Well, this is shocking: Chris Cornell is dead at 52. A solo artist in his own right, Cornell was, of course, known as vocalist and guitarist for Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. Here’s an excerpt from a statement Cornell’s representative gave CNN:

His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

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In the chronology of Soundgarden, surely nothing can top 1994. That was the year of the 5x platinum Superunknown and its multiple high-charting singles. It was also the year this simple, classic ad featuring Kim Thayil appeared.

Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, November 1994.

Note the Reverend Horton Heat t-shirt.

The February 1997 Guitar Player contains bad things, such as ads featuring Everclear and Darius Rucker (back cover, for chrissakes). But it also has a full page of Kim Thayil and his Guild S-100. The inset image is Soundgarden’s Down on the Upside.

Soundgarden are about to embark on a tour revolving around the Big Day Out, Australia’s mobile music festival. For nearly a year the band has been working on new material amidst other commitments. Guitarist Kim Thayil described to Mixdown the process of crafting new songs while reviving the old:

(I)t’s very nat­ural for us to kind of impro­vise and jam and come up with ideas. So while we’re work­ing on “Spoon­man” or “Limo Wreck” or “4th of July,” we’d throw up some other riff and some­one else will respond.

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On the heels of 2010’s Telephantasm and string of shows, Soundgarden are ready to return to the studio. Drummer Matt Cameron told Billboard that the band is going to remain true to itself, trends be damned:

I think guitar-based music is not really as popular as it has been in the past, so it might sound kind of out of date or out of tune with what’s going on right now. Or it might be a breath of fresh air to have an unabashedly loud guitar band out there.

Take a look at the full Billboard piece right here.

Soundgarden is back. Sort of. The Seattle quartet will soon unveil Telephantasm, a collection of previously unreleased obscurities. From Aversion:

The 12-cut album drags up B-sides and other rarities the Seattle grunge band never got around to properly releasing before it broke up.

The album proper will come out in early October but you can get it a week earlier as bundled with the first million units of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

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