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

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

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

above: Image by Denee Petracek.

On August 26, California garage rocker Ty Segall released his expansive double album Manipulator via Drag City Records. Segall has now revealed a music video for the album’s title track, a driving, glam-inspired tune that serves as the album’s intro.

The psychedelic music video was directed by Matt Yoka. In addition, Segall has made an interactive version of the video available on his website in which listeners can “manipulate” the different backgrounds and cartoon objects.

Check out the interactive music video for “Manipulator” here and the director’s play-through below:

HOMESHAKE is the project of Mac DeMarco touring guitarist Peter Sagar, whose chilled-out, psych-pop tunes have previously reached the ears of indie rock fans on Sagar’s Bandcamp page. Now, HOMESHAKE is signed to Captured Tracks sister label Sinderlyn Records and his debut LP In The Shower is set for release on October 7.

Last month, Sinderlyn Records released the lead single to In The Shower, “Cash Is Money.” Sagar has now revealed a new song from In The Shower entitled “Making a Fool of You,” which employs his usual chilled-out approach with a grooving bassline and jazzy rhythms.

Regarding the song, Sagar told Vogue: “This is a song about how this one friend of mine had a girlfriend and I’m not so sure she had his best interests in mind. But that’s over now, so we can all breathe easy.” Check out Vogue’s premiere of “Making a Fool of You” below.

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

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

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

Alternative Nation takes a look ahead at the upcoming film releases of this fall, including highly anticipated movies such as David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.

September 12 The Drop

Featuring the final film appearance of James Gandolfini, this drama examines the criminal underworld of New York City. Tom Hardy (Inception, Lawless) plays lonely bartender Bob Saginowski who becomes involved in the process of funneling money to local gangsters in the Brooklyn bar scene. Saginowski soon finds himself mixed up in a robbery gone awry and its aftermath.

September 19 The Skeleton Twins

SNL alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star as estranged twins in this comedy-drama film that explores sibling bonds. Film critics applaud the film’s emotionality and the unexpectedly moving performance from Hader.

September 19 This Is Where I Leave You

Jason Bateman, Corey Stoll, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver play four siblings that reunite to sit shiva in the wake of their father’s death. Based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You features an ensemble cast including Jane Fonda and Dax Shepard.

September 26 Jimi: All Is By My Side

OutKast’s André Benjamin, aka André 3000, stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic written and directed by 12 Years A Slave writer John Ridley. The intimate film discusses Hendrix’s life from 1966 to 1967, culminating in his legendary performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. Although the movie was recently slammed by Hendrix’s friend Kathy Etchingham as fictitious, critics have praised Benjamin’s performance.

October 3 Gone Girl

Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, this thriller finds Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) accused of his wife’s mysterious disappearance and possible murder and surrounded by vicious media frenzy. The film was scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, whose soundtracks for Fincher have won them an Academy Award.

October 10 Kill The Messenger

Jeremy Renner stars in this drama-thriller based on the true story of Northern California investigative journalist Gary Webb and his exposé Dark Alliance. Webb (Renner) discovers that the CIA supported cocaine smuggling of the anti-Marxist Contra rebels in Nicaragua that led to Los Angeles’ crack epidemic. Kill The Messenger also features award-winning actors Ray Liotta, Andy García, and Oliver Platt.

October 17 Listen Up Philip

In this dark comedy premiered at Sundance, Jason Schwartzman stars as Philip, a self-absorbed writer that feels bored with his struggling relationship, his city life, and his career while awaiting the publication of his second novel. The misanthrope escapes to the isolated summer home of his idol (Jonathan Pryce) to find peace.

October 17 Birdman

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel) directs this film about a once-famous actor, played by Michael Keaton, who is struggling in his attempts to launch a Broadway play. Birdman also features Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton.

October 17 Fury

Set in the last few months of the European theatre of World War II, US Army sergeant “Wardaddy” (Brad Pitt) leads a Sherman tank crew into the heart of Nazi Germany.

October 17 Men, Women, & Children

Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air) directs, produces, and writes this comedy-drama that examines the effect that the Internet and technology have had on modern social norms and relationships. The film stars Adam Sandler in a more serious role, similar to his acclaimed work in Punch-Drunk Love and Funny People.

October 24 St. Vincent

Bill Murray plays Vincent, a retired veteran and hedonist that begins an unusual friendship with the 12-year old boy living next door in this film written and directed by Theodore Melfi. Critics are already praising Murray’s performance.

October 31 Nightcrawler

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, an ambitious journalist in Los Angeles that stumbles upon a dark underworld. The dark thriller is also set to feature veteran actor Bill Paxton.

