July 29th, 2014

Alice in Chains perform “No Excuses” on Guitar Center Sessions. The band’s episode premieres on DirecTV’s Audience Network August 3.

July 1st, 2014

Courtney Love interview outtakes from National Geographic Channel’s The ’90s: The Last Great Decade?

June 3rd, 2014


TONIGHT: Playing “Spoonman” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, with a special, extra performance for web. Check local listings for times.

Reblogged from SOUNDGARDEN
June 2nd, 2014

"Los Angeles, start your VCRs…"

You must watch this alternately silly and seedy Bud Light L.A.-market “grunge” spot from the 1990s. I hope this is for real. (H/T maura)

June 1st, 2014


Courtney Love auditioning for Sons of Anarchy

Reblogged from ciggy
June 1st, 2014
It was tricky because it’s not just [an HBO] series, it’s [a Foo Fighters] album. And so when you’re sequencing the series, you’re sequencing the album, so what do you sequence first? And how can you write the music before you shoot the episode? How do you know what the theme is going to be and how can you tell the story? These things would keep me up at night. I’m not only thinking about the lyric I have to spin the next day, I’m thinking about how it fits into the overall arc of the history of American music. It’s meant to be the musical equivalent of the finale of Usual Suspects. Like that scene where he’s sitting there, you’re going back through the whole episode. It’s basically that.
Dave Grohl talks new Foos album and HBO series, plus the Nirvana reunion, with The Hollywood Reporter
May 30th, 2014

Check out my new online feature for Wired: Halt and Catch Fire Gets the ’80s PC Revolution Perfectly Right. Here’s How

Also, make sure to pick up the June issue of the print magazine for my annotated look at the show’s Cardiff Electric office. And while you’re at it, follow Halt co-creator ifyoucantwell and watch a sneak preview of the entire first episode at amctv (the series premieres on AMC this Sunday at 10|9c).

May 28th, 2014

The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus interviews Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis for Under the Radar

Norman Reedus: Hey, I wanted to ask you about your meditation process, and I know you have a guru that you work with. I was talking to Kim Gordon, and I was saying, "Hey, I know you know J. What are some good questions I can ask him? I'm a big fan of his." And she brought up your guru, which I find really fascinating.
J Mascis: Oh, yeah. I haven't meditated too much since I had a kid. That has taken a lot of my spare time. But, yeah, I still go see [Mata Amritanandamayi, aka Amma] and she just had a 60th birthday—a big thing in India that I went and played at. That was cool. There were all these different musicians and dance troupes who are big in India, so it was really interesting to see that. I had to follow this circus act where a guy had a pot on his head and he was blindfolded, and he had a machete and he chopped a coconut in half that was sitting on some other guy's head. So that was kind of hard to follow.
Reedus: That is awesome! [Laughs] The other guy had a coconut on his neck and he took the machete and cut the coconut?
Mascis: Yeah, the blindfolded guy chopped the coconut in half while it was sitting on the other guy's neck. And he chopped some other stuff, some other fruits that were near his genital region. They did a lot of crazy stuff. That was a weird act to follow.
Reedus: And then what? You just plugged in and played?
Mascis: Yeah. I have a few friends who are also into Amma—a drummer from L.A., Herb [Graham, Jr.], and this guy [Mikko von Hertzen], who is actually a rock star in Finland, he played bass. I was surprised that they had a Marshall [amplifier] in India, so they just cranked it up. And we were right next to Amma while she was hugging people. That's her main thing. She hugs people. So thousands of people line up, and she had already been up for 22 hours straight, doing this on her birthday. And then we plug in and starting blasting away a few feet from her head. It was kind of weird, but she seemed into it.
May 28th, 2014

The U-Men promote Fallout Records in this compilation of Seattle record store advertisements from ye olden days. (H/T Larry Reid)

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