Sound City Documentary Review

sound cityLast year, on March 12, ex- Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, released his directorial debut, Sound City. Sound City is a documentary about a California recording complex that served as a recording studio to artists such as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Rick Springsfield, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ghrol’s goal with the documentary was to have a story about the soundboard at Sound City and how it obtained the human element/sound within the music.

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The Comfortably Numb Hour

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College radio is a symbol for subculture, underground music, and ideas outside the mainstream.  Without creative thinkers who have a place to express themselves, life would be boring and tedious.  When I stopped by the KSSU table at orientation last summer, I was surprised to see we had a student run radio station, and that it was free form – which means the DJ’s can create their shows any way they want, as long as basic rules and regulations are followed.  I have fancied myself as someone who embraces most forms of creative expression, so I jotted my contact info down and hoped I would be given the opportunity to at least speak with the director and maybe even – gasp – get my own show.

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Rock Band: Five Years of Experiencing a Game Franchise That Rocks (Part I)

Show:    Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power (Tuesdays @ 5 PM PT)
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Where were you in November 2007?  For many gamers (if not all), they started experiencing a game that would later become one of the best franchises ever put out by a gaming studio called Harmonix.  On November 20th, 2007, a game called Rock Band came out, which expanded on the guitar game play from their previous work on Guitar Hero and combined additional elements, such as drums and vocals.  In celebration of its fifth anniversary, I’m writing about my experiences playing a most beloved game series in the form of a two-part blog feature.  Part I will start from the time when I first heard of the game and will cover from the beginning and all the way through my experiences with LEGO Rock Band and The Beatles: Rock Band.

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Interview – Blake Judd of Nachtmystium

Blake Judd is the guitarist, vocalist and sole consistent member of the black metal band Nachtmystium. The band is about to release the album Silencing Machine, which is the follow-up to the acclaimed Black Meddle albums that present Judd and company’s musically adventurous side.

Here is a phone conversation I had with Judd in which he discusses his earliest musical memories, that awkward moment when a fan calls you your black metal pseudonym in front of your parents, his introduction to black metal, the new album, that scene in Family Guy with a guy who looks A LOT like him and more.

Here the full interview and examples of Judd’s work after the jump.

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