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Sound City giveaway

March 11th, 2013 Comments off

Not have Sound City yet?  Is it because the recession is biting?  Is your drug habit getting in the way of your music buying?  Or are you just lazy?

Regardless, I’m giving some away: I’ve a copy of the soundtrack ‘Sound City: Real to Reel’, a copy of the documentary on DVD & also one on Blu Ray.  To win either email fooarchive@gmail.com or tweet @fooarchive with SOUND CITY & your chosen format (so, SOUND CITY DVD, etc)

Winners will be chosen randomly on Thursday and recieve an e-mail/tweet to ask for their address.  Again, the contest is only open  to UK residents… but if your overseas and can use a relative’s address – go for it.

Done & dusted – thanks!

Rolling Stone reviews Sound City ‘Real to Reel’

March 5th, 2013 Comments off

Total Guitar review Chris Shiflett’s Fender Telecaster Deluxe

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

Points of Interest – Dave talks Sound City with Zane Lowe

February 22nd, 2013 Comments off

While Dave was in the UK this week he called into Radio One to chat all things Sound City with Zane Lowe.  Some of the more interesting aspects of the conversation:

The music for ‘You Can’t Fix This’ is 8 years old and is a track Foo Fighters scrapped for sounding too much like Fleetwood Mac.

While some sessions were really easy going,  recording ‘Mantra’ with Josh Homme & Trent Reznor was “Very, very thought out.” “I’d have an idea and show it to Trent and he’d ask me about six questions about the idea.”

The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club session was “The closest thing I’ve felt to writing a song with Krist and Kurt since I wrote a song with Krist and Kurt.”

The interview (and tracks from Sound City) play out over the last hour of Thursday’s show: listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qnwd3

NME review Sound City

February 13th, 2013 Comments off

From today’s issue of NME.  Click below to read:

RDGLDGRN talk to NME about Dave

January 23rd, 2013 Comments off

John Paul Jones talks Them Crooked Vultures #2

December 6th, 2012 Comments off

Classic Rock caught up with Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones to talk about the release of Celebration Day and at the close of the interview they asked JPJ about the possibility of  Them Crooked Vultures getting together for another album.

New Sound City trailer & press release

December 4th, 2012 Comments off

SOUND CITY OFFICIAL TRAILER UNVEILED FEATURING DAVE GROHL, TOM PETTY, STEVIE NICKS, TRENT REZNOR, NEIL YOUNG, RICK RUBIN & MORE

Sound City

MOST IN-DEPTH LOOK TO DATE AT GROHL’S SUNDANCE SELECTED DIRECTORIAL DEBUT LIVE NOW AT http//www.soundcitymovie.com

In the wake of the confirmation of its premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) has given fans an unprecedented peek behind the scenes of his directorial debut: The official trailer for his feature documentary film, SOUND CITY, about the legendary Van Nuys, CA studio has just been unveiled via @soundcitymovie and @foofighters.

Grohl, who will travel to Sundance next month along with select artists featured in the film and its forthcoming soundtrack album commented yesterday, “As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America’s greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!”

SOUND CITY, the film, was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary custom-built Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The board, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.

Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City, the film showcases the amazing history of the studio, focuses on the albums recorded there that went on to change the world, then explores the human element of music in an age of technology, and features performances of new music created exclusively for the film.

Grohl’s personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana’s breakthrough album, “Nevermind”. Selling over 30 million copies worldwide, “Nevermind” changed the entire musical landscape and forever altered the course of Dave Grohl’s life.

Roswell Films, a division of the Roswell Records label that releases Foo Fighters music, will distribute the film. Key personnel involved with the film include Producer/Director Dave Grohl; Editor Paul Crowder (Dogtown & Z Boys, Once In a Lifetime, Riding Giants); and Writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, Once In a Lifetime, The Tillman Story). The film is also being produced in conjunction with Jim Rota, John Ramsay, and Therapy studios.

Sound City cassette scavanger hunt

March 20th, 2012 2 comments

So, next year’s Dave Grohl produced ‘Sound City’ documentary has started with a little bit of viral marketing.

As the South By Southwest festival took over Austin, Texas in March, Sound City’s twitter account (@soundcitymovie) started posting pics of a compilation cassette (and cassette players) dotted around the city. David Wogan was lucky enough to grab one of the first batch and he shared these pics:

The Roswell logo riffing on Maxell is a nice touch (especially as a recent photoshoot with the band paid homage to the famous 80’s Maxell commercial) and Dave wrote the tracklisting inlay, complete with abbreviated and/or squashed-up artist names which I remember well from making mixtapes.

The tapes were made in collaboration with California’s Burger Records and circulated at SxSW by the film’s production company, but you didn’t just have to be in Austin to get your hands on a copy – some lucky folk on the movie’s Facebook page managed to snag one too.

They’re a great piece of promotional memorabilia and I’d love to get hold of one. You hear me? I said I’D LOVE ONE.

Dave working with Paul McCartney?

July 1st, 2011 Comments off

Back in May Paul McCartney talked to Rolling Stone about his plans for a new album:

McCartney is also writing material for what he calls a “heavier rock” album. He has yet to pick a producer, but he says a recent conversation with Dave Grohl about how he recorded Foo Fighters’ latest LP in his garage lit a fire. “It sounds quite wacky, but it keeps it fresh,” McCartney says. “I love that — you get a crazy idea and go with it. You never know — I may run into a garage to make this other album.”

He adds with a laugh, “But it won’t be in Dave’s garage.”

But is Dave’s involvement in the project more than just advice? 
Well, the current issue of Mojo is a Macca cover feature & includes a ’50 Reasons To Love Paul McCartney’ piece in which Elvis Costello talks about his relationship with Paul and finishes with talk of new material:

I’m not going to tell any secrets here because Paul hasn’t spoken about it, but my wife [jazz chanteuse Diana Krall] is in the studio with him right now. He’s cutting some of those songs he must have grown up with. I know he’s making this record with Dave Grohl as well. There’s so much openness and joy about what he’s doing now. He’s been in fantastic form.