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

Record Store Day‘s website has unveiled a full list of Black Friday releases.  David Bowie will release “Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime),” Faith No More will release “Motherfucker,” and Mother Love Bone will unveil two previously unreleased recordings “Hold Your Head Up/Holy Roller.”  “Holy Roller” is an alternate take, and “Hold Your Head Up” is an Argent cover.  See the full list below, and then head to your local record store on November 28th.

5 Seconds Of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Aaliyah
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

The Afghan Whigs
Gentlemen at 21
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Against Me!
The Daytrotter Sessions
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
Planet Rock
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Beatles
Long Tall Sally
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Bleachers
Strange Desire (The Demos)
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Bon Jovi
Live 2
Format: 10″ Picture Disc

David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)
Format: 10″ Vinyl

The Bug Vs. Earth
Boa/Cold
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Chvrches
Under The Tide
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Miles Davis
Blue Xmas
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Miles Davis
Miles Davis: The Prestige 10 Inch LPs Collection Vol. 1
Format: 10″ Vinyl Box Set

Miles Davis
Enigma
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Dead Milkmen
Big Lizard in My Backyard
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Decemberists
Black Friday 7″
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Ramin Djawadi
Game of Thrones
Format: 12″ Vinyl

The Doors/Peter LaFarge
Honor The Treaties
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Fantomas
Wunderkammer
Format: Vinyl Box Set

First Aid Kit
America
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Fishbone
Truth and Soul
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

The Flaming Lips
Imagene Peise–Atlas Eets Christmas
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Game Theory
Pointed Accounts of People You Know
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Game Theory
Distortion
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Gov’t Mule
Stoned Side of the Mule Vol. 1
Format: 12″ Vinyl

The Grateful Dead
11/18/72 Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston TX
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Green Day
Tune In, Tokyo
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Billie Holiday
At Storyville
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Hozier
In The Woods Somewhere
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Husker Du
Warehouse: Songs and Stories
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Chrissie Hynde
Stockholm Live at the 229 Club, London, England
Format: 10″ Colored Vinyl

Iron Butterfly
Heavy
Format: 12″ Vinyl

The JB’s
These Are The JB’s
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Waylon Jennings
Louisiana Man, Kentucky Woman
Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Format: Book

Judas Priest
5 Souls
Format: 10″ Colored Vinyl

Korn
KORN
Format: 2 x 12″ Vinyl

Jenny Lewis
Pax-Am Sessions
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Little Richard
Little Richard
Format: 12″ Vinyl

J. Mascis
Fade Into You/Outside
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Mastodon
The Motherload
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Metallica
Lords of Summer
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Ennio Morricone
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Soundtrack
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Mother Love Bone
Hold Your Head Up
Format: 7″ Vinyl

New Order
1981-1982
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Conor Oberst
Standing on the Outside Looking In/Sugar Street
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Roy Orbison
At The Rock House
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Outkast
Player’s Ball
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Rammelzee V. K-Rob
Beat Bop
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Joey Ramone
Christmas Spirit… In My House
Format: 10″ Vinyl

The Ramones
Morrissey Curates The Ramones
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Rockabye Baby!
Lullaby Renditions of Jay-Z
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Ronnie James Dio/Dio & Friends
Dio and Friends Stand Up and Shout For Cancer
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Run Dmc
Christmas In Hollis
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani EP
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud/I’m A Mess
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Bessie Smith
At The Christmas Ball
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Sneakers
Sneakers
Format: 10″ Vinyl

South Park
James Cameron/My Bitch Ain’t No Hobbit
Format: 7″ Picture Disc

Phil Spector and Various Artists
A Christmas Gift For You
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

St. Vincent
Pieta
Format: 10″ Vinyl

They Might Be Giants
Flood
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Johnny Thunders
Looking For Johnny
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
For The People Part 1
Format: 7″ Vinyl Box Set

Various Artists
Christmas Rap
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
Little Miss Sunshine
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Format: Cassette

Various Artists
This Warm December A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 1
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Various Artists
The Big Lebowski
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Various Artists
Frozen
Format: 7″ Picture Disc

The Velvet Underground
Live MXMXCIII
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Wham!
Last Christmas
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Wu Tang Clan
C.R.E.A.M.
Format: 10″ Picture Disc

Neil Young
Official Release Series Discs 5-8
Format: Vinyl Box Set

Neil Young
Zuma
Format: T-Shirt

Neil Young
On The Beach
Format: T-Shirt

Neil Young
Time Fades Away
Format: T-Shirt

RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus Release

The Acacia Strain
The Dead Walk
Format: 12″ Colored Vinyl

Death Grips
Government Plates
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Lizzy Mercier Descloux
Fire/Morning Light (duet with Patti Smith)
Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl

Five Finger Death Punch
Purgatory
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Lee Hazlewood/Various Artists
There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 – 1971
Format: Vinyl Box Set

Korn
The Paradigm Shift
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Ben Kweller
It Ain’t Christmas Yet
Format: 7″ Colored Vinyl

Los Straitjackets
Los Straitjackets Play Some of the Great Instrumental Hits
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Wayne McGhie and The Sounds of Joy
McGhie, Wayne and The Sounds of Joy
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Mewithoutyou
Eastenders Wives
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Peter Murphy
Mr. Moonlight Tour 35 Years of Bauhaus
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Penny Arkade
Not The Freeze
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Ra Ra Riot
Two Hearts Beat As One
Format: 7″ Vinyl

STRFKR
Astronaut/Little Lover
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Johnny Thunders
Real Times EP 1978
Format: 10″ Colored Vinyl

