CL Sound Bites: R.I.P. Alex Chilton, new LPs from Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters, and more in music news

* [image-1]Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland told Details about their new LP -- the band's first in eight years:


We started doing demos and it became apparent that this is a back-to-basics rock record. There's some stuff that deviates, like "Cinnamon," which is The Beatles meets Joy Division. It's a different sound for us, but this is a Stone Temple Pilots rock record.


I heard the new single "Between The Lines" last week. Sonically, it fell between the still-somewhat-grungy Purple and the brightness of Tiny Music although not as good as either. You can hear the rest of the self-titled album when it drops June 1.


During the eight year drought between STP releases, Weiland killed time in Velvet Revolver with former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum. He dished on that breakup, too:


[Axl Rose and I] came close to getting together one time. I had wondered if he was the center of all [of Guns N' Roses'] problems or if it was a mixed bag—and it was definitely the latter. When Velvet Revolver first got together it was great. I got to know the guys before: Met Duff at the gym, because he loves to work out and I was obsessed with running. I was in rehab with Matt. I'd only met Slash twice—he's not the most social person. We had all been through the same experiences, and it felt like a gang. But everyone was a rock star. There were petty jealousies. Then the wives got involved with the business of the band, and that was the beginning of the downfall.


* Dave Grohl declared the Foo Fighters hiatus over. He's writing new Foo material and they intend to record in September. The always-busy Grohl will also squeeze in a second Them Crooked Vultures LP with Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) in between writing Foo Fighters songs and drinking too much caffeine.


Them Crooked Vultures "Elephants" (live, Reading 2009)



* Melvins titled their third LP with Big Business The Bride Screamed Murder -- out June 1 on Ipecac. Listening to their collaborations doesn't compare to seeing them live (mirror image drumming!), but it's the next best thing.


"Nude With Boots," (live, 2008)



Sex Pistols is Johnny Rotten's cash cow, but Public Image Ltd is John Lydon's passion project. A reunited PiL will hit the road this year, and use any money made to finance a new album. Lydon says:


We've got no backing -- no recording company, no sponsors, nothing like that. The only way we can make money is the touring, and then we can make a new album. It's sort of like the old days of PiL, when the Pistols went kaput; I had to scrimp and scrape out of my own pocket. Not much has changed.


"Rise" off Album (1986)



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"How does one react to the death of one's own mentor?"

* That's how Paul Westerberg began his eulogy of Big Star mainman, producer, and influential alt-rock figure Alex Chilton in his New York Times op-ed piece. Chilton suffered a heart attack on St. Patrick's Day and passed away at the age of 59. While I never really 'got' Big Star, I certainly get R.E.M., The Replacements, and the numerous other great bands his music influenced. I'll spare you the cliched copy/pasting of "Alex Chilton" lyrics, but I will include some fairly decent-sounding live video of Westerberg and the 'Mats in Germany performing.

The Replacements, "Left of the Dial" and "Alex Chilton" (live, 1991)

News about new LPs and progress updates from STP, Foo Fighters, Melvins, and other things you may have missed after the jump!

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