Thursday, March 26, 2009

Chris Cornell's Sins Somewhat Absolved By Emergence Of Tadgarden

I'm always on the lookout for anything Kim Thayil-related ever since the former Soundgarden guitarist went into hiding after that band's demise in April of 1997. Sure, he's appeared on a few albums (Probot, Pigeonhed, Sunn O)))/Boris), but the dude has only gotten up on stage to play just once (with Jello Biafra, Krist Novoselic and Gina Mainwal) in 1999 to protest the WTO Conference in Seattle, and then promptly returned into the ether.

Well, this past week he finally reemerged at a Tom Morello show at the Crocodille Cafe in Seattle with former Soundgarden members Ben Shepherd, Matt Cameron and another SubPop legend/human gordita, Tad Doyle. The band, coined Tadgarden, played a few old favorites and actually sounded pretty good (vocals excluded, sorry Tad).

You gotta wonder if this is at all related to Chris Cornell's recent questionable collaboration with Timbaland, Scream, which has gone a long way to tarnish Soundgarden's legacy in the rock pantheon. Maybe the rest of the band felt like they had to do this to keep old fans from throwing out their Badmotorfinger CD's in a fit of rage.

While hopes for a reunion are slim at this point, I'd be happy with just seeing their early albums remastered and rereleased.

Until then, here's some video from this week's performance:

Hunted Down (from the Screaming Life EP, 1987)

Nothing To Say (from the Screaming Life EP,1987)

Spoonman (from Superunknown, 1994)

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