MUSIC NEWS: Fan-compiled Soundgarden book released

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A new book about Soundgarden titled Photofantasm Soundgarden: Nudedragons To King Animal is out now in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. The book highlights the Seattle band’s reunion via hundreds of pages of photographs, graphic art, anecdotes, interviews, and reviews, all contributed by fans, artists, musicians, authors, photographers, and other notable personalities. The book chronicles Soundgarden concerts across the globe from 2010, when the band announced its reunion, to 2013, as it toured behind its 2012 album King Animal. The book features more than 300 contributors from more than 30 countries on six continents.
The book is dedicated to a Soundgarden fan who lost a battle with cancer. All net proceeds from its sale will go to Canary Foundation, which is solely dedicated to the funding of early cancer-detection solutions. The hefty 592-page book includes more than 1,000 photographs, plus concert posters, original artwork, hundreds of stories, interviews, reviews, and more. Soundgarden released an extensive B-sides and rarities collection last year and toured with Nine Inch Nails. The band intends to return to the studio later this year, while singer Chris Cornell just completed a new solo album.


MUSIC NEWS: FFDP set album release date + tour schedule


Five Finger Death Punch has announced that its sixth studio album, Got Your Six, will arrive on August 28th. The first single, “Jekyll And Hyde,” will surface at radio in the next few weeks. Guitarist Zoltan Bathory gave us a few hints of what the new disc sounds like:

“It’s kind of like a little bit more uptempo. You know, when we started to do this, we all came into it excited, like everybody’s writing, everybody has something to say, so we came into it with that energy. So that shows, you know, it’s kind of a more high-energy record. Everybody wanted a little bit of an uptempo record, so it’s more of our energetic, uptempo side.”

Also announced are the dates for Five Finger Death Punch’s co-headlining fall tour with Papa Roach. The trek kicks off on September 4th in Lexington, Kentucky, winding down on October 9th in Glen Falls, New York. Also along will be In This Moment and From Ashes To New. The two headliners actively involved their fans in the routing of the tour by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a “demand campaign.” Some 1.5 million people responded and made their choices known.


TECH: Google looking for new doodler

Have you ever thought when a clever new Doodle shows up on the Google homepage coming up with the Doodle designs that show up on holidays and for other events must be a really fun and creative job to have? If so — and if you have artistic ability to back it up — this could be your chance, because Google is looking to hire a new “Doodler.” The job listing says the person hired will “have the world’s best platform to showcase your stylistic skills, as well as your sense of humor, love of all things historical and imaginative artistry.” Candidates need to have a degree or equivalent experience in fine arts, skills in two or more disciplines like graphic design and 3D modeling, and a strong portfolio of work in various media. The first Google Doodle was created in August 1998, when company founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin went to the Burning Man festival and wanted to tell users they’d be away for a few days, and came up with a creative way to do it. (CNN Money)


Obama joins Twitter

He’s only got 20 months left in his presidency, but President Obama has finally gotten a Twitter account — @POTUS — which is the commonly-used acronym for President of the United States. Obama announced yesterday (May 18th) that he’d joined the Twitterverse:

MUSIC NEWS: Taylor Hawkins’ WholeWorldBand app

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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has partnered with WholeWorldBand, an app for Mac, Windows, iPad and iPhone that enables fans anywhere in the world to record music videos with their favorite musicians. Hawkins has released a WholeWorldBand video session that enables fans to write new songs featuring him on drums, and create a video of them playing together. He encouraged fans to come up with their own ideas, saying, “I was kinda imagining some sort of song in there, but I want you guys to be creative and think of your own thing.” (Blabbermouth)


MUSIC NEWS: James Hetfield preforms with daughter for charity

Metallica frontman James Hetfield performed with his 16-year-old daughter Cali at the second annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit on Friday night (May 15th) in San Francisco. Hetfield accompanied Cali on acoustic guitar while she sang the Adele song “Crazy for You.” He later joined Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell for covers of Blue Oyster Cult‘s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and Metallica’s “Mama Said.” Other artists performing at the event, which raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Program at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, included Sammy Hagar, Chad Smith, Joe Satriani, Linda Perry and Adam Sandler. (Loudwire)


#FGF: Childrens book grows into a tree

An editor at the publishing company Pequeno has created a hand-stitched children’s book that grows into a tree when planted. The Spanish-language book, My Dad was in the Jungle, aims to teach children where books come from. The book is made of acid-free paper, ecological ink and jacaranda seeds, as part of a project called Tree Book Tree. (Huffington Post)