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

I was sent a link to a page of a December 2002 auction of Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley’s property. I don’t know how long this has been online, or if the property was stolen, but it is new to me, so I thought I would share the description of the auction with Alternative Nation readers. The second paragraph sheds some new light on Layne’s battle against drug addiction.

“Alice In Chains”, a name that was invented by singer / songwriter Layne Staley for a parody heavy metal band that dressed in drag, grew out of the grunge capital of the world – Seattle, Washington in 1987. Arguably the band that put Seattle on the map, if not for another radical American “grunge pioneer”, Kurdt Kobain (now also deceased). Both artists died long before their time. Ironically laboratory results showed that Layne died from a drug over dose on the exact same day that Kurt committed suicide. This important compilation of fragments in Layne’s life comes from personal and tour garments as well as ephemera – a personal, deep and touching look into the life that once was. Included is his motorcycle helmet with sticker “Keep Kids Off God” and handwritten “God Awful”, pair of bates dress shoes, a brown used right cowboy boot, his Mexican leather cowboy hat, black Henry Grethel shirt, his Levy guitar strap (with skull art), Converse Chuck Taylor sneaker with Alice In Chains printed with fly and star art. All items are well worn. The ephemera part of this historical aggregation includes his personal Grammy invitation, his hand written resume (at age 26), a comical letter from his Mom, 13 misc. letters to Layne from girls and friends, candid photos of himself, Poison Bone, girls, band members and even Billy Idol. Legal letters, cell phone bills, union dues bills, e-mails, deposit stubs, bill of sales, his stock portfolio statement, 1995 tax return.

Also, a very serious personal hospital health form for drug addiction in 1994 that suggests AA meeting, meditation, and continued sobriety, 10 assorted comic books, fanzines, from Layne’s personal library. From one of his notebooks a four-page handwritten commitment to himself to do his “Twelve Steps”. Another is values and priorities in nine hand drawn sketches. Tons of music, clivvppings, unpublished art and photos, five concert handbills and an early poster, his own “Star Registry”, some very personal notes, letters and commitments from his girlfriend, Kemri. Four explicit letters from drug rehab; his girlfriend, & music life which describe meetings with Steven Tyler and Ringo, Janes’s Addicition Eric Avery and going through withdrawal…wow. Truly enthralling accumulation for another sadly missed rock artist.

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In Cameron Crowe’s 1992 film Singles, Matt Dillon played Cliff Poncier, the frontman of the fictional rock band Citizen Dick. The band also featured Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Stone Gossard. The band had a song called “Touch Me, I’m Dick,” in the film, essentially their own version of Mudhoney’s real life song “Touch Me I’m Sick.” The track will finally be released as a 7 inch single on Record Store Day (April 18th).

You can see fictional Citizen Dick’s fictional album tracklisting and live show posters below!

Citizen Dick album tracklisting:
1. Mist of Pain
2. Stomach of Chaos
3. Doghouse Blues
4. Louder Than Larry (Steiner)
5. Touch Me, I’m Dick
6. Rebound
7. Can’t Go 3 Days (W/O Drinking)
8. Bust of the Boz

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Scott Weiland discussed his 2013 firing from Stone Temple Pilots in a new Canoe interview.

“It’s just a shame how it happened,” said Weiland of the STP situation. “I said I needed six months off. I felt we needed six months off in order to do a 20th year anniversary tour and that 20th anniversary tour didn’t end up happening and I said, ‘Okay, then we need to make a new record because we can’t go on just playing the greatest hits set. It’s not going to work. We’re losing fanbase. Our guarantees are starting to go down.’ So I assumed we were all on the same page when we left tour and it turned out not so and they got different management and things just soured. (I’ve known them) since I was a teenager. Crazy things happen especially when you end up getting different management. People see things one way and a lot of times how things are portrayed to the band members are through the goggles of the management and filtered through that and that’s what you end up hearing.”

STP’s lawsuit claimed that part of the reason they fired Weiland was due to how often he showed up late for concerts, and that when they asked him to sign an agreement guaranteeing that he would show up on time, he asked for more money.

Dave Grohl discussed what motivated the Seattle and New Orleans music scenes in a new FastCoCreate article.

