage from the show.

Eddie joined The Who’s Band featuring Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren Gold and John Coury on stage to perform Who classics ‘Wont Get Fooled Again’, ‘Naked Eye’ and ‘Listening To You’. Both Eddie Vedder and Roger Daltrey from The Who have signed the guitar.

This exclusively signed collectors item is a one off and is a must for any Pearl Jam or Who fan! A rare and unique piece of memorabilia which is being auctioned to raise vital funds for Teenage Cancer Trust as agreed with the artist.

The guitar and case comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and 100% of the sale price will come direct to the charity directly supporting teenagers and young adults with cancer.

Please note returns are not accepted so ask any questions before you bid.

Postage details to be agreed with buyer after item is won. POSTAGE COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN SALE PRICE. Depending on size of item we are happy to arrange a courier or special delivery options or alternatively the item can be collected from the charity’s Central London office. PLEASE NOTE ITEM CANT BE DISPATCHED UNTIL MONDAY 5th JANUARY AS THE OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON.

Check out other exclusive and limited edition signed memorabilia up for grabs from the same night. Happy to combine postage.

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan praised Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and other 90’s bands in a new Loveline interview.

“I think the crop of the most important bands from that era: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Pumpkins, Alice In Chains, Hole, Nine Inch Nails. There’s lots of honorable mentions, but I think those are the more influential bands that broke through at the other level that sort of set things in motion. I’m not always in a hurry to defend Courtney, for example, but Courtney launched a lot of ships by being the sort of first female to kind of break that paradigm, and then open it up. It’s not even a question any more, back then it was a question, ‘What’s it like being a girl in a band with a guitar?’ It was such a stupid question. I’m sure I’m forgetting somebody.”

Corgan also discussed the state of the music business now compared to when he came up in the 90’s, “The business I came into is not the business I’m in now. It was a business of rebels, and now it’s a bunch of pussies.” Corgan also mentioned that he is interested in doing A&R work, putting songwriters together with performers.

Corgan discussed Pearl Jam on The Howard Stern Show last week, “I think they were derivative and the work speaks for itself. If you listen to the band’s work, and I know they have a tremendous fanbase and they should, they’re a great band but you know, I’m a Beatles guy, a Stones guy and a Kinks guy but if you go to a lot of those other bands they just don’t have the work. I just don’t think Pearl Jam have the songs. If you stack my songs up, Cobain’s songs up and that band’s songs up, they don’t have the songs. They’re a great band, still an arena act, they’ve been getting it done for a long time and I have to bow to that but it’s a mystery to me on how they have because I just don’t get it. They don’t have the songs. People will take that the wrong way but speaking competitively, they are my competitors and I have to say who am I competing against and why.”

Frances Bean Cobain has just released a new painting on Twitter titled Victimless Oscillation. Cobain first released art in 2010 under the name Fiddle Tim, with her Scumfuck collection being displayed at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.

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The Meat Puppets’ Cris Kirkwood remembered comforting Frances Bean Cobain as a baby in an interview with Alternative Nation last month, “One time, I was backstage – it was before we did the Unplugged thing, and those guys had us come out and do some shows with them. That was again, at big places. We’re backstage someplace, and I can’t remember where. And I remember Courtney [Love] was there, and so was Courtney and Kurt’s little baby girl, Frances. She was a little teeny weeny kid at the time – like a toddler. It was after the show, and everybody is hanging out, and Frances was throwing a conniption fit.”

She was crying and crying, to the degree that toddlers will do that, and the parents try to cajole the kid out of its unhappiness. And nothing was working, and she was just crying and crying. I realized, ‘Well shit, I can make this baby stop crying,’ because Curt had had Elmo and Catherine, so I’m like, good and uncle’d up. I was like, ‘I know how to make the child stop crying,’ and I had my bag – I had a briefcase that I carried all this crap with me then – and in there, was a harmonica. So I took that out, and all it took was one little toot on the harmonica. It’s like babies, you distract them, and the harmonica completely worked, where I honked on the harmonica, and she was like, ‘Huh?’ Stopped crying immediately and had all her attention focused on the noise that had just been made. And I remember Cobain saying, ‘Who are you? Dr. Spock?’ Y’know, the childhood baby doctor [Benjamin Spock].”

Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Train, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are the 2015 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nine Inch Nails were one of the leaders on the fan vote, yet despite this, they will not be inducted. Ringo Starr will receive the Award For Musical Excellence. While this year’s ceremony, headlined by Nirvana, was held in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, 2015’s ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on April 18, 2015.

“I had to go for a walk,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone when he received the news. “I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, ‘Oh my God. No way.’ It just took some time to sink in. We’re in incredible company and I’m still trying to make sense of this. It’s just incredible.”

He added, “For me, rock & roll is not an outdated term. To me, it means freedom. It was a way for me to express myself and I’m eternally grateful for the fact that I’ve been able to do that pretty much my whole life. It’s never lost that meaning for me, whether I’m a fan myself or for Green Day fans. It’s just the most liberating thing in the world. The fact that we’re getting recognized for it in the company we have, it’s just an incredible feeling.”

Do you think Nine Inch Nails deserved to go into the Hall of Fame more than Green Day when it came to the 90’s candidates? Vote below.

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Last month, AlternativeNation.net had the chance to interview Dead Sara frontwoman Emily Armstrong. With rock and roll at one of its lowest points, Armstrong is one of the genre’s greatest hopes as it eyes a comeback from the dead, with her gut wrenching voice definitely being one of the best to come out in the last decade.

When asked if rock is dead and if it could come back, Armstrong had an optimistic outlook. “I think it always comes back. If history has taught us anything, it does die out, and then comes back. There’s just like a certain wave of rock and roll I think, and right now we’re just at a decline, just like how the 80’s died, and then Grunge came in. There’s only a few that were sticking around in the late 80’s, like Guns N’ Roses and stuff like that, and then you had the Grunge scene that came in, then everybody in rock and roll was big again, there were so many bands that people loved. I think history repeats itself, and there’s no way that could really end. I can’t say it’s going to, or it’s not, but it’s just from what I’ve learned, and what I hope. It’s what I live for, so whether people buy it or not, who fucking cares? I’ll still be doing it.”

Dead Sara’s self-titled debut album was released in 2012, featuring the hit “Weatherman,” and fans have been anxiously awaiting the band’s sophomore effort. Armstrong said the album is done and the only setback has been label issues, “It’s actually been done for awhile now, we just went through some complications with our label, whom we’re not with any more. All that kind of legal stuff takes a long time. We’ve already been writing the third record, writing isn’t the issue for us. It’s everything else that needs to fall into place, like labels and such. Like our first record was all on our own, and we’re going to end up doing our second record all on our own, but it took us a path to go through to realize that is the way to do it, especially with the second record.”

She later added, “You know what I’ve learned about the music industry is it’s not necessarily about the music unfortunately, it’s about what you have in place for the record. That’s what we’ve been basically establishing this whole time, this whole year, getting that right.”

The second album was recorded at a big house in Malibu, and features the track “Mona Lisa,” which had a video filmed for it last month. “Radio 1 2″ is Armstrong’s favorite track from the record.

Armstrong sang backing vocals on Courtney Love’s 2010 Hole album Nobody’s Daughter. When asked what she learned from Love, Armstrong said, “Just stay sane, never do drugs.” She added, “I think the learning part was listening to her records, and the icing on the cake was to meet her, and sing on her record, that was the awesome part.”

While Dead Sara are only one album (soon to be two) into their career so far, Armstrong envisions the band will have a strong catalog under their belt a decade from now, “Well hopefully we’ll have 5 more records out at least, and touring. In 10 years, we’ll be in our 30’s by then. I think that’s a good time to be on top of our game, and then some.”

Interview conducted by Brett Buchanan and Elias Fulmer

TMZ have released a series of bizarre 911 calls Creed frontman Scott Stapp made last month. In one Stapp calls the Dean of his son’s school and says his family are members of ISIS, “Call me immediately, it’s urgent. It’s involving national security. The people in Florida are at risk. I’ve uncovered that the core of ISIS is within my own family.”

In another call, Stapp claims he had been running for 36 hours straight. “I was running all night. 15 vehicles, and it just finally ran out of gas. I’ve been running straight for 36 hours.”

Stapp said in another call that someone was trying to kill him. “Someone is trying to kill me. I have called 3 times, I am running down the highway, okay, I’ve called 911 about 8 times on this trip I’ve had, working, and nobody ever shows up.”