November 7 Interstellar

Likely the most anticipated film of the fall season, Interstellar is a sci-fi drama written and directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception). Set in a near-future setting in which Earth runs out of food, the film discusses a group of explorers that travel through a wormhole to transcend the limitations of human space travel in the hopes of saving the world. Matthew McConaughey stars in this film which also features Jennifer Chastain, Casey Affleck, Nolan alums Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, and many more.

November 7 Rosewater

Jon Stewart’s directorial debut is based on the true story of Maziar Bahari and his memoir Then They Came For Me. Bahari (Gael García Bernal) is an Iran-born journalist from Canada that returns to his native country to cover the country’s riots in 2009. The journalist is arrested and incarcerated and spends the next 118 days in interrogation under the suspicion that he is a Western spy.

November 14 Dumb and Dumber To

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels return in this long-awaited sequel written, directed, and produced by the Farrelly brothers. Set twenty years after the events of the first film, the duo set out to find Harry’s (Daniels) estranged daughter.

November 14 Foxcatcher

Director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) returns in this film based on the true story of Mark Schultz and the murder of his brother Dave. The Schultz brothers (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo) are Olympic wrestling champions when Dave is shot and killed in his home by millionaire John Eleuthère du Pont (Steve Carrell) who had been exhibiting erratic behavior.

November 21 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

This film is the first part in an adaption of the last entry in Suzanne Collins’ series and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

December 12 Inherent Vice

Personally, the film I’m most excited about for this fall is Inherent Vice. Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood), the mystery film follows drug-fueled private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) in a psychedelic California noir. Anderson’s seventh film also features Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and many more.

Inherent Vice Joaquin Phoenix Josh Brolin

December 12 Exodus: Gods and Kings

Gladiator and Alien director Ridley Scott has enlisted Christian Bale as Moses in this modern take on the 1956 film The Ten Commandments. Moses faces the Pharaoh in this spectacle of visual effects that also stars Ben Kingsley, John Turturro, Sigourney Weaver, and Aaron Paul.

December 17 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Peter Jackson concludes his Hobbit trilogy and Tolkien saga with this film starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen. The dragon Smaug has been unleashed upon the world and Sauron has launched an attack on the dwarves’ newly-reclaimed home. This film is set to be an epic conclusion to the dramatic trilogy.

December 25 The Interview

Starring friends and previous collaborators James Franco and Seth Rogen, The Interview is a comedy film that follows American journalists that have been granted an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The film sparked real-life media attention when North Korea’s news agency promised “merciless” retaliation upon the film’s release and North Korea petitioned President Obama to halt the film’s release.

December 25 Unbroken

Angelina Jolie writes and directs this war drama based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book and a true story. The film follows Olympic runner and soldier Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) while being held as a prisoner of war in Japan during World War II.

Did we leave any of your anticipated fall movie releases out? Let us know in the comments below.

The Vaselines are set to release their new album V For Vaselines on September 22 via Rosary Music. Ahead of this release, the influential indie rockers have revealed a new Jim Lang-directed music video for their single “High Tide Low Tide.”

Eugene Kelly says of the song: “This song was inspired by cycling along the River Clyde. Your love is on the other side. Can you get there? Do you want to get there? What do you do when you cross the river? Can you come back home? All these questions and a catchy chorus.” 

Meanwhile, Frances McKee added: “This song is all about commitment issues. Stay safe. Stay single.”

This new single is similar to the album’s lead single, “One Lost Year,” in that it features a more upbeat, rocking sound than some of The Vaselines’ previous output. Below, view The Vaselines’ music video for “High Tide Low Tide”:

Following an 18-month hiatus, Radiohead is returning to the studio in the coming weeks to record their upcoming ninth studio album. In a new interview published this week in NME, drummer Philip Selway revealed that the band’s return to the studio is imminent, adding: “We’ve decided that now feels right to start making music and we’ve got the first week booked in together so we’ll see how it goes.”

Selway also noted that he’s not sure what the new record will sound like. “I have absolutely no idea,” the drummer stated. “And that’s what keeps us all there until the end.”

In a different interview, with BBC‘s Mary Anne Hobbes, Selway said that Radiohead has “got [their] best record still to come” and that the hiatus, which was filled with the band members’ solo projects, will enhance their creativity. In July, guitarist Jonny Greenwood revealed that he had been sending song ideas to Thom Yorke.

Although Radiohead is returning to the studio this month, it’s currently unclear when fans should expect the release of their next album. In the meantime, check out “Coming Up For Air” below, the lead single from Philip Selway’s solo album Weatherhouse.

George Harrison released twelve studio albums during his extensive solo career, the first six of which were put out on The Beatles’ Apple Records label. These albums, a few of which have been out of print, are newly remastered and will be released on September 23 individually and as a box set entitled The Apple Years 1968-1975.