“The tempo of the city, the weather, the historic roots in each city… all of these things have an influence on what you do,” Grohl says. “If you go into the fanciest studio in the world to make a record, you’re probably going to make a fancy record. If you make a record in a 200-year-old room in the French Quarter of New Orleans, it’s going to sound different. There are so many different factors that go into influencing how a song sounds. It’s maybe hard for people to understand nowadays because you can pick up the computer and scroll down from a menu of different sounds and put together something that really doesn’t have anything to do with your surroundings.”

Beyond the vibe, he says that physical attributes have a distinct affect on the sound of music. Like humidity, for instance. “The humidity in New Orleans affects the instruments. Even the humidity in the air will affect the sound of a piano because the wood stretches and the strings stretch. It affects the sound of the horns,” he says. “Or rain. Rain is a great motivation. It draws people inwards and makes them go inside. One of the reasons there was such a vital community in Seattle because everyone couldn’t be fucking bothered to go outside.”

I am, I am, I am, I said I wanna file another lawsuit.

“I’m in the middle of a lawsuit with (design house founder Christopher Wicks),” former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland said in Toronto recently (via Canoe). Weiland launched ‘Scott Weiland For English Laundry’ with Wicks a few years ago.

“He owes me $150,000 and doesn’t feel like he should pay me. They made great clothing, stuff exactly as I had envisioned… but commercially it didn’t work as well, they didn’t have the distribution. I’m looking actually to get paid and then start it again with a better (fashion) house.”

Weiland said his long-standing sense of style comes from “my rock ‘n’ roll icons – everything from the early Beatles to the great era of the Stones, like ‘69 to ‘72. Bowie is my ultimate style icon.”

Weiland recently settled a multimillion dollar lawsuit with his former Stone Temple Pilots bandmates, who fired him from the band in 2013.

Music industry revenue is unstable, and Spotify might be to thank for it. As streaming services become household names, the industry model begins to show cracks, while simultaneously the potential audience for the budding musician has grown thousandfold. As the major label system starts to fall, the time has never been riper for independent bands and projects to take the lead. But, with an increasingly choked generation of musicians and bands all vying for the same attention, how do you set yourself apart from the pack?

With ballpark estimates of 600,000 unsigned artists in the UK alone, marketing is key for the emerging musician to find success above the rest. Music-upload sites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp are perfect starting points, once you have a working demo of your music, but simply won’t do on their own. You need to actively hunt your audience down.

YouTube is slowly becoming an accessible means for all to advertise their wares, as evidenced by an increase in local businesses advertising with low-budget videos. However this is still a transitional phase, and as such a perfect to time to jump on board ahead of your competitors. The video can be as simple as 20 seconds of your music, and some decent photographs or footage from a friend’s phone – your music will still be out there, and your chances of making an impression infinitely more than if you don’t bother at all. Needless to say, an increase in interest naturally follows and increase in production quality, so the cleaner and more professional you can make your recordings and footage, the more you’ll benefit.

But marketing in this manner is nonetheless nothing new. What more can you offer that will result in exposure and interest? What can you do that isn’t often done by so many before you? Looking into products, the literal offering of a thing with your band’s name attached, could be a promising alternative. At its simplest, keyrings and badges to be given away at gigs and festivals are a sure-fire way to get your name out there as a part of the invididual’s fashion, a ‘brand’ over a ‘band’. Stickers are fantastic for free advertising, but all-too-common the country over. Giving out free stencils could subvert that commonality, making your name far more eye-catching owing to the different medium of expression. This way, your audience engages far more with your band, taking steps to enhance your presence for you, and in the process becoming more likely to invest in you.

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On a less tangible front, putting your name to an interactive product online could result in viral attention, in which case our focus can turn to the gaming industry. It’s common knowledge that online games such as Mega Fortune Dreams could land you the lottery type win to finance your musical venture, but that isn’t all the platform has to offer and a lot of acts have taken inspiration from slot machines. Games can simultaneously act as a unique and interesting promotional device, from which interest and even merchandise revenue can be garnered. So, whilst you may not get you name up in lights like Megadeth and Elvis at Betsafe, you could follow in Green Day’s footprints and get a programmer friend to build you a promo tool like this. In this way, your fans engage actively in and with you online, and your name isn’t soon forgotten.