Umphrey’s McGee
Seven Inches
Format: 7″ Vinyl

‘RSD First’ Release

Dave Matthews Band
Recently
Format: 10″ Vinyl

Diplo
F10rida
Format: CD

Diplo
F10rida
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Echosmith
Cool Kids
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

Faith No More
Motherfucker
Format: 7″ Vinyl

Jimi Hendrix
Hear My Music
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Imagine Dragons
Night Visions
Format: 12″ Picture Disc

The Kinks
Muswell Hillbillies
Format: 2 x 12″ Vinyl

Leftover Salmon
High Country
Format: CD

Elvis Presley
Showroom Internationale
Format: 12″ Vinyl

Various Artists
American Hustle
Format: 2 x 12″ Colored Vinyl

Various Artists
Jingle Bell Rock
Format: DVD

Various Artists
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
Format: Cassette

Pearl Jam put on another unforgettable show last night in Milwaukee, performing Yield and also covering The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. Nielsen is a busy man, as he performed with Foo Fighters on David Letterman last week, is featured on the band’s new single “Something From Nothing,” and also appeared in a prominent role in the Sonic Highways HBO premiere last week.

Pearl Jam performed No Code in its entirety a few days ago in Moline, also debuting a new track titled “Moline.” You can read our full report from that show by clicking here.

11 rough mixes from Pearl Jam’s self titled 2006 (Avocado) album sessions also leaked over the weekend. Check out our review below in case you missed it. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. 2X4 (Fast/Instrumental) – 4:24
2. The Only Cloud In The Sky (Instrumental) – 4:49
3. Life Wasted (Vocal Rough Mix) – 4:13
4. Severed Hand (Vocal Rough Mix) – 4:12
5. The Bigger The Wave (Vocal Rough Mix) – 3:01
6. Open Door (Vocal Rough Mix) – 6:25
7. Rearranged Furniture (Instrumental) – 4:04
8. Rearranged Priorities (Instrumental) – 4:19
9. 10 Billion Years (Vocal Rough Mix) – 6:00
10. Lucky 13 (Litho Demo) – 4:29
11. Breeze In D (Instrumental) – 5:10

The collection is labeled ‘Rough Mixes 02 April 05.’ Not too long ago “Let It Ride” and “Cold Confession” from the Avocado sessions also leaked, while this material is far less developed than those tracks, there is far more experimental and interesting material here. “2X4″ is an instrumental demo, and it is the highlight of this leak. It easily sounds like it could have been the first track off of Avocado had Eddie Vedder put a melody and lyrics to the song. The track has a bit of a Vitalogy feel, with elements that also would have fit in very well with the mid 2000’s indie rock sound that was prevalent at the time (think The Walkmen).

“The Only Cloud In The Sky” is a quieter experimental instrumental, with an ethereal feel. The only comparison I can think of when it comes to other Pearl Jam material, is maybe “Sleight of Hand.” The vocal rough mixes of “Life Wasted,” “Severed Hand,” and “Big Wave” are just what they are described as, rough vocal mixes. You get to hear the songs in a bit of a less developed form. Vedder’s definitely just trying to get the melody down on “Life Wasted,” as his performance clearly isn’t Ed completely going for it. Instrumentally though, the outro works way better here.

“Open Door” is an unreleased track that features vocals from Ed, but he’s just mumbling trying to create a melody with no real lyrics. “Open Door” is my least favorite out of the unreleased tracks here, it is a bit long and meanders, though it obviously could have become something had Vedder actually finished his melody and written lyrics, or if Brendan O’Brien had been brought in to help the band ‘put a bit of fixin’ on it.’

“Rearranged Furniture” is a loose jam, with some nice riffs, but it doesn’t have as much promise as some of the other demos. “Rearranged Priorities” mixes electric and acoustic guitar, and instantly sounds like it could have been a song. It sounds like it could have fit on Riot Act, which is a great thing to me (Riot Act >>>>> Avocado). “10 Billion Years” features Stone Gossard on vocals and has a country type vibe, kind of like “Thin Air.” It’s easy to imagine Ed singing this, solid track.

Many are guessing that “Lucky 13″ is a Matt Cameron song, due to similarities to Wellwater Conspiracy, and the rhythmic feel of the song. The main riff is very memorable, it actually sound like it could be a midtempo Soundgarden riff. “Breeze In D” just kind of moves along, picking up some crunch along the way, it’s easy to see why they didn’t pursue the idea though.

Overall though this is a pretty cool collection of material, and gives fans a real insight into Pearl Jam’s creative process. The highlights are “2X4,” “10 Billion Years,” and “Rearranged Priorities.”

Pearl Jam are about to wrap their current tour, check PearlJam.com for more.

Pearl Jam performed their 1998 album Yield last night in Milwaukee. Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen also joined the band to perform “Baba O’Riley,” just a week after performing with Foo Fighters. Ed sang some lines from “Surrender,” but sang about Mike and Rick being alright instead of Mommy and Daddy.

After this, the band played Yield, dedicating “Given To Fly” to Aaron Rodgers. Ed said regarding Push Me, Pull Me, “This song was not a radio single. This was back when we felt we had the trust of the audience. Obviously, we still do.” Ed joked that they were going to play Lost Dogs after Yield, before kicking into “Even Flow” to the dismay of many Ten Clubbers who were probably about to wet their pants.

