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

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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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Chickenfoot iii

If supergroups are your to your liking than Chickenfoot’s new album Chickenfoot iii is for you! Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony formerly of Van Halen, teamed up Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Pepers to formed the Band Chickenfoot back in 2009 and have recently released a second album entilted “Chickenfoot iii”. Yes even though this is the band’s second album it is called “iii”. This sequel follows the same formula as the first album, no two songs sound a like and its a departure from the first album. The album the features the range of hard rock to blues rock on the album. Sammy Hagar vocals are strong as ever and shows the great songwriting skills that helped his former bands reach great sucess, Montrose and Van Halen. Joe Satriani shows off his usual ear blasting guitar play and ease to change from song to song. When Michael Anthony was replaced in Van Halen by Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen’s son, he has nothing but time and great bass play to devote to Chickenfoot. [Read more…]

Damon Albarn Has a Band-Forming Addiction

He’s the man behind Gorillaz and Blur, the one who writes about a billion songs a day, each with near-unwavering quality. He’s the man who has released more music than Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Beyoncé combined, and is still nearly unheard. He’s the man with more talent in one skin cell than most people have in their whole family.  He is Damon Albarn.

The man. The legend.  The object of my constant gushing.

The man. The legend. The object of my constant gushing.

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RHCP worth the wait

It’s been a while since the Southern California based funk, punk, rock, hip hop blues, reggae band The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released an album. 2006 saw The Pepper release Stadium Arcadium, a blues album, a greatest hits album, and other various compilation albums. Finally 2011 saw the return of the Peppers with their latest release “I’m with you”. A departure from some of their older album, IWY still holds strong in their discography. RHCP always has two constants Anthony Kiedis delivers hair raising vocals and lyrics and Flea always smacks that bass like Flyod Mayweather beats down his opponents in the ring. Just as a disclaimer I am fan of the Peppers, and I normally do not listen to the same album over and over. Usually I listen to a cd for a day and put it away for awhile. With this album, much like when Jay-z and Kanye West dropped “Watch The Throne”, I played it for days on end and could not stop listening to it. [Read more…]