Sound City


Dutch and myself don’t always agree on music, however Dave Grohl is an exception. One of my favorite drummers and all around great musician. Nirvana, Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures. I never got to see Nirvana live, but as a nineties kid, their music clearly effected me like everyone else at the time. I have seen QOTSA recently and look forward to their new album that Grohl has reportedly signed on for since Joey Castillo left the band. I did see Foo Fighters when Music Midtown was riding high on the festival circuit, and even though I didn’t get to meet the band, Dave was pretty friendly to his fans by the tour bus. Foo puts on a memorable show, and if you get the chance, go see them!

Last year the Foo Fighters released their seventh studio album Wasting Light and was their first album to reach the #1 spot in the US. The album also earned them five Grammy Awards including Best Rock Album. The album paid homage to past recordings, band members recorded the album using only analog recording equipment, requiring the band to rehearse music extensively prior to recording as post editing wasn’t possible, as it is with digital recording. The sound was more raw than previous albums and lyrics were mostly written by Grohl about his past and possible future.

What’s next for Grohl? In keeping with his love for analog recording, Grohl is directing a new documentary set to premier at Sundance this year. The film titled Sound City is about the human element of music, the lost art of analog recording and the history of the famous Van Nuys Sound City Studios. Grohl is the man for the directors chair, Nirvana recorded Nevermind in Sound City, and he currently owns one of the original mixing consoles that was formerly used in the studio. Artists such as Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon, Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash, Metallica and Everclear have recorded there. Sound City Studios had to close its doors last year to recording artists but still operates a screen stage for music and film projects. Check out the official trailer for Sound City after the break. Fresh Pots! ~cwall 


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