Walk On Music: (Untitled)

Setlist:
Pendulum
Mind Your Manners
Corduroy
Lightning Bolt
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)
Yield
Brain of J.
Faithfull
No Way
Given to Fly
Wishlist
Pilate
Do the Evolution
MFC
Low Light
In Hiding
Push Me, Pull Me
All Those Yesterdays
Even Flow
Sirens
Rats
Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song)
Rearviewmirror

Encore:
Sleeping By Myself (Eddie Vedder song)
Just Breathe
I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty cover)
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Got Some
Jeremy
Lukin
Porch

Encore 2:
Crazy Mary (Victoria Williams cover)
Black
Alive
Fuckin’ Up (Neil Young cover)
Yellow Ledbetter
The Star-Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith cover)

Walk Out Music:
“Hummus” from “Yield”

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As 1993 came to a close and Alice In Chains were wrapping up touring for Dirt, the band spontaneously decided to book a new recording session, and what came of it was the Jar of Flies EP, released in January 1994.  Most of the material on the EP was written on the spot, with the band working out the music to songs, and then sending them to Layne Staley upstairs where we would create his melodies and lyrics.  Here is an oral history of the recording of Jar of Flies, over 20 years after its release.

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Toby Wright: They were hot off Lollapalooza, coming out of Australia, and they were just hot after that whole tour, and they came right into the studio. It was funny, when Jerry was in Australia, he asked me if I wanted to do an EP with them. I said, ‘Absolutely, yeah, send me some songs.’ He said, ‘Yeah okay, I’ve got like 17 of them. They won’t make it up there in time, because we’re on our way back, and we’d like to meet you in the next week or two up in Seattle.’ I was like, ‘Okay cool, let’s do it.’ (2014 The Double Stop Interview)

Layne Staley: We had just gotten off the road where we had traveled something like 50,000 miles, and played ear-blasting music every night. We just wanted to go into the studio for a few days with our acoustic guitars and see what happened. (1994 Hit Parader Interview)

Toby Wright: So we all got to the control room, I was like, ‘Hey, what about those songs?’ He’s like, ‘Funny thing about those song.’ I said, ‘What?’ He responded, ‘I don’t have any.’ I asked, ‘What do you got?’ He said, ‘I’ve got a chorus of something, I’ll just play it, we’ll see what happens.’ He said, ‘Do you mind if we jam for the next 10 days?’ I was thinking in my head, ‘Jam with the best band in the world? Fuck yeah, let’s just jam for the next 10 days and see what happens.’ (2014 The Double Stop Interview)

Jerry Cantrell: That was a really fun record to make, it was super spontaneous. We wrote and recorded those songs in 7 days, with the except of “Don’t Follow,” which I’d written on a previous European tour. We came in the studio and didn’t have any ideas, nobody came in with anything concrete, which was really weird, because usually I’d bring in a couple, or Layne would bring in a couple, or whatever. We didn’t have nothing on that one, we just totally winged it, and we had a great record. (1998 Media America Radio Interview)

Toby Wright: The attitude in the room was, whatever happens, happens. If it comes out, it comes out, if it doesn’t, we had fun trying. It was the first EP to debut at number 1. (2014 The Double Stop Interview)

Jerry Cantrell: “Whale And Wasp” was another song that I had lying around for a while. In fact, its one of my earliest pieces of music – I was probably around 18 or 19 when I wrote it. So when we started writing ‘Jar Of Flies’ I had to remember how the song went. Mike talked about putting some strings on the record, and we though ‘Whale And Wasp’ would be a good song for that. As for why I called it ‘Whale And Wasp,’ I did so because that’s basically what it sounded like to me – a conversation between whales and wasps. (1994 Guitar School Interview)

Layne Staley: [The Jar of Flies title] came from a science experiment Jerry Cantrell did when he was in the third grade. They gave him two jars full of flies. One of the jars they overfed, the other jar they underfed. The one they overfed flourished for a while, then all the flies died from overpopulation. The one they underfed had most of the flies survive all year. I guess there’s a message in there somewhere. Evidently that experiment had a big impact on Jerry. (1994 Hit Parader Interview)

Jerry Cantrell: “Rotten Apple” and “I Stay Away” were songs that Mike came up with on bass, and then I massaged it with my guitar to make them come alive. Besides the stuff on the ‘Last Action Hero’ soundtrack, this was the first material we’ve written with Mike. He’s a really talented guy, and he adds a lot to the band. It was important for us to know that he could do that.  (1994 Guitar School Interview)

Layne Staley: We never really planned on the music we made at that time to be released. But the record label heard it, and they really liked it. It was more their idea to release it than it was ours. For us, it was just the experience of four guys getting together in the studio and making some music. (1994 Hit Parader Interview)

While we cover some newer acts we love (like Cage The Elephant), Alternative Nation tends to lean on covering older rock artists. We are hoping for the next rock revolution like everyone else, but when you turn on alternative/rock radio for the most part, it sounds like ear vomit unfortunately. But amongst the sea of mediocrity, there are bands with a lot of talent, and promise, out there. Here are 10 of the best songs currently in regular rotation on rock/alternative radio as of October 2014 (by bands under 40, also sticking to 2014 singles so artists like Dead Sara aren’t included).

10. The Eeries – “Cool Kid”

The Eeries’ frontman is Frances Bean Cobain’s fiancee Isaiah Silva. “Cool Kid” is a catchy song, and that’s why it makes this list. These guys just need that extra passion and intensity to really push forward.

9. The Pretty Reckless – “Messed Up World”

Taylor Momsen has a lot of talent when it comes to creating hooky melodies, and her backing band can play. “Messed Up World” is another catchy song, with some interesting pop culture commentary. One thing that Momsen could improve on is writing more raw emotional personal songs, but she’s got talent and will likely continue to get better with age.