“I’ve been running for about 6 or 7 weeks, trying to keep them away from my family. Somebody told me that there’s already reports that I’ve been killed that’s already on the internet. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’m not dead, I’m alive, and I need some help.”

“It’s been large groups of cars. It could have been messed with or tampered with, I was about to run out of gas so I abandoned the vehicle.”

Stapp also claimed to be reported dead, “It was reported that I was killed last week, but I’ve been on the run to keep them away from my family. About 20 million dollars of my money have been stolen. These people are trying to cover it up. This is a fact, banks already know about it, there’s already an investigation going on. So I have all of the information to give to police officers. I just need to get to the hospital, I haven’t eaten in 2 days.

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell discussed his late friends Dimebag Darrell and Layne Staley in an interview with Billboard last week.

On meeting Dimebag Darrell before Pantera’s big success, and how he knew Dimebag and Layne Staley would have success: “That’s why I went up to talk to him. I remember talking to [Pantera bassist] Rex [Brown] and [Dimebag’s older brother] Vinnie [Paul] that night, too. There are certain guys that you run into and you just know — you just know that guy’s going someplace. And he should be going someplace, because he damn well deserves it. [Alice in Chains frontman] Layne [Staley] was one of those guys for me as well.”

On Dimebag Darrell as a person: “[Dimebag] wasn’t any different in the center of the room with you or the center of an arena with thousands of people. He was a really genuine person. He was fun to be around. I had so many good times with him. And I had some bad times, too, where it would be about picking each other up. I’d get to see him really regularly out on the road. The arcs of our careers were fairly similar: Cowboys from Hell came out in ’90, Facelift came out in ‘90; Vulgar was ‘92, Dirt was ‘92.”

On the loss of Dimebag Darrell and Layne Staley: “I don’t remember that exact moment, but I know I got on a plane immediately. All of us, [Alice in Chains drummer] Sean [Kinney], [Alice in Chains bassist] Mike [Inez] and me went straight to Dallas to be with Vinnie and support him. We’d been through losing somebody — losing Layne — two years earlier, so we had kinda been there. It was one of the most godawful things you’ve ever heard of happening to somebody who was one of the nicest people you ever knew in your life and your friend. It’s still unbelievable.”

Chris Cornell will front Mad Season on January 30, 2015 in Seattle for Sonic Evolution.  See more details below.

Sonic Evolution

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Mike McCready, special guest
Chris Cornell, vocalist
Duff McKagan, bass
Barrett Martin, drums
Members of Vocalpoint! Seattle
Seattle Symphony

Yann Robin: Ashes (World Premiere)
Angelique Poteat: Beyond Much Difference (World Premiere)
Mike McCready /arr. Scott Teske: Waking the Horizon (World Premiere)
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “River of Deceit”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “I Don’t Know Anything”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “Long Gone Day”
Solo selections by Mad Season

Sonic Evolution celebrates the past, present and future of music with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more. PLUS! Mad Season’s Mike McCready and Barrett Martin team up with Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan and other guests for a special performance.

Duff McKagan discussed working on unreleased Mad Season music in an interview with AlternativeNation.net last year, “In some weird way, it’s all kind of the same thing. It’s the same collective group of guys, like Jeff Angell sang on a couple. So what happened was, Mike and I grew up together and we’re good pals, and Barrett and Mike are close. So sort of at the same time as the Walking Papers record, there were these other jams over at Mike’s house. Then we just kind of started jamming. It worked, the three of us clicked it was really kind of cool and different. We had all these things, we had songs. We kind of just thought about getting different singers, Jaz sang on a couple, fucking epic. He’s one of my favorites on the planet.

I met with him in London, it was one of those things, I almost didn’t want to meet my hero. I was really nervous. I was in London already, he was coming to this book reading I was doing. I started the book reading with the Killing Joke song “Requiem,” just blaring through the PA. I knew Jaz was out in the audience, and I already started the thing with “Requiem.” I was like wow what is he going to think, that I’m a fucking dork? But after the book reading we went to dinner with some other people and I just kind of flat out told him, ‘Jaz, I don’t know if I want to know too much about you man, because you’re heroic to me.’ The conversation we had just further heightened the mystique of that guy to me. He sang on a couple of things, and it’s fucking great. Jeff Angell sang on a couple, there’s no rush. As singers come up we’ll get them, hopefully Brandi Carlile will sing on a couple. We’ll just kind of take it as it comes, Corey Taylor perhaps.”