Needless to say, these are just some starter thoughts – the world is big and beautiful, and the ways to skin a cat numerous. Bounce off these fundamental thoughts, draw up some new ones, and you’re well on your way to separating your wheat from everyone else’s chaff. Do share below if you have any particularly successful methods for exposure!

Mike Starr Forever Foundation
Presents
Mike & Melinda Starr
Birthday Bash & Benefit for
Highline High School

Mike Starr (co-founder & original bassist of Alice in Chains) and his sister Melinda share the same April 4th birth date, and this year we are celebrating by having a benefit & birthday show. Our favorite, most rocking bands are playing. We will be having an auction of cool, rock n roll memorabilia items. There’s possibly going to be some cool raffles as well. We will have T-shirts, stickers & guitar picks for sale, & also for prizes. All proceeds will go to support Highline High in Burien, WA. It’s the high school they both went to & it is in dire need of repairs and assistance. We also hope to bring awareness to the county officials that this is important for the constructive learning and future of the students at Highline High School. Please join us for this great event and cause and enjoy some of the best pizza in Fife, WA at Louie G’s pizzeria.

April 4th, 2015
Louie G’s 5219 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, WA 98424
Doors open at 5 PM – downbeat at 7:15
$10 Donation all proceeds will go directly to High Line School for much needed repairs. Raffle & Auctions of some cool Mike Starr & Alice In Chains memorabilia.

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Event page for show info

Ticket and Donation site

If you cannot attend please consider making an online donation. All online donations to the Highline Benefit will receive some cool Mike Starr swag.

Photos of Highline High School Damage can be found here.

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While other rock stars seem annoyed with meet and greets, Dave Grohl is seeking out an Australian fan named Ken Powell, who has been battling terminal melanoma. Powell attended every Foo Fighters show on their Australian tour, despite having to use a wheelchair. Powell’s dream was to meet Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmates, but Grohl was unable to attend a meet and greet in Perth due to food poisoning. Grohl was then told Powell’s story on a flight, and he took a photo sending a message to Powell (and sent him autographed goods), and has even invited him to a Foo Fighters show in LA with free tickets to meet the band. Click here to donate to a GoFundMe to help Powell travel to the show. See the photos below.

The five surprises from Dave Grohl so far on our journey to have Ken and Dave meet

Posted by Ken The Foo Fighter – My Hero on Thursday, 12 March 2015

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Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo discussed his inspiration behind his playing and STP’s next album in a new MusicRadar article. “If I feel like it’s not happening, I just won’t play,” he insists. “I don’t touch the guitar unless I’m feeling inspired. If you’re trying to force something and you’re beating your head against the wall, chances are it’s not going to happen, at least at that moment. I’d rather walk away from before I try force it.”

But when inspiration does hit, DeLeo leaps to it, no matter what time it is. “This happened just the other night,” he says. “It was 1:30 in the morning and I was feeling a little restless, and just like that something came to me. I got up out of bed, went to my son’s room, grabbed a guitar and started playing it. I could hear my wife saying, ‘Babe? What are you doing?’ By now it was two in the morning. But you know, you have to grab the moment when inspiration hits. Now I’m going down to the studio, and I’m going to play that part. I think it’s all because I didn’t try to force it. I waited till the time was right.”

As for the timing of the next Stone Temple Pilots record, DeLeo hints the disc could come later this year – but don’t hold him to it. “I don’t like to make promises I can’t keep, so let’s just say that we’d love to release it this fall,” he says. “We’ve cut six songs already, and they’re awaiting vocals and solos. It’s turning out great.”

The Chicago Tribune has revealed the full lineup for Lollapalooza 2015. See the lineup below:

July 31: Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, the War on Drugs, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, Broods, MisterWives, What So Not, Sza, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, Destructo, Borns, Badbadnotgood, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips.

Aug. 1: Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Eazy, Walk the Moon, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, Caked Up, Hermitude, Wet, Holychild, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mr. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Snbrn, Ellie King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, Coin, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock Allstars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets.