8. KONGOS – “I’m Only Joking”

KONGOS’ “I’m Only Joking” has a creepy Queens of the Stone Age type of vibe, and a great chorus. KONGOS’ other hit “Come With Me Now” is an honorable mention when it comes to this list, but this song is better lyrically and isn’t as reliant on the hook as that song. “Come With Me Now” is clearly the ‘bigger’ song though.

7. Big Data – “Dangerous” (feat. Joywave)

This track sounds different sonically than everything else on this list, as it is more of an alternative ‘electronic’ song than an alternative ‘rock’ song. It’s driven by a great bassline and fantastic pop melody, usually this isn’t my style, but the melody just sticks to your brain. The first month I heard this song on the radio I thought it was a Foster The People song, and thought I was going to have to begrudgingly like one of their songs, but I then discovered it was by Big Data.

6. Death From Above 1979 – “Trainwreck 1979″

Death From Above 1979 actually initially came out with their debut album in 2004 before splitting in 2006. They recently returned with their first album in a decade, The Physical World. Because of when they initially came out, “Trainwreck 1979″ sounds like it could have fit in with mid 2000’s indie rock music. The track has really memorable riff and dancy chorus, it’s better than a lot of stuff currently on rock radio.

5. The Black Keys – “Gotta Get Away”

“Gotta Get Away” is the latest single off of Turn Blue. There’s a real throwback classic rock feeling to this song, with the chorus having a nostalgic southern blues rock quality.

4. Royal Blood – “Figure It Out”

“Figure It Out” has grown on me. When I was first introduced to Royal Blood I thought they might just be another ‘integrity’ rock act who couldn’t write a catchy riff or melody, but this song has some really cool riffs and a cool White Stripesque melody. Even if this isn’t the song that establishes Royal Blood as a major rock band, they definitely seem like a band on the cusp of doing something that will be huge.

3. Jack White – “Lazaretto”

The title track to Jack White’s Lazaretto has a great groove, and goes into complete chaos after a breakdown two minutes in. White has the longest track record of success of anybody on this list, and “Lazaretto” definitely stands up to his past work, and is one of his best post White Stripes songs.

2. The Black Keys – “Fever”

At first “Fever” kind of disappointed me after the huge rock hits off of El Camino when I heard the synth line, but over the months, this has become one of my favorite songs on rock radio, especially the ones that get heavy airplay. The bassline is great, and a new part comes 2:40 in that keeps the song from getting repetitive.

1. Cage The Elephant – “Cigarette Daydreams”

“Cigarette Daydreams” is the latest single from Cage The Elephant’s Melophobia. The track is a melodic ballad about trying to hold onto a fleeting love. Mark Pellington directed the beautiful video for the track. Pellington told us last month, “I had a couple of phone conversations with Matt [Shultz, singer], and it was truly a collaboration back and forth, how he came up with generally this kind of story, with a girl and something chasing her, the basic narrative arc. Once we kind of bounced that around and I had a vision in my head and wrote it, Matt had told me the story about how he met [his wife] Juliet, and it was very romantic.”

I’d like to preface this review by saying I’m a huge Bush fan. The snarky headline was to grab your attention, because the internet is fickle and has ADD these days. Bush’s debut album Sixteen Stone was one of the most hit packed albums of the 90’s, and the band had a steady stream of good songs mixed in their other albums all the way up to Golden State, which featured the underrated “Superman.”

The band returned 4 years ago, I was at the first reunion performance and have seen a few shows since as well, and Bush remain a very entertaining live act, with Chris Traynor and Corey Britz doing an admirable job stepping in for Nigel Pulsford and Dave Parsons. Bush’s 2011 comeback album The Sea of Memories had a lot of forgettable tracks, but “The Sound of Winter” was a gem. I don’t expect any of these 90’s alternative rock bands to put out anything close to their prime as they hit their mid 40’s and early 50’s, but as long as there’s a great song or two per album, I am at least somewhat satisfied, as I was with “The Sound of Winter.” Bush have a new album out today, Man on the Run, which was recorded at Dave Grohl’s studio.

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“Just Like My Other Sins” kicks off the album and has a 60’s type riff. Rossdale sings, ‘You need your mind/you don’t need a gun/there’s no Miss America/when you’re on the run.’ The vocals are too overproduced and the lyrics aren’t good. There’s also a part where an ‘arena blip’ GarageBand type EDM keyboard setting is used.

“Man on the Run” has more EDM/electronic elements, there’s a really annoying electronic thing thrown in the verse, which is otherwise very pleasant melodically/musically. There are some good hooks in this song, and riffs, old Grunge riffs. The electronic loop they have in the verses should have been cut, just totally unnecessary and it distracts from the melody and riff.

“The Only Way Out” is the lead single, it sounds like typical radio pop rock. I’m not opposed to pop rock as long as the melody is really good, I liked Rossdale’s solo track “Love Remains The Same” quite a bit, but this just kind of feels by the numbers. It is better though than other tracks on the album though.

The band sounds tight on “The Gift,” like they do on most of the album, but the song just isn’t memorable, no strong hook. “This House Is On Fire” is another example of this.

“Loneliness Is A Killer” borrows the riff from Soundgarden’s “Loud Love” and also has some Alice In Chains elements instrumentally. It also throws in more random EDM stuff throughout the song. I’m not really sure what audience they’re going for with that is, especially since these don’t sound like huge crossover hit songs. The people seeking Grunge nostalgia hate EDM, and EDM fans don’t care about Grunge music. This also isn’t incorporating electronic elements like a Nine Inch Nails does (or even the Bush classic “The Chemicals Between Us”), where the layers of NIN’s more electronic leaning songs add additional melodies rather than cluttering things up. There are some really interesting lead guitar parts by Chris Traynor in “Loneliness Is A Killer,” despite the song’s flaws.

