Funny Or Die has posted a pretty entertaining “documentary” on the grunge rock band Alice In Chains. Narrated and hosted by Alan Poole McLard, a “Film Studies Professor at a community college” (nope, doesn’t say which one), the documentary follows McLard as he attempts to interview the members of AiC regarding the upcoming release of their latest album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. While the majority of the documentary is McLard chatting with nobodies, some notable musicians do make an appearance, including Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo (Metallica), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), and more. There’s definitely a chuckle or two to be had in the video below. READ MORE
Razor & Tie have announced the addition of Finnish rock band HIM to their N. American roster. The band recently finished work on their eighth studio album Tears On Tape, which is set for an Apr. 30th release date. The album was produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa and mixed by Tim Palmer (U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Robert Plant)
HIM lead vocalist Ville Valo comments, “We´re infernally glad to be dressed sharply enough for our dearest comrades in the U.S. (for once), R&T A-Go-Go!!!”
Razor & Tie A&R Executive Mike Gitter adds, “Few artists are able to tap into rock at its most emotional and forlorn and make it sound so damn uplifting and powerful. That’s Ville Valo and HIM’s stock-in-trade. They take the rawest of emotions and channel them into unforgettable anthems- invoking the spirit of great rock n roll in the process.”
The band will be announcing a US tour next week. READ MORE
While the media is often focused on the (falsely) negative impacts that rock and metal music cause in society, they are often keen to ignore the massive benefits that these genres can provide. And in a gesture of just how true this statement rings, Alice In Chains just wrapped up their 4th annual Alice In Chains & Friends Fantasy Football League charity. The league this year was comprised of AIC members Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez, former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, ex-closer of the World Champion San Francisco Giants Brian Wilson, NFL contributor Elliot Harrison, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Black Label Society guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, former Queensrÿche songwriter/guitarist Chris DeGarmo and Gun N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
Each year, the participants donate an item that will be auctioned off via eBay. At the end of the auctions, all proceeds are donated to the league winner’s charity of choice.
This year, Anthrax’s Scott Ian won the league and chose The Painted Turtle as the charity which will be the recipient of the proceeds. The Painted Turtle is a group of camps that host children with serious medical issues, all free of charge. As a result, all proceeds to the charity go directly towards helping the families and children directly.
How many of you have thought, “Man, wouldn’t it be just awesome if [insert band name here] toured with [insert band name here]?” I know I’ve done it on more than one occasion. Hell, I do it all the damn time. There are some tour pairings that make so much sense that it simply boggles my mind that the’ve never been done. These are tours that would get fans salivating, drool flowing from the mouth like waterfalls.
So I put together six of my most desired tour pairings, ones where the headliner and co-headliner would not only compliment each other but would take things to an entirely new level. Head on below to see my list! READ MORE
I’m a huge fan of Pearl Jam‘s song “Black”. It’s a tragic, beautiful song that I will never, ever get tired of hearing. That’s why I was so intrigued to hear this cover done by Orphaned Land guitarist Yossi Sassi with Kokhav Nolad (the Israeli version of Pop Idol) winner Diana Golbi on vocals. It’s very much the same song but with a lot of Middle Eastern influences injected into it. It’s a unique spin on the song and one that grows on me more and more with each listen. Plus, Golbi has one hell of a voice. Check it out below. READ MORE
Scala & Kolacny Brothers have released a video for their cover of Linkin Park‘s “My December”. The track comes from their non-traditional holiday inspired album December (iTunes). You can watch the video and see the track list for the album below.
From the official press release: The idea for the album grew out of a recent concert that was to be broadcast on Christmas day. In search of interesting songs ideas, the group asked fans on its Facebook page to suggest their favorite alternative holiday gems. A couple of hours later, they had a list of over 140 songs and the roots of December, says Steven Kolacny. “The shortlist of songs seemed perfect. They sounded heavenly but none of the songs was really well-known, which makes the CD even more surprising. Of course, the word ‘Christmas’ can be heard frequently, but not in cliché lyrics, which people usually hear at this time of the year. Most of the songs seem like a perfect sound track for December days…” READ MORE
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has announced that Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan (pictured below) will be the replacement vocalist for Mad Season. Lanegan takes over vocal duties from Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), who passed away in 2002.
Mad Season released only one album, the 1995 gold-selling Above, which produced the two hit singles “River Of Deceit” and “I Don’t Know Anything”. The band disbanded when bassist John Baker Saunders passed away in 1999.
This past Wednesday, Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready was joined by ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin at a benefit show in Seattle where the two performed the Mad Season single “River Of Deceit”. The two were joined by Duff McKagan’s Loaded‘s Jeff Rouse on vocals and bassist Rick Friel. You can see video footage of the performance below.
In a recent interview, McCready stated that he plans on reissuing the band’s sole album Above, which was released in 1995, as well as possibly touring later this year. There are also plans to release a live album. But perhaps the sexiest nugget of information is that there are apparently unreleased tracks in the vault that he’d like to see finished and released. GrungeReport has an article that suggests that ex-Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan is going to take over singing duties for the new material, replacing late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley.
What say you readers? Excited by this news? READ MORE
We’re gonna go back to Pearl Jam‘s 1998 album Yield for this edition of Twisted Music Video Of The Week by showcasing their video for Do The Evolution! Co-directed by Todd McFarlane (Spawn), the video shows many horrors throughout evolution and couples it with intense, often violent, images. Actually, many of the images always reminded me of Pink Floyd‘s The Wall as well as Heavy Metal. Check it out below and enjoy!
Italy’s greatest musical export, LACUNA COIL, will make their much anticipated return to North America on May 4th as they embark on a slew of major commercial radio sponsored festivals alongside such major acts as Seether, Five Finger Death Punch, Hellyeah and Drowning Pool. They will also be performing at Rocklahoma on May 30th and are also going to fill in the gaps between these fests with some headlining club appearances. This will lead them directly into their first trek to South America. Be sure to visit http://www.myspace.com/lacunacoil to view their complete touring itinerary.