Aug. 2: Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, Nero, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Kygo, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, Odesza, Logic, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, Moon Taxi, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMAs, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, the Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vérité, Jacklndn, Zebra Katz, the Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In the Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock Allstars.

Madcap Music Review interviewed System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian, and he revealed that new SOAD music is in the works. “Yeah, there’s a very good chance. I don’t have a date. We’ve already gone. We’ve written some songs. We’re keeping it to ourselves. We’re getting back to the bullshit of being together.”

Drummer John Dolmayan told Alternative Nation last year, “I’ve actually asked where their heads were at, where they were going musically. Because it’s important for me to know that, then I can do some research on either the bands that were inspiring them at the time so that I could kind of get in the same head space, or even maybe hear some of the material. But to date, I haven’t heard any songs, with the exception of a few here and there, that I could really start kind of pointing the direction of my drumming in the future to meet.

The other question of when we’re going to be doing something, your guess is as good as mine. I’m in a band of four very unique individuals, they are eccentric at times, they are artists. All artists are a little bit cooky I guess, and they’re going to do things on their timeline of whenever that works out for them, I guess. I couldn’t tell you, that’s why I’m making this album, because I don’t feel like waiting. I want to make music, I want to contribute artistically, and I haven’t done it since 2008, so I don’t want to wait any more. Even if System said tomorrow we’re going to start working on an album, I would still complete this album, first.”

Former Guns N’ Roses manager Doug Goldstein discussed Axl Rose and Slash’s feud in a new Rolling Stone Brazil interview (via translation below).

Goldstein supposedly took the blame for the contract in which the GNR members gave the name to Axl. “On that day my son was born, and we didn’t care about the continent. They were in Barcelona, I was in California, and they confused me with the tour manager because they were drinking too much at the time and don’t remember.” Despite that, and the alleged idea that Rose wanted to add a third guitarist to the line-up, nothing was more important to the break up than a factor that went unnoticed by the public: the Michael Jackson factor.

“In 1991, we were on the road, and Slash went to my office and said “I’ll be leaving tomorrow to play with Michael Jackson on a tribute concert.” I told him not to do it because Axl was molested by his father when he was two and he believed the charges against Michael Jackson. Everyone knew Eddie Van Halen received US$1 million to play in Beat It. So I asked Slash ‘how much are you receiving? Can I manage this to you?” and he said “I’ll just receive a big screen television.’ When Axl found out Slash was gonna play with Michael Jackson and that the payment was a big screen TV he was devastated. He thought Slash would support him and be against all abuse. From Axl’s point of view, that was the only problem. He could ignore the drugs and the alcohol, but never the child abuse.”

To reunite the old Guns, a few words would be enough. “Slash would have to apologize for the Michael Jackson episode. And I really believe that for the much that I love the band, I’d be the manager to reunite’em, I don’t think anyone else could do it.” Determined to reunite the late XX century icon, the manager made a request to the magazine: “I’m a very loving and spiritual guy, and it hurts that instead of asking me how I feel and about those things Niven created, Slash simply believed that they were true and threw me to the lions. I love Slash like a brother, he is the brother I never had. I’d do anything for him. Do me a favor, tell him that I really expect to sit with him wherever he wants to tell my side of the story.”

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has apologized to fans for acting like an asshole at a recent meet and greet in Boston. See his Facebook statement below.

I would like to make a sincere apology to the fans that were at the meet and greet in Boston. I’m embarrassed by my behavior and some of the things that I said. Fans don’t deserve that. Without our fans and supporters, we would not be able to do what we’re doing. I put my all into the show that night and honestly was just beyond exhausted…either way, I acted like a total asshole and for that I’m truly sorry. – Scott

We broke the story last week that Scott Weiland held a paid VIP meet & greet session with fans at a recent show at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. The following is three different fan accounts from the event in Boston, including a fan claiming Weiland bizarrely said to him “Let’s suck a dick!” Each fan account comes from Stone Temple Pilots fan forum, BelowEmpty. You can read our review of Weiland’s recent show in Philadelphia by clicking here:

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The VIP early entry allowed me to get into the venue and secure a nice spot right upfront and center. Stocklyn was very energetic and had some cool songs, I enjoyed them. Scott and the band were on time, and sounded kickass. I can’t get over how much Joey Castillo adds to their sound. He is a total monster. Scott danced around stage, joked, and actually seemed very happy during the set. Amethyst, Vasoline and The Jean Genie were major highlights for me, and all of the new songs went over very well. Scott’s voice wore down as the night went on but he was very strong on most of the tunes. The set was short and people were sticking around after Unglued expecting more, but the crowd was very satisfied and I heard people saying that this is the best they have seen Scott in years.

