[WATCH] Eddie Vedder - "Can't Keep" Music Video

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Silverchair Retrospective: 1992 – 2011

 Silverchair have officially called it quits after being a band for almost 20 years, or have they?
 Sources say that the band, made up of Daniel Johns, Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou, have been trying to make another album for the past couple of years but haven’t been able to make decisions as a group and that they’ve slowly been moving apart.

 The press release today stated that that “Despite (their) best efforts over the last year or so, it’s become increasingly clear that the spark simply isn’t there”.

 But nowhere in the press release does it say that they could never recapture that sparks and reunite for one last tour a few years into the future. Instead of just straight up saying that they’ll never make music ever again and they all hate each others stupid faces, they use the term indefinite hiatus, which leaves the door wide open for a reunion at some point.

 They’re obviously still friends who care about making great music, otherwise they would have released some garbage album this year, so I’m keeping my hopes up that we’ll see some new Silverchair material one day. Until then though, lets look back at this band, and remind ourselves why they made such an impact on the Australian music landscape.

1992: Innocent Criminals "Birth"

1992: The original Innocent Criminals line-up: Chris Joannou (left), Ben Gillies (bottom), Daniel Johns (right), Tobin Finnane (top)
 Back in 1992, teenage singer/guitarist Daniel Johns and his school friend, drummer Ben Gillies, started playing music together at their primary school. When they moved on to Newcastle High School, schoolmate Chris Joannou joined the pair on bass. They formed the band "Innocent Criminals" with second guitarist Tobin Finnane who soon left.

 The band's mainstream breakthrough came when they won a national competition in April called "Pick Me", conducted by the SBS TV show Nomad and alternative radio station Triple J) with a demo of their original song "Tomorrow". As part of the prize, Triple J recorded the song and ABC filmed a video, aired on 16 June 1992.

 Innocent Criminals were then given the opportunity to change their name before the release of "Tomorrow" as a single. They were in fact forced to change their name due to trademark issues as the name "Innocent Criminals" was the name of an American Band. This was the primary reason for the change.

Innocent Criminals
 They took the name from the C.S. Lewis book titled, "The Silver Chair". When the band changed its name from Innocent Criminals they had originally intended to be called 'Slitherchair'. After being mispronounced at a gig as Silverchair they decided to adopt that name.

1995: Frogstomp "Naivety"

ISRAEL’S SON: The opening track to their first album, Frogstomp. What a beginning, it’s hard to believe they were only 14 when this album released. Apparently made in just 9 days.

TOMORROW: The song from that first album that garnered the most attention thanks to constant play on radio, and it didn’t hurt that the song featured in an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head.

1997: Freak Show "Anger"

CEMETERY: The first album definitely had its dour and morose songs, but that was nothing compared to some of the track on the second album, Freak Show. The songs were dark, but they contained real feeling, something that’s missing from a lot of music these days, and Cemetery is the best example of that. This live version of the song is amazing, just Daniel Johns and a Guitar.

FREAK: The big hit of the second album, and probably the bands biggest hit to date, even though it’s not their best song. It’s easy to remember the lyrics and it has a driving guitar riff that pleases the kids, so I guess that’s why it’s popular, but I consider it a rather middling song in Silverchair’s overall Oeuvre.

THE DOOR: Another one from the second album, this was the first sign of where the band was heading with their music, a view into the future if you will. Amazing song.

1999: Neon Balllroom "Depression"

ANTHEM FOR THE YEAR 2000: From their third album, Neon Ballroom. I feel like this song is symbolic of their earlier work, like they just wanted a song to say goodbye to the old century as well as their darker original material, and what a goodbye it is!

EMOTION SICKNESS: The opening track of their third album, every time I hear that orchestral opening I need to change my pants. A true masterpiece.

ANA’S SONG (OPEN FIRE)/MISS YOU LOVE: Ana’s Song and Miss You Love are like siblings on this album, they share a similar tone, and they were also the big singles from this album. These songs were the true turning point for the band, away from trashy grunge towards more heartfelt songs that had much deeper meaning.

BLACK TANGLED HEART: Johns starts to show that he can actually fucking sing here. I’d put every song off Neon Ballroom on this list if I could, what an album.

2002: Diorama "Escapism"

ACROSS THE NIGHT: Speaking of great albums, Diorama is the album that defined a coming of age for the band and unlike most bands that “find their voice”, Silverchair’s didn’t involve selling out and getting more radio friendly. If anything, they went in the opposite direction for most of their fourth album, starting with this song. Heavy orchestra and piano and not a heavy guitar in sight. This song is pure love.