McKagan added that unreleased Mad Season music was the impetus for him to start working with Mike McCready and Barrett Martin, “That’s what kind of started it, they had some riffs and what not that were left over. That was the impetus that started this thing with us. So we jammed on some of those old demos, we kind of looked at them and tore them apart and put them back together. But I guess that was the impetus, but if the headline were to say ‘Mad Season restarts with Duff McKagan’ that would be off the mark.”

Duff McKagan discussed his memories of Seattle, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden in a recent Sonic Highways extended interview.

“The high school I went to, everybody went there. Nikki Sixx had gone there, Stone went there, Mike McCready went there, I went there. There were just a lot of rock bands and punk rock bands that kind of hubbed out of my high school, and were in and around my neighborhood.”

“I knew Bruce Pavitt, he had that column in The Rocket, Sub Pop, and he put out I think his first single like the week that I left.”

McKagan also discussed Soundgarden and other famous Seattle bands, “I knew Kim [Thayil] a little bit, Chris [Cornell] a little bit, Ben [Shepherd] for sure. Me being here, being in Hollywood and being the Seattle guy, the bands would come through, Pearl Jam when they first came, the party was at my house, always the party was at my house, and Alice In Chains. I think those guys were probably at my house for 4 days. Couldn’t be sure because I don’t remember it.”

“I was really psyched for what was going on there, that’s my hometown. If you’re from Seattle, you have pride in your thing, and I don’t know what that is, but you do. I was kind of jealous. Like, ‘F*ck, I could have stayed home and maybe been in Soundgarden.’ Who knows? Who knows what would have happened?”

One awesome fan rocked out in his own unique way at the Foo Fighters South African show last week. The band performed at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa last week, and one guy seemed to be having a much better time than the people around him. Watch the funny videos below from Foo Fighters’ first ever African show below!


Setlist:
All My Life
Rope
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
White Limo
Arlandria
My Hero
Hey, Johnny Park!
Monkey Wrench
Congregation
Walk
Skin and Bones (Intro only in band introduction)
Cold Day in the Sun
I’ll Stick Around
In the Clear
Big Me
Something From Nothing
These Days
Outside
Times Like These (half Dave solo, half with band)
Generator
Miss You (The Rolling Stones cover) (with Theo Crous)
Stiff Competition (Cheap Trick cover) (with Dave on drums and Taylor on vocals)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)
Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover)
Best of You
This Is a Call
Everlong

In a recent interview with Howard Stern, Dave Grohl revealed that his favorite Foo Fighters song is “Times Like These”. Taylor Hawkins also shared his memories of the song.

Grohl said, “I mean honestly, that song, I like really simple songs, that have simple hooks, and simple melodies. [Times Like These] is kind of the one.”

Hawkins added, “We did that a demo of that in my basement for the first time. That’s a poignant song, because it’s about the band starting over again.”

Grohl then said, “We almost stopped playing in 2001. It was like a 7 year itch thing, where I went off and played with Queens of the Stone Age, we were recording and it wasn’t turning out well, so we were like, maybe we shouldn’t do this any more.”

In the same interview, Dave Grohl revealed that he almost recorded with David Bowie.

“We were going to maybe do a thing together, and it really didn’t pan out.”

“I had the opportunity to do a song thing for this movie. I thought, I don’t really want this to be just me, it would be really fun to get someone else to sing on it. I had worked with his producer Tony Visconti, and I asked Tony, ‘Do you think David would be interested in doing something?’”

He added that he became e-mail buddies with Bowie, “He’s wickedly funny.” He said logistics is the reason the collaboration didn’t happen, “The logistics just didn’t work out, one of those things. They don’t always work out, sometimes you want to do something, and there’s no time.”

Grohl was interviewed on Marc Maron’s podcast last year and praised David Bowie’s comeback single “Where Are We Now?” Grohl said, “The song is about Berlin and it’s heartbreaking dude.” He added, “I was playing it and our drummer Taylor said ‘Dude is he gonna die?’ It’s fucking the most beautiful thing you’ve heard in your entire life.” He ended the discussion by saying to the host, “You’ve got to hear it, it’s mind blowing.”