This eight-disc box set will include essays, previously unpublished photos, bonus tracks, and a foreword by Harrison’s son Dhani. Also included is a DVD comprised of previously unreleased live footage and a short film by Harrison’s wife Olivia.

The Apple Years 1968-1975 features 1968’s Wonderwall Music, 1969’s Electronic Sound, 1970’s All Things Must Pass, 1973’s Living in the Material World, 1974’s Dark Horse and 1975’s Extra Texture, all of which have been remastered using the original analog  tapes.

Dhani Harrison says of the new release: “Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It’s a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this.”

The set is similar in vein to a previous George Harrison release. In 2004, the material from Harrison’s Dark Horse Records label was reissued as a box set under the title The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992.

You can pre-order the new set here and watch a trailer for it below:

Foo Fighters have released a new eight-second clip from their upcoming album, which can be viewed below.

A week ago, the Foo Fighters revealed the full trailer for their upcoming HBO series Sonic Highways, which will coincide with the release of their new album of the same name. The trailer features a performance of their opening song “Something From Nothing.” Sonic Highways is set for release on November 10th via Roswell/RCA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis’ latest solo acoustic output Tied To A Star is out this week on Sub Pop Records and Mascis has now revealed a new music video for the album’s lead single “Every Morning.” The psychedelic music video, produced by Funny or Die, features Mascis as the shamanic leader of a Kool Aid-drinking, egg-worshiping religious cult which includes The Shins’ James Mercer.

Meanwhile, SNL alum Fred Armisen seems interested in sabotaging Mascis’ group. J Mascis appeared on the third season of Fred Armisen’s IFC show Portlandia and Armisen has appeared on stage with Mascis in the past. Below, watch J Mascis’ music video for “Every Morning”:

above: Image by Steve Gullick.

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

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

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

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

Phantom Radio Mark Lanegan cover

During Monday’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, recent chart-topping parody musician ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic hit the stage for a mid-show performance that parodied several Emmy-nominated shows and their theme songs. With help from comedy actor Andy Samberg, Yankovic performed comedy versions of theme songs from television shows such as Game of ThronesMad Men, and Homeland.

Yankovic’s Game of Thrones parody urged book series writer George R.R. Martin to write more books, while SNL alum Samberg made an apperance as Thrones’ Joffrey Baratheon. Meanwhile, Yankovic tells Vulture that a nod to HBO series True Detective was cut due to time constraints.

Watch ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic parody Emmy-nominated series in his medley below:

above: Photo by Denee Petracek. 

California recording artist Ty Segall returns this year with his strongest record to date: an expansive, 17-track double album entitled Manipulator, available via Drag City Records on August 26. The jamming psych-rock album features the musician’s signature fuzz-rock sound, employing distorted guitars within catchy, addicting songs.

The Laguna Beach-bred Segall emerged from the San Francisco garage-psych scene a few years ago and recently relocated back to Southern California. Now based in Los Angeles, Segall spent a month in the studio to record his new hour-long opus Manipulator with Wild Flag producer Chris Woodhouse, a contrast to his usually prolific and quick work-rate.

Manipulator succeeds by seamlessly incorporating Segall’s various musical influences into an album that stands as his most comprehensive work to date. Drawing from 60s psych-rock, 70s glam, and 90s alt-rock, the album is an impressive feat of addicting songwriting and instrumental virtuosity.

Segall’s virtuosity is most evident on songs like the intense “Feel,” which culminates in an outstanding guitar solo with Zeppelin-like arena rock quality.  The month that Segall spent in the studio is also evident with songs like “The Clock,” that add interesting string arrangements to the fold. My favorite track on the album is the addicting “The Connection Man,” a straightforward hard rock tune with a fiery, aggressive guitar sound and impressive percussion.

The album’s Bay Area influences are exhibited by its consistent head-rocking fuzziness: many of the tracks on Manipulator are reminiscent of something from Jefferson Airplane’s acid-rock catalog. However, the driving force of Manipulator is the album’s unbashedly euphoric hard rock sound. Manipulator‘s expansive 17-tracks take this heavy garage sound and mix it with glam, psych, and arena rock elements to create Segall’s most complete work to date; an impressive and important addition to Segall’s catalog and this year’s indie rock albums lineup.

Ty Segall’s Manipulator is out August 26 via Drag City. In the meantime, watch a glammed-up Segall traverse Los Angeles in the psychedelic album teaser:

above: Image by Justin Tenney. 

Los Angeles-based Wand is a garage rock outfit consisting of Cory Hanson (vocals, guitar, synth), Evan Burrows (drums), Daniel Martens (guitar), and Lee Landey (bass). The band is set to release their album Ganglion Reef on August 26 via Drag City imprint GOD? Records.