WITHOUT YOU/THE GREATEST VIEW: Just like the sibling songs from the previous album, these two song were the big hits for the album. They almost seem out of place among the orchestral sounds on the rest of the album, but Silverchair gotta eat sometime. They’re not bad, just misfit.

AFTER ALL THESE YEARS: Daniel Johns and a Piano = Man crush.

2007: Young Modern "Acceptance"

STRAIGHT LINES: So here we are, the end of a journey. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t a big fan of the bands fifth album, Young Modern, and I’m not a big fan of this song. The orchestral brilliance of the last album is (mostly) gone and this is what we get instead. It was obvious that this was going to be the end for the band.

WAITING ALL DAY: Not to say that the album was all bad though, and this song is a sign of brilliance that should have carried over to the rest of the album.

2011 - ..... "Indefinite Hibernation"

On May 25, 2011 via Chairpage.com

"....Therefore after much soul searching we wanted to let you know that we're putting Silverchair into "indefinite hibernation" and we've decided to each do our own thing for the foreseeable future. "

They're ultimately doing it for the right reasons, and they don't seem to have any hard feelings.

Best of luck on your individual projects.

Here's hoping in a few years they can try making music together again!

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[LISTEN] Mark Lanegan - "The Beast in Me"

Mark's contribution is a Johnny Cash cover of "The Beast In Me", The song appeared in The Hangover II OST

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Book Review: Scott Weiland "Not Dead & Not for Sale : A Memoir"

 I’ve always been a fan of Scott Weiland. Whether it was Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver or his solo stuff, I’ve enjoyed the music he has created. Needless to say, fandom doesn’t make me blind to the reality that the rock star has lived in for quite some time…drugs, public disputes, general excess…

 Weiland has always intrigued me. I love his music and when you couple that with his lifestyle, he makes for quite an interesting story.

 Fortunately for me and everyone else intrigued by this man, on May 17th, 2011 you can read all about that interesting story in Not Dead & Not For Sale, Weiland’s memoir.

 For Weiland' fan, they was ecstatic to jump into the story of this guy’s life. Definitely they wanted to hear the dirty details about his heroin abuse, what it was like to be part of STP, go solo, join forces with Slash and then go back to STP, and so much more.

 The details of his drug use are far from the dirty, nitty gritty stuff we got with Nikki Sixx’s The Heroin Diaries.In fact, at times, it’s easy to forget that Weiland is talking about drugs. He describes his relationship with drugs in such a poetic way that it comes off as being, well, a true relationship.

 I’ve heard a couple complaints that he didn’t go into enough detail about his drug use, but if you really hone in on what he writes, he gives you all the detail you need. You feel the effect that heroin had on him, his friends, his relationships…his life. You feel the effect that blow had on him…”My belief is that the coke I was ingesting activated a paranormal force.” Pills, booze, pot…it’s all covered.

Scott Weiland promotes his new book 'Not Dead & Not For Sale' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on May 17, 2011 in New York City.
 I found it interesting that his first experience with pills was right before his interview on Headbanger’s Ball, where instead of doing a traditional interview, Dean DeLeo and him performed “Plush” acoustically. This performance has went on to be a huge success, being offered on a CD single from England for the song “Creep” and eventually being featured on STP’s greatest hits compilation. And it’s not rare to hear this song spun on a radio station…to think that his first experience with pills produced this song and this performance, well, it’s eye-opening to the reader.

 I really damn sure his fans would enjoy reading this memoir, from cover to cover. The photos Weiland included, the stories he told. Did you know he was raped by a high school boy when he was young? Did you know he was nearly murdered by three strangers in Paris? Did you know that a young STP emphatically turned down an opportunity to open for Aerosmith?

Scott Weiland on stage with Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots)

 From the public disputes with his fellow STP bandmates to the self-, but admittedly assisted, destruction of his former wife Mary Forsberg Weiland, Not Dead & Not For Sale is well worth your time. At certain points, it might be hard to follow Weiland’s stream of consciousness, but once you catch up, the papers make perfect sense.

 Scott Weiland has been nominated for six Grammys (winning two). Between STP and Velvet Revolver, he’s sold more than 40 million records.

 This is Scott Weiland’s story, and what a hell of story it is.

 Book Details:

  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Title: Not Dead & Not for Sale: A Memoir
  • Languages: English: Unknown Audio Format: ,English: Original Language Audio Format: ,English: Published Audio Format:
  • I S B N: 0743297164
  • Creator: Contributor: David Ritz
  • Manufacturer: Scribner
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publication Date: 2011-05-17
  • Package Dimensions: 630 hundredths-inches x 118 hundredths-inches x 906 hundredths-inches Weight: 115 hundredths-pounds
  • List Price: $24.00 $12.66
  • Author: Scott Weiland

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[WATCH] Scott Weiland "Not Dead & Not for Sale" - Webisode #1-5

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Foo Fighters' "This Video Sucks" Winners!