“Bodies In Motion” is another generic rocker, but weaker than “The Gift” and “This House Is On Fire.” When Rossdale does this thing where he tries to sings high it just doesn’t work, when he sticks to his classic singing style tends to be when he sounds best on this record. The main riff to “Broken In Paradise” reminds me of the Beverly Hills 90210 theme song for some reason. Rossdale sings, ‘She’s broken in paradise/the furniture is so nice/she’s broken in paradise/everything that money buys is paradise.’ It’s just tough for me to relate to that, maybe older listeners will better.

“Surrender” sounds different than most of the songs on the album at first, then goes into pop rock mode. There’s another one of those Rossdale singing higher pop rock choruses in “Dangerous Love.” The final track “Eye of the Storm” has a nice dreamy riff and some cool melodies, and some solid drumming by Robin Goodridge. It’s the best song on the album, Rossdale doesn’t lean on any generic pop rock melodies like he does on most of the other songs.

Overall not a fan of this album, and it’s tough to write a review like this, since I’m a big fan of Bush. Anyways, I give the album 2/5.

Foo Fighters have officially released a lyric video for their new single “Something From Nothing,” a clip of the band performing the song on the debut of their HBO series Sonic Highways.

Foo Fighters have also confirmed that they will perform at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 29, 2015. Tickets go on sale on October 27th here.

Alternative Nation’s “Something From Nothing” Review:

The track is very different from past Foo Fighters lead singles, which have traditionally been verse/chorus/verse structured songs based around a huge chorus. The sonic qualities heard in “Something From Nothing” though are familiar, some of the riffs are very similar to “I Should Have Known” off of Wasting Light, in particular the riff first heard 42 seconds into the track.

Chris Shiflett has some lead guitar parts that are classic rock inspired, mixed with an early 90’s Jane’s Addiction tinged riff that is heard throughout the track. 2:40 in the song picks up pace wise and begins to sound Black Sabbathesque musically after Grohl screams, ‘Fuck it all I came from nothing!’ leading to even more trademark Grohl howling. The shredding reaches a fever pitch 4 minutes in.

The production on the song is great, especially on Grohl’s vocals on the softer parts, which is an aspect of his voice to me that was at its peak in the 90’s, while his ‘hard rock’ voice has been more of his go to style in the last decade, so it’s nice to hear him more melodic here for the first half of the song with production that showcases his voice the right way.

After about 10 or so listens, “Something From Nothing” isn’t as catchy as previous Foo Fighters album lead singles like “Monkey Wrench,” “Learn to Fly,” “All My Life,” “Best of You,” “The Pretender,” and “Rope,” which all have immediate hooks. “Something From Nothing” is a good song, but it sounds more like a deep album track than a ‘catchiest songs on the album’ type lead single, not really topping any previous singles. Overall though, the Foo Fighters are back, and they still rock.

Sleater-Kinney will release ‘No Cities to Love,’ their first album in ten years and most explosive to date, January 19/20 worldwide via Sub Pop Records, with North American and European tours to follow. See below for tracklist and tour dates.

The trio – Corin Tucker (vocals/guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) and Janet Weiss (drums) – recorded ‘No Cities to Love’ in secret at Tiny Telephone Recordings in San Francisco in early 2014, with additional sessions at Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios in Portland, and Electrokitty Recording in Seattle. John Goodmanson, who helmed four previous Sleater-Kinney albums, produced ‘No Cities.’

“We sound possessed on these songs,” says Brownstein, “willing it all – the entire weight of the band and what it means to us – back into existence.”

Sleater-Kinney surprised fans by including the new song “Bury Our Friends” as a one-sided 7″ with the October 21 release of ‘Start Together’ (also on Sub Pop), a limited-edition vinyl boxed set comprising remastered versions of their seven previous albums. The colored vinyl edition of ‘Start Together’ sold out weeks before release and a second, black vinyl edition is available for pre-order now. Download “Bury Our Friends” Here.

‘No Cities to Love’ is now available for pre-order on CD / LP / DL through the Sub Pop Mega Mart, iTunes, Amazon, and Sleater-Kinney’s website. A limited, deluxe edition on white, 180-gram vinyl will also be available. The deluxe LP version features a tri-fold jacket encased in an outer slipcover, and includes two bonus tracks on a single-sided 12″ with an etching on the b-side.

Sleater-Kinney formed in Olympia, WA in 1994, and set a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact, earning the mantle of “America’s best rock band” (Greil Marcus/Time Magazine) along the way. Since the 2005 release of ‘The Woods,’ which Entertainment Weekly called “a masterpiece,” Tucker has released two albums with the Corin Tucker Band, while Brownstein and Weiss released one album with Wild Flag. Brownstein also co-created and co-stars in the IFC series ‘Portlandia,’ and Weiss has recorded and toured with Quasi and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, among others.

