Rest in Peace, Jeff Hanneman. Vintage Monsters of Rock footage of Slayer performing, Raining Blood.
Like everyone else, I’m still stunned that guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer, passed away yesterday of liver failure at the age of 49. Back when I was a younger metalhead, I was lucky enough to see Slayer at a small club in Boston called The Channel. It was terrifying. The pit was a thrashing mess of hair and sweat, that would randomly pull onlookers into it’s chaos. The band was in full-tilt rage mode, as they slashed their way through songs from Seasons in the Abyss, like professional serial killers. There were many times during that show that I fought the urge to run out of the club, feeling I’d be safer outside, than inside. It was complete madness, and unlike anything I had ever seen. Until that day, I thought I knew what heavy metal was. But Slayer set me straight with their satanic, aggressive perfection. Thanks for the very metal memories, Jeff Hanneman. The world is now a lot less metal, and a little too quiet without you.
San Fransisco band Orchid sounds more like Black Sabbath, than Black Sabbath sounds like Black Sabbath. And if that sounds better to you than listening to the new Sabbath record, you should stream Orchid’s new record, the super psychedelic, “Into the Mouth of Madness“, here.
Forever punk Iggy Pop has been many things over the last 40 years. A passenger, a wild child, and a dog to name a few. Most recently, Iggy became a scarecrow for the new teaser video for “I’ve Got a Job, But It Don’t Pay Shit”. One of the new tracks from the Stooges first studio record since 1973, Ready to Die, due out in April.
Iggy Pop.” An awful, nasty, horrible, destructive, self-centred prick with a pair of silver leather pants”. Mick Rock.
Today is the 40th anniversary of Iggy and The Stooges record, Raw Power. To celebrate, very metal photographer Mick Rock has released six vintage images of Iggy as a part of a limited-edition art print collection. Bonus? Each of the editions is overlaid with handwritten lyrics from “Raw Power” and “Death Trip”, and are individually hand signed by both Rock and Pop.
“It’s not that I got the best pictures of him that time, I got the only pictures of that time”. Mick Rock.
“They’re the anti-christ of anthems.”
Mixer Ed Cherney on the new Iggy and the Stooges record, “Ready to Die”.
According to HitFix and Consequence of Sound, Iggy Pop and the Stooges are done recording their first studio record in five years, Ready to Die. Back in the Stooge lineup is Raw Power guitarist James Williamson, the great Mike Watt on bass, and the brother of late Stooge Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, on drums. Mixer Ed Cherney, who’s worked with everyone from The Rollings Stones to The Knack says the album is, “old-time, raw Stooges”. And with track listings like, “I Got a Job But It Don’t Pay Shit”, how could it not be.
I get a lot of great feedback when I cover books on the blog. And this very metal recommendation is going to send you running to your local indie bookstore. London based artist Krent Able has just published his Big Book of Mischief. This collection of gonzo comics features the likes of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, as well as numerous nods to other notable characters, including Able’s inky muse and Nick Cave. Or as Able likes to call his comic version of Nick, “Dr. Cave“.
My discovery of Krent Able today led me to a full-on Internet search in order to learn more about the artist who reminds me of a darker Daniel Clowes. Able has been a published illustrator since he was 15, is a regular on UK mag and blog The Stool Pigeon, and gets help coloring in the panels of his comics from his eight year old daughter. Able says that his art isn’t something “a 7 or 8 year old really gets”, but that doesn’t mean she gets to see everything we get to see. It’s a win/win situation for everyone involved.
Stool Pigeon recently ran a great interview with Able just before Halloween. It’s a revealing read on an artist I’m dying to get better acquainted with. And yeah, my copy of the Big Book of Mischief is already on it’s way to Seattle. Word.
It took me two days to slog through Iggy Pop’s self-proclaimed “most instructive information document”, his updated 2012 rider. Authored (again) by stage manager Jos Grain, the rider is rife with facts on how to keep Iggy and his Stooges happy while they are playing a gig, as well as completely overrun with nonsense. If you don’t have the time to flip through the punk rock version of War and Peace, here are some highlights…
Page 4: Backline Requirements
2 Heavy Duyy Straight Cymbal Stands. We are equal opportunity employers, so gay stands may apply also. (They won’t get the fucking job, though…)
Page 10: A Completely random jab at Ron Howard
Apparently Iggy met Ron Howard once. You know, the ugly, baldy one out of Happy Days? Directs films. Got one of those faces you’d never get tired of punching.
Page 17: Filming Requirements
Oh, yes, and Iggy adores breaking cameras. So it’s really not the best way to get close to him. Especially if he looks at you in a funny way.
Page 18: Dressing Room Requirements
3 large industrial fans to be provided by promoter two on stage and one in the dressing room for use by the drummer. He’s practicing that scarf thing that they used to do in Bon Jovi and Heart videos.
Page 22: Other backstage requirements
Seven dwarfs dressed up as those dwarfs out of the marvelous Walt Disney film about the woman who goes to sleep for 100 years after biting a poisoned dwarf, or maybe pricking her finger on a rather sharp apple. Was it Cinderella? Doesn’t matter, we just want the dwarfs.
Page 23: BOOZE
1 case big bottles of good, premium beer. You decide. But remember, I might ask you to taste a bottle, so buy something nice! Here’s a clue, it probably wont start with a “B”, and end with an “udweiser”. Unless is Czeck.
You can read all 28 pages of Iggy’s new rider at The Smoking Gun. See you in a couple of days…
In this short inerview with the New York Times late last week, Iggy Pop waxes about his distain for ‘sincere punks’, the Iggy of the 70′s and the 80′s, and how he wishes he had had more sex back in the day.
*Programming Update: I am officially staying put in a secret location on the east coast for a few weeks, so posts will be a bit more frequent. I also survived the Peachtree 10K in Atlanta to run another day, but it was close folks.