Grohl also discussed his newfound appreciation of disco. He said he didn’t listen to it much when he was younger and discussed the disco backlash, but said that he enjoys today, “I listen to disco now, and I’m like, well wait, what’s wrong with disco? I put it on in the morning when I make breakfast and the kids dance. Those drummers were amazing, those disco drummers were fucking amazing.” He added, “Disco’s great! What’s wrong with disco?”

“We are aware and we’ll take appropriate action,” Secret Service spokesperson Nicole Mainor told PEOPLE in regards to recent reports that a mentally ill Scott Stapp believes that he is a CIA agent tasked with killing President Obama.  Stapp responded to these allegations in a post on Creed’s Facebook (that was later deleted) a couple of days ago:

What’s up everyone, Scott Stapp here. In light of the recent vicious attacks on my character as well as the vicious lies that are being spread about me, I’m left with no option but to address this circus. In no way, shape or form are any of these accusations true. I am 100% sober and 100% mentally sane and stable. Supporting documents validating this will be given to Judge Colin and serviced to the media next week. These documents are being issued by the Hazleton-Betty Ford Center. When these accusations were initially levied against me, I immediately sought refuge within the sober community in Palm Desert, CA, as well as met with senior heads of department at the Hazleton-Betty Ford Center. I did not check in, as I have not been using drugs or alcohol nor have been suffering from any mental health issues. I came to the center for the most credible acknowledgement and support in the world to validate that I was sober and mental stable. After two weeks of meetings with appropriate departments, voluntarily submitting to a clinical diagnostic evaluation, and blood and urine tests, Hazelton-Betty Ford Center is preparing official documents validating what I have been saying all along. I am not, nor have been on drugs or drinking and am not suffering from any mental health issues. Again, everything that is being reported about me is not true. This vicious attack was levied against me after I discovered multiple counts of financial fraud and embezzlement. It is sad the lengths some will go to in an effort to keep themselves from being exposed for the serious financial crimes they have committed. As you might assume, I am very hurt by what has gone on. Again, official reports will be provided next week hopefully ending the circus so the real issues at hand can be addressed. Love you all and thank you to all those who have supported me during this smear campaign.

P. S.

I have nothing but sincere respect, love and admiration for President Obama. The recent report claiming I am delusional, and claiming I’m a CIA agent with evil intent towards our beloved President is a joke. I’m shocked the press even covered such a ridicules story. My history supporting our troops and this great country of ours should speak for itself.

Have a great weekend my friends

Scott Stapp

Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear discussed their new album Sonic Highways in a recent interview with kykNET. The band discussed fan response to new songs, and how it influences how they put together their setlists.

Grohl said, “The new songs, some of them are really different than anything we’ve ever done. The song ‘Something From Nothing’ is unlike anything we’ve ever done. It’s funny, when you release a record, when it’s new to people, they still sort of stand and listen, and examine it, but then as they can more and more familiar with it, you can see the audiences starting to get into it a lot more. So now when we play the song ‘Something From Nothing,’ people go bananas.”

Smear added, “When you have a new album out, the crowd kind of picks the songs you are going to play, because we’re just sort of excited to play them all at first, but then you can tell just by the crowd. They don’t really want this one, they want this one though, and sometimes it’s a total surprise compared to what you think it’s going to be.”

Paul McCartney discussed working with Dave Grohl and if he would be open to doing his own UK version of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways concept in an interview with XFM. “I like what Dave does…his enthusiasm comes over.

“He told me the idea months ago, before he started on the series and I thought it was quite a brave idea because of the end of the week he’s got to come up with a song.”

“But it’s good to have a deadline if you’re a brave soul – which he is!”

Sir Paul was hesitant though when asked if he’d do a UK version of Sonic Highways.

“I wish I had the time. There’s so much history in something like Abbey Road – forget it! It goes right back, way back before us.

“I’m doing a lot of stuff and I love it – but I’ve also got a life beyond work, so I probably wouldn’t have time. But it’s a good idea!”

McCartney fronted Nirvana in 2012 for select live performances of their Grammy winning collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was part of the Sound City soundtrack.

“It was magic for me playing with these guys,” McCartney told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “I knew who Dave was because I’d met him, and he said ‘I have a couple of friends coming along.’ And during the session I hear them talking: ‘Wow, we haven’t played since Nirvana.’ So I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.”

He added that they could collaborate again “You never know. They really are great to play with. They were a great band with Kurt. That’s what I experienced – just playing with a really good band, which is a very special thing. I should know.”