‘No Cities To Love’ tracklist:
1. Price Tag
2. Fangless
3. Surface Envy
4. No Cities to Love
5. A New Wave
6. No Anthems
7. Gimme Love
8. Bury Our Friends
9. Hey Darling
10. Fade

Sleater-Kinney 2015 tour dates:
02-08-15 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory – Spokane
02-09-15 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory – Boise
02-10-15 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
02-12-15 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
02-13-15 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
02-14-15 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
02-15-15 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
02-17-15 Chicago, IL @ Riviera
02-22-15 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
02-24-15 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
02-26-15 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
02-28-15 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03-01-15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
03-18-15 Berlin, Germany @ Postbahnhof
03-19-15 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Paradiso
03-20-15 Paris, France @ Cigale
03-21-15 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
03-23-15 London, UK @ Roundhouse
03-24-15 Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
03-25-15 Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
03-26-15 Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street

Sleater-Kinney On The Web:
http://sleater-kinney.com
http://instagram.com/sleater_kinney
https://twitter.com/sleater_kinney
https://www.facebook.com/SleaterKinney
http://subpop.com/artists/sleater_kinney
http://shorefire.com/client/sleater-kinney

Paul McCartney has released a previously unheard version of the Wings song “Beware My Love” featuring late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. You can listen by clicking here. The track originally appeared on Wing’s 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. The track was written by Paul and Linda McCartney. Linda McCartney and Denny Laine perform backing vocals on the track’s original version. McCartney discussed the song’s vocals in the 2007 book Lennon and McCartney: together alone: a critical discography of their solo work, saying he was looking to achieve “excitement in the backing vocal so it’s human; you can hear we’re all there.” Wings at the Speed of Sound will be reissued next month, you can see more details on the reissue below.

The GRAMMY Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection Announce next release

Wings to reissue classic albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound

Formats to include previously unreleased material

UK Release: 3rd November
US Release: 4th November

MPL and Concord Music Group confirmed plans today to reissue Wings albums Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound as the next releases in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection on November 3rd (UK), and November 4th (US), 2014.

Both albums will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats:

Standard Edition: Starting with a 2-disc (2 CD) Standard Edition, the first CD will feature the original remastered album and the second CD will include bonus audio made up of material including demos and unreleased tracks.

Deluxe Edition: The 3-disc (2CD, 1DVD) Deluxe Edition will be housed in a hardback book featuring unpublished photographs, new interviews with Paul, material from Paul’s archives and expanded track-by-track information. The deluxe version bonus DVD will be comprised of filmed material from around the time of each release, some of which has never been seen before.

Vinyl: The albums will also be available on special gatefold vinyl editions (vinyl editions include a download card).

Digital: Digitally Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound will be made available as both standard and deluxe versions – including Mastered for iTunes and Hi-Res formats.

A few days ago Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas made some statements regarding The Strokes in an interview with Rolling Stone that caused some controversy. Casabalancas compared The Strokes’ continuing to an actor who makes a lot of the same movies because they do commercially well, even if they aren’t good. He also said, “It’s still fun to see people react,” he says of the Strokes’ recent concerts. “But do I emotionally feel anything from it? No. Like a little while ago, I saw someone perform a cover of some Top 40 song in an empty bar, like he probably just learned it two days ago. He was probably enjoying playing that more than I enjoy playing ‘Last Nite.’ I just smiled about it.”

Casablancas has taken to Twitter to clarify these comments, and some other things he said in the interview.

The Smashing Pumpkins have released the lead single off of Monuments to an Elegy (via Rolling Stone), titled “Being Beige (World’s On Fire).” You can listen below.

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

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

Alice In Chains released The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here in May 2013, and recently wrapped up touring behind the album. Mike Inez discussed the lengthy tour in a new interview with Lucas H Gordon.

“We just did about a 28 or 29 country tour, we just ended in Canada, so we’re off until spring time, so we get to take a break now. I get to come and hang with my beautiful wife, stay home in LA, visit my Grandmother. It’s nice to be home. It’s kind of weird though, you’re living in hotels and touring around the world, then you’re home and you don’t have a lobby call the next day. It’s nice to be home though, that’s for sure.”

He added that the band are already discussing plans for working on their sixth studio album, “We’re talking about starting to jam in the spring again.”

William DuVall discussed the challenges that Alice In Chains faced during the first few years of their reunion in the mid 2000’s in a recent interview with the Montreal Gazette:

“Not only our inner struggle, but the external debate going on. ‘Do they have the right to do this?’ Trying to shut all of that out and deal with our own thing — which was enough to deal with.”

He added, “Then you had promoters, they weren’t lining up to book this band. We were in the hole financially the whole first two, three years. Some of them were laughing at us. And we’d get there and f–king mow everyone down. It’s always a pretty serious throw-down onstage. That is what forged what we have now.”

Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez discussed the loss of Layne Staley and Mike Starr to drug addiction in a new interview with the Lucas H Gordon Show.

“Drug addiction is beyond the music business. Whether you’re a washer, dryer, or repair man, drug addiction and alcoholism seems to go through all walks of life. It’s a pretty crazy business we’re in already, it’s just such a shame when your friends pass away so young, we’re supposed to grow old together.” He added, “It’s just sad.”

Inez also discussed the Seattle Grunge scene and Los Angeles music scene.

“The difference between the LA scenes and Seattle scene, is a band like Soundgarden was together for 10 years before they got signed by a major label, so they had a lot of time to get together and gel as a band.”

“Even all of the bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains in the early days, Pearl Jam, and Mother Love Bone they had a lot of time to jam before they release their music to the world. So I think that was very important, where here in Los Angeles they were trying to mix and match bands like, ‘Oh we need a bass player with long blonde hair, we need a singer with curly hair.’ They were just trying to do that, so the music started lacking I think because of it.”

“But I tell you one thing about the LA scene, there were more girls in the 80’s here than I’ve ever seen in my life, it was a really fun time to see that. I was very young at the time, but it was nice in high school to see a band like Van Halen play a backyard party, or Motley Crue playing the Whiskey. It’s really cool to see these bands. Me and Slash are the only two guys born and raised here, everyone else comes here, but we’ve been here the whole time, we’ve seen it come and go.”

