Considering the progressive nature of Atlanta genre dodgers Mastodon, the only real surprise regarding the band’s choice to record an eighty-eight minute double album is that it’s taken them this long to do it in the first place.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Soundgarden’s iconic 1991 album Badmotorfinger (A&M), they posted to social media to connect with the fans. In their post they explained the past confusion about the release date of the album. Apparently, the album was to have originally dropped the same date at Nirvana’s Nevermind (and RHCP’s Blood Sugar Sex Magic) but there was an issue with the artwork. The band gave the story behind the actual release date of October, 8th, 1991 and you can read it here. Read our retrospective on the album here.
From the opening salvo of big bruising rocker ‘Wicked Woman’, you know what Blacktop Mojo’s new self titled album (Cuhmon Records) has in store – a heady mixture of Southern Rock, Grunge and Hard Rock. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Soundgarden and Black Stone Cherry are the ingredients, with the outcome being muscular riffs, big choruses, plenty of volume, and an angsty, grunge-like atmosphere.
This past weekend Brandi Carlise performed in Washington State at the infamous venue The Gorge Amphitheatre. In addition to a set of her classics and new songs, she was joined by the surviving members of Soundgarden for several tracks. Brandi and her bands were joined by Kim Thayil, Ben Sheppard, and Matt Cameron (Pear Jam) for a run through of “Black Hole Sun” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed”. Brandi paid tribute to late frontman Chris Cornell first at the 2019 concert tribute to Chris where she covered “Hunger Strike” with Chris Stapelton, and also these two songs for this performance for a special Record Store Day release in 2020. Watch them now!
Following up a breakthrough album, such as Boss Keloid’s last opus Melted On The Inch (Holy Roar) which finished at #4 in Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year poll in 2018, is a challenging proposition. Stray too far from the magic formula and you risk undoing that giant stride taken forwards (even without being a band that has always taken efforts to ensure development and evolution of their sound is a given); repeat the previous approach and accusations of diminishing returns, or playing it safe, abound along with an invariably inferior product. Continue reading
Chris Cornell, the enormous talent with a one-of-a-kind voice, passed away four years ago today. Few have had the ability and success music world, with both a solo project and acclaim with three different bands such as Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog as Chris did. His scream and his riffs continue to reverberate forever. If you are having mental health and emotional issues, know that you are loved and valued. Please, don’t be afraid to seek help. Continue reading
According to a report from Billboard.com, U.S. District Judge Michelle Peterson, working on the case between Vicky Cornell against the surviving members of Soundgarden, says there’s no evidence the band is withholding royalties from Chris Cornell’s widow. A federal judge in Washington state is recommending the court toss out two of Vicky Cornell’s six claims against the remaining members of Soundgarden, her late husband Chris Cornell’s band, so far.
Less than one week after Vicky Cornell lodged another lawsuit against the surviving members of Soundgarden, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron, have responded to the suit in reference to unreleased material from Chris Cornell. In her lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, Cornell said that the living members of the band offered her “the villainously low figure of less than $300,000,” despite having allegedly received a $16 million offer from an outside music investor for Soundgarden’s master recordings. Cornell died via suicide in 2017. Soundgarden’s last studio album was King Animal, released in 2012 on Republic Records.
According to TMZ, late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, has again sued the surviving members of the band over the buyout price for her stake in the band. She had previously launched a lawsuit against the band over the masters Chris recorded that were meant to be songs for the final Soundgarden album, which was in progress when Chris died. She may be vying to put these songs out as a solo release from the late signer/songwriter. Cornell died via suicide in 2017 at age 53.
In December 2020, the estate of late Soundgarden, Temple of The Dog, Audioslave, and solo artist Chris Cornell, managed by his second wife Vicky Cornell, released No One Sings Like You Anymore: Volume One (Ume), an album of mostly unreleased cover songs. Initially reported to be “the final solo recordings of Chris Cornell”, that idea was backtracked as more Cornell songs have been uncovered. Speaking to “The Rizzuto Show” on the 105.7 The Point radio station, Vicky said that there is much more music from Chris on the way. “There is a volume two,” she said (hear audio below). “The thing with this volume one, though, that makes it special is that he mastered it, he sequenced it — this is all Chris from beginning to end. And the other one was mastered, not sequenced, volume two. And then, because he was just such a prolific writer, we’re blessed, because he has left us lots of music. Not in completely finished form, but there’s enough to work with, and the Cornell stamp is all over it. So that’s really special. So there’s a lot of music.” As we previously reported, Vicky is also in a lawsuit against the surviving members of Soundgarden over the unreleased material that was meant to be Chris’ contribution to the final Soundgarden album.