As for after the show, Tommy hung around out front and took pictures and chatted with many of the fans. I talked to him for a minute and he was very down to earth and humble. The VIP meet and greet was held in the back and like I expected you get about two seconds to shake everybodys hand, the manager gives you a pre signed poster and you get one picture with the band. I still wanted to meet my hero and it was an extra plus to meet Joey. I told Joey to stick with this band and it creates a monster rhythm section. Before I got up there to meet them, Scott was posing for pictures, smiling, putting people in headlocks, kissing them, the whole nine yards. When I get up there Scott didn’t even look at me when I was talking to him, he put his arm around me and literally said “lets get this shit done with”. As I fakely smiled for my photo, I couldn’t believe what just came out of my hero’s mouth. I felt so betrayed after spending so much money to support him over the years. Scott should not be saying that when people paid 150$ for a brief picture with him after the show. He obviously wants no part of the meet and greet and thats fine if he doesn’t market one. Always treat your fans with respect, I have always defended Scott and now it made me second guess myself. I actually thought of the DeLeo brothers and imagined how meeting them and Chester would not be a similar experience at all.

On a concluding note, I loved the show, his heart was into it and so was mine, and the crowds. One thing that should be mentioned is that Scott seemed like he was in slow motion, most likely drinking. I always thought it was his stage persona but after the show he talked slow, and his eyes seemed empty, even my girlfriend took notice to that. I will see Scott again, the meet and the greet is kind of out the picture now but I can’t wait for Blaster and for the next show!

Matthew:
I did the meet and greet as well and he said “let’s suck a dick!” to me and that was it. Over and done in 10 seconds. He was definitely drunk and ready to get outta there. I was about as drunk as he was so I didn’t really feel disappointed until looking back today. It’s funny, but also disappointing. Overall though I met some cool people and had a blast before and after the show. Thats what really counts.

Toahiaph:
Add me to the list of fans who Scott was not so nice too. The other members of the band all cool and with it…. scott seemed hammered.

As a long time fan (from the age of 10 years old) Scott and STP have been a HUGE part of my life. Collected everything I could STP as well saw them in concert every time I could. One of the things on my “Bucket List” was to meet Scott and get his autograph….. which I really wanted tattoo’d, to commemorate the day I met him.

When the Meet & Greet VIP passes came available I hesitated to spend the money but it’s a once in a life time thing. So I bought them! I had known Scott was hit or miss but I was really hoping for a good experience, but wasn’t getting my hopes up.

On the night of the concert after we were let in early for VIP I went over and nervously asked the gentleman in-charge of the VIP access about getting scotts signature for a tattoo. He was really nice about it but kindly let me know that Scott WILL NOT sign skin, and most definitely WILL NOT SIGN anything that he knows will be then turned into a tattoo. He also mentioned to not tell or show Scott my 2 other STP tattoos.
Sheesh Glad I asked!!!

Concert was great, besides some A-holes who can’t follow rules or have any respect…. but that’s at every concert. All 30 (?? not sure how many) of us VIP pass people line up out back and wait for the band. Scott is joking with people and making all sorts of wacko gestures for people pictures. Sweet this is going to be awesome I think!!! I can’t stop smiling at this point. It’s finally my turn….. I walk up and tell scott something along the lines of “I just wanted to tell you I have been a fan for 20 years” Scott then interrupts me and says something like OK hurry up I don’t want to hear it. I stand next to him and smile for my picture… mean while he was complaining the whole 5 seconds that it was taking too long.

I will NEVER pay to shake his hand again. I am glad I did it…. but when the day comes to put the Bucket List in order of awesomeness…. scott is going down to the bottom.

I can’t stress enough how cool Jeremy and Tommy are. I wish I could say the same for Scott.

