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Spoonman Flashback

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I was watching an edited version of MTV 120 Minutes on VH1Classic and saw the clip for “Spoonman” by Soundgarden.  It took me back to the first time I heard that song on a car radio and wondered who the Spoonman was.  Well now I’m wondering about him again, so…

After reading the interview from 2011 linked here, his life seems relatively unchanged.  Check it out and enjoy the song on video.


The Monday Morning Mix – Thieves in the Temple of the Dogs – 11/2/09

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About Today's Mix:

You'll note the Prince reference in the title of this week's mix, which might just be a slight nod to our Prince-loving pals over at Ickmusic.

Meanwhile back at the ATV ranch, we're still in the midst of a vacation-like hiatus from posting. Your fearless blog leader (Matt) has been out of town or otherwise occupied for most of the past two weeks. And when I am around, things have been, well, busy. I guess you'll have that as you head towards the end of the year, and towards all of the holidays and events that come with that end of the year stuff.

A few weeks back, I promised a trip back to 1991, and hopefully you're ready to do that, because we're traveling back to the beginnings of grunge-tastically loud music as we speak!

During my teenage years working at the record store, and later at the radio station, I loved to read the weekly industry magazines like Album Network, HITS Magazine, and FMQB. This wasn't exactly a new development - I'd been reading Billboard Magazine each week at the library since I was 8 years old, already aware of my desire to eventually work in the music industry.


Oh Buddyhead, how we missed thee!

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Hey kids!

Sorry for the eerie sort of silence here for the past few days. I've been a tad busy once again going out to enjoy the occasional moment in the outside world.

Night life, I think they call it.

Although Brian from Broken Headphones would be quick to tell you that I haven't been enjoying too much of the night life.

My courteous (as usual) reply to Mr. Headphone would be something like:

"Shut up and bring us a review of Those Darlins at the Beachland already, slacker!"

I can't blame Brian for the way he interacts socially, because the poor old man uses old man words like "bupkis."

It is pretty funny though, because when he strings a bunch of them into one sentence, here is what my roommate looks like, a visual by the way that is very similar to the way he looked traveling in the front seat to and from Bonnaroo.


During my time away from the Vinyl headquarters, I got the opportunity to write a piece for the fine folks at Popdose, all about the new bacon cheesy potato burrito at Taco Bell.

I think I've already got another piece brewing....could this be the start of a long overdue new career writing about junk food? Time will tell.....

Anyway, here's a blast from the past for all of you that might remember - d'ya remember when Buddyhead was the place to go for all of the oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-they-just-said-that-on-the-internet gossip about your favorite rock and roll bands, and a bunch of the bands that you hated?

It seems that they went away for a while, something that I didn't notice, but I'm sure that a lot of their targets did.

And apparently, now they're back.

Rummaging through the gossip updates that I've missed, I especially enjoyed their open letter to Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron about the proposed Soundgarden reunion talk that is making the rounds. Oh sure, now they're saying that they're not talking about a "reunion," but we've heard THAT one before, right?

Dear Matt,

You told Travis not long ago that you read Buddyhead, so we hope this gets to you. You are our only hope against this travesty we keep hearing about called a Soundgarden ‘reunion’. Unfortunately, it seems that it may come true. Since you are already in a pretty successful band named Pearl Jam, we see no reason for you to partake in this nonsense. We won’t bother you with the obvious things Chris Cornell has done recently to wear the scarlet “P” for “Pussy”, but let us remind you of a little thing called the ‘bro code’, which we believe is applicable here.

The bro code clearly states, when your buddy bangs your girl, he must be destroyed and you can’t be cool with him again. Clearly, if your buddy runs a train on your girl with four total douche bags, this rule is multiplied. Chris is in violation of this. He has been going around performing Soundgarden songs for years now with four of the bigger dorks ever to grace a music stage. That, in essence, is running a train on the girl we will refer to as Soundgarden. It pains us to think either you, Ben, or Kim is cool with it. It doesn’t matter if Chris wrote those songs bro. Have you seen his ‘band’? He broke the code.