Ganglion Reef is my first exposure to the band’s heavy, hard rock sound and it’s particularly impressive. Beginning with the guitar-created musical landscape of “Send/Receive (Mind),” the band departs on a psychedelic journey that spectacularly combines its sludgy sound with deceivingly crisp production. Their epic five-minute tune “Fire On The Mountain (I-II-III)” is equal parts King Crimson and Radiohead and exhibits the band’s excellent musicianship.

A press release for Ganglion Reef advertises that the “fluctuating gravity of their sound achieves total Wand-hood by jamming senses, sounds and vibes through the circuits,” and they’re not lying. While the album succeeds in creating a sonic adventure, it doesn’t hinder Wand’s songwriting talents. Songs like “Flying Golem” and “Strange Inertia” are reminiscent of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour in that they balance psychedelic experimentation and pop sensibility. Meanwhile, “Growing Up Boys” displays Wand’s musical diversity with its emotional depth.

Still, songs like “6661” and “Generator Larping” define the album and the band’s sound with their distant vocals, sludgy guitars and jamming  sound. While the band sometimes experiments with spacey, psychedelic sounds, Wand immediately brings you back down with its hard rock guitar-driven element. Ganglion Reef succeeds in creating a driving, jamming heavy rock album that experiments in psychedelia but doesn’t forget its songwriting ability. With Wand’s addicting sound, I’m excited to hear what this L.A.-based rock band has in store for the future.

Wand’s Ganglion Reef is set for release on August 26 via Drag City’s GOD? Records, but in the meantime you can pre-order the album here.

In a new article published by ‘TheRichest,’ the world’s top 10 wealthiest bassists were ranked. It comes as no surprise that legendary artist Paul McCartney tops the list with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion.

Influential alt-rock bassists also ranked among the richest bassists. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the no. 6 spot with an estimated net worth of $115 million, while Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic finished off the list at no. 10 with an estimated net worth of $40 million. Also making the list were Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler.

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

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

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

California recording artist Ty Segall’s upcoming album Manipulator is set for release on August 26 via Drag City. The epic 17-track double album, employing the musician’s fuzz-rock sound, is now available as a “First Listen” to stream via NPR here.

The prolific 26-year old artist recently moved from San Francisco to Southern California and recorded his latest LP and follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Sleeper. Segall, whose music has been labeled psychedelic, garage rock, and noise rock, will support the album with a world tour, which will include stops in Los Angeles, New York, Canada, and Europe. Below, watch Ty Segall perform “Feel” from Manipulator on Conan O’Brien:

Veteran musician Barrett Martin recently gave an extensive interview to Classic Rock’s Paul Brannigan, discussing his long career in music and work with bands such as Tuatara, Screaming Trees, and Walking Papers.

In the interview, Martin discussed his recent work with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, noting that the longtime friends had recently collaborated: “Well, Mike and I had been collaborating again, as we finished up the Mad Season box set. We had recorded some new Mad Season songs with Duff McKagan playing bass and 2 of the new songs have Jaz Coleman (of Killing Joke) writing the lyrics and singing.”

This summer, Martin revealed in an interview with Alternative Nation contributor Greg Prato that “[he and McCready] recorded another album of Mad Season songs last year.” Mad Season released an extensive reissue of their album Above in 2013 which included unreleased songs from the band’s unfinished second album with vocals from Mark Lanegan as well as unreleased live recordings.

The drummer also discussed the recording of Tuatara’s recent double album Underworld, stating that work was done on the album in New York, Santa Fe, Seattle, Portland, and Auckland. Martin: “Tuatara is definitely not a jam band, it is a composer’s band, with an experimental twist. I tend to think of us as a band that tells musical stories, without necessarily needing lyrics.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer revealed to that work has begun on “up to 28 to 30 songs” for the band’s upcoming album and follow-up to 2011’s I’m With You. 

Klinghoffer stated in a new interview that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are busy in the studio: “The Chili Peppers are working every day writing. We have produced a more elaborate demo stage into the writing, at least more than the band has before. Flea owns a really great studio now. I’ve been recording and writing with the Chili Peppers every day.”

Although veteran producer Rick Rubin has produced every Red Hot Chili Peppers album since 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Rubin’s 23-year producing streak with the band is currently up in the air. “Yeah, yeah, well…that’s not even 100% official yet,” Klinghoffer says. “That is sort of up in the air still. Normally he becomes involved in the arranging process but he hasn’t yet been which is good for me. I like it the way we are doing it so far. There has not been an official producer named yet so in the absence of that you never know what could happen.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith recently told Rolling Stone that “I’m on my way to the studio; we’re going to record some new stuff with the Peppers. We’re doing ‘fancy demos': We go in and sort of see what we got.” Smith also stated that a 25th anniversary remastered reissue of Mother’s Milk is set for release later this year.