  Finally after received full of many entries from their fans all around the world, Foo Fighters finally revealed the winner of their own contest "This Video Sucks" (Fans Made Music Video for each songs from their new album, Wasting Light) 

 May 13, 2011 - "This Video Sucks" winning final entries: Miss The Misery, A Matter of Time, Back & Forth, Walk and I Should Have Known
I Should Have Known
Directed by Daniel Fickle 
Directed by Phil Hodges
Back & Forth
Directed by Justin Staggs
A Matter of Time
Directed by Genie Wiggins

Miss The Misery
 Directed by Pete Levin

May 10, 2011 - "This Video Sucks" winning entries for White Limo, Arlandria + These Days up now !
 These Days
Directed by Jay Hollinsworth

Directed by Nicholas Spaventa
White Limo 
Directed by Randy Scott Slavin
May 09, 2011 - The band are releasing the winning entries from "This Video Sucks" So check out Bridge Burning, Rope & Dear Rosemary up now ! 
Bridge Burning 
Directed by Will Doyle & Richard Peete

Directed by DJay Brawner)

Dear Rosemary 
Directed by Karl Richter
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Exclusive Listen: Smashing Pumpkins' New Song 'Owata'

The Smashing Pumpkins just released 'Owata', the tenth track from their 44-song effort Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, this morning, which is streaming right now on LAWeekly.com. They are reporting that it will be available for download from SmashingPumpkins.com within 24 hours.

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Switchfoot Live in KL, Malaysia 2011 Photos

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Show Review: Switchfoot Live in KL, Malaysia 2011

 Anyway on May 1, 2011, Labour Day in Kuala Lumpur would be a sweet memory for all the major rock fan as the boys from San Diego, California, SWITCHFOOT did not fail to rock the house with their hits such as ‘Dare You to Move, Stars, We Are One Tonight’ and many more.

 The band is always an inspiration as the music they produce is simply amazing. The band’s lead singer, Jon Foreman is an astounding singer and performer. Kuala Lumpur is really blessed to have them again after 3 years. They last rocked Kuala Lumpur in 2008.

  1. The Sound

  2. Stars

  3. Gone

  4. Your Love Is a Song

  5. Free

  6. Always

  7. Awakening

  8. Meant to Live

  9. Mess of Me

  10. Learning to Breathe

  11. This Is Home

  12. Needle and Haystack Life

  13. Hello Hurricane

  14. Only Hope

  15. Dare You to Move 


  16. We Are One Tonight

  17. The Shadow Proves the Sunshine

 The opening band for the concert was Busco or known as Bus Company.

 At the very start, Switchfoot made known what their ‘Sound’ was all about; it’s not about superficial ‘Stars’ or fleeting fads and temporary highs. After all, it will all be ‘Gone’ sooner or later. They had a good mix of their all time hits from back in the day like ‘Chem 6A’, ‘We Are One Tonight’ and ‘Learning To Breathe’.

Jon Foreman

 Jon, in all sincerity, said “Aku cinta padamu,” but without cheesy additions addressing the ladies like most other artists, trying to score extra brownie points. All pretences out the door, they told the crowd that our love is felt and that ‘This is Home’. Imagine the delight of fans. 

 So, has it seeped into your minds that you are ‘Meant To Live’ for so much more? They ‘Dare You To Move’, so now it’s your turn to decide what steps to take in order to make this ‘Needle and Haystack Life’ meaningful and not to despair when you take a tumble because ‘The Shadow Proves the Sunshine’. ‘Only Hope’, and eventually you’ll be ‘Free’. 

 ‘Meant To Live’

'Only Hope'

 Overall, it was a solid show that provided somewhat of a spiritual plug-in with many euphoric parts. Switchfoot, ‘Your Love Is A Song’ that reaches out and bridges gaps inadvertently formed by race, religion and denominations. Thanks for being an inspiration and making a difference!

 Take note that the love and appreciation goes both ways. KL will ‘Always’ be in Switchfoot’s hearts for there were so many positive tweets from the band after the show:
@JonForeman: “We love you Malaysia, thanks for an incredible night! You're beautiful- thanks for lifting up your voices with ours!”
@Switchfoot: “Wow, Malaysia! One of my favorite shows ever...”
@Switchfoot: “Wow. The mighty KL was a force to be reckoned with. One of my favorite crowds of the tour! We love you KL, -Tim”

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