Sound City

Dave Grohl, the musician notorious for being in Nirvana and the man behind the Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures and a host of other musical side projects, has widened his scope to the cinema now. Granted, it’s a Vh1-looking rock documentary that will probably only find itself in rotation on your basic cable music channel; in January though, Sundance (of course) will unveil it which will no doubt bring out the hip Hollywood stars.

The doc is about the rise and fall of the famous recording studios in California named Sound City. Watch the trailer below to check out the impressive lineup of musicians that have recorded there, and many of which are interviewed by Grohl to reminisce. While I’m excited at the prospect of learning about this famed institution and seeing its history, the trailer is frankly less than captivating or polished.

The soundtrack Grohl has put together as compendium to this film though, looks honestly amazing. It’s out March 12, 2013 (but available on iTunes now – which seems in direct opposition to what this doc is soapboxing about), and features a collection of musicians from some of the notable bands that recorded there, playing together with Grohl on a number of original songs (one of those now infamous mashups is the former Nirvana bandmates, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear, and Grohl, performing the song “Cut Me Some Slack” along with Paul McCartney, which they premiered to the world during the 12.12.12 Sandy Benefit concert earlier this week). Here’s the full tracklist (via Pitchfork):

1.) Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes, and Robert Levon Been: “Heaven and All”
2.) Brad Wilk, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Tim Commerford: “Time Slowing Down”
3.) Dave Grohl, Rami Jaffee, Stevie Nicks, and Taylor Hawkins: “You Can’t Fix This”
4.) Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Rick Springfield, and Taylor Hawkins: “The Man That Never Was”
5.) Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins: “Your Wife Is Calling”
6.) Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, and Scott Reeder: “From Can to Can’t”
7.) Alain Johannes, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme: “Centipede”
8.) Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, and Joshua Homme: “A Trick With No Sleeve”
9.) Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear: “Cut Me Some Slack”
10.) Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Jim Keltner, and Rami Jaffee: “Once Upon a Time… The End”
11.) Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme, and Trent Reznor: “Mantra”

Frontman Blues

Quite possibly one of the more shocking album drops I’ve seen of late, none other than Slash – man behind some of the beautiful noise of ’80s pop icons G ‘n’ R and MJ – has a solo album coming out this Tuesday. No joke. And, it’s chock full o’ legends like Lemmy from Mötorhead, Sen from Cyrpess Hill, Ozzy, Iggy and upcoming legends like Wolfmother. Unfortunately, it also has the likes of Kid Rock and Fergie, but I love how Slash has always seemed one rock star to bridge the pop/metal gap. I hope this record can do just that. Check out a trailer with a behind the scenes look at the recording and the shadowy, nose-ringed hair god himself. (And, is it just me, or does one of the tracks here sound like a reworking of “Paradise City?”)

Them Crooked Vultures Random Speculation

Ok, so I’m fascinated and already a fanboy of the new band Them Crooked Vultures. They’ve begun sending out newsletters to their email contact list now, and what’s official so far is below. Now, on to matters of random speculation.

Watch the third promo spot for the band below, somewhere towards the beginning you’ll notice there’s a door, and above that door is the number 15. Could that be September 15th? Maybe a record release date? It is a Tuesday after all. Or, maybe it’s because all their North American tour dates run from October 1st until October 14th – and the tag line at the end of the third promo says “Follow What’s Heard.” Does that mean, the album will drop following the live dates? Hell, I actually just noticed that in total (including the UK dates), there are 15 shows. Maybe that’s all the number represents. Who knows. All I know is, I wish they’d stop selling t-shirts and start selling records.

North America Fall Tour 2009
(via official website)

Public on sale starts Saturday, September 5th at 10 am

10-01 Austin, TX – Stubb’s / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Stubb’s Box Office (801 Red River Rd)

10-02 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival / Tickets / Visit for festival details and ticketing information.