11 rough mixes from Pearl Jam’s self titled 2006 (Avocado) album sessions leaked over the weekend. The tracklisting is as follows:

1. 2X4 (Fast/Instrumental) – 4:24
2. The Only Cloud In The Sky (Instrumental) – 4:49
3. Life Wasted (Vocal Rough Mix) – 4:13
4. Severed Hand (Vocal Rough Mix) – 4:12
5. The Bigger The Wave (Vocal Rough Mix) – 3:01
6. Open Door (Vocal Rough Mix) – 6:25
7. Rearranged Furniture (Instrumental) – 4:04
8. Rearranged Priorities (Instrumental) – 4:19
9. 10 Billion Years (Vocal Rough Mix) – 6:00
10. Lucky 13 (Litho Demo) – 4:29
11. Breeze In D (Instrumental) – 5:10

The collection is labeled ‘Rough Mixes 02 April 05.’ Not too long ago “Let It Ride” and “Cold Confession” from the Avocado sessions also leaked, while this material is far less developed than those tracks, there is far more experimental and interesting material here. “2X4″ is an instrumental demo, and it is the highlight of this leak. It easily sounds like it could have been the first track off of Avocado had Eddie Vedder put a melody and lyrics to the song. The track has a bit of a Vitalogy feel, with elements that also would have fit in very well with the mid 2000’s indie rock sound that was prevalent at the time (think The Walkmen).

“The Only Cloud In The Sky” is a quieter experimental instrumental, with an ethereal feel. The only comparison I can think of when it comes to other Pearl Jam material, is maybe “Sleight of Hand.” The vocal rough mixes of “Life Wasted,” “Severed Hand,” and “Big Wave” are just what they are described as, rough vocal mixes. You get to hear the songs in a bit of a less developed form. Vedder’s definitely just trying to get the melody down on “Life Wasted,” as his performance clearly isn’t Ed completely going for it. Instrumentally though, the outro works way better here.

“Open Door” is an unreleased track that features vocals from Ed, but he’s just mumbling trying to create a melody with no real lyrics. “Open Door” is my least favorite out of the unreleased tracks here, it is a bit long and meanders, though it obviously could have become something had Vedder actually finished his melody and written lyrics, or if Brendan O’Brien had been brought in to help the band ‘put a bit of fixin’ on it.’

“Rearranged Furniture” is a loose jam, with some nice riffs, but it doesn’t have as much promise as some of the other demos. “Rearranged Priorities” mixes electric and acoustic guitar, and instantly sounds like it could have been a song. It sounds like it could have fit on Riot Act, which is a great thing to me (Riot Act >>>>> Avocado). “10 Billion Years” features Stone Gossard on vocals and has a country type vibe, kind of like “Thin Air.” It’s easy to imagine Ed singing this, solid track.

Many are guessing that “Lucky 13″ is a Matt Cameron song, due to similarities to Wellwater Conspiracy, and the rhythmic feel of the song. The main riff is very memorable, it actually sound like it could be a midtempo Soundgarden riff. “Breeze In D” just kind of moves along, picking up some crunch along the way, it’s easy to see why they didn’t pursue the idea though.

Overall though this is a pretty cool collection of material, and gives fans a real insight into Pearl Jam’s creative process. The highlights are “2X4,” “10 Billion Years,” and “Rearranged Priorities.” We won’t be posting a download link as we don’t want to get World Wide SUEicided, sorry!

Foo Fighters released “Something From Nothing,” the lead single off of Sonic Highways last week. In our review, we made a brief comparison of the song to the band’s past lead singles, so now, here is a ranking of all 8 Foo Fighters album lead singles! Feel free to post your own thoughts in the comments section.

8. Something From Nothing (2014)

“Something From Nothing” blends the sounds of many iconic rock and roll bands like Black Sabbath and Jane’s Addiction, with Foo Fighters’ own trademark sound also being evident, with Dave Grohl’s vocal delivery recalling previous Foo Fighters eras. The track is one of the more experimental Foo Fighters singles arrangement wise.

7. The Pretender (2007)

Rock bands rarely have their biggest hit later in their careers, but 12 years in Foo Fighters released “The Pretender,” the lead single off of Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace, and it is arguably the band’s biggest hit to date. Even 7 years later, the track is still in fairly heavy rotation on modern rock radio. Dave Grohl described the song as coming together fairly quicky (via FooArchive.com), “The album took us about a month to record, and this was recorded toward the end of that session. I had this melodic idea and just went ahead with it, thinking the album needed a four minute blast of rock! We fucking threw this together in an hour. It’s the sort of song that this band is all about. It’s not Bohemian Rhapsody; it’s a basic four-part rock song with a Chuck Berry breakdown in the middle. I love it.”

6. Rope (2011)

“Rope” is one of Foo Fighters’ more experimental singles vocally, with dark harmonizing during the verses, and a different rhythmic sound for the band, with Taylor Hawkins going full John Bonham by the end of the song. “Walk” was clearly the biggest hit off of Wasting Light, but “Rope” was a nice curveball to throw rock radio after the band had been on the down low for a few years.

5. Monkey Wrench (1997)

“Monkey Wrench” is a straight, to the point, rocker. The song has elements of power punk/pop punk structure wise, with Foo Fighters’ hard rock sound that is evident in most of their hit radio singles. According to Dave Grohl (via FooArchive.com), “This is a song about realising that you are the source of all of the problems in a relationship and you love the other person so much, you want to free them of the problem, which is actually yourself.”