It was maybe 30-45 mins of his time after the concert…. he could of at least been thankful that people still want to see him and pay $150 to shake his hand.

Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti told Loudwire today that Scott Stapp recently completed a 90 day rehab stint after his relapse last year.

“Thank God he got through it all and his family got him into treatment. I think he went through a 90-day program. I know he went to get help and now he’s out of the treatment, so hopefully he stays sober.”

Tremonti added, “Family is the most important thing. You’ve just got to stay sober and clean and provide for your family and be there for your kids. For me, that’s what would always keep me out of trouble.”

Stapp had a highly publicized meltdown last year, claiming he was broke and living in a hotel in a series of bizarre Facebook videos. He also said in recorded phone calls that members of ISIS were in his family, and that he felt he had to assassinate President Obama. It’s promising to hear that Stapp has sought help and is getting his life back in order.

Photo taken by AlternativeNation.net owner Brett Buchanan

Isaac Brock told Hot Press in a new interview that Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will appear on Modest Mouse’s next album, due out in 2016.

“You’d recognise it,” Brock told HP’s Craig Fitzpatrick. “It sounds like a bunch of boulders falling down a mountain!”

We will be hearing it sooner rather than later, however.

“We ended up finishing tracking with one of his songs that will end up on the next record,” revealed Brock. “It fits the second piece, the companion piece to this record, a bit better. We basically made two records at the same time. Which, if people look at it that way, cuts down the amount of time it took us to make this record in HALF, man!”

William Corgan (my apologies for referring to him as Billy Corgan in the headline) recently discussed the state of The Smashing Pumpkins in an interview with Radio Oasis.

“Well the future of The Smashing Pumpkins is kind of murky. I’ve only committed to the idea of The Smashing Pumpkins through pretty much the end of this year, and after that I’m going to see how it goes. I feel like I really need to evaluate the musical purpose of the Pumpkins, because more and more the audience is fixated on the past. I know a lot of the audience will say, ‘Well, I like your music better from the 90’s, more than the music you’re making today.’ But I know they’re not listening to the music of today, as much as they were listening to that music.

They’re also not listening in the same context. They’re not seeing the same amount of videos that they used to see on MTV, and so people don’t understand the context is key with things like that. I’m the type of artist that I don’t want to sort of exist in something that is sort of fading like an iceberg into the past. So I’m happy to do what I’m doing, and I’m very pleased that people still enjoy it.”

“There might be a season two [of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways],” Dave Grohl said in a recent interview with Billboard. “There are a lot of studios.” What might be included in this next run? Grohl suggested drummer Taylor Hawkins is the person to answer that. “Taylor is one to ask about the U.K. studios, he’s been to them all, even if they’re kabob shops now. He’ll show up and be like, ‘You guys know that they fucking recorded Queen’s The Game in here, right?'”

“If we went to somewhere like Abbey Road it’d be fun to interview someone like Paul McCartney or George Martin, that’d be kind of cool,” Grohl said. “Or go to say, Berlin, and interview someone like David Bowie or Iggy [Pop].”

“Perhaps we could go to Melbourne wherever they made all those AC/DC records and interview George Young,” Shiflett suggested. “Or you could go to Manchester and interview the Happy Mondays, guys,” Grohl added.

Foo Fighters are set to release Songs From The Laundry Room on Record Store Day as a 10 inch vinyl. Side A will feature Dave Grohl’s early demos of “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me.” A cover of “Kids In America” and the previously unheard “Empty Handed” will appear on Side B.

Side A
01. “Alone + Easy Target” (demo version)
02. “Big Me” (demo version)

Side B
01. “Kids In America”
02. “Empty Handed”

See the cover (via FooFightersLive.com and FooArchive.com) below, along with with a clip of “Kids In America” from HBO’s Sonic Highways, and a clip of Dave’s early 90’s version of “Alone + Easy Target” (though the version on this EP may be different).

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Frances Bean Cobain recently gave her godfather Michael Stipe a gift, and showed his reaction to it in a new tweet.