Oh sure, maybe Ben drank his fortune away and Kim squandered it all on hookers and beard coloring, but let us ask you: is that really your problem? That’s what’s you tell them is known as a “Y.P.” (aka “Your Problem”). Do us a favor, please stay in Pearl Jam and focus on making a better Pearl Jam album. Forget about this Soundgarden stuff. Work on getting Eddie down to his ideal weight too. Get him on the Subway Diet and hold letting him spread the cheddar so much. Maybe Pearl Jam can become the American version of Oasis and kick even more ass in the tail end if you work hard enough. Now sure, we know Pearl Jam has problems of it’s own, but at least Mike McCready was always a pussy, where as Chris Cornell was once a total badass rock god.

We write to you as huge Soundgarden fans. One might think that we would be excited at the possibility of a reunion. We are not. If someone didn’t get to see you crush Jesus Christ Pose 15 years ago, that’s his or her problem. Let it rest as one of the coolest bands of all time. You could be the only hope we have on this one. Don’t fuck up the legacy!


PS: Next time we’re in Seattle, it’s Millertime on your dime.

I know that you love the open letters as much as I do, so there you go!

In other news, in case you've been under a rock, here are the details on the new Pearl Jam album Backspacer. Of particular interest to vinyl lovers: The new album will be available on 180 gram vinyl from Ten Club with a 24 page booklet featuring art by cartoonist Tom Tomorrow. First single "The Fixer" makes its debut at radio on Monday, and is available as a white vinyl seven inch from Ten Club. Pre-order all of this stuff here.

That's all for now, folks - Chris Akin and I will be at Clay's Park on Friday night for Survivor and Dennis DeYoung. More to come!


Cool Chris Cornell interview

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My musical comrade Will Harris (Bullz-Eye, Popdose, etc) is always talking to someone cool. Everytime I turn around, there's a Facebook status update from Will to make me jealous, or something new from Will to read in my Google Reader.

Chris Cornell - image courtesy of Ross Halfin

Today, Chris Cornell was the subject for a great interview posted at Bullz-Eye by Will.

Cornell's new album Scream has caught a lot of flak from fans and critics alike. I guess that's a bit of a step up from Carry On, Cornell's previous release that came and went with very little notice. Scream has generated headlines, and as an artist, don't you want to generate headlines? Perhaps not the kind of headlines that we've seen with this particular new release.

Surely, you saw Trent Reznor's smack at Scream on Twitter last week....

You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell's record? Jesus.

My blogging pal TJ over at Viva La Mainstream turned in one of the few positive reviews I've seen for Scream so far, and Harris shares another one here, giving the album four stars.

Which brings us to the interview, conducted late last week on the 12th, and posted today. Cornell doesn't flinch at a single question, and spills a telling paragraph that in my mind, offers a complete road map and every clue to lead you to the conclusion that a Soundgarden reunion is very possible.

BE: I’m sure you’ve been asked about the possibility of a Soundgarden reunion a thousand times, but I’m just as curious if there’s been any forward movement with the possible Soundgarden box set – including B-sides and rarities – that Kim (Thayil) has brought up in interviews.

CC: Well, no, but we’ve met a few times recently to talk about that kind of stuff, and we all seem to be motivated enough to at least {be} in a room and talk about it more than we have been in a long time. And I think it’s one of those things where it’s probably kind of overdue. I think that we made a huge contribution to our generation of rock music, and when it comes to the business representatives of Soundgarden, I think they kind of let Soundgarden down as far as keeping our legacy out there and active. We need to kind of go back in, I think, and get some things going to, y’know, get stuff out there to our fans…and to new fans, because new fans are being made. Like, when I was a kid, I discovered bands that had been broken up but that I’d been turned on to by my older brothers. I think it’s important that a box set come out, and that a B-sides album comes out, and that we have an active website, where people can be active fans of the band, and merchandising and things like that. I think we were an important band.

Read the complete interview here. Kudos to Will for an awesome read.

Relevant Links:

Chris Cornell - Scream - purchase from Amazon - CD or MP3