4. This Is A Call (1995)

The song that started it all, “This Is A Call” was the lead single off of Foo Fighters’ self-titled 1995 debut album. The song is the perfect representation of the loose sound on the first Foo Fighters record, which has a garage rock quality, especially with Dave Grohl recording all of the instruments on the album. Grohl’s lyrics don’t tell as much of a story on “This Is A Call” as they do on other Foo Fighters hits, but “This Is A Call” still resonates as one of Foo Fighters’ most raw singles, with Grohl’s stream of consciousnesses lyrics making it one of Foo Fighters’ best, and most unique, singles.

3. All My Life (2002)

Some fans look back at One by One as being one of Foo Fighters weaker album, including Dave Grohl himself in some interviews when lamenting the album’s difficult recording process, but “All My Life” is a classic Foo Fighters song, and in the last 12 years it has become one of their best live songs. According to FooArchive.com, Dave Grohl described the song as, “One of the most aggressive songs we’ve ever written – it’s kinda dark and dissonant but really in your face. It begins with a vocal and a guitar then it explodes and gets even bigger and just keeps on going and going. It’s fucking great.”

2. Learn to Fly (1999)

While many other lead singles lean towards the band’s hard rock side, “Learn to Fly” is Foo Fighters at their pop rock best. Dave Grohl’s vocals and lyrics are among his best, with a perfectly crafted melody. Grohl said the song is about looking for inspiration FooArchive.com, “It’s about the search for some sort of inspiration, the search for signs of life that will make you feel alive.”

1. Best of You (2005)

“Best of You” is a rocker full of unbridled passion, with Grohl singing about heartbreak, ‘Has someone your faith/it’s real/the pain you feel/you trust/you must confess/is someone getting the best of you?’ Dave Grohl said the song almost didn’t make In Your Honor FooArchive.com, “‘Best Of You’ is funny because we demoed so many songs for ‘In Your Honor’, I’d kind of forgotten about ‘Best Of You’. I thought we could do better. So it was shelved and it was our manager who came in and said, ‘What happened to that ‘Best Of You’ song?’. So we pulled it out and worked on it a little more. A lot of the songs just start with riffs and melodies and the lyrics come last, but the lyrics came pretty quickly on this one.”

Pearl Jam performed in St. Paul, MN at the Xcel Energy Center. During the show, Eddie Vedder headed over the drumset, which you can see in the photos below the setlist.

Setlist:
Pendulum
Release
Nothingman
Go
Life Wasted
Corduroy
Lightning Bolt
Mind Your Manners
Save You
Even Flow
Sirens
Love Boat Captain
Daughter
I Got Id
The Fixer
Unthought Known
Given to Fly
Rearviewmirror

Encore:
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Thin Air
Footsteps
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover)
Why Go
Do the Evolution
Porch

Encore 2:
Black
Alive (aborted)
Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song)
Better Man
Alive
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)
Indifference

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

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

Thanks to J for writing this report on unreleased footage of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” video that was shown on the debut episode of Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic Highways:

Not sure if anyone has spotted this yet but there is some unreleased Nirvana footage chucked in for good measure in the first episode of Sonic Highways: The untouched film in original color for “Heart Shaped Box,” clips of Kurt Cobain on bass and Krist Novoselic on drums with Dave Grohl singing. It was later over exposed and edited before we saw it originally. It’s near the beginning when Grohl introduces Steve Albini and the projects he has recorded.

Notice how normal the colour looks in comparison to the overexposed shots in the final “Heart Shaped Box” video. I’m guessing this is no accident. Nice to see Mr. Grohl sneak this in. Also the David Letterman connection this week is that Letterman helped fund Sonic Highways as Worldwide Pants Incorporated logo appears at the start and end of the first episode.

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Our full Sonic Highways review:

The episode featured discussion of Muddy Waters and the blues in Chicago, with Buddy Guy being interviewed. The episode then moved onto Steve Albini, as the band were recording at his Electrical Audio studios. When they showed hilights of Albini’s albums produced, it is interesting to note that Bush’s “Swallowed” came right before Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box.” Grohl had a couple of funny lines describing Albini, he said, “I’m sure that everyone in that town wanted to kick that guy’s ass at least once.” He added, “Steve’s reputation is that he’s a cynical prick.” Grohl did say though that Albini is brilliant, so he can have that reputation. Naked Raygun and Cheap Trick were also were covered, with Albini calling Naked Raygun ‘by far’ his favorite band.

They then moved onto the recording of “Something From Nothing.” Taylor Hawkins said, “It gets a little 70’s porno music in the middle, and I love it.” There was a lot of work put into Chris Shiflett’s solo, especially when it came to getting feedback. The punk roots of The Cubby Bear venue were also touched upon, along with Grohl’s first punk rock experiences in Chicago. Rick Nielsen then joins Foo Fighters in the studio, and Pat Smear teaches him a riff from “Something From Nothing.” In Utero is then discussed, with Grohl saying the label was in shock when they first heard the record, and couldn’t believe it was the followup to Nevermind. Steve Albini then discusses the financial pressures of running his studio, saying he has to make $1,000 a day to not go broke, and saying he has had to sell guitars and even his home. He said he plays cards a lot, and at times money he’s made off it has paid the salaries of people who work at his studio. The episode ends with the band performing “Something From Nothing.”

Overall the highlight of Foo Fighters Sonic Highways debut episode by far was Steve Albini, who is just a fascinating, no nonsense, personality. Pat Smear also had a hilarious line about Chicago, “I love Chicago, the girls are really hot, and the weather fucking sucks.”

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

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

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

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

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

Tomorrow I’m off to London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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