giovedì 28 febbraio 2013

Spin spoke to Mike McCready and Barrett Martin

In preparation for the deluxe, expanded re-release of the grunge supergroup's landmark debut

"I remember that we laughed a lot," says Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, of writing Above, the lone (and beloved) 1995 release from Seattle supergroup Mad Season. "We laughed about being sober for the first time, and the newsness of that. We laughed at ourselves and a lot of the stupid things we'd done as young men."

It's a memory that stands in moving contrast to the soon-to-be-reissued full-length's relatively somber origin story: Having just left a rehab facility in Minnesota after the completion of 1994's Vitalogy, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready approached Martin and Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley about the prospect of writing together, in hopes of helping the latter gain some distance from a battle with addiction that would haunt him until his death in 2002. Joining them on bass was late Chicago native John "Baker" Saunders, a friend and fellow rehab alum. "It was kind of a failed attempt at trying to get everybody to not be drinking or doing drugs," says McCready. "Not that you can really control that. You have to figure that out for yourself. It's been really hard to go back and listen. I miss Baker. I miss Layne. I wonder how Layne would be met these days, what kind of music he'd be making or if he'd be a father. And his lyrics [on Above] in particular still sound fresh to me. They still make me feel, and that's good."

Above, Martin adds, is the only album comprised entirely of Staley-penned lyrics, many of which were inspired by a spiritually minded, Kahlil Gibran-enriched stack of books the late vocalist carried with him from place to place in a backpack. Coupled with compositions that remain outliers for their time, the result was a delicate, blues-driven set whose recording the foursome financed themselves, just weeks after they performed for the first time at a sold-out performance at Seattle's legendary Crocodile Cafe. "It has a certain mood and a certain quality to it that no other records of that time really have," says Martin. "There's a real atmosphere to it. And when I listen to it, it just makes me happy. I'm sad about my friends being gone, but I also feel proud that we all left behind a beautiful piece of music. You can't always say that."

On April 2, the album will get a deluxe re-release in expanded form, including three songs originally meant to appear on Disinformation, a second Mad Season full-length that never came to be. And because Staley never recorded vocal takes, Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan stepped in to complete them with fresh vocals and lyrics of his own. Hear the genesis of both the reissue (which also includes a disc dedicated to the group's show at Seattle's Moore Theater on April 29, 1995) and that collaboration in the exclusive mini-doc above. You can pre-order it now on iTunes, Amazon and Pearl Jam's Ten Club store. Additionally, there will be double 12" LP of the re-issue made available for Record Store Day on April 20. 

Motley Crue Canadian Tour

Motley Crue annunced their biggest Canadian tour EVER! 

4.20.13 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
4.22.13 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
4.23.13 – Abbotsford, BC – Entertainment & Sports Centre
4.25.13 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
4.26.13 – Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
4.28.13 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
4.29.13 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddeldome
4.30.13 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
5.2.13 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
5.3.13 – Moose Jaw, SK – Mosaic Place
5.4.13 – Estevan, SK – Spectra Place (On Sale March 2)
5.6.13 – Brandon, MB – Keystone Centre
5.7.13 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
5.9.13 – Sudbury, ON – Sudbury Area
5.10.13 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
5.11.13 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
5.13.13 – Montreal, PQ – Bell Centre (On Sale March 2)
5.14.13 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place

Nikki Sixx first show in Australia

Nikki SiXX before his first show in Australia with Motley Crue after five months

Mudhoney - Chardonnay (Live in Sydney) - New Song

Watch new song "Chardonnay" being played in Sydney, Australia

Mudhoney - Vanishing Point - Release on 2 April 2013

Soundgarden Tour second leg. What is your favorite King Animal song?

Fresh off the first leg of their critically acclaimed sold-out US tour, Soundgarden have announced a second leg of dates including festival appearances at Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range. Tickets will be available via fan club pre-sale on Tuesday, February 26th.

May 3: Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata
May 4: Washington, DC @ DC101 Chili Cookoff – RFK Stadium
May 5: Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion – Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 7: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 8: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
May 10: Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace
May 11: Indianapolis, IN @ WRZX X103 Mayday Event – Klipsch Music Center
May 12: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
May 14: West Long Branch, NJ @ The MAC at Monmouth University
May 15: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
May 17: Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents Oakdale
May 18: Camden, NJ @ MMR-B-Q – Susquehanna Bank Center
May 19: Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range Festival – Columbus Crew Stadium
May 21: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
May 22: Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
May 24: Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center (on-sale info to be announced)
May 25: Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
May 26: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
May 28: Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center

What’s your favorite song off of last Soundgarden album King Animal?
leave a comment....