10-05 Nashville, TN – War Memorial / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the venue box office (Downtown at TPAC, 505 Deaderick Street)

10-06 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the venue box office (405 Neil Ave Columbus, OH 43215)

10-08 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Fillmore Box Office which opens at 4:30pm on Saturday (2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201)

10-09 Toronto, Ontario – The Sound Academy / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at Rogers Centre Gate 7 on Bremner Blvd.

10-11 Boston, MA – House of Blues / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Orpheum Box Office (1 Hamilton Pl, Boston, MA 02108)

10-12 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory / Tickets / A very limited numbers of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Electric Factory box office when paid with Cash (111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 111, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004)

10-14 Washington, DC – 930 Club / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the 930 club box office (815 V ST. N.W. WASHINGTON DC)

UK Winter 2009

Public on sale starts Friday, Sept 4th at 10 am
Buy online at or by phone 0871 2200 260

12-10 Plymouth, England – Pavilions
12-11 Portsmouth, England – Guildhall
12-13 Blackpool, England – Empress Ballroom
12-14 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy
12-15 Edinburgh, Scotland – O2 Academy
12-17 London, England – HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Them Crooked Vultures Promo Clip

Well, a thirty-three second promo is not much, but I refuse to re-post a poorly recorded, terrible audio version of the (apparently) one song recorded by camera phone from the second of two virtually unannounced live shows by the blossoming heavy metal band Them Crooked Vultures. If you really want to spoil the debut album with this horrible live clip for a song called “Dead End Friends” that’s floating around the ‘net, simply search YouTube.

In the meantime, I’ll post the band-sanctioned and awesome sounding snippet in the promo video below. I may be punk rock, but I’m also a purist.

And here’s to hoping we get either a release date or some more tour dates very soon! I’m dying in anticipation.

Them Crooked Vultures (Not A Supergroup)

I hate the term “supergroup.” It always makes a new band sound like they are the best in their craft or like there is no other combination of artists which could yield such “super” results. And while, yes, every unique combination of musicians in a band creates its own new sound, it does not make it any more super than if another random combination of musicians were to get together and jam. By this account, any side project involving two or more well-established musicians from other notable bands, should qualify as a supergroup.

Having said all that, there’s a new combination of musicians you no doubt have heard of if you have listened to rock music any of the past forty-some-odd years or so. This combination calls themselves Them Crooked Vultures. They are:

Josh Homme (frontman for Queens of the Stone Age, and now TCV)
John Paul Jones (bassist for Led Zeppelin, and now TCV)
Dave Grohl (frontman for Foo Fighters, drummer for Nirvana, and now TCV)

There first ever live performance happened this weekend in Chicago during the Lollapalooza festival, where they played at the Metro, in a not-heavily promoted performance that looked like this…

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jim DeRogatis was there and summed up the 80-minute set like this.

After a rather cheap attempt at searching the ‘net, it doesn’t appear there is any video or even music available yet from Them Crooked Vultures except some user video footage on YouTube that is nearly indistinguishable, but there is an official t-shirt!

And after bad information in Rolling Stone, it turns out the reported release date is no longer valid either.

Though I haven’t heard anything from them yet, I have no doubt it’ll be super when I do. I just promise to refrain from fanboy-ing myself into an album review that calls them a “supergroup.” I have more respect for their music than that.

Russian Propaganda Gone Metal

I literally have nothing to say about this, but I can’t stop watching it.

Generation Metal

Imprisoning me
All that i see
Absolute horror
I cannot live
I cannot die
Trapped in myself
Body my holding cell

Has taken my —

Oh, apologies. I couldn’t help but think of “One” all through this video you’re about to watch. Maybe you’ll have the same problem I did. Maybe not. Either way, you can’t deny that the fact the great Dogme95 director of The Celebration has seemingly sold out. Thomas Vinterberg made this metal-music video version of a Generation Kill episode in which, not only are we – the unsuspecting viewer – supposed to believe that the California desert is really the Middle East, but we are supposed to be affected by the slow motion build up to whether or not a US soldier shoots a burkka-draped woman point blank in the face.

You know, for all the unoriginal shit these guys do, you’d think they’d at least give some of it away for free once in a while.