Stipe inducted Nirvana into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last April with this speech:

Good evening. I’m Michael Stipe and I’m here to induct Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When an artist offers an idea, a perspective, it helps us all to see who we are. And it wakes up, and it pushes us forward towards our collective and individual potential. It makes us — each of us — able to see who we are more clearly. It’s progression and progressive movement. It’s the future staring us down in the present and saying, “C’mon, let’s get on with it. Here we are. Now.” I embrace the use of the word “artist” rather than “musician” because the band Nirvana were artists in every sense of the word. It is the highest calling for an artist, as well as the greatest possible privilege to capture a moment, to find the zeitgeist, to expose our struggles, our aspirations, our desires. To embrace and define a period of time. That is my definition of an artist. Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle. And now, per the dictionary — off the Internet — in defining “lightning in a bottle” as, “Capturing something powerful and elusive, and then being able to hold it and show it to the world.”

Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl were Nirvana. The legacy and the power of their defining moment has become, for us, indelible. Like my band, R.E.M., Nirvana came from a most unlikely place. Not a cultural city-center like London, San Francisco, Los Angeles or even New York — or Brooklyn — but from Aberdeen, Washington in the Pacific Northwest, a largely blue-collar town just outside of Seattle. Krist Novoselic said Nirvana came out of the American hardcore scene of the 1980s — this was a true underground. It was punk rock, where the many bands or musical styles were eclectic. We were a product of a community of youth looking for a connection away from the mainstream. The community built structures outside of the corporate, governmental sphere, independent and decentralized. Media connected through the copy machine, a decade before the Internet, as we know it, came to be. This was social networking in the face.

Dave Grohl said, “We were drop-outs, making minimum wage, listening to vinyl, emulating our heroes — Ian MacKaye, Little Richard — getting high, sleeping in vans, never expecting the world to notice.” Solo artists almost have it easier than bands — bands are not easy. You find yourself in a group of people who rub each other the wrong way and exactly the right way. And you have chemistry, zeitgeist, lightning in a bottle and a collective voice to help pinpoint a moment, to help understand what it is that we’re going through. You see this is about community and pushing ourselves. Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard.

Keep in mind the times: This was the late Eighties, early Nineties. America, the idea of a hopeful, democratic country, had been practically dismantled by Iran-Contra, by AIDS, by the Reagan/Bush Sr. administrations. But with their music, their attitude, their voice, by acknowledging the political machinations of petty but broad-reaching, political arguments, movements and positions that had held us culturally back, Nirvana blasted through all that with crystalline, nuclear rage and fury. Nirvana were kicking against the system, bringing complete disdain for the music industry and their definition of corporate, mainstream America, to show a sweet and beautiful — but fed-up — fury, coupled with howling vulnerability.

Lyrically exposing our frailty, our frustrations, our shortcomings. Singing of retreat and acceptance over triumphs of an outsider community with such immense possibility, stymied or ignored, but not held down or held back by the stupidity and political pettiness of the times. They spoke truth, and a lot of people listened. They picked up the mantle in that particular battle, but they were singular, and loud, and melodic, and deeply original. And that voice. That voice. Kurt, we miss you. I miss you. Nirvana defined a moment, a movement for outsiders: for the fags; for the fat girls; for the broken toys; the shy nerds; the Goth kids from Tennessee and Kentucky; for the rockers and the awkward; for the fed-up; the too-smart kids and the bullied. We were a community, a generation — in Nirvana’s case, several generations — in the echo chamber of that collective howl, and Allen Ginsberg would have been very proud, here.

That moment and that voice reverberated into music and film, politics, a worldview, poetry, fashion, art, spiritualism, the beginning of the Internet and so many fields in so many ways in our lives. This is not just pop music — this is something much greater than that. These are a few artists who rub each other the wrong way, and exactly the right way, at the right time: Nirvana. It is my honor to call to the stage Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.

Dean DeLeo has shared a 2005/2006 Army of Anyone instrumental demo of “Hickory Dichotomy.” The track was never fully recorded with Army of Anyone, and it later ended up on Stone Temple Pilots’ self-titled 2010 album.

DeLeo said, “Here is another. A song that appeared on our 6th album. I simply wanted to call it Hickory.
We recorded this during the Army Of Anyone sessions at our dear friend Richard Patrick’s house.
Some fun days there. Happy listening.”