Playlist - Brett Anderson from Suede's "Blood songs"

With Suede releasing new album Bloodsports on 18 March, claret has clearly been on frontman Brett Anderson's mind. For a Playlist he's picked us a host of songs that all have grizzly connotations... Plus get our new issue, Q#321 out now, for an exclusive interview with the band (including pictures up atop London's Shard) and a review of the aforementioned album.

David Sylvian - Forbidden Colours 
"One of my favourite songs of all time... the blood of Christ or the beat of my heart, so emotive and beautiful. Ryuichi Sakomoto's haunting, pulsing arrangement still hasn't been equalled."
Editors - Blood 
"A fantastic song from their excellent debut."
Killing Joke - Love Like Blood
"As a teenager I would drown myself in this song's epic gloom."
U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday 
"Proving you can mix politics and pop and still sound cool."
Foals - Blue Blood 
"Melody, rhythm and grace..."
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter 
"The opening track from Let It Bleed. Atmospheric and urgent it still sounds fresh over 40 years on."
Primal Scream - Blood Money 
"Metallic and uncompromising. Excellent stuff."
The Kills - Satellite
"More dark, brooding indie noir from the ever excellent Kills from the album Blood Pressures."
Dirty Pretty Things - Blood On My Shoes
"How could a band that contained both Carl Barat and Didz Hammond not be excellent?"
Bob Dylan - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) 
"From my favourite Dylan album Bringing It all Back Home."

Pepsi Music Festival 2013

Pepsi Music Festival - Pearl Jam + The Black Keys 2/3 April 2013

Alter Bridge - The Making Of ''Blackbird'' (Full Documentary)

Waiting more news about the new Alter Bridge Album - The Making of "Blackbird"

Slash - Standing in the Sun, Tilburg 26-feb-2013

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Cospirators - Tilburg, Netherlands 26 February 2013

Mean Bone
Standing in the Sun
Back from Cali
Mr. Brownstone
Serial Killer
Bad Rain
Jizz Da Pit
Doctor Alibi
You’re Crazy
Fall to Pieces
Rocket Queen
No More Heroes
You’re a Lie
Guitar Solo / Godfather Theme
Sweet Child O’ Mine
Welcome to the Jungle
Paradise City

Brad European Tour

Brad twitted about European Tour:

Thanks one and all for a wonderful #BradEuroTour2013 and to @NKSTHEBAND for being great touring compadres. See you sooner rather than later.

Scott Weiland responding to being fired by Stone Temple Pilots, plans legal action

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland posted the following on his Facebook page:

I learned of my supposed “termination” from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be “terminated” from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.”

Jeff Schroedere reveals that Smashing Pumpkins are working on new album

Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder discussed the next future Smashing Pumpkins album in a recent interview with LRI. “Yeah, we’re at home in Chicago and we’re really starting to work on a new album.  We’re at the very, very beginning stages, we’re not actually recording but just starting to work on new material.  We’re actually going to be doing a few more amphitheatre and festival dates supporting “OCEANIA” through May and then June and July we are doing to be doing a  European tour.  One of the big Midwest dates here is the Rock On The Range festival in Ohio, we are playing Saturday night (May 18th) there in Columbus.  So, there are still more dates for “OCEANIA” but in the downtime we are gonna start pounding ahead and working on the next album.”

Scott Weiland fired by Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots have released the following statement:

“Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland – no further information is available at this time.”

Just yesterday Weiland denied to Rolling Stone that he had been fired, “I haven’t quit. I haven’t been fired.” He added, “Slash doesn’t know anything about STP. We’re talking right now about when we want to tour next.” So this news definitely must have caught Weiland off guard. He even said he never expected anybody to be fired from STP, “There were some hurt egos,” he says. “But that’s the way it is. No one has ever fired anybody in STP. We’re like a family. It’s also a partnership. I started the band. We’ve always kept things going. We’ve taken time off before. They’ve done their own projects and I fully support that. No one has been fired and I haven’t quit. That’s all hearsay.”

As I write this, Scott Weiland and STP are trending on Twitter. Slash said in December that STP had fired Weiland and that’s why he was desperately seeking to reunite with Velvet Revolver. Weiland’s final show with Stone Temple Pilots was on September 23, 2012 in Sacramento, California. Weiland co-found STP with Robert DeLeo in 1986, with Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo joining them in subsequent years. STP broke up in 2003, but reunited in 2008 for a massive reunion tour. The band released a self-titled comeback album in May 2010 with Weiland, which featured the radio hit “Between The Lines.”

Disappointing news that after all of these years the STP guys can’t be thankful that they’re all alive and just take a break instead of breaking up/firing Weiland. I guess we’ll see another reunion tour in a few years ago. The real question is, in the mean time, who will replace Weiland in STP?